Step-by-Step Treat Holders for Your Loves

Whether you’re looking to make a set of Valentines for a classroom or to deliver a single, unique treat for a special occasion, these two darling paper projects are must-haves in your crafting repertoire!

We made the treat holders we are showing you today using our new Smitten paper collection, and we are simply head over heels for the results! This Valentine’s themed collection includes a gorgeous 12″ x 12″ patterned paper packet with double-sided designs, a coordinating 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet with captivating glossy UV-coated accents, and an incredibly cute stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts full of sweet puns, all designed to brighten up anyone’s day.

Treat Pockets

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Materials Needed (for one pocket):
Smitten stamp set*
Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad*
Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad*
black journaling pen*
6″ x 6″ patterned paper
1¾” x 1¾” or 2″ x 2″ White Daisy cardstock (based on the size of what you’re stamping)
Pencil and ruler

*These are the products we used to create our example but, the beauty behind these projects is that you can make them from whatever you have at home, too, and for any occasion!

Prepare:
Stamp sentiments/designs on the small White Daisy cardstock square and embellish as desired.

Assemble:
1. Fold the 6″ x 6″ patterned paper in half, diagonally.

2. Make a light pencil mark along one of the short edges of the triangle, at 2½” from the right angle, bring the opposite corner of the triangle up to that point, and fold. Do the same thing with the other side.

3. Open the two corner folds to return to the original triangle, then fold down the top layer of the remaining corner at the 2½” marks. Lift this fold back up and bring in the corners again.

4. Insert the top triangle fold into the space between the layers of the top corner fold, then gently use your finger to pop in and curve the bottom of the pocket.

5. Attach the prepared White Daisy cardstock square to the front of your pocket, with foam tape if you’d like some additional dimension, then fill the pocket with a note or a candy, or whatever treat you’re ready to deliver!

Treat Boxes

Materials Needed (for one box):
Smitten stamp set*
Intense Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad*
black journaling pen*
2⅞” x 6″ patterned paper (for mailbox “tunnel”)
4⅛” x 5⅝” Raspberry cardstock* (for inside drawer)
1½” x 2⅞” Raspberry cardstock* (for tunnel bottom inside)
1½” x 2⅞” Raspberry cardstock* (for tunnel bottom outside)
⅜” x 2½” Raspberry cardstock* (for flag pole/stick)
¾” x 4½” White Daisy cardstock (for flag)
Pencil and ruler

Prepare:
Fold the White Daisy cardstock in half and dovetail the open end. Stamp and embellish your newly created flag as desired. Then, attach the flag to the top of the ⅜” x 2½” cardstock.

Assemble:
1. Score the drawer piece horizontally, at 1⅜” and 2¾”. Then score this same piece vertically, at 1⅜” and 4¼”.

2. Cut along the 1⅜” vertical score lines, up to the first set of horizontal score lines, and then fold in along each score line.

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3. Attach the 1⅜” corners to the inside of the long sides of the box, on both ends, to form a 1⅜” x 2⅞” x 1⅜” box.

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4. Score and fold the tunnel patterned paper horizontally, ¾” from the top and bottom. Then, curve and attach the scored parts to one of the 1½” x 2⅞” cardstock pieces.

5. Attach the remaining 1½” x 2⅞” cardstock piece to the bottom of the newly created tunnel.

6. Insert the drawer and attach the prepared flag to the outside, and your mailbox is complete!

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These fun treat holders are just two of the 16 projects in our Smitten workshop. On January 27, at 2:00 p.m. (MT) we will be creating the scrapbook pages and slimline cards of this workshop live on our Facebook page.

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Join us to make these projects along with us, or simply to watch and then make the projects on your own at your own pace. Either way, we look forward to hosting you!

We will be creating the fun treat holders we walked you through today, along with several varieties of the same, on January 31, at 4:30 p.m. (MT), also live on our Facebook page. See you there!

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Memory Keeping with the True Story Album

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One of the best ways to make a lasting connection with friends and family is through sharing your favorite stories. Being able to share your best-loved memories with your best-loved people is such a treat—especially when the story is accompanied by the perfect photos!

As memory keepers, we’re passionate about creating showcase pieces for our most treasured pictures and stories. Our new True Story album makes it easier than ever to preserve and retell your own priceless stories. With beautiful pre-cut pages and fold-out sections throughout, this mini album carries more of your favorite photos and stories than you might expect based on its size!

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The True Story project is designed to accommodate over 40 photos in individual Memory Protectors™ and Flip Flaps while still leaving plenty of room for journaling to tell the stories depicted in the photos. This unique album is designed to fit in one of our Everyday Life™ 6″ x 8″ albums and comes with many of the pieces pre-cut and even pre-printed! It also includes a few clear acrylic pages and specialty die-cuts for an even more unique finish.

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With so many exciting elements like no other, True Story is a joy to create and will be a treasured keepsake for years to come. To help you get the full picture of this project’s potential, including all the opportunities for journaling and photo display in the finished product, we’ve put together this short video, which shows off each page of this one-of-a-kind album. Enjoy!

We can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things our fellow crafters do with the True Story album! As a special treat, we’ll be giving away five True Story Album Kits to five lucky readers! To be eligible for this giveaway, subscribe to the Make It from Your Heart blog and leave a comment below and let us know about your plans for True Story! All entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. tomorrow, January 6 (MST). Winners will be notified via e-mail we use the email address you are subscribed with so make sure it is up to date to not miss out!).

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Stencils That Flip and Rotate, and So Much More!

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Stencils are a very useful tool to keep handy for adding dimensional elements and general flair to handmade artwork. Today we are taking a closer look at our newest collection of stencils and will show you how some of them were intentionally designed to work in more than just one way!

Our 12″ x 12″ Stencils

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All of our stencils are made from reusable clear plastic stencil sheets cut in unique designs for use with a variety of media and art techniques. If you’re familiar with the Close To My Heart catalogs or website, you’ll recognize these grey image representations. Because these clear stencil sheets are hard to photograph, we will be using digital grey images to show you the stencil designs. The parts that are grey represent the plastic stencil film and the white parts are the cutout portions of the design, where your media would go through onto your project.

These nine designs you see here are each cut into 12″ x 12″ stencil sheets.

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The first three stencils (Stencil Pack 1) are designed to fit smaller spaces and create borders.

The next three stencils (Stencil Pack 2) are for creating larger patterns and designs.

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These last three (Stencil Pack 3) is what we want to look into a bit further today.

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You can certainly use all three of these stencils to create the patterns as you see them, but they are capable of so much more with just a few simple tricks.

For starters, the flare on the left has so much potential! Look at how we used it in a scrapbook layout.

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To achieve this multicolored flare, we laid the stencil on our papers and sponged color through it, as usual.

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To add the second layer of flares, we flipped the stencil over and turned it! (Make sure you clean your stencil before flipping it over!)

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You can add as many layers of different colored flares as you’d like (there’s a limit, but we haven’t done the math 🤓), just keep turning and flipping that stencil so that the lines fall in a different place every time.

Learn how to use the other two 12″ x 12″ stencils from this group, as well as a similar card front stencil, with our Creative Arts manager, Karen, in the video below!

Our Card Front Stencils

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These stencils are also made from the same clear plastic stencil sheets as our larger stencils; however, they are sized to fit the front of a standard 4¼” x 5½” card. As you can see, all of these designs can be used as they are. That bottom row of designs (Card Front Stencil Pack 3) is extra special.

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In the video, Karen shows us how to create a plaid background by flipping the horizontal stripe patterned stencil for a second set of diagonal stripes in a perpendicular direction. What you may not have known, is that the two remaining stencils can be stacked to create a combined, and more intricate, pattern!

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All of these stencil designs are so versatile and can be used for a wide variety of projects. And, what we find is extra great about stencils—they can be reused repeatedly and rapidly to create new and unique cards and layouts, time and time again!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ You Melt My Heart Page
X7274S Wonderland Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6061 Mulberry Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X6058 Rosemary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6532 Mulberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Silver loose Sequins, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4340 Stencil Pack 3

12″ x 12″ All Bundled Up Layout
Z4389 Wonderland—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7274S Wonderland Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6514 Wisteria Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4340 Stencil Pack 3

4¼” x 5½” Sending Love Card (Vertical)
Z4337 Wonderland—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7274B Wonderland Paper Packet, X6058 Rosemary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6529 Rosemary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4319 Snowflake Loose Sequins, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4343 Card Front Stencil Pack 3

4¼” x 5½” Warm Wishes Card (Vertical)
Z4337 Wonderland—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7274S Wonderland Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6061 Mulberry Cardstock, X6058 Rosemary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6529 Rosemary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4343 Card Front Stencil Pack 3

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From Jeanette: A Very Merry Christmas!

During this joyful time of year, I would like to share with you three of the things that bring the most joy into my life: My Savior, my family, and Close To My Heart.

My Savior, Jesus Christ, has been a driving and sustaining force to me throughout my life. The joy I feel in celebrating His birth at Christmastime is amplified by a lifetime of striving to know Him through prayer, reflection, and following His teachings. He has been a great source of strength to me in every endeavor, including in building and leading Close To My Heart.

My family’s love and support means the world to me! From my caring and thoughtful husband, David, to my children, who have grown into such remarkable adults, and my grandchildren, who are so delightful to watch as they grow and develop. My family is my greatest blessing, and I love the time we are able to spend together—especially during the holidays.

My company, Close To My Heart, has also been a source of great joy to me, as I know it has been for thousands upon thousands of others who have been part of our community over the years. This company could not exist without the support of my family, my Savior, and the wonderful community of crafters that has embraced it and made it part of their lives. It brings me joy to see the beauty that Close To My Heart has added to the world and the ways it has changed lives for the better.

During this Christmas season, as you reflect on what brings you joy, I am honored to know that Close To My Heart is among those things. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love,

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A New Year of Creativity with Craft with Heart™!

Start off the new year with a brand-new selection of layouts and cards from our Craft with Heart™ subscription program! These gorgeous scrapbook pages and cards are a perfect way to kickstart your creativity and get your artistic wheels turning in 2022!

Every scrapbook element and card piece in a Craft with Heart™ subscription kit comes pre-cut or in convenient punch-out die cut sheets, making it quick and easy to create all of the projects included in each subscription box. Some of the papers even come pre-printed for even more crafting ease!

The newest Craft with Heart™ subscription kits will be available in just a few days, on January 1, and we can’t wait to share the awesome cards and scrapbook pages available in this upcoming Craft with Heart cycle!

As always, this round of Craft with Heart™ scrapbooking pages includes two layout options per month. Craft with Heart subscriptions are available in 4-month incremental subscriptions or in a 12-month option. Crafters can choose the option that best suits their specific needs, all with the convenience of having crafting materials delivered directly to their door!

Along with the memory keeping aspects of Craft with Heart™, this popular subscription program also includes a cardmaking subscription option! These cardmaking kits are also available in 4- or 12-month subscription options and come with all the materials you’ll need to create 24 cards—2 each of 12 exclusive designs. Each cardmaking kit also comes with mini stamp set, stamp pad, and stamp block. All you need to complete these beautiful cards is some of your favorite adhesive and a journaling pen to write your heartfelt thoughts inside!

Craft with Heart™ subscriptions are the perfect gift for yourself or any other crafter in your life this holiday season! Whether you’re giving a subscription to someone else or treating yourself, Craft with Heart is a great way to keep creativity strong as we move into the new year. Talk to your Close To My Heart Maker about starting a Craft with Heart subscription today!

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Gearing Up for a Year of Crafting!

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As we approach the close of 2021, we do one of the most human things possible and turn our thoughts to the future. We plan, prepare, and hope for things that are to come. Are you prepared, or are you preparing, for a successful new year?

As you consider the possibilities that a new year brings, we would like to share several products to help organize your time, set goals, plan, and prioritize events.

REMEMBER TODAY

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The exclusive Remember Today products are available in several kit options, one as a layout kit for creating 13 12″ x 12″ single-page scrapbook layouts, and two kit options using those same single-page layouts to create a 12-month calendar.

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With the Remember Today stamp set, we can keep track of special dates, set goals, and even set reminders—and we can do it all in style with the beautiful designs included!

Whether you use the layouts to build a calendar or a scrapbook album (or both!—scrapbook your calendar pages at the end of each month!), the Remember Today pages and stamp set are a stunning way to plan for, make, and preserve wonderful memories in the year ahead!

PERPETUAL CALENDAR & MONTHLY STAMP SETS

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Sometimes we need to look at the bigger picture, and a perpetual calendar is a great way to do it!

This last year, we rolled out a series of stamps dedicated to each month, aptly named Months of the Year 😉. Each stamp set is full of sentiments, borders, and icons for creating seasonally specific artwork all through the year. Pair these stamp sets with the Perpetual Calendar to design and create its pages!

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Because Close To My Heart serves a global market, we’ve created two stamp sets for each month—one for crafters in the northern hemisphere, and another for artists in the southern hemisphere, to reflect the difference in seasons!

MONTHS OF THE YEAR SVGS

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The last products we’re highlighting today are the digital art files included in our current Core Products Catalog, specifically the months of the year SVGs. Although we are only showing four examples, we have all twelve months of the year designed and ready to go. (Click here to see all available digital art files.)

Each month is available as a downloadable SVG file. Once you download the file, you can manipulate the images in a design software, like Cricut Design Space™. Resize it, remove layers—whatever you want, the file is yours! (Each different color shown in the artwork indicates different layers that can be edited and cut individually with your chosen software and personal cutting machine.)

There you have it, several great resources to help you get ready for the coming year—or to celebrate the year that we’re bringing to a close! 🙃

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Homemade Holiday Cheer with FREE Mini Card Patterns!

The holidays are right around the corner and with all of the celebrations, traditions, shopping, and decorating, it sometimes seems like a miracle that any of us have time for it all! As you continue to make your own festive preparations, we’ve got several mini cards and wooden ornaments to done gifts you may be giving to your friends and neighbors!

This collection of 3″ x 3″ cards and wooden ornaments are a breeze to make and a delight to give or receive. As a small gift from us to you, below are the card patterns to make these cards, four each of four designs!

Download these card patterns with corresponding cutting guides, here. (Here for our AU/NZ friends 😉)

For the cards we’re showcasing today, we used our Deck the Palms and Wonderland paper collections, along with a few stamps from our November–December catalog. (To view all the exciting holiday content in this catalog, click here!) Since these patterns can be used with practically any paper design, though, we made the cutting guides on the downloadable file indistinct. This way, you can visualize your own color and pattern combinations, and create little notes for any occasion!

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As easy as it is to cut all the pieces required for your own mini cards, it’s even easier to assemble them, making this an ideal project for friend and neighbor gifts during this busy holiday season.

Along with these fun-sized cards, we’ve also got wood ornaments to help keep spirits bright with homemade holiday cheer! Our current Merry Making special features four styles of flat wood ornaments with coordinating SVG images for you to deck them just right! All of the ornament styles are available individually, in sets of three, or you can get them all in a discounted bundle, three of each style.

Each ornament is made of a lightweight, sturdy wood, and all the shape options come with their very own digital art files, so you can create customized overlays. With so much creative potential packed into one project, these ornaments are a treat for the crafters as well as the recipients!

We hope you enjoyed seeing these mini cards and ornaments today, and we can’t wait to hear about how you put these projects to use as we start off this happy holiday season! Which papers, stamps, or designs would you use in your mini cards or ornaments? Leave a comment below and let us know!


Recipes:

3″ x 3″ Warm Wishes Card
Z4337 Wonderland—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC11212 Deck the Palms Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine


3″ x 3″ Just for You Card
Z4337 Wonderland—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7274B Wonderland Paper Packet, CC11212 Deck the Palms Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

3″ x 3″ If Snowflakes Were Kisses Card
D2059 My Acrylix® If Snowflakes Were Kisses Stamp Set, X7274B Wonderland Paper Packet, CC11212 Deck the Palms Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

3″ x 3″ Snow Glad We’re Friends Card
D2059 My Acrylix® If Snowflakes Were Kisses Stamp Set, X7274B Wonderland Paper Packet, CC11212 Deck the Palms Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

Merry Making Ornaments
D2059 My Acrylix® If Snowflakes Were Kisses Stamp Set, X7274B Wonderland Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z3839 Scarlet Glitter Paper, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z6512 Evergreen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z3795 Robin’s Egg Liquid Pearls™, Z3787 Platinum Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3556 Green Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z4245 Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Z5027 Candy Apple Loose Gems, Z5026 Clear Loose Gems, Z5030 Lagoon Loose Gems, Z4319 Snowflake Loose Sequins

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A FREE Card Pattern, No Occasion Required!

A handmade, heartfelt card can brighten anyone’s day no matter the occasion (or lack thereof 😉) and we’ve got three for you today, all made from the same pattern!

Making its original debut in our Laughing Lola Workshops on the Go® cardmaking guide years ago, we paired this timeless pattern with several different paper designs and stamp sets to create multiple unique cards, each with their own distinct look and flair!

The beautiful fall-themed card, above, was made using the Mix-in paper packet (from our November–December catalog) and the Months of the Year—November stamp set. Below, we took a more festive approach with our Deck the Palms patterned papers and Wonderland—Cardmaking stamp and Thin Cuts.

For our last card, we paired the flat pattern with the Candid Moments paper packet and Cardmaking stamp and Thin Cuts to create an “any occasion,” “any time,” card that will still dazzle its recipient. This card uses the same flat pattern as the previous two, we just changed it up a bit by rotated it 90 degrees!

With most card patterns, it’s possible to get an entirely different look simply by rotating them. When you throw different paper designs and color palettes in the mix, the possibilities for creativity increase exponentially!

Cards made from this Laughing Lola pattern are incredibly easy to put together, come together quickly, and still look great! Not only is this card pattern easy to put together and customize, but it’s also a great pattern to use if you’re looking to make a lot of cards in one sitting.

Download the pattern, here.

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For even more timeless cardmaking patterns, check out our cardmaking how-to book, Make It from Your Heart™ volume 4. If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the beautiful, one-of-a-kind, patterns in this book!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Thankful Card (Vertical)
D2006 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—November Stamp Set, X9034 Mix-in Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6531 Mocha Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush, Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Warm Wishes Card (Vertical)
Z4337 Wonderland—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC11212 Deck the Palms Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card (Horizontal)
Z4394 Candid Moments—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7275S Candid Moments Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, Z6505 Carolina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Tropical Cards and Layouts for All Sorts of Holidays!

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Whether it’s the tropical beach vacation of your dreams or a mini staycation, we all need a little getaway every once-in-a-while, even at Christmastime. With our newest Deck the Palms collection, we have cards and scrapbook layouts for you to create an island paradise of your own during your very next crafting session!

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We have not one but TWO exclusive scrapbooking Deck the Palms workshops to share with you! Like a lot of our scrapbooking workshops, both workshops make one single page and three two-page coordinating 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layouts. The difference between them is that one is in a general tropical theme and the other is a tropical Christmas theme. The uniqueness about these workshops is that the pages between them are almost identical in design, only differing in which side of the pattern paper and embellishments you use. (Even the instruction guide is the same! Download the scrapbooking workshop guide, here.)

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You cannot create both themes with the same workshop kit, so let’s make sure we get that straight. If you’d like to create the tropical Christmas pages, you will need the Deck the Palms—Christmas Scrapbooking Workshop Kit, which includes the Deck the Palms—Christmas Stamp + Thin Cuts, stickers, and acrylic shapes. If you’re wanting to make the tropical pages, without the Christmas, you will need the Deck the Palms—Tropical Scrapbooking Workshop Kit, which includes the Deck the Palms—Tropical Stamp + Thin Cuts, stickers, and acrylic shapes. (Get a close look by clicking on the links above and in the images below.)

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(Both sticker sheets have glossy UV-coated accents!)

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All of these embellishments are available on their own or as part of their corresponding scrapbooking workshop, except for the tropical sticker sheet. This sticker sheet is only available for purchase with the Deck the Palms Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet. The paper packet patterned papers are also part of both Deck the Palms scrapbooking workshops. If you are not familiar with Close To My Heart pattern papers, they are each 12″ x 12″ plus an additional ½” accent paper along the top of each (we call those “zip strips”), and they all have double-sided designs, meaning there’s one design on one side and a different design on the reverse side of each sheet of patterned paper.

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Our Deck the Palms Paper Packet is no different! One side of the pattern papers are tropical themed, and the reverse are tropical Christmas themed with beautiful accent zip strips, providing even more patterns to craft with!

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Also part of this collection, and included in part in all three workshop kits, is the specially designed coordinating Deck the Palms cardstock. Each sheet has one of our exclusive colors in its usual cardstock texture on one side and on the reverse side we’ve added gorgeous UV-coated patterns to fit the collection’s theme! (Stock up on these fast because they will not last long!)

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Along with the two scrapbooking workshop kits, we also have a tropical themed cardmaking workshop kit! The Deck the Palms—Christmas cardmaking workshop makes18 standard size cards, three each of six different designs! (Download the cardmaking workshop guide, here.)

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This is only part of the holiday fun we have in store with this collection, so make sure to visit our website to see all the Deck the Palms products available and also join us as we make all of the artwork from these workshops on our Facebook page! We will be making all the workshop cards on December 3 at 2 p.m., MT, and then all the workshop scrapbook layouts (both themes!) on December 9 at 2 p.m., MT.

**A little insider tip: Be sure to like, comment, or share our FB Live while we are live on the event page and get entered to win some awesome prizes!

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