5 Quick Ways to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table!

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When preparing for Thanksgiving, it seems that one of the most often overlooked aspects of the dinner is the actual place setting. You think of the food—how to prepare it, how to get it all to cook on time, how to keep it all warm. You think of the pies—if it’s the day of the big event and you don’t have a pie, then you’re already too late. Then there’s the guest list—do you admit you’re actually related to all of those crazy people and have them over to your house? ☺

Who has the time to think of a place setting? We do! And we want to share with you how quickly you can put together a few pieces using our Basics Fundamental paper collection that will leave your guests feeling like you’ve been planning this for weeks!

The very first thing that will go on your table (after a tablecloth, if that’s your thing) is a placemat.

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Make a 12″ x 16″ placemat by sewing a 4½” x 12″ piece of coordinating paper to one of our 12″ x 12″ paper sheets. Use the extra ½” to overlap in the back for attaching.

Let your guests know where to sit with a personalized name place pumpkin!

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This little gourd is easier to make than it looks. First, cut 12 kidney shaped pieces of the same size from the paper of your choice. We created our own template and cut each piece by hand, each measuring approximately 3″ x 4½” (there are also plenty of Cricut® shapes that will fit the bill). Then, score each piece down the middle and start gluing them together, aligning the round edges and leaving the scored part exposed, creating a “book” of sorts.

(These two images are from a different project illustrating the same technique.)

Once all of your pieces are stacked and glued to each other, attach a small straw or dowel to the “binding” and wrap the pumpkin around it, gluing the top and bottom of your stack together, creating the pumpkin shape. Add some embellishments to the top, including your guest’s name, and you’re done!

Next, you will need a napkin band.

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Wrap some Kraft paper around your napkin and utensils to see how big of a piece you will need for your setting. For ours, we used a 2″ x 9″ piece that overlapped about 2″ in the back for easy securing with glue dots. We added a zip strip around the middle before attaching a 2½” circle with a thoughtful stamped sentiment for the guest. (Earn some extra brownie points here by making each sentiment unique to the person reading it!). At this point you can either leave your band as is, for that “minimalist” look, or add some embellishments.

Complete your guest’s dining experience with a few final touches.

Using our trusty Cricut® You Are Here Collection, we cut up a bunch of these 3½” leaves from silver foil, vellum, and patterned paper. Before cutting the foil, we embossed it with our leaves embossing folder to add some textured details. And to add a touch of color to our vellum leaves, we simple used a waterbrush with some watercolor paints. Before you’re ready to scatter these leaves, curl them slightly by wrapping them around your finger or another rounded edge.

Lastly, make a card!

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Make a card for your guests and write a message inside thanking them for coming to your home. Or, use this card as an opportunity for everyone at the table to consider what they are grateful for and have them write it down inside.

There you have it! Five quick ways to dress up your Thanksgiving table!

The holidays can be stressful when trying to make everything look and taste just right. We hope you take a few of these ideas and make them your own, taking some of that stress away and allowing you to enjoy the reason for the season a little bit more.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Recipes

 12″ x 16″ Placemat
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Sewing Machine

Name Place Pumpkin
Z4041 Falling for You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida™ LePen™ Journaling Pen, Pumpkin Template, Straw

 Napkin Band
B1570 My Acrylix® Your Thoughts Here Stamp Set, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Leaves
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush-Small Round, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shape:
You Are Here
3½” Icon-4 <a> (p. 21, #M27629BD)

4¼” x 4¼” “Grateful Heart” Card
B1569 My Acrylix® A Grateful Heart Stamp Set, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z2468 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 7 Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker

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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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Large-scale Inspiration in Small Spaces

One of the perks of having Convention in Salt Lake City this year was the tour of our home office. Those who got to visit our place kept telling us how inspiring it must be to work in such a gorgeous and innovative environment. Well folks, the truth is, it is! If you tuned in to our Facebook Live yesterday, you got an up-close look at the space where Close To My Heart artists create all of the memory keeping and papercrafting artwork you love. It’s a craft room dream come true. We want to show you how to take some of the ideas we used to create this atmosphere back to your own crafting nook so you, too, can be inspired!

The first step in this process is to find what actually inspires you. Look for something great that someone else has made and make it your own. Once you’ve chosen something you like, take a moment to really consider it. What is it at its core? As you think about it, is there anything that clues you into how it was made?

Large Scale Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperhearts #hearts #mobile #inspiration #inspiringcreativity #creativityTake a peak into the Close To My Heart foyer. One of the first things visitors see when they walk into our building is this impressive mobile. Created from hundreds of paper hearts in various sizes and shades of pink, this is a breathtaking paper creation.

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Because most of us don’t have fifty-foot ceilings to fit such a large décor piece, use this mobile as a starting point. Simplify the project. You can make a small version of this mobile or a banner of hearts that fits any space, including above a desk. The idea is the same—create a decorative piece with different shades of paper hearts, but with smaller and fewer pieces.

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Let’s take a look inside our art studio.

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These two images show a small sampling of the papercrafting pieces and inspirational quotes our artists have designed to foster an atmosphere of creativity.

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Here is that same quote found on the wall of our art studio. With a small frame and a handful of small paper flowers, you can showcase something that makes you feel creative while using little space.

You might not have a large space for working on your favorite projects, but you can use what’s around you to beautify your creative space in small ways. Large-scale sayings, banners, and other papercrating décor can be simplified to fit anywhere. You can see how all the parts and pieces came together to fill this desk space with elements of the papercrafting you saw in a much larger scale at the home office.

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Have you used large-scale inspiration to put together a crafting space that stimulates your creativity? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Christmas Album Inspiration

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is just around the corner, with Christmas only a little over two months away! To help you get your holiday cheer going (if it isn’t already!), we are sharing a Christmas album with you made entirely from patterns featured in our new how-to book, Make It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3.

 Use the images below as inspiration to make your own layouts. If you’d like to replicate them exactly, look to our supply list at the end of this post. You’ll see that you only need a handful of products, including one of each of the items in our Beary Christmas suite: one paper packet, one set of coordinating cardstock, one set of Complements, one set of dots, and one silver shimmer trim.

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Add stamped accents like this one to your pages with the October Stamp of the Month, Christmas Tunes

 

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Prepare now to preserve all of the wonderful memories the holidays have to offer.

If you plan on making this album, but maybe not until after the craziness of the season, make sure you grab your supplies while they are available! The October Stamp of the Month, featured in several of these pages, is available this month only, while the Beary Christmas suite is only available through December 31, while supplies last.

Keep up with us on the blog all season long to see all the fun things we have in store for you! We are going to do our darndest to make sure you are ready for the holidays this year!

Supply List:

S1710 My Acrylix® Christmas Tunes Stamp Set—only available October 1–31!
X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet
X7225D Beary Christmas Coordinating Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock (4 sheets)
Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
9043 Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 3

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Usher in a New Season

Earlier this year we showed you how to use the Cricut® Flower Market Collection for a springtime monogram. Today we have some artwork that just goes to show that this truly is a collection for all seasons! Take a look at this beautiful wreath celebrating the upcoming fall!

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Starting with a simple grapevine wreath, we decorated our piece with paper flowers and leaves in stunning fall colors. (Picking our colors was easy—we just turned to our brand new fall-themed paper packets from the Holiday Expressions idea book, which is available for purchase as of September 1.)

When working with Cricut® shapes in your décor, add dimension and life by curling and bending petals and leaves. Add embellishments, like buttons and ribbons, for more textures, details, and volume.

With its changing leaves in rich hues of reds, oranges, and yellows, fall is by far the most colorful season of the year to draw inspiration from. Bring some of those glowing vibrant tones into your home by creating some of your own décor pieces—it’s all about where your creativity takes you!


Recipe

Fall Wreath
Z4041 Falling for You—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, X5952 Nutmeg Cardstock, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z3385 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, 18″ Grapevine Wreath, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes: 
Flower Market
3″ Shift + Icon <J> (cut 8, p. 27, #MD6F435)
4½” <Chrsnthm> (cut 2, p. 47, #MFADEB0)

You Are Here
2½” Icon-4 <a> (cut 18, p. 21, #M27629BD)
2½” Shift + Icon-4 <A> (cut 18, p. 21, #M27629BD)

Numbers starting with #M specify the image number in Cricut Design Space™

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Vacation Scrapbook Album Inspiration

Whether you’ve already gone on your summer vacay or you’re still counting down the days, we want to share with you some inspiration for creating a cohesive vacation scrapbook album with our No Worries paper collection.

All of the layouts below use patterns from our Cherish™ how-to book, which is super handy because the book even shows you how to cut your paper! Use the images below as inspiration for making your own layouts, or, if you want to replicate the layouts exactly, check out our supply list at the end of this post. You’ll only need a handful of products, including one of each of the items in our No Worries suite: one paper packet and coordinating cardstock, Complements, sequins, and ribbon.

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Cherish: Unified Whole™ (p. 68)

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Cherish: Echoes™ (p. 41, cut both I pieces as 5″ x 6 ½”)

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Cherish: Balanced Blocks™ (p. 105)

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Cherish: Puzzle Junkie™ (p. 113)

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Cherish: Color Celebration™ (p. 30)

You’ll notice that we made a few slight alterations to some of the accent pieces, but with the patterns as an anchor, it’s easy to make a few modifications to fit your own aesthetic. That’s the joy of scrapbook patterns—you have a place to start, but you can modify anything as you go along!

We hope this artwork has inspired you to document your vacation memories. If you’re not planning on making these layouts soon, make sure to get your Cherish™ how-to book pronto because it’s only available until the end of July, while supplies last! And while you’re at it, be sure to pick up a scrapbook album, too! Remember that during June you can buy one My Legacy™ album and get a second one half off! It’s a great time to snag an album that you know you’ll fill with vacation photos!

So tell us—where are your vacay plans taking you this summer? Share in the comments below!

Supply List:

No Worries Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts
No Worries Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
No Worries Paper Packet
No Worries Coordinating Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
VersaMark™ Ink Pad
No Worries Complements
White Burlap Ribbon
No Worries Sequins
Cherish™


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Smile Layout
Cherish: Unified™
Z3337 No Worries Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7220B No Worries Paper Packet, X7220D No Worries Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2875 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7220C No Worries Complements, Z3322 No Worries Sequins, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ Family Layout
Cherish: Echoes™
Z3337 No Worries Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3336 No Worries Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7220B No Worries Paper Packet, X7220D No Worries Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2875 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7220C No Worries Complements, Z3322 No Worries Sequins, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ Now the Real Fun Begins Layout
Cherish: Balanced Blocks™ 
Z3337 No Worries Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3336 No Worries Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin CutsX7220B No Worries Paper Packet, X7220D No Worries Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2875 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7220C No Worries Complements, Z3322 White Burlap Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ Together Under the Sun Layout
Cherish: Puzzle Junkie™
Z3337 No Worries Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3336 No Worries Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7220B No Worries Paper Packet, X7220D No Worries Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2875 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7220C No Worries Complements, Z3322 No Worries Sequins, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ Relax Layout
Cherish: Color Celebration™
Z3337 No Worries Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3336 No Worries Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin CutsX7220B No Worries Paper Packet, X7220D No Worries Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2875 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink PadX7220C No Worries Complements, Z3322 No Worries Sequins, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon

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This Unicorn Party Takes the Cake!

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We’ve got an extra special treat for you today! We’ve paired up with Sunny Hintze, owner of Sunny Days Cakes and winner of Food Network’s “Cake Wars,” to bring you some inspiration for throwing a unicorn-themed birthday party!

Unicorn birthday cakes are all the rage right now, and we currently have a unicorn-themed paper collection called Little Dreamer…so it was a match made in heaven! 🙂

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Sunny took inspiration from our Little Dreamer collection to create her incredible cake: The colors match our Little Dreamer color palette, the multi-colored horn looks just like the horns on our little unicorns, and she even created edible pieces that look like our Complements! See the little banners and glitter hearts and flowers? It’s amazing!

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To send this cake over the moon, she used Mod Podge to add Little Dreamer papersComplements, and gems to the board used for the base of the cake, and finished it off by wrapping the edge with our white & gold ribbon.

And if you think this cake looks magical, let us tell you, it tasted magical, too! An amazing cake is absolutely essential for any birthday party, and Sunny hit this one out of the park!

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What’s another party essential? Great decorations, of course! To mix up your banner game, try layering a circle banner above a pennant banner, like we did here. This works especially well when you have a large blank wall to decorate.

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Another party tip is to give your young guests something to play with that ties into the theme of the party, like these magical wands. Simply cut stars out of white glitter paper using your Cricut® machine, and then hot glue them onto long sucker sticks with some ribbons. The soft colors from our Whimsy ribbon pack make a great match for the Little Dreamer collection.

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An easy way to add some accents to your party set-up is to frame our pocket cards. The Little Dreamer paper packet comes with two sheets of 3” x 4” and 4” x 6” pocket cards that you can cut apart for pocket scrapbooking. Framing a few of these cards is an easy way to add cute accents to your table, and they already perfectly match your other party décor—it’s a win-win!

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Whatever goodies you choose to make available, try adding cute little tags to your jars and containers. You can label them if you have multiple foods for guests to choose from, and really, tags just make everything a bit more magical! 😊

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And as one last final tip, spice up plain paper treat baggies with some patterned paper and matching Complements and gems! To make your baggies look especially polished, attach zip strips to the tops of the baggies.

What other tips do you have for throwing a stellar birthday party? Tell us in the comments below!

Sunny Hintze is located in Eagle Mountain, Utah. She is also going to launch a line of unicorn cake kits soon—how awesome is that? For more information about Sunny Days Cakes and her unicorn cake kits, visit her Facebook page.


Recipes

Circle Banner
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Sewing Machine, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1 3/4″ Shift+Border <TeamWork> (cut multiple, p. 83)

Pennant Banner
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, X7219D Little Dreamer Coordinating Cardstock, Z3216 White Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
4 1/2″ Photo Mat 1 <y> (cut multiple, p. 53)

Wands
Z3237 White Glitter Paper, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Sucker Sticks

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
3″ Icon <m> (cut 10, p. 74)

Frame
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Frame

Candy Cane Jar Tag
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
2 1/4″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <TeamWork> (p. 83)

Treat Bags
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems

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Some Kinda Wonderful—Two Ways!

Some Kinda Wonderful is a whimsical, playful paper collection with bright colors and unique designs. Though you may initially look at it and think “little girl,” these papers and embellishments can be paired with all sorts of other photos as well! It really is some kinda wonderful! 😉

Some Kinda Wonderful paper collection #closetomyheart #ctmh #somekindawonderful #bestfriends #scrapbooking #inspiration

Here we have photos of college besties getting together to surprise their friend on her birthday. It’d also be super cute to use this collection with photos from any girls trip, like a trip to the spa or the mall.

Some Kinda Wonderful paper collection #closetomyheart #ctmh #somekindawonderful #bestfriends #brothers #boy #scrapbooking #inspiration

On the flip side, this collection also has colors that work well for photos of boys at any age—including black glitter die-cuts.

All we can say is, there’s a whole lotta potential in this one paper collection!

Which of the two layouts is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Friends Layout
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, X7217C Some Kinda Wonderful Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots

12″ x 12″ Happy Today Layout
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7217C Some Kinda Wonderful Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3216 White Twine

 
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Tags, Cards, and Advent Calendars—Oh My!

Gift-giving is about more than just getting the perfect gift for someone. It’s about showing someone you care. That’s why we’re big fans of pairing gifts with handmade cards or tags—they show those you love that you took time to make their gift extra special.

We know the holiday season can get busy, so we’ve made handmade easy with our Cut Above™ card and tag kits. These kits require no measuring or cutting. You simply stamp on a holiday sentiment of your choice and then follow instructions for attaching the pieces together.

Christmas gift tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #Christmastag #diy

Of course, like any of our kits, you can also take the artwork in any direction you like! Here we typed a “punny” message to play off of our gift. We also added some grey stars and sparkles to personalize it even more!

Christmas gift tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #Christmastag #diy

And since our Art Studio is just brimming with creativity, they had a lot of fun creating this advent calendar using some leftover card and tag pieces.

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar #closetomyheart #ctmh #adventcalendar #Christmas #countdown #paper

To create the calendar, the artists added the card and tag pieces to envelopes that were cut using our Cricut® Artbooking collection.

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar #closetomyheart #ctmh #adventcalendar #Christmas #countdown #paper

Using our My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet stamp set, they added numbers to the gold foil accent pieces. Isn’t it amazing what some scraps of paper and a little creativity can create? This advent calendar really shows how truly beautiful the patterns, shapes, and textures of the Cut Above™ holiday kits are, but of course you could create it with any holiday paper scraps you have.

Make this holiday special by adding your own personal touch with our Cut Above™ holiday card and tag kits. We know you’ll love giving something handmade!

Recipes

Soda Gift Tag
D1701 My Acrylix® Plan On It Stamp Set, Z4025 Cut Above™ ‘Tis the Season Tag Kit, Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Advent Calendar
E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet Stamp Set, Z4018 Cut Above™ ‘Tis the Season Card Kit (qty. 2), Z4025 ‘Tis the Season Tag Kit, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Hole Punch, Cork Board

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
6″ Shift+Photo Mat 2 (cut 12, p. 43)
6″ Shift+Photo Mat 2 (cut 12, p. 44)

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