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


Tags and Bags at Bitten by the Bug 2

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to create a gift bag or tag.  I chose to make a gift bag for a family member’s upcoming birthday.  The Cricut cuts are all from Billionaire, a cartridge that I don’t think I have ever used before.  Billionaire has fabulous vintage masculine images and the great “argyle” background that I used on my gift bag.  I think I’ll use these same images to make a matching birthday card too!

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see all the great tags and bags projects created by the design team.  We love it when you link up your own projects too!

Thanks for stopping by–do something awesome today!   Laurie


Flowers, Flowers, Flowers at BBTB2!

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Summer is the time for flowers and that’s what the theme at Bitten by the Bug 2 is about this week–FLOWERS!  I decided to go simple and make some floral Sympathy cards.  The flower cuts are from Flower Market by Close To My Heart.  I used a woodgrain embossing folder on the white background and popped up the flowers to add some texture and interest.

To create the layered ovals for the sentiment panel, I used a set of nesting dies that I had in my stash.  The sentiment is from a retired Close To My Heart stamp set that I use all the time.  Some stamps are just too great to ever give away or sell and this is one of those for me!

Please head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see all the beautiful flower projects created by my talented design team sisters!  You will be sure to find some inspiration.  Then link up your projects there to share with everyone.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope today will bring you lots of smiles!   Laurie


Summer Water Fun at BBTB2!

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I’m so happy to host the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  I chose the theme Summer Water Fun for you all to play with this week.  Of course, your first thought might be the beach or pool, but what about sprinklers, slip and slides, surfing, boating, fishing, water skiing, water balloons, kayaks, cruise ships and so much more?  And if you live in hot, dry, rural Nebraska, your main water fun might involve irrigation pipes or pivots!

I chose to document the first time my new grandson went swimming in the family’s backyard pool.  I saw a similar project on Pinterest where the waves were rows of torn paper, but I decided the Cricut could do the work for me.  The wave cuts are from Crocs Rule and the title is from When I Was a Kid.  All the cardstock is from Close To My Heart and the stamped images are also from CTMH.  This little guy is certainly “born to swim”!!

Please take a minute to stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2.  There are some wonderful design team projects related to Summer Water Fun that you won’t want to miss!  Then link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your week is off to a great start!    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


Sweet Summer Goodies!

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I LOVE ice cream!  I mean I REALLY love ice cream!!  And that fits right in with the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2–Sweet Summer Treats.  Ice cream really is the perfect summer treat (even though I do eat it all through the year), so I decided to make a card honoring this favorite of mine!

I used some of the last paper from a summer themed pack from Authentique, another of my favorites. The Cricut cuts are from Sweet Treats (ice cream cones), A Child’s Year (font) and Bits and Pieces (banner).  The solid cardstock is Close To My Heart and I did heavy edging with CTMH Chocolate ink.  The inside sentiment says “more than ice cream”.  Please head on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to find out what other Sweet Summer Treats are featured in the projects of my design team sisters.  You’ll be sure to find something to make your mouth water!  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy–we love it when you share!

Life is short so you should ALL eat ice cream today!  I know I will.   Laurie


Feeling Patriotic at Bitten by the Bug 2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating Independence Day and everything PATRIOTIC!  I designed this layout in Design Space using the Stand and Salute and Independence Day Cricut cartridges.  The background paper is from Authentique and the cardstock is Close To My Heart, of course!

Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 for more PATRIOTIC inspiration by my design team sisters!  Then please link up your own projects to share with everyone!  We love it when you share!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Make it a great one!   Laurie