Butterflies and Bees at BBTB2

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Hello Friends!

This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, the challenge is to create a project with a Cricut butterfly or bee.  I found these great bees on the Garden Soup cartridge and just happen to need a few birthday cards this month, so this card was born!  I’m glad I remembered some old Teresa Collins paper with bees that I had and decided to use it for the background.


Be sure to stop by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog to see the other Butterflies and Bees projects made by the design team.  Then link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy.  You know you are ready for some springtime projects!!

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Easter Cards Part 4

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Hello Friends!

Please enjoy my next “installment” of Easter cards for this year!  This adorable bunny in a flower Cricut cut came from Baby Steps.  I embossed the background with a cloud folder, added some Extra Thick Twine and a sentiment from Close To My Heart.


I made the next card with paper from the Penelope collection by Close To My Heart.  This beautiful paper with springtime colors is only available until the end of April, so don’t wait too long if you need this paper in your life!  The basket cut is from Easter 2010 (I think) and the chocolate bunny is from a Teresa Collins Easter collection.  The sentiment is from the Hopping By stamp set by CTMH.


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Artbooking Birthday Album Tutorial

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Last summer my stepmother celebrated her 70th birthday with a fun surprise party.  I am FINALLY getting around to making her birthday album!  I used a Teresa Collins paper pack and embellishments to decorate the pages.  I really love the combination of bright yellow, dark blue and teal in these vintage papers.  Here is how I made the book:

I decided to use the My Creations Kraft 3 Ring Album from Close To My Heart (Z1871) as the cover.  The catalog description said that it would display 8 inch tall Cricut pages so I thought it would be perfect for holding my album’s pages.


First I cut a variety of 8 inch tall pages from the Artbooking cartridge by Close To My Heart from random paper from my stash.  Surprise, surprise, the holes in the pages did match up perfectly with the rings in the Kraft album!


Next I placed the pages in the albums, alternating full size pages, half pages, and other decorative pages.  I then tacked all the photos on the pages to complete the album plan.


Once the album plan was made, I was ready to start decorating the pages.  I decided which papers to use, and cut them out on the Cricut using the same cuts from Artbooking as I made for the page bases.  I glued the pattern paper cuts to each side of my base pages then added the mats, pictures and embellishments.

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The final step was to cover the front and back pages of the Kraft album with pattern paper.  I used Scotch Quick Dry glue and made sure all the edges were glued down well.

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Here is the completed album!  I am anxious to give it to the Birthday Girl–I hope she likes it as well as I do!

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To purchase the Close To My Heart products used for this project, go to my shopping site HERE.

Have a wonderful, crafty weekend!    Laurie





Back To School Layout

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IMG_0664I made a clean and simple Back To School layout this week to enter in the Bitten By The Bug 2 Apple for the Teacher-Back to School Apple Challenge.  The lined notebook page background paper is from the Teresa Collins Celebrate: Happy Birthday collection which I’ve had for a while.  The apple and the “Back to School” title were made with the Celebrate with Flourish Cricut cartridge, using cardstock purchased from Michael’s.  I added some Recollections wood veneer shapes and Spare Parts (Paper Studio) epoxy brads to finish off the layout.  I offset the photo mats to keep the notebook paper margin clear so it would look more like a page in a school binder.

If you’re looking for the My Cricut Craft Room “Let’s Hang Out at the Zoo” blog hop, just keep scrolling!

Have a great day!


70th Birthday Card

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Happy Weekend!  Last night I went to a surprise party for my step mother’s 70th birthday.  It was great fun with wonderful food, and a chance to catch up with relatives I haven’t seen in a while!  I created a card with Teresa Collins “Fabrications”  paper and some Close to My Heart stamps.  I added some red rhinestones and a bow of seam binding around the number seven.  I wasn’t crazy about the patterned paper on its own, but I love how the various papers came together to give the card that vintage feel!

Thanks for checking in today!  Laurie

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Cards from Teresa Collins Scraps

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Happy Sunday!

I needed a quick sympathy card the other day and ended up making four different cards instead!  I challenged myself to only use scraps of Teresa Collins paper and embellishments that I found in my stash.  I was really pleased to create some simple, yet elegant cards.  The best part was they were a snap to make!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Laurie








Shaped Quilting Album

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My good friend, Anne, is an amazing quilter! For her birthday this year, I offered to make an album to display photos of some of the quilts she made over the years. It was fun to try to coordinate the colors of the quilts in the photos with the papers in my collections. I designed the shaped pages on my Gypsy using several cartridges, including Elegant Edges and Artbooking. I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut the shaped pages from chipboard. I mainly used Teresa Collins Fabrications and Ordinary Days paper, but also some paper from the Authentique Hope and Originals collections. I used a variety of stamps from My Mind’s Eye and Close to My Heart and other embellishments from my stash. I’m posting lots of photos of the book because I’m pretty proud of the final product and I can’t wait to show it to my friend! Laurie