Nature Calls at BBTB2!

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Hello Friends!

The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is NATURE CALLS!  That’s right, you are challenged to use a die cut that represents a real item from nature to use on your project this week.  That might include flowers, trees, or animals to decorate your Thanksgiving or Holiday cards, layouts or home décor items.  We have several huge oak trees in our front yard that provide a generous supply of acorns and squirrels every fall, so they are the inspiration for my NATURE CALLS project!


I chose to make a Thanksgiving card and used several Cricut cartridges from Design Studio.  The card base is from Anna’s Seasonal Soirees, the acorns are from Flower Market by Close To My Heart and the banner from When I Was a Kid.  The paper is from Fall Reflections by Echo Park.  I used the writing feature on my Explore for the sentiment on the banner.

Please stop by Bitten By the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects with the theme of NATURE CALLS!  Then upload your projects for everyone to enjoy!

Sending you love and positive vibes only during this “special” week!!   Laurie

Frame it Up at BBTB2!

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Hello Friends!

It’s my turn to host the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2.  The challenge is to use some kind of a Cricut frame on your projects.  I am often amazed at all the wonderful frames I see on various cartridges, but never seem to use.  So here is your chance to search for that perfect frame to spotlight your artwork this week!


I used the Creepy Critters cartridge for the images on both of these cards.  I love the intricate Halloween frame and was so pleased at how nicely it cut on my Explore.  The paper is from an Echo Park Halloween themed paper pack and the cardstock is from Close To My Heart.


Now stop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see what my other design team sisters have made!  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy.  We love to see all your projects!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember to do something AWESOME every day!   Laurie

Bitten By The Bug 2–Birthday Cake

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Hello, Friends!

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another Design Team project for Bitten By The Bug 2!  This week’s challenge is to create a project that includes a birthday cake Cricut cut.  Well, since I have yet to start on my grandson’s first birthday scrapbook pages, this challenge was the perfect fit!  Hop on over to the BBTB2 blog to see the other Design Team members’ projects.  Then link up your own birthday cake projects to share with us all!


For the birthday cake, I used the oldie but goodie cartridge Stretch Your Imagination.  I did not want candles on the cake, so I took them out of the original design using the hide contour tool in Design Space.  At the top of the cake I placed a “Happy First Birthday” title from Baby Steps.  The cake plate provided a perfect spot for my journaling!  The paper I used was from Echo Park and the cardstock was mostly from Close To My Heart.

My grandson seriously did not want to eat any of his cake and I KNOW he did not inherit that trait from me!!  He did have a great time making a huge mess, however.  I hope you all have a great week and I say, “Eat cake every day!!”    Laurie

MCCR Design Team–Masculine Cards with Embossing

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Welcome to another My Cricut Craft Room Design Team project!

My task for today was to create a masculine card using embossing folders.  So I decided to make one for a man and one for a young boy!  I dug up some old paper with a distressed feel for the first card and cut tag shapes from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge by Close To My Heart.  The tags were embossed with 3 different embossing folders and my Cuttlebug.  I used a distressed stripe, a plaid, and a star folders. I like the look of embossing even on patterned paper!  I attached the tags to the front of the gate fold card and embellished with twine and some metal gear brads.


The second card was created with a cute truck image and sentiment from the Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cartridge and paper from the Echo Park “Little Boy” collection.  I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug folder that coordinates with the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge.  I love the bright, primary colors of this card and the simplicity of the design!

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Have a great day!  Laurie

Owl card for BBTB2 Challenge

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My card today is a fun little owl who is sending out a “way to go” woot, woot!  I am entering it in the Bitten By The Bug 2 Owl Challenge.  I used the Cricut Paisley cartridge to cut the owl and all the layers, then perched him on a branch cut from the Artbooking cartridge.  The “woot woot” is also found on the Paisley cartridge.  The paper I used for the owl is from an Echo Park pack called For The Record 2, which I have had for a couple of years.  In order to see the flowers on the owl’s wings and the ruffled feathers on his chest I outlined the layers with Gelly Roll pens.  It’s a subtle change that is hard to see in the pictures, but does add a little definition.  Finally, I embossed the blue background cardstock with the D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug folder and popped everything up with dimensional tape.

Thanks for stopping by!



Colorful Wedding Card

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I was hired to make a card for an upcoming wedding.  The colors on the invitation are red, green, and yellow floral.  I loved the Mojo Monday card sketch MOJO 353 and decided to base my card on their sketch.  I am also entering this card in the Die Cutting Divas challenge where I needed to use a Cricut cut on a wedding or anniversary card.  Then I noticed that the CAS-ual Fridays blog had a challenge to use hearts in summer colors on a card.  This wedding card fits all three challenges, I believe!

I used Echo Park “Walk in the Park” paper for this card along with some red cardstock from my stash.  One edge was punched with a border punch.  I used the Close to My Heart Artbooking cricut cartridge to cut the panel of yellow hearts and embellished some of the hearts with sparkly heart brads.  I love the bright, summery colors on this card and I hope the newlyweds enjoy my creation!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Laurie

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BBTB2 Challenge

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Bitten By The Bug 2 is having a challenge for Ice Cream month!  I made this card using A Child’s Year Cricut cartridge and paper from Echo Park, Everyday Eclectic.  I altered the ice cream cone and made layers in the Cricut Craft Room.  I added adhesive pearls for colorful candies in the ice cream cone and Stickles for the cherry on top.  It can be a birthday card or a friendship card.  Thanks for looking!   Linda