Do-It-Yourself with the Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Spring is in full bloom and you’re itching for some new décor. Flowers and wreaths…designs that look bright, open, and airy… Instead of picking something up at the store, give your do-it-yourself prowess a try!Framed Monogram Wreath #ctmh #closetomyheart #monogram #wreath #neutral #diy #decor #Cricut #flowermarket #flower #rawwood #distressed #weathered #shabbychic #modernantique #antiquedThe framed monogram wreath we’re displaying today was made using our Cricut® Flower Market collection—ideal for springtime crafts! We set our wreath in a shadow box, but make your arrangement to suit your style and your space. Once you start working with the Flower Market collection, you might just find yourself branching out in your own direction! Instead of a wreath like ours, you might end up with a bouquet, or a smaller floral project. That’s the best part of DIY décor and our Cricut® collections—everything you make is customizable to your needs and liking! Choose how far your creativity will take you and start trimming with flowers that will last all season!

Before getting started, you have to select your colors. We chose neutral hues for our example décor to make it easy to add to any existing scheme. As you’re planning your project, also consider that using light and neutral color palettes can brighten up a room, making it feel more open and less cluttered.Wreath Up Close #ctmh #closetomyheart #wreath #monogrammedwreath #monogramwreath #monogram #neutral #antiqued #modernantique #shabbychic #distressed #distressingtechnique #diyOur wreath petals were made using White Daisy cardstock, our Champagne Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad, and a sponge.

If you’re a fan of the modern shabby chic style, we have a simple paper distressing technique that you have to try! Cut a small triangle out of your round sponge, ink it, and then dab off the excess ink on scrap paper (you want very little ink on your sponge). Now that your sponge is ready to go, rub the edges of the paper you are looking to distress and—ta-da!—you have paper leaves that are “weathered” and very chic!

DIY décor is definitely the way to go this spring and the Cricut® Flower Market collection is just bursting with ideas! Check out our Flower Market videos on YouTube for additional home décor suggestions and inspiration. Give them a try, experiment, and create wonderful things!

Have you made décor using any of our Cricut® collections? Share with us in the comments below!

Recipe

Framed Monogram Wreath
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2874 Champagne Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks ™ Stamp Pad, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z697 Round Sponge, Z1204 Bone Folder, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, 12″ x 15″ Pin Board Shadow Box

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1 ½” Icon <1> (cut 30, p. 1)
1″ Flower-2 <h> (cut 20, p. 26)
2 ¼” Shift + Title <S> (cut 2, p. 22)
3″ <font> “H”

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3 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home with Paper Wreaths

There are only 6 more days to purchase our Welcome Home wreath kit, which includes pre-cut pieces and instructions to create a beautiful paper succulent wreath.

The great thing about this paper wreath, apart from being super affordable, is that it can work in your home all year round! Usually store-bought wreaths are season-specific, but this one adds beauty to any part of your home any time of year.

Today we want to share with you three unique ideas for decorating your home with this homemade wreath. Choose your favorite, or try them all throughout the year!

1. Hang It on an Old Window Frame

3 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home with Paper Wreaths #succulentwreath #diywreath #paperwreath #crafting #diyhomedecor #homedecor #budget #ctmh #closetomyheart

If you love shabby chic, try hanging this wreath on a rustic window frame. You can place this window frame on an entry table or mantle and lean it against the wall, or you can just hang it up on any wall. Hang the wreath with some vintage-looking ribbons, like those in our Rustic Home ribbon pack, and you’ve got the perfect country look.

2. Add a Saying

3 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home with Paper Wreaths #succulentwreath #diywreath #paperwreath #crafting #diyhomedecor #homedecor #budget #ctmh #closetomyheart

If you love those wooden plaques that say things like “home sweet home” or “live laugh love,” try adding these sayings to wreaths instead. Hang them on wreath hooks, vintage knobs, coat hooks, or just straight on the wall in a row.

3. Personalize School Pictures

3 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home with Paper Wreaths #succulentwreath #diywreath #paperwreath #crafting #diyhomedecor #homedecor #budget #ctmh #closetomyheart

Hang a wreath above each kid’s school picture with his or her name. It’s a great way to personalize the standard school picture gallery in your home, and because these wreaths are so affordable, it’s totally reasonable to get one for each kid!

Which idea is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

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Creating Kindness Everywhere

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

To celebrate the launch of our Create Kindness campaign, we had everyone at the Home Office gather together and create cards from our Create Kindness card kit.

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

There’s nothing quite like good crafting and good food to bring everyone together. We had a blast!

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

After making our cards, we wanted to put them to good use—so we asked everyone to do an act of kindness for someone else and snap a picture of it. Here’s what we’ve got so far!

Someone’s gotten a good “snicker” from leaving candy bars and cards around the office…

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

…and one team decorated their manager’s office to welcome her back from vacation.

The kindness has spread beyond the office as well:

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

A daughter found a note from mom in her lunchbox.

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

Grandma got a balloon and handwritten card from her granddaughter.Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

A card-lover got more cards to add to her stash.

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

Friends got surprised with sweets and an equally sweet note.

Create a little more kindness in the world with our Create Kindness card kit! #closetomyheart #ctmh #createkindness #actsofkindness #service #inspiration #spreadkindness

And neighbors received extra produce with a little extra thoughtfulness.

We hope these acts of kindness show you how a little kindness can make someone feel special in big ways. These little cards are the perfect reminder that no act of kindness is too small to make a difference.

Show us how you’re creating kindness by sharing your photos using the hashtag #createkindness on social media. Together we can create a whole lot of smiles!

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New Fundamentals Papers Are Anything but Basic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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Display Tray Two Ways

Looking for a good crafting project to help you escape the summer heat? We’ve got just the thing to keep you busy in your air conditioned craft space for a quiet summer afternoon!

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideasMeet our display tray! The openings on the tray are just the right size for 3″ × 4″ Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards and photos.

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideas

To create a unique focal point, we cut a 4″ × 6″ photo in half and displayed it in two squares right in the center of the tray. It’s a great way to draw attention to one of your favorite photos.

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideasFor this display tray, we filled the center row with just pictures, which is a nice way of drawing the eye right to that row. We also added a couple of smaller square photos, too, adding to the balance of the whole project—plus they are just super cute!

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideas

To add a little extra charm to our pocket scrapbooking cards, we added accents from our Glacier Fundamental assortment, like this wooden arrow and the glittery triangle stickers.

This type of project comes together very quickly—you could easily have yours done in an afternoon. As an added bonus, you can recreate either one of the ideas we’ve shown with the products that are now available at a discount in the Display Tray Project Bundle (CC1131), which is part of the Flash Sale we have going on right now! This bundle has everything you need to recreate one of these projects. Want to recreate them both? Just get two! 🙂

Make sure to snatch this bundle before it’s gone—3:00 pm (MDT) on Monday, or while supplies last! Then pour yourself a nice cold glass of lemonade, grab your calendar, and carve out a special day to treat yourself with this fun home décor project.

Recipes

CC1131 Display Tray Project Bundle, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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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3 Ways to Create a Vision Board

Last March, we published a blog post with tips for how to create a vision board if you’ve never done it before. When it comes to how to get inspired, you can never have too many ideas, so we’ve put together a few more inspirational vision board ideas to get those wheels turning! 🙂

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

Probably the most obvious idea is to start with a basic cork bulletin board. What’s nice about this route is that you can move your vision board wherever you want whenever you want. All you need are straight pins or thumb tacks to attach photos, cards, and other bits of inspiration to your board.

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

For a more “outside-the-boxframe” approach, try creating a vision board without the board! 🙂 With some washi tape and a little ingenuity, you can create a vision “board” almost anywhere! We love this option because you can just keep adding to your vision board over time—walls are a huge canvas! Plus, since everything is just held up with washi tape, you can take them down and rearrange them whenever you please.

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

Our final idea for today is a nice mix of our two previous ideas: Use a magnetic board. Magnet boards come in all shapes and sizes, but they give you a space to work in that is a bit more defined than your wall. And when working with magnets, it’s super easy to rearrange your board as you see fit, and you don’t put any holes in your artwork and photos.

Which vision board speaks to you? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

Cork Bulletin Board
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3194 Picture My Life™ Love Your Selfie, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlays—Gold & Silver, Z3189 White and Gold Ribbon, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
6” Shift <Font> “B”

Washi Tape Wall
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages Z3194 Picture My Life™ Love Your Selfie, Z3102 Glacier Fundamental Assortment, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Z3211 Everyday Life™ Washi Tape

Magnet Board
Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3195 Picture My Life™ Our Story, Z3102 Glacier Fundamental Assortment, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set
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More Mixing and Matching Magic

Last week we shared a few pieces of artwork that showed you how nicely different paper packets work together, along with tips for how to mix them. Well, we’re at it again—this time with a lovely home décor piece that is both eye-catchingly elegant and sweetly simple:

Make this beautiful paper banner for your home. #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #diyhomedecor #paperbanner #diybanner

Can you name all the paper packets used here? Zoe certainly makes a standout performance, but the sharp-eyed among you will also be able to pick out the rich hues from Sangria and the soft patterns from Georgie. We’ve also mixed in some Eggplant and Juniper cardstock  for good measure. The end result is a paper garland that you can keep up year round.

Make this beautiful paper banner for your home. #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #diyhomedecor #paperbanner #diybanner

All of the yo-yo flower shapes were cut using the Cricut® Artiste collection and are simple to assemble following the instructions in the assembly booklet that comes with the collection. The flowers were then attached to a single piece of sturdy wrapping paper either directly or using 3-D foam tape to create the garland shape. After embellishing with a few playful sequins for that little bit of bling, the banner was hung inside a well-loved frame using Whisper thick twine.

Whether you’re just trying to use up the last papers from a favorite paper packet or exploring bold color combinations of your own creation, there are lots of ways to combine different paper packets to create beautiful artwork!

We’ve loved hearing your input on how you mix paper packets. Tell us in the comments which paper packets you’re going to try mixing next!

Recipe

X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection.

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
¾”, 1″ Card <i> (p. 48)
1 ½”, 2 ¼” Shift + 3D Object <P> (p. 50)
1 ½”, 2 ¼”, 2 ½”, Shift + Card <G> (p. 55)
2″ Accent 2 <Hallween> (p. 77)

*Real Dial Size

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Banner In a Jar

We’ve got a riddle for you: How is spring like papercrafting?

Give up?

Both make the world a brighter and more colorful place! And today’s project idea is a fun way to spread the joy of papercrafting. It’s an adorable “banner in a jar” kit:Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

It all starts with a simple jar. Naturally we topped it off with a colorful piece of paper from the Penelope paper packet and a length of white & gold ribbon, but the real charm comes from what’s inside!Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

Just take a look at that! Here’s what we’ve included:

  • Bright and cheery Penelope papers cut into pennant shapes using the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge
  • Letters spelling “Happy Spring,” which were cut from Pixie cardstock using the Cricut® Artistry cartridge
  • Penelope Complements
  • Playful Puffies
  • Bitty Sparkles
  • Thistle extra thick twine

Pre-cutting the pennant shapes and the letters means that the recipient of this gift just has to attach the letters to the pennant pieces, thread them onto the twine, and embellish! In just a few minutes they will end up with a fun banner like this one:Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

Not pictured: the bright smile on the proud crafter’s face!

Who do you know that could use a little ray of sunshine in the form of an easy-to-assemble papercrafting project? Start stuffing those jars—just be sure to leave a little room for a note of encouragement, love, or appreciation to go along with it!

Recipe

Happy Spring Banner
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X7207C Penelope Complements, Z3205 Playful Puffies, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
4″ Shift + Photo Mat 1 <Y>(p. 53, cut 11)

Artistry
2 ¾” <Font> “HAPPY SPRING”

The ribbon used on the jar is Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon.

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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A Fun Way to “Spruce” Up Your Valentine’s Day Décor

As a crafter, you’re always looking for new projects and new ideas. With Valentine’s Day coming up, here’s one we’ve fallen head over heels for: a heart tree!Learn how to make this adorable heart tree for Valentine's Day! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #decor #hearts

This would make a great accent piece for your living room, and if you made a few, you could make a really cute mantle display or centerpiece arrangement. These trees are super easy and affordable to make, especially since we’re going to show you how! We’ll even include some insider’s tips.

First, you’ll need to get a styrofoam tree (or trees!) and a bunch of ½” straight pins, which you can get from almost any craft store. Next, put your Cricut® to work cutting out hearts—a lot of them! ☺ We cut these hearts at 1 ½”. 2 sheets each of 4 colors of paper should be plenty to cover one tree.

Insider’s tip #1: You’ll want to turn the pressure up pretty high on your Cricut® machine when you cut the glitter paper.Learn how to make this adorable heart tree for Valentine's Day! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #decor #hearts

After you’ve cut all your hearts, flip your first heart upside down. Using a straight pin, attach the heart to the bottom of the tree: The curved part of the heart should be in line with the bottom of the tree, and the pin should be placed near the point of the heart. Continue this technique to create a row of hearts on the bottom of the tree. Let the hearts overlap slightly. Next, add another row just above your first. Focus on filling the gaps between the hearts and covering the pinheads from the first row. You can either make each row its own color or alternate colors within rows—it’s totally up to you! When you get to the top of the tree, glue the tips of the hearts together to create a point.

Insider’s tip #2: If you plan on saving your tree to use year after year, use styrofoam glue instead of or in addition to the straight pins. The tree may take longer to finish, but it will be less delicate.

And that’s it—we told you it was easy! 🙂 Now you’re ready to welcome this holiday of caring and sharing into your home and heart, and with that . . .

Insider’s tip #3: Love what you’ve created!

Recipe

Heart Tree
X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, Z1922 Pink Glitter Paper, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Styrofoam Tree, ½” Straight Pins, Styrofoam Glue (optional)

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 ½” Icon-1 (cut multiple, p. 35)

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