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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Hello, Friends!

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