Monday, November 30, 2020

Keeley's Kreations YouTube Video: November's Featured Jingle Joy Products

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Close To My Heart New Product Alert: Shaker Window Shapes & See-Through Windows

Close To My Heart New Product Alert:
Shaker Window Shapes & See-Through Windows

If you haven’t perused the new Close To My Heart Core Products Catalog, you are missing out on some pretty amazing crafting tools!!

A few of our newest additions really shake things up in the world of shaker windows—Have a look!!

Aside from the original Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts,
we now also have 
Heart Shaker Window Thin Cuts and 
Star Shaker Window Thin Cuts sets!!

Use these top-of-the-line thin metal dies to cut the window, frame, and confetti for a shaker window, then pair them with their coordinating foam and acetate to complete the dimensional design.

Another of our new sets of dies is a beautiful 
Window Thin Cuts set that allows you to create a decorative window scene.

When you pair these dies with the
 Square Shaker Window Foam + Acetate (also new!), you can fill it with loose sequins or some of our bitty beads to create the full “shaker” effect.

A fun tip that we want to share with you today is how simple it is to create an actual see-through window using your shaker window Thin Cuts.

To create a see-through window, you will need to cut a shape on your card base that is smaller than the coordinating overlay and acetate, otherwise your window will just fall through the hole on your project. (You will also need two frames and two pieces of acetate, one for each side.)

If you look at the circle, star, or heart shaker window Thin Cuts sets, you will notice that these each come with dies that cut confetti.

These dies are intentionally designed in the shape of their corresponding sets.

If you use the larger of the two confetti-cutting dies to cut the window on your card base, the overlaying acetate and frame will fit perfectly on top to seal any shaking elements in place!!

Once your window is cut on the card base, attach an acetate sheet to the back and frame it with a die-cut overlay.

Flip the card back over to the front and add the 3-D foam around the perimeter of your window.

Use this 3-D foam as a wall to hold any confetti, loose sequins, or bitty beads you wish to add, and then attach the second piece of acetate and frame. And done!!

That's how easy it is to build a see-through shaker window!!

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Close To My Heart's January Album Retreat Sneak Peek

Join me for Close To My Heart's January Album Retreat ...

For an exciting sneak preview of this beautiful album, check out the above video!!

This exciting event will take place on January 15-16, 2021.

Remember, there's no registration fee to attend ... simply purchasing the Album Retreat bundle (EB20211) is your ticket to this awesome event!!

Sales for the Album Retreat bundle will end on December 10, or when we have sold through the available bundles.

Because of the popularity of our past few Album Retreats, we've increased the number of bundles available for this event.

With the excitement that surrounds Album Retreat, there's a good chance that we will still sell out, even with the increased inventory, so don't delay!!

Order your Album Retreat bundle early so you can reserve your spot for this virtual event!!

Create a beautiful album at album retreat using the products in this bundle.

Additional Supplies Needed:
Stitched Hexagons Thin Cuts (Z3678)
Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z4189)
Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide Ink Pad (Z3825)
Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink Pad (Z3834)
Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Ink Pad (Z3830)
Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink Pad (Z3831)
Opaque Matte Texture Paste (Z4245)
Palette Knives (Z4247)
Glue Dots Micro Dots (Z2089)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Adhesive Runner (Z3372)
Versamat (Z1279)
All-purpose Mat (Z2045)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (Z3886)
Medium Round Waterbrush (Z3225)
Micro-tip Scissors (Z534)
Paper Trimmer (Z1783)
Round Sponge (Z697)
Anti-static Pouch (Z4220)
1" × 1" My Acrylix Block (Y1000)
1" × 3½" My Acrylix Block (Y1002)
2" × 2" My Acrylix Block (Y1003)
1" × 6½" My Acrylix Block (Y1005)
3" × 3" My Acrylix Block (Y1006)
2" × 3½" My Acrylix Block (Y1009)
2" × 6½" My Acrylix Block (Y1010)
5" × 6" My Acrylix Block (Y1015)
Journaling Pens of Choice
Adhesive of Choice
Stamp Cleaning Supplies
Bone Folder or Scoring Tool
Acetate or Product Wrapper for Smooshing Technique (you can use the wrapping from one of the products provided in your product bundle)
Baby Wipes
Spray Bottle or Spray Pen with Water
Die-cutting Machine
Scratch Paper

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Close To My Heart Tips & Techniques: Pocket Scrapbooking

20 Pocket Scrapbooking Tips & Ideas ...

For a lot of us, September marks the beginning of one of the busier times of the year. The “-ber” months. With the start of a new and unique school year, followed by the most celebrated family centered seasonal time, including fall festivities, then Thanksgiving, and eventually Hanukah and Christmas, during which we try to cram as much jubilee as possible into our already busy lives—we all have so much going on, and it may feel like there is just no time to dedicate to preserving all of these fond, albeit sometimes somewhat hectic, memories.

What if I told you that scrapbooking
 can be fast, simple, and easy!!

It is a perfect time to discover, or rediscover, the simplicity of scrapbooking in pockets!!

By using Memory Protectors with multiple pockets, you can quickly catch up on your scrapbooking or just add photos, art, and journaling (and any other keepsake that you can fit into a pocket) to your albums.

From how to tell a story to the creating of the artwork that goes along with it, pocket scrapbooking is a memory keeping style all its own.

If you are new to this style of scrapbooking or are simply looking for inspiration for your pages, I’ve compiled a list of artwork tips and ideas for you below!!

Pocket Scrapbooking Tips & Ideas:

1. Fill no more than half your pockets on a page with non-photo elements.

2. Stick to a color palette, pulling color ideas from your photos.

3. Use
 Picture My Life pocket cards (designed to coordinate with each other in theme and color).

4. Design and make your own pocket cards from papers, Thin Cuts, stickers, and stamps. (This is a great way to use up some of your scraps, too!)

5. Fill pockets with other things, besides cards or photos (ticket stubs, loose Cricut shapes, sequins, etc.).
Tip: We sealed the sequins pocket you see in our example below so the sequins wouldn’t fall out.

6. Make a statement and split large titles or photos into multiple squares.
Tip: Consider printing a large 6 x 8 photo and split it up into several pockets!

7. Use the negative space of a Cricut shape to create a pocket card. If the space is large enough, back it with a light color cardstock and use the space for journaling. If you are cutting several small shapes (like our 2019 below), back it with cardstock or any other paper that will add interest to your layout.

8. Add a sentiment to your photos by stamping directly on them.
Tip: If your photo has any sort of finish on them, we recommend you use StazOn ink. If it is a truly matte photo, Archival Black is a good choice.

9. Don’t want to stamp on your photos but want a similar effect? Stamp directly onto the pocket Memory Protector™ with StazOn ink, instead.

10. Add embellishments to the outside of the Memory Protectors.

11. Use Flip Flaps! If you have too many photos or things that you want to work into a page but not enough pockets (or enough to fill whole other page) add these stick on pockets that flip up (or in any direction that you attach them) to reveal whatever is underneath!!

12. Similarly, if you have too many photos for a traditional scrapbook layout, and don’t want to create another layout with all of the remaining photos, use pocket pages to display these.

13. If you have a piece of memorabilia to display that is too small for a pocket, mount it onto a piece of paper that will fit.

14. Create a window to the next page in your album by partially filling a pocket (use a smaller photo, half a pocket card, etc.).

15. Number your photos to give your page or layout a more narrative direction. Take this a step further by adding numbered journaling to a pocket card that corresponds with the numbered photos.

16. Create color visual triangles. This means to purposefully place the same color in three different places that, when connected, form a triangle.

17. Don’t have time, or care for, writing in full paragraphs? Use bullet journaling to keep track of the details of a memory!!

18. If one of your pockets is holding a card that you want to remember to pull out when you revisit the page, add a tab along the edge of the card on the open side of the pocket.

19. Easily add some visual interest to your photos by trimming them down ¼” and mounting them on a piece of paper that fits the pockets exactly, creating a border around your photos.

20. Sometimes things don’t fit in pockets—like notes, journal pages, your grandma’s favorite clock—take photos of these things to include them in your stories.

21. We said 20, so this one is a bonus: plan ahead. If you know you will be going on a tropical vacation, or camping, or pumpkin picking—there are activities that you know for certain you will be participating in (playing on the beach, sitting around a camp fire, walking through a pumpkin patch, etc.). When you are scrapbooking with pockets, it’s easy to lay out some pages really quickly for these types of events without having the photos yet. Once you have them, add them. If you don’t like the way it’s laid out, rearrange!! Easy-peasy!!

Whether you’re cutting things up, attaching them to a pocket card, or creating a pocket for a group of items—
there is no wrong way to tell your story.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Close To My Heart's Moments Like These 12-month Calendar

Close To My Heart's Moments Like These 12-month Calendar ...

As we draw close to the end of 2020, many of us find ourselves looking forward to a new year.

2020 has been a year like no other and despite the difficulties we’ve faced, we’ve all made some unforgettable memories that deserve to be documented.

Today, I'm going to give you a closer look at our Moments like These special, available through December 31 (while supplies last), and how you can use it to preserve your favorite 2020 memories!!

The Moments like These special features a Cut Above layout kit that makes it incredibly easy to complete 13 beautiful scrapbook pages in what will feel like no time!!

These 12″ x 12″ pages come together in minutes and make an excellent project for crafters of all types, experience levels, and ages.

Cut Above layout kit comes with preprinted base pages and pre-cut loose pieces and die-cuts, making it incredibly easy to assemble each page.

Many of the base pages even come with pre-printed designs or titles, so the only things you’ll need to complete this project are some adhesive, a journaling pen, and a handful of your favorite photos!!

With one cover page and 12 others for every month of the year, the Moments like These Cut Above pages provide the perfect backdrop for your very best 2020 moments!!

These pages can be used to create a traditional scrapbook or to create a personalized calendar!!

In addition to the 
Moments like These Cut Above Layout Kit, you can also get a Base Calendar and the exclusive My Acrylix Moments like These stamp set to transform the pages into a beautiful keepsake calendar!!

These materials allow you to create a calendar that not only serves its practical function but helps you remember exactly what was going on each month in 2020.

Each page fits perfectly with the Base Calendar, and once a month passes, you can carefully remove the page from your calendar and slip it into a 
Memory Protector and into your album.

 My Acrylix Moments like These stamp set includes a variety of fun icons, words, and swashes so you can mark holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, and activities on your calendar, making it truly unique to you!!

Moments like These special is just what you need to welcome in a new year while preserving some of your happy memories from 2020.

2020 has been an unforgettable year, and amidst all the challenges and hard things, we know that new good memories, and maybe even new traditions, have been made.

Some of the best memories can be made in the most troubling times, and even in the midst of difficulties, we know that bright spots can be found.

 Moments like These special provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and remember them all!!

Which memories will you choose to document with
 Moments like These?
Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!!

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Create a Holiday Scrapbook—Jingle All the Way 6" x 6" Album

Preserve your favorite holiday memories in this delightful 6" x 6" scrapbooking album from Close To My Heart. Save 20% on a product bundle containing all the materials you need to put this album together, including step-by-step instructions!! This 6" x 6" album kit features the paper packet, stickers, and Picture My Life cards from the Jingle Joy paper collection, and also shows off our new Evergreen glitter paper!!

This delightfully whimsical album kit is a wonderful way to preserve your favorite holiday memories and have fun doing it!!

The Jingle All the Way Album Workshop Kit Includes ...
the Jingle Joy Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet (X7262S)
the Jingle Joy Picture My Life Cards (X7262D)
2 sheets of Pebble cardstock
5 sheets of White Daisy cardstock
1 sheet of Evergreen glitter paper
Silver Embellishing Thread (Z4213)
Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
a Green Apple 6" x 6" Everyday Life Album (Z5311)
 6" x 6" Memory Protectors (Z4233)
 a single 4" x 4" Flip Flaps Memory Protectors
four 3" x 4" Flip Flaps Memory Protectors - 2 vertical, 2 horizontal
a variety of photo placeholders

You can even enjoy a 20% discount when you purchase the full Jingle All the Way Album Workshop kit (CC11201)!!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Close To My Heart's Season in Motion Special - FREE Card Pattern

CTMH's Season in Motion Special - FREE Card Pattern!!

Just in time for the holiday season, we’ve paired the exclusive products from our Seasons in Motion special with a couple of FREE card patterns to add a little animated spice to our holidays!!

Animated Autumn Air (CC10202)

Our new and innovated stamp sets, 
Animated Holiday Cheer and Animated Autumn Air
can bring life to a variety of holiday crafts, especially cards!!

In order to achieve the animated effect, layer the stamped images with either an animation sheet or a paper piece you can now cut using the new animation window Thin Cuts die!!

Also part of the Seasons in Motion special, which we used to create our example cards, is the Holiday Stack!! The Holiday Stack is a pack of 48 - 6″ x 6″ patterned papers with designs from some of our past favorite 12″ x 12″ patterns.

These are not the original 12″ x 12″ papers cut into quarters, keeping the patterns the same size, but rather, shrunken down versions of the classic favorites made to fit a 6″ x 6″ square!!

Download our two free animated cardmaking patterns,
 here, and delight your loved ones with animated cards this coming holiday season!!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Close To My Heart Tips & Techniques: Distress Oxide Inks

Check out these awesome techniques using our new Distress Oxide Inks!!

We’ve added Distress Oxide ink pads to our ink line-up not too long ago, and today I've got a few ideas to show you on how to use them!!

Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to experiment with these fun reactive inks and, in the process, discovered a few techniques and ideas of your very own.

If you haven’t, I am here to help!!

Regardless of where you are in your
 Distress Oxide journey, follow along as our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, dives into five gorgeous techniques below!!

Splattered Background
Apply Distress Oxide ink with a blending tool, splatter with water, and dab with a dry paper towel. Follow up with a splatter of watercolor

Reacting with a Shimmer Brush
Emboss your image and color with Distress Oxide inks. With a Clear Shimmer Brush, go over some of the inked areas, removing ink and adding shimmer as you go.
Watercolor Wash
Load your watercolor paper with water, to the point where it is sitting on top of the paper and not fully absorbing. Spread the Distress Oxide ink colors that you wish to use for your background onto your all-purpose mat. With a waterbrush, pick up the colors, one at a time, and add it to the sitting water on the watercolor paper. The colors will blend and bleed into one another.

An Ombré Effect with One Ink Pad
With just one Distress Oxide ink pad, create and ombré effect by applying the ink with different amounts of pressure (more for a darker tone, and less for a lighter tone). Blend these tones seamlessly with a mini ink blending tool.

Tone-on-Tone Stenciling
Apply the background Distress Oxide ink colors and blend them into each other with a mini ink blending tool. Lay a stencil on top and add a second layer of color through the stencil. Apply more pressure, and more ink, for the stenciled image to appear darker and to achieve a more dramatic effect.

What are some fun ways you are using your Distress Oxide inks
Let’s share ideas in the comments below!!

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