Free Cricut Design Space™ File for Halloween Treat Tags

Free Design Space Tags File #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgotcandy #free #cricut #designspace #halloweentags #tags #diytags #trickortreat #artphilosophy

Halloween may look a bit different this year than what we’re used to, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun! To keep the tradition of offering treats where treats are due, we’ve designed a few tags in Cricut Design Space™ using our festive Got Candy? paper collection and we’re sharing our designer’s file with you free, here!

The spooky themes of the Got Candy? patterned papers and stickers paired with the versatile shapes of our Art Philosophy Cricut® collection are a scream-of-a-treat all on their own! To access our free file, you will need your own access to the shapes of the Art Philosophy collection. If you do not own this Cricut® collection and would like to make the tags from this project, contact your Close To My Heart Maker to learn how.

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Four of the seven pieces are tags that come together quickly with a few cut shapes, stickers, and some ribbon. If you take a closer look at the remaining three, you’ll notice that there’s a little something extra about them.

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Free Design Space Tags File #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgotcandy #free #cricut #designspace #halloweentags #tags #diytags #trickortreat #artphilosophyFree Design Space Tags File #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgotcandy #free #cricut #designspace #halloweentags #tags #diytags #trickortreat #artphilosophy

These remaining few pieces also come together easily, but they do have some extra features! There’s a tag that has a pocket to carry a gift card, a tag that opens up to a card, and a hanging door tag that can hold a small treat (perfect for ding dong ditching!).

Whether you choose to make just one or all of these delectable handmade tags, we hope you continue to find ways to enjoy sharing the festive Halloween spirit this year. If you have any questions about these projects or would like to share ways that you’ve been using the Got Candy? paper collection, leave us a comment below!

For additional crafting fun with our Got Candy? collection, don’t forget to join us later this week, October 21 and 22, at 2 p.m. (MDT), on our Facebook page where we will be hosting a free live workshop, making scrapbook pages and treat toppers! (Visit our events page for more details.)

Free Design Space Tags File #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgotcandy #freeworkshop

Recipes:

Boo Tag
CC8202 Got Candy? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6042 Mint Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC8205 Got Candy? Loose Sequins, Z2900 Silver Star Confetti, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
#M3ED68
#M40EED
#M4232A

Hey Pumpkin Tag
CC8204 My Acrylix® Got Candy? Stamp Set, CC8201 Got Candy? Paper Packet, CC8203 Got Candy? Coordinating Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, CC8205 Got Candy? Loose Sequins, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2482 Citrus TriBlend™ Marker, Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2517 Burnt Orange TriBlend™ Marker, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
#M42475
#M4411C

Trick-or-Treat Tag
CC8204 My Acrylix® Got Candy? Stamp Set, CC8202 Got Candy? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, CC8203 Got Candy? Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC8205 Got Candy? Loose Sequins, Z3568 Black Velvet Ribbon, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z2536 Precious Metals Metallic Markers, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
#M4106A
#M462B2

Spooky Tag (or Candy Holder)
CC8202 Got Candy? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6042 Mint Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, CC8205 Got Candy? Loose Sequins, Z3568 Black Velvet Ribbon, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
#M3EBEF
#M44D3F

Ghost House Gift Card Holder Tag
CC8202 Got Candy? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6032 Wisteria Cardstock, CC8205 Got Candy? Loose Sequins, Z3570 Wisteria Ribbon, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
#M449A8
#M443DA

Happy Halloween Door Hanger Tag
CC8202 Got Candy? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, CC8203 Got Candy? Coordinating Cardstock, CC8205 Got Candy? Loose Sequins, Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
#M42B1F
#M3F7D5

Spider Card Tag
CC8204 My Acrylix® Got Candy? Stamp Set, CC8202 Got Candy? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, CC8203 Got Candy? Coordinating Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, CC8205 Got Candy? Loose Sequins, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3568 Black Velvet Ribbon, Z3767 Mini Envelope Thin Cuts, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z2498 True Black Marker, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Art Philosophy
#M42810

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Become a Close To My Heart VIP!

Close To My Heart VIP #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhvip #closetomyheartvip #vipcustomer #ctmhmakers

We love our Close To My Heart creative family, and we love being able to offer you the best deals on the best crafting materials on the market! Today, we’re going to give you an in-depth look at an exciting new way to maximize your savings with Close To My Heart and rack up rewards each time you purchase items you love!

With our new VIP Customer Program, you can sign up for an annual fee of just $35 USD*, and you get an immediate sign-up bonus of $15 in VIP Credit. VIP Credit can be redeemed for a wide selection of Close To My Heart products, including paper packets, cardstock, specialty paper, stamps, Thin Cuts, embellishments, ink pads, and so much more! To sweeten the deal, if you sign up before the end of the year (that’s December 31, 2020) your sign-up bonus credit will not be $15, but $25! That’s an additional $10 just because!

Close To My Heart VIP #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhvip #closetomyheartvip #bluebelle

Every time you make a purchase as a VIP customer, you’ll earn 15% of the retail amount of your order back in VIP credit. With these benefits, you’ll be rewarded each time you place an order with your Close To My Heart Maker! Your VIP Credits do not have an expiration date, so you can use them whenever you want! You can spend them right away or save them up for larger purchases. You won’t believe how quickly your rewards can add up and how much you can save!

Our VIP customers will also gain access to exclusive products and Facebook events throughout the year just for members of this awesome program! Our first exclusive event will take place in February 2021, and all our VIP customers who sign up before December 31 will be eligible to participate! At these VIP events, crafting experts from the Close To My Heart Home Office will showcase beautiful, exclusive artwork and demonstrate how to create each piece in step-by-step instructional workshops that you can’t view anywhere else!

Along with the numerous opportunities to earn VIP Credit, get exclusive products, and participate in private virtual events and workshops with other VIPs, this program also gives you the chance to get a Stamp of the Month set FREE with a qualifying order! For every month where you place an order of $50 USD* or more, you qualify to get the current Stamp of the Month set—typically retailing for $18.95—at no extra cost to you!

On top of all these amazing perks, you’ll get $25 USD* in VIP Credit when you sign up before December 31, 2020! That’s an extra $10, just for signing up before the end of the year! Enjoy your increased sign-up perks and participate in our inaugural offer!

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With so many benefits of signing up as a VIP Customer, it’s no wonder that thousands have already taken the opportunity to sign up! We encourage you to reach out to your Close To My Heart Maker or visit the VIP Customer page on the Close To My Heart website to sign up for the VIP Customer Program today, and watch your rewards accumulate!

*All monetary values are reflected in USD. If you live outside the United States, please contact your Close To My Heart Maker for prices specific to your market.

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It’s Time to Get Our Spook On!

Got Candy #closetomyheart #ctmh #ctmhgotcandy #gotcandy #halloween #trickortreat #workshop #scrapbooking #treatbags #treattoppers #memorykeeping #spooky

October is here, which means it’s time to get our spook on! Today, we are sparing you the tricks and are sharing with you all of the treats from our new Got Candy? collection! We also have a sneak peek into the goodies in store for our upcoming live virtual crafting event later this month!

Our Got Candy? event will take place on October 21 and 22 on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook page. Spend time crafting with us, get to know our product, or simply stop by to get inspired! This event is open and FREE for anyone to watch! An instruction guide for all of the project we are making will be posted on our Facebook page one day before the event, so you can follow along with our Home Office experts as they create these projects live. We’ll also be doing some exciting giveaways, so be sure to mark yourself as “Going” on the event page to be eligible to win!

The Got Candy? collection includes a delightful paper packet and sticker sheet, a coordinating cardstock pack, an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, and a matching set of exclusive loose sequins!

Purchase the whole collection as a bundle and save 20%! This handy bundle of hauntingly charming products will be used to create all of the projects at our Got Candy? virtual event later this month.

On the first day of our two-day crafting extravaganza, we’ll be making a wide variety of goodie bags! To add yet another treat to this awesome day, Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s 9-year-old daughter, Maya, will be joining us as a guest crafter! Maya loves crafting and is excited to share this experience with all our event participants!

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These fun treat toppers and holders are incredibly simple to put together and make a perfect project for kids and adults alike. Get everyone in on the fun and follow along with Maya as she shows you how to put these too-cute treat toppers and totes together!

Tiny treat bags aren’t the only goodies in store for our Got Candy? Facebook event. On the second day, we’ll be making some delightfully spooky scrapbook layouts. With three two-page layouts and one single page, you’ll be able to document your best Halloween memories with hauntingly beautiful style!

From fun nights of trick or treating to an unforgettable Halloween bash, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a way to preserve all those great moments. Got Candy? is the answer to your Halloween memory keeping needs, and we know you’ll love creating these layouts along with us!

These pages are easy to make, and once they come together, they look AMAZING! It doesn’t matter if you’ve been crafting for years, or if this is your first foray into memory keeping—anyone can follow along and create these beautiful layouts! With simple cutting guides for beginners and a few more advanced elements to interest veteran scrappers, our Got Candy? event projects have something for everyone!

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We can’t wait for you to join us on October 21 and 22 for the Got Candy? virtual crafting event! Remember, you need to mark yourself as “Going” on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook page at least 48 hours before we go live on the 21st in order to be eligible for the event giveaways. Can’t wait to see you all there!


RECIPES:

12″ x 12″ Spooky Trick-or-Treat Layout
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

4½” x 1½” Treat Toppers
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Clear Treat Bags, Stapler

2¾” x 4″ Treat Holders
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Clear Treat Bags, Stapler

2½” x 1½” Treat Toppers
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Clear Treat Bags, Stapler

12″ x 12″ Hey Pumpkin Layout
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3871 Star Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4311 Star Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

12″ x 12″ Happy Halloween Layout
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

12″ x 12″ Trick-or-Treat Page
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Creating Smiles, One Child at a Time

Operation Smile #ctmh #closetomyheart #operationsmile #everybitofwonderful #medicalmissions

At Close To My Heart, we are passionate not only about crafting and memory keeping, but about spreading joy wherever we can. As a part of this endeavor, we’ve partnered with Operation Smile™ for over a decade to help create smiles, one kid at a time.

Sadly, there are millions of children across the world who are unable to smile, due to a cleft lip or palate. A cleft palate is an opening or split in the roof of the mouth that occurs when the tissue doesn’t fuse together during prenatal development and often includes a split (or cleft) in the upper lip. Many children affected by this condition do not have access to adequate surgical care to restore normal function to their mouths and tend to suffer from various complications, including malnourishment, speech impediments, and even social stigma.

Operation Smile™ is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children all over the world receive safe treatment for cleft lips and palates, allowing them to lead healthier, happier lives. By providing access to timely surgical care, dental care, and medical equipment, children in more than 30 countries are able to receive the treatment they need.  

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One surgery can be done for just $250 and takes minutes to perform, but the need always outweigh the resources available. Many families will travel a considerable distance—sometimes on foot—with the hope that their child can receive treatment, and often, there are so many children in need of treatment that volunteer doctors and nurses aren’t able to attend to everyone. Many families will go to multiple Operation Smile™ mission sites before they get the gift of a life changing surgery. On top of this, many children require multiple surgeries before their cleft lip or palate can be fully repaired.

Operation Smile™ relies primarily on charitable donations to acquire supplies and support medical volunteers as they provide treatment to children who desperately need it. To help raise funds for this life changing charity, we offer a special stamp set each year, where $7 USD are taken from the proceeds of each sale and donated directly to Operation Smile™. This year, the stamp set we’ve dedicated towards this effort is the Every Bit of Wonderful set.

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This delightful floral set includes a variety of flower images and heartwarming sentiments, perfect for any project. From cards to layouts, this special stamp set is an ideal addition to bring some extra beauty to your artwork.

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Along with this beautiful stamp set, we also have two limited edition Operation Smile™ t-shirts available for purchase on the Close To My Heart website! For each t-shirt purchase, we donate $5 USD directly to Operation Smile.

In addition to the stamp set and t-shirts, for the next week only, through October 6, we’re also offering a special CTMH Kids Crafts SVG file for anyone who donates at least $1 to Operation Smile™ through our website, here. This file is compatible with most standard cutting machines and is a super cute way to add some extra flair to a layout, album, or shirt! You’ll only be able to receive this SVG for your donation through 11:59 pm (MDT) on October 6, so if you want to make a donation, now is a perfect time!

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We also offer the option of rounding up your order total to the next dollar for an Operation Smile™ donation, or you can visit our website and donate directly to Operation Smile. Even the smallest donation of a few cents can have a big impact and adds up quick!

We’re proud to announce that, so far this year, we’ve been able to raise $167,274.68 USD thanks to the incredible generosity of our customers and Consultants! We are thrilled to see the selflessness and kindness demonstrated by each donation to Operation Smile™, and we look forward to being able to offer continued support to this amazing organization as they provide treatment to children who desperately need it.

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To help support this cause, you can purchase the Every Bit of Wonderful stamp set or t-shirt, round up your order, or get on our site and make a donation directly to Operation Smile.

We want to bring as much joy as possible into this world, and we’re honored to be able to partner with Operation Smile™ to be able to bring smiles to children’s faces all around the world.


12″ x 12″ Every Bit of Wonderful Page
D1977 My Acrylix® Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, X8015S Lovely Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6048 Blue Belle Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6519 Blue Belle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z7001 Blue Belle Glitter Gems, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

3⅛” x 8″ You Are Beautiful Card
D1977 My Acrylix® Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, X8015S Lovely Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6519 Blue Belle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z7001 Blue Belle Glitter Gems, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z3784 Bright Bitty Beads, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4259 Stitched Square Frames Thin Cuts, Z4313 Square Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Cricut® Basic Shapes

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
#M46963

Basic Shapes
#M369896

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Scrapbooking with Animated Stamps

Animated Stamps #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhcreativityinmotion #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #animatedsafari

We are continuing our National Stamping Month celebrations today by using our innovative, animated stamp sets in scrapbook layouts!

Before we show you those, we hope some of you joined us over the weekend when we went live on our Facebook page in celebration of National Stamping Day! We had a great time spending the day crafting together, making animated cards specially designed for the free event, as well as sharing stamping techniques from our very own stamping experts!

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My Acrylix® You Brighten My Day Stamp Set (CC92011)

Each of the techniques in the charts below were demonstrated on camera using the exclusive National Stamping Day stamp set, You Brighten My Day, for you to follow along and add them to your personal stamping arsenal!

  • Stamping Techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #nsm #stampingtechniques
  • Stamping Techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #nsm #stampingtechniques

If you missed the live party, you are in luck! Watch the free replay by clicking on the link, here. Learn more about Close To My Heart, spend some time crafting with us, and pick up a few techniques along the way—all at your own speed!

Now, how about those scrapbook layouts we promised?!

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For this 6″ x 6″ layout, we paired the Bright Stack, which is made up of some of our favorite 12″ x 12″ paper patterns shrunk down to 6″ x 6″ proportions, with the Animated Safari Animals stamp set. On the left page, we used the Border Tab stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts to create a journaling tag that pulls out from behind the photo!

Similarly, in this second 6″ x 6″ layout, we paired the Bright Stack papers with the Animated Butterfly Kisses stamp set. We created a sense of cohesiveness throughout the layout by making our animated window a square to match the square photos on the opposite page, used the same patterned paper for the borders along the window and the photos, and printed the photos in black and white to match the black and white animation.

Animated Stamps #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhcreativityinmotion #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #animatedbutterflykisses #butterflykisses #butterfly

You’ll notice that both of these layouts were photographed outside of their Memory Protectors™. If you want to access the animation, or other interactive elements, of the pages without pulling them out of their protectors every time, you will need to have a plan before you assemble them.

One approach for access to the interactive parts is to attach these pieces to the outside of the Memory Protectors™. It’s fairly simple. If you’d prefer to keep everything tucked inside the protectors, however, there are a couple of other options.

Another way for access to the moving parts of an animated page, is the use of a craft knife. With your page in the protector, figure out where you would need to pull the tab from. Make two small marks on the protector where the top and the bottom of the slit will be, and remove your page. Then, put a few pieces of scratch cardstock under where these two marks will connect. Using a ruler, connect the marks with the craft knife to cut the slit. Remove the scratch cardstock and put your page back inside the protector, now with a slit. Pull the tab through the slit and have it rest on the outside of the protector, with the rest of the interactive element still inside. When you’re ready to animate the window or pull a journaling tab, then pull the tab through the slit.

This last idea comes from one of our viewers of our National Stamping Day! She used our Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ and combined both of our ideas. She attached the interactive elements to the outside of the page while keeping them safely tucked inside a small attachable pocket-size protector!

We are purposefully showing you these stamp sets used in 6″ x 6″ layouts, not because you can’t create something amazing and fun in a larger format, but because we have some new 6″ x 6″ album options that we didn’t get to mention in our last post, A Look Inside the New Annual Core Catalog!

  • Animated Stamps #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhcreativityinmotion #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #everdaylifealbums #minialbums
  • Animated Stamps #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhcreativityinmotion #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #storybystacy #minialbums

New to the Everyday Life™ line is this gorgeous Scarlet 6″ x 6″ album, featuring an o-ring closure and a soft, faux-leather cover. Also new this year, available for the first time as individual items, are the bright and beautiful Story by Stacy™ 6″ x 6″ albums!

We hope you are enjoying your September and really taking advantage of all the craftiness we have to offer now and through the end of the month! We’d love to hear what you’re up to in your craft rooms, so please leave us a message below!

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A Look Inside the New Annual Core Catalog!

CTMH Core Products #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #mixedmedia #diy #maker #bluebelle

There are so many reasons to love September. A favorite of ours is the release of our new annual Core Products Catalog! It makes us giddy just thinking about all of the new and exciting products that we’ve been preparing to share with all of you!

Unlike with our seasonal bimonthly catalogs, the contents of our Core Products Catalog are available for an entire year, from September through the following year’s August. This year’s Core Products Catalog is especially full of new products and ideas. We are as committed as ever to our promise of being there to show you how, including providing the right tools and products, whatever your crafting goals.

Let’s take a look at a few new things happening in our Core Products Catalog.

PAPER KITS

We have FIVE new paper kits themed and designed for year-round use!

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Lovely: If you find beauty in life’s simple pleasures, then you’ll love celebrating them with the soft colors and versatile patterns of the Lovely paper collection.

Party Time: Unwrap the ultimate paper packet for any party, featuring bright colors and a patterns that will guarantee you and your quests a good time!

(Both, the Lovely and Party Time papers, come with an optional coordinating sticker sheet, as well as coordinating cardstock!)

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Wood Grain: Add the natural texture of wood to your papercrafting palette with this collection of realistic patterned papers.

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Gold Foil Patterns: Add rich gold foil accents to any artwork using the Gold Foil Patterns paper packet, featuring six beautiful patterns in gold foil.

Silver Foil Patterns: Make your artwork shine with the Silver Foil Patterns paper packet, featuring six classic patterns in shining silver foil.

THIN CUTS

If die-cutting is your thing, then you will be pleasantly surprised by what we’ve got in store in the Core Products Catalog! We’ve got bows, leaves, dimensional flowers, card front designs, sentiments, and tons more! For space reasons, we’re only showing you two of our favorites here, but make sure to browse through the catalog to see them all.

Simple Serif:

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We’ve got a Simple Serif Uppercase stamp set, a Simple Serif Uppercase coordinating Thin Cuts die set, a Simple Serif Lowercase stamp set, and a Simple Serif Lowercase coordinating Thin Cuts die set.

While the dies and stamps work perfectly as a team, they can also be used independently from one another, providing endless possibilities for titles, accents, and more!

Waterfall:

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Create an interactive sliding element with the Waterfall Thin Cuts! The set comes with six dies, including several that are intended for your personal customization of the “waterfall.”

PERPETUAL CALENDAR

Keep track of all your important dates year after year with this Perpetual Calendar! It comes with 14 loose printed sheets and one wood base for you to design and create your own pages.

EMBELLISHMENTS

No crafting project is complete without a few finishing touches, like gems, ribbons, and acrylic shapes (to list but a few). Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll find in our Core Products Catalog:

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(Gold Star Confetti, Springtime Flower Sequins, Bold Bitty Beads, Black Acrylic Arrows, Pink Acrylic Hearts, Happy Birthday Acrylic Sentiments, Love Today Acrylic Titles, Hugs & Hello Acrylic Sentiments, Wood Stars)

MARKERS

Deep Blends TriBlend™ Markers: For those who have been with this us since last year, you’ll recall that last September we introduced the essential blends TriBlend™ markers from Spectrum Noir™. This year we are taking our color options up a notch (or three) with 24 new deep blends markers!

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Metallic Markers:Also from Spectrum Noir™, we are now offering three sets of six dual-tip metallic markers with quality, archival, water-based ink: Antique Elements, Rare Minerals, and Precious Metals!

MIXED MEDIA

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Stickles™ Glitter Gels: The assorted sizes and shapes of glitters in these gels make crafts truly sparkle! They spread easily and work great when applied through a stencil or directly onto a surface. (Moon Dust, Nebula, Solar Flare, Asteroid.)

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Gloss Sprays: Available in six colors, these are an opaque acrylic spray that dry to a glossy finish. The ink is water-soluble when wet, and permanent when dry.

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Distress Oxide™ Ink Pads: An exciting newcomer are the Distress Oxide™ ink pads. These pads feature a water-reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water! Use with stamps, stencils, or rub the pad directly on a paper surface.

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Stencils: We couldn’t give you all those pretty art supplies to use with stencils without providing you with a few options of our own! So, we designed nine 12″ x 12″ stencils, available in three separate packs of three, for use with a variety of mixed media and art techniques! These are made from reusable clear plastic stencil sheets, each cut in a unique design.

DIGITAL ART

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We’ve added 11 new digital, downloadable SVG files, to our collection as well as three new Heat Transfer vinyl colors (Red, Light Pink, and Pale Blue)! View all of these new digital art designs, here.

8″ x 12″ FLIP FLAPS™

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Add more photos and other pieces of memorabilia to your scrapbook pages with Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™! Use the adhesive strip to stick the additional pocket directly to your page or on top of the Memory Protectors. The new, 8″ x 12″ Flip Flaps™, are a great size for including certificates and other large-scale items! (Attaches vertically or horizontally.)

NEW COLORS

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We’ve added several new colors to our exclusive color palette this month! Our favorite, and Color of the Year, is this beautiful blue hue aptly named, Blue Belle! Keep a sharp eye out for it throughout the coming year, and you’ll find hints of Blue Belle in a wide variety of our new products. (To see what other new colors we have in store, talk to your Consultant or take a look at our exclusive color palette in our Core Products Catalog.)

CRAFT WITH HEART™ CARDMAKING KIT

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It’s September, and that means there’s a new Craft with Heart™ cardmaking kit available, now and through the end of December!

Each kit includes materials to create a set of 24 beautiful, handmade cards, that come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more. Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with a stamping block and mini ink pad, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them. Keep up with all the occasions in your life with a Craft with Heart™ cardmaking subscription!

Dear friends, this is truly just the tip of the iceberg here. There are many, many more new products that you don’t want to miss out on. Make sure to visit with your Close to My Heart Consultant to see all that we have in store, or explore our Core Products Catalog online, here.

Merry Christmas! Happy crafting! 😉

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Creativity Is in Motion with Animated Stamps!

Now that National Stamping Month is underway, it’s time to celebrate! This year, we’ve pulled out all the stops with our Creativity in Motion special, which introduces a brand-new line of animated stamps! These animated stamps create images that literally dance on the page and provide a fun, interactive crafting experience you’ll have to see to believe!

The Creativity in Motion special includes three animated My Acrylix® stamp sets—Animated Sentiments, Animated Butterfly Kisses, and Animated Safari Animals. These stamps add a touch of magic to any project and allow you to create artwork like no other.

Check out this playful safari animal dance party! You can almost hear the music playing as these little guys show off their moves!

Looking for something a little more sophisticated? The Animated Butterfly Kisses set has just the right balance of sweet, delicate, and refined, giving you the perfect recipe for an unforgettable card.

If whimsy is what you’re after, go with the Animated Sentiments stamp set! These stamps will bring your words to life and are sure to delight!

Animated stamp sets are a ton of fun, but they need a little bit of help to really dazzle. Along with the three animated stamp sets shown above, the Creativity in Motion special also includes specialized Animation Sheets. These acetate sheets are printed with thin, black lines. These lines cover portions of the animated stamp images, but when they are pulled, the lines cover different parts of the stamp, creating the illusion of movement.

The Creativity in Motion special also includes the Border Tab stamp set and Thin Cuts metal dies. Together, they allow you create pull tabs to help guide the animated stamp experience. With simple instructive sentiments like “pull here” or “SLIDE,” and a few more fun options like “fancy,” “surprise,” “OOOH,” and “AAAH,” the Border Tab stamp set gives you plenty of options to create personalized pull tabs for your animated artwork. The Border Tab Thin Cuts metal dies allow for even more personalization with four fun shape options!

The Creativity in Motion special also includes our brand-new 6″ x 6″ Bright Stack; we’ve taken some of our favorite paper patterns from past collections and shrunk them down from their original 12″ x 12″ versions to create this adorable mini paper packet!

Creativity in Motion has a ton to offer, and all of it is designed to give you the best crafting experience possible. To help guide you through the process of creating an animated card from start to finish, we’ve developed a handy step-by-step guide, which you can download here.

We’ve also put together a short instructional video, demonstrating how each component fits together. Check it out to see this animated crafting action for yourself!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into the world of animated stamps, and we can’t wait to see how you innovate your own artwork with animated stamps. Got any ideas about how you want to use these stamps? Tell us about them in the comments below, and happy crafting!


4¼” x 5½” Hey Foxy Card (Vertical)
CC9203 My Acrylix® Animated Safari Animals Stamp Set, CC9204 My Acrylix® Border Tab Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC9207 6″ x 6″ Bright Stack, CC9205 Animation Sheets, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3813 Desert Rose Shimmer Brush, CC9206 Border Tab Thin Cuts, Z4259 Stitched Square Frames Thin Cuts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thank You Card (Horizontal)
CC9201 My Acrylix® Animated Sentiments Stamp Set, CC9204 My Acrylix® Border Tab Stamp Set, X6055 Desert Rose Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC9207 6″ x 6″ Bright Stack, CC9205 Animation Sheets, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, CC9206 Border Tab Thin Cuts, Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” For My Beautiful Friend Card (Vertical)
CC9202 My Acrylix® Animated Butterfly Kisses Stamp Set, CC9204 My Acrylix® Border Tab Stamp Set, X6034 Sangria Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC9207 6″ x 6″ Bright Stack, CC9205 Animation Sheets, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3810 Scarlet Shimmer Brush, CC9206 Border Tab Thin Cuts, Z4259 Stitched Square Frames Thin Cuts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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20 Pocket Scrapbooking Tips & Ideas

For a lot of us, September marks the beginning of one of the busier times of the year. The “-ber” months. With the start of a new and unique school year, followed by the most celebrated family centered seasonal time, including fall festivities, then Thanksgiving, and eventually Hanukah and Christmas, during which we try to cram as much jubilee as possible into our already busy lives—we all have so much going on, and it may feel like there is just no time to dedicate to preserving all of these fond, albeit sometimes somewhat hectic, memories.

What if we told you that scrapbooking can be fast, simple, and easy! It is a perfect time to discover, or rediscover, the simplicity of scrapbooking in pockets! By using Memory Protectors™ with multiple pockets, you can quickly catch up on your scrapbooking or just add photos, art, and journaling (and any other keepsake that you can fit into a pocket) to your albums.

From how to tell a story to the creating of the artwork that goes along with it, pocket scrapbooking is a memory keeping style all its own. If you are new to this style of scrapbooking or are simply looking for inspiration for your pages, we’ve compiled a list of artwork tips and ideas for you below!

Pocket Scrapbooking Tips & Ideas:

1. Fill no more than half your pockets on a page with non-photo elements.

2. Stick to a color palette, pulling color ideas from your photos.

3. Use Picture My Life™ pocket cards (designed to coordinate with each other in theme and color).

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4. Design and make your own pocket cards from papers, Thin Cuts, stickers, and stamps. (This is a great way to use up some of your scraps, too!)

5. Fill pockets with other things, besides cards or photos (ticket stubs, loose Cricut® shapes, sequins, etc.).
Tip: We sealed the sequins pocket you see in our example so the sequins wouldn’t fall out.

6. Make a statement and split large titles or photos into multiple squares.
Tip: Consider printing a large 6 x 8 photo and split it up into several pockets!

7. Use the negative space of a Cricut® shape to create a pocket card. If the space is large enough, back it with a light color cardstock and use the space for journaling. If you are cutting several small shapes (like our 2019 below), back it with cardstock or any other paper that will add interest to your layout.

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8. Add a sentiment to your photos by stamping directly on them
Tip: If your photo has any sort of finish on them, we recommend you use StazOn™ ink. If it is a truly matte photo, Archival Black is a good choice.

9. Don’t want to stamp on your photos but want a similar effect? Stamp directly onto the pocket Memory Protector™ with StazOn™ ink, instead.

10. Add embellishments to the outside of the Memory Protectors™.

11. Use Flip Flaps™! If you have too many photos or things that you want to work into a page but not enough pockets (or enough to fill whole other page) add these stick on pockets that flip up (or in any direction that you attach them) to reveal whatever is underneath!

12. Similarly, if you have too many photos for a traditional scrapbook layout, and don’t want to create another layout with all of the remaining photos, use pocket pages to display these.

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13. If you have a piece of memorabilia to display that is too small for a pocket, mount it onto a piece of paper that will fit.

14. Create a window to the next page in your album by partially filling a pocket (use a smaller photo, half a pocket card, etc.).

15. Number your photos to give your page or layout a more narrative direction. Take this a step further by adding numbered journaling to a pocket card that corresponds with the numbered photos.

16. Create color visual triangles. This means to purposefully place the same color in three different places that, when connected, form a triangle.

17. Don’t have time, or care for, writing in full paragraphs? Use bullet journaling to keep track of the details of a memory!

18. If one of your pockets is holding a card that you want to remember to pull out when you revisit the page, add a tab along the edge of the card on the open side of the pocket.

19. Easily add some visual interest to your photos by trimming them down ¼” and mounting them on a piece of paper that fits the pockets exactly, creating a border around your photos.

20. Sometimes things don’t fit in pockets—like notes, journal pages, your grandma’s favorite clock—take photos of these things to include them in your stories.

21. We said 20, so this one is a bonus: plan ahead. If you know you will be going on a tropical vacation, or camping, or pumpkin picking—there are activities that you know for certain you will be participating in (playing on the beach, sitting around a camp fire, walking through a pumpkin patch, etc.). When you are scrapbooking with pockets, it’s easy to lay out some pages really quickly for these types of events without having the photos yet. Once you have them, add them. If you don’t like the way it’s laid out, rearrange! Easy-peasy!

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If you just went through our list and still find yourself at a loss for how to begin, or otherwise feel that your finished pocket layouts didn’t turn out quite right, try revisiting one of our previous posts, 5 Approaches to Pocket Scrapbooking, where we share additional ideas to get you thinking about how to create a pocket page or layout, and to get you up to speed on this popular style of scrapbooking.

Whether you’re cutting things up, attaching them to a pocket card, or creating a pocket for a group of items—there is no wrong way to tell your story. In the comments below, share with all of us how you are using pocket scrapbooking in your memory keeping.


Recipes:12″ x 12″ Hooray for Today Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
D1938 My Acrylix® Love Lives Here Stamp Set, D1926 My Acrylix® Simple Florals Stamp Set, X9017 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6047 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7258D Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ Cards, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z1950 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 3, Z1951 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 4

6″ x 8″ On this Day Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
D1929 My Acrylix® Paper Pal Beach Day Stamp Set, D1932 My Acrylix® Joyful Sunflower Stamp Set, CC7203 Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7258D Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ Cards, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3191 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z3192 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 1

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Gnome Matter What Card & Sponging Technique

Today we are assembling this incredibly endearing Love You Gnome Matter What card! To help us get things just right, we asked our Creative Arts Manager and trusty friend, Karen Pedersen, to join us!

If you’d like to assemble your card along side Karen as you watch her in action, you will need to prepare a few things first.

Using the Gnome Matter Stamp + Thin Cuts, stamp the gnome with the pointed hat and the toadstools with flowers on white cardstock using Archival Black ink, then die-cut the shapes. For the hill, cut a half-circle out of Sage cardstock and stamp it with a few small flowers using Sage ink.

Karen talks about how to color your stamped images, and also shares some tips for using Stickles™ glitter glue. (If you’d like to duplicate our card exactly, we used Silver and Christmas Red Stickles™ glitter glue, and Dull Green, Earth Brown, Light Yellow, Pale Pink, and Fair Skin TriBlend™ markers.)

The first thing Karen will show us in the video below, is how to recreate the beautiful sky background of this card using a simple sponging technique. For this step, you will need a blank card base, Carolina and Bluebird stamp pads, a round sponge and scissors, sticky notes, and several cut-out cloud shapes. (We made our clouds using Cricut® shape #M412A0C, from our Artistry Cricut® collection.)

If you’re all set (and even if you’re not and just want to watch a video for some inspiration) here’s our friend Karen recreating the Love You Gnome Matter What card:

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