Bitten by the Bug Blog Hoppin' Monday (with CANDY!)

Welcome blog hoppers, to Busy with the Cricky. You probably arrived here from the blog of the fabulous Penny.

Today's BBTB challenge cut is the ribbon from Paper Pups. I combined the idea of a winner's ribbon with our sweet Pomeranian, Duncan, and my dh's approaching birthday. Duncan adores my husband so I know he will want to participate in the birthday festivities.

Duncan's card is bone shaped with the blue ribbon attached. I ran the dog collar through the spellbinder wizard to emboss a pattern. I then attached Duncan's faux tag. I used MS PowerPoint to create the birthday tag featuring the phrase, "Best Dad a dog can own". I also created Duncan's faux name tag in PowerPoint.

Inside the card I used a Stampin' Up birthday cake stamp and Happy Birthday stamp as well as a hand drawn puppy paw.

While you are here be sure to leave a comment to be registered to win today's blog candy. I will be drawing a name on Thursday. Also, be sure to view the previous blog post and guess at the number of times my cut files have been downloaded and a chance to win a small blog candy.

I know you must now move on to see what awaits you at the amazing Carole's blog. Thanks for stopping by today.

Celebration - Milestone Reached

This blog was opened in July 2008 - 13 months ago (sorry I missed my blog-iversary). In the last 13 months many, many copies of my cut files have been downloaded by readers and cricut message board readers. I added up the number of downloads and realized that a milestone has been reached!!!! Or at least a milestone number for me (for Jen or Cap I am willing to bet that this would be a boring number!!).

I have a small, okay -- I mean small :-) -- blog candy for whomever guesses closest to the milestone number of downloads. You will have until Monday to guess at the number of downloads. Be sure to leave me a way to contact you if you do not have a blog.

Good luck......

Two New Christmas Cards

There are so many amazing Christmas card ideas posted onboth the Cricut message board and assorted blogs (especially Christmas with the Cricut) that I have been inspired this week.
First, I scraplifted a card that Joy made at the Christmas with the Cricut using the Joys of the Season cartridge. I changed the sizes a bit, but otherwise this was Joy's design.

My second card was my design. I used a new spellbinders embossing snowflake sheet on white cored blue cardstock. After I embossed the design into the cardstock I used a sanding block to remove the blue layer of paper from the embossed design.

I used Accents Essentials and cut three snowflakes, one at 2 inches and two at 1.5 inches. I attached the snowflakes over top of the embossed layer on my card. I added a Season's Greetings tag made using nesties long and scalloped long rectangles and a Stampin' Up stamp. Finally I finished the card off with a piece of navy ribbon and a little bow.
I set a goal back in January to create six cards Christmas cards per month. So far I am still on target with only four months to go. I should have 72 cards in time to mail for Christmas!!

Window Shopping Card

Have you been by the Christmas with the Cricut blog yet? I continue to find daily inspiration there. These three ladies are multi-talented! Last week there was an amazing Santa's village scrap page that I adored. That layout inspired this card: Window Shopping.

I used the Dreams Come True cartridge along with Joys of the Season and Lyrical Letters for this design. The window layers and the dress came from Dreams Come True. Joys of the Season was used for the base card and for the dress stand inside the card. The word Boutique was cut using Lyrical Letters. The message inside the card was stamped using a Stampin' Up word stamp.

I have added the cut file to the cut files on the left; the title is Window Shopping Card.

A couple of quick notes if you should decided to download the and make the card:
  1. You will need to cut the shutters twice, once for the outside of the shutters and once for the middle panels. The shutters have been added to the cut file two times.
  2. You will need to trim the top of the window cut and shadow with scissors to fit on the card.
  3. The word Boutique was cut straight but I curved it when attaching it to the front of the card.
  4. The window opening was cut by hand.
  5. Finally, an acetate sheet was cut to fit in the window.

Owl Always Love You

It is Bitten by the Bug Monday and you know what that means: the challenges have posted and wow are they fabulous. In fact as I scrolled through the projects I kept thinking each one was so unique and so talented. The challenge cut for the week is the Owl from the Wild Card cartridge.

The Owl is actually a card unto himself, but I decided to use him as a front piece on a rectangular card. I chose the Wild Card cut with the cute "ripped" piece that attaches to the front. I also made my own circle tag using a Microsoft application and clip art.

I crafted my card using a new set of Crate paper I purchased at convention. The ink is a Technique Tuesday product, part of a class kit from the Creating Keepsakes Convention.

On a side note, I spent much of last evening trying to reorganize my scrap room. I had not unpacked my XXL rolling tote (which was in overflow mode) since the convention. I had a problem (which I had anticipated) dealing with printed paper storage. My storage method for prints was full and just could not handle any more product. I "macgyvered" a temporary fix and will have to decide on a long term fix in the near future. At least I bought myself a bit of time.

Mystery Box Challenge

Several weeks ago I received a mystery box from Custom Crops. The box contained an odd list of supplies and an assignment to create a project using all seven items. The items were:

1. A piece of natural twill fabric measuring 20 inches x 23 inches;

5. A 12 oz. Can of Code Red Mountain Dew;

6. A $3.00 Black Glittery Faux-Leather Belt from a Local General Store; and

What I made was a Heartbreaker project. The project not only utilized all of the seven required elements, I found out that you can cut a soda can with a fiskar's edge punch! The project was a lot of fun and I created a bit of a story about the vintage woman in my project.

The following link will take you to my project at Custom Crops. Please do leave comments while you are there. Also, check out my other two new projects - Fawn the Fairy card and a fun baby girl layout.

Blog Awards.... Soooo Overdue

Some number of weeks ago ( I am embarrassed to say exactly how many weeks) Melinda Ford honored me with a blog award. I was right in the midst of a busy, busy week and assured Melinda that I was appreciative and would post the award. I promptly back burned the issue.

Melinda is a doll. Seriously. Not only did she not get upset with me, she gave me a second award! I love this cyber-friend.

Okay the awards:

This must be passed on to five blogs that I find inspiring. How tough to limit to ONLY five.
  1. Joy - this woman is a fabulous crafter.

  2. Joy and two friends have begun a new Christmas blog that I adore.

  3. Jill - what a honey!

  4. Donna - I have to remember to close my mouth each time I visit her blog.

  5. Linda - who makes the most amazing designs!!

Charlotte CKC Scrapbook Convention - A Mini Recap

Wow - where to begin? Pat, Suzanne, "My Friend Kathy" and I rolled back into Aiken around 9:00 Saturday night, having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Charlotte at the CKC Convention.

We arrived in NC on Thursday afternoon, checked into the Hilton, ran over to the convention center and picked up our CKC registration kit, and then went for an early dinner. At 6:30 we attended a three hour class - Sketches for Scrapbooking.... though honestly I do not remember the real name of the class (and by the way, this will be an on going theme in this post). Essentially 10 different companies/vendors at the show were given sketches and were asked to create a layout and class kits based on the sketch. Over the next three hours all 10 companies presented there project and walked us through assembly of their 12 x 12 page. At the end of the evening we found out that most of the vendors had matching page kits at their booths! So cool, the first night we created the first 10 pages of 10 double page layouts!

Friday found us up and in line at the convention center for early vendor faire entry. Because we had each registered for at least four classes (okay in our cases it was 5+ classes each) we were able to get into the vendor faire an hour early. Sadly, think Disney early entry.... where many, many others qualify for early entry.

Heading toward the line:The early entry hype is part of what we enjoy. Vendors will walk the line encouraging shoppers to hit their booths; coupons and samples are dispensed... Did I mention that Starbucks is located next to the line? Think 1000 coffee hyped women waiting to scrap shop!!! A lot of the vendors have extra % off for the first 50 customers so it is important to have a shopping plan. ... Which we did!

Here we are doing that thing we do (note the $$ in Kathy's hand all set to be passed along):

The next two hours were a scrap shopper's dream..... Just about anything you could think of was available. Most of the big company vendors had their new paper lines available from CHA, as well as spellbinder new nesties, cricut products (though there was no gypsy), tools, embellies, .... you name it! The photo of the vendor faire DOES NOT show all of the booths... I couldn't fit it all in a single photo.

And this is where we do the thing we do:

Ohhhh, and guess who I met? Cricut Dan, the cricut man! Dan was just the nicest man and so informative. Almost every time I passed his booth he had a flock of women gathered around design studio and an expression machine. Gooooo Dan - the Cricut Ladies Man!!

I had two classes on Friday: an SEI class and a Quick Quotes class. SEI ALWAYS ( and I mean ALWAYS) does a great class. We always learn new techniques and they give out lots of door prizes. This was my first Quick Quotes class and I really liked the projects we created... and the instructor was fabulous. And of course for the four hours between my classes I was shopping.

Friday's haul of loot:

Saturday - okay we were getting tired. We started the day with another two hours of shopping, followed by classes again. Pat and I only had two classes on Saturday so we had more shopping time than Kathy and Suzanne. On Friday I shopped from a rough list... I was looking for a number of specific items and I found most. On Saturday I enjoyed strolling the booths and seeing what I had missed in my rush to fulfil my list. And the slower paced netted me a few unique finds as well as bargains.

Saturday's smaller haul of loot:

My Saturday classes were Basic Grey Latest and Greatest and a Technique Tuesday stamping techniques class. I love the BG class and take it every year. I liked the TT class as well.

Here we are in the Technique Tuesday class:

I realize that this is a "broad stroke" view of the convention. But I must add: if there is a CKC scrapbooking convention any where you are near, do not walk, RUN to the nearest convention.

My Bags are Packed (well nearly)....

My bags are ALMOST packed but I am READY to go... My friend Kathy, Pat, Suzanne and I are off tomorrow for the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte NC for three days of fun, classes and scrap-shopping!!!! I am currently deciding which adult beverage to pack.... I am leaning toward a bottle of red wine to help us settle down after our fun-packed days!

We have a long class/crop on Thursday evening and two classes each on Friday and Saturday. And.... I have my shopping list: Bazzill, new nesties, fabulous paper... and that one special find we manage each year!
If I have a decent Internet connection at the hotel I will keep you posted... If not, I will bring you up to date on Sunday.

The card above was a little stamped image I colored with my copics. I trimmed it out with Prima pink "Say it with Pearls". I had to add an image and this had not been posted yet!!!

Scrapping & Card-A-Palooza!

I attended a local crop with friends last Friday night and Saturday (thanks Amy!). I must say that as a group we covered A LOT of scrapping ground: layouts, challenges, Christmas tags, and cards.... Lots and lots of cards! Some of us worked on Christmas cards, some of us worked on all purpose cards. It was a card-a-palooza! I personally did a little bit of all of the above. I completed a number of double page layouts, sixteen Christmas cards, and three all purpose cards. I thought I would share a few of my projects with you:

Celebrations Scalloped Tag and A Bear Die

This week's challenge cut at Bitten by the Bug is the scalloped tag from the Celebrations cartridge along with a bear die that we received from this week's sponsor, Go Kreate. The bear die included several accessories as well as two body cuts. I chose the sweet baby bear "shy" body, the diaper, paci, and rattles.

I tried cutting the bear in black, thinking a baby black bear would be adorable, but he was too dark. So then I abandoned reality and went with a soft pink bear with blue accents.

I used Stampin' Up paper to cut the tag shadow and card front. I thought the 1 inch ribbon and bow were a nice touch too. And of course I added doodle dots to enhance my sweet little bear.

Cuttlebug Spot Challenge - It's a Contest!!!!

The Cuttlebug Spot challenge of the week is to use your favorite cuttlebug folder on a project. Along with their designers' projects for inspiration, they have a contest going.... To win all eleven of the new Cuttlebug folders!! How great would that be?

I used more of my Fashionista Paper... I just LOVE this line of paper ... and made a joy fold Fashionista card. And I used my favorite cuttlebug folder, Swiss Dot, and embossed it twice... just to add interest and additional texture. I also used nesties on this project - to cut the image on the front of the card and the mat on which it is mounted.

I have on previous occasions pondered a closure for the joy fold card. I decided to give it a try. I punched a circle of the Fashionista cherries using a 3/4 inch circle punch and placed it on a pop-dot. I used a small ribbon loop that wraps around a popped cherry dot. Voila, a closure!

I used a large circle punch and punched out some of the images from the back side of one of the Fashionista papers to create some visual interest inside the card.

Be sure to go by the Cuttlebug Spot and see the great projects!!!

Stand and Salute Two Sailors for Their Service

If you are a follower of this blog you know that frequently I refer to "my friend Kathy". Kathy is a great friend, a talented scrapbooker, a dancer, and among the many other wonderful aspects of her character and life, she is the mother of two wonderful adult children. Her son Kyle is in the Navy, serving in the Pacific.
I had the pleasure of watching Kyle grow up. He was my daughter's first prom date (though ironically she was more interested in hanging out with her good friend, Kyle's sister Diana, than paying attention to her date). And now a man in his twenties, Kyle sails the seas serving our country.

True to his nature, Kyle has made friends amidst his fellow sailors. In a call to his parents a few weeks ago Kyle made an unusual request: could his mom and her friends send mail to his friend "Cuddles" (Don't ask... it's a nickname) who never gets mail. Like Kathy's other friends, I sent off a card to Cuddles.

Recently I acquired the Stand and Salute cartridge. On Sunday afternoon I decided to design two cards, one for Cuddles the mail-needy sailor and one for Kyle. I cut and assembled the cards yesterday. I used the same background paper for both cards, but went with different designs.

I especially liked the dog tags pictured below as well as the silver stars on the card pictured above. I purchased the silver paper on a whim, but have found so many ways to use (sparingly)my two sheets (I still have 2/3 of a sheet left!!).

I truly hope that Kyle and Cuddles like their cards.... I know that making them was a tiny, tiny thank you for what they are doing. They deserve so much more....