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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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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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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