A Super Sweet Sale for Valentine’s Day

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

In the market for some new watercolor paints? How about a paintbrush set to go with those new watercolors? Or maybe you’re looking to organize oodles and oodles of crafting accessories so you can be reunited with the surface of your craft table (we’ve all been there!) 😉 .

Well friends, we’re spreading the love this Valentine’s Day by having a 24-hour Sweet Sale starting right now on products to help you do all of the above! Save 30% on some of our most sought after products, as well as Valentine’s Day-themed products and exclusive bundles we’ve put together for this sale.

Let’s take a look at some of those bundles right now!

On-the-Go Bundle

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

This bundle is a crafter’s best friend! The matching Shoulder Tote, Marker Roll-Up, and Accessory Roll-Up will keep your tools organized and your crafts secure while you’re on the go.

Watercolor Bundle

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

This is a great bundle for those interested in trying out watercolors—or to give as a gift! It’s even great for your school-aged kiddos and grandkids!

Watercolor Tools Bundle

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

We all know great tools make a world of a difference—plus they’re just fun to use! Take our watercolor pencils, for example. You can color a stamped image just like you would with colored pencils, and then blend the colored portions with our waterbrushes to get a watercolor look. Super easy and fun! Our waterbrushes are also great to use with watercolor paints, re-inkers, and stamp pads. Tools for the win!

Ultimate Blocks Bundle

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

Trying to use a huge My Acrylix® block for an itty-bitty stamp? Stop that silliness, and get this set of 12 blocks (plus a small organizer and accompanying foam insert to keep them all organized!). Trust us, stamping is so much better when you use the recommended blocks for your stamps. 😉

Embellishments Storage Bundle

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

Organize your small accessories in these twelve 3″ x 3″ craft boxes, which nestle perfectly into the small organizer with the craft box foam insert. These boxes are great for organizing your accessories, like your leftover Complements, by color or theme.

Ultimate Pocket Plus™ Bundle

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ are a fun new way to add extra photos or artwork to your layouts, and now is a great time to save some money trying them out!

Ultimate Flip Flaps™ Bundle

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

Flip Flaps™—oh the wonder! Use them to add extra photos or artwork anywhere on your layouts! Attach them using the adhesive strip on one of the edges, and then flip it back and forth to reveal an additional photo or journaling. So fun and unique!

To see more products included in this sale, head on over to your Consultant’s online business address, or go to the cart on our website. The sale runs from now until 3:00 pm (MST) tomorrow, February 15, so make sure to jump on these great deals while you can!

Happy shopping!

Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day Ideas for School

Valentine’s Day holds a special place in our hearts because it’s a celebration of card-giving and gift-giving—two of our favorite things! Combine that with loads of sugary sweets, and we’re in heaven! 🙂

Since we love both sweets AND all things paper, we’ve whipped up a few fun ideas for your kids’ school valentines that combine the two—and of course, we’ve also got a cute gift idea for school teachers as well! For these Valentine’s projects, we turned to our treat-themed Sugar Rush papers and embellishments.

Kids emoji Valentine's Day cards for their school class #diy #handmade #cards #valentines #valentinesday #emojis #school #ctmh #closetomyheart

If you’re looking to make lots of cards for your kids’ classes, try making smaller 3″ x 3″ cards. Small cards will help make your paper stretch further, and you can decorate them much quicker! Attach a treat to the inside or back of each card, and you’re set!

We chose to use the Emojis stamp set because we wanted our cards to be playful—and what could be better for that than silly faces? 🙂 To round off the cards, we used some of our Sugar Rush Complements and dots, which perfectly match the papers. Easy peasy.

Have fun “testing” your kids’ candy while designing your own mini card designs—and maybe even let your kids get in on the fun!

School teacher Valentine's Day gift ideas #gifttag #giftideas #ValentinesDay #valentines #school #teachergift #ctmh #closetomyheart

Don’t forget to give those school teachers something sweet, too!  A little thoughtfulness can go a long way!

How about a cupcake with a cute tag? This tag uses our Sugar Rush—Cardmaking stamp set, which has sentiments that are perfect for pairing with desserts.

School teacher Valentine's Day gift ideas #gifttag #giftideas #ValentinesDay #valentines #school #teachergift #ctmh #closetomyheart

When you’re done using this stamp set for creating a school teacher gift, use it to create Valentine’s Day cards and gift tags for your sweetheart, kids, and friends. Then use it again and again for birthdays and other occasions all year long wherever a sweet dessert is involved. 😉


Recipes

3″ x 3″  Valentine’s Cards
C1669 My Acrylix® Emojis Stamp Set, X7215B Sugar Rush Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7215C Sugar Rush Complements, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots, Z3311 Sugar Rush Washi Pack

3 ¼” x 2″ Valentine’s Tags
C1671 My Acrylix® Sugar Rush—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7215B Sugar Rush Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7215C Sugar Rush Complements, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots, Z3216 White Twine, Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
3″ Photo Mat 1 <AllStar> (cut 2, p.83)

Leave a comment

National Book Lovers Day

Make your own bookmarks to celebrate National Book Lovers Day! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #diybookmarks #homemadebookmarks #reading #diygiftideas

Today is National Book Lovers Day, and to celebrate, we’re sharing these adorable bookmarks with you!

Here’s how we made them. First, we cut identical rectangles out of Sea Glass, Pixie, and Glacier cardstock, as well as our All About the Gold Fundamentals overlays. Then we rounded the corners with our corner rounder. After stamping our sentiments onto pieces of White Daisy cardstock, we used a sewing machine to attach the sentiments to the bookmarks, which is what holds the overlays in place. To top it all off, we added some ribbon from our Uptown ribbon pack and glitter accents from our Baby Girl Complements.

Homemade bookmarks would be a great gift for your kids’ teachers as they head back to school, for your friends who love to read, or for your book club buddies. They’re also just a fun way to get you even more excited about the books you’re reading.

Here at Close To My Heart, we’re all about preserving stories, so it’s no surprise that we really love to read! We thought it would be fun to ask around the office to find out what everyone is reading lately. Jeanette is currently reading The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, following the same schedule as our Consultants and our Training department. Here’s what the rest of the Home Office is reading:

Fiction

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • A Nation Divided by Robert Marcum
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  • The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley

Fantasy

  • Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
  • Mistborn: Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Mayfair Witches Series by Anne Rice
  • The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Non-Fiction

  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
  • The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts by Donna L. Poulton and Vern G. Swanson
  • The Buddha Walks into a Bar by Lodro Rinzler

Self-Improvement

  • Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Spreading Positivity and Creating a Spiral of Success by Michelle Gielan
  • The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband by David Finch
  • May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
  • Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by David Maxfield, Joseph Grenny, and Kerry Patterson
  • Fearless by Max Lucado
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  • Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock

Creativity

  • Big Magic: Creative Living beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life by Pat Williams
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

National Book Lovers Day is the perfect excuse to make some cute bookmarks and then curl up with a blanket, a cup of hot tea, and your favorite book—but first, tell us what you’re reading right now by leaving a comment below!

Recipes

Fell Asleep Here Bookmark
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z1912 Corner Rounder, Thread, Hole Punch

One More Chapter Bookmark
E1035 My Acrylix® Bistro Script, Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z1912 Corner Rounder, Thread, Hole Punch

Keep Reading Bookmark
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z1912 Corner Rounder, Thread, Hole Punch
Leave a comment

Easy As Pie

Creating a cute treat container is as easy as pie!

Today is Chocolate Day, so why not treat yourself to, say, a triple chocolate cream pie? 😀

The only thing sweeter than indulging in some decadent chocolate is sharing it with someone you care about, and thanks to our Cricut® Artiste collection, you can do it in style! With some simple assembly, you can make an adorable container like this one that’s perfect for transporting a delicious piece of pie!

Creating a cute treat container is as easy as pie!

Just like chocolate, crafting makes everything better, so why not combine the two? Grab yourself a delicious chocolate pie (cake will do the trick, too!), try your hand at making this cute container by following the recipe below, and then share some chocolatey and papercrafty goodness with a friend.

If that’s not a recipe for a perfect day, we don’t know what is!

Recipe

Pie Container
D1647 My Acylix® Document Moments, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3216 White Twine, Z3090 Red Faceted Gems, Z3130 Silver Foil Tape, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
8″ 3-D Object <HppyBday> (p. 70)
8″ Shift + 3-D Object <YearOld> (p. 70)

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.
Leave a comment

Quick Father’s Day Gift

Looking for a quick DIY Father's Day gift idea? We've got you covered! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fathersday #fathersdayideas #diygift #handmadegiftWith Father’s Day about two weeks away, we want to share with you a fun DIY project that would make a perfect Father’s Day gift.

For this project, we thought inside the boxto create this adorable display tray! It’s a beautiful way of reminding your special guy that he is loved.

If you’re dying to recreate this look, good news—it’s really simple! First, get yourself our wooden display tray. Then pull out your Cricut® machine and cut out the letters for your message (we used the Cricut® Artistry collection). Next, snap some photos with your kids or grandkids holding the letters. To bring it all together, place the pictures inside the little boxes on the tray, decorate any remaining boxes with paper and embellishments, and you’re done!

What special plans do you have for Father’s Day? Share them below! When it comes to helping the men in our lives feel loved, you can never have too many ideas! 🙂

Recipe

Father’s Day Display Tray
X7209B Magical Paper Packet, X7208B Florence Paper Packet, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z1750 Display Tray, Z2013 Silver Sequins, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
1″, ¾”, ½” Icon-1 <k> (p. 28)
8″ Shift <Font> “LOVE YOU DAD”

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.

*Real Dial Size
Leave a comment

A Day for Remembering

As a day specifically set aside for remembering those who have gone before, Memorial Day reminds us why it’s so important to preserve our memories. As time passes on, we don’t want to forget those who have touched our lives and left a beautiful legacy behind.

In the spirit of memory keeping and thinking about why we do what we do, we asked you to create a scrapbook page explaining what scrapbooking means to you and to share it on social media using the hashtag #ctmhscraphappy for a chance to win a scrapbooking bundle. Today we’re excited to announce our three winners!

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 3.24.17 PMEach of these ladies will get a My Legacy™ album, one value pack of Memory Protectors™, the Georgie paper packet, and the Georgie Complements.

Winners, please send your name, mailing address, album preference, and Memory Protectors value pack preference to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com to claim your prize.

We invite all of you to search the hashtag #ctmhscraphappy on social media to see other wonderful scrapbook pages made by fellow scrapbooking enthusiasts, and we hope you keep using the hashtag #ctmhscraphappy to share your love of scrapbooking with others.

Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember. As scrapbookers, we make every day memorable by preserving our memories, so they can be cherished for years to come.

 

Rainbows & Pots of Gold

When you think “St. Patrick’s Day,” chances are you think about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In the spirit of this Irish holiday, today’s post features gold and rainbow-colored artwork along with tips on how to create both monochromatic artwork and artwork that uses all the colors in the rainbow!

Learn how to create beautiful monochromatic and rainbow-colored scrapbook pages on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #paperaddict #craft #stpatricksday #goldglitter

Gold is the perfect color for this little princess—just look at that adorable crown! The key to pulling off a monochromatic color theme is using lots of variety in the other elements. For example, even though this page uses almost exclusively gold, the variety of shapes and products make it anything but plain: The solid gold glitter paper contrasts the fine details of the embossed stamp images, gold sequins, and gold glitter hearts. The white and gold bow from the Basics Fundamentals assortment also adds a bit of dimension to the page.

Learn how to create beautiful monochromatic and rainbow-colored scrapbook pages on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #paperaddict #craft #stpatricksday #goldglitter

This card follows the same principles: It uses a variety of shapes and products that all fit into the same color family. Glitter paper, gold embossed stamping, and white & gold ribbon are the perfect trio! (If you recognize those gem stamp images on the page and card, that’s because they’re from the My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever stamp set Sticky Boy highlighted a few posts back when he was talking about Stampaganza—if you haven’t gotten it yet, right now is the best time because for every two stamp sets you purchase, you get one free!)

On the other side of the spectrum, how about incorporating all the colors of the rainbow?

Learn how to create beautiful monochromatic and rainbow-colored scrapbook pages on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #paperaddict #craft #stpatricksday #goldglitter

The Penelope paper packet is an obvious starting place—it’s springtime colors make the perfect companion to a rainbow color scheme. We used this paper packet for the base page and for many of the strips in the rainbow stretching across the page.

Here’s how to incorporate lots of colors into your artwork without going all Willy Wonka: Keep your rainbows controlled and well defined. You can see that our rainbows are in two controlled areas of the page: the rainbow strips behind the title and the rainbow embellishing extending diagonally across the page. Having the rest of the page be more subtle helps to mellow out the rainbow so it’s not too overwhelming.

Learn how to create beautiful monochromatic and rainbow-colored scrapbook pages on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #paperaddict #craft #stpatricksday #goldglitter

This fun rainbow card featured in our Annual Inspirations idea book shows off another way to get a shimmering rainbow look: using shimmer trim of course! This card is very colorful, but the neutral White Daisy cardstock that lays over the sparkly rainbow trim keeps the colors at bay so the card is composed and intentional.

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day filled with smiles, laughter, and no pinches! And we hope you enjoy trying out these two approaches yourself.

Which one are you most excited to try? 🙂 Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Shine Bright Page
C1629 My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment—Gold, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
¾” Shift <Font> “SHINE BRIGHT”

5 ½” X 4 ¼” You’re One of a Kind Card
C1629 My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 Versamark™ Ink Pad, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z2088 Gold Embossing Powder

12″ x 12″ Hello World Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 7
D1574 My Acrylix® Take Note (comes with Cricut® Artbooking collection), X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1934 Flamingo Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3123 Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z3124 Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
2 ½” <HeloWrld> (p. 84)

Artistry
3 ¾” Shape <e> (p. 13)

5½” x 4¼” Don’t Dull Your Sparkle Card
C1629 My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim, Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3087 Green Shimmer Trim, Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim, Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim, Z3025 Blue Shimmer Trim, Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim, Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim, Z3129 Gold Foil Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
4 ¼” x 5¼” Background (p. 18, created in Cricut® Design Space)

Leave a comment

5 Movies Where Scrapbooking Saves the Day

In honor of the Oscars last night, we want to share with you 5 movies where scrapbooking saves the day:

1. Up5 films where scrapbooking saves the day! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #movies #memorykeeping

This one is a personal favorite of ours at Close To My Heart! In this heart-warming Best Picture nominee from a few years ago, the pages of a scrapbook remind an elderly man named Carl about how good his life has been, while also showing him that adventure is still out there!

2. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood5 films where scrapbooking saves the day! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #movies #memorykeeping

A famous New York playwright blames her spunky southern mother for her unhappy childhood, sparking a long-distance feud, but reconciliation is ultimately found after the daughter learns more about her mother’s past from an old scrapbook.

3. Age of Adaline5 films where scrapbooking saves the day! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #movies #memorykeeping

While looking through photos and scrapbooks from her unusually long life, the ageless title character of this film resolves to embrace the present, recognizing that true happiness comes from the relationships she has shared with others.

4. So Dear To My Heart5 films where scrapbooking saves the day! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #movies #memorykeeping

In this Oscar-nominated film from 1948, figures from a scrapbook come to life and encourage an orphan boy named Jeremiah to work hard and never give up on his dreams.

5. The Parent Trap5 films where scrapbooking saves the day! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #movies #memorykeeping

A picture torn from a wedding scrapbook becomes the key to reuniting twin sisters who have grown up in separate households and meet by chance at summer camp.

From encouragement to reconciliation to celebrating relationships, this small selection of movies really shows what scrapbooking is all about! Did we miss any good scrapbooking movies? Tell us about your favorites in the comments! And the next time someone asks you why you scrapbook, be proud! Tell them it’s your way of saving the day. 🙂

Leave a comment

Yes, We Will Be Your Valentine!

We loved looking at all the beautiful valentines you created using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Your creativity is so inspiring! If you haven’t had a chance yet to look at all the incredible valentines your fellow crafters made, search #lovinLaVie on Instagram.

Out of all the amazing artwork, we have picked 10 of our favorites to feature on the blog today. Here they are!

#lovinlavie #LovinLaVieEnRose #ctmh #kimwolff.ctmh.com #closetomyheart #valentine

A post shared by Kim Wolff (@allfortheloveofstamping) on

Share the Love #3. Cranberry and La Vie En Rose. #ctmh #ctmhsharethelove #ctmhlavieenrose #lovinLaVie

A post shared by The Price of Paper 🎨🖍✂ (@priceofpaper) on

Hugs and Kisses #valentine's #lovinlavie #closetomyheart

A post shared by jen (@jrans2) on

If your artwork is featured in this blog post, we’ve got a special surprise for you! We’re going to send you the My Acrylix® Springtime Wishes stamp set, the coordinating Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts, AND the Treasured Puffies from Seasonal Expressions 1! We figured a floral, whimsical stamp set would be the perfect surprise for a Valentine’s Day giveaway, and hopefully this giveaway will help usher in springtime (We’re freezing out here in Utah!). 🙂

To claim your prize, please send your name and mailing address to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com. Put “Valentines winner” as your subject line.

Thanks to all who participated, and have a great Valentine’s Day! We love you all!

Leave a comment