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.



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



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



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



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!


Color Dare Scary Day Card

You would not believe how excited I was to see how many people participated in our last Color My Heart Dare challenge.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, you must stop by and see all those amazing creations.  I hope you are you ready for another challenge, because this week we are playing with Nectarine, Lagoon, and Clover.



Our home is not one who goes “all-out” for Halloween, so I do not do much paper crafting that showcases the holiday, but our Hello Pumpkin products are ♥so stinkin’ cute♥, I couldn’t resist using them for this week’s challenge. Honestly, this card does not “scream” Halloween, so it’s perfect to give for just about any occasion.  If you wish to recreate this card, you can follow the short tutorial below and see the full list of products I used at the very bottom of this post.


Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 2½” x 5½” Lagoon Cardstock, ½” x 5½” Clover Cardstock, 1¼” x 5½” “Witching Hour” PML, 3″ x 2³⁄ 8 Black B&T Paper, 2 7⁄ 8″ x 2¼” “Trick or Treat” PML, 2½” x 2″ “Scary Good” PML

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a Black Shimmer Brush, splatter Black Shimmer onto the Lagoon Cardstock. Adhere to top of card base.
2. Using White Daisy Ink, stamp the Checked Border across the Clover Cardstock. After ink has set, adhere to card base.
3. After trimming “Witching Hour” PML, adhere to card base.
4. Adhere “Frame” from Hello Pumpkin Complements onto center of card.
5. Adhere “Scary Good” sentiment onto center of “Trick or Treat” PML, then onto Black B&T using Foam Tape for dimension.
6. Embellish card with various Hello Pumpkin Complements.

This card was so simple to make using the Hello Pumpkin PML sheet and matching Complements, and it turned super cute. I hope that you join in this week’s challenge.  Anyone who participates and posts their link in the comments below will receive a ♥handmade card♥ from me using the Hello Pumpkin products.

Remember, you don’t have to have a blog to participate.  Just post your creations using these colors to Facebook, Pinterest, SplitCoast Stampers, or Instagram, list the products used, post your link below, and I’ll send you a handmade card. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Holiday Borders Stamp Set

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White Daisy Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad

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1″ × 6 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block

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3D Foam Tape

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Tombow Adhesive

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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. (UPDATE: I become one of H2Hs October Darlings with this card. )


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!


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.) 


Creating a Larger Border in Design Space

A few weeks back, I was able to give a quick tutorial on Creating a Border in Cricut Design Space™.  I did have a few people comment that, although it was a wonderful tutorial, it did not show how to create a larger border for a page. So, for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to walk you through creating a border that can go across the length of your scrapbook layout.


Many of our Cricut Collections are full of amazing borders like the Wave Border that I am using for this project. (I especially enjoy the borders in our Artbooking and Artistry  collections.)   I am going to begin by inserting the Wave Border(#M46FC2) I chose from our Artbooking Collection into my Canvas.


I want this Wave Border to be .75″ high x 12″ wide so that it will go across the full length of my page. Watch what happens if I unlock the image and resize it to .75″ x 12″.


It becomes distorted and warped – Not something I want to put on my page. Instead, I am going to change the height to .75″ without unlocking the image. By keeping the image “locked” it will stay proportionate.


The image is only 5.455″ wide, which is too small for my 12″ scrapbook page, so I am going to Duplicate the image THREE times to begin making the Border larger.


Depending on the Border you are using, you can either overlap one of the repeating designs or line up the ends side-by-side. Some Borders have a more finished look if you overlap. (TIP: Use ALIGN to make sure it it aligned at the top or bottom.)


I decided that with this Wave Border the side-by-side looked just fine, so I select both images and chose WELD. Now you can see that the image is one complete image, but it is short of the 12″ I need to make it across the page.


 Now, here is where we get a little technical.  If you have worked with an Explore Machine in Design Space™ in the past, you know that you cannot cut an image that is larger than 11.5″ unless you plan on manipulating your paper on a mat or using a larger mat.  I am not going to teach you how to do either of these today, I am just going to show you how to work with the allotted 11.5″ you are given. 

Remember that third Wave Border you created?  Since our current Border is already 10.899″, I am only going to need about 2″ of this additional Border. Just like in the previous Tutorial, I am going to slice out the portion I need using a Square Shape.



I FLIP my sliced image (for a more finished look), and I have the two pieces I need to create a 12″ Border. Make sure to check that your Border is still 12″ with the additional piece. You may have to “assemble” the Border on your Canvas, then Group the images to see the finished length.  If the finished length is over 12″, you can Resize the images as a group to the finished size needed.


When you add the cut images to your scrapbook page, they will overlap, but as you can see on this layout I created, the overlap is hardly noticeable.


Like I said, you could create one large image and manipulate your paper or use a larger mat, but I have found the overlapping of the image turns out just fine. I hope you take the time this week to play in Design Space™ and create a few scrapbook page borders.  I can’t wait to see what you create.

If you have been debating about upgrading your Cricut® so that you can play along in Design Space™, you can save up to 50% this week when you purchase any of the Explore Bundles.  


* 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.


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!


Live Tutorials Coming Soon

I enjoy writing each weekly Tuesday Tutorial as much as you enjoy reading them, but sometimes it would be so much easier to show them to you. So, I have decided to start a Facebook Group called “Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations” where you can view a few of my tutorials “Live” and enroll in some of my online workshops. Don’t panic! I will still be writing a few tutorials on my blog here and there, but I would love the chance to show you HOW I make some of my paper crafting projects.  Are you ready to find out what the first tutorial will be?

My first “Live” class will show you how to create the amazing Inked Background on this Big Thank You card. Many of you have commented on my inked backgrounds and have asked me “HOW ” I make them. Well, here is your chance to learn!

Date: August 23rd
Time: 10:00am (MST)

You can come in your comfy clothes and learn how to create this card in my online class that will take place on my private Facebook group. To join the class, simply use this link to sign-up and I will send you an invite to the private class group, email you a supply list and a $5.00 invoice for the cost of the class. How easy is that?

What if you are working, or on vacation, or the kids start the house on fire during the class? You can still sign-up! Once you have paid for your class, you will be invited to the private group and will be able to view the live class for up to 30 days after the day of the event.  So grab a cup of coffee (or tea if you must), relax in your comfy clothes, and enjoy some crafting time with Miss. Carrie’s Creations.  I can’t wait to see what you create!



Here’s To You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Here’s To You Blog Hop where we will be featuring various products from the Here’s to You collection.  37748551_10155804471867686_1511386334193778688_nThe products in this collection are designed to help you celebrate the everyday moments in your life.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’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 the Here’s To You products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As a member of the “live in the middle of nowhere” club, I often do not get my packages in a timely fashion. Even though I had ordered my “Here’s To You” Workshop kit weeks ago for this blog hop, it has still not arrived. Since I choose to “celebrate joy in all things”, I decided to create a layout using components I had on hand that come in the workshop kit to create this layout.

The Here’s to You Workshop kit comes with four Stamp sets, a variety of Cardstock, Silver Glitter paper, White Pearls, and the Rose Embossing Folder.  As I searched for ideas for this blog hop, I read one of the quotes hanging in my craft room – “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” So that is what I did.  I didn’t have the stamps, but I used what I had to create this layout. It is perfect for celebrating any joyous occasion in your life.

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

Once my Here’s to You kit arrives, I plan on replacing the 3″x 4″ photo with the “I wish you all the joy” stamped image from the kit. Many of the products I used on this layout will be retiring at the end of August, so make sure you snag them along with the Here’s to You workshop kit before they are gone.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Here’s to You collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’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 Here’s to You Workshop Kit and stamp sets are only available until August 31st! 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!


Maker’s Color Dare Card

Convention is over, I am “almost” unpacked, my craft-room is still not finished, and, yet, I am still able to create. I have been amazed by how little I need to make a card and how many things I have found as I have unpacked my collection like the Originals Idea Book from Close to My Heart.  I had this stashed on a shelf in another area of the house and completely forgot that I had it.  Before placing this book on the shelf in my new craft area,  I thumbed through and found a few cards that I wanted to make including one for the weekly Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Challenges.

I used the design on page 35, exchanged the cardstock used for some of our Fresh Air papers, added a stamped image, and “Bob’s your uncle” – I had a completed card.

Paper Needed:  5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 1¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air), 5½” x 2¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air), 4¼” x 3″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 4″ x 2¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using Washi, Scotch, or Post-It Tape on the back of the papers, temporary attach the 5½” x 1¾” Fresh Air paper onto the 5½” x 2¾” Fresh Air paper. (They will overlap, so make sure that the width is 4¼”.)
2. Using the Stitch Guide and Piercing & Embossing Tool, punch holes along where the two papers meet. I used the Zig-Zag stitch, but you can use any on the guide. 
3. After adding stitching with a Glacier colored thread, adhere the paper onto the card base.
4. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the sentiment from the We Are Makers stamp set onto the 4″ x 2¾” Fresh Air paper. (FYI: This stamp is only available until August 31st.)
5. Adhere the stamped sentiment onto the center of the 4¼” x 3″ Nutmeg Cardstock using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
6. Using Charcoal Ink, stamp the “We Are Born” image onto a scrap of White Daisy cardstock. Cut out the image and adhere to the sentiment using 3D Foam Dots.
7. Cut two 1½” pieces of Glacier & Gold Ribbon, fold in half, and staple onto the Nutmeg cardstock, as shown, using a Mini Stapler.
8. Adhere the Nutmeg cardstock with the sentiment onto the card using 3D Foam Tape.
9. Add two Gold Glitter Gems, and stamp a sentiment inside the card.

I know that the card I made looks nothing like the one in the Originals Idea Book , but the books are designed to inspire and give you a launching pad to begin the creating process.  I hope that you join this week’s challenges. I always love seeing what other people create for these challenges.  I can’t wait to see what you create!