Summer Nights at BBTB2

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Do you live where there are fireflies?  Well, they are prolific here in Nebraska and it just doesn’t seem like summer until we see their twinkly lights once more!  Unfortunately, there are no fireflies where my grandchildren live, but I can’t wait until they visit in the summer and participate in a traditional lightning bug hunt.  And I will be prepared with this layout!

The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is Summer Nights–use a Cricut cut of stars, campfires, fireflies or anything you associate with a hot summer night.

The background paper is from a retired Close To My Heart collection called Florence.  The Cricut cuts are from Summer Love, Simple Pop Up Cards and A Child’s Year (font).  I took a firefly from the pop up card, attached it to a hexagon and then “sliced”.  After placing a yellow layer behind the firefly hexagon, voila! a nice embellishment that I duplicated for the border along the edge of the page.  Love Design Space!!

Pop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the Summer Night projects by my design team sisters.  Then get out your Cricuts and create your own Summer Nights artwork to link up for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


Close To My Heart Cardstock is the BEST!!

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I have been touting the benefits of Close To My Heart cardstock ever since I started using it a few years ago.  Now it is my EXCLUSIVE cardstock to use whenever I need to cut with my Cricut!

Since there is a 25% off sale on all CTMH cardstock during June, I thought it might be fun to do a little experiment to show you why I love this product for Cricut cutting so much!  I cut the same intricate peacock in brand name paper from another company and cardstock from Close To My Heart using the same mat and settings to compare.  Check out my results!

I think it’s pretty obvious from the photos of my “experiment” that Close To My Heart cardstock cuts extremely well in the Cricut.  If you want consistent, smooth, crisp cuts from your Cricut, even on intricate designs, then don’t waste your time and money on cheaper cardstock!  Use frustration-free Close To My Heart cardstock and get it for 25% off during the month of June!

Shop HERE to get your Close To My Heart products.  I sure appreciate your business!   Laurie


Birds of a Feather Challenge at BBTB2

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is Birds of a Feather which means you are challenged to create a project using a Cricut BIRD cut.  There are probably hundreds of bird cuts on the many Cricut cartridges, but believe it or not, there are not many peacocks!  I found this one on French Manor and I think it is very elegant.

I used paper from my scrap pile for the background and the top layer of the peacock.  The bottom layer is glitter paper and the purple cardstock is from Close To My Heart.

Here is a close up of the proud and glittery peacock that sits front and center on my card!  I think he is a beauty!

Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects using a BIRD cut.  After you create your own bird project, please link it up at BBTB2 for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


Emoji Challenge at Heart 2 Heart

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This week at Heart 2 Heart our theme is EMOJIS!  Close To My Heart has a very cute emoji stamp set that unfortunately I didn’t order, so I decided to use a Cricut emoji cut instead.  Sometimes I have a bit of a wacky sense of humor so this is what I came up with!  Please don’t judge!!

This card has Prickly Pear paper and Lemon, Emerald, Black, Chocolate and Cranberry cardstock.  I used the Artistry cartridge to create the speech balloon and the sentiment banner.  I know just the perfect person to receive this card and I hope he gets a chuckle from all this silliness!

Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart to see the other, probably more traditional (HA!) interpretations of EMOJIS by the design team members.  Then get crafting and create your own emoji project.  We would love to have you share your artwork with us!

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!  Laurie


No Worries Layout Workshop

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Today I’m excited to share my June Layout Workshop using the fabulous No Worries paper collection by Close To My Heart!  This paper has me smitten!  It’s just perfect for all your beach, cruise or family vacation photos, but is certainly not limited to those events.  I can see using No Worries for Father’s Day or other masculine photos too.

These layouts were created with the No Worries Workshop Your Way kit.  This kit includes a No Worries paper pack, Complements, sequins, burlap ribbon and 4 pieces of White Daisy cardstock.  If you purchase this kit for $26.95 from my online shopping site, I will send you photos and directions to make these 3 layouts.

You can also attend a workshop in my home on Friday evening, June 23 or Saturday afternoon, June 24 to create these layouts or I can mail you a kit so you can assemble them at home.  Cost will be $30.00 (postage extra).  Let me know how I can help!   Laurie


Father’s Day WYW Cardmaking Kit

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Today I wanted to share an awesome product from Close To My Heart–the Father’s Day Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kit!  This kit includes paper, card bases and envelopes, embellishments and an exclusive stamp set that allows you to make 12 complete cards!  These cards are perfect for Father’s Day, but by changing up the sentiments, they would work for birthdays and other events as well.  Plus, people always seem to need more masculine themed cards, so you just can’t go wrong with this awesome kit!

Here is one of the card designs from the downloadable workshop guide that you can make with this kit.

And here is a card I made that is based on the above design.  My card is the larger A7 size (5×6.5 inches) and I added a shimmer trim border across the top of the banners instead of the twine.  I also changed out the sentiment to make this a Father’s Day card, but it could easily be a birthday card too.

One of the best things about this Cardmaking Kit is the exclusive stamp set!  If you know anything about me, I tend to use the word “awesome” a lot, so I LOVE this sentiment for the inside of my card!  It will be great for many other cards too.

If you would like to purchase this versatile Workshop Your Way Father’s Day Cardmaking Kit or any other Close To My Heart products, you can shop at my online shopping site HERE.  There’s still plenty of time to get your kit before Father’s Day!

Do something AWESOME today!   Laurie


Welcome Summer!!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is SUMMER!  It’s June and the hot weather has arrived, at least here in Nebraska, so time to start thinking about summer activities.  And nothing says summer like a day at the beach with a cute little boy who is quite the beach bum!

I used Cricut cuts from several cartridges–Photo Fun (sun overlay), April Showers (word “sunshine”) and Pack Your Bags (sun with a face).  The paper is from a summer themed collection by Authentique.  I just love the feel of pure joy and excitement in these photos of my grandson!  If only that feeling could be bottled up and shared…

Please top over at Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects which celebrate SUMMER.  Then we’d love to have you link up your own summer projects for all of us to enjoy!

Hope it feels like you are “walking on sunshine” today!   Laurie