City Sidewalks Advent Tree

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Today I’m sharing another Advent “Calendar” Tree that I made with the City Sidewalks paper from Close To My Heart.  This one is for my grandson and inside each box is a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a candy he discovered at Halloween this year and LOVED!


This project did not originate with me!  I actually think it came from a “competitor” a few years ago, but I had fun giving it a try this year.  I used a box cut from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart to make 26 cubes that each measure about 1.5 inches in height.  The actual height of the cut is 5 inches if you use an Expression.  Here is the Design Space cut file if you have an Explore:

When assembling the tree, begin with a layer of 7 cubes.  I attached them to a 9 inch circle base with my hot glue gun.  The next layers are 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1 cubes, all attached with hot glue.  The top cube does not have a number and is only decorative.  I punched out 1 inch circles and stamped the numbers 1-25 on each circle, then attached them to the front of each cube.  Make a pretty triple bow for the top of the tree and then arrange ribbon strands to hang from the top.  That’s it!!

Thanks so much for visiting the Crafty Sisters Creations blog today!  SMILE–something wonderful is waiting to happen!   Laurie


Happy Happy Christmas!!

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During the month of November, Close To My Heart has a wonderful special called Happy Happy Christmas!  It is a complete bundle that has everything you’ll need to make a fabulous Christmas album with 5 two page layouts PLUS several optional home décor items and a mini album.  Check out the details below!

1611-cc-happy-happy-christmas-promo1 When you order the Happy Happy Christmas bundle for $69.95 (retail $83.65), you will receive the directions and supplies to make all five of these beautiful layouts, plus 10 page protectors, plus a full sized red D-ring or post bound album.


Here is the complete list of items included in the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle

  • Z2505 My Legacy™ D-Ring Album—Red or Z3505 My Legacy™ Post-bound Album—Red
  • 4110 Memory Protectors™—Top Load (10 Pack)
  • Z4020 My Crush® Happy, Happy Christmas
  • Z4019 Picture My Life™ Happy, Happy Christmas Cards
  • X7213C City Sidewalks Complements
  • X7214D Oh Deer! Coordinating Cardstock
  • White Daisy Cardstock (12 sheets)

 Now take a look at the additional goodies you can make with the leftover supplies!

planner-cover1Add the Sea Glass Everyday Life Album and a variety of page protectors for $35.80 and make an additional mini album–great for a Christmas gift!


If you purchase the 5 x 7 Hinged Display Tray for only $12.35, you can make another fabulous project with your leftover supplies! z1750-display-tray1

Then there is the 12 x 12 Display Case for only $14.00 where you can use even more of the supplies in the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle!


And finally, purchase this Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard for $17.40 and make this beautiful and versatile home décor project!

Wouldn’t these all make great gifts for the special people on your list this Christmas?  A handmade gift with photos of loved ones would be appreciated by everyone!  I sure have plans for mine!!

And along with your purchase of the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle, you qualify to purchase the November Stamp of the Month for only $5.00–that’s a win win situation!!





Valentines for BBTB2!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use a Valentine Cricut cut.  I have already made dozens and dozens of Valentine cards during the last couple of weeks, so I decided to try something different for this challenge.  When I found this pretty Valentine cone box on the Victorian Romance cartridge in Design Space, I knew I had to give it a try.  I used some old My Mind’s Eye paper and coordinating cardstock from my stash and added a pretty pink ribbon to tie it all together.



Once again, my Cricut Explore came through with flying colors when it came to cutting intricate shapes like this!  I only had to pick out one or two of the small pieces on this fancy heart.  The Explore has definitely made my crafting life much easier!!


Please head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful Valentine projects made by my fabulous Design Team sisters!  There are some really impressive projects this week!  Then you can link up your own projects using a Cricut Valentine cut.  Remember that you don’t have to have your own blog to play along.  You can link projects that you post in online galleries like or Splitcoast Stampers.  Let me know if you need any assistance–I would be happy to help!

Share your Valentine love this week!   Laurie

Shop HERE to get your February Close To My Heart specials:

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Gifts From the Heart

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This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges our theme is Gifts from the Heart.  I decided to make two different projects.  The first gifts I made were made with the Base and Bling components from Close To My Heart.  I needed gifts for a couple of people and of course, I had to make one for myself too!  I love these necklaces and have made so many at different craft fairs and crops, but they never get old to me!


My second gift is a decorated candle.  I used the Believe in Christmas stamp set from Close To My Heart.  I stamped the Christmas tree image with Versa Mark onto white tissue paper, sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and heat embossed with my heat tool.  I then cut around the image, laid it on the candle and used my heat tool again to slightly melt the candle wax around the image.  Doing this blended the edges of the tissue paper and attached the embossed image to the candle.  It was that easy and very impressive, I think!


It’s always fun for me to give hand crafted gifts for Christmas and I hope these give you some ideas that you might use in your own gift giving!  Please link up your Gifts from the Heart so everyone can enjoy them at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

Have a wonderful week!   Laurie

Turkey Day at Bitten by the Bug 2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating Thanksgiving–Canadian style!  The Design Team was challenged to create a project using a Cricut turkey cut since this week is Thanksgiving in Canada.  Well my project is not exactly a turkey cut, but I used different Cricut cuts to CREATE a turkey!  I had seen these cute 3D turkeys somewhere (Pinterest or the Design Space Make it Now projects) but decided to try my hand at creating my own.  I used rosette cuts from several cartridges, mainly those from Artiste by Close To My Heart and a turkey profile that I found on the Design Space subscription.


I will be offering these turkeys as one of the projects for my Fall Crafting Workshop this week.  My Cricut has been VERY busy cutting and scoring all the rosettes for a couple dozen turkey projects.  I think it may have been actually smoking at one point!!

Click on over to the BBTB2 website.  I’m sure the Design Team can provide some inspiration for making your own Turkey projects this week. Thanksgiving in America is quickly approaching too!

Remember not to let anyone dull your sparkle!  Laurie


Fall Crafting Workshop

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It’s time to get your craft on for Fall and Halloween!  Check out the great projects you can make for gift giving and decorating.  This is your chance to make some unique treat holders for those lucky children and grandchildren in your lives!  Or choose a home décor item for a new addition to your Fall decorations.  I will have all the supplies cut, organized and ready for you to assemble.  It couldn’t be any easier and you don’t even have to be “crafty”!

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Workshop dates:

Sunday, October 11  1:00 to 4:00

Monday, October 12  7:00 to 10:00

Wednesday, October 14  1:00 to 4:00


Choose the projects you might like to make then let me know which date you want to attend.  You can even decide what to make after you arrive and check out the samples.  Hope to see you for some crafty fun!




Kid’s Crafting Workshop

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Last week I had the pleasure to host a group of children for my first ever Kid’s Crafting Workshop. We made several projects including a Fourth of July banner, a star crown, and a star treat box.  And the old teacher in me had to throw in a mini lesson about why we celebrate Independence Day and the colors and common icons of the holiday too.  It was great fun for me and judging by their eager work, I think the children had fun too!

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Our first project was to make a Fourth of July banner.  I precut all the banner shapes and Cricut images so all they had to do was choose their papers, place the images where they liked on the banner, and string it all together with the ribbon of their choice.  They were so proud of their designs!

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Our second project was an Independence Day star crown.  The children chose the paper for their crown, I quickly cut them out on the Cricut, then they decorated the crowns with various jewels of their choice.  Don’t they look festive in their patriotic crowns?


Our third project was to decorate a white star treat box with blue and red patterned washi tapes.  I cut the box from the Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.  The original box had a different cut out on the top, but I changed it to a star in Design Studio.  The final step was to choose some candy to fill the boxes!

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We had a few extra minutes before the parents arrived for pick up, so the children were able to make a card for a family member.  What sweet things I overheard as they were making these cards!

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Aren’t they a great looking bunch of kids?!!  They were so patient and well behaved!  This workshop even gave me a little “teacher fix” (that I really didn’t know I was missing) since retiring from teaching a couple of years ago.  I sure hope I can do it again very soon!

Have a wonderful week!  Laurie