Wednesday, November 15, 2017

O' Christmas Tree


Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.  I call my card this week O' Christmas Tree.


I used four Cricut cartridges and the fabulous vintage Christmas image to create this card.  The Cricut cuts include:

From Anna's Splendid Soiree - Lace invitation (the base card and lace top)
From Trim a Tree - the fun Christmas Tree
From Winter Frolic - the banner
From Basic shapes - the stars and the striped matting layer
From Anna's Fancy Lettering - the font

I also used liquid pearls and light blue seam binding ribbon to compete the card.


Have you been by The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog today?  You are going to love the fabulous Christmas projects the design team created to inspire you.  After you enjoy all of the Christmas eye candy, be sure to link up your Christmas themed project under this week's challenge.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas in Connecticut Card


Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. This week's challenge was selected by our very talented Design Team sister, Amy.  Amy challenged us to create projects based on a book or a movie.  

Given the time of the year, I chose one of my favorite old Christmas movies, "Christmas in Connecticut", a 1945 production, on which to base my project.  I was first introduced to this movie one Christmas break back in Michigan, sometime around 1970+/- when I was watching Bill Kennedy at the Movies, a show that was broadcast midday on one of the Detroit channels.  Bill's daily show featured old movies (old even in the late 60's - early 70's when I was watching) with a bit dialog thrown in to tell us about the actors or the production.  I discovered many old gems through Bill, but "Christmas in Connecticut" is a standout. 



I used quite a number of Cricut cartridge cuts on this card, as well as the vintage winter image.  

Anna's Winter Wonderland - the fabulous Christmas tree
Edge to Edge 2 - the corner cuts
Vintage Wedding - the lace oval frame
Anna's Holiday Home Decor - the poinsettia
Flower Market and You are Here - the snowflakes
Teresa Collins Christmas Holly - Holly border
Basic shapes - the matting layers



I finished the card with white 3-D Stamp Paint, a gold sequin, gemstones, and a white bow.   

This was actually a fun challenge once I stopped over thinking it.  I hope that you will take time this week to create a book or movie inspired project and to share it with us at Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.

Remember last week when I told you that my grandson was due last Wednesday?  Wednesday came and went with no delivery.  Then Thursday passed.  Then Friday passed.  Then on Saturday night I received a text message with a photo of my son with his new born son!  Nathan Grant Edwards was born at 9:13 pm Saturday night.  Doug, my mom, and I went to meet him yesterday.  He is darling.  In fact, he is perfect! 

My amazing daughter-in-law is recovering and requested no photos until she could shower (understandable after 17.5 hours of labor).  But here we are, me, GranDoug, and our son Aaron, adoring Nathan Grant Edwards.






Monday, November 6, 2017

Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na, BATMAN!



Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2's Cricut Challenge. This week I am the challenge host and I selected the theme.  Today is my older son's 32 birthday (Happy birthday, Aaron) so I thought to celebrate that I would ask the Design Team to create Cricut cut Super Hero projects.  Aaron's favorite super hero is still Batman, though I believe he has some secondary well loved super heroes as well.  Remember that scene in Toy Story 3 where Andy is going to college and plans to take Woody with him? (Yes, that did make me cry a little). Both of our sons took a super hero  and a couple of figures to college with them!

For Aaron's birthday card, and the BBTB2 challenge, I used the Batman cartridge to create this card. The only "Susanizing" I did to the card, was to cut the phrase "Happy Birthday" four times from the Bat call light.  



The back of Aaron's card features this tough looking Batman logo.  I am pretty sure that Aaron is going to love his card.

Have you been by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog yet today?  You need to go check out the super cute super hero projects my design sisters created!  You can click this HERE to take a look.  

One final note:  Aaron is actually having a very low key birthday.  He and his wife are expecting their first child - due date is THIS Wednesday!  He told me that they plan to have dinner at home and wait for the baby!!  I am hoping that later this week I will be able to report that Aaron had a happy birthday and that Crissie delivered a healthy baby.  I will keep you posted!
  

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Vintage Christmas Holly Girl



Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.


For this week's challenge, I created another of my vintage image Christmas cards. As with the previous vintage image cards that I have shared, this image was also found on Pinterest for free.  Just like Monday's card, this one is another card that I reproduced in mass while at my weekend crop to mail out.  I like that the card is stylish yet completely flat so it will mail well!  Since the US post office likes to charge extra for bumps and baubles on the cards, flat is always nice (because yes, I can be cheap frugal like that).

I used cuts from three Cricut cartridges as well as a basic shape or two on this card. For the holly branches, I used Anna's Winter Wonderland.  For the holly boughs with ribbon, I used Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments 2. I used Edge to Edge for the snowflake lace.  I did weld a rectangle into the middle of the snowflake lace to help reduce the amount of cutting required to mass produce this card.  By adding the rectangle my Cricut had far fewer tiny, delicate cuts to make.



Have you also been working on your Christmas projects?  If so, you should share your creations with us at  The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge is always Christmas themed!



Monday, October 30, 2017

Joy


Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2's Cricut Challenge. My wonderful Design Team sister, Michelle, is hosting this week's challenge. Michelle has challenged us to use a word from the Cricut cut library.  You can choose any word, as long as it is an existing cut.  I chose the word JOY from the Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments 2 cartridge.

I used only the one cartridge and a couple of basic shapes to make this card.  That is SO unlike me - but I do love this card.  In fact, I liked it so much that when I was away at a crop last weekend (where I focused on finishing my 2017 Christmas cards) this one one of six cards I mass produced to send out.  I love the simple elegance of this card.

If you choose to join this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge, do not feel that you have to craft a Christmas card. My DT sisters have made Halloween cards and other single word cards.  I almost made a Thanksgiving card for this challenge. But whatever you decided to make, please do join us in this challenge!!




CLOSE MY HEART

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Bewitching Flyover


Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Cut Challenge. My wonderful Design Team sister, Maureen, is hosting this week's challenge.  Maureen has challenged us to create projects featuring Ghouls, Monsters, or Ghosties.  

I chose this fun dimensional card featuring a spooky graveyard and adorably scary fence. I added the moon and the purple witch doing a flyover.  I also added swirly lines and mini circles that the Cricut drew on in gold pen.


With only a week to go, now is the time to craft your monster, ghoul, and ghost projects.  And please do share with us at Bitten By the Bug 2!!

Need more inspiration?  Head on over to the BBTB2 blog for some ghoulish inspiration!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Santa Is Watching


Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.  I am on the tinsel team - we like to sparkle and shine(!) - and will be posting every-other Wednesday.



I recently tried something new on my Christmas cards - I tried adding Cricut cuts to embellish vintage images on a card.  I have to say that I am enjoying this change!  In fact, I have printed and cut three of my vintage image cards in mass quantities in order to assemble them this weekend at a card making get away.  I plan to finish assembling the majority of the cards I will be mailing out.

Today's vintage image, and any other vintage images I may use, was found on Pinterest.  I have actually created a board of vintage Christmas images and Christmas cards.   

In addition to my sweet vintage image, I used the following Cricut cartridges to create the elements used on this card:

Close To My Heart Art Philosophy for the ornament card shape
Anna's Elegant Embellishments for the pink doily mat
Anna's Holiday Home Decor for the poinsettia (currently favorite poinsettia)
Wrap it up for the red paper ribbon

I used a light gray ink on the edges of the card, flowers, and ribbon.  I used White Opal Liquid Pearls on the doily.  I finished the card with pink seam binding ribbon.


If you have not already done so, you should definitely drop by The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog and check out the Christmas cards created by the rest of the design team.  And please feel free to link your Christmas card creation to the blog!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dashing Through the Snow



Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  This week's Cricut challenge theme is ROAD TRIP.  I chose an imaginary road trip to feature on my project, Mickey Mouse's Christmas Road Trip!  

I have been working furiously on Christmas cards, trying to get them all finished early this year.  The Road Trip challenge seemed like a nice opportunity to get yet one more card completed.  

I chose the car from Mickey Mouse and Friends for my road trip transportation.  I then stuffed the car full of festive trimmings to make Mickey's Christmas as merry as can be, with cuts from Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments 2 and Paper Trimmings. I finished the card with the wreath and dots cuts and the phrase, Dashing Through the Snow.

I cannot wait to see YOUR Road Trip projects.  Link up with us at Bitten By the Bug 2 this week for your chance to win our Project of the Week blog button.  




CLOSE MY HEART

October has one of my favorite Stamp of the Month stamp set every single year, and this October Stamp of the Month does not disappoint. 

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October: Christmas Tunes
only available Oct. 1–31, 2017


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October is also a great month for this fabulous fall Workshop Your Way card making kit,  Happy Day Cardmaking Kit. The kit contains all of the materials to create 12 complete cards, including embellishments.  There is also a complimentary downloadable Workshop guide.



Monday, October 9, 2017

BIRTHDAY CHEERS!


Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  Each week a theme or specific cut is selected by a Design Team member and the BBTB2 team creates inspirational projects to inspire you to use your Cricut.  You are also invited to join our weekly challenge, with rules posted on the BBTB2 blog.

This week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Challenge theme was selected by our very talented Design Team member, Laurie.  Laurie selected the theme, It's Beer and Pizza Day!  And as we have several birthday men in my family during the fall, I created this Beer Stein birthday card!



I used five Cricut cartridges on this card:  Close To My Heart Artiste, Germany, European Tour, Wild Card, and Basic Shapes.  The basic card shape came from the Artiste cartridge, though I did use the cut and weld features to modify the card shape to suit my project.  The word Birthday also came from the Artist cartridge.

The Beer Stein came from the Germany cartridge.  I did add the castle, Neuschwanstein, to the front of the stein - from the European Tour cartridge.  I also added strips of gold glitter cardstock to enhance the stein.  In addition to using Cricut Basic shapes, the word Cheers! came from the Wild Card cartridge.



Have you already been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog this week?  The design created some really fun Beer and Pizza Day projects.  I do hope that you go take a look and that you too will join us in this week's creative and fun challenge.


CLOSE MY HEART

October has one of my favorite Stamp of the Month stamp set every single year, and this October Stamp of the Month does not disappoint. 

O

Get This Stamp for Only $5

October: Christmas Tunes
only available Oct. 1–31, 2017


Get the Stamp of the Month for only $5 when you order $50 in Close To My Heart products.




October is also a great month for this fabulous fall Workshop Your Way card making kit,  Happy Day Cardmaking Kit. The kit contains all of the materials to create 12 complete cards, including embellishments.  There is also a complimentary downloadable Workshop guide.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Baby Shower Projects


Hello friends! Two Saturdays ago I had a baby shower for my son and wonderful daughter-in-law.  Their son is due in about a month (that will be my third grandchild, second grandson for those who are keeping count), and we thought a month out was good shower timing.

Knowing they are having a boy, I went with a baby nautical theme.  I purchased some of our party decor and serving accessories, but I also used my trusty Cricut (with Design Space) and crafted several of the decorations, as well as the invitations.

The small sailboats above were the party favors.  They were made using a hexagon cut, sliced in half, and the sail section of a sailboat.  Add a bit of Design Space welding and a bit of Design Space slicing, and voila!  

I filled the boats with custom covered (yes, I made the chocolate wraps) Hershey nuggets which read, "Ahoy! It's a boy!"



I made two paper banners to use at the shower.  The first was this cute baby boy sailor banner.  It was Avaleigh's favorite because it had "babies."


The second was a sailboat and anchor banner that I placed over the drink station on our antique cabinet.  Crissie and Aaron took this banner to use in the baby's beach themed nursery.



I used disposable paper products for the party (though it pained me to do so as I am a "use real plates and glasses" kind of woman).  The main reason I went with disposable plates, napkins, and solo cups, was to match my color scheme.  I added a bit of decoration to the red solo cups by adding vinyl cut anchors to the tumblers.  My paper crafting friends who attended the shower did note the detail!



I used these mini popcorn boxes (via Amazon) to add a bit of pop to the serving plates.  I added the chips to the popcorn boxes, with dip on the side.  In the right rear is the nautical cupcake tower - also purchased.


I downloaded some free nautical printables and used them in several places.  All of the food and drink labels were personalized and printed.


Another of the printables is visible behind Crissie in the photo below. It was a simple printed banner.  In this photo, taken after ALL of the gifts had been opened, Crissie is opening her "diaper cake", which isn't a cake at all.


The diaper cake is actually a diaper ship!  Very in keeping with our nautical theme!


Because I forgot to take photos until the very end (duh), I missed a lot of the guests.  


But someone did snap a couple of photos of me with two of my girlfriends!  I love these women!


This a photo of the dining room BEFORE all of the food was placed.  We served sliders, chips, veggies, chocolates, cupcakes, drinks and at the end, banana split "boats" for an ice cream sundae bar.


I will be back on Monday morning with this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge!