Give Yourself the Gift of Memory Keeping

You asked! They said YES!  Close to My Heart is giving you another chance to sign up for the January Album Retreat.  There are a limited number of kits and spots available for this weekend retreat, so make sure you snag your kit SOON!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND ~ While Supplies Last
January 2021 Album Retreat from the Comfort of Home

All of the supplies for this retreat are sent to you, pre-cut and ready to assemble. With the purchase of the bundle, you receive MULTIPLE online classes teaching you new techniques in stamping, texture paste, paper folding, page building, distress inks, and more. These technique videos will be available for you to watch after the retreat so that you can continue to enjoy all the classes provided. 

The is one of the best Christmas presents! All you need to do is order the kit, put on some comfy clothes, and create a stunning album to share with family and friends. All the classes will be recorded so that you can go back and re-watch them any time. 


VIPs get $37.50 in credits plus a Free Stamp of the Month

Join as a VIP before December 31st, and get an additional $25 in credits to spend on any supplies you need. That’s $62.50 in Free Close to My Heart Goodies!! LEARN MORE


Album Retreat Kits Are Limited in Quantity! 

VIPs get 15% back (that’s $37.50!) in credits to purchase items from my website including any additional supplies you might need for the album. VIPs also get the stamp of the month FREE with your $50 order. If you are not a VIP, you can join HERE on my website and get an additional $25 in credits just for joining. That’s $62.50 in Free Close to My Heart Goodies!!! 

Everyone who orders the album retreat will also be getting a FREE Floral stamp set* from me as my way of saying THANK YOU for your order. This stamp set is not available online through my website.

Better yet, Join as a Maker and get a 25% Discount on the kit!! As a CTMH Maker you get a 25% discount on items you purchase PLUS the benefits of joining my team. All team members get my Cricut Classroom Subscription only $5 a month AND weekly maker trainings & projects.


I hope you are well, staying healthy, and enjoying the holiday season. Thank you to everyone who has sent well-wishes and get-well cards. They have been such a joy to my soul these past six weeks as I fight this virus.  I can’t wait to get back to 100% and starting sharing projects again in the new year. 

*a floral stamp will be chosen at random and sent to you along with a thank you cardafter you have purchased the retreat kit. Miss. Carrie is not responsible for lost mail or prizes. This promotion is only through Miss. Carrie’s Creations. 

Create a Floating Butterfly Layout

In July,  I was blessed with a sneak peek of the new Creativity in Motion collection of animated stamps and was asked to create a few projects showing you how to use them.  Today, I am sharing a scrapbook page I made with floating butterflies that were stamped using those animated images.  I have also created a simple process video for you to enjoy so that you can learn some tips and tricks for creating your own Floating Butterfly layout. 

When I first saw the Creativity in Motion collection, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would be able to use it.  I have a condition that does not allow me to see certain dimensional art as intended which is probably why Van Gogh and Signac are two of my favorite artists. 

These lenticular stamps are designed to work with the striped acetate sheets to create a image that appears as if it is moving.  I recently created a slimline butterfly card showing how these images appear animated. If you missed it, you can view it here


llen·tic·u·lar/lenˈtikyələr/ (adjective) images with an illusion of depth, or that appear to have the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles


As I opened up my box of goodies, I fell in love with these butterfly and dragonfly images. The distressed images with worn lines made them appear like little works of art. I just had to find a way to use them.

I decided to create a layout that was bright and full of fun♥, just like the photo, and went to town creating this playful page. In the video below, I show you how I created the texture paste background and heat embossed butterflies, and I give you a few tips and tricks for layering elements and aligning your foam letter stickers. 

Not only did I use the butterflies from the Creativity in Motion bundle, I also used those adorable bright paper patterns and the Border Tab thin cut dies. The bright paper stack is full of all sorts of patterns you can use on your cards, scrapbook pages, and Cricut projects. 

I chose to layer multiple pieces behind my photo to match the fanciful polka-dots and flowers on the girls’ clothes. Each piece was edged with black using our blending tools. This is the first time I have edged a paper with black ink and I am liking how it looks. I may have to try it again soon. 

The journaling for this page is hidden behind the photo on a little card that I created using the Border Tab thin cut dies and stamp set.   I also used this die on quite a few pages in my Disney album, but at the time the product was still “top secret”, so I couldn’t tell any of you what I was using.  You can’t imagine how hard that was.  I had quite a few questions asking me how I made those mini-album pull-outs and now you know.

To complete the page, I needed a title that wasn’t too bold or busy, yet matched these three cousin’s personalities, so I chose to use our Foam Alphabet along with my label maker and a sentiment sticker to create a phase that describes these three girls perfectly.

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and look at the Butterfly Kisses stamp set in a whole new way.  The Creativity in Motion Bundle is available at a discount during the month of September. Make sure to stop by my website and take a look at all the components in this kit so that you can join me for the Free Virtual event.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

National Scrapbooking Month ~ Blue Skies Specials

May is officially National Scrapbooking Month!  Close To My Heart has been celebrating with several free, live digital events AND a new exclusive patterned paper collection and suite of coordinating products. This bright, cheery Blue Skies collection is one of the best collections I have seen.  I can’t wait to share everything with you!! 

Before I share all of the Blue Skies collection,  I wanted to let you know that you can still view all seven instructional segments from the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration.   You can view them under videos on the Close To My Heart Facebook page and each one of the kits shown can still be purchased on my website. 


Are you ready to see all of the Blue Skies Collection?

Like I said, this is one of my favorite collections to date.  It starts with a breathtaking Paper Pack, Sticker Sheet, and UV Coated Cardstock. 

The incredible Blue Skies paper packet features 12 double-sided paper sheets, two each of six double-sided designs with the option to purchase it with or without the Sticker Sheet. That sticker sheet is definitely something you are going to WANT.   It coordinates perfectly with the papers and has glossy UV-coated designs just like the Blue Skies cardstock. 

This cardstock is exclusive to the collection and has a raised pattern design.  I have had so much fun playing with this stuff!  To add to the collection, there are also TWO coordinating stamp sets and a Pinwheel Thin Cut die. (LOVE THIS!)


But it doesn’t stop there my friends…

Close to My Heart is Celebrating BIG this year! For those who love all things paper craft, Close to My Heart has created FOUR kits just for you.  

A Cut Above Layout Kit

Pre-cut and ready to assemble, this kit has everything you need to make two layouts. 

Blue Skies Scrapbook Workshop

Grab the FREE Guide and make yourself some stunning layouts!

Blue Skies Cardmaking Workshop

Close to My Heart did not forget about those cardmakers – we have something for you, too. 

Blue Skies Mini-Album Workshop

…and a little something for our Everyday Life album makers. 


Don’t Forget about the Discounts!!!

Save 20% with the Blue Skies Paper Bundle, which includes the Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, Coordinating Cardstock, and Cut Above® Layout Kit.  For an even bigger discount, choose the Blue Skies Product Bundle that includes ALL of the Blue Skies products at a 30% savings!


Are you as excited as I am about all these sensational products?!  I have already been playing in my craft space with these and I just cannot stop.