Monday, July 8, 2019

Anything but a Card

Wow - this next BBTB2 challenge is a tough one for me! Anything but a card! I first started crafting as a scrapbooker, but as I accumulated too much pretty paper, I began making cards, so many that I started selling them at craft fairs.It's so much fun to see responses from people who buy my I was pretty stumped to figure out what to create....

Monday, June 24, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

For Father's Day

We have a BBTB2 challenge for Father's Day, so come by the blog to check out the projects. Here's mine: a box card for hubby.

Father's Day: Tools, Superdad
Summer Celebrations: Happy Father's Day, Shoulder Ride 

Monday, May 27, 2019


Bitten by the Bug2 is featuring a graduation challenge. I created what I think is an adorable graduation box card. I just love the little girl graduate and the owl. The patterned paper, believe it or not, are old left over scraps that were laying around, begging to be used! The card stock is American Crafts. The metallic card stock is from Hobby Lobby. The background patterned paper is the sky - a fun element in the throwing of gratin caps into the air.

The images are:
Create a Friend: graduation and happy graduation
Happy Graduation: caps, confetti, owl, congrats grad
Font: Cricut sans original 

I hope that you will join in on the new challenge!

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, April 8, 2019

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.