Cats and Bats–It’s That Time of the Year!

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Believe it or not it’s time to start thinking about Halloween and the Cats and Bats paper collection is perfect for all your spooky fun photos and cards!

This first layout was created with only one sheet of pattern paper cut on diagonals plus embellishments from the Complements set (shown below).  There are no Cricut cuts or stamping on this layout.  The awesome thing about Close To My Heart collections is that EVERYTHING coordinates so beautifully, making your scrapbooks so quick and easy to create!

This second layout is also created with only one sheet of pattern paper plus coordinating cardstock.  The embellishments are from the Cats and Bats Scrapbooking Thin Cuts and Stamps bundle (shown below) and a couple of Cricut cuts from CTMH cartridges.

I’m so excited to make this project with my Close To My Heart Club members in September!

  

There is also a Cats and Bats Workshop Your Way that contains a full paper pack, extra coordinating cardstock, a pack of Complements, black shimmer trim and matching enamel dots (see photo below).  Plus you can download a free cutting guide with directions to make 3 two page layouts (see layouts below) with enough paper left over to make cards or another layout.  All this for only $26.95!

Better snag yourself some Cats and Bats paper and start creating some of these awesome projects!  Thank you for shopping at my online shopping site!   Make it a great day– Laurie

 


September Stamp of the Month

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Have you seen the September Stamp of the Month yet?  It’s called Feel So Blessed and I think it’s a keeper!  I’m not always a huge fan of the stamps of the month, but this one I really like a lot!  These days we need to focus on the many things that bless our lives and this stamp set can help with a gentle reminder to be grateful.

I used the new paper pack Falling For You to create both of these cards.  I heat embossed the sentiment and feathers in gold and then applied watercolor paints to the feathers in the card above.

For the second card I created a stamped border using the Little Leaves stamp (only $2.95) to break up the busy print of the background paper.  The focus of the card is that great sentiment about being thankful.  I absolutely LOVE that quotation (and the Falling For You paper collection is pretty awesome too!)

Take a look at this fabulous Feel So Blessed stamp set (available for only $5.00 with any $50.00 Close To My Heart purchase) and shop HERE when you are ready to order!  Thanks very much!!


Fall Leaves at Bitten by the Bug 2

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September is already here, Autumn is soon to arrive and that means colored leaves will soon be swirling in the air!  With that in mind, the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to create a project featuring AUTUMN LEAVES.  I used three cartridges–Artbooking, You Are Here and Thanksgiving to create my card.  I just love that swirly leaf image!

I also made another card with some other cuts, but I’m not as fond of this one.  Maybe a less “busy” background would help the Cricut images stand out a little more.  I used some Lori Whitlock paper for both cards.  Which one do you like the best?

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects with AUTUMN LEAVES.  You will be sure to find some great inspiration!  Then link up your own artwork to share your talents!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope your day is filled with love, laughter and lots of fun!   Laurie


Heart 2 Heart–Negative Space

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Our challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is to create a project with Negative Space.  I decided to make a boy’s birthday card with an “all star” theme.  I pulled some Close To My Heart images into Design Space and started ungrouping, slicing and regrouping until I had what I thought would work for my card.

The papers are from the Adventure paper collection.  I used a retired “happy birthday” sentiment and retired white enamel stars to embellish the card.

Stop over to Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects and then link up your own projects with Negative Space.  We love it when you share your talents!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I sure hope you and your loved ones are safe from all the crazy natural disasters brewing the world.  Selfishly I’m so relieved it looks like Irma will miss my son and his family in the Florida panhandle.  But my prayers are certainly with all the other Floridians who are not so lucky.

Close To My Heart has created a special stamp set called Stronger Together and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help with ALL the recent disasters.  If you would like to purchase one of these sets, you can shop HERE.  Every little bit helps!!


Football Season is Here!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, the theme is FOOTBALL!  I don’t know about you, but I spent quite a few hours on Saturday watching the first games of college football.  As the mother of two sons who both played football, and with 3 high school State Championships and one State Runner up between them, I either had to learn to love the sport or be left out in the cold!

I made a layout about my oldest son’s seventh grade football team.  The photos are not great since nice digital cameras and phones were not available, but I still wanted to document and remember that time in his life.

The layout design is from the brand new Make it From Your Heart Vol. 3 idea book (sketch 1) from Close To My Heart.  The Cricut cuts are all from the newest CTMH cartridge called You Are Here and the paper is from the new Enchantment Fundamentals, also from CTMH.  I embellished the layout with Thin Cut stars (now retired).

Please head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects and then link up your own FOOTBALL artwork for everyone to enjoy!  If you need any of the supplies I used to create this layout, please shop HERE.  Thank you!   Laurie


You Are Here Holiday Images!

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I’m back again to show you some of the great images from the You Are Here cartridge by Close To My Heart. Today I’m focusing on holidays–Christmas/Winter and Thanksgiving/Fall.  Check them out!

Here are a few of the Christmas/Winter themed images–Christmas, snowmen, snowflakes, snowmobiles and lots of skiing images from goggles to gloves.

And now for some of the Thanksgiving/Fall themed images–turkeys, pumpkins, a wheat sheaf, cornucopia and of course lots of leaves!  I’ve got a great idea for a fall card using that cut on the bottom right!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you can see that You Are Here is for quite a lot more than just travel themed images.  There are 700 goodies on this fabulous cartridge.  Shop HERE to get you own!

 


More You Are Here Highlights!

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Here are some more images that I cut from the new You Are Here cartridge from Close To My Heart.  This cartridge has so much more than travel images and today I’d like to share a few examples:

Are you a camper?  There are some great images like tents, campfires and hiking boots besides the images shown above.

You Are Here also has all kinds of drinks from comforting tea to adult beverages to champagne for toasting a special occasion!

Do you have a son or daughter who participates in dance or band or drama?  There is an image for you on You Are Here too!  How about that yoga pose and roller coaster?  Plus there are some CTMH specific images as well!  All from this “travel themed” cartridge!

Don’t forget that the brand new Holiday Inspirations catalog is now live for everyone!  Click HERE to access the online version.  If you need any of the awesome new CTMH products, please consider shopping at my online store at laurie-levorson.closetomyheart.com Thanks so much!!   Laurie