BBTB2 – Fun and Games

I am the host for the current challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 and I chose the theme “Fun and Games”.  I love playing board and card games, so I had started a tradition of hosting a family Euchre tournament around Christmas time.  While we haven’t had it the last couple of years due to other obligations and then COVID, This year we are having it again and I have some items that I will use for it, including this crown.

When we do this tournament, I make a game schedule so that after everyone at a table deals, partners switch and start a new game.  We keep track of things like total points earned for each player, loners made, Euchres made, etc.   Then I give prizes for various things including the least points so that everyone has a chance to win something.  One of the most coveted is the “Loner Crown”  If you make a loner, you get to wear the crown, but as soon as someone else makes a loner, they take the crown from you.  The person who is wearing the crown at the end of the tournament wins a prize.  People tend to make a big production out of taking the crown away.

I had a crown that we had used for several years, but it was layered and some of the layers had started slipping, so I decided to make one that incorporated  more of a card theme.  I was just going to redo the old one on Design Space and add the different suits to the design.  I searched and searched, but couldn’t find the design I had used or the project itself.  I finally took off the filter that limited me to images I owned and found the crown, but it wasn’t a part of a cartridge I owned, so I was confused.  Then I thought about just how long it had been since I made and then I remembered.

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If you have been working with Cricut for a long time, you might recognize this.  It is called a Gypsy.  Before Design Space, was Cricut Craft Room, and before that was the Gypsy.  You loaded your cartridges unto the Gypsy and then you could design with it and do such things as weld, slice, etc.  When Cricut first announced they were going to an online software, I purchased a used Gypsy as a backup to my own Gypsy, because I couldn’t imagine that I would be using the internet for my Cricut.  We did not have reliable internet at home at the time.  The used Gypsy had some cartridges loaded on it, that were different than what I owned, and voila- the missing crown.  I actually charged it up and brought up the project just to see if I could.  My brother has my old Expression machine, or I might have even tried to make it using this Gypsy.

Design Space does have a lot of advantages over this Gypsy, but it meant I had to make my own crown, since I couldn’t find something that would work.  I was able to kind of use elements of the old crown including the fact that it is in two parts that hook together to make the crown.  Putting several slits in the back piece means it is adjustable so that it can fit several different people.  I started by looking at borders to see if there was a shape that would work. I came up with image #M429AZ from “The First Few Years” as a start, then looked for shapes that would work for the larger points of the crown and there were two ornaments from Anna’s Winter Wonderland that looked pretty good.  Finally I need some sort of hook to put on the ends to work with the slots on the back shape.  Since I thought that was the way the cupcake wrappers worked, I looked at various ones of those and found what I wanted as part of the Close to My Heart cartridge called Artiste.  Below is a gallery of the various steps I took to make the design, including welding and slicing off the hook from the cupcake wrapper to weld on the crown.

I forgot to take a screen shot of the final weld.

The suits of Clubs, Spades, Hearts, and Diamonds were from the CTMH Artiste cartridge. I used the offset feature to cut in gold and make the black show up on the black crown. The letters are also gold vinyl and use Blackletter and Circut Sans text.  Bling added that something special.

To make the back of the crown, I used basic shapes for a rectangle and lines (changed from score to cut).  The alignment and distribution tools helped make it uniform.  Below is a a closeup of the ends that hook together to make the crown along with the two pieces.  Each piece is 14.5 inches long and I used some 11 x 15 cardstock that I had picked up at a paper store that is a few hours from home, but has some amazing things at very reasonable prices

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I also made some score keepers with chipboard, vinyl and game spinners I had from Tim Holtz.

Make your own project that incorporates a Fun and Games theme with your Circut and link it up at Bitten by the Bug 2 . The designers have some wonderful inspiration. – Denise

BBTB2 Heritage or Family Challenge

The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 is Heritage or Family.  I have had a school picture of my grandfather from 1898 for a few years now and this was a perfect excuse to scrap it.

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This picture was given to my father by a neighbor who had had several copies made.  The names are all typed on the back.  I wanted to be able to frame the picture, but also remove it easily if we wanted to.  I found a frame from the cartridge called “The First Few Years”  that I felt would be big enough for the photo.  When the red frame on top of the tan background, I only put adhesive on the sides and bottom leaving the top free to slide the picture into.  The arrow box came from the same cartridge and I let the Cricut write the name using a free font called Telegram text.  The title came from Heritage and I cut it and the date from a bronze vinyl.  It was a quick page to do.  Picking out the paper took longer than it did to cut it.  

Make a project with your family as the inspiration using your Cricut and link it up over at Bitten by the Bug 2 by November 20.  – Denise

BBTB2 – Something to Crow About

There is a new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 called Something to Crow About.  The rule is to use a crow or scarecrow in a project.  I searched through some of my older files and found this fun card from svgcuts.com .

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This card is part of a kit called September Scenes Stand Up Cards.  I had purchased it quite awhile ago, but hadn’t made any of the cards, so this challenge was perfect for using one of them.  The card base was some green cardstock I had on hand and all the rest of the cardstock and papers were from my scraps which I keep stored by color in hanging files.  One thing I did notice about this file is that the website says it was created in 2010.  As such, it didn’t have score lines with it, but just said to fold where the instructions indicated.  Mary’s designs now have all of the score lines and videos on how things go together which is a big help.  One tip on the instruction sheet was to use raffia on the straw bale and coming out of the scarecrow’s arms and hat.  I didn’t have any of the right color, but was able to use my Spectrum Noir Markers on the white I did have to make the straw stand out. I also used a 3D embossing folder for the fence rails. This is a cute card and below is a top view to show how it stands up.

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Make your own project with your Circut and include a crow or scarecrow, then link it up over at Bitten by the Bug 2 by November 7.  You can also get some wonderful inspiration by the rest of the design team. Happy Fall Y’all! – Denise

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Designbundles.net.  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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