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!

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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tie Close Celtic Knot Treat Bag

Here's another St Patrick's treat bag from the SVGcut set. This one is a Tie Close Celtic Knot Treat Bag. I used sturdy patterned paper and matt gold and a green with a green and gold metallic card stock. It was a little tricky to put together because it has side scores that fold inside. Other than that - pretty easy to throw together.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Use Green Challenge

Here's another challenge from Bitten by the Bug2: use green on your project. Not hard to do when St. Patrick's Day is approaching. I made this cute clover box from SVGcuts "Lucky Day" for a Women's Club meeting and added a "happy st. patrick's day" stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes, a Stampin' Up! set. The lower part of the box is made with Recollections white glitter paper and the top portion is American Crafts card stock. Inside, I will add some paper grass and gold coins - how cute will that be? Here's the box:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"Just a Note" Cards

Here's two cards that I made while we were hunkered down during Friday's heavy snow and wind storm -- we were lucky to have heat and light! I used Tim Holtz patterned papers and put Glossy Accents on the flowers (can't see it well in the photos). And believe it or not, the green damask print is from my Christmas papers! The yellow below is Basic Grey paper and I like how it has the aged, distressed look that the Tim Holtz paper has. "Just a note" is from Cricut "Wild Card" cartridge, which was free this past week. I love the fonts and sayings in the set, and my project for the weekend is to cut a bunch of them up for future cards.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sending "Birthday Wishes For You"

Here's another set of Happy Birthday cards -- made with a new stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog: Birthday Wishes For You. The bright and cheery yellow card is colored in with alcohol markers -- and a bit of bling. The pink and purple card is made with blended colored pencils, clear stickles, and retired sequins. The blue one with alcohol markers and stickles.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Show Me Your Shamrocks Challenge

This week's Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is to make a project using using shamrocks. And how cute is this SVG? The file is from, and it is called "Feelin_lucky_5667" and the original looks like this:

I ungrouped the image in Cricut Design Space and enlarged the shamrocks so they would cut cleaner on the cricut, and added a few more. I used matt gold paper from Stampin' Up! for the "lucky" and the pot of gold and lucky horseshoe. The kelly green card stock that I used is Coordinations', but I didn't distress it because of I love the rich color it is has before being sanded down. I can see that the card still needs some tweaking - the "L" isn't quite lined up, but hey, crafts are not meant to be perfect, right?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Happy Birthday on a "Beautiful Day"

Here's a few of my recent birthday cards made with Stampin' Ups! Occasions' catalog Beautiful Day Clear-Mount Stamp Set. I used Stampin' Ups! watercolor pencils with their aqua painters (watercolor brush) and when dry, outlined the images in black stickles on a couple cards. I then added Rhinestone Basic Jewels and retired rhinestone strips. Not a quick card to make, but fun.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Vintage Fairy Cards

So in love with this vintage Graphic 45 patterned paper. It almost kills me to use it on some cards because I want to hold onto it some more. I added stickles, clear Wink of Stella, and Glossy Accents -- as well as some gold sticker Happy Birthday! sentiments.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Character Challenge

Here is my challenge for the Bitten by the Bug2 blog. So break out the Disney and other carts like Hello Kitty! It's so fun to make cards and layouts with these characters, even though they are usually intricate cuts. My card uses a Hello Kitty SVG from ETSY. I matched her to my cricut patterned paper and stickled her dress and flower. I then added a "celebrate" stamp from Stampin' Up! and punch the banner out with a matching punch. I love using that bundle -- makes card sentiments so easy to make.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sending Birthday Wishes

Sending birthday wishes with Lots of Lavender from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration catalog. I love the color lavender - and the flowers - so I had to qualify (free with $50 spent) for this limited edition stamp set. Matted onto Wild Wasabi green and Wisteria Wonder lavender, I added some splashes of blue for the background, rhinestones here and there,  and some stickles onto the Bushing Bride soft pink ribbon.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hearts for Valentines

Here is vintage-style layout that I made for Bitten by the Bug2 Hearts for Valentines. I used "Hearts and Love" from Love Struck 2010. I still love this mini cartridge. I also used the "Stamp" from Phrases on red card stock and stickled the edges to make it pop a bit. The Coordinations chocolate pink cardstock die cuts go nicely on the page, and I sanded the edges to show the pink color. I added them to discontinued Graphic 45 patterned paper (Place in Time Collection), which also gives these die cuts an antique look. 

Below is page 2 of the double layout. All that I need now are photos!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

ATC-Style Seed Cards

I came across these seedlings ATC-styled "journal cards" on a 12x12 sheet of patterned paper and fell in love. I used quite a bit of embellishing to make these mine: stickles (of course), Wink of Stella in clear, Glossy Accents, washi tape, and the most fun: microbeads. While going through my craft stash, I discovered that I have a lot of unused microbeads, and most of them I acquired through swaps with my crafty friends. I adhered the mircobeads with Glossy Accents, and I love how they gave the cards a multi-dimensional look. I will be using them in a lot more future projects!