Making Back to School Treats

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge

This week, we are encouraging you to bring out the rulers, notebooks, and pencils as we go back to school for the Color My Heart Challenge. You are to use this photo as inspiration to create a back to school masterpiece. Don’t forget to link-up your project before September 13th.

Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing goes quite right? Here is what happened. I was inspired by a Pinterest find and excitedly created my entire project around the “back to school” theme, completely forgetting to check the color palette. (ugg) I went back to the drawing board and finished creating this little Back to School Treat Bag. It is the perfect little gift to give anyone who deals with your kids everyday.


I didn’t mean for that to sound negative, but, those teachers, paras, aides, cooks, secretaries, nurses, and, occasionally, the principal, get the pleasure of seeing your little one’s “smiling” face each and every week day for the next nine months. THEY DESERVE A LITTLE GIFT just like this filled with chocolate and a coffee gift card.


The box was created in Design Space™, then cut from Emerald cardstock with my Cricut™. After assembling the box, I decorated it with some Gingham paper, a simple sentiment from our August stamp of the month, and an adorable little handmade Pinwheel. To keep with the color palette, I used a Red Alcohol Marker to recolor the Pink Heart and Sequins.

Isn’t this the sweetest?Please don’t take offense to anything I may have said about children. I have been on both sides of the fence – in the school system and as a mom with seven little ducks wailing behind her. Those who are willing to spend every week with your children deserve a little “pick-me-up” after having who knows what sneezed on them. By taking a few minutes to create something special, you just made their day.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Creating a Card with Papers You Hate

Sooo maybe “hate” is a strong word, but I want to be honest with you today. How many times have you looked at a paper pack in the catalog and thought “EW – won’t use that!”?  Well, my friend, that is exactly how I felt when I first saw the papers in the Craft On paper pack.  I was not the biggest fan. The bright colors, raging patterns, and crafty concepts did not appeal to me – AT FIRST…. but now I am going to miss it. 


Who knew that such a brilliant collection would be one of my go-to paper packs this summer?  Sadly, it is now going away along with the Lemon, Emerald, and Pansy ink colors that were some of my favorites. These bright summer flavors will be officially retired on August 31st.

Before they are all gone for good, I thought I would create one more project for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. (You will also find this card linked to the CardzTV & Through the Craft Room Door challenges.)  Here the sketch that I used as inspiration for my card. 

I began with a piece of Raspberry Craft On paper for the background, then created a Torn Paper border on a piece of White Daisy cardstock that had been splattered with Black Shimmer.   I added a stamped sentiment in Black then layered the two strips of paper onto the card.

If you haven’t had a chance to snag our stamp of the month, you
better grab it for $5.00 before August 31st. 

The Watermelon and Flower were created in Design Space™ and cut out with my Air2™.  I have always added Cricut™ cuts to my scrapbook pages, but, recently, I have begun to enjoy adding Cricut cut-outs to my cards.  (Here is the link to another card I made using a few images from our Cricut™ collections.)


I added a few Black & White Dots, and this simple card was complete. I just love how it turned out. So bright and cheery and full of summer.♥ 

UPDATE: I made the top three!! Can you believe it??? 

I hope that this card has inspired you to give the Craft On collection a second glance.  Make sure you hop over to my website and grab yourself a few of the last remaining packs before August 31st. After that, I can’t guarantee that you will be able to get a hold of one of the paper pack I now A-DORE♥.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Sparkle & Shine Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sparkle & Shine Technique Blog Hop where we will be featuringMissCarriesCreations-Sparkle & Shine Technique.jpg a variety of embellishments that align with this theme, including sequins, Shimmer Brush pens, glitter paper and more!  If you have come here from Danielle Wagner’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.

What to choose. What to choose. So many fun sparkly, shiny products to pick from. With all of the choices sitting in front of me, I decided to just feature a few of my favorites that I used on my most recent “Creative Genes” page.



After stamping the background with our Timeless Treasures stamp set, I used a Black Shimmer Brush to splatter the corners of the background. This is one of my favorite ways to used the Black Shimmer Brush.  (View the Process Video HERE)


Who doesn’t love glitter paper? After creating the title in Design Space™, I chose to cut out the image using Black Glitter paper. Doesn’t it just pop off the page?



Now they many not sparkle, but they sure are shiny. Gold was the perfect accent to this page. After adding some Craft-On images, I tied some Gold & White Twine around a Gold Arrow Clip and attached it to the photo.


Now ‘Hop” on over to Valerie Kapsha’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 supplies I used (listed below) are only available, while supplies last, until August 31st. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the GOING SOON tab of my website to order yours.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!


Some of the links in this blog are affiliate links and help to support my small business. Simply click on the links and a small portion of the sales come back to me at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support. 

Timeless Textures
Timeless Treasures
Black Glitter Paper
Black Glitter Paper
Craft On Paper Packet
Craft On Paper Packet
product image12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock Craft On Complements
Craft On Complements
Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Pixie Exclusive Inks
Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadRaspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Lemon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Emerald Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Carolina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Carolina Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Black Shimmer Brush
Black Shimmer Brush
Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Pansy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Bluebird Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Bluebird Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Thistle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Craft On Rubber Shapes
Craft On Rubber Shapes
White & Gold Twine
White & Gold Twine
Gold Arrow Clips
Gold Arrow Clips
Cricut Air 2
Liquid Glass
Liquid Glass
Liquid Glass Fine Tip Applicator
Liquid Glass Fine Tip Applicator
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All Purpose Mat
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Micro-Tip Scissors
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3D Foam Dots