2017 Advent Calendar

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Hello, Friends!

Last year I made a fancy 3D advent calendar shaped like a tree for my almost 3 year old grandson.  He had learned his numbers and I thought it would be fun for him to find each number while counting down the days to Christmas.  I loved the tree shape, but it was sure hard to mail it to Florida!  So for this year I needed to make something easier to mail and this advent “gift” was perfect.

I made 25 boxes with my Cricut Explore, lined them up to make a square and attached them with hot glue.  I then wrapped a ribbon around the entire set of cubes and made a fancy bow for the top.  I decorated each box with a Christmas image and the numbers.  (Yes, I fixed the number 15 LOL!)  Inside each box is a little treat I hope he will enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by today!  The change in weather here in Nebraska makes it seem a little more like Christmas!    Laurie


Christmas Tree Challenge at BBTB2!

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is to use a Christmas Tree cut on your artwork.  I cut trees from the Flower Market, You Are Here and Christmas cartridges.   I have been seeing a lot of these “bridge” style cards online lately and thought it would be a great way to display those tree and deer cuts.

The paper is from the Beary Christmas collection from Close To My Heart along with New England Ivy cardstock and lots of white glitter paper.    The sentiment is from the Silver and Gold Cardmaking stamp set, also from Close To My Heart.

Now it’s your turn!  Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects with Christmas Tree cuts.  Then make your own artwork and share, share, share!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome week!   Laurie


Silver and Gold at H2H!

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The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is Silver and Gold!  You can use the Close To My Heart Silver and Gold paper pack or just the colors of silver and gold.  Use metallic or glitter papers or both!

I added a bit of all of the above!  The papers are from the Silver and Gold paper pack along with silver and gold metallic paper and glittery silver shimmer trim.  The stamped image (First Noel C1688) is embossed with gold embossing powder and the black ribbon is even trimmed with gold.

Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see more beautiful Silver and Gold projects!  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy.  You have until the end of December to play along with our challenge.

Hope your first full week of December is off to a wonderful start!   Laurie


Feeling BASHFUL at Heart 2 Heart!

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I am hosting the challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week and it is all about BASHFUL–the color, the feeling or even Snow White’s dwarf friend!

I chose to make a non-traditional Christmas card using Bashful, the CTMH Color of the Year along with some paper from the Silver and Gold collection.  I just love the look of the pale pink Bashful paired with Black and Pewter.  I cut the poinsettia from the new You Are Here cartridge and added some Bashful glitter paper and Bashful pearls as embellishments.

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see the other beautiful design team projects.  I hope you can squeeze in a little crafting time this Thanksgiving week to enter our Bashful challenge.  You have until November 30 to link up your own projects.

If you would like to purchase any of the products I used to create this card, please shop HERE!   Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!   Laurie


Words, Words, Words at BBTB2!

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The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is to use a Cricut cut that has a Word.  I have been making cards for my upcoming Christmas Card Workshop and decided to share this NOEL gatefold card for my design team project.  The word NOEL is from the Flower Market cartridge by Close To My Heart.

I used paper and cardstock from the Beary Christmas collection by Close To My Heart.  The snowflakes are cut from the new metallic paper in the Annual Inspirations catalog.  It is nice and thick, yet cuts easily on the Cricut.  The sentiment on the inside is from a retired CTMH stamp set.

I hope you can stop by the BBTB2 blog to see the other design team projects.  They are awesome!  Then link up your own Word projects for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t let the little ghouls and goblins get you this week!    Laurie


Vines and Twine at Heart 2 Heart

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The challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart is Vines and Twines!  I chose to make a Christmas/Winter card using some Glacier Thick Twine to decorate my snowman and the sentiment panel.  The Cricut cuts are from You Are Here and Flower Market, both from Close To My Heart.  The background paper is from the Beary Christmas paper collection and I used Galcier, Fern, Chocolate and New England Ivy cardstock along with White and Sea Glass glitter paper.

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects and then be sure to play along with our Vines and Twines challenge!  You also still have time to join in the previous October challenges:  Under the Weather, BeYOUtiful, and Mad About Plaid.  We love it when you share!!


October Stamp of the Month

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Have you seen the October Stamp of the Month yet?  It is called “Christmas Tunes” and I think it would make an awesome addition to everyone’s holiday stamp collection!  I played with this set awhile this morning and I’m still humming some of those Christmas songs!  Take a look–

Here are a few cards I made with “Christmas Tunes”, the October Stamp of the Month.  I used the two holiday themed paper packs in the Holiday Expressions catalog, Silver and Gold and Beary Christmas to make these cards.

Made with Silver and Gold paper and heat embossed in silver and gold.

Made with Beary Christmas paper and colored with Shin Han markers.

Used Silver and Gold paper–sure hope the Liquid Glass on the snow globe dries clear when it is completely dry!

Beary Christmas paper with stamped image heat embossed in white.

Beary Christmas paper (aren’t those bears adorable?) with image heat embossed with Cranberry pigment ink and Clear embossing powder.

So are you humming Christmas Carols too?  I’m so looking forward to using this Stamp of the Month for a bunch of my Christmas cards this year!  Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie