A Year of Great Products!

Happy (almost) New Year from Close To My Heart! 2015 has been amazing, and we know 2016 will be just as good! At this time of looking back and looking forward, we thought we would show you some of our favorite products that debuted in 2015 and some products we think will top 2016’s charts from the brand new Seasonal Expressions 1, which goes live January 1!

Let’s start with five of our favorites from 2015: 

1. InstalifeIt isn’t any surprise that this adorable line was a top-seller last year. Instalife makes creating a fun-sized, trendy album of mini memories quick and easy.

2. Fundamentals. Whether it’s filled with papers, stickers, or assortments, a Fundamentals package is always a lifesaver. Because these staples come in our exclusive colors, you’ll always have the materials to match your latest layout or card. They’re helpful and adorable!

Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof20153. Paper Packets. Our paper packets are well loved for their cute and coordinating designs that can liven up any project! Several of our paper packets were top-selling items this year, with Zoe being number one.

4. Cut Above. We love Cut Above because it helps you create charming, handmade cards in a flash. For instance, our friend, Dapper Giraffe, and his card kit will get you ten party-themed cards faster than you can say “Happy Birthday!”

Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof20155. Stamp of the Month Sets. A lot of you are taking advantage of our Stamp of the Month sets—proof that you know a good deal when you see one! You can always get the current Stamp of the Month for a really great price with a qualifying purchase. Like you, we love a good deal. 🙂

2015 was a pretty great year, wasn’t it? And 2016 is going to be just as great! Here are five of our favorites from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 that we think really set the tone for an exciting new year:

1. Everyday Life™. Our planner system has already been a huge hit, and we know everyone is going to love using it all year long! We also know you’ll love the My Crush® Everyday Life pages and the Everyday Life washi tape, which, when paired with the planner pages, help you organize your life and preserve your memories at the same time! Also, have you heard about January’s special? We’ll be offering an exclusive Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program that will complement your planner perfectly!

Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof2015

2. Workshops Your Way. We are so excited about this new program! Our new Workshops Your Wayscrapbooking kits come with materials and instructions for creating three scrapbook layouts and a Picture My Life layout! And since we know you love using up every last bit, we’ve also designed adorable cards you can make using the remaining workshop materials and a few extra items.Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof2015

3. Thin Cuts. These little beauties look like cookie cutters and let you cut shapes that coordinate perfectly with certain stamp sets. Just put them through your die cutting machine with a piece of paper, and then stamp the matching image onto the shape. 

4. Base & Bling Necklace Cards. Do you love using Base & Bling to create personalized gifts? Wait ‘til you see these! Using the My Acrylix® Friendly Wishes stamp set, you can stamp a special message onto the necklace card, add a splash of watercolor, and attach the necklace. Slide it all into the sealable bag, and you’re ready to give someone a dazzling gift!

Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof20156. Picture My Life White Overlays. You’ve loved them in gold, you’ve loved them in black—and now you’re going to love them in white! Picture My Life overlays are clear cards with foil designs that you can slip over your photos or cards in your pocket scrapbooking for an extra bit of flair.

Doesn’t this list get you excited for 2016? With products like these, creating beautiful artwork to preserve your memories or discover your inner artist will be an exciting adventure! Tell us below which products you’re most excited about from Seasonal Expressions 1!

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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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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