Skating Through Winter at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is all about SKATES!  Use a Cricut cut with skates, a skater or even the word “Skate” to create a project, then share with us at BBTB2.

I chose this beautiful figure skater image and frame from Winter Woodland for my design team project.  I loved the graceful lines of the skater and the soothing colors of the paper from the Little One paper pack by Craft Smith.  It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a layer of shimmer from the Gold Glimmer Pen by Close To My Heart.  It really adds that extra “something-something” to a project!

When I tipped the card a bit, then the shimmer is more visible.

Please stop by Bitten By the Bug 2 to see the other Design Team projects that are all about SKATES!  Be sure to share with us for your chance to win a wonderful surprise box full of Cricut goodies!

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start–find ways to make people smile today!   Laurie

Pirate Birthday Party Cards

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My grandson just turned 3 and his birthday was all about Pirates!!  I had so much fun making his party invitations a couple of weeks ago and this weekend I made thank you cards to send to his friends. Enjoy!!

The card base came from the Cricut cart Pirates and Mermaids and the other images were from various cartridges that came up when I did a search on Design Space.

Here is the inside of the card.  I’m so glad they will be sending thank you notes. I think this is sadly becoming a lost practice these days.  Am I sounding like an old grandma?  LOL!!

Below are the pirate invitations I made for the party.  I posted these a few days ago, but thought you might like to see the invites and thank you cards all together.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ve got to scurry off now to get ready for the pirate party.  I sure don’t want to have to walk the plank if I’m late…. Arrrrrgh!!   Laurie

Sugar Rush Card Kit Now Available!

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I had a blast creating the card kit this month using the new Sugar Rush paper from Close To My Heart!  The papers are so cute and lend themselves perfectly to Birthday and Valentine themed projects.  This kit contains 16 cards including 8 Birthday and 8 Valentine cards.  I will precut, stamp and emboss all pieces so all you have to do is open a bag and assemble–so easy!!  I hope you have as much fun working with this paper as I did when making the cards!

Cost for the kit is $25.00 plus shipping.  You may pay through PayPal (I’ll send you a link when you order) or cash or check if you want to pick them up at my home in Crete.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope your day is truly AWESOME!!   Laurie

Winter Themed Challenges DT Project

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This week I am double dipping!  My project is for BOTH the Heart 2 Heart challenge (COLD HANDS, WARM HEARTS) and the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge (SNOW MUCH FUN). Unfortunately these challenges are way too appropriate for those of you in the Midwest dealing with the huge ice storm slowly making its way across your area.  Ice is so much “trickier” than plain old snow, so I hope all of my family and friends back in southeast Nebraska stay warm and safe!  On the other hand, I will be enjoying the abnormally high temps here in the Florida panhandle!  (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

Now back to the challenges at hand–wouldn’t this layout be perfect for a special wintry photo?

All of my Cricut cuts are from the Flower Market cartridge by Close To My Heart.  The background paper is from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection and the cardstock is New England Ivy, Glacier and White Daisy.  It is hard to see from the photo, but the snowflakes and the “Winter Wonderland” were cut with white glitter cardstock.

Please stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges site and the Bitten by the Bug 2 site to check out the winter themed projects created by the two talented design teams.  Then link up your own projects to share for even more inspiration!  We love to see your artwork!

Thanks for stopping by!  Do something AWESOME today!!   Laurie

Pirate Birthday!

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Today is my grandson’s third birthday!  He lives near the ocean in Florida so a Pirate themed birthday card and party was perfect for him!  When he was just a few months old, his nickname was Captain Finley because he sometimes used to slightly close one eye, giving us the “pirate eye”.

These are the invitations for his pirate themed birthday party that will be held next weekend.  I used a bunch of different images that I found on Design Space when I searched for “pirates”. That’s just one of the many things I love about Design Space!

The following photos are of Finley’s birthday card.  I made a tri fold shutter card, again with the pirate theme.  The paper is from Echo Park called Pirate’s Life and the cardstock is from Close To My Heart.  I love to make this type of card since it has a lot of options for embellishments and it can stand on its own for display.

What a blessing it was to witness the pure joy and excitement of a little boy turning three!  I’m so lucky to be spending time with my son and his family this winter, even though I don’t have quite as much time to play with my paper!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I so appreciate you!!  Laurie

Sugar Rush Layout Kit!

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Today I’m introducing my new Sugar Rush Layout Kit!!  I’m a little late in getting this month’s kit completed since I’ve chosen to rock a newborn or play with my toddler grandson instead of crafting at times!!  Plus I’m trying to get used to my “mobile” craft room that moved from Nebraska to Florida.

So here it is–the beautiful Sugar Rush paper collection is the perfect paper to showcase photos of your loved ones, Valentine photos, new baby photos, wedding pictures and so much more!!  Inspiration for these layouts came from Pinterest and CTMH corporate samples, but I put my own spin and variations on each.

You can order a precut kit with all the embellishments by contacting me at or leaving a message here on the blog.  Cost of the 4 double page layouts is only $32.00 plus postage.   I will let you know the cost of postage when you order.  Payment can be made through PayPal.

I hope you enjoy my layout designs–they were very fun to make and the paper was super fun to work with!

Thanks for stopping by–do something AWESOME every day!   Laurie

Return to Sender!

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Elvis’ birthday was January 8 so this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are channeling our inner Elvis to create a project inspired by an Elvis song or movie!!  Sounds like fun, right?  One of my favorite Elvis songs is “Return to Sender” so that was my inspiration for this postage themed Valentine’s Day card.

I cut the images for the front of the card from the French Manor cartridge and the stamp image for the inside came from  Sentimentals.  The paper is all from the Enchantment Fundamentals collection by Close To My Heart.  I thought the word search type paper would be perfect for my letter themed card!

Now it’s your turn to create your own Elvis inspired project!  Have a favorite Elvis song or movie or do you have pictures from an Elvis impersonator or a trip to Graceland?  Make a project and share with us at Bitten by the Bug 2!  You might even win a box of Cricut supplies and cartridges!  Details are on the BBTB2 blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your New Year is off to a fabulous start!   Laurie