Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop

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


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

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

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

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

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



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!





Don’t Forget to RSVP

This month, I have some amazing workshops planned for you as well as a Crafternoon of Fun.  You only have a few days left, though, to reserve your spot and kits for each of these May Workshops. I know that your lives get busy, so here is a quick reminder of what I have planned for you in the next few weeks.

BeautifulFriendshipCC-LayoutsSTOREAt my Beautiful Friendship Workshop on May 19th, you can come and create six amazing pages using our adorable Beautiful Friendship collection.  If you cannot attend, you can order a kit from me and I will ship it to you at an additional cost.  Workshop guides are also available for purchase or FREE with a $30 order from my website. 

You will also have the opportunity to create this splendid little Tea-riffic Teabag Holder and card.  Each kit is ready-to-assemble and includes everything you need to make these projects.  I will be providing you with the inks and stamps needed, and you will have the option to purchase additional Tea-riffic Teabag Holders using other papers from the Beautiful Friendship collection.

Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, I am also offering a Postcard Perfect Album Workshop on May 26th, where you can come and create albums to preserve those “Postcard Perfect” memories.


For all of my card making friends, I am offering a  Postcard Perfect Card Making Workshop where you can come create ten adorable cards using the Postcard Perfect collection of products.

You will need to reserve your place at these workshops BEFORE May 12th.  All you need to do is send me an email to and let me know that you wish to attend the Beautiful Friendship Workshop, the Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop , and/or the Postcard Perfect WorkshopsSpace and kits are limited. 

While you are at it, make sure to take some time for yourself and catch-up on some of your crafting projects at my CTMH Crafternoon on May 19th. You will have plenty of room to work, access to FREE WiFi at the library, plenty of outlets for your electronics, and receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions Two catalog.  You are welcome to bring snacks and covered drinks to this event.  There is room for 15 people, so please feel free to bring a friend or two to this event.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops!  I can’t wait to see what you create! 


May is Marvelous

As the days grow longer and summer approaches, your days become filled with various family memories that need recording, and you can be guaranteed that Close to My Heart will have an unbelievable collection of products to meet your paper crafting needs.  Along with a new season comes a New Seasonal Expressions catalog full of wonderful Workshop Your Way Kits,  papers, embellishments, stamp sets, and the NEW Story by Stacy™ products.
1805-se-catalog-coverDuring the month of May, you will receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions Two catalog when you place and order on my website, or attend one of my workshops.  Along with the new catalog, Close to My Heart is celebrating National Scrapbooking month with a full line-up of stunning summery products.


The Postcard Perfect Collection includes a paper packet, stamp set, coordinating cardstock pack, and Cut Above® layout kit.  Each of these work beautifully to create cards, scrapbook pages, mini-albums and more.  You save 20% when you buy the Postcard Perfect Product Bundle, which includes one of every item in the full collection!  Purchase the Postcard Perfect Cut Above® layout kit and Album bundle and you have the start to an amazing album full of memories.  (This bundle would make a delightful gift to give to a newly married couple as a way for them to record their honeymoon memories.) 

I am offering two workshops during the month of May that will feature this collection where I may be giving away a paper pack, stamp set, and Cut Above® layout kit.* Make sure to RSVP for these workshops BEFORE May 10th. 

Take the time to visit my website to view all of the amazing products available to you this month. You will not be disappointed. Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves this season and I can’t wait to see what you create!


*Give away will take place when five or more people attend the workshop. The more people who attend, the more prizes will be given away. 

Beautiful Friendship Workshop

Aren’t these layouts just absolutely beautiful?! Our New Expressions Two catalog has arrived filled with wonderfully designed products you will adore such our Beautiful Friendship papers.  At my Beautiful Friendship Workshop, on May 19th, you will have the opportunity to create three gorgeous layouts for displaying your family memories. Please make sure to RSVP before May 13th to reserve a kit for this workshop. 


The Beautiful Friendship paper was fun to play with making it easy to create such amazing page layouts.  I have made a few changes to the kit options available this month, since, as you can see, there are many more layouts for you to create. Please visit my Beautiful Friendship Workshop page to view all of your kit options.




I hope to see you at my upcoming workshop! Don’t forget to RSVP before May 13th, and while you are at it, make sure to also reserve your kit(s) for my Postcard Perfect Workshop. Everyone who attends will receive a NEW Seasonal Expressions Two catalog as well as be entered into a drawing for some amazing prizes*.  I can’t wait to see what you create at my upcoming workshops!



*Limit one catalog per customer. Drawing will only take place with five or more attendees. 

Cricut Workshop Reminders

Each month, I have the privilege of teaching people how to use their Cricut® Machines along with Design Space™ to create some sensational projects. Many people, like you, have invested in a new machine, tried to learn how to use their Cricut®, but have ended frustrated and confused. In May, I will be teaching two Workshop for people, just like you, who want to learn how to use these incredible machines for their crafting projects.

You will need to reserve your kit before April 20th. Space is limited. 

My Cricut® Basics Class will walk you through creating an adorable Spring Floral Gift Box as you learn some simple techniques in Cricut Design Space™. We will focus on the basic technique of finding images, some of the features specific to Design Space™, how to use the accessories as well as how to use the machine itself.  All of the images used in this class are free and do not require you to purchase any images online.

The Intermediate Inspirational Shadowbox Class will teach you a some more advanced techniques such as how to create a three-dimensional Crocus Flower using by manipulating images from our Flower Market Collection, how to upload an image into Design Space™ and turn it into a cut image, how to cut and apply Vinyl, and how to add depth to shadow box images. You will need to own the Flower Market Cartridge to participate in this class. 

Contact me before Friday, April 20th
at to reserve your kit(s).

These classes are taught at my local library, but you are more than welcome to purchase the workshop guide in my online store if you cannot attend.  The guide will walk you through creating the project in Design Space™ and give you tips and tricks for completing the project.

♥ SPECIAL OFFER for the HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team ♥
As a member of my team, you can receive the guide with a supply list at a 20% discount from me, purchase your own products, and attend the class at no additional cost. Contact me to learn more about this offer or how you can join our team.

Remember, you need to RSVP before April 20th to reserve your spot for these workshops.  Space is limited. I hope you can attend and I can’t wait to see what you create with your Cricut®!

PS: If you have been considering upgrading your Cricut®, this month is the perfect time to save on Explore Air 2 Machines which are on sale for $229. (All three colors!) 


* 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.


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!


Spring Banner (Workshop)

I truly enjoy joining weekly challenges, and I love decorating my home for each season. This month, Heart2Heart Challenge is offering a Seasonal Expressions One Cover Challenge to inspire and encourage us to use the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring. What inspired me most was all of the amazing home decorations that the CTMH Creative Team created, and, since I love to decorate my home, I was inspired to create this adorable Spring Banner to hang on my wall.


My Spring Banner uses designer pattern papers from our Gimme Some Sugar collection, as well as images from our Flower Market collection.  Once I created this Spring Banner, I realized how fun this project would be to create in my monthly workshop.  I haven’t hosted a home decor workshop in a while, so I will be offering this bright, cheerful banner as a workshop in April to all of my customers. You can visit the Spring Banner Workshop page here on my blog to learn more about this workshop.  I also have kits and workshop guides available for sale in my online Holiday Store.

I would love for you to join me in the Heart2Heart Challenge and be inspired by the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring.  There are so many amazing products in this catalog and I can’t wait to see what you create!



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* 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.

Through the Year Calendar Tips

During the month of December, you can purchase our gorgeous Through the Year Calendar kit.  This kit would make the perfect gift to give to a grandparent, a new mom, or a friend filled full of photos or left blank for them to add their own.  When I opened my kit, I poured over the contents – a 12″ My Creations™ calendar, beautiful Basics Fundamentals, cardstock, and our Happy Moments Complements, Gold Glitter Gems, gold glitter  die cuts, and MORE.


Close to My Heart added a wonderful set of instructions and a cutting guide to this kit, but there were a few things that I had to figure out on my own.  To make your calendar making adventure a little easier, I have created a “Tips and Tricks” guide full of some helpful pointers that will make the calendar assembly simple.  Some of these tips were gathered from other consultants, and others were ones I discovered on my own.

When you purchase a Through the Year Calendar Kit from my website, I will send you this “Tips and Tricks” guide FREE along with a few other helpful tips.  (Everyone will also receive a little happy mail from me).  You are also welcome to come to my Calendar Workshop on December 16th where I will provide stamps, inks, and assistance as you create your beautiful Through the Year Calendar.

I know you will love making and giving the Through the Year Calendar as much as I did. In fact, I am ordering a second kit to keep for myself. 🙂 I would love to see your calendar creations.  Feel free to post them onto Miss. Carrie’s Creations Facebook page for others to enjoy.  I can’t wait to see what you create!



October Workshops

Are you ready for fall? My October workshops will put you in the mood for some cooler weather, autumn tones, and teach you some new techniques you can use on your upcoming projects.  I have two workshops during the month of October, so please make sure to RSVP by October 6th for each one you wish to attend.

Falling For You Workshop


We will be making one 2-page 12″ x 12″ layout and two autumn themed cards using the beautiful Falling For You papers and matching accessories.  I will be teaching you how to create a “quilted” scrapbook layout, how to use embossing powers, and using reinkers to create multi-toned stamped images.  If you wish to attend this workshop, you can learn more about the kits available  by visiting the Events page or on my Facebook event page. 


Fall Wreath Cricut® Class


Come learn the basics of using our Flower Market Cricut® cartridge in Design Space as you create this festive fall wreath. Bring your laptop, Cricut® and basic supplies, and  I will walk you through some basic techniques for designing a wreath and creating three-dimensional flowers with your Cricut®.   You will learn how to size, layer, and manipulate the images as well as taking apart images to weld them to text and other images. There are pre-requisites for this class so make sure to visit the Events page or my Facebook event page. 

More Fall Projects

I have also created a Kit of the Month for both September and October that would be perfect for your fall photos. You can visit my Kit of the Month tab in the Kits & Guides tab to learn more about these fun layouts.  These are wonderful kits you can complete at home at your own pace when it fits into your schedule.

If you have any questions about these workshops or suggestions for future workshops, please feel free to contact me at  I would love to schedule a date with you and your friends to complete one of these workshops together.  I always love seeing how talented you all are when you create!