Holiday Favorites

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

First up, the Tree Line Border Thin Cuts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gifts should be shared all year round!

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

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

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


Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trend Alert: Paper Plants Are IN!

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As your best crafting bud, we’re here to give you the scoop on the latest trends in the crafting industry. One trend that’s been on the rise lately is paper plants—for your home, parties, and everything in between!

Let us show you what we mean…

Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built is basically the queen of paper plants. She does tons (and we mean TONS!) of paper plant and flower projects on her blog and YouTube channel. Here are 18 of her personal favorite paper plant tutorials.

In a similar fashion, Brit + Co, a media company that celebrates women and creativity, rounded up their top 12 favorite paper plant projects from different bloggers.

Today we want to show you some of our own paper plant creations! We love this trend (especially because it doesn’t make you feel like a bad plant parent), and we have a feeling it will really grow on you, too (Eh? Eh?). 😉

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Look at these beauties! We cut the shapes using two of our Cricut® collections (see recipe at bottom of post), and then attached the finished leaves to wire with a hot glue gun. Add them to pots filled with paper crinkle, pebbles, etc, and voila! You’ve got three amazing plants that will live forever!

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If making paper plants from scratch seems a bit overwhelming, or if you don’t own a Cricut® machine, we’ve got just the solution for you. Try out our Welcome Home wreath kit, which comes with all the pieces pre-cut AND instructions with step-by-step photos.

Did we mention it’s only $18.95 (US)? It can’t get much better than that—except that it does, because you can also get it FREE with a qualifying purchase!

The kit’s only available until the end of January though, so if it’s calling your name, get it before it’s gone!

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Another fun idea is to play around with arranging paper plants and leaves in picture frames. By slightly bending the leaves here, these plants seem to be growing out of the picture frame.

What do you think of this trend? Yea or nay? Tell us in the comments below!


Ready to make your own paper garden? Then be sure to check out our Cricut® Flower Market collection! It’s filled with tons of flowers, plants, leaves, and other shapes that would be perfect for creating paper plants projects, like this wreath:

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Have fun! 🙂

Recipes

Plant Trio
X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, X5784 Willow Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Pots, Tray, Paper Crinkles, Wire, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes (cut multiples of each shape as desired, depending on pot sizes):
Flower Market
9″ <Succulnt> (p. 40)
4 ½” <Succulnt> (p. 40)
1 ½” Flower-2 <Daisy> (cut multiple, p. 46)
1 ½” Shift+Flower-2 <Daisy> (cut multiple, p. 46)

Artistry
8 ¼” Shape <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)*
7 ½” Shape <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)*
 

*Modified in Cricut Design Space™. Unlock measurements and make shapes these sizes: 8 ¼” x 1 ¼” (h x w), 7 ½” x 1″ (h x w)

Succulent Wreath
CC1210 Welcome Home Wreath Kit, Glue

Fern Picture Frame
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
3 ½” Shift+Flower-1 <G> (cut 2, p. 25)
5″ Shift+Background <Hibiscus> (cut 2, p. 30)
2″ and 2 ½” Shift+Flower-2 <X> (cut 2 of each, p. 32)
2″ Icon <x> (cut 2, p. 32)
2 ½” Shift+Background (cut 2, p. 40)

Flower Wreath
X5782 Pansy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5784 Willow Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5787 Blossom Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1301 Bamboo Cardstock, X5643 Chocolate Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Ribbon, Wreath Base, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
3″ Flower-1 (cut 4, p. 14)
4½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 16)
2½” Shift+Icon (cut 3, p. 27)
1½” Shift+Flower-2 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Flower-2 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Flower-1 (cut 7, p. 31)
3¼” Icon (cut 5, p. 32)
2¼” Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 32)
3¼” Flower-1 (p. 32)
3″ Shift+Icon (p. 32)
3½” Shift+Flower-2 (p. 32)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (p. 32)
2¼” Icon (cut 2, p. 33)
2¼” Shift+Icon (cut 2, p. 33)
2½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 33)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 33)
4½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p.36)
2¼” Icon (p. 40)
2¼” Shift+Icon (p. 40)
2½” Flower-2 (p. 40)
2½” Shift+Flower-2 (p. 40)
2½” Flower-1 (p. 40)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (p. 40)
2″ Shift+Icon (p. 45)
2″ Shift+Flower-2 (p. 45)
2″ Flower-2 (p. 45)
1½” Icon (cut 3, p. 45)
1½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 45)
1½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 45)
1¼” Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 46)
1¼” Shift+Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 46)

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Paper Inspiration

A good piece of patterned paper does a lot to add color and interest to your scrapbook layouts, but its contributions don’t have to end there! You can actually draw on the patterns from the papers themselves to inspire your entire project. To help you see what we’re talking about, take a look at this layout inspired by the Sangria paper packet:

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The beautiful tree scattering its leaves across the pages is undoubtedly the first thing you see when you look at this layout, but the idea for those beautiful Sunset leaves started with a pattern from the Sangria paper packet. Do you see them on that strip of Pomegranate paper across the middle of the page? It’s a simple thing, but it sparked a fun idea that became a central element of the page’s design.

Even beyond the leaves, another patterned paper suggested the organizing principle of the page. The bottom strip of Poppy patterned paper with its horizontal rows of leaves gave our artist the idea to use multiple horizontal stripes as a basic design element, which is also repeated as watercolor stripes on the journaling, too. Taking just a few simple cues from the patterned papers, our artist created a beautifully unified layout.

We simply love the Sangria paper packet for fall-themed layouts. The color palette is rich and festive. And the designs are beautiful! From warm ombres to swirls of Sunset leaves, the Sangria paper packet is sure to give you tons of ideas for creating memorable fall layouts.

Next time you’re looking for artwork inspiration, try drawing it from the patterned papers you are working with. They are sure to help you realize your creative potential on any crafting project.

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Dancing Leaves Layout
D1662 My Acrylix® Harvest Wreath Holiday, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z3128 Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7199C Sangria Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints

Cricut® Shapes
Art Philosophy
7″ Layer+Shift <Tree3> (p. 53)
¾” Shift <Font> “DANCING LEAVES”

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We’ve Fall-en for Sangria!

A new month means a new featured paper collection, and for October, Sangria is the belle of the ball! We love this vibrant paper collection, especially for creating fall layouts. The rich, warm tones capture the colors of the landscape preparing for winter.

Today, we’re going to talk about three perfect companions for the Sangria paper collection that will help you take your fall artwork to a whole new level. To begin, take a look at this back to school fall layout:

Sangria Fall Layout CTMH

It has so much warmth! The quilt pattern on the right page even makes you what to wrap yourself up in a giant quilt and sip some warm cocoa from your favorite mug. This layout uses all three elements to enhance Sangria and produce fantastic fall artwork. Let’s dive in!

1. Gold. And more gold!

Anything gold pairs wonderfully with Sangria. Try your hand at some Picture My Life™ gold overlays. Our artist used them to liven up squares of cardstock in the quilt pattern. See the polka dots and the “life is GOOD” sentiment? You’ve got it—overlays! The “ADVENTURE” sticker with gold lettering is from our Fundamentals stickers Basics pack, and, of course, we’ve got some gold sequins in the mix, too. All these gold bits add warmth to this fall layout.

2. Anything Saffron, Peacock, and Fern

These exclusive colors work hand in hand with the Sangria color palette. On this layout, you can see how well these cardstocks pair with the Poppy and Pomegranate colored B&T Duos™. You can also see Saffron and Fern ink in the leaf stamps.

3. Rock N’ Roll Stamping

When you think of fall, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is leaves: multi-colored, fading from green to amber and amber to crimson. Well, what better way to replicate that look than with the rock n’ roll stamping technique! Take a look at this stamping technique in action:

Rock n' roll leaves

Ready to rock n’ roll at home? First, stamp the leaf image in the lighter color. Then clean your stamp, and place the edge of the stamp on the darker stamp pad. Roll the stamp around so ink only gets on the outer edge of the stamp. Then stamp over the first image, and there you have it! For a visual how-to, check out our rock n’ roll Instagram video!

As you may have noticed, not all of the leaves have the darker ink all the way around the perimeter. You can certainly ink just one edge of the stamp—get creative! It’s a lot of fun, and there are a lot of looks you can discover!

Now you have three great tips for creating warm, fall-themed artwork using our Sangria paper collection. Show us what YOU can do with Sangria by typing #ctmhsangria in your post when you share your artwork on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We want to see your creativity at work!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Back 2 School Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 5
D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, E1032 My Acrylix® Typography, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlay Gold & Silver, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints
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Fall Décor in a Snap with Nevermore

Those of you who’ve already gotten your hands on our Nevermore paper packet probably have grand plans for fall and Halloween-themed layouts. Well, here’s another idea for you to try out 🙂 :

Nevermore Fall Banner

This fun, festive banner comes together quickly and easily with a little help from our Cricut® Artbooking and Artistry collections and, of course, the Nevermore paper packet.

What a great project to do with young children or grandchildren. They would love to watch the Cricut® cut out the leaves (because it’s even exciting for us adults to watch!), and then they could help slide the leaves onto the thread. If you don’t have any small children around, this would also be a relaxing project to work on while enjoying a little “me” time watching your favorite Julia Roberts movie and sipping some warm apple cider.

And did you notice the stamped leaves our artist colored in with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers? With the help of last week’s post about using these markers with our stamps, you could easily do this at home. The My Acrylix® Thankful Heart stamp set supplied the leaf images, which add such character to the banner. You could even add different stamps or embellishments to match other elements of your home décor.

There are so many works of art you can create with the Nevermore paper packet. Share you own Nevermore artwork by using the hashtag #ctmhnevermore, or search for this hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more artwork inspiration from the Close To My Heart community.

Recipe

Fall Leaf Banner
B1463 My Acrylix® Thankful Heart, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
3 ½” Icon <b> (p. 72)

Artistry
3 ½” Icon-1 <Fall> (p. 44)

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