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!


Recipes

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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This Unicorn Party Takes the Cake!

Unicorn birthday party #ctmh #closetomyheart #sunnydayscakes #ctmhlittledreamer #unicorn #birthday #party #little #girl #paper #papercrafting #decorations

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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Free Thanksgiving Printables!

Free Thanksgiving printables for your dinner table! #closetomyheart #ctmh #thanksgiving #placesetting #dinnertable #dinnerparty #namecards

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but it’s certainly not too late to add some personal touches to your dinner plans.

Last year we created three free printables for you to use at your Thanksgiving feast:

Dinner Party Thank You Card
Dinner Party Children Conversation Starters
Dinner Party Adult Conversation Starters

These printables are generic enough to use year-round, but they’re also really fun for your Thanksgiving dinner.

You can see a fun way to use the conversation starters in the paper pumpkin above. To create the pumpkin itself, we cut 12 pumpkin shapes from our Cricut® Artistry collection, folded them in half, and attached them together to create an accordion effect. Then we looped some Fern ribbon together, tied it together with Fern twine, and attached it to the top with glue.

Free Thanksgiving printables for your dinner table! #closetomyheart #ctmh #thanksgiving #placesetting #dinnertable #dinnerparty #namecards

We also have this dinner party thank you card. Again, it’s generic enough to use for any formal dinner party, but it adds a beautiful, personal touch to your Thanksgiving place settings.

We hope these printables make your Thanksgiving one to remember! Click on the links below to download and print these free printables!

Download Dinner Party Adult Conversation Starters
Download Dinner Party Children Conversation Starters
Download Dinner Party Thank You Card

Tell us in the comments below how you like to personalize your place settings. The more ideas we share with each other, the better!

Recipes

3″ 3-D Pumpkin
X7211B Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z3288 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3247 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder, Z3190 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Embossing Machine, Calligraphy Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3 1/2″ Icon-2 <Hlloween> (cut 12, p. 43)

Flower Market
1 1/2″ Shift+Flower-2 <O> (cut 2, p. 19)

Thank You Card
X7211B Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, Z3288 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z2445 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Barely Beige Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Calligraphy Pen, Hole Punch

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
2″ Icon <b> (p. 72)
2″ Shift+Icon <B> (p. 72)
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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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S’more Party Ideas

Create a s'mores bar for your next party! #ctmh #closetomyheart #partyideas #dessertideas #easypartyideas #s'mores

Looking for a quick dessert for your summertime parties? We’ve got you covered with this fun s’mores bar!

Create a s'mores bar for your next party! #ctmh #closetomyheart #partyideas #dessertideas #easypartyideas #s'mores

Nothing beats the smell of roasting marshmallows on a warm summer night, and if you don’t have a fire pit in your backyard, this is the perfect solution!

Simply purchase some Sternos (what you put under buffet food to keep it warm), and place them in a metal tin with some pebbles. Then your guests can roast their own marshmallows with wooden skewers.

There are a few great things about a s’mores bar:

  • You don’t have to actually make a dessert
  • You can customize your bar however you want with different marshmallows and chocolates
  • Your guests can eat dessert however and whenever they want!

It’s a win-win for everyone!

Create a s'mores bar for your next party! #ctmh #closetomyheart #partyideas #dessertideas #easypartyideas #s'mores

And of course we’ve got great ideas for dressing up your treat table, too! Create some cute cards to label your chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. Here, we used some stickers from the Magical Complements to give the cards a little something extra.

Create a s'mores bar for your next party! #ctmh #closetomyheart #partyideas #dessertideas #easypartyideas #s'mores

And no party décor is complete without a banner. This one is strung up in a picture frame to let guests know they can help themselves to seconds (and thirds!).

No matter what type of event you’ve got going on, adding a s’mores bar is a great way to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

Now we want to hear your ideas! How would you customize your s’mores bar? Tell us in the comments below.

Recipes

Have S’more Banner
X7209B Magical Paper Packet, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3171 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
1 ½” Shift <font> “HAVE S’MORE”

Artbooking
2 ½” Decorative Layer <Banner4> (p. 49)

Cards
1386 Black Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
1″ Shift <font> “CHOCOLATE, MALLOWS, GRAHAMS” (use Slice feature in Cricut® Design Space™)

Room for S’more Frame
E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 1385 White Daisy, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Frame

*Created in Cricut Design Space™. Use Real Dial Size setting if not using Design Space.

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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10 Reasons to Make a Mini Album

The fun thing about mini albums (besides the fact that they are mini!) is that they’re so versatile—you can tackle all different sizes of jobs with them! Today, we want to share with you 10 reasons to make a mini album that maybe you haven’t thought of before.

1. Thank a Hostess

10 reasons to make a mini album! #ctmh #closetomyheart #miniscrapbook #miniphotoalbum #minialbum #crafting #scrapbooking #diyphotobook

After someone throws you a party, a shower, or invites you over for dinner, create a mini album with pictures of the event and give it to the hostess as a unique thank you gift.

2. Watch Your Love Grow

Put your wedding picture in the front of a mini album. Then, snap a photo each anniversary and add it to your mini album. Years down the road, you’ll be able to see how much you both change with each year of renewed love and commitment.

3. Entertain Your Kiddos

10 reasons to make a mini album! #ctmh #closetomyheart #miniscrapbook #miniphotoalbum #minialbum #crafting #scrapbooking #diyphotobook

Have young children or grandchildren? Create an interactive “Quiet Book” for them to play with when you’re at the doctor’s office, at church, or anywhere else where they need to be quiet. Our hook & look dots, which feature Velcro-like material, are perfect for creating shapes that can be removed and attached.

4. Give Some Lovin’ to Your Pet

Create a mini album to celebrate your furry friends (and other pets!). You’ll love looking back on the many memories your pets have shared with your family.

5. Create a Personalized Recipe Book

10 reasons to make a mini album! #ctmh #closetomyheart #miniscrapbook #miniphotoalbum #minialbum #crafting #scrapbooking #diyphotobook

You make homemade food—so why not make a homemade recipe book? Use our Cricut® Artbooking collection to create tabbed dividers. This would be a fun gift for a bridal shower, high school graduation, or for sharing family favorites with neighbors and friends.

6. Get Inspired

Create a mini album filled with things that inspire you: pictures of beautiful places, your favorite patterns, inspiring quotes, photos of loved ones, dried flowers, etc. Use it for creative inspiration or simply for relaxing when you’re stressed.

7. Remember a Loved One

10 reasons to make a mini album! #ctmh #closetomyheart #miniscrapbook #miniphotoalbum #minialbum #crafting #scrapbooking #diyphotobook

Create a memory book to honor a loved one who has passed away. In addition to the peace this album can bring, it will also help your children and grandchildren get to know their family members who passed away before they were old enough to remember.

8. Thank a Teacher or Coach

Create an end of year album with pictures from class activities, recitals, or games from the past year. Give it as a gift to those who mentor your children or grandchildren.

9. Capture Kids’ Silly Phases

10 reasons to make a mini album! #ctmh #closetomyheart #miniscrapbook #miniphotoalbum #minialbum #crafting #scrapbooking #diyphotobook

When it comes to scrapbooking, it’s easy to focus on events—we went here and did this. Some of the things you don’t want to forget though are the quirky phases your kids or grandkids go through, like the phase when they insist on wearing their Spiderman costume everyday! Create a book dedicated to capturing what makes them unique each year of their lives, such as their height, likes, dislikes, words they mispronounce, interests, and other silly quirks.

10. Help Your College Student Remember Home

Create a mini album filled with pictures of family, pets, and your home for your college students to take with them to school. That way, they never really leave their family behind!

Which mini album do you want to create? Tell us in the comments below!

Also, most of the mini albums pictured in today’s post are available at a discount though our Flash Sale! Head on over to your Consultant’s online business address (OBA)! The discount is only good until 3:00 pm today or while supplies last!

CC1136 My Creations™ Mini Album Bundle
CC1129 Mini Book Bundle (2-pack)
Recipes

Thank a Hostess Mini Album
CC1136 My Creations™ Mini Album Bundle, C1625 My Acrylix® A Thousand Thanks, X7210B Calypso Paper Packet, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z1956 Hip Pics Album, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
2 ½” and 2 ¼” Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30)
 

Quiet Book
CC1136 My Creations™ Mini Album Bundle, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X5764 Pear Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5779 Poppy Cardstock, X5757 Gypsy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim, Z3087 Green Shimmer Trim, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim, Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim, Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim, Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z1805 Hook & Loop Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Art Philosophy
1″ Shift <Font> “ MY QUIET BOOK”
¾” <Banner4> (p. 49)
¾” <Circle1> (p. 21)
¾” <Oval2> (p. 32)
¾” <Heart1> (p. 26)
¾” <Star5> (p. 40)
¾” square

Artistry
¾” Shape <6> (p. 6)
¾” Icon-2 <o> (p. 19)
¾” Shape <p> (p. 20)
2″ Icon-1 <d> (p. 23)
1 ½” Shift+ Icon-1 <D> (p. 23)
¾” Shape <Winter> (p. 49)
 
Artiste
1″ Shift<Font> “RED”
 

Recipe Book
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, D1689 My Acrylix® Firework Fun, X7210B Calypso Paper Packet, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, X7208B Florence Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1301 Bamboo Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2103 Bamboo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3215 Calypso Sequins, Z3104 Black Fundamental Assortment, Z3101 Cranberry Fundamental Assortment, Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artbooking
8″ Photo Mat 1 <7> (p. 44)
8″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <&> (p. 44)
8″ Photo Mat 1 <8> (p. 45)
8″ Photo Mat 1 <1> (p. 38)
8″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <@> (p. 39)

Artistry
1 ¾” Shift <Font> “R”
1 ¾” <font> “ecipes”
1″ Icon-1 <b> (p. 35)

Artiste
½” Shift <Font> “A, S, M, D, B, C”
½” <font> “ain ishes, alads, reads, ookies, oup, ppetizers, essert”

Memory Book
CC1129 Mini Book Bundle (2-pack), E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase Alphabet, X7208B Florence Paper Packet, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7208C Florence Complements, Z4014 White Twine, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3162 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Gold

Silly Phases Mini Album
CC1129 Mini Book Bundle (2-pack), D1686 My Acrylix® Noted, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp pad, Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z3221 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Clear, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1797 Chalk Marker, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
1 ¼” Shape <v> (p. 34)
¾” Banner <NewYears> (p. 50)
1 ½” Shift <Font> “H, N”
1 ½” <font> “ere, ow”
(text created in Cricut Design Space™ and welded)

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.

*Real Dial Size
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Fiesta Time!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos! Today’s a day filled with bright colors, fun activities, delicious food, and lots of family—so yeah, it’s basically a day we really love. 🙂 To get you in the fiesta mood, we’ve got two adorable cards that capture the spirit of this festive day!

Let Cinco de Mayo inspire your cards! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fiesta #cincodemayo #partyinvitation

With a fringe skirt and gold accents, this card is ready to party! The fringe you see on piñatas inspired the ombre fringe on this card. The papers used in the colorful fringe came from the Happy Times paper packet, and we used scissors to turn them into fringed strips. For the sentiment, we simply cut out the letters on White Daisy cardstock using Cricut Design Space™. We then backed the piece with a gold foil stripe—also from the Happy Times paper packet—so the letters would shine.

Let Cinco de Mayo inspire your cards! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fiesta #cincodemayo #partyinvitation

We also love this mini piñata card—there’s that Happy Times gold foil stripe again! This stamp from our new Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book was made for just this type of occasion, and we’ve made it extra colorful by painting it with our new small round tip waterbrush. Overall, we think this card is pretty smashing. 🙂

Do you have fun plans for Cinco de Mayo? Tell us below! And don’t forget to get the Happy Times paper packet before the end of May. You can even get one free with a qualifying purchase. Talk to your Consultant to learn more!

For more Happy Times artwork inspiration, check out this video:

Recipes

7″ x 5″ Fiesta Fringe Card
CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
30 pt. <font> “You’re gonna need a after this”
35 pt. <font> “siesta”
42 pt. “fiesta!”

3″ x 3″ Piñata Card
M1141 My Acrylix® Pinata Hooray, CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round

Banners
CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, Z3216 White Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes**:
Artbooking
2″ Shift+Overlay <D> (cut in half, p. 60)

*Created using Cricut Design Space™

**Use Real Dial Size

 

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Putting the “Shower” in Baby Shower

April showers bring May flowers—and though April may be winding down, some “showers” happen all year round. We’re talking about baby showers of course! What better way to celebrate the promise of new life than with a shower-themed baby shower? This post is just bursting with great artwork ideas for making your next shower a truly inspirational one.

Every good party starts with a stellar invitation. There’s nothing quite like getting fun snail mail, especially if it’s a handmade invitation!

Throw a shower-themed baby shower! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babyshowerideas #showertheme #rain #clouds #springtime #babies #pregnancy

The umbrella and cloud shapes you see are all courtesy of the amazing Cricut® Artistry collection—but the invitation is just the beginning! We used many of the same shapes to make perfectly coordinating decorations that we know you are just going to love:

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There are so many fun elements of this party to talk about, but let’s start with the banner. Donning cute mini umbrellas and bright springtime colors, our “Oh Baby” banner helps set the stage for showering the mother-to-be. Above the table, we created a cloud of balloons with paper raindrops streaming down. Take a closer look:

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These 3-D shapes are simple to create with your Cricut® machine and create such a unique backdrop. We used a similar technique in this video showing how to make a sweet baby mobile. They’ll be the talk of the party!

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Of course we want the food to play into our theme, which is why we went with these white, fluffy cupcakes. And the cloud-embellished paper straws behind add some fun to our jars of lemonade.

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A “cloud” of fresh baby’s breath fits right in, and we just had to embellish with these delicate little butterflies.

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When the festivities are over, send your guests home with a raincheck—oh, we mean a party favor! A colorful paper pouch filled with goodies or gifts is just the thing. We chose a pattern from one of our newest paper packets, Calypso, which will be available starting May 1!

We know there must be lots of other great ways to tie in the rain shower theme to a baby shower—or to other parties, too! Let the comments pour in! 😉

Recipes

Baby Shower Décor
C1612 My Acrylix® Shower Flowers, D1663 My Acrylix® Floral Banners, X7210C Calypso Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3026 White Shimmer Trim, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Hole Punch, Balloons, Straws, Tape, Tissue Paper

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3″ Shift <Font> “OH BABY”

Artistry
2″ Icon-1 <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)
2″ Icon-2 <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)
1 ¼” and 1 ¾” <Summer> (cut multiple, p. 42)
1 ¼” and 1 ¾” Shift <Summer> (cut multiple, p. 42)

Art Philosophy
1/4″, 1/2″, 2″ Shift <Petal1> (cut multiple, p. 65)

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How to Throw an Award-Winning Oscars Party!

It’s almost time for the biggest movie awards night of the year: the Academy Awards, AKA the Oscars! You love watching the red carpet arrivals (those dresses!), you love guessing who will win each award, and you love doing it all with friends and family. Why not throw an official Oscars party, then? We’ve got a lineup of great ideas to help make your party worthy of a standing ovation!How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

A central component of every good party is GOOD FOOD! Cakes are great at pulling double duty, serving as edible centerpieces to your spread. Make your cake the star of the show with a few simple star toppers cut from glitter paper! And what could be a better treat for a night celebrating the best films of the year than popcorn?How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

Little popcorn boxes make it much easier for everyone to munch throughout the night without passing around a bowl, and they make your guests feel like they’re at a movie theater. Dressing up your boxes so they look like tuxedos is an easy way to give your party a definite Oscars flair, and our Cricut® collections make them so easy to throw together.How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

Rather than going the plastic cup and permanent marker route to keep track of everyone’s drinks, add some sparkle to your sodas and create these personalized name tags! These stars are super simple to make, but they’re just the kind of detail that will make your guests feel like VIPs.

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Okay, now on to activities. We love these free printable Oscars bingo cards from The House That Lars Built. Come up with a fun prize to give the person who gets bingo first.

Also, since the celebrities get their photos taken all night long, we think another way to have fun with your guests is by having a photo shoot of your own! You may have spotted those adorable prop sticks in a vase, playing the role of a simple décor piece in that first photo, but they are also great way to make everyone less camera shy, AND they can be sent home with your guests as souvenirs from your fun night. You can even create your own Polaroid-style frame. This activity is sure to get everyone laughing, and by the end of the night, you’ll have tons of great photos to share!

To add to the drama of the evening, we want to give away some awards of our own! In the comments below, make three guesses, one for each of these categories: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, and Actress in a Leading Role. Make sure to have your guesses in before February 28, because after the Oscars, we’ll go through all the comments to see who guessed right and select 30 winners as follows:

The first 15 people to correctly guess the winner of ONE of the categories will receive the beautiful Everyday Life™ album.

The first 10 people to correctly guess the winner of TWO categories will receive the Everyday Life album, the My Crush® Everyday Life pages, and the Everyday Life washi tape.

The first 5 people to correctly guess the winner of all THREE categories will get the Everyday Life prize package, including the album, the My Crush Everyday Life pages, the Everyday Life washi tape, both the 4″ x 3″ and the 4″ x 6″ Memory Protectors™, and the Picture My Life™ Live Your Day cards—which are no longer available for purchase!

Start making your decorations, and submit your guesses here on the blog! It’s sure to be a night to remember!

Recipes

Star Cake Toppers
Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Skewers

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2½” Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 4, p. 68)
 
Popcorn Holders
X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
6¼” 3D Object <m> (cut several, p. 67)

Artistry
1″ Shift+Icon-1 <S> (cut several, p. 22)
 
Star Drink Tags
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2 ½” Shift+3D Object <D> (cut several, p. 53)
 
Prop Sticks and Polaroid Frame
1386 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Skewers, Chalk

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
5 ½” Accent 4 <a> (cut 2, p. 51)
1½” Shift+Accent 2 <M> (cut 2, p. 67)
3½” Shift+Accent 4 <Mom> (cut 2, p. 74)

Artistry
5½” Icon-2 <1> (cut 2, p. 1)
2¼” Icon-1 <s> (cut 2, p. 22)
2¼” Shift+Icon-1 <S> (cut 2, p. 22)
11½” Background <x> (cut several, p. 32)
2½” Shift <Father> (cut 2, p. 40)
2 ½” <NewYears> (cut 2, p. 50)
2 ½” Shift <NewYears> (cut 2, p. 50)

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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