We’re So Lucky at BBTB2!!

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I am so LUCKY to be hosting the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  With St. Patrick’s Day coming in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be fun to get LUCKY with our crafting projects.  The challenge this week is to use the word “lucky” or symbols of LUCK (horseshoes, clovers, rabbit feet) on a project.  We can all use a little reminder of the wonderful things in our lives that make us truly LUCKY or we can wish a special someone GOOD LUCK!

I made a simple scrapbook layout using a cut from Flower Market by Close To My Heart that was perfect to describe this picture of me with my two grandsons.  The paper is from Hello Lovely, also by Close To My Heart.  I added a few gold glitter gems and a ribbon as embellishments to let the photo and the subtle colors of these papers tell the story of this special moment.

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the projects created by my amazing design team sisters.  You will feel so LUCKY after you’ve seen their fabulous work that I know you’ll want to create one of your own to share!

Take time to reflect on the little things in your life that make you truly LUCKY!!   Laurie


Fifty (or Three) Shades of Green!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, the challenge is to use three different shades of GREEN!  My project is home décor that will be framed and hung in my three year old grandson’s bedroom.  His walls are aqua, so my shades of green have a hint of blue.   I used Sea Glass, Lagoon and Peacock cardstock from Close To My Heart.

I was so excited to find this cut on Design Space from Intricate Cut Quotes since it’s the words to the song “Skidamarinky Dinky Dink” that I have sung to my oldest grandson since he was an infant.  In fact, the other day this song came up on a children’s CD that was playing in the background at daycare and he immediately said, “Hey, that’s Grandma’s song!”  Made my heart melt!

When cutting this intricate cut, I was again reminded of how amazing Close To My Heart cardstock is for use with the Cricut.  The first time I cut the top layer, I used cardstock that I got from a craft store.  I liked the color just a little better than the Lagoon, so I gave it a try.  But the cuts were not clean and I would have had to spend a bunch of time trimming and clipping to make it look decent.  So I threw it away and reached for the CTMH paper which cut perfectly!!  Lesson learned–again!!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects using shades of GREEN.  Then “think green” yourself and share your projects with us–we always love to see what you create!

Hope your week is off to an awesome start!   Laurie


Cute Alligator Birthday Card

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to create a project using any cute animal Cricut cut.  Well, I don’t know if there is anything cuter than a dancing alligator, do you?  I needed to make a birthday card for a young girl and I think this one will be perfect!  The cute little alligator came from the cartridge Twinkle Toes, one I have never used before.

I embossed the white background with a Happy Birthday embossing folder and used a stamp from Close To My Heart for the sentiment.  The only embellishments needed were a few white gems, some coordinating banners and little white glitter paper.

Head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the cute animal projects made by my design team sisters to get your own creative juices flowing.  Then share your own projects with us at BBTB2–the world could sure use a few cute animal projects these days, don’t you think?

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!   Laurie


Red and White at Bitten by the Bug 2

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is to create a project using RED and WHITE.  I made this simple card from Flower Market and Art Philosophy(retired) cartridges by Close To My Heart.  It was really hard for me to stick to only two colors so I just had to add a splash of green for the flower’s stem.

I used two retired embossing folders which are on clearance from Close To My Heart (Diamonds and Dots) to add more interest and texture to the card and popped up several elements using dimensional foam.  The white layer behind the flower is cut from glitter paper.

Please hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful red and white projects created by my design team sisters.  Then get busy making your own projects to link up for us all to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Eat lots of chocolate this week in honor of Valentine’s Day!   Laurie

 

 


Celebrating LOVE at BBTB2!!

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Love is in the air at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  The design team was asked to create a project to celebrate LOVE–perfect since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  I made a card using a cute image from the cartridge Valentine’s Day.  Hashtags are everywhere these days!    The paper is from a Simple Stories collection.  I fussy cut the metallic heart and some of the hearts and popped them up with dimensional foam to add more interest.  I think it makes a cute and trendy card for one of my Valentines!!

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 this week to see the other projects celebrating LOVE!  Then link up one of your Valentine projects for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Make this an awesome week!   Laurie


Skating Through Winter at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is all about SKATES!  Use a Cricut cut with skates, a skater or even the word “Skate” to create a project, then share with us at BBTB2.

I chose this beautiful figure skater image and frame from Winter Woodland for my design team project.  I loved the graceful lines of the skater and the soothing colors of the paper from the Little One paper pack by Craft Smith.  It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a layer of shimmer from the Gold Glimmer Pen by Close To My Heart.  It really adds that extra “something-something” to a project!

When I tipped the card a bit, then the shimmer is more visible.

Please stop by Bitten By the Bug 2 to see the other Design Team projects that are all about SKATES!  Be sure to share with us for your chance to win a wonderful surprise box full of Cricut goodies!

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start–find ways to make people smile today!   Laurie


Winter Themed Challenges DT Project

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This week I am double dipping!  My project is for BOTH the Heart 2 Heart challenge (COLD HANDS, WARM HEARTS) and the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge (SNOW MUCH FUN). Unfortunately these challenges are way too appropriate for those of you in the Midwest dealing with the huge ice storm slowly making its way across your area.  Ice is so much “trickier” than plain old snow, so I hope all of my family and friends back in southeast Nebraska stay warm and safe!  On the other hand, I will be enjoying the abnormally high temps here in the Florida panhandle!  (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

Now back to the challenges at hand–wouldn’t this layout be perfect for a special wintry photo?

All of my Cricut cuts are from the Flower Market cartridge by Close To My Heart.  The background paper is from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection and the cardstock is New England Ivy, Glacier and White Daisy.  It is hard to see from the photo, but the snowflakes and the “Winter Wonderland” were cut with white glitter cardstock.

Please stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges site and the Bitten by the Bug 2 site to check out the winter themed projects created by the two talented design teams.  Then link up your own projects to share for even more inspiration!  We love to see your artwork!

Thanks for stopping by!  Do something AWESOME today!!   Laurie