Stronger Together

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Wow, has the weather been crazy lately!  From hurricanes and floods to wild fires and earthquakes, it seems like Mother Nature has been on a rampage!  Close To My Heart has created a special stamp set called Stronger Together as a fundraiser for victims of these recent natural disasters.  One hundred percent of the proceeds of this exclusive stamp set goes to the Red Cross to help victims of these disasters across the U.S.  Take a look at the great sentiments on this amazing stamp set!

I just got my stamp set a couple of days ago and had to use it right away!  I made a pop up box card and used one of the sentiments as a focal point for the front of the card.  I also used the new leaf embossing folder on gold metallic paper to make a decorative border on the sides of the card.  The paper is from the Falling For You collection.

If you would like to help with the disaster relief with a donation to the Red Cross, please consider purchasing one of the Stronger Together (C1716) stamp sets.  I’m sure you will get lots of use from the awesome sentiments on this set.  The cost is only $13.95 and 100% of the proceeds (no commission for consultants) is donated to the Red Cross.  Shop HERE to get Stronger Together.  Thanks so much for your donation!   Laurie


Flowers, Flowers, Flowers at BBTB2!

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Summer is the time for flowers and that’s what the theme at Bitten by the Bug 2 is about this week–FLOWERS!  I decided to go simple and make some floral Sympathy cards.  The flower cuts are from Flower Market by Close To My Heart.  I used a woodgrain embossing folder on the white background and popped up the flowers to add some texture and interest.

To create the layered ovals for the sentiment panel, I used a set of nesting dies that I had in my stash.  The sentiment is from a retired Close To My Heart stamp set that I use all the time.  Some stamps are just too great to ever give away or sell and this is one of those for me!

Please head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see all the beautiful flower projects created by my talented design team sisters!  You will be sure to find some inspiration.  Then link up your projects there to share with everyone.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope today will bring you lots of smiles!   Laurie


Flower Market Baby Card

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I love happy occasions and one of the happiest is the birth of a new baby!  My friend had a new granddaughter recently and I wanted to make a special card for her family.  Then while I was at it, I decided to make a baby boy card with the same design as well! I used the Flower Market cartridge by Close To My Heart for all the Cricut cuts on this card.  It’s really an amazingly versatile cartridge with images for all kinds of occasions–not just flowers!  I embossed the white layer with a baby themed embossing folder that I had in my stash.

The pink gems and blue enamel dots are also from Close To My Heart.  I was undecided about whether to add the ribbon and bow to the bottom of the card since that little elephant is quite cute on his own, but I’m happy now with the results.  If you would like to purchase the Flower Market cartridge or any other products from Close To My Heart, please shop HERE!

I’m so happy you stopped by today!  Remember to do something AWESOME today!   Laurie

 


Birds of a Feather Challenge at BBTB2

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is Birds of a Feather which means you are challenged to create a project using a Cricut BIRD cut.  There are probably hundreds of bird cuts on the many Cricut cartridges, but believe it or not, there are not many peacocks!  I found this one on French Manor and I think it is very elegant.

I used paper from my scrap pile for the background and the top layer of the peacock.  The bottom layer is glitter paper and the purple cardstock is from Close To My Heart.

Here is a close up of the proud and glittery peacock that sits front and center on my card!  I think he is a beauty!

Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects using a BIRD cut.  After you create your own bird project, please link it up at BBTB2 for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


Simple Sympathy Cards

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Today I’m sharing some quick and easy sympathy cards.  I used the paper from last year’s National Scrapbook Month paper pack by Close To My Heart and an embossing folder I recently purchased from Joanne’s.

The stamp is from the CTMH Hello Lovely Cardmaking Bundle.  I simply stamped the image on my cards, but it would have added even more interest if I would have used the coordinating Thin Cut first and then stamped the image.  I could even have popped up the image with dimensional foam.  Hmmm…might have to make a few more of these with the Thin Cut too!

The coral paper has gold embossing so I chose to heat emboss my stamped floral image to match.  On the other card I simply chose coordinating cardstock and ink to match the Glacier print on the patterned paper.  Using Close To My Heart products makes it so very easy to find the perfect match!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate you all very much!!   Laurie

If you’d like to purchase any Close To My Heart products, please shop HERE!

 


Tool Time at Heart 2 Heart!

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This is my week to host the challenge at Heart 2 Heart–TOOL TIME!  You are invited to use a Close To My Heart crafting tools to create a project.  Think embossing folders, Thin Cuts, border punches and more!

I used my Cuttlebug and two different tools to create my project–embossing folders and Thin Cuts.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but the blue background was embossed with the Wood Slats folder.  I also used Thin Cuts to make the wreath and the word “hello”.  The paper is from the Sugar Rush paper collection from Close To My Heart.

I use so many crafting tools when I head to my craft room and I bet you do too!  Now it’s time to get out your own crafting tool box and create!  Be sure to share with us at Heart 2 Heart.  We love to see what you make!

Happy Monday!   Laurie


Red and White Wedding Card

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Today I’m sharing a wedding card I made with the Thin Cut/stamp set called Hello Lovely Cardmaking Bundle from Close To My Heart.  I challenged myself to only use two colors for this card–red and white.  First I used the Thin Cuts and my Cuttlebug to cut out the shapes.  Then I stamped the matching images in Versamark on Cranberry cardstock, sprinkled on white embossing and used my heat tool to melt the powder.  This made the images quite crisp and clear on the red cardstock.

I adhered the stamped images onto a background of embossed hearts and added a red ribbon with white hearts as embellishment.  I think this makes quite an elegant card for a wedding.

I’m excited to use this Hello Lovely Thin Cut/Stamp set again very soon!  Check out a picture of the set below.  The images outlined in blue are those with a matching Thin Cut.  For more information or to purchase this awesome set, click HERE!

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