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

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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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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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Tuesday Tutorial: Welding & Layering Titles with Cricut

Tuesday Tutorials are back!  I have been getting requests for more Cricut™ tutorials, and, after a few months of planning, I have made the decision to not only post here, on my blog, but start a few Live classes in my Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations VIP Facebook Group.  This week, I am going to show you how to weld together various images and layers of images in Design Space™ to create this beautiful Christmas title for your scrapbook pages. TuesdayTutorialChristmasTitle-misscarriescreations

In order to play in Design Space™, you need to set-up an account on the Cricut™ website. You don’t have to have a machine to play, but you do need an Cricut Explore™ Series machine or Cricut Maker™ machine as well as the CTMH Cricut™ collections I used to cut out the images.

Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert images Merry Christmas(#MD7AF2A) and Christmas Tree(#M412B07) from our CTMH Artistry Collection.

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2. We will only be using the “Christmas” portion of the title. DELETE the “Merry Christmas” title 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.

 

 

 


3. Choose insert TEXT and type the word “HAPPY”.  Use the Edit Panel to choose a Font of your choice. Using the FILTER option will help to narrow down the decision to Fonts you own.

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4. Use LETTER SPACE to reduce the spacing between the letters to the point where they are touching. You can also UNGROUP TO LETTERS if needed. Once the spacing is to your liking, select all of “HAPPY” and choose WELD.

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5. Move “HAPPY” above “CHRISTMAS”. Resize and re-position as needed.

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6. Select “HAPPY” and “CHRISTMAS”, then choose WELD.

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7. DUPLICATE the “Tree” image. Resize, re-position, and layer trees as desired.

 

 

 


8. Change colors of “Trees” and Title, and you are finished.  (I chose to use some other features in Design Space™ to add more layers to my trees.)

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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 orders over $99 to the US and Canada when you use the code FREENOV.

Did you know that you can also get a great deal on a Cricut™ machine and the You Are Here Cricut™ Collection when you reach Level Three as a Hostess?  It’s easy to host an online Facebook party with friends.

 

 

 

Contact me to learn more about how you can get this amazing Cricut™ Bundle by being a host.  I can’t wait to see what you create in Design Space with your Cricut™!

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True North Love of Hockey Scrapbook Layouts

You don’t have to be Canadian to love Hockey. (Just ask my husband when the Av’s are playing.) This October is Close To My Heart’s 15-year anniversary of opening for business in Canada. To celebrate this occasion, Close to My Heart has designed the exclusive True North stamp set and workshop kit!

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Keep in mind you can always adjust the scrapbook titles or card sentiments to fit many occasions. With the True North workshop kit, you can make two 12″ x 12″ layouts, one 12″ x 12″ single page, and four cards using the True North stamp set.

 

You can download the FREE workshop instructions for all three layouts and cards from my Consultant website.

 

The True North workshop includes project pieces cut using the Cricut® You Are Here collection. The shapes and sizes are noted in the workshop instructions, and the necessary Cricut® shapes to complete this workshop are also available as a project file in Cricut Design Space™, True North Workshop.

 

To cut this project file, you must own the Cricut® You Are Here collection. There are a few other additional supplies needed which can be viewed on my website.

 

Celebrate your love of Hockey, Maple Syrup, and Canada with this exclusive True North stamp set and workshop kit! It is only available while supplies last through December 31, 2018. If you would like to schedule a workshop with friends and create one of these layouts, please contact me or post a message below and we will schedule a day to play.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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November’s Noteworthy Specials

Close to My Heart has really outdone themselves. This is the month that you can truly enjoy some wonderful paper crafting specials as a New Consultant, Hostess, Scrapbooker, and Christmas memory keeper.  Make sure you take the time to scroll through this entire post and take the time to view each and every amazing offer in November.

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Sign up for $75 and get $75 back in CTMH Cash! Now is the perfect time to join our HeARTfully Blessed Team and become a Close to My Heart Consultant. New Consultants that sign up will receive an increased amount of CTMH Cash to fund their own crafting fun with the Fund Your Fun special! During November, new Consultants can join for $75 and then receive that same amount in CTMH Cash to purchase new product of their choice! LEARN MORE ABOUT JOINING MY TEAM


JUMP FOR JOY

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Earn extra Hostess rewards with a qualifying Gathering in November! During the month of November, hostesses that have a gathering that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher will jump up a level in rewards! This means an instant reward boost of $20 and possibly an additional 50% off item! LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING A HOSTESS


HELLO PUMPKIN DELUXE SCRAPBOOK KIT

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Enjoy a truly deluxe scrapbooking experience! Create two 12” x 12” single pages and 2 two-page 12” x 12” layouts using this exclusive workshop bundle. These layouts feature a unique crafting technique designed to add extra artistic flair and to boost your creativity. Choose between the two kit options —no Workshop Your Way® kit needed! Plus, you’ll save 15% when you purchase the kit that includes the Colorful Texture stamp set and the Stitched Circles Thin Cuts! LEARN MORE THIS KIT


DAYS OF DECEMBER BUNDLE

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31 days of memories! Capture memories for every day of this magical season with the Days of December workshop bundle. This project will provide you with a place for photos and storytelling for every day of December. Get a jump start on this busy time of year by completing your album ahead of time! LEARN MORE THIS KIT

There are so many NOTEWORTHY Workshops and Kits for you to create this season.  As always, each one of these kits is available, while supplies last. I would enjoy bringing one of these workshops into your home to create with you and some friends. You can earn some amazing product rewards, create a beautiful paper craft, and enjoy a little “girl time”. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Last Chance to Save on October Specials

Can you believe how many amazing specials that Close to My Heart has offered to you this month?  I wanted to make sure, in all the excitement, that you didn’t forget about the THREE SPECIALS that end tomorrow, October 31st.  Our Thanks & Giving stamp of the month, Ribbon Warrior, and Holiday Sparkle no longer be available for purchase at the end of this month.

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If you haven’t had a chance to see all the fun creations made with the October stamp of the month, you have missed out on some delightful inspiration. The Thanks & Giving stamp set is extremely versatile and can be used for so many paper crafting projects PLUS it can be your’s for only $5.00 in October.

 

All of our Stamp of the Month sets are ONLY AVAILABLE for one month. Once that month is over, they are gone. Make sure you take advantage of the $5.00 special this month and purchase this stamp set before it retires.

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If you are starting to prepare for Christmas, you need to order the adorable Holiday Sparkle shaker card kit. Did you know that you can get this kit FREE when you sign-up to join my team this month? This kit has been extremely popular and there are a TON of ideas on Pinterest showing ways to make it individually your’s.  I personally ♥love♥ how some people added their family photos inside the shaker.

 

Don’t forget that the Love With All the Trimming stamp set will also be retiring tomorrow. Even if you don’t plan on using the shaker cards, you will still want to order this one-of-a-kind exclusive holiday stamp set.

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Last, but defiantly not least, Close to My Heart recognized Breast Cancer Awareness with their Ribbon Warrior set.  This set can be used for more than Breast Cancer. All you need to do is change the color of the ribbon and you have and encouraging card or mini-album for anyone who is struggling.

 

There are some wonderful websites out there demonstrating ribbon awareness colors and their meanings. Can you just picture making some encouraging cards for our troops, or a cancer patient, or a family whose child is ill? This set has so many wonderful ways that you can share your love of creating with others.

If you are interested in any of these October specials, take time to visit my website and order these products before October 31st.  They are only available while supplies last. I would hate for you to miss out and not be able to get one of these items.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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The Great Outdoors Scrapbooking Kit

Show your love of nature with this exclusive stamp set and workshop!  As an outdoor loving family, I just can’t wait to use it for some of our hunting, fishing, camping, and outdoor hiking photos.  I would really enjoy being able to come create one of these layouts with you and your friends and show you how to make them match your outdoor adventure photos. The exclusive Great Outdoors stamp set and workshop kit is ideal for showing your love for nature!

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This October is Close To My Heart’s 15-year anniversary of opening for business in Canada. To celebrate this occasion, we have are offering The Great Outdoors exclusive stamp set and workshop kit! With The Great Outdoors workshop kit, you can make two 12″ x 12″ layouts and four cards using The Great Outdoors stamp set.

Keep in mind you can always adjust the scrapbook titles or card sentiments to fit many occasions. This workshop includes one 12″ x 12″ layout and one card that are Canada-specific, but can easily be adjusted to fit your specific project. You can download the FREE workshop instructions from my Consultant website.

The Great Outdoors workshop includes one layout title cut using the Cricut® Artistry collection and is available as a project file in Cricut Design Space™, The Great Outdoors(https://design.cricut.com/#/design/110821872).  There are a few other additional supplies needed which can be viewed on my website.

Celebrate your love of the outdoors with this exclusive Great Outdoors stamp set and workshop kit. It is only available while supplies last through December 31, 2018. If you would like to schedule a workshop with friends and create one of these layouts, please contact me or post a message below and we will schedule a day to play.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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December Kit of the Month Holly Jolly Christmas

I will admit, this posting is a little later than usual for announcing my kit of the month. Honestly, I really struggled creating something for Christmas when Fall had just recently arrived in my backyard. Thank the Lord for a daughter who LOVES Christmas. Yes, our little Miss. Elf herself helped me figure out a few additions for this layout and I am so happy with the results.

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Each month, I create a layout for my subscribers.  You can order these kits directly from me, or subscribe to my Kit of the Month club and receive a discount on each monthly kit and additional discounts on any other kits you order each month.

 

This layout has PLENTY of room for all your Christmas photos.  If you are like me, there are always piles of photos each Christmas to choose from, so I wanted to make sure that this layout had plenty of room to display each one. Have more photos to display? Use our Flip-Flaps on this layout to make room for even more photos.

 

I have also made sure you have room to record those special memories. This adorable journal box has been decorated with a Poinsettia and Holly and has plenty of space for writing your Christmas story.  Did you notice the sparkle on the Poinsettias? That was added with the help of our NEW Red Shimmer Brush. Doesn’t it just add a little Christmas Sparkle to this layout?

 

You can order my Holly Jolly Christmas Kit of the Month through my online store or by subscribing to my Kit of the Month Club. Annual subscribers pay only $12.00 per kit. As I stated in my previous postings, I have chosen not to create any guides for my kits until there is more of a demand for them. If you would like to continue purchasing my guides, please leave a comment below so that I know that I need to keep making them.

UPDATE: Due to the amount of requests for this guide – it has been created and is available for purchase in my online store. Thank you to all those who had such kind words and have been kind enough to purchase my guides. 

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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My Favorite Color with the Love of Color

One of my favorite colors in the fall is Flannel. Yes, I said flannel. Unfortunately, I sometimes look like a lost lumberjack who should be wielding a bloody ax, but it is still one of my cozy, comfy favorites in the fall.  Hence, the need to create this layout. I wanted a reason to use some of these Hello Pumpkin papers, and display my love flannel.

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Our Hello Pumpkin collection has these delightful paper patterns of Black Flannel and Tangerine Gingham that I wanted to use for the background, but I didn’t want it to look “holloween-ish” so I struggled a little on how to put these two together. Thank goodness for Close to My Heart’s Love of Color Idea Book! All I had to do was look up “Tangerine” and, TA-DA, a usable color palette of Sapphire, Fern, Canary, Charcoal, and Tangerine.

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As you can see in this layout, I chose to use Pacifica instead of Sapphire to lighten my layout just a bit, but, even after I exchanged a few of the colors for others in the suggested palette, it still came together nicely. By using the Love of Color Idea Book, I was able to have a springboard to begin creating.

 

Our Love of Color Book is defiantly a must have in your library. If you haven’t had a chance to look through the Love of Color Idea Book, you should come to one of my events. I always tote it along for ideas and would love to show you how wonderfully designed this book is. Not only is is chock-full of color palette suggestions, but it is also packed with idea upon idea for layouts, cards, home decor, and more.

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My “Favorite Color is Flannel” Layout will be available in my online store as a kit to purchase, but I will not be providing a guide for sale at this time. Unfortunately, there has not been a need for my guides in quite a while, so I am backing off on creating them.  If you wish to continue purchasing my guides, please let me know because if there is no need for them, sadly, they will be no longer be available.

UPDATE: Due to the amount of requests for this guide – it has been created and is available for purchase in my online store. Thank you to all those who had such kind words and have been kind enough to purchase my guides. 

To all my flannel loving friends, may your closet be full of your favorite patterns and colors, and may you stay cozy and warm this winter.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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