Setting a St. Patrick’s Day Scene

This post was written by the talented Megan Hoeppner, who is the editor-in-chief for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, the weekly blogger and photographer for Gardner Village (a local shopping center), a writer for Brick Canvas (a local wellness center at Thanksgiving Point), a teacher for Creating Keepsakes Events, and contributor to Studio 5, a local lifestyle program in Utah. Give her some love in the comments, folks! 🙂

We have condensed the original blog post for brevity. To read the original, visit Megan’s blog. 

Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

This year I received a box of goodies from Close To My Heart, including a gorgeous assortment of paper offering a full spectrum of color, so I set to making paper chains.

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Once complete, I threaded them on a yardstick, which I hung above my table. My paper rainbow makes a nice St. Patrick’s Day decor element and also a fun photo backdrop for this year’s pics.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

Since I was feeling lucky and had some pretty new Close To My Heart products on hand to play with, I continued to set the stage with some table fun.

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First, I covered my kitchen table in kraft packing paper. Then I set to decorating. I framed each spot at the table using Close To My Heart’s gold shimmer trim and stamped our names using their My Acrylix® Framework Alphabet stamp set.

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Wanting our decorated table to serve two purposes—fun and memory keeping—I drew rainbows across each taped “place mat” so we could write what we feel lucky to have. I loved helping Maggie make her list. What a doll she is!

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Time for the fun! I gave Mags some colored pencils and let her color her rainbow in.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

I used Close To My Heart cardstock in three shades of green (Willow, Emerald, and Sweet Leaf) to create a little pop on my table. First, I cut cardstock hearts in small, medium, and large sizes, and folded the smaller two sizes in half to create a center crease.

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I then stitched along the crease to create the pieces of my clover. I pieced three heart stacks together to create a shamrock. A little stamping along the hand-drawn stem, and I was ready to welcome the luck o’ the Irish.

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I used the My Acrylix® Some Kinda Wonderful—Scrapbooking stamp set from Close To My Heart to create the #lucky tag.

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I love the end result. I will definitely snap pics to save it in my scrapbook.

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Since our sweet Lulu is too young to create a rainbow, she stamped a clover with her bitty thumb.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

Time to add our St. Patrick’s Day treats to make the table time complete.

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Oh, and I’ve found another way to use the 3-D clovers when our table is cleared. I’ll send a little luck on to others. I used the same Close To My Heart #lucky stamp, masking the outer frame around it.

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I stitched a vellum bag on the inside, creating a pocket for some chocolate coins.

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Speaking of gold coins, I created a few four leaf clover bowls from cardstock to hold my coins and other sweet treats.

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To create these, I first cut larger paper hearts, cut a slit, pulled the heart onto itself, and stapled it in place to create each clover petal.

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I then used a scrap of cardstock as a base and glued the petals in place.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

Once all four petals were in place, my clover dish was ready for its pot o’ gold!

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All in all, it was a fun crafternoon, making rainbows in our home. I look forward to pulling these pieces out year after year to make March a little more fun for my girls.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

May the luck of the Irish be with YOU this spring.

Cheers!

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3 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home with Paper Wreaths

There are only 6 more days to purchase our Welcome Home wreath kit, which includes pre-cut pieces and instructions to create a beautiful paper succulent wreath.

The great thing about this paper wreath, apart from being super affordable, is that it can work in your home all year round! Usually store-bought wreaths are season-specific, but this one adds beauty to any part of your home any time of year.

Today we want to share with you three unique ideas for decorating your home with this homemade wreath. Choose your favorite, or try them all throughout the year!

1. Hang It on an Old Window Frame

3 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home with Paper Wreaths #succulentwreath #diywreath #paperwreath #crafting #diyhomedecor #homedecor #budget #ctmh #closetomyheart

If you love shabby chic, try hanging this wreath on a rustic window frame. You can place this window frame on an entry table or mantle and lean it against the wall, or you can just hang it up on any wall. Hang the wreath with some vintage-looking ribbons, like those in our Rustic Home ribbon pack, and you’ve got the perfect country look.

2. Add a Saying

3 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home with Paper Wreaths #succulentwreath #diywreath #paperwreath #crafting #diyhomedecor #homedecor #budget #ctmh #closetomyheart

If you love those wooden plaques that say things like “home sweet home” or “live laugh love,” try adding these sayings to wreaths instead. Hang them on wreath hooks, vintage knobs, coat hooks, or just straight on the wall in a row.

3. Personalize School Pictures

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Hang a wreath above each kid’s school picture with his or her name. It’s a great way to personalize the standard school picture gallery in your home, and because these wreaths are so affordable, it’s totally reasonable to get one for each kid!

Which idea is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

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Paper Halloween Village

It’s already October (oh how time flies!), which means Halloween is right around the corner! If you love creating your own holiday decorations, you’re going to LOVE this two-dimensional paper Halloween village.

Create your own paper Halloween village! #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhalloweendecor #halloweencrafts #cricut #halloweendecorations #crafting

All we needed to create this spooky village were a few shapes from our Cricut® collections, including our new Cricut® City Sidewalks digital collection. Yep—those houses with the white front doors are actually from a Christmas Cricut® collection! It’s amazing what a little creativity can create!

In addition to the houses, we used our Cricut® collections to create all sorts of fun details, like black cats and Jack-o’-lanterns…

Create your own paper Halloween village! #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhalloweendecor #halloweencrafts #cricut #halloweendecorations #crafting

…and Black Widow spiders, oh my!

Create your own paper Halloween village! #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhalloweendecor #halloweencrafts #cricut #halloweendecorations #crafting

To give the village an antiqued look, we sponged the edges of many pieces with ink, like these tombstones. This is also a great way to add dimension any time you’re working mainly with layers of paper.

Create your own paper Halloween village! #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhalloweendecor #halloweencrafts #cricut #halloweendecorations #crafting

We think this village would be adorable on a mantle or entry table, but there are all sorts of places you could display something like this! Be creative!

You can see the Cricut® shapes we used for our village below. Use them to create your own paper Halloween village or other decorations inspired by these shapes. Show us what you create on social media by using the hashtag #ctmhhalloween.

Have a spooktacular time crafting!  🙂

Recipe
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, Z3236 Black Glitter Paper, X5930 Slate Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5785 Lemon Cardstock, X5786 Tangerine Cardstock, X5779 Poppy Cardstock, X5784 Willow Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4009 Jeepers Creepers Assortment, Z697 Round Sponge, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z4017 Cricut® City Sidewalks Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
Âľ” Shift+Icon <I> (p. 55)
Âľ” Icon <i> (p. 55)
2″ Shift+Overlay <U> (p. 54)
1″ Shift+Icon <C> (p. 70)
½” Icon <c> (p. 70)
1″ Shift+Overlay <C> (p. 70)
Âľ” Shift+ Icon <V> (p. 71)
11 ½” Shift+Border <V> (p. 71)
2 ½” Border <v> (p. 71)
Âľ” and 1″ Icon <n> (p. 73)
Âľ” and 1″ Shift+Icon <N> (p. 73)

Artistry
7″ Icon-1 <w> (p. 12)
7″ Shift+Icon-1 <W> (p. 12)
1 ½” Shape <k> (p. 28)
1 ½” Shape <Mother> (p. 39)
1″ Shape <Holiday> (p. 47)

City Sidewalks
8″ Red House

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Display Tray Two Ways

Looking for a good crafting project to help you escape the summer heat? We’ve got just the thing to keep you busy in your air conditioned craft space for a quiet summer afternoon!

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideasMeet our display tray! The openings on the tray are just the right size for 3″ Ă— 4″ Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards and photos.

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideas

To create a unique focal point, we cut a 4″ Ă— 6″ photo in half and displayed it in two squares right in the center of the tray. It’s a great way to draw attention to one of your favorite photos.

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideasFor this display tray, we filled the center row with just pictures, which is a nice way of drawing the eye right to that row. We also added a couple of smaller square photos, too, adding to the balance of the whole project—plus they are just super cute!

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideas

To add a little extra charm to our pocket scrapbooking cards, we added accents from our Glacier Fundamental assortment, like this wooden arrow and the glittery triangle stickers.

This type of project comes together very quickly—you could easily have yours done in an afternoon. As an added bonus, you can recreate either one of the ideas we’ve shown with the products that are now available at a discount in the Display Tray Project Bundle (CC1131), which is part of the Flash Sale we have going on right now! This bundle has everything you need to recreate one of these projects. Want to recreate them both? Just get two! 🙂

Make sure to snatch this bundle before it’s gone—3:00 pm (MDT) on Monday, or while supplies last! Then pour yourself a nice cold glass of lemonade, grab your calendar, and carve out a special day to treat yourself with this fun home décor project.

Recipes

CC1131 Display Tray Project Bundle, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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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3 Ways to Create a Vision Board

Last March, we published a blog post with tips for how to create a vision board if you’ve never done it before. When it comes to how to get inspired, you can never have too many ideas, so we’ve put together a few more inspirational vision board ideas to get those wheels turning! 🙂

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

Probably the most obvious idea is to start with a basic cork bulletin board. What’s nice about this route is that you can move your vision board wherever you want whenever you want. All you need are straight pins or thumb tacks to attach photos, cards, and other bits of inspiration to your board.

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

For a more “outside-the-boxframe” approach, try creating a vision board without the board! 🙂 With some washi tape and a little ingenuity, you can create a vision “board” almost anywhere! We love this option because you can just keep adding to your vision board over time—walls are a huge canvas! Plus, since everything is just held up with washi tape, you can take them down and rearrange them whenever you please.

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

Our final idea for today is a nice mix of our two previous ideas: Use a magnetic board. Magnet boards come in all shapes and sizes, but they give you a space to work in that is a bit more defined than your wall. And when working with magnets, it’s super easy to rearrange your board as you see fit, and you don’t put any holes in your artwork and photos.

Which vision board speaks to you? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

Cork Bulletin Board
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3194 Picture My Life™ Love Your Selfie, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlays—Gold & Silver, Z3189 White and Gold Ribbon, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
6” Shift <Font> “B”

Washi Tape Wall
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages Z3194 Picture My Life™ Love Your Selfie, Z3102 Glacier Fundamental Assortment, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Z3211 Everyday Life™ Washi Tape

Magnet Board
Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3195 Picture My Life™ Our Story, Z3102 Glacier Fundamental Assortment, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set
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More Mixing and Matching Magic

Last week we shared a few pieces of artwork that showed you how nicely different paper packets work together, along with tips for how to mix them. Well, we’re at it again—this time with a lovely home décor piece that is both eye-catchingly elegant and sweetly simple:

Make this beautiful paper banner for your home. #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #diyhomedecor #paperbanner #diybanner

Can you name all the paper packets used here? Zoe certainly makes a standout performance, but the sharp-eyed among you will also be able to pick out the rich hues from Sangria and the soft patterns from Georgie. We’ve also mixed in some Eggplant and Juniper cardstock  for good measure. The end result is a paper garland that you can keep up year round.

Make this beautiful paper banner for your home. #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #diyhomedecor #paperbanner #diybanner

All of the yo-yo flower shapes were cut using the Cricut® Artiste collection and are simple to assemble following the instructions in the assembly booklet that comes with the collection. The flowers were then attached to a single piece of sturdy wrapping paper either directly or using 3-D foam tape to create the garland shape. After embellishing with a few playful sequins for that little bit of bling, the banner was hung inside a well-loved frame using Whisper thick twine.

Whether you’re just trying to use up the last papers from a favorite paper packet or exploring bold color combinations of your own creation, there are lots of ways to combine different paper packets to create beautiful artwork!

We’ve loved hearing your input on how you mix paper packets. Tell us in the comments which paper packets you’re going to try mixing next!

Recipe

X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection.

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
Âľ”, 1″ Card <i> (p. 48)
1 ½”, 2 ÂĽ” Shift + 3D Object <P> (p. 50)
1 ½”, 2 ÂĽ”, 2 ½”, Shift + Card <G> (p. 55)
2″ Accent 2 <Hallween> (p. 77)

*Real Dial Size

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How To: Paper Daffodils

Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #createYesterday was the first day of spring, and nothing says “springtime” quite like flowers! Today we’re going to show you how to make some beautiful paper daffodils to place in your home, on your desk at work, or to give as a gift!

First, use the recipe at the bottom of this post to cut all your Cricut® shapes. Once you have all of your shapes cut out, follow these instructions:Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 1: Cut leaves from the petals of the Fern flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 2: Using a bone folder, score the center of each leaf to form a vein. Then slightly curl each leaf.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 3: Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the center of each white shape.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 4: Using Liquid Glass, attach the flap on the White Daisy shape to the backside of the next petal to form a cupped flower shape. Repeat for the remaining two White Daisy shapes.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 5: Using the bone folder, gently curl the petals of each Canary flower so they curl slightly toward the center of the flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 6: Attach the White Daisy flowers to the center of the Canary flowers using Liquid Glass.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 7: Using the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green marker, color the wooden skewers. Push the pointed end of a skewer up through the center of one flower so about Âľ” of the skewer is showing through the center, and attach to the flower using Liquid Glass. Repeat for each flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 8: Attach leaves to the skewers using Liquid Glass.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Now you have a beautiful bouquet that will last all year long!

You can also embellish your vase a little bit. We chose to add a fun ribbon and a tag to ours.

We hope these flowers brighten your day and get you excited for springtime. Tell us in the comments below what your favorite flower is!

Recipe

Paper Daffodils
B1516 My Acrylix® Your Beautiful Self, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Skewers, Vase

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
2 ÂĽ” Accent 4 <1> (p. 31, cut 1, White Daisy)
11″ Shift+Accent2 <R> (p. 44, cut 1, Fern)
5″ Shift+Accent 3 <Z> (p. 61, cut 3, Canary)
2 ½” 3D Object <VIntnDay> (p. 72, cut 3, White Daisy)

*All Cricut® shapes should be cut using Real Dial Size.

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Banner In a Jar

We’ve got a riddle for you: How is spring like papercrafting?

Give up?

Both make the world a brighter and more colorful place! And today’s project idea is a fun way to spread the joy of papercrafting. It’s an adorable “banner in a jar” kit:Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

It all starts with a simple jar. Naturally we topped it off with a colorful piece of paper from the Penelope paper packet and a length of white & gold ribbon, but the real charm comes from what’s inside!Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

Just take a look at that! Here’s what we’ve included:

  • Bright and cheery Penelope papers cut into pennant shapes using the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge
  • Letters spelling “Happy Spring,” which were cut from Pixie cardstock using the Cricut® Artistry cartridge
  • Penelope Complements
  • Playful Puffies
  • Bitty Sparkles
  • Thistle extra thick twine

Pre-cutting the pennant shapes and the letters means that the recipient of this gift just has to attach the letters to the pennant pieces, thread them onto the twine, and embellish! In just a few minutes they will end up with a fun banner like this one:Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

Not pictured: the bright smile on the proud crafter’s face!

Who do you know that could use a little ray of sunshine in the form of an easy-to-assemble papercrafting project? Start stuffing those jars—just be sure to leave a little room for a note of encouragement, love, or appreciation to go along with it!

Recipe

Happy Spring Banner
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X7207C Penelope Complements, Z3205 Playful Puffies, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
4″ Shift + Photo Mat 1 <Y>(p. 53, cut 11)

Artistry
2 Âľ” <Font> “HAPPY SPRING”

The ribbon used on the jar is Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon.

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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How to Throw an Award-Winning Oscars Party!

It’s almost time for the biggest movie awards night of the year: the Academy Awards, AKA the Oscars! You love watching the red carpet arrivals (those dresses!), you love guessing who will win each award, and you love doing it all with friends and family. Why not throw an official Oscars party, then? We’ve got a lineup of great ideas to help make your party worthy of a standing ovation!How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

A central component of every good party is GOOD FOOD! Cakes are great at pulling double duty, serving as edible centerpieces to your spread. Make your cake the star of the show with a few simple star toppers cut from glitter paper! And what could be a better treat for a night celebrating the best films of the year than popcorn?How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

Little popcorn boxes make it much easier for everyone to munch throughout the night without passing around a bowl, and they make your guests feel like they’re at a movie theater. Dressing up your boxes so they look like tuxedos is an easy way to give your party a definite Oscars flair, and our Cricut® collections make them so easy to throw together.How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

Rather than going the plastic cup and permanent marker route to keep track of everyone’s drinks, add some sparkle to your sodas and create these personalized name tags! These stars are super simple to make, but they’re just the kind of detail that will make your guests feel like VIPs.

How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

Okay, now on to activities. We love these free printable Oscars bingo cards from The House That Lars Built. Come up with a fun prize to give the person who gets bingo first.

Also, since the celebrities get their photos taken all night long, we think another way to have fun with your guests is by having a photo shoot of your own! You may have spotted those adorable prop sticks in a vase, playing the role of a simple décor piece in that first photo, but they are also great way to make everyone less camera shy, AND they can be sent home with your guests as souvenirs from your fun night. You can even create your own Polaroid-style frame. This activity is sure to get everyone laughing, and by the end of the night, you’ll have tons of great photos to share!

To add to the drama of the evening, we want to give away some awards of our own! In the comments below, make three guesses, one for each of these categories: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, and Actress in a Leading Role. Make sure to have your guesses in before February 28, because after the Oscars, we’ll go through all the comments to see who guessed right and select 30 winners as follows:

The first 15 people to correctly guess the winner of ONE of the categories will receive the beautiful Everyday Life™ album.

The first 10 people to correctly guess the winner of TWO categories will receive the Everyday Life album, the My Crush® Everyday Life pages, and the Everyday Life washi tape.

The first 5 people to correctly guess the winner of all THREE categories will get the Everyday Life prize package, including the album, the My Crush Everyday Life pages, the Everyday Life washi tape, both the 4″ x 3″ and the 4″ x 6″ Memory Protectors™, and the Picture My Life™ Live Your Day cards—which are no longer available for purchase!

Start making your decorations, and submit your guesses here on the blog! It’s sure to be a night to remember!

Recipes

Star Cake Toppers
Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Skewers

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2½” Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 4, p. 68)
 
Popcorn Holders
X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
6ÂĽ” 3D Object <m> (cut several, p. 67)

Artistry
1″ Shift+Icon-1 <S> (cut several, p. 22)
 
Star Drink Tags
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2 ½” Shift+3D Object <D> (cut several, p. 53)
 
Prop Sticks and Polaroid Frame
1386 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Skewers, Chalk

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
5 ½” Accent 4 <a> (cut 2, p. 51)
1½” Shift+Accent 2 <M> (cut 2, p. 67)
3½” Shift+Accent 4 <Mom> (cut 2, p. 74)

Artistry
5½” Icon-2 <1> (cut 2, p. 1)
2ÂĽ” Icon-1 <s> (cut 2, p. 22)
2ÂĽ” Shift+Icon-1 <S> (cut 2, p. 22)
11½” Background <x> (cut several, p. 32)
2½” Shift <Father> (cut 2, p. 40)
2 ½” <NewYears> (cut 2, p. 50)
2 ½” Shift <NewYears> (cut 2, p. 50)

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