This Unicorn Party Takes the Cake!

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We’ve got an extra special treat for you today! We’ve paired up with Sunny Hintze, owner of Sunny Days Cakes and winner of Food Network’s “Cake Wars,” to bring you some inspiration for throwing a unicorn-themed birthday party!

Unicorn birthday cakes are all the rage right now, and we currently have a unicorn-themed paper collection called Little Dreamer…so it was a match made in heaven! 🙂

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Sunny took inspiration from our Little Dreamer collection to create her incredible cake: The colors match our Little Dreamer color palette, the multi-colored horn looks just like the horns on our little unicorns, and she even created edible pieces that look like our Complements! See the little banners and glitter hearts and flowers? It’s amazing!

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To send this cake over the moon, she used Mod Podge to add Little Dreamer papersComplements, and gems to the board used for the base of the cake, and finished it off by wrapping the edge with our white & gold ribbon.

And if you think this cake looks magical, let us tell you, it tasted magical, too! An amazing cake is absolutely essential for any birthday party, and Sunny hit this one out of the park!

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What’s another party essential? Great decorations, of course! To mix up your banner game, try layering a circle banner above a pennant banner, like we did here. This works especially well when you have a large blank wall to decorate.

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Another party tip is to give your young guests something to play with that ties into the theme of the party, like these magical wands. Simply cut stars out of white glitter paper using your Cricut® machine, and then hot glue them onto long sucker sticks with some ribbons. The soft colors from our Whimsy ribbon pack make a great match for the Little Dreamer collection.

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An easy way to add some accents to your party set-up is to frame our pocket cards. The Little Dreamer paper packet comes with two sheets of 3” x 4” and 4” x 6” pocket cards that you can cut apart for pocket scrapbooking. Framing a few of these cards is an easy way to add cute accents to your table, and they already perfectly match your other party décor—it’s a win-win!

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Whatever goodies you choose to make available, try adding cute little tags to your jars and containers. You can label them if you have multiple foods for guests to choose from, and really, tags just make everything a bit more magical! 😊

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And as one last final tip, spice up plain paper treat baggies with some patterned paper and matching Complements and gems! To make your baggies look especially polished, attach zip strips to the tops of the baggies.

What other tips do you have for throwing a stellar birthday party? Tell us in the comments below!

Sunny Hintze is located in Eagle Mountain, Utah. She is also going to launch a line of unicorn cake kits soon—how awesome is that? For more information about Sunny Days Cakes and her unicorn cake kits, visit her Facebook page.


Recipes

Circle Banner
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Sewing Machine, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1 3/4″ Shift+Border <TeamWork> (cut multiple, p. 83)

Pennant Banner
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, X7219D Little Dreamer Coordinating Cardstock, Z3216 White Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
4 1/2″ Photo Mat 1 <y> (cut multiple, p. 53)

Wands
Z3237 White Glitter Paper, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Sucker Sticks

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
3″ Icon <m> (cut 10, p. 74)

Frame
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Frame

Candy Cane Jar Tag
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
2 1/4″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <TeamWork> (p. 83)

Treat Bags
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems

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From Jeanette: Celebrate With Me

As I’m turning one year older today, the importance of memory keeping is readily on my mind. Time really does fly by (and it seems to accelerate with each passing year!), which is why it’s so important to tell our stories and preserve them in albums so they live forever.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that memory keeping is at the heart of everything I do. I feel like it’s my mission in life to help others realize the importance of preserving memories—and to show them how to do it in a fun and fulfilling way! From sharing this company’s message about memory keeping with our “Life Is Worth” video and telling the story of how I started this company in my basement, to talking about the importance of documenting the little things that make us unique (like my love of “I Love Lucy”) and inviting you to submit your scrapbook stories through Stories from the Heart, this blog is such a wonderful place to get inspired and connect with others who share your passion. It’s where I can share with you my thoughts and feelings about memory keeping, and it’s where you can see beautiful artwork and learn techniques and strategies to make memory keeping a reality in your life.

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

To celebrate my birthday and the importance of memory keeping, I want to give away some of the exclusive mini stamps we give to Consultants who ask a question during the Q&A session at Convention. On the blog, I’m going to give away 25 of the Make It from Your Heart stamp you see here. To enter to win, please leave a comment below explaining why memory keeping is important to you and subscribe to this blog to receive inspiration and tutorials straight to your inbox. To subscribe, click on the blue button that says “Subscribe to list” on the right-hand side of this page.

At 11 am (MDT) tomorrow, I’ll select 25 random commenters (who must also be subscribed to the blog) to receive this fun stamp. And for a chance to win the other two exclusive Jeanette stamp sets you see below, head on over to our Facebook and Instagram accounts—I’m giving away a grand total of 75 stamps!

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

I just want to finish by saying how much each of you mean to me. I am so grateful for all the years of friendship and for the years of friendship to come. You have truly made my life a beautiful one, and I’m so grateful to have you in my story.

Sending you all my love,

Jeanette

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3-D Cards that Pack a Punch

What’s that in the sky—is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super-amazing handmade card we made using the incredible powers of the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection! Have a look:

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Don’t let its mild-mannered exterior fool you, because its true powers lie within:

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Ta-da! This 3-D pop-up card is just one of the many themed cards available on the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection. Let’s take a closer look at how it all comes together.

 

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 1: Cut all your card pieces. You’ll find all the shapes you need on the <j> key of your Artfully Sent collection.

You’ll notice we’ve cut the interactive feature of the super hero body multiple times—once from the Regatta ombré paper, once from a Regatta Picture My Life™ card, and once from gold glitter paper. That gives us the layers we need to make our hero pop out even more in the center of the card. We’ve also cut multiples of the “Happy Birthday” and “Super Hero” sentiments. For the backing piece, we used the Contour feature in Cricut Design Space™, but those shapes are also simple enough to trim out by hand.

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 2: Match up your layers! For your top layer, trim the suit pieces out of the Picture My Life paper and add them to your ombré paper, which is going to be the main part of the inside of your card. Take the lightning bolt from the negative cut of your glitter paper to make your hero’s lightning bolt shine. Feel free to add a few other glitter embellishments like boot cuffs, too!

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Step 3: Put the outside of your card together. We’ve kept it unassuming using a simple piece of zip strip and the Happy Birthday layered sentiment. 3-D foam tape gives some dimension to the front of your card.

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 4: Attach the inside of your card to the card base, adding sequins, the super hero cape, and another zip strip to give it a completed look.

This fun card is just one of many, many different cards you can make using the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection. There are several other pop-up cards you can create, as well as build-a-scene cards, sleeve cards, sentiment cards, and more! With cuts for envelopes and liners, and even pocket cards that look great on a card base or in the pages of a pocket scrapbook, this collection is a must-have for cardmakers and a great resource for every crafter.

Have you already been bitten by the Artfully Sent bug? If so, tell us what YOUR favorite use for this collection is in the comments below.

Recipe

5 ½” x 4″ Happy Birthday Card
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artfully Sent
5 ½” Pop-Up <j> (p.27)
5 ½” Shift+Pop-Up <J> (p. 27)
5 ½” Icon <j> (p. 27)
5 ½” Shift+Icon <J> (p. 27)

*Real Dial Size

All of these products are available from your Independent Consultant. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner.

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Mixing & Matching Magic

Each Close To My Heart paper packet has its own theme, feel, and color scheme, which makes creating cohesive artwork a breeze! But at its heart, each packet is made up of beautiful, individual patterned papers that can be used together in all kinds of combinations.

Today we’re going to expand your horizon, invite you to try something new, get you out of your comfort zone, and all that jazz—because we’re going to share you with you three different approaches to mixing our paper packets together!

Tips for mixing scrapbook papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #papercrafting #cards #memorykeeping

This card is wearing Zoe, Kaleidoscope, and Georgie 🙂

Approach #1: Invent your own color scheme and choose papers that fit. For this card, we chose pastel colors. Light pinks, blues, greens, and yellows from several different paper packets all work together in this cheery card.

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This page is wearing Zoe, Urban, Georgie, and Kaleidoscope. 🙂

Approach #2: Choose papers that are different tones of the same color and then add one or two accent colors. Here, we have all sorts of blues—Glacier, Juniper, and Peacock—accented by Pear and Gypsy papers.

Tips for mixing scrapbook papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #papercrafting #cards #memorykeeping

This layout is wearing Georgie, Kaleidoscope, and Zoe. 🙂

Approach #3: Pair up different papers based on a shared color tone. In this example, we started with a paper we really liked—this Juniper one from the Georgie paper packet. The little Canary dots on our Georgie paper inspired us to pair it with the bright Canary paper from the Kaleidoscope paper packet. They make a beautiful duo, don’t they?

What are your favorite paper packets to combine? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Birthday Cheer Card
Wishes: Simplicity™ (rotated)
B1506 My Acrylix® Little Presents, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
¾” Shape <v> (p. 34)
2″ and 2 ¼” Shape <Christms> (p. 48)

12″ x 12″ Hugs & Kisses Page
Reflections: Main Frame—Backdrop
E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7204B Urban Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, X7197C Zoe Complements, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Thread

12″ x 12″ Family Layout
D1644 My Acrylix® The Authentic Life, B1482 My Acrylix® My Story, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7179 Zoe Paper Packet, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z3165 Fundamental Stickers Whimsy Pack, X7203C Georgie Complements

* Real Dial Size

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From Jeanette: Thank You!

I want to thank everyone who posted or mailed a birthday card for me. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful artwork and thoughtful messages you shared—you truly made my birthday one to remember. I am grateful for all you do to make Close To My Heart feel like family, lending your time and talents to help lift others up.

I want to share some of the beautiful artwork you created. I know it will inspire our readers, just like it inspired me. Here are just a handful of the beautiful birthday cards:

Happy Birthday Jeanette! #cards4jeanette #closetomyheart #happybirthday

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I wish I could share all of the artwork here! It was so fun to look at your sweet cards. Each one of you is unique, and I can see that through your artwork—it represents you!

As was mentioned on the blog before, we have selected 20 random people who have posted a card. These 20 winners will get the Penelope paper packet and the Penelope Complements. I’m lucky enough to get to announce them today! Here they are:

  1. Jenifer Benner
  2. Tanya Armitage
  3. MaryJo Boyus
  4. Rachel Stribling
  5. Jen Patrick
  6. Jen Burkhart
  7. Sassy’s Creations
  8. Dawn Montagano
  9. Ellen Jarvis
  10. catscrapbooking
  11. Shirley Ross
  12. stampinbuds
  13. kigz55
  14. jrans2
  15. crys_daus
  16. scrapstampshare
  17. joaniestanclift
  18. peachypapercrafts
  19. ballisticdesign
  20. gabbysews

If your name is in the list above, please email your name and mailing address to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com using the subject line “Birthday giveaway.” We can’t wait to send you your prizes!

I just want to close by telling you again how grateful I am for this act of kindness. Your cards touched my heart. I am so lucky to have each of you as part of our Close To My Heart family. Know that I care about you dearly.

Sincerely,

Jeanette

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Shhhhh! It’s a Birthday Surprise!

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We sure love our CEO and founder, Jeanette Lynton. As a pioneer in the stamping and papercrafting industry, she has put so much time and heart into helping others discover their creativity and preserve their memories. She truly is one-of-a-kind.

Jeanette’s birthday is in March, and we want your help in giving her a birthday surprise to remember. As you know, a handmade card speaks a thousand words, so here’s what we’d like you to do:

Create a birthday card for Jeanette, snap a photo of it, and post it to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #cards4jeanette. Feel free to post a message to Jeanette with the picture if you’d like.

On her birthday, we’ll show Jeanette all the cards you have made by searching this hashtag on social media. Beautiful artwork made by people she cares about so dearly will be sure to touch her heart.

We’ll also randomly select 20 people who have posted a card and give them a prize. We’ll announce the winners on the blog on March 28.

Make sure to post your cards before then, and thank you in advance for your help in celebrating the extraordinary life of this special woman.

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Deck the Halls with Papercrafting!

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!Create decor for your Christmas or New Year's Eve party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #party #decorFor 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!Create decor for your Christmas or New Year's Eve party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #party #decorCreate decor for your Christmas or New Year's Eve party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #party #decorThis 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!

Recipes 

“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)

Artbooking
1¼”, 1½”, 2″ Icon <m> (cut several, p. 74)
2½” <Merry> (p. 75)

Artiste
2″ Shift <Font> “CHRISTMAS” (cut 2)

Christmas Box
D1657 My Acrylix® Holly Jolly Christmas, D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2175 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2135 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2174 Champagne Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Skewers, Pine Sprigs, Box

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1½” Shift+Background <@> (cut 12, 4 Cranberry, 8 Chocolate p. 2)
1″ Shift+Icon-2 <Q> (cut 5, p. 11)
1″ and 1¼” Icon-1 <j> (cut several, p. 27)
1″ and 1¼” Shift+Icon-1 <J> (cut several, p. 27)
3¼” Icon-1 <z> (cut several p. 31)
3″ Shift+Background <Z> (cut several, p. 31)
2″and 3″ Icon-1 <Christms> (cut several, p. 48)
2″and 3″ Shift+Icon-1 <Christms> (cut several, p. 48)

Artiste
5½” Accent 1 <f> (cut 4, p. 54)
8″ Accent 1 <f> (cut 2, p. 54)
10″ Accent 1 <f> (cut 1, p. 54)
2½” Accent 3 <f> (cut 5, p. 54)
3″ Accent 3 <f> (cut 5, p. 54)
3½” Accent 3 <f> (cut 5, p. 54)
4″ Accent 3 <f> (cut 6, p. 54)
1¼” Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 4, p. 68)
1½” Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 4, p. 68)
2″ Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 6, p. 68)

Christmas Cupcake Liners and Toppers
X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Toothpicks

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1″ Icon <m> (cut 6, p. 74)

Artiste
3½” Accent 4 <c> (cut 3, p. 63)

Kaleidoscope Banner
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z1992 Purple Glitter Paper, Z3075 Red Glitter Paper, Thread

Kaleidoscope Centerpiece
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Vase

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3″ Icon-1 <1> (p. 1)
3″ Shape <i> (p. 18)
3″ Shift+Shape <I> (p. 18)
2″ Icon-1 <s> (p. 22)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <S> (p. 22)
1 ¼” Icon-2 <s> (p. 22)
1¾” Shift+Icon-2 <Father> (p. 40)
½” Shift <Font> “#PARTY”

Kaleidoscope Cupcake Liners and Toppers
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Toothpicks

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3½” Accent 4 <Z> (p. 61)

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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Extravaganza Is Back

Convention is coming! Convention is coming!

One of everyone’s favorite things about Convention is having the chance to see the newest products in an up-close and personal setting. Nowhere does this happen like it does at Extravaganza.

At this fast and furious (but super fun) session, everyone gets to see almost every new product used in artwork created by Consultants. These Consultant artists take 20 minutes to teach ideas and techniques they used to create their mini museums of amazing artwork, filling attendees’ heads with an incredible amount of ideas for what to do with all that is new in the annual idea book. It is one of the BEST parts of Convention!

At last year’s Extravaganza in Anaheim, some very talented artists showed off their work. Though the products featured here have been around for several months now, the ideas are so fresh, they’ll have you seeing things in a brand new light. Enjoy this little sampling of the awesomeness we saw then, and get excited for the awesomeness we’re going to see again in just a few weeks!

Tresa Black created these incredible projects with the pages from My Crush® books, both on and off the page.

Sara Batkin took the Base & Bling line by storm by introducing this array of beautiful goodies—some for wearing, others for sharing.

Michelle Snyder reminded us of the joy of not only keeping memories, but also of making them with her collection of clever party creations.

Exciting? Most definitely! Convention is an event just for Consultants, so sign up to be one yourself! Then YOU will be among the first to see this level of gorgeous artwork and gather inspiring ideas when you attend Convention this year.

Not quite sure what to expect at your first Convention? Here’s a look at the fun and creativity that takes place.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Illustrious Invitations: Inked to Impress

Spring always brings a rush of new joys! It seems that love, weddings, flowers, sunshine, and even babies come pouring into our hearts all at once during this season. It’s a beautiful and welcome renewal after a cold, dormant winter.

With so many beautiful things blossoming all around us, it only makes sense to celebrate. Whether that’s through a bridal shower, a baby shower, a birthday party, a wedding reception, or simply an afternoon of crafting, we believe that everyone has something to celebrate this time of year.

And what’s a celebration without an invitation? Why, a very lonely celebration of course. You know what they say: the invitation sets the tone for the party! So we mined the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book for invitation stamp sets just right for ringing in spring. Marvel at the jewels we discovered!

C1612 My Acrylix® Shower Flowers

The flowers in this stamp set are to the Blossom paper packet as sunshine is to blue skies—they were made for each other! Use them in tandem to create an invitation that will have your guests rushing to your party so quickly they’ll blow the blossoms on the trees clean off!


B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer

The icy sparkles crystallized on these lemon slices look good enough to eat! We love the bright colors and shapes from this stamp set that make the invitation a party in itself. Can you imagine how happy you’d feel if this splash of life arrived in your mailbox?

If making your own invitations feels a little intimidating, just think of it as an alternative form of cardmaking! With one stamp set, you can create a collection of invitations that will make each of your guests feel special and appreciated—a little act of kindness that is well worth your creative efforts.

So open up the windows of your home (and heart) to spring! Let the fragrances, light, and even the occasional rain shower into your life. Breathe it all in. Even if your party is a long way off, today is always worth celebrating!

Recipes

7″ x 5″ It’s a Shower Invitation

C1612 My Acrylix® Shower Flowers, X7196B Blossom Paper Packet, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

4 ¼” x 3 ¼” Time to Party Invitation

B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

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