Bitten by the Bug 2 – Coffee

Our challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 for the next two weeks is Coffee Creations.  I have a confession to make.  I hate coffee and everything flavored with coffee (except Kahlua which tastes like chocolate to me, lol).  But even though I don’t like the drink, I love making coffee cards for those that do like it.  I jumped on the slim line card bandwagon to make the following card.


I used papers from an older Club Scrap kit that I think was called coffee.  The cup is Latte from the cartridge Love You a Latte.  I hid the sentiment from that image and instead cut the image Love You a Latte from the cartridge Just Because Cards.  I sized everything to fit within the slimline size and then added the wonderful textured strips at the top and bottom.  Those were originally cup wrappers that were in the Club Scrap kit cut down to strips.

Link up your own project using your Cricut over at Bitten by the Bug 2 . You have until December 6.   There is some awesome inspiration over there for you too.

May everyone have a good Thanksgiving and keep enjoying that coffee while I sip my tea. – Denise

Growing in Unity November Blog Hop

Welcome to the Growing In Unity Blog Hop.  Back in September, I was lucky enough to be a GIU gal for a week.  Unity Stamp Company is the reason I have such a huge amount of stamps.  They have so many great and different kinds of stamps in red rubber.  The images always stamp so well from the start.  The participants from September and October are doing a blog hop this week and if you leave comments on all the participants blogs, you could win a great Unity grab bag as a prize.  

They are having a really great sale now through November 17th and you can get a couple of free stamps if your order is above $65 and free shipping if above $75.  I placed my order the first day of the sale and received it in record time, so I am using the free stamps along with a couple of others in my project.



These are little boxes that I made to put some ornaments that I made to put in Christmas stockings this year.  I did it last year and tied the boxes, but this year decided that a band around the box could slide off easily and then be replaced when storing the ornaments for next year, keeping the box together.  It’s Christmas-Oh Deer, and the Gnome -one Like You were the free stamps.  The other two were from Full of Merry and the October 2020 KOM . It was a simple and quick way to make the boxes cute and festive.  

Make sure to visit all of the participants on the blog hop and leave a comment.  The full list is below.


Denise  –  That is me!




Good luck and if you missed my original week, just click on September 2020 on the right hand side for Growing in Unity posts.  – Denise


Bitten By The Bug 2 – Thanksgiving

Today we start the Thanksgiving Challenge on Bitten by the Bug 2 . Here is my project:


I purchased this mandala turkey image which is from called Thanksgiving Mandala SVG bundle.  It has six images and I decided to do this one.  Once a month they have $1 deals where for an hour you can purchase various products for $1 each.  I have picked up some great products for only a $1 and I have liked the idea of these layered mandala images.  This one has four layers.  I decided that since there were so many cuts, I would make it as big as possible and sized it at 11.4″ for the biggest dimension.  I also set my Cricut to cut for intricate cuts and it took over 45 minutes for each of the middle two layers since each cut is done twice on that setting.  I wouldn’t have wanted it any smaller as some of the circles were pretty small.  Once I had it cut out and together, I couldn’t decide what I was actually going to do with it.  There have been a lot of Pinterest projects using pizza pans from the Dollar Tree, so I picked one up at my local store and the turkey just fit in it.  I tried using some of my markers and a burnishing wax to color the pizza pan but nothing worked very well.  I pulled out some burlap, cut it in a larger square and attached it just inside the lip with a glue gun.  I cut another layer and turned it 45 degrees so that the mesh filled in cover more of the silver pan, once again with a glue gun.  I then took my new favorite scissors which are applique scissors to trim the burlap even with the lip of the pan.  I finally found a paint pen to somewhat color the lip, but it still felt bare.  The trim was white and after experimenting with several things, I found an old Inkadoo watercolor marker that I colored the trim with to match the blue in the turkey and attached with 3 in 1 glue.  I propped up the pan on a wooden cross from Dollar Tree’s craft section and will figure out a better way to attach it and finish the back of the pan, but it worked for the picture.

Make sure to link up your own project over at Bitten by the Bug 2 by November 23.  You can also see some of the great projects by the designers there.  May everyone have a very blessed Thanksgiving. – Densie