Something NEW at H2H!

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Happy New Year, Friends!

We are celebrating the New Year with our challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart.  The theme is SOMETHING NEW and I interpreted this by using some NEW products and trying a NEW technique as well as celebrating the NEW year!

I used the beautiful NEW Chelsea Gardens paper collection by Close To My Heart.  This paper will be available for your purchase on January 1 (along with all the other amazing products in the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog)!

I also used the NEW (to me) Alphabet Thin Cuts set and coordinating In the Background stamps.  It was so easy to continue the polka dot theme of my background paper on the word “happy” that I cut from the Thin Cuts.  All I did was stamp the polka dot background on Glacier cardstock before I cut the letters.  Then I added a little Charcoal ink to the edges of each letter and popped them up with dimensional foam.  Very easy and a NEW technique with NEW products that I’m sure I will use a lot on future projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope your NEW year is off to a wonderful start and that you have many NEW adventures awaiting you!   Laurie

Books and Movies at BBTB2!

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Hello Friends!

Boy has it been a while since I wrote a blog post!  My mother has been in the hospital since October 23 and we are remodeling our kitchen so I guess those are good enough excuses for my absence.  It’s nice to be back though with a new design team project for Bitten by the Bug 2!

This week the challenge is to create a project based on a Book or Movie!  I found this cute cut of Olaf from the Disney Frozen cartridge and thought it would make a great card.  The cuts are very intricate, so I would suggest you make it at least 5 inches tall or you will “lose” the pieces.  I had to draw on his eyebrows since the cuts were just too tiny!

Stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the fabulous design team projects that are all based on a Book or Movie.  There is some really great artwork there!

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!   Laurie


Be-YOU-tiful at Heart 2 Heart!

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Hello Friends!

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is BEAUTIFUL!  Now that could mean a lot of things from beautiful nature, beautiful people, beautiful moments or even beautiful paper and stamps.  I chose to use a Cricut cut from the new digital cartridge Hello, USA, and celebrate America the Beautiful!

This cartridge features 60 layered images, one of each of the 50 states, plus 10 extra general images about the U.S.  It has flowers, slogans and other icons specific to each state.  The layered overlays are especially nice!

I hadn’t had a chance to use this cartridge yet, so this week’s challenge provided the perfect opportunity!  Take a look at the details HERE.

Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects which are all BEAUTIFUL!  Then link up your own beautiful projects for everyone to enjoy–we love it when you share!   Laurie

Stronger Together

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Hello Friends!

Wow, has the weather been crazy lately!  From hurricanes and floods to wild fires and earthquakes, it seems like Mother Nature has been on a rampage!  Close To My Heart has created a special stamp set called Stronger Together as a fundraiser for victims of these recent natural disasters.  One hundred percent of the proceeds of this exclusive stamp set goes to the Red Cross to help victims of these disasters across the U.S.  Take a look at the great sentiments on this amazing stamp set!

I just got my stamp set a couple of days ago and had to use it right away!  I made a pop up box card and used one of the sentiments as a focal point for the front of the card.  I also used the new leaf embossing folder on gold metallic paper to make a decorative border on the sides of the card.  The paper is from the Falling For You collection.

If you would like to help with the disaster relief with a donation to the Red Cross, please consider purchasing one of the Stronger Together (C1716) stamp sets.  I’m sure you will get lots of use from the awesome sentiments on this set.  The cost is only $13.95 and 100% of the proceeds (no commission for consultants) is donated to the Red Cross.  Shop HERE to get Stronger Together.  Thanks so much for your donation!   Laurie

Fairies All Around!

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Hello Friends!

Did you know there is a National Tooth Fairy Day?  Well, that’s why the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is to use a FAIRY Cricut cut on a project.  What’s not to love about fairies?  I made an all occasion card with a fairy cut from A Child’s Year.  The frame is from Cindy Loo and the background paper is from Simple Stories.  I used the new metallic paper from Close To My Heart to cut the fairy and the swirl on the frame.  It cut just as nicely as any of the other CTMH papers and cardstock!

Check out the other FAIRY projects at Bitten by the Bug 2.  You will be sure to find some inspiration for your own fairy projects!  Then link up those projects for everyone to enjoy!

Have an awesome day!  I’ll be watching the sky today–excited for the eclipse!   Laurie

August Stamp of the Month

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Hello Friends!

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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Hello Friends!

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