New Banner Thin Cuts

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With Thin Cuts dies on our minds all month long, let’s talk about two of our new comers from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog, the Party and Title Banners!

These new die sets are designed to cut the banner shapes you see here as well as score (without cutting!) where the dotted lines are for effortless and accurate folding. Adding a touch of three-dimensional flair to your cards and layouts just got easier!

Use the Party banners to create personalized headings and signs to commemorate any occasion. Take a look at how we incorporated them into these scrapbook pages, one with the straight banner and another with the curved one.

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Just like the Party Banners, our Title Banners fold up for a dimensional look, too. With these banners, however, you can also layer multiple segments together to create a longer banner—sized to fit any personalized message!

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Whether you add them to your layouts or cards, you can’t go wrong with the Title or Party Banners!

Don’t forget about our Die-namite sale happening through the end of March! You have less than two weeks to get your favorite Thin Cuts on sale at 25% off!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ One of A Kind Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 3: Pattern 13
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, Z3351 Adventure Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2863 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4152 Thin Cuts—Party Banners, Z4151 Thin Cuts—Title Banners, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting Machine

12″ × 12″ Who Needs Sunny Days Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 3: Pattern 23
Z4161 Rain or Shine Paper Doll Stamp + Thin Cuts, D1763 My Acrylix® Welcome Spring Stamp Set, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4151 Thin Cuts—Title Banners, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty SparklesZ1297 Edge Distresser, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Watercolor Pencils, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

4¼” × 5½” Hello There Card (Vertical)
C1709 My Acrylix® Chelsea Gardens—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C1710 My Acrylix® Make Waves—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4152 Thin Cuts—Party Banners, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
3½” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #MD389A5)

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Love Letters Giveaway!

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As we welcome a new year, we are also celebrating National Papercrafting Month! And, to help you celebrate with us, we created a beautiful letter kit for you to assemble, customize, and display using your own personal flair. What’s more, WE ARE GIVING AWAY THREE OF THESE LOVE LETTERS KITS in the next 72 hours!

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All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Friday, January 5th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

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Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.

As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.

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2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.

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3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)

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4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.

These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!

We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!

For even MORE CHANCES TO WIN, visit us on Instagram and Facebook where we are giving even more of these away! (What?!) Make sure to follow us for details on how to enter these separate drawings!!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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A Little Bit of Love

This month’s Summer Crush campaign has everyone feeling a little enamored and we can see why! When you purchase any of the My Crush® books offered in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book and their accompanying assortments, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE!

Summer Crush campaign

There are so many ways to fall madly in love with these crush-worthy books, but we wanted to share just a peek at another way to love them—a peek inside the books, that is. When you open any one of the wonderful books offered, you will soon see that the papers contained inside the covers are so beautifully designed, they may just jump right out of the covers and onto your scrapbook pages.

The page below features an entire page ripped from the My Crush® Modville book that was then sewn directly onto the page base for a trendy edge. Try it out for yourself! Add some stamping from the free My Acrylix® Reel Life stamp set, some journaling squares, additional stitching, and some Aqua Dots and you’ve got the ingredients for success!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

For a more streamlined look, try trimming blocks of paper from the pages you adore from your My Crush® Bluebird book and attaching them to your page base. Then pull a title and other shapes—like the banners and flower—from the assortment. Add some Oceanside sequins and stamping from the My Acrylix® Love This stamp set, like the pretty little butterfly, and you’re set with some swoon-worthy springtime art!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

The list of possibilities contained within the covers of each My Crush book is practically endless, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to become infatuated with these spectacular product pairings. This offer is only good through the end of June, and once these My Crush books are gone they are gone for good. So fall in love today by choosing your favorite My Crush pairing, adding your FREE stamp set, and getting your order in as fast as possible! Because who doesn’t need a little extra love in their life?

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Life Page
Reflections: Quartet—Border Cutout™
B1431 My Acrylix® Reel Life, Z1855 My Crush® Modville Book, Z1886 My Crush® Besties Assortment, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Currently Page
Reflections: Front and Center—Main Idea™
B1432 My Acrylix® Love This, Z1856 My Crush® Bluebird Book, Z1889 My Crush® Favorites Assortment, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

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Love Is in the Air

Now that it’s officially June, something’s in the air. Can you feel it? That’s what we call love, people! L-O-V-E. And it’s all because of this month’s deal on My Crush® books.

Prepare yourself for the twitterpation: For the whole month of June, when you purchase any My Crush book and its accompanying assortment pictured in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE!

Just admit it, you’re totally crushing on this deal.

Okay, so maybe you haven’t struck up a romance with a My Crush book before. (Gasp!) Take a look at these heartthrobs and consider the possibilities they could bring to your summer.

First, this blushing beauty: the My Crush In the Pink book. The designed pages are prime real estate for your photos and notes, and the coordinating assortments open your creative options even wider. You start with this:

My Crush™ Book

And end up with this:

My Crush™ Book

Feeling a little more adventurous than that? Try the Wildwood book and all its trimmings.

My Crush™ Book

Now, don’t be getting all swoony on us just yet; there’s still more to go. Dare we mention there are even more options beyond those we have pictured here? Because there are: five books, seven assortments, and four truly terrific stamp sets. Stamps that you can get for FREE. Oh, the love we feel for FREE—it’s inexpressible.

It’s time to stop dreaming of what could be and show the world how you really feel. Get your family reunions, summer vacations, and birthday parties into a My Crush book right away. It’s not too late to fall in love!

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National Scrapbooking Month: One Final Taste

This month has been a rainbow explosion of Taste of Summer artwork! We’ve highlighted creations on the blog, our Facebook page, our Instagram account, and on this special Pinterest board. Sticky Boy even got in on the fun! It’s been a blast.

There are still a few days left to order the sensational Taste of Summer paper packet and stamp set before these fruits retire for good. But before we say goodbye to this beautiful duo, we want to leave you with one last burst of fruity cuteness.Unknown-8
Our favorite thing about this page is how seamlessly all of the colors are interwoven throughout its various elements. The pops of yellow in the girl’s shirt also appear in the citrus slices and the papers. Purple appears anywhere from the light splatters on the white cardstock to the glitter gems and the Shimmer Trim.

So cute! This page is further proof that these papers and stamps are always delicious together, no matter what kind of fruit salad creation you whip up.

And with that, we are officially signing off from Taste of Summer. We hope you relish these last two days. Thank you for your social media participation! We’ve loved seeing all of the beautiful things you can do with these products. It’s been berry sweet. 🙂

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Love This Girl Page
CC1039 My Acrylix® Taste of Summer Stamp Set, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim, Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

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10 Reasons Why Close To My Heart Consultants Live the Dream

Why should you join the Close To My Heart Consultant family? We’ll give you ten good reasons:

1. You work with beautiful products that practically sell themselves.
With unique papers, Cricut® cartridges, and exclusive stamps, our products will keep your memory keeping on-trend and downright fun. To make matters even sweeter, when you’re a Consultant you get these products at a great discount—and who doesn’t love a discount on beautiful products? The toughest part of your job will be trying to resist purchasing the whole idea book in one order!

2. You make friends that will last a lifetime.
No doubt about it, the people you meet as a Close To My Heart Consultant will change your life. Ask any Consultant—the trust, love, and unity you feel when you’re a Consultant is reason enough to join today. Your new community of friends, business partners, and mentors will be an incredible support to you throughout your journey. Close To My Heart will become your second family, and when you’ve got family, you’ve got everything you need.

3. Your job is literally a work of art.
With a job where you work with art every day, you’ll be living the dream! You’ll have a great outlet for sharing your artwork, your business supplies will include paper and stamps, and you’ll teach what you’re passionate about. This isn’t your everyday business; you make money by doing what you love!

Be Yourself Layout

4. We’ve got your back.
Throughout your entire journey with Close To My Heart, we at the corporate office stand ready and willing to help. You’ll have access to every form, flyer, and newsletter you need. With an entire online library of training videos, business classes at almost every event, and a Consultant Services department dedicated just to helping you, you’ll always know you have a place to bring your questions. And your Team members (and even other Consultants you haven’t met yet) will also always be there to answer your questions, calm your concerns, or simply lend a listening ear.

5. You’ll become the business guru you always knew you could be.
You’ll gain some serious muscle as you work on building your business—business muscle, that is. A lot of your experience will come through fun travel and trainings with people you love to be around. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for “work” that will usually feel a lot more like play!

6. You can rest easy knowing your business is built on a solid foundation.
Not only will you find stability in taking control of your own career, but you can rest easy knowing Close To My Heart has unmatched longevity and stability. Our Founder & CEO, Jeanette Lynton, has been in the papercrafting business for over 30 years—that’s a lot of business savvy! Even cooler: Close To My Heart functions free of debt.

7. We throw pretty amazing parties and you’re always invited.
We do ‘em big, we do ‘em small, but all of them are fantastic! From annual Conventions to regional events across the globe, there is always something happening with Close To My Heart. These events offer countless perks, such as business training, product training, creative sessions, networking opportunities, and TONS of fun.

Convention 2014

8. Sticky Boy. Enough said.
Come meet the world’s number one expert on clear, sticky, and sassy, the one and only Sticky Boy. You can’t help but fall in love with him immediately. Plus, if you attend Convention, you’ll have the chance to get your very own Sticky Boy to keep!

9. You have the chance to travel to exotic lands across the globe.
Who wants to go to the Caribbean on us? How about Hawaii? Central America? Abu Dhabi? If you work hard, we’ll make sure you’ll play hard. Guaranteed.

10. You get a free shoulder tote if you sign up this month!
Yes, that’s right—the adorable, trendy shoulder tote is yours when you join in the fun. Better yet, joining this month gives you the opportunity to earn its magnificent matching organization piece: the rolling tote! Could there be a better way to get your business in order right from the beginning?

Shoulder Tote

You see, when it comes to business opportunities, it doesn’t get much better than Close To My Heart. Get in touch today to join the family! We can’t wait to meet you.

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Making Impressions: Upgrade Your Albums with Title Pages

The only thing more alluring than a new Close To My Heart canvas-coated album is a BOGO deal. Put them together, and what do you have? A recipe for amazing that just so happens to be available to you during the month of February!

To help you fill up these gorgeous albums, we’ll be sharing ideas throughout the month for the kinds of album-worthy artwork we swoon over.

Today we’ve got an idea to take your albums up a notch: album title pages! It’s a great way to turn what would otherwise be a scattered compilation of layouts into a finished and cohesive album.

Title page in album

What can a title page do for you? Your album’s title page is like the opening scene for the slideshow of your life, so you want to make sure it sends the right message.

Keep the following three things in mind and you’ll be able to create a title page that’s sure to leave an impression:

1) A clear focal point. One good photo surrounded by plenty of negative space will do the trick.

2) A defined title. Your title is a succinct description at the beginning of your album to make it easy for your audience to recognize what the album is about.

3) Connection. A title page can jive with the layouts of an album while still making a statement of its own. Aim for coordination, not a perfect match. You might choose to make your title page first and then borrow a few elements to develop other layouts in the album. Or, you might do the opposite and make your title page last, pulling elements from some of your layouts. Regardless of the method you choose, be sure to make it your own!

On this, our first two-page spread of the album, you see border stitching that is a variant of the hand-drawn stitching on our title page. What a great way to pull the two pieces together.

Two-page layout in album

We love title pages! What creative techniques have you used to create yours?

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