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!!


Fall Leaves at Bitten by the Bug 2

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September is already here, Autumn is soon to arrive and that means colored leaves will soon be swirling in the air!  With that in mind, the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to create a project featuring AUTUMN LEAVES.  I used three cartridges–Artbooking, You Are Here and Thanksgiving to create my card.  I just love that swirly leaf image!

I also made another card with some other cuts, but I’m not as fond of this one.  Maybe a less “busy” background would help the Cricut images stand out a little more.  I used some Lori Whitlock paper for both cards.  Which one do you like the best?

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects with AUTUMN LEAVES.  You will be sure to find some great inspiration!  Then link up your own artwork to share your talents!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope your day is filled with love, laughter and lots of fun!   Laurie


Thank You Cards

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The other day my husband asked for a few simple thank you cards, so I took off for my craft room and started designing.  I never need much of an excuse to hide away there!  Since I was making a dozen cards, I wanted something simple to reproduce and he likes a more classic style, so this is what I came up with–

I used some retired Close To My Heart paper and Chocolate cardstock and ink.  The sentiment panel is from Art Philosophy, also by Close To My Heart.  I added a simple brown ribbon trim and called it good.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make someone smile today!   Laurie


Cowboy Card

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Time to “cowboy up”–whatever that means!  Even though I live in Nebraska, I’m about as far from a cowgirl as the First Lady!  But I needed to make a thank you card for an older cowboy, so I pulled out some October Afternoon paper that I’ve had in my stash and got to work.

I used the stamp set Homegrown by Close To My Heart to stamp the sentiment and the barn image on the cowboy journaling card for the front of the card.  I made several layers of pattern paper and cardstock cut into banners, popped up the main sentiment and added a couple metal triangle studs.

I used letter stickers from the October Afternoon collection to spell out “thanks” on the inside of the card.  I really love the black, gray and yellow color theme of the papers on this card.  I think the old cowboy who receives this card with get a kick out of it too!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Choose to be happy!    Laurie

To purchase the Homegrown stamp set or any other Close To My Heart products, please SHOP HERE!


Wonderful Thin Cuts!

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I LOVE Thin Cuts!  And I’m so happy they are on sale this month at Close To My Heart!  That’s right, all Thin Cuts are 25% off only this month, so don’t miss out on your chance to snag a few of these awesome goodies!

I thought it would be fun to try some variations on using those fabulous Thin Cuts besides just cutting and using the images.  Every time you cut, there is also a negative space cut and that’s what I concentrated on for these cards.

 

For this card, I used the Thin Cuts in the traditional way by cutting the “thanks” from Pomegranate cardstock and adhered it to layers of cardstock and Sugar Rush paper.

For the second card, I used the negative cut that was left over from the first card.  I prepared a multicolored panel to place behind the word by coloring diagonal stripes with my Shin Han markers (see below).  I then double matted the sentiment and adhered it to the card front along with some banner shapes.

There are lots of other ways you could decorate the panel behind the negative Thin Cut space.  Watercolors, water color pencils, pattern paper or plain cardstock would make a nice background feature.

It’s certainly fun to play around with Thin Cuts!  Tomorrow I’ll show you another way I used Thin Cuts as a colorful, dramatic feature so stop by again to check it out.  If you would like to order any of the Thin Cuts and coordinating stamp sets, please SHOP HERE.  Thank you very much!    Laurie


Pirate Birthday Party Cards

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My grandson just turned 3 and his birthday was all about Pirates!!  I had so much fun making his party invitations a couple of weeks ago and this weekend I made thank you cards to send to his friends. Enjoy!!

The card base came from the Cricut cart Pirates and Mermaids and the other images were from various cartridges that came up when I did a search on Design Space.

Here is the inside of the card.  I’m so glad they will be sending thank you notes. I think this is sadly becoming a lost practice these days.  Am I sounding like an old grandma?  LOL!!

Below are the pirate invitations I made for the party.  I posted these a few days ago, but thought you might like to see the invites and thank you cards all together.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ve got to scurry off now to get ready for the pirate party.  I sure don’t want to have to walk the plank if I’m late…. Arrrrrgh!!   Laurie


Get Your Kraft On at Heart 2 Heart!

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This week at Heart 2 Heart we are getting our “Kraft” on!  The challenge this week is to use kraft paper on your project.  I really love the look of kraft paper paired with shiny gold–that “shabby chic” style is a favorite of mine–so I used that combination in my thank you card.

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I used the polka dot kraft paper and gold striped vellum from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper collection from Close To My Heart.  The Wreath Thin Cut is a brand new product that coordinates with the Wreath stamp in the Annual Inspirations catalog.  I heat embossed the wreath in gold, of course!  I’m really becoming a great fan of these Thin Cuts!  I also used one for the word “thanks” at the bottom of the card.

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Please check out the other Design Team projects at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  We really got our “kraft” on this week and we’d love to see your kraft projects too!  Link them up so we can all get some more inspiration!

Have an awesome week and be GRATEFUL for all the little things each day!   Laurie

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