It’s in the Script! Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the It’s in the Script! Technique Blog Hop where we will be featuring a variety stamp sets & 69690226_10156645861572934_6826464824633851904_n.jpgpenmanship projects that highlight a few of our new Seasonal Expressions products!  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’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 ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

Penmanship is not my greatest talent. As much as I am oooing and ahhhing over the New Melissa Esplin how-to book, it keeps getting shifted to the bottom of my “to-do” list. I have a goal to start someday. (probably about the time I start playing the piano again).  If you are a bit like me, don’t be disheartened because there are some stunning stamp sets that you can use until you reach your penmanship goals. MissCarriesCreations-MelissaEsplinStampSets.PNG

As much as I wanted to have conquered my goal to have the perfect penmanship by today, it just didn’t happen. Real life happened and I had to put it on the back burner, for now. That didn’t mean I couldn’t still participate with my fellow “hoppers” because the Sentiments by Melissa Esplin stamp set was the perfect addition to this collection of exquisite cards. MissCarriesCreations-ScriptBH-BWSunflowers

No, there is not a filter on my photograph. These cards have been created using a simple palette of grayish tones.  Many years back, when we had another Sunflower stamp set, I created a set of colorless cards in Black & White, and I was inspired by the plaid Mix-in pattern to create another – this time in Grey.

Each card was stamped with images from the Sunflower Sympathy stamp set using Pewter & Charcoal inks. I added some Black Velvet Ribbon to each card and a strip of that Neural Toned Plaid paper. misscarriescreations-bwsunflowerscd2.jpg

I cut a label from the Artistry Collection in White Daisy & Charcoal cardstock, then stamped the sentiment using Intense Black Ink.  I even created the little line around the edge of the label using my Cricut machine. (love this feature)

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I hope you enjoyed these simple, colorless, yet, practical cards. My hope is to be able to write the sentiments, in the future, once I have worked on my penmanship. Let’s make it a goal to get it of our “to-do” lists and start learning TODAY.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’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.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the new Melissa Esplin Penmanship collection, contact your consultant, or comment below to learn more.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Creating a Fall Blessings Card for Color My Heart Dare

It’s a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at Color My Heart Dare, and, this week, we are asking you to use up a few of those leftover supplies as we create with retired CTMH colors.  As you will see, I chose to use some “non-typical” fall colors to create a Fall Blessing card.  Before I show you my project, let’s look at the Tic-Tac-Toe Board.68773621_10214613503073271_2758369061397069824_n.jpg

Choose a row, column, or diagonal to create something new, then link your creation before September 27th.  I chose to use the color palette from Row two with Pomegranate and Emerald, then added my color of choice –  Goldrush. Why Goldrush? Our Love of Color Book shows Goldrush as a complementary color to Emerald, and I felt that this would be the perfect color combination for a Fall card.

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I felt like the Goldrush cardstock was a bit too harsh for my background, so I inked our Stitched Circles Embossing Folder, and ran it through my embossing machine. If you have never created an Inked Embossed Background before, you can view a tutorial HERE.  I layered my cardstock, added some stitching, then began stamping the leaves using the Hawthorn Scrapbooking Stamp set. misscarriescreations-hawthornsbstampthincut.jpg

I wanted a multi-colored look to my leaves, so I stamped them in Emerald, Pomegranate, & Goldrush, then I rolled ink onto the edges of the stamp and added another layer of color to the edges of each of the leaves. MissCarriesCreations-GratefulBlessedCard-Detail

The bow was created by adding Goldrush Ink to White Ribbon. This is a great way to make matching ribbon for a project. Make sure to “heat-set” it or let it dry a few days before using.  I cut a Stitched Circle from Goldrush Cardstock, added the sentiment, attached a few Gold Sequins and the card was complete.

I hope that this card inspired you to join the Color My Heart Dare challenge. Stop by each week for a new challenge and be inspired by all the wonderful creations.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Happy Father’s Day with a Gift Card

Most of the men I know would love a gift card for Father’s Day, especially when it comes in a handmade card. Today, I am going to show you a simple card you can make using a pattern from our MIFYH Card Pattern How-To Book and the You’re Awesome stamp set.

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Our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books come with amazing patterns and ideas for creating scrapbook pages and cards.  I used the pattern from page 13 of the MIFYH Vol4 How-To Book to design the front of my card. In this book, you will find inspiration for card making AND the cutting guide for each card in the book. MissCarriesCreations-YourAwesomrGiftCard-HowToBook

To create the Pop-Up Gift Card holder, I scored a 4¼” x 9½” piece of New England Ivy cardstock at 3½”, 4¾” and 6″ along the longer side. I then used a medium Stitched Square Thin Cut to create a place for my gift card to slip into.

If you do not own the Stitched Square Thin Cuts, you can create a partial slit along the 4¾” score line and use an Oval Thin Cut to create the slot for your gift card. Fold the cardstock on the scorelines, then attach to the inside of your card.

The rest of the card was simple to make using images from the You’re Awesome stamp set. I chose to use Heather, Mink, Sapphire, and New England Ivy inks to match our Into the Wild papers. MissCarriesCreations-YourAwesomrGiftCard

If you would like to see how I made this card, you can view the LiVe Video that I created for my VIP members in the Create with Miss. Carrie Facebook group. This group has been designed for my customers who wish to learn how to create some fun projects using Close to My Heart products. I hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial and that you give this card a try.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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