Trees for Arbor Day at BBTB2

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, we are thinking Arbor Day and Trees!  The challenge is to use a TREE cut to make a project.  Since we always seem to need sympathy cards, I decided to make one to have on hand.

I used paper from the Hello Lovely collection from Close To My Heart to make this card.  It paired nicely with Fern cardstock for the tree image from Artistry, also from Close To My Heart.  It is hard to see in the photo, but I attached the tree image to a rectangle shape and then used the Slice feature to make a window in the top card layer that has the tree image.  I then cut a separate tree image in Fern cardstock to attach over the trees cut in the window.  The sentiment is from a retired stamp set, also by Close To My Heart.

I hope you can take a minute to stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see more TREE projects created by my talented design team sisters!  Then join the fun and link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Do something AWESOME today!   Laurie

Banners and Signs for BBTB2

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The Bitten by the Bug 2 design team was asked to create projects using a Banner or Sign this week.  I recently saw a canvas project with a cute bunny and the words “hippity-hop” at a store and used that as my inspiration.  Instead of putting my cuts on a canvas, I decided to put my design in an old rustic frame that I had laying around in the basement.

I used the beautiful Hope paper collection by Authentique.  There is just something about soft blues and browns that appeals to me lately.  The bunny was cut from the Easter 2010 cartridge and the banner and “hippity hop” were from Artistry by Close To My Heart.  I think this cute bunny will make a fun addition to my Easter décor!

You really should check out the other projects containing a Banner or Sign at Bitten by the Bug 2 and then get busy crafting so you can share your projects too!

Thanks for stopping by today–I hope you have a fabulous week!   Laurie

Advent “Calendar” Tree

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I know that these advent calendar trees have been around for quite some time and originated from a CTMH “competitor” LOL, but I thought it would be fun to give them a try this year.  I made 26 boxes from the Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart from a Michael’s paper pack.  I arranged them on a covered 11 inch chipboard circle with layers of 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 boxes.  The final 26th box on top does not have a number and is for decorative purposes only.


I used a hot glue gun to assemble the tree and attach a bow at the top.  The numbers were stamped on scalloped circles and heat embossed in gold to match the paper.  Each day in December, the correct box is opened to reveal a treat!!  I’m glad I gave this project a try and so happy with how it turned out!  Now who to give it to…??

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September Workshops–Order Now!!

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The September Close To My Heart Workshops are ready for you!  I created a three page Halloween themed Scrapbook Workshop and used designs from fellow consultant, Karen Pederson, to create a Card Workshop.   Here they are!!

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The Scrapbook Workshop includes:  Jeepers Creepers paper pack, Jeepers Creepers Complements, all Thin Cuts, Cricut cuts and extra cardstock for base pages and photo mats.  Plus I will have all the paper cut and ready for you to assemble.  Price is $25.00.

You can come to my home on Sunday, October 2 to assemble the layouts together or I can mail/deliver a set to you.  Postage will be additional.


The Card Workshop contains 12 card bases and envelopes, the Happy Heart stamp set, all Thin cuts, Rustic Home paper and coordinating cardstock cut and ready for you to stamp and assemble.  Plus you will get the supplies to make a fancy shaker style card!  All for only $20.00!

Again, you can come to my home on Monday, October 3 to assemble the cards together or I can mail/deliver a set to you so you can make them at home.  You can always choose different sentiments if you’d like.

I will be placing an order for supplies on September 15, so please RSVP for your kits by then!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!    Laurie

September Stamp of the Month Card

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Today I’d like to share another card I made using the September Stamp of the Month called “Blessed Beyond Measure”.  I have to say this is one of my favs!  I used the woodgrain chevron paper from the Rustic Home collection, another one of my favs!  The coordinating Cricut cuts are from the Artistry cartridge by Close To My Heart.


I colored the leaves by sponging with various Fall colors and stamped the pumpkin with Autumn Terracotta.  The oval shapes are some nesting dies I had in my stash.  The ribbon is from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack.

You can get this wonderful stamp for only $5.00 by placing a $50.00 Close To My Heart order HERE!


Heart 2 Heart–Stamping Month

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September is National Stamping Month and we will be celebrating stamping at Heart 2 Heart the next two weeks.  This week the challenge is to feature STAMPING in your projects.  Fun, fun, fun!

I chose to use a few different stamping techniques on my card–creating a background, heat embossing, sponging and using coordinated Cricut cuts with the stamped images of the September Stamp of the Month.  I really love this “Blessed Beyond Measure” stamp set, mainly because of the sentiments, but also because I love the Fall colors you see in pumpkins and falling leaves.  How about you?


I used the gold embossed striped paper from the Rustic Home collection along with Chocolate cardstock for the background of the card.  I stamped the small leaf multiple times on the Chocolate cardstock in Versamark ink, applied clear embossing powder and then heat embossed.  I really like the tone on tone, shiny effect this creates.

Since the leaf stamps on this set have coordinating Cricut cuts from Artistry, I just cut a bunch of leaves and randomly sponged them in various Fall colors.  I then stamped the “veins” in Chocolate ink.  I adhered the leaves along the card as if they were blowing in the wind, added a strip of lacy ribbon from the Rustic Home collection and a simple sentiment matted in a shiny gold paper.

Close To My Heart has so many wonderful stamping products that it makes it very easy to create beautiful stamped artwork!  Check out the other design team projects at Heart 2 Heart and then get busy stamping!  We love it when you link up your work for everyone to enjoy!

If you need the beautiful September Stamp of the Month or any other Close To My Heart products, you can SHOP HERE!  Thanks for stopping by today!    Laurie



You Are Spectacular!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, the theme is Focus On You.  We are to somehow use a pair of GLASSES on our projects.  Well, I have had my eye (so to speak) on the eyeglass overlay cut from the Artistry cartridge by Close To My Heart for quite some time.  This challenge provided the perfect time to use it and the adorable picture of my grandson sporting his Harry Potter glasses was the perfect subject for my layout!


I used the new Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, also from Close To My Heart and Peacock cardstock.  I love how the background paper behind the glasses overlay has rows of letters that reminded me of an eye chart!  The silly eyes that I sprinkled around on the layout came from the Photo Booth cartridge.  The font is also from Artistry.

Please check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2 to see more creative projects that Focus On You with eyeglass Cricut cuts.  Then link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today and remember YOU ARE SPECTACULAR too!!   Laurie