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!


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.





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!!



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!

Artiste–Going Soon!

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Have you heard the news?  Three of the amazing Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges will be retiring soon!  Artiste, Art Philosophy, and Artfully Sent are all on a “while supplies last” basis.  Sad, I know!

Today I’d like to share a couple of cards I made with cuts from Artiste.  I really love all the seasonal cuts, mini album pages, three dimensional cuts, swing cards and doilies!  If you don’t have this cartridge yet, you definitely need to take a look!


The first card is a baby card made with cuts from Artiste and the Georgie paper collection from Close To My Heart.  I think the silver glitter paper adds the perfect accent for this card suitable for a boy or a girl.


The second card is a simple thank you card using the Zoe paper collection.  Don’t you love that triangle design and “thanks” sentiment?

The versatile and varied 700 images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge make it a great go-to cartridge to have in your crafting arsenal! Along with the cartridge, you also get three full sized stamp sets and a pack of 24 CTMH assorted cardstock.  Click HERE to get one for yourself before they are gone!


Make someone smile today!   Laurie

Shaker Thank You Card

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to create a Graduation or Thank You project.  Since Graduations are pretty much over here in Nebraska, I decided to make a Thank You card instead.  I found some sequins when I was cleaning in my craft room the other day and thought a shaker thank you card would be just the ticket!


I used Zoe paper from Close To My Heart along with Lagoon and Sunset cardstock.  The frame is a cut from Art Philosophy and I welded the “thanks” from Artiste onto the frame in Design Space.  I cut a second “thanks” in Sunset and glued it on top to give it strength and contrast.  I used a Flip Flap to hold the multicolored sequins and attached it to the back of the frame.  Dimensional foam around the frame makes it stand out and allows the sequins to shake around.  A final bit of doodling with a Black marker and it was done!


Did you hear the news that several of the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges (Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artfully Sent) will be retiring and are only available on a “while supplies last” basis?  If you have any of these on your wish list, don’t delay.  Predictions are that they will not last long!  Shop HERE.

Thank You Card

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I recently needed some thank you cards so I decided to use the retired Penelope paper from Close To My Heart which has such beautiful, bright colors.  There’s something about Thistle and Pear together that I just love!  And the washi tape accents added just the right touch.

IMG_3491The oval background shape came from the Lacy Labels cartridge, one that I don’t use very often.  The “thank you” sentiment came from a cut I found on Design Space from the Thoughts and Phrases image file.  I love how cheerful it turned out!


Make sure to get your set of Happy Times paper during the month of May!  You will fall in love with the beautiful gold foil on several of the pages.  Get your set FREE with a $60 Close To My Heart purchase or you can purchase it alone for $14.95.  There is also a coordinating stamp set that you can buy for $17.95.  Anyone who gets the Happy Times paper pack can come to a FREE workshop where we will create three 2 page layouts or cards.  Workshop sessions will be Sunday, June 12 or Tuesday, June 14 at 1:00 pm.


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Springtime Wishes Part 3

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Last week I wrote a couple of blog posts showing ways to use the new Springtime Wishes stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts.  The first post showed a Congrats card using Watercolor pencils to color the stamps.  The next post showed a Best Wishes card using Shin Han markers.  Today I would like to share a Thank You card.


I used the new Charlotte paper collection by Close To My Heart along with Whisper, Sorbet, and White Daisy cardstock.  I cut several inches off the front panel of my card base and attached one of the decorative cards that are included in the paper pack so that it extended beyond the cut edge of card.  The sentiment is also attached so that it extends past the edge.  I think this gives a nice note of interest to the card design!


To make the flowers, I first painted some layers of color onto watercolor paper using CTMH Watercolor Paints.  When the paper was dry, I placed the Thin Cuts on it and ran them through the Cuttlebug to quickly and easily cut the shape.  I then stamped the coordinating image in Slate ink and attached them to the card.


Treasured Puffies were the perfect way to embellish this interesting, yet beautiful card!  Check out the pictures below of the Springtime Wishes stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts.  Those images with a blue outline are the ones that have a matching Thin Cut die.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about the different techniques I used to create these cards.  I really love the versatility and ease of these awesome new products and if I can do it, you can do it too!!  If you would like to try these Thin Cuts or any other Close To My Heart products, please shop HERE.

Be the good in the world today!   Laurie


Giving Thanks at BBTB2

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Happy Thanksgiving week!  We are very thankful at Bitten by the Bug 2 for those of you who regularly visit the blog and especially those of you who link up your projects and join in our challenges!  This week the challenge is to create a project that has the word “thanks”.  I decided to make a set of thank you cards and found a great image on the Garden Party cartridge–one that I rarely use.  I again used paper from the Sangria collection by Close To My Heart.  I don’t think I will ever get tired of these papers and coordinating cardstock colors!

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During this Thanksgiving season, I need to mention how thankful I am to be a part of the Bitten by the Bug 2 Design Team!  I really enjoy stretching my creativity and thinking outside my “normal” by creating projects each week to fit the challenges.  I hope we can provide a bit of inspiration for all of you too!

Feeling grateful and blessed–Laurie

Thankful for Heart 2 Heart Challenges

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I am honored to be the host for this week’s challenge at Heart 2 Heart!  The theme this week is Giving Thanks and the Design Team has created some great projects for your inspiration.  While you are looking, I hope you can think about all the wonderful things you have to be thankful for this week (and every day of every week)!

I created a card using paper from the White Pines collection by Close To My Heart.  This paper is only available until the end of December.  I love it because it is so versatile and can be used for so much more than Christmas.  If you haven’t gotten your set yet, don’t delay!  You can click the link above to order.


I used the Harvest Wreath and Blessings of Autumn (Hostess only) stamp sets from Close To My Heart along with Fern, Honey, Eggplant and Cranberry inks.  A little fussy cutting and layering of images made a nice fall themed wreath as the focal point of my card.



Please link up your “Give Thanks” projects at Heart 2 Heart Challenges to play along!  We are certainly thankful for all of you!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!   Laurie