Halloween Side Step Card

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Have you ever made a side step card?  They are very easy and you can find all kinds of directions on Pinterest or YouTube.  I decorated mine with papers, cutouts and stickers that came with some October Afternoon and My Mind’s Eye Halloween paper packs I’ve had in my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’m back in Florida having a wonderful time with my grandsons and daughter in law!   Laurie


Christmas Wreath Gift Card Holder

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This week the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use a WREATH cut on a project.  I decided to incorporate the wreath envelope from Artfully Sent, a retired cartridge from Close To My Heart, with the holly spray from Anna’s Winter Wonderland as an embellishment.  Then I made a tag to hold a gift card that will slide inside the wreath envelope.


The paper is from an old My Mind’s Eye Christmas collection.  The holly swag and bow are cut from Close To My Heart glitter paper.  I think these will make a great way to “fancy up” a plain old gift card–after all, when in doubt just add glitter (or glitter paper)!!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out my Design Team sisters’ projects with a Christmas wreath cut.  It’s not too late to get some ideas for making your holiday greeting cards for this year!  Then link them up so we can all enjoy your artwork.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your week is AWESOME!!   Laurie

Celebrating Love at BBTB2!

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Happy Monday!  This week the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to create a project with LOVE in mind–namely Anniversaries and Weddings.  I was asked to make a wedding card with the bride and groom’s monograms on the front and this is the result.  The paper is from an old My Mind’s Eye collection and the frame is from Cindy Loo.  The monogram letters are from Artbooking by Close To My Heart.  I love the contrast of the rustic wood grain paper and the glitter stripes and letters!


Stop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out the other design team projects–you’ll be sure to find some inspiration!  And we always love it when you share your projects with us!  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!    Laurie


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Valentines for BBTB2!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use a Valentine Cricut cut.  I have already made dozens and dozens of Valentine cards during the last couple of weeks, so I decided to try something different for this challenge.  When I found this pretty Valentine cone box on the Victorian Romance cartridge in Design Space, I knew I had to give it a try.  I used some old My Mind’s Eye paper and coordinating cardstock from my stash and added a pretty pink ribbon to tie it all together.



Once again, my Cricut Explore came through with flying colors when it came to cutting intricate shapes like this!  I only had to pick out one or two of the small pieces on this fancy heart.  The Explore has definitely made my crafting life much easier!!


Please head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful Valentine projects made by my fabulous Design Team sisters!  There are some really impressive projects this week!  Then you can link up your own projects using a Cricut Valentine cut.  Remember that you don’t have to have your own blog to play along.  You can link projects that you post in online galleries like Scrapbook.com or Splitcoast Stampers.  Let me know if you need any assistance–I would be happy to help!

Share your Valentine love this week!   Laurie

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Hanging the Greens at Bitten by the Bug 2

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are gearing up for Christmas!  I am pleased to be hosting the challenge this week and since many people are decorating for Christmas now,  I chose the theme of “Hanging the Greens” for our topic.  I love using beautiful greens for my holiday home décor and for paper crafted projects so this was a natural choice for me!

I made two different cards for my Design Team project and had a very hard time deciding which one to put on the BBTB2 blog.  So I will share BOTH of them here!  I used the Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland cartridge for my Cricut cuts.  It has such beautiful, traditional, intricate cuts that really suit my crafting style.  The background paper is from a My Mind’s Eye Christmas paper pack that I have had for a while and the cardstock is from Close To My Heart.

I used two separate images to create the design for the front of this card–a bell and a holly swag with a bow.  I wish the photos would have better captured the glitter paper that I used for the bow and the shadow of the frame.  I love how it turned out!

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The second card I’m sharing today has a poinsettia cut, also from Winter Wonderland.  My Cricut Explore cut this intricate design so beautifully and the Close To My Heart cardstock really helped too!  I love this poinsettia card just as much as the holly card–can you see why I had a hard time deciding which to post to the BBTB2 blog?  Which one do you like the best?

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Please check out the other Design Team projects and then link up your own artwork at Bitten By The Bug 2 this week!  Enjoy the “Hanging of the Greens” this holiday season and don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your life every day!   Laurie

First Christmas Cards of 2015!

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My husband and son went to the Nebraska football game this afternoon so I was alone most of the day.  What’s a girl to do on a cold, icy day but get in my craft room and start making Christmas cards?  LOL!  I recently made a goal to use up paper from a few paper packs that I have had for quite awhile.  So I grabbed this cute reindeer paper from a My Mind’s Eye pack and went to work!


I have also been thinking about making some Christmas cards using non-traditional colors, so this was a perfect time to give that a try.  You usually don’t see brown and white on a Christmas card, but I love the simple elegance of this design. The gold accents make it look even more festive.


For the sentiment I used a stamp from the White Pines Scrapbook on the Go kit from Close To My Heart.  I stamped it in Versamark ink, added gold embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool to make it shiny and elegant.  I then double matted the sentiment panel with metallic gold and Cocoa brown paper and added a gold embellished ribbon accent.

I really need to get busy making my Christmas cards because the holidays will be here before I can blink twice!  I think this design is a keeper and I can use it with more old paper from my stash!

Remember great things are just around the corner!   Laurie

Accordion File Box Albums

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I have had so much fun lately making these Accordion File Box Albums!  They have 12 pockets with large tags inside to store photos and other memorabilia.  The entire box is 6x6x4 inches.  I think these would be great for keeping vacation or holiday photos together.  Plus they would look really nice sitting on a shelf or coffee table!  The first two albums were made with Authentique paper and the last with some My Mind’s Eye paper from my stash.

Have a great week!   Laurie

Box Album 1


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Box Album 3