It’s a Birthday Celebration at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating BIRTHDAYS!  I chose to get out my new Little Dreamer  Paper and Cardmaking Thin Cuts bundle for the first time to make this cute birthday card for a little girl.  I used the Artistry and Artbooking cartridges from Close To My Heart to make the birthday sentiment on the front of the card.

The card design is a center panel step fold and I found the directions on Pinterest.  I thought the center panel would be the perfect way to feature that adorable unicorn!  What little girl doesn’t love unicorns?   Everyone needs birthday cards to have on hand, so here is your chance to replenish your supply!  And while you’re at it, link up those cards at Bitten by the Bug 2 to share with everyone!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Something WONDERFUL is about to happen!!   Laurie


We’re All About Ribbon at Heart 2 Heart!

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The challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart is to use RIBBON on a project.  I chose to use the brand new Little Dreamer paper collection for my card.  I think the diagonal rainbow pattern is just perfect as the background.  I used one of the Picture My Life cards for the sentiment panel and stamped the word LOVE from the Hello Lovely Scrapbooking stamp set (retired).  I added layers of Lagoon cardstock and of course, a bow made from Blossom ribbon from the Whimsy collection.

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart and check out the other design team projects.  I can tell you there is some really awesome artwork there!  You are always welcome and encouraged to link up your own projects using RIBBON this week because we love it when you share!

Have an awesome week!   Laurie


Graduation and End of the School Year!

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I am happy to be the host for this week’s challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  As a former teacher, I always keep the school schedule in the back of my mind, so I thought it would be fun to create projects this week with school in mind.  So, get your die cutting machines running and make some projects to celebrate a graduation, the end of the school year, or even a thank you card for a teacher!

I needed graduation cards for two of my nephews–one from high school in Pennsylvania and one from the University of Nebraska.  I found this great step card SVG file from Lori Whitlock and thought it would be perfect to spell out the word GRAD on the inside.  The graduation paper and some of the embellishments came from Doodlebug.   Silver metallic paper accents make this card really pop!

Take a look at the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week and then please link up your projects!  We love to see your awesome artwork!

I hope all you moms out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day!   Be awesome today–Laurie


Live Beautifully Goes Masculine!

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The new Live Beautifully paper collection that Close To My Heart created for National Scrapbooking Month is full of roses, peonies, pinks and purples.  Girly paper, right?  Right, except not entirely!  Most of my scrapbooking is about boys and men, so I decided to see if I could come up with some more masculine layouts from this “girly” paper.

For the first layout, I used the gold embossed polka dot paper as the background.  I added cuts from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart to make a layout suitable for a graduation or other accomplishment.

The second layout has the blue/green ombre as background papers with Chocolate and Lagoon cardstock accents.   The colors, the Flower Market images and the touch of burlap ribbon work together to give this a masculine flair. This layout would be perfect for some travel or “outdoorsy” photos.

The final layout has a nautical feel with the cute sailboat and anchors, also from Flower Market.  I used the black and white striped paper as the background and then lots of bright colors from the Adventure palette and a bit of Lagoon ribbon.  I can see Father’s Day photos on this layout!

So what do you think–can Live Beautifully be used for masculine layouts too?  I certainly think so and can’t wait to get some photos of my guys on these layouts!

You can get your own set of the Live Beautifully paper by ordering HERE!  Thanks you very much!   Laurie


Sugar Rush Birthday Cards

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I know, I know!  Sugar Rush is retired paper now and I should be making things with the new paper, but I just can’t seem to let it go!  It’s just the cutest paper for whimsical birthday cards and paired with the cute donut Thin Cuts, what’s a girl to do but PLAY??

Here are two versions of a card using the same basic elements.  One is horizontal and one is vertical.  I know a couple of people who might be getting one of these cute cards for their upcoming birthdays!

Tomorrow I’ll be on to projects with the new Close To My Heart paper packs, I promise!  Have a wonderful day!   Laurie


Celebrating Mother’s Day at BBTB2!

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We are celebrating Mothers this week at Bitten by the Bug 2!  The design team was asked to create a Mother’s Day project and nothing says “mother” to me like roses.  I found this beautiful row of roses from A Walk in My Garden and a Mother’s Day card was born!

I used various colors of Close To My Heart cardstock since I know it will ALWAYS cut perfectly on my Cricut and patterned paper from my stash.  The sentiment is also from CTMH.  I think any mother would enjoy receiving this pretty card!

Check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2–you will be sure to find some great Mother’s Day inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by–always remember something WONDERFUL is about to happen!   Laurie


Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

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Today I’m sharing a Mother’s Day card I made for the Heart 2 Heart Challenges design team with the fabulous Live Beautifully paper collection from Close To My Heart.  This paper is only available during the month of May for National Scrapbook Month and is just perfect for Mother’s Day!

I used the recently retired Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge to create the rose card base from Black cardstock.  This cartridge is officially retired, but can still be purchased from the Going Soon section of the CTMH shopping site.  I simply layered the beautiful rose print paper beneath the black base, added a sentiment panel and a bow of Black and Gold ribbon.  Presto–a quick and easy, yet quite dramatic card for a special mother!

I hope you can stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog to see the other design team projects with Roses.  Lots of great inspiration for sure!

Check out the gorgeous Live Beautifully paper collection and coordinating stamp set below.  You can shop HERE to get your own set!  Thanks a bunch!   Laurie