Day 1 Growing In Unity 2020

I am so excited to begin my week as a Growing In Unity gal. It has been quite the year as I turned 60 earlier this month and the plans I had for celebrating that, as well as my daughter’s wedding scheduled for June were put on hold due to COVID restrictions. So being able to share projects using Unity stamps is a bright spot for me!

I decided that for this week I would use supplies that I have purchased, but never used (I am sure I am the only one who does that, lol). I get excited about a technique, but after purchasing the items needed, I get busy and don’t use them. And I always seem to have stamps that I haven’t inked up. Today I am using Alcohol Inks. If you have used Yupo paper with them, you know that you can’t heat emboss with it because it will melt. I saw a demonstration by Marco’s Papers using Grafix Craft Plastic on which they heat embossed and used alcohol inks.

This card was made by stamping an image from the June 2017 KOM called Time to Enjoy Life on the Grafix Craft Plastic with Versafine black ink and heat embossing with Clear embossing powder. This plastic won’t melt, but you do need to keep the heat tool moving. I put some blending solution in the bigger petals and them a few drops of orange along with a drop of yellow. I played around with blowing it around, but ended up using a paint brush to kind of move the ink around adding a little more and some gold too. I really liked that the embossing helped contain the alcohol inks to the areas and I could do my leaves in greens without them blending into the flower. I fussy cut the flower and popped it up on foam on a paper from the Unity paper pack called Holiday Intrigue. It is mostly Christmas, but has other papers such as this that can be used all year. The sentiment is from Unity’s May Strength Surround You.

This card uses an image from the July 2020 KOM called Life is Better in Flip Flops. I sort of went out of the embossing lines, so I used that with a paint brush dipped in blending solution and spread various colors outside the image to make a background. After using a stitched rectangle die, I used a paper from Authentique’s Pleasant collection. The sentiment is from Peace, Courage and Memories. It was heat embossed on velum and added to the front of the card. I have needed some sympathy cards, so I decided to add to my stash and have them ready.

Unity is generously offering a grab bag of 20 of their stamps to two people who comment this week. Be sure to come back and comment every day on my new posts to increase your chances. I will do a random drawing from all the comments on Sunday to choose the two winners. – Denise

BBTB2 – Life in 3D

I have am the host of the challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 for the next two weeks.  I chose projects that are 3D because I just love them.


This is the first set of buildings that I have done.  SVG Cuts has some wonderful cut files and this pair is from the set called Seaside.  I decided to make the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage first to see how it went.  I used cardstock I had on hand for the base and patterned paper from Graphic 45 called Sunkissed.  I used both their 8 x 8 pad and 12 x 12 (patterns and solids). Mary has wonderful videos to show you how to put these projects together and it went so well, I decided to tackle the lighthouse using the same paper collection.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder called Cobblestone on the bottom sections and a Fiskar’s texture plate on the panels at the bottom.  Applying Distress Ink with a sponge applicator really brought out the texture.  If I had to do it over, I would have used that same Cobblestone folder on the base of the cottage too, as it would have really added to it.

Here are a different angle of the cottage as well as a closeup of the base of the lighthouse.

Some twine around the bases along with colored twine on the door added a little interest.

Jump out of the 2 dimensional into 3D and link your own project at our challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2. Wait until you see what the other designers have done. – Denise

BBTB2 Back to School

Hi, I am back again for the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge – Back to School.  Here are a couple of cards celebrating that in whatever form it takes this year.

IMG_4178These were made for my granddaughter as she starts 6th grade and my daughter-in-law as she starts her second year of teaching.  She certainly had an different start to her teaching career last year with COVID.  I used Recess , Autumn Celebrations, Back to School and Just Because Cards to create these cards.  The paper was cardstock I had on hand along with a 6 x 6 paper pad called Hall Pass from We R Memory Keepers.

Use your Cricut to create your own back to school project and link it up for the next two weeks at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Our designers have lots of great projects there to inspire you. – Denise

BBTB 2 – Anything goes with a watermelon

Who doesn’t like watermelon (besides my husband, lol)?  The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to craft something on the Cricut with a watermelon.


I love watermelon and have a cat that also loves it, so he gets part of the rind to lick when I cut one up.  I searched Design Space for watermelon and found this image and sentiment as part of the Just Because Cards cartridge (melon #M472AF).  I adjusted the size of the watermelon a bit and used some perfect paper in a paper stack by The Paper Studio called Fruit Art. Since there was some paper with the seeds already in it, I used that and didn’t use the top red cut of the file. The file also contains an envelope, so I cut one using the same paper as the background.  It is hard to tell, but the dark green rind and border are a shimmery cardstock.

See what great projects the design team came up with for this challenge and link your own project using the Cricut in the next two weeks at Bitten by the Bug 2.

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Summer Fun

We are in the heat of the summer and Bitten by the Bug 2 has a challenge to show your Summer Fun.  Here is the layout I came up with.


I don’t do a lot of scrapbook layouts and I have never scrapped something this quickly, since this was just a week and a half ago.  We have a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent a week there with our daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Our son couldn’t come due to COVID restrictions and others couldn’t come for the same reasons.  While we didn’t have nearly the number of family and friends this year, it allowed my granddaughter and I to have some special time together.  We have a black lab and the lake is like heaven to him along with kids.  Elena would run and jump off the dock and our dog would be right behind her.  She also has a black lab who would do the same thing and sometimes both dogs would jump in.  I captured these pictures from a video I took and it represents the center of our summers.  I tend to do simple layouts and let the pictures take center stage.   A cut from Campin’ Critters with the Jump in the Lake was perfect for the title in the corner and splashes from Noah’s ABC Animals added a nice flourish.  The circle is basic shapes and I let the Cricut do the writing using Market Street Fonts (Eloise).

Join in the Summer Fun and link your own project using your Cricut on the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge. Get lots of inspiration from all the wonderful projects done by the design team.  – Denise

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Cute Critters

Our challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 is Cute Critters and here is my project (actually two of them).


closeup A closeup of the materials.

I am not a cutesy kind of crafter, but I do have a soft spot for the bears in the Cricut cartridge called Teddy Bear Parade.  They all have this expression that makes you want to hug them and there are a ton of different outfits for all kinds of occasions.  I decided that I wanted to do a shaped card and so I searched through the images and picked these two because the hats made a nice top to hinge together.  To make the card base, I sized the bear to be 5 inches tall and duplicated it.  I then removed the fishing pole (and pitchfork from the farmer).  Welding the copy made a perfect shape.  I then duplicated that and flipped it vertically.  I lined the two shapes up head to head and overlapped those heads enough to make sure I would have enough to make a decent size fold and used the centering tool to make sure they matched.  The welding tool was once again used to make one shape.  Adding a scoring line was done using the line from basic shapes and turning it 90 degrees.  If you put it with the welded shape and use the alignment tool (the horizontal center) it places it perfectly to fold the card at the top of the head.  You could also do that manually.  The original image was cut using some fun materials and lines up perfectly on the base shape. I used a faux suede material for the bears and a Tim Holtz textile paper for the overalls.  These were fun to do and I will probably try others.

Make sure to use your Cricut and link your own Cute Critter creation on Bitten by the Bug 2.

Bitten By the Bug 2 – In the Stars

A new challenge starts today at Bitten By the Bug 2 called In the Stars.


I searched Design Space for stars, then went to my second favorite place to search for stars.  This box card   Happy 4th SVG Kit   came up as part of the kit called Happy 4th.  Since I needed to make a card for a friend who celebrated their 90th birthday on July 2, I decided I could modify the card into a birthday card.  I took the first insert and using a square shape, sliced off the top which said “4th” on a banner with a star.  I searched Design Space and found a birthday sentiment that was curved in Create a Critter.  I used a banner from Close to My Heart “Artiste” and a star shape from the basic shapes.  After sizing all of them to fit, I made a copy of the sentiment and then arranged the original, the base, the banner and the star together and welded them.  I replaced the dot on the “i” with a star.  Since it was her 90th, I also hid the star contour on the front flap and replaced it with a 90.  Everything else remained as the original design.  The paper was from Authentique and called Anchored.  It makes for a fun birthday card.  Don’t be afraid to alter some of the fun designs you find to make them your own.  Join in the fun with your own project with star shapes on your Circut and link it to the challenge on Bitten By the Bug 2.  – Denise

BBTB2 – Summer Solstice – Show Me the Sun

My mother was born on June 21 (the first full day of Summer) so this time of year has always been celebrated in our family.  Bitten by the Bug 2 has chosen this as the challenge for the next two weeks.  My daughter was also to be married on June 21 this year, but due to COVID 19, it has been postponed until next year.  I am still going to see her, so I did a super quick card for our challenge.


I searched for sun in Design Space and this image from Folk Art Festival came up and I thought it looked like one of those suns they show on the CBS show Sunday Morning.  The sentiment is from Small Talk Frames & Tags.  Using some scraps from my stash in yellow, orange and peach I cut it out and mounted it on blue cardstock.  Just a simple card, but very cheery looking. Have a wonderful start to Summer and enter your own project with the sun using your Cricut on the challenge here.  Be sure to check out all of the great designs from the other members while you are there. – Denise

Bitten by the Bug 2 Wedding or Anniversary Challenge

June is the month for weddings and that is the current challenge on Bitten by the Bug 2.


Like everything else this year, weddings are being effected by COVID 19 restrictions.  My niece was to be married in April and my daughter in June.  Both have postponed their weddings until next year.  Since I didn’t have an actual wedding to make a card for, I decided to make a general one and have in my stash.  This cut is from Summer Celebrations and is currently free on Design Space.  I cut it with gray and white cardstock from my stash.  The original cut is open to the inside, but I didn’t like the look, plus the sides were pretty thin.  I cut a piece of cardstock from the DCWV stack called Le Blanc and put it behind the front.  It was a quick card to make and is pretty classic looking.

Check out all the great projects the design team did for the challenge and link up your own project using your Cricut on Bitten by the Bug 2 here.

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Military

Today is Memorial Day and the challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2 is Military. My son graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2014 and currently serves flying C130s.  I am finally finishing an album of his time there and made this page of his graduation.


The whole graduation week was filled with lots of ceremony and the graduation was no exception.  One of the highlights was then Vice President Biden saluting and shaking the hand of every single graduate (and there were just under 1,000).  The larger picture captures that moment when my son shook his hand.  Last year I watched a live stream of President Trump doing the same thing.  Unfortunately this year the cadets had a very abbreviated ceremony without any friends or family present and of course, no shaking of hands by the Vice President.  At least they did get a graduation, unlike most all other colleges.  I used an Authentique collection called Pride for the papers.  The stars are just the Cricut basic shapes and the title is a font called Plantin Schoolbook.  I also cut one of the pictures in the star shape.  You can do this if you are very careful to place the cut on the mat in an exact location and position your picture to be centered in that location.

I certainly have a new appreciation of those who serve after having a son in the Air Force.

Be sure to add your military project using your Circut machine and link it on the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 here.  – Denise