A Pastel Christmas

Red and green, silver and gold—we love the traditional holiday color palette. This season, why not have a little fun and switch things up! Venture into the trendy world of pastel colors and try incorporating them in your Christmas cardmaking and scrapbooking projects.

Pastel color schemes are an easy way to give your holiday crafts a feminine, sophisticated look or a cool, vintage feel.

Take a look at how we are using pastels for Christmas projects this year.

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This scrapbook page shows you how to mix and match cardstock, paper packets, and Complements to create a completely different color scheme. The pastel color palette gives the project a delicate tone that draws attention to the photos, while the silver glitter die-cuts add some classic holiday bling.

If you like this color trend for your layouts but aren’t too confident you can pull it off without a little bit of help, give our Noelle Cut Above® layout kit a try.

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Featuring the dreamy hues of the pastel holiday trend, this kit is the perfect option for easy memory keeping! The kit includes base pages, stickers, die-cuts, Memory Protectors™, and instructions—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen! (If you are worried about whether or not your photos will match, try printing them in black and white. Not only would black and white photos look great on this layout, but they would also create a vintage finish to your pages.)

 

Paired with black and white, a pastel color scheme can add a touch of class to holiday crafts, including cards. Adding a Christmas sentiment with sparkles and silver glitter trim keeps things festive.

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If you prefer a softer, vintage feel, you can combine pink or blue with silver, like the card above. This card features an embossed sentiment and some simple silver embellishments. We’ve created extra dimension by using our Tree Line Border Thin Cuts and both sides of our two-toned Linen cardstock.

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As you get your holiday crafting underway, don’t foget to try this trend out with your gift tags, too!Pastel Christmas Trend #ctmh #closetomyheart #pastel #Christmas #trend #bashful #silver #glitter #pink #lightblue #juniper #December #gift #tags #diy

Maybe holiday reds and greens aren’t your thing, or maybe you’re looking for something new this year. Pastel color schemes can help you create Christmas projects that are subtle and elegant or fresh and classy. Give it a try! Tell us how you’re using this color trend in your projects in the comments.


Recipes

Merry Christmas Page
X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

 4¼” x 5½” ‘Tis the Season Card
C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
2½” Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30, #M41036A)

4¼” x 5½” Have a Wonderful Christmas Card
C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Die-cutting Machine

Gift Tags
C1692 My Acrylix® The Thought that Counts Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3216 White Twine, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags, Die-cutting Machine

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5 Quick Ways to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table!

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When preparing for Thanksgiving, it seems that one of the most often overlooked aspects of the dinner is the actual place setting. You think of the food—how to prepare it, how to get it all to cook on time, how to keep it all warm. You think of the pies—if it’s the day of the big event and you don’t have a pie, then you’re already too late. Then there’s the guest list—do you admit you’re actually related to all of those crazy people and have them over to your house? ☺

Who has the time to think of a place setting? We do! And we want to share with you how quickly you can put together a few pieces using our Basics Fundamental paper collection that will leave your guests feeling like you’ve been planning this for weeks!

The very first thing that will go on your table (after a tablecloth, if that’s your thing) is a placemat.

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Make a 12″ x 16″ placemat by sewing a 4½” x 12″ piece of coordinating paper to one of our 12″ x 12″ paper sheets. Use the extra ½” to overlap in the back for attaching.

Let your guests know where to sit with a personalized name place pumpkin!

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This little gourd is easier to make than it looks. First, cut 12 kidney shaped pieces of the same size from the paper of your choice. We created our own template and cut each piece by hand, each measuring approximately 3″ x 4½” (there are also plenty of Cricut® shapes that will fit the bill). Then, score each piece down the middle and start gluing them together, aligning the round edges and leaving the scored part exposed, creating a “book” of sorts.

(These two images are from a different project illustrating the same technique.)

Once all of your pieces are stacked and glued to each other, attach a small straw or dowel to the “binding” and wrap the pumpkin around it, gluing the top and bottom of your stack together, creating the pumpkin shape. Add some embellishments to the top, including your guest’s name, and you’re done!

Next, you will need a napkin band.

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Wrap some Kraft paper around your napkin and utensils to see how big of a piece you will need for your setting. For ours, we used a 2″ x 9″ piece that overlapped about 2″ in the back for easy securing with glue dots. We added a zip strip around the middle before attaching a 2½” circle with a thoughtful stamped sentiment for the guest. (Earn some extra brownie points here by making each sentiment unique to the person reading it!). At this point you can either leave your band as is, for that “minimalist” look, or add some embellishments.

Complete your guest’s dining experience with a few final touches.

Using our trusty Cricut® You Are Here Collection, we cut up a bunch of these 3½” leaves from silver foil, vellum, and patterned paper. Before cutting the foil, we embossed it with our leaves embossing folder to add some textured details. And to add a touch of color to our vellum leaves, we simple used a waterbrush with some watercolor paints. Before you’re ready to scatter these leaves, curl them slightly by wrapping them around your finger or another rounded edge.

Lastly, make a card!

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Make a card for your guests and write a message inside thanking them for coming to your home. Or, use this card as an opportunity for everyone at the table to consider what they are grateful for and have them write it down inside.

There you have it! Five quick ways to dress up your Thanksgiving table!

The holidays can be stressful when trying to make everything look and taste just right. We hope you take a few of these ideas and make them your own, taking some of that stress away and allowing you to enjoy the reason for the season a little bit more.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Recipes

 12″ x 16″ Placemat
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Sewing Machine

Name Place Pumpkin
Z4041 Falling for You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida™ LePen™ Journaling Pen, Pumpkin Template, Straw

 Napkin Band
B1570 My Acrylix® Your Thoughts Here Stamp Set, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Leaves
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush-Small Round, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shape:
You Are Here
3½” Icon-4 <a> (p. 21, #M27629BD)

4¼” x 4¼” “Grateful Heart” Card
B1569 My Acrylix® A Grateful Heart Stamp Set, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z2468 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 7 Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker

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DIY Ribbon Christmas Gifts

If you’re looking for an easy Christmas gift idea for a neighbor, teacher, or friend—look no further! We’ve come up with a few crafty ways to make some quick and easy gifts for the Christmas holiday using your ribbon stash! A lot of us tend to think of ribbon in two ways, the lone strips on a card or scrapbook page and sometimes the additional bow. Today we want to show you just how much more fun there is to be had with these embellishing trims!

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First up is a ribbon tree! This little tree was made using a 9″ foam cone decorated by 3″ ribbon strips that were folded into a loop and attached with pushpins. The star topper is simply one of our gold glitter stickers from the Silver & Gold Complements attached to a toothpick with a glue dot! And, don’t miss those gold glitter gems circling the very top layer of ribbon. This project comes together rather quickly, is easy to make, and all of your friends will want one! Don’t be fooled by the size of this tree: it will require a lot of ribbon—approximately six spools of it. If you like the look but don’t want to use that much ribbon, talk to your Consultant for an alternate option where you use paper instead!

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Now, if you have a larger stash of ribbon, consider a ribbon wreath! This wreath is an easy assembly as well; all you have to do is tie 5″ pieces of ribbon onto a 12″ wire wreath frame.

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Once all of our ribbon was tied on, we added a few silver glitter snowflakes made from our Cricut® Flower Market Collection and created a banner for the center (also with our Cricut® Flower Market Collection).

Don’t have the time or the ribbon to make these first two projects? Try the following ornaments out!

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Crafters of all ages will enjoy making this little guy. Made up of ribbon scraps, this ornament comes together as quickly as you can tie the ribbons to a small twig (or cinnamon stick)! Once all of your ribbons are tied on, trim the edges to create the triangle shape, attach some string at the top and embellish with a sticker. That’s it!

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This last one is a slightly more sophisticated ornament, but still quite easy to assemble, making it a beautiful gift idea. Simply pick up a few small embroidery hoops at your local craft store (we used a 3″ and 4″) and add some weaved satin ribbons. Trim off any excess, embellish with Complements if you’d like, and hang with another piece of ribbon or twine.

As you’re thinking of gifts for your neighbors, teachers, and friends this holiday, consider making them one or more of these simple crafty ribbon projects.

And it just so happens that all of our fundamental ribbon packs, which we used in all of the artwork in this post, are on sale this month at 30% off! Make sure to take advantage of this offer while it lasts!


Recipes

Ribbon Tree
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, 9″ Foam Cone, Straight Pins, Toothpick

Winter Wonderland Wreath
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5947 Mink Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, 12″ Wire Wreath Frame

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2½” Title <a> (p. 21, MD43227)
2½” Shift + Title <A>  (p. 21, MD43227)
2″, 2½” Shift + Icon <A>
 (p. 21, MD432F6)

Ribbon Tree Ornament
Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Grapevine Wire

Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, 3″ and 4″ Embroidery Hoops

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Free Basics Fundamental 64 Card Workshop Pattern!

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We’re giving you more free patterns today! This time, instead of a scrapbooking layout, we’ve got a workshop for you and your friends to make 64 gratitude cards—8 cards in 8 designs—using our Basics Fundamental paper packet, which so happens to be on sale right now at 30% off!

These patterns were originally introduced at our 2016 convention as part of a Fundamentals card workshop. We’ve simply updated the cutting diagrams and flat patterns and created some new cards with one of our favorite paper packets!

All you will need to recreate these cards is one of each of the following:
B1536 My Acrylix® All the Thanks Stamp Set
Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Workshop Patterns and Cutting Diagrams

Download the patterns above and let the cardmaking extravaganza begin!

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DIY Photo Cards!

By this time of year most of us have already taken new family photos (or have them planned for the very near future) in anticipation of turning them into beautiful Christmas cards to share (and show off ☺).

This year, instead of having someone else print and make your holiday cards, make them yourself! We’ve prepared some tips to show you how to personalize your cards even more using your creativity rather than someone else’s ready-made template.

Check out the tips below as you’re thinking of all the people you plan to send a little holiday cheer to.

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Tip #1: When stamping on your photo, use one with lots of negative space.

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To stamp a holiday message directly on your photo, choose one that has lots of negative space, like the photo above. Negative space is all of the area surrounding the subject of your photo. Using a photo with plenty of negative space gives you a place to stamp your holiday message without covering the subject—like the face of one of your family members!

Tip #2: Matte photo paper works the best with any ink.

Printing your photos on matte photo paper is the best option for using them as photo Christmas cards. Matte paper works well with any ink. If you like the raised look and feel of embossing, matte photo paper is also the best option. You can use the VersaMark™ Ink Pad and your choice of embossing powder. (For even more color options, try our mini pigment pads with clear embossing powder!)

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Keep in mind that VersaMark™ ink will absorb quickly into the matte photo paper. If you are going to stamp and heat emboss multiple images, emboss between stamping each image to make sure the embossing powder sticks to the ink.

Tip #3: Glossy photo paper requires StazOn™ Ink.

If you prefer the finish of glossy photo paper, you can still stamp on it! Just use the StazOn™ Ink Pad. This ink is especially meant to work on smooth, nonporous surfaces, and it will adhere to your photo much better. Other inks will smear on glossy photo paper.

Tip #4: Use a strip of cardstock over your photo for the stamped image.

What if you aren’t sure about stamping on a photo? Or maybe your photo doesn’t have space for a sentiment? That’s ok. You can stamp or emboss your message on a piece of cardstock to adhere on top of your photo like you see in the image below.

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Tip #5: Make your photo card a different shape.

Tired of sending rectangle cards? Shake things up this year by making your photo card a square or even a circle. (Get creative and maybe even use a Cricut® shape!)

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To create the circle card above, print a 5″ x 7″ photo. Then, trace a 5″ circle over your photo and cut it out. Finish by distressing the edges of your photo to hide any pen or pencil lines.

Tip #6: Don’t forget your envelopes.

When creating your photo cards, be sure to size your cards to fit in standard size envelopes.

Here are some examples that we used. These are common envelope sizes that you can find at your local craft store or online.

Card Size                    Envelope Type
3″ x 5″                        4BAR
4″ x 6″                        A6
5″ x 7″                        A7
5″ x 5″                        5¾” Square
6″ x 6″                        6½” Square

The photo card size refers to the dimensions of the entire card. If you like the look of having a mat behind your photo, trim your photo and then attach it to the cardstock or paper mat of your choice.

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The photo card above measures 4″ x 6″, including the photo mat. The envelope type that will fit this size is A6. You’ll notice that this card also has great negative space for stamping the holiday message.

One of the great things about making your own holiday cards is that no two cards have to be the same. You can personalize each sentiment and use different photos if you want to.

Our friends at Persnickety Prints are standing by with some great deals going on right now! Check them out to get your photos printed and get started on creating your own personalized Christmas cards this year!


Recipes

4″ x 6″ Tidings of Great Joy Photo Card (L)
B1567 My Acrilyx® Hallelujah Stamp Set, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

5″ x 7″ Holiday Cheer Photo Card (L)
D1737 My Acrilyx® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark® Ink Pad, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

4″ x 6″ Wishing You Photo Card (L)
D1743 My Acrilyx® Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

 5″ x 7″ Noel Photo Card (L)
C1688 My Acrilyx® First Noel Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock,  Z891 VersaMark® Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

6″ x 6″ Holiday Cheer Photo Card
D1737 My Acrilyx® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark® Ink Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

5″ Happy Holiday Circle Photo Card
C1689 My Acrilyx® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Ink™ Stamp Pad, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
5″ Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, Basic Shapes)

4″ x 6″ Happiest Holidays Photo Card (L)
C1689 My Acrilyx® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Writing Complete Stories

Memory keeping is the driving force behind every scrapbook layout that we put together to show you. A key component to all of these pages is the written story that goes along with the beautiful artwork. It is all too easy to simply not include any or not enough journaling, but your complete story matters!

When you’ve got pictures that don’t completely tell a story—which, let’s be honest, that’s most all of the time—it’s so valuable to take the time to write about everything that happened in the background leading up to the moment captured on camera.

Today, we are celebrating birthdays with a few fun examples of how to incorporate a lot of journaling without bogging down your pages.

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A few ideas from this layout: don’t be afraid to add journaling right next to your title! This can be a quick explanation of what the pictures are really about. In our example, this little boy was supposed to be setting up for his birthday party but insisted on making sure that the bubbles and blowers were all in working order.

Adding either a numbered or bulleted list is another quick and simple way to make sure you get all of the details in of what you want to remember without writing an entire essay. In this layout, we used a numbered list that coordinates with each numbered photo.

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This really cute layout, like the page below, has more journaling than meets the eye! When you have more to say than what you want to see or display, add it on some tabbed journaling cards and tuck them behind one of the pieces of the page.

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A single page like this makes a great addition to an album or layout, giving you extra space for displaying even more photos (which we always have!) and for adding even more journaling—stories must be told!

All of today’s scrapbook pages were created using our Fundamental paper packets, which feature universal patterns and color schemes good for all occasions! In case you haven’t heard, all Fundamental paper packets, Complements, and ribbons are on sale this month at 30% off! Plus—that’s not all—you have the option of purchasing an entire suite in a bundle to save even more! Check out these beautiful collections by clicking on the links below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Happy Birthday Layout
C1683 My Acrylix® Cats & Bats—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5967 Pacifica Cardstock, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards, Z3283 Picutre My Life™ Overlays—White Frames, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Birthday Boy Page
B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet Stamp Set, E1027 My Acrylix® Framework Alphabet Stamp Set, Z3353 Basic Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Watercolor Paint Brushes

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Free Halloween Scrapbook Pattern!

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We have a treat for you today—a free scrapbook pattern to help you celebrate and preserve all of those bewitchingly fun Halloween memories!

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This pattern originally debuted with our Perfect Day paper packet, but, as you can see, our timeless patterns can be used at any time and for any occasion with the right combination of papers and Complements! For this hauntingly cute layout, we chose to use our Cats & Bats collection, and the results are just scary good!

Now here’s a trick to try out: make the pattern your own by taking a more flexible approach to the prescribed pieces. Take the title on this layout for example; instead of using a rectangular paper piece, we filled the space with a few strips of paper attached at an angle and topped it off with a sticker from the Cats & Bats Complements. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make your own coordinating embellishments, either. If you look closely, you’ll notice that we trimmed some of the longer stickers from the Cats & Bats Complements to fit our layout visually. And don’t forget shimmer trim! Trim it thinner to add glittering borders throughout your pages, creating detail and definition for a more complete look.

Treat yourself today, and download the pattern and cutting diagrams below!

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For even more timeless scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern books, including our newest—volume three! If you love the free scrapbook patterns we share on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the patterns and inspirational artwork in all of our how-to books. 

 

 

 


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Halloween Layout
X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7224C Cats & Bats Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

 

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Holiday Village

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The winter village on the cover of our Holiday Expressions idea book has been getting a lot of attention, SO we are breaking it down on the blog today for you to make one of your very own!

First things first—to replicate our little paper houses exactly, you will need 3 kraft tapered tote boxes, two 6″ and one 8″ like these:

When we assembled our village, these were readily available at one of our local craft stores, but we’ve found some similar options available online that you can use to get the same look (see the recipes’ below for the links).

Now, let’s take a look at how we transformed these boxes into festive holiday decorations!

 

9″ Sparkle House

Materials Needed:
X7225 Beary Christmas Paper Packet
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
X7224C Cats & Bats Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z3348 Thin Cuts—Scallop Border
Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
8″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use Beary Christmas pocket scrapbooking cards for roof
  2. Trim holly from Beary Christmas zip strip to attach to front windows
  3. Front door is a sticker from Cats & Bats Complements
  4. Use a gold pearl as doorknob
  5. Dovetail “SPARKLE” sticker from Silver & Gold Complements and attach above door
  6. Fold chimney, cut to fit on rooftop, and attach with thin 3-D foam tape
  7. Attach cotton ball to roof inside chimney and pull up to create “smoke”

 

7″ Shine House

Materials Needed:
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z3312 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z3348 Thin Cuts—Scallop Border
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use scallop border Thin Cuts to create the shingled-roof look
  2. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from the Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  3. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  4. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape
  5. Side shutters are a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements

 

7″ Bright House

Materials Needed:
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  2. Draw a line with journaling pen to create double doors
  3. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  4. Embellish green tree with red glitter stars from Beary Christmas Complements
  5. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape

 

4½” Village Lamp Post

Materials Needed:
Z3366 Silver Foil Paper
1386 Black Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
1772 Glue Dots® Ultra-Thin Dots
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
4″ Black Dowel
Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
½” Shape <Hlloween> (cut 4, p. 43)
1″ Shape <Hlloween> (cut 2, p. 43)

Tips:

  1. Attach two 1″ silver foil paper circles to dowel by wrapping dowel with thin 3-D foam tape
  2. Attach silver foil circles to each other at top with glue dots
  3. Wrap black shimmer trim to one end of dowel
  4. Glue together four ½” black cardstock circles to form base
  5. Attach dowel to base with glue gun

 

Trees

holiday paper village #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperhouse #papervillage #wintervillage #papertree #paperlamp #christmasvillage

Materials Needed:
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet
X7225D Beary Christmas Paper Packet
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2¾”, 3½”, and 4″ Icon-2 <Christms> (cut 2, p. 48)

Tips:

  1. Trim stars and tree trunks off the Cricut® shapes
  2. Cut slit up the middle of tree shapes and slide them together to stand
  3. Color edges with marker

 

There you have it—our secrets to creating a paper winter wonderland! Please ask questions or share any tips of your own in the comments below!

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Scrapbooking with Punny Pals

Our Punny Pals are at it again! This time we used the stamp set and their coordinating Thin Cuts in scrapbooking pages and layouts to show you just how versatile these furry friends can be!

Punny Pals in Scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #punnypals #thincuts #watercolor #watercolour #perfectday #perfect #animals #zoo #layout #lion #tiger #monkey #koala #stamp #operationsmile

Taking a trip to the zoo? Add a little artistry to your memory keeping with your own customized paper made from these wild animals! Stamp, color, repeat.

Punny Pals in Scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #punnypals #thincuts #watercolor #watercolour #cat #kitty #dog #doggie #sweet #life #layout #operationsmile

Punny Pals in Scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #punnypals #thincuts #watercolor #watercolour #cat #kitty #dog #doggie #operationsmile

Use the Punny Pals Thin Cuts to create 3-D accents to embellish pet-themed layouts. Cut, stamp, color, and adhere with 3-D foam tape.

Punny Pals in Scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #punnypals #thincuts #watercolor #watercolour #bear #sweet #dream #baby #boy #operationsmile

Punny Pals in Scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #punnypals #thincuts #watercolor #watercolour #operationsmile #waving #bear #stamp #sweet #dreams #baby #boy

What makes these playful Punny Pals so adaptable is that you can really use them anywhere.

Remember, for every Punny Pals stamp set purchased Close To My Heart will donate $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. And, for this month only, we are offering a coordinating set of Thin Cuts and the Share a Smile card kit, featuring our Punny Pals stamp set!

Create a layout. Make a card. Make a difference. Share a smile.


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Zoo Layout
D1751 My Acrylix® Punny Pals Stamp Set, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3216 White Twine, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Sweet Life Page
D1751 My Acrylix® Punny Pals Stamps Set, CC1340 Thin Cuts—Punny Pals, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Dream Page
D1751 My Acrylix® Punny Pals Stamps Set, CC1340 Thin Cuts—Punny Pals, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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