Happy Birthday to Me!!

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It’s my birthday today–Hooray!  I am hosting the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge this week and of course, I chose the theme BIRTHDAYS, since everyone should be celebrating ME, right?  Or at least the birthday of someone special in your lives!


I chose to make a fancy fold birthday card which is a variation of the traditional box card.   I saw this type of card on Lori Whitlock’s website and decided to give my own spin to this design.  I used paper and coordinating cardstock from the Zoe collection by Close To My Heart, which is now out of stock.  All the cuts were made with the Artistry cartridge, also by Close To My Heart.





Isn’t this a great card design?  If you would like to see lots of other birthday themed projects, hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2.  I am hosting the challenge this week and the design team has been busy again!  Link up your own birthday projects for everyone to enjoy!

Remember something WONDERFUL is waiting to happen!   Laurie

Artiste–Going Soon!

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Have you heard the news?  Three of the amazing Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges will be retiring soon!  Artiste, Art Philosophy, and Artfully Sent are all on a “while supplies last” basis.  Sad, I know!

Today I’d like to share a couple of cards I made with cuts from Artiste.  I really love all the seasonal cuts, mini album pages, three dimensional cuts, swing cards and doilies!  If you don’t have this cartridge yet, you definitely need to take a look!


The first card is a baby card made with cuts from Artiste and the Georgie paper collection from Close To My Heart.  I think the silver glitter paper adds the perfect accent for this card suitable for a boy or a girl.


The second card is a simple thank you card using the Zoe paper collection.  Don’t you love that triangle design and “thanks” sentiment?

The versatile and varied 700 images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge make it a great go-to cartridge to have in your crafting arsenal! Along with the cartridge, you also get three full sized stamp sets and a pack of 24 CTMH assorted cardstock.  Click HERE to get one for yourself before they are gone!


Make someone smile today!   Laurie

Shaker Thank You Card

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to create a Graduation or Thank You project.  Since Graduations are pretty much over here in Nebraska, I decided to make a Thank You card instead.  I found some sequins when I was cleaning in my craft room the other day and thought a shaker thank you card would be just the ticket!


I used Zoe paper from Close To My Heart along with Lagoon and Sunset cardstock.  The frame is a cut from Art Philosophy and I welded the “thanks” from Artiste onto the frame in Design Space.  I cut a second “thanks” in Sunset and glued it on top to give it strength and contrast.  I used a Flip Flap to hold the multicolored sequins and attached it to the back of the frame.  Dimensional foam around the frame makes it stand out and allows the sequins to shake around.  A final bit of doodling with a Black marker and it was done!


Did you hear the news that several of the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges (Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artfully Sent) will be retiring and are only available on a “while supplies last” basis?  If you have any of these on your wish list, don’t delay.  Predictions are that they will not last long!  Shop HERE.

Happy Mother’s Day at BBTB2!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to create a Mother’s Day project using a vase or bouquet of flowers.  I decided to make a card with 3D flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge by Close To My Heart.  I love to make these flowers!  It gives me a little thrill each time I roll up those spirals of flat paper and POOF they become a beautiful and fairly realistic flower!  Don’t judge–I’m just easily amused!


I used paper from the Zoe collection by Close To My Heart along with Crystal Blue cardstock.  The flowers were made with Canary, Thistle, Pixie, and Smoothie cardstock.  The flower pitcher cut is from Country Life and I embossed it with the CTMH Scallop embossing folder.  A simple Pixie twine bow was all it needed for embellishment since the flowers are the stars of the show.

Hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful flower projects made by my design team sisters!  You are sure to get lots of inspiration for making your own Mother’s Day cards.  We always love to see your projects too, so link them up!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  You are awesome!   Laurie

Revisiting Zoe

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While making cards for my upcoming Card Workshop on April 16-17, the Zoe paper collection started calling my name!  I loved this paper and made lots of projects with it last Fall.  Amazingly, this Spring I discovered that I STILL love Zoe!

The design for this card came from a project I saw on Pinterest.  I really liked the way the panels on the card are offset, making a nice background for the center panel and sentiment.  The Happy Birthday speech balloon is from the stamp set Birthday Wishes.  A little Glacier Twine was all that was needed to finish this cheerful card.  This design would be appropriate for many different occasions by just changing out the sentiment.


For the next card I wanted to show how Zoe could be also used for a masculine themed card.  I really like the gray plaid paper paired with Cranberry cardstock.  I stamped the diagonal background stamp from In the Background, a retired Close To My Heart stamp set and added Slate Twine and some round Durable Studs, also retired.


Who knew Zoe could be so versatile?  Both of these cards will be available for you to make at my upcoming Card Workshop.  I made birthday cards, but you will be able to choose any sentiment you’d like when you make the cards at the Workshop.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember, when in doubt, add bling!!   Laurie

We are FROZEN at Heart 2 Heart!

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Welcome to another Design Team Monday at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  This week our theme is Frozen–from the movie to the weather to my favorite dessert–ice cream!  For my layout I used paper from the Zoe collection by Close To My Heart and added White Daisy, Peacock and Sorbet cardstock to mat my pictures and stamped images.  The perfect stamp for this layout was a Stamp of the Month from last summer that featured ice cream.  I colored the stamped images with Shin Han markers, also available from Close To My Heart.  I added a few colored sequins and stickers from the Zoe Complements as embellishments.

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Did I mention that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ice cream?  Apparently so does my grandson, I’m happy to say.  I can envision many ice cream dates with this little man in the future!

Please visit the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog to see the other Design Team “Frozen” projects.  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy!

Have an awesome day!   Laurie


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FUN, FUN, FUN with Zoe!!

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There has been a lot of playing with Zoe the past few days around here!  Look at these beautiful, crafty ladies working hard to make their 4 double page layouts with the new Zoe paper collection from Close To My Heart!

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Sixteen crafters made the layouts designed by fellow consultant, Susan Williams.  They learned how to ink the edges of their scrapbook pieces with sponges and CTMH ink and how to create background pages and photo mats to beautifully feature their photos.

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Crafters also learned how to make an adorable accordion fold booklet to add to their scrapbook pages.  The design came from Magic by Jeanette Lynton, one of the Close To My Heart idea books that contains interactive elements you can add to your scrapbook pages.

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Now all they need to do is add photos to their pages and BOOM, memories preserved!  Many thanks to Susan Williams for designing and sharing her beautiful layouts.  I look forward to hosting other scrapbook workshops in the future using the amazing paper collections in the new Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions catalogs!

Share a smile today!  Laurie