Monday, February 26, 2018

Greatest Hits - Rerun Post

Just Beachy Wedding Card


Hello friends. I do not have a project for today's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  I had a crazy week.  So instead of joining the team, I am going to share a post from July 2016.  I hope you enjoy.

I am so excited to share this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge project with you. I just LOVE this card!  The challenge for the week was selected by our amazing Emily, who sadly is out on leave due to relocation.  Emily chose a very summery challenge:  Use Pool or Beach cuts on a project.  

My project is very beachy, but it is also chocked full of golden highlights and an elegant monogram.  I created this card for my friend Peggy's son and his wife.  Mark and Caroline were married earlier this year in private ceremony. Later this month they will have their married blessed in the Greek Orthodox Church and we will celebrate the blessing at a beach themed reception.  I thought the card should match the some elements of the reception.


I used only one Cricut cartridge on this card, Dimensional Scenes-Mermaid. I also used a font from my computer to create the monogram.  The background paper is from Close To My Heart, a monthly special earlier this summer.  It has wide white and gold stripes.  The shells are cut in a beautiful CTMH aqua colored card stock, a special from earlier this summer.  The beautiful coral and gold layer is from the same CTMH paper pack.

I used a gold metallic self adhesive paper to create the monogram.  I used a monogram friendly font from my computer, welded the letters together, and adhered them to the card front.  I love the gold elements on this card and I positioned the card in the photo above so that most of the gold elements were highlighted.  


Have you already visited the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog today?  If not you need to head right over there as soon as you read the rest of my post.  The design team came up with A-MA-ZING projects this week.  They completely WOW-ed me!   And with inspiration like they provided, I hope that you are moved to join our challenge this week.  Create your new Pool or Beach theme project and link in at the challenge post at the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog.  I cannot wait to see your projects!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Snowy Winter Night



Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.

For today's card I am using the Memory Box Snowflake Swell thin die. The paper is from the Swedish company, Maja Design.  The line of cardstock is called Joyous Winterdays.  I purchased the papers through a British papercrafting company. The embossing was done with a Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I finished the card with gold CTMH sequins.


Have you been by The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog yet this week?  You have to see the fabulous Christmas projects the design team has created to inspire your Christmas crafting!  Then join us in the weekly challenge.  

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Birthday Tiny Dancer


Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  My Design Team sister, Laura, selected the this week's challenge theme - Laura asked us to break out those Cricut licensed characters and use Disney, Hello Kitty, Pixlar, etc. cartridges. What a lot of choices! I love Kitty and Mickey, but in the end, Hello Kitty won the day with this girly birthday card.

I used a number of cartridge on this card:


Hello Kitty Font - The ballet Kitty
Shall We Dance - Point Shoes
Elegant Edges - Background scalloped edge
Create A Critter - Kitty's flower head piece
Martha Stewart Birthday Cake - Font

I finished my card with some simple white gel pen dots.

My hope is that YOU will join us in this week's challenge. If you have not already done so, please go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and see the way the team used to of the Cricut Licensed Character cartridges.  Then please create your own project and join us this week!!





Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine Shaker Card


Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  I am hosting this week's challenge, Valentine Hearts!  I want to see your Valentine projects - cards, layouts, vinyl, or home decor - featuring Cricut cut hearts!

My project this week is this Valentine Shaker Card.  I have not made many shaker cards, so I am never very quick with them.  This card was no exception.

I used Cricut Basic Shapes and three additional Cricut cartridges to craft this card.  The basic card shape and the matting layers were cut using the square on Basic Shapes.  The eyelet trimmed hearts, which layers together to make the shaker section, was cut using the Sweethearts cartridge.  The word love came from Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art.  And the Cricut drawing was from Photo Fun - Holiday Memories, the Floral Paisley Drawing, edited using the Contour (remove) feature.

I used confetti from my scrap stash, meticulously picking out the red, pink, and aqua heart sequins, as well as red and pink round sequins, to fill the shaker area. The shaker window was cut from clear package plastic (like that which cartridges come in).  I save the flat pieces of clear plastic and use them when I need a "window" added to a project.

If you have not been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog, you truly must go check out the cute Valentine heart projects that the design team created.  Also, as you are finishing up your Valentine projects this week, I invite you to link up with the challenge post and share your project with us.

Thanks for stopping by today. 



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Embossed Poinsettias Card


Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.


My card for this week was created using the Altenew die and stamp set, Poinsettia and Pine. Using Versa ink, I stamped a poinsettia on red cardstock and heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder. Using the large poinsettia die, I cut out the image and add sequins to the center of the flower.

Continuing with the Versa ink and gold embossing powder, I stamped three poinsettias, pine branches, and berry stems on the white background layer. After heat embossing I used water color markers to color in the berries and flower centers.


I cut a rectangle in pale pink cardstock and mounted the poinsettia.  I used the Peace die and cut the word in gold metallic cardstock.  After laying the card elements, I finished the card by adding a few sequins around the main poinsettia.

Have you been by The Merry Christmas Challenge blog yet today? Janis and the design team have created very festive Christmas projects to share with you and to inspire your Christmas crafting. I hope that you will join us this week and create your own Christmas project.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Let's Flirt St. Valentine Card



Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. Emily, my totally sweet design team sister selected this week's challenge theme - Valentine's Anything Goes!  That means you can use any Cricut cut you would like to create a St. Valentine project to share with us at Bitten by the Bug 2.

I used one of the Cricut Make it Now projects for my card this week.  But being me, I had to make a couple of changes to the project (because I am all about customizing).  This Valentine uses two cartridges - Mickey Love at First Sight and Basic Shapes.  

The card actually exists on the Mickey Love At First Sight cartridge.  I took the card and added a lace effect to the edge of the white heart. I also changed some layer colors.


I really like the sentiment, Let's Flirt, and thought this would be a perfect Valentine card for my husband.  I think it is fun to flirt with my spouse, even after 36 years of marriage. We sometimes flirt on the computer by commenting on one another's posts, repeatedly with exchanges.  We had a back and forth going in comments one day when a friend popped in on the thread and asked if we were on two different computers in the same house while carrying on the exchange.  She laughed when we told her that indeed we were. 


Have you been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog today? The design team has created some adorable St. Valentine projects using their Cricut machines.  You should go take a look, then join us at BBTB2 with your Anything Goes Valentine project!