Sunday, July 31, 2011


Well it is Sunday and I am on my way home from Puerto Rico. What a beautiful island. 
I am just about ready to announce my exciting big news. Be the first to read about it tomorrow morning at 6 am CST. 
In the meantime, here is some groovy card fun for you. Gotta love Wifi on the planes these days.

Now I have to get back to getting my post ready for tomorrow. Have a Fantastic day--PEACE!

Here's how I did it...
Basic A2 card size
All paper is from my scrap stash
Felt flowers in my stash for ages!
Peace Sentiment from Pink by Design
Girl/layers cut at 5.25" from Rock Princess
chalk and doodles with my gel pen

Friday, July 29, 2011

Frosted Designs Friday Challenge - Circles

Oh My Goodness- I had this post ready to go and forgot to click the post button this morning.
I am in beautiful San Juan this weekend on business. A bit warm and  humid, but so pretty.

This week over at Frosted Designs the challenge is to create a project with circles.

I found a really pretty rose image in the Imagine More Cards cartridge. I printed the layers and then added them to a  round base card from Wild Card with a little bakers twine and lots of pop dots.

The Sentiment is from My Pink Stamper on a tag with a couple brads.
I am really enjoying the Imagine, but need to play alot more with it so I really use all the features.

Have a great weekend!

Cricut 360 Challenge #5 Travel

It's my favorite day of the week- Friday!
That means there is another awesome challenge going on over at Cricut 360.
This week we are inspired to create a card or layout with travel in mind. 
Well, I will be traveling the end of the month on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean so with that on my mind, I had to use a ship for this project.
I used lots of pop dots and attached the ship with a wobble spring to get the feel of the rolling waves of the ocean.

Stop on over at Cricut 360 to check out the other DT projects and give it a try. We would love to see your project.

Here's how I did it…..
Card base is 4.25" square
Paper is from my scrap stash
Mat/layer cut 3.85" from Lacy Labels
Ship/layers cut at 3" from Summer Vacation attached with a wobble spring
Cruise title cut .9" from Summer vacation
Cuttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart bakers twine with charm
Word "Let's" printed on my computer
Chalk and doodles with my gel pen

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Exciting News Coming Soon!

Hey everyone-- I will have some exciting news and fun starting Monday, August 1. 
I can't wait to share it with you. I have some blogger friends helping me out so I hope you will find it fun and exciting too.

This little "Hippo-Birthday card" was inspired by a few challenges going on out in the blogger world right now. 
Celebrate the Occasion- Use Blue and white Birthday Sundaes-Photo Inspiration Die Cuttin Divas #25- Sweet Treats Queen of my Craft Room-Creative Critter challenge My Craft Spot-Emboss it challenge.

Here's How I did it….
Standard A2 card base
Paper is all from my scrap stash
White mat embossed with Cuttlebug folder Bloom Dots
Hippo/layers cut at 3.25" from Create a Critter p.44
Cupcake/layers cut at 1.25" from Sweet Treats p. 29
EK scallop punch Sentiment from My Pink Stamper More Punny-licious stamp set
Stickles and some gems to bling it up a bit.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday # 70 - Melon Time

Hello everyone. Hope you are all enjoying the wonderful summer weekends.
I can't believe it is almost August.

I do love this time of summer because the produce and fruits are really good this time of year. On hot summer days, I especially love watermelon.

So when this weeks Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday challenge was Melon time, it had to be a watermelon cut in some way on the project.
please stop by to see what the Design team has done with this theme . I hope you are inspired to link up a "melon" of a project yourself.

Here's How I did it...
Card is basic A2 size
Paper from my stash
Melon/layers cut at 1.88" from Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons; p.45
EK border punch
Seeing spots cuttlebug folder for background embossing folder
Sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Stamps Charmed Life stamp set

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Food Fare Friday a Little Late

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Looks like some interesting things coming up from what I am seeing from all the posts from CHA this past week. How about that Cricut mini?
Boy, will this be great. A Cricut I can travel with easily- yeah!

For other news in my world, I have been working on a project for months and I am so excited that I can finally reveal it coming up the week of August 1. I can't wait to share the news. It is going to be a week of fun you won't want to miss.

Because I have been working on this project and traveling on business quite a bit the last two weeks, I lost track of posting a Food Fare project. So here is what I did.
I love sharing recipes and doing recipe exchanges. I also love to scrap my recipes. My goal is to get all my favorites scrapped so I have fun recipes to look at when I cook. This is a huge project because there are so many great recipes.

I got this recipe years ago from someone I worked with. This has become a favorite in my house and I have shared it with many friends who love it as well.

Sometimes the Food Fare recipes are hard to read. So if at anytime there is one you want and cannot read it well, please drop me a note and I will be glad to send it to you.

I will be linking this up to the Cooking with Cricut Challenge this week which is to use Lollipops- how fun!!

Here's How I did it.....
8x8 base
all paper from my stash
Candies  from Christmas Cheer
Lollipop from Mini Monsters
Sweet Treats title from Mini Monsters
Martha Stewart border punch
Lots of stickles!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #4- The Great Outdoors

Yeah- it's Friday again and that means another Cricut 360 Challenge.
This week the challenge is create a card or layout with the great outdoors in mind.

I went straight to my Camp Out Cartridge and found a great moon, owl and tree branch.
Yes, you are correct. That is not the owl from the Camp Out cartridge.
When I started cutting and piecing everything together the owl I had chosen just did  not have the feel I wanted - almost looked too scary.

So I started searching my gypsy for owls and found this adorable one on the Sentimentals cart.
I trimmed off his tail and glued it behind the branch so he would look more dimensional sitting on the tree branch. I then put pop dots behind the owl body and more behind his eyes- I wanted them really to stand out. 
I am happy with my little owly friend.

Please hope over to Cricut 360 and check out all the other inspiration projects and please give this challenge a try. I would love to see what you come up with. 

Here's how I did it...
5"5" card base from craft paper
All other paper is from my scrap stash
Moon cut at 4" from Camp Out
Branch/layers cut at 3" from Camp Out
Owl/layers cut at 3.21" from Sentimentals
Martha Stewart bakers twine
Chalk and doodles with my gel pen
Sticker beads for eyes
Sentiment on from MPS Biggie Punnies

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Warm Apple Pie and Picnics!

This card makes me wish for fresh apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. 
I wanted this to look like a pie sitting in an open window on a warm summer day. The wood grain paper helps the perception of the trim around the window. 

Once cool it is ready for a picnic or friends that may stop over.

I will be linking this up to the Let's Eat Challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog. The challenge is to create a project with a BBQ, Picnic, or Patio theme and use a gingham or check patterned. 

Here's how I did it...
Standard A2 card
Paper from my stash
Sentiment from Scrappy Mom Stamps
Pie/layers cut at 3.5" from Country Life, p 77
Frame from Create a critter sized to fit on my Gypsy

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Call going on now!!

Robyn over at My Pink Stamper is having a Design Team call and the deadline is midnight tonight. I have been traveling on business for over a week and just got home late last night so had to work on this tonight and hope that I get it posted in time. 

It would be fantastic to be selected to serve on this wonderful design team.  

The challenge is to make a card, scrapbook page, or other Cricut project with your favorite Cricut cartridge using the following colors......
Orange,Turquoise,Green,Brown,(other optional color of your choice)
I have so many favorite Cricut carts it is hard to pick just one. My final decision was Groovy Times.
It's such a girly card. 

Here's crossing my fingers that I get selected. It would just be outrageously fun to be a part of Robyn's pinka-licious Design Team.

Here's how I did it....
Basic A2 card base
Pattern paper from My Minds Eye
All other paper from my scrap stash
Groovy Flower Girl/Layers cut at 4.10" from Groovy Times Cartridge, p. 25
Divine swirls embossing folder on pink layer
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Pinka-licious stamp set
Gems from my stash

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thank you to a friend

I am on my last morning in Hartford. Heading home tonight- yeah!

I was lucky enough to spend some time with a some work friends while here.
One friend, invited me over twice for dinner at her house. We had a very nice time, so I wanted to do a little thank you card for her.

I only brought a few die cuts with me, so it was a challenge all week to use them with what I had. 
Did I mention before, I left home without a paper trimmer. Yikes!

Well, this friend is a scrapper too and loaned me her trimmer for the last half of the week. 

So here is my Thank You to her. 
Here's How I did it...
Basic A2 card base
Paper from my stash
Yellow Paper from My Mind's Eye and Lasting Impressions
Dog/layers cut from Nates ABCs
Sentiment is from My Pink Stamper
Ribbon from my stash

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fantablus Cricut Challenge Me Monday # 69 I Scream for Ice Cream

Hope you all had a great weekend. I am still in Hartford. Yesterday was the final day of my big golf event. Just a few meetings and then I get to go home tomorrow night. 

The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday challenge this week is I Scream for Ice Cream. 
Well, Scrappy Moms Stamps has the perfect sentiment for this theme. 

I also decided that this would be a good opportunity for me to try the Yummy Imagine Cartridge. 

Hope you will stop by and play along with this weeks challenge.  It's simply delicious.

Here's how I did it...
Card base is 5" square
Pattern papper printed from Yummy Imagine Cartridge
Ice Cream/layers printed and cut at 3" from Yummy Imagine Cartridge
Sentiment from Scrappy Mom Stamps Kids Incorporated stamp set
irock gems and ribbon from my scrap

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge

Well, I am really tired from the busy week on my feet. Today I was out in the heat for 12 hours at my golf event. I have finally gotten back to the hotel, had a little room service and put together a quick card with die cuts from my stash that I brought with me. This card was done for this weeks Birthday Sundaes Challenge- Anything goes.
I tried the Crackle Accents on the round background shape to see how much texture it would really create. I think it gives it a unique finish.

Here's How I did it....
Paper is all from my stash
Umbrella/layers from A Child's Year
Background was cut using my gypsy and Lacey Labels
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #3 Parents Day

Yeah! It's Friday.

It's time for Challenge #3 over at Cricut 360. Boy,there were so many great projects from last week. 

This week the challenge is Parents Day. 
Here is my simple card, that sums it all up for me. 

Please stop by Cricut 360 to see what the rest of the design team has done for you and please play along with us. I would love to see what you can do with this theme.

Here's How I did it...
Standard A2 base card
Beige pattern paper from Creative Memories
All other paper is from my scrap stash
Image/layers cut at 3.5" from A Child's Year
Ribbon from my stahs
Sentiment is from My Pink Stamper

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge - Quote That

The challenge this week at Frosted Designs is Quote That. 

To go along with this weeks sponsor, Quick Quotes, I picked up a cute quote from my craft store. 

For those of you that have been wondering the name of my favorite craft store--it is Crafts Direct in St. Cloud, MN- locally owned, but huge!

Now back to the project. 

This is a z-fold card and I am back to using yet another cut from my favorite cartridge, Campin' Critters!

When you open it up, it reveals the quick quote I chose. 
Fits well with this little critter roasting a marshmallow. 

The gold colored mat shapes were left over from me experimenting with the Imagine. I was trying to cut the mats for another project by printing and cutting the shape with the imagine. The first ones did not turn out, so I saved them. They were a perfect fir for this card. 

So my take away- never toss a cut that did not work- you might need it later. 

Here's how I did it....
Card base is z-fold using kraft paper.
Paper from my stash
Gold mat printed and cut with my Imagine using the Imagine More Cart
Critter/layers cut at 3.75" from Campin'  Critters
Sentiment from Quick Quotes
Bakers Twine, Buttons, chalk and doodles with my pen

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Birthday Sundaes Challenge Entry

It is Thursday already--My time in Hartford is going well. Nice day to be outside at the golf course today.
It rained just a bit late afternoon, only to reveal not jut a rainbow, but a full, complete double rainbow. Don't get to see that very often. It was spectacular.

So, here is my little creation today from my hotel.

I had cut the base card and lion before I left home, but had no idea what I would to with them.
Well, Birthday Sundaes has a challenge to use green, orange and white this week.

Fortunately, I brought MPS Spectacular Sayings along with me that had this Birthday sentiment.

Here's how I did it...

Paper is from my scrap stash
Base card cut at 4.25" from Birthday Bash
Lion/layers cut at 2.73" from Life's a Party
Hat/layers cut at 1.36" from Birthday Bash
Tag, left over from my stash of cuts that I did not use. It was originally printed and cut with the Imagine More cartridge and then was trimmed to fit the sentiment.
Sentiment from MPS Spectacular Sayings
String, Chalk and a metal clip from my stash

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hot Weather - Cool Card!

Boy, it is hot here in Hartford this week. Yes, even at 4:30 in the morning it is still hot. This is a really early post, but by the time you read it I am probably on my way to work my event today. It is a golf event that starts with breakfast prior to the early tee times.

It's going to be a long, hot day.  All I will be thinking about is the pool- or in my case, a cool shower at the hotel.

So here is to all you wonderful bloggers and readers that are lucky enough to have a pool.

I saw an idea where someone had used a cloud stamp to make waves. So here is my attempt.
I will be back tomorrow with a card if I have the energy to do it after work tonight.

I will be linking this up to My Craft Spot's Monday Challenge - Inking it up and
Die Cuttin Divas Summer Fun challenge.

Here is how I did it...
Basic A2 card base
Cloud Stamp used for with dark blue ink to stamp waves.
Seal/layers cut at 3.75" from Birthday Bash
Circles cut to size using CM cutting system
Sentiment is my own printed on my computer
Ribbon from my stash

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

I am behind with extending thank you's to some great blogger friends for extending me an award or two. 
I am always so excited when I see my name as one of the bloggers being given an award. It is very rewarding to think that others think what you do as a hobby and fun is exciting and worth while following. 

So big thank you's to the following bloggers for passing along these awards and to all of my followers for just being there.

Diane from DL.Art  and  Pam from Craftycards4u2  gave me the Stinkin Cute Award.

Dana from Paper Memories  passed along the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

and Pam from Craftycards4u2 also gave me the BFF award

I believe that everyone out there with a crafty blog deserves all of these awards just for having the courage and taking the steps to publicly post your creations. 
Therefore, I pass all of these awards onto all of you. 

Winner-Frosted Designs Ice Cream on the Beach Blog Hop

The winner for the Frosted Designs Blog Hop Blog candy here at BugBites is...

Anna :  I'm a new follower! Thanks for the chance to win! This is so much fun

Congrats Anna-Please email me at with your mailing address so I can get the My Pink Stamper Stamp set out to you asap. 

Thank you to everyone who hopped along with us and thanks especially to all of you for leaving your wonderful comments. 

Have a great week.

It's Tuesday and a challenge card.

It's Tuesday and I made it safely to Hartford CT. Found my way to my favorite scrap store here, Wiggles & Giggles. Found some new papers, a stamp and a few other things. 

I had a great dinner with a friend here and got back to my hotel about 10pm. 
I had cut out the parts for this card and now while watching the news, glued it all together. 

My husband laughed at me and said half my luggage was scrapping stuff. What can I say- a scrappin' girl needs a few things when on the road for more than a day or two. 

So here is my card that I am linking up to the M.A.G. Challenge which was to use a cut from page 34 from the Simply Charmed cartridge

Here's how I did it...
Standard A2 base
Paper is all from my scrap stash
Flowers/layers cut 2.93", 1.83", and 1.72"from Simply Charmed 
Swiss dots Cuttlebug folder on the green leaves
Faces stamped using Peachy Keen Stamps
Rick Rack border cut at .63" from Plantin' Schoolbook
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Simple Sentiments
Chalk and stickles

Monday, July 11, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #68 - Let's Go Camping

Happy Monday- hope you all had a great weekend. I am off to Hartford, CT today for work.

I will be gone for 8 days.
No fears- I have packed my "travel craft room" so I can do a few things in my hotel room during the week. I have to say- one of my favorite scrap stores is in Hartford, Wiggles & Giggles. I can't wait to stop there.

Ok, now for this weeks Fantabulous Cricut Challenge me Monday Challenge- Let's Go Camping.
Anyone who really knows me, knows I love camping if it means making a reservation at the Ritz-Carlton and having room service every morning -- I am sooo not a camper! LOL!!

So here is my little project--yup- got the car packed up and ready to Road Trip!

So get packin' and show us your camping themed project- I would love to see what you can create. 

Here's  how I did it....

Standard A2 card using kraft paper
Remaining paper from my stash
Car/layers cut at 3.5" from Campin' Critter; p.55
Tag cut from Once Upon a Princess
Sentiment from Pink by Designs Woodland Critters
Brown crinkled trim from my stash

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Summer Sweet Treats

Here we are at another weekend.

The Ice Cream on the Beach Blog Hop over at Frosted Designs is still going on. I have some blog candy I am giving away for that too. You can find my post here

Not sure where all of you are at, but it is really warm and humid here in MN so the beach and an ice cream treat is a great way to cool off. I am sure I sweat enough calories away to justify it...LOL!

Paper Cutz Challenge #99 this week is make a project with an ice cream cone, popcicle, ice cream sundae or milk shake.
The Tacky Tuesday Challenge this week is also for a sweet treat and Scrapalicious USA 's challenge is to  use turquoise.

I tried to use a cartridge I have not used in a while, Nifty Fifties. I like the retro look. I really need to use this cart more often.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get that ice cream out and give your self a treat!

Here's how I did it....
Standard A2 card base
Paper is all from my scrap stash
Ice Cream/layers cut at 4.5" from Nifty Fifties, p.57
Cuttlebug embossing folders Divine Swirls and Diamond Plate
Sentiment is from MPS Simply Sweet Occassions stamp set
Ribbon from my stash
Chalk, a little bling and some doodles with my gel pen.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #2 Thank You!

The challenge this week at Cricut 360 is do to a project that says Thank you!

First I want to thank all of you who have stopped by the Cricut 360 Challenge Blog this past week and an extra thanks to those of you that have decided to follow.

So here is my Thank You to all of you.

I purchased this Peachy Keen Die and stamp set for this cute duck before Easter and just have not used it.

It is so cute. The die goes through the Cuttlebug and then the stamps come with it for the face.
I attached the cute little duckling with a wobble so he moves a bit. 

Be sure to jump over to Cricut 360 and check out the other DT projects. I hope you will link a project of your own as well this week. Just remember to use your Cricut!

Here's how I did it...
Base card is done with Kraft paper
Blue pattern paper from Stella Rose My Minds Eye 6x6 stack pack
All other paper from my scrap stash
Card base using 2 circles, sized to 4.25", from Lacy Labels and welded on my gypsy. I did place an extra shape between the two for extra reinforcement.
Blue mat cut at 4.14" from Lacy Labels
Orange Layer cut at 4.84" from Lacy Labels; I welded an inside circle sized to 6.21" to make the inside scallop edge.
Duck and face from Peachy Keen
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Biggie Punnies
Doodles with my gel pen and chalk on all edges

Frosted Designs Blog Hop

Welcome to the Frosted Designs Ice cream on the Beach Blog Hop/weekly challenge and 1st Anniversary.

if you are coming over from Krissinia you're in the right spot. if you just stopped by and want to start from the beginning, click here.

For my blog hop project, I challenged myself to include:
Blog Hop theme - Ice Cream on the Beach
Challenge theme - Ribbon/fancy/trim,charm,rhinestone/pearls for this week
Birthday theme - to celebrate Frosted Designs 1st Birthday. 
 Phew- that was a challenge to get all this into one little card.

I was asked recently...
What size LO do you prefer or do you prefer cards.
My Answer: Prefer cards
Yup- seems that is my go to project type lately since it can be quick.

Now for the project this week....
I came up with my little swimmer who just got out of the water and now is looking to see what direction to go for ice cream. Not only does he see the sign for ice cream, he is wished a Happy Birthday and stumbles along a treasure of oyster shells filled with pearls.
  • I used several cartridges for this card....
  • H2O for the swimmer and sun 
  • Pooh and Friends for the sign
  • Sponge Bob, Square Pants for the fish
  • Birthday Bash for the ice cream cone
  • Life's a Beach for the crab
  • Stretch Your Imagination for the shells
  • Imagine cartridge Better Together for the blue paper background
I think this is a record of carts used on one project for me.

I added some lace at the waters edge to look like white caps on the water. Added some pearls inside the oyster shells, google eyes on the crab, some brads on the signs that look like screws, and a charm I found of a flipper and swim goggles. 
I added glossy accents to the swim mask and flippers on my swimmer. 
Finally, I used the Swiss Dots and Divine Swirls embossing folders for the sandy beach  
I used several stamps--MPS More Punny-licious, Scrappy Moms Kids Incorpated, and PKS Boy Mates Face stamp sets.

Now we can't have a blog hop without some Blog Candy. 

************BLOG CANDY************
  • Become or be a follower of BugBites 
  • Leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you should you win
and you will have a chance to win the 
My Pink Stamper More  Punny-licious stamp set 
that I used on this card.
I will draw and announce one lucky winner on July 12. 

Now, Frosted Designs also has some Blog candy. So check out the Blog Hop post to see how to win and how to post a project for this weeks challenge.

Your Next Stop is Erin
Here is the whole line up in case you get lost along the way

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Masculine Birthday card

Over at  My Creative Time's Throwback Thursday challenge, Emma is asking that you use Wild card or Just because cards with embossing this week. Cooking with Cricut also has an Anything Goes Challenge this week.

I needed a guy type birthday card so pulled out the Just Because Cards cartridge for my favorite little truck. 

I printed the background paper behind the truck with my Imagine and then embossed it for a more crumpled look. 

Here's how I did it....
This is a big card, 5x7
Paper is from my scrap stash
Truck/layers cut at 4" from Just Because Cards
Mat/paper printed and cut at 2.75" from Imagine More Cards and then embossed with Distressed stripes cuttlebug folder
EK border punch.
Sentiment on Front is My Creative Time Polka Dot Surprise stamp set
Sentiment inside is MPS Everyday Sentiments
Ribbon, buttons and doodles all from my stash

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wacky Wednesday Challenge

Well, happy Tuesday, I guess- sure feels like a Monday though. 

Last night I was, what would the guys in my house call, multi-tasking. That is creating on my gypsy while watching TV.

This was a card I did with the Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge in mind which is to use any cut from the Wild Card cartridge.

There are so many different options on this cart. I challenged myself with using a cut that may be overlooked- the lattice/diamond background.

The birds are from the Songbird cart. This cartridge does not have layers, so I cut all my pieces multiple times and trimmed away what I did not want from each to get the look I wanted.

Here's how I did it....
Standard A2 cad base of off white card stock
Lattice background cut at 4"x5.35" from Wild Card
Bird on branch/layers cut at 2.18" from Songbird
Bird in Bird Bath/layers cut at 2.18" from Songbird
Tag cut from Once Upon A Princess
Sentiment from MPS Everyday Occasion stamp set
Brads and ribbon from my stash
Lots of chalk and doodles with my gel pen

A Stinkin Cute Blog Award for BugBites- Yeah!!

Patty over at Creative Diva was so kind to think of me when passing along this Stinkin' Cute Blog Award  to me!

Please stop by to see what Patty has to share with you on her blog. She does an amazing job.
Thank you Patty!!

No special rules other than to pass this award on. So I am going to pass this award onto the following  bloggers.....

Adrian at by Adrian 4U