Brush Up on Your Cricut™ Crafting Skills

If you read Tuesday’s post, you learned that I am spending this week at the Close to My Heart Convention. Instead of leaving my blog empty, I have decided to do a recap of some of my favorite tutorials from the past year. Today, we are going to brush-up on a few Design Space™ skills. Some of these may be ones you already know, and others may be some you always wanted to know. Either way, I hope they inspire you to dust off your Cricut™ machine and try something new.

♥ Layering Flower Images on Your Canvas


Many of you may own the Flower Market Collection and have no idea how to size, layer, or manipulate the three-dimensional flower images on your Canvas. This tutorial on Layering Flowers in Design Space will walk you a few simple techniques to insure your flower images are going to be cut and layered to the size you need for your project.

♥ Using the Contour Feature

Did you know that you can  double, or even triple, the number of images in a collection using the Hide Contour feature? You have to be able to think outside the box a little bit, but when you follow this tutorial, you will be able to add even more images to your ever growing collection.

Write & Journal with Your Cricut™

Yes, it’s true. You can use some of those amazing fonts you have downloaded and create some whimsical journaling for your scrapbook page. You can also use this Journal Technique to create sentiments for the inside of your cards. How cool is that??!

♥ Using Hidden Layers to Your Advantage


I’ll admit it. Sometimes that little hidden images feature gets annoying. Especially when you thought you had shadow image, look all over for it, then realize it’s hidden. (eye-roll) Instead of being annoyed by that little eye-ball, take advantage of it by following my Hidden Layers tutorial. Once you understand how to use it, the Hidden Layers feature will become one you use often.

Did you know that a few of these tutorials are available as LIVE videos in my Facebook group? If you are a member of my VIP Group, you can access these videos at any time and let me show you how to use Design Space™.  As a Close to My Heart consultant and Cricut™ addict, I truly enjoy showing you how to use your machine and prevent it from becoming a paper weight.  If you live locally, you can attend one of my Cricut™ Classes or Retreats and learn even more fun ways to create with your Cricut™.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Are You Ready to Learn Something New?

This week, while I am at the Close to My Heart Convention, I have decided to do a recap of some of my favorite tutorials from the past year. Quite a few of you have joined me recently, so I figured that this was the best time to, not only share some great projects with you, but show you a few that you might have missed.  If you have already viewed these tutorials, I hope that this little refresher will inspire you to create something new.

♥ Basic Watercolor Techniques


If you are just starting out with watercolor pencils, or you are wanting to pick them up again, my Using Watercolor Pencils tutorial is a great read. I walk you through a few techniques for using our amazing pencils and inspire you with a beautiful card I made using our Feels Like Home papers.

♥ Playing with Paper Pom-Poms


Although this was a St Patrick’s Day decoration, I have considered CASEing myself and recreating it for fall. These adorable little pom-poms are so simple to make and fun to use on your paper crafts.

♥ Watercolor Embossed Backgrounds


The card I created with this technique was one of my favorite creations. The vivid watercolor background paired with vellum made it simple and elegant. I would love for you to give this Watercolor Background technique a try, and share it in our VIP Group.

♥ Using a Visual Triangle


Have you heard of using a visual triangle to create balance on your layouts? If not, this tutorial will walk you through how I used this technique to create a balanced layout of our anniversary trip to the Botanical garden.

Did you learn something new? Were you inspired to give one of these techniques a try? As a Close to My Heart consultant, I truly enjoy showing you how to create something you love and want to share with the ones you care about.  Please feel free to share what you created in the comments below or in my VIP Facebook Group.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


New Changes for the New Year

We all make goals to challenge ourselves in the New Year, and, for me, this means reflecting on this past year and finding new ways to inspire, instruct, and inform you. Having time away from my craftroom gave me time to think and pray about all aspects of my daily paper crafting adventures that I share with each of you. Today, I thought I would share some of the changes I made, along with some exciting things that you will see in the future.


I truly enjoy INSPIRING you with my weekly crafting adventures and would love for you to join my Private VIP Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations Facebook Group. In this group, I not only share weekly blog posts, but I share LIVE Tutorials, local events, online classes, and personal specials.


Teaching has always been one of my passions, so this year I want to INSTRUCT you and show you new ways to use Close to My Heart products. My New Event page will list the events I have planned, allow you to sign-up for each, and give you the ability to add my monthly Coffee & Cards, Create with Cricut™, and Crop, Craft, & Create classes your device calendar. I will also be hosting quarterly Come & Create Home Decor classes that you will be sure to enjoy.


With so many Social Media Feeds out there, I wanted to also find the best way to INFORMyou. I want you to choose the best way that works for you so I have created Pinterest Boards, an Instagram Feed, and a Facebook page for you to follow. I am also in the process of researching YouTube (eeeek) as a way to share tutorials.


How’s that for some New Year changes? Everyone of these is designed specifically to inspire, instruct, and inform YOU. I want you to enjoy this weekly paper crafting adventure with me and, if you have ever considered do this as a way to earn extra income, contact me because it is worth the leap.  Close to My Heart has blessedme through the people I have met & follow my work, presentation opportunities, and by the way I have been able to supplement our family income. (We were able to get a new stove because of this business.) Why not challenge yourself with a new opportunity doing what you love each day?

I can’t wait to see what you create!