Sail Away with the Making Waves Heart2Heart Challenge

One of my goals this year was to step outside my comfort zone (in my teal crafting chair), and, this month, I did just that by joining the Heart2Heart Design Team.  I am thrilled to join such a talented group of ladies and hope that each creation challenges you to try something new.  So……are you ready for another challenge? This month, we are Making Waves at Heart2Heart.

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To me, making waves meant being able to use the beautiful shades of our Seaside papers to create this multi-layered card that reflects the sea. It brought back memories of a trip my husband surprised me with to the San Francisco Bay many years ago. The old world eccentricity of the “non-tourist” hidden treasures is something I’ll never forget. MissCarriesCreations-SailAwayThankYouCard-H2HI started with a Tag created using our Fancy Tag Thin cuts, and added a layer of Clear Mat Texture Paste shaded in Almond. After heat embossing the boat image, I placed it onto another tag, then adhered the tags onto a Vellum Doily.

The rest of the card included adding a few stickers, a stamped sentiment, and some Gold Embellishing Thread & Gems. I hope that this card has inspires you to join the Heart2Heart challenge this month.  Don’t forget to stop by the blog for even more inspiration and link up your Make Waves creations before July 31st.

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

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Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop where MissCarriesCreations-SE2Hopwe will be featuring products from our New Seasonal Expressions catalogIf 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.

You would never believe how hard it was to choose only a few items from the long list of new products I wanted to show you today. As I contemplated which products to feature, I realized that I have fallen behind on my goal to scrapbook more photos this year, so I decided that I would show you a few of the products that I useto create this adorable Easter layout.  You will find the complete list of supplies at the very bottom of this post. MissCarriesCreations-EasterLayout-SE2Hop

New Paper Suites
With a new catalog comes an entirely new line of paper suites. For this layout, I chose to use patterns and images from our Sweet Girl paper packet. Even though this paper packet appears to be primarily for those who love pink, I was able to pull patterns using Fern, Sapphire, and Heather to create my layout. I love this color combination.

Stitched Flower Thin Cuts
If you have not had a chance to see our new Stitched Flower Thin Cuts in the new idea book, you need to stop and visit page 122. This set of metal dies comes with multiple stitched flower dies, leaves, and centers which can be layered in a variety of ways. On my layout, I cut the flowers from both cardstock and patterned paper to create unique spring accents for my Easter layout.

New Embellishments
As you know, I always add multiple layers and textures to my projects, so you can only image my excitement when I saw our Sapphire Crochet Thread. I like that I can use it to embellish photos, add small bows, and use it for stitching. I am also ELATED by all the new colors and shapes in our Crafty Sequins. This package of sequins had the perfect shade of blue to enhance my layout.

Well, I was able to narrow it down to only four products. That was hard to do, but I hope it gave you just a taste of what is available in the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’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, you can receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog with your first online order. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to order yourself some of these amazing new products.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Sweet Girl Paper Packet
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Make the Cut Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Make the Cut Technique Blog Hop where we will be showcasing various techniques that feature our Close to My Heart Thin Cuts metal dies or Cricut™ collections 57586945_10156355845792934_1056304398512160768_n.jpgIf you have come here from Tamara Sandwisch’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.

As a Cricut™ addict, I was thrilled to learn about this blog hop, but can you believe that I almost missed out? I have been having a few technology issues lately. (uggg😜) Thankfully, Melissa and Tamara have been so kind to let me jump into the hop last minute so that I could show you this adorable “Life is About Balance” sign I created using our Flower Market collection.MissCarriesCreations-LifeIsAboutBalanceSign

What do you think? I can’t wait to hang this up in my workroom.  I chose to use a variety of paper patterns from our current collection of paper suites along with some shades of matching cardstock to match my decor.  The complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Each of these flowers were created using images from our Flower Market collection, and I am sure that you are wondering how I created each one. That, my friends, is a lesson for a future blog post. I didn’t feel like there would be enough room to post them all (and I don’t want to hog the hop.) Instead, I am going to show you a little trick that I use when I am creating signs in Design Space™.  It all begins with a little feature called “Templates”.

Often the Template feature gets ignored in Design Space™, but I find it extremely useful when I am creating a project to fit a store-bought sign. I choose the Basic Canvas Template, then customize the shape, size, and color of the sign I am making. 

The Template will not cut out nor will it save with your project. It is simply there for you to design your project on, and, since you created the template to be the size of your sign, you can be assured that the project you are making in Design Space will fit.

NOTE: Since the template does not save with your project, I find it best to make a note somewhere on my project of the template I used and the size for future reference.

Did you know that the Template feature could come in so handy? You no longer have to create a “shape” that you hide or delete later, you just have to make a simple template to start creating signs of your own using your Flower Market images in Design Space™. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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, our Flower Market Cricut™ collection, as well as many others, are available for purchase online. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Cricut™ Collections tab of my website to order yours.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Some of the links in this blog are affiliate links and help to support my small business. Simply click on the links and a small portion of the sales come back to me at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support. 

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