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!

To purchase your Close To My Heart products, please shop HERE!

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!


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:

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


Thanksgiving “Anything Goes” at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, ANYTHING GOES–at least if it relates to Thanksgiving!  You can make anything from cards, scrapbook layouts to home décor and table decorations, as long as it goes with Thanksgiving.

I have had my eye on these intricate Thanksgiving cuts which are included in the Make it Now section of Design Space.  I actually had my Middle School Crafting girls make the pumpkin pie box last week and they loved it!  I also loved that sweet little acorn so they both became my “Anything Goes” design team projects!


If you haven’t tried any of the Make it Now projects, I would suggest you do!  They are so easy–just click cut, put in your paper and you are ready to assemble.  You are still able to change the size or edit the project like you can with any of the Design Space cuts, but the beauty is that you don’t have to!

I think I’ll find a place on my Thanksgiving table to display my little paper beauties!  Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects.  Then share, share, share!  We love to see your projects too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make it a GRATEFUL week and focus on those little moments that make life wonderful!    Laurie

Happy Happy Christmas!!

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During the month of November, Close To My Heart has a wonderful special called Happy Happy Christmas!  It is a complete bundle that has everything you’ll need to make a fabulous Christmas album with 5 two page layouts PLUS several optional home décor items and a mini album.  Check out the details below!

1611-cc-happy-happy-christmas-promo1 When you order the Happy Happy Christmas bundle for $69.95 (retail $83.65), you will receive the directions and supplies to make all five of these beautiful layouts, plus 10 page protectors, plus a full sized red D-ring or post bound album.


Here is the complete list of items included in the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle

  • Z2505 My Legacy™ D-Ring Album—Red or Z3505 My Legacy™ Post-bound Album—Red
  • 4110 Memory Protectors™—Top Load (10 Pack)
  • Z4020 My Crush® Happy, Happy Christmas
  • Z4019 Picture My Life™ Happy, Happy Christmas Cards
  • X7213C City Sidewalks Complements
  • X7214D Oh Deer! Coordinating Cardstock
  • White Daisy Cardstock (12 sheets)

 Now take a look at the additional goodies you can make with the leftover supplies!

planner-cover1Add the Sea Glass Everyday Life Album and a variety of page protectors for $35.80 and make an additional mini album–great for a Christmas gift!


If you purchase the 5 x 7 Hinged Display Tray for only $12.35, you can make another fabulous project with your leftover supplies! z1750-display-tray1

Then there is the 12 x 12 Display Case for only $14.00 where you can use even more of the supplies in the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle!


And finally, purchase this Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard for $17.40 and make this beautiful and versatile home décor project!

Wouldn’t these all make great gifts for the special people on your list this Christmas?  A handmade gift with photos of loved ones would be appreciated by everyone!  I sure have plans for mine!!

And along with your purchase of the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle, you qualify to purchase the November Stamp of the Month for only $5.00–that’s a win win situation!!





Halloween Crafting with Grandma!

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I just returned from a 10 day visit with my son and his family in Destin, Florida.  While there, my almost three year old grandson and I made a Halloween craft.  We shopped for all the items and worked in stages to complete our creation.  What do you think?


I saw a similar project that was making the rounds on Facebook and that was our inspiration.  My grandson wanted to add the sparkly spiders and fall themed floral picks.  I think they add a lot!  Here is the original project:


We had so much fun making our pumpkin craft!  I hope he will remember the laughs we had and the sense of pride as he shared the craft with his parents and friends.  Love that little guy!  Enjoy a few pictures of our fun project.







Thanks for stopping by today!  Make some memories with your family or friends this Halloween!   Laurie