For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving includes a large feast with friends and family, an extended weekend, probably some football, and quite possibly a last look at “normal” life before Christmas decorations cover every nook and cranny of the world. This wonderfully busy holiday is, somehow, already here—just one week away! As hostesses of the festivities, it is our job to make sure that people are fed, happy, and generally having a good time. Doing all of these things while keeping everyone mindful of what they have to be grateful for is no easy feat. And then, because we are also the family historians, or memory keepers, we will want to scrapbook the whole experience afterward.
Since we can’t come over to each of your homes to assist in meal preparation (or the aftermath!), we came up with a printable to help with the gratitude portion of the holiday.
As your guests arrive, or whenever it naturally fits during your celebrations, ask each of them to fill out one of these cards. During a designated time, a lot of people like doing this sort of thing before dinner, have everyone share their thoughts. Make sure to keep the cards so that later you can use them to scrapbook about your evening.
Another fun way to use these printables is within your own family. Have each family member complete one of the cards and then create a banner to display in your home as a reminder of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.
Even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it is not too late to add some personal touches to your plans! For additional free Thanksgiving printables, including conversation starters and thank you cards, make sure to revisit our post from a couple of years ago, here.
What are some ways that you keep the spirit of gratitude during Thanksgiving? Let’s help each other out—the more ideas we share the better! 🙂
Even though we knew it was coming, as it does every year, spring is sneaking up on us fast! Technically it won’t be spring for another couple weeks, so there’s still time to pull out and sort through all of those brightly colored decorations. (Phew!)
And because spring is all about new beginnings, we have a few fun things in store for you to add to your stash! Just keep reading! 😉
First, we want to show you how to dress up a wreath you may already have with a fun pennant banner made using our Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies (which are 25% off through the end of the month as part of our Die-namite!sale).
If you look closely, you’ll see that we layered each of our letters with silver foil. Using our Thin Cuts, we cut our sentiment out twice, once out of White Daisy cardstock and then again out of silver foil paper. The silver foil letters were cut in half and then attached to the White Daisy using an adhesive runner. Then, we attached the letters with thin 3-D foam tape onto individual pennants that would later form our banner. To make the pennants, we simply cut 1½” x 3¾” rectangles and dovetailed one of the ends.
Attach the pennants to white twine using a hot glue gun to spell out your words—one word per strand of twine. Make sure to leave enough twine on the ends to tie the banners to the wreath.
You can make a banner like this one for pretty much any occasion just by changing the sentiment. From welcoming a new season, to holidays, or birthdays—the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts give you the tools for spelling out whatever it is you want to celebrate in style!
And since we are talking seasonal décor, we have a special treat for those of you who’ve made it this far: two FREE printables for the upcoming Easter season.
As we celebrate this season of new beginnings, we thank you for reading and sharing this blog. Our hope is that the inspirational artwork ideas and tips we present here help crafters of all types to discover their creativity and to exercise their creative muscles in new, exciting ways. Happy Easter!
Over the next few months, we’ll be heading to some Pinners Conferences across the US to showcase beautiful artwork, teach crafting classes, and spread the word about our company and mission.
Since we can’t bring you all with us (though we sure wish we could!), we thought we’d bring the beautiful artwork to YOU right here on the blog! We hope it inspires you and lights a smile on your face.
Here is the artwork for one of the classes we’ll be teaching. Memory keeping is at the core of what we do, so we want to show others there are so many different ways to preserve their memories in addition to traditional scrapbooking.
In addition to our classes, we’ll also be putting tons of beautiful artwork on display for everyone to see, including unique gift ideas to show someone you care…
Mini albums for those just getting started with memory keeping…
And, of course, traditional scrapbook pages.
To top it all off, we created a one-of-a-kind banner, which would be wonderful for a party or a nursery.
Whatever type of papercrafting you enjoy, we hope you’ve found this artwork to be inspiring. We’re sure it’ll catch more than a few eyes at the conferences we’ll be attending, but we especially hope that everyone who sees it will understand that what we do is so much more than an art form—it’s a way of building and celebrating relationships.
Last week we shared a few pieces of artwork that showed you how nicely different paper packets work together, along with tips for how to mix them. Well, we’re at it again—this time with a lovely home décor piece that is both eye-catchingly elegant and sweetly simple:
Can you name all the paper packets used here? Zoe certainly makes a standout performance, but the sharp-eyed among you will also be able to pick out the rich hues from Sangria and the soft patterns from Georgie. We’ve also mixed in some Eggplant and Juniper cardstock for good measure. The end result is a paper garland that you can keep up year round.
All of the yo-yo flower shapes were cut using the Cricut® Artiste collection and are simple to assemble following the instructions in the assembly booklet that comes with the collection. The flowers were then attached to a single piece of sturdy wrapping paper either directly or using 3-D foam tape to create the garland shape. After embellishing with a few playful sequins for that little bit of bling, the banner was hung inside a well-loved frame using Whisper thick twine.
Whether you’re just trying to use up the last papers from a favorite paper packet or exploring bold color combinations of your own creation, there are lots of ways to combine different paper packets to create beautiful artwork!
We’ve loved hearing your input on how you mix paper packets. Tell us in the comments which paper packets you’re going to try mixing next!
X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection.
We’ve got a riddle for you: How is spring like papercrafting?
Both make the world a brighter and more colorful place! And today’s project idea is a fun way to spread the joy of papercrafting. It’s an adorable “banner in a jar” kit:
It all starts with a simple jar. Naturally we topped it off with a colorful piece of paper from the Penelope paper packet and a length of white & gold ribbon, but the real charm comes from what’s inside!
Just take a look at that! Here’s what we’ve included:
Bright and cheery Penelope papers cut into pennant shapes using the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge
Letters spelling “Happy Spring,” which were cut from Pixie cardstock using the Cricut® Artistry cartridge
Thistle extra thick twine
Pre-cutting the pennant shapes and the letters means that the recipient of this gift just has to attach the letters to the pennant pieces, thread them onto the twine, and embellish! In just a few minutes they will end up with a fun banner like this one:
Not pictured: the bright smile on the proud crafter’s face!
Who do you know that could use a little ray of sunshine in the form of an easy-to-assemble papercrafting project? Start stuffing those jars—just be sure to leave a little room for a note of encouragement, love, or appreciation to go along with it!
The ribbon used on the jar is Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon.
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December is here, and you know what that means—it’s party season! Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or other special celebrations, you’re bound to host at least one festive event soon, and Close To My Heart wants to help make your party the cutest one on the block!
First let’s welcome in Christmas —or rather, let this Christmas banner welcome your guests in!For this banner, layering is the name of the game. Chocolate cardstock letters behind their Cranberry counterparts create a shadowed look, and the holly leaves appear beautifully real thanks to two layers in different colors of cardstock.
For an adorable centerpiece, it’s amazing how well a wrapped box and some Cricut® ingenuity can “spruce” up some sprigs, eh? 🙂 Learn more about how to make those beautiful blossoms by watching this video:
Here’s one other tip to keep in mind when replicating this centerpiece: The holly berry branches are actually three pieces of cardstock. Cut two Chocolate branches, and cut off the berries. Then cut one Cranberry branch, and glue it in between the Chocolate branches sandwich style. With all this help, you’ll create a showstopper centerpiece that will have your guests “oohing” and “ahhhing!”
And of course no party is complete without some cupcakes! Our Cricut® Artiste collection includes all sorts of cupcake liners. Some glittery stars make great cupcake toppers and tie all of these pieces together. The stars were cut out of gold glitter paper with the help of our Cricut® Artbooking collection, and they really make this trio the perfect ensemble!
But even if your party isn’t for Christmas, we’ve got you covered! If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve, a birthday, or something else entirely, then the Kaleidoscope paper packet is your new best friend!This banner is certain to brighten up any room it’s in (even on the coldest winter nights!), and it’s perfect for celebrations all year round. To get this look, attach strips of paper together (so they have the same pattern on each side), and stitch them in a long line with your sewing machine. Voila!
The party centerpiece here is just as spunky as the banner! In addition to being a great decoration, the decorated sticks could be used for super fun photos, party games, or favors.
And just as it added class to our Christmas pieces, our gold glitter paper is back! These liners have a non-glittery paper on the inside of the liners to keep the glitter on the outside! The cupcakes are topped off with spunky little tassels of cardstock, cut and glued around the tops of toothpicks. They look kind of like fireworks, and they’re just the thing to “spark” a conversation with your guests.
We know you’ll enjoy creating these beautiful pieces of artwork—and we know you’ll love the compliments that will follow, too! No matter what you’re celebrating in the coming weeks, may all your celebrations be merry and bright!
“Merry Christmas” Star Banner
D1664 My Acrylix® Packages, Boxes, and Tags, D1522 My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase (period to create dots on Fern cardstock), X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection
Cricut® Shapes: Artistry
2¼”and 3¼” Shape <v> (cut 8, p. 34)
4″ and 5″ Shape <v> (cut 11, p. 34)
2″ Icon-1 <Christms> (cut 4, p. 48)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <Christms> (cut 4, p. 48)
1½”, 2″, 2½” <NewYears> (cut several, p. 50)
Those of you who’ve already gotten your hands on our Nevermore paper packet probably have grand plans for fall and Halloween-themed layouts. Well, here’s another idea for you to try out 🙂 :
This fun, festive banner comes together quickly and easily with a little help from our Cricut® Artbooking and Artistry collections and, of course, the Nevermore paper packet.
What a great project to do with young children or grandchildren. They would love to watch the Cricut® cut out the leaves (because it’s even exciting for us adults to watch!), and then they could help slide the leaves onto the thread. If you don’t have any small children around, this would also be a relaxing project to work on while enjoying a little “me” time watching your favorite Julia Roberts movie and sipping some warm apple cider.
And did you notice the stamped leaves our artist colored in with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers? With the help of last week’s post about using these markers with our stamps, you could easily do this at home. The My Acrylix® Thankful Heart stamp set supplied the leaf images, which add such character to the banner. You could even add different stamps or embellishments to match other elements of your home décor.
There are so many works of art you can create with the Nevermore paper packet. Share you own Nevermore artwork by using the hashtag #ctmhnevermore, or search for this hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more artwork inspiration from the Close To My Heart community.