Hello Spring!

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Even though we knew it was coming, as it does every year, spring is sneaking up on us fast! Technically it won’t be spring for another couple weeks, so there’s still time to pull out and sort through all of those brightly colored decorations. (Phew!)

And because spring is all about new beginnings, we have a few fun things in store for you to add to your stash! Just keep reading! 😉

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First, we want to show you how to dress up a wreath you may already have with a fun pennant banner made using our Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies (which are 25% off through the end of the month as part of our Die-namite! sale).

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If you look closely, you’ll see that we layered each of our letters with silver foil. Using our Thin Cuts, we cut our sentiment out twice, once out of White Daisy cardstock and then again out of silver foil paper. The silver foil letters were cut in half and then attached to the White Daisy using an adhesive runner. Then, we attached the letters with thin 3-D foam tape onto individual pennants that would later form our banner. To make the pennants, we simply cut 1½” x 3¾” rectangles and dovetailed one of the ends.

Attach the pennants to white twine using a hot glue gun to spell out your words—one word per strand of twine. Make sure to leave enough twine on the ends to tie the banners to the wreath.

You can make a banner like this one for pretty much any occasion just by changing the sentiment. From welcoming a new season, to holidays, or birthdays—the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts give you the tools for spelling out whatever it is you want to celebrate in style!

And since we are talking seasonal décor, we have a special treat for those of you who’ve made it this far: two FREE printables for the upcoming Easter season.

 

Download your 8″ x 10″ printable here:

He is Risen
My Redeemer Lives

As we celebrate this season of new beginnings, we thank you for reading and sharing this blog. Our hope is that the inspirational artwork ideas and tips we present here help crafters of all types to discover their creativity and to exercise their creative muscles in new, exciting ways. Happy Easter!


Recipe:

Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z3216 White Twine, Z3372 Adhesive Runner, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, 12″ Wreath, Hot Glue Gun

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Holiday Favorites

As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of our current idea book, Holiday Expressions. And, even though it may a bit taboo to choose a favorite child, we went for it and picked out a few of our favorite products from this catalog to show you just how versatile they really are and that they can be used outside of the holiday season.

First up, the Tree Line Border Thin Cuts.

It’s easy to associate pine trees with Christmas, the majority of us have one dominating our living rooms for the entire month of December (or more!) every year. But, lets not forget that before they got all dressed up for the party these beautiful trees had a more rustic existence.

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These tree line dies can be used in multiple ways to invoke a natural scene. Their design allows for you to use one border at a time or to stack the die cuts, as we’ve done here, creating a more dimensional setting.

Another favorite is the My Acrylix® Oh Snap! stamp set.

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If you’re reading this post, you’re hanging with the crowd that doesn’t need a holiday to preserve memories. We’re all about capturing life’s moments, no matter the season.

Next up, we chose a more subtle and less obvious embellishment—the Cats & Bats Dots.

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We have black and Emerald enamel dots. Yes, they work perfectly with this year’s Halloween collection, but these little guys are a force to be reckoned with all on their own. Embellishments like these are great to have on hand to add a splash of color any time you need it. And the low price means you can really stock up on these babies and use them on project after project!

Find merriment in anything and everything with our Merry Everything Cut Above® tag kit.

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Gifts should be shared all year round!

For the last highlight, even though we love all of our children the same, take a look at what we did with our leaf embossing folder below.

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We love so many of our products that will be retiring in just a few weeks, it was difficult to list just a few. Take advantage of your opportunity to snatch up these items while you still can and remember that just because they are featured in the Holiday Expressions idea book doesn’t mean you can’t use them outside of the holidays. Revisit your catalog and take a look at those products again, thinking outside the holiday gift box!

Have you used any of our holiday products in a non-holiday way? Share your creative ideas below! We love hearing from you!


Recipes

4¼” x 5½” Birthday Wishes Card (Vertical)
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
3″ Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #MD389A5)

5″ x 7″Reach for the Stars Frame
B1565 My Acrylix® A New Adventure Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Die-cutting Machine

12″ x 12″ Capture Life Today Page
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2¼” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #mD389A5)

5″ x 5″ Smiles Mini Album
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3089 Grey Gems, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack

12″ x 12″ Happy Place Page
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5969 Emerald Cardstock, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Treat Bag Topper
D1731 My Acrylix® Eat Cate & Celebrate Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Merry Everything Gifts
M1188 My Acrylix® Celebrate Stamp Set, C1684 My Acrylix® Inked with Love Stamp Set, Z4049 Cut Above® Tag Kit—Merry Everything, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
2¾” Background <z> (cut 2, p. 31)

12″ x 12″ Home Layout
Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3: Pattern 12, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3357 Better Together Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Celebrate Card (Vertical)
D1731 My Acrylix® Eat Cake & Celebrate Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Embossing Machine, Sewing Machine

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Usher in a New Season

Earlier this year we showed you how to use the Cricut® Flower Market Collection for a springtime monogram. Today we have some artwork that just goes to show that this truly is a collection for all seasons! Take a look at this beautiful wreath celebrating the upcoming fall!

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Starting with a simple grapevine wreath, we decorated our piece with paper flowers and leaves in stunning fall colors. (Picking our colors was easy—we just turned to our brand new fall-themed paper packets from the Holiday Expressions idea book, which is available for purchase as of September 1.)

When working with Cricut® shapes in your décor, add dimension and life by curling and bending petals and leaves. Add embellishments, like buttons and ribbons, for more textures, details, and volume.

With its changing leaves in rich hues of reds, oranges, and yellows, fall is by far the most colorful season of the year to draw inspiration from. Bring some of those glowing vibrant tones into your home by creating some of your own décor pieces—it’s all about where your creativity takes you!


Recipe

Fall Wreath
Z4041 Falling for You—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, X5952 Nutmeg Cardstock, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z3385 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, 18″ Grapevine Wreath, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes: 
Flower Market
3″ Shift + Icon <J> (cut 8, p. 27, #MD6F435)
4½” <Chrsnthm> (cut 2, p. 47, #MFADEB0)

You Are Here
2½” Icon-4 <a> (cut 18, p. 21, #M27629BD)
2½” Shift + Icon-4 <A> (cut 18, p. 21, #M27629BD)

Numbers starting with #M specify the image number in Cricut Design Space™

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New Year, New Products!

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There’s something special about the New Year: It’s a time filled with big hopes and dreams, renewed purpose and focus, and for all of us here at Close To My Heart, a new idea book packed with tons of new products!

If you haven’t had a chance to browse through our new idea book yet, you can look at the electronic version here. In the meantime, here’s a quick summary of what’s new!

Scrapbook Albums

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Now you can get pink, white, and Sea Glass My Legacy™ albums in both the D-ring and post-bound styles!

Paper Suites

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As always, we have new themed paper packets with coordinating Complements and embellishments! Check out our Sugar Rush collection, which is perfect for the sweetest Valentine’s Day projects ever!

Metal Dies—Words & Shapes

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We’ve got new Thin Cuts, including the cute “xoxo” that you see here! How adorable would that be on a Valentine’s Day card? We’ve also come out with basic hearts and circle shapes as well as coordinating stamps that fit perfectly on these shapes.

More Complements!

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We’ve got more Complements that coordinate with our Fundamentals paper packets.

Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet  +  My Boy Complements

Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet  +  My Girl Complements

Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet  +  Springtime Complements

Basics Fundamentals Paper Packets  +  Snapshot Complements

Beginner Scrapbooking Kits

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We are SUPER stoked about our new Cut Above™ layout kits. These kits contain all the materials you need to make one traditional layout, like you see above, as well as a coordinating pocket scrapbooking layout.
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The pieces are all pre-cut, so all you have to do is follow the instructions and attach the pieces as shown! These kits are great for those new to scrapbooking to get their feet wet with two different styles of scrapbooking.


Now, in addition to all the product in our new idea book, we also have a very exciting special product for the month of January—a DIY succulent wreath kit! To see how this kit works, check out the video below!

Which new products are YOU most excited about? Tell us in the comments below!

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Quench Your Thirst for Stamping

Anyone craving a sip of a refreshing stamping technique? Slide your glass over and we’ll pour you a drink. Today we’re bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at the technique our artist used to create this cool drink of summer.
(Look familiar? That’s because this comes straight from page 28 of Seasonal Expressions 2!)

Here’s what you’ll need to mix up this cooler:

• B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer
• Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z726 Sponge Daubers
• Z1091 Finishing Files

Ready? Let’s get stamping!

Step 1: Using Pixie ink, stamp bottle image on pad so the top ¾” of the image is not inked. Once inked, achieve a second generation stamp by stamping the bottle first onto your desk pad (or other scratch piece of paper) and then onto your tag.

Step 2: Next, use a sponge dauber to lightly ink the edges of the bottle stamp with Whisper ink. Use another sponge dauber to ink the top of the bottle stamp with Glacier ink. Now stamp this image over the original Pixie bottle image on the tag.

Step 3: Using Whisper ink and a sponge dauber, lightly apply a small amount of ink to the bottom of the bottle stamp in an oval shape. Stamp bottle image again over previous image.

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Step 4: Using Thistle ink, stamp straw image onto the bottle, allowing it to rest at the bottom left of the Whisper oval and exit through the top of the bottle.

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Step 5: Use a sanding file to softly rub away a line to the right of the straw. This will give the bottle a highlight, creating a more glasslike appearance.

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Voila! You have now stamped one delicious beverage. Enjoy! We hope your artistic thirst has been quenched. 🙂

*For the materials needed to create the rest of this tag (including those mouthwatering lemons), please consult our handy recipe guide.

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Seasonal Expressions 1 Contest Winners

Time’s up! Let’s find out who the winners of the Seasonal Expressions 1 Contest are.

maryn2012 (December 1 at 11:10 am)
Chris Robertson (December 1 at 12:01 pm)
Susie Clinton (December 1 at 12:30 pm)
Sue Ashman (December 1 at 1:33 pm)
Melinda Everitt (December 1 at 4:02 pm)
Marcia (December 1 at 6:29 pm)
Tina Slager (December 1 at 10:41 pm)
Kelly Maatman (December 2 at 12:28 pm)
Heather (December 2 at 7:36 pm)
Charlene Kelch Ricketts (December 4 at 2:59 pm)

Congratulations, winners! Now it’s time to claim your prize. Please email us at ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with “Seasonal Expressions 1 contest winner” as the subject line and your mailing address in the body copy. We can then send you one of the two gorgeous, new paper packets from Seasonal Expressions 1.

Enjoy the goodies!

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Seasonal Expressions 1 Contest

It’s December 1 and the very first Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book is now available to the world. Hurray for 37 pages of the finest paper, stamps, and goodies in the land!

Seasonal Expressions cover photo

So what will you fall for first? The lovely Heartstrings paper packet? The fresh designs of the spring-inspired Workshops on the Go® Hopscotch scrapbooking kit? Or perhaps the chunky, twisted Pixie extra thick twine? Ah, the possibilities!

Tell us the product from Seasonal Expressions 1 that sets your heart most aflutter for a chance to win a free Heartstrings or Hopscotch paper packet! We’ll randomly select a handful of winners and post their names here on December 8, one week from today.

Happy crafting!

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Seasonal Expressions Sneak Peek

We have another little treat for you, but this time it’s a delight for your papercrafting palate, not your sweet tooth. It’s a small taste of the Seasonal Expressions idea book, hot off the press! This 8½” x 11″ page-turner packs a lot of punch within its 37 beautiful pages.Seasonal Expressions Sneak PeakOur lucky friends down in Australia get their copies at Australasia Convention today!

We can’t wait until we get to share them with the rest of you. Trust us, you’re definitely going to like what’s inside. We’ll be serving them up to the general public on December 1, 2014.

Mark your calendars—it’s going to be big.

*Editor’s Note: Close To My Heart Consultants can access Seasonal Expressions 1 in Online Office beginning on October 18 and they can order physical copies beginning on October 20. The remaining general public will gain access on December 1. Consultant preview orders can begin on November 1 and all other orders can begin December 1. Although the name and release date may connote a holiday theme, the products contained within Seasonal Expressions 1 are not holiday centered as the life of this idea book will extend until April 1, 2015.

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