Monday, May 28, 2012


Here we are...Monday...and we present to you our Bitten By The Bug2 challenge by Julia.  We are to design with a Garden theme.  This theme sent me into wild ideas on what to use, what to create, which cartridge to use.  I had 14 different ideas, and I made several cards but in the end, I didn't like what I  had done.  Here is one that didn't make muster.  I know that I grew watermelons years back in my own garden, and I liked the gate fold design (one of my faves) but I didn't like the colors.  They were brash.
The card that DID end up being acceptable to me is this  cute little garden scene with carrots and a sweet happy sappy-smiling  rabbit in his "garden delight".  I used JUST BECAUSE for the carrots and title, but the sappy Rabbit came from CREATE A CRITTER.  I added a little red punch heart just to show how happy little rabbit is to be in his garden of carrots.
Thanks for stopping by.  Remember, we would love it if you joined up with our Garden challenge.  Just make a new card, upload to Mr. Linky, link back to your blog for that card, mention BBTB2, and please make sure you do not have word verification enabled or I cannot leave a sweet comment and thank you.  I just flat cannot read those annoying words.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Approval Rating From Riley

I ordered a new Pink Expression.  I have one baby bug  which will be shared with a friend next week and my current Expression was purchased from Hallmark Scrapbooking when they first came out.  So it's been around a while and it has been used to the hilt....It is still working but now and then does something that could be a warning.  The Pink E was delivered last week and immediately Riley leapt upon the box to give his approval.  Ah that Riley Cat... 

Monday, May 21, 2012


Julia Moss, our BBTB2 talented design team sister, has the helm again this week in her second challenge to use a kitchen theme on our projects. I used two cartridges for my card.  JUST BECAUSE gave me the coffee pot while A CHILD'S YEAR provided the coffee cup.  I have done my usual embossing,  the coffee pot and coffee cup are mounted on some Nestie designs, the title is cut from the fonts of Divine Wedding.  You can see some  cute little "Card Candy"  on the top of the lid, and I added  some Stampendous Vinyl dots ...those are scattered on the coffee cup.  At the annual Card Camp, my friend Pat gave us a plastic bin full of the Card Candy  and when I saw her using the Stampendous Vinyl dots, I just had to get some too.  I like these because they take away that little problem that could arise when mailing a card with bling.  This bling is flat and I like that.  Here is my card.
Please join in on our kitchen always we ask that you follow our simple rules.  Thanks for your visit.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Welcome to our BBTB2 Monday show....Our hostess is Julia Moss.... This talented  lady stepped up and had a grand idea.  She took 3 weeks in a row and challenged us with some wonderful themes.  This first week she asked us to design with a bakery theme.   For about 12 or more years I have attended a wonderful Creative Memories Workshop group at a dear friend Judi's house.  We scrapbook, visit, have a wonderful meal and Judi brings out all of the new items from Creative Memories.  I just happened to purchase DIVINE WEDDING, a lovely wedding themed Cricut cartridge that is carried exclusively by Creative Memories.

Here is my card.  I cut a shape card for the cake...something I rarely do.  I couldn't get my Gypsy to wander over to the weld section and wander back so I had to be a bit clever in this shaped design. I cut 2 of the main cake in blue, and one in ivory cardstock which was glued inside after I added a black fold tab. I put the one blue cut onto the black shadow cut, and then I cut the cake in 3 sections and began the popdotting process.  That lowest layer actually has double popdots.  Once I added the pretty scrolled decor on the cake, I also added sweet white pearls, and a blue ribbon.  Before I glued the blue cake layers to the top shadow, I inserted the black fold tab, and this allows me to open and close the card in one piece. The inside of the cake has a EK Success Border and a Happy Wedding Day sentiment on a square punch.  The card is about 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide and fits nicely in an A2 size envelope.

We hope you will join up with our Bakery challenge.  You can use any cartridge that has a bakery/baked item.  Make this a new project, upload to our BBTB2 blog, link back to your blog and be sure to give BBTB2 a shout out that you have joined in on our challenge.  And please make sure that word verification has been disabled.   Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 07, 2012


Before I begin with our challenge, I want to welcome our 7 new design team members.  You can see their names on the BBTB2.  We are so happy to have them designing for BBTB2. Our talented hostess this week is Melissa who asked us to design with a frame.  We can do a layout or a card and I selected not only a card but I did a sweet box with an open acetate covered lid.  I teach scrapbooking and have for about 12 years, I attend a monthly Creative Memories Scrapbooking group and have for about 12 years.  I have done at least 42 scrapbooks for my own photograph collections and I've been commissioned to do about 18 scrapbooks for others. I have had about 4 scrapbook layouts published in Ready Set Create magazine, and I always have a hard time getting a decent photograph of the layout page.  So.... It was an easy sway for me to go from a layout to the card and box creation. 

The box lid and bottom are cut at 6x6 and scored at 2-1/2 inches and 2-1/2 and 1/8 for the sides.  I cut my frame from Elegant Edges.  Oh my, I love this cartridge.  I was told about this wonderful cartridge by my sweet friend Pat who says it is easily one of her most favorite cartridges and my oh my you should see the wonderful cards this lady creates.  I embossed the frame, I added two MS butterflies in layers, added some pink pearls.  The sides of the lid are small panels cut with an EK Success edge punch, and I added some more Elegant Edges cuts in white. 

The card has a pink base, a white embossed mount that has been edge punched with the doily punch, I've added an embossed Nestie in pink, and a smaller Elegant Edges die cut.  I set a pretty white layered butterfly in the center. More pink pearls are scattered about.

I hope you will join our challenge.  Remember to follow our simple rules and once again, please disable word verification.  I am still encountering entries that do not have it disabled and I leave without telling how pleased I am they joined our challenge.  Be sure to use a Cricut die for a frame from any cartridge. list the cartridge, link your card up to Mr. Linky with a link back to your specific card on your blog and be sure to shout out that you have joined us on BBTB2.