Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Hello everyone, Susan here on behalf of the Bitten by the Bug 2 design team to wish each of you a safe New Year's Eve and a very Happy and healthy New Year!! 

We will be back next Monday with our first Cricut challenge of 2013!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Santa Challenge Winner

Hello and Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your day with family and friends.  It's such a special day and what better way to spend it than with your loved ones and sweet friends.  Brenda here to announce the winner of the Santa challenge.  Boy oh boy what fabulous projects you have linked up! I had a really, really hard time picking just one winner.  But after looking and then looking some more my eye kept coming back to this sweet tag by Shelly.  I loved how she took her tag shape and made a santa out of it by placing Santa's head on it and leaving the rest of the tag be her "body".  So cute and clever!  So Shelly, please email me at and I will get your blinkie out to you!!  Thanks to everyone for submitting such awesome projects, you guys always give me lots of inspiration and I'm always bowled over by your talented projects!  Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy, healthy New Year!!  See you next year!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Hello  everyone!  The Bitten by the Bug 2 design team is on holiday break until January 7th.  Until then we plan to spend time with our families and friends celebrating the joys of the season.  We would like to wish each of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy and healthy New Year!!!

May the blessings of the season be known to each of you!!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Baubles Challenge Winner

Hi everyone
Julie here again. Thank you so much for joining in our bauble/ornament  challenge last week! All the entries were so fabulous which made it so hard for me to pick a winner!
My winner for the challenge is Paula Bee. Paula your card is so cheerful and in the perfect Christmas colours,  a wonderful Christmas card! Please email  me  and I will send your BBTB2 winners badge for your blog.
Here's a picture of Paula's gorgeous card

Happy Christmas to you all from  the BBTB2 team!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa Claus

Hello Everyone, Brenda here and it's my turn to host this weeks challenge!  For this weeks challenge theme I chose "Santa and Me".  Why? Because every child is anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival right now!  So use a Santa die cut from any Cricut cart and link up your project with us. Please, please remember this is a Cricut challenge so you must use a Cricut cut.  Need some inspiration?  Well look no farther than my talented design team sisters, here you will find some awesome inspiration!  Thanks for joining us!

 This is our final Cricut Challenge for 2012.  We will return in the new year with new challenges and fun changes!!!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Brenda - Doodlecharms

                                                    shelly bobrowski~doodlecharms/create a critter

Stephanie-A Quilted Christmas,Very Merry Tags,Noel

Suzanne - Teddy Bear Parade

Carole Lowe Beath - Doodlecharms

Jayne - TBBM,Teddy Bear Parade

Julie ~ A Quilted Christmas ~ December 25th ~

Susan Edwards - Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gift Bag or Tag POW Winner at BBTB2

Hello everyone- This is Suzanne  (Cricut Craftin Grammy) from the BBTB2 Design Team. here  to select the Project of the Week winner for last weeks Bags and Tags challenge.  There were so many great entries!!!!!  Thank you to all of you amazing followers who create along with us for the challenges.  We so appreciate you all!
The winner of this weeks  Project of the Week award is  Kathy from Three Spoiled Dogs and a Cricut  I love Gingerbread boys (and girls) and thought this was oh so cute.  Kathy cut out the Gingerbread Snowflake from the cartridge When It's Cold Outside,  Thank you again to everyone who entered the challenge and I hope you will join us this week for the Ornament/Bauble challenge.  We love to see your awesome creations!! 

Monday, December 10, 2012


Hello all
Julie  here, it's my turn to choose this weeks theme for the challenge!  As it's nearly Christmas I have asked the team to create a card or project using  baubles/Christmas ornaments. I love Christmas and it's such a busy time now leading up to the 25th  trimming the tree, sending cards to family and friends, wrapping presents,  spending precious times with family and friends too.
So without further ado look at the gorgeous projects the team have created for you this week and please join us in our challenge,  we love seeing your beautiful creations.  You can use any cartridge and lots of them have baubles and create a last minute card or maybe an ornament for your tree!
Thanks so much for joining us!

Julie ~ Very Merry Tags ~

shelly ~ christmas cheer

Stephanie - Christmas, Noel

Carole Lowe Beath - Christmas Cheer

 Susan Edwards - Artiste

Suzanne -Trim the Tree

Brenda - Artiste

Jayne - Artiste

Krista Norman - Christmas Cheer

Monday, December 3, 2012

Make a Gift Bag or Gift Tag

Hello everyone!  Suzanne here with your challenge this week at BBTB2.  I hope you are all eagerly awaiting a new challenge after our break last week.  I know I was.  
Today is a big day of resting  for me.   The last few weeks I have been creating like crazy for the Charity Auction at my LSS last night.  I am now teaching there so  many of my creations went on sale for the Wounded Warriors  and Navy Relief Fund.  It was an amazing auction and crafty people are some of the most generous people on Earth.  
So on with the show-
This week I am challenging everyone to think about Gift Giving and decorate a gift bag or tag 
using a Cricut cut.   Although I am crafty  I often forget about this aspect.  It is so fun to give a well thought out gift in a gift bag, box or container that you took the time to create and with an adorable homemade tag.  
 So here are the lovely projects created by my amazing and talented Design Team sisters.  I know they will wow you as always.  
 Remember the post  will be going live with our Monday morning weekly posts 
will be going live at 7:00 am EST.

shelly~snow friends/from my kitchen

                                                     Stephanie-Baby Steps, Art Philosophy

Carole Lowe Beath - Christmas Cheer

  Suzanne-Mini Books, Holiday Frames and Tags (Explosion Box)

 Brenda - Teresa Collins December 25 and Plantin Schoolbook

Susan - Artiste and Joys of the Season

Jayne - Artiste

Remember to link your projects up here before the challenge ends next Sunday night December 11th here at BBTB2.   We want to see your tags and bags.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gratitude Challege POW Winner

Hello everyone, Susan here from Busy with the Cricky to announce the Project of the Week winner for our Gratitude challenge.   Thank you to everyone who entered the Gratitude challenge - your projects were not only wonderful, they were also inspirational!  The winner of the Project of the Week award is KIM RICHARDSON with her circular Give Thanks card!!!  You can view more of Kim's work at her blog, Just a Small Town Girl and Her Stamps.  Thank you again to everyone who entered a project and to those of you who wanted to enter but were too overwhelmed with Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

On Creative Break

Hello everyone, Susan here with a weekly update.  Our design team is on break this week for a bit of post-Thanksgiving rest and recovery.  Some of us are recharging our batteries and others are enjoying prolonged family time.  We will be back next week with a new challenge for you!!  Enjoy your challenge free week.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Winner of the Turkey Challenge!

Hello everyone, Brenda here from Friends Craftin' with Friends to announce the winner of the BBTB2 Turkey Challenge.  Thank you to everyone who joined in on our turkey challenge, it was fun to see all the different ways you used those turkeys on a project!!  But you have made my job much harder to pick a winner.  But after much thought and looking my eye kept coming back to #16, Maida!! Congrats to Maida, please email me at so I can get you blinky out to you.  I just loved your turkey project, it was so creative and fun and just made me smile!  Plus I just love joy foldcards!

Monday, November 19, 2012


Hello everyone, this is Susan from Busy with the Cricky welcoming you to our Gratitude challenge.  I have so much in my life for which to be grateful - loving family, wonderful friends, health, happiness and Bitten by the Bug 2!!  It is however, my sad duty to tell you that we have had some changes here at Bitten by the Bug 2 and will be moving forward without leadership of Carole and Donna.  I am pleased to tell you that Carole will remain on the design team, but Donna, our much loved Popsicle Toes, will be leaving the team.  We will miss their leadership, their humor, and Donna's fun designs, but we are grateful for their devotion to this site and wish Donna godspeed in her future endeavors.   One last farewell as we are also losing two members of our design team:  Sandi & Glenda, we wish you each all the best!

I have agreed to try to rally the troops and move forward with BBTB2 - grateful for the opportunity to see Regina Easter's vision of a weekly Cricut cut challenge blog continue.   You may notice one immediate change - we will be going live with our Monday morning weekly posts earlier from here forward.  We are hoping to reach those in the east before they have to get their day underway.  From here on we will be going live at 7:00 am EST. 

Today I am also grateful for each of you, our readers and those who choose to join us in the weekly challenges.  Without each of you we would be just a craft blog... and I think we are so much more!

Susan Edwards - Thanksgiving and Art Philosophy

 shelly~accent essentials/opposites attract

Stephanie-Celebrate with Flourish,Heritage,Thanksgiving

Suzanne- Thanksgiving 

Carole Lowe Beath - Gypsy Wanderings

Jayne  - Wrap it Up,Everyday Paper Dolls

Penny Shuberg-Tags Bags Boxes and More

Krista Norman- Simply Charmed

Monday, November 12, 2012

Turkey Challenge

Hello everyone, welcome to Bitten by the Bug 2.  Brenda here as your hostess this week.  I asked my fabulous Design Team Sisters to create using a turkey from any Cricut Cartridge.  And create they did!!!  I know that you will be inspired after looking at these fabulous projects from the Design Team.  I hope that you will be able to play along this week.  Just make sure you follow the simple challenge rules at the top of the blog and have fun!!

Brenda - Artiste

shelly~ simply charmed

Jayne - Teddy Bear Parade, Artiste


Carole Lowe Beath - Animal Kingdom

Suzanne Pipitone -Teddy Bear Parade 

 Susan Edwards - Artiste and Thanksgiving

Sandi Kelly - Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Witch Challenge Winning Project

Hello everyone, Susan here from Busy with the Cricky to announce the winner of the BBTB2 WITCH CHALLENGE.  Thank you so much to those who joined our spooky Halloween Challenge - I love hosting this challenge each year.  Our winner of the Witch Challenge is Migdalia from Crafting With Creative M blog.  Congratulations Migdalia!  I loved you little witchy treat purse! 
Monday, November 5, 2012

Circle Design

Happy Monday dear BBTB2 visitors.  This week, BBTB2 will not be hosting the regular challenge.  Today our post is for inspiration only.  We selected the theme to be ...circles.  There is a lot of potential in this choice.   There are so many cartridges that offer a circle cut and I've actually used the letter O in a few card designs.   We hope that our cards have given you a bit of inspiration create a unique card using a circle.

                                                 shelly~george/stretch your imagination

Jeri-Plantin' Schoolbook, PDDU

Suzanne- Accent Essentials and  Cricut Decals

Jayne -Elegant Edges

Brenda - Artiste

Stephanie-Teresa Collins,George

Carole Lowe Beath - George

Susan Edwards - Art Philosophy

Penny Shuberg-Wild Card

Julie Huxter ~ George and Basic Shapes~

We are sad to announce the departure of team members Glenda Boyd, Mona Curko and Jeri Thomas.  Thank you for your inspiration and contributions to BBTB2.  We wish you well in all you do.