Monday, July 27, 2015

Watermelon Slice Card


Hello everyone!  Welcome to this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  I challenged the design team to use a Cricut Watermelon cut on their projects this week.  I am loving all of the wonderful summer fruit and vegetable, especially one of my favorites - Watermelon.  So I thought, hey, let's have a watermelon challenge!


I used three Cricut Cartridges to create this fun card:  Bag Toppers - Summer, Art Philosophy, and Nate's ABCs.   I cut my basic watermelon card using the Bag Topper cartridge.  I added dots to the seeds and dashes to the cute scalloped watermelon rind.  I used Nate's ABCs to cut eh three ants, flipping one backwards.   I cut a rose using Art Philosophy for the center of my ribbon bow.

I confess that this is a more simple card than I normally create.  But in this case, simple was good!! We had a very busy weekend at our house with Ian coming home and Aaron & Crissie's celebration. 


I hope that each of you will go by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and check out the adorable projects my design team sisters made this week.  So inspiring.  And then we would love it if you would join us in this week's Watermelon challenge. 

I will be back this week with details on a couple of crafts I made for Aaron and Crissie's party. 

Thanks for stopping by today.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Shaped Card Monday


Hello friends, welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge, Shaped Cards!  My uber-sweet and talented Design Team sister, Emily, is hosting this week's challenge.  Like Emily, I made a birthday card.


I used two cartridges to create this card, Birthday Bash and When I was a Kid.  I created my own shaped card by welding two of the ice cream sundae base cuts together.  I cut extra ice cream (chocolate!!) and whipped cream layers to "pop" my layers.  

The ice cream dish was cut in pink card stock and cut again using an Anna Griffin washi sheet.  The pretty print washi sheet covered the dish so nicely while adding gorgeous color to the card.


I used the When I was a Kid cartridge to cut the Happy Birthday banner.  The banner has two layers. Using the add text feature in Design Space, I added the Happy Birthday phrase and attached the letters to the white layer of the banner.


I would like to invite you to join our weekly challenge at the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog.  Create a new shaped card for any occasion and your card to the original Shaped Card Challenge at the BBTB2 blog.



I have a couple of Close To My Heart Announcements:  The first is that we will be loosing the following colors of ink pad, re-inkers, and card stock.  If you need to stock up on these colors, please do so very, very soon.  The colors are:  Barn Red, Smokey Plum, Outdoor Denim, Ponderosa Pine,  Olive Green, Indian Corn Blue, and Autumn Terracotta.  I love the Autumn Terracotta and the Outdoor Denim.  I too will have to stock up.  I am not sure how to make it through fall without Autumn Terracotta!!





The second special is:  During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5! That is a savings of up to $17.95! The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.



Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!


Shop with me at my CLOSE TO MY HEART ON LINE STORE

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Going, Going, ......





Hidden in the back end of Monday's blog post was information on the CTMH paper, ink, re-inkers, and mini pigment ink colors that will be retiring at the end of the month.  If you want to stock up on these colors, now is the time.  The colors are Smokey Plum, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Ponderosa Pine, Olive, Autumn Terracotta, and Barn Red.  The remaining three colors in this chart will remain in the line.

Go ahead and stock up on the retiring colors now!!


Monday, July 13, 2015

First Swimming Adventure


Hello everyone, welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge.  My wonderful Design Team sister, Sharon, selected this week's Cricut Challenge cut theme.  Sharon asked us to create a project about swimming or water.   I had just downloaded the photos of Avaleigh's first swimming pool adventure at her Aunt Christy and Uncle Josh's house.  She was not sure about the pool at first, but she really got in the spirit of water play after a bit.  


I am not going to lie, I used cuts from a lot of different cartridges.  Seriously, I used cuts from nine different cartridges on this one layout.  I used Once Upon a Princess to create that adorable mermaid, Animal Kingdom to create the kissing fish, Splish Splash to create a fish, Create a Critter to create the Starfish, Animal Antics to create the Snorkeling Fish, Doodlecharms to create the Sea Horse, Paper Dolls for Everyday to create the ocean floor, Life is a Beach to create the Seaweed, and Close To My Heart Font for the title.


I finished the layout with tiny air bubbles, assorted pink, champagne, and brown gems on the ocean floor as well as a sand (champagne) colored ribbon under the seaweed.  



I am pleased to say that there were no big events in our lives this week.  No one eloped, no one lost or found a new job, and everyone had a nice week!  I am planning a Vegas themed reception/party for Aaron and Crissie, but I do not plan to go as over the top as I have been know to when party planning. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  I do hope that you take the time to go by Bitten By the Bug 2 and see the amazing projects my design team sisters made for this week!  They are so talented!!  Also, we do hope that you will join us in the swimming/water challenge this week!


I have a couple of Close To My Heart Announcements:  The first is that we will be loosing the following colors of ink pad, re-inkers, and card stock.  If you need to stock up on these colors, please do so very, very soon.  The colors are:  Barn Red, Smokey Plum, Outdoor Denim, Ponderosa Pine,  Olive Green, Indian Corn Blue, and Autumn Terracotta.  I love the Autumn Terracotta and the Outdoor Denim.  I too will have to stock up.  I am not sure how to make it through fall without Autumn Terracotta!!




The second special is:  During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5! That is a savings of up to $17.95! The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.



Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!


Shop with me at my CLOSE TO MY HEART ON LINE STORE

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Tree Birthday Card



Hello friends.  So much to tell you today, but first let's start with this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge.  Our wonderful Design Team sister, Pam, chose this week's Challenge cut.  Pam asked us to use Summer Shade Trees on a project.  However, Pam is currently moving across country so I am doing a so-so job of filling in for her today.  

I used two cartridges to create my simple Happy Birthday card:  Close To My Heart's Artfully Sent and  Picturesque.  


I cut the base card, with the tree cut out, with the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge.  If you do not already own this cartridge, I would very much suggest that you purchase it.  It has tons of fabulous card cuts.

I used the write feature on my Cricut Explore and added the Happy Birthday sentiment.

Finally I used Picturesque to create the fun corners for the card front.



I do hope that you go by BBTB2 and check out the projects the Design Team created.  I was baby sitting my granddaughter and truly did not put as much time into my card as usual.  However, my DT sisters created BEAUTIFUL projects to share with you!  Also, we love it when you join our challenges so please do link up with us this week.



So I mentioned news:  

My older son Aaron and his finance Crissie surprised us by eloping to Las Vegas last week!  We found out after they were married.  Apparently they have had this elopement planned since May.  Other then sorry that we could not be with them, our main feelings are excitement and love.  We love both of them so much and are very happy for them.






We had a home coming celebration on Saturday evening - July 4th.  Our neighbors had great fireworks shows so that was the perfect ending to our evening.  We did surprise Aaron and Crissie with a small wedding cake, which they loved.    




We are planning a reception for them later this month so that they might celebrate with many of their friends. 


Our only other fun news was we baby sat for Avaleigh on July 5th while her parents celebrated their anniversary.  Other than an "I do not want a nap" fit, everything went smoothly.  We even played outside as today was just beautiful!






Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back this week with more to share.