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. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

Welcome to the Garden Tags SOTM Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using the June Stamp of the Month – Garden Tags.94149292_10157392415067686_5509103444763344896_n  If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished viewing my Distressed Garden Tags, 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


I truly enjoy creating tags It gives me a break from the everyday creations I make and allows me to play with layers and layers of products.  Today, I dug out the texture paste, shimmer brushes, vellum, ribbon, and thread to create some delightfully distressed Garden Tags. How sweet are these??!!

If you have not had a chance to purchase the new June Stamp of the month, you will to make sure that you also grab yourself a set of Tags & Tabs Thin CutsThese metal dies fit this stamp set perfectly and prevent you from having to hand-cut these beautifully designed tags. 

The base layers of my tags were created in Cricut Design Space using images from our ArtPhilosphy collection.  These two layers were cut from French Vanilla Cardstock & Kraft paper. 

I created a distressed look onto the Kraft layer using the Strokes of an Artist stamp set, some splatters of Lagoon & Toffee Shimmer, and texture paste. 

After the background layers were complete, I started to create the top layer tags using the Garden Tags stamp set.  Both tags were heat embossed to give some texture – one in Peacock, the other in Espresso – then splattered with shimmer brushes

To add a little dimension, I created some additional layers for the tags. The dragonfly wings were stamped onto vellum and added to the tag.  I stamped the flower image from the Garden Tags stamp set in Espresso and shaded it with TriBlend Markers, then attached it with a foam dot. Both added little more texture and interest to each of the tags.

The sentiments on each were created using the Stitched Together Cardmaking stamp set, which were stamped using Intense Black ink, cut out by hand, and adhered to the tags with foam tape. 


I had so much fun making these! I hope they inspired you to dig out some of your tag-making supplies and start creating. Now ‘Hop” on over to Gina McDonald Brandstetter’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 Garden stamp set is only available until June 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Creating a Simply Beautiful Card

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog

It’s time for another Tic-Tac-Toe Color My Heart challenge and, this week, we are playing with the color palette in the Spruced Up collection. To join our challenge, simply link your creation before January 30th. Make sure that you do not add any additional colors other than what is shown below.

Rarely do I squirm over a Color Dare color challenge, but this week I was a bit perplexed.  I haven’t decided if it is because I am struggling with the colors chosen or the current Spruced Up paper palette. It’s a mix of old world colors that I have used before, and, even though I truly enjoy the vintage feel, I am wrestling with the designs.  That is one of the reasons I chose to keep my project Simply Beautiful. 

My colors of choice – French Vanilla, Julep, Sangria, & Mink. If you would like to re-create this card, I have created a clear set of instructions for you as well as a list of the supplies I used on this project.

ENJOY Creating Today!

Paper Needed:  5½” x 4¼” Spruced Up Sangria paper, 5¼” x 4″ French Vanilla cardstock, 5¼” x 2″ Sangria cardstock, 5″ x 1¾” French Vanilla cardstock, 3″ x 3″ Sangria cardstock, 2¼” x 2¼” Julep cardstock, 2″ x 2″ French Vanilla cardstock

Assembly Instructions

  1. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ French Vanilla cardstock onto the Spruced Up Sangria paper and adhere both to the front of a card base.
  2. Using Julep Ink, stamp the Floral image randomly onto the 5″ x 1¾” French Vanilla cardstock . Using Mink Ink, stamp the Ink Blot image randomly onto the same piece of French Vanilla cardstock.
  3. Layer the stamped cardstock onto the 5¼” x 2″ Sangria cardstock and adhere to the front of the card approximately ½” from the left side.
  4. Using the 2 ¾ ” Stitched Bracket Thin Cut, cut out a shape from the 3″ x 3″ Sangria cardstock.
  5. Round the corners of the 2¼” x 2¼” Julep cardstock and layer onto the Sangria bracket die-cut using Foam Tape for dimension.
  6. Stamp a large Ink Blot onto the center of the 2″ x 2″ French Vanilla cardstock with Mink Ink, then use Sangria Ink to stamp the sentiment onto the center. Round the corners and use a Grey Pen to add faux stitching. Adhere to the Julep cardstock.
  7. Embellish with Julep Ribbon, Julep Glitter Gems, Wood Shapes, and Bitty Sparkles.

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and that you take a chance, like I did, to give the new color palette a try. If you do, please share your creation with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.

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January Card Making Classes

For those of you who enjoy creating cards for your friends and family, I am offering two card making classes during the month of January – one locally and one online. Since most of you are new to my classes, we will be focusing on Stamping Techniques as you learn to create these four cards using the Everyday Magic Stamp set. 

How darling are these? The bright Celebrate Today papers give you a cheerful reminder of warm days to come in the dead of winter.  As you look at these cards, you can see that there are a variety of stamping techniques used and you will learn about each one of these as well as the types of inks to use, how to care for & clean your  stamps, and a few additional stamping techniques not shown on these projects. 


How do I sign-up for these card making classes??

Local Coffee & Cards Class
January 11th at 10am
Cost $20 (includes drink of choice)

Class takes place in private room of a local coffee house where you are provided with pre-cut kits, inks, stamps, adhesive, tools, instruction in stamping basics, & drink of choice

Online Card Making Class
January 16th (Facebook Live)
Cost $10 (Free with a $35 order)

Class provides you with a supply list, cutting guide, three stamping basics video tutorials, live card making tutorial, & step-by-step instructions that are available for 45 days

Class size is limited and seats fill up fast. Register early.

If you are a member of my VIP group, you received a sneak peek of my February Spinning Valentine class. Registration for this class is now open. I will be posting more about this class in the coming weeks.  Remember, you can join the ONLINE CLASS for free with any $35 order from my website in the month of January. 

If you are a member of my HeARTfully Blessed Creations team, the online classes are FREE for you take and learn from. Make sure you register online so that I can send you a link to the Private Facebook group before January 15th.  


I hope that you are having a wonderful week, my friend. I can’t wait to share more of my online classes with you throughout the year.  Teaching and inspiring others are why I enjoy my “job” so much, and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Everyday Magic SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to a new year of stamp of the month blog hops where we will be featuring projects each month using our exclusive stamp of the month images. This month we will be focusing on our Everyday Magic stamp set. 79797783_10157017865352686_975679577374326784_n.jpg If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’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 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.

All paper crafters love stamps with sentiments and this month’s stamp set, Everyday Magic, is full of fun phrases which makes it one of those must-have stamps to add to your collection. When I started creating my project, I realized that the chunky font allows for the sentiment to be the focal point which is exactly what I did on my Everyday Magic card.

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Although it appears like the Green Decorative strip is on the front, it is actually glued onto the right side of the inner portion of my card. The front of the card base was trimmed so that my Zip-Strip could be placed on the inside. I chose to use the Strokes of an Artist stamp set to create a Mink background for my little flags that I created using our new Spruced Up papers.

I made a very loose bow with Mink Twine, glued it onto the card front, and then layered the flags onto the twine using two types of foam tape. The sentiment was stamped in Espresso ink onto the French Vanilla cardstock, then layered onto a piece of Sangria cardstock. MissCarriesCreations-EverydayMagicSOTMCard-Detail

No project is complete without a little bling, so three Silver Glitter Gems were added around my flag design.MissCarriesCreations-EverydayMagicSOTMCard-Stamp

Now ‘Hop” on over to Krista Hershberger’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 Everyday Magic stamp set is only available until January 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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.