12 Days of Christmas Creations ~ Soft Candlelit Silhouette

Today, we continue with my 12 Days of Christmas Creations and find ourselves once again playing with the Cricut® to create this Candlelit Snow Scene. I honestly enjoyed this project because it was simple to create and the results are breathtaking. I wish the photos could show you how lovely it looks in a dark room, all lit up by the electric candle.

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Once again, I used our Season of Joy Cricut® Collection to make a Snow Scene to fit inside my glass vase. I used the Silent Night image and welded a few of the layers together. Due to the size of my vase, the scene needed to be 15″ long. Since I don’t currently own a 24″ mat, I had to “cut” my Snow Scene into two separate images and glue them together to create a scene long enough to wrap inside.

Once the Snow Scene was complete, I inserted it into the vase. The Gold Insert behind it is a sheet of All About the Gold Fundamentals (currently on clearance) that I trimmed to the correct height. I chose to use the large Polka-Dot pattern because those gold dots hid my Glue Dots well, but you could use any of the patterns from this pack and attach the ends with clear cello tape. (don’t forget to pull off the protective film)

I am all about keeping projects simple, so I chose to wrap some White & Gold Skinny Ribbon around the top of the vase a few times, and embellish with a Paper Snowflake and Fabric Covered Button.

Project complete! You could change this design by choosing a different paper to cut your Snow Scene, using Vellum instead of Gold Fundamentals, or even creating paper greenery for the outside.

I hope that you enjoyed Day Three of our 12 Days of Christmas Creations adventure and that you return tomorrow for more crafty fun. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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12 Days of Christmas Creations ~ Gifts of Warm Cocoa with a Double Trouble Challenge

As we continue with 12 Days of Christmas Creations, I wanted to inspire you to give some sweet treats of Warm Cocoa (with sprinkles) to your neighbors, co-workers, friends,  and family this holiday season.  This adorable little box can be filled with your favorite cocoa (or coffee), some marshmallows (or coffee beans), and a chocolate spoon (with sprinkles).

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I found inspiration from a few other similar projects on Pinterest, and I decided to give it my own twist. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to enter it into the weekly Double Trouble Challenge where we were asked to make a sweet treat for the Fall/Winter holidays using a mood board to motivate our mojo and it needed to include sprinkles on top.

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The box was created with my Explore Air 2 in Cricut Design Space™ using a Rectangle shape, Score Lines, and Cut Lines. Later this week, I will be showing a short video in my VIP Facebook Group demonstrating how to create your own box.

 

Once the box was assembled, I decorated it with ‘Tis the Season paper, a cute Sentiment stamped in Charcoal on cardstock circles cut from our Thin Cuts metal dies, and a stamped Poinsettia. To create the layered Poinsettia, I stamped the two images (one with New England Ivy, one with Candy Apple), cut them out and layered them using a Foam Dot. It’s hard to see, but there is a little sparkle on that Poinsettia.

 

The little bag of marshmallows was even more fun to create.  I used our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts metal dies to cut out the topper, decorated it with a stamped snowflake image and Thin Cut circles, and added a little New England Ivy Ribbon that I divided into individual threads.

This little gift of Warm Cocoa (or coffee) is simple to create and would make a great gift to give. (Especially when you need a few last minute gifts).  Each of the supplies I used can be purchased from my website. I am blessed by each one of you who take the time to shop my website and support my home business.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for my next 12 Days of Christmas Creation. I can’t wait to see what you create! 

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12 Days of Christmas Creations ~ Let It Snow Shadow Box

This year, I wanted to inspire you to create a few handmade items for Christmas, so, for the next TWELVE DAYS, I will be posting quick, simple, and easy projects you can make. As many of you know, I enjoy making decorations for my home, so I am beginning our Christmas crafting adventure with a Let It Snow Shadowbox.

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I promise you, that this project was very simple to create using a card design from the Season of Joy Cricut™ collection. The “Silent Night” card is a multi-layered card that I resized to the size of my shadow box. I chose to use a different title, so I deleted “Silent Night” and replaced it with the “Let it Snow” image from the Season of Joy collection.

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In Design Space™, I welded additional tabs to each side of my images, and added score lines so that everything folded neatly along the sides.

After cutting out each of the images, I adhered White Daisy cardstock to the back of my Shadowbox, installed lights, and began layering each of the images using 3D Foam Tape.

My images were cut from Sapphire, White Daisy, Bluebird, and Carolina cardstock, but this would be beautiful using any color from our cardstock collection. I plan on creating a second one that is completely white with a little White Glitter Paper. How pretty will that be?

If you would like to make a Let It Snow Shadowbox, I am giving away the file free to anyone who purchases the Season of Joy Cricut™ collection from my website. I hope you enjoy this little Christmas Creation and that you return tomorrow to see the next 12 Days of Christmas Creations project I have made.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Simply Handmade Christmas Card for Color Dare Challenge

For this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge, we were asked to create a project using Kraft, New England Ivy, and Candy Apple.  When I first saw this color combination, it reminded me of simple, handmade Christmas decorations like the ones I have in my home, so I decided to create my card with the same theme.

Clean  ♥   Simple  ♥  Handmade

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I chose to use Toffee and New England Ivy to create the tree image with our Seasonal Trees stamp of the month. Once the tree was compete, I used VersaMark™ Ink and White Embossing Powder to create two layers of snow.  It’s a bit hard to see in this photo, but the subtlety of the two layers of snow adds to the texture on this card.

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I wanted a bold sentiment, so I chose a stamp from our Christmas Blessings stamp set to to stamp “Merry Christmas” in Candle Apple.

 

Clean, simple, and handmade. Everything I love about Christmas.  I would like to see you create something for this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge.  Just use these three colors to create something and post your creation on the Color My Heart Dare website.

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I can’t wait to see what you create!
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December Kit of the Month (Get a Workshop Guide Free)

Your December kit of the month will be arriving after the Christmas season, so I decided that this layout would be focused on the cooler weather. My December Kit of the Month, entitled “Snow Day”, can be used for Snow Days, Snowboarding, Family Fun, or just about any snow related memories you have.

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Your kit will arrive ready-to-assemble with all the supplies needed to create this layout.  Each item has been pre-cut, just for you, to make this project an easy one to create.  All you need is adhesive and, if you choose, Foam Tape to add dimension.

Your Snow Day layout has room for SIX photos, but has been designed to allow you to change those 3″ x 4″ into 4″ x 6″ photos (or vise-versa) depending on your photo sizes. Have more photos? You can use our  Design 4 Pocket Plus Protectors to add eight more photos to this layout.  We also have a Design 2 Pocket Plus Protector that will allow you to add four 4″ x 6″ photos to the layout.

You can order your Snow Kit of the Month through my online store or SUBSCRIBE to my Kit of the Month and receive a $2.00 discount on each kit you purchase. My Annual Subscribers also receive a FREE Idea Book each quarter and additional discounts on any kits they purchase from my online store.

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✨GIVEAWAY TIME!✨  I am giving away the Workshop Guide to anyone who Joins My Team in November. Not only will you receive $200 in products AND a $75 product credit, but you will also receive this Snow Workshop Guide FREE as my way of thanking you for joining this wonderful company.  How awesome is that!!

I would love for you to be a part of our HeARTfully Blessed Creations team, my friend. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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If you would like to purchase your own supplies and create this kit, you can choose purchase the Workshop Guide or the Cricut Design Space™file in my online store

Tuesday Tutorial: Create New Images with Contour

Did you know that with Design Space™, you can increase the number on images in our Cricut™ Collections? Most of our collections contain over 700 images, and today I am going to show you how to double, or even triple, that number using the Hide Contour feature while showing you create this wonderful tag for Thanksgiving.

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My Thanksgiving Tag, was created using multiple images from our Artbooking and Artistry Cricut™ Collections. As you will see, by manipulating these images using the Hide Contour feature, I was able to create “New” images specifically for my project. You can use the directions below to  create a Thanksgiving Tag of your own. A complete list of the products I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert images Give Thanks (#M40A0C), Dashed Tag (#M469CE), and Deer (#M417E30) images into your Canvas.

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2. Using the Edit Menu, UNLOCK the image and RESIZE the image. Click in the INK BLOT in the Layers Panel and change to color.

3. I need to remove some of the unwanted cuts from my tag. This is where I use Hide Contour. Select the Tag image and choose CONTOUR from the Layers Panel.

4. A new window will appear showing each cut that is on your image. As you click on each image you want to remove, it will disappear from the image and turn darker grey in the list of images on the right. Remove the Dashes and the Holes at the base of the tag by clicking on each individual cut image.

5. We are going to use this same Contour feature to create the “Deer” for our tag. First, you will need to remove the base layer of the image. You can do this by either UNGROUPING the image, select the image and DELETE, or select the image you wish to delete in the Layers Panel and Delete.

6.  Select the “Deer” image and choose CONTOUR. There are two images shown in the list of images. Choose the “Shield” shape, and it will remove the cut leaving only the “Deer” image remaining.

7. Arrange the Images, Resize, and Color to desired colors and you are finished.

You can use this tag to wrap with your silverware, to decorate your home, or place it on a card or scrapbook page. I plan on adding these Give Thanks Tags to some jars of candy for our Thanksgiving table this year. I love how the Gold Foil paper looks on this project and how well the Transparent Gloss Texture Paste accentuates the tag.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s Tuesday Tutorial in Design Space™.  If you have been considering upgrading your Cricut™ machine so that you can play along, today is a great day to purchase one on their website. Cricut™ has some awesome bundles on sale this week that are worth taking advantage of, and you can get FREE SHIPPING on order over $99 to the US and Canada when you use the code FREENOV.

Make sure to sign-up for my newsletter to receive special emails regarding the Cricut™ Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  I can’t wait to see what you create in Design Space with your Cricut™!

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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 also shared this project on this week’s Heart2Heart Thankful Heart blog challenge where we are challenged to share artwork with a “Thankful Heart” in mind.

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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