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.  

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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

Cute as a Bug Scrapbook Page | Video Collab

I am so excited to share with you another video collab from our Creative Design Team. This group of ladies has been such a blessing to me and it all started because sweet Jayma Malme had the idea to get all of us together to create some projects each month – JUST FOR YOU. This month, we are showing you some Creative Ways to use Tags and you are NOT going to be disappointed.

I decided to create a Sweet as a Bug layout with an”extended tag” background for these adorable photos of my nephew.  Isn’t he the sweetest??  He happens to be almost 21 right now, so I am sure he is going to roll his eyes when he sees this layout.   

For those of you who prefer to head right on over to the video collab, you can click on the video below and it will take you to the list of tutorials on YouTube.  For those of you wish to see a few more details about this layout, you can keep on reading. 

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This layout was created using a variety of scraps from the Stitched Together & Mixed-in Papers.  I chose to use our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts to create the illusion of an elongated tag behind the photos. All I did was cut two of each tag from Stitched Together and Mix-Ins paper AND a PML Card from the Stitched Together pack. 

I love having PML (Picture My Life) cards on hand for projects.  They are designed for pocket scrapbooking, but I have found that they are great to use as photo mats, journalling boxes, and for little accents like that tag when you don’t have a paper to match. 

In fact, I used quite a few of those PML cards on this project. One as a journaling box, one as a sentiment accent, one for the tags, and one for that adorable large ladybug. Yep, I cut that little gem out by hand and I am glad I did.  It is the perfect accent for this page. 

I also added a few Ladybugs from the sticker sheet and some delightful wooden buttons onto the page.  At the time, I wasn’t quite sure if I would use “Cute as a Button” or “Cute as a Bug” for the title, so I decided to add both elements on this layout. 

To create movement, I added thread trails with White Twine to help those buttons to feel “grounded” and create the illusion of flying ladybugs.  When making a thread trail, simply draw loops onto your page with a pencil then trace the lines with a fine tip glue pen. (I like Art Glitter Glue & Tombow glue pens because they dry clear.) The twine is laid down onto the glue trails and topped with a few wooden buttons. Really simple to do and it makes a fun addition to any project. 

My last minute addition to the page was the title.  Like I said earlier, I was struggling with this and wanted something to fill that empty corner of the page.  

I started out trying to created something on my Cricut, then realized that I hadn’t use stamps for a title in a long while, so I dug out that big, bold Chronicle Type alphabet and went to work.  I used a stamping platform to avoid making any stamping mistakes, added a few tiny hearts, and label-maker label to complete the title.   


All in all this layout turned out super cute and I can’t wait to add it to my scrapbooks.  I hope that you enjoyed this video collab project and that you learned a few new ways to creatively use tags.  You can view the full list of Creative Design Team creations HERE on my blog or in the description of my video

For those of you who wish to recreate this layout, you can find a complete list of supplies I used below.  Please tag @misscarriescreations when you post your creation so that I can see what you made. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

Celebrating Life’s Milestones with Stamps

I don’t know about you, but my days have just seemed all mushed together. I was looking at my seasonal decor today, and realized I still have clovers and bunnies. I guess I am just celebrating a Lucky Resurrection Mother’s Day at home. 😂  If you are ready to move on to the NEXT holiday and continue to document your stay-at-home, Close to My Heart has created a whole lot of goodies JUST FOR YOU. 

This month, you can purchase some sentimental stamp sets to celebrate the men in your life AND some cheeky stamps & SVGs to document all this time you have enjoyed at home.  


Legendary Father’s Day

Celebrate the man who means the most in your life with TWO exclusive stamp sets that are available through the Legendary Father’s Day special.   You can save 20% when you purchase the Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Bundle.  That’s only $16.95 for BOTH stamp sets!!! 


Let’s Stay Home

For those of us who are trying not to loose all of our marbles, Close to My Heart has created some fun, silly, cheeky stamps, kits, and SVGs for you to “celebrate” your time at home.  (I bought them just for the comic relief). 

These three stamp sets are the NEWEST addition to the funny Stay At Home collectionAren’t they just too stinkin’ funny?! 

For those who are documenting your stay, you can download TWO FREE SVGs to use on the covers of your albums or as titles for your pages. 

If you are not sure how to upload SVGs into Design Space – visit this post

For those who wish to thank all of those who are continuing to work on the front lines, Close to My Heart has created some Free SVGS for you AND a wonderful thankful sentiments card making kit. 

This Cardmaking Bundle  includes everything you need to create cards for those you wish to thank.  Our son was one who was out making sure people had heat during this time and we praise God each day that he stayed healthy.  

Speaking of card making kits, I have one last funny to share with you – after all, when faced with adversity, a smile is our best weapon because it helps us stay hopeful.♥  This last little Cardmaking Bundle was created to tickle your funny bone. 


Did that make you smile? I hope that it did.  Don’t forget to check out ALL of the May specials we have for you this month.  There are so many amazing products on my website right now, and you don’t want to miss out on the savings. 

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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!!!  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project