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


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


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


Hopping Down the Bunny Trail!

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Easter is just around the corner, but there is still time to make some Easter projects!  The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to create an Easter themed project.  I made this cute bunny card from the Winter Woodland cartridge and the Hope collection from Authentique.

I absolutely love this paper and its vintage vibe.  I added lots of inking around the papers and Cricut cuts to continue the rustic feel.  For the inside sentiment, I used one of the coordinating elements from the paper collection.

Please join us at Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects and then link up your own artwork!  There are so many fun Easter cuts and we can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!   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


Another Masculine Birthday Card

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This week’s Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge is Birthday Bash.  I made a masculine birthday card using the Southwest Cricut cartridge for my design team project.  But I also made a second card that I want to share with you today.

This card was made with older paper from Authentique, my second favorite paper company besides Close To My Heart, of course!  The Cricut cut is from Birthday Bash.

I love the simplicity of this design and the colors are perfect for a guy!  I added a diagonal strip of various textiles as the only embellishment and DONE!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate every one of you!   Laurie