Sparkle & Shine with Stickles™ Glitter Gels!

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One of the most exciting things about the onset of Autumn here in Utah is the first frost of the season. It’s magical to wake up to a thin layer of white, like the world’s been given a beautiful coat of shimmer! We wanted to show you a quick and easy way to capture some of that Autumnal sparkle in your projects using Stickles™ Glitter Gel!

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Stickles™ Glitter Gel is easy to spread, but you can also build it on a smaller area to create a more 3-dimensional look. We carry ten different colors of gels, giving you a wide variety of hues to choose from. Each bottle of Stickles™ Glitter Gel has a fine tip so you can apply it with ease and precision.

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This Halloween-themed layout features many eye-catching elements created by different applications of Stickles™ Glitter Gel. First of all, take a closer look at the cobwebs in each corner. We’ve spread the gel over the paper in a thin layer to make the spider webs glisten.

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Tip: To apply a thin layer of glitter gel to your project, squeeze a small amount onto a VersaMat™ and use a flat waterbrush to spread the gel gently over the desired area. If you don’t have a waterbrush handy, quick dabs with your fingers will work, too!

We’ve used this same spreading technique to apply thin layers of glitter on the white alphabet foam stickers, the ends of the candy wrapper, and the various stars throughout the layout. These sparkle spots help draw the eye throughout the layout and help you make your project even more personal as you make the glitter gel work for you!

For a more 3-D feel, we’ve added multiple layers of glitter gel to build up dimension on the frog’s crown, the dog’s nose, and the bat’s wings, as well as a few dots throughout the page. If you’re hoping to capture this more 3-dimensional look, there are a couple different techniques you can try.

One is to apply it in a thick layer over a small area, as you can see with the dots throughout the layout. Stickles™ Glitter Gel will compact as it dries, so you won’t end up with the same height you had when you first applied it to your project. However, when it is applied over a smaller area, it retains more of its initial height and 3-dimensional feel.

When you want that same dimension over a larger area, you will want to apply multiple layers of the gel, keeping each layer thin, and allowing them to dry before adding a new layer. It’s important to allow the gel to fully dry before you apply another layer on top, otherwise it will take much longer to complete your project, and you may end up with smeared glitter gel.

 

Look at how the Stickles™ Glitter Gel really shines on this adorable Halloween card. You can see that we’ve used thicker applications on the witch owl’s hat and the crescent moon, with a thin border at the bottom of the Pebble piece.

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Stickles Glitter Gel #ctmh #closetomyheart #stickles #glittergel #spooktacular #halloween #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

Whether you’re using it as a 3-D element or some well-placed bling, Stickles™ Glitter Gels are a great tool for adding pizzazz to any project!

We love working with glitter gel, and we can’t wait to see how you incorporate it into your own creations! Do you have any ideas about how to use Stickles™? Comment below and tell us all about it!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Happy Haunting Layout
CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6031 Green Apple Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6033 Paprika Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4088 White Alphabet Foam Stickers, Z3561 Black Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3563 Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3554 Pink Taffeta Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3562 Silver Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

4¼” x 5½” Happy Halloween Card (Vertical)
CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Packet, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3561 Black Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3562 Silver Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z697 Round Sponge, Z2060 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut Design Space™ Basic Shapes

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Easy Ways to Dress Up Halloween Treats!

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Halloween is creeping up on us, and if you’re not ready for it, things could get scary fast! If you still have a few treats to prepare, perhaps for your friends, coworkers, or those special kiddos in your life, we have three quick and easy ways to help you dress them up!

Let’s begin with tags.

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Large tags are an easy way to turn a treat into something even more special. This spooktacular 3″ x 4″ tag is one of six tags featured in our Spooktacular Halloween workshop. These simple but adorable tags come together with just a few pieces of paper, a little bit of stamping, and some markers. For complete step-by-step instructions, click here to view the Spooktacular Workshop Guide (no purchase necessary 🙂 ).

Some of us are a bit busier than others and want something that comes together even more quickly than a handcrafted tag. How does a ready-made container from one of our incredible Cricut® collections sound?

treat-box

Boo-tiful little treat boxes, like this one, take minutes to cut, assemble, and embellish. If you’re looking for that handcrafted experience—for yourself and the recipient of the treat—then the Artiste collection is a great place to get started. (Visit Accessing All 13 Close To My Heart Cricut® Collections for information on how to gain access to this and other great shapes.)

This last treat dress-up we have to share with you is intended for those extra-special treats that you enjoy giving out. How many of you have special little trick-or-treaters that either start their evening or end their night with a knock at your door? It’s pretty common to make something with a little bit more love for these special little ones.

Whatever it is you’re giving-out as a treat, a decorated paper giftbag can usually carry it.

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If you want to keep the treat concealed to add to the element of surprise, let us show you how to make a removable lid for a paper bag of any size.

First, determine the size of giftbag your treat(s) will require. Decorate the front of your bag as much as you like, but keep in mind that the top 2″ will be covered by the lid.

To make the lid….

  1. Measure the size of the bag’s base. The bag pictured here has a 5¼” x 3″ base.
  2. Using a piece of paper that is large enough, measure and cut a rectangle that is 3″ wider and 3″ longer than the base of your bag. For our bag, we cut an 8¼” x 6″ piece.
  3. With a bonefolder, score your paper 1½” from the edges. Use the following image as a guide:giftbag-lid-step-3
  4. Insert your paper vertically into your paper trimmer, and cut along the score lines, leaving about ¾” uncut in all inside corners.giftbag-lid-step-4
  5. Fold along the score lines to create the lid shape and glue the corners.giftbag-lid-step-5agiftbag-lid-step-5b
  6. Once your lid is assembled, add any embellishments that you’d like! We kept it simple and added nothing more than a zip strip along the bottom. When you’re done, fill your giftbag and slide the lid on.giftbag-lid-step-6

Celebrate Halloween, and any other treat-worthy occasion, in style! Don’t settle for simple treats when you can make them Fa-BOO-lous! 😉


Recipes:

3″ x 4″ Pirate Bunny Tag
CC10191 Frightful Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Packet, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2480 Orange TriBlend™ Marker, Z2492 Purple TriBlend™ Marker, Z3516 Black Journaling Pen (.03), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting Machine, Hole Punch

3¼” x 4¼” x 1¾” Treat Box
CC10190 My Acrylix® Frightful Friends Stamp Set, D1875 My Acrylix® Fa-BOO-lous Halloween Stamp Set, CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3568 Black Velvet Ribbon, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
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Gift Bag Lid
CC10191 Frightful Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC10194 Spooktacular Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6031 Green Apple Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6513 Green Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z2483 Light Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z3561 Black Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots, Die-cutting Machine, Gift Bag

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TriBlend™ Markers with a Printable Chart

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One of our favorite new products from our Core Products Catalog are the TriBlend™ markers. Inside every marker is a perfect gradation of colors, from light to dark, delivered through three separate fine bullet nibs. The alcohol-based ink is designed to blend seamlessly for mixing and layering colors. What’s not to love?

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We put these trusty markers to work with our Spooktacular collection and just love the results! Take a look!

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Can you spot all the different ways markers were used in this page?

Let’s start with the title.

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Using all three shades of the Purple TriBlend™ Marker we triple blended on a White Daisy cardstock Cricut® cut title. The pieces were colored first and then attached to the page.

To avoid getting ink on your hands as you apply color, we recommend you begin at the top of a piece and work your way down. Start with the top color, then add the second, slightly overlapping with the first, and then apply the third color, slightly overlapping with the second.

To achieve a more blended and seamless look, apply the layered portions of the ink while they are still wet. Let the ink sit for a few minutes after coloring to give it a chance to move and blend together. If you allow the ink to set before layering for a blend, or if you apply more ink in the layered parts, there will be visible lines between the shades of color. If this lined look is what you’re hoping to achieve, allow your ink to dry before layering.

While we’re looking at the title, did you notice the orange glitter gems?

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If you’re in need of gems that match your artwork, look no further! Color the top of Silver Glitter Gems with any TriBlend™ marker to customize them to your needs.

Let’s move down the page now, to our spooky cat and dog friends.

You can see that the vampire cat was blended, and the dog was simply outlined. Knowing how to apply even just a small amount of color can make a big difference.

Let’s take a quick look at this “happy Halloween” card.

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This cute witchy owl was colored with two of the three shades of the Purple TriBlend™ Marker. His broom, made up of just a few lines, was colored with the Tan TriBlend™ Marker. All three shades of the purple marker were used to create a striped background.

Get creative as you color your art, and experiment with the different shades each of the TriBlend™ markers has to offer.

To help you do that, we’ve put together the following color reference chart:

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Download and print a free blank chart, here (here for AU/NZ), and add the three shades of each available marker color to its corresponding rectangle. You’ll notice that the Black marker does not have shade options, but we’ve added it to the list in order to have all the color options available for reference in one place.

**Make your chart last longer by printing it on cardstock rather than regular printer paper, and keep it handy as you’re making color and shade choices for your artwork. **

We love creating with our new TriBlend™ markers, and hope you do, too!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Happy Halloween Page
CC10191 Frightful Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Packet, X9007 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2492 Purple TriBlend™ Marker, Z2480 Orange TriBlend™ Marker, Z2498 True Black Marker, Z3516 Black Journaling Pen (.03), Z3513 Pewter Journaling Pen (.03), Cricut® Complete Creativity Collection, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Complete Creativity
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3″ x 4″ Happy Halloween Card
CC10191 Frightful Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Packet, X9007 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2482 Citrus TriBlend™ Marker, Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2492 Purple TriBlend™ Marker, Z2477 Tan TriBlend™ Marker, Z4181 Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Die-cutting Machine

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The Tooth Fairy’s Other Job (with Free Matchbox Template)

We all have a pretty good grasp on what the Tooth Fairy’s primary job entails. A child loses a tooth, leaves it under their pillow at night, and then, while the child is soundly asleep, the Tooth Fairy magically appears to collect the tooth and replaces it with a prize. But, she can do so much more!

Being in the tooth business, one of the Tooth Fairy’s other jobs is to help us keep our teeth sparkly and clean. To do this, the Tooth Fairy not only will trade prizes for lost teeth, but also for candies and treats. If your little ones are planning on doing some trick-or-treating this week, considering leaving some of their stash out at the end of the night for the local Tooth Fairy. Depending on her mood, who knows what prizes she will leave behind?! (An inside source has let us in on a little secret, too—the bigger the stash the better—so don’t be stingy! 🙂 )

Now, here’s a note for the local Tooth Fairies reading this. We understand that sometimes prizes get overlooked or even lost before children get the chance to find them. We’ve got an easy solution for you. Place your prize in a decorative matchbox, and make sure to leave a note!

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This little box is approximately 2″ x 1½” x ½”. Download the PDF template below and use it to make your very own!

Download Template.

matchbox-template

Here are some basic instructions, which are also printed on the downloadable PDF file, along with a few additional photos.

1.  Print and hand trim template

2.  Trace template on cardstock and patterned paper
     Tip: Use cardstock for the drawer and patterned paper for the accent and outer case.

3.  Cut along solid lines; score and fold along dotted lines
     Tip: Create score lines with a straight edge and a bone folder.

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4.  Fold the insides of the inside drawer in on themselves while tucking the tabs into the folds of the shorter siders
     Tip: Attach the sides with adhesive to keep them in place.

5.  Attach inside accent paper

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6.  Fold case and attach where it overlaps
     Tip: Wrap it around the drawer before attaching to ensure a good fit.

7.  Embellish as desired

If you are not in the tooth collecting business, this little box can certainly come in handy for all sorts of occasions. From Halloween to Christmas, birthdays to everyday treats—you just never know when you’ll need a cute little box for a small gift!


Recipe:

Tooth Fairy Matchbox
C1730 My Acrylix® Just a Little Something Stamp Set, X7238B Oh What Fun Paper Packet, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X5994 Ballerina Cardstock, X5990 Carolina Cardstock, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

3″ x 3″ Tooth Fairy Note
C1730 My Acrylix® Just a Little Something Stamp Set, X7235B Boutique Paper Packet, X5994 Ballerina Cardstock, X5990 Carolina Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6505 Carolina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4304 Loose Sequins—SilverZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

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Halloween Slime Kits with Shaker Window!

We are so excited to have the talented Amy Robison as a guest blogger today! Not only is she a contributing artist for Silhouette, but is also somewhat of an expert at designing children’s themed parties, gifts, and crafts. Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself!

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Hey! Amy Robison here! I’m so excited to share a fun party I created this week with the Shaker Windows & Confetti Thin Cuts, loose sequins, and Hello Pumpkin collection. If you follow me on Instagram stories then you already know that I am obsessed with the shaker windows after trying them out this week. I want to use them on everything! I already have a million ideas for Christmas. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, so I’ll calm down and focus on the party I’m sharing today— a slime making party. If you’re like me, then you hate this slime craze that has been going on for a few years. (It’s the worst!) Who started this? haha! My kids still love it though, so I decided that I just have to embrace it occasionally. Plus, how perfect is it for a Halloween party?

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I started out by designing a few characters I could use with the shaker windows that would be festive for the holiday. I’m loving their simplicity and how they turned out. Once they were all designed, I added the shaker windows to each one. If you haven’t used the shaker windows before, I included a simple tutorial. They are a piece of cake and you’ll absolutely love them!

Shake Window Tutorial

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Step 1: Remove the outer foam ring leaving the middle square foam adhesive to use for other projects. (Such a genius design so all that empty space isn’t wasted.)

Step 2: Place the foam shaker window ring on your project. It is very sticky, so you know it will stay right where you put it!

Step 3: Fill with sequins, glitter, sprinkles or any other fun media. This loose sequins mix is so beautiful! I can’t get enough of it, and it’s available in gold too!

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Step 4: Remove the protective paper on the ring to reveal the adhesive.

 Step 5: Peel the protective film off of the acetate circle. Use washy tape to help peel it off. This was a little tip I learned from the Close to my Heart creative team. Such a huge help!

Step 6: Place the acetate sheet on top. Press down to make sure everything is sealed in place.

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Step 7: Using the Shaker Window Thin Cuts, cut out the finishing border in your choice of coordinating paper.

Step 8: Glue the border on top to finish.

Step 9: I taped a sucker stick to the back so that I could place them in my kits. These would be cute in gift baskets, too, as a tag to the recipient.

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Once I finished all the shaker window characters, I gathered the supplies for the slime kits. I used the Hello Pumpkin collection to wrap and embellish the supplies and containers to make them look more cohesive and “pretty” everything up a bit.

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Each kit has everything needed to make slime including fun sequins to mix inside to make it extra special. I love making each guest feel important and special. My guests are usually small children and I love the look on their faces when they see what is waiting on the table just for them. It’s the best and keeps me doing all these crazy parties.

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Have you used the shaker windows before? Hopefully I have sparked some ideas of fun new ways you can use them in your next project.

Thank you Amy for all of your creative ideas! Please show our new friend some love in the comments below!

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Halloween Treats with Hello Pumpkin

Halloween Treats with Hello Pumpkin #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #CTMHHelloPumpkin #HelloPumpkin #Halloween #treats #treatbags #diy #scrapbooking #pumpkin #spooky #toocutetospook #toocutetobescary #Halloweennight #happyHalloween #witchinghour #October

It’s finally October, and you know what that means—Halloween will be here before we know it! And what better way to capture the fun of this delightful holiday than with the light-hearted Hello Pumpkin collection! Just take a peek at these scrapbook layouts to see the brighter side of this spooky night.

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In addition to the overflowing assortment of bright colors, there is so much dimension found on every single page of these layouts! Photos are matted and framed with cardstock, glitter paper, and pocket cards. Some photos are layered with stickers. Complements are stacked, customized, and mixed with acrylic shapes. The magic is in the details!

 

 

And since everyone knows that Halloween is all about the goodies, take a look at these irresistible treat wrappers that you can make with this same collection:

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The trick to making these treats is to start them out flat; add stickers and stamped icons to your heart’s content and then wrap them around something tasty. Can you think of anyone who wouldn’t want one of these “too-cute-to-be-scary” treat bags?

For a complete list of materials, cutting diagrams, and assembly instructions for all of these projects, contact your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have one, let us help you find one! Simply click here, go to the What We Do menu and select Find a Consultant.

These Hello Pumpkin Halloween goodies are guaranteed to bring an extra touch of sweetness to your holiday celebrations!

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10 New Tools & Products to Add to Your Crafting Arsenal

2018 HE Cover

It’s an exciting time of year, folks! As promised, our Holiday Expressions idea book catalog was released just a few days ago and it is filled to the brim with new, cutting edge tools and products to add to your holiday and non-holiday crafting arsenal. We’ve gathered a few of our favorites for you below, but there just isn’t enough room to share “all the things,” so make sure to flip through the whole catalog so you don’t miss anything! 🙂

Love of Color

Never second-guess your color choices again with this new, inspirational color guide! Love of Color brings the exclusive Close To My Heart color palette to life with breathtaking artwork that illustrates how to create perfectly balanced color combinations. Organized by color, each spread focuses on an exclusive color shown in three different color schemes.

Pigment Pads

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We now have pigment ink options available in our patented Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads! This acid-free, fade-resistant pigment ink dries quickly and permanently on most papers and porous surfaces after heat-setting. Available in our full-size ink pads, the new pigment pads feature raised pads that are approximately 3¾” x 2½”—larger than average and easier to use. Available in Candy Apple, Pixie, Sapphire, Clover, Espresso, Black, and White Daisy.

Texture Pastes

Build dimensional textures right on your artwork with texture pastes! Available in opaque matte, transparent matte, and transparent gloss, these pastes can be used alone with a palette knife or paired with stencil sheets to create more intricate patterns.

Shimmer Brushes

We loooove the effects created by our clear and gold shimmer brushes so much that we now have them in several additional colors—Sugarplum, red, black, and Mint. Take a look at the video below to see them in action!

Shaker Window Kits

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Assembling a shaker window has never been easier! With these trusty tools, you are sure to get hooked on this throw-back trend!

Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti

Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti

Cuts a window and confetti shapes to use for a 2½” shaker window.

Gold and Silver Loose Sequins

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Add some sparkle and shine to those shaker windows.

Shaker Window Foam & Acetate

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New Thin Cuts

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From decorative borders, to fancy tags, snowflakes, and merry sentiments, we are sure you will want these new sets in your crafting toolbox!

Season of Joy Cricut® Collection

Prepare to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the dynamic shape designs in the new Season of Joy collection!

Season-of-Joy

This collection features over 45 images and projects, including several seasonal icons, titles, and sentiments, as well as a collection of 3-D projects that you can create after a few simple cuts on your Cricut® machine.

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Holiday Kitchen

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Because food plays such an important role in so many of our favorite holiday traditions, we couldn’t help but make another Cut Above® recipe kit—this time with some holiday flair! The Holiday Kitchen Cut Above® recipe kit includes everything you need to get all those recipes in one place together with the stories and memories that make them so special!

All Things Sugarplum

Sugarplum

There’s a new kid in town and it goes by the name Sugarplum—our 2018 Color of the Year! This exclusive shade will only be available for a limited time, so make sure you get it in all of its available forms: stamp pad, pigment pad, re-inker, cardstock, glitter paper, shimmer brush, and more!

Beautiful Soul

We are on a mission to change the lives of as many children as possible by restoring something that no child should be without—their smile.

Operation-Smile

In recent years, Close To My Heart has annually dedicated the proceeds of one stamp set to the efforts of Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgeries to repair cleft left lips and palates in children around the world. Starting with our new Holiday Expressions catalog, we are now dedicating one stamp set per catalog—that means three stamp sets a year—to this very worthy cause.

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Purchase this catalog’s Operation Smile™ stamp set, My Acrylix® Beautiful Soul, encourage others to do so, or simply get on our site and make a straight donation to Operation Smile™.

So what do you think of our 2018 Holiday Expressions line up? Which products are you just dying to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below!

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Preserving Holiday Memories

It’s that time of year again when the big holidays are stacked, one right after the other, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure they are as memorable and magical as we nostalgically remember them.

To help you on this quest, we encourage you to not just document everything with photos (but keep doing that!)—Take the time to also write about your experiences and the experiences of the people you share the holidays with.

Check out the following stunning layouts we’ve created, with intentionally heavy journaling, to preserve all of those holiday traditions and memories that require a little something more than a photo to remember.

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The first one up is Halloween. In just a few short weeks some of us will be dressing up, trick-or-treating, and carving pumpkins. Whatever your traditions and stories are, write them down to have to share later.

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Ever notice how food seems to bring people together? Write what it is about the holidays that make you feel so blessed and so grateful. Consider each dish and write about them. Why do you like them? Is there a special story associated with any of them? Perhaps there’s a recipe you want to remember or pass down.

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Thanksgiving is a feast for giving thanks. You may think there isn’t much to journal on this day, but take a real close look. There is food, special decorations (like the centerpiece example in our layout) and, of course, your people.

The people you share the holidays with have their own individual experiences of the same events and occasions. Take a little time to ask about their favorite traditions and memories and jot those down.

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This Christmas layout does just that. We’ve got one holiday with six unique perspectives.

These are just a few examples of how to incorporate lots of journaling into your layouts as a part of your artwork. As you scrapbook your holiday stories, remember why you even do so in the first place—for the preservation of memories, for you and for your family’s keeping.

As you enjoy your holidays, remember to tell your story!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Celebrate Halloween Layout
D1736 My Acrylix® Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7224D Cats & Bats Coordinating Cardstock, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, X7224C Cats & Bats Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Cricut Design Space™, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1½”, 2″, 2½”, 2¾”, 3″, 3¾” Title <i> (p. 18, M#46F6E)

Cricut Design Space™
¾” <font> “HALLOWEEN”
½” <font> “PUMPKIN PATCH,” “CARVING PUMPKINS,” “TRICK OR TREAT,” “SCHOOL COSTUME PARTY”

12″ x 12″ Blessed Life Layout
Z4041 Falling for You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Ink™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3234 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 3″, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ What’s Your Favorite Tradition
Z4047 Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4050 Picture My Life™ Cards—Beary Christmas, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Cricut Design Space™

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
3½” Shape <Holiday> (cut 6, p. 47, M#418092)
Tip: In Cricut Design Space™, unlock size restriction and make length 6½”

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Origami Cats & Bats

Trend alert! From runways to street wear, to wall art, jewelry, food, and even children’s toys—origami designs are everywhere! And since “origami” literally means the art of folding paper, we knew we had to get on board! If you’ve taken a look at our Cats & Bats collection, you’ll see that we’ve captured this style for your scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting project needs!


To help you embrace this trend even further, we made some Halloween origami art to encourage you to create something for your own space during this spooktacular time of year!

Cats & Bats Origami #ctmh #origami #trend #mobile #bats #cats&bats #papercrafting #walldecor

Inspired by our own paper designs, we found an origami bat tutorial that we just had to try! We started out with square pieces of paper and, true to the art of origami, didn’t use any cuts or adhesive.

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We made six of these batty pieces and attached them to a spray-painted branch with some string. Then we added a few bows made from ribbon and suspended the branch with more string—and that’s it!

Don’t miss out on this exciting craze! It’s fun and crafty and right up our alley! (Who doesn’t love playing with paper?)

Fold away and craft on!


Recipe

Bat Mobile
X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3216 White Twine, Black Spray Paint, Branch

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