DIY Ribbon Christmas Gifts

If you’re looking for an easy Christmas gift idea for a neighbor, teacher, or friend—look no further! We’ve come up with a few crafty ways to make some quick and easy gifts for the Christmas holiday using your ribbon stash! A lot of us tend to think of ribbon in two ways, the lone strips on a card or scrapbook page and sometimes the additional bow. Today we want to show you just how much more fun there is to be had with these embellishing trims!

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First up is a ribbon tree! This little tree was made using a 9″ foam cone decorated by 3″ ribbon strips that were folded into a loop and attached with pushpins. The star topper is simply one of our gold glitter stickers from the Silver & Gold Complements attached to a toothpick with a glue dot! And, don’t miss those gold glitter gems circling the very top layer of ribbon. This project comes together rather quickly, is easy to make, and all of your friends will want one! Don’t be fooled by the size of this tree: it will require a lot of ribbon—approximately six spools of it. If you like the look but don’t want to use that much ribbon, talk to your Consultant for an alternate option where you use paper instead!

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Now, if you have a larger stash of ribbon, consider a ribbon wreath! This wreath is an easy assembly as well; all you have to do is tie 5″ pieces of ribbon onto a 12″ wire wreath frame.

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Once all of our ribbon was tied on, we added a few silver glitter snowflakes made from our Cricut® Flower Market Collection and created a banner for the center (also with our Cricut® Flower Market Collection).

Don’t have the time or the ribbon to make these first two projects? Try the following ornaments out!

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Crafters of all ages will enjoy making this little guy. Made up of ribbon scraps, this ornament comes together as quickly as you can tie the ribbons to a small twig (or cinnamon stick)! Once all of your ribbons are tied on, trim the edges to create the triangle shape, attach some string at the top and embellish with a sticker. That’s it!

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This last one is a slightly more sophisticated ornament, but still quite easy to assemble, making it a beautiful gift idea. Simply pick up a few small embroidery hoops at your local craft store (we used a 3″ and 4″) and add some weaved satin ribbons. Trim off any excess, embellish with Complements if you’d like, and hang with another piece of ribbon or twine.

As you’re thinking of gifts for your neighbors, teachers, and friends this holiday, consider making them one or more of these simple crafty ribbon projects.

And it just so happens that all of our fundamental ribbon packs, which we used in all of the artwork in this post, are on sale this month at 30% off! Make sure to take advantage of this offer while it lasts!


Recipes

Ribbon Tree
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, 9″ Foam Cone, Straight Pins, Toothpick

Winter Wonderland Wreath
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5947 Mink Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, 12″ Wire Wreath Frame

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2½” Title <a> (p. 21, MD43227)
2½” Shift + Title <A>  (p. 21, MD43227)
2″, 2½” Shift + Icon <A>
 (p. 21, MD432F6)

Ribbon Tree Ornament
Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Grapevine Wire

Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, 3″ and 4″ Embroidery Hoops

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Free Basics Fundamental 64 Card Workshop Pattern!

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We’re giving you more free patterns today! This time, instead of a scrapbooking layout, we’ve got a workshop for you and your friends to make 64 gratitude cards—8 cards in 8 designs—using our Basics Fundamental paper packet, which so happens to be on sale right now at 30% off!

These patterns were originally introduced at our 2016 convention as part of a Fundamentals card workshop. We’ve simply updated the cutting diagrams and flat patterns and created some new cards with one of our favorite paper packets!

All you will need to recreate these cards is one of each of the following:
B1536 My Acrylix® All the Thanks Stamp Set
Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Workshop Patterns and Cutting Diagrams

Download the patterns above and let the cardmaking extravaganza begin!

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Matching Made Easy

As many of you know, we have four color palettes called Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics—and for each of these color palettes, we have a bunch of coordinating products, including themed embellishment packs we call “Complements.”

Just like the name implies, these Complements perfectly complement the other products in a given color palette—which makes creating cohesive artwork a breeze!

Well, with our latest idea book, we’ve come out with four more themed Complements packs for these color palettes. They include stickers, die-cuts with foil, and all sorts of other cute accents, all of which match the color palette.

See how you can combine these new Complements with their coordinating patterned papers below!

Enchantment

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Adventure

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Whimsy

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Basics

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You’ve seen how the Complements and papers work in a given color palette, but if you’re adventurous, take it to the next level! Add stamping by using ink colors that coordinate with the palette, and then add even more by using cardstock or ribbons from that palette as well! Check out the “Fundamentals” section of your Annual Inspirations idea book for more inspiration.

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New Fundamentals Papers Are Anything but Basic

We’ve got a very special treat lined up for you today to help introduce our brand new Fundamentals papers. We asked Executive Director Karen Pedersen to create some artwork that shows the results you can get from combining our Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics Fundamentals.

And right now, when you buy the Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals, you’ll qualify to get the Uptown Fundamentals or the Rustic Home Fundamentals from our Basics collection for FREE! That means you can save money on brand new products that you can use to create amazing artwork pieces like these:

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

Our Basics Fundamentals, which include the Uptown Fundamentals and the Rustic Home Fundamentals you can get for free this month, are called basics because they feature neutral colors. This means they work in perfect harmony with any of our colors.

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

Our Rustic Home Fundamentals feature soft browns and greys, with textures that remind us of home, like these wooden slats:

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

Our Uptown Fundamentals feature black, grey, and gold patterns for a chic, modern look. Pair them with bright colors, like Karen did here, or with more muted colors for an entirely different look.

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

Isn’t this artwork incredible? Thank you so much, Karen, for letting us share this with our readers! We’re incredibly grateful to have you as part of our Close To My Heart family.

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

We know you’ll love mixing and matching these brand new paper collections. With a wide range of patterns and colors, you’ll have all the tools you need to tell every story.

Recipes

 12″ x 12″ Baby Page
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit, Thread

12″ x 12″ Love in Bloom Page
B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3260 Thin Cuts—Hearts, Z3257 Thin Cuts—Love, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

12″ x 12″ Best Ever Page
Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards, Z3265 School K–6 Complements, Z3266 School 7–12 Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ Easy Street Layout
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5785 Lemon Cardstock, Z3236 Black Glitter Paper, Z3269 You & Me Complements

12″ x 12″ #LIVSTRONG Story Page
C1667 My Acyrlix® This & That, E1035 My Acrylix® Bistro Script, B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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New Papers, New Possibilities!

Our new line of Fundamentals papers just became available, and we couldn’t wait another day to show them off! Just like their name suggests, these papers are fundamental for any scrapbooker. With versatile, monochromatic patterns in our exclusive colors, they’re perfect to pair with cardstocks and other patterned papers. Once you try them out for yourself, you won’t be able to live without them!

Today we’re showcasing our Uptown Fundamentals, which feature neutral colors and special materials, like foil and vellum, to give them a little something extra.

With a qualifying purchase, you can earn this scrapbooking paper for free! #closetomyheart #ctmh #basicallythebest #scrapbooking

Look at the elegant feel that the Uptown Fundamentals bring to this layout with that beautiful script font, the gold foil polka-dots, and the striped vellum. Because they feature neutral colors, we could create our own color scheme using just a couple pieces of cardstock.

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Here we have totally different cardstock colors also paired with the Uptown Fundamentals for a completely different look!

Those adorable glitter titles and other accents on these layouts are part of our You & Me Complements, designed to coordinate with the Uptown Fundamentals. We even have an Uptown ribbon pack to give you even more mixing and matching options.

The Uptown Fundamentals are just one of the newest paper collections we’ve released today—but there is plenty more where it came from! Head on over to closetomyheart.com to check out all our new products. There, you can also learn how to get the Uptown Fundamentals for free!

Now go ahead—treat yourself to a few minutes of browsing through our new products online. Or a few hours. We won’t judge. 🙂

Recipes

12″ x 12″ You & Me Layout
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Our Story Layout
C1667 My Acrylix® This & That, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3269 You & Me ComplementsZ3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
1 3/4″ <Icon-1> (RDS, p. 30)

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3 Reasons Why You Should Become a Consultant Right Now!

Being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant has a lot of perks: You get to make money doing what you love, plan your work schedule however you’d like, meet women with similar interests, and save big on products with your Consultant discount, just to name a few. But during the month of July, there are three MORE reasons to become a Consultant: Adventure, Whimsy, and Enchantment!

What are we talking about? Our brand new Fundamentals paper collections, which feature 24 double-sided sheets of beautiful patterned paper. And we’ve also created Complements (stickers and die-cuts) that coordinate with each Fundamentals collection that have three themes—everyday moments, baby, and school.

If you join as a Consultant in July, not only will you get to preview these products before everyone else (they’re not available to the public until August 1!), and not only will you get to order them before anyone else, but you will get one paper collection and its coordinating Complements for FREE! You can choose any of these three collections you want!

Did we mention that it only costs $75 USD to join, and you get $50 in Select Product Credit, which means you basically join for $25? Yeah, it’s a great deal and super low risk!

Because seeing is sometimes believing, we want to give you an exclusive look at the beautiful layouts you can create with these new Fundamentals collections and their coordinating Complements. Ready to be amazed?

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First up is our Adventure Fundamentals and Good Life Complements. There’s no stamping on this layout—all the embellishments you see—including those flashy gold die-cuts—come with the Good Life Complements, which are designed for everyday scrapbooking.

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Here are our Whimsy Fundamentals and the Baby Girl Complements. If you choose to go with the Whimsy papers, you could also choose Baby Boy Complements instead, which feature silver foil instead of gold. And don’t worry, the papers can just as easily be used to create a layout featuring pale blues and greens instead of pinks!

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Last up is our Enchantment Fundamentals and School 7–12 Complements. And no surprise here, you can also choose the School K–6 Complements if you want those instead. Either way, you’re sure to have the supplies you need to create an A+ scrapbook.

Here’s a re-cap on why now is the best time to join Close To My Heart: If you become a Consultant during the month of July, not only can you order all of these new collections and see all of our other new products before anyone else, but you’ll also get one Fundamentals paper collection and its coordinating Complements for FREE.

If you’re ready to become your own boss and make crafting your living, talk to your Consultant today or visit closetomyheart.com to find one in your area.

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Layout
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z3264 Good Life Complements

12″ x 12″ Baby Girl Layout
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements

12″ x 12″ So Proud Layout
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z3266 School 7–12 Complements
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The Little Black Dress . . . For Papercrafters!

Oh the little black dress—you can dress it up and you can dress it down, making it the perfect go-to outfit for any occasion. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a little black dress in the world of papercrafting? Oh wait, there is! Our Fundamentals line!

If you haven’t met our Fundamentals yet, you really should get acquainted. And we’re not just talking about pretty paper here. We’re talking the WHOLE Fundamentals line, which includes sticker packs and assortments as well!

Really quick, let’s give you the 411 about this line. Our Paper Fundamentals come in four different color palettes: Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics. Each pack comes with 20 sheets of cardstock in 10 of our exclusive colors, and this isn’t just any ol’ cardstock! Each side has a fun design, one in white and the other in a shiny gloss. These pair wonderfully with our paper packets (because they use our exclusive colors without demanding center stage), but they also add more intrigue to your artwork because they have subtle backgrounds and textures. AND you can also do really cool resistance inking with the glossy side of the paper, as you can see in this Instagram video.

Like the papers, the Fundamental sticker packs also come in the four color palettes to make color coordinating effortless. They include letters and cute designs, like hearts, arrows, and thought bubbles. Last but certainly not least, our Fundamental Assortments come in eight of our exclusive colors and include wooden badges, paper bows, plastic clips, and a sheet of glitter stickers. Yes, glitter!

As we’ve said before, Fundamentals are perfect for those busy gals who want to preserve their family’s memories tastefully but whose schedules, just today, include running dinner to a neighbor, attending three soccer games, and ironing a mile-high pile of laundry. Fundamentals make it easy to create fun scrapbook layouts without tons of product and time. BUT, for those of you who like taking a bit more time on your artwork, these take decorative scrapbooking to new heights! Take a look at this layout to see what we mean:

Starlee CTMH

Ba-BAAM! Isn’t that layout gorgeous? This layout really lives up to the cuteness of this little star. Look at how well our Paper Fundamentals work together to produce a dazzling look. See Starlee’s name? That’s from the Fundamental stickers Basics pack! Other Fundamental stickers and assortments are all over the layout. Here’s a close-up of some assortments:

Love It assortment

The gold foil in this assortment teams up with the glitter paper to just add a little more shine to this layout. And here’s another layout that uses Fundamentals to make a special layout extra special:

Dream Big CTMH

Going back to school never looked so good! Again, this layout uses a lot of Fundamental papers and stickers. The Cricut®-cut title and the My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation stamp set enhance the Fundamentals to create a truly spectacular piece of memorabilia. Here’s a close-up of some of the stickers:

Adventure assortment

Just some simple layering lends some dimension to these little guys for a really fancy look. These stickers are so versatile and universal—just think how they would enhance cards, pocket scrapbooking layouts, and…well, everything!

Whether you’re the mom who always has peanut butter on her shirt or the lady who can create grandiose papercrafting masterpieces at her leisure, our Fundamentals are a must-have for every crafter. Order some today by talking to your Consultant. If you don’t have one, go to our website and select “What We Do” to find one near you. Thanks to Fundamentals, assembling a cohesive page has never been easier!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Starlee Layout
D1647 My Acrylix® Documenting Moments, D1644 My Acrylix® The Authentic Life, C1622 My Acrylix® In Review, D1634 My Acrylix® Rain or Shine, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5931 Cashmere Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3128 Paper Fundamentals Basics, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Adventure Pack, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold

12″ x 12″ Dream Big Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 11
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z3128 Paper Fundamentals Basics, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3164 Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack, Z2132 Watercolor Paints, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
6 ½” Shift+Shape <V> (p. 34)

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