Labor Day Careers at BBTB2!

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week we are celebrating Labor Day by inviting you to create a project about a special CAREER.  My oldest son is a CPA and he was recently chosen to be trained to work in a new accounting area.  It was quite an honor and so I decided to choose the Accountant career for my project and make him a congratulations card.

I used several Cricut cartridges on this card–Art Philosophy for the number overlay, Learning Curve for the Great Job checkmark and Locker Talk for the computer and calculator.

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects.  We love it when you share, so you are all invited to link up your own CAREER projects.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!   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

Red and White at Bitten by the Bug 2

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is to create a project using RED and WHITE.  I made this simple card from Flower Market and Art Philosophy(retired) cartridges by Close To My Heart.  It was really hard for me to stick to only two colors so I just had to add a splash of green for the flower’s stem.

I used two retired embossing folders which are on clearance from Close To My Heart (Diamonds and Dots) to add more interest and texture to the card and popped up several elements using dimensional foam.  The white layer behind the flower is cut from glitter paper.

Please hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful red and white projects created by my design team sisters.  Then get busy making your own projects to link up for us all to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Eat lots of chocolate this week in honor of Valentine’s Day!   Laurie



Heart 2 Heart Challenge–Woodgrain

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Rustic metal, repurposing pallets and woodgrain are all the rage these days (especially if you are channeling Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper LOL)!!  This week at Heart 2 Heart, we were challenged to create a project using Woodgrain.  Well, instead of using some of the beautiful woodgrain paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals collection, I decided to use the new Wood Slats embossing folder by Close To My Heart.


I designed this card by welding together two scalloped shapes from Art Philosophy in Design Space.  I embossed the Cocoa layer with the Wood Slats embossing folder and then sanded it a bit to expose the white core.  I stamped the cute raccoon and sentiment from the Woodland Critters stamp set onto a sponged background of Cocoa, Saffron, Sea Glass, Peacock and Desert Sand.

Check out Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week to see the other design team projects using Woodgrain.  You will be sure to find some great inspiration!  We always love to see your projects too, so please share!!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to do something AWESOME today!    Laurie

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More Florence Cards

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Yesterday I shared a couple of cards I made with the beautiful Florence paper by Close To My Heart.  Well, just like eating potato chips, it’s hard for me to stop with just one!  So here are some more!  I found a tutorial for these vertical Z fold cards on Splitcoast Stampers (via Pinterest) and wanted to give this technique a try.  What do you think?



Again I used the CTMH “A Bunch of Love” stamp set and Thin Cuts to make the floral image on the front of each card.  I colored the images with my Shin Han markers and mounted them on a fancy shape from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  This cartridge will be retiring soon, so if you do not own it yet, don’t delay!  They are on a “while supplies last” basis.



Here are pictures of the cards when fully open.  There is a sentiment and a space to write a message on the inside.


When closed, the front section of the card is tucked under a flower that is popped up with dimensional foam.  They stand nicely on their own for display.  A sprinkle of Florence sequins added a bit of bling to each card.

If you would like directions for these cards, just let me know.  And if you would like any of the supplies I used, shop HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today and make it an AWESOME day!    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.

Happy Mother’s Day at BBTB2!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to create a Mother’s Day project using a vase or bouquet of flowers.  I decided to make a card with 3D flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge by Close To My Heart.  I love to make these flowers!  It gives me a little thrill each time I roll up those spirals of flat paper and POOF they become a beautiful and fairly realistic flower!  Don’t judge–I’m just easily amused!


I used paper from the Zoe collection by Close To My Heart along with Crystal Blue cardstock.  The flowers were made with Canary, Thistle, Pixie, and Smoothie cardstock.  The flower pitcher cut is from Country Life and I embossed it with the CTMH Scallop embossing folder.  A simple Pixie twine bow was all it needed for embellishment since the flowers are the stars of the show.

Hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful flower projects made by my design team sisters!  You are sure to get lots of inspiration for making your own Mother’s Day cards.  We always love to see your projects too, so link them up!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  You are awesome!   Laurie