Complement Day!!! (AND GIVEAWAY!!)

Did you know that we have over 1,500 national (unofficial 😉 ) holidays here in the United States? Observed annually on January 24th is compliment day—a day specifically set aside to pay attention, acknowledge something nice about someone, and to then share your sincere observations with that person. What an easy way to brighten someone’s day and spread joy!

Since it would be near impossible to sincerely share a compliment with each and every one of you, we thought we’d put our own Close To My Heart spin on things and celebrate this holiday by sharing our Complements instead! We can think of no better way to do this than by showing you how easy it is to use them and by giving some away to our loyal blog readers!

For those of you new to the lingo, Complements are stickers and die-cuts designed to complement, or complete, our creative collections. Each of our collections features a coordinating paper packet and other embellishments, like sequins, gems, and trims, all following the same color scheme and design esthetic. This makes it easy for you to find coordinating products for any given papercrafting project.

With the launch of our newest catalog, Seasonal Expressions 1, we have four new creative collections for you to pick from. Take a look at how we made use of each collection’s complements in the artwork below. Then, decide which one is your favorite for a chance to win it, FREE!

Chelsea Gardens

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Make Waves

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You’ll notice that each card and scrapbook page was made without any stamping, using only our Complements for titles and embellishments. Cardmaking and scrapping can really be that easy!

Stargazer

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Gimme Some Sugar

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Now that we’ve got your attention with our complements, it’s your turn to acknowledge something nice about them! In the comments below, tell us which collection is your favorite and why. For a chance to win it free, make sure you are also subscribed to this blog. It’s super easy—just push the blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar! 🙂 After you’ve complimented us, we’ll select some lucky winners to receive their choice of Complements, FREE! We’re giving away three sets of Complements from each new collection and you can only win one, so make sure to share this giveaway with your friends! Don’t delay, all qualifying entries must be submitted by 11 a.m. (MST) tomorrow, February 24.

We believe that compliments should be given away freely every day, so make the extra effort today and really spread that love and admiration you have for the people in your life by sharing some sincere praise.

Can’t wait to hear from you!


Recipes

4Âź” x 5½” We’re In This Together Card (Horizontal)
X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ × 12″ Today Page
X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7230D Chelsea Gardens Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems, Z4154 Cream Ribbon, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4Âź” x 5½” There Is Something Beautiful Card (Vertical)
X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4146 Make Waves Shimmer Trim

12″ × 12″ Shine Page
X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7227D Make Waves Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z4146 Make Waves Shimmer Trim, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4Âź” x 5½” One of a Kind Card (Vertical)
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots

12″ × 12″ One of a Kind Page
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7229D Stargazer Coordinating Cardstock, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z4145 Light Grey Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4Âź” x 5½” Friends Card (Vertical)
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ × 12″ Fine & Dandy Page
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements, Z4153 Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes, Z4144 Peacock-stitched Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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The Importance of Handwriting in Memory Keeping

There’s something to be said about the beauty of a handwritten memory. With so much technology readily available, the art of handwriting has faded in today’s instant world. Instead of writing letters and keeping journals, we tend to opt for a quick email or text and a social media update. These communication and storytelling mediums have their purpose, but memory keeping is not always one of them.


Part of Your Identity

Is there anything more personal than handwriting? We all have a unique way of writing that, in more ways than one, expresses our personality. The way we dot our i’s and cross our t’s, our spacing between letters and words, and even the pressure we apply with the pen tells us something about who we are or what we may be experiencing in that moment. There are expressions and impressions that can be read from the way we carve each word. Were we thoughtful, happy, sad, tense, or enthusiastic? Readers connect with the honesty and vulnerability of handwritten memories. As we preserve our memories in our scrapbooks, handwriting is also part of the story. Even if it feels imperfect, it is an extension of ourselves that is important to include in the stories we preserve and share with others.

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Thoughtful and Intentional Journaling

Writing by hand tends to slow us down, forcing thoughtful and intentional words. Editing occurs less as we write, often making it a better reflection of our genuine self. Physically writing out a page of words takes more time and energy but it also engages our creativity. Handwritten journaling can show that we put more thought and effort into something that could easily be typed in less time, leaving a lasting impression on the reader. By writing our stories in our scrapbooks, we’re assigning greater meaning to our memories–moments that might otherwise get lost.


Keepsakes

Handwritten memories become keepsakes. Consider old letters exchanged between your grandparents and compare them to text messages we send today. Which is a keepsake truly worth saving? The same goes with writing in cards, letters, journals, and scrapbook pages. The stories and memories saved in handwriting are more likely to get passed down from generation to generation and held tightly and close by those who admire and love us. Texting, emails, and social media are all signs of the times. It could be fun to screenshot a text conversation and scrapbook it. It is part of our lives after all, but typed words don’t evoke our personality the same way that handwriting does. Including it in our scrapbooks enhances the story and the value of the keepsakes we create.

Perfectly imperfect, writing by hand is an investment we make to share a piece of ourselves in the stories we tell for others. Whether you love your handwriting or can barely stand it, we encourage you to share this piece of yourself in your memory keeping—everyone who looks through your scrapbooks will be glad you did.

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Workspace Wonder™ Organization

January is a great time to start fresh, clean things out, and work on new goals. As you’ve been thinking about New Year’s resolutions, did anything on your list include adding more organization into your life? Maybe your closet or your pantry need some love, but don’t forget about your crafting space, too! Clear the clutter and make your space work for you with Workspace Wonder™, our customizable organization storage solution.

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The individual components of the Workspace Wonder line stack on top of each other in a variety of combinations, so you can mix and match the pieces to create a storage solution that’s perfectly tailored to your crafting style and space. And if your needs change, you can easily rearrange the pieces again to get the right fit for you. There are so many possibilities for stacking and storing—you’ll want to discover them all!

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Making sure everything has a place is so important. When things are put away and organized, it lets your mind relax, allowing your mental and physical space to be creative. Just having a room that is organized can help you be more creative while crafting (and who doesn’t want that!).

Tools, ribbon, ink pads, markers, and embellishments can all have the perfect home with the Workspace Wonder system. Do you have stacks of 12″ x 12″ cardstock that need to be put away? Stacked Workspace Wonder paper trays will help with exactly that. Top them off with a large tray and a marker stack or tool cubby for additional organization space.

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Keeping your craft room organized can also be a huge time-saver, making your time more efficient. What happens when you can’t find that one ink pad or marker you need to finish a project? You spend time frantically searching your craft room, and sometimes even the rest of your house. Keeping supplies like ink pads organized with Workspace Wonder is easy! You can use stamp pad stacks on the carousel base and top. One swivel, and you have exactly what you need, no frustrating search required.

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Staying organized can be a challenge, especially when it comes to scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting, but it helps you be more productive and more creative. Organized space saves time when working on projects and reduces stress. Embrace the joy of an organized crafting space this year by using Workspace Wonder to keep all of your creative supplies in the perfect place.

Let us know how you use Workspace Wonder to craft your workspace in the comments below!

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Color Theory: Complementary Colors and How to Use Them

Colors are important in making our artwork look good. But, how can you know if your color choices will work well together? When in doubt, you can rely on the basics of color theory to always make good color decisions.

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This is the Close To My Heart color wheel, made up of all of our exclusive colors.

(Download your printable CTMH color wheel here.)

Complementary colors are two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, such as Cranberry and Willow (red and green), and Goldrush and Pacifica (orange and blue). If you notice, one side of the color wheel is made up of warm colors while the other is made up of cool colors. Complementary colors, since they are across from one another, will have one of each. They create a vibrant contrast, making each other pop without being jarring to the eye.

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When you’re creating your art, in this case a scrapbook page, avoid using the two colors equally. To keep your artwork interesting, try using one of the colors primarily as a background and the other for accents.

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You can create something beautiful using one set of complementary colors. Like in this card and the page above, simply incorporating different hues of the same color (or color family) will give your art the visual interest we all seek.

Knowing how to properly use color will only enhance your artwork. Look for a new Color Theory post every month where we will share basic color concepts and artwork inspiration to help you make flawless color decisions that will elevate your artwork.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Wonderful Page
D1757 My Acrylix® Stargazer—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

CricutÂŽ Shapes:
Artbooking
1Âź”, 1½” Shift + Border <L> (p. 66, M46848)

4Âź” x 5½” The World Is Yours to Explore Card (Horizontal)
B1565 My Acrylix® A New Adventure Stamp Set, X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

CricutÂŽ Shape:
Artbooking
2½” Shift + Border <TeamWork> (p. 83., M46F65)

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How to Use Your Love Letters Leftovers

Last week, we introduced the rose gold monogram Love Letter kits and shared some useful tips and tricks to assemble these like a crafting pro. One of the great things about these kits is that they come with more die-cut florals and stickers than you are likely to use on a single letter, which means that once your letter is complete and on display, you’ll have extra pieces to use on other projects—music to every crafter’s ears, right?! Today, we have some ideas on how you can use those leftover pieces on a few other paper crafting creations.

For starters, each kit comes with a 6″ x 6″ sheet of rose gold foil letter stickers. Once you’ve completed your Love Letter, you will surely have a good amount of stickers left over. Whatever you do, don’t throw them away! This gorgeous rose gold sticker alphabet works wonders in creating card sentiments and scrapbook titles!

As for the leftover floral pieces and banners, consider these as yet another tool in your crafting arsenal to use as embellishments and accents for any project.

Check out what we came up with below.

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In what other ways are you using your Love Letters leftovers? Share with us in the comments below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Together Forever Layout
Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3: Pattern 2, CC1347 Love Letters—C, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5958 Peacock Cardstock, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

4Âź” x 5½” Thank Card (Vertical)
CC1347 Love Letters—C, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Sewing Machine

4Âź” x 5½” Thinking of You Card (Horizontal)
CC1347 Love Letters—C, B1563 My Acrylix® Sending Prayers, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Gift Tag
CC1347 Love Letters—C, B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

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Designer Travel: On-the-Go Crafting In Style

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Our newest idea book has just launched, and we are dying to tell you about a whole new line of products! Designer Travel is our new, stylish, on-the-go organization system specifically designed to work with all of your favorite Close To My Heart Products, from papers and tools to markers and stamps!

Review the images below to learn more about each of the new products in the line. To see how the pieces all work together, watch the video that follows.

 

 

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Carry-all Case. Hard-case bag with gold accents; attaches to trolley and fits paper insert or other Designer Travel storage cases.

 

 

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Paper Insert. Six-pocket accordion-style insert sized to hold 12″ x 12″ paper; snaps into carry-all case, creating an additional two pockets.

 

 

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Tool Case. Five internal mesh pockets sized to hold various tools and embellishments; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

 

 

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Block Case. Five internal mesh pockets sized to hold My AcrylixŽ blocks; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

 

 

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Marker Case. Holds up to 26 markers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

 

 

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Ink Case. Holds 10 stamp pads with two movable dividers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

 

 

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Stamp Case. Holds 15 stamp sets with two movable dividers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Designer Travel system is both beautiful and functional. Organize, store, and easily transport your supplies and current projects anywhere your crafting takes you!

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Love Letters Giveaway!

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As we welcome a new year, we are also celebrating National Papercrafting Month! And, to help you celebrate with us, we created a beautiful letter kit for you to assemble, customize, and display using your own personal flair. What’s more, WE ARE GIVING AWAY THREE OF THESE LOVE LETTERS KITS in the next 72 hours!

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All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Friday, January 5th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

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Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.

As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.

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2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.

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3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)

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4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.

These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!

We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!

For even MORE CHANCES TO WIN, visit us on Instagram and Facebook where we are giving even more of these away! (What?!) Make sure to follow us for details on how to enter these separate drawings!!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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What to Do with Christmas Cards After the Holidays

Phew! You can take a deep breath now—Christmas is over and you can calmly go about your business getting back to a “normal” routine. There are decorations to be put away, a tree to take down, presents to find places for, goodies and leftovers galore to eat your way through… but all in its own time.

One item that perplexes many is the stack of Christmas cards that you’ve received over the past few weeks (and which will probably keep trickling in over the next few weeks, too!). You’ve probably got a great system for displaying them when they come in, but now that Christmas is over what is to become of them?

We shudder at the thought of throwing away those cute photos and heartfelt greetings from loved ones and bygone friends, but the alternative of shoveling the stack into a box and shoving it onto an obscure and cluttered shelf under the stairs seems scarcely better. Luckily we have some great ideas to help you find a more fitting home for these keepsakes.

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Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ to the rescue! This Christmas cards 2017 layout gives you a beautiful place to preserve those photos. The layout itself uses neutral colors and simple design elements in order to give visual preference to the photos, which likely do not all conform to a unified color scheme. Cards that are larger than 4″ x 6″ can be trimmed to fit into the Flip Flaps, or you can even just trim out a part of the photo and add it to the page, discarding the rest of the card.

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Cards that do not include family photos can benefit from similar treatment, incorporated as design elements into a layout like this one. By using the Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors, you can add these cards to a layout so that the designed card front looks like any other design element, but the card can still be pulled out and read for the message inside.

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Another project that works well for pulling together different elements is a mini-album. Once again, you can include entire cards, trim them to fit, or cut out elements you’d like to preserve.

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Christmas cards come in all shapes and sizes, and so do mini albums! Here’s another album idea that takes a vertical approach by binding all the cards together with a piece of ribbon threaded through punched holes in each of the pages.

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Use this idea to incorporate all kinds of cards, from photo cards, to traditional, folding cards and notes, which can be tucked into basic pockets in your album. As the creator of your album, you can make it to fit the cards that you want to keep.

When your friends and family members go to the trouble of sending you a Christmas card, that is an act of caring that deserves better treatment than to be stuck on a fridge or a board for a month and then discarded! Now that we’ve given you some ideas of what to do with them, you have an alternative that will keep their warm holiday wishes around all year—and isn’t that what we hope will happen every Christmas?


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Christmas Cards 2017 Layout
A1182 My AcrylixÂŽ Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, C1688 My AcrylixÂŽ First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My AcrylixÂŽ Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3231 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″, Z3389 CricutÂŽ You Are Here Collection, Sewing Machine

CricutÂŽ Shapes:
You Are Here
1½” <font> “2017”

12″ x 12″ Jolly Festive Holiday Layout
D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1

5½” x 7½” Merry Christmas 2017 Mini Album
D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, D1743 My Acrylix® Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set, B1567 My Acrylix® Hallelujah Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Sewing Machine

CricutÂŽ Shapes:
You Are Here
1″ <font> “2017”

Artbooking
4Âź” Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83, #M46F6E)
1Âź” <Merry> (p. 75, #M58114)

5Âź” x 7Âź” Beary Merry Christmas Card Flip Book
C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Hole Punch

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From Jeanette: My Christmas Wish

Lynton Family

What a wonderful time of year! I love the opportunity to celebrate the birth and life of our Savior with the world, and with each of you! I can say without a doubt that I have been blessed immensely this year to count you among my friends.

My beautiful grandchildren are a constant reminder to me of how simple and carefree life can be when we focus on the good things in life. Christmas through the eyes of a child is especially magical. There is so much anticipation, hope, and unconditional love in every moment. And if you’re fortunate enough, you may catch a glimpse of it through a quick twinkle in their eyes.

My hope for each of us both during this special season and any time throughout the year is to be more like children. Love unconditionally, forgive easily and often, and focus on all of the good—and there is so much good—in this world.

I love my grandkids with all of my heart for the innocent lessons they teach me on a regular basis. And, I love all of you. Thank you for being so much of the good that is in my life.

May your lives be merry and bright and full of unconditional love this Christmas!

Jeanette

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