Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Now Available to Order!!!

Cricut Card Cartridge by CTMHYou have waited since August 1st for this cartridge to finally become available and THE TIME IS NOW!!  

Artfully Sent is HERE!

The latest and greatest of CTMH’s Cricut Cartridges!

The wait is over! We are happy to announce that our first shipment of Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridges (Z3017) arrived earlier than anticipated and they are now available to order! You can do so by visiting my website.

When you order your cartridge through me by September 30th I will also send you a Paper Pack of you choice to help you get your playtime started – FREE! Yay!

I will email you as soon as I get notification that your cartridge is bought and get your choice for your a free paper pack! I even have some of the older paper packs if you missed something you meant to get before it retired!

*BONUS* – Please spread the word!  I am trying to earn my trip to Hawaii!  If you have a friend order from me too, have them tell me that you referred them and I will send you a FREE B-size Stamp Set!


Cards done with Artfully Sent Cartridge

Crockpot Ranch Chicken Recipe Card

Sundays are full days even if we don’t consider them busy ones.  Today I have a Ranch Chicken recipe that is Handmade Cookbook Ranch Chicken Recipe Card prepared in the crock pot so you can enjoy your family.  Depending on whether you want it ready right after church or in the evening you have a choice of 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low for cooking time.

The recipe card has a cute idea behind it, but I think the background is a bit busy.  I had to take in the entire image before I realized it was a crock pot with the recipe inside. I might suggest that you are drawing this from a template, that you use the same template to cut the inside of the crock pot for uniformity. I thought the steam was a cute accent, and perhaps a spoon at the bottom of the page. If you are using a die-cutting machine like Cricut or Silhouette it will be easier to make the two pieces more even and uniform.

Here is your recipe:

Ranch Chicken in the Crockpot

  • 6 chicken breasts, frozen or thawed is fine
  • 1 ncan condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 2 tbsp ranch dressing
  • 2 tbsp flour

Place chicken breasts in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine soup, ranch dressing mix, and water. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours. Remove chicken from crock pot, stir in sour cream, ranch dressing and flour. Replace chicken, cook on high for 20 minutes.

When you prepare this recipe, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Creatively, Carol

Never Forgotten – September 11, 2004

Memorial 9-11 Plaque

As we remember those who suffered during this horrible tragedy those that continue to suffer, we are blessed with such awesome images of american flags, the twin towers, and those suffering as they remember.

My prayers go out to all of those who were affected by this in more ways than increased security inconvenience and such. We have no stand on which to complain.

We will not forget how this incident has shaped our lives since 2001.

With a heavy heart,


Stitching on your Scrapbook Pages and Cards

If you have eveSewing in your Scrapbopksr sSew on Paper Techniqueewed in your life, then  this will be even easier since the layout is usually smaller than most seams as well as firmer. For those who either haven’t sewn or prefer to do your sewing by hand ,this tutorial is for you.

There are many ways to mark your sewing from stamp sets with placement holes to rulers and stitch guides.    It is always helpful when you are going to poke holes through your paper to have something sturdy but cushion your paper when you poke the holes through.  Both the Versamat and the Foam Mat are good for this purpose.

I have also used my sewing machine but with thread and without thread so it just puts the holes in the paper. You can see to the left that the stitching around the sentiment and the longer stitched borders are done with a machine.

Give stitching a try on your cards and scrapbook pages to give a raised affect.  Leave a comment below and tell me if you have sewn on your cards or scrapbooks before.

Creatively, Carol


What Do I Need to Do a Scrapbook Page

Beginning scrapbooking

Today’s question comes from Betty in Omaha:

Q.   What do I absolutely have to have to start scrapbooking?


A.  To get started scrapbooking you  don’t need to spend a lot.  You can get started with just a few important craft tools and supplies.  Despite other sources that tell you that you have to have an album, refills and several different types of adhesives, you can get started with a paper trimmer for straight lines, a single package of Close to my Heart My Reflections Paper Pack and a Bonding Memories Glue Pen. If you still have some budget left, get the Reflections How-to book.  This is a great instructional map for putting your pages together.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Creatively, Carol

Singles or Couples…What are You?

Scrapbook layout for 5 x 7 photoIn this single page layout we feature a 5″ x 7″ photo as your focal picture. While I put the colored squares on the left as accents for items relating to the focal picture you could choose to put some small 2″ x 2″  photos there as well.

For the jourrnaling I have done strips which can be anchored with brads or some related embellishment on just the left side like bullet points or both sides if you prefer.

Do you do single page layouts? Why or why not? As long we are talking about layouts, what size are your scrapbooks? Have you always scrapped at that size?

When I started 12 years ago, I started doing 8 1/2″ x 11″ because that is what was provided at the church activity my daughter and I attended. Then 2 years later I was introduced to Close to my Heart and 12″ x 12″ pages.  I have done some 9″ x 9″ and 6″ x 6″ pages as well.  Leave a message and let me know hiw YOU scrapbook.

Creatively, Carol


A Cut Above : Halloween and Christmas Treat Bags

Holloween Treat BagsSave time without compromising style with these ready-to-assemble treat bag and card kits! Each kit comes with almost everything you need to create either 10 trendy treat bags or 10 beautiful cards in themes including Halloween, Christmas, holiday, thank you, and birthday. All you need to do is add a single stamp from the coordinating set in the ink of your choice to make personalized gifts to share with friends. The coordinating stamp sets are sold separately to allow you to purchase as many kits as you desire, without collecting multiple stamp sets of the same design. Cut Above™ kits are simple, beautiful, and brand new from Close To My Heart. Enjoy them for yourself!

Click the picture of the one you like most to buy it today! Purchase both of them  today on my website and you will receive a special little gift from me.

Creatively, Carol

Christmas Treat Bags Holloween Treat Bag Kit

National Stamping Month #30yearsofhappy

National Scrapbook Month

Yesterday we talked about what September means to you. At Creatively Carol Scrapbooks and Papercrafts we celebrate National Stamping Month with Close to my Heart!  With all good celebrations comes the surprises, and once again we are offering you a great prize.

When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September*, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE (a $13.95 USD)! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s  30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping!  Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Offer valid September 1–30, 2014. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($13.95 USD).The $30 qualifying purchase must consist of retail-priced stamp sets. As such, discounted Stamp of the Month stamp sets, Hostess Rewards stamp sets, Workshops on the Go® stamp sets, and any other kit-inclusive stamp sets do not count toward a qualifying purchase. Supply items also do not count toward the qualifying purchase for a FREE stamp set.

I hope you enjoy this promotion. I will be posting lots of options for qualifying stamps sets over the coming weeks both here and on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram,  and Twitter too!

Click here to go shopping!!

Creatively, Carol

What Does September Mean to You?

Back to SchoolI can’t believe it is already September!  We have had a pretty mild August here in Utah compared to when I got here last year and it makes me wonder what we are in for this winter. Will it be harsher? Last year my son, who has been here in Utah for the last 10 years said last year was the mildest winter he can remember… so I keep wondering.

September brings lots of feelings for me, what about you? When I think of September, I think of school starting. I know most kids started last month, but growing up 50 years ago, everyone started the day after Labor Day. I think of the start of leaves changing, and gearing up for the holidays. Soon I will start with the 12 weeks of Christmas program (If you are not on my mailing list yet, you want to be to receive these exclusive projects),  and will incorporate some Hanukkah in there as well. If I had enough interest, I would so a completely separate 12 week program for those who celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas. Make sure to leave me a comment if this interests you!

So as you can see, this will be a busy month! Look for my  newsletter in your mailbox sometime later today, and if you are not already following me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram you can do those as well. You never know when I might pop up with a free gift or discount…. and I sure wouldn’t want you to miss your chance!

Have a happy and creative day, and if you need anything at all, please let me know!

Creatively, Carol

Are You Laboring on this Labor Day?

The History of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!   Do you remember why we had Labor Day in the first place?  I always just thought of it as the end of summer, like Memorial Day is the beginning of summer.  Memorial Day makes more sense, as we memorialize our service men and woman who gave their life for their country. Labor Day however was a bit tougher.  Taken from the Time & Date Website I found this information:

The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

So what do you think so far?  a day to celebrate unions and tradesmen, or a holiday to break up 4 months?

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. While it was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events

Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.

Did you know traditionally, people did not wear white clothes, particularly shoes, after Labor day.  Do you follow this fashion custom that is slowly dying out?  More and more people now wear white all year round, rather than just in the summer. Similarly, it is the custom to wear a straw cowboy hat from Memorial Day until Labor Day, then a felt one until Memorial Day comes around again. I had not heard of this one before.

Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized, but they are usually low key events. For many teams, it is the start of the football season. As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.

What are you doing for your Labor Day?  I plan to sort ribbon.  Watch my social media pages to get an idea of how I am doing it.  Leave a comment below and share your plans

Creatively, Carol

8 photo Sketch for Scrapbook Sketch Saturday

Creatively Carol SketchesIt is Labor Day weekend, and if you are like me, you chose to stay close to home and not mess with the holiday traffic!  Here is a sketch for 8 photos, great for those summer family get-togethers with lots of people layouts.

In this layout I have labeled two photo sizes to give you an idea of dimension. Your photo requirements may be different. You will notice on the right side overlap the 4 x 4 square and the 2 x 3 photo to its diagonal.

Spiral clips and brads complete the layout.  I would love to see your take on this layout.

Remember, if you send me your scrapbook page based on this sketch you are entered into my monthly drawing for a free stamp set.  Just e-mail to or text to 801-597-4896.

Hope you are having a fun and safe holiday.

Creatively,  Carol

The Three Pictures You MUST Take Before The End Of Summer!

Traditionally Labor Day weekend signify the end of summer. When I was a kid school always started on the Tuesday after Labor Day, no though it can start virtually anytime yet my grandkids are all back in school already.  Labor Day weekend is your last real opportunity for family three-day weekends until Thanksgiving so you want to make the most of it.

Some random picture ideaenjoy the beachs would be of the packed car before you depart on your adventure. I think there are  Three pictures you MUST take before the summer are over, if you haven’t already this summer are your family’s favorite outdoor summer activity,  your child with the growth chart or growth chartruler, and what you or your kids liked best about summer vacation. If these three pictures are taken every year, (and labeled) you will have a record of how you or your family members have grown over the years.

Best Family Activities

There are lots of things to remember about summer, just make sure you don’t regrets about the pictures you didn’t take. Digital photography in this day and age means there is no excuse not to take the picture.

Leave a comment below and tell me what you think are the most important pictures to take before summer is gone for another year.

Enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day!

Creatively, Carol

How to Use Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tilHow to use the mosaic tile techniquees are a great way to use our scraps on cards, scrapbook layouts and various crafting projects. It may look tricky at first, but really it is just a matter of spacing.  The recipe card divider on the left is a 6″ x 6″ base so you need to decide how much space you want between your tiles. The intent here was to have 1/2″ space between each column, and 1/4″ on the edges.  When you subtract the blue space from the total of 6″ x 6″ you get 1½” so you divide 4½  by 3 and get squares that are  1½ inch square.   It sounds complicated, but after you have done cut your squares, you just position them all equally spaced and adhere to the page.

Doing cards with mosaic tiles can be a bit trickier unless you figure the top layer width, and simply bring the design as far as you would like.

Watch next week for a video on creating mosaic tiles on my You Tube channel.

Have a creative day!


Do you Handmake Christmas?

I know, it is not even the beginning of September and I mentioned the “C” word!  Now I am not going to give you a countdown just Christmas Ideas for Craftersyet, that would just be cruel, but I do want to tell you about an exclusive benefit to being on my mailing list. This exclusive benefit is called the 12 weeks of Christmas.  Starting in October,  I send all of my mailing list subscriber a Christmas Project. The first 4 weeks is devoted to cards, the 2nd 4 weeks is gifts, and the last 4 weeks is bags, tags and wraps!  You will receive a picture and FULL INSTRUCTIONS for every project delivered to your inbox so when you are ready to tackle a project, you will have everything ready to go.

If you look to the right, you will see a mailing list sign up box, or you can just click here.

Now besides this great benefit you will receive free scrapbook and card tutorials designed by Close to my Heart Founder Jeanette Lynton, exclusive discounts, specials and great information every month!   So what are you waiting for?  Click this link and sign up today!

So back to my original question… Do you Hand make Christmas (or Hanukkah)?

Leave me a message below and tell me what you make at Christmas time.



Carol Gomes

Are you a Sucker for Award Shows?

Tonight are the Emmy Awards. An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, recognizes excellence in the television industry, andThe Emmy Awards corresponds to the Academy Award (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Award (for music).

Emmy Awards are given in various sectors of the American television industry, they are presented in different annual ceremonies held throughout the year. Tonight is the Prime Time Emmy Awards. It seems fitting that they come just before all the new shows come out to compete for permanent time slots.

While I love the awards for prime time, I really like the “Red Carpet” hype. I love to see the fashions the ladies wear. After all, we have seen some very “odd” things made into dresses!  I understanWhat NOT to weard that these dressed influence what women will wear for the next several years… I sure hope that is not the case considering these strange dresses.   Crafting goes through its own “new idea” phase as well. Often it starts to show up just after CHA ( Craft & Hobby Association) Convention.

Here are some “Emmy” suggestions for you next layouts:

     1.    Combine several elements – at first glance they may not look as if they can be used together, but if you keep the colors of the elements close in color, they will surprise you and perhaps take you out of your box a bit.

     2. Use a Square Punch to punch out the focal points of photos that didn’t work on their own. You can line up several of the squares for an overview of your activity.

    3.  Enlarge Strong Photos to make a statement as well as draw your eye to the main subject of your page.

    4.  Mount photos on chipboard for a sturdier look as well as a place for hidden journaling.

5.   Use diagonal lines in the background to guide your viewer’s eyes to the photographs.

I will post some other ideas on Facebook today.

Have a creative day,


Where Does Your Inspiration Come From?

When confronted with a pile of paper, many experienced scrapbookers know exactly what Cherish Scrapbooking How to Book by Close to my Heartthey want to do. Snip, trim, tear, accessorize – there are lots of techniques for cutting, shaping and embellishing, and they have tried them all! But other scrapbookers both those new to the craft and those looking for inspiration, might have a hard time knowing exactly where to start.

Did you know that all of the layouts in the Annual Expressions as well as all the past Idea Books come from one of the Close to my Heart How to Books?  This will give you even more ideas to use in your scrapbooks.

There are now

I am sure these books will jump-start your ideas for that pile of papers sitting infront of you.  What do you do now for inspiration? leave a comment below and let me know!

Have a Creative Day,




First Day of School Photos

For a loGood way to label first day of school picturest of the country school starts this week, for a lot more it is next week, but whenever your kiddos go, it is the perfect time for a scrapbook page picture documenting the occasion. I love the picture my daughter-in-law, Annalisa Thaler took of my three grandkids in Utah. Not only do you see what they chose for the first day of school to wear, you see the anticipation in their faces and as you can see, a simple sign as to the grade they are heading off to join. The only thing I would have added was the date and year, but that is only because I am getting older and would have to do the math to figure this out in a couple years! How do you label the pictures you take for the first day of school? Share a picture with us or leave a comment below.

Creatively, Carol

What a Hoot!!

Of course I am talking about August 2014 Stamp of the Month. You may look at this as a Close to my Heart August 2014 Stamp of the MonthHalloween stamp, but it is that and so much more!  Let’s take a closer look.

  • Owls are very popular right now, and this owl is no exception. you can use as is or you can take the eyes and cut them out of the mask stamp, you can take the stamp under the owl and “pop” the eye section out to give the card more dimension.
  • The striped hat can be used on any party card including a birthday card.
  • You can certainly use the flower and leaves stamp on anything all year
  • Same thing with the crown on top of another stamp on a birthday or celebration card.
  • The wing with the squigglies can be a leaf and the circles at the bottom left, flowers.
  • Even the title “What a Hoot” can be used over any funny picture

When you get your stamp sets, take a good look at them and see how else they can be used. You will expand your value in each set you purchase.

If you watch my Creatively Carol  Facebook page today you will see 4 different cards taking this stamp set all through the year.

Have a creative day!


Top 10 Card Sayings I Found Today

Top 10 Card Sayings I found today! Retro Kitchen

Don’t you just love this retro kitchen!  Do you remember your parents or grandparents having appliances like this?  The kitchen reminds me of my grandmother baking, so I thought it was perfect to go with the card sayings I found today.  I didn’t write these, but when I saw them, I couldn’t resist sharing them. Some I have heard before, and some are new to me, and hopefully new to you.

These are all “Food and Kitchen” themes

  1. In a Jam?                                                  I’m here for you!

  2. Lovin’ from the Oven                              You Bake me Happy!

  3. You’re Eggs-traordinary!

  4. Lettuce wish you a  …                                Happy Birthday!

  5. You Spice Up my Life

  6. I miss You…                                              Hope we can Ketchup soon!

  7. You always Pop-Up when I need you

  8. Feeling Crumby?                                     Grin and Bake it!

  9. Olive You

And my personal favorite… You had me at “JELL-O”

Just imagine these sayings as you make your card with a cute kitchen theme.

My challenge for you this week is to create a card using one of these sayings and take a picture and send it to me!  Text to 801-597-4896 or send to