Happy First Birthday, Little Kai!

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Hello, Friends!

Today is my second grandson’s very first birthday!  He is just the sweetest, most even tempered and happy little guy ever and I hate to miss this important milestone.  I hope to make up for it by sending our love in this special birthday card.

I used paper from a Die Cuts With a View baby themed paper pack along with cardstock from Close To My Heart.  The Cricut cuts were mainly from Baby Steps and When I Was a Kid with a few other cuts from Cricut Access.  The idea for “Mr. ONEderful” came from Pinterest and is perfect for Kai as he truly is a WONDERFUL child!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Isn’t it fun to be a crafter and make individual, unique cards for the special people in our lives?   Make it a ONEderful day!   Laurie

Easter Cards Part 4

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Hello Friends!

Please enjoy my next “installment” of Easter cards for this year!  This adorable bunny in a flower Cricut cut came from Baby Steps.  I embossed the background with a cloud folder, added some Extra Thick Twine and a sentiment from Close To My Heart.


I made the next card with paper from the Penelope collection by Close To My Heart.  This beautiful paper with springtime colors is only available until the end of April, so don’t wait too long if you need this paper in your life!  The basket cut is from Easter 2010 (I think) and the chocolate bunny is from a Teresa Collins Easter collection.  The sentiment is from the Hopping By stamp set by CTMH.


There are great specials this month at Close To My Heart!  SHOP HERE to scoop up your deals!

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Celebrate Baby’s First Haircut!

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Hello Friends,

Recently I was asked to make some cards to celebrate a child’s first haircut. So I fired up my Cricut and found this adorable little baby image from the Baby Steps cartridge!

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I made cards for both boys and girls from random paper from my stash.

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My friend, Deanne, is a hair stylist and shared a poem that she used on her grandsons’ first haircut scrapbook pages.  It was just perfect for these cards too.  I wish I could credit the author of this poem, but unfortunately I don’t know who it is.

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On the left side of the card I attached a 4 x 6 inch Flip Flap from Close To My Heart.  I envision putting a photo or two of the child’s first haircut along with a lock of hair in the Flip Flap.  I wish I had had one of these cards when my boys got their first haircuts!  I wonder if I can even find where I stashed their locks of hair.  Do you think they would still look nice after 30 years?  At any rate, I hope the parents who buy these cards at the hair salon will enjoy preserving their special memories!

Have a special day and don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!!  Laurie

Bitten By The Bug 2–Birthday Cake

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Hello, Friends!

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another Design Team project for Bitten By The Bug 2!  This week’s challenge is to create a project that includes a birthday cake Cricut cut.  Well, since I have yet to start on my grandson’s first birthday scrapbook pages, this challenge was the perfect fit!  Hop on over to the BBTB2 blog to see the other Design Team members’ projects.  Then link up your own birthday cake projects to share with us all!


For the birthday cake, I used the oldie but goodie cartridge Stretch Your Imagination.  I did not want candles on the cake, so I took them out of the original design using the hide contour tool in Design Space.  At the top of the cake I placed a “Happy First Birthday” title from Baby Steps.  The cake plate provided a perfect spot for my journaling!  The paper I used was from Echo Park and the cardstock was mostly from Close To My Heart.

My grandson seriously did not want to eat any of his cake and I KNOW he did not inherit that trait from me!!  He did have a great time making a huge mess, however.  I hope you all have a great week and I say, “Eat cake every day!!”    Laurie

Welcome Baby Card

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There will soon be a new baby boy on my husband’s side of the family–the first great-grandson for my in-laws!  We are all looking forward to the impending arrival of this little one, due in late June or early July.  I made this sweet baby card for my niece’s baby shower last week using my Cricut Explore and Design Space.  The phrase can be found on The First Few Years Cricut cartridge and the rest of the shapes are on the Baby Steps cartridge.  I colored the stars and the Welcome Baby phrase with a clear Wink of Stella Brush pen, and filled in the cheeks and nose with a colored pencil blended with a blender pen.  I used paper from DCWV The Little Mister paper pack for the background panel.  This card came together quickly after I arranged it on Design Space.

Can hardly wait to meet this little one!


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CTMH “Free to Be Me” Projects

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Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Last weekend I went with 3 of my crafty friends to a scrapbooking retreat.  Boy, can you get a lot done when you don’t have life distractions to get in the way of your creativity!  One of my goals was to use the Close to My Heart “Free to Be Me” paper that was a May promotional item.  I used my Cricut to cut the words on the first page (Baby Steps) and the journal spots on the 2 page layout (Art Philosophy), added a few rhinestones and enamel dots and boom they were done!  This is such a fun and cheery paper collection and I hope you like my projects!

Thanks for looking!  Laurie


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Thinking About Babies These Days…

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With my first grandchild expected to make his arrival soon, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about babies!  I also know lots of other expectant parents right now so I made some baby cards to have on hand. The first card was based on a design I saw on Pinterest.  I used the baby in a carriage cut from the Cricut Baby Steps cartridge and old Die Cuts With a View paper.  I added ribbon from my stash, embellished the cuts with Stickles, and stamped a cute face with Peachy Keen Stamps.







The next card has lots of embossing done with my Cuttlebug.  I made the frame from the Elegant Edges cartridge and the papers were from my scrap box.  It is a simple design that I think turned out very cute in both the boy and girl card.

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The final card can be for a boy or a girl.  I cut the letters and shadow with my Cricut and embellished with stickers from my stash.  The paper was from Die Cuts With a View and I heat embossed sentiments for the inside of the card.  As always, if you would like to order any of these cards, see our contact information under the “About” tab at the top of the page.  Thanks for looking!   Laurie

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