An Apple a Day at BBTB2!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the theme is APPLES!  I was excited to see this challenge since Autumn has a special apple memory for me and I was happy to have a reason to document that memory on a scrapbook page.  Every Autumn I have to make several batches of Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce, a recipe that came from my Grandma.  She passed away when I was only 14 years old, so this cake always makes me think of her.


I used some Authentique paper and embellishments from my stash, and the apple Cricut cuts are from Artbooking and Classroom–August and September.  I manipulated the images in Design Space, making an apple frame and apple border.  The apple that was cut inside the frame became another embellishment on the page.  The lace embellishments remind me of an apron that my grandma might have worn back in the day.


I plan to place a copy of the Apple Cake recipe behind the apple photo frame so that whomever gets this scrapbook when I am gone will see how important it was to me and they can even make the yummy cake too!  Doesn’t it look good?


Please visit the Bitten by the Bug 2 site to see the other projects created by my talented design team sisters.  Then get your Cricuts busy creating your own APPLE projects to share with all of us!   We love to see what everyone has to share!    Laurie



Happy Fourth from BBTB2!!

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Happy Independence Day!!  Appropriately the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is Fireworks.  The design team was asked create a project that contains a firework, firecracker or sparkler Cricut cut.  I had the perfect pictures for this and a layout idea was born!

Last year our son and his family were able to spend the July Fourth holiday with us in Nebraska.  We had lots of fun introducing our grandson to some simple fireworks like parachutes, sparklers and poppers. He especially liked stomping on the poppers.  It was great fun and I have so many special memories of that weekend. Thank goodness I’m a scrapbooker and those memories are now recorded forever!


I used the Independence Day-Celebrate Cricut cartridge for the fireworks and rocket cuts. The beautiful Authentique paper and coordinating embellishments that I had been saving (hoarding!) were just perfect for this project.

Now it’s your turn to join the fun!  Create your own projects that have a firework themed Cricut cut and link them up at Bitten by the Bug 2 for everyone to enjoy!

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend and thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie

Father’s Day at BBTB2

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It’s almost Father’s Day and we are celebrating special Dads at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  I have made and shared quite a few Father’s Day cards in recent weeks, but there is always room for one more, right?  This fancy fold card is made from a Design Space file shared by my fabulous up line, Joy Tracey of Obsessed With Scrapbooking.

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The patterned paper I used for this card is from Authentique and the cardstock is from Close To My Heart (Peacock and Colonial White).  The stamped sentiments (A Day for Dad and Beyond Awesome) are also from Close To My Heart.


I added a couple of embellishments from the Urban Complements and Triangle Durables, both from Close To My Heart.  The card really doesn’t need much in the way of embellishments as the interesting fold is the real star here!


Stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 for more Father’s Day inspiration!  Then link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!

Here are the specials from Close To My Heart this month–get all the details by clicking on each photo.

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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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Valentine Pop Up Box Card

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I’d like to share the Valentine Pop Up Box card that I made for my husband.  These are so fun to make and I love that they stand up on their own yet fold flat to fit into an envelope for delivery.  They look pretty impressive in person!



I had some Authentique Valentine paper and embellishments in my craftroom that I thought would be perfect for this project.  Next to Close To My Heart paper, I am very partial to Authentique paper.  There’s just something about the texture and designs that I love!

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I think my husband will really like this card!  It’s actually a card AND home décor in one–you can’t go wrong with that!


You could make this pop up box card for any occasion.  I was asked to use this design to make some table decorations for a customer who is hosting a retirement celebration–can’t wait to get started on those!

Wishing you lots of LOVELY moments on this Valentine’s Day and EVERYDAY!!    Laurie

Shop HERE to get the February Close To My Heart specials:

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Celebrating a Birthday!

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Last week my dad turned 80 years old–crazy, right?!!  My dad is a huge fisherman–almost to the point of being obsessed if you get right down to it.  He is also an expert fish fry chef and our whole family has been blessed with many a wonderful fish dinner over the years!  So of course, his birthday card had to have a “fishing” theme!


I used some paper from the Authentique Suave collection for the background along with cardstock from Close To My Heart.  The fish cut is from the Wild Card 2 Cricut cartridge and the sentiment inside is from Outdoor Man.


And now for a picture of the birthday boy–Happy 80th Birthday, Dad!  Wishing you many more successful fishing adventures this year!


Remember that something wonderful is ALWAYS about to happen!    Laurie

Check out the awesome specials from Close To My Heart during the month of February:

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More Layouts from the Make-a-Wish Crop

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Today I’d like to share a few more layouts that I made at the Make-a-Wish Crop a couple of weeks ago. On the first layout I used some arrow cuts from the newest Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart called Artistry.   Arrows are so popular right now, so I was happy to find all these great cuts.  I especially like the circular arrow “wreath”.


For all these layouts, I used paper that I have been hoarding for a long time.  Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and cut, no matter how hard it is!  The paper I used is from Authentique and Die Cuts With a View.

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The pictures on these layouts were from around Thanksgiving last year, so I guess I am not too far behind on my scrapping.  It’s hard to believe we will have another Thanksgiving already next week!  Luckily there are always more memories to document via scrapbooking!

Always remember something wonderful is about to happen!   Laurie