Bitten by the Bug 2 – Graduation

A new challenge is up on Bitten by the Bug 2 just in time for graduations.  It is that season and there are all kinds of graduations from kindergarten to college and beyond.  My son is in the Air Force and was selected to go into the Air Force Weapons School.  He will graduate this June and I wanted to make a card for him.

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I looked it up on the internet and found the patch that they will wear after graduation on their uniforms.  I downloaded the image and uploaded it to Design Space as print, then cut.  I have been doing this more because It certainly is easier with some designs that are unique and harder to find.  After I sized it to be about 5 inches tall, I used the new offset feature to make a shadow of the image that was about a 1/4 inch.  I then duplicated that shadow and flipped it.  Bringing the two tops together and welding them made a great card base.  It is helpful to use the center alignment tool to make sure they are centered with each other before welding.  Adding a score line in the middle made it easy to fold (once again using the center alignment).  One thing I didn’t realize until I went to cut, is that because I had used the offset feature using a print, then cut, it made the new solid offset image print, then cut too.  I changed it to cut and used a red cardstock to cut the base.  On the inside I used another downloaded image for the school logo as  print, then cut and put that inside.  The sentiment is from a Close to my Heart stamp.

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If you have a graduation project using your Cricut, make sure to link it up by May 23 at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Check out what the design team has done if you need some inspiration. – Densie

BBTB2 Challenge – Star Wars

A Star Wars challenge is up on Bitten by the Bug 2 in honor of May 4 (May the fourth be with you).  I chose to do a birthday card for my husband as he and the kids used to watch the Star Wars movies on videos (and later DVDs) together all the time.

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This year my special family birthday cards are wiper cards.  You can find ways to do them online and Lori Whitlock has some cute ones too.  In the end, I made my own using basic shapes and score lines.  I downloaded a font from DaFont.com called Star Jedi and used it to make the front of the card which was cut out of yellow vinyl and black vinyl.  I did use the new offset feature on Design Space to do the “you” on the front.  After making an offset of the original word, I sliced the two which created this nice outline.  I downloaded an image of this old Yoda from the internet and used the print, then cut feature.  I tried to find an image on Design Space, but they all seem to be the new baby Yoda, which didn’t work with the message I wanted to make about being old. It is attached to a strip of acetate so that it pops up as you open the card.  The papers came from a Paper House pad called Hunting Paper and Park Lane’s Celestial.

Here is the wiper card in action.

Make your own Star Wars (or any project with stars) on your Circut and link it on the Bitten by the Bug 2 by May 9th.  The designers really have some cute projects there, so check it out.  May the Force be with you. – Denise

 

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Fairy Tales

The challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 for the next two weeks is Fairy Tales.  I was in a different kind of mood when I thought about this challenge and did a more grown-up take on the challenge.

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Last year my niece had me do several wine glasses for her and her friends with different punny sayings relating to different Disney characters.  I didn’t have pictures of those glasses, but decided it would make a fun tag for a bottle of wine (or other spirits).  This fairy godmother is from Disney – Princess Happily Ever After.  I flattened the image which makes the image into a print, then cut and is really helpful for these detailed images.  The tag itself was easy to make from basic shapes – a rectangle 2 1/2 inches x 8 inches with a score line 2 1/4 inches from the top and a 1 3/8 inch circle centered in the top.  The font is from DaFont and called Waltograph.  A few solid sequins and it was done.  Quick and easy. Now that song will be running through your head, lol.

Make sure to join us at Bitten by the Bug 2 to see what other great projects the designers have and link up your own Fairy Tale project using your Cricut.    – Denise

BBTB2 Challenge – Easter or Bunnies

The challenge for the next two weeks over at Bitten by the Bug 2 is Easter or bunnies and I have a project that incorporates both.

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SVG Cuts is one of my favorite sites for some amazing 3D projects. The owner Mary had a baby last year, so new projects have slowed down, but she released a new group of projects called Hoppy Easter a few weeks ago that included this adorable Chocolate Bunny Bag. (it is also available as a separate file). I knew it would be perfect to send to my two children and their families.  The patterned cardstock was from Authentique’s Best of Springtime pack. The solid cardstock was from my stash to match – one blue and one yellow.  It took three sheets of 12 x 12 solid color for each bag. I used a Fiskars Texture plate (Grass) for the textured parts of the rabbit. I purchased these plates when I was first getting started in paper crafting and before I knew about about embossing folders.  I still like some of the patterns they have, so I use them occasionally. Some ribbon for the handles and I was done.  The second bag went together more quickly than the first, but Mary makes awesome videos for each of her projects, so you know exactly what to do.

Here are a couple of other views to see the dimension and the two colors.

I purchased a bigger egg at the Dollar Tree and put all of the candy for each person in each one.  I also personalized these eggs with their names.  The fonts were Library and Plantin Schoolbook.  I was able to fit two eggs in one bag and three in the other along with some extra candy so that I could send one bag to each family.

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Make sure to head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to link up your own project using your Cricut by April 12 and see all the wonderful inspiration by the design team.

May everyone have a blessed time during this special time of year. – Denise

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Music or Dance

Our challenge over on Bitten by the Bug 2 for the next two weeks is Music or Dance.  This thank you note will be perfect for our church organist.  It was pretty quick to do.

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The Hannah Montana cartridge is one that I have for quite a while and sometimes gets overlooked.  That is because even though it is a font cartridge (there are several included) it does not show on the list of fonts when you use text.  Instead you have to insert images for each letter. The easiest way to do this is to to search images and choose Hannah Montana as the image sets under highlighted categories.  This is a little annoying to me because if I am putting in text, I forget about this cartridge unless I specifically want to do this note type writing.  The other annoying thing is that the rest of the images on the cartridge do not show under the image set.  If you search guitars, the ones on the set will pop up, but if you only look at the set, they don’t show, only the letters and numbers.  Luckily I still have the booklet, so I know what all is on the cartridge set.  I also pulled the Treble and Bass clefs from the cartridge Quarter Note.  Once I put all the letters and blank lines close enough to touch each other, I welded everything and then cut it out of vinyl.  I might try it in cardstock next time since I made it a little bigger and I don’t have to worry about small details.

Make sure to put your own project using your Circut with a music or dance theme and link it up at Bitten by the Bug 2 . – Denise

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Anything Goes

We are starting a new challenge today over on Bitten by the Bug 2 called Anything Goes.  This is one of the easiest to do since you can do any kind of project on your Cricut to link up on their site for the next two weeks.  I chose to do a wedding card for my niece and future nephew.

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I love cards that move and this is called a sliding triple tier card.  There are several tutorials on this kind of card if you search the internet or Pinterest.  Since I was going to use this to look like a cake, I wanted the tiers to be more rectangular than square and I ended up making my own pattern on Design Space.  To make it big enough to put on a 5 x 7 card base, the bottom tier ended up being 13.5″ x 3 “. I used some 11 x 17 card stock that I had on hand and used my 12 x 24 mat.  I don’t know about you, but I rarely use that size mat, then am always glad I have the option when I do. The three pieces are just rectangles with score lines and slits cut in them, which means anyone can do it with the basic shapes.  If anyone would like the link to my pattern, I will make it shareable and send you the link.  To dress it up, I used swoops from Wedding Cake Pop-up (this is a Close to My Heart cartridge).  I saw a sketch of her cake and this design will be somewhat like it.  I also used a monogram “H” that a friend of the bride designed and sent to me as a svg file.  The decorations were cut with gold vinyl and that is my go-to for such thin designs. The font for the “forever” is one that was on my system and isn’t a Cricut font.  The cake plate was cut in a gold foil paper and is from Create a Critter 2.  I cut a slit in it so that the cake would fit down into it and look like an actual cake plate.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Art Deco to emboss the front of the card base.  The dusty blue color and Art Deco style are a part of her wedding. The trio of flowers at the top serve as a topper for the cake and a pull tab to pull out the layers.  I feel like it still needs something, but I am not sure what yet, However I do have just under two weeks to fix it.

Make sure to dive into a Cricut project and add your link to the challenge here. – Denise

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Bon Appetit

Today starts a new challenge on Bitten by the Bug 2 that focuses on food.  I used it as a chance to use a new technique called an Iris Shutter Card.

This card starts with a closed center.

  Then a lever on the side opens the center.

Just like a camera shutter to reveal a surprise inside.

I had been wanting to try this technique ever since seeing it on some card sites, but all of them used a physical die for the various parts used.  Not only are the dies expensive, but I don’t like getting a physical die when I have my Cricut to use.  Then I discovered the Lori Whitlock site and they had a lot of these cards as svg files.  This one is the 5 x 7 Iris Shutter Card Oven and can be found here. It was pretty easy to put together following her video.  I changed the front up a little and now that I have the basic elements, I can make more with different fronts.  The patterned cardstock was from a DCWV stack called Nana’s Kitchen.  I did flatten the center image so that it was a print and cut, but you could easily swap out for a sentiment too.  The front sentiment is from a Club Scrap set called 50’s Kitchen.

So find your own fun food themed project to make on your Cricut and link it up over at Bitten by the Bug 2 by February 28th.  Get some inspiration with the other designers there and have fun – Denise.

Bitten by the Bug 2 Valentine challenge.

For the next two weeks Bitten by the Bug 2 is hosting a challenge using Valentines or hearts.  I decided to do a masculine valentine that my son could use for his wife if he wanted.  He is pretty proud of his truck, so I thought of him when I found this file in DesignBundles.net.

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The designer is PaperCut and I really like their files.  This was super easy to put together.  I sized the image to be 5.75 inches across and then sized a square to fit behind it.  I moved that to the left side of the image and welded the two to make a card.  On this card, I backed the front with red paper and added some Wink of Stella to the hearts and the diamond cutouts.  My Wink of Stella is old and didn’t come out the nicest, so I guess it is time to get some new.  I found a sentiment that is an acrylic stamp and bent the stamp on the stamping block to fit in the banner.  It is nice to be able to manipulate acrylic stamps that way.

I did a second card in heavier cardstock so that the front didn’t need a backing and the inside of the card would be what gave it the second color.

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I like the look of this card a lot and so didn’t give it any embellishments.

Now it is time to use your Cricut and make your own project for Valentine’s Day or just include a heart and link it up at Bitten by the Bug 2.  You have until February 14th which is perfect timing. – Denise

BBTB2 – Magical Winter Snowflakes

While Christmas is over, Winter and snow are far from done.  Bitten by the Bug 2 has a new challenge for Magical Winter Snowflakes.  I opted to do a lever card using a layered snowflake.

Here is the front of the card.

Below are other views of the card open.

I have been really intrigued with layered mandela images that I find on DesignBundles.net.  I purchased this file during a special Black Friday sale they had.  The original design has six layers.  I decided that four of the layers would still be pretty and cut down on some of the work.  I did pull out my old 5″ Xyron machine to put adhesive on the really thin layers of the snowflake, but will try to find something better for future cuts. I do like the delicate cut option on my Explore to do those layers. I have been trying to figure out a way to do a lever card on the Cricut for a while now.  All of the directions are shown doing this method with a manual die machine because you have to do a half cut of the image for it to swing through the opening.  I finally found a You Tube video found here by Melody Lane that gave me a method to try.  It did work and while I wanted something that would just make a single cut, this cuts a very thin line and works well. Here is a picture of the inside with just the cut.

There is a fold at the top and bottom of the cut which I did manually.  I did put score lines for the other two folds in Design Space.  Now that I know how to put this together, I will be doing these lever or flip cards with other type of cuts.

Make your own snowflake project and link it up on Bitten by the Bug 2 by January 31.  You must use your Cricut machine, and there are lots of fun images out there.  The design team has some great inspiration for you, so check it out. – Denise

BBTB2 – Get Well Wishes

I am hosting the first challenge of this year for Bitten by the Bug 2.  I decided on the theme of Get Well Wishes because we always seem to be in need of these cards, especially now.  Ironically as I was trying to get my project done for this post, I became ill.  Even though the symptoms of low-grade fever, headache, muscle aches, and lack of energy were worrisome, it only lasted about 36 hours, so I think I dodged the COVID bullet and felt back to my old self.  Here is the box card I came up with.

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I saw a box card on Pinterest and thought I could come up with something similar using a cat instead of the original bear of the inspiration card.  I love box cards and have made enough from places like SVG Cuts that I thought I could make my own pattern on Design Space.  Let’s just say that it is probably worth the money to buy those designs when you consider the time spent to make your own, lol.  Anyway I started with the crib image from Baby Steps to make the headboard and foot board. I only used one of the layers and made the width just under 5 inches thinking it would go in a 5 x 7 envelope.  Lesson one (learned after the card was assembled) was that you have to take into consideration the sides that fold for the final envelope measurements.  Next I duplicated that image and keeping the same width made the height just under 7 inches.  I copied the smaller one again and after getting rid of the cutouts in the middle using the hide contour feature used the slice feature with a basic box shape to cut off the top and make the inserts. I added rectangular shapes to the sides of the inserts as the tabs and welded them on.  I wanted to use the “feline” for feeling pun in my sentiment so I started looking for a cat image that would work.  The only one I found was Cat, Sleeping in Cricut Access which is a print, then cut image.  I sized it to fit in the bed and then made a copy of it, sliced off the bottom of the copy and welded it to one of the inserts.  I found that this really helps stabilize the inserts to have a backing to the image.  I also made a second copy of the cat to print.  Dr. Checkup is a great cartridge for Get Well cuts and I used it for the thermometer, tissues, and pill bottle.  I decided to flatten those images to print and cut since I was already doing that for the cat.  I also duplicated the cat so that I could add part of it to the first insert. I added larger tabs to the sides of the footboard and headboard using the weld feature and thought I was ready to cut. After all this work when I went to make it, it told me I needed to pay $4.99.  I had already paid for the cat image and owned every thing else, so I had no idea why it was doing that.  After trying several things, I ended up just starting a new project.  I get a little stubborn that way when I have something in mind, lol. It worked, but when I put it together, this is what it looked like.

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While cute, you couldn’t see the tissues or pill bottle very well, so I took a deep breath and cut off the bottom rails with my scissors.

 

 

 

Here is the side view to give a better idea of the depth the layers give and also see how I followed the contour of the blanket when cutting the front layer.side card

I hope you will create a Get Well project with your Cricut and link it up at Bitten by the Bug 2  plus see all the great inspiration from the projects that the design team has created. – See you again in a couple of weeks. – Densie