Bring On the Valentines!

Share your La Vie En Rose valentines on Instagram using #lovinLaVie and you could win a special prize! #creativechallenge #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards #LaVieEnRose

Remember this little beauty? In a week and a half, it will be given as a valentine, but today it’s serving as a reminder of our creative challenge!

Have you started working on your own La Vie En Rose valentine yet? You’ve got until the night of February 11 to create and share your own work of art as part of the challenge. To share your masterpiece, post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie. We’ll pick some of our favorites, and then those cards will be featured right here around Valentine’s Day. Oh, and did we mention that we’ve got A SPECIAL PRIZE for those that we feature here? Yay for giveaways!

For more valentine inspiration, have a second look at the other La Vie En Rose cards we shared. We’re excited to see what you create!

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Show Your Love with La Vie En Rose Valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and we want to help you celebrate! We’ve got some great ideas for making one-of-a-kind cards using the perfect paper packet for Valentines: La Vie En Rose! With its elegant black and white patterns and the exquisite floral print paper, it is the perfect place to start when for creating personalized valentines for everyone—from your significant other to the kids’ teachers.

Ready for some inspiration? Let’s start with this little cutie:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

We meant it when we said “little”—this mini card is ideal for all those little cuties you know! Take advantage of Valentine’s day to tell your children or grandchildren how much they mean to you, or let your kids help create a handful of these simple cards to take to school and give to their friends. Thanks to the Darling Dinos stamp set, even boys can get in the fun without having to be too mushy about it.

For your significant other, we can try something a bit more grown-up:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

Chic and sweet! You don’t have to go all-out with hearts to create a lovely valentine. The two bitty hearts on this card are enough to convey, “I love you!” You might not initially think “black” when making a valentine, but it really works! We especially love the black ampersand that is accented with the help of some 3-D tape. A beautiful card like this one can add even more feeling to the words you write inside it.

All right, we’ve covered kids and significant others, but there are sure to be other people who would love to hear heartfelt words of appreciation on Valentine’s Day. How about your child’s teacher, for instance?

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

In our book, this card gets an A+! The kraft cardstock and Glacier dotted lines take us right back to our grade school days—how fun is that? Plus, that special heart stamp will be the “apple” of the teacher’s eye! 🙂 Teachers can be so influential in a child’s life, and a beautiful card like this is sure to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work.

We’ve fallen in love with La Vie En Rose, and we know you will too when you start working with this paper packet. That’s why we’re going to issue a creative challenge for the chance to be featured on the blog and to win a prize!

Here are the contest details. First, create your own valentine using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Then post a photo of the card on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie by the night of Thursday, February 11. On Valentine’s Day, we’ll post some of our favorites on the blog for all of you to see! Then we’ll reward our winners with a special surprise. 🙂

We want to see all of your lovable cards, so get excited and start crafting!

Recipes

3″ x 3″ You’re Dino-mite Card
Originals: Matted Square™
B1486 My Acrylix® Darling Dinos, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, 3174 Blending Pen

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Hugs & Kisses Card
C1621 My Acrylix® Mr. & Mrs., X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

5 ½” x 4 ¼” World’s Greatest Teacher Card
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine

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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My Crush® For Her Book Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the My Crush® For Her book giveaway! If your name is on the list below, email ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with your name and mailing address so we can send you TWO For Her books. Use “For Her book giveaway” as your subject line.

Our winners:

1. Renee Resetar (posted May 22 at 12:21 pm)
2. Kelly Massman (posted May 22 at 1:52 pm)
3. Nicola Blight (posted May 22 at 3:20 pm)
4. Regina Furman (posted May 22 at 4:21 pm)
5. Lois Lemkay (posted May 22 at 7:46 pm)
6. Simona MacAngus (posted May 22 at 10:16 pm)
7. Kelly Burt (posted May 23 at 1:17 pm)
8. Val Wood (posted May 24 at 3:06 pm)
9. Darlys (posted May 25 at 1:44 am)
10. Karma Wood (posted May 26 at 8:21 am)

Congratulations once again! And to EVERYONE out there, don’t forget about this week’s creative challenge. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Jeanette’s Challenge Sneak Peek and a Bonus Giveaway

Recognize this artwork? Chances are good that you’ve seen it before—if not on TV, then at one of our spring Making Connections events.

My Crush™ book artwork

My Crush™ book artwork

If you’re having trouble placing the paper packet these fabulous papers come from, it’s because they don’t come from a paper packet at all: they come straight from the new My Crush® For Him and For Her books.

Are you already imagining what crafty things you can build with these beauties? We hope so, because Jeanette’s next creative challenge is for you to do just that! This is the official announcement, so pay attention: your challenge is to create artwork using the papers you tear from one or both of the My Crush For Her and For Him books.

We know it’s a few days early, but no one ever complained about a little extra time to make a masterpiece, did they? The deadline is midnight on May 31, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with—so hop to it! The winner will receive TWO My Crush For Her books with which to make even more great artwork.

You still have the full seven days to finish Jeanette’s current challenge, and the winner will still be announced on Facebook on Monday, May 25. We’re just so excited to see the artwork you make with the papers from these books that the overlap seemed excusable. The challenge is on!

To get you pumped for this unique challenge, we’re also giving away 20 For Her books to 10 winners with this post. That means 10 lucky souls will get two books apiece with which to make the finest layouts and cards out there. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling us about your favorite way to use the For Him and For Her books: as mini books, on cards, or on scrapbook pages. We’ll announce the winners of the giveaway on Tuesday, right here on the blog.

Best of luck to you, crafters!

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