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

Tags and Bags at Bitten by the Bug 2

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Hello Friends!

This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to create a gift bag or tag.  I chose to make a gift bag for a family member’s upcoming birthday.  The Cricut cuts are all from Billionaire, a cartridge that I don’t think I have ever used before.  Billionaire has fabulous vintage masculine images and the great “argyle” background that I used on my gift bag.  I think I’ll use these same images to make a matching birthday card too!

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see all the great tags and bags projects created by the design team.  We love it when you link up your own projects too!

Thanks for stopping by–do something awesome today!   Laurie

Going 3D at Bitten by the Bug 2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to make a 3-D project.  I have several Cricut carts with three dimensional shapes, but I thought I would look around on Design Space to find something new to me.  When I found this explosion box from the Mini Albums cartridge, I knew this would be perfect for my project.  Explosion boxes have been around for a long time, but I had never made one yet!

The paper and dimensional stickers all came from my considerable crafting stash.  I made a second 3-D item to decorate the top of the explosion box.  This Happy Birthday cut is from the Pretty Packages cartridge and I think I need to investigate this one more!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects.  Then link up your own 3-D Cricut projects for everyone to admire!  We love it when you share!

Have a wonderful week!   Laurie

Pirate Birthday!

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Today is my grandson’s third birthday!  He lives near the ocean in Florida so a Pirate themed birthday card and party was perfect for him!  When he was just a few months old, his nickname was Captain Finley because he sometimes used to slightly close one eye, giving us the “pirate eye”.

These are the invitations for his pirate themed birthday party that will be held next weekend.  I used a bunch of different images that I found on Design Space when I searched for “pirates”. That’s just one of the many things I love about Design Space!

The following photos are of Finley’s birthday card.  I made a tri fold shutter card, again with the pirate theme.  The paper is from Echo Park called Pirate’s Life and the cardstock is from Close To My Heart.  I love to make this type of card since it has a lot of options for embellishments and it can stand on its own for display.

What a blessing it was to witness the pure joy and excitement of a little boy turning three!  I’m so lucky to be spending time with my son and his family this winter, even though I don’t have quite as much time to play with my paper!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I so appreciate you!!  Laurie

Revisiting Zoe

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Hello Friends!

While making cards for my upcoming Card Workshop on April 16-17, the Zoe paper collection started calling my name!  I loved this paper and made lots of projects with it last Fall.  Amazingly, this Spring I discovered that I STILL love Zoe!

The design for this card came from a project I saw on Pinterest.  I really liked the way the panels on the card are offset, making a nice background for the center panel and sentiment.  The Happy Birthday speech balloon is from the stamp set Birthday Wishes.  A little Glacier Twine was all that was needed to finish this cheerful card.  This design would be appropriate for many different occasions by just changing out the sentiment.


For the next card I wanted to show how Zoe could be also used for a masculine themed card.  I really like the gray plaid paper paired with Cranberry cardstock.  I stamped the diagonal background stamp from In the Background, a retired Close To My Heart stamp set and added Slate Twine and some round Durable Studs, also retired.


Who knew Zoe could be so versatile?  Both of these cards will be available for you to make at my upcoming Card Workshop.  I made birthday cards, but you will be able to choose any sentiment you’d like when you make the cards at the Workshop.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember, when in doubt, add bling!!   Laurie

Candy, Candy, Candy at BBTB2!

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It’s National Gumdrop Day so this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the Design Team was challenged to create a project using a Cricut candy cut!  I LOVE gumdrops, so I thought I would give them a try.  I found the cuts in Design Space from the Sweet Shop cartridge and manipulated them a bit to fit the idea I had for this card.  Check out the other cute candy projects at BBTB2 for your “sweet” inspiration and then link up your own projects so we can all enjoy!


I embossed the yellow background with the new Confetti embossing folder from Close To My Heart and added some iridescent Stickles to give the impression of sugar coating on the gumdrops.  The inside of the card could say “It’s Your Birthday” or it could even be a congratulations card.  The appropriate accompaniment would be a bag of yummy gumdrops, of course!

Have a SWEET day, my friends!   Laurie

Here are the February specials from Close To My Heart.  Shop HERE!

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First Month, First Project of 2016 at H2H!

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Happy New Year, Friends!

This is the first month of the New Year, so our theme at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is to create a project with the idea of “one” or “first”.  My grandson will soon be celebrating his second birthday, so with the H2H theme in mind and the fact that I haven’t done all the pages of his first birthday yet, I had my project in mind!  I used the retired Close To My Heart paper Confetti Wishes along with its Complements and Assortments to create my layout.  The blues in the paper just went so beautifully with his blue shirt!  I cut the ribbon banners from Artistry, the newest Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart.  I love using the “draw” feature in Design Space to write my own custom message right on the paper as it is cut!


Please stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog to see the projects posted by the other wonderful Design Team members!  Plus you can check out the new and improved blog design that Haley created!  Then link up your own projects that feature the number “one” or the idea of “first”–we love to see your artwork!

Sending my wishes to you all for a stellar 2016!!   Laurie


Click on the photos below to see the January Close To My Heart specials:

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