A Simply Handmade Christmas Card for Color Dare Challenge

For this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge, we were asked to create a project using Kraft, New England Ivy, and Candy Apple.  When I first saw this color combination, it reminded me of simple, handmade Christmas decorations like the ones I have in my home, so I decided to create my card with the same theme.

Clean  ♥   Simple  ♥  Handmade

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I chose to use Toffee and New England Ivy to create the tree image with our Seasonal Trees stamp of the month. Once the tree was compete, I used VersaMark™ Ink and White Embossing Powder to create two layers of snow.  It’s a bit hard to see in this photo, but the subtlety of the two layers of snow adds to the texture on this card.

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I wanted a bold sentiment, so I chose a stamp from our Christmas Blessings stamp set to to stamp “Merry Christmas” in Candle Apple.

 

Clean, simple, and handmade. Everything I love about Christmas.  I would like to see you create something for this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge.  Just use these three colors to create something and post your creation on the Color My Heart Dare website.

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I can’t wait to see what you create!
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Giving Thanks Seasonal Trees Eclipse Frame

This week is all about giving thanks so today I am showing you one final home decor project that you can create for your guests this Thanksgiving.  If you haven’t noticed, eclipse cards are very popular right now, so I chose to take it a step farther and create a whimsical framed piece of art for my home using our Seasonal Trees stamp of the month.

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Just like my Nativity Eclipse card, I created the lettering for this project on my Cricut™ in Design Space™.  The finished project measures 5″ x 7″ so I cut my White Daisy cardstock at 4½” x 6½”.

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After cutting out the image, I temporarily taped the letters in place and used Espresso, Saffron, Pomegranate, and Goldrush Exclusive Inks to stamp my images onto the White Daisy cardstock.  Some of my leaves were created using the second-generation stamping technique which helped to add a larger variety of colors to my tree and leaves.

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Once I was finished stamping, I backed my project with Espresso cardstock. By using a darker color backing I was able to create a “shadow” effect under the letters.  This project was quick and easy to create and would make a wonderful gift for your Thanksgiving guests.

I also shared this project on this week’s Heart2Heart Thankful Heart blog challenge where we are challenged to share artwork with a “Thankful Heart” in mind.

I hope that you each have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Creating Seasonal Trees Fall Lanterns & Free Design Space File for VIPs

If you have ever visited my home, you will see that I redecorate for every season. In my basement you will find a plethora of holiday decorations, and as a crafter, I inevitably add more each year. If you are a seasonal decorator like me, you will enjoy making this Fall Lantern!  This month, I am giving away the Cricut Design Space™ file FREE to any customer who joins my VIP Facebook Group. Instructions for getting this file can be found at the very bottom of this post. (Sorry, this is offer is not available to any consultants that are not on my team.) 

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My Fall Lantern design is a simple box I made in Cricut Design Space™ using a leaf image from our Artistry Cricut™ Collection. This Cricut™ collection can be ordered directly through my website or purchased for HALF-PRICE when you host a qualifying party.  You will need to own the collection to cut out my Fall Lantern.  

 

Once you have opened the images in Design Space™ you can cut the lantern from our beautiful Fall Grateful Heart collection of papers and Vellum.  I chose to use the Pomegranate pattern paper because I like how the Yellow Plaid pattern on the back shows through on the leaves. It reminds me of the when the various shades of leaves blow on the trees out my craft room window. This nostalgic moment brought to you by the Heart2Heart Inspired By Nature challenge, which I joined this week. 

 

You have a variety of patterns to choose from in this paper pack. I think it would look just as beautiful cut from the Fern Dots, the Floral, or the Blue Checked patterns.  I kept my design simple by adding just a small strip of paper and some Gold & White Skinny  Ribbon at the base of the lantern. If you would like a more embellished Fall Lantern, you could add to the design using Complements, Cork Shapes, or Fern Stitched Ribbon.

 

After the Vellum was cut, I stamped images from the Seasonal Trees stamp of the month onto each window and used Clear Embossing Powder to set the ink. Be cautious when heating your vellum because it can cause the paper to warp if too much heat is applied.

 

When you order your supplies for this Fall Lantern through my website, make sure to join the MYSTERY HOSTESS party. This online party is open through November 15th, currently has $30 in rewards, and is close to getting one item 50% off (you could get that Cricut™ collection you wanted). Don’t forget to order the Seasonal Trees stamp of the month which is only available through November 30th. 

 

I am sure you are wondering HOW to get this Fall Lantern file. All you need to do is ask to join my Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations VIP Group. Once I have received your request, I will send you a private message with a link to the Fall Lantern file.  I do ask that you do not share this file with others, post it online, resell it, or post it as your own creative work.  This offer is for Customers ONLY and my HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members. (Sorry, it is not available to other consultants.) 

Have a wonderful week, my friends. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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If you would like to learn more about getting $75 in product credit when you joining our HeARTfully Blessed Creations team as a consultant, receiving this file free as a HBC team member, or receiving free training that I offer to my HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team, you can leave a comment below and I will happily answer all of you questions. 

Seasonal Trees Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Trees Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the November Seasonal Trees stamp41842558_10155931687592686_1154225456677912576_n set.   If you have come here from Haley Dyer’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 the Seasonal Trees stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

In my state, the weather changes constantly.  We can have a foot of snow at 7am, sunshine by noon, and a thunderstorm by dinnertime. We don’t have true seasons here, like most of the nation, just a ever guessing meteorologist who hopes she got it right today.  I am happy to report, that even in a state of ever changing seasons, our Seasonal Tree stamp set will be put to good use. Each tree trunk, leaf, pine needle, palm frond, and icon can be used for any season in your neck of the woods.

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This week, I am starting to use up some of our Grateful Heart products and decided to create some Thank You cards for a few wonderful customers.  That simple “Thank You” tag comes from the PML cut-apart page and it works perfectly for creating cards like this one.

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I decided to keep the card pretty simple. I wanted that delightful fall tree to be noticed on the card. If you look closely, it looks like there are three shades of leaves of the tree. I achieved this look by first adding the leaves with a second-generation stamping of Goldrush, then a stamping of Saffron, followed by a second-generation stamping of Saffron again; rotating the leaf stamp each time.

I embellished the card with a a few borders created from our Decorative Borders Thin Cuts, added some Gold Sequins, and a single Complement Sticker to complete the card.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Seasonal Trees stamp set is only available until November 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Color Dare & A Free Cut File

This week, for the Color My Heart Dare challenge, our design team was challenged to “Choose Your Greens” and create something using only shades of green. As many of you know, I am a HUGE Cricut™ addict, but I haven’t had much time to play lately, so I decided to sit down this week and create this delightful Fall Purse Card using Fern, New England Ivy, and our Seasons Mix-In’s papers. You can find the full list of supplies I used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

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My Fall Purse was created from various shapes and images from our Cricut™ Collections. After cutting out the images, I decided it needed a little something more, and, since I have so much fun creating paper flowers, I chose to add a Kraft colored Chrysanthemum with a button center that I attached with New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon.  Our Burlap Ribbon comes apart into individual threads, which are perfect to use for attaching buttons, tying tags, and adding stitching to projects.

 

 

The sentiment for this card came from our October stamp of the month, Thanks & Giving. I used a portion of the “Thanks & Giving” sentiment so that I could turn this into a Thank You card.  As you can see, I also stamped an image inside the card. I have enjoyed all of the sentiments and images on this stamp set, but sadly it is only available for purchase for a few more days, so make sure you snag it while you can.  It has so many possibilities!

 

 

I really enjoy the look of this card and how all the greens play well together with the Kraft flower. I especially ♥LOVE♥ having these Seasons Mix-In’s papers to play with knowing that they will match all of our current paper packs.

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Well, now the moment you may have been waiting for. How many of you clicked on this post for the “Free Cut File”? Well… there’s a catch. (no pouting) In order to receive the Free Design Space™ Cut File from me for this Fall Purse Card, you need to enter one of our weekly Color My Heart Dare Challenges. Simply add the initials “MC” (for Miss. Carrie) after your entry, and I will send you the Design Space™ link for this adorable Fall Purse Card. Are you ready for the challenge? 

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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.

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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!

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Thanks & Giving Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thanks & Giving Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the October Thanks & Giving stamp set.  41943299_10155931686297686_1883490201796345856_nThis stamp set is full of sentiments,  icons, and images designed for all your autumn paper crafting projects. If you have come here from Debi McBains’ 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 the Thanks & Giving stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Fall is all about snuggling at home, preparing for cold weather, and taking time for family. The busyness of summer is ending and it’s time to remember, once again, how blessed we are. The Thanks & Giving stamp set reminds me of all those fall feelings – home, full hearts, gatherings, and togetherness. product imageThis week, to express my thankfulness, I decided to create a lovely Sunflower Thank You card using Texture Paste, Watercolors, and our Thanks & Giving Stamp of the Month.

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I really enjoy how this card turned out – something outside of my “normal” designs. Recently, I have been experimenting with our Texture Paste products, and I have been surprised at how easy they are to use and I am blown-away by the results.

To create the Sunflower, I used an image from Flower Market and cut out the stencil from our Stencil Sheets.  When creating stencils in Design Space™,  you have to be able to think ahead at the negative space you are using for the image. It takes a little bit of practice, but the results are always worth it.  I applied the Texture Paste image directly to our Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, then, after it dried, I added color with Watercolor Paints.

I used the Thanks & Giving stamp set to stamp foliage along the base and to create the sentiment which was heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I added some New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon, which I separated, then assembled the card.  Do you like it? Do you want to give it a go?

Now ‘Hop” on over to Ronda La Duke’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Thanks & Giving stamp set is only available until October 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Last Chance for September Savings

As September nears it’s end, the weather is finally cooling off, I am unpacking my flannel, and the pumpkin decorations are getting unpacked.  Before we move into October, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on all of the More Magical, You’ve Got Class, Memories in the Making, and Just Treats September Specials.

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One of my favorites was our More Magical Products which I used to create some mini-albums, scrapbook pages, and cards. The products in this workshop include the patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments, and stamp set needed to create four 12″ x 12″ layouts and eight cards. We have even provided you with a simple, easy-to-follow workshop guide for you to download and use with these exclusive products.

 

I have also enjoyed our You’ve Got Class products which have been designed to help you create an amazing album full of memories. Even though this was designed for your children’s school years, I plan on creating one for my daughter-in-law as she records her memories of teaching. I still have room in my School Album workshops, and would love to see you there.  You are welcome to purchase your own supplies on my website, and come join the fun.

 

This month, Close to My Heart created a gorgeous Memories in the Making Cut Above Kit and Calendar. It was so popular, that the kits have sold out, but you can still purchase the stamp sets on my website through September 30th.

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Last, but defiantly not least, our delightful Just Treats stamp of the month is one that I will be holding onto for future projects. If you haven’t had a chance to purchase this stamp set yet, make sure you grab before September 30th. Remember, ALL stamp of the month sets are available for ONLY $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase from my website.

 

All of these specials are available, while supplies last, through September 30th. I would hate for you to miss out on getting a few of these products that you have been wanting to purchase.  As the month nears it’s end, supplies will dwindle, so make sure you take advantage of these sales while you can.  I can’t wait to see what you create with More Magical, You’ve Got Class, Memories in the Making, and Just Treats September Specials!

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Spinning Coffee Treats Card

Sometimes the coffee lover in me needs to create an amusing little card like this one, and, while I was designing it, I decided that it should have a spinning cup of coffee.  Life is fun, crazy, and sometimes requires a lot of coffee.☕  I truly enjoyed making this  delightful little card using our Just Treat stamp set along with some of our Hello Pumpkin products. You can see a list of all the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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If you have never made a spinning card, it is actually much simpler that you think. I searched on Pinterest, and found that two Pennies with a few Foam Dots worked perfectly behind the cup of coffee. Since, my blog page doesn’t allow me to upload videos, I will be showing how this card works on my Instagram and Facebook page later today, so that you can see how sweet that little spinning cup looks.

Don’t forget that the Just Treats stamp set is only available through September 30th. You can purchase it for only $5.00 with any $50 purchase. If you don’t have $50.00 worth of crafty goodness to purchase, you can buy it for $18.95 on my website and use it to create this card and many others for the upcoming holidays.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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