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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September Workshops–Order Now!!

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The September Close To My Heart Workshops are ready for you!  I created a three page Halloween themed Scrapbook Workshop and used designs from fellow consultant, Karen Pederson, to create a Card Workshop.   Here they are!!

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The Scrapbook Workshop includes:  Jeepers Creepers paper pack, Jeepers Creepers Complements, all Thin Cuts, Cricut cuts and extra cardstock for base pages and photo mats.  Plus I will have all the paper cut and ready for you to assemble.  Price is $25.00.

You can come to my home on Sunday, October 2 to assemble the layouts together or I can mail/deliver a set to you.  Postage will be additional.

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The Card Workshop contains 12 card bases and envelopes, the Happy Heart stamp set, all Thin cuts, Rustic Home paper and coordinating cardstock cut and ready for you to stamp and assemble.  Plus you will get the supplies to make a fancy shaker style card!  All for only $20.00!

Again, you can come to my home on Monday, October 3 to assemble the cards together or I can mail/deliver a set to you so you can make them at home.  You can always choose different sentiments if you’d like.

I will be placing an order for supplies on September 15, so please RSVP for your kits by then!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!    Laurie


More Flower Market Cards

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On my last post I shared a couple of cards I made with the brand new Flower Market Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.  It is pretty amazing, I have to say!  Not only do you get a cartridge loaded with 700 plus images, but you also get 3 full sized stamp sets and a 24 pack of Adventures cardstock!

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Who doesn’t love a happy sunflower?  This sunflower banner is one of my favorite cuts on this cartridge.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto the sunflower, added some sequins and a bow from the new Rustic Home Ribbons and mounted them on a background from the Whimsy Fundamentals paper.

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The flowers on this card are so pretty and after I manipulated the images a bit in Design Space, make a nice little bouquet.  I added a banner with a sentiment from the Flower Market coordinated stamp set.  Again, the Whimsy Fundamentals paper makes the perfect background.

Get your own Flower Market cartridge by shopping HERE.  Or contact me to tell you how you can get if for half price!

STOM

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Russian Nesting Dolls and Lingonberries?

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to create a project with a travel theme.  On the surface my Russian nesting doll project does not appear to be travel related, but when you hear the story behind it, I’m sure you will understand!

I made a thank you card using the nesting doll cut from the Crazy Cute Cards cartridge on Design Space.  I used Close To My Heart cardstock since I can always be sure it will cut well on my Cricut, especially the more intricate designs on these dolls.  Now stay with me for a bit–the travel connection is coming!

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The above photo shows all the nesting dolls out of their paper pockets.  The following pictures show the card when it is assembled and how the smaller dolls fit into the pockets to resemble a real Russian nesting doll.

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Now for the travel connection… Some friends of ours, Steve and Ann Teget, were in Europe this summer and one of the souveniers they brought back was a Russian nesting doll.  They have a travel blog and Facebook page called Postcard Jar.  You should definitely check it out!  When they returned from their trip, they held a Facebook Live event to talk about their trip and the nesting dolls were a prize they gave away to one of their listeners.  My husband and I were the lucky winners all because of LINGONBERRIES!  But that’s a story for another day!!

Here are pictures of the real Russian nesting dolls which were the inspiration for my card project.  Enjoy!!

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Now stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other Design Team members’ travel themed projects.  Then link up you own projects to share the fun!  And be sure to visit the Postcard Jar blog for some travel fun!