Flowers, Flowers, Flowers at BBTB2!

Posted on

Hello Friends!

Summer is the time for flowers and that’s what the theme at Bitten by the Bug 2 is about this week–FLOWERS!  I decided to go simple and make some floral Sympathy cards.  The flower cuts are from Flower Market by Close To My Heart.  I used a woodgrain embossing folder on the white background and popped up the flowers to add some texture and interest.

To create the layered ovals for the sentiment panel, I used a set of nesting dies that I had in my stash.  The sentiment is from a retired Close To My Heart stamp set that I use all the time.  Some stamps are just too great to ever give away or sell and this is one of those for me!

Please head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see all the beautiful flower projects created by my talented design team sisters!  You will be sure to find some inspiration.  Then link up your projects there to share with everyone.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope today will bring you lots of smiles!   Laurie


In Stitches at Heart 2 Heart!

Posted on

Hello Friends!

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is In Stitches.  Instead of faux stitching or making a layout about being “in stitches”, I decided to take it literally and add some real hand sewing to my project.

I used paper and ribbon from Rustic Home Fundamentals along with Sea Glass cardstock.  The stitching pattern is from the Stitch Guide by Close To My Heart.  I grabbed some old floss and away I went, needle in hand with a vague memory of embroidery from earlier days.  While it’s nowhere near perfect, I think it fits with the shabby chic style of the card!

I added sentiments to make this appropriate for a sympathy card, but it could certainly work for any occasion.  I’m not sure I’ll do a lot of hand stitching in the future since it takes quite a bit of time, but it was fun to try!

Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart and check out the other design team members’ artwork. You will certainly find some great ideas for adding all kinds of stitching to your projects.  Then link them up at H2H for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to do something AWESOME today!   Laurie

 


Trees for Arbor Day at BBTB2

Posted on

Hello Friends!

This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, we are thinking Arbor Day and Trees!  The challenge is to use a TREE cut to make a project.  Since we always seem to need sympathy cards, I decided to make one to have on hand.

I used paper from the Hello Lovely collection from Close To My Heart to make this card.  It paired nicely with Fern cardstock for the tree image from Artistry, also from Close To My Heart.  It is hard to see in the photo, but I attached the tree image to a rectangle shape and then used the Slice feature to make a window in the top card layer that has the tree image.  I then cut a separate tree image in Fern cardstock to attach over the trees cut in the window.  The sentiment is from a retired stamp set, also by Close To My Heart.

I hope you can take a minute to stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see more TREE projects created by my talented design team sisters!  Then join the fun and link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Do something AWESOME today!   Laurie


Simple Sympathy Cards

Posted on

Hello Friends!

Today I’m sharing some quick and easy sympathy cards.  I used the paper from last year’s National Scrapbook Month paper pack by Close To My Heart and an embossing folder I recently purchased from Joanne’s.

The stamp is from the CTMH Hello Lovely Cardmaking Bundle.  I simply stamped the image on my cards, but it would have added even more interest if I would have used the coordinating Thin Cut first and then stamped the image.  I could even have popped up the image with dimensional foam.  Hmmm…might have to make a few more of these with the Thin Cut too!

The coral paper has gold embossing so I chose to heat emboss my stamped floral image to match.  On the other card I simply chose coordinating cardstock and ink to match the Glacier print on the patterned paper.  Using Close To My Heart products makes it so very easy to find the perfect match!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate you all very much!!   Laurie

If you’d like to purchase any Close To My Heart products, please shop HERE!

 


December Stamp of the Month

Posted on

Hello, Friends!

Take a look at Thoughtful Flowers, the December Stamp of the Month!   Beautiful flowers and beautiful sentiments make an all around beautiful stamp set!

s16121Here is a Christmas card I made with this Stamp of the Month.  I thought one of the flower images resembled a poinsettia, so I stamped three of them in Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I then used my watercolor paints to add a bit of color to the images.  I layered gold and white shimmer trim over papers from Oh Deer and added a white glitter snowflake and a Christmas sentiment banner.

img_4106-2

I especially love the sentiments since they are a bit different than those you usually find on a sympathy card, so I had to make one of those too!  I used the gray toned linen paper from the Rustic Fundamentals collection, turning the gold stripe over to silver and adding some silver sequins to the flowers.

img_4109

And finally, here is a card made by one of the artists at the CTMH Home Office.  The flower stamps were used to create the background for the card which really sets off the sentiment on the black banner.

1612-sotm

You can get your own Thoughtful Flowers SOTM for only $5.00 when you purchase $50.00 of Close To My Heart products.  Or you can purchase the set for the full retail value of $17.95.   Shop HERE!!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


Fancy Flourishes and Swirls at BBTB2

Posted on

Hello Friends!

We are getting fancy at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  The challenge is to use a Flourish or Swirl cut on your projects.  I made a sympathy card with a beautiful rose, complete with flourishes, from the Quarter Note Cricut cartridge.

img_4027

I used Topiary (retired), Smoothie and Pomegranate cardstock by Close To My Heart.  The patterned paper in the background is from the CTMH Oh Deer collection.  It reminds me of birch bark and makes a nice base for the beautiful roses.  Purchase your Close To My Heart products HERE.

Please visit Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful “eye candy” created for you by our design team.  Then link up your own projects with Flourishes and Swirls for everyone to enjoy.  We love it when you share your artwork!

Happy Halloween!   Laurie

 


More Sea Glass Cards!

Posted on

Hello Friends!

Here are a couple more cards that I made with Sea Glass, the Close To My Heart Color of the Year.  The wedding card has a Sea Glass background embossed with the Confetti embossing folder.  I used Black and Gold for accent colors and made a series of banners with coordinating ribbons and shimmer trim.

img_3900

For the next two cards, I used some cuts from the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart to create a jar of flowers.  I love the lacy trim that you can add to the jar which gives it that shabby chic vibe.  The background is embossed with the new Simple Chevron embossing folder.  Stamping different sentiments allows this card to be used for many occasions.

img_3897

img_3896

Isn’t Sea Glass wonderful?  Shop HERE to get your Close To My Heart products.

Thanks for stopping by today!  You are AMAZING!!   Laurie

SOTM

1609-cc-create-kindness