f The Bugbytes: October 2012

Welcome - Copyright & Disclaimer

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.

October 31, 2012

Big Shot Pro

Big shot Pro - The machine is BIG. Takes a lot of real estate!
It can for sure cut heavier stuff with bigz dies (and tim holtz dies and not spellbinder ones) and can cut and emboss 12" . But it is  costly as not only is the machine expensive but you need to get additional cutting plates (yes another cutting plate as it comes with just one and a crease mat) and the big shot pro solo package (  solo platform,adapter and shim) to be able to cut spellbinder dies and not only spellbinder dies but the sizzlits too. So out of the box it will only cut the bigz dies and bigz pro dies ie the thick . Yes it will also cut the accucut and accuquilt out of the box. You can of course create a stack out of thick chipboard and try cutting the other dies but that is so much trial and error - but still possible!
I had the rest of stuff but did not realize that I needed another cutting pad too. Yuck. And if you want to emboss you need a 1/8" rubber mat. I got that cheap in amazon when buying not the brand product but just searching for silicone rubber sheet 1/8". Now I have not yet tried the spellbinder thingy yet as I waited a while to get the stuff.
If you just want to cut spellbinder dies ie max 81/2 x 11"  then grand calibur is so much cheaper and less space too. I prefer manual cranking to motorised so though I was tempted by eBosser I have not got that.

post signature

October 26, 2012

Last Minute Jack-o-lanterns!

Hi all! This is Jeannie from NonnasScraps. I am so excited to be
visiting on Bugbytes today! Thanks for spending some time with me!

I was in the process of getting ready for Halloween and I realized that I really could use a few more decorations. Bring on the paper and the cutter! 

Make the Cut Software
Lettering Delights: Halloween Shapes and DB Jackopatterns
6 x 12" rectangle of black cardstock
6 x 12" rectangle of orange cardstock
Gold Stickles
Glue of choice
Battery operated tea light
fluted votive glass (reflects really well!)
  • Start with a basic square (MTC: Basic Shapes). Size to 2.5" sq.

  • Create an Inset shadow @ 0.295". Join the two shapes to create a frame.

  • Duplicate the frame for a total of 4. Set the distance to -0.1 (This allows for minimal overlap.)

  • Weld the shapes together.

  • Create a tab for closure (so that your sconce becomes a square shape). Begin with a basic square and size to .25 w x 2.5" H. 

  • Add to one end and overlap slightly. Align : bottom. Weld together.

  • Open a pumpkin shape. Size as indicated.
  • Load DB Jackopatterns into the MTC software. Select the glyph that is preferred and drag to mat. Size as indicated.

  • Position the "face" on the pumpkin. Select "join". Align : vertical.

  • Duplicate for a total of 5 faces. Move one to the side.

  • Position four "faces" on the four frames. Align all at the bottom of the strip--note the red arrows. Weld.

  • Select the single "face". Duplicate for a total of four.

  • Arrange on mat so that the four pumpkin faces (upper) will cut from the orange strip and the  lower strip cuts from black.
  • When the strip is cut score at the arrows (every 2.5"). The double arrow will be .25" from the cut edge. Fold on score lines.

  • Outline the orange pumpkin faces with Stickles. Take care that the pumpkin faces will align those on the black strip! When dry, glue in place on black strip.
  • Glue the tab to the inside. 
  • Add candle and enjoy!
A word of caution: paper is flammable. Use with caution!

October 24, 2012

Wee Witch!

Halloween is just around the corner. I realized I have lots of  stamps for the occasion but I have colored none. So I chose a digi stamp from sylvia zett's wee stamps - Hazel - a wee witch and colored her with copic
Except for the cardstock all the patterned papers are from scraporchard's - spooktacular kit and also from trick or treat . I first came across this site while reading this post by Dayna Sabrina - http://sabrioletdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-cameo-spotlight-no-6-something.html
 She has done an awesome job on those cards. I fell in love with that kit and some more on the site -  winter wonderland and merry christmas.  The flowers are cut out using a silhouette file - spiral flower but you can also use itsy bitsy spirals - spellbinder.
Here's my card

The inside of the card

post signature

October 21, 2012

It's Your Day!

Hello everyone, long time no see right?  I took the summer off and then experienced some technical difficulties last month.  But I am back, and very appreciative of Pam's willingness to let me show you some goodness. Today I have a birthday card to share with you.  I am still head over heals in love with banners. I don't always jump on the latest trends (and this one has been around a while) but when I do, watch out!  I added some negative space and some embellishments.  The paper is from Authentique's 6 x 6 Journey. I tried to keep the embellishments to a minimum.  The paper is so beautiful I wanted it to speak for itself.

Paper:  Authentique's Journey 6 x 6 paper pad; Stampin' Up Vanilla; DCWV light brown cardstock base
Silhouette:  All mats
Spellbinders:  Fancy Tags, Classic and scallop nested hearts
Stamp:  Stampin' Up
Ribbon:  Papertrey Ink
Bling:  The Paper Studio

Thanks so much for stopping by!

October 18, 2012

Halloween Cutie Card

Hi Everyone.  Michelle here from Lady of Leisure Ink. I thought that it would be a great opportunity to make a Halloween card, and I felt like pulling out my ProMarkers to do some colouring.

I have had this cute little image for ages, and I just love her.  The image is called 'Perfect Poison' and is available at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  She is coloured with Letraset ProMarkers, and the colours used are as follows:

Blush, Soft Peach (skin)
Vanilla, Sandstone, Pale Yellow & Mustard (hair)
Purple & Apple (clothes)
Ice Grey 1 - 5 (shadows and bottle)

The great thing about making this card is that everything came from my stash (love it when that happens).  The wording strip on the side comes from a DCWV stack from a couple of years ago, I also used a piece to decorate the inside.

Here is a closer look at some of the details.

The spiders web was cut with my Cameo using a file from the Silhouette online store, the background paper was run through an embossing folder from Hobby Lobby, and the purple gems are supposed to be for decorating cell phones - found them on clearance in the dollar store.

I made the card 5" x 5" as I have some vellum envelopes that are about this size.  The trouble with using vellum for me is that I don't always want the recipient to see what is inside before they open the envelope.  So I used another piece of paper from the same stack to combat this.  I quite often find from some DCWV stacks that I have papers left with the larger images on that I don't always know what to do with - I have discovered that they are great for the inside of cards, or to line envelopes like this.

Plenty of space on this to put an address label and stamp without being too distracting for the mailman.

As always Pam thanks for having me and thanks everyone for stopping by today.


October 16, 2012


It's been a while since I crafted. So decided to head up to the craft room and make a card - an easel card. I had printed this image out a while back and thought I would color it. I love the challenges at scrapbitzcopics and thought that this image would be ideal for the Touch of Red challenge!. This is from saturated canary - Hollywood .
I thought the antique car from silhouette store would make the perfect background. I colored the lady with copic and added spica to give a subtle glitter

The tags are mini tags from paper trey ink (both the die and the stamp). The main label is spellbinder I think label 4 and just rite shabby chic stamp. I stamped an arrow and follow your dreams sentiment from paper trey ink on to it. The rose is colored with memento ink.
Rhinestone ribbon, Feathers and a bauble (got from cutting of the ring portion of some party fillers) and acrylic flowers and rhinestones provide the added bling. I got some gauze - not the regular kind from drug store but the cotton kind from http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q0A6JM/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00 . These are beautiful and provide nice texture. I added glimmer mist to one piece and left the other alone.
One main thing to remember when doing an easel card is since you fold the card over  make sure you cut another piece the same dimension as the front of the card if you are planning to layer .
In this case I cut up a  a 12 x 12 paper to 6 x 12. So the card is 6 x 6. The front is scored at 3 to fold over. So I cut another piece 6 x 6 and layered on that. The pattern paper are from recollection elegant stack. (3 pieces - (1.75 x 5.75 - 2 different pattern pieces and another patter piece cut at 3.75x3.75 inches). I broke out my sewing machine to stitch the paper in using zig zag stitch

The inside of the card

I love how the card turned out. Thank you all for reading.
Happy Crafting!
post signature

October 15, 2012

Peaceful Boo! EEK?!!!

Peaceful Boo? EEK?

This card is new experience for me. I have never done a card with such open space before I think. My style is more (for better word) Organic!
It started with a project my son had to do for school. He was given a folded paper measuring 6 x 4.5 (ie 6 x 9 unfolded). He was supposed to cut out in his words - a peace sign like a card and decorate it. What he meant was a shaped card lol but I thought for some reason that the card had to have a peace sign in it. I guess that's what skipping lunch does for a person!. I took out the silhouette and designed a card . Took a while aligning and measuring and flipping images etc etc. While he was doing homework I enthusiastically cut it out. When he came down to look of course he said it was all wrong and he cut out approx shape out of another paper and showed me. I did cut out what he wanted but I was left with this one. So I decided to make a card out of it. I cut out a peace sign using a digi paper from scraporchard kit - spooktacular. Attached some googly eyes. Tied a satin ribbon. Embossed the card with a cuttlebug folder, added a sticker sentiment and behold a simple card. To make it interesting I add a  transparent sheet circle cut out from a spellbinder blister pack and after pasting it on the inside of the card wrote some words like boo and spooky with a permanent marker.

 I think I like simple style. I have to try it again.

post signature

October 14, 2012

Hi Crafty Friends :)
Today is my turn to share my DT project with you all here and at my blog Adelescreations.com

 I need more birthday cards for my stash, so I made this card from a simple frame design.

The picture below shows the screen shot of the elements used to make this card

I started off with a simple frame, gave it an outer offset, duplicated it, then welded the two outer offset shapes to make the card base.
I next used the same frame shape, again creating an offset but this time I also did an intenal offset, then discarded the outer offset, this made the base layer for my frame to sit on.

Next step was to use a gold sketch pen to write the "Happy Birthday" which I typed using the Text Tool, I selected the text to cut, and the text frame to no cut.
I switched the pen back to my blade when the text was sketched and set the Cameo to cut the outer text frame only, hiding all the text before cutting.

Lastly I assembled the frame with foam squares to give dimension, along with my text frame, the flourishes were inked using Barn door distress ink.

If you would like the Studio file for this card you can get it HERE

This card was quick and simple to make :)
I hope you enjoyed my DT project for today

Thanks Pam for having me again this month :)

Happy Crafting


October 12, 2012


Good day to you all,
It's Kelly form Kelly's Crafty Place
Today  I'm sharing with you a card I made using to different digi stamps. The background stamp is by Make it crafty. It's a fab Halloween style background. The woman is Green Sistah by Simply B stamps. You can only get this stamp now in it's rubber form as the digi release ended last week. This stamp is being released today. Both digi's are in png format and I merged them in Word. I had to bring the Green Sistah stamp to the front and then resize. You can't do this with all png digi's has some have a white border around them.
This is the first time for me colouring a background like this. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.

Isn't it fab. Here's a close up of Green Sistah.

 She's a dream to colour. Thank you Pam for having me today.

Kelly x

October 8, 2012

Trick or Treat Vinyl Project

I love Halloween Month (aka October) and I am super excited to be here on The Bug Bytes today!!  This is Lori from Scrappin' My Stress Away with a fun little Halloween vinyl project!

I started with a 4x12 piece of staple back canvas from Michaels.  I painted it with orange acrylic paint.

Next, I got out my gypsy to find my Halloween phrase.
I used this phrase from Happy Hauntings and sized it to 11.39 width x 3.59 height.

I wanted a purple spider, so I copied and pasted the phrase and used Hide Contour to hide the "Trick" and "Treat" and moved the "or" to the bottom left quarter of my mat.

When cutting vinyl, I set my Expression to 3-3-3 (speed, pressure and needle depth) for a nice kiss cut.

If you want a more detailed Vinyl tutorial, please go HERE.

I carefully trimmed the spider off the "r" after I weeded the extra vinyl away.

I used my transfer tape to put the purple spider on top of the black spider.

Now my layered vinyl is ready to transfer to my canvas.

I used my black and white Smash Tape to edge the canvas.

This was a fun little project that I will add to my decorations on my entryway table!!

Thanks Pam for having me over today and Happy Halloween Month!!!