All Things Valentine at BBTB2!

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This week is Anything Goes for Valentine’s Day at Bitten by the Bug 2!  I bought this pop up matchbox card SVG file from Lori Whitlock recently and thought I would give it a try for this challenge.  It was very easy to put together, especially after watching her assembly video LOL!

I used Close To My Heart cardstock, patterned paper and stamps to make this awesome 3D matchbox card.  When the drawer is closed, the sentiment panel lays flat, but when the drawer is pulled open, the sentiment panel pops up as shown.  There is also an additional gift card holder that can be placed in the drawer, but it would be just as great filled with chocolate!!

Be sure to head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out the other great Valentine projects!  And we always love it when you link up your own projects to share!

Hope your week is just LOVE-ly!!   Laurie

Love Letters!!

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January is National Papercrafting Month and Close To My Heart has created wonderful projects to celebrate!  They are called LOVE LETTERS–beautiful rose gold embossed monograms decorated with gorgeous three dimensional flowers!   Of course I chose to make the letter “L” which is the first letter of both my first and last names.  I love it!!

The Love Letters kits come with everything you need to make these beautiful monogram letters  All the pieces to make the flowers come on preprinted papers so you simply punch out the shapes, curl the petals as you like and assemble as shown in the directions.  There is also a choice of banners and rose gold foil letters that you can use to decorate the letters.  I chose not to use the banner since I plan to spell out L-O-V-E as Valentine décor for my fireplace mantel.

You can find more details on my shopping site HERE.  Each letter is $18.95, but if you purchase 5 letters, the 6th on is free!  That makes each letter only $12.33 each!  Close To My Heart has made a little video about these Love Letters and you can view it below.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you take a good look at these Love Letters–there are so many great ways to use these beautiful monograms!   Laurie

Christmas Shadow Boxes

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I recently saw a cute shadow box that Lisa Bzibziak from Life of a BZscrapper made and thought I needed to give it a try.  I had made a bridge fold card a while back with a tree and deer scene that I really liked and thought it would be a nice backdrop for my shadow box.  You can see the card below.

I recreated the tree and deer scene and raised some of the images with dimensional foam.  The “Merry and Bright” image is from the Artbooking cartridge by Close To My Heart.  I purchased some mini ornaments from Michael’s to add to the inside of the shadow box and used some leftover glitter snowflakes to decorate the frame.  It was a bit hard to photograph this shadow box, so sorry for the not-so-great picture!

You should give these shadow boxes a try!  They are basically a large shaker card and the sky is the limit on the types of dimensional objects you can place inside!  But this is the perfect gift for a special someone on my Christmas list!

Hope your day is awesome!   Laurie

Christmas Gifts

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Today I’d like to share a couple of Christmas gifts that I made–with paper, of course!!  The first is a holiday tree made with paper strips pinned to a Styrofoam cone.  The idea was shown on the Close To My Heart website a couple of weeks ago.  My Middle School crafting group made these trees so they are definitely not too hard to make and I think they are pretty impressive!

The decorative box was made from the Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridges.  I decorated the top with the beautiful poinsettia from Flower Market by Close To My Heart.  Wouldn’t this make a great box for a special gift or cupcake?

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your holiday preparations are going smoothly and that you can squeeze in some crafting time too!   Laurie

Christmas Gifts and Boxes at BBTB2

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Paper crafting is so much fun, especially at Christmas!  I love to make handmade gifts for my friends and family and there are so many great ideas out there from which to choose.  So I was happy to see the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week which is all about Gifts and Gift Boxes/Bags!  I found a video showing how to make this awesome woven snowflake and you can view it HERE.

I used Beary Christmas paper from Close To My Heart to make my snowflake.  You definitely need double sided paper for this project.  The embellishment was cut from the Artbooking cartridge along with circles from Cricut Basics Shapes

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the amazing projects from the design team.  You will be sure to find some inspiration there!  Then link up your own projects because we love it when you share.

Thanks for stopping by–do awesome things today!   Laurie


2017 Advent Calendar

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Last year I made a fancy 3D advent calendar shaped like a tree for my almost 3 year old grandson.  He had learned his numbers and I thought it would be fun for him to find each number while counting down the days to Christmas.  I loved the tree shape, but it was sure hard to mail it to Florida!  So for this year I needed to make something easier to mail and this advent “gift” was perfect.

I made 25 boxes with my Cricut Explore, lined them up to make a square and attached them with hot glue.  I then wrapped a ribbon around the entire set of cubes and made a fancy bow for the top.  I decorated each box with a Christmas image and the numbers.  (Yes, I fixed the number 15 LOL!)  Inside each box is a little treat I hope he will enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by today!  The change in weather here in Nebraska makes it seem a little more like Christmas!    Laurie

Thanksgiving–Anything Goes Challenge at BBTB2!

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It’s Monday and that means another challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2!  This week the theme is Thanksgiving–Anything Goes.  I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house later this week and thought it would be fun to make some decorative napkin rings.  I was inspired by a recent Close To My Heart blog post where they showed several ways to use paper crafting for your Thanksgiving décor.

I used a leaf cut from the new You Are Here cartridge by CTMH and clustered the leaves on a gold foil band which was embossed with the Leaf embossing folder.  Everything is tied together with some retired lace ribbon.  I think these napkin rings will make my Thanksgiving table very festive, indeed!

Now it’s your turn to create some type of Thanksgiving project–Anything Goes–and share with us at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Stop over to see the fabulous design team projects for even more inspiration!

If you would like to purchase any of the products I used to create these napkin rings, please shop HERE!  Thanks for stopping by today–I am thankful for YOU!!   Laurie