Monday, August 2, 2021

BBTB2; Great Outdoors Challenge


It's time for a new fun challenge on the Bitten By The Bug 2 (BBTB2) Cricut challenge site. The current challenge theme is...The Great Outdoors. 

During the summer of 2020, I decided to take every Tuesday off to go hiking with my kiddos. Let me tell you, I am not normally someone who hikes but when my nephew stayed with us for awhile, we wanted to do something while he was here so... See the original post of the adventure HERE. Be sure to read it, it's actually pretty funny!

Since I am making an album on these hiking trips, I created this base page before I had any of the photos printed:


Here's the finished layout with photos & journaling:


I used a SVG cut that I uploaded into Design Space. I cannot remember where I got the free SVG. I really need to keep better tabs on this sort of thing so I can give proper credit.


The image did not include a base so I created one by grouping the greens and brown images together and then I duplicated it. On the copy, I welded the images together and then contoured out the letters so it was a solid base.

I hope you get a chance to join the challenge and create a Cricut project using the challenge theme. Be sure to link it up to the BBTB2 blog before the two weeks!


Sunday, August 1, 2021

LTSCB August Challenge


August is here and so is another challenge at the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog (LTSCB). This month's challenge theme is...Old School.

I'm going to be honest, this one threw me for a loop. I wasn't sure how to start, but of course once I got started, it all seemed to flow!

Here's my project:

Boom Boxes are definitely "Old School" so I grabbed the stamp and started creating! I uploaded a process video on YouTube and you can see that here:

I had lots of oops and eventually I had to redo the card because there were just too many of them, but I love the card and how it turned out. What do you think?


Products Used:
Sprays: Outrageous Pink & Watermelon from FSJ; Cracked Pistachio & Mustard Seed from Tim Holtz
Stamps:  Boom Box from Imaginisce, Indigo Bleu from Pink Paisley and On Your Birthday from Close To My Heart

Now it's your turn. What are you going to create using the current theme? Be sure to link your stamped project to the LTSCB before the end of the month.

LTCCB; August Challenge


August 1st already! Can you believe summer is almost over? Time for a new challenge at the Love To Craft Challenge Blog (LTCCB). As always, the challenge theme is Anything Goes.

Here's my crafty project for August:

I bought this kit in the clearance aisle at Walmart and couldn't pass it up! Ok, maybe I cheated a little by using a kit, but I did take some creative freedom by adding cut vinyl on the paper piece in the middle and how I colored the flowers. The flowers have the feel of coffee filters - thin but not tissue thin. I colored them using the watercolor markers included in the kit and then soaked them in water. They have three layers each.

The background is the paper towel I used to soak up the wet ink. Isn't it fabulous!




Here it is hanging in my office cubicle.

Now it's your turn, create something...anything and link it to the LTCCB before the end of the month!

Friday, July 30, 2021

Shaker Card Wreath

This card started as I was following the challenge theme on the Heart 2 Heart CTMH challenge blog. One of the challenge themes for the month of July is...banners. (They post two challenge themes per month.) 

I wanted to use the Remarkable Wreath Seasons & Nature stamp set since there are banners in it. All of a sudden I thought it would be cute to make it a shaker card as well. I purchased a pack of small circles/ovals adhesive sets for shaker cards from Queen & Co. years ago at a Stamp Expo and one of the circles was the perfect size for the inside of this wreath! Don't you love when that happens!?!

I used CTMH inks for the wreath & banner: Cranberry, Olive and Indian Blue.


I made a mistake by adding a fine stamping glitter to the shaker element, since most of it stuck (probably by static) to the transparency. Lesson learned...chunky glitter only! I mean, it's glitter so it still looks pretty, but...

I used two different background stamps from my stash to the card. One was stamped in Honey (from CTMH) and the other was Oatmeal from FSJ.

To add even more interest, I scored randomly spaced lines across the green cardstock that mats the focal image. It's not much, but it adds a little something, don't you think?

If you have CTMH products and are looking for a great challenge blog, click on over to the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog.

TGIF; Thankful Friday #187


Happy Thankful Friday! This week I'm thankful for my ice cream maker. I may have mentioned it before, but I really am thankful for it! Over the weekend, I made some chocolate ice cream. Yes, chocolate. I'm not a big fan of chocolate ice cream. I'm more of a vanilla type of girl, but hubby loves chocolate. 

I wasn't sure how chocolatey it would actually turn out, but it was FABULOUS! (I just channelled my inner Oprah Winfrey.)

This is definitely something I didn't realize I needed until I owned it.


Have a great week - stay cool, stay healthy, stay safe.

Leave a comment and let me know what you are thankful for this week.


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Using Vinyl on Other Things


Look what I found at the Dollar Tree! This super cute & fun glow-in-the-dark beach ball!

And then I added vinyl and made it even more fun!




I found the Splish Splash cut with the First Years set and the mermaid on the Winter Character Images (I didn't realize it was a holly in her hair until I cut it - oh well). I used a dark blue vinyl to place on the beach ball.

I didn't want to break the glow stick for the photos but I can't wait to see this in the pool. (By the way, we don't have a pool but my DIL's parents do and they live across the street. My granddaughters love swimming and I'm sure they will have fun with this!)

I went back to the Dollar Tree to buy more but of course they didn't have any.  So fun and the glow stick can be replaced!

Friday, July 23, 2021

TGIF; Thankful Friday #186


Hello and happy Thankful Friday! This week I'm thankful for the fact that I don't have to do all the things when I come home from work. What I mean is all the dinner cooking, cleaning and general housekeeping items. I'm glad we can eat leftovers, go out to eat or have meals delivered. 

After returning home after two weeks of being away, I just wanted to relax when I got home from work. Between my hubby and daughter and Door Dash, I didn't have to cook once this week!

And I am thankful for THAT!

How about you? What are you thankful for this week? Please share in the comments.