Crazy Fun Week!

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Hello Friends!

What a week this has been!  For a “retired” person, I am awfully busy!  Between Book Club, Bridge Club, school visits to observe student teachers, a special paper crafting workshop to plan and several orders for Mother’s Day and Graduation cards, I haven’t had much down time.  The good thing is I LOVE it all!

Today I’d like to share the projects we made at the Workshop I was hired to teach for a group of 12 women this week.  It was a bit challenging to plan the projects since the participants ranged from novice to more experienced crafters.  It was fun to meet new people and share my paper crafting passion!


The first card is a Z fold card made with Sangria paper, Poppy, Saffron, Eggplant and Champagne cardstock, all from Close To My Heart.


The next card uses retired White Pines paper along with Lagoon and Cranberry cardstock.  The ladies could choose from several different sentiments to personalize this card for their own needs.  This card has a pleated “drapery” fold technique that I found a tutorial for on Pinterest.


The final card is made with retired Nevermore paper with Cranberry and Slate cardstock.  Again the participants were able to stamp different sentiments on their cards for Father’s Day or Birthdays or Thank Yous.  I stamped a diagonal stripe from a CTMH background stamp as an accent and added some Round Durable metal stickers.

We also made a One Sheet Wonder mini album.  The women were able to choose their own colors and style of albums.  They picked coordinating Picture My Life cards and matching cardstock to decorate and personalize their albums.

I really enjoyed prepping for this Workshop and “coaching” the women as they worked.  They all seemed to enjoy themselves and went home with some great projects!

Have a wonderful weekend!   Laurie

Giving Thanks at BBTB2

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Hello, Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving week!  We are very thankful at Bitten by the Bug 2 for those of you who regularly visit the blog and especially those of you who link up your projects and join in our challenges!  This week the challenge is to create a project that has the word “thanks”.  I decided to make a set of thank you cards and found a great image on the Garden Party cartridge–one that I rarely use.  I again used paper from the Sangria collection by Close To My Heart.  I don’t think I will ever get tired of these papers and coordinating cardstock colors!

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During this Thanksgiving season, I need to mention how thankful I am to be a part of the Bitten by the Bug 2 Design Team!  I really enjoy stretching my creativity and thinking outside my “normal” by creating projects each week to fit the challenges.  I hope we can provide a bit of inspiration for all of you too!

Feeling grateful and blessed–Laurie

Fall Leaves Challenge at BBTB2

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Hello, Friends!

This week the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge is to create a project using fall leaves.  Since November means Thanksgiving and one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie, and once I start thinking about pumpkin pie, I just can’t stop, it was natural for me to make a pie box for this challenge!  I cut the box from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart in that beautiful Sangria paper.


The leaves were cut from both the Artiste and Artistry cartridges from CTMH in Cocoa, Pomegranate, Saffron, Fern and Sunset cardstock.  I grouped them together in a cluster on top of the box.


I added some Flaxen twine and a retired wooden CTMH embellishment to the middle of the leaves.  I think it turned out very nice and the colors of the Sangria paper are just perfect for Fall projects!  But it won’t be any comparison to the yummy pumpkin pie that will soon be in my tummy!


Check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2 and consider linking up your own Fall Leaf projects!

Remember to give thanks every day!   Laurie

Young Girls’ Workshop

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Hello Friends!

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to host several wonderful girls for a mini paper crafting workshop.  We decorated the My Creations Mini Folio by Close To My Heart.  We used the Sangria paper collection and the coordinating cardstock colors of Poppy, Eggplant, Pomegranate, and Saffron.  I based my album design from ideas shared by fellow CTMH consultant Michelle Snyder.

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The girls decorated their folios with purple shimmer trim, sticker letters for their names, and assorted bling because, of course, girls love their bling!!  I hope they have fun choosing photos and other memorabilia to add to their albums.  And I hope that I can work with those charming young ladies again soon!

Take a moment today to be grateful!  Laurie

“Changes” at Heart 2 Heart

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Hello friends!

Today on the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog the theme is “Changes”.  I chose to make a layout depicting the changes in my grandson and also the changes of the seasons.  That little boy has changed so much in one year!  It’s so much different watching a grandchild grow compared to my own children.  I think when I was a mommy, I was so busy doing that job that I many times forgot to notice the little things that happened each day.  Now that I am a Grandma, I can savor and appreciate every little accomplishment!


I used the beautiful Sangria paper collection from Close To My Heart to create my layout.  I love the jewel tones of the new coordinating cardstock colors:  Poppy, Pomegranate, Fern and Saffron.  I also used Cocoa and Autumn Terracotta (retired) cardstock.  I cut the leaf wreath from the new Artistry cartridge by Close To My Heart and added various colored layered leaf shapes, also from Artistry.  I took my inspiration from the layout featured on page 118 of the CTMH Annual Inspirations idea book.


I hope you will consider joining us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges to share any artwork you have made about “Changes”.  And always remember to enjoy the little things in life like a baby blowing a kiss!   Laurie

Life is Sweet…with Sangria!!

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Hello Friends!

Don’t you just love Sangria?  I’m talking about the beautiful new paper collection by Close To My Heart, not the drink!  With its gorgeous jewel toned colors, it is just perfect for all your autumn projects.  You can find out more about Sangria HERE.

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We recently needed an anniversary card for some friends and I decided to use Sangria along with the new Hostess Rewards stamp set called Perfect Pear.  I did a lot of layering with the coordinating colors of Eggplant, Poppy, and Saffron.  I used Saffron, Honey, Fern and Chocolate ink to  stamp the pears.  Then I cut them out and mounted them on the card with dimensional foam.

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I decorated the inside of the card with some scraps and stamped a Happy Anniversary sentiment.

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For the finishing touch, I added three of the resin flowers that come in the Sangria Assortment.  I think the colors are so beautiful!

Always remember something WONDERFUL is about to happen!   Laurie