BBTB2 Challenge – Patterned Paper

We start another two week challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 to use patterned paper.  Between a new job that involves an October 15th deadline and officiating junior high and high school volleyball, I haven’t had much time in my craft room lately.  So for this challenge I did a quick card.

Pumpkin Card

I really like using patterns on things because it reminds me of appliqued quilts which I love. This is an image from Pooh and Friends which has some surprisingly cute images you wouldn’t think of with Pooh.  The papers are from Peeble’s 6 x 6 pad called Midnight Hauntings.  The green is scrap cardstock. The stamped sentiment is from Unity’s kit called Halloween Chatter.  Some Distress ink around the edges including the kraft card base and the card was done.

Grab some of your patterned paper or cardstock from your stash and create something with your Cricut then link it up at Bitten by the Bug 2 by October 24th. Have fun – Denise

BBTB2 – Witches and Ghouls

As we start October, Bitten by the Bug 2 has a new challenge called Witches and Ghouls.  I will admit that I just don’t get that into Halloween, but decided to try and make my own shadow box card.


I have made a few box cards before, but this is a little more difficult because the inside tabs run the whole length of the box.  It took two tries to get the card so that it would fold flat, and isn’t perfect, but the depth effect looks good in person.  I started with basic shapes and sliced a circle into the middle of each layer.  On the front I welded a portion of the Spooky Tree from Monster Bash to the side of the circle opening. The witch is is from Autumn Celebrations and I tilted her slightly so that the end of the brooms and the very tail of her robe would overlap the circle slightly so that I could weld it the opening of the circle.  The background paper is from The Paper Studio and putting it over a circle cut in the back lets the light shine through when held up.  My original plan was to use gold velum, but I found out that I didn’t have any left, pretty hard to imagine given the size of my stash, lol.

Head on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to link up your own Cricut project with Witches or Ghouls and get some great inspiration from the other designers. – Denise

BBTB2 – Celebrating Grandparents

Over at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating Grandparents.

I was struggling with this challenge but in remembering my Nana, I thought of her Oatmeal Cookies.  We lived about three hours away from them and whenever we would go for a visit, she would have a batch of these cookies made for us.  Sometimes she would just be taking them out of the oven as we arrived.  They were so delicious, warm and gooey.  My brothers, cousin and I still make them, especially for special occasions when we are together.


I used Country Life for the top line and Cricut Sans for the second line.  The second line is cut from brown vinyl which I like to use for smaller fonts.  The platter is from the Sweet Shop cartridge and I resized it slightly by taking off the ratio aspect and making it taller without making it wider.  The cookies are from Sesame Street Friends  I only used one layer from the cut which was the solid layer. Running them through my Cuttlebug with a Sizzix 3D embossing folder called Cobblestone.  I think it did a good job of giving them texture close to real oatmeal cookies.  I touched the edges and tops of the bumps with Distress Ink on my blending tool.

This is a 8.5 x 5.5″ page that will go into a cookbook I am making for my children, hopefully by Christmas.  I plan to use a mini three ring binder and page protectors so that I can make personal pages for each of their favorite recipes.  This recipe card isn’t glued down yet because I am hoping I can find the recipe in Nana’s original handwriting.

Celebrate grandparents using your Cricut and share your project over at  Bitten by the Bug 2 by September 26th.  – Denise.

BBTB2 Challenge – Anything Birthday

I have a lot of fun being one of the design team for Bitten by the Bug 2 and the challenge for the next two weeks is anything birthday.  How perfect is that because you always need ideas for birthdays.  I mentioned before that every year I do special birthday cards for my family which has been growing with marriages and children.  I now do 17 cards and choose a different technique each year, so that while they are the same kind of card, they are personalized to the people’s interests.  This year the technique is a pop-up wiper card and this is the card for my son-in-law’s birthday.

FrontFront of Card


This is the card open with the hand popped up.  Since I am making so many of the wiper cards, I designed the base pieces on Design Space using rectangles and score lines.  I also put panels in the design, but when using patterned cardstock as the main pieces, you don’t need those decorative panels.  I have also started using more print, then cut elements.  In this card those are the hand and whiskey bottle which came from  After printing and cutting them, I added Glossy accents to the glass and bottle.  I actually did two sets, so that after the Glossy Accents dried, I could choose the best one. The front image is a stamp from Unity Stamp Company called Not Always…But and It is so nice to incorporate my stamps into my Cricut projects. The front sentiment is cut and written on the Cricut.  The “whiskey” and “cheers to you” are cut out of vinyl using Signature Scripts.  I like vinyl because it cuts well for small items and it lays really flat.  Since the hand sweeps up as it opens, you have to really watch what goes on the back of the of the card or it will catch.

Here is a video showing the action of the card which is the best part.


Make sure to go over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to add your own birthday project made with your Cricut by September 12. – Denise

BBTB2 Under The Sea challenge

It is time for another challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Under the Sea is the theme which can be fun with the Cricut and I came up with a shaker card.


With the stress of starting a new job some of my mojo has left me, but I was going through my Pinterest card board and saw alcohol ink techniques which are always fun.  I always think blending blue alcohol inks looks like underwater so that started my inspiration.  Life is a Beach is a really fun Cricut cartridge for ocean/beach theme items.  I found a seahorse card and decided to make it into a shaker card.  

To start I colored a couple of Ranger gloss paper with various inks that I thought would look good for both the ocean as well as the sea horse, fish and seaweed.  This is how they looked when done.  You can see how big the images you want to cut out are and make sure your colored area is that big and add some to make sure.

After making these, I decided to cut the front out first so that I could try and color the seahorse and seaweed as well as the border.  I also cut out those items to place over the shapes in case the coloring didn’t work out as is sometimes the way with alcohol inks.  In the end they looked great, so I only used a couple of cutouts (the fish and some seaweed) to put on the back part of the shaker which was cut out of the blue background above.  I love how images cut out of these types of alcohol backgrounds turn out and they are never the same. In order to make the base card a shaker, I sliced off half of the card so that the front cut out as a square.  I added a border of sea fans to the bottom of the card cut from the brown portion of the sheet.

Here is the card with the sequins showing when you shake it.

shaken front

Adding in the images I had cut out made the front too busy but I did like the way they turned out, so I added them to the inside of the card.  I wrapped the tail around the seaweed before gluing it on.


There isn’t a sentiment inside because I haven’t decided how I will use it.  It is always great to have some blank cards on hand that you can use for various occasions. In the end, it was fun to play with alcohol inks again.  Make your own Under the Sea fun with the Cricut and link it over at Bitten by the Bug 2 by August 29.  There are some really great projects by the design team to give you some inspiration. – Denise

BBTB2 – The Great Outdoors

This challenge by Bitten by the Bug 2 is all about the Great Outdoors.  It is ironic because I ran out of time to complete this challenge before we headed up to our cabin in the U.P. of Michigan for vacation.  So I took some supplies with me and completed it there.


A few years ago at the Mega Meet in Novi Michigan, I purchased this chip board album from Clear Scraps.  The front is a vest shape with a few cut outs and the rest of the pages are solid.  Gluing a solid piece of paper over the entire front (covering up the slits and holes representing buttons) gave me a clean slate make a fishing vest out of it.  I trimmed closely around it and then used a piece of sandpaper to clean up the edges.  Distress Ink was blended all around the edges and the pockets. The pockets were done by using a pocket cut from Make-up Bag box card from SVG Cuts and resizing them to be both big and little.  Plain rectangles were cut the same width as the pockets and guessing on the height.  The lures and bobbers came from Cricut’s Outdoor Man and the Tacklebox Box Card from SVG Cuts.  The back of the vest is actually the second page of the album that shows through. That paper is from an Echo Park collection called The Great Outdoors.  Cutting out the pieces at home and taking them with me, worked out well and you can see our own lake peeking out in the back.  I did forget the rings to attach the album together, but will do it at home.

I also cut out a tissue box cover from the same paper collection and decorated it with panels to leave at the cabin.  I have made several of these from SVG Cuts. You can see my view while crafting in this picture.


Make sure to link your great outdoor project using your Cricut over at Bitten by the Bug 2 by August 15.  You can get some great inspiration by all the designers there. Now off to go hiking. – Denise

BBTB 2 Recycle Challenge

Another new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use some sort of material that would otherwise be thrown out in a project or use a recycle theme.  I am hosting for this challenge.

I hate waste and while I recycle, I also love to reuse what would be thrown away to make new useful items.  I recently started a new job after the company I was with for 34 years closed.  It has been an adjustment and I thought that some pretty new things for my desk would be a great pick-me-up. 


I started with a Triscuit box and a Jiffy Corn Bread mix box and came up with this great place for my sticky notes, scrap paper, and paper clips.

Stationary Box

I was originally going to use an svg file for desk accessories and cut them from cereal boxes, but I discovered there really aren’t a lot of those files, or at least ones I liked, so I decided to just look for boxes about the size I wanted and use my Cricut to cut out some decorations. The Jiffy box was just right for the Post-It Notes.  Opening the ends of the boxes allowed me to cut the boxes to the height I wanted on my paper cutter.


This was after cutting the Jiffy box, but before cutting the Triscuit box to the right size.  I then taped the bottoms back.

After finally deciding that flowers and bees would be a nice theme, and something different than flowers and butterflies, I found this perfect honeycomb pattern as part of Teresa Collins Basics and this cute bee from Small Talk Frames & Tags.  I made the honeycomb image the width of the Jiffy boxes glued together.  I then used a rectangle the same width and the height of the cut boxes to slice out what I needed of the square honeycomb shape.  I then made a frame out of two rectangles sliced out and welded it to the sliced honeycomb.  I repeated for the size I needed for the sides of the smaller box.  The bees were made from a gold velum and black vinyl.  The velum really shows up so much better in person and I was able to bend up the wings for some dimension.  Wrapping the boxes in a lighter gold before gluing on the honeycomb cut out was easy.  I used a pattern paper from an Echo Park collection called Spring Market to wrap the larger Triscuit box and then glued the the Jiffy boxes to the front.  I did have to put a separate sheet of people on the back of the box since a 12 x 12 wouldn’t go all the way around. 


Classic use of tin cans as pencil holders the followed using a soup can and a chicken breast meat can wrapped in the same paper.  I added another bee to the taller can, to tie them together.  The tag on the shorter can covers up the fact that 12 inch paper didn’t go clear around the can. 


I finished off with a tissue cover using another pattern from the collection.  SVG Cuts has this on their website and I have used it several times.  While this last piece didn’t technically reuse anything, I did use up some of my vast collection of paper, so that counts, right? 

Have fun and put your own recycled or up-cycled project in the links at Bitten by the Bug 2 by August 1. – Denise

BBTB2 – Oh Baby (collaboration with Double Trouble)

For the next two weeks Bitten by the Bug 2 is collaborating with Double Trouble to do a challenge called Oh Baby.  This mood board is our inspiration.

I decided to do an older, but classic technique called a waterfall card. The blocks on the image were my inspiration.


The real fun comes with the action when you pull the tab.

Sorry the video is sideways, but I was having trouble uploading it, so this is the best I could do.

In the past I had just done the mechanism portion by hand, but decided it would be a good idea to have it as a project on Design Space so that I could make them quickly if needed in the future.  Using basic shapes and score lines, it was pretty quick to do.  The blocks that flip were made using a square frame from the Going Places.  I made the frame and also a duplicate with the center contour taken out to make the back of the block from the patterned paper.  Kate’s ABC’s were used for the letters and I attached each of them in the middle of the frame.  Originally I did that to save paper, but was then later able to use the negative cut in a bonus card. The patterned paper was from a really old stack I had by DCWV called Baby Girl.  The size of the stack is 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 which makes it great for cards.  The button brads were attached to the background paper before the whole thing was glued to the card base.

Here is the bonus card using the negative cuts.

Bonus Card

Be sure to visit Bitten by the Bug 2 to add your own project for this challenge.  Since we are collaborating with Double Trouble, we are not requiring you use the Cricut, but you do have to use a die cut in your project.  Have fun – Denise

BBTB2 For the Guys

For the next two weeks Bitten by the Bug 2 will have a masculine theme.  I made these favors to hand out to the fathers in our church (and the other church that shares our building) on Father’s Day.


Since I was making 20 of them, I needed something fairly easy, but also something that they could use.  I happened to need a keychain flashlight to replace mine that had broken and came across these on Amazon.

I thought they would make a nice useful present for the men.  Searching Pinterest, I came across the sentiment and it clicked that I could use the key chain somehow with a lighthouse.  I searched Design Space and the lighthouse from the Life is a Beach cartridge.  It seemed perfect.  I sized it to be 5 1/2 ” tall and to fill in the white stripes (which were just open in the original cut) I took the yellow layer, made a duplicate, changed the color and hid most of the contours so that it looked like this.

screen 2

By putting the solid image behind the main one and grouping them, I was able to flatten the image with solid stripes.  Flattening the image and making a print, then cut saved a lot of time when putting them together.  The poem was done on Word and printed on my printer.  Distress Ink was applied around the edges.  The lighthouse was glued in place and my Crop-a-dile was used to punch a hole in the open space of the lighthouse top.  Washi tape held the keychain in place and allowed it to be squeezed to let the light shine.

It really looks great when lighting it up.

Here is the back with the keychain flashlight taped in place. back

Make sure to add your own masculine project using your Cricut and link it up at Bitten by the Bug 2 by July 4. – Denise

BBTB2 – Country Fair

The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 for the next two weeks is Country Fair.  I am in the midst of getting projects done for my daughter’s wedding, which is less than two weeks away and I am only four days away from flying out to her house in Washington state. Yikes!

However I was able to get a quick card done for a couple of great-nieces who show goats at the fair.  


The goat is from Nate’s ABC’s.  It is two layers and I colored the nose, hooves, and eye with a black marker.  The sentiment is the font is Signature Script Fonts with the “fair” coming from Country Fair.  A good way to add to a simple card is to emboss the background.  I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder called Bandana with white cardstock and then used a blending brush with Distress Oxide ink over the whole thing.  Another way to make things go a little quicker was to use an adhesive backed cardstock from DCWV for the letters.  

Get your own inspiration for a country fair theme by going to Bitten by the Bug 2 and seeing what the other projects the the designers came up with.  Then go ahead and link up your own project using your Cricut by June 20th.  – Denise