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!

XOXO


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

Tags
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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A Super Sweet Sale for Valentine’s Day

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

In the market for some new watercolor paints? How about a paintbrush set to go with those new watercolors? Or maybe you’re looking to organize oodles and oodles of crafting accessories so you can be reunited with the surface of your craft table (we’ve all been there!) 😉 .

Well friends, we’re spreading the love this Valentine’s Day by having a 24-hour Sweet Sale starting right now on products to help you do all of the above! Save 30% on some of our most sought after products, as well as Valentine’s Day-themed products and exclusive bundles we’ve put together for this sale.

Let’s take a look at some of those bundles right now!

On-the-Go Bundle

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This bundle is a crafter’s best friend! The matching Shoulder Tote, Marker Roll-Up, and Accessory Roll-Up will keep your tools organized and your crafts secure while you’re on the go.

Watercolor Bundle

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This is a great bundle for those interested in trying out watercolors—or to give as a gift! It’s even great for your school-aged kiddos and grandkids!

Watercolor Tools Bundle

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We all know great tools make a world of a difference—plus they’re just fun to use! Take our watercolor pencils, for example. You can color a stamped image just like you would with colored pencils, and then blend the colored portions with our waterbrushes to get a watercolor look. Super easy and fun! Our waterbrushes are also great to use with watercolor paints, re-inkers, and stamp pads. Tools for the win!

Ultimate Blocks Bundle

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Trying to use a huge My Acrylix® block for an itty-bitty stamp? Stop that silliness, and get this set of 12 blocks (plus a small organizer and accompanying foam insert to keep them all organized!). Trust us, stamping is so much better when you use the recommended blocks for your stamps. 😉

Embellishments Storage Bundle

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Organize your small accessories in these twelve 3″ x 3″ craft boxes, which nestle perfectly into the small organizer with the craft box foam insert. These boxes are great for organizing your accessories, like your leftover Complements, by color or theme.

Ultimate Pocket Plus™ Bundle

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Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ are a fun new way to add extra photos or artwork to your layouts, and now is a great time to save some money trying them out!

Ultimate Flip Flaps™ Bundle

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Flip Flaps™—oh the wonder! Use them to add extra photos or artwork anywhere on your layouts! Attach them using the adhesive strip on one of the edges, and then flip it back and forth to reveal an additional photo or journaling. So fun and unique!

To see more products included in this sale, head on over to your Consultant’s online business address, or go to the cart on our website. The sale runs from now until 3:00 pm (MST) tomorrow, February 15, so make sure to jump on these great deals while you can!

Happy shopping!

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Yes, We Will Be Your Valentine!

We loved looking at all the beautiful valentines you created using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Your creativity is so inspiring! If you haven’t had a chance yet to look at all the incredible valentines your fellow crafters made, search #lovinLaVie on Instagram.

Out of all the amazing artwork, we have picked 10 of our favorites to feature on the blog today. Here they are!

#lovinlavie #LovinLaVieEnRose #ctmh #kimwolff.ctmh.com #closetomyheart #valentine

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Hugs and Kisses #valentine's #lovinlavie #closetomyheart

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If your artwork is featured in this blog post, we’ve got a special surprise for you! We’re going to send you the My Acrylix® Springtime Wishes stamp set, the coordinating Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts, AND the Treasured Puffies from Seasonal Expressions 1! We figured a floral, whimsical stamp set would be the perfect surprise for a Valentine’s Day giveaway, and hopefully this giveaway will help usher in springtime (We’re freezing out here in Utah!). 🙂

To claim your prize, please send your name and mailing address to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com. Put “Valentines winner” as your subject line.

Thanks to all who participated, and have a great Valentine’s Day! We love you all!

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Bring On the Valentines!

Share your La Vie En Rose valentines on Instagram using #lovinLaVie and you could win a special prize! #creativechallenge #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards #LaVieEnRose

Remember this little beauty? In a week and a half, it will be given as a valentine, but today it’s serving as a reminder of our creative challenge!

Have you started working on your own La Vie En Rose valentine yet? You’ve got until the night of February 11 to create and share your own work of art as part of the challenge. To share your masterpiece, post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie. We’ll pick some of our favorites, and then those cards will be featured right here around Valentine’s Day. Oh, and did we mention that we’ve got A SPECIAL PRIZE for those that we feature here? Yay for giveaways!

For more valentine inspiration, have a second look at the other La Vie En Rose cards we shared. We’re excited to see what you create!

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You’ll Love This Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar!

The timeless love sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning has inspired countless thousands of people to “count the ways” they love one another for over a century now. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve come up with an irresistibly cute project to help you count the days! Take a look:Create this fun Valentine's Day Advent Calendar! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #calendar #countdown #Vday #ValentinesDay

Didn’t we tell you it was the cutest? 🙂 And it’s amazingly simple, too. Starting with our Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard, we added a big heart cut from the Charlotte paper packet. Next, we cut 14 adorable envelopes from a variety of cardstocks and glitter papers with our Cricut® Artiste collection. Have a look:Create this fun Valentine's Day Advent Calendar! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #calendar #countdown #Vday #ValentinesDay

After cutting them out, you’ll need to fold your envelopes. Use a bone folder to get deep creases so the flaps will stay in place—no adhesive required! Then attach a set of hook & loop dots to each envelope. These Velcro-like dots make opening and closing the envelopes a cinch!

Now for the fun part: decorating and filling the envelopes! We attached a heart to every envelope and attached a number on top. Feel free to embellish your envelopes to your “heart’s” content!

What will you put in your envelopes? A note with something you love about your significant other? A little piece of candy? A picture of a favorite memory? An act of love you’d like to complete that day? Whatever you choose, it’ll get you and everyone else at your house even more excited for the big day!

Make your own heart-filled advent calendar, so you can count the ways AND the days this Valentine’s!

Recipe

Happy Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar
X7025B Charlotte Paper Packet, 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z1805 Hook & Loop Dots, 1772 Memory Book Glue Dots, Z1204 Bone Folder, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Chalk

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
1″ Shift <Heart1> (cut 14, p. 26)
11 ½” Shift <Heart1> (p. 26)

Artiste
2 ¼” Shift+Card <Z> (cut 14, p. 61)
½” <font> “1234567891011121314”

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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Show Your Love with La Vie En Rose Valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and we want to help you celebrate! We’ve got some great ideas for making one-of-a-kind cards using the perfect paper packet for Valentines: La Vie En Rose! With its elegant black and white patterns and the exquisite floral print paper, it is the perfect place to start when for creating personalized valentines for everyone—from your significant other to the kids’ teachers.

Ready for some inspiration? Let’s start with this little cutie:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

We meant it when we said “little”—this mini card is ideal for all those little cuties you know! Take advantage of Valentine’s day to tell your children or grandchildren how much they mean to you, or let your kids help create a handful of these simple cards to take to school and give to their friends. Thanks to the Darling Dinos stamp set, even boys can get in the fun without having to be too mushy about it.

For your significant other, we can try something a bit more grown-up:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

Chic and sweet! You don’t have to go all-out with hearts to create a lovely valentine. The two bitty hearts on this card are enough to convey, “I love you!” You might not initially think “black” when making a valentine, but it really works! We especially love the black ampersand that is accented with the help of some 3-D tape. A beautiful card like this one can add even more feeling to the words you write inside it.

All right, we’ve covered kids and significant others, but there are sure to be other people who would love to hear heartfelt words of appreciation on Valentine’s Day. How about your child’s teacher, for instance?

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

In our book, this card gets an A+! The kraft cardstock and Glacier dotted lines take us right back to our grade school days—how fun is that? Plus, that special heart stamp will be the “apple” of the teacher’s eye! 🙂 Teachers can be so influential in a child’s life, and a beautiful card like this is sure to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work.

We’ve fallen in love with La Vie En Rose, and we know you will too when you start working with this paper packet. That’s why we’re going to issue a creative challenge for the chance to be featured on the blog and to win a prize!

Here are the contest details. First, create your own valentine using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Then post a photo of the card on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie by the night of Thursday, February 11. On Valentine’s Day, we’ll post some of our favorites on the blog for all of you to see! Then we’ll reward our winners with a special surprise. 🙂

We want to see all of your lovable cards, so get excited and start crafting!

Recipes

3″ x 3″ You’re Dino-mite Card
Originals: Matted Square™
B1486 My Acrylix® Darling Dinos, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, 3174 Blending Pen

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Hugs & Kisses Card
C1621 My Acrylix® Mr. & Mrs., X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

5 ½” x 4 ¼” World’s Greatest Teacher Card
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine

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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