Pirate Birthday!

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Hello Friends!

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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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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Bitten By The Bug 2–Birthday Cake

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Hello, Friends!

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another Design Team project for Bitten By The Bug 2!  This week’s challenge is to create a project that includes a birthday cake Cricut cut.  Well, since I have yet to start on my grandson’s first birthday scrapbook pages, this challenge was the perfect fit!  Hop on over to the BBTB2 blog to see the other Design Team members’ projects.  Then link up your own birthday cake projects to share with us all!


For the birthday cake, I used the oldie but goodie cartridge Stretch Your Imagination.  I did not want candles on the cake, so I took them out of the original design using the hide contour tool in Design Space.  At the top of the cake I placed a “Happy First Birthday” title from Baby Steps.  The cake plate provided a perfect spot for my journaling!  The paper I used was from Echo Park and the cardstock was mostly from Close To My Heart.

My grandson seriously did not want to eat any of his cake and I KNOW he did not inherit that trait from me!!  He did have a great time making a huge mess, however.  I hope you all have a great week and I say, “Eat cake every day!!”    Laurie

Invitations, Invitations, Invitations!

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Recently I had orders to make invitations for a travel themed wedding shower and a campout themed birthday party.  They were both very fun to plan and design!  The wedding shower invites were made with the sleeve card feature of the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.  Inside the sleeve is a suitcase shaped tag where the shower information was placed.  The other images came from various cuts on the Cricut subscription.  I used Close To My Heart paper for all the small, intricate images to ensure good cutting results.  I really love how these invitations turned out!

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I was also hired to make some campout themed birthday party invitations for a young boy.  I folded paper to make a tent shape with a pocket so the party information could slide inside.  On the outside of the tent I made a “wooden” sign from the Old West Cricut cartridge and used the writing feature of my Explore for the sign label of the family’s name.  I hope they had a fun campout party!


The Crafty Sisters would be happy to design a special invitation for you too!  Prices are usually much less for multiple cards of the same design.  Why not treat your guests to a special handmade invitation instead of the ordinary?

Remember something wonderful is waiting to happen!  Laurie

Artbooking Birthday Album Tutorial

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Last summer my stepmother celebrated her 70th birthday with a fun surprise party.  I am FINALLY getting around to making her birthday album!  I used a Teresa Collins paper pack and embellishments to decorate the pages.  I really love the combination of bright yellow, dark blue and teal in these vintage papers.  Here is how I made the book:

I decided to use the My Creations Kraft 3 Ring Album from Close To My Heart (Z1871) as the cover.  The catalog description said that it would display 8 inch tall Cricut pages so I thought it would be perfect for holding my album’s pages.


First I cut a variety of 8 inch tall pages from the Artbooking cartridge by Close To My Heart from random paper from my stash.  Surprise, surprise, the holes in the pages did match up perfectly with the rings in the Kraft album!


Next I placed the pages in the albums, alternating full size pages, half pages, and other decorative pages.  I then tacked all the photos on the pages to complete the album plan.


Once the album plan was made, I was ready to start decorating the pages.  I decided which papers to use, and cut them out on the Cricut using the same cuts from Artbooking as I made for the page bases.  I glued the pattern paper cuts to each side of my base pages then added the mats, pictures and embellishments.

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The final step was to cover the front and back pages of the Kraft album with pattern paper.  I used Scotch Quick Dry glue and made sure all the edges were glued down well.

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Here is the completed album!  I am anxious to give it to the Birthday Girl–I hope she likes it as well as I do!

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To purchase the Close To My Heart products used for this project, go to my shopping site HERE.

Have a wonderful, crafty weekend!    Laurie