Easy, Unique Mother’s Day Gift

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, today we’re sharing the perfect gift idea for all the mothers and mother figures in your life—one of our Live Beautifully album bundles!

These bundles come with an album, journaling pen, adhesive, and our new, limited-time Cut Above® Live Beautifully layout kit, which has everything you need to make five layouts, including base pages, pre-cut pieces, stickers, and photo placeholders. There’s no cutting or stamping required—all you do is follow the photos and instructions to attach the pieces and stickers to your pages!

Each of the layouts can be assembled in 15 minutes or less, meaning you could easily use the kit to make a personalized gift. You could either preserve some photos that are special to your mother, or make the album a tribute to her as a mother. The Live Beautifully kit is all about celebrating those who inspire and uplift us, so you could write down your thoughts about her, and even have your siblings pitch in!

Here are some layouts to show you how this approach could work:

Here’s another idea: If your mother loves scrapbooking, you could give her the bundle so she can enjoy a fun, easy scrapbooking project. You could even give her a “scrapbooking night” where you can assemble the layouts together while chatting and snacking on sweets—any mom would love that quality time, especially while revisiting old photos and happy memories.

Whether she creates the layouts herself or receives them in a completed album, your mother will love receiving this bundle. And because you save 20% by buying the kit in a bundle, you are also getting a great discount on the perfect gift! It’s a win-win!

Order your bundle today, and show your mother how much you appreciate her!

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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)

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Beginner Crafting Kits

If you’d love to craft but think you’re just not the “crafting type,” think again! There are so many resources that make learning to craft easy, including online tutorials and Consultants that can walk you through projects right in your own home!

Among these great resources are beginner crafting kits, like our limited-time Welcome Home wreath kit or our new Cut Above™ scrapbooking layout kits.

The perfect, affordable wreath kit for the bride-to-be! #ctmh #closetomyheart #wedding #gift #bridalshower #succulentwreath #kit #diyhomedecor

The Welcome Home wreath kit helps you create a beautiful paper succulent wreath. With pre-cut pieces you simply punch out, curl, layer, and attach, this is a wonderful place for beginners to start if they’re interested in trying out DIY home décor.

It’s a great project for your first home as a married couple—or give it as a unique bridal shower or wedding present to a friend! The new bride is sure to love creating something herself for her new home—especially with her new last name 😉 !

An affordable scrapbooking kit for beginners! All you need is adhesive! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingkit #quick #beginner #wedding #bridal #gift

Our Cut Above™ Forever & Always layout kit is also a great beginner crafting kit for the bride. Those first few years together go by lightning fast, so start the habit of preserving your love story by doing something with all those wedding photos! Trust us, you won’t want to forget those sweet newlywed moments.

This affordable kit comes with pre-cut pieces and instructions for assembling the two pages you see in this album, as well as Memory Protectors™ to keep your pages safe.

An affordable scrapbooking kit for beginners! All you need is adhesive! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingkit #quick #beginner #wedding #bridal #gift

It also comes with pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors™ to create even more pages, which fit in between your main pages for preserving additional pictures and moments from your special day!

Preserving your baby's first moments has never been easier, thanks to our Little One scrapbooking kit! All you need is adhesive and 15 minutes! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babybook #babyscrapbook #babyphotos #memories #babysfirsts #scrapbooking #beginner #kit

We also have a beginner Cut Above™ scrapbooking layout kit for baby photos—it’s called Little One, and it’s totally gender neutral.

Preserving your baby's first moments has never been easier, thanks to our Little One scrapbooking kit! All you need is adhesive and 15 minutes! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babybook #babyscrapbook #babyphotos #memories #babysfirsts #scrapbooking #beginner #kit

The birth of your first child is definitely the time to start thinking about preserving memories—if you haven’t already (and not in that black hole of a phone or computer, either!).

In addition to being affordable (which is a must with a new babe around!), all the pages in this kit come together in less than 15 minutes—really! So complete your kit, and then take a nice long nap with all that time you save. 🙂 Get a feel for how easily these kits come together by watching this quick video:

And while you’re at it…

Create this easy, adorable paper succulent wreath for less than $20 with our Welcome Home wreath kit! (US pricing) #ctmh #closetomyheart #papersucculents #diywreath #wreathkit #nurserydecor #babydecor #littlegirlsroom #decor #affordable #diy

Why not add a Welcome Home wreath to baby’s nursery? Once again, this is a super affordable and unique baby shower gift, perfect for a new mama who will be nesting like crazy soon. 😉

Whether you’re a newlywed, young mom, or a friend looking for a unique shower gift, the Welcome Home wreath kit and the Cut Above™ layout kits are the perfect go-to projects for beginners. With affordable price tags and easy-to-follow instructions, these kits are sure to light a smile on anyone’s face as she discovers she can craft and make something beautiful for her family.

 
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Close To My Heart on the Road

Over the next few months, we’ll be heading to some Pinners Conferences across the US to showcase beautiful artwork, teach crafting classes, and spread the word about our company and mission.

Since we can’t bring you all with us (though we sure wish we could!), we thought we’d bring the beautiful artwork to YOU right here on the blog! We hope it inspires you and lights a smile on your face.

Here is the artwork for one of the classes we’ll be teaching. Memory keeping is at the core of what we do, so we want to show others there are so many different ways to preserve their memories in addition to traditional scrapbooking.

Our other class will let attendees play with flowers from our Cricut® Flower Market collection, as they make these fun gift items:

Close To My Heart's hitting the road to teach crafting classes at Pinners Conferences across the US. Here is the artwork we'll be showcasing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #pinnersconference2016 #craftingideas #paperalbum

In addition to our classes, we’ll also be putting tons of beautiful artwork on display for everyone to see, including unique gift ideas to show someone you care…

Mini albums for those just getting started with memory keeping…

And, of course, traditional scrapbook pages.

To top it all off, we created a one-of-a-kind banner, which would be wonderful for a party or a nursery.

Close To My Heart's hitting the road to teach crafting classes at Pinners Conferences across the US. Here is the artwork we'll be showcasing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #pinnersconference2016 #craftingideas #paperalbum

Whatever type of papercrafting you enjoy, we hope you’ve found this artwork to be inspiring. We’re sure it’ll catch more than a few eyes at the conferences we’ll be attending, but we especially hope that everyone who sees it will understand that what we do is so much more than an art form—it’s a way of building and celebrating relationships.

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Paper Succulents Made Easy

As you’ve probably noticed, succulents are IN! From wedding bouquets and hanging planters to wreaths and mini terrariums, these plants are popping up all over the place! The only problem is that succulents can be tricky plants to keep alive.

If you don’t have a green thumb, try your hand at paper succulents instead! With our brand new Cricut® Flower Market collection, you can create all the trendy succulent projects you see on Pinterest without any of the maintenance.

For example, here is a simple centerpiece and favor for a wedding:

Paper succulents #ctmh #closetomyheart #succulents #diyhomedecor #modernhomedecor #cricut

By using different colors of cardstock and daubing a bit of ink around the edges of the succulents for shading, they look even more realistic.

You can also use these succulents in a wide array of home décor projects, like this cute succulent monogram.

Paper succulents #ctmh #closetomyheart #succulents #diyhomedecor #modernhomedecor #cricut

If you love these paper succulents, you’re going to love the rest of the flowers and plants you can make with our Cricut® Flower Market collection. Here’s the 411:

  • The collection features 700 images, including a brand new font!
  • Each key of the collection contains all the cuts you’ll need for a coordinated card, scrapbook layout, or 3-D project. These cuts include layers to create a flower, a container for the flower, accents and a background, and a title piece, all of which tie into the same theme.
  • We’ve made layering your flowers easy! All you have to do is enter the size of the finished flower you want for each layer of the flower, and it will cut the layer accordingly (so long as you have Real Dial Size off).
  • When you purchase the collection, you also get the Adventure cardstock combo pack, featuring our brand new colors, and three exclusive D-size stamp sets.

We’ve designed this collection with scrapbookers and cardmakers in mind, but as you’ve seen from today’s artwork, it definitely lends itself to some wowie 3-D projects as well—just take a look at one more amazing bouquet:

Paper flowers #ctmh #closetomyheart #paperflowers #decor #cricut #ctmhflowermarket

Get your hands on this Cricut® collection, and have fun creating paper succulents and more for your scrapbooks, cards, and home.

Happy crafting!

Recipes

Wedding Centerpiece & Favor
B1536 My Acrylix® All the Thanks, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1288 Colonial White Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z1938 Sponge Daubers Value PackZ3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2″, 2 ½”, and 3″ <Succulnt> (cut multiples of each, p. 40)

Succulent Monogram
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1938 Sponge Daubers Value PackZ3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2″, 2 ½”, 2 ¾”, and 3″ <Succulnt> (cut multiples of each, p. 40)
2″, 2 ½”, 2 ¾”, and 3″ Shift <Succulnt> (cut multiples of each, p. 40)
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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
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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.
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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
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Here Comes the Sun!

When you’re having a gloomy day, a great way to cheer yourself up is to do something nice for someone else—but sometimes it’s hard to know what to do! How about mailing someone a box of sunshine? 🙂

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

Papers from Penelope, Kaleidoscope, and our Fundamentals transform this ordinary box into something really special, as does the gold glitter paper—you can never go wrong with glitter! We’ve filled our sunshine box with all things bright and yellow—including fun accordion-folded strips of Honey cardstock as filler—but you could certainly put any goodies you’d like inside.

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

Thanks to our handy-dandy Cricut® collections, making this box is really easy. Simply follow the recipes below to cut your sentiment, sun, and card!

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

We used our Cricut® Artfully Sent collection to cut this lyrical card. There’s nothing that brightens someone’s day quite like a handmade card with a handwritten message.

J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, said, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” Remember that each time you create something with paper, you are spreading sunshine to others and filling your own life with sunshine—so keep on crafting! 🙂

What do you like to do to brighten someone’s day? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

Sunshine Box
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, Z3125 Paper Fundamentals Adventure, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artbooking
2 ½” Shift+Title <T> (p. 52)
11 ½” Shift+Overlay <T> (p. 52)
¾”<font> “Sending your way”

5 ½” x 4″ Here Comes the Sun Card
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shape*:
Artfully Sent
5 ½” Sentiment <u> (p. 17)

*Real Dial Size

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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