Small Stuff Spinning Card

Our August For the Love of Crafting stamp of the month is a must have for all crafters.  I personally enjoy all the crafty sayings especially “Enjoy the small Stuff”.  It’s the “small stuff” that makes us realize how blessed we are each day. Like when you come up with a cool card idea and it actually turns out the way you envisioned it or when you end up with an extra peanut in your M&M.  It’s those little things that you make you feel all happy inside.


This card was actually rather simple to create using the “Camera” image from the stamp set, our Thin Cuts, and some of our Documented products. I honestly wasn’t expecting the combination of Bashful and Peacock to go so well together, and am gratefully surprised by the outcome.

I will be creating more projects throughout the month using the For the Love of Crafting stamp set, so make sure to visit my blog, Instagram, and Facebook for more inspiration.  (I might even throw in a live class or two showing you how to make a few of them.)

Don’t forget, our For the Love of Crafting stamp set as well as the Documented products and Bashful Glitter Paper I used on this project are only available through August 31st.   In fact, almost all of our products Seasonal Expressions 2 and Annual Idea Book will be gone at the end of the month.  Make sure you grab them before they are gone. 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!


Thankful Color Dare Card

In the midst of all that is going on, I am truly Thankful that God has blessed me with a home business that allows me to step back, focus on family, and make sure my priorities are in check. This week, in the midst of the madness, I wanted to create a card that expressed how Thankful I feel, so for this week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge I chose to use our exclusive Solo stamps to make this beautiful card using Bashful, Mink, and Pacifica.


I would love for you to take the time to recreate this card and let someone know how Thankful you are for them. It’s very easy to recreate using our exclusive Solo stamps, Central Park Paper Pack, and the assembly instructions below.

Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5 ³⁄8″ x 4¹⁄8″ Bashful Glitter Paper, 5¼” x 4″ Bashful Dotted B&T (Central Park), 2″ x 4″ Pacifica Dashed B&T (Central Park), 4″ Mink Zip-Strip (Central Park), 3″ x 1½” White Daisy Cardstock, ¾” x 2″ Bashful Glitter Paper, ½” x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using the Basic Hearts Thin Cuts, cut out the two heart images from the 5¼” x 4″ Bashful Dotted B&T.
2. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ Bashful Dotted B&T onto the 5 ³⁄8″ x 4¹⁄8″ Bashful Glitter Paper.
3. Using a Stitch Guide and Piercing & Embossing Tool, create a set of holes around the paper that you can stitch Grey thread through. Add the stitching around the card, then adhere to the White Card Base.
4. Using the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts, cut out the two heart images from the 2″ x 4″ Pacifica Dashed B&T. Adhere the Pacifica Hearts into the centers of the Bashful Heart cut-outs.
5. Adhere the 4″ Mink Zip-Strip across the base of the card.
6. Using Pacifica Ink, stamp the Solos “T” onto the 3″ x 1½” White Daisy Cardstock. (Don’t forget! This stamp set is only available until July 31st.)
7. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Flower Thanks” image onto the “T”, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder, and Heat-Set with a Craft Heater. Cut out the “T” image and adhere to the card using 3D Foam Tape.
8. Using Pacifica Pigment Ink, stamp the “thankful” sentiment onto the  ½” x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock. Sprinkle the image with Clear Embossing Powder and Heat-Set with a Craft Heater.
9. Cut a Chevron to the right of the “thankful” sentiment and cut a Chevron onto the shorter end of the ¾” x 2″ Bashful Glitter Paper. Layer the two and adhere to the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
10. Add three Documented Dots, and stamp a sentiment inside the card.

Don’t forget that the Solo Stamps I used on this card are only available through July 31st. All of our stamp sets including the Solo Stamp are Buy Two Get One FREE during our July Stampaganza, so make sure you stock up on your favorites.

I am truly Thankful  to have each of you who continue to support my business. You, who patiently follow, even though my posts have been sporadic.  You, who, in the midst of your own madness, continue to pray for my family.  I am truly blessed and Thankful.

I can’t wait to see what you create!




Using A Big Thank You Thin Cuts

This week,  I am taking a break from the Cricut®. This is partially due to the fact that I cannot get to my machine because of the pile of Convention creations blocking my path, but mostly, it is because I have realized that many of you do not use Design Space™ and I hate the idea of you feeling left out each week.  So, for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, we are going to play with metal dies, specifically the New A Big Thank You Thin Cut.


This Thin Cut is a 3¾” x 5″ metal die that creates a wonderfully designed image perfect for making quick cards and gifts. Our Thin Cuts are well designed, sturdy, and cut through cardstock, glitter paper, and watercolor paper with very little effort.  Are the hamster wheels in your brain beginning to turn?  Let’s dust off those cobwebs, and let me show you a few other ways to create with this Thin Cut.

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This Thin Cut can hold it’s own, but can really pop with some inking techniques.  You can do this by using our Exclusive Inks on the background of the card, or like I did, add ink to the image itself.  Feeling a little intimidated? I will be teaching a online class soon showing you how to create this background. (Watch my Facebook page for details.)

Whether you cut the image from paper or use paper for a background, this image does well when you add a little bit of pattern to it.  I chose to use our Central Park Paper as the background for one of the cards. How cute would this image be cut from the Pink Polka-Dotted paper in this pack? (off to make another card…)

Even though this Thin Cut is one complete image, you can still add a little “Bling” and make it really stand out using our Shimmer Brushes, Embossing Powder, Glitter Paper, or Foil Paper.  As you can see, I created two inset hearts for my cards. One was cut from Poppy Cardstock that was shaded with a Clear Shimmer Brush.  The other heart was inked with VersaMark Ink, and sprinkled with Silver Embossing Powder that was set with a Craft Heater. (This look could be replicated by using Silver Foil Paper instead.)

After cutting out one of the images from Black Cardstock, I saved the negative pieces and used them to inset the cutout into the cardstock on my second card.  This took a little patience, some Tweezers, and tape, but it turned out wonderfully.  You could choose to inset the whole image, a portion of the image, or just the frame. (Oh! I can hear those rusty wheels starting to spin.)

I know this Tuesday Tutorial was a little different than ones I have written in the past, but I was really feeling sorry for those non-Cricuters.  If you are loving how simply you can create a card with our A Big Thank You Thin Cut, you should also consider purchasing the It’s Your Day Thin Cut which is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and more.  This Thin Cut would also make a wonderful title for a scrapbook page. (WOW! I think I smell smoke coming from those hamster wheels.) I can’t wait to see what you create!


Thanks a Bushel Step-Card

Life is about trying new things, having experiments blow up in your face, and finding the blessing in everything. This week, I wanted to try my hand at a Front Panel Step-Card, and, since card making is one of my weaknesses, it just didn’t seem to go as planned.  Even though the end-result turned out beautifully, the path to discovery was not so glamorous.


As you do in each experiment, I researched the subject. After browsing Pinterest for hours, saving snippets of summer meals, scrapbook sketches, farmhouse decor, …oh, and a thousand ways to make a step-card, I finally settled on a pattern by Colleen Vaux. I thought “I can do this!” (I am sure Tesla and Einstein said the same thing when they formed their hypothesis.) Now the experimenting begins.

1. If you choose to change a horizontal step-card to a vertical step-card, take the time to research a new pattern. You aren’t Einstein and math hurts the ever-aging brain cells.
2. When altering one’s pattern, make sure it will fit into the envelope you intend to send it in. Measure twice, cut forty times. (Procedure not working – time to go back to original horizontal pattern.)
3. Do not cut off the side panels. You need those. (Gathering more materials.)
4. When all else fails, turn to your Cricut®. (Make sure you have a decent cutting mat to avoid another piece of cardstock being ruined.)
5. If you are going to go to all this trouble to create a card, you should take some time to enter the Three Amigos and  heARTful stamping challenge.


My experimenting led to a mess of excess, cut-up, cardstock that will go into my scrap pile. I did finally turn to my Cricut® to create this cut file that I can use in the future and avoid additional failed experiments. I proceeded to use products from our New Seasonal Expressions 2 , including the Fresh Air Paper Packet and A Bushel & a Peck stamp set, to decorated the card. All of the supplies I used can be found on my website.


I hope you take the time to try to create a step-card this week using the Free Cricut Design Space™ File I created for you. Now, time to continue on riding the bicycle of life, because in order to keep my balance I must keep moving. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Thanks A Bushel Card

If you are like me, you always have a need for Thank-You cards, so, this week, I created a few using the adorable images and a sentiment from our exclusive A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. I love sending happy mail to customers, especially homemade cards, but each one needs to be quick to make as well as fun to receive.   This card defiantly “fits the bill” – quick to create, easy to assemble, and ready to send.  If you would like to recreate this card you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with a few techniques to help you complete a few thank- cards to add to your collection.

ThanksABushelCardPaper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ B&T (Green Fresh Air), 4¾” x 3½” B&T (Burlap Fresh Air), 2½” x 2½” B&T (Green Fresh Air), 1½” x 4″ Espresso Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock scraps

Techniques Used:
• The circle was created using a 2¼” Stitched Circle Thin Cut cut in half.
• The background on the Espresso cardstock was created by randomly stamping the “Blowing Leaf” image onto the Espresso cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink, then it was sprinkled with White Embossing Powder and heat applied with a Craft Heater.
• Three stands of New England Ivy Twine was wrapped around the shorter ends of the Espresso cardstock.
• Color was added to the apples using ShinHan™ markers. Each of the apples was shaded fully with Cherry Pink, then I used Carmine to add shadows and a Colorless Blender to add light reflections. I shaded the “Leaves” with Sap Green.
• I used the Bronze and Clay ShinHan™ markers to shade the “Basket” then used Sap Green and Pastel Green to finish the details.

How cute would this look if you made the apples bright green? Or added a stitched border? Your imagination is your only limitation. I hope you take some time to create a few Thank-You cards using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. This exclusive stamp set is only available through June 30th for $17.95 on my website or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create with our Stamp of the Month.


A Bushel & a Peck Stamp Set

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Fresh Air Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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VersaMark™ Ink Pad

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Ranger™ White Embossing Powder

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Fresh Air Shapes

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Marvy® Uchida® Journaling Pen

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Craft Heater

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All-Purpose Mat

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Thin Cuts Stitched Circles

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Black Memento Ink

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glue Dots

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New England Ivy Twine

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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MicroTip Scissors

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3D Foam Dots
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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 31919520_10155617744822686_2034753619907051520_n If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, 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.

For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately.  How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!


And those tea cups….oh, my gosh!  I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set.  I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

  • The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet.  I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
  • The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers.  I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
  • The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
  • The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink.  I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
  • Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
  • For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.

Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’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! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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We Are the Makers Stamp Set

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White Twine

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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3D Foam Dots

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Adhesive Runner

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors

My Weird Scrapbooking Life

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, I have decided to try to post more scrapbook pages.  As I created this layout, I realized that I have some really weird scrapbook habits. So, in honor of a month dedicated to scrapbooking, I have decided to share my top ten habits of “weirdness” with you.  (Maybe you can ease my mind into believing that some of these habits aren’t so weird.) 


I love scouring the internet for inspiration and challenges.  This week’s online search led me to two challenges.  I adore the Raspberry, Mink and Juniper combination for this week’s Color My Heart Dare, and I really wanted to challenge myself to use Vellum as instructed in the Heart2Heart Challenge(These challenges are so fun – this time I was blessed with the Diamond Award from Color My Heart Dare and the May Darling Award from Heart2Heart.)

I don’t glue everything down all at once.  In fact, I am known to have a huge pile of randomness that I have thrown onto the page, rearrange, THEN when I am finally satisfied – I snap a photo of it on my phone for reference. By taking a photo, I have something to refer to when my life calls me elsewhere or when my ever aging brain forgets where I placed that stamped rose.

I change my mind a lot.  Originally, I had placed the stamped vellum raspberry rose overlay on top of raspberry cardstock, but after looking at the fundamentals paper, I decided to go with white cardstock instead. Which leads me to weird habit four…


I look at all the items I have chosen for additional inspiration.  The background paper has raspberry roses on white – I matched those with a heat embossed velum raspberry rose on top of white cardstock.  The Thin Cut Hearts have stitching which I matched by adding stitching to the page.

I eat chocolate while scrapbooking and sometimes have to use a white pen to cover up the random chocolate stain on a layout.  My scrapbook desk holds two tins  – one with chocolate and one with dog treats. I don’t dare mix them up. 🙂

I save most of my scraps and Cricut® mistakes.  On this layout, the vellum roses were cut from scraps, the cardstock roses were cut from scraps, the leaves were stamped on scraps, and the title was a mistake made and used.  I even cut my little hearts from the raspberry roses I had intended on using.


I use a lot of foam tape. I need to by this stuff in 100 foot rolls.  I love the dimension that using both Thin 3D Foam Tape and 3D Foam Tape as well as our Foam Dots gives to a project.

I don’t post many layouts with photos.  In all honesty, I like to keep my family life private and protected.  Although, I do seem to have (and post) more pictures of my dog than my kids and her little attitude would prevent most people from taking her.

I like to use a variety of shapes, colors, and textures on my projects.  I have been learning quite a bit lately about color application and how to “match” tones and shades.  I love mixing lines with floral and scripts. I am careful to make sure that each has something to add to the layout and doesn’t take away from the photos.  I am also a big fan of texture.  It adds dimension and sophistication to a project, but a little can go a long way.

I make A TON of mistakes.  That white pen thing with the chocolate is just the tip of the iceberg. I have been known to leave a coffee ring on a project then cover it with a flower or clean a stamp and mist the ink all over the page – great opportunity to try my hand at splatter painting. I have been know to pull a piece of paper up only to tear it then just call it “added texture”.

So, maybe some of these aren’t so weird, but, to me and my little brain monsters, they seen awful strange some days.  I do hope that you take a little bit of time during National Scrapbooking Month to express your “weirdness” and breathe in the paper goodness of crafting.  Make sure to take the time to visit my website and see all that Close to My Heart is offering to celebrate a month dedicated to scrapbooking.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Celebrate You Card

For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I assembled a bright, spring Tulip that you could create using our Cricut Flower Market Collection.  In the photo with the Tulip, was this fun, easy-to-make card that I produced using our exclusive Color Your Life stamp of the month.  You can easily replicate this card for any occasion, with the Re-Inkers of your choice, using the cutting guide and directions below as a guide.  I have also listed the supplies used at the very bottom of this post. CelebrateYouCard.jpg

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 5¼” Gold Foil Paper, 3¾” x 5″ White Daisy Cardstock, Gold Foil Paper (“You”)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fill your Spray Pen ¾-full with Isopropyl Alcohol or Water and add 5-7 drops of Re-Inker. (I chose to fill one using Sorbet and one using Tangerine.)
2. Place your White Daisy cardstock onto the All Purpose Mat (or a well prepared area – it will get messy) and carefully spray the cardstock using the mix in the Spray Pens.  The closer your are, the denser the coverage.
3. Allow the inks to dry completely.
4. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Celebrate and be” sentiment, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder, and heat using a craft gun.
5. Adhere the White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the 4″ x 5¼” Gold Foil paper, then onto the center of the card base.
6. Using a Cuttlebug, or embossing machine of choice, cut out “You” from Gold Foil Paper using the “Thankful for You” Thin Cuts.  Adhere to the card.
7. Add Gold Glitter Gems and a sentiment inside the card if you like.

When playing with your Spray Pens, it’s always good to have some scraps of White cardstock nearby.  After spraying the petals on my Tulip, I had some left-over mix in my Spray Pens, so instead of wasting it,  I used it to create the background for this card.  You never know what you might possibly end up with. 

Remember, the Color Your Life stamp set is only available through April 30th. You can order it on my website for $17.95 or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I have created a few projects this month using this stamp set, and, I must say, it is one that I am beginning to warm up to. I can’t wait to see what you create with the April stamp of the month!


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Color Your Life Stamp Set

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Gold Foil Paper

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Tangerine Exclusive Inks Reiinker

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Sorbet Exclusive Inks Re-inker

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Craft Heater

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Spray Pen

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Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

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White Cards & Envelopes

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VersaMark Ink Pad
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All Purpose Mat

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit
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Gold Glitter Gems

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