Brilliant Birthdays: Put Some Flavor in Your Favors

We’re back with the final installment of the birthday series, and we’ve saved one of the most exciting parts for last—party favors!

Your favors are the finale for your party, the little piece that walks away with every guest. You want them to make a statement, but mostly you want them to be quick and easy!

Here we have a handful of ideas for favors that you can make quickly, but beautifully, with your Close To My Heart products. Have a blast experimenting with what favor is right for your party and then pick one to make!

Party Favor from a Designer Creations Paper Bag

Tuck your treat into a Designer Creations paper bag. Simply fold over the top and secure it with a mini staple, a mini clothespin, or a touch of adhesive, and you’ll have a secure package. Add a decorative touch with a Cricut® cut and a few of your favorite embellishments.

Party Favor from a Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit

Enjoy the simplicity of a Cut Above™ treat bag kit. The kit comes with 10 different bags and all the necessary trimmings, so most of the work is already done for you; all you need to do is assemble it! You can personalize the bag with a few additional embellishments. Here we’ve switched things up by using the color-coordinated sticker from the kit as an accessory for the tag instead of its intended use as a candy topper.

Party Favor from a Cricut® Artiste Box

Small or large, a Cricut® Artiste box is always a hit with friends and family! Wrap up a small treat in good style with a pillow box like this, or any of the other great boxes available on the cartridge. Decorate your little package to your liking until you’re sure you’ll delight your recipients. When cut from the Confetti Wishes papers, the boxes are already so cute you hardly need to add anything more!

We hope you enjoy planning every last detail of your birthday parties this coming year. If you have more ideas you wish to share with the rest of us, be sure to leave a comment below. Happy birthday-izing!

Recipes:
To You Pillow Box
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
4″ Shift+Font Layer (p. 28)

Birthday Treat Bag
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2097 Mini Staples

4U Paper Bag
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3028 Lovestruck Mini Clothespins

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
4″ Accent 1 (p. 31)

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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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Treats Take Flight into Eerie Nights

Double, double, toil and trouble,
We’ve got new ideas a’bubble.
Add them to your craft regime
For cute new looks that make you scream!

We bring you the spells for two fun and simple handcrafted goodie bags you can fill with your favorite seasonal treats. Conjure some up for yourself to use as party favors or table decor.

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Your treats will fly off the table when you place them in these adorable broomstick bags! Use the box shape seen on page 67 of the Cricut® Artiste booklet as your base shape. Trim box into 1/8″ strips to form the bristles of the broom. Give your broom a handle by adding a knobbly twig.

Broomsticks

Broomstick Treat Bags
C1509 My Acrylix® Magic Potions, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, Z3011 Scaredy Cat Assortment, Z2010 White Enamel Stars

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
1½” Accent 4 <6> (p. 36)
1¼” Shift+Accent 2 <#> (p. 33)
2½” Card <w> (p. 42)
2¼” Card <i> (p. 48)
4″ 3D Object <m> (p. 67)

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You don’t need Halloween-themed paper to make a Halloween project. The toothy grins on these treat bags were cut by the Cricut® Artiste cartridge and mounted on colorful sheets from various Paper Fundamentals assortments. Make your own by cutting out the box shape seen on page 75 of the Cricut® Artiste booklet and trimming the top edges in a jagged fashion. Fill them with wrapped treats of your choice and set them out for all to enjoy.

Treat Bags

Jack-O’-Lantern and Frankenstein Treat Bags
1386 Black Cardstock, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2¾” Accent 3 <Hallween> (p. 77)
3″ Shift+Accent 3 <Boo> (p. 77)
5″ 3D Object <FtherDay> (p. 75)

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A free Halloween printable just for you!

We’ve brewed up a little something special to haunt your home this Halloween season. For a lovely decoration that’s both scary and sweet, hang this printable on your wall next to your broomstick or put it in a frame to spook pesky trick-or-treaters. The results are sure to delight and fright all who wander into your lovely abode.

To print, simply click on the image below. The link will take you to a PDF file that can be easily downloaded or printed from your computer. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Printable

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