Memories from the Kitchen and Giveaway

You may have heard it said that the kitchen is the most important room in a home. It is where you go to gather with your family and guests to cook, eat, socialize, do homework, craft, play games, and, on occasion, even scrapbook 😉 . With so much of our day-to-day happening around the kitchen, we are experiencing moments that are inevitably turning into nostalgic memories that we long to hold onto.

Naturally, because of our whole-hearted belief that everyone should be memory keepers, we came up with a system to help you preserve those precious memories from the kitchen.

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Designed for so much more than to hold recipes, the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit is a collection of materials you can use to create a unique keepsake. It comes with recipe cards for those memorable meals that you yearn for, while also providing a place for photos and journaling to share why the recipes mean something to you.

We offer the kit in three configurations, so you can choose what fits your needs best. The first is the basic Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit, which comes with 60 4″ x 6″ cards (including recipe, title, journaling, and pattern cards), six 6″ x 8″ divider pages, two sticker sheets, and a helpful guide containing tips and ideas on how to use the kit. The second option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit with Memory Protectors™. This option includes all the same materials as the first but also comes with 6 Memory Protectors™ to hold your cards and pages. The last option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions Bundle, which is an all-inclusive bundle that comes with the basic kit, the Memory Protectors, and a Bashful Everyday Life™ album and the coordinating My Acrylix® Kitchen Traditions stamp set (D1770).

We want to give all memory keepers—and aspiring memory keepers—the tools you need to beautifully document those special moments from your kitchen. That is why we are giving away 5 (!!!) Kitchen Traditions bundles to 5 lucky winners! For a chance to win, you will have to do a little bit more than what we’ve done in the past. First, you must be a subscriber to this blog. (If you aren’t yet, just push that big blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar!) Second, you must leave a recipe you love in the comments below with a short explanation of why you love it. The drawing will take place Monday, April 30, at 2 p.m. MDT and winners will be notified via e-mail, as usual.

To kick things off, here’s a recipe from Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi:

Frijoles a la Charra (Bean Soup)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 diced white onion
  • 6 strips cut bacon cut into 1 inch pieces (raw)
  • 4 cans La Constena pinto beans
  • 1 can Rotel Mexican Festival tomatoes
  • 3 cans petite diced tomato
  • ¼ cup mild Herdez Salsa Casera
Directions:

In a large pot, boil the beans. While you wait for the beans to boil, fry the bacon in a separate large pan. Once the bacon is soft, add the onion and sauté it in the bacon grease. Add one can of diced tomatoes at a time and bring to a boil each time. Add the Rotel tomatoes and bring to a boil again. Add Herdez Salsa and cilantro and bring to a boil one last time. Combine your mixture with beans in the large pot and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Now, it’s your turn. Can’t wait to see what’s cooking in your kitchen!

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Complement Day!!! (AND GIVEAWAY!!)

Did you know that we have over 1,500 national (unofficial 😉 ) holidays here in the United States? Observed annually on January 24th is compliment day—a day specifically set aside to pay attention, acknowledge something nice about someone, and to then share your sincere observations with that person. What an easy way to brighten someone’s day and spread joy!

Since it would be near impossible to sincerely share a compliment with each and every one of you, we thought we’d put our own Close To My Heart spin on things and celebrate this holiday by sharing our Complements instead! We can think of no better way to do this than by showing you how easy it is to use them and by giving some away to our loyal blog readers!

For those of you new to the lingo, Complements are stickers and die-cuts designed to complement, or complete, our creative collections. Each of our collections features a coordinating paper packet and other embellishments, like sequins, gems, and trims, all following the same color scheme and design esthetic. This makes it easy for you to find coordinating products for any given papercrafting project.

With the launch of our newest catalog, Seasonal Expressions 1, we have four new creative collections for you to pick from. Take a look at how we made use of each collection’s complements in the artwork below. Then, decide which one is your favorite for a chance to win it, FREE!

Chelsea Gardens

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Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #page #scrapbook #scrapbooking #complements #compliments #stickers #flowers #floral #butterflies #butterfly #layout #today #Chelsea #gardens #memorykeeping #memory #keeping #photos #album #feminine

Make Waves

Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #complement #compliment #sticker #embellish #embellishment #accessories #accessory #make #waves #floral #flowers #bashful #glacier #lagoon #pansy #something #beautiful #every #day #polkadots #dot #diy #card #cardmaking Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #complement #compliment #sticker #embellish #embellishment #accessories #accessory #make #waves #floral #flowers #bashful #glacier #lagoon #pansy #shine #mermaid #girl #girly #fish #sea #ocean #water #polkadots #dot #diy #card #cardmaking

You’ll notice that each card and scrapbook page was made without any stamping, using only our Complements for titles and embellishments. Cardmaking and scrapping can really be that easy!

Stargazer

Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #complement #compliment #sticker #accessory #embellish #embellishment #stargazer #star #gazer #space #galaxy #diy #card #cardmaking #oneofakind #kind #blue #sapphire #boy

Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #complement #compliment #sticker #accessory #embellish #embellishment #stargazer #star #gazer #space #galaxy #diy #page #layout #scrapbooking #scrapbook #photo #memorykeeping #memory #keeping #oneofakind #kind #blue #sapphire #red #yellow #lemon #primarycolors #primary #album #boy #girl

Gimme Some Sugar

complement day #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #card #cardmaking #friends #gimmesomesugar #gimme #some #sugar #kitchen #pink #flowers #floral #rustic #hearts #embellishment #embellish #complement #compliment #stickers #accessories #accessory #bashful #peacock #woodgrain #wood

complement day #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #page #layout #album #scrapbooking #scrapbook #photo #memory #keeping #girls #girly #friends #gimmesomesugar #gimme #some #sugar #kitchen #pink #flowers #floral #rustic #hearts #embellishment #embellish #complement #compliment #stickers #accessories #accessory #bashful #peacock #woodgrain #wood

Now that we’ve got your attention with our complements, it’s your turn to acknowledge something nice about them! In the comments below, tell us which collection is your favorite and why. For a chance to win it free, make sure you are also subscribed to this blog. It’s super easy—just push the blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar! 🙂 After you’ve complimented us, we’ll select 12 lucky winners to receive their choice of Complements, FREE! We’re giving away three sets of Complements from each new collection and you can only win one, so make sure to share this giveaway with your friends! Don’t delay, all qualifying entries must be submitted by 11 a.m. (MST) tomorrow, January 24.

We believe that compliments should be given away freely every day, so make the extra effort today and really spread that love and admiration you have for the people in your life by sharing some sincere praise.

Can’t wait to hear from you!


Recipes

4¼” x 5½” We’re In This Together Card (Horizontal)
X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ × 12″ Today Page
X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7230D Chelsea Gardens Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems, Z4154 Cream Ribbon, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” There Is Something Beautiful Card (Vertical)
X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4146 Make Waves Shimmer Trim

12″ × 12″ Shine Page
X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7227D Make Waves Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z4146 Make Waves Shimmer Trim, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” One of a Kind Card (Vertical)
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots

12″ × 12″ One of a Kind Page
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7229D Stargazer Coordinating Cardstock, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z4145 Light Grey RibbonZ1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Friends Card (Vertical)
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ × 12″ Fine & Dandy Page
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements, Z4153 Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes, Z4144 Peacock-stitched Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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