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

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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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Hot off the Press

Our new Annual Inspirations idea book has made its debut and with it so did some pretty remarkable new products! We are bursting at the seams with excitement and can’t wait for you to see why!

Base and Shade Stamp Set #CTMH #closetomyheart #baseandshade #base&shade #birdstamp #cardmaking #bird #branch

Take your stamping up a notch with one of our new base and shade stamp sets! This beautiful Thoughtful Bird, for example, layers three different stamps to create the intricate detail you see here. You can also get this set as a bundle with its coordinating Thin Cuts die, which makes trimming out the bird a cinch. This stamp set is one of many in the idea book that is sure to add flair to any crafting project!

      Thin Cuts - Block Alphabet #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincut #diecut #cuttlebug #alpha #alphabet #blockalphabet #blockalpha #font    Thin Cuts - Block Alphabet #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincut #alphabet #blockletters #letters #font #blockfont #blockalphabet #alpha

You’ve been asking for it and we listened! For the first time ever we have a Thin Cuts alphabet! Die-cut your letters and titles using your favorite papers: patterned paper, cardstock, glitter paper, foil paper, vellum…if it’s paper, cut it out!

Color of the Year #CTMH #Closetomyheart #coloroftheyear #bashful #pink #softpink #girl #papercrafting

And with no further ado, our exclusive new Color of the Year is Bashful! This beautiful soft pink hue will only be available for a limited time, so make sure to get it in all of its forms: dye and pigment stamp pads, re-inker, cardstock, and glitter paper. Keep your eyes open for this trendy color to pop up in some of our other products throughout the year, as well.

Cut Above® The Story Begins #ctmh #closetomyheart #cutabove #scrapbooking #babygirl #thestorybegins #layoutkit #scrapbookingkit #babyalbum #milestones #girlCut Above® The Story Begins #ctmh #closetomyheart #cutabove #scrapbooking #babygirl #hellobaby #layoutkit #scrapbookingkit #babyalbum #milestones

Cut Above® The Story Begins #ctmh #closetomyheart #cutabove #scrapbooking #babyboy #thestorybegins #layoutkit #scrapbookingkit #babyalbum #milestonesCut Above® The Story Begins #ctmh #closetomyheart #cutabove #scrapbooking #babyboy #hellobaby #layoutkit #scrapbookingkit #babyalbum #milestones

We have brand new baby boy and baby girl Cut Above® layout kits! Each of the The Story Begins layout kits give you pre-printed base pages and coordinating die-cut shapes to create 10 two-page layouts to help you preserve all the milestones you’ll want to remember. And if you want to add to this 10-layout album, we’ve got matching Picture My Life™ cards to help you supplement! The arrival of a new baby is the perfect time to start preserving your memories if you haven’t already.

Cricut Collection #youarehere #cricut #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #cardmaking #scrapbooking #travel #journey #outdoors

Going on an adventure? Our new You Are Here Cricut® collection is sure to have everything you need to document your travels! From outdoor escapades and family reunions to spa retreats and holiday outings, you’ll find shapes, fonts, and sentiments for every pit stop along the road of life!

To see what else we have in store for you this year, take a look at our new Annual Inspirations idea book!


Excited to try out a new product? Let us know in the comments below!

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From Jeanette: Life Is Worth Sharing

With the reveal of our new idea books, I’ve been feeling especially sentimental toward this company and all it stands for. My wish is that these books will become something you cherish and return to again and again throughout the coming year. As we do with all of our products, we’ve put our hearts and souls into these books, and I hope you can feel it. I know that when I flip through these crisp, colorful pages, I’m filled with a resurgence of why I work so hard to do what I do.

Why am I so passionate about what I do? I know I’ve been asked that question on more than one occasion, and I’m sure our Consultants have as well. To answer it, we released a video that explains the “why” of Close To My Heart. Please take a moment to watch this video that has become so very dear to me.

Isn’t that beautiful? I also believe life is worth sharing—the laughter and the tears that make up life’s cherished moments and become precious memories. And what better way to share these beautiful bits of life than through memory keeping?

I know that this video will resonate with many of you who share my passion for preserving memories. If it does, I invite you to join me in my mission to promote this wonderful method of memory keeping by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant. Now is a great time to take that leap! As of August 1, all new Consultants will receive a beautiful, redesigned New Consultant Kit*, which you can see below. This kit will give you all the necessities to get your Close To My Heart business up and running. You already have the passion and the skill for making and preserving memories—now it’s time to put it to work in a new way by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! Becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is more than choosing a career path. When you join our wonderful company, you join a family.

New Consultant Kit

For those of you who are already with us, thank you for making this company extraordinary. Thank you for the years of dedication you’ve already given and the years of dedication to come.

I hope that each of you who share my love for beautiful artwork and memory keeping will share this touching video. Email it to your family, tweet it to your followers, post it to Facebook, Instagram, and your blog. Let them know why you are passionate about what you do.

I can’t wait to see what this next chapter at Close To My Heart holds for all of us!

With love,

Jeanette

 

*contents may vary

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From Our Garden to Yours

When you see them on the cover of Seasonal Expressions 2 you will immediately fall in love. They have yet to sprout in your garden, but they can be popping up all over your craft room. Oh, the sweet, sweet flavor of STRAWBERRIES!

Seasonal Expressions 2 Strawberries

If you’ve got a green thumb and want the secrets of our papercrafted berry bliss, read on to satisfy your craving with these simple instructions:

1. Cut out the pieces.
Our adorable Paper Fundamentals make a great start for this project. The UV-coated patterns add a lifelike glossy sheen to the finished berries, making them look like they’ve just been picked from your strawberry patch.

The shapes are simple to cut and assemble using our Cricut® cartridges. For all the specifics, see the handy recipe below. We started with the strawberry box and topper from the Artiste cartridge, and then added a little extra greenery from the Art Philosophy cartridge to complete our fresh-off-the-vine look.

2. Ink the edges.
Our white-core cardstock is just the look we want . . . most of the time. In this case, we want nothing but bright, red juiciness. Ink up those edges with a color that matches your paper of choice. Here we’ve capitalized on Cranberry with a sponge dauber. We’ve also taken our Topiary leaves to the next level with some inking on the edges—it’s more magical than Miracle-Gro®!

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3. Fold the panels.
You’ll find in your Cricut® Artiste carrying case some handy assembly instructions to guide you as you put together many of our Artiste projects. Our strawberries are found on page 53.

Fold along the helpful tic marks to make individual panels. There’s no need to score beforehand—in fact, doing so would take away from the curvaceous shape of the fruit. Steer clear of sharp creases.

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4. Assemble the strawberries.
To construct that succulent strawberry shape, first secure the side tab with Glue Dots™ to create the “point” of the berry. Once that’s in place, pull up all other panels one by one, rounding rather than folding over, and secure on top with Glue Dots™.

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5. Ink the remaining white space.
There’s that white core again, peeking through your tic marks! Take an inky sponge dauber to those remaining white spaces to make this berry extra convincing.

6. Assemble leafy top and attach.
Shape some of your inked leaves by hand to give them dimension, then layer them on top of each other to your liking, attaching with Glue Dots™. Attach your blossom (a beautiful touch, don’t you think?) to your leaf cluster, then attach the entire topper to your little red beauty with (yep, you got it) Glue Dots™.

Strawberry with topper

Ta-da! There you have a summertime favorite so realistic it’ll make mouths water. If these aren’t a sweet idea, we don’t know what is.

Enjoy your harvest!

Recipe
Basket of Cricut® Strawberries
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
½”and ¾” Shift+Accent 2 ‹R› (cut several, p. 44)
1½”, 2″, and 2½” 3D Object ‹VlntnDay› (cut several, p. 72)
1¼”, 1½”, and 2″ Shift+3D Object ‹Valentne› (cut several, p. 72)
¾” and 1″ Shift+Accent 3 ‹F› (cut several, p. 54)

Art Philosophy
1″, 1¼”, and 1½” Shift+‹Leaf4› (cut several, p. 56)

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