Creating with New Cricut Collections

Did you know that Close to My Heart has designed Cricut Collections to match our paper packs? I love that they do this because it allows me to create even more projects in Design Space using our amazing papers.

This month, I have been teaching others how to use these collections in my Cricut classes. I created two layouts using images from the Daisy Meadows Collection and Eat, Play, Love collection in conjunction with a few other CTMH Cricut collections.

Many of our Close to My Heart Cricut Collections are exclusive and can only be purchased using my affiliate link. The images are not available in Design space or with Access, so you cannot find them through a search. To own the images, you need to use my link to purchase the digital collection.

Each of these collections is designed to match our paper packs perfectly. Check out the images from Daisy Meadows and Eat, Play, Love. Aren’t they an excellent match for the stickers and papers?

You might be wondering why I mentioned that special affiliate link. Whenever I use one of these exclusive collections on a project I have people commenting and asking why they can’t find the images in Design Space.

Our CTMH Paper Match Collections are much like specialty licensed images. They are not free through Access and they cannot be located through a search for purchase.

The only way you can get ahold of the Paper Match Collections is by purchasing the Digital Image Set through a Maker’s link. You can find this link at the bottom of my shopping website and under “Cricut Collections” in the “SHOP” drop-down menu above.

Once you have purchased the collection, you will see the images in your image library. If you don’t know how to find those images, here is a little tutorial for you to show you how to locate your Image Sets in Design Space. Go to 00:09:37 Searching for Image Sets (Cartridges) to learn how to find your collections.


I have truly enjoyed creating with the Daisy Meadows and Eat, Play, Love collections and I am looking forward to the new collections arriving in May. I have already seen the animals, flowers, and fireworks and I can’t wait to share them with you.

If you would like to learn more about Cricut Design Space and join my weekly classes, you can check out my Cricut Classroom membership. I teach a variety of techniques LIVE each week AND share video links and printable notes on the classroom website. We would love for you to join us!

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It’s a Stamp-tacular Sale!

This year’s Stamptacular sale is here and you are going to relish the savings! During this month-long stamp extravaganza, you can save 35% on selected stamps and up to 50% on Thin Cuts bundles.


Stamping is a huge part of who we are here at Close To My Heart, and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to share our wondrous selection of stamp sets a little more love. I have used quite a few stamps in my crafting career, and I am not being biased when I say that these stamps are the best quality sets of their kind on the market. They will last you for many crafting years to come.

Not only are the current stamps on sale, but you can also shop some of our most popular retired sets. We have brought back some of your favorites during the month of April. Here are just a few that you might have missed out on.

Throughout the month, you can enjoy incredible deals on stamp and thin cuts bundles during the Stamptacular sale. Many of our stamps include a set of matching dies. These are my favorite types of stamp sets! There is no need to fussy cut out the image – you just have to use the matching metal die with a die cutting machine to create the perfect die-cut.

All Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles are only available while supplies last and may run out before the Stamptacular special is over. Be sure to order early so that you can be sure to get all the stamps and Thin Cuts you have your eyes on before they disappear for good! Here are just a few of my favorites that are in the sale.

You can view all the Thin Cuts collections on my website OR download a flier HERE to view all the collections that we have available.

For those of you who are new to stamping OR want to learn a few new stamping techniques, you can view my recent Stamping 101 mini-class. In honor of Stamptacular, I went live for the first time on my facebook page. I wanted to share ways that you could use these amazing stamps. After all, if you’re going to stock up on stamps while they are on sale, you might as well learn how to use them.

I hope that my little video inspired you to try a few new things with your stamps and that you were able to learn something new. Don’t forget! All the Stamptacular deals are available from April 1 through April 30 while supplies last. Once a stamp set or stamp bundle sells out, it is gone for good. If you are a VIP, you get 15% back in rewards when you shop the sale – it’s a win! win!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Five Minute Find: Wood Shapes & Sentiments

If you are a member of my private facebook group, you get to enjoy a few live tutorials each month. This past week, I shared one of my favorite finds – Wood Shapes and Sentiments. Since many of you are not members of the group, I have decided to scale down the hour-long video to a quick five-minute recap and show you EIGHT ways you can add color to your wood shapes.

The two cards you see here are projects I created with my facebook group. I not only shared the cardmaking process, but I also showed how to add color to our wood shapes and sentiments.

In the Core Catalog and on my website, you will find a wide variety of wood shapes available. Don’t be deceived by the size in the catalog – they are much larger and much more detailed in person.


On my instagram and facebook page, I posted a little video of some of the projects I have made using our wood shapes and sentiments. I use these little gems on cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor pieces. They are so versatile and can be shaded to match your projects. After posting that video, I decided that would share with you a few ways that you can use them on your creations.

In my group, I shared the full card making process showing ways to shade the images. On the shutter card, I used two heard shapes and an arrow.

To add some color to the wood shapes on the first card, I used our Metallic Markers, Stickles, and ReInkers. The larger heart was first shaded with the Metallic Marker to give it a deep vibrant color then it was painted with Stickles to add some shimmer and shine.

On the smaller heart, I used our Carolina Blue ReInkers. I used the ink in full strength to give it deep staining. If you want a lighter tone, you can add water to the ink before applying it to the wood. I have also added reinkers to paint to create a chalk paint stain. You can view that technique here on my Spring Tags project.

The other elements used on this card are our In This Together papers and stickers, our Stitched Hexagon Thin Cuts dies, some little dots, and thread.

On the second card, I used Liquid Pearls and Gloss Spray to shade the wood flower shapes. When you are using the Gloss Spray, make sure that you are using an all-purpose mat or a surface that you can clean easily. These sprays can cause a bit of a mess if you aren’t careful.

After using the Gloss Spray, make sure to clean the nozzle. If the paint dries on the tip, it will be difficult to clean the next time you use it on a project.

The pink glossy flowers on this card are covered with two coats of Liquid Pearls that I painted onto the wood. I love how shimmery and soft these shapes look.

I also added a wood button to this card which I chose to keep plain bare wood. To embellish the button, I added some thread to match the quilt-like theme of the card.

In the video, I also share how to use Liquid Glass with paper to add more color and patterns to your wood shapes. As I said, this video has been scaled down to a quick Five Minute Find for you to be inspired by. To see the full hour-long process video, you will need to request to join my private facebook group (this group is not for consultants).


I hope that today’s Five Minute Find video inspired you to try something new and gave you a few ideas for using wood shapes on your paper crafting projects.

I hope you have a wonderful week!!

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)