Additional Card Designs using the Choose to Shine Card Kit

My favorite quote is “Start where you are, Use what you have, Do what you can”.  I like using what I have to make something new, so, for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to show you how you can create two additional cards using the Choose to Shine cardmaking kit.  Here is what the original kit looks like in the catalog:


Each of our eight cardmaking kits supply you with easy-to-follow instructions, a stamp set, and the materials needed to create twelve beautiful cards, BUT what if you want to make more cards?

You have a stamp set You have papers ♥ You have a guide
What more could you make? 

You can create other cards other than the ones shown in the kit! (gasp)  It’s perfectly okay to venture out and use the supplies from the kit to create something new like these two cards I created. I added a few additional supplies I already had on hand and made two quick, unique cards I can send. MissCarriesCreationsSoMuchHappyCardsAren’t these fun?My original plan was a create a video  to show you how to make your own, but, unfortunately, after two hours of prep and filming, my six year old phone will not allow me to send it to any video editor. So…instead  of crying in a corner…

Here are a few tips for creating each card:
♥ Some of the backgrounds and frames were created using our Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Square Thin Cuts.
♥ The Scallop Border on each of the cards was cut using the Decorative Border Thin Cuts.
♥ The Checked Border was created using the Zip-Strip from the paper in the kit.
♥ The inks I used are Candy Apple, Lemon, Mint, Clover, and Sapphire.

My hope is to try again to recreate the video and post it on my VIP Group page.  I am sorry that it did not work out this week. Don’t forget, the Choose to Shine cardmaking kit is only available through April 30th, while supplies last. I will have more in videos the future that you can watch, enjoy, and be inspired from. Make sure to follow me online so that you can be one of the first ones to see each one of them.

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



Kits for Scrapbooking Real Life

It’s been a week full of kits, here on my blog, and I hope that you are enjoying and inspired by each one them. As continue to catch-up on my Seasonal Expressions One kits and guides, I will have to admit that the So Much Happy papers through me for a bit of a loop with it’s bright colors and patterns.  I wanted to create kits that allow you to focus on your everyday life stories and this is what I ended up with.  This paper is now on my favorites list. MissCarriesCreations-SoMuchHappySBKits

This first layout is titled Tell Your Story and it is designed to keep the focus on your photos and the story with plenty of room for journaling.  The So Much Happy papers and images created a country-like feel that can be used for any of your photos. 

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This Celebrate Spring layout was so fun to create! The gardener in me couldn’t resist adding these twine wrapped carrots to the page. Doesn’t it just scream “spring”? There is plenty of room to record your memories under the “celebrate” tag, but you could also add an additional photo here if you like.

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You might not think spring when you look at this Real Life layout, but, in my state, we go from snow boots to flip-flops as soon as we are able – we can’t wait for the sun to actually stay around for more than a few hours. I would love to know what you plan to use this layout for.

receive all three guides FREE with any $50 purchase from my website

Purchase Kit or Workshop Guide

Each of my kits will be available for purchase at the Scrapbook All Day for SAVA Crop. I have a limited amount of kits available, so if you are wanting to pre-order any of these kits, please send me an email and I will set them aside for you.

Guides are available for purchase through my online store. Each guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, layout grids, Design Space™ file, and assembly instructions with full-color photos. You can purchase each one individually or receive all three of these workshop guides FREE with any $50.00 purchase from my website.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!


It’s So Sad to Say Good-bye

Spring is coming, plants are budding, and our Seasonal Expressions is retiring. I am eager for a new season, new catalog, and new products, BUT before we get too excited, I wanted to remind you of a few important things you might want to snag (like free project guides) before they disappear at the end of April.


As the end of April nears, most of these items will start to disappear off the shelves.  If you have had any of these on your wish list, make sure to you order sooner then later.

♥ Paper Packs, Complements, & Coordinating Pocket Cards

I have enjoyed the patterns from all FIVE papers packs this season. The boyish prints in Something Fierce – the vivid colors of I Heart Us – and even the country prints in So Much Happy. My utmost favorite was the Feels Like Home collection.  The farmhouse images, the soft prints, and the french country patterns made my heart sing.

Not only do we have gorgeous papers, we also get matching Stickers, Die Cuts, and Pocket Cards. Each of these complements our papers so well and can be used on just about any project.

Scrapbooking & Card Making Kits

How many of you love kits? I know that when my creative brain needs a rest, kits are my best friend. This season, Close to My Heart “wowed” us with not only Basic Scrapbooking kits, but Deluxe Kits as well.

For those who love making cards, our Cardmaking Kits are a great deal. With each kit you get all the supplies to make TWELVE cards. Which one is your favorite?

Free Workshop & Project Guides

Close to My Heart creates project guides for cards, scrapbook layouts, and home decor items in each catalog.  These are FREE to download and print for future project ideas. I take advantage of these guides each season, and often make pages like my “This Happened” layout where I used the So Much Happy guide for a layout using Something Fierce papers.  You can download each of the guides by going to the Kits section of my website, selecting each kit, and click “Download Guide”.

I also like to download the recipes for all the projects in the current catalog.  YES, THERE ARE RECIPES! You can do this by going to the Catalog on my website, then scrolling down to “Recipes”.

So….are you excited about a new catalog arriving soon? I have already been thumbing through it and am IN LOVE! As a Consultant, I get a sneak peek of everything AND I GET TO ORDER IT one month ahead of time.  This is just one of perks of being a consultant.  (FYI: If you join this month, you get new catalogs, new papers, and some additional freebies.)

Don’t forget that all the items in the catalog will be gone April 30th and many will begin to disappear from my website throughout the month as people snag those last minute items.  I suggest that you purchase what is on your wishlist sooner than later.  I would hate for you to miss out.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!