From Jeanette: Wishing You a Merry Christmas

I love this holiday season! It is such a special time of year, when people all over the world join together in celebrating Christmas. For me, the most joyful part of Christmas is celebrating my Savior’s birth. That is what fills my soul with rejoicing at this time of year. His is the spirit that fuels all of the good will, festivities, and cheer that abound as part of the tradition of Christmas. Whether your celebrations include goodies, presents, carols, greeting cards, lights, trees, elves, stockings, wreaths, parties, mistletoe, volunteering, sweaters, shopping, gingerbread, or any other of a long list of things that have come to be traditional parts of Christmas, it is having Jesus at the heart of the season that adds so much joy to all the rest of it.

And of course, the joy of the season is magnified when we can share it with people that we love. Time spent with family and friends is truly a special part of any holiday celebration. I feel richly blessed to be able to celebrate Christmas with my cherished family members, and I am honored to be associated with you: the wonderful people that make up our Close To My Heart community. I am grateful to all of you and send you my sincerest wishes for a joyful Christmas this year.

With love,


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Watch Parties to Remember

There’s no better way to enjoy your favorite TV shows than by throwing a watch party with your family and friends! It might be a Super Bowl party, a girl’s night to watch the Oscars, or a get-together for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Whatever you’re getting together to watch, the point is you are getting together, having fun, and making memories—which you should definitely include in your memory keeping!

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Sometimes our watch parties become a family tradition, like the one featured in this layout. Include photos of the people that were there, but don’t forget to also add shots of the snacks, decorations, and any other happenings that mark the event. The sights, sounds, and tastes are all part of the experience and make those memories special. These pages use our All-Star Complements with Basics Fundamental and the Stargazer paper packets, creating a simple layout highlighting a family Super Bowl party worth remembering.

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Sometimes, watch parties include activities before or after the actual watching. These may seem like everyday events to you, but in the long run these moments are what life is all about. The little every day things we do that make us, and celebrate, who we are. In the page above, we share some inspiration for the upcoming winter games. Stargazer Dots and All-Star Complements pair perfectly for whatever team you’ll be rooting for during the next few weeks.

As you prepare to throw your own watch parties, check out this video, where our very own Jill Broadbent shares theme party ideas for tomorrow’s Opening Ceremonies. Complete with décor, food, and crafts, all you need to do is take a quick trip to the grocery store and get out your favorite Close To My Heart paper and cardstock.

Preserving what matters most includes the traditions we create with friends and family. With the Oscars in a few short weeks and a royal wedding in May, there are plenty of memory making watch party opportunities heading our way!

How do you celebrate these, and other, TV milestones? Share with us, in the comments below!


12″ x 12″ Super Bowl Sunday Layout
S1802 My Arcylix® Sunny Thoughts—February Stamp of the Month Stamp Set, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Funamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z3356 All-Star Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shapes
You Are Here
2½” Icon-2 <GameDay> (p. 48, #M282C66F)

12″ x 12″ Let the Games Begin Page
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z3356 All-Star Complements, Z4159 Thin Cuts—Block Numbers, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1″ <font> “LETTHEGAMES”
1½” <font> “BEGIN!!!”

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Cherry on Top: Garnish Your Parties with Banners

As April continues to blossom, we continue to celebrate celebrations! Once you finish your invitations and get them in the mail, you can get to work planning party décor as you anxiously await your guests’ arrival.

And what better way to welcome them to the celebration than a lovely banner? A banner is something simple that packs a lot of punch and sets the overall mood for the party. It is a wonderful focal point that adds festivity to any gathering and makes everything more fun!

Today we bring you two banners that have been designed for either a wedding or a bridal shower, but both of them can be easily customized to suit whatever occasion you’re celebrating.


This two-toned banner achieves elegance with ease, making it a great piece of décor for even the classiest events. The artist used a single stamp and some gold embossing powder to create the shimmery cascade of gold that graces the tips of each of these panels. Scattered gold sequins add touches of dimensional texture and contrast. Hang this lovely creation on the table that holds the wedding cake, or on the wall above the pile of gifts. You could even use this banner at an anniversary party! Ah, sweet papercrafted bliss.

This second banner we bring you is all about layers and color. The artist used a variety of cardstock, extra thick twine, and stamps to create a lighthearted piece of décor that’s bursting with fun. You can easily switch out the word “Love” and the “XOXOXO” sentiment for words that suit your celebration, making this banner a chameleon for all occasions. Our favorite thing about this banner? The Glacier extra thick twine tassels that make this banner pop with life!

Try a banner at your next party! For even more party fun, get some ideas on how to package party goodies in papercrafted glamour from this blog post of a few months back. Or, for a Christmas twist on banners, read this post. (Yeah, we know it’s only April, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about Christmas at least a little bit.)

Happy partying! You’ve got this celebration in the bag. 🙂

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Illustrious Invitations: Inked to Impress

Spring always brings a rush of new joys! It seems that love, weddings, flowers, sunshine, and even babies come pouring into our hearts all at once during this season. It’s a beautiful and welcome renewal after a cold, dormant winter.

With so many beautiful things blossoming all around us, it only makes sense to celebrate. Whether that’s through a bridal shower, a baby shower, a birthday party, a wedding reception, or simply an afternoon of crafting, we believe that everyone has something to celebrate this time of year.

And what’s a celebration without an invitation? Why, a very lonely celebration of course. You know what they say: the invitation sets the tone for the party! So we mined the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book for invitation stamp sets just right for ringing in spring. Marvel at the jewels we discovered!

C1612 My Acrylix® Shower Flowers

The flowers in this stamp set are to the Blossom paper packet as sunshine is to blue skies—they were made for each other! Use them in tandem to create an invitation that will have your guests rushing to your party so quickly they’ll blow the blossoms on the trees clean off!

B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer

The icy sparkles crystallized on these lemon slices look good enough to eat! We love the bright colors and shapes from this stamp set that make the invitation a party in itself. Can you imagine how happy you’d feel if this splash of life arrived in your mailbox?

If making your own invitations feels a little intimidating, just think of it as an alternative form of cardmaking! With one stamp set, you can create a collection of invitations that will make each of your guests feel special and appreciated—a little act of kindness that is well worth your creative efforts.

So open up the windows of your home (and heart) to spring! Let the fragrances, light, and even the occasional rain shower into your life. Breathe it all in. Even if your party is a long way off, today is always worth celebrating!


7″ x 5″ It’s a Shower Invitation

C1612 My Acrylix® Shower Flowers, X7196B Blossom Paper Packet, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

4 ¼” x 3 ¼” Time to Party Invitation

B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

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