Summer Nights at BBTB2

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Do you live where there are fireflies?  Well, they are prolific here in Nebraska and it just doesn’t seem like summer until we see their twinkly lights once more!  Unfortunately, there are no fireflies where my grandchildren live, but I can’t wait until they visit in the summer and participate in a traditional lightning bug hunt.  And I will be prepared with this layout!

The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is Summer Nights–use a Cricut cut of stars, campfires, fireflies or anything you associate with a hot summer night.

The background paper is from a retired Close To My Heart collection called Florence.  The Cricut cuts are from Summer Love, Simple Pop Up Cards and A Child’s Year (font).  I took a firefly from the pop up card, attached it to a hexagon and then “sliced”.  After placing a yellow layer behind the firefly hexagon, voila! a nice embellishment that I duplicated for the border along the edge of the page.  Love Design Space!!

Pop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the Summer Night projects by my design team sisters.  Then get out your Cricuts and create your own Summer Nights artwork to link up for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


Birds of a Feather Challenge at BBTB2

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is Birds of a Feather which means you are challenged to create a project using a Cricut BIRD cut.  There are probably hundreds of bird cuts on the many Cricut cartridges, but believe it or not, there are not many peacocks!  I found this one on French Manor and I think it is very elegant.

I used paper from my scrap pile for the background and the top layer of the peacock.  The bottom layer is glitter paper and the purple cardstock is from Close To My Heart.

Here is a close up of the proud and glittery peacock that sits front and center on my card!  I think he is a beauty!

Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects using a BIRD cut.  After you create your own bird project, please link it up at BBTB2 for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


Welcome Summer!!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is SUMMER!  It’s June and the hot weather has arrived, at least here in Nebraska, so time to start thinking about summer activities.  And nothing says summer like a day at the beach with a cute little boy who is quite the beach bum!

I used Cricut cuts from several cartridges–Photo Fun (sun overlay), April Showers (word “sunshine”) and Pack Your Bags (sun with a face).  The paper is from a summer themed collection by Authentique.  I just love the feel of pure joy and excitement in these photos of my grandson!  If only that feeling could be bottled up and shared…

Please top over at Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects which celebrate SUMMER.  Then we’d love to have you link up your own summer projects for all of us to enjoy!

Hope it feels like you are “walking on sunshine” today!   Laurie


It’s a Birthday Celebration at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating BIRTHDAYS!  I chose to get out my new Little Dreamer  Paper and Cardmaking Thin Cuts bundle for the first time to make this cute birthday card for a little girl.  I used the Artistry and Artbooking cartridges from Close To My Heart to make the birthday sentiment on the front of the card.

The card design is a center panel step fold and I found the directions on Pinterest.  I thought the center panel would be the perfect way to feature that adorable unicorn!  What little girl doesn’t love unicorns?   Everyone needs birthday cards to have on hand, so here is your chance to replenish your supply!  And while you’re at it, link up those cards at Bitten by the Bug 2 to share with everyone!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Something WONDERFUL is about to happen!!   Laurie


Graduation and End of the School Year!

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I am happy to be the host for this week’s challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  As a former teacher, I always keep the school schedule in the back of my mind, so I thought it would be fun to create projects this week with school in mind.  So, get your die cutting machines running and make some projects to celebrate a graduation, the end of the school year, or even a thank you card for a teacher!

I needed graduation cards for two of my nephews–one from high school in Pennsylvania and one from the University of Nebraska.  I found this great step card SVG file from Lori Whitlock and thought it would be perfect to spell out the word GRAD on the inside.  The graduation paper and some of the embellishments came from Doodlebug.   Silver metallic paper accents make this card really pop!

Take a look at the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week and then please link up your projects!  We love to see your awesome artwork!

I hope all you moms out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day!   Be awesome today–Laurie


Celebrating Mother’s Day at BBTB2!

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We are celebrating Mothers this week at Bitten by the Bug 2!  The design team was asked to create a Mother’s Day project and nothing says “mother” to me like roses.  I found this beautiful row of roses from A Walk in My Garden and a Mother’s Day card was born!

I used various colors of Close To My Heart cardstock since I know it will ALWAYS cut perfectly on my Cricut and patterned paper from my stash.  The sentiment is also from CTMH.  I think any mother would enjoy receiving this pretty card!

Check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2–you will be sure to find some great Mother’s Day inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by–always remember something WONDERFUL is about to happen!   Laurie


Don’t Bug Me!!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use an INSECT cut on your projects. Well, I have recently been playing with the Dreamin’ Big papers from Close To My Heart and it has a cute bug print paper, so that was my inspiration!  There is a Thin Cut/Stamp set that goes with this paper, but I wasn’t able to purchase one before they sold out, so I went to my old friend, Design Space instead!  And there are a lot of bugs on Design Space, let me tell you!

I chose insects from Garden Soup, Dinosaur Tracks and Potions and Spells to crawl up the side of my layout.  I think they go great with the papers and the “totally boy” photos of my grandson.  All the other embellishments are from the Dreamin’ Big Complements package.  Unfortunately, this collection retired on April 30 and is no longer available.

For the right side of the layout, I chose flowers and the “explore” title to go with the photo of my grandson examining some early spring flowers.  He seems to enjoy flowers as much as his grandma!

Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and see the other design team projects with INSECT cuts!  Then help us celebrate spring by sharing your own “buggy” projects!

Thanks for stopping by–make today awesome!!   Laurie