Creating with New Cricut Collections

Did you know that Close to My Heart has designed Cricut Collections to match our paper packs? I love that they do this because it allows me to create even more projects in Design Space using our amazing papers.

This month, I have been teaching others how to use these collections in my Cricut classes. I created two layouts using images from the Daisy Meadows Collection and Eat, Play, Love collection in conjunction with a few other CTMH Cricut collections.

Many of our Close to My Heart Cricut Collections are exclusive and can only be purchased using my affiliate link. The images are not available in Design space or with Access, so you cannot find them through a search. To own the images, you need to use my link to purchase the digital collection.

Each of these collections is designed to match our paper packs perfectly. Check out the images from Daisy Meadows and Eat, Play, Love. Aren’t they an excellent match for the stickers and papers?

You might be wondering why I mentioned that special affiliate link. Whenever I use one of these exclusive collections on a project I have people commenting and asking why they can’t find the images in Design Space.

Our CTMH Paper Match Collections are much like specialty licensed images. They are not free through Access and they cannot be located through a search for purchase.

The only way you can get ahold of the Paper Match Collections is by purchasing the Digital Image Set through a Maker’s link. You can find this link at the bottom of my shopping website and under “Cricut Collections” in the “SHOP” drop-down menu above.

Once you have purchased the collection, you will see the images in your image library. If you don’t know how to find those images, here is a little tutorial for you to show you how to locate your Image Sets in Design Space. Go to 00:09:37 Searching for Image Sets (Cartridges) to learn how to find your collections.


I have truly enjoyed creating with the Daisy Meadows and Eat, Play, Love collections and I am looking forward to the new collections arriving in May. I have already seen the animals, flowers, and fireworks and I can’t wait to share them with you.

If you would like to learn more about Cricut Design Space and join my weekly classes, you can check out my Cricut Classroom membership. I teach a variety of techniques LIVE each week AND share video links and printable notes on the classroom website. We would love for you to join us!

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Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop!

Our March/April seasonal catalog is full of beautiful spring products, and, today, we are going to be sharing a few creative ideas with you using those items. If you haven’t had a chance to see the new catalog, you can view it here

152237102_10158228877922686_9019895416732521819_nOur monthly blog hops are a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for future projects. You may be just starting here or you may have come from Lauren Moore’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Easter Blessings Gifts, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


With Easter scheduled a little earlier, I decided that I should attempt to plan ahead and create a few little gifts I could send to my kids. This year, our celebrations are being postponed because of prior commitments, but I wanted to make sure that I sent each of my children a little something special to celebrate the resurrection.

How sweet are these?! To create this adorable little card and box, I used the Daisy Meadow collection and the Easter Blessings stamp and thin cuts set. For those who wish to recreate these, I have a video tutorial for you at the end of this post.

The card is a fun fold card that opens using the little strap on under the wreath. I am sure there is a name for this card, but I honestly cannot think of it right at this moment.

The peacock-colored card base was decorated using papers from the Daisy Meadows collection and some images I stamped and shaded using watercolor paints and shimmer brushed.

I used the Easter Blessings stamp and thin cuts to create each one of those images. I like how simple they are and how beautiful they look with a little soft shading.

I created that charming little treat box using the same Daisy Meadow papers and Easter Blessings stamp set. The box was cut from peach cardstock the decorated using a variety of paper patterns and stamps.

The paper papers in the Daisy Meadows collection play so well together. The soft pastel colors mixed with peacock and cinnamon are an unexpected combination for spring, but the patterns are perfect.

To create the front panel of the box, I layered two oval shapes and added the stamped cross and flower images that were shaded with watercolors. I wanted to keep the design simple to reflect the season.

The top of the box was adorned with some paper pattern flags and a tag that I stamped with the sentiment “He is Risen”. I added a simple ribbon bow to complete and close the treat box.

As I said, I recorded the process to create each one of these Easter Blessing Gifts so that you could make them, too, but I was unable to have it ready in time for the hop. Unfortunately, I had a downed computer and a migraine so the video was not uploaded in time.

For those of you who are reading this after the original publishing date, you can view the video tutorial below to learn how to make an Easter Blessings card and a gift box of your own.


I hope that this project inspired you to create a few Easter gifts and that you enjoy the rest of the creations using products from our new March/April catalog.  Now head on over to Kim Loewen’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Unboxing My New Spring Supplies

Spring is one of my favorite seasons and I can’t wait to show you all of my new supplies from the March/April catalog. Since the beginning of February, I have had these gorgeous spring papers, stamps, and thin cuts sitting in my craft space just waiting to be used on my spring projects. Once you take a look at these new paper crafting goodies, you will understand why I can’t wait to start creating.


Each season, we have two new paper collections, some Mix-in papers, stamps, and thin cut dies. When I first opened the catalog, I immediately started making a wishlist and it just kept growing.

First on my list were the new paper collections and matching Cricut collections. Daisy Meadows and Eat Play Love are filled with bright, springtime shades and designs. Each of these collections also has a matching Cricut collection that coordinates perfectly with the paper pack, pocket cards, and stickers.

After adding the papers, stickers, and Cricut Collections to my carts, I grabbed a few packs of Mix-In papers. Many of you know that these are some of my favorite patterns to use on my projects. Our Mix-Ins are designed to coordinate with our current paper packs, but I love using them on all of my projects. The subtle designs and clean patterns are perfect for cards, scrapbooks, and home décor.

Next on my list — KITS. These scrapbook and card kits are designed with you in mind. Each kit includes the supplies you need to make the project and they each teach you a new paper crafting technique you can use on your future projects.

In my Facebook group, I stream each of the Live events showing you how to make each of these kits. You can join me at the online events and create these kits with me during the workshop.

Each kit includes items that you cannot get anywhere else in the catalog. The stamps and dies in the card kits are only available with the kit, so, if you love those little cherries as much as I do, you will need to grab the kit. For those who are in my Facebook group, I offer the option to purchase more of the bulk papers that come in card kit. These are only available to consultants, but I know that many of you may want to make more cards – so I add this little perk for all my members.

After adding papers, stickers, pocket cards, and kits, I grabbed a few stamps and dies. There were two must-have sets on my wishlist, but I know that there will be a few on yours after you watch my catalog walkthrough video.

I also grabbed the two stamp of the month stamp sets. As a Maker, I can order these three months ahead of time which allows me to plan a few projects for you. Our stamp of the month sets are only available for one month. If you are a VIP, you can get these stamps FREE! Learn how to become a VIP.


Are you as excited as I am about all these new spring products? I bet the wheels are starting to turn and you just can’t wait to make something new. All of the items I shared with you are available in the March/April catalog while supplies last. If you would like a copy of the catalog, you can get one free with your order OR contact me and I can mail one to you. (I do ask that you pay the shipping costs to mail the catalogs.)

I hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing your spring projects.

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