Bring Back My Pack Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bring Pack My Pack Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from the More Magical  collection.  MoreMagicalKit_misscarriescreationsDuring the month of August, we’ve brought back the popular Magical Paper Pack and coordinating products, which are suited for visits to amusement parks, parties, and other adventures. If you have come here from Lauren Moore’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.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

I just adoremini albums. They are a delight to create, are huge time savers, and perfect for showcasing “themed” photos.  Years ago when Magical first arrived, I created a simple mini-album to showcase my “theme park” photos and, this year, when Magical returned, I was delightfully challenged to create another.  Instead of making one that could fit inside a book, I made this 4″ x 12″ album from the supplies found inside the More Magical Workshop Kit. Each page uses a variety of paper, stamped images, and a few extras.

Isn’t it just the cutest? I take great pleasure in how it turned out and I especially love the fact that it holds over 36, yes, thirty-six photos.

I plan on showcasing all of the pages in a short video on my various social media pages and in my private Facebook group I created for my VIP customers and team members this week.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from a few other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the More Magical collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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 More Magical products and stamp set are only available until September 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see all of the products available in this kit.  I can’t wait to see what you create!



The Challenges of Documented

It’s depressing really, that such a beautiful paper pack has been set aside for the last four months crying to be turned into a card, or layout, or even a simple tag. Oh, dear Documented. How sorry I am that my summer got away from me and I haven’t taken the time to use the intriguing parchment full of doors, nor have I layered with your bricks. I have lacked the time to use up all of your glorious complements. Oh, dear Documented. Today is the day we finally play.

Documented was one you may have found intriguing and, maybe like me, you set it aside hoping for inspiration.  I made a goal to use up these papers before the season ended so  I decided to seek inspiration in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. By “forcing” myself to use up these papers, I was able to come up with a glorious layout full of texture and shine.


This layout involved layering various paper patterns from the Documented pack onto that glorious brick background. I added some stitching, Flower Market Flowers, a few stickers, some Silver Glitter paper and ended up with what you see here.  I honestly didn’t expect it to turn out the way that it did, but all the patterns and colors of the Documented paper pack really play well together.

I will suggest that when using Documented that you keep your color palette simple or you will feel a bit overwhelmed.  Since the Color My Heart Dare required the use of only Peacock, Linen, Eggplant, and Silver, I was able to keep my color choices to a minimum and really make those paper patterns shine.

I hope you take a little time to play with Documented before it retires. You should also join in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. I always love seeing what you create!



Going.. Going.. Gone

It feels like our Annual Expressions and Seasonal Expression catalogs just recently arrived full of fresh, new, desired products. Yet, as the seasons change, so will our products and we will make way for the new Holiday Expressions.  I must admit, there are a few  products from these catalogs that I will miss.  Thank goodness you still have a few more weeks to go before they are gone for good.  Here were a few of my favorites this year.

Several of our colors will be retiring at the end of August.  These are all colors I have enjoyed using and plan on continuing to create with.  If you plan to do the same, make sure you snag the cardstock, ink pads, and re-inkers before they are gone.


Our paper is such an amazing product to create with. Each year, there are new patterns with a variety of possibilities.  For me, our Enchantment Fundamentals and Fresh Air paper packs were some of my favorites.

Sadly, we have to see all of our current stamp sets go and, unfortunately, my most “loved” set, “We Are Makers” will be among them.  I have used this stamp set for so many projects and will be holding onto it for more in the future.


If you haven’t taken the time to check it out, you need to make sure you take a look at the Kitchen Traditions Cookbook kits. I created one of these books for our son and new daughter that is full of family recipes with room for other’s they collect along the way.

The Punny Pals set was one of the most adorable stamps created to benefit Operation Smile.  When you purchase this stamp set, we will donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.


You still have a few more weeks to get a hold of these well loved products and others that will be retiring August 31st. You can visit the GOING SOON section of my website to view all the products that will no longer be available in a few weeks or, better yet, check out the CLEARANCE section for even more well loved products that you can purchase at a discount. I can’t wait to see what you create!



Craft with Heart

Who wouldn’t love a subscription program from Close To My Heart that sends ready-to-make scrapbook layouts directly to your door?!  Our Craft with Heart™  subscription delivers an exclusive Cut Above® layout kit in the mail to you making it a little easier to stay on top of your passion for memory keeping.

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You can choose the program option that works best for you with our monthly, 4-month, and 12-month subscription options.   The monthly and 4-month options are not available until September 1, but because we know you’re just going to love this program, we are releasing the 12-month subscription option a month early so you can get started recording those memories on these beautiful layout kits.

Each kit comes with all the pieces needed to make two two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts. Our Cut Above® layout kits give you everything you need to assemble scrapbook layouts in one convenient kit: base pages, pre-cut pieces and die-cuts, stickers, and photo placeholders—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen!

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Not only is the 12-month subscription available now, you also get the best deal. With the 12-month option, you receive four layout kits three times a year at a 20% discount, plus FREE SHIPPING! AND . . . with the 12-month subscription only, each Craft with Heart™ delivery also comes with a code from Persnickety Prints for 30 FREE 4″ x 6″ PRINTS! (The code comes on a small card in each box, just like the one you see in the photo above.) That’s 90 free 4″ x 6″ prints each year!


I am ♥LOVING♥ this Craft with Heart program! You get a layout kit for each month delivered directly to your door and you will have scrapbook pages that are perfect for preserving everyday moments! I can’t wait to see what you create with these kits!


excerpts taken from the Close to My Heart blog

Creating a Border in Design Space

I know that it’s been a while since you have seen a Tuesday Tutorial involving the Cricut©.  We have had an eventful few months and I am so grateful that as Close to My Heart Consultant, I am able to have a home business that allows me to put my family first. I am also thankful for followers, like you, who understand that family is a priority. This week, I was able to create a quick Tuesday Tutorial  to show you how I created the scallop border in Design Space for my “Life is a Beautiful Adventure” layout.


Many times when you attempt to create a border in Design Space™, you have issues with the image warping as you resize it to the size you need.  Today, I am going to show you one way to avoid this.

Begin by inserting the Scalloped Border – #M418D1D from the Artistry Collection into your Canvas. I want my border to be 5″ x .75″. Watch what happens when I unlock the SIZE and attempt to change the width and height of this image.


It ends up warped. Since I know that I want the Height to be .75″, I am going to start by typing .75″ into the Height box. I do not unlock or change anything else.


Now I am going to insert a Square shape, and resize the image to 5″ x 2″.


Bring the Scallop Boarder to the front (Move to Front), and position the border over the rectangle you created.


Select All and choose Slice. Delete the unwanted images and now you have a Scallop Border that is exactly 5″ x .75″.


How cool is that?!  Wouldn’t you love to have a home business that allows you to play on your Cricut©, earn extra income, put your family first, and design with paper? Being a Close to My Heart Consultant is such a blessing for me and I am equally blessed by all the members on my HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team. I would love to have you join our team as a Consultant. Each week, I offer my team members these tutorials as LIVE videos on our team Facebook page so that they can learn how to create with our Cricut® collections. Please contact me or visit my website to learn how you can earn extra income doing what you love and join me LIVE for these tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


If you have been debating about upgrading your Cricut so that you can play along in Design Space™, you can save 10% this week on the new Cricut Maker™ or save even more when you purchase any of the Explore Bundles.  




Small Stuff Spinning Card

Our August For the Love of Crafting stamp of the month is a must have for all crafters.  I personally enjoy all the crafty sayings especially “Enjoy the small Stuff”.  It’s the “small stuff” that makes us realize how blessed we are each day. Like when you come up with a cool card idea and it actually turns out the way you envisioned it or when you end up with an extra peanut in your M&M.  It’s those little things that you make you feel all happy inside.


This card was actually rather simple to create using the “Camera” image from the stamp set, our Thin Cuts, and some of our Documented products. I honestly wasn’t expecting the combination of Bashful and Peacock to go so well together, and am gratefully surprised by the outcome.

I will be creating more projects throughout the month using the For the Love of Crafting stamp set, so make sure to visit my blog, Instagram, and Facebook for more inspiration.  (I might even throw in a live class or two showing you how to make a few of them.)

Don’t forget, our For the Love of Crafting stamp set as well as the Documented products and Bashful Glitter Paper I used on this project are only available through August 31st.   In fact, almost all of our products Seasonal Expressions 2 and Annual Idea Book will be gone at the end of the month.  Make sure you grab them before they are gone. I can’t wait to see what you create!




Yay! Summer Layout

Recently Close to My Heart posted a beautiful ombre layout using the Fresh Air-Cardmaking Thin Cuts. (If you didn’t see it, you need to check out their Instagram posts.  It was absolutely beautiful!)  I was so enamored by this layout, I began to wonder if there were other backgrounds that I could create using these Thin Cuts. I began to search various quilt patterns online and fell in love with a diamond background that I chose to replicate on this Yay! Summer layout.


I was able to use up some of my Central Park Paper scraps to cut out each of the diamonds. Two of these Diamond shapes were cut out of Poppy cardstock, then dry embossed with a Simple Chevron Embossing folder.  I really like the texture it added. After I attached the White Daisy cardstock onto the Pacifica cardstock, I drew a grid with a pencil and laid out my diamond background.

The rest of the design involved adding a few leftover Central Park Complements, a PML Sun cut with a Stitched Circle Thin Cut, and a few more items from the PML papers.  This layout was so simple to create, yet it has such an amazing impact.  I personally plan on using this layout for a Fourth of July photo.  This layout makes such an incredible impact, that I decided to enter it into this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge and Heart2Heart Lovely Layers Challenge.

Make sure to visit my website to view all of the Central Park products we have available for you.  The Central Park products I used on this layout are available, while supplies last, through August 31st, so make sure you snag them before they are gone. I can’t wait to see what you create!



Live Tutorials Coming Soon

I enjoy writing each weekly Tuesday Tutorial as much as you enjoy reading them, but sometimes it would be so much easier to show them to you. So, I have decided to start a Facebook Group called “Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations” where you can view a few of my tutorials “Live” and enroll in some of my online workshops. Don’t panic! I will still be writing a few tutorials on my blog here and there, but I would love the chance to show you HOW I make some of my paper crafting projects.  Are you ready to find out what the first tutorial will be?

My first “Live” class will show you how to create the amazing Inked Background on this Big Thank You card. Many of you have commented on my inked backgrounds and have asked me “HOW ” I make them. Well, here is your chance to learn!

Date: August 23rd
Time: 10:00am (MST)

You can come in your comfy clothes and learn how to create this card in my online class that will take place on my private Facebook group. To join the class, simply use this link to sign-up and I will send you an invite to the private class group, email you a supply list and a $5.00 invoice for the cost of the class. How easy is that?

What if you are working, or on vacation, or the kids start the house on fire during the class? You can still sign-up! Once you have paid for your class, you will be invited to the private group and will be able to view the live class for up to 30 days after the day of the event.  So grab a cup of coffee (or tea if you must), relax in your comfy clothes, and enjoy some crafting time with Miss. Carrie’s Creations.  I can’t wait to see what you create!



Here’s To You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Here’s To You Blog Hop where we will be featuring various products from the Here’s to You collection.  37748551_10155804471867686_1511386334193778688_nThe products in this collection are designed to help you celebrate the everyday moments in your life.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’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 designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the the Here’s To You products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As a member of the “live in the middle of nowhere” club, I often do not get my packages in a timely fashion. Even though I had ordered my “Here’s To You” Workshop kit weeks ago for this blog hop, it has still not arrived. Since I choose to “celebrate joy in all things”, I decided to create a layout using components I had on hand that come in the workshop kit to create this layout.

The Here’s to You Workshop kit comes with four Stamp sets, a variety of Cardstock, Silver Glitter paper, White Pearls, and the Rose Embossing Folder.  As I searched for ideas for this blog hop, I read one of the quotes hanging in my craft room – “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” So that is what I did.  I didn’t have the stamps, but I used what I had to create this layout. It is perfect for celebrating any joyous occasion in your life.

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

Once my Here’s to You kit arrives, I plan on replacing the 3″x 4″ photo with the “I wish you all the joy” stamped image from the kit. Many of the products I used on this layout will be retiring at the end of August, so make sure you snag them along with the Here’s to You workshop kit before they are gone.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Here’s to You collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’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 Here’s to You Workshop Kit and stamp sets are only available until August 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see all of the products available in this kit.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


You Are My Sunshine Shadowbox

If you have ever spent time with me in my craft-room, you will learn quickly how much I enjoy using my Cricut® machine. I not only use it for scrapbook pages and cards, but I often use it to create some home decor items for family and friends.  You may recognize this week’s project from a Cricut® class that I taught last fall.  This You Are My Sunshine shadowbox was designed specifically for my daughter, at her request, after she saw the class sample I made.


This home decor piece began with a simple 10-inch shadowbox I purchased from a craft store.  My daughter had already chosen the sentiment. I uploaded the quote into Design Space™, resized it, mirrored it, cut it from vinyl, and applied it directly to the inside of the glass.  She had requested that the flowers be made from Saffron, White, and Black cardstock so I chose to create the background using a beautiful leaf paper from our Fresh Air pack.  I love the contrast of the Juniper and Glacier against the Saffron flowers.  The Wreath image was cut from our Flower Market collection at 8.5″, inked, and added to the background paper using Foam Dots, then the completed flowers were applied to the wreath. (You can find a tutorial of the flowers here.)


I was delighted with the way it turned out and elated to find out that my daughter immediately hung this onto her wall.  You can easily replicate this design using any sentiment or vinyl color of your choice.  You could even choose to use another type of flower from our Flower Market collection. There are so many to choose from. If you haven’t had the chance to take a look at this Cricut® collection, you can view the entire shape index HERE on my website.  There are some beautiful floral images and wreaths that you could use on this project. I can’t wait to see what you create!


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