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


It’s Pumpkin Time at BBTB2!

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And Hello to October!  This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating October with a Pumpkin challenge!  I really had to restrain myself from just taking a photo of my latest Pumpkin Spice Latte and post that for my project, but then I realized that would not involve a Cricut cut LOL.  So I went to Design Space instead to do some searching for something new.

The cut was on Cricut Access and came from a collection called Intricate Seasonal Art.  It has three layers and let me tell you, it really is an intricate cut!  I think the top layer took at least 10 minutes to finish!

It’s fun to try something new so why don’t you take a look at your cartridges and pick a new pumpkin cut to try!  Then link it up at Bitten by the Bug 2 for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  It might be a great day for a pumpkin treat–just sayin’!   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


Banners and Signs for BBTB2

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The Bitten by the Bug 2 design team was asked to create projects using a Banner or Sign this week.  I recently saw a canvas project with a cute bunny and the words “hippity-hop” at a store and used that as my inspiration.  Instead of putting my cuts on a canvas, I decided to put my design in an old rustic frame that I had laying around in the basement.

I used the beautiful Hope paper collection by Authentique.  There is just something about soft blues and browns that appeals to me lately.  The bunny was cut from the Easter 2010 cartridge and the banner and “hippity hop” were from Artistry by Close To My Heart.  I think this cute bunny will make a fun addition to my Easter décor!

You really should check out the other projects containing a Banner or Sign at Bitten by the Bug 2 and then get busy crafting so you can share your projects too!

Thanks for stopping by today–I hope you have a fabulous week!   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


City Sidewalks Advent Tree

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Today I’m sharing another Advent “Calendar” Tree that I made with the City Sidewalks paper from Close To My Heart.  This one is for my grandson and inside each box is a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a candy he discovered at Halloween this year and LOVED!

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This project did not originate with me!  I actually think it came from a “competitor” a few years ago, but I had fun giving it a try this year.  I used a box cut from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart to make 26 cubes that each measure about 1.5 inches in height.  The actual height of the cut is 5 inches if you use an Expression.  Here is the Design Space cut file if you have an Explore:

https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/47966565

When assembling the tree, begin with a layer of 7 cubes.  I attached them to a 9 inch circle base with my hot glue gun.  The next layers are 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1 cubes, all attached with hot glue.  The top cube does not have a number and is only decorative.  I punched out 1 inch circles and stamped the numbers 1-25 on each circle, then attached them to the front of each cube.  Make a pretty triple bow for the top of the tree and then arrange ribbon strands to hang from the top.  That’s it!!

Thanks so much for visiting the Crafty Sisters Creations blog today!  SMILE–something wonderful is waiting to happen!   Laurie

 


Advent “Calendar” Tree

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I know that these advent calendar trees have been around for quite some time and originated from a CTMH “competitor” LOL, but I thought it would be fun to give them a try this year.  I made 26 boxes from the Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart from a Michael’s paper pack.  I arranged them on a covered 11 inch chipboard circle with layers of 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 boxes.  The final 26th box on top does not have a number and is for decorative purposes only.

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I used a hot glue gun to assemble the tree and attach a bow at the top.  The numbers were stamped on scalloped circles and heat embossed in gold to match the paper.  Each day in December, the correct box is opened to reveal a treat!!  I’m glad I gave this project a try and so happy with how it turned out!  Now who to give it to…??

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