f The Bugbytes: September 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.

September 28, 2012

Warm Wishes!

Hi all, it's Jeannie from Nonna's Scraps! I am so excited to be visiting on Pam's blog again today. Thanks for having me!

I just love fall colors! The chill of the air, the warmth of the sun and the richness of the colors brings warm wishes from nature into my life. That said, making fall cards makes me happy! 

This card was actually inspired by an embossing folder found at Hobby Lobby. It is their own brand
and works beautifully! Plus, it wasn't that expensive with my coupon. :-) 

After I returned home I started creating the card that I saw in my mind. I knew it had to be Kaleidescopes from Kaleidescope Kreator. I found a fall photo in my "scraps" and went to town. 

4.25 x 11" card base (I used brown)
6" square of a fall color
6 x 11" rectangle of a fall color
Hobby Lobby embossing folder: Fall leaves
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swirls
Embossing machine
a fall photo
Distress Antique Photo Ink
White cardstock 
Home Printer
Make the Cut software
I Rock heat set tool
Assorted glue

I first created one kaleidescope in KK 3 and saved it as a JPG image. The image used is a fall leaf image found on Google. 

The next is familiar to MTC users...Import: Pixel trace into MTC. I have had the greatest success using the technique found here

In addition, I added a .03 shadow around the largest kaleidescope and saved it as a seperate file.

When the tracings were complete, I duplicated the kaleidescope for a total of 3.  I sized the Kaleidescopes at 3", 2.75 and 2.5". 

Okay, I have to admit...even though I saw the card in my mind it developed before my eyes!
When I picked the paper to coordinate with the kaleidescopes it was by trial and error.Should I use this set?

Or this one?

I like the way the papers make the kaleidescopes pop!

From the green I cut the mat for the largest Kaleidescope and a 4.2 x 5.4" rectangular mat. From the orange I cut a rectangular mat to which a welded spirals found in the MTC gallery. I apologize that I cannot locate the creator's number. 

I matted the rectangle/square for the most efficient cutting and arranged the shapes on a 12" sq. mat.

Well, you can almost see the cut images. My Zing did a wonderful job with the tiny swirls---so happy!


I then ran the orange through my Cuttlebug with the Fall leaves embossing folder.

I ran the green through using the swirls folder. I then lightly inked the tops of the paper with Distress Antique Photo ink to give some dimension. 

I stacked the kaleidescopes using pop dots.

I tied a ribbon around the orange mat, layered the front of the card and added the stacked kaleidescope. To finish it I added I rock heat set gems. The sentiment reads, "Warm wishes coming your way!"

Thanks for visiting...hoping warm wishes will be coming your way today!

September 21, 2012


Happy Friday, everyone!!!  It's Audrey with a quick project this month -- thanks much to our wonderful Pam. 

Being so caught up in my kitchen-remodel, I'd actually forgotten until last night that it's my turn as DT designer today.  Thank God I remembered in time!  LOL!

Realizing at the last minute I had to have a project today, I had to come up with something really fast and easy, so I decided on a little ribbon pocket to hold a bar of soap. This one came out so cute I think I'm going to make a bunch of these to have around for unexpected Christmas presents.  Here are pictures of the pocket closed and open:

The ribbon I used for this project was 4 inches wide (to accommodate the soap bar).  I purchased it at Cosco's and it's a wired ribbon.  It is a beige and creme color ribbon with a suede texture, and the back side is like a gold satin -- very pretty.  I embellished it with a satin leaf, creme bow, flowers, accented around the edges of the pocket with bling mesh, and I added a polymer clay cherubs embellie that I molded some time ago and found in my stash to add to the cover-flap.  I painted the cherubs gold, and accented it and the flowers with gold Stickles.  The pretty soap bar comes in a pack of 3 and  I purchased them from a Tuesday Morning store -- they smell marvelous!

This pocket is certainly nothing new, is very simple, and probably doesn't require a tutorial but I'm going to explain and show you how I put it together anyway -- just in case!  LOL!

Without cutting the ribbon, I started by measuring out enough ribbon from the spool to cover the soap forming a pocket , leaving about a 1/4" allowance to fold a hem into the bottom; this will hide the raw edge opening of the pocket when folded over to encase the soap bar.  Pictures below are side and top views of pocket fold:

 Next I measured and cut off enough ribbon from the spool  to form the cover-flap, this time leaving a 1/2" allowance to fold 1/4th inch and double-fold another 1/4th inch to form a hem -- again to hide the raw edge.  Here are pictures of the first and then double fold:

NOTE:  I do not remove the wire from this ribbon as it helps to maintain closure of the top flap; however, you can remove the wire and use your own desire closure.
Last, I hot glued down the top and bottom hem folds and the side-edge folds forming the pockets.  (If necessary cleaned up the pocket by cutting away any loose glue and/or ribbon strings):
Now how easy is that!!! 

I hope my little project inspires you to do quick presents when needed too!  It can be sized to fit and hold any size gift as long as the ribbon is long and/or wide enough.  I'm also going to do several of these to hold hand sanitizers too!  We all need them, right?

Of course, should you have any questions at all, click on my name at the top of this post to be directed to my blog where you can leave comment of your question.

Well, gotta run -- still really busy (and watchful!  The workers are still strangers in my home).  But thanks so much for stopping by and, I hope to have more time next month to bring you either a new or  more detailed/challenging project.

Love ya, and I'll be seeing you!

September 20, 2012

Clover Box (and a little something else)

Hi Everyone, Michelle here from Lady of Leisure Ink - thank you once again Pam for letting me 'play' in your space.

I know that last time I was here my project was the Pyramid Boxes, and I find myself here today with another box.  But I make no apology for it, because it is so stinkin' cute, and so stinkin' simple.  I am on the Creative Team for Kelleigh Ratzlaff over at The Digichick, and when she asked the team to use her file to make this box I fell in love.  Here are the boxes I made.

Aren't they sweet?  Just two pieces to cut and score - and only the lid need a little glue.  Here is a look at the inside (with the little something else that my post title mentions.)

The inside of the box is just folded, and held in position with the lid.  How easy is that?  The contents of the box are Hershey's nuggets, I used a strip of paper (1" x 3") and stuck it around the wrapper - really dresses up some everyday chocolate don't you think?

I used K&CO double sided paper for this project - having the inside of the box decorated just finishes it off nicely.

Here is another box I made, this one I cut slightly larger (so I could fit a few more chocolates in.)

I think I may have gone a bit over the top with the lace, but I needed something with that Cameo Silhouette on top - strangely enough I cut that with my Silhouette Cameo!  Here is a look at the inside.

The paper I used for this project I actually printed myself, it is from the Comfort Cafe Collection DVD from Stampin' Up.

The file for these cute little boxes is available here.

Thanks for taking a look at my project today.


September 15, 2012

Yet another Birthday :)

Yep another Birthday!
This time it's my hubby's birthday.
And this time my younger son wanted to give a seperate card so here I have 2 cards. Obviously the 2nd image is picked by him
Psst.. I am becoming frugal. Didn't waste much paper as you can see.

 2nd card


Materials used:


Blue cardstock - from Hobby Lobby
Pattern paper - DCWV Luxury

Dies , Punches and Embossing Folders:
Plaid embossing folder from Winter Wonderland Collection
Martha Stewart from eksuccess - Ring around corner punch

The 1st card digi image is  Penelope's Party Wagon from Mo's digital pencil
The 2nd card is a stamped image called party present from sweetpeastamps by Elisabeth Bell
Sentiments stamps - CTMH from the Artise collection.


Buttons, Lace, Satin dotted Ribbon, Pearl spray, Ribbon roses, Ink, Foam dots, glue dots and ATG gun

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September 14, 2012

Halloween Basket

Hi all,
Today I thought I'd share with you a basket I made. I was first introduced to this at our Playday on Sunday. I wasn't happy with the first one so I thought I'd have ago at another one. 

First of all here is the net of the base of the basket

I inked it up as I didn't have any black A3 card. Guess what I'm buying at the weekend !
I then put some card across the bottom

I used the triangles that I cut out as templates for the card to put on the sides. I then made a handle and put some ribbon on the handle.

You put it together like a fan opening out. Hopefully you know what I mean. I then made a lid for it decorating it with a Martha Stewart cobweb border punch.

I then finished it off with the special headshot that Betty from Simply B stamps designed for the secret pumpkin swap. This basket will be winging it's way to my partner but what's inside will remain a secret.

I hope you liked my project. Thanks Pam for having me today.


September 10, 2012

Birthday Betty

Lots of birthdays in September. So here is one more simple birthday card. The digi image is from simply betty - http://simplybstamps.net/item_1356/Bday-Princess-Rio-Limited-Digi.htm colored using copics.

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Hexagon Shape Card

This is Lori from ScrappinMyStressAway and I am so happy to be the Guest Designer today at The Bug Bytes.

I found out this week that a friend passed away.  I met Frank and his wife Dawn Marie 15 years ago.  Dawn Marie and I were in the same Daycare Provider Group until I moved to a near by town.  Frank was a great father and husband and wonderful person!  He loved children and dresses as Santa and came to several of my daycare Christmas Parties in full costume.  He was a special man and will be greatly missed!

I wanted to make a special card for Dawn Marie and her family.

I saw a card on Pinterest that sparked an idea.  I grabbed my Gypsy and created this hexagon card.  I took a hexagon from My Quiet Book and sized it to 4 inches.  I copied a second hexagon and rotated it -61 and welded it to the first hexagon to create my card base.

I put two more hexagons on my mat sized to 3.76 inches.

I opened another layer and found this tree on Jolly Holidays.  I left the first layer visible to help me size the tree.  I sized it to 2.65 and cut it out in brown cardstock.

I cut out the card in a green patterned cardstock and the smaller hexagon in a blue shimmer cardstock.

I adhered the layers together and added the tree.

I used my Martha Stewart Butterfly punch to cut out some tiny butterflies in pink cardstock.

I used mini glue dots to adhere the folded butterflies to my card.

I inked the edges of the card with a blue stamp pad.

I really like how this card turned out.  I did not use the extra blue hexagon on the inside as the back of the green patterned cardstock is light green.

I find it hard to make sympathy cards, but whenever I see a butterfly I think of my mom.  She passed away in 1989 and every time I see a butterfly I feel comforted.  This is the first sympathy card I have made using a butterfly and it just felt right!

Thank you for stopping by!

September 9, 2012

The "Hulk" shaped card

Hi Crafty Friends :)
Adele here today with my monthly DT creation!
Thanks Pam for having me again :)

Today I wanted to make a Birthday Card for my young Great-Nephew who turns 3 later this month
He is madly into the "Hulk", so I Google searched free images and found the perfect image for what I wanted.

I made the image into a card very simply :)

By copy & pasting, then flipping the new image, I joined them together and did an offset, to create my base card.
I then added my "Hulk" image over the bottom part of the welded shape to give me my full shaped card :)
I also added some text to make it personal for my Grand-Nephew.

Once it is sent through your printer and has the registrations marks, it is then cut precisely by the Silhouette :)
I used card stock to print and cut my shaped card.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial in shaped card making :)

If you would like the studio file for this card you can get it HERE
I made this shaped card fit any Silhouette machine, so everyone that owns an SD, Robo or Cameo can use the file :)

Thanks for looking

Happy Crafting :)



September 7, 2012

With Glittering eyes

This is Pam from Papillon digital designs & The Bugbytes - your designer today at Shes a Sassylady.
Today I bring to you a card I made using a digi image from saturated canary which was called  Gypsy Dancer and is now called Zorana which I had got for my Suzanne J Dean's copic class.

Papers used were a blue cardstock and an yellow cardstock. I stamped the yellow CS with Anna Griffin background stamps roughly. Though they do tile perfectly I stamped them somewhat imperfectly. I colored the image using copics. I used MS punch to punch a white cardstock for layering and used some pink CS for contrast and also a small cake doily behind the image. I had this purple cow craft geek wind it wire kit and used it to make a swirl. Then used some ribbon flower rose to embellish. I used a checkerboard ribbon and to give further contrast cut a blue card stock piece - the width of the card and stuck the ribbon in the middle.
 I love the quote by Roald Dahl - "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”   
I  printed it and used that as sentiment.
Hope you all liked this card.
As this weeks challenge at scrapbitzcopics.ning.com so happens to be to use yellow  I will be entering this for challenge.

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