Oh, Baby!!

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It’s Baby Week at Bitten by the Bug 2!  We are celebrating all things babies from cards to layouts and everything in between.  And boy, do I have a baby to share!  My new grandson was born on December 29 and here is one of my first scrapbook layouts to celebrate this new little sweetie.

I used retired Georgie paper from Close To My Heart along with Peacock, Canary and Juniper cardstock.  The Cricut cuts are from Wild Card, Flower Market and Artbooking.  On the right side of the layout I layered the coordinating Picture My Life cards behind the photos.  The journaling block is another PML card.

Be sure to check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Then make your own baby project and share with us for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make this an AWESOME day!   Laurie

We’re So Lucky at BBTB2!!

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I am so LUCKY to be hosting the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  With St. Patrick’s Day coming in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be fun to get LUCKY with our crafting projects.  The challenge this week is to use the word “lucky” or symbols of LUCK (horseshoes, clovers, rabbit feet) on a project.  We can all use a little reminder of the wonderful things in our lives that make us truly LUCKY or we can wish a special someone GOOD LUCK!

I made a simple scrapbook layout using a cut from Flower Market by Close To My Heart that was perfect to describe this picture of me with my two grandsons.  The paper is from Hello Lovely, also by Close To My Heart.  I added a few gold glitter gems and a ribbon as embellishments to let the photo and the subtle colors of these papers tell the story of this special moment.

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the projects created by my amazing design team sisters.  You will feel so LUCKY after you’ve seen their fabulous work that I know you’ll want to create one of your own to share!

Take time to reflect on the little things in your life that make you truly LUCKY!!   Laurie

Red and White at Bitten by the Bug 2

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is to create a project using RED and WHITE.  I made this simple card from Flower Market and Art Philosophy(retired) cartridges by Close To My Heart.  It was really hard for me to stick to only two colors so I just had to add a splash of green for the flower’s stem.

I used two retired embossing folders which are on clearance from Close To My Heart (Diamonds and Dots) to add more interest and texture to the card and popped up several elements using dimensional foam.  The white layer behind the flower is cut from glitter paper.

Please hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful red and white projects created by my design team sisters.  Then get busy making your own projects to link up for us all to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Eat lots of chocolate this week in honor of Valentine’s Day!   Laurie



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

Something NEW for BBTB2!!

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It’s a brand new year and time for a brand new challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2!  This week we are celebrating all things NEW and boy, do I have the perfect new thing in my life–a new grandson!  He was born on December 29 and I spent part of my New Year’s Eve rocking with that little sweetie!  It was the perfect way to ring in the New Year!

I used paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection by Close To My Heart to create this layout.  The Cricut cuts are from several cartridges–Artbooking, Flower Market, Graphically Speaking and Phrases.  I embellished with a few enamel arrows and called it good.  I think I have the perfect photo already to complete this layout!

Now it’s time for you to get your craft on and create your own projects featuring something NEW!  Link it up at Bitten by the Bug 2 for everyone to enjoy!


Giving Thanks at Bitten by the Bug 2

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use the word “thanks” or “thankful” on a project.  I had this photo of my grandson from a couple years ago that I thought would be perfect for the layout I had in mind.  I am so very thankful for him!


My background paper is from Echo Park and the cardstock is from Close To My Heart.  I used the CTMH Flower Market cartridge to make the fall wreath and Autumn Celebrations for the word “thankful” that I changed up in Design Space.  I love it when a layout comes together so easily!

Check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2 for some more Thanksgiving inspiration!  We love it when you share your artwork for everyone to enjoy so please “link up”!

Don’t forget about the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales at Close To My Heart this week!  Check out the photo below for details.


Black Friday and Christmas Gifts!!

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Black Friday is almost here!!  How many of you are planning to be out and about EARLY Friday morning to snag those amazing deals?  Not me!  For one thing, I’ll be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house that day and for another, I’m just not a fan.  I’d rather shop from the comfort of my own home on my computer!  And speaking of online shopping for great deals, Close To My Heart will be having a Black Friday AND a Cyber Monday sale–Woot Woot!!


The Black Friday sale will begin with an announcement at 12:01 a.m. on Friday (just past midnight).  The Cyber Monday sale will also begin with an announcement at 12:01 a.m. next Monday.  Both sales will only last 24 hours and products are on a “while supplies last” basis, so don’t miss out!

Both of these sales will only be available by shopping online at my Close To My Heart shopping site:  www.laurie-levorson.ctmh.com  

Here are a couple of other ideas for Christmas gifts for you or people on your gift list!  Click on each photo to get more information about the products shown.


The 2017 Planner Bundle with coloring pages for the organizer (or wanna-be organizer) on your list!  Available in two different binder colors.


The Happy Happy Christmas Bundle is perfect for the crafter on your list.  It includes an album, page protectors, papers, embellishments and instructions for completing 5 two-page layouts!  Plus plenty of extra supplies to complete several other projects.


The new Workspace Wonders organization system is now in stock and available for purchase!  These amazing individual components can be arranged to fit your exact organizational needs and space!


As my Christmas gift to one of my customers, I will be giving away a Flower Market Cricut Bundle absolutely FREE!!  All you have to do is place an online order at www.laurie-levorson.ctmh.com before the end of November.  If my online orders total up to at least $500, then I will choose a winner from all those who ordered.  YOU could be the lucky one!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!   Laurie