Monday, November 19, 2012

Count Your Blessings Gratitude Challenge with BBTB2

Hello everyone.  Happy Bitten by the Bug 2 Monday - and happy Thanksgiving week here in the States.  This week's BBTB2 challenge is perfect for this week - Gratitude.  The assignment was to craft a project about something for which you are grateful, or in some way features gratitude.

For me this was such an easy assignment.  As most of you have gathered, I adore my family.  I am thankful for them every single day.  My husband (of 31 years this week!) is a wonderful warm and loving man with whom I feel blessed to be sharing my life.  My adult children are each so unique in personality and so unique in their expressions of love.  I am so blessed to have had these three children!  And I am so grateful for my future daughter-in-law (though I do not think of her as "future" but as my d-i-l).  Crissie is smart, funny, kind-hearted, and most of all, she adores my son!  How could I not be grateful for Aaron's brilliant choice in a life mate?   And even though Crissie is missing from the family photo above, she is very much a part of our family.

I mixed several elements and ideas in creating this layout.  I began with a family photo - one I hope to replace with a Thanksgiving FULL family photo later this week - and I built around the idea of Gratitude.  I began by selecting background and matting cardstock.  Once I had gathered all of my cardstock layers,using the Thanksgiving cartridge, I cut the phrase Count your Blessings in dark brown cardstock.  I set that aside.

I went to my Close To My Heart stamp selection and pulled two sets of stamps - Family Love (which I featured on two layouts below) and Abundance.  I stamped the phrase "Gratitude is the heart's memory" at the top of the page and "Love of family is the greatest blessing" bottom of the page.

I used the small phrase "A Grateful Heart" and stamped the edges of the orange matting.  I added ribbon to the corner of the photo and to the upper right corner of the layout. 

Two cartridges were used to create my floral displays - Art Philosophy (still my favorite cartridge) and Something To Remember - A Cricut Circle cartridge.  I cut two leaf arcs from Something to Remember and positioned them at opposite corners of the photo.  Using Art Philosophy, six flowers were cut in three different sizes. 

Using Close To My Heart mini pigment inks, I inked the edges of the unrolled flowers with Autumn Terracotta ink.  I then used the CTMH quilling tool and rolled my flowers.  A LARGE glue dot was applied to the bottom of the flower roll to hold it the bottom of the flower cut.  This was repeated for all six flowers.

On the bottom left of the layout, using pop dots, a cornucopia stamp, colored with CTMH alcohol markers.  The sixth flower was added to the cornucopia.  The cornucopia is from the Abundance stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by Busy with the Cricky today.  I hope you will join us in the weekly challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Please add your photo into the Mr. Linky space under this week's post!

 Close To My Heart Stamp sets used on this layout include:

Abundance Stamp Set

Family Love

One of the things I like best about Close To My Heart is that they embrace scrapbooking as well as cardmaking.  At heart I am a scrapbooker and I like using the stamps on my layouts.


  1. Beautiful picture and a wonderful layout. I love the papers especially the ones for the flowers.

  2. What a fun challenge you have given us to create with,. Susan. Your LO is just wonderful.

  3. What a beautiful and stunning layout Susan! I love everything about this layout and I really love both of those stamps sets!! What a fun challenge and I wish that I could have been around to do this one, but I am enjoying my time with my family and even enjoying being on the road. lol Hugs!!

  4. This really is beautiful:) I like every single detail..So happy that u have a wonderful future DIL to look forward too...I am sure it will be a fabulous wedding:) Krista
    Ps..I know I read somewhere that she is a teacher? Def my kind of person..Teaching is the most rewarding job in the world..Maybe someday I will go back:)

  5. Gorgeous layout, Susan! Love the combination of Cricut cuts and stamping. You are truly blessed with a beautiful family. xxD P.S. Thanks so much for the sweet send off at BBTB2 and for taking the helm. xxxxxx

  6. Your LO is gorgeous Susan. Beautiful family photo and love the flowers.
    Jayne x