Sweet and Simple Class Valentines

In less than two weeks, our children will be off to school to swap valentines with their friends. As the crafty moms of these precocious little people, we immediately volunteer to make these sentiments of affection ourselves because, why not? And then you find out from your child’s teacher that he has 25 friends in his class. No problem, you’ve got this! DIY valentines don’t have to be complicated to be cute or clever.

Here are two ideas for quick and simple school valentines you can make yourself that your child will be happy to share:

School kids love new pencils—it’s a thing. There’s something special, a sense of pride even, when a child gets to use a pretty new pencil to do their schoolwork.

Embellish your pencils with a flag made from some of your pretty paper and, presto! All that’s left is for your child to sign the back of it.

If you’re set on a sweet valentine, pick your treat and add a tag.

Simple and Sweet School Valentines #ctmh #closetomyheart #simple #easy #school #valentine #day #pencils #hearts #flags #xo #tags #bee #mine #together #short #sweet

To make life easier, we used our Basic Tags Thin Cuts for this one. A few simple layers or a cute stamped sentiment will finish the job!

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is about sharing your affection for the people you care about, not about how long it took you to make their treat. As you prepare to make it a special day, keep your child’s class treats simple—simple enough for them to help with! They will enjoy being part of the process and you will be making memories worth a lifetime!


Heart Flags
A1189 My Acrylix® Short & Sweet Stamp Set, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z3317 Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts

B1581 My Acrylix® We Belong Together Stamp Set, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2464 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink Marker, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3317 Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags

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Quick Easter Basket Tags

Quick Easter basket tags #ctmh #closetomyheart #easter #crafting #diy #tags #cricut #decor

With April a skip and a hop away, it’s time to start thinking about Easter crafting! One fun project is to make cute name tags for your family’s baskets—and with our Cricut® collections, you can get adorable tags in a jiffy!

The daffodils, banners, and letters on these tags come from the latest of our Cricut® collections—Flower Market. The tag bases themselves comes from our Cricut® Artistry collection, which is filled with lots of other basic shapes for crafting. Combine the two collections, and you get a whole new world of possibilities!

Quick Easter basket tags #ctmh #closetomyheart #easter #crafting #diy #tags #cricut #decorYou can see how we layered these pieces on top of each other to create a tag with dimension. To finish the tag, simply punch a hole in the top, add some ribbon, and tie it to an Easter basket.

This quick project adds a personal touch to your Easter baskets, and you can use the tags time and time again!

What Easter crafts do you want to try out this year? Tell us in the comments below!


Easter Name Tags
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
2 ¾” Shape <Holiday> (cut 3, p. 47)
2 ½” Shape <Holiday> (cut 3, p. 47)

Flower Market
1″ Flower-1 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
½” Shift+Flower-1 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
2 ¾” Flower-2 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
1 ¼” Shift+Title <Succulnt> (cut 3, p. 40)
½” <font> “ANNA JACK HALEY”

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Get Ahead on Your Christmas Cards!

There are two types of people in this world: those who barely let Halloween pass them by before pulling out the Christmas decorations, and those who keep every sprig of holly tucked away until at least December 1. No matter which type of person you are, you can’t deny that Christmas is the busiest time of year. So get ahead of that Yuletide dash by preparing your holiday cards now!

Why? Well, if you get started now, you’ll have time to create beautiful and detailed artwork like this:Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
Isn’t this family postcard adorable? The gold embossing adds such a festive feel, especially when paired with the White Pines paper packet. White Pines also makes a cheery statement on the Christmas tag. Customized gift tags like this are a wonderful way to brighten up your Christmas wrapping! The gold sequins add such a thoughtful detail. Speaking of details…Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
…there’s that gorgeous gold again! That stylish shimmer really makes the sentiments shine, while also adding a unique texture to the card. For even more texture, try using an embossing folder to create an embossed pattern like you see on the Chocolate cardstock. These details add a touch of class and luxury to your cards, don’t they? Ah, the power of details.
Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
But maybe you are looking for another solution for your Christmas cards, perhaps something you can duplicate quickly and easily. If that’s you, we recommend our Workshops on the Go® White Pines cardmaking kit! This kit comes with all the supplies you need to make 15 cards, plus a guide that gives you step-by-step instructions for how to cut, stamp, assemble, and accessorize the three different Christmas card designs.

If you’re looking for an even quicker Christmas card option, we’ve got just the thing! Say hello to our holiday Cut Above™ card kits: Boughs & Berries and Deck the Halls. The great thing about Cut Above™ is that we’ve done all the designing and cutting for you. All you have to do is the stamping and assembly! You get to create 10 beautiful cards from each pack, and you end up with a beautiful, handmade result with less work! So don’t let Christmas sneak up on you! Let our White Pines paper collection or one of our cardmaking kits help you get ready before the rush. Bring on the holly!


5″ x 7″ Merry Christmas Postcard
Originals: Always Right™
D1657 Holly Jolly Christmas, B1483 Season’s Greetings, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Cricut® Shape:
1 ¾” Shape <0> (p. 10)

5″ Christmas Joy Tag
M1126 My Acrylix® This Is Christmas, D1664 My Acrylix® Packages, Boxes, & Tags, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Cricut® Shapes:
3″ Icon-2, <Christms> (p. 48) 3″ Shift+Icon-2 <Christms> (p. 48) Art Philosophy 5″ <Tag4> (p. 60)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Make It Merry Card
D1617 My Acrylix® Make it Merry, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Joy to the World Card
C1628 My Acrylix® Christ is Born, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

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Secret Acts of Service

Okay, friends. It’s November, so let’s get grateful! While we know you love sitting in a turkey stupor around the table after Thanksgiving dinner, listing off what you’re grateful for, there are more lasting (and more FUN) ways to express what’s in your heart. So many more! Why not say thank you with a few random acts of kindness, for example? What better way to pay a favor back than to pay a favor forward?

All you need to do is pull out your favorite Close To My Heart papers and tools and start crafting! With the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge, cute tags like these take no time at all. With a stamp here and a sparkle there, you’ve got adorable notes ready for use. You can deliver them as stand-alone notes or attach them to goodies.

When it comes to packaging those goodies, the Designer Creations paper bags do the job nicely. The bags come predesigned, so they take no prep time at all. Take them right out of the package, slip in some sweet treats—or just some sweet words—and get stealthy. Stash the goods into nooks and crannies when nobody’s watching.

You might enjoy some of these ideas as you go incognito (but you didn’t hear it from us):

  • Leave inspiring notes for your unsuspecting targets around the house. Try the bathroom mirror, the novel your spouse is reading, or even inside the refrigerator. Yes, we said inside. Most viewed appliance in the home, wouldn’t you agree?
  • Leave some goodies on a doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run! Your new neighbors will feel welcome and your old neighbors will feel loved all over again.
  • Do a chore for someone and leave a note saying why serving them brings you joy.
  • Hide a note under a coworker’s mouse.
  • Write down words of advice for a new mother, a new couple, or someone else starting on a path you’ve tread before.
  • Leave change in the vending machine with a note encouraging the lucky finder to buy a snack.
  • Thank the custodian by leaving a note on their cart while they’re busy scrubbing away.
  • Leave your waiter a nice note along with the tip.
  • Hang a note from the car mirror for your spouse to stumble upon when they leave for work in the morning.
  • Reflect on your blessings, write them down, and then dangle them from a Designed Décor frame or an indoor plant. All of your newly unleashed gratitude will be heavy, so we highly suggest you use the frame. 😉
  • Take time to sit down with your parents, grandparents, or other relatives and write down their favorite sayings and wisdom on your tags. Hang the tags in a prominent place in your home to remember both your relatives and their wisdom. (This act can’t be done in secret, but hopefully you can trust your relatives not to betray your identity when pressured by the authorities.)

Get in the groove of gratitude today, and then express yourself! No matter how you go about it, you’ll feel like a million bucks . . . and who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Serve, baby, serve!

Think of something sneaky that we didn’t? Tell us your idea in the comments!

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