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:

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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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Thanksgiving “Anything Goes” at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, ANYTHING GOES–at least if it relates to Thanksgiving!  You can make anything from cards, scrapbook layouts to home décor and table decorations, as long as it goes with Thanksgiving.

I have had my eye on these intricate Thanksgiving cuts which are included in the Make it Now section of Design Space.  I actually had my Middle School Crafting girls make the pumpkin pie box last week and they loved it!  I also loved that sweet little acorn so they both became my “Anything Goes” design team projects!

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If you haven’t tried any of the Make it Now projects, I would suggest you do!  They are so easy–just click cut, put in your paper and you are ready to assemble.  You are still able to change the size or edit the project like you can with any of the Design Space cuts, but the beauty is that you don’t have to!

I think I’ll find a place on my Thanksgiving table to display my little paper beauties!  Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects.  Then share, share, share!  We love to see your projects too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make it a GRATEFUL week and focus on those little moments that make life wonderful!    Laurie


Halloween Crafting with Grandma!

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I just returned from a 10 day visit with my son and his family in Destin, Florida.  While there, my almost three year old grandson and I made a Halloween craft.  We shopped for all the items and worked in stages to complete our creation.  What do you think?

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I saw a similar project that was making the rounds on Facebook and that was our inspiration.  My grandson wanted to add the sparkly spiders and fall themed floral picks.  I think they add a lot!  Here is the original project:

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We had so much fun making our pumpkin craft!  I hope he will remember the laughs we had and the sense of pride as he shared the craft with his parents and friends.  Love that little guy!  Enjoy a few pictures of our fun project.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Make some memories with your family or friends this Halloween!   Laurie


Celebrating Halloween at BBTB2!

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This week we welcome Halloween at Bitten by the Bug 2!  There is no end to the scary, cute, spooky or sweet themes for your Halloween projects, so let’s get crafting!  I chose to put together a Make it Now project from Design Space called Spooky Forest Dimensional Art.  These Make it Now projects are awesome!  Just click on CUT, place the correct colored paper on your mat and voila!

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This project has many layers, but they were easy enough to assemble.  By using dimensional foam adhesive to attach each layer, the scene becomes three dimensional.

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If you haven’t given any of the Make it Now projects a try yet, you really should!  Pick a Halloween project, fire up your Cricut and then link up your project at Bitten by the Bug 2!  We love it when you share your artwork!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I wish for you all a wonderful week!   Laurie