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!

Monday, May 23, 2016

BBTB - Towel Challenge

Hi all!

It's fitting that we just spent the weekend at a water park since that is what I scrapped for today's challenge!  But today's pics happened way back in 2012!  I am a little behind in y scrapping, though I tend to skip around.  This weekend we went to an indoor water park at Massanutten Resort - I highly recommend it to anyone living in VA!

Our challenge this time around at Bitten By the Bug is to use a towel cut out on our project - perfect time to pull out some swimmy pics to scrap!

I used cuts from all sorts of places on this one!  Let's start with the towels - I cut out a little girl from Paper Dolls for Every Day - I had to use to different poses - the bathing suit girl had something else in her hand so I replaced it with a towel from a girl who was ready for her bath.  I also decided to "hang" towels on corners of 2 of the frames.

Every now and then I come against something I can't figure out with my Explore - this time I couldn't figure out how to cut her out without the facial features )I like to use my Peachy Keen face stamps instead.)  Now if I was thinking clearly I would have just added a blank circle to my design in Design Space so it would be the right size but noooooooooooo.  I thought SURELY I could just cut out a circle using a nestibility.  However, NOPE so the face is awful but I waited until the last minute so too bad so sad.  Anyway, I used a scallop square from Elegant Edges as the mats.  The splash and the sun are SVGs.  The green double border is from Holiday Cakes - GREAT borders!

The water slide is another SVG - there are some great sites to buy SVGs!

Another thing I LOVE about the Explore - I can make my own SVGs!  I made this title using Make the Cut and then uploaded it.  Make the Cut is so easy to use and I don't need the internet.

I hope y'all will head over to BBTB and check out projects by the other design team members and join our challenge!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Gift sets

Hi all!

Is your weather as schizophrenic as ours?  I was wearing shorts in February and March and this weekend it was SO cold!  I was planning on getting my veggie garden in since I missed it last year and it hasn't stopped raining long enough to get anything done!  The local store had seedlings out over a month ago - I don't know that there is anything left to buy now!

I wanted to post some little gift sets I made for my closest mom friends, I don't know what I would do without them!  I worked for the last 8 months at our local quilt shop which I have been shopping at for years and I saw some great fabric that I just HAD to use for my friends.  I decided to make them each a set of 2 potholders and made some big gift tags like my Mother's Day cards to go with them - easy to do in Design Space.  I just kept the flower design, popped in some tags and cut:

In addition to my paper crafting I absolutely love to sew/quilt!

I made 5 of each style - I have 2 other friends in mind for the last 2 sets.  The first style has this amazing wine themed fabric on the bottom and a strip of fabric with corks across the top.

The backing fabric is pretty awesome too!

The second potholder is beer themed - I couldn't decide between 2 different ones so I used both.  Then down the side I added some peanut fabric.

They were a hit!  Do you have any other hobbies in addition to paper crafting?

Monday, May 16, 2016

BBTB: Tree challenge

Hi all!

We finally went on our first camper outing this year last weekend.  We were a little late getting started but finally made it out for a quick trip up to Twin Grove Resort in PA - our first time there and we will definitely be going back!  Our goal for this trip was to do a little coal mine touring/learning.  Hubby's dad's family worked in coal mines in that area until they were closed in the 30s.  They lived in a small town called Centralia which is the site of an underground coal fire that has been burning for more than 50 years!  The town is completely gone now - razed by the government after they forced everyone out due to the fire.  Hollyn's favorite part of the trip was playing in the stream that ran through the campground with a couple friends she made:

Which is funny since my project for Bitten By The Bug is a layout of another camping trip in which her favorite part was a hike along a stream:

The challenge this week is to use trees on a project so I thought it would be a perfect time to pull out some camping/hiking pictures.

This is my tree cut from the Zoobaloo cartridge.  I decided to give several of the trees a little embossing to jazz them up (I don't use my embossing folders nearly enough!)

I thought this hiking boot from the Campin' Critters cartridge would make a perfect little embellishment.

The best thing about the Cricut Explore versus the previous machines is the ability to use SVG cuts and I added cuts from Miss Kate Cuttables and built up several little scenes.  (Right now her entire store is 20% off - you have until the 14th!)

I added some embossing to my rocks too!  I just love the versatility I get with my Cricut Explore - one machine that can do it all now.

Please join us at the Bitten By the Bug Challenge these week and show us some trees!