New CTMH Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our our NEW Seasonal Expressions catalogs. 68837843_10156706011122686_7657167806701502464_nIf you have come here from Melinda Everitt’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.

As many of you know, I am a bit of a Cricut® addict. I love using this wonderful machine along with our Cricut® collections for paper crafting & home decor. Can you imagine my excitement when Close to My Heart introduced their NEW SvGs?  I could not wait to be able to play with them. MissCarriesCreations-CTMHSVGMugs.jpg

This time, instead of creating something out of paper, I chose to alter a few of the New SvG images to create a few Christmas Gifts.  For each these coffee mugs, I used images from the Family History, School Days, and Where Our Story Begins files. After creating my design, I cut each one from Premium Outdoor Vinyl.

I then used a Weeding Tool to remove the excess Vinyl & applied Transfer Tape over each of the images. If I were creating a sign, I would layer all the images together, then apply at once. I have found that it is much easier to apply the images separately with cups & mugs.

Are you ready to start playing with our New SvG images?If you are still a little confused about using Vinyl & SvG images, I have created a short video showing how I made one of these mugs. There will also be a Tutorial showing how to upload SvGs into Design Space posted here on my blog next Tuesday.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Alyson Mayo’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. Currently, we have over TEN SvGs that are ready for you to create with. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Digital Art tab of my website to see how you can get the bundle for only $7.95.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


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More Reasons to Use the Position Feature in Cricut Design Space™

Last week, I showed you one of the ways I like to use the Position feature in Design Space™.  This week, I am going to show you how I use this feature to create cards & boxes.  If you missed last week’s tutorial, here is a quick refresher.


Before we go into the full tutorial, you will need to remember what the X and Y numbers represent.  The “X” represents the horizontal ↔ position of the image on your Canvas, while the “Y” represents the vertical ↕ location.  I like to remind myself that the letter “Y” has a “Vertical” tail.

How to Use Position Feature to Create Boxes & Cards

I enjoy creating boxes & fancy fold cards and have discovered that creating the pattern in Design Space™ allows me to save the file for future projects. I only have to create it once♥, and I can make it over and over again with my Cricut™.  Here is a box I made for the Color Dare Challenge. For the purpose of this tutorial, we are only going to create the inside box. The instructions I wrote down are as follows:


How does this transfer to Design Space™ ? Let me show you a few of the steps I took to create the box, and, hopefully, you can continue from there. Begin by inserting the SHAPE you need for the base.  In this case, the base is a 4½” x 3½” Rectangle. MissCarriesCreations-CreateBase

According to my notes, I need to score all four sides at 1″. This is where I will use the Position feature. I will first place my Rectangle into the upper left corner and Type a “0” next to the X and the Y positions. MissCarriesCreations-CreateBase-POSx0-y0.PNG

Now we can add Score Lines. Choose insert SHAPE and choose the SCORE LINE. Since it will be the same height at my base, I will resize it to 3.5″ High. 

My notes state that I need this to be 1″ from the Left.  Again, we will use the Position feature. You will change the position of the Score Line to X=1 and Y=0.


Do you see how it moved to the exact place I needed a score line? Repeat the process with the other vertical score line. This time, you will need to Position it at X=3.5″ and Y=0.


Now you can create the two horizontal lines.  Insert the Score Line, size it to 4.5″, then ROTATE 90° for a Horizontal Line.  Now Position the score lines as needed.


But what about those cut lines? You can do those, too. Just use the Line Type to change your Score Lines to Cut Lines, then Position them where you need them to be.

Here is what my box looks like with the Score Lines hidden. Do you see the small cut lines? The Layers Panel also shows the different line types.

The last and most important step, ATTACH. If you don’t attach the lines to your base, Design Space™ will not be able to read your mind and know where you wanted them to go. (Sorry they haven’t invented that brain chip, yet.)


Are you ready to try out the Position Feature in Design Space™? ♥ This is the perfect way to create multiples of those fancy fold cards and handmade boxes in one simple file. I am sure many of you are just ready to pull out your score board, but, I promise, when you have to create 250 little favors for a party, you will thank me for teaching you this.

If you are a member of my VIP group, there will be a small video available for you to watch this week.  Please feel free to comment below with any questions, or join me for the live video as we go over each one of these simple steps.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


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.


Making Back to School Treats

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge

This week, we are encouraging you to bring out the rulers, notebooks, and pencils as we go back to school for the Color My Heart Challenge. You are to use this photo as inspiration to create a back to school masterpiece. Don’t forget to link-up your project before September 13th.

Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing goes quite right? Here is what happened. I was inspired by a Pinterest find and excitedly created my entire project around the “back to school” theme, completely forgetting to check the color palette. (ugg) I went back to the drawing board and finished creating this little Back to School Treat Bag. It is the perfect little gift to give anyone who deals with your kids everyday.


I didn’t mean for that to sound negative, but, those teachers, paras, aides, cooks, secretaries, nurses, and, occasionally, the principal, get the pleasure of seeing your little one’s “smiling” face each and every week day for the next nine months. THEY DESERVE A LITTLE GIFT just like this filled with chocolate and a coffee gift card.


The box was created in Design Space™, then cut from Emerald cardstock with my Cricut™. After assembling the box, I decorated it with some Gingham paper, a simple sentiment from our August stamp of the month, and an adorable little handmade Pinwheel. To keep with the color palette, I used a Red Alcohol Marker to recolor the Pink Heart and Sequins.

Isn’t this the sweetest?Please don’t take offense to anything I may have said about children. I have been on both sides of the fence – in the school system and as a mom with seven little ducks wailing behind her. Those who are willing to spend every week with your children deserve a little “pick-me-up” after having who knows what sneezed on them. By taking a few minutes to create something special, you just made their day.

I can’t wait to see what you create!