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!



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!


Sun Kissed Layout

I truly enjoy creating scrapbook kits and guides using our delightful patterned papers.  This month, I have been working on a workshop kit using the Central Park products.  I hope you enjoyed the “Life is a Beautiful Adventure” layout I created last week, because, if you did, I know you will enjoy this one.


This layout is titled “Sun Kissed” and is designed for you to record those summery, “sun kissed” memories.  When you are born a carrot-top, you are often kissed by the sun (in more ways than you wish), so I created this layout for those “I really should have used sunscreen” moments.  As I assembled this layout, I thought it would also make the perfect backdrop for some beach baby photos. You know, the ones where they are running around in their new swimsuit, belly pooched out, diaper sagging, and all red cheeks.

If you have a few treasured “Sun Kissed” memories that need scrapbooked, you can purchase this Scrapbook Kit or the Cutting Guide from my online store. Each Cutting Guide comes with a supply list, cutting guide, full-color photos, Design Space™ file, and assembly instructions.  I have one more layout to showcase in the Central Park series.  Make sure to keep an eye out for it later this week. It’s sure to make you “dog-gone” crazy for this paper pack. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Tuesday Tutorial Uploading an Image

Many times I am looking for a specific project I want to make, but I cannot find it anywhere in Cricut Design Space™.  This is when the “Upload” feature comes in handy.  I can add just about any image I find online into my Canvas and create a cut image, write image, or a print-then-cut image. This past week, I really wanted a specific box that was not in my Images files, so I found an SVG file and uploaded into Design Space™. Today, I am going to show you how I did that.


Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Using your favorite search engine, search “SVG Box File”.  I found one that I liked on The Craft Chop(Make sure the site you choose is reputable and that you have up-to-date antivirus software on your computer.)
2. Save the file onto your computer. Take note of where you saved the file so you can find it later.  I have a file called “SVG Files” in my Google Drive that I save all of mine to.
3. Open a New Project in Cricut Design Space™.
4. Choose UPLOAD, then choose UPLOAD IMAGE.

5. BROWSE to find the SVG image you saved earlier. Open the image and it will appear on the screen.

6. NAME and TAG your image so that you can find it later.  Choose SAVE.

7. You will see the image you uploaded in your “Recently uploaded images” files.  The image will remain in your files until you Delete it.  (You can delete the image by choose the (i)information button and choosing delete.)

8. Select the image you wish to load onto your Canvas and choose INSERT IMAGE.
9. As you can see, all of the lines are turned into cut lines once the image is uploaded. You will need to choose the “Scissors” image next to each line and change it to a “Score Line”.

10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH so that the Score Lines are attached to the image. Resize as needed and Make it.


That’s it! Now you have the perfect box you need to your project.  Be sure you watch your inbox so that you can see the Father’s Day Card & Box project I created using this image. I can’t wait to see what you create in Design Space™.

If you have been considering upgrading you machine so that you play along in Cricut Design Space™, now is the time to take advantage of an amazing special.  May 25th through June 6th, Cricut Explore® machines are on sale starting at $149.99 PLUS you can get FREE shipping using the code MAYSHIP. 


* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.



Craft Room Labels

Cricut Design Space™ has an amazing feature called “Print Then Cut” which it is wonderful to use when making labels.  As I move into my new crafty space, my OCD brain is finding the need to make sure everything has a label. I am also one who wanted all of this stuff moved and organized yesterday, so my labels need to be quick, easy, and of course, cute. Today, I am going to give you a quick tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature in Design Space™ to create some labels.


DESIGN SPACE INSTRUCTIONS: (Before you begin, Calibrate your Cricut® machine.)
1. Insert the label image you wish to use for your background. I chose Floral Label – #M4165FC from our Artistry Collection.
2. Design and Resize the Label as desired.
3. INSERT TEXT and type your description into the text box. Choose the FONT & RESIZE as needed onto the label.


4. If desired, insert any images you wish to use to decorate your label. I used a Dandelion Image from our Flower Market Collection. (The black lines around the image will disappear when turned into a print image.)
5. SELECT ALL and choose FLATTEN. If you look at the layers panel, your images have turned into a Print Image.
6. Choose MAKE IT. You will see a preview of the image with a rectangle outline added (cut sensor marking). Click CONTINUE.
7. Choose CONTINUE and choose SEND TO PRINTER.  Choose your Printer then choose Print. (The image bleed is a small border around each image that allows for more precise cutting. It is recommended to leave this on for best cut results, but you can turn the bleed off. The bleed may make the printed image look fuzzy or distorted, but this border will be trimmed off in the cutting process.)

8. After printing, place the paper onto the upper left corner of your mat making sure there are no wrinkles in the paper, then send through your Cricut® machine.

It’s this just AWESOME! I love that I could quickly make all the labels I needed for my embellishments and save the file for later use. (Make sure to save one image that is not Flattened to edit later.) If you have not used the Print Then Cut feature, I hope that you give it a try today. While you are at it, Shop and Save at this week’s Cricut Sale! Machines, Materials, Tools & More.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop

I truly enjoy playing with paper to create original cards and treat boxes.  If you are like me, then this workshop is just for you.  On June 23rd, you will have to opportunity to make FOUR cards and this adorable little Fourth of July Treat Box using our New Fresh Air products.


The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. To sign-up for this workshop, please email me and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase. 

You can choose to purchase a Basic Kit (two cards & the box), Master Kit (four cards & a box) or just the box itself.  I also have pre-stamped kits available for those who cannot attend and Workshop Guides for my long-distance crafters. The guide for this kit includes a Design Space™ file for this  box created by me that you are welcome to use on all of your future projects. 

You can visit my Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop page to learn more about this workshop and the kits that are available for purchase. 

If you enjoy card making as much as I do, make sure to take the time to visit my website to see all of the amazingly simple Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits that Close to My Heart has to offering including the In My Heart Kit. This kit creates TWELVE cards using our rustic Fresh Air Papers.

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If  workshops are “not your thing”, you are always welcome to come catch-up on your own crafting projects at my June CTMH Crafternoon.  (All proceeds for my CTMH Crafternoon will benefit Operation Smile.)  I hope that you are able to attend one of my workshops in June and I can’t wait to see what you create!


Tuesday Tutorial Paper Pansy

This is the time of year when my backyard starts to fill with color.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you will see a few postings of my “little” outdoor retreat.)  Pansies are one of my favorite flowers, and, being the crazy paper-crafter that I am,  I wanted to recreate them using my Cricut®.   This week, I figured out how to take a few images from our Flower Market collection and create some paper Pansies in a a variety of colors. I then placed them in an old pitcher, and now I have something to display all year long.


Today, I am going to share with you how I was able to make these adorable little paper Pansies. A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Poppy – #MFADB88 image into your Canvas and UNGROUP the images.
2. DELETE the image with just the row of “Petals”.
3. DUPLICATE the image with the “Base & Petals” then use CONTOUR on one set of images to remove everything except the circular base.
4. Use CONTOUR on the second image to to remove everything except one of the “Petals”. (Make sure to keep the cut line in the one petal and remove the rest.)
5. RESIZE the “Petal” to 1.5″ high and the “Base” to 1″ high.
6. DUPLICATE the “Petal” four times. (Five petals total) Change to desired colors.
&. Resize the “Stamen Center” to 1.25″ high and change to desired color.

7. Insert the Dandelion – #MFAD571 image into your Canvas and DELETE all the “Dandelion Flower” images.
8. UNLOCK the image and RESIZE to 3″w x 3″h. (You can use CONTOUR to manipulate the individual images by following the same steps as you did in #2-#4.)

9. Insert a CIRCLE Shape and RESIZE to .25″. Change to desired color.
10. SELECT ALL and GROUP the images.  Now you can resize all of the images proportionally to the size you desire.  (Mine are approximately 3″ when complete.)
11.. SAVE your project and cut out the images from cardstock.

Assembly™ Instructions:
1. Use a Bone Folder to shape each “Petal” then glue onto the base.
2. Adhere the “Stamens” onto the Flower using Foam Dots for Dimension.
3. Adhere the Dot onto the center of the Flower, then adhere the Sepal and the Leaves onto the back of the Flower.


I used a sponge to add ink to the center and edges of my Pansies, then used a Clear Shimmer Brush to add some shine. There a quite a variety of Pansies out there, so take some time to search for images and find ones that match your personal style and decor.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Starting at $149.99, the Cricut Explore® family is on sale! Valid 5/16-5/22.

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Flower Market Cricut Collection

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12 x 12 Eggplant Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sweet Leaf Cardstock

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Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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3D Foam Dots

Cricut Air 2

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Glue Dots


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Bashful Shimmer Brush

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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Gold Shimmer Brush


Fresh Air Scrapbooking Workshop

Do you have a great deal of summer adventures planned?  I know that I will have an abundance photos at the end of the summer, so I am planning ahead with these fun, funky, outdoorsy scrapbook layouts. FreshAirCC_ScrapbookLayoutsSTORE&SMOn June 23rd, you will have a chance to use our rustic Fresh Air products to create six scrapbook layouts that you can use to display your family memories at my Fresh Air Scrapbook Workshop.

At this workshop, you will have multiple options for kits to fit your needs. Each kit will include the supplies needed for you to create six scrapbook layouts for recording those amazing family photos and memories. You will also have the option to purchase individual kits if you desire.

You can view each one of the individual scrapbook layouts that you will be able to create by clicking on the photos below.

The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. 

To sign-up for this workshop, just send me an email  and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase.  If you cannot attend, you are welcome to purchase the kits through my online store. For my long-distance friends, I  have workshop guides available that include a cutting guide, assembly instructions and a Cricut Design Space™ file.  You can purchase the layout guides individually, all together, or purchase just the Design Space™ file separately for each layout.

If you are truly enjoying these Fresh Air products, you can also purchase the Fresh Air Workshop You Way Kit and create three additional layouts and have an entire album lined up a ready for all those summer adventure photos.


I hope to see you at my upcoming workshops and I can’t wait to see what you create with our Fresh Air products and these fun, fresh, outdoorsy layouts!





Tuesday Tutorial Crocus Flower

Our Flower Market Collection has some beautiful two dimensional and three-dimensional flowers, yet I could not find a Crocus to create for spring.  After playing with some of the images on the cartridge, I discovered a way to create one for this week’s tutorial. You can find a list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.


Cricut Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Lilac Flower (#MD38897) image into your canvas.
2. DUPLICATE two times, then resize two images to 3″h and one image to 2″h.
3. Insert the Holly (#MFAE002) image into your canvas.
4. DELETE the Berries. Using CONTOUR, remove all images except the “Pine Needles”.
5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 2.5″w x .66″h.
6. Change all images to desired colors and cut out the images.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a sponge and ink of choice, ink the edges of each of the “Petals”.
2. Use a Bone Folder to curl the tips of each of the “Petals” up, then layer the “Flowers” from largest to smallest, rotating each slightly.  If desired used 3D Foam Tape between each layer to add dimension. (DO NOT block the hole in the flowers.)
3. To create the “Stamen” use a Quilling Tool to roll the “Pine Needles” from largest to smallest into a tube shape and glue in place.
4. Use the Quilling Tool to curl each of the “Pine Needles” down.

5. Insert the completed “Stamen” into the center of the completed Crocus Flower and glue into place.
6. If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush to add shimmer to each of the petals.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial and that you take the time to create with your Cricut® this week.  If you enjoy the Flower Market Collection as much as I do, you can purchase it on my website, OR host an online Facebook party or in-home gathering to purchase the collection at 50% off the retail price*.  Contact me today and start earning free Close to My Heart Products and 50% off our Cricut Collections. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!


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Flower Market Cricut Collection

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Cricut Air 2

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Quilling Tool

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Liquid Glass

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Round Sponge

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3D Foam Dots

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Gold Shimmer Brush

* Party total must reach $250 in retail sales to qualify for 50% hostess rewards

The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.


Tuesday Tutorial

Graduation Money Holder (Part Two)

Last week, I created the first part of the tutorial to show you how to make a Graduation Money Holder envelope in Cricut Design Space™.  This week, I will show you how to create the money insert in Design Space™ and I have included the list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post.


Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 3″w x 7″h.
2. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 3″w x 4″h.
3. Insert a TRIANGLE SHAPE and resize to 4″w then ROTATE 30°. Position the Triangle over the top of the 3″ x 4″ rectangle.
4. Select the Triangle and the Small Rectangle and choose SLICE. DELETE the unwanted images.


5. Insert a Tag Image and resize to fit the top of the Money Holder Insert. (I used Luggage Tag – #M275FA92 from the You Are Here Collection.)

6. Add stars and a square to write a sentiment onto the “Pocket”.


Once the images are cut out, place adhesive ¹⁄ 8″ along the left side and the bottom to form a pocket. This will allow you to easily slide the gift in from the right side.  Adhere the remaining layers and stars, then add some matching ribbon to the tag to pull-out the insert, and you are ready to give this to the hard-working graduate.


This Graduation Money Holder can be made from any cardstock color or patterned paper. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!


You Are Here Cricut Collection

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Crystal Blue Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

Cricut Air 2

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12 x 12 Silver Foil Paper

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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VersaMark Ink Pad

* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.