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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A Card That’s Tickled Pink for the H2H Challenge

PINK. You either love it or you avoid it. Pair it with Black, White, and Grey and you have a classical look that most of us adore. What is your opinion of pink?  For those who prefer to use this color sparingly, I urge you to step outside your comfort zone and join us at the Heart2Heart Challenge.   This week, we are asking you to create a project using Pink, Grey, Black, and White. 65179979_10156682916148089_6253067930200702976_o.jpg

I, like many of you, do not use Pink very often. When you look through my collection of paper, you will not find many pink shades, but, since I have asked you to “step outside your comfort zone”, I am going to do the same. I started by digging through the patterns in our Mix In paper packet, and found a few to use on my Best Day Ever card.  MissCarriesCreations-BestDayFlowerCard.jpg

I started with our White Card Base, and adhered a few layers of Mix In papers onto it using Thin Foam Tape.  The papers are sized a 3″x 5¼” and 1″ x 5¼” with a ¼” piece of Black Glitter paper in-between.

I created a three-dimensional flower cut from Ballerina cardstock with the Stitched Flowers Thin Cuts. After assembling the flower, I place a Button Die Cut in the center, that had been threaded with White Twine. MissCarriesCreations-BestDayFlowerCard-Flower.jpg

If you would like a tutorial of how to create a three-dimensional flower using
these Thin Cuts, you can view it HERE

The sentiment was created using a 1″ x 1½” piece of White Daisy cardstock that was stamped with a saying from the August Stamp of the month.  I layered it atop a piece of Black Glitter paper, and attached it to the card with Silver Embellishing Thread.

A few Black Dots and Silver Gems, and the card was complete. So what do you think?♥  I hope that it has inspired you to join us for this month’s challenge at Heart2Heart. You have until August 31st to link up your creation to this challenge. While you are there, make sure to check out the other monthly challenges and be inspired by each of the amazing creations.

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