Close To My Heart Cardstock is the BEST!!

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I have been touting the benefits of Close To My Heart cardstock ever since I started using it a few years ago.  Now it is my EXCLUSIVE cardstock to use whenever I need to cut with my Cricut!

Since there is a 25% off sale on all CTMH cardstock during June, I thought it might be fun to do a little experiment to show you why I love this product for Cricut cutting so much!  I cut the same intricate peacock in brand name paper from another company and cardstock from Close To My Heart using the same mat and settings to compare.  Check out my results!

I think it’s pretty obvious from the photos of my “experiment” that Close To My Heart cardstock cuts extremely well in the Cricut.  If you want consistent, smooth, crisp cuts from your Cricut, even on intricate designs, then don’t waste your time and money on cheaper cardstock!  Use frustration-free Close To My Heart cardstock and get it for 25% off during the month of June!

Shop HERE to get your Close To My Heart products.  I sure appreciate your business!   Laurie

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail!

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Easter is just around the corner, but there is still time to make some Easter projects!  The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to create an Easter themed project.  I made this cute bunny card from the Winter Woodland cartridge and the Hope collection from Authentique.

I absolutely love this paper and its vintage vibe.  I added lots of inking around the papers and Cricut cuts to continue the rustic feel.  For the inside sentiment, I used one of the coordinating elements from the paper collection.

Please join us at Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects and then link up your own artwork!  There are so many fun Easter cuts and we can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!   Laurie

Red and White Wedding Card

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Today I’m sharing a wedding card I made with the Thin Cut/stamp set called Hello Lovely Cardmaking Bundle from Close To My Heart.  I challenged myself to only use two colors for this card–red and white.  First I used the Thin Cuts and my Cuttlebug to cut out the shapes.  Then I stamped the matching images in Versamark on Cranberry cardstock, sprinkled on white embossing and used my heat tool to melt the powder.  This made the images quite crisp and clear on the red cardstock.

I adhered the stamped images onto a background of embossed hearts and added a red ribbon with white hearts as embellishment.  I think this makes quite an elegant card for a wedding.

I’m excited to use this Hello Lovely Thin Cut/Stamp set again very soon!  Check out a picture of the set below.  The images outlined in blue are those with a matching Thin Cut.  For more information or to purchase this awesome set, click HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Do something AWESOME!!   Laurie

Pirate Birthday!

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Today is my grandson’s third birthday!  He lives near the ocean in Florida so a Pirate themed birthday card and party was perfect for him!  When he was just a few months old, his nickname was Captain Finley because he sometimes used to slightly close one eye, giving us the “pirate eye”.

These are the invitations for his pirate themed birthday party that will be held next weekend.  I used a bunch of different images that I found on Design Space when I searched for “pirates”. That’s just one of the many things I love about Design Space!

The following photos are of Finley’s birthday card.  I made a tri fold shutter card, again with the pirate theme.  The paper is from Echo Park called Pirate’s Life and the cardstock is from Close To My Heart.  I love to make this type of card since it has a lot of options for embellishments and it can stand on its own for display.

What a blessing it was to witness the pure joy and excitement of a little boy turning three!  I’m so lucky to be spending time with my son and his family this winter, even though I don’t have quite as much time to play with my paper!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I so appreciate you!!  Laurie

Sugar Rush Layout Kit!

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Today I’m introducing my new Sugar Rush Layout Kit!!  I’m a little late in getting this month’s kit completed since I’ve chosen to rock a newborn or play with my toddler grandson instead of crafting at times!!  Plus I’m trying to get used to my “mobile” craft room that moved from Nebraska to Florida.

So here it is–the beautiful Sugar Rush paper collection is the perfect paper to showcase photos of your loved ones, Valentine photos, new baby photos, wedding pictures and so much more!!  Inspiration for these layouts came from Pinterest and CTMH corporate samples, but I put my own spin and variations on each.

You can order a precut kit with all the embellishments by contacting me at or leaving a message here on the blog.  Cost of the 4 double page layouts is only $32.00 plus postage.   I will let you know the cost of postage when you order.  Payment can be made through PayPal.

I hope you enjoy my layout designs–they were very fun to make and the paper was super fun to work with!

Thanks for stopping by–do something AWESOME every day!   Laurie

Return to Sender!

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Elvis’ birthday was January 8 so this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are channeling our inner Elvis to create a project inspired by an Elvis song or movie!!  Sounds like fun, right?  One of my favorite Elvis songs is “Return to Sender” so that was my inspiration for this postage themed Valentine’s Day card.

I cut the images for the front of the card from the French Manor cartridge and the stamp image for the inside came from  Sentimentals.  The paper is all from the Enchantment Fundamentals collection by Close To My Heart.  I thought the word search type paper would be perfect for my letter themed card!

Now it’s your turn to create your own Elvis inspired project!  Have a favorite Elvis song or movie or do you have pictures from an Elvis impersonator or a trip to Graceland?  Make a project and share with us at Bitten by the Bug 2!  You might even win a box of Cricut supplies and cartridges!  Details are on the BBTB2 blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your New Year is off to a fabulous start!   Laurie

Nativity Cards at BBTB2

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The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is to use a Nativity or Hanukkah symbol on your project.  I chose to use the simple Nativity cut from the Teresa Collins December 25 cartridge.


I love the simple elegance of this cut and I “dressed” it up with a star made from glitter paper.  The paper and chevron stripes I found in my paper stash.


Please join us at Bitten by the Bug 2 and link up your own projects with a Christmas or Hanukkah symbol.  We love to have your share!

Wishing you many blessing during this Holiday week!   Laurie