For Always Cards, for Any Occasion!

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The wise idiom, all good things must come to an end, reminds us that moments are fleeting and nothing lasts forever. However, we can have a repeat of the same great things every once in a while! Over the next few weeks, let’s have our cake and eat it, too! 🙂

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Making a return from its original debut a decade ago, with its timeless patterns and romantic themes, is the stunning For Always paper collection!

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If this gorgeous set of patterned papers pulled at your heartstrings last time, prepare to swoon with round two!

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The For Always paper collection features the same classic paper designs that made it popular the first time it was available, and for its sequel we’ve paired it with a couple of new coordinating products, including a sticker sheet and coordinating cardstock pack. Also returning to the limelight are two stamp sets whose motifs and sentiments work effortlessly with those of this collection, the elegant Love Doily and In the Background stamp sets!

As you can imagine, we’ve been putting this collection of products to use and have come up with a couple of workshops, complete with free downloadable instructions guides!

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Scrapbooking Workshop Guide
Cardmaking Workshop Guide

One of our favorite features from this collection’s patterned paper designs is their monochrome color scheme. They are all black and white! This is exciting because these neutral colors can be complemented with any primary or secondary color! In layman’s terms, they match pretty much any color!

When we were designing the collection’s new coordinating sticker sheet and choosing colors for the For Always cardstock pack, we kept things neutral and muted.

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The For Always coordinating sticker sheet and cardstock are both made up of three neutral colors, French Vanilla, Black, and Toffee, and complemented with three muted colors, Rosemary, Mist, and Desert Rose.

These same colors were used to create the scrapbooking pages and cards from our workshops.

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These beautiful cards are just three of the 8 card designs from our For Always cardmaking workshop, featuring the colors French Vanilla, Black, Mist, and Toffee.

Like we’ve mentioned, one of the advantages of having a monochrome, black and white, patterned paper collection is that you can truly make it your own by pairing it with whatever colors the occasion calls for.

Using the same patterns from the workshop, a simple cardstock color substitute can make all the difference!

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Here, we swapped out the Black cardstock from the original design (shown on the left) with Candy Apple and Mulberry cardstock.

Muted colors, like Mulberry, tend to have a more calming effect than their vivid counterparts, like the energizing Candy Apple. When you look at these three cards, each evokes a different emotional response simply based on their featured color.

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Whatever feelings you’re hoping to share with the recipient of your handmade card, your color choices are just as important as the sentiment you stamp. Colors breathe life into the world around us. With an unspoken language all their own, colors have the ability to calm, to energize, and to inspire us.

In this second set of cards we replaced the more solemn Mist (top left) with the brighter and lighter Avocado and Wisteria.

The classic patterns from the For Always paper collection paired with the iconic Love Doily stamp set make these transformations effortless!

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See how we transformed this third card. Not only did we replace the color Toffee with Seabrook and Ballerina, in both the stamping and the cardstock, but we also flipped the patterned paper over! Just like all other patterned papers from Close To My Heart, the For Always patterned papers have one design on one side and a complementary one on the other. If you ever find yourself making cards or a scrapbook page using one of our workshop guides and you don’t absolutely love the way a piece of patterned paper looks, flip it over and give the opposite side a try!

Make sure to visit our website to see all eight card designs that can be made using the For Always cardmaking workshop, as well as the 12″ x 12″ pages from the scrapbooking workshop, and other discounted For Always product bundles that are available!

Rediscover this popular and elegant paper collection with new coordinating products now and through July 31, while supplies last!!

Color Combinations with an Updated CTMH Color Wheel!


As we kick off March, our color and design ideas naturally shift from Valentine pinks and reds to springy greens and yellows. If you purchased our Oh My Heart suite earlier this year, you may find yourself with leftover papers covered in lovey-dovey hues and themes. With the help of our zip strips and our newly updated Close To My Heart color wheel (find it below!), let’s explore a few ideas of how to use up those pink papers outside of Valentine’s day.

Oh My Heart Paper Packet


Have you noticed that each of our pattern papers come with an additional ½” accent paper strip along the top? On one side we provide a bonus design that coordinates effortlessly with the rest of the paper collection and on the other side there’s a bunch of fine print that most people ignore and tend not to read. 😉


On the informational side of these zip strips you will find the name of the collection along with a list of the featured colors from our exclusive palette that were used in the designs of that collection. As you can see from above, the Oh My Heart pattern papers (and stickers) are designed with Ballerina, Candy Apple, Glacier, Lemonade, Pixie, Raspberry, Smoothie, and White Daisy.

If you struggle with creating color combinations, a zip strip is a great place to start, especially if you’re looking to combine papers from different collections.

For example, the cards below were created using four patterns from the Oh My Heart paper packet. These were paired with the Celebrate Today paper packet + sticker sheet and the new Mix-in paper packet (which is specifically designed to coordinate seamlessly with other paper collections).


Comparing the zip strips of all three paper packets, you can see that they have several colors in common.




Ballerina, Lemonade, and White Daisy can be found in all three paper suites. Oh My Heart and Celebrate Today also share Pixie and Raspberry, and, as designed, Celebrate Today and the Mix-in papers have several other colors in common (Black, Evergreen, Lagoon, and Nectarine).

When you look at the zip strips on your papers, you will find color combinations that have already been created for you! All you have to do is pull a pattern paper from one collection and combine it with the pattern paper from another featuring matching colors, as listed on the zip strip.

When you cross collections, you can easily change themes like love and Valentine’s day to something completely different.


For more color combination ideas, flip through the pages of our Love of Color book. It contains hundreds of artwork examples illustrating how to create perfectly balanced color combinations using the colors in our exclusive palette. This beautiful guide is organized by color, each shown in combinations of three, four, and five colors.

We’ve also talked about color theory before, on this blog. If you’re interested in creating your own color combination, we encourage you to revisit those posts for a quick refresher on techniques for pairing colors. (Find links below.) Once you’ve got those basic rules down, we also encourage you to break them as you see fit!

To help you on this colorful journey we all find ourselves on, we’ve updated our Close To My Heart color wheel by removing the colors that retired from our palette just a few short months ago and adding the new colors that were introduced.


Download the updated Close To My Heart color wheel, here.
(Here for Australia/New Zealand.)

***Keep in mind that our exclusive colors are made up of much more complex tones, shades, and hues than how they are categorized on the simplified color wheel offered above. As you reference and use this source, know that it is not 100% confining. Especially as you become more familiar with what makes colors work together visually, you’ll find that this color wheel is very flexible.***

Monochromatic and Analogous Colors

Complementary Colors and How to Use Them

Using Split-complementary Colors

Triadic Color Combinations

Double Complementary Color Schemes


4¼” x 5½” Happy Birthday Card (Vertical)
D1887 My Acrylix® Strokes of an Artist Stamp Set, C1819 My Acrylix® Celebrate Today—Cardmaking Stamp Set, CC12011 Oh My Heart Paper Packet, X7252S Celebrate Today Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9011 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Cheers Card (Horizontal)
D1903 My Acrylix® Celebrate Today—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1819 My Acrylix® Celebrate Today—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C12011 Oh My Heart Paper Packet, X7252S Celebrate Today Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9011 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6029 Julep Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6511 Julep Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3547 Piercing Tool

4¼” x 5½” Hey You Card (Vertical)
D1907 My Acrylix® Shared Happiness Stamp Set, D1887 My Acrylix® Strokes of an Artist Stamp Set, CC12011 Oh My Heart Paper Packet, X7252S Celebrate Today Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9011 Mix-in Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6501 Ballerina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Hello Summer Page
CC12011 Oh My Heart Paper Packet, X7252S Celebrate Today Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6040 Clover Cardstock, X6029 Julep Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Cricut® Basic Shapes, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here Collection

Basic Shapes

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