Hello Pumpkin Birthday Card

Our Hello Pumpkin collection is just so stinkin’ adorable, even for those of us who do not celebrate Halloween. This week, I decided to join the Heart2Heart Holiday Expressions challenge and create a pumpkin perfect birthday card for one of our newest family members.


Isn’t this just the cutest?! I was able to combine the Hello Pumpkin Papers with some of the Hello Pumpkin Complements to create a fun, festive card that can be sent off to wish someone a very happy birthday.

I plan on showing off how I made this card, along with all of the products I used, to my VIP Facebook Group later this month. If you aren’t a member yet, make sure to send a request to join this little private group so that you can make one of your own.

Don’t forget, all Hello Pumpkin products are available while supplies lastVisit my website to view all of the products available and order your’s to make some wonderful paper crafting project. I can’t wait to see what you create!



Upcoming Events

I am learning that “less is more” with just about everything (except coffee and chocolate), which means that I am sending out less emails, posting a little less, and simplifying how I communicate with you.  This week, I want to make you aware of my upcoming events over the next few months and allow you time to sign-up for each one.


Here are a few things you might want to know about my events and classes:

  • You can use the links below to click on the event and sign-up.
  • Some classes are local and others are online in my Facebook group – Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations
  • Details are posted on the Sign-up Page and in the “Events & Classes” Tab above.
  • You can “link” events to your calendar through the Events Calendar page.
  • All workshops can also take place with your friends at your favorite crafty spot. Contact me to learn more (all hosts get a free stamp of the month).

Are you ready for some crafty fun?



October 6th – School Album Workshop 
Start creating an album full of school year memories with these seventeen pre-cut kits. This month we are created Title/Preschool through First Grade.


October  12th & 13th – Scrapbook All Day Fundraising Crop
Come spend  a weekend crafting with friends, shopping at various vendors, learn new techniques, and supporting a great cause. I will be teaching a Texture Paste class that weekend – come join in the fun!

October 20th – Crafternoon 
Bring are your unfinished projects, a few friends, and a crafty attitude.  I will have card kits, scrapbook kits, and a few home decor projects for purchase that you can create while you are there. (RSVP by OCTOBER 15th)
SIGN UP ONLINE HERE HelloPumpkin-CardWorkshop-misscarriescreations

October 27th – Cupcakes & Cards
Come enjoy an afternoon of creating cards while you enjoy the company of crafty friends and some cupcakes. (GF available upon request) Create these four fun masculine birthday cards as you learn some new stamping techniques and enjoy sweet treats. (RSVP by OCTOBER 15th)
online classes also available

Other Upcoming Events (Will be posted in the upcoming weeks)
November 10th – Christmas Workshop
Come create cards, home decor, and more at my annual Christmas Workshop

I can’t wait to see you at some of my upcoming events.  Make sure to stop by and browse through our New Seasonal Expressions, check out a few of my projects in person, and maybe win a prize or two.  I can’t wait to see what you create!




My Grateful Heart Scrapbook Kits & Guides

I really truly enjoyed creating layouts with the Grateful Heart papers.  These may not be your typical “Fall” layouts, but they reflect the types of photos my family has each fall and I can’t wait to record my memories on them.


My Grateful Heart Creative Club Scrapbook Workshop uses our New Grateful Heart products from the Holiday Expressions catalog to create three layouts.  Our Grateful Heart paper is so versatile, has a gorgeous color palette, and I only used a half of a pack for all three layouts. I am beyond excited about how each of these pages turned out. Each one is unique to the paper used, and are designed to display your photos and memories beautifully.GratefulHeartCC_ScrapbookLayouts-misscarriescreations

You can purchase these layout kits individually in my online store, or come one one of my Crafternoons and purchase any of my kits to create with me and a few friends.  Each scrapbook kit comes pre-cut and includes all the supplies needed to create each layout. All you need are photos, adhesive, scissors, and a journaling pen.

I will also have Workshop Guides available for purchase in my online store. Each Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, Cricut Design Space™ file, full-color photos, layout grid, and detailed assembly directions. I do ask that if you are a consultant using these guides for you workshop, you do not share copies of the guides of the Design Space™ files without prior permission.

All of the HeARTfully Blessed Creations team members receive a substantial discount on all kits and guides, plus free online tutorials.  This is my way of saying Thank You for being a member of our team.  If you have considered becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant, I would love for you to be a member of this amazing group of ladies.

I will be creating many more projects throughout the month using these charming Grateful Heart products.  Make sure to visit me here or on any of my social media pages each week to see more creations.  You can also  join my VIP Facebook group  and see a few LIVE tutorials using our Close to My Heart products.  I can’t wait to see what you create with Boutique!



Boutique Scrapbook Kits

Have you noticed that there are SIX, yes, six Boutique Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way® scrapbook pages in the Holiday Expressions catalog? You may have noticed the change, or you may have been confused by it, but either way, it is something to get excited about.  This is a recent change that Close to My Heart has made to a few of our Workshops Your Way® kits and I am THRILLED about the change.


When you look on pages 28 & 29 of the new catalog, you will see both Boutique Workshops Your Way® kits.  On the left is the “Classic” set of scrapbook pages that you can create when you purchase the Boutique Workshops Your Way® Scrapbook Kit.


Aren’t they beautiful? I just ♥adore♥ our Boutique products. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these three layouts. They reflect our Classic designs and are great for recording your memories, BUT sometimes we all want just a little bit more.  That is why in this season’s catalog, Close to My Heart has created three additional Deluxe Kits.


These Deluxe Workshops Your Way® kits use Texture Paste, Stencils, and that glorious new Sugar Plum Shimmer Brush to add a slash of texture and shimmer to your pages. Depending on your style of scrapbooking, you can create the Classic, the Deluxe, or both sets of scrapbook pages to showcase your photos.

Each set of pages, Classic & Deluxe, do require a full Boutique Workshops Your Way® kit, so you will need to purchase two kits  if you are going to create all six pages.  Close to My Heart has made it easier for you to create the Deluxe pages by giving you a 10% discount on the Boutique Deluxe Bundle. This bundle contains everything you need to add amazing texture to enhance your pages with plenty left over for more projects.


I am so excited by the addition of the Deluxe kits and I know you will be, too.  If you are one who likes to add a little more punch to your pages, then these Deluxe Kits are designed for you, but if you prefer the more Classic look, then you aren’t left out. Close to My Heart has three amazingly designed pages just for you.  Which one will you choose? I can’t wait to see what you create!


Bloom Flower Decor

Quite a few of you have been waiting for me to post this project online after viewing it at the NA Convention. Honestly, it was one of my ♥favorite♥ projects to create.  I personally enjoy making home decor from paper and enjoy showing others how to do the same.


I will be teaching an online class on October 3rd, to show you how to make these three-dimensional flowers as well as showing you the materials I used to create this Bloom Home Decor project.


When you sign-up for this class, you will receive a kit in the mail from me with the supplies for creating one flower so that you can create along with me during this online class.  Once you have signed-up and paid for the class (invoiced through Square), I will send you a link to the private Facebook event. SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS HERE

If you are a consultant wishing to take this class, there are options for you also. Simply click the link above, and learn how you can participate. HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members receive all of my online classes free. Join my team and I will will send you the link to the class along with a supply list. I can’t wait to see what you create!




Creating a Stencil in Design Space

This month, Close to My Heart is celebrating National Stamping Month with breathtaking Memories in the Making products. You can use these Cut-Above Kits to create an adorable scrapbook album or use in conjunction with our My Creations Calendar to create a delightful gift anyone would cherish. Of course, I couldn’t just create a simple calendar, I had to play with our NEW Texture Paste products and add a little pizzazz to this kit.


I just adore playing with Texture Paste, but it does involve creating a few Stencils in Design Space™. Today, I am going to show you how I created one of the stencils for this kit in Cricut Design Space™.  (FYI: Those who purchase this kit from me, and take the online Memories in the Making with Texture Paste class, will be receiving the Memories in the Making Stencil Design Space File™ FREE from me this month.) 

Begin by INSERTING your image into the Canvas. Today, I am going to create the Snowflake stencil, so we will insert the Snowflake – #M27F834A from the You Are Here Collection.


I have decided that I want to Snowflake to be 3″ high, so I type 3″ in the HEIGHT box. I am also going to insert a 4″ Square into my Canvas.  This will be a base for my stencil and will need to be a little larger than the Snowflake so that I have room to hold the stencil in place.


Bring the Snowflake to the front using Arrange-Move to Front, then SELECT ALL and ALIGN CENTER.  The Snowflake will be perfectly centered onto the Square.


Select all and choose SLICE. Delete all the unneeded Snowflake images. If you look at the “Stencil” you will see that you still have those little diamonds in the center. These are useless for the Stencil and will need to be removed.


Select your Stencil and choose CONTOUR. Select each of the little diamonds and as they turn grey, they will disappear from your stencil.


Click the X at the top, and you now have your Stencil. When you MAKE IT, you will have to choose “Custom” on your Machine, then choose “Plastic Stencil” in the Custom Materials.  I chose “More Pressure” for mine, but you may not need to.


Now that you know how to create a Stencil in Design Space™, you are ready to play with Texture Paste.  I will be showing how to use Texture Paste on our Memories in the Making Kits in my Online Class on September 25th. You will need to be a member of my VIP group* to join and you will need to have ordered this kit from my website before September 25th to participate. I hope you can join my online class and I can’t wait to see what you create!


* This VIP group has been designed for my customers and HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team. If you are a consultant not on my team, I ask that you not request to join this group unless you plan on purchasing from my website or paying for my online classes.  (I don’t want to be in violation of CTMH rules.) 


Cupcakes & Cards with Boutique

It’s time to Create with Miss. Carrie and learn how to make these beautifully designed Boutique cards to give to anyone who needs a little extra TLC.  This month, I am offering two options for my card making class. You can choose to come to my Cupcakes & Card class at the local library, or register and join my FIRST online class through my VIP Facebook group.

Cupcakes & Cards Class: September 22nd at 1:00pm 


Come enjoy an afternoon of creating cards while you enjoy the company of crafty friends and some yummy cupcakes (GF available by request). At this Boutique Cardmaking classes you will learn Rock-n-Roll Stamping, Heat Embossing with our NEW Tinsel Embossing Power, and Random Background Stamping techniques.

Your kit for the Cupcakes & Cards class will include the following supplies:
• Pre-cut Boutique Pattern Papers
• Pre-Cut Sugarplum, Saffron, & White Daisy cardstock
• Six Card Bases and Envelopes
• Mink Twine & Pre-Cut Sugarplum Glitter Paper
• Use of Sugarplum Shimmer Brush, Embossing Powders, Inks, Stamps & Thin Cuts

Cost for this class is $25.00  ~  Sign-Up Online HERE 

Once you have registered for this class, you will receive an email from me confirming your registration. You are welcome to pay online or pay the day of class. If you have registered for the class, but cannot attend, you will be invoiced for the kit on the day of class.

Online Card Class: September 27th at 1:00pm
Class is available to watch online through October 27th 

(Cupcake not included but may be available at your local bakery. 🙂 )


BoutiqueCardmaking_AllCards-misscarriescreationsAt this online class, you will learn how to create these twelve cards using Rock-n-Roll Stamping, Heat Embossing with our NEW Tinsel Embossing Power, and Random Background Stamping techniques.

Supplies Needed for Twelve Cards: (Some items are not available until September 1st)
WYW Hugs to You Cardmaking Kit
Boutique Cardmaking Stamp Set (Blocks needed are listed with stamp set)
Sugarplum Glitter Paper (optional)
Thin Cuts Stitched Circles
Thin Cuts Stitched Hearts
Charcoal, Sugarplum, and VersaMark Ink Pads
Sugarplum Shimmer Brush
Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder (or Silver) and Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool (I would also recommend an Anti-Static Pouch)
• Basic Tools – paper cutter, scissors, adhesive, foam tape

Cost for this class is FREE when you order supplies on my website
(Join My Team & All Online Classes are FREE)
Sign-Up Online HERE

Many of these supplies might be ones you may already own. Once you have registered for the class online, you will receive an email from me confirming your registration.  You will need to send me the order number from which you ordered your supplies and I will send you a link to the online class.  (If you are a consultant wishing to take the class, or you live outside the U.S., please email me and we can discuss other options.)

I am so excited to be able to teach both of these classes in September.  I hope you can join me and learn how to create these delightful Boutique cards.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


You’ve Got Class Blog Hop

Welcome to the You’ve Got Class Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from the You’ve Got Class 39521996_10217478329729317_3142872847475539968_n.jpgcollection which features unique papers, exclusive stamp set, and workshop kit all designed preserve the best of your child’s school years.  If you have come here from Katy Taylor’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.

As I put together the You’ve Got Class school album kit, I realized that there was a possibility that I “might” have a few more photos than the album allowed room for.  As a mother of many, I have found myself incredibly behind with my memory keeping, so pocket scrapbooking has become an accepted way to catch-up. That is why I decided to create some matching You’ve Got Class Pocket Cards that can be used in conjunction with the You’ve Got Class kit.


Once I complete the album, I had PLENTY of paper and cardstock leftover making it easy to create some additions to my album. These You’ve Got Class Pocket Cards are designed to work in conjunction with our pocket Memory Protectors.


I began by cutting some of the papers and cardstock remnants into 3″x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ sizes. I knew I wouldn’t need many since most of my “pockets” would be filled with photos.  Once I had a pile of “bases”, my creative brain took off using the paper scraps along with the You’ve Got Class and School Kits stamp sets to create some adorable additions to my album.


Aren’t they just the cutest? I plan on showing my School Album Workshop attendees how to create these at my next class.  Our You’ve Got Class workshop contains enough materials that you can use to create 14 single page scrapbook layouts with enough left over for more pages or pocket cards.

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 You’ve Got Class collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

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 You’ve Got Class products and stamp sets 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!


You’ve Got Class School Album

How many of you have a stack of school photos with great intentions and hopes to scrapbook them? Well, my friends, here is an A+ project just for you. Close to My Heart has created a way for you to preserve your child’s K–12 school progress with the You’ve Got Class Kit. This unique project even includes special folders made for preserving standout schoolwork and other memorabilia. What a great way to preserve the highlights from each school year in one scrapbook!



Our You’ve Got Class special features an exclusive paper packet, coordinating cardstock, and stamp set.  Each one is school themed and designed to create some extraordinary paper crafting projects.

We also have a special You’ve Got Class workshop kit that you can purchase at a 25% discount.  This kit includes the patterned paper, cardstock, True Fit folios, and embellishments needed to create fourteen 12″ x 12″ single pages, one title page and a page for each grade from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  We are bringing back True Fit™ folios just for this special workshop. These 12″ x 12″ White Daisy file folders allow you to store all your school-related memorabilia and fit inside your Memory Protectors™ in your album.

This kit would pair perfectly with our Pocket Memory Protectors™. You could easily add a few of these after each main page, add the year’s photos, a few embellishments and PML cards, and you have an album full of memories.

So, now that Close to My Heart has provided the kit, I am going to provide the time. I have designed four workshops just for you to be able to complete this entire album.  Each workshop will provide you with a pre-cut kit, stamps & inks, and time set aside that allows you to complete a few pages for your child’s album.   I can’t wait to see what you create!


Here’s to You

Life is about celebrating special occasions! To celebrate those special moments, we are offering breathtaking Here’s to You products which are designed to help you create something special for the next wedding or special occasion on your calendar. Close to My Heart is offering four exclusive stamp sets and workshop kits that have been specially designed for making elegant cards and layouts. I personally cannot wait to use a few of these stamps for some wedding Thank-You cards that I will be creating in a few weeks.  

Here’s to You

Our delightful Here’s to You workshop kits features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making seven hand-stamped cards and the single page scrapbook layout that can be used for weddings and many other occasions. Each kit includes all four exclusive stamp sets, ten sheets of Two-Toned cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, Vellum, White Pearls, and seven White Cards & Envelopes. You can even purchase a kit that includes our beautiful Rose Embossing Folder to add texture to each of the projects you create.




These B-size stamps are available individually for $9.95 each, but, by purchasing them in the kit, you save almost $20.00.  What an unbelievable deal! Close to My Heart has even provided and easy to follow Workshop Guide for you along with a downloadable Cricut Design Space™ file  to cut out each of the delicately designed images for the cards and layout.


You can get the whole Here’s to You product collection July 15 through August 31 while supplies last. I can’t wait to see what you create!