Winter Themed Challenges DT Project

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This week I am double dipping!  My project is for BOTH the Heart 2 Heart challenge (COLD HANDS, WARM HEARTS) and the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge (SNOW MUCH FUN). Unfortunately these challenges are way too appropriate for those of you in the Midwest dealing with the huge ice storm slowly making its way across your area.  Ice is so much “trickier” than plain old snow, so I hope all of my family and friends back in southeast Nebraska stay warm and safe!  On the other hand, I will be enjoying the abnormally high temps here in the Florida panhandle!  (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

Now back to the challenges at hand–wouldn’t this layout be perfect for a special wintry photo?

All of my Cricut cuts are from the Flower Market cartridge by Close To My Heart.  The background paper is from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection and the cardstock is New England Ivy, Glacier and White Daisy.  It is hard to see from the photo, but the snowflakes and the “Winter Wonderland” were cut with white glitter cardstock.

Please stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges site and the Bitten by the Bug 2 site to check out the winter themed projects created by the two talented design teams.  Then link up your own projects to share for even more inspiration!  We love to see your artwork!

Thanks for stopping by!  Do something AWESOME today!!   Laurie


Pirate Birthday!

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Today is my grandson’s third birthday!  He lives near the ocean in Florida so a Pirate themed birthday card and party was perfect for him!  When he was just a few months old, his nickname was Captain Finley because he sometimes used to slightly close one eye, giving us the “pirate eye”.

These are the invitations for his pirate themed birthday party that will be held next weekend.  I used a bunch of different images that I found on Design Space when I searched for “pirates”. That’s just one of the many things I love about Design Space!

The following photos are of Finley’s birthday card.  I made a tri fold shutter card, again with the pirate theme.  The paper is from Echo Park called Pirate’s Life and the cardstock is from Close To My Heart.  I love to make this type of card since it has a lot of options for embellishments and it can stand on its own for display.

What a blessing it was to witness the pure joy and excitement of a little boy turning three!  I’m so lucky to be spending time with my son and his family this winter, even though I don’t have quite as much time to play with my paper!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I so appreciate you!!  Laurie


Twist and Pop Christmas Card

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You have probably seen these Twist and Pop cards many times since they have been all over the internet for a few months now.  But I haven’t tried to make one until today!  I used a Design Space file that Joy Tracey from Obsessed With Scrapbooking shared a while back.  This made the scoring and folding so easy!  I decorated this card with papers from the Oh Deer paper collection from Close To My Heart.

The picture above shows the front of the card when it is closed.  I made a belly band that I decorated with a snowflake Thin Cut and an embossed star from the Oh Deer Complements.

This photo shows the card partially open.  You need to see the twisting motion in action to really appreciate the mechanics of this card.  It’s really quite impressive, but deceptively easy!

And finally, this photo shows what the card looks like when it is completely open.  There are six panels to decorate and embellish.  I can think of lots and lots of options for this card design so you will probably see some more of them soon!

Here is the link to Joy Tracey’s video showing you how to assemble these Twist and Pop cards.  She also has a link to her Design Space file there.  Give these a try–they are lots of fun!!

If you still have Christmas shopping to do, I wish you small crowds, short lines and close-to-the-door parking spaces!!    Laurie


Heart 2 Heart Projects–Oh Deer!

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This week will be the final Heart 2 Heart Challenge of 2016!  The design team will be taking a few weeks off for the holidays, but we will be back first thing in January!  This week we were asked to create a project using the beautiful Oh Deer paper pack.  I have to say this has been one of the best paper packs to work with!  The muted colors and nature themed designs are so appealing to me.

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I cut 1.5 inches from the front edge of the card and stamped the pine boughs and cones to make a border that shows when the card is closed.  I used several Close To My Heart stamp sets for this card:  Perfectly Pine (A1191), Merry and Bright (A1155), Swirling Stars (M1146), Woodland Wishes (D1696) and Very Merry (D1694).  The ink colors are Fern, New England Ivy, Desert Sand and Cocoa.  Shop HERE to purchase any of these awesome products.

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Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see the other Oh Deer projects created by the design team.  You are sure to find some great inspiration!  Then create your own projects and link them up for everyone to enjoy.  We love it when you share!

Have a wonderful week and eat an extra Christmas cookie or two!   Laurie


City Sidewalks Advent Tree

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Today I’m sharing another Advent “Calendar” Tree that I made with the City Sidewalks paper from Close To My Heart.  This one is for my grandson and inside each box is a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a candy he discovered at Halloween this year and LOVED!

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This project did not originate with me!  I actually think it came from a “competitor” a few years ago, but I had fun giving it a try this year.  I used a box cut from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart to make 26 cubes that each measure about 1.5 inches in height.  The actual height of the cut is 5 inches if you use an Expression.  Here is the Design Space cut file if you have an Explore:

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When assembling the tree, begin with a layer of 7 cubes.  I attached them to a 9 inch circle base with my hot glue gun.  The next layers are 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1 cubes, all attached with hot glue.  The top cube does not have a number and is only decorative.  I punched out 1 inch circles and stamped the numbers 1-25 on each circle, then attached them to the front of each cube.  Make a pretty triple bow for the top of the tree and then arrange ribbon strands to hang from the top.  That’s it!!

Thanks so much for visiting the Crafty Sisters Creations blog today!  SMILE–something wonderful is waiting to happen!   Laurie

 


Eagle Scout Congrats Card

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My nephew in Pennsylvania has just earned his Eagle Scout Badge and will be honored at a Court of Honor this weekend!  I wanted to make a special card for him to celebrate this awesome achievement.

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I used Sketch 188 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges to create my card.  I think it was the perfect design for my card so I am linking my project to their blog–check it out!  The paper is from the Enchantment Fundamentals collection from Close To My Heart along with coordinating cardstock colors of Cranberry, Sapphire, Whisper and White.

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The Cricut images were cut from the Be Prepared for Boy Scouts cartridge.  I don’t own this cartridge, but I was able to purchase the two cuts I used for only 99 cents each.  I love my Explore and Design Space!  The cuts were so intricate, but they cut beautifully–another reason to love my Explore!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Do something AWESOME today!!   Laurie


Christmas Wreath Gift Card Holder

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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.

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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