I Cut Off Grandma!!!

St Elizabeth High School, Oakland California 2011 Reunion

Q   I have a number of group photos taken at a family reunion, but none of them has everyone in it. Someone or several someones are always cut off. Do you have any creative ideas for how to deal with this challenge?

A   In group photos there seems to always have one person missing, hidden behind someone or something or just cut out of the shot. In the case of the two photos above, I was trying to get the everyone attending the reunion, but the group was just too large to get in it’s entirety and still be able to recognize faces.  As you can see, the two pictures don’t even line up properly and no matter how I edited it, to make them the same would distort one or the other too much. My solution to this was to print the two pictures  at 6 x 4 size  and stagger the edge where the man in the plaid shirt was. 

If you simply don’t have pictures of everyone, be sure to to mention those missing people in your journaling or you can include shots of them alone or in other groups. Don’t let the lack of perfection stop you from scrapbooking that memory! 

Tip for the future:  Always take more pictures that you think you will need, with digital cameras you can always delete later and you will have more photos to support the focal picture in your layout.

Do you have a question or a problem that needs solving?  Leave a comment here and I will feature it here!


Card Sketch Thursday – A Simple Card for Beginners

Since I talked on TueSimple Card Sketches 1sday about sending cards to our troops in the Holiday for Heros Program I found a set of sketches that have been done for the Operation Write Home organization. These start as easy sketches to start with, great for anyone who is just learning how to make cards, but all you experienced card makers, I hope to see your cards punched up to the next level. I am inspired by your cards, and beginning today I will have a finished card from the sketch in hopes of inspiring you.  I really hope you will give the sketches a try, and sent me a picture of your cards either via e-mail or text to 801-597-4896. I really want to give you a place to showcase your work, and I am willing to offer a stamp set a month in a random drawing for all that submit a picture of their cards. You will get 1 entry for each card submitted. If your card is done with all CURRENT Close to my Heart Products, you will get two entries to the drawing.

Here is the first sketch in the series.




Happy Birthday Auguste Rodin

Rodin was a painter and a sculptureOne of the benefits I gain from posting here everyday is every once in a while I get to learn a few things myself and share them with you. Today is one of those days. In some circles you are either a scrapbooker or a  stamper, but not both. It doesn’t have to be this way. Today is Auguste Rodin’s birthday. If you don’t recognize the name, you will certainly recognize the art. He was both a painter and a sculptor, it was not an either or proposition. He planned his sculptures by drawing them first. I suppose there are sculptors that just sit in front of a lump of clay and just sculpt, but I find Rodin to be a planner, thus coming up with works like “The Thinker” or “The Kiss”.

There is no reason scrapbooking and stamping can’t be used together whether it is lettering for a title, or an embossed swirly in a corner for dimension. If you haven’t experimented with stamps on your scrapbook pages, give it a try. You might like the effeThe Thinker by Rodincts.

The Thinker is housed appropriately in the Musee Rodin in Paris France, dedicated to his work, however there were 73 different casts of this statue. One of which is in the Lourve in Paris, where I saw this huge statue in person. Trust me when I say it is thought provoking.

Born November 12, 1840 living 77 years and dying in 1917. He was married in 1917 and died the same year.

Tomorrow I want to show a sculptor done by Rodin shown i two different ways. I will be curious of your thoughts. As for now, I will do some thinking of my own as I prepare for the Christmas Craft Show the weekend after Thanksgiving. Follow me on Facebook if you would like to see some of the crafts I will be showing.

Creatively, Carol

How to Send Cards to Our Troops

Soldier and Flag DrawingHappy Veterans Day to all those who have served to keep this country safe or another country safe even when it wasn’t a direct threat to pur own national security. Our Vietnam Veterans had it really rough coming back from being “in country”. I can understand the protests, it wasn’t our war to fight, but why did people take it out on our soldiers is what I don’t understand. My husband was one of those who were serving during the Vietnam War, spit on when coming home, being called a”baby killer”.  If anyone were sending our soldiers cards back then, they were certainly not blank inside!  Fast forward 40 years to a war we again have no business being in, and my son, Gary Gomes Jr is fighting in Iraq but something in this country changed in 40 years with regards to our service men and women. They were being thought of with warm, positive thoughts. People would send cards, packages and other means of supporting the soldiers. You didn’t have to like to war, or even agree with it, but we show the soldiers respect and even thank them for their service. We also gather together, or make individually cards for our soldiers to use during the holidays.Just One Extra card program

Since the beginning of 2014 the program Holiday Mail for Heros the program took on a different feel. The Red Cross took over control of the Holiday Mail for Heros program and closed down the central post office box where cards were sent. The cards are now collected, sorted and distribute the holiday cards using what is called an “Event-based” approach. This means the cards are distributed in the local communities instead of sent overseas where there are still an abundance of cards for the service men and women to send home. This change will allow local Red Cross offices to concentrate on reaching out to the members of the military, veterans and families in their community because they stilThoughts on Veteran's Dayl need your support. So many soldiers are coming home with severe injuries and have to endure the grueling task of recovery. This applies to physically wounded soldiers to those who suffer from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder. Anyone who doesn’t believe that PTSD is a true illness and feels they should just “man-up”, I can tell you first hand that it truly affects the lives of these soldiers. I have two soldiers that deal with PTSD everyday.

You can continue to support the soldiers by making cards for this program, click here to find  some helpful tips when making your cards. Won’t you join me in continuing to support our troops with just one extra of each card you make? Ask your local Red Cross if they can use other types of cards as well, then you can make “Just one Extra” whenever you make a card.

Creatively, Carol


Handmade Cookbook – Not your Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Homemade CookbooksWhen I think of Green Bean Casserole, I think of the Campbells Soup can recipe; mushroom soup, French’s Crispy Onions and green beans. Here is a different take on the same dish…  with 4-5 cans of Green Beans, you can serve it for Thanksgiving!

I hope you will give it a try, and leave a comment below.

Have a creatively productive day!

Creatively, ~Carol


Free Cricut Images

We pay good money for our Cricut® machines, cartridges and such, so it is nice when Cricut®Free paper piecing images

offers us free images. I often forget to check to see what is free each week but since I am using my Cricut extensively as I get ready for the Christmas Fair I discovered the free images for this week and wanted to share with you.

Because these freebies are only around for a week, I am cutting about 10 sets, and putting the pieces in an clear envelope until I have time to piece them together. I hate to let free just disappear without taking advantage of the offer.  Since I don’t want anyone else to miss these great freebies either, I am going to create a page of freebie links as I find them, then you can take advantage of them too!

I am working hard on some new classes for you, and getting ready for the Christmas Gift Show the weekend after Thanksgiving. I look forward to sharing with you soon. Have a day full of fun and creativity.

Creatively, Carol

Throwback Thursday Card Sketches

Today I have found you a sketch that could serve many purposes. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I am posting the original sketch and the example that was shown with the sketch. I will start creating my own interpretations for the sketches beginning next Thursday, so don’t miss out. Since the cards are posted for Throwback Thursday I will be using supplies from my extensive stash in hopes it will inspire you to grab some of the old scrapbook and card making materials and use them up. The sooner we use up the old supplies, the more room and less guilt we have for Complete the card sketch challenge for free goodiesCard Sketch Challenge #1getting the new ones!  Here you go:

I look forward to seeing your finished cards, please e-mail a photo to Contests@CreativelyCarol.com or text to 801-597-4896 for a chance to win a free stamp set.

Creatively, Carol

Don’t Miss the Rest if the Free Projects

Don't Miss the 12 weeks of Christmas ProjectsChristmas is hard to think about when you have goblins getting ready for the big day but I hate to think you are missing out on the free  12 weeks of Christmas series that is sent out via e-mail . Here’s the thing… You HAVE to be on my mailing list to receive these projects. That’s right, the 12 weeks of Christmas series is a special benefit only available to subscribers of my newsletter. You may have missed the first four projects, you can still get in on the rest of the free Christmas projects.

Each Wednesday  you will receive in your inbox a project a week with a supply list, cutting guide and instructions. I am not advertising anything in this series, it is simply a free gift. The only thing I ask is for you not to share it with anyone. If you have friends and family that would benefit from these projects please send them this link so they can sign up for themselves.

I am also host a special contest for anyone who sends me pictures of their projects I can post here on the website. This contest will run from October 1 – December 31st. The winner will receive $100 in Close to my Heart Papercrafting supplies.   Have a great day and keep an eye on those mailboxes after you sign up, you will be getting some wonderful projects!

Creatively, Carol

Cherry Delight

IHandmade Cookbook - Cherry Delight Recipe so don’t like this recipe card. The background paper is just too busy and the red ink is very hard to read. As you can see, once again the papers were not cut with a paper trimmer .  Are you wondering why I even chose to show you this recipe card? Cherry Delight  would be a great February recipe either for Valentine’s Day or even President’s Day for George Washington.  You could put a cherry tree on your recipe card as well.

Here is the recipe:

Cherry Delight

  • ½ c melted butter
  • 16 oz can Cherry Pie Filling
  • 12 oz tub of Cool Whip
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 ¼ c sugar
  • 2 c. crushed graham crackers
  1. Mix butter, ¼ c sugar and crushed graham crackers, press into 9″ x 13″ cake pan
  2. Refrigerate crust while doing next steps ( about 10 minutes)
  3. Mix cream cheese and 1 c sugar for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  4. Fold in Cool-Whip, then spread over graham cracker crust
  5. Top with can of cherry pie filling, chill until served.

**this recipe is also good when substituting lemon pie filling.

When you make this recipe card yourself, take a picture and send it to Contests@CreativelyCarol.com or text it to 801-5987-4896 to be entered into the monthly free stamp set drawing!

Have a wonderful day,





The Perfect Card Sketch For a Single Image

With the coming of the holidays, if you make cards you will begin to look for the perfect card to send.Card Sketches for beginners Thursdays are when I post a card sketch for you to try.  Today’s sketch is perfect for when you have a single stamp you want to focus on.  It also works great for every occasion.  In this sketch I have some double matting going on, both on the base of the card and again on the focal image.  What do you think about this card sketch? Will you try it?  I look forward to seeing your cards. And don’t forget… every month I hold a contest for all those who take part in the sketches of the month. For every card or scrapbook page you make from the sketches, your receive an entry in the contest. I will put all the names in the computer and use the randomizer  to choose the winner of the stamp set.

What single stamp set will you use for this card? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Creatively,  Carol


Handmade Cards Made Easy

Handmade cards made easyDo you make handmade cards or wish you knew how? If you said “yes” to either of these questions then you will want the Originals How-To book in your crafting library.

Close to my Heart’s Originals Card Confidence Program­­ is a must-have how-to book! It features 99 card patterns complete with blueprints, paper dimensions, step-step instructions, art tips by Jeanette Lynton, the founder of Close to my Heart and breathtaking artwork. You will love the new look and refreshed patterns from the old binder version for creating inspiring, professional looking cards in no time.

I love this book because it gives you all the directions for your basic card, then you can let your imagination run free with the embellishments to fit your occasion. It just makes the card project so much easier to do.

Did you know when you sign up for my mailing list you will receive a pattern from this book to try? Actually you will get a pattern from all 5 of the how-to books. What do you have to lose? Sign up here and get your patterns today.

Creatively, Carol

Crock Pot Rice Pudding

ThiCrock Pot Rice Puddings recipe will remind you of great grandma’s rice pudding and leave you with that cozy memory. I really like how  clean looking this recipe card is and how it  makes the recipe itself stand out, which is what you want when making a cookbook. The two round clips add interest and the bow is layered . The double matte works perfectly.

This recipe cooks on high for 30 minutes, but then you can move it to low and start dinner as it will cook 2-3 hours when you put in on low.

While you can see this recipe clearly I have typed it below so you can just copy and paste onto your neutral paper. Please don’t think because it is all typed up and you will print it out on your printer that you can use copy paper, you can’t.  well, you could but it won’t look the way you would like it to. Use a piece of cardstock and just cut it down to 8½ x 11 to fit in your printer.

Crockpot Rice Pudding

Makes 8 cups

  • 1½ c cooked rice
  • 16 oz. half & half or light cream
  • ¾ c raisins
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ²⁄³ c sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Grease stoneware of crock pot with butter
  2. Beat half & half, eggs, sugar & vanilla with electric mixer
  3. Stir in rice and raisins
  4. Pour in crockpot.  Sprinkle with nutmeg
  5. Cover, cook on high for 30 minutes, stir well
  6. Reduce to low and cook 2-3 hours

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the recipe card and the recipe.

Creatively, Carol




Pictures are Blooming

Welcome to Sketch Saturday!  Are you ready for today’s new scrapbook sketch?Sketch Saturday with Creatively Carol  I found this one and thought you would find it fun as we don’t often take the time to do the round pages. This is a single page sketch featuring two photos tucked into a piece of ribbon. As you can see, the journaling is done under a flourish of flower vines. You can get a stamp similar with Capture the Day A1165 to use on your page.

You could totally flip this to use for a boy, just use bold colors like in the Pathfinding My Reflections Paper Pack.  Just substitute feathers where the flowers are and it would be perfect.

Do you like this sketch? If you complete the sketch, send me a picture at 801-597-4896 or to my e-mail and you will be entered into the monthly free stamp contest.

Share this post with your friends and see what they come up with too!

Creatively, Carol

Creatively Carol Card Sketches

Today’s sketchSimple cards to make I put together is for a 4¼ x 5½ card you can use for any occasion.  In this card you can choose either a pattern as the wood represents here or a colored piece of cardstock to make the card base. If you are making just a single card, check out your scrap box before you begin. There are enough small pieces you may have them in your supply. On the equivalent of the black paper, tear the bottom of the paper so there is some texture. You decide whether you want the white core showing or want to turn it over so it doesn’t show. Next you want to cut a neutral colored cardstock, I used white here, where you will stamp your sentiment perhaps, or an image pertaining to your occasion.

Attach a piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow or a knot, whichever you prefer.  Use the area where the circle is to pop up some color or something else that relates to your occasion,  there are lots of stamps in the circle shape so that shouldn’t be a problem.

I hope you enjoyed this sketch, I will use it today and post when it is done. For a sneak peak at my cards make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook too!

If you have any questions, please leave them below. If you need to purchase product to make this card visit my website by clicking here.

Have a great Friday,

Creatively, Carol



3 Reasons I Love Being my own Boss

Be your own bossWe have all had one at one time or another, a boss who wants it done now, or maybe yours was always in a lousy mood but most people at one time or another have to deal with bosses that are not pleasant to work for and that is why I wanted to share with you why I love being my own boss. Personally I have had a boss who became a very dear friend, and I have had a boss that insisted on giving me a hug whenever he saw me, which was creepy, and to make matters worse… he was my NEIGHBOR too!   I won’t have to deal with that scenario again and let me tell you why…


                    AND YOU COULD BE TOO.

Let’s take a little test to see if this would work for you:

  1. Do you like to work around all your kid’s activities?
  2. Do you like making the money you are worth?
  3. Do you like to meet a variety of people when you work?
  4. Do you like to share your knowledge with others who will listen?

All of this and so much more can be yours if you are your own boss. Just imagine working half your day in whatever you wanted to wear, no make-up required and learning and trying new things every day. Imagine you just saw a darling pair of shoes, but your hubby just wouldn’t understand the price… you can work for yourself and earn the cost of the shoes yourself because you can give yourself a raise any time you want!  I know it sounds too good to be true, but this and so much more can be yours as a Close to my Heart Consultant. Don’t shut me out just yet… because you, too can do this. Close to my Heart has an awesome training program on top of the training I would share with you as your Upline and coach.  If you already love papercrafting, cards and scrapbooks, just think of how much more you can learn, and share with others.  Even if you don’t papercraft in any way, shape or form, you can build a great business with a company paid for website and great training.  Maybe you have thought “what is all the fuss about scrapbooking and papercrafting” When you sign up as a Close to my Heart Consultant you receive products as well as business supplies so you can play with the supplies.

If you would like more information about becoming your own boss and what Close to my Heart has to offer you, please click here. If you would like, I would love to chat with you. If you send me an e-mail or call me at 801-597-4896  so we can set up an appointment to either talk by phone, Skype  or get together.  I would love to add you to my team.

If you have any questions or comments about how you can become your own boss and celebrate National Bosses Day everyday, please leave a comment below.

Creatively,  Carol

Ways to Flying Free

Hot Air BalloonsIn 1783,  Francois Pilatre de Rozier makes the first manned flight in a hot air balloon. The first flight was let out to 82 feet, but over the next few days the altitude increased up to 6,500 feet. Sounds exciting doesn’t it.

Hot air balloons have always represented a freedom, floating through the sky while still having your feet planted on the ground.   My kids actually were invited to go up in a hot air balloon at the Reno Balloon Races when they were small, and still remember the experience.  It seems with all the bright colors, it really is hard to resist a hot air balloon, and today is no exception. The card to the left was made using the new Artfully Sent Cricut® Cartridge where you can make a pop-up card of a hot air balloon, but I wanted to share with you this awesome stamp set. Hot Air Balloon StampsThere are two different hot air balloons featured in this stamp set called Give a Lift  along with some great sentiments. The solid background can even be cut with the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge if you like. The blocks recommended for this stamp set are 1″ × 3½” (Y1002) for alot of the sentiments , 2″ × 3½” (Y1009), 4″ × 5″ (Y1012) for the balloons themselves.

I think I will work with this stamp set and see what I can come up with in the cards category.  If you would like to get this stamp set for your own, just click on the image.

Keep an eye out as this has given me an idea for a card contest… come back on Friday and find all the details.  If this sounds like fun, leave a comment below and tell me, if you had to pick your favorite Close to my Heart stamp set you own to make a card, which one would it be?

Creatively, Carol

Do NOT use Peggybank


I screw up!


Boy do I ever have egg on my face.  I previously told you about a company I thought was pretty cool for getting full resolution pictures of your scrapbook pages. I have to retract my praise and advise you NEVER use PeggyBank.

I had gotten a groupon, and the customer service in the beginning was awesome. That was last April.  I sent them 134 of my precious scrapbook pages and to date, I have not gotten them or the photos promised.  The company stopped communicating in September. I called yesterday only to have a different company answer the phone and tell me that Peggy Bank has closed it’s doors. She explained that this company (which shall remain nameless until my stuff shows up) had received all the orders from Peggy Bank and were in the process of “logging them in” and I would receive an e-mail when this process was completed. She has stated this should take a week… we shall see.

I do not want anyone else to fall into this hole as I suggested in April, so please don’t use them. I rescind my endorsement of this company.  As of yesterday, there is still a groupon showing for both PeggyBank and the company that took over and that disturbs me as well.

Have you had bad service from a company that we should be warned against using? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it.

Sketch Saturday with 5 photos on Chalk-it Up Paper

Here is some Saturday Sketch inspiration for Saturday Scrapbook Sketch with Chalk-it Upyou. This layout is on Chalk-it Up by Close to my Heart and  uses strips to add something to the back of the large focal picture for interest. The same patterns are used on the bottom left side to bring the pages together with plenty of room to add the Chalk-it Up Compliments and the Chalk-it Up Assortment of signs.

Another option is you can use some solid cardstock under the right side and use the crumple distressing technique to add dimension. Change things around and use a solid color for the base and your patterns and pictures will stand out.

Remember, if you give this sketch a try, send me a picture either to 801-597-4896 or Contests@CreativelyCarol.com to be entered into the drawing for a FREE STAMP SET.

Have a creative Saturday,


Free Ribbon with Your Purchase in October

Free Ribbon with your PurchaseRibbon Revelry

You know that Close to my Heart likes to give away products and this month is no exception.

During the month of October, with each qualifying purchase of $50 USD you are eligible to receive—as a special bonus—one of two chevron ribbons FREE! Each chevron ribbon—Ruby or Outdoor Denim—has an original retail value of $6.95 USD / $7.75 CAD. So which ribbon will you get? It’s a surprise! Quantities are limited, so place your orders as early in the month as possible. Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer so you can enjoy embellishing your creations with your own surprise roll of bonus ribbon!

Dates: Offer valid October 1, 2014–October 31, 2014.