31 Memories to Capture This December

From photos to journaling and everything in between, it’s no secret that at Close To My Heart we love and value all things to do with memory keeping. One approach that is especially popular this type of year is the photo-a-day method, where you take a photo every day based on a specific prompt for that day. With all of the magical moments that inevitably happen around the holidays, December is a perfect time to take on this style!

Days of December first page #ctmhdaysofdecember #minialbum #photoadayTo help you fully embrace this memory keeping method, we’ve had a beautiful 6″ x 8″ pocket-scrapbooking album designed especially for the upcoming season. With room for photos and journaling on every page, The Days of December album is specifically designed to capture each day of the month, from the first through the thirty-first.

Our goal with this album is to take the work out of memory keeping so that you are completely prepared to enjoy the memory making part of the season. In addition to providing instructions to create the entire album (check out all of the completed layouts here), we thought we could help you fill its pages as well! Here are 31 prompts we’ve come up with to inspire your journaling and photography this December.

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Use these prompts in order, one per day, or switch them up to make the list work for you! Whatever you do, enjoy the moments, make your memories, and then look back on them in a beautiful album time and time again.

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Assembling a Holiday Sparkle Shaker Card

Were any of you able to catch our Facebook live yesterday? If you did, you know that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around these parts. Yep, you heard right! For the month of October we have an impressive set of holiday shaker cards for you to make and send to all of your favorite people this coming season! The best part—they are so easy to make that you can probably assemble all 12 that come in one kit in less than an hour!

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These bright and festive Holiday Sparkle cards are part of our Cut Above® program, which means you get everything you need to assemble them in one convenient kit: printed card bases, die-cuts, stickers, loose sequins, window foam and acetate, envelopes, and easy-to-follow instructions—absolutely no cutting required! The detailed paper accents that we all love for our handmade cards are included right in your kit!

A shaker card, for those new to the idea, is a card that has a window compartment built into it that holds loose pieces, adding a little extra whimsy to the card design and a lot of fun for the recipient!

So how do the Holiday Sparkle cards come together? Take a look at the steps below to see just how easy it truly is to assemble these festive cards with their glistening windows!

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  1. The very first thing you’re going to do is lay one of the printed card bases flat on your working space. Do not fold the card base in half just yet. This will give you a flat surface to work with, which is especially helpful later when you’re adding the loose sequins.
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  2. Next, carefully remove the outer foam ring from one of the window foam circles and attach it to your card front, on top of the printed circle.
  1. Keeping your card base flat, add some of the loose sequins inside the circle frame you just created.

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  1. If you haven’t done so already, peel off the protective layer from the top of the foam tape ring to expose the adhesive.

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  1. Remove the protective film from one of the window acetate circles and lay it on top of the foam tape ring.
  1. The last step in assembling the shaker window is to hide the foam frame by layering a faux-stitched circle sticker on top of it.
  1. Now that your window is complete, all that is left is to embellish the card front as well as the envelopes using the included die-cuts, stickers, and any leftover sequins.

You’ll notice that we give you a solid circle of foam tape, not just the outer ring to use in the making of the window. The inside pieces are purposefully included, and pre-cut for your convenience. Use these pieces to attach some of your embellishments for even more dimension.

To add some holiday cheer to the inside of your cards, the My Acrylix® Love with All the Trimmings stamp set (CC10188) is a perfect companion to this card kit with its many classic seasonal sentiments and designs.

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So, what do you think?

With all of the time you’re saving using the Holiday Sparkle Cut Above® kit for your holiday cards this year, you’ll have more time to spend on some of your other holiday projects! But you better act fast! These kits and its supporting stamp set (Love with All the Trimmings) are only available until the end of the month, while supplies last. We’ve got a feeling that they are going to be flying off the shelf, so make sure to get yourself at least one kit while you still can!

Your loved ones will surely be impressed when they receive a Holiday Sparkle card and find out that it is handmade! They don’t have to know how easily it comes together—that can be our little secret!

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National Stamping Month Giveaway!

The party is not over yet, friends! There are still a few days left of National Stamping Month, and what better way to celebrate this creative outlet than with a giveaway that is sure to get you stamping your art out! ❤

First, and foremost, you can’t get your stamping started without a stamp—so we’re going to give you one! Five lucky winners will receive a set of our My Acrylix® Holiday Borders, free!!

Whatever the occasion, mix and match these versatile, holiday-inspired borders with patterned papers, Complements, embellishments, or even each other, to create delightful borders, backgrounds, and textures.

To go along with this stamp set, those same five winners will also receive the recommended 1″ x 6½” My Acrylix® block on which to mount their new borders! (Lucky stampers! 🙂 )

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Now lets, see…we’ve got a stamp set, a block to mount the stamps on….what else is there?

How about a Stamping Starter Kit that includes a Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad, one My Acrylix® spritz cleaner and stamp scrubber, and the popular 2″ x 2″ My Acrylix® block?Holiday Borders #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #nsm #stamping #papercrafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #borders #holidayborders #MyAcrylix®HolidayBorders #giveaway #contest #free #Halloween #Christmas #Thanksgiving #fall #autumn

Only one of the five winners, the luckiest of the lucky, will also receive this kit along with the stamp set and acrylic block.

To enter the giveaway, make sure you’re subscribed to this blog and then tell us in the comments below what you’re looking forward to creating this upcoming holiday season, even if it’s not with paper. Our five winners will be selected tomorrow, September 26, at 3:00 p.m. MDT, and notified via e-mail (they will not get posted here).

But, wait—there’s more! Make sure to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see how else we’re celebrating National Stamping Month!

May the stamps be ever in your favor!

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5 DIY Gift Tag Ideas

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We can think of no better way to dress up a gift than with a personalized handmade tag, so we came up with a quick list of ideas to help up your tag-making game this season!

1. Cricut® Shapes
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Select a few of your favorite shapes and let your Cricut® machine do the rest! If you need to make a large number of gift tags, using a Cricut® shape is an easy way to get it done.

2. Pocket Cards
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If you have extra pocket cards, try trimming them into a gift tag. Your pocket cards can become the base paper or even the sentiment!

3. Cut Above® Tag Kit
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This kit was designed for tag making! Pair these tags with different ribbons, embellishments, and sentiments to change their original look, and voila! You have beautifully unique tags for the beautifully unique people receiving them.

4. Complements
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Make use of any extra complements you have by sticking them on gift tags!

5. Stamping on Scraps
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We all have scraps of paper lying around from bigger projects we’ve worked on in preparation for the holidays. Instead of throwing it away (or hoarding it! J) turn your scraps into little gift tags with some fun stamps and ribbons!

Who knew that so much cuteness could fit into such small pieces of paper! Make your gift giving that much more special this season with some personalized handmade tags!

Share your results with us in the comments below!


Recipe:

Gift Tags
Z4043 Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, B1574 My Acrylix® I Made This Stamp Set, C1692 My Acrylix® The Thought that Counts Stamp Set, D1744 My Acrylix® Season of Sweetness Stamp Set, Z4048 Cut Above® Card Kit—Merry Everything, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, Z4050 Picture My Life™ Cards—Beary Christmas, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4012 Black Shimmer Ribbon, Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3216 White Twine, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Cricut® City Sidewalks Digital Collection, Die-cutting Machine, Hole Punch

Cricut Shapes:
Artistry
2¾” <Thksgvng> (p. 45, #MF644C1)

City Sidewalks (no longer for sale)
1¼” Snowflake (#MF644C1)
1¾” Holly (#MF647BC)

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Holiday Favorites

As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of our current idea book, Holiday Expressions. And, even though it may a bit taboo to choose a favorite child, we went for it and picked out a few of our favorite products from this catalog to show you just how versatile they really are and that they can be used outside of the holiday season.

First up, the Tree Line Border Thin Cuts.

It’s easy to associate pine trees with Christmas, the majority of us have one dominating our living rooms for the entire month of December (or more!) every year. But, lets not forget that before they got all dressed up for the party these beautiful trees had a more rustic existence.

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These tree line dies can be used in multiple ways to invoke a natural scene. Their design allows for you to use one border at a time or to stack the die cuts, as we’ve done here, creating a more dimensional setting.

Another favorite is the My Acrylix® Oh Snap! stamp set.

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If you’re reading this post, you’re hanging with the crowd that doesn’t need a holiday to preserve memories. We’re all about capturing life’s moments, no matter the season.

Next up, we chose a more subtle and less obvious embellishment—the Cats & Bats Dots.

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We have black and Emerald enamel dots. Yes, they work perfectly with this year’s Halloween collection, but these little guys are a force to be reckoned with all on their own. Embellishments like these are great to have on hand to add a splash of color any time you need it. And the low price means you can really stock up on these babies and use them on project after project!

Find merriment in anything and everything with our Merry Everything Cut Above® tag kit.

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Gifts should be shared all year round!

For the last highlight, even though we love all of our children the same, take a look at what we did with our leaf embossing folder below.

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We love so many of our products that will be retiring in just a few weeks, it was difficult to list just a few. Take advantage of your opportunity to snatch up these items while you still can and remember that just because they are featured in the Holiday Expressions idea book doesn’t mean you can’t use them outside of the holidays. Revisit your catalog and take a look at those products again, thinking outside the holiday gift box!

Have you used any of our holiday products in a non-holiday way? Share your creative ideas below! We love hearing from you!


Recipes

4¼” x 5½” Birthday Wishes Card (Vertical)
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
3″ Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #MD389A5)

5″ x 7″Reach for the Stars Frame
B1565 My Acrylix® A New Adventure Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Die-cutting Machine

12″ x 12″ Capture Life Today Page
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2¼” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #mD389A5)

5″ x 5″ Smiles Mini Album
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3089 Grey Gems, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack

12″ x 12″ Happy Place Page
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5969 Emerald Cardstock, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Treat Bag Topper
D1731 My Acrylix® Eat Cate & Celebrate Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Merry Everything Gifts
M1188 My Acrylix® Celebrate Stamp Set, C1684 My Acrylix® Inked with Love Stamp Set, Z4049 Cut Above® Tag Kit—Merry Everything, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
2¾” Background <z> (cut 2, p. 31)

12″ x 12″ Home Layout
Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3: Pattern 12, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3357 Better Together Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Celebrate Card (Vertical)
D1731 My Acrylix® Eat Cake & Celebrate Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Embossing Machine, Sewing Machine

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12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

In the true spirit of Christmas, today on the blog we are excited to share this darling 12 days of service advent calendar using our handy dandy Flip Flaps™!

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The “windows” are designed to flip open and reveal previously decided upon acts of service to perform for a family member, friend, or someone in your community during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. (If you need help coming up with ideas for these acts, check out the list we came up with last month in 15 Ways to Share a Smile).

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The Flip Flaps were attached to the 12″ x 12″ paper first then the acts of service were attached underneath them, covering the adhesive strip of the Flip flap. Each act of service is printed on paper the size of its corresponding Flip Flap, so it can remain under wraps until it’s time to reveal it.

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We kept it simple and made the little tags on each window using the smallest die from the basic tags Thin Cuts. They were stamped with a Splash of Color to add the subtle Pebble background behind the Cranberry numbers from the Pen Pal Alphabet stamp set. The finished tag was then attached to the outside of the Flip Flaps and topped off with a knotted piece of twine.

And, because this calendar was created in a 12″ x 12″ format, it can be transferred from its frame into a scrapbook once you’re done using it! Not only that, you’ve got built in spaces right inside those Flip Flaps to add photos of the activities you participated in, turning this Christmas service countdown into a beautiful scrapbook layout.
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But how is it that those Flip Flaps are still flapping even though they are inside Memory Protectors™? Simple! We just used a craft knife to cut sections of the protectors out! This part can get tricky, because you don’t want to accidently cut your artwork—so here’s how to do it:

First—put your page inside the Memory Protector.

Second—with a pen, mark the four corners of each Flip Flap (about 1/8″ bigger for  easy movement when cut).

Third—remove your layout from the Memory Protector.

Fourth—connect the dots with your knife, using enough pressure to cut the front of the protector but not the back. To play it safe, put some scrap paper in your protector while cutting.

Last—clean off any excess pen marks with your My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner.

Make your Christmas a little extra special this year with a service advent calendar! Promoting the true spirit of the season, make this cherished holiday tradition one of your own.


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Twelve Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
C1691 My Acrylix® Beary Christmas—Cardmaking Stamp Set, B1560 My Acrylix® Christmas Stamps Stamp Set, D1733 My Acrylix® Splash of Color Stamp Set, B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3216 White Twine, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3234 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 3″, Z3230 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 4″, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1” <font> “Twelve Days of”

 

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Holiday Village

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The winter village on the cover of our Holiday Expressions idea book has been getting a lot of attention, SO we are breaking it down on the blog today for you to make one of your very own!

First things first—to replicate our little paper houses exactly, you will need 3 kraft tapered tote boxes, two 6″ and one 8″ like these:

When we assembled our village, these were readily available at one of our local craft stores, but we’ve found some similar options available online that you can use to get the same look (see the recipes’ below for the links).

Now, let’s take a look at how we transformed these boxes into festive holiday decorations!

 

9″ Sparkle House

Materials Needed:
X7225 Beary Christmas Paper Packet
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
X7224C Cats & Bats Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z3348 Thin Cuts—Scallop Border
Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
8″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use Beary Christmas pocket scrapbooking cards for roof
  2. Trim holly from Beary Christmas zip strip to attach to front windows
  3. Front door is a sticker from Cats & Bats Complements
  4. Use a gold pearl as doorknob
  5. Dovetail “SPARKLE” sticker from Silver & Gold Complements and attach above door
  6. Fold chimney, cut to fit on rooftop, and attach with thin 3-D foam tape
  7. Attach cotton ball to roof inside chimney and pull up to create “smoke”

 

7″ Shine House

Materials Needed:
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z3312 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z3348 Thin Cuts—Scallop Border
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use scallop border Thin Cuts to create the shingled-roof look
  2. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from the Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  3. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  4. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape
  5. Side shutters are a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements

 

7″ Bright House

Materials Needed:
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  2. Draw a line with journaling pen to create double doors
  3. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  4. Embellish green tree with red glitter stars from Beary Christmas Complements
  5. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape

 

4½” Village Lamp Post

Materials Needed:
Z3366 Silver Foil Paper
1386 Black Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
1772 Glue Dots® Ultra-Thin Dots
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
4″ Black Dowel
Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
½” Shape <Hlloween> (cut 4, p. 43)
1″ Shape <Hlloween> (cut 2, p. 43)

Tips:

  1. Attach two 1″ silver foil paper circles to dowel by wrapping dowel with thin 3-D foam tape
  2. Attach silver foil circles to each other at top with glue dots
  3. Wrap black shimmer trim to one end of dowel
  4. Glue together four ½” black cardstock circles to form base
  5. Attach dowel to base with glue gun

 

Trees

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Materials Needed:
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet
X7225D Beary Christmas Paper Packet
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2¾”, 3½”, and 4″ Icon-2 <Christms> (cut 2, p. 48)

Tips:

  1. Trim stars and tree trunks off the Cricut® shapes
  2. Cut slit up the middle of tree shapes and slide them together to stand
  3. Color edges with marker

 

There you have it—our secrets to creating a paper winter wonderland! Please ask questions or share any tips of your own in the comments below!

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Quick Easter Basket Tags

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With April a skip and a hop away, it’s time to start thinking about Easter crafting! One fun project is to make cute name tags for your family’s baskets—and with our Cricut® collections, you can get adorable tags in a jiffy!

The daffodils, banners, and letters on these tags come from the latest of our Cricut® collections—Flower Market. The tag bases themselves comes from our Cricut® Artistry collection, which is filled with lots of other basic shapes for crafting. Combine the two collections, and you get a whole new world of possibilities!

Quick Easter basket tags #ctmh #closetomyheart #easter #crafting #diy #tags #cricut #decorYou can see how we layered these pieces on top of each other to create a tag with dimension. To finish the tag, simply punch a hole in the top, add some ribbon, and tie it to an Easter basket.

This quick project adds a personal touch to your Easter baskets, and you can use the tags time and time again!

What Easter crafts do you want to try out this year? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipe

Easter Name Tags
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 ¾” Shape <Holiday> (cut 3, p. 47)
2 ½” Shape <Holiday> (cut 3, p. 47)

Flower Market
1″ Flower-1 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
½” Shift+Flower-1 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
2 ¾” Flower-2 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
1 ¼” Shift+Title <Succulnt> (cut 3, p. 40)
½” <font> “ANNA JACK HALEY”

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Setting a St. Patrick’s Day Scene

This post was written by the talented Megan Hoeppner, who is the editor-in-chief for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, the weekly blogger and photographer for Gardner Village (a local shopping center), a writer for Brick Canvas (a local wellness center at Thanksgiving Point), a teacher for Creating Keepsakes Events, and contributor to Studio 5, a local lifestyle program in Utah. Give her some love in the comments, folks! 🙂

We have condensed the original blog post for brevity. To read the original, visit Megan’s blog

Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

This year I received a box of goodies from Close To My Heart, including a gorgeous assortment of paper offering a full spectrum of color, so I set to making paper chains.

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Once complete, I threaded them on a yardstick, which I hung above my table. My paper rainbow makes a nice St. Patrick’s Day decor element and also a fun photo backdrop for this year’s pics.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

Since I was feeling lucky and had some pretty new Close To My Heart products on hand to play with, I continued to set the stage with some table fun.

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First, I covered my kitchen table in kraft packing paper. Then I set to decorating. I framed each spot at the table using Close To My Heart’s gold shimmer trim and stamped our names using their My Acrylix® Framework Alphabet stamp set.

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Wanting our decorated table to serve two purposes—fun and memory keeping—I drew rainbows across each taped “place mat” so we could write what we feel lucky to have. I loved helping Maggie make her list. What a doll she is!

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Time for the fun! I gave Mags some colored pencils and let her color her rainbow in.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

I used Close To My Heart cardstock in three shades of green (Willow, Emerald, and Sweet Leaf) to create a little pop on my table. First, I cut cardstock hearts in small, medium, and large sizes, and folded the smaller two sizes in half to create a center crease.

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I then stitched along the crease to create the pieces of my clover. I pieced three heart stacks together to create a shamrock. A little stamping along the hand-drawn stem, and I was ready to welcome the luck o’ the Irish.

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I used the My Acrylix® Some Kinda Wonderful—Scrapbooking stamp set from Close To My Heart to create the #lucky tag.

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I love the end result. I will definitely snap pics to save it in my scrapbook.

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Since our sweet Lulu is too young to create a rainbow, she stamped a clover with her bitty thumb.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

Time to add our St. Patrick’s Day treats to make the table time complete.

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Oh, and I’ve found another way to use the 3-D clovers when our table is cleared. I’ll send a little luck on to others. I used the same Close To My Heart #lucky stamp, masking the outer frame around it.

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I stitched a vellum bag on the inside, creating a pocket for some chocolate coins.

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Speaking of gold coins, I created a few four leaf clover bowls from cardstock to hold my coins and other sweet treats.

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To create these, I first cut larger paper hearts, cut a slit, pulled the heart onto itself, and stapled it in place to create each clover petal.

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I then used a scrap of cardstock as a base and glued the petals in place.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

Once all four petals were in place, my clover dish was ready for its pot o’ gold!

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All in all, it was a fun crafternoon, making rainbows in our home. I look forward to pulling these pieces out year after year to make March a little more fun for my girls.

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Setting a St. Patrick's Day Table #meganhoeppner #ctmh #closetomyheart #stpatricksday #kidscrafts #table #placesetting #crafting #decor

May the luck of the Irish be with YOU this spring.

Cheers!

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