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).


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.


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! 


This post does contain affiliate links. By clicking on these links, and placing an order, a small portion of the sales helps to support my family and home business.  Thank you for your contribution. ❤ 


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?


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!




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.


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!


The links in this post are affiliate links that help to support my family and small business. Thank you for shopping with me.

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Season of Joy Cricut Collection

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12″ x 12″ Almond Cardstock

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Grateful Heart Cork Shapes

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3D Foam Dots

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.


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.


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.


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!




Coffee, Cocoa, and Christmas Cards

Come enjoy a few hours of crafting at my annual Christmas Card Workshop where you can come make TWELVE cards to give this holiday season. Each kit is pre-cut for you, ready to stamp, and easy to assemble. I will be providing plenty of Christmas stamps, inks, fun embossing powders, Shimmer Brushes🤩,  and adhesive. You don’t need to bring anything but yourself and a friend. 


As a special added gift to you, I am offering a $2.00 discount on this workshop to anyone who brings a friend along with them. That means you pay only $2.50 per card when you bring a friend! How awesome is that?!

All you have to do is sign-up.  Simply use THIS LINK to register for the event. Payment is made on the day of the workshop. I do ask that if you have signed up for the workshop, you still pay for your kit even if you cannot attend. 

Here are a few samples of the cards you will be making that day.  Your kit will include all the supplies needed to make twelve cards and there will be plenty of sentiments to choose from to match your crafty Christmas spirit.


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I will also have a few other Christmas craft kits available for purchase that day. Each one designed with you in mind – simple, easy, elegant, and ready to assemble. I can’t wait to see what you create that this year’s Christmas Workshop!




Hello Pumpkin Thank You Card

Aren’t you just loving the Hello Pumpkin products Close to My Heart created this season? Who knew that the bright Tangerine, Lagoon, Mint, and Black would be such a FUN color combination. This week, I am working on Thank You cards, and I decided to create a simple “Thank You Pumpkin” card for the Three Amigos Autumn/Halloween challenge.

HelloPumpkinThankYou-misscarriescreationsThis card was a very simple one to make using the Hello Pumpkin Papers and Cardmaking stamp set. If you wish to recreate this card, you can find the full list of products I used at the very bottom of this post.


The card started out with a simple piece of Lagoon cardstock that I splattered with Black Shimmer. After using a Small Circle Thin Cut to cut out the circles from the Black B&T paper, I traced the circles onto White Daisy cardstock, then stamped each of the Pumpkin images using Nectarine and Black Inks.


Once assembled, I wrapped Silver Embellishing Thread around the paper, and attached it to the Lagoon background. The little tag was cut out using a Fancy Tag Thin Cut, the Thank You sentiment was stamped, then attached to the card using Foam Tape. Add a few Silver Glitter Gems, and the card is complete.

How easy was that?! A simple fall card that anyone would love. Thank you again for visiting my blog and supporting my home business. I truly enjoy sharing these paper crafting projects with you each week and I can’t wait to see what you create!



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Hello Pumpkin Stamp Set

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Hello Pumpkin Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Lagoon Cardstock

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Fancy Tags Thin Cuts

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Shimmer Brush

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Nectarine Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Silver Glitter Gems

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My Acrylix Block Starter Set

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Silver Embellishing Thread

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Tombow Adhesive

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Christmas Blessings Special

My daughter tells me that “You can never get enough Christmas!” If it were her choice, we would have Christmas all year long and every gift would be a puppy.  If you are one who is already prepping for Christmas (or thinking that you really should) you will be as excited as I am about this amazing Christmas Blessings Bundle.


For a limited time, we are offering this discounted workshop bundle with an exclusive stamp set that gives you materials to create TWELVE cards, four each of three designs, using the rich, festive colors of Eggplant, Peacock, Sage, and Sugarplum. Silver glitter paper and gems and silver embellishing thread provide the perfect shimmery additions to these cards.

I recommend that you take take advantage of the Christmas Blessing workshop kit at 25% off the retail price! There is an easy-to-follow guide on my website that is available free for you to download so that you can create these all of these spectacular cards.


As an avid Nativity collector, I am LOVING this Christmas Blessings stamp set which you can purchase separately to create some of your own personalized Christmas projects. Wouldn’t these make some amazing scrapbook page titles?!


Many of you may have noticed that one of the cards does require the use of our Season of Joy Cricut™ Collection. Those of you who are Cricut™ users, will adore this new collection full of three-dimensional projects, beautifully designed cards, and delightful titles and icons.


If you are not a Cricut™ user ….well you need to just call me and we need to talk (just kidding)… you can easy exchange that one cut for another stamped image or use one of our new Holiday Thin Cuts in it’s place.


I can’t wait until my order arrives and I can get a head start on some of my Christmas projects.  This Christmas Blessings Bundle and Stamp Set are only available October 15–December 31 while supplies last on my website. ‘Tis the season for things to sell quickly and I would hate for you to miss out on this amazing special. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Thanks & Giving Anniversary Card

‘Tis the season for fall colors, fall stamp sets, and, this week, an anniversary.  Since I believe in “using what you have”, I decided to create this gorgeous card using a few of our fall paper collections and the Thanks & Giving stamp of the month.


I ♥adore♥ the simplicity of this card using the combination of papers from both the Grateful Heart and Hello Pumpkin collections. The colors are classic, simple, and clean. By creating a stitched scallop border and some stitching under the diagonal striped paper, I added just a little bit of texture with our Decorative Border Thin Cuts. The embellishments were kept simple with a few loops of Silver Embellishing Thread and two Silver Glitter Gems.


All the the stamped images are from our Thanks & Giving stamp of the month. I love how classy these images are and how they can be used for just about any project. You can get this stamp set for only $5.00 during the month of October with any qualifying $50.00 purchase from my website.  The Thanks & Giving stamp set is only available during the month of October, so make sure you grab it before it’s gone.  I can’t wait to see what you create!