Crafting for the 4th of July

I am enamored by all the paper patterns in this new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book, and I especially love how they match some of our past collections. Recently, I have been working on a few home decorations for the Fourth of July. Can you guess which paper suites I have been playing with?


This adorable piece uses patterns from our Into the Wild paper collection and, a blast from the past, Stargazer. The minute I saw the Sapphire Blue Star pattern in this paper packet, I knew that I wanted to use it for the Fourth of July.

Don’t you just love it?? I found the wooden blocks on Foundations Decor and just “had to ” have them along with a few other pieces that I will show-off at a later date. I was able to add a few additional details using our Sapphire Blue Crochet Thread, a Red Shimmer Brush and the Timeless Textures stamp set.  I topped the whole thing off with a Candy Apple Bow.

I enjoyed this project so much, that I am hosting a workshop at the end of June for my local friends. I know there are a few of you out there who would love to come make one of these.  If you don’t live locally, I hope that this little project inspires you to create one of your own. I am not an affiliate of Foundations Decor, but I truly love using their products with our papers to dress up my home, and I know you will, too.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Miss. Carrie’s Weekend Creations – Crafting for Fall

Life for me is not just about creating for “work”. Even though I have been blessed to have a home business that allows me to play with paper throughout the week, I have never thought of it as work.  When I signed up to become a consultant four years ago (mainly because I wanted a discount on the supplies), I never expected to have readers, like you, follow my crafting adventures. ❤❤

Some of you have asked if I create anything on my “non-work” days. Like most of you, I often craft on the weekend, and I try to make a point of my crafting time not being work related.  Due to my private nature, I do not usually share these creations, but, per your request, I have chosen to start sharing a few of those with you. I hope you aren’t disappointed.


Today, I have been adding to my Fall home decorating collection and using up supplies.  Before you ask me “how I made this”, I will assure you that it is NOT all made up of paper. (I am not THAT crafty.)

I found an amazing website called Foundations Decor that has become my new LOVE. Each of these little pieces comes as a pre-cut wood piece that can be covered with paper and easily assembled. All I had to do is use up some of my scrap pile to decorate each piece.  (No I am not affiliate, nor do I sell it…I am just addicted to it.)

So, there you have it.  I do “play” on the weekends, like most of you, and it often involves paper, but it is always something outside of my normal realm of creations. I am usually a very private person, (insert panic attack here), so sharing this “non-work” project was a bit of a challenge for me. I hope you enjoyed a little insight to my bubble.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


If you would like to spend your days “playing  with paper” as you earn a little extra income, get discounted supplies, and share your love of crafting with others, make sure to check out this month’s FUND YOUR FUN promotion. Close to My Heart is giving you $75 in product credit with the new $75 consultant kit.  I would love to have you on my HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team.