Take Some Time Away to Play In August

Can you believe that Summer is coming to an end?  Soon we will be filling our calendars with school events, last minute vacations, and family fun.  For us, it is Awana Conference season and we are getting ready to travel throughout the state.

In the mist of all the chaos, I urge you to schedule a little time for yourself. Self-care is IMPORTANT and one way to take care of YOU is to schedule a little crafting time with me. All my workshops are pre-designed, ready to make, and don’t require any work on your part – just a time to come, create, and relax. 

 Here is what You can Create in August 

originalAugust 10th Coffee & Cards ~ Thinking of You Cards
RSVP before JULY 26th
Come enjoy a delicious drink at Aunt Helen’s Coffee House and some crafting with friends while I show you how to use a Waterbrush with our Exclusive Inks to shade floral images.

MissCarriesCreations-CricutBordersSM.jpgAugust 15th Create with Cricut ~ Building Borders
RSVP before AUGUST 3rd
Come learn how to create borders for your scrapbook pages, cards, vinyl projects, and home decor projects.

cricutbasics-misscarriescreationsAugust 16th Create with Cricut ~ Design Space Basics
RSVP before AUGUST 3rd
Dust off that machine and let me show you how to use some basic features in Design Space to create something new. 

As a Consultant, I have the pleasure of showing you new ways to use Close to My Heart products to create something new. Each workshop is full of crafting fun, yummy treats, and often there are prizes. You can view each of my event pages and see what I have planned in the upcoming months.

Coffee & Cards
Totally Techniques

Create with Cricut

Scrapbook All Day Crops

Weekend Retreats

Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions about these events, or workshops you would like to see in the future.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!


I have made it easier for you to view and register for my upcoming events. You can view the full calendar on my Events page and link it to your device OR join my Private VIP Group and receive a personal invite to each class. I do ask that, if you are a consultant for CTMH or another company, that you do not use my workshops and retreats to benefit your business.

Bear Hugs ~ July SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bear Hugs Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the July Bear Hugs stamp set. 61139206_10156480557497686_1649829919171018752_nIf 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.

For this project, I decided to use our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts along with our True Love papers to create a sweet and simple card that I plan on sending to a friend who is currently going through a rough patch. MissCarriesCreations-BearHugCardUnfortunately, I am going to have to keep this blog post short due to the fact that my laptop keyboard is currently on the fritz. You can see here that I used the Circle Tag thin cut to create a window for the two bear images. I used another Tag Thin Cut for the sentiment.

The flower border and individual flowers were cut from Sugarplum cardstock using the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts. I added some Gold Embellishing Thread, Gold Glitter Gems, a Gold Arrow Clip, and Bitty Sparkles too finish it off.

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. Remember, the Bear Hug stamp set is only available until July 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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


A Quick & Easy Father’s Day Card for Color My Heart Dare

With Father’s Day a little over a week away, you might be looking for a little inspiration for a last-minute quick and easy card to make. Well, let me help you out, my friend. I realized that this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare colors had a bit of a masculine feel, so I decided to use a few of those to create a Father’s Day card.


This card was super simple to make using some leftover Close to My Heart supplies I had on hand. (You can find the full list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.) As I said, my inspiration for the color pallet came from the Color My Heart Color Dare blog. I chose to use Linen, Candy Apple, New England Ivy, and Sapphire.

Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Linen Cardstock, 5¼” x 2¾” Plaid Paper (Into the Wild), (2) 5¼” x ¹/8″ Candy Apple Cardstock, (2) 5¼” x ½” Zip-Strip (Into the Wild), (3) 2¹/8″ x 1½” White Daisy Cardstock, (3) 1½” x 1³/8″ Sapphire Paper (True Love)
Quick Tips to Help You Make this Card

I added stitching over the Candy Apple Cardstock. This was to done intentionally to “mute” the color.


The Tags were created by stamping the “I ♥ You” tag topper onto each of the 2¹/8″ x 1½” White Daisy Cardstock pieces with Sapphire Ink. I then trimmed each into a “tag” shape, attached 1½” x 1³/8″ Sapphire Paper below the stamped image, and added White Foam letters to the tags. You could also spell “Pop” for a grandfather.

The two Wooden Triangles are from our bag of Wood Shapes. I wanted a “natural” element on the card and these provided the perfect accent.

I hope that this project has inspired you to try something new and that you share your creation at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog. The Design Team always has some great projects to inspire and you could win one of the monthly prizes. Don’t forget that the For My Father stamp set is only available through June 30th. There are some great images on this stamp set that you could use for your paper-crafting projects.
I can’t wait to see what you create!


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