Love Letters Giveaway!

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As we welcome a new year, we are also celebrating National Papercrafting Month! And, to help you celebrate with us, we created a beautiful letter kit for you to assemble, customize, and display using your own personal flair. What’s more, WE ARE GIVING AWAY THREE OF THESE LOVE LETTERS KITS in the next 72 hours!

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All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Friday, January 5th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

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Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.

As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.

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2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.

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3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)

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4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.

These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!

We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!

For even MORE CHANCES TO WIN, visit us on Instagram and Facebook where we are giving even more of these away! (What?!) Make sure to follow us for details on how to enter these separate drawings!!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Pushing the Envelope: A Letter to Papercrafters

Dear Papercrafters,

When you hear the word “envelope,” you probably think of the plain, white ones used to hold cards, letters, and bills. Well, we’re writing to tell you that, contrary to popular belief, envelopes are not only purposeful but also artful! Today we’re going to expand the envelope’s repertoire by showing you how to incorporate these playful pouches into your artwork.

Let’s start with scrapbooking. With the help of the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, you can create miniature envelopes from brightly colored papers to embellish your pages and layouts. Take a look at the three mini envelopes on this page:

Love You

These adorable envelopes are the perfect way to add a sense of familiarity, friendship, and intrigue to any scrapbook page. And wouldn’t it be a fun place to showcase a child’s nickname, a family saying, or a cute quote? We think so! Leave your envelopes closed, open, or a mix of both for visual variety.

Love You mini envelope

Using a double-sided paper, like one from our Paper Fundamentals line, makes for a cute peek-a-boo pattern on the inside of the envelope.

If you don’t have a Cricut® machine, don’t worry! You can still join the envelope fun by gathering up some of those plain, white purposeful envelopes you have lying around the house and upgrading them to a beautiful photo album.

One of our artists created a mini album with 4 ¼” x 5 ½” White Daisy envelopes, and we think the results are simply genius! It’s stowaway scrapbooking with bits and pieces tucked here and there that make the act of thumbing through the pages almost as adventurous as the memories themselves.

Life Album

The envelope acts as a perfect pocket for holding smaller pictures or little notes about the experience. Attaching paper tabs to the back of these keepsakes makes it easy to lift them from the envelope pockets. Plus, it looks pretty cute, too.

Eiffel Tower

Use the plainness of the envelope to your advantage by showcasing stamps or embellishments on its smooth surface. Our artist used a simple yet meaningful stamp and design on this envelope:

Lighthouse

Have we convinced you to try using envelopes to preserve your favorite memories, yet? Whether you’re cutting mini envelopes on your Cricut® machine or repurposing plain card envelopes, we’re confident that you’ll find a way to take the creative reputation of envelopes from drab to fab.

Best wishes in your quest to push the bounds of envelope creativity!

Sincerely,

Close To My Heart

12″ x 12″ Love You More Page
Make It from Your HeartVol. 1: Pattern 9
D1647 My Acrylix® Documenting Moments, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3/4″ Shift+Accent2 (p. 51)

Artfully Sent
2″ <Env-5> (p. 41)

Life Envelope Album
D1648 My Acrylix® Snapshot Memories, D1647 My Acrylix® Documenting Moments, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z1476 White Daisy Envelopes, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1999 1″ Circle Punch

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From Jeanette: On This Halloween Night

Tonight is the night all of October has been leading up to! And for many of you, tonight’s plans probably include trick-or-treating. I have many fond memories from taking my children trick-or-treating when they were young. I remember cold Halloween nights, bundled up in my coat, holding tiny hands as we walked from house to house, knocking on doors and collecting candy. I can still see the warm smiles of the jack-o-lanterns glowing on the doorsteps and the soft light spilling from the windows, illuminating the faces of the little ghosts, princesses, and superheroes that walked by.

Seeing children dressed up in costumes is one of my favorite parts of Halloween. It’s so fun to watch them transform into the characters they’ve always dreamed of becoming. When my daughter Aubrey was a little girl, she absolutely adored dressing up as Snow White—and not just on Halloween! There was a time when it seemed she was Snow White more than she was Aubrey. Every day she put on her little yellow and blue dress with the puffy sleeves and became a princess. It was so wonderful to see how very much she enjoyed her own imagination.

Now that my children are grown, I find the same joy in seeing my grandchildren in Halloween costumes. The smiles seem to never leave their faces! Here are a couple cute photos of them, all dressed up for Halloween.

Aren’t they the cutest? These little faces melt my heart. I’m hoping their Halloween night is a special one.

Wherever you are in the world, whether you celebrate Halloween or are simply happy it’s Friday, I hope you have something special planned for tonight. I’d love to hear what you’re up to! Tell me in the comments, if you want to share.

Happy Halloween!

Jeanette

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