Happy Monday and happy (HOT) summer! This is my week to host the challenge cut at Bitten by the Bug 2. In honor of the Summer Solstice, I selected a fun, summery cut - the phrase "Sunny Days" from the Celebrate with Floursh Lite cartridge!
I designed this layout a month ago when I first selected my challenge cut. The timing was perfect as my husband and I had just booked out first cruise! Our 30th anniversary is in November so we decided to take a 6 night cruise to the Bahamas and Key West to celebrate. We thought this cruise sounded like a perfect opportunity to introduce us to cruising - to get our feet wet, so to speak!
So, with "cruising on the brain" I combined cuts from Celebrate with Flourish and Life's a Beach cartridges to create this fun layout. I used Celebrate with Flourish (CWF) to cut the Sunny Days phrase and the sun with clouds layered cut. I love the layered look of the word phrases on CWF. I confess that I have been utilizing a similar layering technique long before CWF was released. But using CWF makes the layering of letters MUCH easier. I also really like the swirl cutouts - or flourishes - that are part of every CWF cut. Such a fun cartridge.
I uses Life's a Beach (LIB) to cut the elements on the lower half of the page. I cut the ship in multiple layers and had cut an additional bottom piece to make the ship taller. I trimmed the ship out with ribbon, dashes and a cute little anchor.
The double layer waves and the dolphines were also cut from LIB. I had never cut the dolphines so I was a bit nervous about the tiny outline pieces. But as you can see it all went very well. The waves were cut in two layers - after welding two of each of the wave cuts together. I thought the dolphins looked cut jumping out of the water between the waves.
I used this great beach photo on the layout, though truthfully I will probably make a matching page and save the layout for our fall cruice. The photo mats will hold up to a 5 x7. Sadly I was out of 5 x7 photo paper and had to print this photo at 4 x 6.
If you have not already done so, please go by Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the design team projects. I had a sneak peek and was WOWed by some of the great projects. Also, please consider playing along with us on the weekly challenge. Complete a new project this week using the "Sunny Days" phrase cut and post your project in the link area at BBTB2. We provide a blog blinkie to the best project of the week, selected from those who chose to join us in the challenge.