Blog Hop, Blog Candy, and a Birdcage!

Happy Monday everyone!  If you are following the Bitten by the Bug2 blog hop you arrived here from Lori's blog - Welcome.  If you are one of my regulars popping by please do take a few minutes and visit all of blogs on the BBTB2 blog hop.  The Design Team members have created awesome projects to share. 

The challenge cut this week is the birdcage or bird house from the Straight from the Nest cartridge.  I chose to use this simply lovely birdcage to create a unique wedding card! 

I used three pieces of cardstock to cut the birdcage, a silver metallic for the top layer, a charcoal print for the middle layer, and a high glitter sparkle cardstock for the shadow layer.  Using scissors I removed the single bird from the cage and added my love bird couple.  I also added a little heart, a ribbon bow and a few gems to the cage.

Next I cut a gate fold card in soft pink cardstock.  I scored the folds with my scrorepal and affixed the birdcage to the left side of the card front.  Using the charcoal cardstock and the Picturesque cartridge, I cut for decorative corners for the front of the gate folds.

As you open the left side of the card the tag on the right side is revealed.  Using the same charcoal cardstock and a stamped image, I added a Mr. and Mrs. stamp to the middle of the tag.

The inside of the card was embellished with decorative corners which leaves lost of space to write a personalized message.

Before you head on your way, remember that I have blog candy!!!  Just leave a comment and you will be in the drawing for a $25 gift voucher from CUSTOM CROPS!!!  Who doesn't like to do a little free shopping?  I know I do!  I will draw a random winner on Thursday morning before I leave for the Circle Crop in Atlanta!

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop. The final stop on the blog hop is at the blog of our beautiful and talented design team sister Krista.

A Case of the Vapors

I am down with a case of the vapors!  And you know how the vapors are - consequently I did not get my BBTB2 project finished for this week.  Actually I am having afternoon headaches - very unpleasant headaches - that are keeping me out of commission.  I believe the culprit is our weather.... 70 one day, 80 the next, 60 and windy the next..... My internal barometer has run a muck!  I will return later in the week.....

Flip flop fun with Everyday Cricut

Hey there!  It is my week as the Saturday Designer at the Everyday Cricut blog.  We have had a mini heat wave here in SC which inspired me to craft a little summer fun!  Flip Flop summer fun!!

For details on how you too can create a pair of pool ready flip flops, hop on over to the Everyday Cricut blog for instructions and additional photos. 

The one page cut file is available for download in the left column of this blog under the title, Flip Flops with Flowers.  

I hope your weekend is inspired.  I will be back again on Monday!!

Ms. March Guest Designer at the Cricutolics Forum

 Top of the mornin' to you!

I am this month's guest designer at the Cricutolics Forum over in the UK. If you have not previously visited the Cricutolics Forum please do follow the link and pop on over.  It is a fun site.

Given that I am guest designing on an International forum, I decided to skip right past Presidents' Day (because really, the UK doesn't care about our silly colonial celebration!) and jump ahead to a fun holiday we can all sink out teeth into.... St. Patrick's Day!!!  I feel certain that my Irish ancestors are all cheering this choice, just as surely as I know the Scottish and English ancestors are rolling their eyes in my direction!

I used three cartridges to create this card, George and Basic Shapes for the base card and the printed sections, Designer's Calendar for the large and the single shamrocks as well as the hat, and A Child's Year for the shamrock border.   My design calls for a white base card, green and white solid cardstock, and three to four Celtic or green print papers.

 The cut file for this card is available for free download in the left column of the blog, under the title Shuttered Tri-Fold St. Patrick's Day Card.     Even if you do not want to create a St. Patty's card, the cut file does contain the base card pattern.

Heart Wrapped Votive with MS Seasonal Art

Happy Valentine's Day!  This week it is my turn to select the weekly "challenge cut" at Bitten by the Bug 2 and in honor of Valentine's Day, I chose the heart border AND a decorative heart from Martha Stewart's Seasonal Art Cake cartridge.  I must tell you, the cake cartridges offer so much more than just cake cuts!  I love paper crafting with this particular MS cake cartridge.
Originally I designed a heart shaped card in design studio using this week's challenge cuts.  However, while looking at the votive candles on my dining table in the wedding vignettes, I decided to return to the Cricut Design Studio drawing board.   
I welded four sets of heart borders (the first of the two challenge cuts) together.  I then attached four lacey hearts (the second of the two challenge cuts) to the heart borders.  I completed these welded cuts in a fun, flirty pink cardstock.

I cut the welded shadow border hearts in white cardstock.  And finally I cut four more of the lacey hearts in white, with basic hearts from the Calligraphy cartridge inserted to remove the middle of the hearts.  This created the lacey white accents on the large hearts. 

After attaching all of the pieces together, I added pink accent stones using the I-Rock tool (LOVE my I-Rock).  

The photo below shows more of the details, the the light photographed a bit too yellow. 
If you have not already done so, please do go by BBTB2 and check out the fabulous Valentine's created by my FABULOUS design team sisters!   They are an amazingly talented group of women who manage to "rock it" each week at BBTB2!!!

Winter blogging blues and Wedding Fun

 (Small arrangement)

I do not even need to tell you that I have been a BAD BLOGGER this week.  I had good intentions, but they did not grow into good results.  I think I have a bit of the crafting/blogger blues.  I suspect I was more disappointed about the Spellbinder's team than I admitted to myself.  And also I have had this lovely distraction and centerpieces. 

 (Large arrangement)

I spent two days this week playing with wedding centerpieces, even though the wedding is not until 12/12!!  Yes, I am insane!   Crissie and Aaron will be visiting this weekend to do a bit of wedding business, so I wanted to show Crissie what I have been thinking in terms of her centerpieces.  I have convinced her to go with 1928 Depression Glass vases so I thought she might like to see them filled.

On Saturday we are going to view and make a decision on Sacred Heart Cultural Center as a venue.  Both Doug and I love it and think it would be perfect for their Scottish/Vintage wedding.  But the bride and groom get final say.

This is the venue that Doug and I love:

 And another view with a less formal wedding.

 Crissie's colors are red, white, black and a touch of silver.  That is why I used the cranberry tablecloth.  Her centerpieces will sit on vintage 17x17 inch napkins with vintage accessories, simple votive candles, and vintage framed table numbers.  We think red tablecloths in this venue will be beautiful at Christmas time.

So now you know where I have been.  I will be back on Monday as it is my week to host the BBTB2 blog challenge.   I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Blog awards

I have been completely overwhelmed with the kindness of my blogging peers.  I was awarded this Stylish Blogger Award not once, not twice, but four times over the last few weeks.  And those who shared the award with me are amazing bloggers themselves!! 

Please take a few minutes and check out these four wonderful blogs.  There are sooo many amazing blogs available - it is difficult for all of the blog readers to locate new and exciting blogs.  Take a look at these four blogs and enjoy the stylish-ness of each!

Thank you to each of these wonderful bloggers for sharing their award with me.  I am going to borrow from my friend Donna Mundinger and suggest that each person with a blog go ahead and post this award on your blog.  I love all of the blogs I visit and I think we are all stylish in our own way.  
Happy Friday!!

Victorian Card with Spellbinders

Happy Thursday!  Let's get to the "good stuff" right up front today - the winner of the Custom Crops sponsored blog candy.  The winner is lucky comment number 49, who is:

~JulieH~  who said...
"Wow Susan what a fabulous design! Love this card and the birds heart 
done in pink looks just gorgeous.Love all the extra details too"

Congratulations Julie!  You will be hearing from CC soon!

Now on to today's card.  This was the card I entered to round two of the Spellbinders design team tryouts.  It is the card that let me down.... :-(

This card was created using Spellbinders label 14 on folded cardstock, with the edge of the die placed just above the fold so as to not cut that end of the card.  I then cut a single layer of label 14, folded it in half and affixed it to the top back of the base card.  This created the top flap and the fold out portion.

To create the layered flap I cut the same die two more times, once in gray print and once in smooth cream cardstock which had been stamped with a GinaK stamp.   Using scissors I cut the two additional cuts in half and layered them under the front flap.

I cut the front message area with circle and scalloped circle nesties.  The closure flourish was cut from a Christmas set of Spellbinder dies. 

I decided that the top flap needed a little more detail so I cut a solid pendant shape and then trimmed it in half, affixing half to the front of the top flap.

And that flower??? That was created during flower surgery.  The netting was formerly the outer petals on the flower, but I did not like it with this card.  I took scissors and cut away the netting, reshaped it into a loose loopy bow and topped it with the flower center.

I finished the card by stamping an additional Thank You sentiment inside the card.  I actually was quite pleased with this little cutie!  And I will use my nesties to create shaped cards in the future!

Winter Wonderland using Spellbinders

I have news to share - I did not make the cut on round two of tryouts for the Spellbinders team.  I was disappointed, but I know that their team is highly competitive.  The good news is that I may now show my projects with you!

My entry for round one was this 12 x 12 inch layout.  I used two colored  sheets of cardstock topped with snowflake printed paper.  The snowflake print made a lovely, low-key background on which to build the layout elements.  The first element I added was a Stampin' Up stamp which reads "Winter Wonderland" stamped on my snowflake print.

I used my Grand Calibur with grand label one to cut the two layer matting and the main photo.  I used nesties label one to cut the mats and the smaller photo.  I also used snowflakes number one and cut red and blue embellishment snowflakes.  The snowflakes were topped with red buttons tied with white embroidery floss.

My page border was created using a Spellbinders lacey border cut four times.  I mitered the corners and topped the corners with snowflakes or tags.  The WINTER tag at the bottom left was created using label 14 and a stamp.  I penned in the date at the bottom of the label. 

I will admit that I was a disappointed at not making the cut, but really it was fun to try out.  And I was able to get this great photo scrapped!!

Remember that I have blog candy up for grabs in the previous post.  A winner will be drawn a Thursday.