Happy Birthday, Dear Finley!!

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I’m continuing the BIRTHDAY theme today by sharing a couple of things I made for my grandson’s fourth birthday!  It can’t be possible that he is already 4 years old, but those thoughts can be saved for another time.  Let’s get on with the crafting!

My very creative daughter-in-law planned a fishing themed party and I offered to make the invitations.  She found an image from Pinterest that I used as my inspiration, but unfortunately I don’t know who to credit for the original idea.  They were a little labor intensive, but turned out awfully cute, I think!

I then made a cute fishing themed card my grandson.  I designed the card in Design Space using several cartridges including Teddy Bear Parade, Outdoor Man and A Child’s Year.  The sentiment on the inside says, “You are the Catch of the Day”!

I’m so glad I could help with the birthday celebrations, but a little sad that I couldn’t be there in person.  I think I may need to schedule a trip to sunny Florida very soon!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!   Laurie

Birthdays All Around at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, our challenge is to create a birthday card.  The beginning of a new year is a great time to get a few cards ready for upcoming birthdays.  I don’t know about you, but I make tons of cards through the year, but am the WORST at actually getting them sent to people.  A new year “hope” is to be much better at sending out cards–on time!!

I used images from an old favorite, Birthday Bash, to create my card.  The cardstock, stamped sentiment on the inside and the Buffalo Plaid embossing folder I used are all from Close To My Heart.  I love that little mouse peeking out from the package!!

You should definitely check out the other birthday creations at Bitten by the Bug 2.  You’ll be sure to find some inspiration to get working on your own birthday cards.  Then link them up for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate you all!   Laurie


Picture Perfect at Heart 2 Heart!

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The theme at Heart 2 Heart this week is Picture Perfect.  It sure had me stumped for awhile until I decided to just settle for a scrapbook page full of “picture perfect” photos.  But then I remembered the photo frame scrapbook page overlay from Artbooking and I was off to my craft room!

Here is what the frame looked like when I loaded it into Design Space.  I chose to cut it from the arrow print Adventures Fundamentals paper (retired) so adding other arrows from Artistry and Flower Market were the perfect embellishments.  I also like the contrast of the black and white photos with the bright colors of the layout.

Here is a link to the Design Space file if you are interested in making this layout yourself.  You do need to own the CTMH cartridges in order to cut the images.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please head over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see the other design team projects.  Then create your own Picture Perfect artwork and link it up for everyone to enjoy!  Have a wonderful week!

Through the Year Calendar/Scrapbook Kit Part 2

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In my last post I shared the first six months of the Through the Year calendar kit and the coordinating scrapbook pages I created based on ideas from Noreen Petty, one of my up-lines.  The page from the calendar kit is on the left and the extra coordinating scrapbook page is on the right.  Here are the final six months:







Luckily the Through the Year calendar kit is still available while supplies last!  If you would like to purchase the calendar kit, you can find it HERE.  If you would like to make the coordinating scrapbook pages, just let me know!  I will share my Design Space file with you so you can make the extra embellishments. You will end up with 12 two page layouts–one for each month!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are staying warm on this very brisk winter day!    Laurie

Through the Year Calendar/Scrapbook Kit

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I have been tucked away for several days working on the Through the Year Calendar Kit and some coordinating scrapbook pages.  This kit was the Close To My Heart special for December, but luckily we just found out that it is still available, but only while supplies last!  So if you were on the fence about purchasing this kit in December, you have another chance!

I made the calendar pages exactly as they were shown in the kit with just a couple of minor tweaks.  I then used ideas from my up-line, Noreen Petty to design a coordinating scrapbook page for each month.  That way I can add photos to each month’s calendar page and when the month is over, I will have a two page scrapbook layout for each month.  In the photos below, the left side of the layouts are from the calendar kit and the right side is my coordinating scrapbook page.  Here are the first six months:







If you like the looks of these layouts and would like to make them yourself, you are in luck!  The Through the Year calendar kit is still available and you can purchase it HERE.  If you want to make the coordinating scrapbook pages, you will need about half a pack of Basics Fundamentals paper, a few pieces of cardstock, 12 white pages for the background and a sheet of gold glitter paper.  I would be happy to share my Design Space file for the extra Cricut cuts.  Just let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check back tomorrow to see the remaining six months of calendar/layout pages.   Laurie


SNOW Challenge at BBTB2!

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The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is SNOW!  Unfortunately there has been way too much snow and cold in our country lately, but on a positive note, the weather sure fits our challenge!  I’m sure many of you have taken lots of snow photos that will need a scrapbook page to live on, so let’s get crafting about SNOW!


I created this one page layout with cuts from Lacy Labels (snowflake frame), Anna’s Winter Wonderland (deer) and Artbooking (title).  I embellished with lots of silver and gold glitter paper as well as silver and gold metallic paper, both from Close To My Heart.  The background papers were from my stash.  Photos never do glitter and shine much justice, so you will have to believe me when I say it is quite beautiful in real life!

Hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects all about SNOW!  Then please link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!  Time in your craft room with a cup of hot tea would be a great way to spend these cold winter days!

Thanks for stopping by today–stay warm!!  Laurie

Love Letters!!

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January is National Papercrafting Month and Close To My Heart has created wonderful projects to celebrate!  They are called LOVE LETTERS–beautiful rose gold embossed monograms decorated with gorgeous three dimensional flowers!   Of course I chose to make the letter “L” which is the first letter of both my first and last names.  I love it!!

The Love Letters kits come with everything you need to make these beautiful monogram letters  All the pieces to make the flowers come on preprinted papers so you simply punch out the shapes, curl the petals as you like and assemble as shown in the directions.  There is also a choice of banners and rose gold foil letters that you can use to decorate the letters.  I chose not to use the banner since I plan to spell out L-O-V-E as Valentine décor for my fireplace mantel.

You can find more details on my shopping site HERE.  Each letter is $18.95, but if you purchase 5 letters, the 6th on is free!  That makes each letter only $12.33 each!  Close To My Heart has made a little video about these Love Letters and you can view it below.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you take a good look at these Love Letters–there are so many great ways to use these beautiful monograms!   Laurie