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

We’re Going Back to School!

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We are going back to school this week at Bitten by the Bug 2!  We were challenged to create a school themed project since this is the time of year that youngsters are heading back to their classrooms.  I used the Classroom–August & September cartridge on Design Space to create this cute three dimensional school house.  I decorated the school with some old Die Cuts With A View paper and a “back to school” label.


Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team school projects.  There is some great artwork there!  You are always welcome to link up your own projects there for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to do something awesome today!   Laurie

Football Birthday Card

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Today I’m sharing another birthday card suitable for a boy who loves sports–football in particular!  The football player image is from the Create a Friend Cricut cartridge.  The football is from the Sports Mania cartridge.  I think it’s really fun to combine cuts from various cartridges and Design Space makes it so much easier!


I found the cute background paper in the Birthday Wishes stack from Die Cuts With a View.  The big football is cut from Paper Fundamentals from Close To My Heart.  This was perfect paper as it has a glossy embossed pattern that resembles the texture of a real football!  The sentiments are also from Close To My Heart.


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!   Laurie

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More Layouts from the Make-a-Wish Crop

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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


Fall Colors Challenge at BBTB2

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I don’t know about where you live, but the beautiful fall leaves are almost gone here in Nebraska.  There are just a few trees left with any of the gorgeous colors that I love so much, so I was happy to extend the love with this week’s Fall Colors challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2.  I made a card with an older paper pack from Die Cuts With a View and coordinating cardstock from Close To My Heart.


I decided to challenge my Cricut Explore by choosing a very intricate design from Autumn Celebrations which I found on the Design Space subscription.  It was definitely up to the challenge and the cut came out just perfect!  The hardest part was applying adhesive to such thin lines without making a huge mess! Besides the fabulous Explore, I am a firm believer in using quality cardstock when making these kinds of cuts and the Close To My Heart paper has never disappointed me.


Please consider linking up your latest projects using Fall Colors to the BBTB2 challenge blog.  We love to see the beautiful artwork that everyone creates!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope your day is grand!   Laurie

It’s Fall at Bitten By The Bug 2!

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This week at Bitten By The Bug 2 we are celebrating Autumn!  We were asked to use the words “Fall” or “Autumn” in our projects.  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with since Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  Please link up your projects and join in the fun at BBTB2!  I hope you enjoy this simple layout I made of my grandson enjoying last year’s autumn leaves.


I used an unlikely Cricut cartridge, Mickey and Friends for the leaves.  That’s one of the MANY things I love about Design Space–when you do a search for an image, they just pop up with no searching through handbooks.  I would have never looked specifically at Mickey and Friends for a fall leaf image, but the perfect one for my needs was there–who knew!!

The photo frame cut with the word “fall” came from Artbooking by Close To My Heart which is such a great cartridge for scrapbookers!  I used an old fall themed paper pack from Die Cuts With a View that was just perfect for my clean and simple design.

Be awesome today!   Laurie


Sympathy Cards

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No one likes to make sympathy cards, but I needed to replenish my supply at home.   I wanted to make several cards in various designs and styles, so I looked to my favorite inspiration place–Pinterest!  I also searched for ideas on the Design Space subscription by Cricut.  I hope you enjoy my designs and can get some inspiration yourself!


The first set of cards was made with cuts from Art Philosophy by Close To My Heart.  I used paper from my stash and stamped the sentiment inside with CTMH stamps.

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This card was made with paper from Die Cuts With a View and again stamped with a sentiment from Close To My Heart.

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This final card has both dry embossing with the Cuttlebug and heat embossing with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.  The flower images on the front and the sentiment on the inside are both from stamp sets by Close To My Heart.  To purchase any of these stamps sets, go to my Close To My Heart shopping website.

Remember–something WONDERFUL is always about to happen!   Laurie