Sympathy Cards

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Hello Friends!

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

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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

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Celebrating a Birthday!

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Hello Friends!

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

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More Layouts from the Make-a-Wish Crop

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Hello Friends!

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


Thanksgiving Pumpkins

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Hello Friends!

It’s November already and November means Thanksgiving and yummy pumpkin pie!  This week on Bitten by the Bug 2 we were challenged to use a Cricut pumpkin cut on our projects.  I chose to use the pumpkin from Artbooking by Close To My Heart and frame it with a cut from The First Few Years.  This card came together so quickly and I think it will be perfect as a special Thanksgiving greeting for someone special.


I am a huge fan of the Autumn color palette of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns.  I am also a huge fan of Authentique papers so it was the perfect choice to use the beautiful Authentique “Thankful” paper collection for my card.  Don’t these papers have the nicest fall colors?


Please visit the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog to see what my other talented design sisters have created to share with you this week.  Then link up your own wonderful projects!  We can all use a little inspiration, right?

Make this week wonderful!!   Laurie

Accordion File Box Albums

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Hello, Friends!

I have had so much fun lately making these Accordion File Box Albums!  They have 12 pockets with large tags inside to store photos and other memorabilia.  The entire box is 6x6x4 inches.  I think these would be great for keeping vacation or holiday photos together.  Plus they would look really nice sitting on a shelf or coffee table!  The first two albums were made with Authentique paper and the last with some My Mind’s Eye paper from my stash.

Have a great week!   Laurie

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Time to Honor Dad!

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Hello, Crafty Friends!

Father’s Day is coming soon and time to find a special card for a special Dad in your life!  I made a couple of a fancy fold cards this weekend that I think turned our really well.  This type of card looks very complicated, but is actually quite easy–and I think quite impressive after decorating.  The first card was made with Authentique paper, which is my favorite paper company (after Close To My Heart, of course)!  I embellished the card with burlap pennants from Little Yellow Bicycle, typewriter stickers from my stash, a Cricut cut from the Father’s Day cartridge, and a couple of Close To My Heart stamps in Outdoor Denim ink.

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On the second card I used some paper from Kaiser Craft, cork pennants from Little Yellow Bicycle, and stamps from Close To My Heart in Cocoa ink.  I also found some metal gears in my stash that I think added just the right masculine touch to finish off the card!  I got the idea to make Father’s Day cards in this style from a fellow CTMH consultant, Ellen Jarvis who posted a lovely card on her blog last week.  I love how these cards stand up by themselves for display and yet fold flat enough to mail in an envelope.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Make it a great week!   Laurie