New and Exciting Products for the New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone! To start things off in true Close To My Heart style, we’re ringing in 2019 with some flare of our own—a new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog, filled with exceptional products, contemporary designs, and innovative ideas for all of your scrapbooking and cardmaking creative needs! We’ve rounded up just 10 of our favorite products below to give you a small sampling of the excitement we’ve got in store for the upcoming year as we celebrate 35 years of creativity in the papercrafting business. If you like what you see here, make sure to talk with your Consultant (or visit our site here) to feast on the contents of this commemorative catalog from cover to cover. We promise, you will not be disappointed! 😉

Cut-apart Sheets

Included in every one of our new suite paper packets will be two cut-apart sheets. One side will have a customary 12″x 12″ design while the other side will feature a variety of shapes and sentiments that coordinate with the specific paper collection it belongs to. As the name implies, you cut these shapes and sentiments apart with scissors and use them as titles and accent pieces for your pages and cards.

Kit Coordinated Picture My Life™ Cards

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Also new to each paper collection is a coordinating set of Picture My Life™ cards. In the past, a new catalog came with two sets of Picture My Life™ cards whose color schemes would match two of the catalog’s paper suites. This time around, we are doing things a little bit differently. Instead of offering two sets of pocket cards in our new catalog, there are FOUR sets of Picture My Life™ cards. Each set corresponding to one of the paper collections not just in color but in theme as well. Including additional photos to your layouts and albums with our pocket Memory Protectors™ just got easier!

Embossing Folders

They’re baaack! We just can’t help playing with paper, and what a fun and easy way to do so with an embossing folder! Embossing folders make adding depth and texture to any of our papers a cinch! For your crafting arsenal, we have two new embossing folders, the Playful Scallops and Swiss Dot. Create some lasting impressions, as you get crafty with these new patterns!

Paper Pals

se1-stamps-paper-palsThere are a few new kids (and pets) in town and they’re all made out of paper! Say hello to the Paper Pal stamp and Thin Cuts! These are available as individual stamp sets: Paper Pal Base, Paper Pal Girl, Paper Pal Boy, and Paper Pal Pets, and also with coordinating Thin Cuts dies: Paper Pal Base Stamp + Thin Cuts, Paper Pal Girl Stamp + Thin Cuts, Paper Pal Boy Stamp + Thin Cuts, and Paper Pal Pets Stamp + Thin Cuts. And, better yet, if you like them all, get the Paper Pal Bundle, including all four stamp + Thin Cuts sets, and save over 10%!

Stitched Frames and Quilt Shapes

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The Stitched Square Frames and Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts are an easy way to mat photos, journaling, and anything else you want to highlight in your art. Each of the dies included in the sets cuts two shapes: one stitched frame piece and a ½” smaller inside shape with stitching around its border. The Stitched Quilt Shapes Thin Cuts were designed to add stitched patterns and cut solid shapes that nestle perfectly inside the frames for effortless paper quilting!

Watercolor Die-cuts

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The Feels Like Home watercolor die-cuts are floral designs that come printed on two 6″ x 6″ watercolor papers. Add color using your favorite watercolor paints or pencils and then punch them out to embellish your artwork. These die-cuts coordinate with the Feels Like Home collection but, as you can see, they are customizable to other color schemes and your liking!

Story by Stacy™ Stories I Love

The Stories I Love workshop kit provides a place to gather the photos that mean the most to you and document the stories that go along with them! The included instructional workbook explains how to explore the memories behind the photos you treasure and then write a detailed story to capture all of the elements of that moment!

My Acrylix® Word Search Highlights

We can’t wrap this list up without showcasing at least a couple standalone stamp sets. The My Acrylix® Word Search Highlights stamp set is one of the many in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog that will brighten someone’s day. With a fun word search hiding sentiments for all sorts of occasions, you can quickly and easily create a fun and meaningful card.

My Acrylix® Love in Bloom

Another stamp set that is sure to catch your eye is the My Acrylix® Love in Bloom stamp set. The six stamps in the set are designed to layer on top of each other and form a single, beautiful image.

Designer Travel Shoulder Tote

Take all of your crafting supplies on the go with the newest member of our Designer Travel line, the stylish and durable Shoulder Tote! It features a zippered main compartment, one small interior pocket, and one large exterior zipper pocket.

Like we said at the very beginning of this post, these are just a few of the many products worth taking a look at in our new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. Make sure to contact your Consultant, or visit us here, to see what else 2019 holds in store!

May you have a wonderful and happy New Year!

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Come Roll with Us

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get your wheels spinning.

March is slipping away, which means your chance to get a free shoulder tote AND qualify for a free rolling tote when you sign up as a Consultant is rolling on by. There are so many great reasons to join us any day of the year, but for this month only we’ve added these outstanding organization pieces to the list of perks. We guarantee you’ll fall in love instantly when you see them!

If you haven’t seen our new duo, you’re in for a real treat. Watch Monica and Brian talk you through the details in this video.

Aren’t they terrific? We can’t wait to see you sporting your own as a member of our Close To My Heart family!

You can learn more about the March Recruiting on a Roll campaign by asking your Independent Consultant for details. You can also check out the campaign info on our website.

Let’s rock and roll!

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Is your handbag a winner?

We had so much fun reading through your comments on this post! We feel like we know each of you a little better now after getting a tiny peek into your everyday life through the contents of your bag. Thank you for sharing!

So, are you ready for the big reveal? Here they are, our three random (and very lucky) winners:

Debbie Gauvin, who found in her bag a plane ticket from her trip to San Diego to visit her daughter. (Commented March 4, 2015 at 10:41 AM)

Sharon Wade, who found in her bag her husband’s reading glasses, a highlighter, and a Relay For Life donations envelope, among a plethora of other paraphernalia. (Commented March 4, 2015 at 11:56 AM)

Patricia Jacobs, who found an umbrella from a Dole Whip, a map of Disneyland® Park, and a FASTPASS® ticket. (Commented March 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM)

P.S. ^^^ Reading this comment made us even more excited for July when we’ll all be heading to Disneyland for Convention 2015! Dole Whips, get in our bellies!

If you’re one of the lucky three, please send an email to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with “What’s in your bag? Contest Winner” in the subject line and your mailing address in the body copy so we can send you your small organizer!

Thanks for playing, everyone!

And happy Friday. 🙂

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What’s hiding in YOUR bag?

“Who steals my purse steals trash; ‘tis something, nothing;”
—William Shakespeare

This month is officially dedicated to organization! With spring coming around the corner and the new incentive for the exciting March recruiting campaign, we felt discussing organization on the blog would be quite fitting. We’ll be sharing all sorts of innovative ideas this month on how to tame your messes and channel their power for good.

Whether we hide them away in basement closets or spread them across kitchen tables, messes are simply a fact of life. There isn’t a person out there who isn’t hiding some kind of mess.

Many of us even carry our messes around with us every day of our lives! This kind of mess can easily go unnoticed because it hides behind the façade of fancy purses and bags that convincingly mask the chaos lurking beneath.

But messes aren’t all bad. Just like everything in life, we believe there is something to be learned from them. So to kick off March with a bang, we went rummaging through Close To My Heart COO Brian Holman’s bag to see what we could find (and learn)!

With photographer in tow, we headed to his office, where he dumped the contents of his bag out on his desk for everyone to see. After seeing what was inside, all we have to say is if you think only women know how to pack a bag ready for anything, think again, folks.

Here’s what came tumbling out of Brian Holman’s bag:

  • 5 Great Value™ Blueberry Açai Energy Drink Mixes
  • 1 Great Value™ Pomegranate Lemonade Energy Drink Mix
  • 1 Aulani Hawaiian Sea Salt Lotion
  • 1 red pen
  • 1 black pen
  • 1 Walt Disney black pen, complete with a light on the top
  • 1 pair of headphones
  • 1 pair of earplugs
  • 1 ZEISS Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Wipe
  • 1 Kleenex® On-the-Go Pack
  • 1 stylus
  • 1 eye mask
  • 1 pack of batteries
  • 1 padfolio
  • 1 bag of toiletries (Band-Aids®, Advil®, antacid, etc.)
  • 1 Apple power adapter
  • 1 Amazon Kindle
  • 1 USB car charger
  • 1 Walmart receipt
  • 1 bottle of Germ-X® Pink Berry
  • 1 glasses case
  • 1 PowerPoint clicker
  • 1 pack of Tic Tac® Freshmints

After inspecting this bag that is basically a portable arsenal decked out to combat anything from low energy levels to infected hands, we’ve come to the conclusion that Brian Holman is a man who is both on the move and exceptionally prepared. “I can put any woman’s purse to shame,” touted Brian, while repacking his belongings.

So unfortunately we have to disagree with Shakespeare on this one: A purse is not nothing—it can tell you a lot more about a person than you may realize!

Think the contents of your purse are zanier than Brian’s? We’d love to see what’s lurking in your handbag. Grab your purse or bag and dump it (or just reach in and grab something random) and let us know what you find in a comment on this post!

We’ll randomly select three winners and announce them on Friday, March 6. What is the prize, you ask? Your very own small organizer! Just our little way of helping you get a jumpstart on organizing your one, spectacular life.

Let the games begin!

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Brilliant Birthdays: Put Some Flavor in Your Favors

We’re back with the final installment of the birthday series, and we’ve saved one of the most exciting parts for last—party favors!

Your favors are the finale for your party, the little piece that walks away with every guest. You want them to make a statement, but mostly you want them to be quick and easy!

Here we have a handful of ideas for favors that you can make quickly, but beautifully, with your Close To My Heart products. Have a blast experimenting with what favor is right for your party and then pick one to make!

Party Favor from a Designer Creations Paper Bag

Tuck your treat into a Designer Creations paper bag. Simply fold over the top and secure it with a mini staple, a mini clothespin, or a touch of adhesive, and you’ll have a secure package. Add a decorative touch with a Cricut® cut and a few of your favorite embellishments.

Party Favor from a Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit

Enjoy the simplicity of a Cut Above™ treat bag kit. The kit comes with 10 different bags and all the necessary trimmings, so most of the work is already done for you; all you need to do is assemble it! You can personalize the bag with a few additional embellishments. Here we’ve switched things up by using the color-coordinated sticker from the kit as an accessory for the tag instead of its intended use as a candy topper.

Party Favor from a Cricut® Artiste Box

Small or large, a Cricut® Artiste box is always a hit with friends and family! Wrap up a small treat in good style with a pillow box like this, or any of the other great boxes available on the cartridge. Decorate your little package to your liking until you’re sure you’ll delight your recipients. When cut from the Confetti Wishes papers, the boxes are already so cute you hardly need to add anything more!

We hope you enjoy planning every last detail of your birthday parties this coming year. If you have more ideas you wish to share with the rest of us, be sure to leave a comment below. Happy birthday-izing!

Recipes:
To You Pillow Box
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
4″ Shift+Font Layer (p. 28)

Birthday Treat Bag
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2097 Mini Staples

4U Paper Bag
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3028 Lovestruck Mini Clothespins

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
4″ Accent 1 (p. 31)

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Personalized Packaging

A wise Grinch once observed that the greatest gifts come outside of packages, boxes, and bags—and that’s the truth! The best gifts you give are your time and your love, neither of which can be caught and wrapped. But a tangible gift is an attempt at expressing your feelings, and once you’ve put your heart into planning, saving for, and preparing special presents, you want to make sure they draw the attention of the intended recipients. You need something unique and heartfelt for the special people in your life. How do you achieve that? Pull out your stamps and inks, of course! What better presentation can there be than one of handmade love?

Wrapping

To take your packaging from bland to becoming:

  • Stamp it. Add elegance to your brown paper-wrapped gifts with a few stamps! Dancing images on a neutral surface will give wrapping color and class. This advent bag was decorated with the My Acrylix® Magical Days stamp set in Topiary, Cranberry, and White Daisy inks. You can even add stamping to plain tissue paper for a colorful addition.
  • Put a bow on it. Bows from the store are a dime a dozen—and they look it, too! So get creative with yours. Back your washi tape with paper and then shape it into a bow. With the help of a little Liquid Glass, the entire piece stays put. Or, for a bolder look, loop some Cranberry striped twill ribbon into a plump bow to top off your gift.
  • Tag it. Tags are not an afterthought—they’re your chance at saying it just how you mean it. Don’t depend on a store-bought sentiment to do the trick. Cut a fitting tag from the Cricut® Art Philosophy or Artiste collection, then stamp it with a fitting heartfelt sentiment. Add hand drawn borders for a cozy touch.
  • Transform it. A box shape is what they expect, so step away from traditional and draw some attention. Small gifts are especially conducive to unique packaging. A My Creations™ muslin drawstring bag makes an excellent home for smaller items, and it is 100% ready for decoration. You can stamp on the bag without the ink running, and your sentiments will stand out nicely on the neutral background. It’s unpretentious and very attractive. (Such a good combination should go down in history.) Another great option: the triangle box! Cut one from the Cricut® Artiste cartridge, then add golden embossed stamping for a truly unique presentation.

The wrapping you use shouldn’t come from a store; let the wrapping you use mean a little bit more! We wish you a very merry time playing with your favorite Close To My Heart products to create new and charming ways to present your treasures.

Recipes:
4 ½” Merry & Bright Box
1386 Black Cardstock, Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1920 Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (stamp set), Box, Paper

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
1¾” <Rctngle 8> (p. 65)

4″ Wise Men Still Seek Him Triangle Box
D1614 My Acrylix® Reason for the Season, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
5¼” 3D Object <p> (p. 50)

Merry Christmas Muslin Bag
B1456 My Acrylix® Born to Roam, C1591 My Acrylix® Merry, Merry, Z2501 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z2503 Basics Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z1822 My Creations™ Muslin Drawstring Bag, Z1861 Mini-Medley Accents Ruby Collection, Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems, Shredded Paper

Advent Bag
D1552 My Acrylix® Magical Days, C1591 My Acrylix® Merry, Merry, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1987 Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (stamp set), Paper Bag

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
2¾” <Tag2> (p. 40)

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Secret Acts of Service

Okay, friends. It’s November, so let’s get grateful! While we know you love sitting in a turkey stupor around the table after Thanksgiving dinner, listing off what you’re grateful for, there are more lasting (and more FUN) ways to express what’s in your heart. So many more! Why not say thank you with a few random acts of kindness, for example? What better way to pay a favor back than to pay a favor forward?

All you need to do is pull out your favorite Close To My Heart papers and tools and start crafting! With the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge, cute tags like these take no time at all. With a stamp here and a sparkle there, you’ve got adorable notes ready for use. You can deliver them as stand-alone notes or attach them to goodies.

When it comes to packaging those goodies, the Designer Creations paper bags do the job nicely. The bags come predesigned, so they take no prep time at all. Take them right out of the package, slip in some sweet treats—or just some sweet words—and get stealthy. Stash the goods into nooks and crannies when nobody’s watching.

You might enjoy some of these ideas as you go incognito (but you didn’t hear it from us):

  • Leave inspiring notes for your unsuspecting targets around the house. Try the bathroom mirror, the novel your spouse is reading, or even inside the refrigerator. Yes, we said inside. Most viewed appliance in the home, wouldn’t you agree?
  • Leave some goodies on a doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run! Your new neighbors will feel welcome and your old neighbors will feel loved all over again.
  • Do a chore for someone and leave a note saying why serving them brings you joy.
  • Hide a note under a coworker’s mouse.
  • Write down words of advice for a new mother, a new couple, or someone else starting on a path you’ve tread before.
  • Leave change in the vending machine with a note encouraging the lucky finder to buy a snack.
  • Thank the custodian by leaving a note on their cart while they’re busy scrubbing away.
  • Leave your waiter a nice note along with the tip.
  • Hang a note from the car mirror for your spouse to stumble upon when they leave for work in the morning.
  • Reflect on your blessings, write them down, and then dangle them from a Designed Décor frame or an indoor plant. All of your newly unleashed gratitude will be heavy, so we highly suggest you use the frame. 😉
  • Take time to sit down with your parents, grandparents, or other relatives and write down their favorite sayings and wisdom on your tags. Hang the tags in a prominent place in your home to remember both your relatives and their wisdom. (This act can’t be done in secret, but hopefully you can trust your relatives not to betray your identity when pressured by the authorities.)

Get in the groove of gratitude today, and then express yourself! No matter how you go about it, you’ll feel like a million bucks . . . and who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Serve, baby, serve!

Think of something sneaky that we didn’t? Tell us your idea in the comments!

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Treats Take Flight into Eerie Nights

Double, double, toil and trouble,
We’ve got new ideas a’bubble.
Add them to your craft regime
For cute new looks that make you scream!

We bring you the spells for two fun and simple handcrafted goodie bags you can fill with your favorite seasonal treats. Conjure some up for yourself to use as party favors or table decor.

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Your treats will fly off the table when you place them in these adorable broomstick bags! Use the box shape seen on page 67 of the Cricut® Artiste booklet as your base shape. Trim box into 1/8″ strips to form the bristles of the broom. Give your broom a handle by adding a knobbly twig.

Broomsticks

Broomstick Treat Bags
C1509 My Acrylix® Magic Potions, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, Z3011 Scaredy Cat Assortment, Z2010 White Enamel Stars

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
1½” Accent 4 <6> (p. 36)
1¼” Shift+Accent 2 <#> (p. 33)
2½” Card <w> (p. 42)
2¼” Card <i> (p. 48)
4″ 3D Object <m> (p. 67)

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You don’t need Halloween-themed paper to make a Halloween project. The toothy grins on these treat bags were cut by the Cricut® Artiste cartridge and mounted on colorful sheets from various Paper Fundamentals assortments. Make your own by cutting out the box shape seen on page 75 of the Cricut® Artiste booklet and trimming the top edges in a jagged fashion. Fill them with wrapped treats of your choice and set them out for all to enjoy.

Treat Bags

Jack-O’-Lantern and Frankenstein Treat Bags
1386 Black Cardstock, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2¾” Accent 3 <Hallween> (p. 77)
3″ Shift+Accent 3 <Boo> (p. 77)
5″ 3D Object <FtherDay> (p. 75)

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