Sympathy Cards

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It seems like I’ve needed lots of sympathy cards lately and they are definitely not the type of card I’d CHOOSE to make.  But since my supply has dwindled, I decided to make a few replacements.  I chose to use the leafy branch cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge by Close To My Heart.  I think it makes a simple, classic card design, especially against the woodgrain paper from Authentique.  The sentiment stamps are also from Close To My Heart.


Remember to make every minute count–hug your family and cherish your friends!   Laurie

Check out the March promotions from Close To My Heart below.  SHOP HERE to get your fabulous products!!

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Share the Love!

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You have probably seen a lot of information online about the February Close To My Heart promotion, a special stamp set called Share the Love.  But I wanted to mention this special one more time since it is for such a good cause–Operation Smile!  For every Share the Love stamp set sold during the month of February, Close To My Heart will donate $7.00 to Operation Smile, an organization that repairs cleft lips and palates for children around the world.  What could be better than helping children while getting a super cute stamp set?


I made this card with the new Regatta paper collection with Shimmer Trim and Red Enamel Hearts for embellishments.


This card was made with the La Vie En Rose paper collection.  Aren’t those images great?  And the sentiment are just perfect for so many occasions!

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To make your donation to Operation Smile, just purchase a Share the Love stamp set or any other Close To My Heart products on my online shopping site.

Choose to be Happy!!    Laurie

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Happy Birthday, Finley!!

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Today is my grandson’s second birthday!  I’m sad because they live too far away for me to visit again so soon after Christmas, but I’m happy because I made him the cutest card ever!  Since they live by the beach in Florida, pirates and nautical themes are always a popular choice.  So when I saw the Regatta paper collection in the new Seasonal Expression catalog by Close To My Heart and the darling pirate stamp set, I knew what Finley’s birthday card would be!


I layered two of the B&T Regatta papers and used Pomegranate cardstock to add mats.  The Maritime Puffy stickers had an anchor which was perfect for an accent.


Isn’t that little pirate just adorable?  It came from the new stamp set called Pirate Birthday, also in the new Seasonal Expressions catalog.  I colored him with Shin Han markers just like the sample in the catalog.


I decorated the inside of the card by spelling out a message with the Typography Alphabet stamp set and cut a large “2” from Art Philosophy.  The zip strip was perfect to add another nautical flair to the card.

Happy second birthday, Finley!

See photos below for the January promotions by Close To My Heart:

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Bitten By The Bug 2 Halloween

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This week at Bitten By The Bug 2 we are showcasing Cricut projects about Halloween.  Believe it or not, Halloween is fast approaching and then Thanksgiving and then…oh boy!  Wish time would slow down sometimes.  My Halloween project is a cut from the newest Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart called Artistry.  You can find more information or purchase this amazing cartridge HERE.  This cut is meant to be an overlay, but I thought it would also make a nice Halloween decoration to display this month.


I cut the overlay at 11.5 inches from Sunset cardstock and mounted it to a Black background.  I also found coordinating bat and ghost shapes from Artistry so I sized them in Design Space to fit the same shapes on the overlay.  I cut the bats in Whisper and Slate and the Ghost in White Daisy.  I found the spooky eyes on another cartridge and added them to dress up the “Boo”.  The bats’ eyes and ghost’s mouth have green, black and orange Shimmer Trim from Close To My Heart.  I also made 3 black rolled roses from Art Philosophy to add the finishing touch.  I love the Designed Décor Shadow Box and I think it is the perfect place to display this Halloween decoration!

Check out the Bitten By The Bug 2 website to find more amazing Halloween ideas made by the talented Design Team members!  And remember, something WONDERFUL is always about to happen!!   Laurie

Sympathy Cards

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No one likes to make sympathy cards, but I needed to replenish my supply at home.   I wanted to make several cards in various designs and styles, so I looked to my favorite inspiration place–Pinterest!  I also searched for ideas on the Design Space subscription by Cricut.  I hope you enjoy my designs and can get some inspiration yourself!


The first set of cards was made with cuts from Art Philosophy by Close To My Heart.  I used paper from my stash and stamped the sentiment inside with CTMH stamps.

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This card was made with paper from Die Cuts With a View and again stamped with a sentiment from Close To My Heart.

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This final card has both dry embossing with the Cuttlebug and heat embossing with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.  The flower images on the front and the sentiment on the inside are both from stamp sets by Close To My Heart.  To purchase any of these stamps sets, go to my Close To My Heart shopping website.

Remember–something WONDERFUL is always about to happen!   Laurie

Another Installment of Birthday Cards!

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As promised, I have even more Birthday cards to share this week!  The first card was made with the Hopscotch paper from Close To My Heart.  It is such a cheerful paper pack and I wish I had bought more before it retired.  These cards came together so fast since all the coordinating cardstock is included in the paper pack.  No searching your stash for a color that matches!  For these cards I used Sunset, Lagoon, Colonial White and matching inks.  The sentiment label was cut from Art Philosophy by CTMH and the embellishments came from the Hopscotch Complements and Assortments.

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The next card was made with the beautiful Brushed paper which is still available for purchase at my CTMH website.  I accented the floral paper with Juniper and White Daisy cardstock and Hollyhock ink.  The flowers and brads came from my paper crafting stash and are not from Close To My Heart.  I also used the handy zip strip from the top of each B & T paper which is another reason to LOVE these paper packs!


Stop back in a day or so for one more set of Birthday cards that I made from the Blossom Card making Workshop on the Go.

Always remember something WONDERFUL is about to happen!   Laurie

It’s Almost Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner!  Wouldn’t your Mom appreciate a beautiful, hand crafted card this year?  Here are a few that I recently made.  These cards were all made with Close To My Heart papers (Brushed, Hopscotch, Paper Fundamentals) and cardstock.   All the Cricut cuts were from the Close To My Heart cartridges Artfully Sent, Artiste and Art Philosophy.  You can purchase any of these supplies by visiting my CTMH shopping website.

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