Autumn Layout for BBTB2

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The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is to use Autumn themed Cricut cuts on your artwork.  My son and his family will be coming home for Thanksgiving this year, so I thought I would get a head start on some layouts for the hundreds of photos I’m sure I will take!  I used the amazing new You Are Here cartridge from Close To My Heart.  I love that this cartridge has so much more than just images for travel!

The paper is from the CTMH Falling For You collection.  I added the buttons from the Complements pack, a PML card, twine and sequins as embellishments.  Scrapbooking is seriously so much easier when everything coordinates like the fabulous Close To My Heart products!

So let’s all start thinking about all the wonderful Autumn themed Cricut cuts out there and share your projects at Bitten by the Bug 2 for everyone to enjoy!  We love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by–do something AWESOME every day!   Laurie

Football Season is Here!

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, the theme is FOOTBALL!  I don’t know about you, but I spent quite a few hours on Saturday watching the first games of college football.  As the mother of two sons who both played football, and with 3 high school State Championships and one State Runner up between them, I either had to learn to love the sport or be left out in the cold!

I made a layout about my oldest son’s seventh grade football team.  The photos are not great since nice digital cameras and phones were not available, but I still wanted to document and remember that time in his life.

The layout design is from the brand new Make it From Your Heart Vol. 3 idea book (sketch 1) from Close To My Heart.  The Cricut cuts are all from the newest CTMH cartridge called You Are Here and the paper is from the new Enchantment Fundamentals, also from CTMH.  I embellished the layout with Thin Cut stars (now retired).

Please head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects and then link up your own FOOTBALL artwork for everyone to enjoy!  If you need any of the supplies I used to create this layout, please shop HERE.  Thank you!   Laurie

You Are Here Holiday Images!

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I’m back again to show you some of the great images from the You Are Here cartridge by Close To My Heart. Today I’m focusing on holidays–Christmas/Winter and Thanksgiving/Fall.  Check them out!

Here are a few of the Christmas/Winter themed images–Christmas, snowmen, snowflakes, snowmobiles and lots of skiing images from goggles to gloves.

And now for some of the Thanksgiving/Fall themed images–turkeys, pumpkins, a wheat sheaf, cornucopia and of course lots of leaves!  I’ve got a great idea for a fall card using that cut on the bottom right!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you can see that You Are Here is for quite a lot more than just travel themed images.  There are 700 goodies on this fabulous cartridge.  Shop HERE to get you own!


More You Are Here Highlights!

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Here are some more images that I cut from the new You Are Here cartridge from Close To My Heart.  This cartridge has so much more than travel images and today I’d like to share a few examples:

Are you a camper?  There are some great images like tents, campfires and hiking boots besides the images shown above.

You Are Here also has all kinds of drinks from comforting tea to adult beverages to champagne for toasting a special occasion!

Do you have a son or daughter who participates in dance or band or drama?  There is an image for you on You Are Here too!  How about that yoga pose and roller coaster?  Plus there are some CTMH specific images as well!  All from this “travel themed” cartridge!

Don’t forget that the brand new Holiday Inspirations catalog is now live for everyone!  Click HERE to access the online version.  If you need any of the awesome new CTMH products, please consider shopping at my online store at Thanks so much!!   Laurie

Final Favorite Thing!

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Welcome to the final installment of My Favorite Things from the new Annual Inspirations catalog from Close To My Heart.  Today I want to highlight the newest Cricut cartridge called You Are Here!  This is “advertised” as a travel themed cartridge and here is how it is described in the catalog–

“Whether you’re traveling abroad, taking a road trip, or enjoying a relaxing staycation, this Cricut® collection is sure to have everything you need to document your journey. From outdoor escapades and family reunions to spa retreats and holiday outings, you’ll find shapes and sentiments for every pit stop along the road of life.”

As with all the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge bundles, you receive the cartridge, three full sized stamp sets and a set of 24 sheets of Enchantment cardstock for only $99 (or $79 if you order the digital only cartridge).  Or you can get this cartridge completely FREE if you sign up to be a CTMH consultant before the end of August.

As I said earlier, You Are Here is known as a travel themed cartridge, but let me assure you, there is quite a lot more than travel!  Take a look at some of the sample images I cut that are definitely NOT just for travel.

Here are some beachy/summertime images that could be used for lots of purposes besides a beach vacation!

And how about these awesome wedding cuts?  I’m excited to use that cute “just married” car on a wedding card using the new Basics Fundamentals papers!  The cake would make a great embellishment on a birthday layout or card as well.

See, there are a lot more than just travel themed images on You Are Here!  Tomorrow I’ll be sharing more of the non-travel cuts from this great cartridge.  Stay tuned!   Laurie

Anything Goes at Heart 2 Heart!

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This week at Heart 2 Heart it’s Anything Goes!!  That means there are no sketches, themes or guidelines to follow as long as you use Close To My Heart products.  I decided to dig into my new Basics Fundamentals paper pack and make a scrapbook layout for my 40th class reunion photos.  The new Basics Fundamentals papers are really beautiful and I think this layout nicely showcases several of the patterns in this collection.  And doesn’t the new Color of the Year–Bashful–look fabulous with the neutral Basics paper?

The Cricut cuts on this layout came from the new You Are Here cartridge from Close To My Heart.  I was really excited to see the Class Reunion image.  There is so much more to this cartridge than just travel, believe me!  You can find more details about it HERE.

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects and then share you own Anything Goes CTMH artwork for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Make it a great week!   Laurie

I Think I’m in Love With Jack!!

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When I first saw Jack, I thought I might just fall in love, but after creating these layouts, it really did happen–I AM in love with Jack and I’m not afraid to admit it!  And I think you would be too if you had this amazing paper pack!  So much fun for masculine themed layouts and cards and perfect for all your “outdoorsy” photos too!

This layout has several images from the brand new You Are Here Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart plus goodies from the Complements set and a bit of Slate extra thick twine.

The FRIENDS title is stamped with the CTMH Marker alphabet set.  You could put any words you want here to match your photos.

This final layout has Cricut tree cuts from other Close To My Heart cartridges as well as sticker titles and embellishments from the Complements set.  All of these layouts can be made with just one Jack Workshop Your Way and you will still have plenty of leftovers to create even more fabulous projects!

Let me know if you would like to make your own Jack layouts and I will send you a kit of pre-cut images and papers for only $30.00 plus shipping.  I know you will fall in love with Jack too, just like me!

Thanks for dropping by!  Make something beautiful today!   Laurie