Christmas Gifts and Boxes at BBTB2

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Paper crafting is so much fun, especially at Christmas!  I love to make handmade gifts for my friends and family and there are so many great ideas out there from which to choose.  So I was happy to see the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week which is all about Gifts and Gift Boxes/Bags!  I found a video showing how to make this awesome woven snowflake and you can view it HERE.

I used Beary Christmas paper from Close To My Heart to make my snowflake.  You definitely need double sided paper for this project.  The embellishment was cut from the Artbooking cartridge along with circles from Cricut Basics Shapes

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the amazing projects from the design team.  You will be sure to find some inspiration there!  Then link up your own projects because we love it when you share.

Thanks for stopping by–do awesome things today!   Laurie

 


2017 Advent Calendar

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Last year I made a fancy 3D advent calendar shaped like a tree for my almost 3 year old grandson.  He had learned his numbers and I thought it would be fun for him to find each number while counting down the days to Christmas.  I loved the tree shape, but it was sure hard to mail it to Florida!  So for this year I needed to make something easier to mail and this advent “gift” was perfect.

I made 25 boxes with my Cricut Explore, lined them up to make a square and attached them with hot glue.  I then wrapped a ribbon around the entire set of cubes and made a fancy bow for the top.  I decorated each box with a Christmas image and the numbers.  (Yes, I fixed the number 15 LOL!)  Inside each box is a little treat I hope he will enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by today!  The change in weather here in Nebraska makes it seem a little more like Christmas!    Laurie


Thanksgiving–Anything Goes Challenge at BBTB2!

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It’s Monday and that means another challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2!  This week the theme is Thanksgiving–Anything Goes.  I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house later this week and thought it would be fun to make some decorative napkin rings.  I was inspired by a recent Close To My Heart blog post where they showed several ways to use paper crafting for your Thanksgiving décor.

I used a leaf cut from the new You Are Here cartridge by CTMH and clustered the leaves on a gold foil band which was embossed with the Leaf embossing folder.  Everything is tied together with some retired lace ribbon.  I think these napkin rings will make my Thanksgiving table very festive, indeed!

Now it’s your turn to create some type of Thanksgiving project–Anything Goes–and share with us at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Stop over to see the fabulous design team projects for even more inspiration!

If you would like to purchase any of the products I used to create these napkin rings, please shop HERE!  Thanks for stopping by today–I am thankful for YOU!!   Laurie

 


Stronger Together

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Wow, has the weather been crazy lately!  From hurricanes and floods to wild fires and earthquakes, it seems like Mother Nature has been on a rampage!  Close To My Heart has created a special stamp set called Stronger Together as a fundraiser for victims of these recent natural disasters.  One hundred percent of the proceeds of this exclusive stamp set goes to the Red Cross to help victims of these disasters across the U.S.  Take a look at the great sentiments on this amazing stamp set!

I just got my stamp set a couple of days ago and had to use it right away!  I made a pop up box card and used one of the sentiments as a focal point for the front of the card.  I also used the new leaf embossing folder on gold metallic paper to make a decorative border on the sides of the card.  The paper is from the Falling For You collection.

If you would like to help with the disaster relief with a donation to the Red Cross, please consider purchasing one of the Stronger Together (C1716) stamp sets.  I’m sure you will get lots of use from the awesome sentiments on this set.  The cost is only $13.95 and 100% of the proceeds (no commission for consultants) is donated to the Red Cross.  Shop HERE to get Stronger Together.  Thanks so much for your donation!   Laurie


Back to School–Already??

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week we are celebrating Back to School!  It seems impossible that this can already be happening, but here we are!  As a former teacher, I am so appreciative of all the hard work teachers do to prepare for each new school as well as the excitement of meeting and working with a new group of students.  So my design team project is a tribute to teachers everywhere–you really are true HEROES!!

I used paper from a school themed paper collection by Authentique for the background of my framed artwork.  The “superboy” image is from Create a Friend and the saying is an SVG cut that I purchased from the Lori Whitlock store.  I think I know a very deserving teacher who would like this project hanging in her classroom!

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects that are all about Back to School!  I’m sure you have a school themed project or two that you could share with us!

Thanks for visiting today–make it a great one!   Laurie


Going 3D at Bitten by the Bug 2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to make a 3-D project.  I have several Cricut carts with three dimensional shapes, but I thought I would look around on Design Space to find something new to me.  When I found this explosion box from the Mini Albums cartridge, I knew this would be perfect for my project.  Explosion boxes have been around for a long time, but I had never made one yet!

The paper and dimensional stickers all came from my considerable crafting stash.  I made a second 3-D item to decorate the top of the explosion box.  This Happy Birthday cut is from the Pretty Packages cartridge and I think I need to investigate this one more!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects.  Then link up your own 3-D Cricut projects for everyone to admire!  We love it when you share!

Have a wonderful week!   Laurie


Fun Insta-Cube Birthday Card

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I was finally able to spend some quality time in my craft room today!  I purchased this SVG cut file from Lori Whitlock’s store a while back and decided this was the day to try it out!  This is called an “Insta-Cube” and I made the birthday version.

The box and insert all lay flat so you can actually mail this fun card.  However, I would suggest that this be given in person so you can appreciate the surprise of the recipient when the card pops into a cube!  The card starts out as a small rectangular box with an insert that slides out.Once the insert is out of the box, it pops into a cube that is decorated with all kinds of cute birthday images. Here is another view of the other sides of the cube. The box pops open because of a simple mechanism with a rubber band!  All the directions for this Insta-cube card are well explained in a video available on the Lori Whitlock website.This is one of the first SVG files that I’ve used with my Cricut Explore and it worked great!  It was very easy to download the files to my computer and then upload the files into Design Space.  I really don’t know what I would do without my Explore and Design Space any more.  So many possibilities!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!   Laurie