Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Word Challenge

The Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for this two week period is to use a fall word in a cricut project. And it can be anything related to Autumn, Halloween or Thanksgiving. I used Mini Monsters for the Spooktacular title and the rickety fence. The cemetery hill is Happy Hauntings - it's <Grvyrd-s>, and you can't find it under a "graveyard" search. The photos mats are dripped goo - thanks to my old Martha Stewart border punch.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Coffee, Tea, You and Me

I am hosting Bitten by the Bug2's next challenge -- and it is anything about coffee or tea -- just in time for cooler fall weather! I used the cartridges Winter Frolic and Thoughts and Phrases (which is FREE on Design Space!). I think that I will do another version of this card -- this time with blues and lavender with white glitter.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Bridal Shower Box Card

I made a bridal shower box card for my husband's cousin. I used a lot of reds and purples because those are the color theme for her wedding. I also matched the couple's hair and skin tone - a fun way to customize a die cut. I added a rhinestone for the engagement ring - and it looks like a big rock! I hope that she likes it!

I used:

  • Winter Frolic for the gifts
  • Sweethearts for the words, umbrella, and the "will you" image of the couple 
  • Box Card SVG

Anything Goes Challenge

Here's my Anything Goes Challenge from Bitten by the Bug2. This box card was made using Simply Charmed (chimney), Winter Frolic (Santa), and a Quilted Christmas (sleigh). I also have my own "Santa Stop Here" SVG file and the box card itself is from I am just in love with this card -- not even sure if I could part with it! What I love most is how the cricut cut the glitter paper so beautifully and there is such detail even in a two inch die cut. I use the Cricut Air and used the intricate cut setting on the gold sleigh and Santa belt buckle.

Monday, September 3, 2018

In Honor of Labor Day...

Here's a two-week long Bitten by the Bug2 challenge: in honor of Labor Day, let's create some projects that celebrate what we do and how we do it - from a last day of summer BBQ to what we do for work.

Here's what my husband has been "working" on -- a new bridge to replace an old one. It's hard work, and I am proud of him -- working in all sorts of weather in a physically demanding job. Not for those scared of heights, for sure! 

I used a "System Font," which is Arial Black for the title, and the Handy Man (for the tools, construction horse and tool box) and the Destinations cartridges. I cut the bridge and title on silver foil paper. I also used intricate cut on the cricut settings - shocked that the toolbox lines cut so well (my glueing, not so good, lol).

Hope that you will join in on this challenge. And Happy Labor Day!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Hit the Beach - Or the Lake!

I am hosting this week's Bitten by the Bug2 challenge - "Hit the Beach - Or the Lake!". This was a fun project to make - I knew that I would have the perfect photos for it (as I took them to fit the layout lol). 

I used a combination of images - the title is from Miss Kate Cuttables - and I love the retro font. I added beach elements like the the waves (part of the surfer image from Create a Friend), starfish and shells (Pack Your Bags), hermit crab (Pet Shop) and sunglasses with flip flops (Pack Your Bags) - and the guy on the blanket (sunbather on Pack Your Bags) and Bracket Label (Phrases) for the journal box.

I wanted to share my layout process, just for fun. I began with some beach photos from this summer and found a patterned sheet of paper that reminds me of sand:

Then I chose my cricut cut shapes and priced them together. This is the part of the process that relaxes me. 


This is the drying time because I added stickles and glossy accents. I am starting to see the layout come together now.

But I hit a bump in the road with my textured sand. Either one would have worked out, but it's all dried out! I wanted to use it on the word beach in the title and on the bottom, next to the waves.

Here is my finished layout:

Monday, July 2, 2018

4th of July Box Card

Here's my 4th of July project for the Bitten by the Bug2 Design Team. I used quite a few images from Cricut and Miss Kate Cuttables. I used Summer Celebrations for the "4th of July" and rocket images. I also modified All Occasions Box Cards' Anniversary box card. I spliced off a layer off the inside strip and used the base box card for this 4th card because I liked the size of the file. From Miss Kate Cuttables, I used a free (at the time) banner and firework image - just sized them a bit differently for variety. I was surprised at how well the cricut cut such small, thin images in my glitter card stock. Check out the fantastic projects from the design team, and hope that you can join this fun challenge!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Swim Challenge

For Bitten by the Bug's weekly challenge, we are doing a summer swim challenge. I wanted to use up some patterned paper that reminds me of tiled pool walls. I used images from the Summer Celebrations and Pack Your Bags cartridges and coordinated the diecut color card stock to match the paper. It's been a layout on my to do list and glad that the blog pushed me to finish it. Hope that you can do this week's challenge!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Gold Graduation Card

Here's a gold glittered graduation card. It is a classy yet generic card that can commemorate any high school or college graduation.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Local Graduation Cards

Here's a few local graduation cards -- using the high school colors and cricut images from Graduation. I think that owl is adorable. I did print the school mascot and tried to use the print and cut feature in Design Space, but my cricut couldn't read the cut lines for some reason. And not enough time, it was quicker to fussy cut than call cricut support. Next time I try to print and cut again, I hope that I will have more time.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Father's Day Tool Box Card

Here's my project for the Bitten by the Bug2 design challenge: Father's Day. I used Handy Man and Father's Day cartridges for this project. Here is a view from the top:

And the view while it lays flat. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Congrats Graduation Card

I found this image on the internet, uploaded into Cricut Design Space, and turned into a cuttable file. I blinged out a girl on the silhouetted graduation card with gold stickles. I love the "movement" of the graduation caps against the ombre sky colors of the patterned paper, showing a perfect day for a graduation.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Graduation Card Challenge

Join us at Bitten by the Bug2 challenge this week, graduation, which I am hosting. Here is a set of graduation cards that I made. I used two cartridges:Happy Graduation (#M3E826) and Paper Dolls Teen Scene: (S-Occssn #M3F5E7 and T-Occssn #M41465). The paper dolls image titles don't say anything about graduation - and "teen" or "scene" didn't come up in a keyword search -- as well as graduation. I remembered seeing these images from a search months ago. So you are welcome for finding these these images ;)


Monday, May 28, 2018

Animal Challenge

I am hosting this week's Bitten by the Bug2 challenge: animals. This includes our adorable pets, furry feathered or even scales! Just fell in love with this pup!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Flower Challenge

This is a card that I made for Bitten By the Bug2's flower challenge. This beautiful flower image is is from Miss Kate Cuttables. Thanks for stopping by my blog -- and try this week's challenge!

So excited to learn that I was featured on Miss Kate's blog:!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Dancing Challenge

It's time to celebrate! Here's a novel challenge from Bitten by the Bug2: create something special that involves dancing. I found a Gone with the Wind SVG (as am working on a movie ATC for a swap), and cut the image in vinyl. I adhered it to glitter cardstock and matted it on special handmade damask patterned paper. You can see that the material is soft and doesn't cut clean - but I like the frayed edges.For my ATC, I simply matted the image on white glitter card stock onto black cardstock.

It looks like a wedding dance - or a romantic embrace - so I added the sentiment "For the Newlyweds" from Stampin' Up!'s Teeny Tiny Wishes. I embellished the with a Webster's tassel that falls above the woman's dress and pinned it up with a small brad.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fiesta Box Card

Of course I had to show you a bright and cheery fiesta-themed card for Cinco de Mayo. I made a Happy Birthday Fiesta Pop Up Card for a friend -- and she loved it! The cut file that I used is from SVGcuts.comBox Card Kit. Of course, I could have scored and then cut a 12x12 sheet of card stock, but that would have taken me far more time to do. The time-intensive cricut die cut images are from the Ole cartridge. Each image is two inches tall - and some of those cuts are minute. I cut the sentiment in black adhesive vinyl -- using Black and White free fonts from Font Bundle "Brilliant Bundle." What a great font - and the cricut successful cut it as the distressed font it is. The number 1 was fun to make - I glued on layers of shredded cut cardstock over a cricut cut 1, following the same color pattern as the outside patterned paper. I used retired patterned papers from Stampin' Up! And of course, Stickles.

Here is a view from the top:

The outside of the card box is flat.

And it fits nicely in the envelope:

Monday, April 16, 2018

Creative Die Cut Challenge

Let's get creative with our die cuts on the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge! Choose any image and use color, glue, glitter, anything that makes the die cut a little different. Hope that you will participate -- can't wait to see what you come up with!

For this card, I used Tinkerbell from the Disney® Classics cartridge. I matted her onto glitter cardstock - to show that fairy dust sparkle that she has in the movies. This is a very difficult image to cut - so when I cut the hair ribbon and lips, you could hardly see the cuts as they were so tiny! So I stickled on the items -- a much easier solution. I also added glossy accents on her wings and shoes to make it seem a bit translucent.

The stamp is from Stampin' Up!'s retired set: Endless Birthday Wishes. It's a keeper!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Marilyn Monroe ATC

I made another ATC for yet another swap. I forgot how much fun it is to swap paper crafts. The theme was movies, and I picked a classic: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I found this Andy Warhol-type SVG image of Marylin online and created the movie title text in Cricut Design Space. I think it came out pretty good -- here's to hoping my swap partner thinks the same!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Umbrella Challenge

This week's challenge is to use an umbrella - easy right? Hope that you can join in! The irony is that here it is April 2, and we received four inches of snow overnight! 

Here is my card with an adorable little girl in the rain. She is from the Create a Friend cartridge.  I also used an SVG - "Smile when it's raining" - from's Bundle Freebie - 2018-03-05. There are a bunch of sweet images there.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Happy Birthday Butterfly Card

This week is all about butterflies, so let's just hope that we don't get our weekly snow storm! Since it is technically spring now, join us at Bitten the Bug2 for a butterfly challenge. I know that you can make a beautiful project with your cricut machine and butterflies.

For my card, I used a free cut of the day: Blue Butterfly SVG from This was really difficult for me to piece together, and the final cut is far from perfect. I cut the butterfly in different card stock colors, with one being glitter. The outline and sentiment is black vinyl, a good choice because the outline is very delicate as is the font, Archemy from font The free (at the time I downloaded) bundle is called the Brilliant Bundle. I then tore the edge of the sentiment banner. But what I like most abut this card is the patterned paper that a friend gave me, which was the inspiration for this card.

Flower Box Card

I created this Flower Box Card using some beautiful pattered papers from Prima. The cut file that I used is from Flower Box Card KitI cut the flowers from scraps of card stock that I keep on hand for small die cuts. One thing about paper crafters is that we keep all scraps instead of buying more 12x12 sheets of paper. Being thrifty has its benefits! I used adhesive pearls from Stampin' Up! for the centers and inked the leaves in Pear Pizzazz green. 

The birthday sentiment is one of my favorites from the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin' Up! Here is a side view where you can see the card base.

And the card itself folds up nicely to fit inside a custom envelope. I have a happy home in mind for this sweet birthday card!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Happy Easter Layout

Our talented Susan from Bitten by the Bug2 is hosting this week's challenge: Anything Easter. Here's a throwback Happy Easter layout from 2011! As you can see, I am way behind in some scrapping! I love these Easter Egg Hunts that our town puts on for the children -- what sweet memories are then captured in a scrapbook. I used the cricut for all of the die cuts: Happy Easter, the bottom layer of an egg, and the grass border from "Easter 2010" -- and the bunny is from Animal Kingdom. Come join the challenge this week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Claddagh Treat Bag

I am loving svgcuts' Lucky Day file set -- and this is the Claddagh Treat Bag. I am not using their score file - just the entire image - and skipping the score. This way I can alter the bags a bit. So for this one, intend of it having a fold over top and inset sides, I left it as a box, with just a bit that closes over to the back. The ribbon holds it together nicely. Just using American Crafts card stock and my specialty gold and shimmer green. Oh and stickles. Always need stickles.