Monday, January 30, 2012

BBTB2/Baby Buggy

I am pleased to announce the winner of my blog candy draw (the little green tote). Congrats to Maureen. Please email me and I will get the necessary information to mail the tote. Thanks to everyone who visited and left a sweet comment.
Happy month end and happy blog hop to one and all. I cannot believe we have skipped right on through the month of January and now head for February 2012. Awesome time travel!!! I am pleased to tell you I am the hostess for the blog hop for BBTB2. I asked the gals to design with a baby carriage. I selected New Arrival but there are several baby buggies/carriages/prams on other cartridges. So if you would like to join up with our challenge, please do so. We are a Cricut Based design team so we ask that your design has at the selected cut from a Cricut cartridge and we ask that the project be a new design. Be sure to mention on your blog that you have joined in with the BBTB2 challenge. We love that shout out.

I hope that you have started your blog hop at the beginning with Heather right here.... from Donna's delights here you have been guided to my blog. Here is my card:

This is a side view so I can show the dimension for the carriage. Gotta love those popdots.

I cut several of the carriages from New Arrival in two different sizes. The base mount has been embossed with the BABY embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I used the smaller carriages for the background, the two different pattern papers were exchanged between the two smaller carriages that show, the larger carriage cut at 5-1/2 sits atop the base. I added a white ribbon for bling. The word "baby" was in a stash box so I am afraid I cannot tell you which cartridge it came from, but I do like the style of the word. Little punch hearts decorate the wheels, and the main carriage has been embossed.
If you leave a comment on my blog when you visit, you will be put into the draw for my blog candy. I make totes, by the dozens, to use up the drawers and tubs of stashed fabrics. This is just a smaller tote adorned with eyelet lace and some checkered ribbon. It is lined but has no inner pocket. I will do the draw on February 3 so check back after 2PM that day. If I do not hear from the named winner by February 5, I will redraw.
Now onto Krista's darling blog...where you will be delighted. Be sure to visit BBTB2 and follow along with the blog hop. Visit each designer on their blog because you will be in for a treat. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, January 23, 2012


Our talented and sweet hostess this week at BBTB2 is Jeri. She always has such great choices for us to design with and this week she asked us to design from the BLOOM cartridge and to use a 6 petal flower. As an additional bit of challenge, Jeri says we have to show a wee bit of dimension on the flower. . If you do not have that cartridge (I don't) you can use any 6 petal flower from any other cartridge. . I went to my Walk In My Garden cartridge. One of my faves. I think every Cricut cartridge is one of my faves. Please join in on our 6 petal flower challenge. Mention on your blog that you have entered the BBTB2 flower challenge, and make sure the upload is a new project. Here is my card:

This is a side view so you can see the layering of the flowers. I cut two for each flower, the base flower is flat on the card base but the second layer has been popdotted as well as the flower center. I added a bit of bling with the jewel centers. The ribbon came from a gift box and I just had to add it to the fray.

The leaves are a Martha punch. Everything has been embossed which seems to occur on every single card I make. The sentiment is from Cutting Cafe in the "You're In My Thoughts Greetings, Inside and Out". You can see that set right here.
Thanks so much for visiting and if you leave a sweet comment, you know I will appreciate it so much. Please consider entering our flower challenge. We'd love to see your creation.

Monday, January 16, 2012


It's BBTB2 Monday Time.....Our talented leader Donna is the hostess for this week's challenge. She asked us to design with numbers...from any cartridge.

I had instant ideas on this challenge and I landed on the number 75. I am close friends with so many of my high school friends, we have reunion luncheons twice a year. Next year we all turn 75 so I made a birthday card for a dear friend although the card will sit for at least a year since the birthday is in December.

I used the numbers from Cindy Loo.... this cartridge has some mighty fine cuts but I absolutely love the alphabet and number cuts. The little turquoise design in the center above the numbers is from Cindy Loo as well. I cut three and made a flower. The base of the card was made from Wordle. I used to design a lot of cards using Wordle and then I sort of forgot about it. I had to email my friend DeeDee Campbell so she could jog my memory and she knew right off what I was looking for. If you haven't used Wordle, give it a try at You can have a lot of fun with this program which is free. I use the Word Clouds part of the program. The corners of the turquoise matting was corner punched with one of my fave punches. I've embossed most of the design and in the lower left corner I placed a Shrink Art birthday message. I have a box of these little trinkets that I made up a few years back. It is so much fun using a rubber stamp on the shrink plastic, then I cut it down, punch a hole and when I place the shrink plastic in the toaster oven, it is absolutely like magic to watch the little square curl up, uncurl, shrink down, leaving a very crisp sentiment.
Thanks for visiting. We'd love it if you join in on our numbers challenge. Just be sure to give BBTB2 a shout out on your blog, and we ask that your card be new.

Monday, January 09, 2012


Happy Monday, dear ones. Today I host Bitten By The Bug2 weekly challenge. I selected the darling little caterpillar from Walk In My Garden cartridge. I hope that you will join in on our challenge and if you don't have WIMG, there are many cute little caterpillars on other cartridges. Just remember to mention that you have joined in the challenge at BBTB2 (so your visitors will know where to look) and make sure you have created something new for the challenge.

My card style is a Gate Fold Card, one of my favorites. I've mounted each panel with a black cardstock and then a green pattern paper which has been embossed. On the right side I present the smiley little caterpillar who hovers over the left panel. His leg slips in under one of the flower petals and that allows the card to be closed. The flowers are hearts connected by a yellow flower center and all have been embossed. I added a yellow button on the flower center, and Caterpillar has a sweet red jewel for her nose. The sentiment outside and inside are from Cutting Cafe. I am on hiatus from The Cafe but I love Regina's printables so much, they always make their way into most cards I create. The outside sentiment is from The Cafe's printable here: The inside sentiment that says "I hope you feel better soon" is from The Cafe's printable here.

TFL, hope you visited me from BBTB2 because the designers always have something delightful to share with you to leave you with some inspiration.

Monday, January 02, 2012

BBTB2/Ice Skates

Ballerina On Ice
Hello my dear followers. Happy New Year. I hope that each of you have a most wonderful 2012, a happy and healthy, safe and delightful 2012.

Heather has decided to step down as leader of Bitten By The Bug2. As you may know, Heather is a new proud grandmother and she will be taking care of her sweet new grandson, Blake. She has entrusted Donna Mundinger and I to take a sharing leadership of the blog. Donna and I are very excited. We believe that BBTB2 is a respected design team and we hope that we can inspire you to check in with our blog each week to see the wonderful cards from the design team members. Stay tuned because we are going to be doing a design team call in January.

Krista is our sweet hostess this week. She asked us to design with some ice skates. There are skates on many of the cartridges like Joys Of The Season, Christmas (Solutions), Celebrate With Flourish, Nifty Fifties....and quite a few others. For my skate cut, I selected Christmas (Solutions) and I just had to add the silhouette of the dancing skater from Winter Woodland (page 50). I added an embossed scalloped circle to mount the pair of skates upon, and I gave each skate a pretty blue ribbon that matches the ribbon on the skater. The snowflakes are MS punches. The dancer appears to be skating in front of a pretty window frame which is cut from Christmas (Solutions). And of course everything got a dose of embossing.

Thanks for looking... If you have come here from BBTB2 you will no doubt be inspired to make your own skate card.