Happy First Birthday, Little Kai!

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Hello, Friends!

Today is my second grandson’s very first birthday!  He is just the sweetest, most even tempered and happy little guy ever and I hate to miss this important milestone.  I hope to make up for it by sending our love in this special birthday card.

I used paper from a Die Cuts With a View baby themed paper pack along with cardstock from Close To My Heart.  The Cricut cuts were mainly from Baby Steps and When I Was a Kid with a few other cuts from Cricut Access.  The idea for “Mr. ONEderful” came from Pinterest and is perfect for Kai as he truly is a WONDERFUL child!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Isn’t it fun to be a crafter and make individual, unique cards for the special people in our lives?   Make it a ONEderful day!   Laurie

Flower Market Baby Card

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Hello Friends!

I love happy occasions and one of the happiest is the birth of a new baby!  My friend had a new granddaughter recently and I wanted to make a special card for her family.  Then while I was at it, I decided to make a baby boy card with the same design as well! I used the Flower Market cartridge by Close To My Heart for all the Cricut cuts on this card.  It’s really an amazingly versatile cartridge with images for all kinds of occasions–not just flowers!  I embossed the white layer with a baby themed embossing folder that I had in my stash.

The pink gems and blue enamel dots are also from Close To My Heart.  I was undecided about whether to add the ribbon and bow to the bottom of the card since that little elephant is quite cute on his own, but I’m happy now with the results.  If you would like to purchase the Flower Market cartridge or any other products from Close To My Heart, please shop HERE!

I’m so happy you stopped by today!  Remember to do something AWESOME today!   Laurie


Artiste–Going Soon!

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Hello Friends!

Have you heard the news?  Three of the amazing Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges will be retiring soon!  Artiste, Art Philosophy, and Artfully Sent are all on a “while supplies last” basis.  Sad, I know!

Today I’d like to share a couple of cards I made with cuts from Artiste.  I really love all the seasonal cuts, mini album pages, three dimensional cuts, swing cards and doilies!  If you don’t have this cartridge yet, you definitely need to take a look!


The first card is a baby card made with cuts from Artiste and the Georgie paper collection from Close To My Heart.  I think the silver glitter paper adds the perfect accent for this card suitable for a boy or a girl.


The second card is a simple thank you card using the Zoe paper collection.  Don’t you love that triangle design and “thanks” sentiment?

The versatile and varied 700 images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge make it a great go-to cartridge to have in your crafting arsenal! Along with the cartridge, you also get three full sized stamp sets and a pack of 24 CTMH assorted cardstock.  Click HERE to get one for yourself before they are gone!


Make someone smile today!   Laurie

Trending Now at H2H Challenges

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Hello Friends!

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we were asked to create a project using some of the latest trends in paper crafting.  I don’t always pay so much attention to trends since I tend to just create what I think looks good.  So I decided to go to “Google University” and research a bit LOL!  In one of the articles I read, they mentioned gold, stars, and funky fonts and that was the inspiration for this card.


I used the new Georgie paper collection and Artistry Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.  Juniper and Honey paper were perfect fits with the background paper and who doesn’t love the new Gold Foil Tape by CTMH?


Head on over to Heart 2 Heart to see what the other amazing design team members have created for you!  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy.  You have until the end of November to enter any of the challenges this month.

Sparkle and Shine (like beautiful gold foil tape) today!!   Laurie

Celebrate Baby’s First Haircut!

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Hello Friends,

Recently I was asked to make some cards to celebrate a child’s first haircut. So I fired up my Cricut and found this adorable little baby image from the Baby Steps cartridge!

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I made cards for both boys and girls from random paper from my stash.

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My friend, Deanne, is a hair stylist and shared a poem that she used on her grandsons’ first haircut scrapbook pages.  It was just perfect for these cards too.  I wish I could credit the author of this poem, but unfortunately I don’t know who it is.

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On the left side of the card I attached a 4 x 6 inch Flip Flap from Close To My Heart.  I envision putting a photo or two of the child’s first haircut along with a lock of hair in the Flip Flap.  I wish I had had one of these cards when my boys got their first haircuts!  I wonder if I can even find where I stashed their locks of hair.  Do you think they would still look nice after 30 years?  At any rate, I hope the parents who buy these cards at the hair salon will enjoy preserving their special memories!

Have a special day and don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!!  Laurie

Pop Up Cards Part 2

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Hello, Everyone!

In my last post I shared a few pop up cards from the Artfully Sent cartridge by Close To My Heart.  Today I have a few more!  The first card is a flowery, frilly birthday card that I made with some old paper and cardstock I found in my craft room.

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I love the elegance of this wedding card!  I used the Close To My Heart stamp set The Happy Couple for my sentiments and some shimmery metallic paper for the accents.  Dimensional foam helps to make them really pop off the page.

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Aren’t these baby cards sweet?  I used Close To My Heart cardstock and the cuts all came out great!  I added a little bling, ribbon, twine and a charm and these were a snap to make!

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Artfully Sent is one of those cartridges that can be a little confusing to use, but don’t give up!  Just jump right in a play around with the different keys and options and before you know it, you will be creating beautiful cards!

Remember to leave a little glitter wherever you go!    Laurie

Welcome Baby Card

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There will soon be a new baby boy on my husband’s side of the family–the first great-grandson for my in-laws!  We are all looking forward to the impending arrival of this little one, due in late June or early July.  I made this sweet baby card for my niece’s baby shower last week using my Cricut Explore and Design Space.  The phrase can be found on The First Few Years Cricut cartridge and the rest of the shapes are on the Baby Steps cartridge.  I colored the stars and the Welcome Baby phrase with a clear Wink of Stella Brush pen, and filled in the cheeks and nose with a colored pencil blended with a blender pen.  I used paper from DCWV The Little Mister paper pack for the background panel.  This card came together quickly after I arranged it on Design Space.

Can hardly wait to meet this little one!


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