From Monica’s Kitchen

We were recently invited into Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s home to see how she’s using her Kitchen Traditions Cut Above® recipe kit. Watch the video below to see what she’s cooking up!

After seeing all of those mouthwatering dishes on Monica’s kitchen counter, don’t you just want to give them all a try? For those who do, here is a complete list of all of those yummy recipes straight from her recipe book! Enjoy!

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:
  • 5 chicken breast, shredded
  • ½ white onion, finely diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1-2 large can(s) Old El Paso mild red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 package white corn tortillas
  • 3 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
Directions:

Preparing this dish can get really messy, so make sure you have everything close at hand. You will need an apron and a lot of paper towels!

 In a large bowl, mix the shredded chicken, onion, and taco seasoning. In one large frying pan, start heating the enchilada sauce. In another frying pan, heat the canola oil. Once the oil is hot, fry a tortilla, for approximately 20 seconds on each side, using tongs to flip. Transfer the fried tortilla to the enchilada sauce. Dip the tortilla in the enchilada sauce so that both sides are covered. Transfer the tortilla into a 9 x 13 pan and lay it flat. Put a tablespoon of the shredded chicken mixture and ½ tablespoon of shredded cheese on the flat tortilla. Roll the tortilla and lay it in the pan with the seam facing down. Repeat this process until your pan is full. Sprinkle the top of the tortillas with the remaining shredded cheese. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Mexican Rice

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups long rain rice
  • 1 Knorr Tomato with Chicken bouillon cubes
  • dash of cumin
  • 4 cups chicken broth (can substitute with water)
Directions:

In a medium saucepan, heat oil on medium heat. Combine rice, bouillon cubes, and cumin in the saucepan and fry until golden, about 4 minutes, stirring often. Pour broth into pan and cover. Lower heat and bring to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes.

Pico de Gallo

Ingredients:
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 6 green onions, sliced to stem
  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cilantro bunch, pulled from stem and chopped
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 avocados, chopped (optional)
  • garlic salt, to taste
Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Salt to taste.

Steak Fajitas:

Ingredients:

2 flank steaks
2 oranges, juice only
2 lemons, juice only
3 limes, juice only
4 garlic cloves, quartered
8 cilantro sprigs
1 white onion, sliced
4 green onions, cut in half lengthwise
3 tablespoons soy sauce
garlic salt, to taste

1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow onion
4 tablespoons olive oil
garlic salt, to taste
lemon pepper, to taste

Directions:

Lay steaks flat, each in its own glass pan. Combine juice of all citrus with soy sauce and mix well. Pour evenly over steaks. Sprinkle both sides of each steak with salt (to taste). Lay garlic, cilantro, and white and green onions on top of steak and cover pans. Allow steak to marinate, preferably over night or for a minimum of 8 hours. Grill steak on medium heat to an internal temperature of 138°. Cut peppers and onion in half and lengthwise. In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium and sauté the vegetables for approximately 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut the cooked steak into strips and add it to the frying pan. Sauté for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy!

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May is Postcard Perfect!

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It’s finally May, which means it’s officially National Scrapbooking Month! To celebrate, we’ve created a special paper packet, coordinating cardstock packet, a stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit to highlight all of your Postcard Perfect moments! Take a look at everything we’ve got going on, including bundles of products grouped especially for this month’s celebration, here. We will be sharing artwork created with this aptly named suite of paper products all month long on all of our social media sites, so make sure to follow us here, on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Instagram for continuous art inspiration!

To kick things off, feast your eyes on this completed Postcard Perfect Cut Above® layout kit:

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Paired with your journaling pen and adhesive, this three two-page layout kit is the perfect way to document some of your favorite time in the sun. The kit comes with beautiful base pages, stickers and die-cuts (cut paper shapes), photo placeholders, four Memory Protectors™, and a set of instructions showing you how to piece everything together.

This picturesque kit is a must have if you’re planning on preserving any of your summer fun. It’s only available during the month of May, while supplies last, so don’t miss out and get it while you can!

If you want to get this kit FREE, become a Close To My Heart Consultant or host a qualifying party any time this month.

This is definitely one of our favorite times of the year. A very happy start to national scrapbooking month to you and all of our scrapbooking friends!

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Memories from the Kitchen and Giveaway

You may have heard it said that the kitchen is the most important room in a home. It is where you go to gather with your family and guests to cook, eat, socialize, do homework, craft, play games, and, on occasion, even scrapbook 😉 . With so much of our day-to-day happening around the kitchen, we are experiencing moments that are inevitably turning into nostalgic memories that we long to hold onto.

Naturally, because of our whole-hearted belief that everyone should be memory keepers, we came up with a system to help you preserve those precious memories from the kitchen.

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Designed for so much more than to hold recipes, the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit is a collection of materials you can use to create a unique keepsake. It comes with recipe cards for those memorable meals that you yearn for, while also providing a place for photos and journaling to share why the recipes mean something to you.

We offer the kit in three configurations, so you can choose what fits your needs best. The first is the basic Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit, which comes with 60 4″ x 6″ cards (including recipe, title, journaling, and pattern cards), six 6″ x 8″ divider pages, two sticker sheets, and a helpful guide containing tips and ideas on how to use the kit. The second option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit with Memory Protectors™. This option includes all the same materials as the first but also comes with 6 Memory Protectors™ to hold your cards and pages. The last option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions Bundle, which is an all-inclusive bundle that comes with the basic kit, the Memory Protectors, and a Bashful Everyday Life™ album and the coordinating My Acrylix® Kitchen Traditions stamp set (D1770).

We want to give all memory keepers—and aspiring memory keepers—the tools you need to beautifully document those special moments from your kitchen. That is why we are giving away 5 (!!!) Kitchen Traditions bundles to 5 lucky winners! For a chance to win, you will have to do a little bit more than what we’ve done in the past. First, you must be a subscriber to this blog. (If you aren’t yet, just push that big blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar!) Second, you must leave a recipe you love in the comments below with a short explanation of why you love it. The drawing will take place Monday, April 30, at 2 p.m. MDT and winners will be notified via e-mail, as usual.

To kick things off, here’s a recipe from Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi:

Frijoles a la Charra (Bean Soup)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 diced white onion
  • 6 strips cut bacon cut into 1 inch pieces (raw)
  • 4 cans La Constena pinto beans
  • 1 can Rotel Mexican Festival tomatoes
  • 3 cans petite diced tomato
  • ¼ cup mild Herdez Salsa Casera
Directions:

In a large pot, boil the beans. While you wait for the beans to boil, fry the bacon in a separate large pan. Once the bacon is soft, add the onion and sauté it in the bacon grease. Add one can of diced tomatoes at a time and bring to a boil each time. Add the Rotel tomatoes and bring to a boil again. Add Herdez Salsa and cilantro and bring to a boil one last time. Combine your mixture with beans in the large pot and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Now, it’s your turn. Can’t wait to see what’s cooking in your kitchen!

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Mommas’ Night out at The Baby Cubby

The arrival of a baby is the perfect time to start preserving your memories, if you haven’t already. There’s nothing quite like having a little one to make you realize how quickly time flies—and how much you want to remember each precious moment forever!

In celebration of this momentous milestone, we recently attended a fun crafting night with Lynn Muir @pocketfulofpaint and a few local mommas and mommas-to-be at The Baby Cubby in American Fork, Utah! We provided each of our guests with their very own The Story Begins Cut Above® layout kit to help each of them to start preserving memories of their little ones in a beautiful baby album.

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These Cut Above® layout kits are an excellent solution for mothers of small children who feel that strong, sometimes pressing, desire to memory keep, but who have a hard time finding the time to do it (and do it right). They are ideal for those who are new to memory keeping as well as anyone who is simply looking for a quicker alternative.

Available for baby boy and baby girl, each of the Story Begins layout kits comes with materials to make 10 coordinating two-page scrapbook layouts, including instructions and even journaling prompts. All of the paper is pre-cut and ready to assemble into a keepsake album—that means no measuring or cutting! All you need to bring to the table with your kit are your pictures, adhesive, a journaling pen, and the memories you love.

And our busy mommy friends loved that!

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These fun ladies had a blast socializing while putting together their new beautiful albums that came together with ease!

If you have more to document than there’s room for in the provided 20 pages of the album, we’ve got you covered! There are coordinating Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards that slide into divided Memory Protectors™ to supplement your story telling. Add them to your album for even more pages!

We’re so grateful to our friends at The Baby Cubby and @pocketfulofpaint for their help in bringing the important message of memory keeping to the lovely moms who joined us. If memory keeping is a priority to you that you haven’t managed to get around to yet, give our Cut Above layout kits a try and see for yourself how easy and satisfying it can be to start telling your stories.

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How to Get Started on Memory Keeping When You’ve Never Done It Before

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When it comes to memory keeping, especially if you’ve never done it before, the biggest obstacle for most people is knowing where to get started. With moments happening and getting captured quicker than they can be documented, memory keeping can easily become an overwhelming task that, as the memories pile up, we tend to ignore and simply feel anxious and guilty about.

Today we’re going to alleviate some of those feelings and help you navigate through the heaps of memories you are making. It is never too late to tell your story, so let’s get started!

Why is memory keeping important to you?

The very first thing you need to consider before pulling out old photos or any scrapbooking supplies is what is memory keeping and why is it important to you? There is no right or wrong answer here, and everyone’s motivation will be different, but motivation it will be. Really think about the why of your memory keeping.

  • Why do you take so many photos and videos with that fancy smart phone?
  • Who and what are you taking photos of?
  • Do you keep a journal? What do you write about?
  • Do you collect things because of their association with certain people or events?

Our current social climate is very instant and in the moment. You can take a photo, caption it, and quickly share it with friends across the world by posting to Facebook or Instagram. For some people, this is all the memory keeping they need. The downside is that if you only post to social media and never do anything else with those stories, you are only documenting your story in a format where it only lives for a moment. And then, what happens to your story?

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The question again is: why is memory keeping important to you?

Sorting Through Memories

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Once you’ve figured out why you want to preserve your memories, you can begin sorting through them and decide which ones to preserve. Chances are you’ve got a hard-drive, or perhaps several boxes, full of photos from the years past that you want to put into albums but just aren’t quite sure where to begin. If your photos aren’t organized, check out our post on How to Organize Years of Photos without Getting Overwhelmed for some great tips and ideas.

The truth is, not all of our moments carry the same weight, so not every single second of our lives is worth documenting. This is the step where you decide which memories you want to (and will!) preserve. And remember, it’s okay to let some things go!

Make a list of past stories and stories to come that you want to keep in an album. Some possible ideas may include:

  • Milestones in the life of a baby or child
  • Vacations/Trips
  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Family
  • Sports/Events
  • A specific year

Choose a Format

Whatever you choose to preserve, choose to do it your way. Decide on a format of memory keeping that works best for you and your memories. If you’re new to the scrapbooking scene and the thought of memory keeping is overwhelming, we’ve got a few products for you to explore.

If you like the look of complete scrapbook albums but don’t think you have the time or know-how to make them happen for you, the Cut Above® layout kits are a great solution! These kits come complete with pre-printed base pages, stickers, and die-cuts (cut paper shapes) ready to make coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts. All you need to bring to the table, aside from your kit, is photos, adhesive, and a journaling pen!

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The Story Begins layout kit shown above (also available for baby boys) is one of our many Cut Above® scrapbooking options. This particular kit comes with enough materials to make 10 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts. That’s an entire baby book! And if you have more photos that you want to include than the kits allow for, you can add coordinating pages with Picture My Life™ cards and pocket scrapbooking Memory Protectors™. Always make the room to tell your whole story.

Another option for the busy memory keeper in you are our Workshops Your Way® scrapbooking kits.

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With the help of easy-to-follow instructions, trimming tools, and adhesive, you can use any of our Workshop Your Way® kits to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts. Unlike the Cut Above® kits, in Workshops Your Way® you trim your own paper and are given extras like, ribbons and sequins, to embellish your pages.

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With these kits, we also show you how you can arrange additional photos and pocket cards in our innovative Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™.

The last example of memory keeping we’re going to share is with pocket scrapbooking in a smaller, Everyday Life™, album.

Maybe this type of memory keeping is more your style. Less patterned paper and more memorabilia turned into accents and pocket cards to enhance the memories of your experiences. Whether you’re cutting things up, attaching them on a pocket card, or creating a pocket for a group of items—there is no wrong way to tell your story.

Making the Time

This last part of the memory keeping process is the most crucial because without it memory keeping will not happen. You need to decide how much time you will invest into preserving your memories. If memory keeping isn’t already part of your routine, make the conscious decision to include it. (A half-an-hour a week is better than doing nothing at all.)

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To be a successful memory keeper you must be honest with yourself about your creative habits. Take an approach that works for you and your memories, and that you will actually do. Once you get started you will find so much joy and satisfaction in knowing that your memories are safely documented and preserved.

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Holiday Favorites

As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of our current idea book, Holiday Expressions. And, even though it may a bit taboo to choose a favorite child, we went for it and picked out a few of our favorite products from this catalog to show you just how versatile they really are and that they can be used outside of the holiday season.

First up, the Tree Line Border Thin Cuts.

It’s easy to associate pine trees with Christmas, the majority of us have one dominating our living rooms for the entire month of December (or more!) every year. But, lets not forget that before they got all dressed up for the party these beautiful trees had a more rustic existence.

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These tree line dies can be used in multiple ways to invoke a natural scene. Their design allows for you to use one border at a time or to stack the die cuts, as we’ve done here, creating a more dimensional setting.

Another favorite is the My Acrylix® Oh Snap! stamp set.

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If you’re reading this post, you’re hanging with the crowd that doesn’t need a holiday to preserve memories. We’re all about capturing life’s moments, no matter the season.

Next up, we chose a more subtle and less obvious embellishment—the Cats & Bats Dots.

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We have black and Emerald enamel dots. Yes, they work perfectly with this year’s Halloween collection, but these little guys are a force to be reckoned with all on their own. Embellishments like these are great to have on hand to add a splash of color any time you need it. And the low price means you can really stock up on these babies and use them on project after project!

Find merriment in anything and everything with our Merry Everything Cut Above® tag kit.

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Gifts should be shared all year round!

For the last highlight, even though we love all of our children the same, take a look at what we did with our leaf embossing folder below.

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We love so many of our products that will be retiring in just a few weeks, it was difficult to list just a few. Take advantage of your opportunity to snatch up these items while you still can and remember that just because they are featured in the Holiday Expressions idea book doesn’t mean you can’t use them outside of the holidays. Revisit your catalog and take a look at those products again, thinking outside the holiday gift box!

Have you used any of our holiday products in a non-holiday way? Share your creative ideas below! We love hearing from you!


Recipes

4¼” x 5½” Birthday Wishes Card (Vertical)
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Die-cutting Machine

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

5″ x 7″Reach for the Stars Frame
B1565 My Acrylix® A New Adventure Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Die-cutting Machine

12″ x 12″ Capture Life Today Page
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2¼” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #mD389A5)

5″ x 5″ Smiles Mini Album
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3089 Grey Gems, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack

12″ x 12″ Happy Place Page
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5969 Emerald Cardstock, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Treat Bag Topper
D1731 My Acrylix® Eat Cate & Celebrate Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Merry Everything Gifts
M1188 My Acrylix® Celebrate Stamp Set, C1684 My Acrylix® Inked with Love Stamp Set, Z4049 Cut Above® Tag Kit—Merry Everything, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
2¾” Background <z> (cut 2, p. 31)

12″ x 12″ Home Layout
Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3: Pattern 12, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3357 Better Together Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Celebrate Card (Vertical)
D1731 My Acrylix® Eat Cake & Celebrate Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Embossing Machine, Sewing Machine

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Get Ahead on Your Christmas Cards!

There are two types of people in this world: those who barely let Halloween pass them by before pulling out the Christmas decorations, and those who keep every sprig of holly tucked away until at least December 1. No matter which type of person you are, you can’t deny that Christmas is the busiest time of year. So get ahead of that Yuletide dash by preparing your holiday cards now!

Why? Well, if you get started now, you’ll have time to create beautiful and detailed artwork like this:Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
Isn’t this family postcard adorable? The gold embossing adds such a festive feel, especially when paired with the White Pines paper packet. White Pines also makes a cheery statement on the Christmas tag. Customized gift tags like this are a wonderful way to brighten up your Christmas wrapping! The gold sequins add such a thoughtful detail. Speaking of details…Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
…there’s that gorgeous gold again! That stylish shimmer really makes the sentiments shine, while also adding a unique texture to the card. For even more texture, try using an embossing folder to create an embossed pattern like you see on the Chocolate cardstock. These details add a touch of class and luxury to your cards, don’t they? Ah, the power of details.
Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
But maybe you are looking for another solution for your Christmas cards, perhaps something you can duplicate quickly and easily. If that’s you, we recommend our Workshops on the Go® White Pines cardmaking kit! This kit comes with all the supplies you need to make 15 cards, plus a guide that gives you step-by-step instructions for how to cut, stamp, assemble, and accessorize the three different Christmas card designs.

If you’re looking for an even quicker Christmas card option, we’ve got just the thing! Say hello to our holiday Cut Above™ card kits: Boughs & Berries and Deck the Halls. The great thing about Cut Above™ is that we’ve done all the designing and cutting for you. All you have to do is the stamping and assembly! You get to create 10 beautiful cards from each pack, and you end up with a beautiful, handmade result with less work! So don’t let Christmas sneak up on you! Let our White Pines paper collection or one of our cardmaking kits help you get ready before the rush. Bring on the holly!

Recipes

5″ x 7″ Merry Christmas Postcard
Originals: Always Right™
D1657 Holly Jolly Christmas, B1483 Season’s Greetings, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
1 ¾” Shape <0> (p. 10)

5″ Christmas Joy Tag
M1126 My Acrylix® This Is Christmas, D1664 My Acrylix® Packages, Boxes, & Tags, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3″ Icon-2, <Christms> (p. 48) 3″ Shift+Icon-2 <Christms> (p. 48) Art Philosophy 5″ <Tag4> (p. 60)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Make It Merry Card
D1617 My Acrylix® Make it Merry, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Joy to the World Card
C1628 My Acrylix® Christ is Born, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

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11 Must-Have Crafting Supplies for your Wishlist

CTMH Picture My Life™ Overlays

It’s finally September 1, and you know what that means—our brand new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions idea books are now available to the public!

Holiday Expressions and Annual InspirationsWe’re elated to finally be able to brag about all the gems featured in these beauties! 🙂 Even though it was VERY difficult for us to narrow this down, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to create a list of 11 love-it, gotta-have-it crafting supplies from our new idea books. Here we go!

1. Instalife™

CTMH Instalife™

This brand new product line is perfect for preserving your favorite social media memories or really any miniature keepsakes. We find the petite size of this line adorable! Add Instalife cards to the Memory Protectors™ for an extra pop of color next to your photos, or stamp on cute dates and messages using our Instalife roller stamps. This line is extremely versatile, letting you create an album that’s just right for you!

2. Watercolor Paints

Add a splash of color to any project with our brand new watercolor paints! From creating showstopper backgrounds to embellishing with a little splatter of paint, these watercolor paints are one of our most multipurpose tools

3. Fundamental Stickers Packs and Assortments

Every crafter knows how nice it is to have items that color coordinate. Our Paper Fundamentals match our exclusive colors perfectly to make paper pairing a cinch. Along with updated colors and patterns, this line now also includes Fundamental Stickers Packs and Assortments! You’ll find color-coordinated tags, icons, and titles, as well as letter stickers you can use for putting things into your own words! Embellishing and accessorizing has never been so easy!

4. Picture My Life™ Overlays

Our Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking line makes catching up on scrapbooking quick and easy. In our new Annual Inspirations book, we now have beautiful overlays to add a touch of foil or else an eye-catching pattern to your photos without having to stamp directly onto the photos.

5. My Legacy™ Albums…and new posts!

Creating beautiful layouts for your favorite memories is important, but so is choosing a beautiful album to store those layouts! We love our high quality My Legacy™ albums because they protect our memories in style! Since each album tells a different story, we provide both 1 ½” D-ring albums and 1 ½” post-bound albums in a variety of patterns. For slightly shorter stories, use our brand new My Legacy™ 1″ Album Posts to keep your layouts perfectly nestled between the protective album covers.

6. My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp SetUnknown-1 copyYou can never go wrong with a monogram, which is why we’ve created the My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet stamp set. It’s the perfect size for adding a monogram to our Base & Bling pendants. Create several monogrammed pendants for an easy go-to gift— because honestly, who wouldn’t want to wear an adorable monogramed bit of bling?

7. Cricut® Artistry Collection

This fella is the newest addition to our set of exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut® collections. Featuring over 700 images ranging from banners and borders to shapes and layers, it’s sure to make your crafting even more awe-worthy. Oh, and did we mention that now ALL of our Cricut® collections include THREE My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets AND a cardstock combo pack? Let the cheers commence! 😉

8. Cut Above™

Don’t you hate it when you remember an occasion last-second and you desperately need a card? Our new Cut Above™ card kits are perfect for these exact situations. Taking only moments to put together, these card kits are absolute lifesavers, as well as easy on your wallet!

9. Marker and Accessory Roll-Ups

We know that crafters tend to collect quite a few items (it’s okay, we do, too 🙂 ). Keep the clutter at bay with our brand new marker and accessory roll-ups! The marker roll-up is designed to hold our ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers to make transportation and horizontal storage easy, and our accessory roll-up can organize anything from Base & Bling items to embellishments and accessories.

10. My Reflection™ Paper Packets & Hashtags

As always, new idea books mean new paper packets! And we’ve got 8! This year, we will also be spotlighting one or two paper packets each month on social media. Zoe and Nevermore have already claimed the month of September. 🙂 Use our featured paper packet hashtags to share your artwork during the featured month, and look at other crafters’ artwork by entering these hashtags in the search bar of any social media website or app—especially Facebook and Instagram. All of our featured paper packet hashtags are #ctmh followed by the name of the paper packet: #ctmhzoe #ctmhnevermore.

11. New Consultant Kit*

New Consultant Kit

When someone decides to join our family by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, they receive a New Consultant Kit full of goodies to start off their business. Well, this is the NEW New Consultant Kit, and isn’t she a beauty? We want you to inspire you from day one, so we’ve revamped this kit to make it as handsome as it is helpful.

And there you have it, folks! That’s the list! Now come’s the tricky part—figuring out which one of these 11 products you’ll purchase FIRST! Good luck!

To begin shopping, visit your Consultant’s OBA or find a Consultant in your area by visiting our website and clicking on the “What We Do” tab at the top of the page.

*contents may vary

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Brilliant Birthdays: Put Some Flavor in Your Favors

We’re back with the final installment of the birthday series, and we’ve saved one of the most exciting parts for last—party favors!

Your favors are the finale for your party, the little piece that walks away with every guest. You want them to make a statement, but mostly you want them to be quick and easy!

Here we have a handful of ideas for favors that you can make quickly, but beautifully, with your Close To My Heart products. Have a blast experimenting with what favor is right for your party and then pick one to make!

Party Favor from a Designer Creations Paper Bag

Tuck your treat into a Designer Creations paper bag. Simply fold over the top and secure it with a mini staple, a mini clothespin, or a touch of adhesive, and you’ll have a secure package. Add a decorative touch with a Cricut® cut and a few of your favorite embellishments.

Party Favor from a Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit

Enjoy the simplicity of a Cut Above™ treat bag kit. The kit comes with 10 different bags and all the necessary trimmings, so most of the work is already done for you; all you need to do is assemble it! You can personalize the bag with a few additional embellishments. Here we’ve switched things up by using the color-coordinated sticker from the kit as an accessory for the tag instead of its intended use as a candy topper.

Party Favor from a Cricut® Artiste Box

Small or large, a Cricut® Artiste box is always a hit with friends and family! Wrap up a small treat in good style with a pillow box like this, or any of the other great boxes available on the cartridge. Decorate your little package to your liking until you’re sure you’ll delight your recipients. When cut from the Confetti Wishes papers, the boxes are already so cute you hardly need to add anything more!

We hope you enjoy planning every last detail of your birthday parties this coming year. If you have more ideas you wish to share with the rest of us, be sure to leave a comment below. Happy birthday-izing!

Recipes:
To You Pillow Box
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
4″ Shift+Font Layer (p. 28)

Birthday Treat Bag
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2097 Mini Staples

4U Paper Bag
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3028 Lovestruck Mini Clothespins

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
4″ Accent 1 (p. 31)

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