Trick or TREATS!

October is such a fun time for kids: piles of leaves to jump in, costumes to pick out, pumpkin patches to explore, and TREATS to eat—lots of them! Today we’re going to show you three cute treat totes from our Designer Creations line that are sporting costumes of their own!

Create these adorable treat bags to give away! #ctmh

First up is this cute little bag. The “TRICK OR TREAT” tag from the My Acrylix® Pumpkin Chevron stamp set makes a perfect companion for this treat bag, though you’ll be sure to only find treats inside. 🙂 Halloween’s all about the theatrics, so using glitter paper adds a punch of pizazz to make this bag extra dramatic. And look at the great dimensional element added by the Eggplant Nevermore fringe!

Create these adorable treat bags to give away! #ctmh

Next we’ve got this takeout box dressed up as a jack-o-lantern. Again, glitter paper takes center stage on this getup as well. 3-D tape on the tag makes the stamped sentiment pop out, but not to spook anyone! Fern thick twine is the perfect way to finish off this look.

Create these adorable treat bags to give away! #ctmh

To wrap things up, we’ve got this spidery buttoned bag. A Cricut® -cut “Eek!” and glitter paper work hand in hand to create something frightful, and the spider web plays off of the white chevron pattern perfectly. See that little spider? Our artist used watercolor paints to give him that shading. Even though real spiders are scary, we think this watercolor one is cute!

These three treat containers would be great for giving a special treat to schoolteachers and elderly neighbors; they’d also be fabulous for party favors! And what delicious treats could you store inside? Check out these spooky goodies you can make with your children or grandchildren:

Crafting cute containers, making spooky goodies with family—that sounds like a perfect afternoon! The Nevermore paper packet and Designer Creations make it easy to create fun gifts to brighten anyone’s day.

For more Nevermore artwork inspiration, search #ctmhnevermore on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Also, stay tuned for another spooky post on the blog very soon!

Recipes

Trick or Treat Bag
B1488 My Acrylix® Pumpkin Chevron, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z1847 Green Glitter Paper, Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2 ½” Accent 4 <2> p. 32

Have A Scary Halloween Take Out Box
D1669 My Acrylix® Tasty Terrors, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2050 Designer Creations Take Out Box, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3″ Accent 3 <Hallween> p. 77

Artfully Sent
1 ¾” Shift+Icon <&> p. 7

Eek! Bag
D1669 My Acrylix® Tasty Terrors, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag, Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3 ½” Accent 4 <Eek> p. 76
1 ½” <Eek> p. 76
 

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Crafting with Kids: Valentine Boxes

Help the kids get ready for the downpour of warm fuzzies from their friends this Valentine’s Day with a trendy valentine box! Every piece of this adorable box is simple enough for a child to recreate it. Of course, with the creativity of the kids on board, the two of you will probably be able to come up with something uniquely your own. Put your heads together to build your note catcher.

Valentine Box and cards

First, pull out a Designer Creations cupcake box. It’s made of designed kraft paper and has a clear plastic window for quick and easy monitoring of the love note stash. Make your box even more irresistible by trying a few of these artistic techniques:

• Cut a 3″ long slot in the top panel of the box, making it just the right size for receiving notes from other kids.
• Use your Cricut® machine to cut out hearts to stamp on. Many of your heart stamps will coordinate with shapes on your Close To My Heart Cricut® cartridges. See the stamp carrier sheet to find info on which cartridge to use and at what size to cut out your heart in order to match your stamp.
• Get creative when decorating your hearts. Check out the look we achieved using the Brushstrokes stamp set for a background and the XOXO stamp set for a sentiment on one of our large hearts! Those small hearts you see were stamped on scrap cardstock and trimmed out.
• Draw fun borders on your hearts with a journaling pen.
• Use Shimmer Trim to create glimmering bows to top off your project.

These 3″ x 3″ cards are also a lot of fun to make with the kids—and so very simple. The little ones will love to help with the stamping, and they’ll end up with cute valentines to share with their friends. It’s also a great way to use up your extra supplies!

Once you’re feelin’ the love, it’s time to turn your thoughts to teacher. This same cupcake box is also ideal for tucking away treats, so you could place a mouthwatering cupcake in the round base insert and let your child deliver the sweet!

Valentine Teacher Box

Deck out your box to match the sugary delight inside by using some of these ideas:

• Trim cardstock pieces on which to stamp sentiments. You could use your Cricut® machine for this step, but it also provides a great opportunity for your young helpers who are good with scissors!
• Make the trimming even easier by finding a printed heart shape you can trim out and stamp on. This one came from a Picture My Life™ Heartstrings scrapbooking program card.
• Stamp sentiments on your cardstock shapes. Here we’ve used the alphabet stamp set from the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection to spell the word “Teacher.”
• Add a few embellishments of your choice. We love the look of the Heartstrings Complements combined with the pink glitter gems!
• Once again, use your journaling pen to create unique borders on your heart.
• Use Shimmer Trim to complete your look

You’re sure to melt a few hearts this Valentine’s Day with these lovely creations. We hope you have a heartwarming time making papercrafts and memories together!

Recipes
3-D Valentine Card Box
C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, M1054 My Acrylix® XOXO, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
1 ½”, 2″ Shift (p. 26)

3″ x 3″ White Daisy Happy Valentine’s Day Card
C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, M1052 My Acrylix® Mini Valentine, C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad

3″ x 3″ Pixie Happy Valentine’s Day Card
C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad

3-D Valentine Teacher Box
M1052 My Acrylix® Mini Valentine, C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, B1476 My Acrylix® My Fave, Z3046 Picture My Life™ Heartstrings Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box, X7193C Heartstrings Complements, Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (stamp set)

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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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Bringing People into the Spotlight

It’s amazing what a major mood booster it is when we take the time to forget about our own troubles and appreciate the special people that surround us. When we express our gratitude for our lives and the people in it, everything gets a little brighter.

That’s the great thing about expressing gratitude—it not only helps others feel great, but it helps us feel great too. It’s like a boomerang of good vibes! What you give in this life always comes back to you in one way or another, so might as well give out good things, right?

So here’s our idea for a simple gift of gratitude that you can whip up for someone special: put together a mini book filled with positive vibes to send in their direction!

It’s a simple and beautiful way to show your gratitude for someone’s existence, and it will serve as a cherished reminder of your unwavering love and support when they hit the rough spots in life.

First, start with a Designer Creations Short Stack album. This album is equipped with 10 wire-bound 5″ x 7″ kraft pages and a beautifully designed printed hardcover that requires little to no embellishment, so your project can come together quickly without sacrificing style. Next, choose a certain someone in your life that you want to highlight and brainstorm reasons why you think they’re worth celebrating. Once you have a good collection of ideas, record them in the album through handwriting, typed notes, or photographs. Finish by embellishing with all your favorite trimmings, and you’re done! Easy, right?

Here are a few more ideas of things you might want to include:

So, who in your life deserves a little recognition? It’s time to bring them into the spotlight with a gift that will ultimately shed light on the both of you.

P.S. Did you love this album so much that now you want to make one exactly like it? We thought you would. 😉 Here’s the recipe!

Wishing You A Lifetime of Happiness Album
C1589 My Acrylix® Lifetime of Happiness, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X5771 Flaxen Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
Artfully Sent

7″ <Env-13> (p. 49)
7″ <Liner-13> (p. 49)
7″ <Env-9> (p. 45)
7″ <Liner-9> (p. 45)

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Secret Acts of Service

Okay, friends. It’s November, so let’s get grateful! While we know you love sitting in a turkey stupor around the table after Thanksgiving dinner, listing off what you’re grateful for, there are more lasting (and more FUN) ways to express what’s in your heart. So many more! Why not say thank you with a few random acts of kindness, for example? What better way to pay a favor back than to pay a favor forward?

All you need to do is pull out your favorite Close To My Heart papers and tools and start crafting! With the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge, cute tags like these take no time at all. With a stamp here and a sparkle there, you’ve got adorable notes ready for use. You can deliver them as stand-alone notes or attach them to goodies.

When it comes to packaging those goodies, the Designer Creations paper bags do the job nicely. The bags come predesigned, so they take no prep time at all. Take them right out of the package, slip in some sweet treats—or just some sweet words—and get stealthy. Stash the goods into nooks and crannies when nobody’s watching.

You might enjoy some of these ideas as you go incognito (but you didn’t hear it from us):

  • Leave inspiring notes for your unsuspecting targets around the house. Try the bathroom mirror, the novel your spouse is reading, or even inside the refrigerator. Yes, we said inside. Most viewed appliance in the home, wouldn’t you agree?
  • Leave some goodies on a doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run! Your new neighbors will feel welcome and your old neighbors will feel loved all over again.
  • Do a chore for someone and leave a note saying why serving them brings you joy.
  • Hide a note under a coworker’s mouse.
  • Write down words of advice for a new mother, a new couple, or someone else starting on a path you’ve tread before.
  • Leave change in the vending machine with a note encouraging the lucky finder to buy a snack.
  • Thank the custodian by leaving a note on their cart while they’re busy scrubbing away.
  • Leave your waiter a nice note along with the tip.
  • Hang a note from the car mirror for your spouse to stumble upon when they leave for work in the morning.
  • Reflect on your blessings, write them down, and then dangle them from a Designed Décor frame or an indoor plant. All of your newly unleashed gratitude will be heavy, so we highly suggest you use the frame. 😉
  • Take time to sit down with your parents, grandparents, or other relatives and write down their favorite sayings and wisdom on your tags. Hang the tags in a prominent place in your home to remember both your relatives and their wisdom. (This act can’t be done in secret, but hopefully you can trust your relatives not to betray your identity when pressured by the authorities.)

Get in the groove of gratitude today, and then express yourself! No matter how you go about it, you’ll feel like a million bucks . . . and who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Serve, baby, serve!

Think of something sneaky that we didn’t? Tell us your idea in the comments!

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