Cards from YOUR Heart

Cardmaking is a craft from the heart. You do it because you want to send the message to the recipient that they are worth the extra sentiment that comes from something handmade by you.

By now, we’re sure you’ve seen several examples of the elegant cards you can make using our From the Heart card kit. As we continue celebrating stamping this month, we want to show you just how versatile this kit, and the gorgeous stamp set it comes with, really is.

Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
When you are working with stamps, you have so much flexibility to design something that is truly your own. Allow your creative juices to flow and experiment with different color combinations, as well as image (and sentiment) placement.

Monochromatic Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #monochromatic #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
With the entire Close To My Heart exclusive color palette at your disposal, you can attempt a variety of monochromatic schemes, like you see here. Stay within one color family, or try using all warm or cool colors. Don’t be afraid to switch up your colors based on the sentiment you’re using, the recipient of the card, or even the time of year.

Amped up Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
Challenge yourself to take your artwork up another notch! This kit is intentionally made to create a more chic and sophisticated card. Emboss your sentiments (like we did in the cards above) or try your hand at embossing other stamped elements. Add embellishments, like pearls, sparkles, and gems. Switch up the floral arrangements, or incorporate a different stamp set altogether!

There are no rules here, so unleash your creativity! Every creative decision you make customizes your card even more and gives it your unique flair. Remember, you are the artist.

Since cards are a beautiful way of expressing the deepest sentiments from the heart, it’s only fitting that you make them exactly how you feel.

May all of your handmade cards be from your heart.


Recipes

Image 2 (4 Cards)
CC1229 From the Heart Card Kit, Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2817 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2830 Nutmeg Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 SapphireExclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2854 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

Image 3 (4 Cards)
CC1229 From the Heart Card Kit, Z2506 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Set, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3369 Bashful Pearls, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z555 Craft Heater

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Split Stamping Technique

In honor of National Stamping Month, we thought it’d be fun to share with you some stamping techniques on the blog—because no crafter can ever have too many stamping tricks up her sleeve, right? 😉

Today’s post is going to teach you what we call the Split Stamping technique.

This technique is exactly what it sounds like: You split your stamp image. There are a few different ways to do this.

One of the easiest ways is to stamp an image onto a piece of cardstock and then cut it into pieces, like the elephant below.

Split stamping technique #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #techniques #clear #stamps #card

Cutting up an image and reassembling it on your artwork is a unique way to draw more attention to your stamping.

Another way you can “split” your stamp is with masking. Not sure what we mean by “masking”? Masking is when you cover up part of your stamp or paper before stamping an image. Split stamping technique #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #techniques #clear #stamps #card

Here, we attached a strip of cardstock across the center of our card with just a little bit of adhesive so it wouldn’t slide around. Next, we stamped our flowers along the top and bottom of the card, overlapping them slightly with the strip. We then carefully peeled off the cardstock strip, removed any leftover adhesive with our Rub & Remove™ eraser, painted our flowers, and then stamped our sentiment.

For a more advanced spin on this technique, try incorporating the piece of cardstock you use for the masking!

Split stamping technique #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #techniques #clear #stamps #card

For this card, we cut both pieces of White Daisy cardstock, attached the smaller piece to the center of the larger piece with a little bit of adhesive, and then stamped our flowers over both pieces. Next, we carefully separated the smaller piece of cardstock from the larger one, painted our flowers, and popped the piece up on Bashful cardstock with 3-D foam tape. To add even more dimension, we also stamped some of the blossoms on scrap paper, painted them, trimmed them out, and then attached them over the matching blossoms with 3-D foam tape.

What do you think of the Split Stamping technique? Tell us in the comments below! And be sure to follow the blog all month long to see even more stamping techniques! 🙂


Recipes

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Congrats Card (Vertical)
D1726 My Acrylix® Sweet Baby Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Best Wishes Card (Horizontal)
D1747 My Acrylix® Happily Ever After Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ So Happy for You Card (Vertical)
C1693 My Acrylix® Many Congratulations Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

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31 People Who Could Use a Few Kind Words Today

31 people who could use a few kind words today #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #cardmaking

Cards are about so much more than words inside pretty paper. They are a way to brighten someone’s day, to show you appreciate the way in which someone has touched your life, to acknowledge what someone does to make the world a better place. That’s what our Create Kindness card kit is all about—using cards to spread kindness, especially to those who may not expect it!

Here are some people that you may not normally think to give a card to but who would certainly appreciate some words of encouragement or an unexpected “thank you”:

  • Mailman
  • Barista
  • Babysitter
  • Housecleaner
  • Principal
  • Child’s school teacher
  • Your old school teacher
  • Church leader
  • Janitor
  • Police Officer
  • Fireman
  • Carpool driver
  • Crossing guard
  • Bus driver
  • Cab driver
  • Pilot
  • Hotel housekeeper
  • Nursing home patient
  • Restaurant server
  • Old high school friend
  • Nurse
  • Hair stylist
  • New mother
  • Soldier
  • Veteran
  • Cashier
  • Widow or widower
  • Former roommate
  • Gym instructor
  • Childhood friend
  • Coach

Take a moment TODAY and leave a card for someone on this list. Who knows, you could be exactly what they need to get through a rough day.

31 people who could use a few kind words today #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #cardmaking

Who else would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Making Impressions

We know it’s the little things, like cards, that make all the difference in the world, and often it’s the little things that make your cards exactly the way you want. Take embossing folders for example.

Embossing folders are a great way to personalize your cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #cards #embossing #embossingfolder

Embossing folders are a great essential for cardmakers because they transform a regular piece of cardstock into something truly unique. You basically get to create your own patterned papers by mixing and matching colors and folders.

Embossing folders are a great way to personalize your cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #cards #embossing #embossingfolder

Because you give cards for all sorts of different occasions, you need a variety of embossing folders so you can get just the right look for each and every card.

Embossing folders are a great way to personalize your cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #cards #embossing #embossingfolder

For all you scrapbookers out there, embossing folders are also great for easy layering. Arrange a few pieces of embossed paper behind a photo for a quick, effortless pattern.

Embossing folders are a great way to personalize your cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #cards #embossing #embossingfolder

Also, don’t be afraid to emboss plain white cardstock. With some texture, it takes on a life all its own!

Cardmaking and scrapbooking are both all about celebrating and strengthening relationships. With our latest embossing folders, you’ll be able to show a little bit more tender love and care to your artwork and to your loved ones.

Recipes

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Good Job Card
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, Z3265 School K-6 Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, 1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3250 Word Search Embossing Folder, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, X254 4 ¼” × 5 ½” White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Embossing Machine

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Hello Darling Card
D1708 My Acrylix® Sending Smiles (comes with Cricut® Flower Market), Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3249 Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder, Z3247 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, X254 4 ¼” × 5 ½” White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Embossing Machine

12″ × 12″ Today Page
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, Z3265 School K-6 Complements, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z3249 Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder, Z3250 Word Search Embossing Folder, Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Embossing Machine, Thread

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Pushing the Envelope

Looking for ways to switch up your cardmaking game? Well you’re in luck, because today we’ve got a couple tricks up our sleeves (or cards, in this instance!) to help you take things to the next level!

For starters, try decorating your envelopes so they coordinate with your cards.

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

It’s like creating your own stationery! Getting a beautiful handmade card is already a breath of fresh air, so imagine how much you’ll brighten someone’s day by giving a card with a beautiful, matching envelope.

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

You can also add stamping to your envelopes. This “Thinking of You” envelope communicates love and empathy before it’s even opened.

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

Embossing is another great way to make your cards extra special. It’s simple to do, but gives your cards a high-end look.

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

And while you have your embossing machine out, here’s another fun idea to try—embossing the flaps of your envelopes!

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

Eager to start crafting? Then head over to your Consultant’s website to get your hands on these Flash Sale bundles, which are perfect for making unique cards:

CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack)
CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle
CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack)

Remember to hurry though, because these bundles will only be available until Monday at 3:00 pm (MDT) or while supplies last!

Recipes

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Thanks Card & Envelope
CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1625 My Acrylix® A Thousand Thanks, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5931 Champagne Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Thinking of You Card, Thanks Card, & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼” × 5 ½” So Sorry Card & Thinking of You Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Happy Birthday Card & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2846 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 
4 ¼” × 5 ½” Happy Birthday Cheer Card & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), B1504 My Acrylix® Sending Love, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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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Fiesta Time!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos! Today’s a day filled with bright colors, fun activities, delicious food, and lots of family—so yeah, it’s basically a day we really love. 🙂 To get you in the fiesta mood, we’ve got two adorable cards that capture the spirit of this festive day!

Let Cinco de Mayo inspire your cards! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fiesta #cincodemayo #partyinvitation

With a fringe skirt and gold accents, this card is ready to party! The fringe you see on piñatas inspired the ombre fringe on this card. The papers used in the colorful fringe came from the Happy Times paper packet, and we used scissors to turn them into fringed strips. For the sentiment, we simply cut out the letters on White Daisy cardstock using Cricut Design Space™. We then backed the piece with a gold foil stripe—also from the Happy Times paper packet—so the letters would shine.

Let Cinco de Mayo inspire your cards! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fiesta #cincodemayo #partyinvitation

We also love this mini piñata card—there’s that Happy Times gold foil stripe again! This stamp from our new Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book was made for just this type of occasion, and we’ve made it extra colorful by painting it with our new small round tip waterbrush. Overall, we think this card is pretty smashing. 🙂

Do you have fun plans for Cinco de Mayo? Tell us below! And don’t forget to get the Happy Times paper packet before the end of May. You can even get one free with a qualifying purchase. Talk to your Consultant to learn more!

For more Happy Times artwork inspiration, check out this video:

Recipes

7″ x 5″ Fiesta Fringe Card
CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
30 pt. <font> “You’re gonna need a after this”
35 pt. <font> “siesta”
42 pt. “fiesta!”

3″ x 3″ Piñata Card
M1141 My Acrylix® Pinata Hooray, CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round

Banners
CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, Z3216 White Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes**:
Artbooking
2″ Shift+Overlay <D> (cut in half, p. 60)

*Created using Cricut Design Space™

**Use Real Dial Size

 

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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!

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

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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5 Ways to Use Instalife™ City Limits

Instalife™ is our mini pocket scrapbooking line: From mini albums and Memory Protectors™ to mini cards you slide into place next to your photos, these petite products are just too cute!

Today we’re going to show you five different ways you can use our Instalife™ City Limits cards, which are only available through April 30.

1. Traditional Mini Album

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

You can see that the cards have fun designs and cutouts, along with spaces for journaling. Simply slide your photos and cards in, and you’re done! The album possibilities are endless: Create one for graduation, one with photos of your family for your kids to take to college, or one with photos of your pet. It’s also a great way to keep all the photos you have on your phone. Just print them out, and create a mini album of your adventures!

2. Mother’s Day Gift

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

 

Because the cards are soft blues, greens, and greys, it’s easy to add other colors into the mix! Here we added some Pixie cardstock and ink to make this a feminine album for Mother’s Day. The card sentiments are generic, so they work great for any occasion.

3. Father’s Day Cards

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

Once Mother’s Day is over, use the cards to create unique Father’s Day cards. On the left card, we have two 2″ x 2″ Instalife™ cards stacked on top of each other. On the card on the right, we used a 4″ x 4″ Instalife™ card with a cutout and stamped a sentiment inside of it.

4. Everyday Life™ Album

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

What’s great about the Instalife™ cards is that they’re small enough to use as accents for your My Crush® pages. You can attach them quickly and easily, and they even go really well with the colors of the My Crush® Everyday Life pages.

5. Traditional Scrapbooking

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

The cards also work great on traditional scrapbook pages. These 4″ x 4″ cards act as frames for the photos, and the little 2″ x 2″ card makes a fun embellishment when combined with some ribbon.

Instalife™ cards may be small, but their potential is huge! We hope this artwork inspires you to think outside the box—there are so many possibilities! To learn more about this artwork, watch this video:

Ready to experiment with Instalife™ yourself? Then head on over to our Instagram account for a chance to win FREE Instalife™ products!

Recipes

Traditional Mini Album
Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Mother’s Day Album
M1137 My Acrylix® A Day for Mother, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment

Father’s Day Cards
C1633 My Acrylix® For Family, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Thread

Everyday Life™ Album
Z3208 Everyday Life™ Album—Black, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Traditional Scrapbook Page
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3208 Treasured Puffies, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
3/4″ <font> “Smile and Be Happy”

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Hello, Cardmaking!

Cardmakers, rejoice! There’s a new stamp set in town that will bring a whole lot of sassiness to your cards: the My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking stamp set. We’ve designed this beauty as part of our National Stamping Month trio of stamp sets, and its specialty is creating cards of all kinds.

Hello, Life Cardmaking

Don’t you just love receiving handmade cards in the mail? Think about it—the thrill you get seeing your name written on an envelope that’s obviously not a bill or a summons to jury duty. You love that feeling, and if you’re a cardmaker, you love giving that feeling to other people, too. A heartfelt card brings sunshine to everyone’s day!

Hello, Life Cardmaking 2

This sunny stamp set features big, bold greetings like “Hello” and “Oh, hey,” that are sure to get the recipient’s attention, paired with a variety of other sentiments and phrases you can use. Though the card above features gorgeous blue hues, it would be hard for anyone to feel blue after opening it up.

Hello, Life Cardmaking 3

The stylized sentiments work in perfect contrast with each other to fit a variety of moods. The card above is a playful and casual “thank you,” but you can easily see how the “Thanks” sentiment alone could be dressed up for a slightly more formal look. Oh, and speaking of formal…

Hello, Life Cardmaking 1

…what could be more formal than a black tie? Even when dressed to the nines in herringbone patterns and an irresistible black bow tie from our black Fundamental assortment, this card still carries such genuine thoughtfulness.

The My Acrylix Hello, Life!—Cardmaking stamp set is only available as part of our National Stamping Month celebrations, which end September 30, so get it before it’s gone! And remember, it’s one of three sets that we’ve designed to work together in perfect harmony for a wide variety of crafting projects. Check out the hashtag #ctmhhellolife on Faceboook, Instagram, and Pinterest to see even more artwork being made with this trio of exclusive stamp sets. Happy stamping!

Recipes
5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello, Sunshine Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 26
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Thread

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Oh, Hey Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 11
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello, Friend Card
Originals: Center Accent™ (with alterations)
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold

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