10 New Tools & Products to Add to Your Crafting Arsenal

2018 HE Cover

It’s an exciting time of year, folks! As promised, our Holiday Expressions idea book catalog was released just a few days ago and it is filled to the brim with new, cutting edge tools and products to add to your holiday and non-holiday crafting arsenal. We’ve gathered a few of our favorites for you below, but there just isn’t enough room to share “all the things,” so make sure to flip through the whole catalog so you don’t miss anything! 🙂

Love of Color

Never second-guess your color choices again with this new, inspirational color guide! Love of Color brings the exclusive Close To My Heart color palette to life with breathtaking artwork that illustrates how to create perfectly balanced color combinations. Organized by color, each spread focuses on an exclusive color shown in three different color schemes.

Pigment Pads

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We now have pigment ink options available in our patented Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads! This acid-free, fade-resistant pigment ink dries quickly and permanently on most papers and porous surfaces after heat-setting. Available in our full-size ink pads, the new pigment pads feature raised pads that are approximately 3¾” x 2½”—larger than average and easier to use. Available in Candy Apple, Pixie, Sapphire, Clover, Espresso, Black, and White Daisy.

Texture Pastes

Build dimensional textures right on your artwork with texture pastes! Available in opaque matte, transparent matte, and transparent gloss, these pastes can be used alone with a palette knife or paired with stencil sheets to create more intricate patterns.

Shimmer Brushes

We loooove the effects created by our clear and gold shimmer brushes so much that we now have them in several additional colors—Sugarplum, red, black, and Mint. Take a look at the video below to see them in action!

Shaker Window Kits

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Assembling a shaker window has never been easier! With these trusty tools, you are sure to get hooked on this throw-back trend!

Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti

Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti

Cuts a window and confetti shapes to use for a 2½” shaker window.

Gold and Silver Loose Sequins

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Add some sparkle and shine to those shaker windows.

Shaker Window Foam & Acetate

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New Thin Cuts

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From decorative borders, to fancy tags, snowflakes, and merry sentiments, we are sure you will want these new sets in your crafting toolbox!

Season of Joy Cricut® Collection

Prepare to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the dynamic shape designs in the new Season of Joy collection!

Season-of-Joy

This collection features over 45 images and projects, including several seasonal icons, titles, and sentiments, as well as a collection of 3-D projects that you can create after a few simple cuts on your Cricut® machine.

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Holiday Kitchen

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Because food plays such an important role in so many of our favorite holiday traditions, we couldn’t help but make another Cut Above® recipe kit—this time with some holiday flair! The Holiday Kitchen Cut Above® recipe kit includes everything you need to get all those recipes in one place together with the stories and memories that make them so special!

All Things Sugarplum

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There’s a new kid in town and it goes by the name Sugarplum—our 2018 Color of the Year! This exclusive shade will only be available for a limited time, so make sure you get it in all of its available forms: stamp pad, pigment pad, re-inker, cardstock, glitter paper, shimmer brush, and more!

Beautiful Soul

We are on a mission to change the lives of as many children as possible by restoring something that no child should be without—their smile.

Operation-Smile

In recent years, Close To My Heart has annually dedicated the proceeds of one stamp set to the efforts of Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgeries to repair cleft left lips and palates in children around the world. Starting with our new Holiday Expressions catalog, we are now dedicating one stamp set per catalog—that means three stamp sets a year—to this very worthy cause.

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Purchase this catalog’s Operation Smile™ stamp set, My Acrylix® Beautiful Soul, encourage others to do so, or simply get on our site and make a straight donation to Operation Smile™.

So what do you think of our 2018 Holiday Expressions line up? Which products are you just dying to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below!

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An Inside Look at Convention 2016

We don’t know about you, but thinking back to Convention last week gives us all the feels! From the happiness of seeing dear friends and the excitement of revealing new products, to the amazement of seeing our Consultants’ generosity toward Operation Smile and the pride of watching our award recipients come on stage—Convention 2016 is sure to be a core memory we’ll revisit again and again!

In fact, let’s revisit it right now! Join us as we take a train of thought to Convention Island!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

We got an inside look at how Jeanette’s creative mind works—well, sort of! General Session on Thursday morning took us inside the mind of Founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton. Inspired by the Disney movie Inside Out, characters named Adventure, Whimsy, Enchantment, and Basics, who run the control panel inside Jeanette’s head, helped her invent our brand new Fundamentals line! Additionally, on Saturday Consultants got to attend a Q&A with Jeanette, which, as always, made us laugh and cry. We sure love Jeanette!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

The Directors Dinner proved truly magical. Directors enjoyed a delicious meal together, which included a great photo op with Mickey and Minnie, after which they boarded boats to take in the spectacular Disney firework show. We love spoiling our Directors—they work so hard and deserve some pampering!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Our 25-year longevity Consultants got up close and personal with Jeanette. Consultants who have been with us for 25 years got a personal meeting with Jeanette. It was a beautiful moment, as they reminisced about the past and looked forward to the future.

Sticky Boy found his love! If you’ve been following Sticky Boy’s Facebook account, it probably won’t surprise you that he met up with his one, his only, Sticky Girl! Lucky Consultants found her hanging out at Convention on the walls, tables, and other surfaces.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Our Consultants raised A TON of money for Operation Smile. Consultants donated over $28,500 for Operation Smile in connection with Convention!!!!!! Can you believe it? It was a treat to hear from Dr. Ruben Ayala, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Operation Smile, share more about the vision and purpose of this great organization.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

The highest selling bundle in our Operation Smile auction, created by the talented Michelle Synder, went for $1,500! We are so proud to be associated with such generous, selfless women.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Did somebody say new products? We sure did! We gave all of our attendees a copy of both our new Annual Inspirations idea book AND our Holiday Expressions idea book. We also gave away heaps of brand new products, including brand new scrapbooking albums! But for now, these new items are Consultant-only—they’ll be available to everyone starting in August, and we can hardly wait for you to see what we’ve been working on for the past year!

As we wrap up this trip down memory lane, we want to thank everyone who attended Convention, whether in person or virtually. And thank you to all of our Consultants—you inspire all we do, and we feel privileged to work with each of you. We hope to see you all at Convention 2017 in Salt Lake City next year!

***GIVEAWAY***

We want to see the Convention scrapbook layouts you create using our Magical paper packet. Share a picture of your Magical layout with Convention pictures on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention for a chance to win one of our brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking albums! Be sure to post your picture by July 25, because on July 28, we’ll randomly select five winners and announce them on the blog!

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