Let’s Go on a Road Trip!

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Don’t you just LOVE a good Road Trip?  That’s the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  Last spring I went on a good old fashioned road trip with a good friend.  We traveled across Nebraska, through the Rockies of Colorado, south along the eastern border of Utah and finally ended up in Page, Arizona.  We put in some long days of driving, but had so much fun and took LOTS of photos!  So, when the Road Trip theme came up at BBTB2, I knew I had to make a layout for some of those photos.

I used paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection and cardstock by Close To My Heart.  The Cricut images are all from the new You Are Here cartridge, also from Close To My Heart.  This layout is designed to add Pocket Plus Memory Protectors that will allow me to add lots more photos between the two pages while keeping the main design of the layout.

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 for more inspiration to make your own Road Trip projects.  Then link up your artwork for everyone to enjoy!  We love it when you share!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope your day is like a good road trip!    Laurie

Be-YOU-tiful at Heart 2 Heart!

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The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is BEAUTIFUL!  Now that could mean a lot of things from beautiful nature, beautiful people, beautiful moments or even beautiful paper and stamps.  I chose to use a Cricut cut from the new digital cartridge Hello, USA, and celebrate America the Beautiful!

This cartridge features 60 layered images, one of each of the 50 states, plus 10 extra general images about the U.S.  It has flowers, slogans and other icons specific to each state.  The layered overlays are especially nice!

I hadn’t had a chance to use this cartridge yet, so this week’s challenge provided the perfect opportunity!  Take a look at the details HERE.

Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects which are all BEAUTIFUL!  Then link up your own beautiful projects for everyone to enjoy–we love it when you share!   Laurie

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


Autumn Layout for BBTB2

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The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is to use Autumn themed Cricut cuts on your artwork.  My son and his family will be coming home for Thanksgiving this year, so I thought I would get a head start on some layouts for the hundreds of photos I’m sure I will take!  I used the amazing new You Are Here cartridge from Close To My Heart.  I love that this cartridge has so much more than just images for travel!

The paper is from the CTMH Falling For You collection.  I added the buttons from the Complements pack, a PML card, twine and sequins as embellishments.  Scrapbooking is seriously so much easier when everything coordinates like the fabulous Close To My Heart products!

So let’s all start thinking about all the wonderful Autumn themed Cricut cuts out there and share your projects at Bitten by the Bug 2 for everyone to enjoy!  We love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by–do something AWESOME every day!   Laurie

Marker Madness at Heart 2 Heart!

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This week we invite you to join us for Marker Madness at Heart 2 Heart.  So why don’t you get out your markers, choose some Close To My Heart products and get creating!

I used the Beary Christmas paper and coordinating Beary Christmas stamp and Thin Cut bundle to create my card.  It’s never too early to think about Christmas, right?  I cut a strip of one of the PML cards for my HOHOHO border, used my Cuttlebug to cut the bear, fox and Christmas tree and colored them with my Shin Han markers.  Pretty cute, don’t you think?

Now you can channel your inner child and do some marker coloring of your own!  Be sure to link them up at Heart 2 Heart!

Thanks for stopping by!   Be sure to make a positive “mark” on the world today!   Laurie

September Stamp of the Month

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Have you seen the September Stamp of the Month yet?  It’s called Feel So Blessed and I think it’s a keeper!  I’m not always a huge fan of the stamps of the month, but this one I really like a lot!  These days we need to focus on the many things that bless our lives and this stamp set can help with a gentle reminder to be grateful.

I used the new paper pack Falling For You to create both of these cards.  I heat embossed the sentiment and feathers in gold and then applied watercolor paints to the feathers in the card above.

For the second card I created a stamped border using the Little Leaves stamp (only $2.95) to break up the busy print of the background paper.  The focus of the card is that great sentiment about being thankful.  I absolutely LOVE that quotation (and the Falling For You paper collection is pretty awesome too!)

Take a look at this fabulous Feel So Blessed stamp set (available for only $5.00 with any $50.00 Close To My Heart purchase) and shop HERE when you are ready to order!  Thanks very much!!

You Are Here Holiday Images!

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I’m back again to show you some of the great images from the You Are Here cartridge by Close To My Heart. Today I’m focusing on holidays–Christmas/Winter and Thanksgiving/Fall.  Check them out!

Here are a few of the Christmas/Winter themed images–Christmas, snowmen, snowflakes, snowmobiles and lots of skiing images from goggles to gloves.

And now for some of the Thanksgiving/Fall themed images–turkeys, pumpkins, a wheat sheaf, cornucopia and of course lots of leaves!  I’ve got a great idea for a fall card using that cut on the bottom right!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you can see that You Are Here is for quite a lot more than just travel themed images.  There are 700 goodies on this fabulous cartridge.  Shop HERE to get you own!