Christmas Gifts and Boxes at BBTB2

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Paper crafting is so much fun, especially at Christmas!  I love to make handmade gifts for my friends and family and there are so many great ideas out there from which to choose.  So I was happy to see the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week which is all about Gifts and Gift Boxes/Bags!  I found a video showing how to make this awesome woven snowflake and you can view it HERE.

I used Beary Christmas paper from Close To My Heart to make my snowflake.  You definitely need double sided paper for this project.  The embellishment was cut from the Artbooking cartridge along with circles from Cricut Basics Shapes

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the amazing projects from the design team.  You will be sure to find some inspiration there!  Then link up your own projects because we love it when you share.

Thanks for stopping by–do awesome things today!   Laurie

 


Silver and Gold at H2H!

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The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is Silver and Gold!  You can use the Close To My Heart Silver and Gold paper pack or just the colors of silver and gold.  Use metallic or glitter papers or both!

I added a bit of all of the above!  The papers are from the Silver and Gold paper pack along with silver and gold metallic paper and glittery silver shimmer trim.  The stamped image (First Noel C1688) is embossed with gold embossing powder and the black ribbon is even trimmed with gold.

Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see more beautiful Silver and Gold projects!  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy.  You have until the end of December to play along with our challenge.

Hope your first full week of December is off to a wonderful start!   Laurie


It’s Beer and Pizza Day!

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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!!

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/70432832

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


October Stamp of the Month

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Have you seen the October Stamp of the Month yet?  It is called “Christmas Tunes” and I think it would make an awesome addition to everyone’s holiday stamp collection!  I played with this set awhile this morning and I’m still humming some of those Christmas songs!  Take a look–

Here are a few cards I made with “Christmas Tunes”, the October Stamp of the Month.  I used the two holiday themed paper packs in the Holiday Expressions catalog, Silver and Gold and Beary Christmas to make these cards.

Made with Silver and Gold paper and heat embossed in silver and gold.

Made with Beary Christmas paper and colored with Shin Han markers.

Used Silver and Gold paper–sure hope the Liquid Glass on the snow globe dries clear when it is completely dry!

Beary Christmas paper with stamped image heat embossed in white.

Beary Christmas paper (aren’t those bears adorable?) with image heat embossed with Cranberry pigment ink and Clear embossing powder.

So are you humming Christmas Carols too?  I’m so looking forward to using this Stamp of the Month for a bunch of my Christmas cards this year!  Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie

 


Featuring No Worries at H2H

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The Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week is to create a project with the beautiful No Worries paper collection.  It was “love at first sight” for me with this paper!   Not only do I have family living near the beach in Florida, but there is so much non-beachy potential with this paper too!

I decided to make a birthday card for my Florida son who will be celebrating later in July.  I used the Basic Circles Thin Cuts (Z3318) to cut a circle in the front of the card for the Happy Birthday sentiment to peek through.

I used the Swirly Seashells Stamp and Thin Cut set (CC1219) to make the seashells.  I colored them with our watercolor pencils then gave them a layer of shine from our Shimmer Brush.  Sequins and a little burlap ribbon added just the right embellishment.

Here is the card partially open so you can see the circular opening in the front.  Below is another version of the card that I made.  This time I heat embossed the shells with gold embossing powder.  Do you have a favorite?

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects using No Worries.  There are some awesome projects there!  Then get out your own No Worries paper and start crafting.  Be sure to share you artwork at H2H for everyone to enjoy!


Live Beautifully Layout/Card Kit

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Today I’m happy to share a Layout and Card Kit created with the gorgeous Live Beautifully paper collection.  This is a special paper pack designed by Close To My Heart for National Scrapbooking Month which is only a few days away!  Take a look–

 

You will receive a full set of the Live Beautifully paper pack (14 sheets), all the stamped images, Cricut cuts and ribbon embellishments and extra cardstock for photo mats.  You will also receive individual photos with cutting and assembly notes to make it easy to complete these layouts at home.  Please note that the white cardstock rectangles simply represent your photos and are not included in the kit.  You will have enough paper left over for additional layouts and projects including the cards shown below.

Total cost of this Scrapbook Layout (3 two page layouts) and Card Kit (2 each of 4 designs) is only $20.00!!  This is a VERY special price to celebrate National Scrapbook Month and encourage you to play with paper!  Remember the Live Beautifully paper and this offer are only available during May and is on a “while supplies last” basis.  Don’t miss out!!

Leave a comment here or contact me at 2craftysisterscreations@gmail.com to order your Scrapbook/Card Kits.  The regular paper pack, stamp set and other Cut Above scrapbook kits will be available on May 1.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you “Live Beautifully” today and every day!   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

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