Freebie Friday: Steampunk Alphabet Download

Use this FREE exclusive Alphabet font to add a little character to your next scrapbook page or card. Hint: A circle punch will make it super fast & easy.

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Download Steampunk Alphabet Printable (PDF)

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Lollipop Sweet Birthday Card

Isn’t this birthday card sweet?

The lollipop is made with twelve 1″ circles in alternating colors. Use an extra circle as a base and glue each circle down overlapping the previous, making sure that the circle touches the center of the lollipop. I used a wooden brochette stick from my kitchen as the lollipop stick, but you could also use a straw, or just cut a thin piece of cardstock.

Quick Tip: See this quick tutorial on how to quickly hand cut a fishtail banner without a ruler or any special tools

Sweet As You Lollypop Birthday Card Lollydoodle

Featured Colors: Juniper, Pear, Cotton Candy

Featured Products:
X7183B Lolly Doodle Paper Pack Go>
Z1790 Cricut Bundle (Sentiment) Go>

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Deepest Sympathy Butterfly Card

I was inspired by this “Sweet & Simple” Mother’s Day card by BH&G to make this sympathy card. The elegant feel of the “Balloon Ride” paper pack from CTMH fit in perfectly with the look I was attempting to achieve.

Butterfly stamps are great to cut out, and pop up with a bit of foam tape.

Deepest Sympathy Butterfly Balloon Ride Card

Featured Colors: Sorbet, Sky, Saddle

Featured Products:
X7180B Balloon Ride Paper Pack Go>
B1432 Love This Stamp Set Go>
Z1928 Durable Triangle Studs Go>

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One Stamp Wonders

The new mini’s M sized stamps offered by Close to my Heart just can’t be beat. At only $2.95 each, you could get the entire M line for less than $30!

These four cards each feature a different mini, and are a great example of how to create “one stamp wonder” cards.

Cards Featuring CTMH Minis

Here is the entire current line up on minis:

Close to My Heart M Stamps

Featured Colors: Cotton Candy, Outdoor Denim, Honey

Featured Products:
M1035 Newly Weds
M1036 Perfect Polka-Dot Day
M1039 Good Job Stencil
M1041 Hi
Z1931 Honey Triangle Washi Tape
Z1923 Smoothie Striped Washi Tape
Z1922 Glitter Paper
Z1934 Flamingo Dots
Z1844 Trinkets Wooden Shapes
X7183B Lollydoodle Paperpack (pink chevron paper)

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Fun & Easy Cards with Picture My Life

Originally I fell in love with the Picture My Life kits because they are great for quickly making beautiful scrapbooks. The kit is perfect for scrapbooking “catch-up”. However, after playing around with the BabyCakes Picture My Life Kit, I found an even better reason to love it. The pre-printed 4×6 & 3×4 cards can easily be turned into instantly adorable greeting cards. There are 122 cards in the kit, so you could make a TON of cards, and still have plenty left for a scrapbook. Even though I used a “baby” kit, everything I created would be well suited for adults. Here’s how the cards turned out:

BabyCake Picture My Life Cards

Owl Balloon Birthday Card
Owl Baloon Birthday Card BabyCake Picture My Life

Heartfelt Wishes 4×4 Card
HeartfeltWishes Card 4x4 BabyCake Picture My Life

Hip Hop Hooray Birds Card
Hip Hop Hooray Stacked Birds Card BabyCake Picture My Life

The Best Is Yet to Come Birthday Card
The Best Is Yet to Come Birthday Card BabyCake Picture My Life

Birthday Banner 6×6 Card
 Birthday Banner Card BabyCakes Picture My Life 6x6

It you haven’t checked out the Picture My Life Kits yet, you definitely need to. Here’s what comes in the BabyCakes kit:
BabyCakes Picture My Life Kit CTMH

Featured Colors: Buttercup, Chocolate, Slate, Sunset

Featured Products:
Z1943 BabyCakes Picture My Life Kit
X7173B BabyCakes Paper Packet

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“Wise Beyond Your Years” Owl Birthday Card

This adorable 6×6 card was made for an even more adorable girl turning 11! It was so fun pairing the owl from the Artbooking cartridge with the bright & happy Lollydoodle paper pack. The envelope was a perfect accessory to this card once it was spruced up with the matching paper.

Notice the lack of stamping on this card…with such adorable stickers & cartridge cut outs, I almost didn’t need to stamp anything!



Featured Colors: Crystal Blue, Sorbet, Pear, Slate, White Daisy

Featured Products:
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Pack
X7183C Lollydoodle Complements Stickers
Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Cartridge
Z1934 Flamingo Dots

The tree branch is a flower stem from a retired set, but could easily be hand drawn.

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Video Tutorial: How to Hand Cut a Fish Tail Banner

Quick video tutorial shows you how to easily hand cut a quick fishtail banner for your scrapbooks or cards without using a ruler or any special tools.

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New CTMH Cricut Bundle | Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Close to My Heart has partnered with Provocraft to offer an exclusive Cricut Cartridge bundle: Art Philosophy by CTMH. The new bundle comes with a cricut cartridge with 700 designs, three coordinating My Acrylix stamp sets, and three coordinating sheets chipboard dimensional elements. The value of this bundle is over $124, but is available for only $99.

Limited time offer: Now through Aug. 31st, get FOUR additional stamp sets just $5 (total!) with purchase of the Cricut Art Philosophy Bundle. See more details at:

CTMH Cricut Cartridge Bundle Art Philosophy by Close to My Heart

In addition to the three stamp sets and three chipboard sheets included in the bundle, the multipurpose shapes on this Cricut cartridge coordinate perfectly with tons of other CTMH stamp sets. The plastic cover sheet on each stamp set will indicate which shapes coordinate and which size to cut the shape to.

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Over 700 Designs on the Cricut cartridge!

  • 100 multiple purpose shapes (stars, hearts, butterflies, houses, Christmas designs, flowers, keys, locks, leaves, scallops, brackets, circles, oval, etc.)
  • 1 full alphabet & number font (with an optional decorative layer)
  • 8 – 3D projects including bags, boxes, door hangers
  • 6 – 3D Flower Spirals (easily roll into 3D paper flowers)
  • 17 Borders
  • 100 Card Bases (different shapes, some with cut out windows)
  • 50 Tags
  • 50 labels
  • Plus more!

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Life is Good Fruit Scrapbook Layout

The photos in this fruit themed layout coordinate perfectly with the colors in the new Mayberry paper pack from Close to My Heart. When designing a scrapbook page, always choose papers with colors that match the objects you want to highlight in your photos. In this example, the pink in the girls’ shirts, and in the apples pop because of the prominent pink in the papers.

Featured Colors: Olive, Smoothie, Honey, Cocoa, Colonial White

Featured Products:
G1022Mayberry Paper Workshop on the Go See Online >
Z1397 Badge Buttons See Online >

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Bliss Wedding Artwork Ideas

The new Bliss Paper Pack from Close to my Heart is perfect for wedding themed projects, but would also be lovely for scrapbooking vintage photos. I love the way the neutral colors blend together with soft romantic patterns. Neutrals like these are a great choice when scrapbooking photos without prominent colors that you want to highlight. Notice the subtle use of sparkles in these projects; the stick on bling adds the final touch.

The flower on this card was stamped, cut out, and then sponged on the edges to make it pop. You can curl up the edes of petals to give them more dimension.

Make a custom guestbook out of a mini scrapbook. You can even go back in later and add photos of each guest from the event.

Featured Colors: Bamboo, Chocolate, Grey Flannel, Vanilla Cream

Featured Products:X7132B Bliss Paper Pack See Online >
D1451 Trellis Stamp Set See Online >
Z1355 Bliss Assortment Mesh Flowers & Filigree Butterfly Brads See Online >
Z1104 Sparkles See Online >

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