f The Bugbytes: April 2012

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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. The website Papillon digital designs has changed to Papillon Digital Design so if the link gives and error or takes you to page with chinese characters then please drop the 's' in the link at the end of papillondigitaldesigns and try . That is change papillondigitaldesigns to papillondigitaldesign and try the link.

April 27, 2012

Graduation is on it's way!

This is Jeannie with Nonnasscraps and I am so excited to be visiting with BugBytes again! Thanks for having me, Pam! Come visit me really soon.

It doesn't seem possible that graduation is just around the corner! Time to get cards for those special young men and women ready!

Slider Card by Lenae of SugerGems (check here)
My Thoughts Exactly Stamps More Mini Thoughts (check here)
Lettering Delights digital papers: Pencil Me In, School Time
Graduation Cap cutting file
Embroidery Floss
1/4" brad
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Assorted Glue, pop dots
Software that uses SVG or MTC files
1 1/2" x 2" scrap card stock

  • Download and open the slider card file in your software. In MTC, texturize (fill) the shapes with the chosen digital paper. (If your software does not allow you to do this, simply print the paper on your home print and cut as you would any paper.)
  • Cut the card parts and assemble according to Lenae's directions. 
  • Create the tassel:
    • Cut a length of embroidery floss 6". Center and place across the 2" width of the card stock.

    • Begin wrapping the floss around the 1 1/2" width of the cardstock, over the 6" length. Wrap approximately 16 times. 

    • Tie the 6" piece of floss at the top of the wrap as shown:

    • Opposite the tie, insert scissors between the floss and the cardstock. Cut through the floss at the lower edge of the cardstock.

    • Cut a second 6" of embroidery floss. 
    • Bring all layers of floss together. Approximately 3/8" away from the first knot, Center and tie the second 6" of floss. Wrap the remaining floss in opposite directions around the tassel. 

    • With enough left to tie another knot, bring the floss to one side from opposite direction. Tie a tight knot, securing the strands of the tassel. 

    • Trim the ends. Voila!

  • Download the Graduation cap file here:
    • SVG file
    • MTC file
    • Color the file as you would for school colors. Glue the two base layers together. Insert the streamer of the tassel in the hole, tape a 1/2" section to the back of the hat. Insert the brad through the hole. 
  •  Stamp the inside layer with the My Thoughts Exactly stamps! 

I Love this card and I know that you will, too!

April 26, 2012

Hunger Games keychain

Hey Everyone,
LisaB here from Rather B Scrappin,

After several months of conniving by my friend Erin, I finally gave in and read The Hunger Games. 
GREAT book. The movies was just as great. Erin's birthday was around the opening of the movie. I wanted to make her something that had to do with The Hunger Games. I found this idea on pinterest.  

I got all my supplies from Hobby Lobby
These Items were found in the jewelry section. 

This one in the wood section.
I painted the edges black

I attached the disk with out glue

I added a few sheets of cardstock so there would not be a bulk on the side with the disk

Then covered the image with liquid glass

I made Erin a birthday card to go with her new key chains.

Plus a little purse to hold the new key chains.

April 22, 2012

Thank You card

Hello!  Its Kimberli from Kimberli's Creations,  I have a thank you card to show you today, that I made to send out to a friend to thank her for my birthday gift!

I based it on the sketch below from Scrapbook Steals - I'm really starting to love using sketches and can whip up a card in no time using them!!
I used no machine on this one!  I cut the banner piece with my own two hands, just by folding the end in half and clipping it off! ;)  I cut the chevon piece from the paper itself, just following along the pattern in the paper, which was from Recollections 'Bold Basics' stack.  I used the Seeing Spots embossing folder on the green cardstock, which is from my stash.  I stamped the sentiment, from The Stamps of Life 'mums2stamp', onto a piece of chipboard that came with the elements pack that coordinates with my CTMH Art Philosophy cart, then inked the edges.  Added a few buttons from my stash to pull in the yellow from the print paper and its done!

I finished off the inside with a piece of paper from the same stack as above, that matches the banner piece from the front and a piece of white cardstock to write my message on!

Thanks so much to Pam for having me today!  I hope you enjoyed my card, its been fun challenging myself to not use my machines and find out what I'm capable of using just my 2 hands!  :)

Have a great week!!

April 21, 2012

Winner of the blog Hop is

And the winner is.....


Congrats Kelly. You will receive a 10 dollar certificate to Mo's digital pencil. Can't wait to see what you come with. Thanks to everyone who participated.

April 20, 2012

another card for april alphabet challenge

Here is another card I made for alphabet challenge at the silhouette forum.

This time I used Parchment font to make the butterfly and the border ( I have used letters b, d , f and o for the butterfly and just o for the border) and then for the label mat I used letter o from pass the chex font and welded and then offset it to get the scalloped dark brown mat.

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Hello, everyone, it's Audrey!  And, hi, Pam!  Again, thank you so much for allowing me to be here today!

I'm still going through a difficult period right now which isn't allowing me time for crafting and/or blog visiting, but I truly miss you all and I've been fortunate (and blessed) to be able to literally "squeeze" in time to get here for my monthly DT projects, thank God!!!

Unfortunately, due to time restraints, today's project will also be short --but sweet!!!  You'll see what I mean and, judging from past projects like this, I think you'll like it!  I hope so anyway... lol!

This project can be altered to suit a man or woman, and it's soooo easy!  It's a room and/or linen spray (can also be used as a car deodorizer).  These make wonderful gifts -- here's mine:

Once I put together the spray, I poured it into a small plastic spray bottle which I embellished by tying ribbon to the neck of the bottle, adding beads and a rose; for the leaf to the rose I added an oval-shaped crystal gem, and a round gem to the top of the cap cover.  Lastly I added a personalized computer generated label with a blue rose background that I found on the internet to match the blue rose on the bottle.  Maybe this picture will give you a better close-up (or try double clicking on the picture to enlarge it):

Okay, here's the really simple recipe for the spray.  Into a lidded or capped container, add the following ingredients:

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup distilled or boiled tap water (allow boiled water to cool)
2-1/2  to 3 tablespoons essential or fragrance oil (or your favorite perfume or cologne)
Optional:  Before adding fragrance oils, you can add a soap dye or food coloring sparingly

Shake the ingredients until the oils and liquids have all blended well; pour into decorative bottles, embellish bottles if you wish.  Let the spray sit for at least 24 hours before using -- the longer it ages, the stronger the scent becomes!!!  Now, it's ready!!!  Enjoy!!!

P.S.  As with most liquids and oils, the oils can separate -  just shake the mixture before use if this happens.

I called mine "Blue Rose" because I used a rose-scented essential oil but added just a hint of lavender too!  It smells delicious!!!  Of course, the rose embellishment and background label is blue... hence the name!  You'll use whatever scent  you prefer!  Try blending a few to see what you come up with!!!

Any questions, please click on my name above at the top of this post which is a direct link to my blog where you can leave me a comment and/or email me at audreyfrel@sbcglobal.net.  Due to my circumstance, it may take me a few to get back to you -- but I will!!!

Hugs and love you all!  I'll be seeing you!

April 19, 2012

Silhouette forum April challenge

The silhouette forum http://s15.zetaboards.com/Silhouette_Plus/index/ has a challenge every month and this month I decided to take part. You learn a lot by these challenges.  This month's card challenge is take any letters from any font and weld and play with it to make a design from it and then make a card. I used Monterey BT font and used the letters c, v and z. I slanted/slewed them and elongated them and flipped and welded to make a frame and then placed other elements and made this card
I used print and cut feature for pattern including the wood pattern. Offset feature came in very very handy. I loved playing with letters this way. So many unique frame patterns can be made this way. I remember doing this on gypsy in the beginning when we had the old gypsy message board. Oh those fun days!.

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"The Mud Stops Here" - Home Decor Vinyl Project

Hi everyone, Michelle here from Lady of Leisure Ink.  Today I have quite a simple project using some good old vinyl I just happened to have laying around (actually I have a whole drawer full of the stuff, but don't tell anyone.)

A little background to this project first.  I am in the process of having my kitchen remodeled, I mean BIG TIME - wall coming down, new cabinets, etc.  When it's all finished and my hardwood floors have been redone I want to 'encourage' everyone to remove their shoes before entering.  I sometimes find it difficult to ask (and so does my husband), so I thought I'd make a fun sign to hang by the door for all to see.

First I took a plain canvas (this is 11" x 14") I got it from Hobby Lobby when it was on sale.

Then I took some acrylic paint (Plaid - Antique White) and gave it a couple of coats.

While it was drying I turned to my Silhouette Cameo, grabbed my brown vinyl and set about creating.  The file I used is from the Silhouette online store - "The Mud Stops Here".  I decided to add the line underneath "Please take off your shoes." - the font I used for this was 'Georgia'.

I used the cut setting which are pre-selected for vinyl on the Silhouette Designer software.  The only change I made it that I upped the blade depth from 1 to 2 (I have been using this same blade since before Christmas.)  Once the vinyl was cut I used contact paper as 'transfer tape'.  Contact paper is quite sticky, so I rubbed it over my jeans a few times to take some of the tackiness off - I have heard that some people have also used Glad Press 'n' Seal for transfer tape.  Here is a look at the finished project.

I'm hoping this works, now if only I could make a sign for the back door saying "Wipe and dry your feet" that the dog would take note of!

Thank you once again Pam for letting me come and play.


April 18, 2012

Mr. Explorer

Good morning! This is Beatriz from  Amazing Grace and it's my turn to be at The Bug Bytes today, yeah! Okay... my project is this two-page layout and I am featuring Mr. Owl the Explorer. You can find him in the Camping Critters Cricut Cartridge. He is sooo cute! I cut him size 6" and outlined him with a fine point Sharpie black pen.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great and blessed day!

April 15, 2012

Sunshiny Days

I apologize for the late post this Sunday morning.  I endeavor to have my Bugbytes guest designer posts up on time but occasionally I get a bit behind schedule.  With that said, I am excited to show you the first two page layout I have done since, well, I think Christmas!  It's based on a sketch from another new sketch site that I've sound - Sketch Support with Allison Davis.  There are more pictures here than I think I have ever used!  I spent a good bit of time in PhotoShop Elements 10 to re-size all of them and then I printed them using my Epson Artisan printer.  Have I mentioned how much I love this printer?  I really love this printer.  Because of the size of the number of pictures I stayed pretty true to the sketch and all of the elements.  I'm trying to do less with more.  Enough jabbering.  Here is the finished page.  

All of the die-cuts were cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I did something a little different though - I actually used the stickers on one of the eighty-five thousand stickers I own.  I was reading on a blog somewhere (wish I could remember where, sorry) that a good way to use these elements is to put them on cardstock and cut around them.  The flowers you see are from the Jillybean Soup's Chicken soup collection and the kite is from Echo Park's A Walk in the Park.  Sometimes I think it can be easier doing this than finding an image, picking out paper, then spicing it up with some other embellishment.  I seem to be in the mood for quick, quick, quick, lately and this certainly fits the bill.  

Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lyme Twist, Jillybean Soup:  Tomato Sauce, Dutch Mustard, Apple cheddar, Chicken Soup, Ehco Park A Walk In The Park
Silhouette:  Die cuts & title
Bling:  Imaginisce
Other elements:  October Afternoon labels & rub ons, Heidi Grace Epoxy Stickers, Daily Doodles flowers

Thanks as always to Pam for letting me be your guest designer today.  You can always find me at Sabriolet Designs.

April 14, 2012

April Blog Hop

Welcome .
Isn't Spring such a beautiful time?
It is so inspiring especially to the people who create craft and art.
To celebrate the Spring and the National scrapbooking day this month we have blog hop for you. Come join us.

Our theme for this blog hop is to make a card or layout and the theme is to either use - "Craft" or  the color green .

 Here are our creative designer's who are taking part in the blog hop.
1) Pam - http://www.thebugbytes.com/ - You are here
12) Sheila - http://shesasassylady.blogspot.com/

I made a couple of sketches to play along.

Layout sketch

Card Sketch

My project is a card.  I have used silhouette sd machine to cut. The digi paper pattern and the flowers are from http://www.thedigichick.com/ (Kelleigh Ratzlaff) Someonelikeyou digi paper pack. The sentiment is a sticker I got from Micheal's I think. The digi stamp is from http://phindysplace.com/ and is colored using copics. The doily and borders were all cut with silhouette . I have used copics, stickles and sticky flat back pearls to embellish

Hope you liked my project
Now hop on to  Elizabeth - http://www.217creations.com/ to see what she in store for you.
After you finish  hopping to all the blogs please do hop back here to leave comments. One lucky winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to Mo's Digital pencil . I will draw for the winner on April 20th Friday 2012 Also hope our project inspires  you and challenges you in  making a card or layout using the theme. If it does please do post in the linky below so that we can visit with you.

Happy Springy Crafting
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