Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

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Hello Friends!

Today I’m sharing a Mother’s Day card I made for the Heart 2 Heart Challenges design team with the fabulous Live Beautifully paper collection from Close To My Heart.  This paper is only available during the month of May for National Scrapbook Month and is just perfect for Mother’s Day!

I used the recently retired Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge to create the rose card base from Black cardstock.  This cartridge is officially retired, but can still be purchased from the Going Soon section of the CTMH shopping site.  I simply layered the beautiful rose print paper beneath the black base, added a sentiment panel and a bow of Black and Gold ribbon.  Presto–a quick and easy, yet quite dramatic card for a special mother!

I hope you can stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog to see the other design team projects with Roses.  Lots of great inspiration for sure!

Check out the gorgeous Live Beautifully paper collection and coordinating stamp set below.  You can shop HERE to get your own set!  Thanks a bunch!   Laurie


Christmas Wreath Gift Card Holder

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Hello Friends!

This week the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use a WREATH cut on a project.  I decided to incorporate the wreath envelope from Artfully Sent, a retired cartridge from Close To My Heart, with the holly spray from Anna’s Winter Wonderland as an embellishment.  Then I made a tag to hold a gift card that will slide inside the wreath envelope.


The paper is from an old My Mind’s Eye Christmas collection.  The holly swag and bow are cut from Close To My Heart glitter paper.  I think these will make a great way to “fancy up” a plain old gift card–after all, when in doubt just add glitter (or glitter paper)!!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out my Design Team sisters’ projects with a Christmas wreath cut.  It’s not too late to get some ideas for making your holiday greeting cards for this year!  Then link them up so we can all enjoy your artwork.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your week is AWESOME!!   Laurie

Boo! It’s Halloween Time!

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Hello Friends!

Well, the frost is definitely on the pumpkin this morning as we had our first “freeze” overnight in southeast Nebraska!  I have to say that I won’t be all that sad to say goodbye to my gardens for the year.  They haven’t been very high on my priority list this year anyway!

What has been high on my list, though, is crafting–specifically making Halloween cards!  Here are two pop-up Halloween cards that I recently made using retired Close To My Heart paper and the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.



The Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge makes it so easy to make these cards!  All you have to do is pick your papers and coordinating cardstock and push CUT!



If you need any Close To My Heart products, please shop HERE.  I would be happy to help you with any of your paper crafting needs!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!   Laurie

Easter Cards Part 6

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Hello Friends!

Welcome to my final installment of Easter cards for 2016!  I loved making all these cards and look forward to a fun and inspirational Easter week!


This first card is from Artfully Sent by Close To My Heart.  It is a cute pop up card with a bunny inside and the appropriate “Hoppy Easter” sentiment.  There are so many cute pop up cards on this cartridge for all kinds of occasions–you can check it out HERE!


The next card was so easy to make!  I simply searched for Easter images in Design Space and designed away!  I love how you can even change the colors of the images and layers so that you can see exactly what your project will look like even before you cut.


I hope you have all enjoyed my series of Easter cards and as always, thanks for stopping by today!  Now it’s on to Graduation, Mother’s Day, Weddings…!!    Laurie

There is only one week left to get your FREE stamp set during the Stampaganza promotion!  There is also that adorable Sunshine Birdies Stamp of the Month too!  Shop HERE to snap up your bargains!

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Valentine for my Grandson

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Hello Friends!

Today I would like to share the Valentine I made for my grandson.  The inspiration for this card came from Melanie Brown at Courtney Lane, Margi Gilbertson at Artsy Margi and a cute little sock monkey I found at Walmart.


I used the sock monkey cut from Artfully Sent by Close To  My Heart along with Cranberry, Glacier, Chocolate and Black cardstock.  The “love you” stamp is from the January Stamp of the Month stamp set.  The only embellishment I used was a red enamel heart from CTMH.


Here is the inside of the kraft card base along with a Happy Valentine stamp from Close To My Heart.  I can’t wait to see how my grandson likes the stuffed sock monkey and matching card!  Of course, he had to get a couple of books, too.  The former teacher in me demands that he have a book or two for every holiday!!

Today is an awesome day–make lots of people smile!    Laurie


Pop Up Cards Part 2

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Hello, Everyone!

In my last post I shared a few pop up cards from the Artfully Sent cartridge by Close To My Heart.  Today I have a few more!  The first card is a flowery, frilly birthday card that I made with some old paper and cardstock I found in my craft room.

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I love the elegance of this wedding card!  I used the Close To My Heart stamp set The Happy Couple for my sentiments and some shimmery metallic paper for the accents.  Dimensional foam helps to make them really pop off the page.

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Aren’t these baby cards sweet?  I used Close To My Heart cardstock and the cuts all came out great!  I added a little bling, ribbon, twine and a charm and these were a snap to make!

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Artfully Sent is one of those cartridges that can be a little confusing to use, but don’t give up!  Just jump right in a play around with the different keys and options and before you know it, you will be creating beautiful cards!

Remember to leave a little glitter wherever you go!    Laurie

Artfully Sent Pop Up Cards

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Hello, Crafty Friends!

I recently played with the pop up cards on my Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.  Here are a few of the cards I made.  Instead of the suggested 5″x 7″ card size, I made mine 6.5″x 5″ so they would fit in my A7 sized envelopes.  On the first card I used some shimmer paper from my stash along with stamps by Close To My Heart.

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On the front of the get well card, I used various cuts from the Cricut subscription on my Explore along with some older Echo Park paper.

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This birthday card was made with Imaginece paper and cutouts.

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Don’t be afraid to use the pop up card feature on the Artfully Sent cartridge–it’s lots of fun with endless possibilities!

Be sure to share your smile today!   Laurie