Here a Heart, There a Heart!

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Hello, Friends!

It’s Valentine’s Week and we are celebrating at Bitten by the Bug 2 with a HEART challenge!  I chose to make a layout to hopefully house a Valentine photo of my grandsons.  I used only three colors of cardstock:  Cranberry, Bashful and White Daisy.  The random hearts overlay is from the Paper Lace cartridge, the photo mat from Elegant Edges and the sentiment from Artbooking.


There are lots of other Heart projects over at Bitten by the Bug 2–you better check them out!  Then link up your own artwork because sharing is caring, right??

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope your Valentine’s week is full of fun and LOVE!   Laurie

It’s Beer and Pizza Day!

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Hello Friends!

It was my turn to choose the challenge for Bitten by the Bug 2 this week and as I was searching around for a bomb-diggity idea that was non-Halloween and non-Autumn related, I discovered that it is Beer and Pizza Day!!  It will also soon be the birthday of my beer and pizza loving husband, so BOOM, the challenge was decided!!

I used several Cricut cartridges as I designed this birthday card in Design Space–St. Patrick’s Day (beer), Elegant Edges (background) and Phrases (speech balloon).

I used some older Simple Stories patterned paper from my stash along with Close To My Heart cardstock.  On the front panel, I made a collage of lots of CTMH birthday stamps.  I stamped them in tone on tone ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give a subtle textured finish.

I decorated the inside of the card with matching shapes as a focal point for the sentiment.

Here is the Design Space file if you would like to make this card yourself.  You do need to own the cartridges I used or subscribe to Cricut Access in order to cut the files.  Enjoy!!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other great Beer and Pizza projects!  Be sure to link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!   Laurie

For the Birds at BBTB2

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Hello Friends!

It’s Monday and time for another Bitten by the Bug 2 design team project!  This week the challenge is to make a project using a Cricut bird cut.  I used this beautiful peacock from French Manor on some cards I made last summer, but I decided to use it again with a little different style this time.  The fancy background shape is from Elegant Edges.  I was going for elegant and beautiful and I think this card fits the bill (or beak LOL)!


I changed the design a little in Design Space by adding an extra layer and hiding some of the cuts using the Contour tool.  That way I was able to have three colors in my peacock instead of only two as in the original design.  Once you work with the Contour tool a bit, you will be continually thinking of how you can change your designs.  The sky is truly the limit!

Please stop by the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge blog and check out the wonderful BIRD projects created by the design team.  You are always invited to spread your wings and share your art with us!  Simply link up your own blog or photo at an online photo gallery.

Have an awesome day and CHOOSE to be happy!   Laurie

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Heritage Day at My Cricut Craft Room

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I have had these old family wedding pictures for a long time, just crying out for a new home on some beautiful My Mind’s Eye patterned papers!  I cut the frame and frame shadows from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge and inked the edges with Ranger tea dye distress ink.  I added strips of glitter paper here and there to match the glitter on the paper as well as glitter hearts at each corner of the photos.  Now I need to find out the correct dates and places for each of these weddings and add that information to the journaling blocks.  I think this is a much better way to display these special pictures!

Be awesome today!  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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Shaped Quilting Album

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My good friend, Anne, is an amazing quilter! For her birthday this year, I offered to make an album to display photos of some of the quilts she made over the years. It was fun to try to coordinate the colors of the quilts in the photos with the papers in my collections. I designed the shaped pages on my Gypsy using several cartridges, including Elegant Edges and Artbooking. I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut the shaped pages from chipboard. I mainly used Teresa Collins Fabrications and Ordinary Days paper, but also some paper from the Authentique Hope and Originals collections. I used a variety of stamps from My Mind’s Eye and Close to My Heart and other embellishments from my stash. I’m posting lots of photos of the book because I’m pretty proud of the final product and I can’t wait to show it to my friend! Laurie




Friendship Card for CAS-ual Fridays Button Challenge

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Here is a quick card for a friend who needs a pick-me-up.  I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug folder and cut the blue frame from the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge.  I used buttons and stickers from my stash to decorate the frame and spell out the sentiment.  I am entering this card in the CAS-ual Fridays Button Challenge.  I hope you like it!    Laurie