New Card Workshop!!

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Hello Friends!

The new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog is now live!  Yippee!!  You can access the catalog online HERE.  There are so many awesome products including the new Paper Fundamentals and Complements, new embossing folders and Thin Cuts and several new colors in the Adventure palette. Not to mention the amazing new Cricut cartridge bundle called Flower Market.  You will not be disappointed!

I have been busy creating a Card Making Workshop with the new Enchantment Fundamentals paper collection.  The Workshops will be held Saturday, August 13 or Sunday, August 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Here are the cards you can make:






For your $20.00 fee, you will receive:

  • 13 cards (3 each of the top 4 designs, plus one center step fancy fold card)

  • One stamp set (Birthday Sparkles or All the Thanks) shown below

  • Card bases, envelopes, embellishments, inks and stamping supplies

  • Ready to assemble precut card kits and Cricut cuts

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Contact me if you would like to attend the Workshop.  I can also prepare card kits that you can assemble at home for the additional cost of postage.  Just let me know how I can help!

Life is so good–enjoy every moment!   Laurie

Football Birthday Card

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Hello Friends!

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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Celebrating Trees at BBTB2

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Hello Friends!

This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating TREES by using a Cricut tree cut on our projects.  I am hosting the challenge this week, so hop on over to see the other Design Team projects!

For my project I used a tree cut from the Artbooking cartridge by Close To My Heart in three different ways.  The first technique was to use the cut as a mask and spray over it with re-inkers and water mixed in the CTMH spray pens.  I added Sparkles and a sympathy sentiment to finish the card.

IMG_3547The background of the next card was made using water color paints to create an ombre effect.  I adhered the trees that I cut from Paper Fundamentals from Close To My Heart on top of the painted background.  A simple sentiment from the Kiss It Better stamp set completes the card.


For the final card, I again used the spray pens filled with water and re-inkers to give the background a speckled look.  It’s a little hard to see in the photos, but the splotchy background is quite striking.  I added the same trees cut from Paper Fundamentals and another sentiment from the Kiss It Better stamp set.


Please click on over to the Bitten by the Bug 2 site to see the other amazing projects with a Cricut TREE cut.  Then link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy–we LOVE to see your artwork!

Have a ridiculously amazing day!!   Laurie


Layouts from Make-a-Wish Crop

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Hello Friends!

Last weekend I got to spend two days at a scrapbooking crop to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Besides finally getting to work on some personal projects and spending time with my Crafty Sister, Linda and some new friends, it was such an inspiring time!  Throughout the weekend, several Make-a-Wish kids and their families came to visit and tell their stories of courage and joy in the midst of tragic medical conditions.  I came away from the weekend renewed in creativity, faith and gratitude.  Plus, I have some new scrapbook projects to share!

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Don’t forget about the amazing Simply Fundamental Scrapbook promotion from Close To My Heart during the month of November.  For only $71.80, you get your choice of any scrapbook album (post bound or D ring), a set of 20 sheets of Paper Fundamentals in the Enchantment palette, a Fundamentals Sticker Pack, and a Fundamentals Assortment in Peacock.  You then get a Value Pack of 25 Page Protectors for FREE!!  Plus you get access to the cutting guide and directions to create five two-page scrapbook layouts using all the incredible products you receive in your bundle!  Altogether this is a value of over $92.00!!  Here are pictures of my bundle with the Slate Damask post bound album.

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If you would like to order the Simply Fundamentals Scrapbook bundle or any other Close To My Heart products, go to my shopping website HERE and scroll down to join the November Party.

Check back here on the Crafty Sisters blog in a few days to see more of the scrapbook pages I created during the Make-a-Wish Crop. You can also “LIKE” our 2 Crafty Sisters Creations Facebook page for even more information and inspiration.

Today I wish you all increased creativity and an attitude of gratitude too!   Have a wonderful weekend!   Laurie

Artistry Projects

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Hello Friends!

I spent some time Sunday afternoon playing with the new Artistry Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.  There are so many wonderful images on this cartridge that it truly is hard to pick which to use!  So I decided to limit my selection to cuts relating to cats and dogs.  Here is a sampling of some of those designs.  I made them into cards, but they could easily adorn a scrapbook page about those favorite pets.

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I used retiring Paper Fundamentals in a variety of colors to create these designs and added a bit of red shimmer trim behind the heart cutouts on each animal.  I hope this gives you a sampling of the animal images that can be found on Artistry, the newest Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart.

Each Artistry package comes with three D-sized stamp sets that coordinate with cuts on the cartridge and a set of 20 sheets of cardstock in the new Enchantment palette.  Shop HERE for your own copy of this amazing cartridge!


Do something crafty today!   Laurie