Reasons to Smile Cut Above® Kits

Do you enjoy creating handmade gifts for the holidays? This past year, I created one of our calendar kits and gave it as a gift. At first, I was very worried how time consuming it might be, but with the Cut Above® kits, it went together so easily. I especially love how I am able to take apart the calendar at the end of the year and insert it right into a scrapbook.


The Reason to Smile kit gives you the building blocks to create a beautiful 12″x 12″ calendar to keep for yourself or give as a gift.  The pre-printed, ready-to-assemble base pages come with die cuts and stickers and can be used to create THIRTEEN beautiful layouts to add to the calendar or use alone in your scrapbook.

Here is what you receive in your Reason to Smile Kit



(1) Base Calendar 
(1)  Reasons to Smile Stamp Set 
(1) Reasons to Smile Layout Kit 
Includes base pages, die-cuts, stickers, pre-cut paper pieces, and photo placeholders for 13 single-page layouts.

Save 30% when you Order this Kit

or save 20% without stamp set

If you have no desire to create a calendar, but have fallen in love with these adorable scrapbook pages, you can purchase the Reasons to Smile layout kits separately and create all thirteen layouts to display your photos and memories.  All of our Cut Above® kits are pre-cut and ready-to-assemble. NO fussy cutting required. (LOVE THIS)

The best part about this year’s Reasons to Smile calendar kit – NO STAMPING IS NEEDED!  If you enjoy adding your own personal touch, you can use the Reasons to Smile stamp set to add holiday icons, highlight dates, and add some little bits of information to the calendar. You also have to option to change the look of the calendar itself and add a beautiful script to each month using the Months by Melissa Esplin stamp set.

BUT, if you would like to avoid stamping all together, that’s perfectly okay, because the calendar comes pre-printed with the names of each month and you receive a set of date stickers with your kit. HOW AWESOME is that!?

The Reasons to Smile kits will keep you smiling all year long. Whether you purchase the full calendar kit, or just the layouts, your photos will shine and your memories will be forever kept.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


It’s in the Script! Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the It’s in the Script! Technique Blog Hop where we will be featuring a variety stamp sets & 69690226_10156645861572934_6826464824633851904_n.jpgpenmanship projects that highlight a few of our new Seasonal Expressions products!  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’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.

Penmanship is not my greatest talent. As much as I am oooing and ahhhing over the New Melissa Esplin how-to book, it keeps getting shifted to the bottom of my “to-do” list. I have a goal to start someday. (probably about the time I start playing the piano again).  If you are a bit like me, don’t be disheartened because there are some stunning stamp sets that you can use until you reach your penmanship goals. MissCarriesCreations-MelissaEsplinStampSets.PNG

As much as I wanted to have conquered my goal to have the perfect penmanship by today, it just didn’t happen. Real life happened and I had to put it on the back burner, for now. That didn’t mean I couldn’t still participate with my fellow “hoppers” because the Sentiments by Melissa Esplin stamp set was the perfect addition to this collection of exquisite cards. MissCarriesCreations-ScriptBH-BWSunflowers

No, there is not a filter on my photograph. These cards have been created using a simple palette of grayish tones.  Many years back, when we had another Sunflower stamp set, I created a set of colorless cards in Black & White, and I was inspired by the plaid Mix-in pattern to create another – this time in Grey.

Each card was stamped with images from the Sunflower Sympathy stamp set using Pewter & Charcoal inks. I added some Black Velvet Ribbon to each card and a strip of that Neural Toned Plaid paper. misscarriescreations-bwsunflowerscd2.jpg

I cut a label from the Artistry Collection in White Daisy & Charcoal cardstock, then stamped the sentiment using Intense Black Ink.  I even created the little line around the edge of the label using my Cricut machine. (love this feature)


I hope you enjoyed these simple, colorless, yet, practical cards. My hope is to be able to write the sentiments, in the future, once I have worked on my penmanship. Let’s make it a goal to get it of our “to-do” lists and start learning TODAY.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’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.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the new Melissa Esplin Penmanship collection, contact your consultant, or comment below to learn more.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


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