Monday, January 31, 2011


It's February 4th and I have a winner of the Heart Tote. Congrats to JustYolie. Please email me quickly with your address, Yolie, and I will get this in the mail to you. Thanks to all for leaving sweet comments and joining in on our BBTB2 blog hop candy fun.
Our BBTB2 hostess this week is the very talented Maria. She asked us to design from Love Struck 2010 cartridge and we were to use more than one of the hearts on the cartridge. I don't have that cartridge, and since we can select a heart from any other cartridge, I went to my wonderful very first cartridge, Basic George. I cut 5 sizes of hearts, I embossed each heart and pop dotted them into layers. I added a red ribbon on the shadow cut in white before I began to stack the red hearts. Finally, I added a red heart jewel.
The reverse side of this heart hanger has been duplicated with all 5 layers. I must admit, if the frame opening was a wee bit larger, then the pretty double sided heart would twirl within the opening. However, I didn't have 12x12 black paper so I had to make a smaller frame.

I had the welded word LOVE (from Opposites Attract) laying around so I added it to the corner of the frame. I used a spare heart die to place in the upper right corner of the open frame. The open frame is cut from Live Simply cartridge. I cut four....I cut 3 in white, glued those together to create a sturdy backdrop, then the black frame was pop dotted.
I've added a heart pin to accommodate the ribbon for the hanging heart display. The sentiment is a rubber stamp and that was embossed to add texture.

For my blog hop offering, I have a cute little tote that has been sewn with pillow ticking fabric and small red hearts. There is a red embroidery fancy heart in the center of the tote, and a red ribbon added for decoration. Please leave a comment and on February 4 I will do a draw for a winning name. Please check back after 2:00PM that day for the announcement and if you are the winner, please email me quickly so I can mail the tote to you. If I do not hear from the winner by February 7, I will do another draw.
Thanks for your visit. I appreciate you very much. I hope you came to visit from Lori's blog and in the tradition of a blog hop, please hop over to Sandi's blog and see what wonderful wonders she has in store to see.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Lori, the oh so talented Lori, is our hostess for this week's BBTB2 challenge. Lori selected the Once Upon a Dream cartridge and we were to design using the butterfly cut. I don't have that cartridge, but we can select a butterfly from any cartridge that we do have. I love love love the butterfly on Indie Art. I actually bought this cartridge just for the ice cream cone and butterfly die cuts...... Here is my card.

Recipe: Cricut Cartridge Indie Art - Butterfly
Opposites Attract - LOVE
Scalloped Circle Mount - Nestabilities
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
I cut the Indie Art butterfly in four sizes, distressed the edges, embossed the 4 cuts and layered them. Topped it off with a pink heart jewel.
Hopefully you have come to my blog by way of the BBTB2 blog where all the designers have showcased their most wonderful talents. You can see those right here.

Monday, January 17, 2011


The oh so talented, sweet and beautiful Krista is our BBTB2 hostess this week. Krista asked us to design from Birthday Bash and we could use the Armadillo cut or a Bird Cut. I don't have BB, so I went to my Give A Hoot cartridge and selected a pretty bird to work with. I found some lovely Creative Memories paper with soft colors, I created some fancy edge punching with my EK Success punches. I cut the bird twice so I could lift up the wings. I just felt this soft and gentle card should become a Sympathy card so I used one of Regina's circle sentiments from her Cutting Cafe printables. This is one of Regina's sets from 2009 and you can see the sentiments right here.

I hope that you have come my way by way of the Bitten By The Bug2 blog. I am so proud to be part of this talented design team. Thanks for your visit, and I always appreciate it when you leave a comment.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Lid Lovelies

Still At It Phase 4: A Lid Lovely is something created out of papers, sentiments, die cuts all tossed in a lid. I've been diligently working at getting these 5 lids emptied out by making simple cards. I've gone through a whole box of A2 size envelopes so that tells me so far I've made over 250 cards. I had emptied out a previous envelope box before I opened the new one. These cards are so simple they almost make themselves. Many of the cards feature printables from Regina's Cutting Cafe because there just isn't anything like a sentiment from her line of wonderful sentiments and images. The cards are mostly done in groups of themes like Birthdays, Sympathy, etc. Here are a few. Hope you like my little Lid Lovelies. I love the edge punches and I use both Martha Stewart and EK Success for those.

JOY is from Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge. There are several welded joy words available on many of the carts. I think the flowers are from Basic George but all of these words and die cuts were ones tossed in box lids and I don't know a lot of sources.
This style of card is so simple and packs a nice whallops. It's a gate fold, the card base is 4-1/2 inches long, scored at 2-1/2 and 2-1/2 at each end with those flats folded to the center. I use a decorative EK Success Punch in the center of one flap. On the inside of the card I pop dot a die this case a cute little MS punched flower with a jewel. A lot of the cards have been embossed and the sentiment is one of my favorite rubber stamps.
Two oval sentiments from Cutting Cafe and I've used a scalloped round Nestie for the shape. The brackets were grabbed up from a lid. Jewels added for some oomph to these simple cards.
Another gate fold style, both flaps have been embossed, the sentiments are once again Cutting Cafe printables. Punched flowers and butterflies.
Just a few of my endeavors. Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Our design team sister Karen is the hostess for this week's challenge and she selected the Hummingbird cut from Lyrical Letters. I love LL, it has such wonderful sentiments and lettering. Not to mention the extra options like this darling Hummingbird.

This card is a stand-up card I like to name "A Zig Zag Design".. .... It has an open square window on all three card layers. The first layer has the Hummingbird looking over the
flowers (on the inside of the card)... The sentiment is from Beyond Birthdays cartridge.

This is the first inside page has a flower and a "hugs to you" sentiment from Beyond Birthdays.

This is the last page of the card with the final flower and leaf.
I hope that you've taken a peek at the wonderful creations on our Bitten By The Bug2 blog...we do so love our visitors. Have a wonderful week.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Pretty Flowers

I am still at it.... "it" being a massive tidy up of all things laying around...lids of embellishments and sentiments and papers. I found this wonderful paper that I kept putting on the bottom of stacks because I loved it so and hated to use it up. Today was the time to create with it. The flowers were cut long ago and I've forgotten which cartridge I used....the flowers were altered a bit by trimming the flower petals. I cut away the leaf that was attached and I fussy cut a longer leaf. The center of the red flower is a sunburst punch in black. The sentiment and flowers have been embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots. The sentiment Blessing is a rubber stamp and the small "Love U" is from Cutting Cafe's "Fun with Valentine's Day" printables. You can see that wonderful set here. I am on sort of a hiatus from the Cutting Cafe Design Team but I will certainly keep using Regina's wonderful printables. They make my cards what they are!...

Thanks for stopping by and if you leave a comment, I will appreciate it because I love hearing from you and knowing you have visited.

Monday, January 03, 2011


Over the months as I worked on this n' that, I would toss extra things into box lids and the end result is about 5 lids overflowing with extra die cuts, snippets of pattern papers, embellishment, stamped and printed sentiments. For this past week I have been on a mission to empty all of these lids. I think to date I've slammed together about 100 cards that will go into my "sell these" trays. Each tray has a divider for the card theme. These cards are not the cards I do for design teams or cards that have been published.
Here is a picture of the various trays.

This is a close up of just one tray that has the Baby cards in it. I seem to make a lot of baby cards because I get such joy out of designing them with the cute die cuts available, topped off with the wonderful embossing folders. Some cards are very detailed and decorated while others are simple cards.

This "Sister" card was laying out so I grabbed it up to photograph. The sentiment was a rubber stamp, Sister is from Don Juan. Everything that created this card was pulled from one of those box it was basically a "grab it up" kinda card. I love making them. They go together quick.

So, here we are in the new year...2011. Imagine that. Thanks for visiting...