Monday, September 19, 2016

Welcome Fall

Hello friends.  It is Monday and that means it is time for the weekly Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge.  My very sweet and very creative design team sister, Caroline, selected this week's Cricut Challenge Cut.  Caroline has asked us to use a Cricut cut Apple on our project this week.  

I made this sweet little fall card with an apple on the front using two Cricut Cartridges, the new Close To My Heart Flower Market, and Home for the Holidays - Fall and Winter.   I cut the WELCOME Fall apple using Home for the Holidays.  After cutting the apple I brushed on a glitter glaze on the red layer, which created the white specs in the photos.  The layered simple wreath cut is from Close To My Heart's new FLOWER MARKET cartridge.  I cut the bottom layer in orange and the top layer in an apple green cardstock. The circle behind the wreath and the matting layers were also cut with the Cricut, using the basic shapes feature in Cricut Design Space.

I used several finishing techniques on the card: zig-zag stitching with my sewing machine, fall colored gems on the berry cuts, and fall color twine wrapped and tied around the top two layers of the card.

Thank you for stopping by today. If you have not already done so, please hop over to the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and view all of the amazing fall apple projects the design team created to inspire you.  Then please create your own Cricut Apple cut project and link up with us at Bitten By the Bug 2 for the weekly challenge!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sweel Little Fox

Hello friends.  I am back today to share an adorable layout of my favorite baby girl - our Sweet Little Fox, Avaleigh.  Last Saturday I spent 12 hours at my favorite scrapbook store, Scrapbook Creations in Spartanburg, SC. Three friend and I need some scrapbooking and girlfriend time to create, laugh, and relax.  Scrapbook Creations was the perfect prescription for what we needed!  While I did not get as much accomplished as I had hoped, I did create this foxy layout, and I just love it.

I have had these photos sitting on my scrapping desk for a year and truly it was past time to scrap them.  Several months ago I purchased the woodland creates stamp and punch set from my friend Sharon.  I thought the little foxes were perfect for this layout. The trees and and mushrooms were also included in the stamp set.

I used Close To My Heart's Charlotte papers and accessories, with two 12 x 12 sheets of cardstock from our new Rustic Home Fundamentals line.  The Charlotte line is no longer available (boo, I loved this paper line), but you can see the Rustic Home Fundamental HERE.  Also, we do have a nice variety of new paper lines that you will like.

The title for these pages was cut with my Cricut Explore using the Bobbie Script font, italicized, also using the Charlotte papers.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my Sweet Little Fox layout.  I will be back with another project soon!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Spooky Little Monsters

Hello friends, welcome to my weekly Bitten By the Bug 2 post.  I am so excited to tell you that the weekly challenge was selected by Valentyna, our amazing Design Team sister.  Valentyna is a fabulous paper crafter and has been away from Bitten By The Bug 2, but is returning to join us this month!!!

This week Valentyna challenged us to make a man card featuring either spooky creatures or arrows.  I chose to use this fun frame shape from the Storybook cartridge (an old favorite) and make a fun little spooky card for my  fun little nephew.

I thought the frame shape was perfect for my spooky trio of creatures.  I used Design Space and ungrouped the image, then copied and pasted the bottom layer.  I welded the two bottom layers together to create the card.  

The papers for this project are from Jeepers Creepers, a new paper and accessories line by Close To My Heart.  The creatures were created with Close To My Heart thin cuts dies with matching stamps set, Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts Bundle.  

I also used CTMH washi tape, stars, and gold sequins.  The eyes on the monsters are from the Jeepers Creepers accessory set.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope that you take the time to create a man card using either Halloween Creatures or Arrows and share with us at Bitten By The Bug 2.  

Monday, September 5, 2016

First Sunglasses

Hello friends, I am a little late getting my Bitten By The Bug 2 post up today. So sorry to be tardy to the party!  I selected this weeks Cricut Challenge Cut - Glasses.   I thought the Design Team could have fun with this challenge cut, and so could YOU!

I had an adorable plan for my layout, but you know the saying, "the best laid plans..."  That would apply to my layout plan.  A couple of weeks ago we went out for ice cream with Avaleigh.  While everyone else was finishing up, her papa and GranDoug took her for a walk to the Dollar Tree, where she found the cutest sunglasses.

When they returned to Marble Slab, Avaleigh's godmother snapped some photos of her wearing and playing with her sunglasses.  I was hoping to use those photos on my layout!  But alas, her godmother has not shared yet.  So I went ahead and created a layout for when I do actually receive the digital images.

I used three cartridges to to create the cuts for this layout:  Paisley, Forever Young, and Simply Charmed.  I used a Close To My Heart paper and accessory pack.  My layout features a five by seven photo on the left page and two four by six photos on the right.  Perfect for Avaleigh's sunglasses photo!

I invite you to join us in the weekly challenge.  Create your own project featuring eye glasses and share with us under the post at Bitten By the Bug 2!  

Monday, August 29, 2016

Back To School Bus

Hello friends, welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge post. My AWESOME Design Team sister, Michelle, selected this week's Cricut challenge, a very timely BACK TO SCHOOL theme.  Here in SC school has already begun, but I know some of you are just now gearing up for school.  I would say that school seems to start earlier and earlier each year, but the reality is, my "kids" go back early as they are teachers.  Two of my three children, and their spouses, are teachers.  Three of the four are back to work, everyone except Bethany, who will be out on maternity leave for four more weeks.

For the challenge I chose the school bus cut from the Autumn Celebrations cartridge.  I cut some pieces twice in order to layer with pop dots.   I also changed up a few colors.  I created a custom card shape by copying the shadow, reversing one layer, and welding the two pieces together.  

The bright BACK TO SCHOOL phrase is from the Recess cartridge.  I liked the bold colors in the word BACK.

I finished the card with glitter lights and lots of pen doodles.  

If you have not already been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog, you should head right over.  The Design Team has created some awesome back to school cards, layouts, and projects, all to inspire YOUR back to school projects.  Be sure to share your Cricut cut back to school projects with us at BBTB2!

CLOSE TO MY HEART - Introducing the new CTMH Cricut Cartridge called Flower Market.  This is NOT just another flower cartridge.  CTMH has a way of taking their cartridges those extra steps further than than the average cartridge, placing them in a league of their own.  Flower Market is no exception!  It features lots of flowers and 3-D flowers, but also containers, wreaths, phases, accessories, and calendar year cuts that coordinate with the theme.  I have fallen completely in love with this cartridge, and I feel certain that you will too.

In addition to the fabulous cartridge, Flower Market also includes three stamp sets and our new colors of card stock!!


Guess what?  For August only I have an introduction deal for you BASICALLY THE BEST!!  I want you to love the Fundamentals just as much as I do.  So this month when you purchase the Whimsy, Enchantment, or Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, you can select either the Rustic Home or the Uptown Fundamentals for free.  Want more, buy more and get more free!!

I know I told you that I had a lot of ground to cover.  I will continue with more detail on the cartridge at a later date.  I do not want to overwhelm you.  I will tell you about one more special:

The August Stamp of the Month - Purr-fect Halloween!