All Things Valentine at BBTB2!

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Hello, Friends!

This week is Anything Goes for Valentine’s Day at Bitten by the Bug 2!  I bought this pop up matchbox card SVG file from Lori Whitlock recently and thought I would give it a try for this challenge.  It was very easy to put together, especially after watching her assembly video LOL!

I used Close To My Heart cardstock, patterned paper and stamps to make this awesome 3D matchbox card.  When the drawer is closed, the sentiment panel lays flat, but when the drawer is pulled open, the sentiment panel pops up as shown.  There is also an additional gift card holder that can be placed in the drawer, but it would be just as great filled with chocolate!!

Be sure to head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out the other great Valentine projects!  And we always love it when you link up your own projects to share!

Hope your week is just LOVE-ly!!   Laurie

Birthdays All Around at BBTB2!

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Hello, Friends!

This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, our challenge is to create a birthday card.  The beginning of a new year is a great time to get a few cards ready for upcoming birthdays.  I don’t know about you, but I make tons of cards through the year, but am the WORST at actually getting them sent to people.  A new year “hope” is to be much better at sending out cards–on time!!

I used images from an old favorite, Birthday Bash, to create my card.  The cardstock, stamped sentiment on the inside and the Buffalo Plaid embossing folder I used are all from Close To My Heart.  I love that little mouse peeking out from the package!!

You should definitely check out the other birthday creations at Bitten by the Bug 2.  You’ll be sure to find some inspiration to get working on your own birthday cards.  Then link them up for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate you all!   Laurie


Through the Year Calendar/Scrapbook Kit Part 2

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Hello, Friends!

In my last post I shared the first six months of the Through the Year calendar kit and the coordinating scrapbook pages I created based on ideas from Noreen Petty, one of my up-lines.  The page from the calendar kit is on the left and the extra coordinating scrapbook page is on the right.  Here are the final six months:







Luckily the Through the Year calendar kit is still available while supplies last!  If you would like to purchase the calendar kit, you can find it HERE.  If you would like to make the coordinating scrapbook pages, just let me know!  I will share my Design Space file with you so you can make the extra embellishments. You will end up with 12 two page layouts–one for each month!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are staying warm on this very brisk winter day!    Laurie

Through the Year Calendar/Scrapbook Kit

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Hello, Friends!

I have been tucked away for several days working on the Through the Year Calendar Kit and some coordinating scrapbook pages.  This kit was the Close To My Heart special for December, but luckily we just found out that it is still available, but only while supplies last!  So if you were on the fence about purchasing this kit in December, you have another chance!

I made the calendar pages exactly as they were shown in the kit with just a couple of minor tweaks.  I then used ideas from my up-line, Noreen Petty to design a coordinating scrapbook page for each month.  That way I can add photos to each month’s calendar page and when the month is over, I will have a two page scrapbook layout for each month.  In the photos below, the left side of the layouts are from the calendar kit and the right side is my coordinating scrapbook page.  Here are the first six months:







If you like the looks of these layouts and would like to make them yourself, you are in luck!  The Through the Year calendar kit is still available and you can purchase it HERE.  If you want to make the coordinating scrapbook pages, you will need about half a pack of Basics Fundamentals paper, a few pieces of cardstock, 12 white pages for the background and a sheet of gold glitter paper.  I would be happy to share my Design Space file for the extra Cricut cuts.  Just let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check back tomorrow to see the remaining six months of calendar/layout pages.   Laurie


Love Letters!!

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Hello, Friends!

January is National Papercrafting Month and Close To My Heart has created wonderful projects to celebrate!  They are called LOVE LETTERS–beautiful rose gold embossed monograms decorated with gorgeous three dimensional flowers!   Of course I chose to make the letter “L” which is the first letter of both my first and last names.  I love it!!

The Love Letters kits come with everything you need to make these beautiful monogram letters  All the pieces to make the flowers come on preprinted papers so you simply punch out the shapes, curl the petals as you like and assemble as shown in the directions.  There is also a choice of banners and rose gold foil letters that you can use to decorate the letters.  I chose not to use the banner since I plan to spell out L-O-V-E as Valentine décor for my fireplace mantel.

You can find more details on my shopping site HERE.  Each letter is $18.95, but if you purchase 5 letters, the 6th on is free!  That makes each letter only $12.33 each!  Close To My Heart has made a little video about these Love Letters and you can view it below.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you take a good look at these Love Letters–there are so many great ways to use these beautiful monograms!   Laurie

Something NEW at H2H!

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Happy New Year, Friends!

We are celebrating the New Year with our challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart.  The theme is SOMETHING NEW and I interpreted this by using some NEW products and trying a NEW technique as well as celebrating the NEW year!

I used the beautiful NEW Chelsea Gardens paper collection by Close To My Heart.  This paper will be available for your purchase on January 1 (along with all the other amazing products in the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog)!

I also used the NEW (to me) Alphabet Thin Cuts set and coordinating In the Background stamps.  It was so easy to continue the polka dot theme of my background paper on the word “happy” that I cut from the Thin Cuts.  All I did was stamp the polka dot background on Glacier cardstock before I cut the letters.  Then I added a little Charcoal ink to the edges of each letter and popped them up with dimensional foam.  Very easy and a NEW technique with NEW products that I’m sure I will use a lot on future projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope your NEW year is off to a wonderful start and that you have many NEW adventures awaiting you!   Laurie

Belated Merry Christmas Cards

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It’s not too late to post a few more Christmas cards, is it?  I sure hope not, since I still plan to send out the rest of my cards now that all the company is gone and life is a bit closer to “normal” again!

These are all made with the Vellum paper that Close To My Heart is selling again–love it!  I used embossing folders on two of the cards and heat embossed in white on the third card.

Don’t forget about the Boxing Week Sale at Close To My Heart!  Each day this week there is a collection of products 30-40% off including CTMH Cricut cartridges!  Click HERE to see today’s offerings.