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!

New products from Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhhellolovely #weddingscrapbook #vintagescrapbook

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

New products from Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhalbums #weddingscrapbook #mintalbum #weddingscrapbook

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

Paper Suites

New products from Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhsugarrush #valentinesdaycrafts #valentinesdaygifts #valentinesgifts #diytreattags

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

New products from Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincuts #scrapbookingdies #cuttlebug #scrapbooking

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!

New products from Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #boyscrapbook #scrapbooking

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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