Crazy for Calypso

Ready to be whisked away to scrapbooking paradise? The Calypso paper packet is colorful and happy, with cute designs like flamingos and pineapples that have us dreaming of slipping off to a tropical oasis. In the “relaxation sensation” of Calypso, today we just want to inspire you with fresh ideas for using Calypso in your scrapbooking.

Use the Calypso papers to capture your summer memories. #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #crafting #summer

Just like the beautiful beach in these photos, this Calypso layout feels calm and serene. A pocket scrapbooking card, which comes with the paper packet, made for easy, breezy journaling, and a beautiful way to tell the story of the photos.

Use the Calypso papers to capture your summer memories. #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #crafting #summer

Love the flamingos on this page? You can get your own flock of flamingos for your scrapbook pages with the Tickled Pink stamp set and the coordinating Thin Cuts dies, which make cutting precise shapes for stamping almost effortless.

Now we want to see YOUR Calypso layouts! Share them with us by using the hashtag #ctmhcalypso when sharing your artwork on social media.

Recipes 

12″ x 12″ Aloha Layout
B1527 My Acrylix® Hawaiian Hibiscus stamp set, X7210B Calypso Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7210C Calypso Complements, Z3215 Calypso Sequins, Z3216 White Twine, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
¾” Shift <Font> “SUNSHINE”

12″ X 12″ Pineapple Layout
C1651 My Acrylix® Tickled Pink, X7210B Calypso Paper Packet, X5772 Canary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7210C Calypso Complements, Z3215 Calypso Sequins, Z3228 Tickled Pink Thin Cuts, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
7″ Icon-2 <z> (p. 31)

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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Well Hello, Paradise!

With the weekend still a day away, we’re going to whisk you off to paradise with a brand new stamp set called Hello Paradise!Buy two stamp sets, get one free! #stampaganza #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #vacation

Tropical flowers and leaves paired with stylized sentiments make this stamp set great for decorating scrapbook pages of your favorite getaways. But it also makes simply exotic cards:Buy two stamp sets, get one free! #stampaganza #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #vacation

Check out that colorful parrot hiding among the leaves below!Buy two stamp sets, get one free! #stampaganza #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #vacation

As you can see, this stamp set is perfect for scrapbooking AND cardmaking. And did we mention it is only available until March 31? Better act quickly before paradise slips out of reach!

Thankfully, now is the time perfect time to get it because Stampaganza is still going on—for every two stamp sets you purchase, you get one free! So, treat yourself to this exclusive stamp set, and then tell us in the comments below—where is YOUR paradise? 🙂

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Paradise Page
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3204 Maritime Puffies, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Happy in Paradise Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, D1683 My Acrylix® Woodland Romance, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

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Smiles All Around: Summer Party Fun

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We’ve been talking a lot about travel this month—with two more travel posts still to come 🙂 —but when it comes to having fun, we know that there is plenty to be found when you stay close to home, too! Though it has been a full, busy summer here at Close To My Heart, we know how important it is to cut loose and party once in a while! Our annual summer party is always a great time to come together with our families and celebrate all the great things we’ve accomplished.

This year’s festivities took place at the Provo Beach Resort, where we enjoyed bowling, laser-tag, croquet, a ropes course, and tons of other fun activities.

As you can see from all the photos, this year’s summer party was full of smiles. We don’t know about you, but for all the great work that these people do day in and day out for Close To My Heart, we think that those smiles are well-deserved!

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We truly cherish these moments to celebrate our relationships with family and friends. Close To My Heart is a company where every relationship matters, and our annual summer party was a great way to create the type of memories that matter most in life.

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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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Come Sail Away: Using Thoughtful Details to Drift Back to Cherished Memories

Examining the intricate patterns on a seashell, feeling wet sand seep between your toes, hearing the laughter of family members as someone slips into the surf—these small, simple moments are what create lifetime memories. They are the sunshine that gives us hope amid life’s hurricanes.

The small and simple details are also what help a scrapbook page capture these small, simple moments from family escapades. Details help us slow down, examine the heartfelt artwork, and reminisce about cherished days past.

The page shown below is a wonderful example of this. It was created using our vintage Seaside paper packet, which serves as a foundation for the addition of many meaningful details.

Ocean Bliss

Notice the intricate chevron stitching on the Colonial White cardstock portion of the page. The pattern switches direction in the middle of the page and again at the bottom. The stitching gives texture to the page, and switching the direction of the pattern helps capture the eye even more.

Now, if you look closely, you’ll also notice the streaked finish on the “Beach Bum” and “Good Day Sunshine” stamps, which adds to the weathered feel of the Seaside paper packet. You can replicate this effect in your own artwork by sliding your stamp in a downward direction across an ink pad to create a streaked look. Then simply stamp the image as normal.

Embossing is another thoughtful detail you can add to your page. The gold embossing on the title pairs well with the golden tones in the Seaside paper packet and enhances the nautical theme by creating what looks like glittery sand.

You can see this same beautiful embossing on the card below made from the Seaside paper packet:

Hello Summer Card

The card really catches your eye with that gold embossing, doesn’t it? The gold sequins bring out the shimmer of the embossing even more, as does the lovely anchor charm from our Base & Bling line.

The use of Glacier thick twine adds an additional nautical feel to the card, creating the impression that this was the very rope that pulled the anchor up from sea.

The subtle seashell pattern on the Glacier cardstock ties everything together, making for a memorable card that will surely add sunshine to anyone’s day.

As you work on your crafts this summer, remember this—in life (and in crafting), it’s the small and simple things that matter most. So don’t forget to incorporate small and simple details into your artwork! After all, these are the details that will end up meaning the most when others look through your albums and receive your cards. Why? Because these are the details that really matter.

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Ocean Bliss Page
Reflections: Half & Half—Tags
E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
½”, ¼”, and ⅛” <Heart1> (cut several, p. 26)
½” and ⅛” Shift+Layer <Heart1> (cut several, p. 26)

Artbooking
3 ½” Photo Mat 1 <AllStar> (cut 3, p. 83)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello Summer Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 27
C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, C1594 My Acrylix® Treasured Friendship, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2014 Base & Bling Journey Charms, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Thread

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Find YOUR Summertime Stamp Set

Which summertime diva are you? The sun goddess who can gracefully lounge for hours at the beach? The adventurous mountaineer who proudly wears her bumps and bruises like medals? The barbecuing and sweet-treat baking beauty? The late night “read-everything-in-sight” bookworm? The backyard mama who sumo wrestles her kids to lather on the sunscreen? Whichever describes you, our summer stamp sets will be sure to pair perfectly with your unique summertime memories.

Our My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle stamp set works great for those nature lovers out there…way out there…on a mountain somewhere. It also lends itself to all other sorts of adventures, like a vacation in Hawaii, which is depicted in the page below. Our brilliant artist played off the mountain-like shape in the photo by using the Great Adventure stamp, and we think it’s pretty rockin’. 🙂

Stamps for summer

Our My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer stamp set is great for summertime party invitations or layouts about the greatest, tastiest summer feasts. This stamp set would also make a very cute companion for the Taste of Summer paper packet we offered in May. But that’s not all this stamp set can do! Take a look at the martini umbrella stamp on this beach-themed page:

Stamps for summer

How adorable is that? The possibilities are endless! This fun-in-the-sun page also showcases our My Acrylix® Hello Summer stamp set, one of our most versatile summer stamp sets. It’s perfect for beach adventures, vacations, and any sort of fun in the sun. It’d even work great for those days spent indoors when you just have to retreat from the heat.

You’ll definitely want to grab these stamp sets to commemorate your summertime fun, and if you do it in July, we’ll sweeten the deal! If you make a qualifying purchase in current, retail priced stamps, like these summertime stamp sets, you’ll get the July Stamp of the Month set FREE! It’s like we’re rewarding you just for enjoying your summer!

So go ahead—order your summertime stamps now, and then start your summertime festivities! After your fun in the sun (or shade!), you’ll be all set to preserve your summer memories—which makes even your summer scrapbooking relaxing. And honestly, who couldn’t use a little more relaxation? 🙂

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Great Adventure Page
Magic: Card Trick
C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, X7195B Jackson Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1245 Olive Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
1 ¾” <Font> “2014”

12″ x 12″ Fun & Sun Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1:Pattern 17
B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
3″ Title <y> (p. 53)

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A Little Bit of Love

This month’s Summer Crush campaign has everyone feeling a little enamored and we can see why! When you purchase any of the My Crush® books offered in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book and their accompanying assortments, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE!

Summer Crush campaign

There are so many ways to fall madly in love with these crush-worthy books, but we wanted to share just a peek at another way to love them—a peek inside the books, that is. When you open any one of the wonderful books offered, you will soon see that the papers contained inside the covers are so beautifully designed, they may just jump right out of the covers and onto your scrapbook pages.

The page below features an entire page ripped from the My Crush® Modville book that was then sewn directly onto the page base for a trendy edge. Try it out for yourself! Add some stamping from the free My Acrylix® Reel Life stamp set, some journaling squares, additional stitching, and some Aqua Dots and you’ve got the ingredients for success!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

For a more streamlined look, try trimming blocks of paper from the pages you adore from your My Crush® Bluebird book and attaching them to your page base. Then pull a title and other shapes—like the banners and flower—from the assortment. Add some Oceanside sequins and stamping from the My Acrylix® Love This stamp set, like the pretty little butterfly, and you’re set with some swoon-worthy springtime art!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

The list of possibilities contained within the covers of each My Crush book is practically endless, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to become infatuated with these spectacular product pairings. This offer is only good through the end of June, and once these My Crush books are gone they are gone for good. So fall in love today by choosing your favorite My Crush pairing, adding your FREE stamp set, and getting your order in as fast as possible! Because who doesn’t need a little extra love in their life?

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Life Page
Reflections: Quartet—Border Cutout™
B1431 My Acrylix® Reel Life, Z1855 My Crush® Modville Book, Z1886 My Crush® Besties Assortment, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Currently Page
Reflections: Front and Center—Main Idea™
B1432 My Acrylix® Love This, Z1856 My Crush® Bluebird Book, Z1889 My Crush® Favorites Assortment, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

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National Scrapbooking Month: One Final Taste

This month has been a rainbow explosion of Taste of Summer artwork! We’ve highlighted creations on the blog, our Facebook page, our Instagram account, and on this special Pinterest board. Sticky Boy even got in on the fun! It’s been a blast.

There are still a few days left to order the sensational Taste of Summer paper packet and stamp set before these fruits retire for good. But before we say goodbye to this beautiful duo, we want to leave you with one last burst of fruity cuteness.Unknown-8
Our favorite thing about this page is how seamlessly all of the colors are interwoven throughout its various elements. The pops of yellow in the girl’s shirt also appear in the citrus slices and the papers. Purple appears anywhere from the light splatters on the white cardstock to the glitter gems and the Shimmer Trim.

So cute! This page is further proof that these papers and stamps are always delicious together, no matter what kind of fruit salad creation you whip up.

And with that, we are officially signing off from Taste of Summer. We hope you relish these last two days. Thank you for your social media participation! We’ve loved seeing all of the beautiful things you can do with these products. It’s been berry sweet. 🙂

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Love This Girl Page
CC1039 My Acrylix® Taste of Summer Stamp Set, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim, Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

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National Scrapbooking Month: Pucker Up for Pocket Scrapbooking

We’re back with another installment featuring the jaw-dropping Taste of Summer paper packet! Today we bring you a pocket scrapbooking layout made from these juicy papers that we designed especially to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, one of our most exciting celebrations of the year.Unknown-2
Here are a few of our favorite things about this layout:

  • We love the contrast between the black and white photos and the popping Canary and Lagoon! It creates balance within the layout and keeps your eyes glancing back and forth between the smiling faces and the fruity sentiments.
  • The Taste of Summer stamps accent the papers, photos, and sentiments with just the right amount of zest.
  • It’s so fun to read through the page, discovering how the sentiments and journaling interact with the corresponding photos.
  • It’s all stitched up! Don’t you think these homegrown touches are reminiscent of the simple life that comes with the lazy days and warm nights of summer?
  • Each card tells its own little piece of the story. We think it’s super sweet how this story begins at the top of the page and moves on down along with the progression of the photos—all the way up to the final kiss!

We can’t wait to see what stories you’ll tell with your Taste of Summer! Use the hashtag #ctmhtos to share your projects on social media.

Recipe
CC1039 My Acrylix® Taste of Summer Stamp Set, CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2013 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim

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