4 Reasons Why Our Cut Above® Layout Kits Will Make Your Life Easier

If you haven’t heard about our Cut Above® layout kits before, now is the perfect time to learn about them—because this month they’re 50% off! That means they’re just $7.48 USD each!

We have two different kits: Forever & Always and Little One. They come with instructions, base pages, pre-cut pieces, and stickers to complete a two-page scrapbooking layout—no cutting required! You also get two Memory Protectors™ for storing your finished pages.

As an added bonus, the kits also come with coordinating pocket scrapbooking cards and two divided Memory Protectors for any leftover photos you may have.

Here’s what the Forever & Always layout kit looks like when it’s all completed—and remember, you make all of these pages for $7.48!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

If saving big on an easy scrapbooking project isn’t enough to send you racing to your shopping cart, here are four more reasons why our Cut Above® layout kits will make your life easier:

1. You’ll save time.

And that means you’ll have more time to spend on other scrapbooking projects, learning new crafting techniques, or doing something else entirely! Check out this video to see how quickly the Little One kit comes together—you’ll be done in 15 minutes or less!

2. There is NO cutting . . . except cutting corners. 😉

No trimming, no fussy cutting, no cranking your die-cutting machine, no programming your Cricut®—aka less hassle for you! We know you love detailed paper accents though, so we just include those right in your kit! For example, take a look at the circle on the Little One layout with those pie-shaped pieces—creating something like that by hand takes a protractor… and a lot of time… and patience. And then you have the doilies on the Forever & Always layout. Sure, you can get that look with a Cricut®, but getting it in a kit saves you the time and hassle of cutting and cleaning up!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby3. They work for multiple occasions.

You might take a look at these kits and think “Well, I’m not getting married or having a baby anytime soon, so I don’t know what I’d do with them.”

Well stop that silliness, and open your mind to the world of possibilities! 😉 These kits can be used for more than just two occasions. Ready for some inspiration?

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

How about using the Forever & Always kit for anniversary photos?

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

Or using it for anybody you want to spend forever & always with, like family? We especially love these generational photos of grandma, daughter, and granddaughter.

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

And even though YOU may not be the one having a baby, the Little One kit is perfect for pictures of any little one (including toddlers and little kiddos!) in your life, be it niece, grandson, cousin, goddaughter—you name it!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

It’s even good for fur babies!

4. They make handmade easy.

Even though the base pages are printed and all the loose pieces are pre-cut, these layouts are still handmade—and you can tell! One thing that sets these pages apart from any store-bought, pre-designed scrapbooks is that they have dimension. To start off, you are attaching loose pieces and stickers to the pages, which already gives them dimension—but then you can also pop up any pieces you want with 3-D foam tape for even more personality!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or just looking for something new to try, these kits are sure to make your life a little bit easier. And at 50% off this month, they’re a total steal!

Have questions about our Cut Above® kits? Leave them in the comments below, and we’ll give you answers!

 

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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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Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, now is a great time to take that leap of faith and sign up! Why? Well, during the month of October, you can get a deep discount on your New Consultant Kit—or even get it for free! Your New Consultant Kit includes several key business-building supplies as well as credit for purchasing additional supplies that you need to start your business off strong.

But signing up is more than just getting a kit: We know you’ll love being a Consultant. Just think—you’ll get to be your own boss, set your own schedule, make new friends, all while earning extra income to help your family (or to buy more crafting supplies! 🙂 ). And then there are the opportunities to earn even bigger rewards like free, all-inclusive trips for two to places like Mexico, Hawaii, and even Thailand!

We could talk all day about why being a Consultant is awesome, but you don’t have to take our word for it! We’ve asked two new Consultants to share their thoughts on the blog today.

Who are these two ladies? None other than our two newest Rising Star award recipients: Terry Holland and Brittany Rask! These two women have demonstrated incredible dedication and skill in their short time as Consultants, and we can’t wait to share their thoughts with you today. Take it away, ladies!

Terry Holland, Manager from College Station, Texas

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

What did you accomplish in your first year as a Consultant?
I have accomplished so much more than I ever imagined. I originally signed up to get a discount on my products, and now I have a monthly cropping group, a monthly card buffet, 1–2 Gatherings a month, but most importantly, I have met many wonderful new friends because of this fun, creative, giving company that I love being a part of.

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

How has your success as a new Consultant impacted your life? What has it meant to you?
I am reaching levels that I never thought possible. I am blessed and grateful for the opportunities and gifts.

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

What advice would you give to new Consultants?
Be yourself, have fun, don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of all the information shared by corporate and fellow Consultants.

Brittany Rask, Consultant from Rochester, Minnesota

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

What did you accomplish in your first year as a Consultant?
When I joined Close To My Heart, I’ll be honest, I was a “kit-naper.” As a perk for signing up as a Consultant, I received several product lines that caught my eye. With more access to the materials, I learned more about the company. The products and atmosphere made me want to be a part of it. Previously, I had taught and sold at a scrapbook store, which I loved. I felt like this was a great opportunity to rekindle that passion and Close To My Heart would be the right fit.

In my first year, I hosted several crops and classes. In order to inspire business, I hosted a free monthly class at the local library. These classes included adults and children, first timers and frequent papercrafters. Another successful approach was vending at numerous events like craft fairs. Staying connected was a top priority. I followed up with Upline leads, established a Facebook business page, started a craft blog, and also sent out a monthly newsletter. Some of my favorite events included teaching a Valentine’s Day treat class to children and making Halloween bags with a group of disabled adults. My teammates also helped me literally reach new heights and overcome my fears this year by getting me on Tower of Terror during Convention.

I’m not sure how I fit it all in on top of a full-time job, part-time job, and planning a wedding, but I guess where there’s a will there’s a way.

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

How has your success as a new Consultant impacted your life? What has it meant to you?
Friends and family would joke about my obsession for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  But after winning Rising Star, individuals started to see my name in the community. They are intrigued with what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. It means so much having my hard work be recognized.

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

What advice would you give to new Consultants?
Try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Unfortunately not every event is going to be a success, but take it as an opportunity to learn what you can do differently. Follow your Upline’s lead. They’ve been there, done that. They can help teach you about their successes and heartache so you don’t make the same mistakes. Sometimes you will find that the simplest things can create success, such as making a gift or card for another individual.

Aren’t these ladies incredible? They are proof of how life-changing it can be to become a Consultant. Thank you so much, Terry and Brittany, for sharing your thoughts. We are so grateful for you and your examples!

Talk to your Consultant today to learn more about saving big on your New Consultant Kit. We know it’s a conversation you won’t regret! 

Looking for more reasons to become a Close To My Heart Consultant? Then take a look at these 10 reasons why Close To My Heart Consultants live the dream.

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4 Ways to Color Your Create Kindness Cards

One great thing about our Create Kindness cards is how easy it is to add your personal touch to them before giving them to others in a personal way. Today we want to inspire you with even more ways to color these cards that you may not have thought about before.

4 ways to color in stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #coloring #ctmhcreatekindness #createkindness1. Watercolor Pencils

You can use our watercolor pencils wet or dry to color in these cards. If you use them dry, they work like colored pencils. If you want to use them wet, you can do it two ways: Either get the tips of the pencils wet or use a waterbrush to blend the colors afterward.

4 ways to color in stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #coloring #ctmhcreatekindness #createkindness2. Watercolor Paints

Watercolor paints are another great way to color these stamps. The circles that come in the kit are regular cardstock, not watercolor paper, so just make sure you use more paint than water if you choose this route. Our waterbrushes make this easier. You also might find that you’ll need a bit more adhesive to attach the circles this way.

4 ways to color in stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #coloring #ctmhcreatekindness #createkindness3. Monochromatic

Here we used our ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ alcohol markers to color in the cards so they match the card bases. Going monochromatic gives the cards a unique look!

4 ways to color in stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #coloring #ctmhcreatekindness #createkindness

4. Sparkles & Shimmer

Jazz up your cards with our bitty sparkles and shimmer brush. Bitty sparkles are just the thing to up the drama on these bitty cards! And if you’ve never used the shimmer brush before, it’s a lot of fun! Follow these steps to get started:

  • Remove the neon clip, twist the lid on, and squeeze the pen while brushing onto a scrap piece of paper.
  • Once you get the amount of shimmer on your brush that you like, start brushing over your flowers!
  • Since the shimmer brush tends to smear watercolor pencils or paints, be sure to color your stamped images using markers.

4 ways to color in stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #coloring #ctmhcreatekindness #createkindness

There’s only one week left to purchase the Create Kindness card kit (or more card bases if you already have the stamps), so hurry and get yours today! We know you’ll love finding new ways to personalize these cards and to leave them for others to brighten their day.

Happy coloring!

Recipes

3″ x 3″ Watercolor Pencils Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, 3505 Watercolor PencilsZ3224 Waterbrush—Small Round

3″ x 3″ Watercolor Paint Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round

3″ x 3″ Monochromatic Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, Z2450 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker, Z2464 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2466 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Vivid Green Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2458 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker, Z2449 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cerulean Blue Light Marker, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2461 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green Marker

3″ x 3″ Sparkles & Shimmer Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow MarkerZ2466 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Vivid Green MarkerZ2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender MarkerZ2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue MarkerZ2461 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green MarkerZ2450 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany MarkerZ2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green MarkerZ2464 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink MarkerZ2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange MarkerZ2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
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Halloween Scrapbooking…Made Easy!

Halloween’s coming up fast, so if you haven’t already gotten your Halloween candy, you might want to head out and pick some up now!

But have you already given thought to what you’re going to do with those adorable pictures you are no doubt going to take of the awesome costumes, decorations, and festivities? Believe it or not, we’ve got a great solution for you there, too. 🙂

Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or just playing “catch-up,” we’ve got the perfect scrapbooking kit to help you create adorable Halloween layouts in a snap. It’s called the Workshops Your Way™ Jeepers Creepers scrapbooking kit, and it comes with all the supplies you need to create three traditional scrapbooking layouts. Once you receive your kit, you can download and print instructions for these layouts on our website.

Here’s what the layouts look like:

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway
Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

All the accents and titles you see are stickers and pieces you can easily attach with adhesive, so the layouts come together really quickly. If you have leftover photos, you can purchase our brand new Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ and slide your photos into them with some of your leftover pocket scrapbooking cards.

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

For those of you who are familiar with our Flip Flaps™, our Pocket Plus™ protectors provide the same exact function except you don’t attach them to your main protector. You just insert them wherever you want!

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

We’ve specifically designed one of the layouts in each of our Workshops Your Way scrapbooking kits to coordinate with our Pocket Plus™ protectors. You can see above how they blend in seamlessly with the layout, creating a fun, interactive way to preserve your memories.

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

And since you’ll still have a few pieces left over, we’ve also designed a collection of cards you can make from those leftovers and a few extra products you may already have. You certainly don’t have to make these cards when you buy the kit, but if you do, the instructions for these cards are included in the instructions for your scrapbooking layouts. It’s a great way to get the biggest bang for your buck!

So be sure while you’re out picking up Halloween candy that you’re also putting in your order for the Workshops Your Way™ Jeepers Creepers scrapbooking kit as well. The plus side is that spending a little time to make your layouts gives you the perfect opportunity for testing out your Halloween candy at the same time. 🙂

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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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The Perfect Starter Kit for Cardmaking

Cardmaking is about so much more than pretty paper. It’s about creating and celebrating beautiful relationships. Take a look at this short video to see what we mean:

Don’t you love the way this video captures the spirit of cardmaking? Not only do you get to make something beautiful with your own two hands, but you also get to give those cards to others and brighten their day. Even little cards can make a huge impact on someone. That’s why we created the Create Kindness card kit.

Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth

What better way to celebrate National Stamping Month than with this mini card kit that includes everything you need to complete 24 cards!

Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth

Here’s a list of the products included in the kit:

24 – 3″ × 3″ card bases with envelopes (6 of each color)
24 –white cardstock circles
8 –mini stamp sets (4 for the front of the cards, 4 for the inside)
1 – Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ mini stamp pad
1 – 2″ × 2″ My Acrylix® block
1 – My Acrylix® mini stamp organizer

This kit isn’t just for beginners either. If you already have the block, ink, and organizer, you can also purchase the stamps and cards separately. There’s stamping happiness to be spread all around! 🙂

Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth

What’s really fun about these stamps is that you get to color them with whatever you’d like! We colored these ones with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers, but you could use anything you have in your crafting stash. Get creative!

Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth

We hope you join us in using handmade cards to create a little more kindness in the world. You may feel like you’re not doing much, but when we all do our part, we’ll make the world a better place.

Now get stamping! 🙂

Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth

Recipe

3″ × 3″ Colored Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, Z5459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2461 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green Marker, Z2450 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavendar Marker, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2464 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink Marker

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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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4 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

You’ve accomplished a lot in the past few weeks. You’ve cooked, cleaned, decorated, shopped, wrapped, and brought smiles to a lot of faces! With such a long “to-do” list, it’s no wonder that you still need a few more Christmas gifts for some loved ones.

Well, we’ve got you covered! These four gifts are adorable and easy to make at the last minute. Check them out!

1. Quick N’ Easy Shadow Box

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingSpice up your friend or family member’s wall with a beautiful shadow box! Creating a unique page to place inside can be as simple as choosing a Cricut® shape you like, and cutting it at a size that fills the entire page. Adding a mini banner inside also adds a fun touch.

2. Base & Bling Necklace or Key Chain

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingWith Base & Bling, you can create personalized jewelry in a jiffy! We also recently showed how these can be put to great use as Christmas tree ornaments. But did you ever think of using the Base & Bling to create key chains? Personalize it with a family photo to make a fashionable accessory for important gals or guys in your life! You can even add cute charms like these to add some extra sweetness.

3. Mini Spa Kit

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingEveryone loves a little pampering, especially after the holidays. Decorate a My Creations™ pint-sized container, and then fill it with some spa essentials. For a special touch, add some White Pines confetti and this cute penguin tag!

4. Family Display Tray

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingEveryone loves home décor that celebrates family, so get a Designed Décor hinged display tray, and fill it with their family photos. Create your own decorative cards, or use our Picture My Life™ cards for an even quicker finished product. We especially love the personalized monogram here made with leftover embellishments. It’s beautiful!

Wanting to create some of these yourself? Go for it! With the recipes below, your creativity, and a little Christmas spirit, you’ll be giving the cutest gifts of the season!

Be sure to tell us which one is your favorite in the comments below!

Recipes

Life Is Sweet Shadow Box
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box, Z3102 Fundamental Assortment Glacier, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
10″ Background <Mother> (cut 2, p. 39)

Base & Bling Keychain
Z3174 Base & Bling Lovely Blooms Style Sheet, Z3151 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Silver, Z3153 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Silver, Z1967 Base & Bling Square Glass Covers, Z1966 Base & Bling Circle Glass Covers, Z3133 Base & Bling Bow Charm—Faux Silver, Z3143 Base & Bling Teal Bead Charm—Faux Silver, Z3161 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Silver, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z1903 Base & Bling Adhesive Dots, Key Ring

 Base & Bling Necklace
Z3173 Base & Bling Affirmations Style Sheet, Z3159 Base & Bling Chain—Faux Gold, Z3152 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Gold, Z1967 Base & Bling Square Glass Covers, Z3109 Base & Bling Heart Charm—Faux Gold, Z3140 Base & Bling Black Bead Charm—Faux Gold, Z3162 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Gold, Z679 Liquid Glass

Spa Pint-Sized Container
D1666 My Acrylix® Believe In Christmas, C1627 My Acrylix® Reindeer Bells, B1483 My Acrylix® Season’s Greetings, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container, X7200C White Pines Complements, Z3104 Fundamental Assortment—Black, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Family Display Tray
B1482 My Acrylix® My Story, Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1838 5″ x 7″ Hinged Display Tray, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z2010 White Enamel Stars, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z726 Sponge Daubers, 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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