A Memorial Day Card for the Heart2Heart Challenge

For many of you, Memorial Day means lots of online sales, like the one on my website, and a three day weekend.   While those are lovely things to celebrate, we need to remember that many families in the U.S. will be spending the weekend honoring the men and women who died while serving in the military.  The challenge this week, at Heart2Heart, is not Memorial Day related, but I decided to go a “little rogue” and create something to honor those who have been lost. 


I know that many who have me on their Design Teams hate it when I go off the rails.  After all,  I never seem to stay inside the box and I always seem to create something completely different than the rest, but this week…..  I just had to.  With it being Memorial Day, I wanted to honor those who have been lost “somewhere over the rainbow”. 

To keep with the “rainbow” theme, I used our Blue Skies stamp set to create a greyed-out rainbow and I added some sponged clouds to portray a dark rainy sky, but it is not at all saturated with color like my teammates creations.  

To be honest, I didn’t feel like adding any joyful sparkle or dancing unicorns – I wanted my design to be simple, and soft, and sad.  Something to symbolize those we have lost. 

My first hand experience will tell you that even the thought of loosing someone who is serving is frightening, but like this bright red poppy, it brings you so much hope and happiness, and a warmth to your heart that cannot be explained.  

It is for that reason that I created this card – to remember those “somewhere over the rainbow”, to give hope to those who have family members who are serving, and to show support for those in our military service. 

Memorial Day is about more than sales and vacations – its about honoring those who gave so much.  I wanted you to remember that this week. 


I would also like for you to remember to join us for this week’s Heart2Heart challenge AND consider joining this crazy crafter on the Design Team.  We are currently looking for members and would love to have you. 

I truly pray that you were not put-off by my desire to honor those in our Military Service and that you were inspired by today’s creation.  I hope you have a wonderful week, my friends. 

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Another Reimagined Project: A Magical Beauty Bag

Over the past month, I have been playing with the Magical Unicorn key in the Everyday Moments collection to create two layouts – A Magical Birthday and A Magical Christmas.  Each one of these included a simple video tutorial for you to follow. Today, I have another project for you using that Magical Unicorn Key and HTV Iron-On Vinyl with another easy-to-follow tutorial showing you how to create a Magical Beauty Bag. 

My video tutorial will walk you through the design process in Cricut Design Space showing you how to create this project using the templates and attach features and show you how to apply HTV to your projects using an EasyPress Mini.  Before we go to the video, I want to tell you more about this project and let you know that a supply list can be found at the very bottom of this post. 


All of the images for this Magical Beauty Bag were taken from the Everyday Moments Cricut collection.  I took apart two of the image design (keys) and used the images to create the front of this bag. 

This make-up bag was a free give-away from Ulta, but I am sure you probably have one in your stash that needs decorating.  This design was cut from regular Heat Transfer Vinyl, Everyday Iron-On, and Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl.  In my video I show you how to cut each one of these using your Cricut Machine. 

Here are a few Tips & Tricks for using Heat Transfer Vinyl 

  1. Mirror your design in Design Space before cutting. 
  2. Place the vinyl shiny-side down on a standard grip mat.
  3. Choose “Custom Materials” on the Air2 Dial & select the material.
  4. Make sure your blade doesn’t have any nicks and it sharp before cutting. 
  5. Use weeding tools to remove the excess vinyl from the backing sheet. 
  6. Refer to the Cricut Heat Guide for temperature and application. 

My video tutorial explains each one of these tips in a little more detail.  On this design I chose to add a little glitter HTV.  If you chose to use a glitter iron-on, you will need to make sure that the glitter pieces are your top layers.  You cannot layer other iron-on designs onto glitter easily, so it’s best to make sure that the glitter vinyl is always your final layer. 

After all the vinyl had been attached to the front of the bag, I decided to add a little more bling with a handmade tassel and flower charm.  The tassel contains a few bits of our Gold Embellishing thread to match the gold on the design and bag.  I just love that little bit of bling

This project was so simple to make and perfect for a summer project with friends or to make and give away as a gift.  


For those who enjoy my Cricut Tutorials, here is a video for you to view It walks you through all the steps to create this Magical Beauty Bag – from design to completion – with plenty of tips along the way. 

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I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at the Everyday Moments Cricut collection and create a Magical Beauty Bag project of your own.  Remember, this Cricut collection is only available through the affiliate link below – it is not available in Access or through the Cricut website. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

Magical Christmas Layout: The Unicorn Reimagined

The sun is shining, the bees are out, the flowers are blooming… and I am working on Christmas pages.  When Close to My Heart asked me to “reimagine” the Magical Unicorn layout in the Everyday Moments collection, the first thing that came mind was a Deer and, with all the bright colors in the Blue Skies collection, I knew that I needed to create a Christmas layout. 

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If you read my previous posts, you know that I was assigned the Magical Unicorn key from the Everyday Moments collection and was asked to create the original design (seen here on my blog) AND a reimagined design.  In true Miss. Carrie fashion, I broke the rules.  I chose to use the Blue Skies collection, which is intended for summer, with the Magical Unicorn, which is not at all Christmasy, and created a holiday layout. 

Are you able to pick-out which images I used from the original design?  In my video tutorial, I walk you through the creative process in Design Space so that you are able to see how I turned the unicorn into a deer.  There aren’t too many steps, and it’s a great tutorial for those who are learning to use their Cricut. 

As you can see here, the ears, flowers, title and stars are all from the original Magical Unicorn key.  I love how those flowers turned out! The Blue Skies cardstock I used has a raised pattern design which make those flowers just pop off the page. 

I paired the cardstock with vellum to soften the design some.  If you choose to use Vellum with these flower cuts, you are going to want to choose “Intricate Cardstock Design” in Design Space.  The vellum setting doesn’t cut those straw flowers as cleanly. 

Along with the Blue Skies cardstock, I also used the pattern paper and stickers.  All of these are intended for summer designs, but I felt like they were the perfect backdrop for my Christmas photos. 

One of the pattern papers I used had a sentiment design that didn’t quite match with the holiday theme, so I chose a sticker from the Blue Skies collection to cover it. Using the “Life is Sweet” sticker was a great way to stick to my holiday theme and add a little embellishment to the layout.  

There are still a few details, like journaling, that I need to add to the layout.  I am in the process of creating an extended story with these holiday photos, so I am waiting to finish the story writing process.  Once I have finished, I will show you the completed design and share it with you. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at the Magical Unicorn key in the Everyday Moments collection.  This Cricut collection is not available in Access or through the Cricut website – it is only available through my affiliate link below. 

While you are visiting this website, make sure to take a look at all FOUR exclusive Cricut collections I have to offer you.  Our two newest collections are designed to match our Aurora and Stitched Together paper packs – imagine all the possibilities!!!  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

Time to Celebrate SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Time to Celebrate Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring a variety of projects using the May Stamp of the Month. 94335124_10157392407607686_3723470319004942336_nIf you have come here from Jen Rubio’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 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

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I decided that I would use up some of my scraps to make a simple stitched card.  The Time to Celebrate stamp set is chock full of sentiments and any one of them could be use on this design. 

To create the background of the card, I dug through all my paper scraps and cut diamond shapes using the Aurora Scrapbooking Thin Cuts.  This is one of our newest stamp sets with matching metal dies which are perfect for creating backgrounds. 

After I had created the background, I added a few lines of stitching with some light pink thread. I love the classic look of pink and blue together. 

The sentiment was stamped onto Vellum using Sapphire Pigment Ink, sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder, heat set, and added to the card.  To frame the design, I added a Sapphire Blue Stitched frame.  The Time to Celebrate Stamp set has “build-able” sentiments to match your card. This one could say “Father” or “Mother” depending on who you are making it for. 

For those of you who are members of my VIP Group, you will be able to get a peek at how I made this card tomorrow, during our National Scrapbooking Day celebration. I can’t wait to show you how simple it was to make. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’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 Time to Celebrate stamp set is only available until May 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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A Card with a Radiant Future for the Color Dare Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few people on my list who will be graduating this year.  Even though they are not having an “official” ceremony, I have felt called to send out a card to each one to let them know how proud I am of their accomplishments.  Before I show you another graduation card I made, I want to encourage you to join this week’s Color Dare challenge

This tic-tac-toe board is full of school colors!  You could make a few graduation cards, using these colors, AND enter them into the challenge. To join the challenge, you only to need to use the colors show and post your creation to the Color Dare blog before May 14th. 

On my creation I used Close, Ruby, & Green Apple with some Gold & Canary.  It’s a bit of a non-traditional graduation card, but I think the recipient will like it. 

To create the design, I teamed two of our stamp sets – For the Graduate & Blossoming Friendship.  Since the flower was such a large image, I kept the pattern simple.  I used Intense Black ink to stamp both images, then shaded the flower using SpectrumNoir Tri-Blend Markers

At the base of the card, I added a small strip of Black Velvet Ribbon.  I felt like this grounded the image and added a touch of elegance to the card. I layered the images onto Ruby & Black cardstock, then added a few gems to embellish the design. 

When designing this card, I did not plan for the torn corner. That occurred when I was attempting to adhere my white daisy to the ruby and tore it trying to re-aligned the cardstock.  I was NOT going to re-color a whole new image so I decided to tuck some designer paper in that corner instead.  I think it turned out better than I planned. 😉

I hope that today’s creation inspired you to make a few non-tradition graduation cards and share them with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog.  Your creations you share DO NOT have to be graduation cards, but they do need to use only the color shown on the Tic-Tac-Toe board above. 

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