Monday, June 29, 2015

Stars and Stripes Forever-Flag or Banner Challenge

Hi everyone, it's Michelle here hosting our challenge this week.  Since the upcoming weekend celebrates the 4th of July, my challenge is to use a flag or banner in some way on a project to celebrate the holiday.  I am looking forward to going picnicking and going to see our community fireworks show at the park!  I made a layout with the Create A Critter 2 cartridge for my pictures.  My little holiday banners in the corners are like the ones decorating the stage where the band plays for the fireworks show-so fun!  Check out the awesome projects from the rest of the design team below for some ideas and link up your creation for us to see!

Michelle-Create A Critter 2

Maureen - Independence Day, Summer Celebrations, Old West

Melanie - Artfully Sent  

Caroline - Family Album

Sharon ~ Independence Day

Valentyna - Independence Day - Celebrate

Brenda - Summer Celebrations & Art Philosophy

Emily - Summer Celebrations

Susan - Family Album and Independence Day



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Project of the Week Winner - Lobster or Crab

Maureen here to announce the winner of our Lobster or Crab die cut challenge.  We had cards using crabs or lobsters for Father's Day, for end of school, and a pun on being crabby.  My favorite was a lobster used in a scrapbook page sharing a visit to a restaurant in Ohio.  Our winner is Mandy from  Congratulations and hope you join us often.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Food Challenge

Hello, everyone!

Melanie from Courtney Lane Designs here! It was my turn to host a challenge. Apparently, today is national Onion Ring day, so I thought it would be fun if everyone made something using food items. I mean how often do we craft using food stuff and there are lots and lots of Cricut food images out there!

Anyway, enjoy what we have for you this week! Play along if you can!

Melanie - Country Life

Maureen - Explore Custom File (see blog for details)

Caroline - Sweet Treats

Michelle-Nifty Fifties

Sharon ~ Fast Food, Camp Out, Baby Steps, Sesame Street Seasons

Valentyna - Once Upon A Princess

Susan - Simply Charmed, Preserves

Emily - From My Kitchen

Hey wait!!  Don't go yet!  Are you aware that we are having a Design Team call here at BBTB2?  Sadly we are/will be saying goodbye to a couple of lovely DT sisters.  And while that makes us SO SAD, it is also an opportunity (!) for us to meet and get to know new Design Team sisters.  If you love your Cricut and love paper crafting, we would love to see your work!  Please submit your three best/favorite projects to us at  You have until July 15 to submit your projects.  



    An InLinkz Link-up
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Winner of the 'Sign or Banner' Challenge

I'm here to announce the winner of last week's challenge:  Sign or Banner

And the winner is Glenda of   Her card has so much going on - a banner, a portrait, a proclamation, and 3 baseballs representing her 3 grandsons.  She used cuts from 6 different cartridges for the outside and inside of her card.  Love your card and the thought behind the creation.   Congrats Glenda!


Monday, June 15, 2015

National Lobster Day Challenge

SNAP - SNAP - It's National Lobster Day.   I sure enjoyed eating lobster on my trip to New England last fall.  I ate Lobster three days in a row, prepared three different ways.  This week's challenge is to create a Cricut project (card, layout, etc.) using a lobster or a crab.  I selected a mermaid picture of my granddaughter and surrounded her by underwater Disney creatures, including Sebastian, the Lobster.

Show us your crustacean creations, and don't get pinched!  Rules for the challenge on the sidebar.

Maureen - Disney Princesses, Life's a Beach, Splish Splash

Caroline - Artbooking, Art Philosophy

Michelle - Pack Your Bags

Sharon ~ Disney Princesses, Best of Pixar

Melanie - Destinations

Kelly - Pack Your Bags

Emily - Create-A-Critter

Susan - Pack Your Bags, Life's A Beach, etc.



    An InLinkz Link-up
Friday, June 12, 2015

Hello everyone.  Now that things are back to normal at BBTB2, we have decided to do a Design Team call and include more wonderful designers on our fabulous team.

  • Do you love paper crafting and using your Cricut? 
  • Would you like to join the ORIGINAL Circut Challenge blog?

Let me tell you a bit about the the team and what is expected:

  • Our team is all about TEAM.  We share some of the responsibilities of the team, taking turns choosing the weekly cut and hosting the weekly blog posts. 
  • We have a private facebook group where we share information and the blog and sometimes, about ourselves.  We also post tutorials and helpful links.
  • We have two blogs, the main BBTB2 blog, and a Designer's only blog where we post the upcoming challenges.
  • We like for our designer's to post projects 3 out of 4 weeks per month, though we understand family issues and life can interfere with that plan.
  • We like for our members to leave comments on the blogs of those who participate in our challenges.

If you would like to become part of a supportive design team and share your creativity publicly, please submit three of your Cricut cut projects to by July 15th.  We would love to have you join our team!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Winner of "Wedding or Anniversary Project" Challenge

Happy Happy Thursday Everybody! Kelly here to bring you this week's Project of the Week winner.   Thank you to everyone who entered the Wedding or Anniversary Challenge.  Every project was absolutely beautiful!  You are all such creative and talented crafters.  However, there can only be one winner.  The winner is The Craft Princess from Crafter's Castle.   I could not get past all the gorgeous detail in her card.  The patience it must have taken to wait for the pearl to dry!!??!!  

Congratulations Craft Princess for creating the Project of the Week!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Something Old and Something New

Hey there, Susan here, remember me?  Yes, I did give up the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog less than two weeks ago.  Well as quickly as things change, they change again!

It seems that I am back from a mini-retirement, with a new co-leader, to keep the blog and the Design Team going.  

Who is this new co-leader you ask?  None other than our lovely, talented, and amazing Melanie Brown!!  Melanie left the Design Team with me, but when I boomeranged back I asked Melanie to boomerang back with me, and to become a co-leader.  After some serious begging she agreed - mostly because she is a honey!

One of the things I love most about Bitten By the Bug 2, aside from our devotion to the Cricut, is that the blog really is a team effort. Everyone selects challenge and hosts challenges.  Someone is in charge of our birthday calendar.  We discuss any changes.  And I feel like we support one another.  I know the team supported me when I had my mini-retirement and I so appreciated their efforts.

I hope that you will excuse our burp in leadership and direction (just view it as a two week vacation) and will continue to join us as we move forward.  So go crank up those Cricut machines and let's get cutting!!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Signs of the Times Challenge- Use a Sign or a Banner

Banners and signs are everywhere, they tell us so much - such as Congratulations, Stop/Go, or are informational.  Signs are included in lots of Cricut cartridges.  The challenge for this week is to use a banner or a sign in a project or card.  It could be a vegetable sign for the garden, a baby shower banner, or a road signs like I have used below.  My 2 page layout is of my granddaughter and her new motorcycle, just like daddy's.

Join in our challenge and link up your SIGN or BANNER project.  Rules on the sidebar.  Let's Go!

Maureen - Beep Beep, Nate's ABCs, Autumn Celebrations, etc.

Michelle-Camping Critters

Caroline-Nifty Fifties

DIANA L. - Nifty fifties

Sharon ~ Independence Day

Valentyna - Father's Day

Emily - Birthday Bash


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Winner of "Let's Dance" Challenge

Emily here to announce the winner from the "Let's Dance" Challenge. Thanks to those who participated, all the cards were super fun! Alas, there can only be one winner and it is, drum roll please....

CONGRATS, Glenda!!!
Please email me at for your badge.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Wedding time- A Wedding or Anniversary project

Hello everyone.  It's Wedding Season!  Kelly from Kelly's Koncoctions here to share this week's Cricut Challenge.  The history of weddings celebrated during the month of June goes all the way back to early Roman times, well over two thousand years ago!  My daughter recently got engaged so love is in the air everywhere around my home.  We would love to see what you might do with this challenge and hope that you will join us this week. Check the challenge rules on the sidebar and link your new, Cricut cut project below.

 Kelly - CTMH Art Philosophy

Maureen - Beyond  Birthdays, My World

Pam - Song Bird

Michelle-Lyrical Letters

Caroline-Indie Art, Elegant Edges, Artbooking

Sharon ~ Sweethearts, Disney Princesses

Stacey - Sweethearts

Valentyna - Bits & Pieces

Emily - Sweethearts

                                                  Brenda - George and Basic Shapes

DIANA L.- Paper Lace

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