Giving Thanks Seasonal Trees Eclipse Frame

This week is all about giving thanks so today I am showing you one final home decor project that you can create for your guests this Thanksgiving.  If you haven’t noticed, eclipse cards are very popular right now, so I chose to take it a step farther and create a whimsical framed piece of art for my home using our Seasonal Trees stamp of the month.

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Just like my Nativity Eclipse card, I created the lettering for this project on my Cricut™ in Design Space™.  The finished project measures 5″ x 7″ so I cut my White Daisy cardstock at 4½” x 6½”.

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After cutting out the image, I temporarily taped the letters in place and used Espresso, Saffron, Pomegranate, and Goldrush Exclusive Inks to stamp my images onto the White Daisy cardstock.  Some of my leaves were created using the second-generation stamping technique which helped to add a larger variety of colors to my tree and leaves.

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Once I was finished stamping, I backed my project with Espresso cardstock. By using a darker color backing I was able to create a “shadow” effect under the letters.  This project was quick and easy to create and would make a wonderful gift for your Thanksgiving guests.

I hope that you each have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Miss. Carrie’s Weekend Creations – Crafting for Fall

Life for me is not just about creating for “work”. Even though I have been blessed to have a home business that allows me to play with paper throughout the week, I have never thought of it as work.  When I signed up to become a consultant four years ago (mainly because I wanted a discount on the supplies), I never expected to have readers, like you, follow my crafting adventures. ❤❤

Some of you have asked if I create anything on my “non-work” days. Like most of you, I often craft on the weekend, and I try to make a point of my crafting time not being work related.  Due to my private nature, I do not usually share these creations, but, per your request, I have chosen to start sharing a few of those with you. I hope you aren’t disappointed.

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Today, I have been adding to my Fall home decorating collection and using up supplies.  Before you ask me “how I made this”, I will assure you that it is NOT all made up of paper. (I am not THAT crafty.)

I found an amazing website called Foundations Decor that has become my new LOVE. Each of these little pieces comes as a pre-cut wood piece that can be covered with paper and easily assembled. All I had to do is use up some of my scrap pile to decorate each piece.  (No I am not affiliate, nor do I sell it…I am just addicted to it.)

So, there you have it.  I do “play” on the weekends, like most of you, and it often involves paper, but it is always something outside of my normal realm of creations. I am usually a very private person, (insert panic attack here), so sharing this “non-work” project was a bit of a challenge for me. I hope you enjoyed a little insight to my bubble.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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If you would like to spend your days “playing  with paper” as you earn a little extra income, get discounted supplies, and share your love of crafting with others, make sure to check out this month’s FUND YOUR FUN promotion. Close to My Heart is giving you $75 in product credit with the new $75 consultant kit.  I would love to have you on my HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team. 

 

Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop

Welcome to the Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop where we will be 46091035_10156054673202686_4718674864951525376_nfeaturing a multitude of Close to My Heart Christmas products.  🎄  If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas that you can use when creating for Christmas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

When I first saw the Christmas Blessings Stamp Set, I knew immediately that I wanted to created a card with an inked background.  Even though Inked Backgrounds are simple to create, they make a beautiful impact on on project. Along with the Inked Background, I decided to try my hand at an Eclipse Card. What do you think?

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Eclipse Cards are making a comeback and can be found all over Pinterest right now. Most people use Letter Dies or Thin Cuts to create their’s, but, being the Cricut™ addict that I am, I chose to make my background in Design Space™.

Once I was finished creating the background, I stamped the images and the card was complete. It was so simple to make that I decided to create a short “How To” video for my Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations VIP Facebook Group and in this video I gave a few more ideas for some Inked Background cards using this stamp set.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Christmas Blessings stamp set is only available, while supplies last, until December 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to order your kit.   I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Shake Things Up! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Shake Things Up! CTMH Technique Blog Hop 38932976_10155797519992934_764852534895443968_nwhere we will be featuring a few of our Shaker Card products If you have come here from Annemarie Julian’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas using our Shaker Card products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

Shaker cards are one of my favorite projects to create and our new product line makes them so much simpler to make. There is no fussing with cutting acetate or foam tape, no need to search for the perfect circle dies, and we even have a way to make your own confetti.

 

For this Blog Hop, I chose to create a beautifully layered Shaker Thank You card using our Grateful Heart Papers and Complements. As you can see, I used almost every paper from this amazing collection of patterns. Each paper is unique and beautiful in it’s own right and each complements the other so well.

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Once, I had decided on my background patterns, I wanted to add a little more texture. I had already planned on using  the Gold Sequins for my Shaker, so I decided add some Gold Stitching to my background using our Stitch Guide.

 

Once the background on the card was complete, I began building the Shaker. Aren’t those little owls adorable? I cut those from the PML Cut-Apart sheet, adhered them to a circle (cut with the Shaker Thin Cuts), then added my Foam Circle, and the Gold Sequin.

DESIGNER TIP: To prevent static in your shaker, use the Anti-Static Pouch on the Background before adding your sequins. I also use the Anti-Static Pouch on my Acetate after I remove the protective film. 

 

The Circle Frame has a delightful stitching pattern, which I chose to enhance with some more Gold Stitches. I like how this stitching makes the shaker frame “pop” off the card.  Once I added the Shaker to my card, I was able to begin adding embellishments from my collection of Grateful Heart Complements(♥♥)

 

Once I was finished, I realized it needed a little something more, so I grabbed a few Gold Sequins from the bag and adhered them to my card. I love when I can use a product for more than it is intended. 

 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Vandra Stenton’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, all of our Shaker Products are available through December 31st, while supplies last.

I can’t wait to see what you create with our Shaker Card products.

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Five Christmas Gift Ideas

In only 41 days we will be opening gifts, eating homemade candy, and enjoying the company of family and friends as we celebrate Christmas.🎄The hardest part during these 41 days is finding the perfect gift for each person on our list. This year, I thought I would offer you a little help by showing you FIVE of my top ten favorite gifts to gift this Christmas.

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🎄STORY STARTER🎄

These adorable little Story Starter albums come in three color choices and includes everything you need to make a quick ten page album. (Mine took less than an hour to complete.I can think of so many possible themes for this album – “Top Ten Reasons I Love You” or “Photos for Grandma” or even “We are Having a Baby”. ♥♥  How about you?

 

🎄SHORT STORY🎄

If you love the idea of a mini-album, but need more than ten pages, you will ADORE the Short Story kits.  I just completed one that told the story of our little puppy and it took only a few hours to finish. Like the Story Starter, this kit has everything you will need to complete a 6″ album and makes a great gift as is or full of photos. It is so easy to make that I plan on giving a few kits to my “non-crafty” family members.

 

🎄HANDMADE HOME DECOR🎄

As crafters, we enjoy creating personalized gifts, but often, after searching Pinterest for hours, find ourselves running to the store the snag that box of mixed hot sauces. Before you go running for the gift-giving isle, let me help you out.  On my website you will find a selection of videos showing you how to make some of these amazing gifts. We even have a YouTube Channel and a Make it From Your Heart blog with even more inspiration. Need more help? Contact me – I would love to help and show you how.

 

🎄SCRAPBOOK KIT MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION🎄

Do you know someone who would enjoy creating a scrapbook full of memories, but just can’t find the time? Give them the gift of creativity all year long! Our Craft with Heart Kits are pre-cut, easy to assemble, and include everything needed to create beautiful pages.

 

🎄THE GIFT OF ORGANIZATION🎄

Crafter or not, we all need a place to organize our daily chaos and Close to My Heart has some great products that you can give to anyone on your list.  My two favorites are our Craft Organizers and our Workspace Wonder products, both of which can be used for more than keeping the crafting mess contained.

 

Enjoy the next 41 days of blessings, my friends.  If you currently don’t have a personal Close to My Heart Consultant, I would feel blessed if you hose me to to help you this season. Visit my website for more gift giving ideas or contact mecontact me for some personal suggestions. I can’t wait to see what you create this holiday season!

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Fall Decorating with Monograms

When the new Holiday Expressions catalog first came out, I was extremely happy to see that we now carry a variety of Chipboard Monograms. Monograms are one of the most popular home decor items on Pinterest and, today, I am going to give you a few tips for creating this beautiful Fall Monogram for your home. You can find the compete list of supplies I used on my project at the very bottom of this post.

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To create this “Thankful” Fall Monogram, I began by adhering the Woodgrain paper to my Chipboard “T” using a tape runner. If you choose to use liquid adhesive, make sure to apply full coverage to the chipboard or you will be able to see the lines of glue through the paper.  You can choose from any of the Grateful Heart papers for your background. I picked this color combination to match the decor in my craftroom. 

Once I had chosen my background pattern, I opened up Cricut Design Space™ and created the Sunflower, Leaves, and “Thankful” using images from of our Cricut Collections.  I love the added texture and design that the paper patterns give to my flower. If you would like to recreate this Sunflower, you can follow the Chocolate Sunflower tutorial I created last November.

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After cutting out and assembling my images, I decided that I needed to add a few of the Complements to my design.  I really like the look of those Copper Veined Leaves and the Copper Butterfly, so I chose to add them along with the Pomegranate Heart.

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I tied the whole design together by heat embossing the Scrolling with Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder and adding a few Cork Shapes. How easy is that?

There are so many wonderful things you can create with these Chipboard Monograms! (I am using a few for Christmas gifts that I will be sharing with you later.)  This Fall Monogram can stand alone on it’s own or be added to a frame, like I did, or even to the center of a fall wreath.  Our Monogram Chipboard Letters are available for a limited time, while supplies last, so make sure you grab a few for your own crafting creations.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Creating Seasonal Trees Fall Lanterns & Free Design Space File for VIPs

If you have ever visited my home, you will see that I redecorate for every season. In my basement you will find a plethora of holiday decorations, and as a crafter, I inevitably add more each year. If you are a seasonal decorator like me, you will enjoy making this Fall Lantern!  This month, I am giving away the Cricut Design Space™ file FREE to any customer who joins my VIP Facebook Group. Instructions for getting this file can be found at the very bottom of this post. (Sorry, this is offer is not available to any consultants that are not on my team.) 

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My Fall Lantern design is a simple box I made in Cricut Design Space™ using a leaf image from our Artistry Cricut™ Collection. This Cricut™ collection can be ordered directly through my website or purchased for HALF-PRICE when you host a qualifying party.  You will need to own the collection to cut out my Fall Lantern.  

 

Once you have opened the images in Design Space™ you can cut the lantern from our beautiful Fall Grateful Heart collection of papers and Vellum.  I chose to use the Pomegranate pattern paper because I like how the Yellow Plaid pattern on the back shows through on the leaves. It reminds me of the when the various shades of leaves blow on the trees out my craft room window. This nostalgic moment brought to you by the Heart2Heart Inspired By Nature challenge, which I joined this week. 

 

You have a variety of patterns to choose from in this paper pack. I think it would look just as beautiful cut from the Fern Dots, the Floral, or the Blue Checked patterns.  I kept my design simple by adding just a small strip of paper and some Gold & White Skinny  Ribbon at the base of the lantern. If you would like a more embellished Fall Lantern, you could add to the design using Complements, Cork Shapes, or Fern Stitched Ribbon.

 

After the Vellum was cut, I stamped images from the Seasonal Trees stamp of the month onto each window and used Clear Embossing Powder to set the ink. Be cautious when heating your vellum because it can cause the paper to warp if too much heat is applied.

 

When you order your supplies for this Fall Lantern through my website, make sure to join the MYSTERY HOSTESS party. This online party is open through November 15th, currently has $30 in rewards, and is close to getting one item 50% off (you could get that Cricut™ collection you wanted). Don’t forget to order the Seasonal Trees stamp of the month which is only available through November 30th. 

 

I am sure you are wondering HOW to get this Fall Lantern file. All you need to do is ask to join my Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations VIP Group. Once I have received your request, I will send you a private message with a link to the Fall Lantern file.  I do ask that you do not share this file with others, post it online, resell it, or post it as your own creative work.  This offer is for Customers ONLY and my HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members. (Sorry, it is not available to other consultants.) 

Have a wonderful week, my friends. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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If you would like to learn more about getting $75 in product credit when you joining our HeARTfully Blessed Creations team as a consultant, receiving this file free as a HBC team member, or receiving free training that I offer to my HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team, you can leave a comment below and I will happily answer all of you questions. 

Color My Heart Dare Tic-Tac-Toe: Grateful Heart Thank You Card

This week, for the Color My Heart Dare challenge, we are playing with colors from our Grateful Heart collection.  You can choose to use any colors in a row, column, diagonally, or use every color available and create something amazing!

 

For this week’s challenge, I chose to use Sapphire, Mink, and Pomegranate to create a Thank You card with a little Copper flair. I enjoy using our Complements as accents on my cards, and the Thank You sentiment, Mink Flower, and Wooden Arrow “complemented” this card well.

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Since the sentiment was written with Copper, I wanted to repeat this color on the card. Our Grateful Heart Cardmaking Stamp Set has some very nice images including these leaves which I stamped in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with our Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder.

 

That same “color” is repeated in the Cork Shapes. By repeating the color in the sentiment, leaves, and Cork Shapes, I was able to give this card a balanced look. I also used this stamp set to create the Mink wood grain.

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I felt like the Mink Cardstock alone did not serve this card well, and by adding the wood grain, it added an extra layer to the design. I will be honest in telling you that this card was not one of my favorites when I first created it, but once finished, the overall look and layers of elements makes the creative troll in my brain do back flips.

I hope you take the time this month to join me in this Color My Heart Dare Challenge.  I always enjoy visiting each of the projects and commenting on the creative designs.  Remember, you don’t have to have a blog to participate, just a willingness to try something new.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Thanksgiving Pilgrim Decorations

As many of you know, I can’t ever use a product to create something as it was intended so, when I first saw the Christmas Elves in the Season of Joy Cricut™ Collection, I just had to make this adorable Pilgrim Couple to add to my Thanksgiving Decor. I am positive that many of you reading this post would love to be able recreate this couple. At the very bottom of this post, you will find a list of the products I used as well as a way that you can get the Design Space™ file FREE during the month of November.

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If you look at the Shape Index, you will see that the original images I used from Season of Joy Digital Cricut™ Collection were intended for some Christmas Elves. As cute as these elves are, I am not ready to start creating for Christmas so, I decided to use products from our Grateful Heart collection and make myself two delightful Pilgrims.

 


I enjoy adding little details to my projects. I added stitching on the clothing and “lace” on the apron using our Decorative Borders Thin Cuts. I also used some Burlap Ribbon to for some bows, buttons, and embellishments. Some final touches were added using the Grateful Heart Complements, Cork Shapes, and a Chrysanthemum from our Flower Market Collection.

 


♥ Aren’t they just the cutest? ♥ I am sure this Pilgrim Couple would look delightful as decorations on your Thanksgiving table or filled with treats and given to your Thanksgiving guests. If you would like to create this couple, I am giving away the Design Space™ file for FREE with any order of $30 or more (before tax & shipping) from my website during the month of November.

You will need to own the Season of Joy Digital Cricut™ Collection as well as the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection to cut out the images for the Pilgrim Couple. If you haven’t had a chance to view any of our Cricut™ Collections, you can view all of the shape indexes here. If you are like me, you will want to see what images are included in each collection before purchasing them.

I can’t wait to see what you create for your Thanksgiving table!

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Tips & Tricks for the Grateful Heart Scrapbook Workshop Kit

Our Workshop Your Way kits have been beautifully designed to take the guesswork out of creating a scrapbook page.  This month’s, Grateful Heart WYW Scrapbooking Kit does just that. Each page in this kit has been created with you in mind. With an easy-to-follow workshop guide, gorgeous papers and embellishments, you can create three beautiful layouts, with plenty of supplies leftover, to display your favorite fall memories.

 

As I was creating each of these layouts, I decided that this month I would give you a few additional tips and tricks that are not included in the workshop guide. Let’s begin with one of my favorite layouts in the kit.

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For both of these pages, you will want to make sure you take note of the measurements in the workshop guide. I used a pencil to draw a line where the Fern Stitched Ribbon needed to be on the left page and where the squares needed placed on the right. To make that 5″ x 7″ photo stand out, I used Thin 3D Foam Tape under the photo, then used some 3D Foam Dots for the Leaf Complements and title.  By using both types of Foam Tape/Dots, it gave this layout a nice multi-dimensional look.

You can achieve the same multi-layered look on this second layout. (I really enjoy the softness of these pages with a small accent of copper in those Complements.)

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Not only did I use both forms of Foam Tape/Dots on this page, I used our Anti-Static Pouch to remove the “stickiness” from the Floral Complements before adding them. I am also one who enjoys saving as much paper as possible, so I decided that instead of cutting the Floral Paper (2A) into a 5″ x 12″ strip, I cut mine into (2) 1/2″ x 12″ strips and now I have even more of that beautiful Floral paper left over.

This final layout, was so simply designed that I realized, after playing around with mine a bit, these two pages can be altered to fit 4″ x 6″ photos.

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Many of you may not have the 4″x 4″ or 3″ x 4″ photos for this layout, and feel that it won’t be one you use. After all, most of us print 4″ x 6″ and may not want to crop them this small.   Here is an example of one way you could alter this layout using just your 4″ x 6″ photos.

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As you can seen, this layout was a very simple one to assemble, but elegantly designed. If you chose to use alternate photo sizes, make sure you also alter those decorative paper strips at the base of each photo or use the Fern Stitched Ribbon that comes with your kit.

I hope that you take the time this week to visit my website and see all the products that come with the Grateful Heart WYW Scrapbooking Kit. While you are there, take a minute to view all of the Workshop Your Way kits that Close to My Heart offers.  Each one is designed to help you take the guesswork out of designing your pages, and, as you can see, be altered to fit your personal photos perfectly. I can’t wait to see what you create with these kits!

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