Summer Hibiscus Card |H2H Sunny Days Challenge

Welcome to another month full of challenges at Heart2Heart!  This week, we are asking you to play along and create something for our Sunny Days theme. 

Currently,  I am avoiding the heat as I stay inside and play with some of the products from the new catalog. This little set of cards was created for an upcoming workshop using some of the Summer Vibes papers and Hibiscus Cricut cuts from the Flower Market collection

Each one of those flowers was cut from White Daisy cardstock then shaded with inks to match that bright, sunny, Summer Vibes paper. 

I used one of my favorite stamp sets on these cards – Always Loved.  Personally, I think everyone should have a sign in their home that reminds them that “You are enough!”

Don’t you just love all the sentiments on that Always Loved stamp set? I have quite a few cards planned for this set as well as some scrapbook pages.  

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you join us for the Sunny Days paper crafting challenge at Heart2Heart.  Make sure to link your project to the blog before July 31st. 

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What’s on Your Crafting Wish List?

Summer has arrived here in Colorado and to avoid the heat, I have been perusing our NEW Close to My Heart Seasonal catalog.  As a consultant,  I had access to this beauty in June and my wish list is LOONG. There are so many wonderful new products that I can’t wait to show you.  

As always, there are two paper suites to match our current season – Summer Vibes & Timber.  I am sure you can guess which of these is my favorite.♥  To be honest, both of these paper packs are perfect for summer crafting, but I will admit that Timber is the one that I have many plans for.  

To pair with each of the paper suites we have matching Cricut Collections, Mix-Ins paper, Card kits, and Scrapbook kits. 

Did you know that Close to My Heart has Cricut Collections designed to match our paper packs??  I LOVE that they have done this.  I can easily create a matching image in Design Space to go with my paper crafting project. 

Not only do we have Cricut collections to match, you can also purchase beautifully designed card kits and scrapbooking kits.  This season’s kits are amazing! 

Each of these kits comes with all the die cuts, stickers, cardstock, and papers you need to create ALL of these pages AND the instructions are super-simple to follow.  You can also order them with or without memory protectors.

Along with the two paper suites,  we have Mix-In’s paper and cardstock designed to match all of our paper designs.  Mix-Ins are some of my favorite papers to work with. I enjoy the smaller designs of these papers and how well they work with our other patterns. 

So….what about all the stamp sets??!! Oh, my goodness. I cannot get enough of all the playful images this season.   There is no way that I can post them all here, so I am just going to show you four of my current favorites. (Remember, the ones with blue around them have matching Thin Cuts dies.)

WOW!! Just WOW!! I haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg here. There are so many more items to share with you and I will be doing just that in my VIP Group on Friday, July 3rd.  I will be walking through the catalog and showing each of these items to you “in person” along with quite a few more. 

I hope you are as excited as I am about this seasons products. 

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Welcome to the Brushed Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using our Brushed collection. This collection has been brought back from the past and brightened with new colors.104495514_10157579619687686_7226577729521045137_n  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at how I use the Brushed collection on my Garden Puppy layout, 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


At this point in my life, I have more photos of the dog than I do of the kids, so I decided to use some of those beautiful Brushed papers and stickers to show how much our little fur baby loves the garden.  Some of you may recognize this collection from years ago.  It is a “bring back my pack” special that you can take advantage of during the month of June, with a reworked color palette to match our current color collection. I chose to take advantage of those new, bright colors and created a Garden Puppy layout and a process video showing you how I made it. 

How cute is she??!!  This layout describes our little fur baby perfectly.  She loves to lay in the garden, soak up the sun, and, walk through the flowers. 


To create that background, I cut strips of paper from the Brushed and Blue Skies collections and laid them onto some White Daisy cardstock along with a piece that I stamped using both of the Brushed stamp sets

The borders were cut using my Cricut. I created four of each border, off-setting them slightly, using an image from the Artiste collection. If you struggle to create longer borders for your pages, you can learn how here

Once the background was complete, I added a stitched frame around the photo and added embellishments to my page.  Each one of those butterflies were heat embossed onto vellum and layered onto the bokeh pattern paper from the Brushed collection. 

The remaining elements on the page came from the sticker sheet.  Don’t you just love all those bright colors?  

To be honest, I am “new” to using stickers on my scrapbook pages.  For many years, I created my own elements and never bothered to purchase stickers.  Now, I am learning how to use each of those stickers that come in my paper pack.  I have so much fun creating those clusters!


For those of you who enjoy process videos, I have created one for you showing how I made each of the elements on this layout.  

Please take a few minutes to subscribe to my channel and take a look at few of my other tutorials.

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new using that delightful Brushed Collection.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’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 Brushed is only available until June 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can save 20% on the entire collection. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

Out of This World Cards with Shimmer Brushes

Earlier this week, I showed you some simple tricks to help you with your Shimmer Brushes and promised you a tutorial showing a few techniques you could use on your projects.  Well, it took me a little longer than I hoped to finish the video, but it is complete and ready for you to enjoy. 

For those of you who would like to know more about how I created each of these cards, you can continue reading about my project after you view video. 

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My original goal, was to show you how to use our Shimmer Brushes to create a single card, but there are just so many techniques to share, so I chose instead, to create three cards and share just a few of those techniques with you today.  

Each one of these cards was created using the Aurora Cardmaking Kit. If you are a member of my VIP group or you follow CTMH on Facebook, you were able to join a live event showing how to make the cards in this kit. Well, I decided that since I already have the kit, I would make a few more cards using those wonderful little globe die cuts and my Shimmer Brushes. 

Let’s start out by taking a look at the backgrounds I created on each of the cards.  All three have a splatter pattern in the background, but each one was created a little differently using a Shimmer Brush. 

On two of the cards I created a simple diagonal splatter pattern. One card has more of a condensed pattern while the other is a little larger and more random. 

To create the condensed pattern, I removed some of the ink from the Julep Shimmer brush, held it close to the cardstock, and forcefully tapped the brush causing more ink to fly off the brush. On the second card, I removed the excess ink, held the brush a little higher above the cardstock, then lightly tapped the Charcoal Shimmer brush. 

On the third card, I chose to add some paint swishes and create a much larger droplet on my splatter pattern.  I light brushed the Toffee Shimmer across the cardstock, then loaded the brush with ink and tapped it lightly in a diagonal direction across the cardstock. 

Each of these techniques creates a slightly different look to your background pattern.♥   Now let’s take a look at the globes I created and how I used the Shimmer Brushes to create those beautiful blended colors. 

The first globe was shaded using a mix of Mint and Lagoon Shimmer ink.  I shaded the entire globe in Mint, then allowed a large amount of Lagoon ink to soak and blend into the edges of the die cut. 

On the second globe, I used watercolor pencils that I blended with a Clear Shimmer brush.  After I shaded the die cut with the green and blue watercolor pencils,  I used the shimmer brush like a waterbrush to blend the colors. 


Wasn’t that fun?! Now you have a few new techniques you can use when you are creating your projects with Shimmer Brushes.  I hope today’s project inspired you to create something new and that you give a few of these techniques a try. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

Having Fun in My Cricut Classroom

Back in April, when this whole “go virtual” thing started happening, I decided that it was time to start my online Cricut Classroom.  This idea had been lurking in my brain matter for months.  I’ve taught local Cricut classes for the past four years and wanted to find a way to teach more people, like you, how to use those wonderful machines you’ve invested in – thus the Cricut Classroom was born.

So what exactly have we been doing in my Cricut Classroom? Quite a bit!  We have been Covering Our Basics as we discover Design Space, create with images, and talk about all the features you can use.  Last week, the students learned how to create these magnificent shadowboxes using the Aurora Cricut Collection

Aren’t they just fabulous?! I love how those Aurora background papers make you feel like you are right in the middle of a mountain scene.  I was so proud when each of the students in my class posted their finished shadow boxes.  They all took what they had learned in the past three weeks and made some beautiful creations for their homes. 


Here are just a few of the comments that were made after class:

My 23 yr old son saw it and said he wants me to make some for friends. So there’ll be more practice for me. Really enjoyed this process, thanks Carrie.

Thanks for this fun project!

Got it done! Fun project. Thank you Carrie!


Today, we started working on a scrapbook page with an SVG title and three-dimensional flower. I chose to use one of Close to My Heart’s Free Stay At Home SVGs for my title backed with those adorable spring Mix-Ins papers. I am loving how my layout turned out and I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished projects.  

For those of you who are wanting to learn more about Design Space & how to use your Cricut machine, I would love for you to join us in the Cricut classroom.  You have multiple subscription options to choose from.  If you are just starting out with your Cricut machine, I have a FREE Class that I would like for you to consider joining. Each month, I offer a Cricut Basics Online class for new Cricut crafters where I teach machine set-up and Design Space basics in a private Facebook group.

When requesting to join the group, you will need to complete the questioner and agree to the rules before you will be approved to join.  Once you have taken the class, you can decide if you want to continue your Cricut learning in my Cricut Classroom.  

I would truly love for you to join us as we create each week with our Cricut machines. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about my Free Cricut Classes or my online Cricut Classroom membership group. 

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