Calling ALL beginner Cuttlebug Users!

Welcome to the Cuttlebug Blog. We are excited you have stopped by to visit. So relax, kick off your shoes and enjoy your stay here. We have decided to dedicate this site to beginners! (Seasoned Veterans welcome too!) As I am a beginner Cuttlebug'er I have looked around other blogs and get kind of discouraged by all the very advanced (and fabulous) designs. So I thought to myself, beginners need a place to feel welcome, make mistakes (as I am sure I will ;) and grow with creativity! So lets join together and Create, Inspire , Teach, Grow!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Winner! Challenge #2

Its Drawing Day! That means we have a winner for Challenge #2! The Lucky Lady is:
4- Katie Tate      This is her cute card submission: adorable
Congratulations Katie! Email me with your addy and we'll get your package out ASAP!
Grab our WINNER brag blinkie for your blog

Stay tuned tommorrow for our new Challenge!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Last of the Green Theme Inspiration!

Well we are winding down the month of March and our Design Team thought that we could squeeze in one more GREEN inspiration post.  We have had so much fun with our "St. Patricks Day" green this month. Thank you all who have joined in on the fun!

RECIPE: Cuttlebug embossing folders=Swiss Dots(blue scallop circle) & Bloom Dots(green strip)/ cardstock=SU! (except green)/ patterned paper=K & Company/ stamps=Hero Arts(sentiment) & Inkadinkado(birds)/ markers=Copic.
TECHNIQUE: I embossed the green cardstock which has a white core, then sanded it.
Cuttlebug embossing folder:  D'vine Swirls
Cricut Cartridge: Paper Doll Dress Up
Paper: Bazzill canvas: cream, purple, brown, green
Flowers: Doodlebug (sweet shoppe assortment)
Ribbon from stash
Computer generated sentement
Pearls: Jolee's
Glamour Dust, Zig glue, pop dots

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

7 More Days left!

Yup! Thats right 7 more days until we put Mr. Randomer to work! Get your projects in for Challenge #2 ladies... so simple... it only has to have green on it somewhere and cuttlebug usage.... Just to refresh your memories this is the prize!

3- 12x12 Making Memories paper
1- Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Bloom Dots
1- Making Memories velvet stickers - Spring White
1- Making Memories flower shop tin collection - Pastel Glitter
Happy Scrappin' and Good luck!

Monday, March 22, 2010

This weeks DT inspiration!

Good afternoon everyone! I realized about 1 hour ago that I totally forgot to post this weeks inspirations by our most SPECTACULAR Design Team! Here I am thinking that everyone forgot when really.... they are so on top of it.... they had their projects done a week ago.... and I forgot... So essentially it is all my fault they are late! But... we can all keep in mind I made the promise in my commitment at the top of the blog to make mistakes! So... I guess I am on the right track! Thank you all for coming by and sharing your love with our DT! And Most thanx to the DT for putting up with my forgetfulness!
On to our still GREEN themed projects!
Recipe: Cuttlebug embossing folders: Victoria & Morrocan Screen, DCWV Green Stack pattern paper, bazzill cardstock, Clear rain dots, "hello" stamp by Close to my Heart, buttons are creative cafe, black & mellow moss ink from stampin up.

I made this Pluto autograph LO for a swap I am in. I used Swiss Dots on the photo corners. I added some ink so you can see the dots better. I used my Mickey Font Cart for Pluto, cut at 3 inches. I used learning curve to cut the letters out.

Cuttlebug embossing folder: Spots and Dots
Cuttlebug Die cuts: Alphabet- your not the boss (we will), love language(miss you)
Cricut Cartridges: Indy Art(butterfly)
Paper: Bazzill swiss dots (brown), green and mauve basic cs
Flower: Prima
Ink: Colorbox (brown)
Ribbon and buttons from stash
Glamour Dust: crystal (butterfly)
For more information on any of the projects posted please visit our DT blogs listed on the left. Happy Scrappin'!

Win Cricut Expressions! **update**

*****This Contest is now Closed*****
Hey everyone! We have fantastic news. Crazyscraps has offered up a Cricut Expressions Machine and 2 cartridges to one lucky winner!
Each design team member will pick their favorite projects from the submissions. Then Crazyscraps will take those 5 favorites and pick the winner!
A project will have to be a "combination " of  2 projects that coordinate with each other. Examples: card with layout or card with gift bag or card with mini book, etc. Whatever 2 projects you would like, But remember it MUST have cuttlebug usage on it.

Here is how to win:
1st :   Become a follower
2nd :  Put our "follower" button (at the bottom of our blog) on your blog
3rd :  Create a post on your blog telling everyone about our Cricut Giveaway
4th :  Submit a coordinating project by May 5, 2010
***UPDATED*** to add: 
If you do not have a blog and are not interested in having one. I am sure you have a favorite message board, or project sharing community that you are a part of. Maybe Facebook or Twitter? If you can find the perfect place to share our giveaway with your friends and family we would love to include your projects in our drawing. If this is the way you choose to share this opportunity please leave a comment with the link to where your post is!
Please only one submission per person.
We will post the winner on May 8th or 9th (Mothers Day weekend).
Good Luck to all who enter. We can't wait to see what kind of projects you all come up with.
More information here

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sanding Tutorial

Good saturday morning all! We have a treat for you all this morning. Since this is a beginner cuttlebug'er blog we are going to try to post more tutorials to help us all learn new techniques! Donna has a great sanding tutorial to share with you all! So I am going to turn this thing over to her and I wish you all a Scrappy Day!

This is one of my favorite things to do with an embossed image! I hope you all enjoy this tutorial.
For this technique you will need:
1) your Cuttlebug
2) an embossing folder
3) medium-fine grit sand paper
4) paper with a white core, white on the back, OR any variety of color-core paper (ie. Coredinations) that is made for embossing & sanding.
I used my Fleur di Lis embossing folder and both types of paper(white core & color core). This is how they look after they are embossed...looks good, but wait until they get sanded!

Begin sanding lightly in a circular motion, adding more pressure as desired. The more you sand, the more the image comes through!

This is the end result. The light green paper has a white core and the brown paper has a green core. I think they both look great!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More Green Inspiration From The DT

Each week we will post more inspiration from our DT. We want to get your creativity flowing. We are still with the Green theme and this is what our DT came up with!
Sentement: Let the relaxation begin, Happy Retirement
Recipe: Cuttlebug embossing folder=Fleur di Lis/ cardstock=Kiwi Kiss, Naturals White(SU!)/ ColorCore Cardstock=Key Lime(Coredinations)/ stamps=Chairs to You(Flourishes) & sentiment(SU!)/ markers=Copic.
Technique: I embossed the ColorCore paper with the Fleur de Lis embossing folder and my Cuttlebug. I then sanded the surface to bring out the green core...the more you sand, the more color will show through! I chose this folder because it reminds me of wallpaper and I thought it would look cute with the chair!
Easel Card
Recipe: Leaves cut from a sizzix die, chalked and shaped into a heart. I embossed with one of the Fancy Corners embossing folders.  The owl is a Cricut image that I flocked and added crystal jewels for the eyes.  The tree trunk was embossed with the Distressed Lines embossing folder.  I also added were green crystal jewels, rub on lettering and organza ribbon.

Baby Shower guest page
Cricut Cartridges : Mini Monograms(Baby blocks), Paper Doll Dress Up (rocking horse), Doodlecharms (baby bottle and teddy bear), Mickey and Friends (train), Walk in my Garden (flowers), George and basic shapes (hearts), Home Decor (blue whimsicals)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders : Swiss Dots, D'vine Swirls, Argyle
Paper : All pastels basic cs, Background from stash, pc hug bug (horse)
Ink : Color box (brown)
Bling : Doodlebug
For more information on any of the projects posted please visit our DT blogs listed on the left. Happy Scrappin'!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Look what I just came across while shopping at CrazyScraps
 JW DEALS ** Deal of the Day ***
Fancy Pants Cuttlebug Alphabet Set
These 2" x 6" alphabet dies contain complete alphabets,
as well as complementary numbers and shapes. 
Sets include 10 dies 
Dies are approximately 1 to 1 1/2" tall
Reg price $80.00
Their price $24.00
Do you know that is 70% off. Now thats a great deal! I almost feel like I am stealing it... lol

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Challenge #2

Hey all you Cuttlebug'ers! Its a new month and so we have a new challenge! Since it is March we decided that the challenge would be all about GREEN! You can put a little or alot of green on your cards but it must have green! It also must have Cuttlebug usage somewhere! 
This months scrumptious grab is :
3- 12x12 Making Memories paper
1- Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Bloom Dots
1- Making Memories velvet stickers - Spring White
1- Making Memories flower shop tin collection - Pastel Glitter

Here is what our DT came up with for inspiration:

Technique: I embossed paper flowers with Swiss Dots folder & I embossed the clear "U" with Swiss Dots folder. Technique: I embossed white Bazzill cardstock, then rubbed my ink pad over the raised dots to create a inked effect I also applied ink to the outer portion of the card.
Recipe: D'vine Swirls & Swiss Dots cuttlebug embossing folders, Bazzill White Cardstock, Wasabi Stampin Up ink, Mambi Green Bling, Lil' Davis "u" glitter clear alpha, Lime green prima flowers, creative imaginations printed paper, autumn leaves swirl stamp & close to my heart chocolate alphabet stamp set.
Recipe: Cuttlebug embossing folder=Tiny Bubbles/ Cuttlebug die=Scallop Flower (trees)/ stamp=Hero Arts (sentiment)/ patterned paper=K & Company/ cardstock=SU! Certainly Celery
Technique: I embossed paper with a white core & then sanded it lightly to create the white dots.

"Friends 4 ever" I used DCWV embossed paper, and various other patterned papers. All three critters were cut out and paper pieced together. I embossed the turtle shell with diamonds in the rough , the turtle body was embossed with spots & dots, and the bee wings were embossed with d'vine swirls. I also used color bok olive ink and QQ-green w/envy ink pad. The lettering was cut from Hippie Chick die set, and the paper flowers are from Making Memories.
I bought this little wooden "purse/bag" from Michael's for a dollar!! I painted it and added some gold glimmer mist (I wasn't sure how it would be on wood but it is okay)..I used my scribble flower cuttlebug die to cut my flower.. the inside layer is some flocked paper and then the outside is just white card stock. I used some rik rac to make the "stems"...I think this would be a great way to give a gift to someone.. instead of the traditional gift bag..
Cricut Carts: Paper Doll Dress Up (leprechan), Mini Monograms (circle)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Traffic Jam (background) and Argyle (hat) Offray Green ribbon
Paper: lt and dk green cs, yellow cs, black cs, peach cs
Ink: Studio g (dk green), Martha Stewart (white)
Pens: Crayola (black-face/hat), Jelly Roll (white-eyes), atyou Spica (blue-eyes/gold-hat) computer generated saying w/ swirl stamps from studio g doodlecharms bling (green)
All you have to do to win is submit a card using Mr. Linky below (please use a direct link back to your submission) and on March 31st We will put Mr. Randomer to work !
We can't wait to see all your creations! So get busy with all that GREEN!< For more green theme inspiration click here

Monday, March 1, 2010

Introducing our new Design Team!

I can't believe it is March 1st already! Wow how time flies! So today is the official DT announcement day.  We had an overwhelming amount of readers apply for these positions. I wish I could have you all. But I decided that 4 should be a perfect fit for now. I hope to have some of the many applicants as guest designers,soon!  So thank you to all who applied.
The Cuttlebug Blog's new design team is:
Donna this is her blog       Cards & Stuff
Lynne this is her blog        Scrap This Craft That
Suzann this is her blog       One Busy Mom
Michelle  this is her blog    Baibee Cake Creations
Congradulations Ladies! 
These ladies are very crafty and are going to inspire you all. I plan on putting them straight to work....

LOL Enjoy your monday everyone!