Trees for Arbor Day at BBTB2

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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

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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

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December Stamp of the Month

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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.


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.


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.


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

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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.


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!

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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.


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.



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

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



Cards with Sea Glass

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On Monday I posted a card for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge using the beautiful new Sea Glass color.  Close To My Heart has chosen Sea Glass as the Color of the Year and you will see it popping up in many of my projects.  Here are a couple of cards–Enjoy!

img_3898This card has Sea Glass combined with pieces of the gold overlays from the All About the Gold collection.  I wanted to make a very classy, elegant birthday card and I think the gold embossed sentiment, Gold Foil Tape and Gold Sequins really make it pop!  Plus the foil tape holds the overlays in place without worrying about adhesive showing through.


I wanted this second card to have a more rustic feel, so I used a woodgrain print from the Rustic Home collection as the background.  I used the tone on tone technique by stamping the flower images in Sea Glass ink onto the Sea Glass cardstock.  I added just a small strip of gold embossed velum and a couple of Gold Sequins to contrast with the country look of the woodgrain paper.

So, from classy geometric to country chic, you can see how Sea Glass works with many different styles.  I just LOVE it!!

September is quickly coming to an end, so if you need either of the monthly promotions shown below, don’t wait!  Shop in my online Close To My Heart story HERE.   Thanks so much and don’t let anyone steal your sparkle today!   Laurie



Celebrating Trees at BBTB2

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating TREES by using a Cricut tree cut on our projects.  I am hosting the challenge this week, so hop on over to see the other Design Team projects!

For my project I used a tree cut from the Artbooking cartridge by Close To My Heart in three different ways.  The first technique was to use the cut as a mask and spray over it with re-inkers and water mixed in the CTMH spray pens.  I added Sparkles and a sympathy sentiment to finish the card.

IMG_3547The background of the next card was made using water color paints to create an ombre effect.  I adhered the trees that I cut from Paper Fundamentals from Close To My Heart on top of the painted background.  A simple sentiment from the Kiss It Better stamp set completes the card.


For the final card, I again used the spray pens filled with water and re-inkers to give the background a speckled look.  It’s a little hard to see in the photos, but the splotchy background is quite striking.  I added the same trees cut from Paper Fundamentals and another sentiment from the Kiss It Better stamp set.


Please click on over to the Bitten by the Bug 2 site to see the other amazing projects with a Cricut TREE cut.  Then link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy–we LOVE to see your artwork!

Have a ridiculously amazing day!!   Laurie