Monday, February 24, 2014

Stenciling with Cricut Cuts


Hello friends!  Welcome to this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  My very talented Design Team sister Maureen chose this week's challenge - Use a Cricut cut as a stencil.  I have to admit that I found this challenge to be a bit more challenging than normal!  In fact, while I was in Spartanburg at the fund raising crop, my friend Peggy had to offer ideas on how to use a cut as a stencil.  I now realize that the options are limitless and I could have done so much more!


I call this card, "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing!"  I cut three flappers from the Art Deco cartridge (a 1920's themed cartridge that is fabulous) and placed them on a stage dancing (I kept joking about adding a pole to the card, but I did not add poles).  The more I looked at the dancers, I realized that they could be in a store window as mannequins, so I decided to add off-kilter window frames, trimmed with gems, in front of the dancers!  Can't you just picture the window display workers hanging the off kilter windows in front of the dancing mannequins?


I used my stencil to create the background Broadway stage effect, utilizing a cut from the Artbooking cartridge.  I ended up coloring in the negative areas and going back and adding marker highlights to the positive areas.  I matted the stage/window area onto a wonderful chevron Graphic45 print.

I finished the bottom front of the card by adding a strip of cotton lace across the edge of the window/stage area and topping the seam with champagne color seam binding ribbon.  I love seam binding ribbon.  It has silk feel and texture, without actually being silk!
When I was formatting the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog last night I was completely in awe of the stencil projects created by my fabulous Design Team.  These ladies rock!  You are going to love the cards, layouts, and home decor projects they created using stencils.  This was such a great challenge idea and I do hope that you join us in the Stencil Challenge this week!  But first, head straight over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and checkout the fabulous Design Team projects!



Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy President's Day & A Thank You


Happy President's Day!  In honor of the Federal Holiday here in the USA, the Bitten by the Bug 2 team has been challenged by our Design Team sister, Laura, to craft a patriotic project.  I pulled out Cricut's Heritage cartridge and created this Presidential card.  Because I was not sure what to do with this card after today, I gave it to my friends Susan and Jan, who are participating in Operation Write Home.  I hoped that perhaps this might be useful to someone in the Armed Forces.


I used three Cricut Heritage cartridge cuts to create this card:  the Silhouette of my George Washington-like gentleman, the ink well and quill, and the parchment scroll.  I thought the colors and layers worked well together.


The photos above and below offer you closeup views of the card Cricut cuts.  I must thank my friends for sharing their crafting supplies with me so that I could complete this challenge.....


I was away this weekend, in Spartanburg, SC, working a fundraiser for my friend Jan's daughter.  Some of you may recall that last fall my friends and I held a fundraising crop for Jan's daughter, Terri.  Terri's medical bills and expenses continue so we planned a weekend crop at Scrapbook Creations in Spartanburg.  The event exceeded our expectations and we have not only a wonderful group of scrappers to thank for that, but also Scrapbook Creations and their generosity.

I had to transport snacks and a ton of prizes to the weekend crop, along with the supplies for the wedding crafts that were on my to-do list.  Well, I remembered all of the prizes and snacks and wedding supplies, but I completely forgot to add a selection of solid card stock  and my paper trimmer to my travel bags!  My friends Peggy, Jan, and Beth all contributed supplies to this card!  It took a village for me to complete this week's BBTB2 challenge!  Thanks friends!

Speaking of Scrapbook Creations, if any of you live within driving distance of Spartanburg, SC, you owe it to yourself to make a visit to Scrapbook Creations.  This is a scrapbooker's paradise.  There are so many wonderful scrapping tools, papers, bazzill, supplies, classes, support staff... and add to that, a great cafe and ice cream shop.  It is truly a one-stop wonder!  Once you arrive onsite, you do not have to leave until you "HAVE" to leave!  You can shop, craft, and eat all in the same store!

Thank you all for stopping by today.  If you have not already done so, please head over to BBTB2 and check out the patriotic projects the design team created for President's Day!

Happy President's Day!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ice and Snowmageddon


Hello Friends!  Welcome to Icemageddon!  After a weekend in the 60 degree temperatures, Mother Nature has once again teamed up with Mr. Freeze (think Batman villain) and they are implementing their diabolical plan on the Southeast.  Things were so bad here that the Weather channel's Jim Cantore was in town, informing us that we are located in the epicenter of this storm.  Thanks Jim, I think we figured that out with a glance at the  map!


When you look at these photos you should be aware that it has NOT snowed yet.  We are supposed to get snow starting tonight... anytime now, actually.  The white in these photos is ice.  Everything is iced over here in Aiken.   The first three photos are from my front yard.  I am currently avoiding the back yard.  Doug told me that part of the woods came down on our azaleas.  I should have asked about my blueberry bushes, but to be honest, I am not sure that I want to know.


I ventured no further than half way down our drive way and across into our front yard.  Doug went and knocked ice off of the DirecTv dish and he went out back with the Duncan.  Not me, man.  I am cozy and warm and staying inside.


Meanwhile, facebook is full of photos of our frosted town.  The traffic circle on Lauren's Street is generally a very busy place.  Not so today, though there are some tire tracks in the ice.


Lauren's Street, the main shopping area down town, was closed today.  In fact, everything was closed today.  Aiken is officially iced over.



I hate to see this, in the photo above some of the very old magnolia trees have lost large limbs.  I have had limbs falling in my back yard as well.  When they break it sounds like an explosion.  The limbs just cannot support the weight of 1.5 inches of ice.  By the way, it was not really snowing.... Google added the snow to the photo for me.  I thought it was pretty so I kept it!

And for you golf fans (MFJ - Jayne) this is for you:  This is a photo from the Augusta Nationals today.  It is only seven weeks until the Master's tournament.  The grounds keepers are going to be busy removing fallen and broken trees and limbs, as well as clearing the debris.   But in seven weeks this same scene will be resplendent with a green carpet of grass and fabulous blooming azaleas!


Not wasting my day too much, I have been working on Valentine's for Bethany's students.  I should have plenty of time to finish them as there is not school today or tomorrow for local students and teachers.  Hopefully we will be back to normal by Friday.  I am just thankful that unlike 10 years ago during the ice storm, we have not lost power.



Monday, February 10, 2014

Creative Space Share


Hello everyone.  This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we have decided to do something a bit different.  We thought it might be fun instead of our weekly challenge to host a scraproom/craft space share.  The design team member are sharing their creative spaces with you and it is our hope that you might share your space also.  Our DT creative spaces vary from a corner of a room to full, designer inspired craft rooms.  My own creative space is a bit of a cluttered mess.

My scrap space has grown and changed so much through the years that I have been scrapbooking.  I started scrapping storing my supplies in a box in the dining room.  I finally claimed a desk, purchased a rolling cart to hold my paper, and purchased a small hutch for the desk top.  I scrapped on that desk out of the corner of my bedroom for probably five - six year.  

When we purchased a new house in 2007 I claimed the smallest bedroom as a scraproom.  I used half of the room and had a twin bed set up in the room.  Within a year I had claimed the whole room and that bed was history!


My main work area is an L shaped desk.  I tend to do all of my cutting, stamping and assembling while seated at this desk.  My most used tools are in the three drawers pictured above, with inks, markers, stamp blocks, etc. all within arm's reach.  To the right are my favorite solid (CTMH) card stock, score board, and scraps sorted by color.

To my immediate left on the desk are my two most used cutting machine.  The Silhouette Cameo is on top of the desk, my Cricut Expression 2 is on a shelf under the desk.  Also within reach are flowers, glues, Stickles, buttons, etc.


Behind my desk chair are three different storage areas.  First are the cubes that hold so many supplies - my metal dies and matching stamps, kits, die cut machines, and stamps sorted into cases atop the cubes.  The cubes also store my Cricut cartridges, embossing tools, MORE stamps, xyron machines, etc., all  of which are stored inside the drawers.


To the left of the white cubes are smaller natural wood cubes.  These cubes store my printed card stock, sorted by them or manufacturer.  Next to the cubes is a solid color card stock tower.  And on the floor in front of the tower is a pile of card stock that needs sorted and putting away.


My craft space also houses my sewing area.  I have this heavy table with a flip up leaf that hold my embroidery machine  The table is very deep so that gives me lots of additional storage and work space.  My scrapbook travel bags are stored under the sewing area.  This room also contains a full size closet with six large shelves ceiling to floor.  I am NOT going to give you a peek into that area!

The Bitten by the Bug 2 Design Team would love for you to share your creative space with us.  It is amazing what we can learn from one another's craft spaces. It is also amazing how our craft spaces change and grow with us.  Please stop by the BBTB2 blog and check out the great craft spaces the DT has shared.  Use the linky under this week's post to share your creative space.




Friday, February 7, 2014

Stamp Club Love Valentine Card



Hello Friends!  Wednesday evening was our first CTMH Stamp Club meeting in 2014.  We had postponed the meeting one week due to snow and ice last week, but we still had plenty of time to complete our planned St. Valentine's Day card.   It worked out wonderfully that the group could also use the new Spring/Summer 2014 CTMH catalog/idea book.


This card was created using one cartridge, my current St. Valentine favorite, Victorian Romance.  I cut the scalloped heart background, the lace heart topper, and the double layer word LOVE using the cartridge.  The tag was cut with the Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge.

I used the NEW(!) IVY LANE paper pack on the card.  Ivy Lane is such a pretty and versatile printed card stock packet.



I used light pink seam binding for the bow on the card and tied it to the lock area of the scalloped heart.  I used a Cuttlebug 5x7 inch embossing folder on the scalloped heart.


I saved the heart that cut out of the center of the lacy heart.  Using the same Happy Valentine's Day stamp that I used on the front of the card, I stamped the cut out heart and affixed it to the inside of the card.

Each of the ladies that attended the stamp club meeting made the same Valentine card, though each added her own personal touch to the card layout and design.



NEW CTMH CATALOG & NEW PRODUCTS



I am currently shipping copies of the new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 catalog. If you would like to receive a copy, please use the Paypal link in the upper right sidebar to purchase your copy, shipping included, for $5!  There are so many cute, cute, cute projects and products in this catalog, it is truly more of an idea book!

The new stamp of the month set is so darned cute!  Think - What did the Fox say?  TheWild About Love set opens the door for so many creative ideas!!




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And did I mention that there is a February Sales Special?  Oh indeed I did!  During the month of February, you qualify to receive a free embossing folder for every 2 packs of bulk cardstock (single color or combo) you purchase! That is a savings of $8.95! Select from 5 new embossing folder designs—dot, chevron, quatrefoil, damask, or stripe—when you submit a qualifying order.



That my friends, is a lot of inspiration!!  And a lot of new products to covet!  Did you know that you can earn free products by hosting a CTMH Gathering?  If you would like to get together with your paper crafting friends, make a fun project, have a good time, and earn free products, shoot me an email or give me a call and I will tell you how that works!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Baby It's COLD Outside!


Hello friends.  Brrrr, Baby it IS cold outside!  What a crazy winter we have had all over the U.S.  Here in SC we have had snow - real live snow - and chilly temperatures.  It has been like a real winter, well except that real winter in the north has been horrid.  But what can one do when it is so cold outside?  Craft a few cold weather friends to lighten the mood!


I used my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file from the Silhouette America store to create 23 of these darling penguins.  My daughter, Bethany, is teaching her second graders a series of lessons penguins.  I made these cuties for Bethany to clip onto the top of the students' papers for display.

Bethany told me that she would be laminating the penguins so that she might protect them in order to use them again in the future.  Oh what a smart woman!


New on the wedding front:  John's nieces are going to be in the wedding as a junior bridesmaid and flower girls.  Bethany has already selected their dresses, but we will be joining Grandma Ross and the girls this Saturday to order their dresses in the correct sizes.

Bethany and I have been finalizing the menu with our caterers, adding appetizers to the cocktail hour and other small changes.  We are thrilled to be working with caterers who so fully embrace Bethany's vision for her wedding.

I have begun work on the invitations.  I will be using spellbinder dies to cut many of the layers after the printing is complete.  I cannot wait to be able to share photos with you.

NEW CTMH CATALOG & NEW PRODUCTS



I am currently shipping copies of the new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 catalog. If you would like to receive a copy, please use the Paypal link in the upper right sidebar to purchase your copy, shipping included, for $5!  There are so many cute, cute, cute projects and products in this catalog, it is truly more of an idea book!

The new stamp of the month set is so darned cute!  Think - What did the Fox say?  TheWild About Love set opens the door for so many creative ideas!!




And did I mention that there is a February Sales Special?  Oh indeed I did!  During the month of February, you qualify to receive a free embossing folder for every 2 packs of bulk cardstock (single color or combo) you purchase! That is a savings of $8.95! Select from 5 new embossing folder designs—dot, chevron, quatrefoil, damask, or stripe—when you submit a qualifying order.




That my friends, is a lot of inspiration!!  And a lot of new products to covet!  Did you know that you can earn free products by hosting a CTMH Gathering?  If you would like to get together with your paper crafting friends, make a fun project, have a good time, and earn free products, shoot me an email or give me a call and I will tell you how that works!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine Love Card


Hello friends!  Today is Monday and that means it is time for our weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  My dear Design Team sister, Jayne, from Jayne's Designs, is the host of this week's challenge.  Jayne challenged the DT to use a Cricut heart cut and create a Valentine project.

I do quite love (no pun intended) St. Valentine's Day and all of the doilies, hearts, cupids, and other trappings of the occasion.  I even decorate my home for St. Valentine's Day.  So, of course, I was looking forward to this St. Valentine challenge.  There are so many Cricut heart shaped cuts, as well as several Valentine themed cartridges, that I had a difficult time deciding which to use.  In the end, I chose to use the Victorian Valentine cartridge.  I do so love the sweet cupids on this cartridge.


I used three elements from the Victorian Valentine cartridge to create my card.  In the photo above I used the previously mentioned Cupid cuts.  I cut the base layer in pale pink and the top layer in red card stock.

I chose the heart and the scalloped heart shadow to create the double heart embellishment in the middle of the card.  I welded two hearts and the two scalloped shadows together.  I cut the shadow in red and the top layer in pink (the opposite of the cupid cutting pattern).  I used a small embossing folder and embossed the top layer of welded hearts.  I added a strip of double edged pink scalloped lace with a pale pink bow made of seam binding and applied the hearts over the layers.  


For the bottom third of the card front, I used the two layer LOVE cut.  I cut the shadow in red and the top layer in white.  I embossed the heart only, which holds the space for the letter O in the word love.  


I used an Anna Griffin die to cut the pretty white cut in the background.  I matted the white cut on a pink background, with a second matting of pink and white print card sock.


You do know that we so love it when you join us in the weekly challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2.  I do hope you decided to join us this week for the St. Valentine Heart challenge.  You must use your Cricut and cut at least one heart for your project.  Please check the challenge rules in the sidebar at BBTB2 for all of the details.   While you are there be sure to check out the fab projects the DT created for you this week.  They rock!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I do have a couple of new project to share with you this week - so I will not be ignoring my blog all week long again!