Fancy Flourishes and Swirls at BBTB2

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Hello Friends!

We are getting fancy at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  The challenge is to use a Flourish or Swirl cut on your projects.  I made a sympathy card with a beautiful rose, complete with flourishes, from the Quarter Note Cricut cartridge.


I used Topiary (retired), Smoothie and Pomegranate cardstock by Close To My Heart.  The patterned paper in the background is from the CTMH Oh Deer collection.  It reminds me of birch bark and makes a nice base for the beautiful roses.  Purchase your Close To My Heart products HERE.

Please visit Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful “eye candy” created for you by our design team.  Then link up your own projects with Flourishes and Swirls for everyone to enjoy.  We love it when you share your artwork!

Happy Halloween!   Laurie


Mother’s Day Card for Paper Garden

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Hello Friends!

Recently I was asked to create a Mother’s Day card for a contest sponsored by Paper Garden, a paper company located in Canada. They sent me a sample collection of some of their papers and it was really nice to work with!  It is thicker than the Close To My Heart cardstock I like to use, so I needed to adjust my cut settings on the Explore so it would cut all the way through.  I used some of their shimmery/pearlescent finish paper for my Mother’s Day card.  It is hard to see in the photos, but the white background and the lavender layer on the roses are cut from this shimmery paper.


The corner rose cut came from the Quarter Note Cricut cartridge.  I tweaked it a little in Design Space to add another layer.  The sentiment came from Artiste by Close To My Heart.  I think it makes a simple, yet elegant card and I know just the Mom who will receive this card!IMG_3485

This card will be entered into the contest where you can vote for your favorite entry on the Paper Garden website HERE.  Of course, I would be honored to have your vote.  (Insert blush here!) There are some nice prizes which will be given to each winner.  Hop on over to their website, check out the entries and pick your favorite!

For a little fun, I added a couple pictures of my “cat assisted” photo shoot.  Stella was a BIG help, let me tell you!  But isn’t she pretty?



Make it a BEAUTIFUL day!   Laurie