Using Up Scraps!

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The other day I shared a card that had several Thin Cut heart cutouts.  The insides of the hearts were just laying around on my craft table.  I picked them up this morning and had an idea for another card.  The colors fit with the Dreamin’ Big paper collection by Close To My Heart, so I grabbed my adhesives and went to work.

I used the retired Beyond Awesome stamp set for the sentiment, layered a zip strip over some black glitter paper and popped up a few of the hearts and the arrow.  I love it when a project comes together so easily–makes me think I actually know what I’m doing!!

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Remember there are only a few more days to take advantage of the 25% off sale on Thin Cuts or to get your amazing March Stamp of the Month.  Don’t miss out!!


Cowboy Card

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Time to “cowboy up”–whatever that means!  Even though I live in Nebraska, I’m about as far from a cowgirl as the First Lady!  But I needed to make a thank you card for an older cowboy, so I pulled out some October Afternoon paper that I’ve had in my stash and got to work.

I used the stamp set Homegrown by Close To My Heart to stamp the sentiment and the barn image on the cowboy journaling card for the front of the card.  I made several layers of pattern paper and cardstock cut into banners, popped up the main sentiment and added a couple metal triangle studs.

I used letter stickers from the October Afternoon collection to spell out “thanks” on the inside of the card.  I really love the black, gray and yellow color theme of the papers on this card.  I think the old cowboy who receives this card with get a kick out of it too!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Choose to be happy!    Laurie

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Paper Pack Throwback Layouts!

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I was lucky enough to attend a crop last Saturday and I worked hard to finish some layouts that have been “in progress” for quite a while.  And by quite a while, I mean a couple of years!  Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to…

Earlier I had made a couple of single page layouts with the retired Blossom and Jackson paper packs showing pictures of my grandson when he was about 13 months old.  So I was determined to finish up these layouts this weekend.  Well, I needed a bit of time at home too, especially since I’m making two of each layout–one for me and one for my son and his family, but here they are!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blast from the Close To My Heart past!  I had so much fun revisiting these old paper packs and it sure feels good to get these layouts completed–FINALLY!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Make it a great one!    Laurie


Some Kinda Wonderful Thin Cuts

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Since Thin Cuts are 25% off this month at Close To My Heart, I’ve been making lots of cards with these awesome products.  I shared several last week and today I’d like to show you one more.  It’s super easy and I love that cute little fox!

I used the Some Kinda Wonderful Stamp and Thin Cuts bundle for the fox and the speech balloon.  The background paper is a PML card from the Some Kinda Wonderful paper collection and the heart paper is a zip strip.  I cut several Thin Cut hearts from glitter paper because who doesn’t need a little more bling in their lives?!!

Get your Thin Cuts now while they are still 25% off!!  Shop HERE for Thin Cuts and any other wonderful Close To My Heart products! Thanks very much!!   Laurie


Oh, Baby!!

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It’s Baby Week at Bitten by the Bug 2!  We are celebrating all things babies from cards to layouts and everything in between.  And boy, do I have a baby to share!  My new grandson was born on December 29 and here is one of my first scrapbook layouts to celebrate this new little sweetie.

I used retired Georgie paper from Close To My Heart along with Peacock, Canary and Juniper cardstock.  The Cricut cuts are from Wild Card, Flower Market and Artbooking.  On the right side of the layout I layered the coordinating Picture My Life cards behind the photos.  The journaling block is another PML card.

Be sure to check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Then make your own baby project and share with us for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make this an AWESOME day!   Laurie


Another Thin Cut Idea!

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Yesterday I shared a couple of cards I made with the “thanks” Thin Cut and today I’d like to show you another fun way to use your Thin Cuts.  This time I used strips of Shimmer Trim to make a colorful and dramatic “hello” cut.

I used the whimsical Dreamin’ Big paper collection to make this card. The black mats make the colorful paper stand out even more.  Black, Aqua, Gold and Red Shimmer Trim were chosen to coordinate with the colors in the paper.

I adhered layers of Shimmer Trim to a scrap of white cardstock, then positioned the Thin Cut over the strips and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  The paper and Shimmer Trim were quite thick, so I had to run it back and forth several times.  In the future I will put the Shimmer Trim strips on a piece of thin paper like vellum instead of cardstock.

The resulting cut is quite festive and fit nicely with the bright colors in the Dreamin’ Big paper.  I’m sure I will use this technique again very soon!

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I so appreciate you stopping by the blog today!  Hope your day is AWESOME!  Laurie


Wonderful Thin Cuts!

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I LOVE Thin Cuts!  And I’m so happy they are on sale this month at Close To My Heart!  That’s right, all Thin Cuts are 25% off only this month, so don’t miss out on your chance to snag a few of these awesome goodies!

I thought it would be fun to try some variations on using those fabulous Thin Cuts besides just cutting and using the images.  Every time you cut, there is also a negative space cut and that’s what I concentrated on for these cards.

 

For this card, I used the Thin Cuts in the traditional way by cutting the “thanks” from Pomegranate cardstock and adhered it to layers of cardstock and Sugar Rush paper.

For the second card, I used the negative cut that was left over from the first card.  I prepared a multicolored panel to place behind the word by coloring diagonal stripes with my Shin Han markers (see below).  I then double matted the sentiment and adhered it to the card front along with some banner shapes.

There are lots of other ways you could decorate the panel behind the negative Thin Cut space.  Watercolors, water color pencils, pattern paper or plain cardstock would make a nice background feature.

It’s certainly fun to play around with Thin Cuts!  Tomorrow I’ll show you another way I used Thin Cuts as a colorful, dramatic feature so stop by again to check it out.  If you would like to order any of the Thin Cuts and coordinating stamp sets, please SHOP HERE.  Thank you very much!    Laurie