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.


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!


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. 



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.

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.)


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.


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.


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!


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!



October Kit of the Month

Are you “nuts” for fall? Do you enjoy the cooler weather, changing leaves, and warm autumn tones?  Then this layout is one you will defiantly want to purchase to showcase your awesome autumn photos.  Each month, I design a ready-to-assemble kit for my monthly subscribers, as well as a cutting guide for those who wish to us our designer papers, Cricut® collections, and embellishments to make their own layouts.  For the month of October, I have created this “Nuts for Fall” layout using our delightful Grateful Heart products.  Can you picture your fabulous fall photos displayed on this layout?


So how does the Kit of the Month club work? Well, all you have to do is go to my Kit of the Month subscription page, sign-up for the Monthly, Six-Month, or Yearly subscription, and the kits are mailed to your door each month.  Yearly subscribers also receive four Seasonal Expressions mailed to them each year and save $2.00 on each additional kit ordered in my online store when it is sent with their monthly order.


You don’t have to be a subscriber to purchase my kits.  You can simply go to my online store, purchase the kits you wish to create, and I will mail them to you. For those that wish to purchase their own supplies, I have Cutting Guides & Cricut Design Space™ files available for purchase. My Workshop Guides include a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, full-color photos, and a Cricut Design Space File™ with custom designed images using our Close to My Heart Cricut® collections. (HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members receive a substantial discount on all kits and guides.)




You can subscribe to the Kit of the Month club and have the October Nuts For Fall Kit delivered directly to your door next month. Yearly subscribers pay only $12.00* per kit and will be receiving a Holiday Expressions with their order. I can’t wait to see what you create with this kit.


*$12.00 price is for annual subscribers. Shipping costs are in addition to the monthly subscription price. Please visit my Kit of the Month tab for more information 

September Kit of the Month

This week, you are getting a little sneak peek of a few of our upcoming products that are being showcased in my September Kit of the Month.  Each month, I design a kit for my Kit of the Month subscribers that is easy-to-assemble and ready for filling with photos.  For the month of September, I have created this “Blessed” layout using a few of our new upcoming products that will be available in the upcoming Holiday Expressions catalog.


The Boutique paper pack was the one I was blessed with to use for the Convention Extravaganza.  As a presenter at Convention, I was able to create some beautiful projects using Boutique products and, I have enjoyed the paper pack so much, that I have continued to create even more to share with you during the month of September.


Don’t you just love all the little details on this layout? I really ♥LOVE♥ that sparkle.  My September Kit of the Month layout allows room for four 4″x 6″ photos, but all of my kits are easily modifiable to the photos you have.  I designed this layout to allow you add more photos with the use of our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors.  You can use either Design 4 or Design 2  to make room for even more memories.


You can subscribe to the Kit of the Month club and have the September Blessed Kit delivered directly to your door next month. Yearly subscribers pay only $12.00* per kit and receive additional perks each month.  Workshop Guides will be available shortly in my online store.  The Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, full-color photos and a Cricut Design Space File™ with custom designed images using our Close to My Heart Cricut® collections.

I can’t wait to see what you create with this kit.



*$12.00 price is for annual subscribers. Shipping costs are in addition to the monthly subscription price. Please visit my Kit of the Month tab for more information 

Scrapbook Your Summer Memories

If you are like me, your summer gets super busy and you have very little time to scrapbook.  You try to cram as much as you can into your summer vacation, take lots of amazing photos, and never take the time to scrapbook the memories.  My summers are blessed, but I don’t always have the time to get all my photos onto a page. This is why, I adore our Workshop Your Way Kits and I am especially enjoying the Fresh Air Scrapbooking Kit for my summer photos.  If you have never taken the time to test out these kits, here are a few reasons to give them a try.



I enjoy shopping as much as any paper hoarder, but when life gets busy I don’t have as much time to search for papers, matching cardstock, stickers, or ribbon.  Close to My Heart has done all the work for you.  Each kit has beautifully designed color-coordinating, paper, cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and embellishments created with you in mind.


We all have an artist in us that can create wonderfully designed layouts, but some days I just don’t have the time or energy – especially in the summer.  With each of these kits, you get three stunning layouts, multiple card designs, and you don’t have to do any planning, designing, or use many brain cells. Close to My Heart even includes an easy-to-follow cutting and assembly guide.


How many photos did you take of this year’s camping trip? Honestly, I don’t know that I have the time to create that many pages, so I love that these kits have the option to add Pocket Plus pages to each layout. These Memory Protectors fit perfectly between your pages and allow you to add additional photos and journalling without compromising the design of your layout.


Yes, you read that correctly.  Even if you choose to create the card designs shown in the assembly guide, you will still have paper, cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and enough embellishments leftover to create more projects.



This summer, I encourage you to spend more time enjoying the sunshine and that lounging area in your backyard, and less time scrapbooking all of the memories you are making by purchasing a few of our Workshop Your Way Kits. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Not a scrapbooker?  We have some adorable kits for card-makers, as well. Check them out on my website!

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!





Stargazer Workshop

Birthdays – everyone has them and some even enjoy celebrating them.  I truly feel that our Stargazer papers are the perfect patterns for recording birthday memories, so I decided to find a way to showcase these momentous occasions.  My April Club Kits will put you in a jovial spirit as you create a Birthday Blast Layout and four Birthday cards with our Stargazer papers and embellishments.


The Birthday Blast layout has some amazing details that you will learn how to create at my April Stargazer Workshop. From the multi-layered title to the space themed icons, this layout screams “blast-off”.   You can choose to use this layout to record your birthday memories, or leave off the “Birthday” title and use the layout showcase your fun family photos the space museum.

You will also have the opportunity to create some festive birthday cards to give to your friends and family using PML cards.  Did you know that each of our paper packs contains two sheets of Picture My Life (PML) pages that often go unused?  Did you know that these pages can be cut up to create some adorable cards?  At this workshop, I will be showing you a few ways that you can use those “forgotten” papers to create four bright and cheerful Birthday cards.


I know that you will enjoy this workshop.  You can learn more about my event on my Stargazer Workshop page, or order the Workshop Guides through my online store.  Remember, the Stargazer products are only available until April 30th, while supplies last. Make sure to visit my website and order your’s before they are gone for good. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Step Right Up! Blog Hop

Welcome to the Step Right Up! Blog Hop where we will be featuring the products from our Step Right Up! bundle which is available at an incredible discount during the month of March.28279433_10155452571632686_5089506462683724812_n If you have come here from Darlys Recker’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 designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Step Right Up! bundle. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

Can you believe that I have never been to the Circus? When I first saw the Showtime stamp set I honestly thought, “I have never been to the circus. What use would I have of this set?”.  After receiving the set and examining it some, I realized that this set could be used for birthday parties, dance photos, county fairs, carnivals, talent shows, marching band, parades, theme park vacations, rodeos, and more.  This stamp set is so versatile and well worth the purchase.


Along with the Showtime stamp set, you can purchase the Step Right Up! bundle which includes a wonderful assortment of primary cardstock, Gold Foil paper, Red Shimmer Trim and Gold Pearls.  All of which can be used for any of your paper crafting projects.

This layout was so simple and fun to make that I would like to share a few of the techniques I used to create these pages:

  • The banners were designed by first drawing the lines with a black Journaling Pen, then, using Cranberry, Sapphire, Black, and Saffron ink, stamping each of the pennants along those lines.
  • For the title, I used Pebble ink to stamp the Ferris Wheel in the center of the title block, stamped “Showtime” in Black ink, then stamped it again, without reinking, to create the shadow.
  • To create the Ferris Wheel embellishment, I stamped the image using Black ink, then used a Basic Circle Thin Cut to cutout the circle.  The “Chairs” were shaded using a Marine Blue ShinHan Marker.
  • The journaling block was created using a Basic Banner Thin Cut. I partially cut the banner, then moved the Thin Cut to the opposite side and partially cut the banner again to create the shape.  The treats and star were stamped using Black Ink and shaded with Shinhan Markers.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from eleven other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Step Right Up! bundle as well as other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Kirsten Desorcy’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, our Step Right Up! Bundle and Showtime Stamp Set are available until March 31st, while supplies last!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “Monthly Specials” page on my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!


Birthday Time Treat Box

Throughout the month of March, I have been showing you various projects using our Birthday Time stamp of the month.  s1803This stamp set h is full of images that you can use for birthdays, school photos, family celebrations, invitations, parties, and so much more.  In my opinion, this stamp set is an incredible deal and defiantly one that you should add to your collection. If you have missed any of my previous projects using this stamp set, you can use the “Search” feature on the right and find more inspiring uses for our stamp of the month.  You can avoid missing any future projects by “Following” my blog, Facebook page, or Instagram posts. 

To continue with the birthday theme this month, I chose to create a delightful little treat box that could be used for any of your upcoming birthday celebrations. These would also be fun to fill with goodies for a movie night, game day, or as a classroom treat. I have included the list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post for you.


I was able to find this sweet Popcorn Box SVG and upload it directly into Cricut® Design Space. I resized the box image to 11.5″ wide, changed some of the “Cut” lines to “Score” lines in my Layers Panel, then cut out the image from White Daisy cardstock.  I decorated the outside of the box with our Stargazer paper, a Ruby cardstock Rosette, Stargazer Complements, and the Birthday Time stamp set.

The Birthday Time stamp set is available for purchase on my website through March 31st.  You can purchase it for $17.95 or for only $5.00 with a qualifying $50.00 purchase.  I will be posting more projects using this stamp set throughout the month, so make sure to visit often.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Birthday Time Stamp Set

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Stargazer Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Ruby Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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Black Memento Ink

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ShinHan™ Golden Yellow Marker

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Stargazer Complements

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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3D Foam Dots

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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3D Foam Dots
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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer