Sweet Summer Goodies!

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I LOVE ice cream!  I mean I REALLY love ice cream!!  And that fits right in with the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2–Sweet Summer Treats.  Ice cream really is the perfect summer treat (even though I do eat it all through the year), so I decided to make a card honoring this favorite of mine!

I used some of the last paper from a summer themed pack from Authentique, another of my favorites. The Cricut cuts are from Sweet Treats (ice cream cones), A Child’s Year (font) and Bits and Pieces (banner).  The solid cardstock is Close To My Heart and I did heavy edging with CTMH Chocolate ink.  The inside sentiment says “more than ice cream”.  Please head on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to find out what other Sweet Summer Treats are featured in the projects of my design team sisters.  You’ll be sure to find something to make your mouth water!  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy–we love it when you share!

Life is short so you should ALL eat ice cream today!  I know I will.   Laurie


Graduation and End of the School Year!

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I am happy to be the host for this week’s challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  As a former teacher, I always keep the school schedule in the back of my mind, so I thought it would be fun to create projects this week with school in mind.  So, get your die cutting machines running and make some projects to celebrate a graduation, the end of the school year, or even a thank you card for a teacher!

I needed graduation cards for two of my nephews–one from high school in Pennsylvania and one from the University of Nebraska.  I found this great step card SVG file from Lori Whitlock and thought it would be perfect to spell out the word GRAD on the inside.  The graduation paper and some of the embellishments came from Doodlebug.   Silver metallic paper accents make this card really pop!

Take a look at the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week and then please link up your projects!  We love to see your awesome artwork!

I hope all you moms out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day!   Be awesome today–Laurie


Celebrating Mother’s Day at BBTB2!

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We are celebrating Mothers this week at Bitten by the Bug 2!  The design team was asked to create a Mother’s Day project and nothing says “mother” to me like roses.  I found this beautiful row of roses from A Walk in My Garden and a Mother’s Day card was born!

I used various colors of Close To My Heart cardstock since I know it will ALWAYS cut perfectly on my Cricut and patterned paper from my stash.  The sentiment is also from CTMH.  I think any mother would enjoy receiving this pretty card!

Check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2–you will be sure to find some great Mother’s Day inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by–always remember something WONDERFUL is about to happen!   Laurie


Whale Card for a First Birthday!

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I know a sweet little boy who will be celebrating his first birthday very soon!  He is the grandson of a good friend of mine.  His birthday party has a whale theme, so I started my card by looking for whales in Design Space.  I found a “ready to make” whale card, but I didn’t care for the whale it had.  So I just removed it and found a different whale that I thought was a whole lot cuter.

I tucked the whale between the two wave layers and attached the water spray to a piece of acetate so it really makes the water “spout”.  The second whale serves two purposes–an image and a sentiment.  I love how it all came together and the wiggle eyes add the perfect final touch!I hope you have a “whale of a time” today!!   Laurie

 


Baby Girl’s First Birthday Card

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I was recently asked to make a birthday card for a little one who is just turning one.  I just love to make special cards like this!  Especially for a girl since most of the cards I make for my family are for boys.

I used some birthday themed paper and embellishments I had in my stash, various Cricut cuts, and some stickers to make this card.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Make someone smile!   Laurie


More Easter Cards!

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Here are a couple of Easter cards that I recently made for a customer.  I love the sweet images and beautiful colors of the Easter/Spring season.  These cards were both made in Design Space using various images and paper from my stash.  Enjoy!!


Fifty (or Three) Shades of Green!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, the challenge is to use three different shades of GREEN!  My project is home décor that will be framed and hung in my three year old grandson’s bedroom.  His walls are aqua, so my shades of green have a hint of blue.   I used Sea Glass, Lagoon and Peacock cardstock from Close To My Heart.

I was so excited to find this cut on Design Space from Intricate Cut Quotes since it’s the words to the song “Skidamarinky Dinky Dink” that I have sung to my oldest grandson since he was an infant.  In fact, the other day this song came up on a children’s CD that was playing in the background at daycare and he immediately said, “Hey, that’s Grandma’s song!”  Made my heart melt!

When cutting this intricate cut, I was again reminded of how amazing Close To My Heart cardstock is for use with the Cricut.  The first time I cut the top layer, I used cardstock that I got from a craft store.  I liked the color just a little better than the Lagoon, so I gave it a try.  But the cuts were not clean and I would have had to spend a bunch of time trimming and clipping to make it look decent.  So I threw it away and reached for the CTMH paper which cut perfectly!!  Lesson learned–again!!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects using shades of GREEN.  Then “think green” yourself and share your projects with us–we always love to see what you create!

Hope your week is off to an awesome start!   Laurie