Wobble, Wobble! Penguins at BBTB2!

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is all about PENGUINS!  They are the perfect symbol for winter and it’s pretty good timing since we are expecting some bad winter weather by morning.  Better to focus on these cute, wobbly fellows than icy roads and snowdrifts, that’s for sure!

I used the Winter Frolic cartridge to cut the penguin, but he was wearing a Santa hat and I wanted to make a birthday card.  So I cut a birthday hat from Doodlecharms and glued it over the Santa hat.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Cakes cartridge and the background paper and cardstock is from Close To My Heart.

Stop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other cute penguins created by our Design Team.  It would be fun if you would link up your own Penguin projects for everyone to enjoy!

I hope your week is off to a great start and you are not slipping and sliding in the snow like a penguin!!   Laurie


Happy Birthday, Dear Finley!!

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I’m continuing the BIRTHDAY theme today by sharing a couple of things I made for my grandson’s fourth birthday!  It can’t be possible that he is already 4 years old, but those thoughts can be saved for another time.  Let’s get on with the crafting!

My very creative daughter-in-law planned a fishing themed party and I offered to make the invitations.  She found an image from Pinterest that I used as my inspiration, but unfortunately I don’t know who to credit for the original idea.  They were a little labor intensive, but turned out awfully cute, I think!

I then made a cute fishing themed card my grandson.  I designed the card in Design Space using several cartridges including Teddy Bear Parade, Outdoor Man and A Child’s Year.  The sentiment on the inside says, “You are the Catch of the Day”!

I’m so glad I could help with the birthday celebrations, but a little sad that I couldn’t be there in person.  I think I may need to schedule a trip to sunny Florida very soon!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!   Laurie


Birthdays All Around at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, our challenge is to create a birthday card.  The beginning of a new year is a great time to get a few cards ready for upcoming birthdays.  I don’t know about you, but I make tons of cards through the year, but am the WORST at actually getting them sent to people.  A new year “hope” is to be much better at sending out cards–on time!!

I used images from an old favorite, Birthday Bash, to create my card.  The cardstock, stamped sentiment on the inside and the Buffalo Plaid embossing folder I used are all from Close To My Heart.  I love that little mouse peeking out from the package!!

You should definitely check out the other birthday creations at Bitten by the Bug 2.  You’ll be sure to find some inspiration to get working on your own birthday cards.  Then link them up for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate you all!   Laurie

 


It’s Beer and Pizza Day!

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It was my turn to choose the challenge for Bitten by the Bug 2 this week and as I was searching around for a bomb-diggity idea that was non-Halloween and non-Autumn related, I discovered that it is Beer and Pizza Day!!  It will also soon be the birthday of my beer and pizza loving husband, so BOOM, the challenge was decided!!

I used several Cricut cartridges as I designed this birthday card in Design Space–St. Patrick’s Day (beer), Elegant Edges (background) and Phrases (speech balloon).

I used some older Simple Stories patterned paper from my stash along with Close To My Heart cardstock.  On the front panel, I made a collage of lots of CTMH birthday stamps.  I stamped them in tone on tone ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give a subtle textured finish.

I decorated the inside of the card with matching shapes as a focal point for the sentiment.

Here is the Design Space file if you would like to make this card yourself.  You do need to own the cartridges I used or subscribe to Cricut Access in order to cut the files.  Enjoy!!

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/70432832

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other great Beer and Pizza projects!  Be sure to link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!   Laurie


Heart 2 Heart–Negative Space

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Our challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is to create a project with Negative Space.  I decided to make a boy’s birthday card with an “all star” theme.  I pulled some Close To My Heart images into Design Space and started ungrouping, slicing and regrouping until I had what I thought would work for my card.

The papers are from the Adventure paper collection.  I used a retired “happy birthday” sentiment and retired white enamel stars to embellish the card.

Stop over to Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects and then link up your own projects with Negative Space.  We love it when you share your talents!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I sure hope you and your loved ones are safe from all the crazy natural disasters brewing the world.  Selfishly I’m so relieved it looks like Irma will miss my son and his family in the Florida panhandle.  But my prayers are certainly with all the other Floridians who are not so lucky.

Close To My Heart has created a special stamp set called Stronger Together and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help with ALL the recent disasters.  If you would like to purchase one of these sets, you can shop HERE.  Every little bit helps!!


Eat Cake Birthday Card

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I have a couple of good friends who have birthdays later in August, so thought I should get crafting before my usual last minute!  For someone who makes lots of cards, so many times I just can’t seem to get them sent or delivered on time.  Does anyone else have this problem?

I used the stamp set Eat Cake and Celebrate from the brand new Annual Inspirations catalog to make my card.  The paper is from the retired Some Kinda Wonderful collection and I embellished the card with glitter paper and black enamel gems.  There’s something I really like about the color combination of black and pale pink!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Want to go CTMH shopping?  I can help you with that!  Want to join my CTMH team?  I can help you with that too!   Laurie

 


Free Standing Pop Up Card

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The other day I was going through a bunch of old cards I received in card swaps from previous years.  I came across a cool card that I thought I would try to replicate.  So I took the card apart, did a little measuring, scoring and cutting and voila! here is the result.

I used the rose print paper from the new Adventure Fundamentals paper collection from Close To My Heart along with Blossom cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog which will be retiring at the end of August.  The roses are from the Beautiful You stamp and Thin Cut bundle.

Later I found out that this type of card is called a Free Standing Pop Up Card.  There is a tutorial on Splitcoast Stamper that you can view at the link below.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/…/freestandingpopupcard

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you need any of the supplies I used to make this fancy fold card, you can shop at my CTMH shopping site HERE!   Laurie