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!

Recipes

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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Brilliant Birthdays: Put Some Flavor in Your Favors

We’re back with the final installment of the birthday series, and we’ve saved one of the most exciting parts for last—party favors!

Your favors are the finale for your party, the little piece that walks away with every guest. You want them to make a statement, but mostly you want them to be quick and easy!

Here we have a handful of ideas for favors that you can make quickly, but beautifully, with your Close To My Heart products. Have a blast experimenting with what favor is right for your party and then pick one to make!

Party Favor from a Designer Creations Paper Bag

Tuck your treat into a Designer Creations paper bag. Simply fold over the top and secure it with a mini staple, a mini clothespin, or a touch of adhesive, and you’ll have a secure package. Add a decorative touch with a Cricut® cut and a few of your favorite embellishments.

Party Favor from a Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit

Enjoy the simplicity of a Cut Above™ treat bag kit. The kit comes with 10 different bags and all the necessary trimmings, so most of the work is already done for you; all you need to do is assemble it! You can personalize the bag with a few additional embellishments. Here we’ve switched things up by using the color-coordinated sticker from the kit as an accessory for the tag instead of its intended use as a candy topper.

Party Favor from a Cricut® Artiste Box

Small or large, a Cricut® Artiste box is always a hit with friends and family! Wrap up a small treat in good style with a pillow box like this, or any of the other great boxes available on the cartridge. Decorate your little package to your liking until you’re sure you’ll delight your recipients. When cut from the Confetti Wishes papers, the boxes are already so cute you hardly need to add anything more!

We hope you enjoy planning every last detail of your birthday parties this coming year. If you have more ideas you wish to share with the rest of us, be sure to leave a comment below. Happy birthday-izing!

Recipes:
To You Pillow Box
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
4″ Shift+Font Layer (p. 28)

Birthday Treat Bag
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2097 Mini Staples

4U Paper Bag
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3028 Lovestruck Mini Clothespins

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
4″ Accent 1 (p. 31)

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Brilliant Birthdays: Royalty for a Day

From the desk of the artist who brought you the stupendous witch hats, we bring you a new kind of headdress designed especially for the little ones in your life. May we present our latest Close To My Heart birthday crown inventions!Crowns are the universal sign of royalty and prestige (even in the animal kingdom!), so a birthday crown will single out your birthday boy or girl in a wonderful way on their wonderful day. It will likely never leave their head once you put it there, so make one to stun. Grab your Cricut® machine and your favorite paper packet and prepare to forge a crown worthy of bestowal upon His or Her Majesty the birthday boy or girl!

Are you ready, jewelers? Let’s start forging!Her Majesty’s Birthday Coronation Crown
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad
Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker
Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z3024 White Shimmer Trim
Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3″ Accent 2 <BdayGirl> (p. 69)
1″ Shift+Accent 3 <X> (cut 9, p. 62)
1 ¾” Shift+3D Object <F> (cut 2, p. 54)
2 ¼” Shift+Accent 1 <E> (cut 2, p. 43)
2″ Shift+Accent 2 <E> (cut 2, p. 43)
3″ Shift+Accent 1 <D> (p. 53)
1 ½” Shift+Accent 4 <K> (cut 2, p. 58)
2″ Shift+Accent 4 <K> (p. 58)
1 ¼” Shift+Accent 4 <Easter> (cut 4, p. 73)
2 ½” Accent 2 <3> (p. 33)
2″ <BdayGirl> (p. 69)
1″ Shift+Accent 3 <L> (p. 58)


Tips for the jeweler:

  • To create both a support and a cover-all for the behind-the-scenes work of your crown, trace the outer edges of the tiara you cut from the Artiste cartridge onto Confetti Wishes B&T paper, trim, and adhere behind the original. Use Shimmer Trim to fill in select negative spaces if desired. Trace a second crown shape to place on the back of the entire centerpiece once you’ve finished.
  • After you pleat each of the yo-yos, adhere them to a small square of cardstock to make it easier to attach them to the base.
  • To create a headband for the centerpiece, cut two 1 ½” tall strips at a length that will fit the head of your royal guest of honor. Attach them to the centerpiece and adhere the ends together when it’s time to fit the crown.
  • To create the fashionably distressed embossed swirls, use a sponge dauber to get just the right silvery look.
  • You can make your sparkles match whatever color scheme you end up using! Just use ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers to color the sparkles.
  • Use both thin and regular 3-D foam tape to create differing dimensions on your crown.


His Majesty’s Birthday Coronation Crown
D1637 My Acrylix® Jumping Geometrics
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet
X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5758 Sunset Cardstock
X5759 Pacifica Cardstock
1275 Outdoor Denim Cardstock
Z891 VersaMark® Ink Pad
Z2010 White Enamel Stars
Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z1998 Chevron Border Punch
Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
7″ 3D Object <BdayBoy> (p. 68)
1 ½” <BdayBoy> (p. 68)
3″ Accent 1 <BdayBoy> (p. 68)
2 ¾” Shift+Accent 1 <Invited> (p. 68)
2 ¼” Accent 2 <BdayBoy> (p. 68)
2 ½” Shift+Accent 2 <BdayBoy> (p. 68)
2″ Shift+Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (p. 68)

Artbooking
5 ¾” RDS Shift+Overlay <&> (p. 44)

Art Philosophy
1″ <Star4> (cut several from different B&T papers and in various sizes, p. 40)


Tips for the jeweler:

  • Download this free crown pattern. Trace it onto the birthday hat cut from the Cricut® Artiste cartridge and then cut the crown shape from the birthday hat to create a crown bedazzled with star shapes. Back with your choice of B&T paper.
  • Trace your main crown shape again, this time onto B&T paper. Set it aside and save it for the end of your project, when you will attach it to the back of the entire centerpiece to cover all of the behind-the-scenes work of your crown.
  • To create a headband for the centerpiece, cut two 1 ½” tall strips at a length that will fit the head of your royal king or queen. Attach the strips to the centerpiece and adhere the ends together when it’s time to fit the crown.
  • After you cut the overlay from the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge, use the negative chevron strips to blast the planets and other space paraphernalia into outer space. Or should we say outer crown? 😉
  • Wondering how to get those out-of-this-world waves that you see on Saturn? The magic comes from the Jumping Geometrics stamp set (D1637). Use a sponge dauber on the ring to create an embossed, star-dusted gleam.
  • Use both thin and regular 3-D foam tape to create differing dimensions on your crown.

We hope your little ones enjoy being royalty for a day! Be sure to give them an extra dramatic bow of honor, just from us.

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Brilliant Birthdays: A Chance for the Kids to Shine

Ah, childhood birthdays. The stuff dreams are made of! Aside from the fatigued cheek muscles you exercised to make every last photo your best, your life was pretty good when birthdays were strictly about cake, ice cream, and presents.

And of course, you want the same joys for your kids. When it comes to birthdays, we, too, take too many pictures and want to get the decorations just right. We love them so much that we’re going to devote the entire month of January to the topic, and you are cordially invited to the celebration!

We adore birthdays for the fun opportunities they bring to dream up, create, and share exciting decorations and favors. We’ll be chatting about all that good stuff later in the month.

Today, however, we want to focus on a very unique opportunity a birthday lends a parent. A birthday is an excellent time to account for the changes that have accrued in your child’s life over those past 365 days. Here are some creative ideas on using birthdays to preserve the memory of your little ones while they are still little.

Confetti Wishes Birthday Page

Can you think of a better paper fit for the birthdays you’ll celebrate this year than the festive Confetti Wishes paper packet? This paper packet is spot on for such celebrations and will coordinate with your photos perfectly.

This page uses some of our favorite Picture My Life™ cards in creative ways. The mini album in the top right corner is cleverly concealed until you take a closer look—isn’t that cool?

Birthday Page Mini Album

Have your child respond to the prompts on these Picture My Life cards in their own handwriting, then turn them into your scrapbooked artwork. What a keepsake for the both of you in years to come!

Birthday Page Mini Album

Birthday Page Mini Album

Use stamps, washi tape, and other embellishments to ornament the pages of your mini album. Use pieces that will help tell the story of your child’s year and current favorites. You could use their favorite colors, stamp sentiments that fit them just right, or even tidbits of their school projects.

Confetti Wishes Birthday Page

Did you notice that not all the other cards on the page are from the Picture My Life line? That’s right, folks: many of these are handmade 3″ x 4″ cards, done with the simple punch of a corner rounder and decorated to contribute to the theme of the page. If you love the idea of creating your own Picture My Life cards, there are also dozens of adorable design options you can cut using the Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge.

Here are some more ideas for documenting your child’s birthday with a little extra depth and personality:

• Have each guest at your child’s birthday party write a short note or memory about your child. Include these notes in a pocket on your child’s birthday page or use them to make a Picture My Life page.
• Have your child write a list of the presents they were given. Include a photo of your child with their presents as well as the thank-you cards they’ll be sending out.
• Create an extra birthday party invitation to include in your scrapbook.
• Take pictures of the cake, the food, and the decorations at your child’s birthday party. It may not seem like it now, but in a few years they will love looking back to remember the party theme!

Years from now, you and your kids will look back with delight at the memories you made and captured together. In the meantime, enjoy a slice of cake and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

Recipe:
C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, B1464 My Acrylix® Puppy Party, D1630 My Acrylix® Curlicue Alphabet, B1465 My Acrylix® Glitter Glam, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, Z1944 Picture My Life™ Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Program, Z2018 Picture My Life™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program, Z1945 Picture My Life™ Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7189C Confetti Wishes Complements, Z2044 Confetti Wishes Assortment, X7184C Chalk It Up Complements, Z3010 Wanderful Assortment, Z1931 Honey Triangles Washi Tape, Z2004 Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, Z1932 Silver Geometric Washi Tape, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z1912 Corner Rounder

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
7″ Title (p. 77)

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Treats Take Flight into Eerie Nights

Double, double, toil and trouble,
We’ve got new ideas a’bubble.
Add them to your craft regime
For cute new looks that make you scream!

We bring you the spells for two fun and simple handcrafted goodie bags you can fill with your favorite seasonal treats. Conjure some up for yourself to use as party favors or table decor.

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Your treats will fly off the table when you place them in these adorable broomstick bags! Use the box shape seen on page 67 of the Cricut® Artiste booklet as your base shape. Trim box into 1/8″ strips to form the bristles of the broom. Give your broom a handle by adding a knobbly twig.

Broomsticks

Broomstick Treat Bags
C1509 My Acrylix® Magic Potions, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, Z3011 Scaredy Cat Assortment, Z2010 White Enamel Stars

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
1½” Accent 4 <6> (p. 36)
1¼” Shift+Accent 2 <#> (p. 33)
2½” Card <w> (p. 42)
2¼” Card <i> (p. 48)
4″ 3D Object <m> (p. 67)

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You don’t need Halloween-themed paper to make a Halloween project. The toothy grins on these treat bags were cut by the Cricut® Artiste cartridge and mounted on colorful sheets from various Paper Fundamentals assortments. Make your own by cutting out the box shape seen on page 75 of the Cricut® Artiste booklet and trimming the top edges in a jagged fashion. Fill them with wrapped treats of your choice and set them out for all to enjoy.

Treat Bags

Jack-O’-Lantern and Frankenstein Treat Bags
1386 Black Cardstock, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2¾” Accent 3 <Hallween> (p. 77)
3″ Shift+Accent 3 <Boo> (p. 77)
5″ 3D Object <FtherDay> (p. 75)

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