Announcing–BBTB2 Design Team Member!!

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Hello, Friends!

I am so very honored and pleased to announce that I have been chosen to join the Bitten By The Bug 2 Design Team!!  This is an awesome blog that hosts weekly challenges using the Cricut.  This week the challenge theme is “Cool Down By the Sea”.  This is perfect for me since I am in Destin, Florida right now helping my son and his family move back to the beach.  But it is not so easy to craft away from home, so I am sharing a card I made for my son’s birthday a couple of weeks ago.

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The crab cut came from the Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge.  The patterned paper is from Michael’s and I used Close To My Heart cardstock since it cuts so perfectly on my Cricut Explore.  I also love how I can write a message while cutting with my Explore.  It makes creating projects so much faster and easier!!  Check out the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and play along by entering your own “Cooling Down by the Sea” Cricut projects!

Have a wonderful Monday!   Laurie

Beautiful Peacocks!

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Hello, Friends!

Recently I made a set of peacock notecards for a special relative who loves these beautiful birds!  I do love the blues and purples in their feathers, but peacocks in general are not my favorite.  I think it may have to do with a childhood memory of visiting an aunt and uncle who raised peacocks, some of whom were not fond of inquisitive children!  I remember an especially ornery bird who “attacked” my brother during one visit.  Now paper peacocks are as close as I care to be to the real thing!

IMG_2582For these notecards I used paper from and old Recollections paper pack from Michaels.  The feather cut came from the Sentimentals Cricut cartridge and the peacock cut is from French Manor.  I placed the images on a simple frame from Art Philosophy by Close To My Heart.  Finally, I added a simple rhinestone bling as an accent.

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Remember to leave a little glitter where ever you go!   Laurie



Valentine Cards for Kids

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Hello, Friends!

I have been working on some cute Valentine cards for children.  The first picture is the front and the second picture is the inside of the card.  I think these would be great for giving to a special child or grandchild!  The images came from the Create a Critter and Teddy Bear Parade Cricut cartridges and I used paper from a Recollections Valentine pack from Michaels.  The stamped sentiments are from Close To My Heart stamp sets.  If you are interested in ordering any of these cards, just let me know.  I can also personalize them with the recipient’s name, favorite colors, or a specific theme.  Each card is 5 inches by 6 1/2 inches and includes multiple layers for each image.  Cards are $3.00 each or 4 for $10.00.

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Have a wonderful day!  Laurie

Simple Wedding Card

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As much as I LOVE to make cards and other paper crafting projects, I sometimes tend to put things off to the last minute. So last week I needed a wedding card in a hurry and was so glad to whip this one up in no time!  I used some Recollections glittery paper and ribbon from Michaels.  The paper has a nice pattern that makes it look like paper layers and a strip of lace.  I stamped an image from a Fiskars wedding stamp set and heat embossed it with purple embossing powder.  The stamp is on a cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge decorated with some purple bling.  The inside sentiment is also stamped and heat embossed in purple.  I’m lucky this came together so quickly and easily!

Have a great day!  Laurie

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Sympathy Card

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I made this card last week for my sister-in-law’s family after her mother passed away following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  I used patterned paper from the My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic collection, Close to My Heart Colonial White cardstock, and stamps from the With Sympathy set by Hero Arts.  The flowers and sentiment were embossed with Recollections Pearl Embossing Powder in Sapphire.

Thanks for looking,

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Christmas Cards 2013

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How appropriate to post pictures of my Christmas cards on this cold and snowy Nebraska Sunday!  Every year I am less and less a fan of winter weather, but I have to admit that it is really beautiful outdoors… The first set of cards I made using old Die Cuts With a View paper, some tags and labels from Recollections, ribbons from my stash, and dimensional stickers from K & Company.  I love the “old fashioned” feel of these designs!

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The next design uses paper from the Authentique “Wonder” collection.  I stamped and heat embossed the tree, then added Stickles.  I mounted the tree on a shaped frame and shadow cut with my Cricut.  I also embellished the card with enamel dots and added a ribbon.









The next cards are made with “Winter Wonderland” paper from My Mind’s Eye and some dimensional Santa stickers from Recollections that I mounted on two layers of scalloped circles.  I used strips of washi tape from this paper collection as well.  I think they turned our fun and whimsical!

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The next card was a bit frustrating, but I like the final results!  I cut the angel from the Cricut cartridge A Quilted Christmas.  The cuts are fairly intricate and I had to poke out a lot of little stuck on pieces from my angels.  I used glossy paper from my stash.









The final cards were very fun to make!  I used the Cricut Craft Room to weld the ornament cut to a rectangle.  I placed strips of glitter tape from American Crafts behind the cutout for “stripes” on the ornaments, then added a ribbon bow on one design and a gold thread bow on the other design.  I also used my Cuttlebug to emboss the white layer with a snowflake folder.  The background paper was from Die Cuts With a View and Recollections.  I think these cards are very festive!  Thanks for looking!  Laurie

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