Back to School–Already??

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week we are celebrating Back to School!  It seems impossible that this can already be happening, but here we are!  As a former teacher, I am so appreciative of all the hard work teachers do to prepare for each new school as well as the excitement of meeting and working with a new group of students.  So my design team project is a tribute to teachers everywhere–you really are true HEROES!!

I used paper from a school themed paper collection by Authentique for the background of my framed artwork.  The “superboy” image is from Create a Friend and the saying is an SVG cut that I purchased from the Lori Whitlock store.  I think I know a very deserving teacher who would like this project hanging in her classroom!

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects that are all about Back to School!  I’m sure you have a school themed project or two that you could share with us!

Thanks for visiting today–make it a great one!   Laurie


Going 3D at Bitten by the Bug 2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to make a 3-D project.  I have several Cricut carts with three dimensional shapes, but I thought I would look around on Design Space to find something new to me.  When I found this explosion box from the Mini Albums cartridge, I knew this would be perfect for my project.  Explosion boxes have been around for a long time, but I had never made one yet!

The paper and dimensional stickers all came from my considerable crafting stash.  I made a second 3-D item to decorate the top of the explosion box.  This Happy Birthday cut is from the Pretty Packages cartridge and I think I need to investigate this one more!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects.  Then link up your own 3-D Cricut projects for everyone to admire!  We love it when you share!

Have a wonderful week!   Laurie


Fun Insta-Cube Birthday Card

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I was finally able to spend some quality time in my craft room today!  I purchased this SVG cut file from Lori Whitlock’s store a while back and decided this was the day to try it out!  This is called an “Insta-Cube” and I made the birthday version.

The box and insert all lay flat so you can actually mail this fun card.  However, I would suggest that this be given in person so you can appreciate the surprise of the recipient when the card pops into a cube!  The card starts out as a small rectangular box with an insert that slides out.Once the insert is out of the box, it pops into a cube that is decorated with all kinds of cute birthday images. Here is another view of the other sides of the cube. The box pops open because of a simple mechanism with a rubber band!  All the directions for this Insta-cube card are well explained in a video available on the Lori Whitlock website.This is one of the first SVG files that I’ve used with my Cricut Explore and it worked great!  It was very easy to download the files to my computer and then upload the files into Design Space.  I really don’t know what I would do without my Explore and Design Space any more.  So many possibilities!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!   Laurie


Banners and Signs for BBTB2

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The Bitten by the Bug 2 design team was asked to create projects using a Banner or Sign this week.  I recently saw a canvas project with a cute bunny and the words “hippity-hop” at a store and used that as my inspiration.  Instead of putting my cuts on a canvas, I decided to put my design in an old rustic frame that I had laying around in the basement.

I used the beautiful Hope paper collection by Authentique.  There is just something about soft blues and browns that appeals to me lately.  The bunny was cut from the Easter 2010 cartridge and the banner and “hippity hop” were from Artistry by Close To My Heart.  I think this cute bunny will make a fun addition to my Easter décor!

You really should check out the other projects containing a Banner or Sign at Bitten by the Bug 2 and then get busy crafting so you can share your projects too!

Thanks for stopping by today–I hope you have a fabulous week!   Laurie


It’s Tea Time at Heart 2 Heart!

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It’s Tea Time this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  It’s the perfect challenge to spotlight the March Stamp of the Month called “Tea-riffic”.  I decided to pair it up with the cute Sugar Rush paper collection and then wanted to make something different than a regular card.  So I looked on You Tube for some tutorials on making a tea bag holder–there sure are lots of them!!  What do you think?

Along with the Tea-riffic Stamp of the Month, I used the Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cut Bundle (includes stamps and coordinating Thin Cuts both–25% off this month) for the cute donut that keeps the teabag holder closed.

The tea bag holder is made so that it can stand up by itself.  I have a friend who loves to drink tea and I think this will make the perfect little birthday treat for her!

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart Challenges and check out the other Tea Time projects that the design team created this week.  Then link up your own projects so we can all be inspired!

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Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the paper crafting world today!   Laurie


Welcome Home Wreath with Card Options

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As you know, the January Close To My Heart promotion for National Papercrafting Month is the Welcome Home Wreath Kit.  I love this wreath and had a lot of fun making it, but what if a paper wreath is not your cup of tea?  Well, fellow CTMH Consultant Julie Carriere created this amazing set of greeting cards using the flowers and succulents from the Welcome Home Kit.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

Julie gave me permission to share her creations in case you’d like other ideas for using this kit besides making the original wreath.  You can see individual photos of each card on her blog The Scrap Zone.  Check it out–she is a very talented paper crafter as you can see!

You only have a few more days to get the Welcome Home Wreath, so don’t delay!  There are four ways to get a wreath kit:

  1. Buy it for $18.95—no qualifying purchase required!

  2. Get it for free with a qualifying $60 purchase!

  3. Get it for free by hosting a party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.

  4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant!

So whether you want to make a wreath or another project such as Julie’s cards, this kit is perfect!  Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!!  Laurie


City Sidewalks Advent Tree

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Today I’m sharing another Advent “Calendar” Tree that I made with the City Sidewalks paper from Close To My Heart.  This one is for my grandson and inside each box is a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a candy he discovered at Halloween this year and LOVED!

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This project did not originate with me!  I actually think it came from a “competitor” a few years ago, but I had fun giving it a try this year.  I used a box cut from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart to make 26 cubes that each measure about 1.5 inches in height.  The actual height of the cut is 5 inches if you use an Expression.  Here is the Design Space cut file if you have an Explore:

https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/47966565

When assembling the tree, begin with a layer of 7 cubes.  I attached them to a 9 inch circle base with my hot glue gun.  The next layers are 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1 cubes, all attached with hot glue.  The top cube does not have a number and is only decorative.  I punched out 1 inch circles and stamped the numbers 1-25 on each circle, then attached them to the front of each cube.  Make a pretty triple bow for the top of the tree and then arrange ribbon strands to hang from the top.  That’s it!!

Thanks so much for visiting the Crafty Sisters Creations blog today!  SMILE–something wonderful is waiting to happen!   Laurie