Monday, July 25, 2016

BBTB - Birthday Challenge

Hi all!

We are gearing up for another exciting trip - Canada/Niagara Falls with 2 of my oldest and dearest blogland/Cricut friends Ann and Catherine (Silly Skittles if anyone is still here from back in the day.)  The shenanigans are pretty extreme when Cat and I get together - Can. Not. Wait!

This week's challenge at Bitten By the Bug is birthdays.  Hollyn had a birthday party to go to so I made a little tag for the gift:


The Phrases cartridge has some great double layer tags - I use them quite a bit.  To get the little border across the bottom I made a duplicate of the top layer of the tag and positioned it on the border I chose and then used the Slice feature to get just what I wanted - so easy!  The cute little balloons are "Balloon Bouquet" from Miss Kate Cuttables.  It originally had 4 balloons but I used Make The Cut and cut it down to 2, took away the string and bow and then re-made a shadow that fit just the balloons.  A little embossing folder on the tag base and she had a cute little tag for her friend's gift!

Head over to the BBTB blog and see the other great projects and then make one to add to the blog!

Monday, July 18, 2016

BBTB - Travel Challenge

Hi all!

Well we are half way through summer already!  It seems to be going much faster than usual.  We took a trip into DC last week for the iceberg exhibit with a group of friends.  I forget how much I LOVE being in the city!  You would think I would go there more often.  This week my step mom is visiting and next week we will be heading to Canada to see 2 very close friends of mine whom I actually met on the original Cricut message board. 

Our challenge this week on Bitten By The Bug is Around the World/Travel and the timing couldn't be better for me to scrap the extra passport photo and story that goes with it from getting Pezza her new passport for Canada.


This is a bit of a new style for me with all the white space but I so rarely have a page with only 1 picture.  


When the lady was taking the picture of Pez she told her not to smile.  When I showed Pez the picture she laughed and said "That looks like the face I make when Daddy tells one of his bad jokes."  Hubby loves to tell corny jokes and does it SIMPLY to annoy her so I thought that was pretty funny.


We do most of our traveling by car with our camper so this little image was a must!



And I couldn't resist throwing on a few suitcases with my title - isn't that trunk fabulous!

I hope you can join the challenge and don't forget to hop over to the BBTB Blog and check out the other great projects the Design Team posted!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BBTB - Fireworks

Hi all!

What a terrible tie I have been having with my computer!  Talk about uncooperative for all things photo related which is huge part of what I use it for!  Not sure how I will get it fixed.  Nothing I have tried has worked so far.

BUT I did find some crude work arounds to finally get my project posted for the current Bitten By the Bug Challenge - fireworks!  This is page 2 that goes with last weeks page 1 of pics from Fourth of July last year.


We have a great time in our town on the Fourth.  It starts off with a Soap Box Derby Race a block from our house, next hubby rides in one of the engines in the parade put on by the Volunteer Fire Dept. and then our neighbor has a huge party with bounce houses, tons of food, lots of friends and a magnificent fireworks display at the end.  This year Hollyn actually drove the Volunteer Firefighter derby car in the race!  Can't wait to scrap all those pics - she LOVED it!


The 3 fireworks cuts and the hills are from Cricut cartridges.


Enhanced with Stickles of course!


The kids on the hills are from Kadoodle Bug Designs - I thought they were SO cute!


Here is the full 2 pages together.  I hope y'all can join our challenge!  Be sure to stop over on the BBTB blog and check out what the other DTs made!

Monday, June 27, 2016

BBTB - Stars

Hi all!

Quick post for y'all this week as it's very late and I have a busy week ahead!  Spent the last week up in NH meeting my little grandson so I am up late getting this posted in time!

Our challenge this week on Bitten By the Bug is STARS!  I have page 1 of a 2 page layout for y'all, page 2 will be coming next week:


Pics are bad this week as I lost my camera SD card at my sons AND I can't get Photoshop to open to edit them either!

These are pics from last year's 4th of July - these are from the parade portion.  Hubby is a volunteer firefighter and was riding in the parade.  We went with a big group of friends and beforehand the girls took over decorating the boy scouts' float.




This was such a fun layout to put together!  The Uncle Sam cut is from Scrapping Bug Designs - she had a GREAT sale last week and I picked up several things.  The rest are from Cricut cartridges.

Monday, June 20, 2016

BBTB - Twins

Hi all!

Pezza and I are in for an extremely exciting week - we are making the long, nerve-wracking drive up north to see Drake (my oldest), Dianne (DIL) and finally meet my little grandbaby, Julian!  He is 9 months old already!  It is incredibly tough being so far away but I know they are happy living up there.  Y'all will probably be seeing future scrapbook pages featuring this little guy!

This week's challenge on Bitten By the Bug is twins - you must include 2 of something in your project.  How easy is that to come up with something?  Pretty WIDE OPEN so come join us!  I ended up not going with my original idea when I spied this cut while scrolling through for something else:


So cute and SO EASY - it is all one cut from the Picturesque cartridge.  I decided to jazz it up a bit though by embellishing the 2 dragonflies.  Here is how I made them so incredibly sparkly.


When you load the cut into Design Space you will have 2 items - the blue background and the green dragonfly cut out.  I duplicated the dragonfly cut out so I had 2 of them.


Next I carefully snipped the 2 dragonflies off of the border by hand - quick and easy.


To make them so sparkly I first stamped the wings with my Versamark ink pad, then I used a dry brush to brush on Primary Elements Artist Pigment Powders.  If you are not familiar with these you need to be!  The colors are vibrant and beautiful. In addition, they have mica sparkle mixed in that is out of this world.  I used several colors on the wings.  I sprayed them with a product called Workable Fixative to make sure the powder did not rub back off.  (You can also use hair spray.)  Then I used Stickles (color is Patina) along the bodies.  I ran the background through an embossing folder for added interest.  Glue the dragonflies in place and add ribbon through the hole and you have a fantastic gift tag!

Be sure to stop by the Bitten By the Bug blog to see what the other design team members have created - they always amaze me!  Then join the challenge and post YOUR design for us to see!

Monday, June 6, 2016

BBTB Garden Challenge

Hi all!

I am happy to report the rain stopped last week.  However, it is already back this week :P  We dragging our butts into the last week of school with much kicking and screaming (by both of us truth be told!)  Talk to me again in July - I'll be ready for her to go back!

Our theme over at Bitten By the Bug for this week is Garden - so many possibilities with this one!  I had a few pictures of Pezza back from 2012 harvesting veggies in our garden and this was the perfect opportunity.


I love the grid look of Project Life but not the cards and pocket page protectors so I like to mimic the look.  I designed this layout completely in Design Space using 3 cartridges - Freshly Picked, Ribbons & Rosettes and Something To Celebrate.  Here's a few tips in case you don't know about them for doing layouts in Design Space.

  1. When you open your new project click on Set Canvas on the left hand side.
  2. Scroll down until you see the choice Scrapbook Layouts and click on that.
  3. Look on the right hand side - the last tab says Canvas - click on that.
  4. Now you can choose 1 or 2 pages, 12 x 12 or a custom size and even play with the background color.


The Freshly Picked cartridge had such a huge variety of cuts just perfect for a garden project including quite a few cute titles - this is the one Pezza decided on.  Isn't the little worm cute!


And the adorable little insects!


We spent a lot of time watering so there was even a faucet sprayer!


And plenty of snails and caterpillars....

One of the other things we do every spring/summer/fall is foster tiny rescue kittens and this year is no different.  Here is a much bigger Pezza with Little Emma.  We have 3 other babies and a momma cat too.


Isn't she just too cute!?

I hope you join in our challenge with a garden project of your own.  Head over to the Bitten By the Bug blog to see the great projects done by the rest of the DT members!

Monday, May 30, 2016

BBTB - Thank you/graduation

Hi all!

We got to enjoy our first run at the local swimming pool yesterday.  Other than that we have been cleaning cleaning around here.  The clutter and toys get completely out of hand!  Once she is back at school tomorrow the house will be clear so I can get some cleaning done!

We are also winding down the school year here and our challenge at Bitten By The Bug this week is graduation or thank you so I have taken the opportunity to get my thank you gift card holders made.  I always give Starbucks cards out and Hollyn has quite a team due to both 3rd grade changing classes with all 3 teachers plus her gifted program.  So far I have 2 done:


I use this file ALL the time for gift cards.  I just change up the front - I might use a card sketch for my design and then I change up the focal cut depending on the occasion.  For these Hollyn picked a set of files from Little Scraps of Heaven called Bookworm in Training - there are 4 different bookworm pics.  There were so many tiny pieces I went against my steadfast rule of inking all my edges but I think it's still ok!


I use a cut from Fabulous Finds called card holder and the coordinating insert.  The striped layer is Stamped Border from Ribbons and Rosettes.  Then I use glue dots to attach the gift card to the insert, have Hollyn write on the back and then slide it into the holder.  Easy peasy!


Here's a screen shot of the file I use over and over again with a past design - this way it's always sized correctly and I just have to work on the focal part.  I also keep some various gift cards on hand for birthday parties in case I forget to get my butt out and get a gift for a party.  Now to get the other 3 done!

Swing by Bitten By the Bug and check out what the other team members have made for the challenge and then join in on it yourself!