Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gray Ombre Quilled Paper Flower Shadow Boxes


I've been working on quilled paper flower shadow boxes lately. They are very time intensive, but I love the final result. The shadow boxes are 8x8 and from Michael's. I used Recollections card stock - the ombre colors were in a pack, but I changed one color group with another Recollections paper pack's gray, so there was more of a contrast between grays. The cricut-cut "friend" vinyl is "My Best Friend" image from the Phrases cartridge. 

How did I make it? I followed the instructions from this video by CrystalAnn and tweaked a few things for my purposes (for example, I needed one extra flower per row and had to make the flowers tighter to make it fit the frame). CrystalAnn provides the cut flower image, so the sizing is correct for an 8x8 frame. I used a regular (old) quilling tool and then switched off to using the tool in a drill. It did not work! The flowers were way too loose, not to mention getting a hideous paper cut. You need highly wound flowers to fit in the frame, so I had to rewind them. I also ordered new quilling tools after making this lol! I used a glue gun and adhered white card stock to the shadow box backing. Overall, I think it came out nice, even though some flowers are not quite the same size, but that's a beauty of handmade, right?

Monday, May 13, 2019


The next BBTB2 challenge is music - what a fun challenge host by the talented Caroline.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Celebrating Easter

Let's celebrate all things Easter at Bitten by the Bug2! From Easter eggs and bunnies to religious sentiments, create a project with your cricut on this theme.

For my project, I cut some Siser vinyl using the Skinny font from It was such a fun project to do! The words that I used for one set were: Happy, Easter, Faith, Risen, Jesus, and Blessed. For the other set: Happy, Easter, Bunny, Hip, Hop and Peeps. I think that they will make great gifts!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Something Green Challenge

Our next challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 is something green. I made a St. Patrick's Day box card. Here's the images that I used - and I cut all on the intricate card stock setting.
  • Clover, St Patrick's Day - Designer's Calendar
  • Grass border - Easter 2010
  • Leaping Leprechaun, Pot of Gold - Simply Charmed
  • Rainbow - Noah's ABC Animals
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Monday, February 25, 2019

Thank You Challenge

At Bitten by the Bug2, we are having our next challenge - make a Thank You Card. We can always use a thank you card in our stash. So please join us, and use your cricut to create something that someone will love to receive in the mail.

I used a border from Creative Cards and the Thank You cut from Paper Lace. I welded the border to the top card base, which was a rectangle shape. I then contoured out the lace holes in the border strip. I cut the image on shimmer cardstock on the light card stock settings. I cut the Paper Lace layer using American Crafts card stock on the intricate card stock setting. I then matted the cuts onto a purple background. Now it goes into my card stash, waiting for the perfect occasion to say thanks. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hearts Challenge

For Bitten by the Bug2 challenge, hearts, I used the Sweethearts and Holidays Through the Year Iron-On cartridges and free SVGs. 

The hearts on my card are found on the tiny flowers from Sweetheart's Three Heart Flowers -- as are the wings on the love birds (a free image of the day from Miss Kate Cuttables). Such dainty images - I cut them on the intricate card stock setting and they cut beautifully! And the tiny stems glued on to the card base hold nice too. The silhouette couple was a free image that I saved last year. I don't remember where I got it though. The girl was supposed to be holding a flower - but that was too thin to save, although it did cut.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #373

Here's a Freshly Made Sketch challenge that uses up some scrap papers. 

I've been holding onto these scraps for a long time because of I love the coordinated colors and the patterns. I also love seeing the different cards that are made with this challenge. And I think that I am going to make some more using more of my coveted scraps. My stamp is from a Stamping' Up! retired set. It's such a great birthday sentiment go-to, and the stamp is die cut with their new rectangular stitched framelits, which is fast becoming a go-to also.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Everything's Coming Up Daisies

This next challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 is to use a daisy - or any flower - on a project. Love this challenge especially during a cold January! 

I used the following images (and most of them on the intricate card stock setting):
Stamping: Daisy Chain
Flower Shoppe: 3-D Flowers
Free SVGs: Sun and grass-clipart-2 from the internet
Free Font: Antebellum

This was a free font with a commercial license. But if someone can explain to me why my font had solid letters and turned to an outline after ungrouping, welding, and attaching, I'd love to figure this out for next time. Here's the difference:

This was my first time printing and cutting on a shape. Now I am ready to do more attaching in Design Space.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Snow Challenge

We're hosting a snow challenge at Bitten by the Bug2, so pour yourself some hot cocoa and turn on your cricut machine. For this project, I used images for the following cartridges:

Winter Frolic: Snowflake, North Pole and Snowman (M38124)
When its Cold Outside: Snowman "There is Snowman Like You" (M38BD5)

For the tiny title, I used the intricate cardstock setting for most of the cuts, especially for the tiny title -- I am surprised that it cut so well. For the glitter paper, the glittered card stock setting. The paper still tore, but I blame the soft paper not the cricut machine. I also used a new glue (to me) for the tiny cuts -- On Point Glue from Joanns Stores. The tiny nozzle worked nice - But I hope that it doesn't become clogged like other brands have. 

This is a cute card for Valentines Day or a just thinking about you.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Coffee and Roses Card

I made this card with a Digi Stamp by STAMPlorations (Designed by Shery Russ): found at this page. I used 
Stampin' Blends Marker alcohol inks for the coloring and a brown spray mist for that old look. I also added stickles, and I liked the coffee bean texture that it gave the card. Here's a few more, in different color schemes, with different Stamping' Up! sentiments:

I also followed the sketch Challenge #321by the Paper Craft Crew - a fun challenge.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Holiday Gift Tags Challenge

In the season for giving, time to create some gift tags! Bitten the Bug2 is challenging you to create some holiday tags - from simple to fancy, from Hanukah to Christmas (and any other holiday), show us what you can do. 

The three tags that I have made include images from a "Christmas" cartridge: a Reindeer
#M43930 cut out of thin wood veneer, The "Christmas" part of Happy Christmas #M3B79CHolly #M440F0 and Pine Bough #M3ED32 (both of which I used only the base layer). The pinecones were simply rolled flowers - and instead of rolling them tight, I pulled them from the middle to make it look outstretched. Christmas and Noel were chipboard that I added glitter to. I used a lot of distress inks, stickles, and glitter.