Thank You to All My Cardmaking Friends

When I logged on today, I realized that it has been over two and a half months since I have posted anything here.  Many of you know why, but, for those who don’t, I wanted to post a quick update and send a huge thank you to my cardmaking friends.  In early November, I become very sick and spent six weeks in isolation.  I am still battling a few aftereffects, but I want you to know that this post is not going to be about that adventure, but about the wonderful friends who kept my spirits up during that time. 

As a cardmaker with a perfectionist spirit, there have been so many times that I have started a card or created a card and tossed it right into the trash. (gasp) I also have quite a collection of cards that are sitting in my craft space collecting dust (you, too, huh?)  It wasn’t until recently, while I was ill, that I realized how important sending a card can be. 

Do you see all those cards?? Those amazing messages were sent to me during the two months I was ill.  During my time in isolation, my heart and mind were full of worry, sadness, and loneliness – but it was these cards that poured in each day that kept my spirts up. 

Inside each one was a message of hope and encouragement.  You can’t imagine the joy this brought to my soul.  In my little room, on my comfy purple chair, I spent each day reading through your cards and feeling blessed by those who took a few minutes out of their day to send me a message of hope.  I wish I could thank each one of you personally, but since I can’t, I created a short little video full of inspiration for all of my cardmaking friends. 


As I said in my video, I hope that you understand how important cards can be. It doesn’t have to be perfect or handmade or full of embellishments or filled with inspiring words of wisdom –  cards are a gift to those who receive them.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who sent me well wishes these past few months. God has sent each one of you into my life for a reason and I am forever blessed because of each of you.  

I still have some healing to do and it will be a few months before I am 100%, but I know that this could have been so much worse and I am grateful it wasn’t.  

I encourage you to set aside a few minutes this week to write a little note of encouragement to someone and send it off in the mail. You never know how much impact a little card can have.  

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Give Yourself the Gift of Memory Keeping

You asked! They said YES!  Close to My Heart is giving you another chance to sign up for the January Album Retreat.  There are a limited number of kits and spots available for this weekend retreat, so make sure you snag your kit SOON!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND ~ While Supplies Last
January 2021 Album Retreat from the Comfort of Home

All of the supplies for this retreat are sent to you, pre-cut and ready to assemble. With the purchase of the bundle, you receive MULTIPLE online classes teaching you new techniques in stamping, texture paste, paper folding, page building, distress inks, and more. These technique videos will be available for you to watch after the retreat so that you can continue to enjoy all the classes provided. 

The is one of the best Christmas presents! All you need to do is order the kit, put on some comfy clothes, and create a stunning album to share with family and friends. All the classes will be recorded so that you can go back and re-watch them any time. 


VIPs get $37.50 in credits plus a Free Stamp of the Month

Join as a VIP before December 31st, and get an additional $25 in credits to spend on any supplies you need. That’s $62.50 in Free Close to My Heart Goodies!! LEARN MORE


Album Retreat Kits Are Limited in Quantity! 

VIPs get 15% back (that’s $37.50!) in credits to purchase items from my website including any additional supplies you might need for the album. VIPs also get the stamp of the month FREE with your $50 order. If you are not a VIP, you can join HERE on my website and get an additional $25 in credits just for joining. That’s $62.50 in Free Close to My Heart Goodies!!! 

Everyone who orders the album retreat will also be getting a FREE Floral stamp set* from me as my way of saying THANK YOU for your order. This stamp set is not available online through my website.

Better yet, Join as a Maker and get a 25% Discount on the kit!! As a CTMH Maker you get a 25% discount on items you purchase PLUS the benefits of joining my team. All team members get my Cricut Classroom Subscription only $5 a month AND weekly maker trainings & projects.


I hope you are well, staying healthy, and enjoying the holiday season. Thank you to everyone who has sent well-wishes and get-well cards. They have been such a joy to my soul these past six weeks as I fight this virus.  I can’t wait to get back to 100% and starting sharing projects again in the new year. 

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*a floral stamp will be chosen at random and sent to you along with a thank you cardafter you have purchased the retreat kit. Miss. Carrie is not responsible for lost mail or prizes. This promotion is only through Miss. Carrie’s Creations. 

Welcome to the November SOTM Blog Hop

Did you know that we offer a monthly stamp set that you can get at a discount or free as a VIP?  Each month, our blog hop team shows you a variety of ways that you can use these exclusive stamp sets, and, this month, we are sharing ways you can create some warm, cozy creations with our You Warm My Heart stamp set. 122097650_10157916282307686_8702769391684009400_n If you have come here from Brandi Robinson’s Blog you are on the right path. When you are finished viewing my Cozy Christmas Coffee Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog


Those of you who know me, know that I truly enjoy my coffee, which is why I was so excited when I saw the You Warm My Heart stamp set.   Each image on this acrylix stamp set is perfect for creating holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and winter gifts.   I plan on creating quite a few gifts this month in my VIP group using this stamp set.  Today, I am sharing with you how I made a 6″x6″ Cozy Christmas Coffee card. 

The base for this card was cut from White Daisy cardstock and folded to form a six-inch card base.  I added some strips of Comfort & Joy Paper and a beautiful patterned border across the center of the the card. 

The border was cut from Kraft paper and White Glitter paper using our new Yuletide Borders thin cuts. This intricate design matched the coffee cup perfectly.  

After stamping the sentiment onto the card, I added a large stitched square. I had debated making this into a shaker card using some of our new square shaker windows, but I wanted the papers and the border to show through, so I chose to create a simple frame instead. 

The main portion of the coffee cup was stamped with Black Pigment Ink then heat embossed with clear powder to allow the texture of the intricate designs to stand out. The wrap on the cup was also heat embossed, but with white powder on black cardstock.  I trimmed this to fit onto the center of the cup.  I also heat embossed the lid and the small flowers.

I shaded the lid and the flowers with our TriBlend Markers. Now that we have six shades of dark red, I was able to add more shadows to that lovely lid. Once all of the images were shaded and cut out, I layered them onto the card along with a poinsettia sticker and some Gold Embellishing Thread.


I hope that this Cozy Christmas Coffee card inspired to to try something new and that you plan on creating a few of these to send at Christmas.  Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Becca Whitham ’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. 

Don’t forget! The You Warm My Heart stamp set is only available until November 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00 or free as a VIP with a qualifying purchase.

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