August Stamp of the Month

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Have you seen the August Stamp of the Month?  It’s called School Days and is perfect for this “back to school” time of the year.  Take a look–

Here is a card I made using this School Year stamp and some of the brand new Enchantment Fundamentals paper that just came out on August 1.

And here are a couple of projects made by the folks at the Close To My Heart home office–

Boy, I can think of lots of projects that could use this stamp set–of course there are back to school cards and gift tags for your child’s teachers and scrapbook pages documenting the first and last days of school.  But what about that awesome wooden-look frame?  That would be great to feature a sentiment on a card or layout or you could make it look of an old fashioned blackboard.  And the speech balloon would be perfect for labeling funny pictures on a layout.  Then there is that image that would nicely document the details of a child’s elementary years on school photos for a graduation display or mini album.  I think I could go on and on…

You can get this stamp for only $5.00 with any Close To My Heart purchase.  Please consider shopping with me on my online shopping site HERE.  Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


In Stitches at Heart 2 Heart!

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The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is In Stitches.  Instead of faux stitching or making a layout about being “in stitches”, I decided to take it literally and add some real hand sewing to my project.

I used paper and ribbon from Rustic Home Fundamentals along with Sea Glass cardstock.  The stitching pattern is from the Stitch Guide by Close To My Heart.  I grabbed some old floss and away I went, needle in hand with a vague memory of embroidery from earlier days.  While it’s nowhere near perfect, I think it fits with the shabby chic style of the card!

I added sentiments to make this appropriate for a sympathy card, but it could certainly work for any occasion.  I’m not sure I’ll do a lot of hand stitching in the future since it takes quite a bit of time, but it was fun to try!

Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart and check out the other design team members’ artwork. You will certainly find some great ideas for adding all kinds of stitching to your projects.  Then link them up at H2H for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to do something AWESOME today!   Laurie

 


Sweet Summer Goodies!

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I LOVE ice cream!  I mean I REALLY love ice cream!!  And that fits right in with the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2–Sweet Summer Treats.  Ice cream really is the perfect summer treat (even though I do eat it all through the year), so I decided to make a card honoring this favorite of mine!

I used some of the last paper from a summer themed pack from Authentique, another of my favorites. The Cricut cuts are from Sweet Treats (ice cream cones), A Child’s Year (font) and Bits and Pieces (banner).  The solid cardstock is Close To My Heart and I did heavy edging with CTMH Chocolate ink.  The inside sentiment says “more than ice cream”.  Please head on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to find out what other Sweet Summer Treats are featured in the projects of my design team sisters.  You’ll be sure to find something to make your mouth water!  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy–we love it when you share!

Life is short so you should ALL eat ice cream today!  I know I will.   Laurie


Birds of a Feather Challenge at BBTB2

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is Birds of a Feather which means you are challenged to create a project using a Cricut BIRD cut.  There are probably hundreds of bird cuts on the many Cricut cartridges, but believe it or not, there are not many peacocks!  I found this one on French Manor and I think it is very elegant.

I used paper from my scrap pile for the background and the top layer of the peacock.  The bottom layer is glitter paper and the purple cardstock is from Close To My Heart.

Here is a close up of the proud and glittery peacock that sits front and center on my card!  I think he is a beauty!

Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects using a BIRD cut.  After you create your own bird project, please link it up at BBTB2 for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


Father’s Day WYW Cardmaking Kit

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Today I wanted to share an awesome product from Close To My Heart–the Father’s Day Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kit!  This kit includes paper, card bases and envelopes, embellishments and an exclusive stamp set that allows you to make 12 complete cards!  These cards are perfect for Father’s Day, but by changing up the sentiments, they would work for birthdays and other events as well.  Plus, people always seem to need more masculine themed cards, so you just can’t go wrong with this awesome kit!

Here is one of the card designs from the downloadable workshop guide that you can make with this kit.

And here is a card I made that is based on the above design.  My card is the larger A7 size (5×6.5 inches) and I added a shimmer trim border across the top of the banners instead of the twine.  I also changed out the sentiment to make this a Father’s Day card, but it could easily be a birthday card too.

One of the best things about this Cardmaking Kit is the exclusive stamp set!  If you know anything about me, I tend to use the word “awesome” a lot, so I LOVE this sentiment for the inside of my card!  It will be great for many other cards too.

If you would like to purchase this versatile Workshop Your Way Father’s Day Cardmaking Kit or any other Close To My Heart products, you can shop at my online shopping site HERE.  There’s still plenty of time to get your kit before Father’s Day!

Do something AWESOME today!   Laurie


We’re All About Ribbon at Heart 2 Heart!

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The challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart is to use RIBBON on a project.  I chose to use the brand new Little Dreamer paper collection for my card.  I think the diagonal rainbow pattern is just perfect as the background.  I used one of the Picture My Life cards for the sentiment panel and stamped the word LOVE from the Hello Lovely Scrapbooking stamp set (retired).  I added layers of Lagoon cardstock and of course, a bow made from Blossom ribbon from the Whimsy collection.

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart and check out the other design team projects.  I can tell you there is some really awesome artwork there!  You are always welcome and encouraged to link up your own projects using RIBBON this week because we love it when you share!

Have an awesome week!   Laurie


Live Beautifully Layout/Card Kit

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Today I’m happy to share a Layout and Card Kit created with the gorgeous Live Beautifully paper collection.  This is a special paper pack designed by Close To My Heart for National Scrapbooking Month which is only a few days away!  Take a look–

 

You will receive a full set of the Live Beautifully paper pack (14 sheets), all the stamped images, Cricut cuts and ribbon embellishments and extra cardstock for photo mats.  You will also receive individual photos with cutting and assembly notes to make it easy to complete these layouts at home.  Please note that the white cardstock rectangles simply represent your photos and are not included in the kit.  You will have enough paper left over for additional layouts and projects including the cards shown below.

Total cost of this Scrapbook Layout (3 two page layouts) and Card Kit (2 each of 4 designs) is only $20.00!!  This is a VERY special price to celebrate National Scrapbook Month and encourage you to play with paper!  Remember the Live Beautifully paper and this offer are only available during May and is on a “while supplies last” basis.  Don’t miss out!!

Leave a comment here or contact me at 2craftysisterscreations@gmail.com to order your Scrapbook/Card Kits.  The regular paper pack, stamp set and other Cut Above scrapbook kits will be available on May 1.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you “Live Beautifully” today and every day!   Laurie