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Welcome to The Bug Bytes a site/blog mainly for Papercrafting and some photography and other stuff thrown in here & there. Add in some die cutting machine, scrapbooking tools, cameras, scissors , glue and...... My name is Pam. If you have been redirected from Papillon Digital Design you have come to the right place.Hope you get inspired by the projects, videos and files. Would love it if you could leave comments and become a follower. (Word verification is turned ON to avoid spam. Sorry for that inconvenience.) Would love it if you would also share your project here . If you find a linky under the post do share your project by posting link there or if you do not find a linky post your link in the comments.Thank you for visiting.

July 2, 2016

Playing with kraft card

Love these kraft card base from reflections.
Made one more card  - a Hello card

The hibiscus is from botanical set from daisy trail printed via the craft artist program and cut using scan n cut. The background frame die is tonics and the embossing folder is cuttle bug geometric pattern I think. The hello is an image from imagine cartridge. A bit of crochet lace and card is done.
If you have made a card recently please do post the link to the post in your blog or facebook page in comment below and I would love to drop in.

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June 21, 2016

Thank you Card

I love the kraft card base and envelopes from recollections (Michaels). Having the card base makes it so easier to make quick cards.
 Here is a picture of "Thank you" Card I made recently for my friend .

The image is a digital image from Debbi Moore. It's cut out using the scan n cut. The flowers are from Tattered lace Flowershop. I colored it simply using copics
The barbed fence is from My favorite thing. The lattice is spellbinder expandable fancy lattice.

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June 16, 2016

Graduation Card

My son graduated this year and I made him a simple quick card.

I used Darice embossing folder for embossing the silver miri board and a cricut embossing folder to emboss the black cardstock. The stickers are all from Jolee's Boutique. It is a quick card to make. Ready in a jiffy

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June 10, 2016

Anniversary card

This was a card I made for my wedding anniversary a couple of months ago.

I played with the Tattered lace melded dies. I just love these dies. They have texture frames everything built in. This one is the melded roses I think.
I just colored in the roses with my copic. I cut out the sentiment with a spellbinder labels die . Sentiment was printed out using photoshop. Popped up the melded layer with foam dots. Added a lace trim and placed the sentiment die cut in the center. Some roses and bow to finish it up.

Made a matching envelope. I have shared how I make envelopes in one of my previous posts I think. But essentially what I do is fold up computer paper around the card (after leaving a margin of about 1/8" or 1/4" ) as much as I want at the bottom and about half to three fourth inches on both sides. In most cases the top won't be enough and so it most probably won't overlap to close. To make up for this I cut a piece of paper that matches up the card to the height I need for overlap plus some so I can punch or die cut a beautiful edge. Then paste that so that I can finish up the envelope.

Here is a picture of that and I also have added the same picture as pdf file under misc tab called "pdf  for envelope template" so that you can download and print it out if you want.
Note that is not to dimension but just a reference

Hope you liked the card. Thanks for reading.

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June 6, 2016

Happy Summer - Lawn Fawn

Today I made a simple card for summer for Design with Sassy facebook group.
Theme - Summer or using Sun.

I have used Lawn Fawn set "Happy Summer" ( Ants , watermelon and sentiment).
The grass is impression obsession die I think. The sun was a circle punch and Mcgill flower punch combined together. Used copics to color them all. Hope you all play along . If you do make a card please link up the blog post in comment below and the  design with sassy facebook group.

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May 18, 2016

DS4J May Facebook Challenge

Made a simple card with Digistamps4Joy image for DS4J facebook challenge for month of May.
I have used spellbinder lattice die and also crafters companion edgeables die.
The other image is from Debbie Moore cd's cottage retreat I think. The sentiment too is from that collection.
For a change, I colored using watercolor pencils. Kept it very very simple. Not enjoying coloring much these days because of slight blurry vision.

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May 9, 2016

Mother's day Card

Hello folks

I am back to crafting slowly. 
One of the first cards I made was for mother's day. Recently I indulged in some Anna griffin , Tattered lace and tonic stash.
Here is a card I made for my mom.

The dies are tattered lace. The main rose die is Tattered lace charisma climbing rose. It comes with a dvd with both background pattern papers and the main image which can be printed and cut out with the die.The only problem with the dvd is that the image and papers are all in UK size A4 which is around 8.25" x 11.7' . So either you have to choose A4 as size to print which might get the image clipped. I got the image onto photoshop to print.  The sentiment is also a die from tattered lace and so is the flourish behind the rose. The lovely  lace is from my stash, I think that was from walmart.
Please do share your mother's day  projects in the comments with link to your blog. I would love to see them.
Thank you all

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May 6, 2016

Hello after a long time

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Hi Folks.

Sorry that I have been MIA for some time. Had lots of health issues . Recovering slowly
Just wanted to let you know that there have been some changes with the my other blog address and domain.
the s after papillondigitaldesigns has been dropped . It is now http://www.papillondigitaldesign.com/ . 

Because of that There maybe some links broken because of this. Please try dropping the s and the blogspot giving it a go.
I'll slowly try fixing the broken links both here and there.

If you were a follower of that blog or had subscribed by email you might have to do it again.
Thank you for understanding and patience.

I have slowly started crafting again and will be posting projects soon.
Have a fabulous day

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June 3, 2015

Melting Perler Beads

It's been a long time since I last posted. Have not been crafting for a while.
But hopefully will be back at it soon.
While restocking my supplies I fell in love with the enamel dots I saw in the stores. But thought they were a bot expensive. I came across some videos in youtube and posts in blogs about melting perler beads and pony beads.
I haven't melted pony beads yet as they are supposed to smell a bit and didn't want to melt them right now. Will wait for a day when nobody else is in the house .
But I did melt perler beads.

I got a bucket from amazon of mixed beads.

My first attempt was a disaster ! My toaster oven is toast I think. It did not melt the perler beads down propely. I kept adding mins as they wouldn't flatten down and by the time they did flatten they were ugly. I just dumped them.
Then I decided to proceed to regular oven.
And my 2nd attempt - yeah success
The temperature details are below

In regular oven (not the toaster oven) at 350 degrees for 20 -30 minutes or until completely melted to form a dot.
  • Black and white beads take longer to melt. I kept the temperature same but increased the time to 30 mins.
Lighter colors less and darker colors more

After the initial success I decided to melt more beads but after sorting them out by colors.
I melted more colors and then I decided to get more perler beads from amazon - the striped ones. The package came with striped and pearl  variety and here I stuck a glitch.
When I melted the pearl variety they left a dot in the center (like the ones we get in the skittles )

I tried with a bit higher temperature and leaving it longer but nope the same result. 
Then I noticed that while melting one of the perler beads had fallen down sideways ( we have to keep them upright usually ) and it had turned out cute though it was oval and not round.

So here is my tip for melting specialty pearl perler beads ( as  I think striped ones will have to melted the usual way to see the stripes and the hole in center can be ignored) melt it turned sideways.
If you want it round shaped then try cutting them into half ( I havent tried that yet but that might come out ok as then the width of cylinder will same as height).
I melt more varieties and also the pony beads and update in another post

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March 3, 2015

February Card Party Boasts 17 Cards In One Afternoon

For any of you that don't know what a card party is you really need to check out this post. Every three months our little group gets together and makes the cards that we have all pre-designed! Every lady comes to the party with two different card sets that hold all pieces for each lady at the party. To insure your seat you must reserve your space and turn your cards in 1 week in advance. If you should be ill or have an emergency that day you will get your complete set of cards. This means that if your hostess has stated 8 people will be at the party you will bring 2 sets of 8 cards plus a completed card to show and explain so the other ladies can make it. You will bring home 16 new plus your 2 sample cards at the end of the afternoon.
Our Hostess also provides little gifts for each lady that comes, as well as prizes for games that go on during the party. Every lady brings a dish to pass as we all like to snack when we take our breaks. We rotate hostesses and usually have a co-hostess to help. We also serve a simple dinner at 5:30 and then go back for about 3 more cards and then have dessert and call it a day. We all love to have fun. We decide the next hostess during dessert.

This is Angie and she is showing us her first card. It was a contest card and I didn't win! Isn't her card adorable?

Here we are rushing for the next card. It is a contest card! All prizes are in the center and the little cups are used for our  scraps. The only drinks at the table are covered ones.

Looks lake Angie won the contest. Abby is checking it out to make sure all is ok. Be sure to watch the video as it will show you all the cards inside and out and I am sure you will want a close up of them.  Allison was not with us even though her cards were. I saw her this morning at church and her strep is gone! She was so excited to get her packet!

Aren't the cards just amazing? I think this is the best batch thus far.... but then I say that after every party! Don't know how we will top this one!

This is Dorothy's great little card and so easy to make on the Explore.

Jenny made the cutest little Hedgehog the said Hogs and Kisses on the inside. Just adorable.

I made this great Anna Griffin card and it is beautiful. I think she made it as a Birthday card but mine is an Encouragement card as I have such a great need for that.

Here is Laura and she is showing off the cutest little kite card. Laura doesn't have any cutting machines but makes the most beautiful cards... just amazing.

Meet Anita, her card is gorgeous! You need to see the video to really see how great her color choice is. She has encouraged me to get my punches out after making this one!

I can't get over how rough I looked that day, guess I didn't get my hair fixed up after my nap before the ladies came! This is a card that I took off design space. I love it all I had to do was tell my explore how many cards I wanted to make and it sorted my mats. I pulled the papers cut and was good to go!

Here is my Jenny and I am telling you that you must look at the video to see how great this card looks. The front is embossed and color is so dramatic it looks great.

Anita is showing us her second card. So pretty with the little butterflies, and look at that hello, I think that has to be from the stamps of life. Just beautiful Anita.

Angie is showing us here little owl card and it is adorable! She made the banners across the front and put hats on the little owls and stamped happy birthday on the inside.

I love this card Dorothy made as it is one of the Bible verses that I held on to when I had cancer. It says "Be still and know that I am God". Psalm 46:10. It is so pretty and can be used in many situations.

Laura made this beautiful card and it is another that you must see in the video to appreciate. Beautiful!

Abby's 2 cards were great and is a must to see what a catch on the video it is just too cute and we all had a great time making this card.

Finally the last card is a Anna Griffin card design. I didn't have all the parts so I designed my own to match her card featured on Design Space.
Well I know this was a long post but it featured 17 cards and as you can see they are beautiful! I hope you enjoyed today's post. Be sure to leave some sweet-sweet words for the ladies as they will be encouraged and inspired by your comments.