New Annual Inspirations Idea Book is now LIVE!

Since the Close To My Heart convention in June, I have been bursting at the seams to tell you all about the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book. Now that August is finally here, I can't wait to tell you all about it! Isn't the cover beautiful?

It is next to impossible to cover everything in this 124 page catalog in one blog post, so I'm going to just give you the highlights today. Then over the coming days and weeks, I'll fill in more of the details. However, you don't need to wait. You can view the entire Idea Book online HERE. Also, all of the new products are in my online Close To My Heart shop.

In addition to the new Idea Book highlights, I have a few specials to tell you about. If you want to skip to the specials, just look for the BLUE headings below.

Flower Market

The answer to the most anticipated question is "Yes! There is a new Cricut Cartridge". 

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It's name is Flower Market and as the name states, it includes a huge variety of flowers. In addition, you will find two fonts, banners, sentiments and much more. I can't wait to show you some of the things I've made with this brand new cartridge!

The collection includes a pack of the new Adventure cardstock combo (20 sheets) and three d-sized (large) stamp sets. You can buy it with the physical cartridge and handbook or save $20 by ordering a digital copy. Either way, you'll get the cardstock and stamp sets.

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When you order the new Flower Market Cricut collection from me in August, you will receive two bonus items. First you will get the fun "Hi Friend" stamp set (A1198). This set has great sentiments for cards plus flower images that coordinate with your new cartridge!

In addition, you will receive exclusive directions to a Cricut workshop that uses your new Flower Market cartridge, the Adventure cardstock that comes with the cartridge and the stamp sets (including the bonus stamp set) that come with the cartridge!  These projects are designed by me to help you learn your new cartridge and your Cricut machine. You will be able to make the projects regardless of the Cricut machine you use: Expression, Expression 2 or Explore.

In early september, you will also receive a pdf file via email with the directions. Those of you who are local will also be invited to a special Cricut play day to make the projects at my house! We will create and learn together!

New FUNdamentals Collections

The next thing I want to tell you about is the new and improved Fundamental collections.  You may already be familiar with the four families of color in the Close To My Heart palette: Whimsy (pastels), Adventure (brights), Enchantment (rich) and Basics (neutral).

Each of these color groups give you all the color on the color wheel plus the neutrals needed to complete your artwork. There are coordinating patterned papers, packs of Complements (embellishments) and ribbons for each family group.


The Whimsy collection includes a pack of paper with soft watercolor prints. There are two packs of coordinating Complements --- one with a baby boy theme and the other is baby girl! Plus there is a bundle of beautiful ribbon in the same colors and theme. Ready to get your baby book finally done? This collection will help you get it done quickly and beautifully!


The Adventure collection includes a pack of paper in bold patterns and bright colors, including 7 fresh new hues. There is also a good life themed pack of complements and coordinating ribbon pack.


The Enchantment paper pack also uses bold patterns to present the rich colors in the Enchantment family. There are two school themed complements packs -- one for kindergarten through 6th grade and the other for 7th through 12th. The ribbon pack completes this ensemble. Creating a school book for your child has never been easier!


There are two separate packs of Basic papers that can be used alone or as a neutral base for other colors in the palette. The Uptown Basics, featuring Black, White and Gold, are perfect for special occasions like weddings and graduations. There are coordinating  You & Me Complements and ribbons.
The Basics Rustics papers include browns and grays with copper highlights. Perfect for outdoor, masculine or trendy rustic pages. The coordinating Complements are all about family and home. There is also a coordinating ribbon pack.
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I know you are going to love the new Fundamentals paper and will want to have them all. The August special will help you do just that! When you buy the Whimsy, Adventure and Enchantment fundamentals paper pack, you will get your choice of the Rustic Basic or Uptown Basic Fundamentals paper pack free!

New Flip Flaps

The last thing I'd like to discuss in this introductory post are the new flip flap offerings. We all panicked a little when we saw the flip flaps on the retirement list, but the good news is that they have only become better! 

How? There are new sizes and new styles! I'm so excited that we now have 5" x 7" flip flaps that will be perfect for layering on more of those larger pictures. This size is also great for holding certificates (scan and reprint smaller), playbills and other souvenirs. 

The new 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" size packs have 6 with the adhesive strip on the short side and 6 with the it on the long side! This gives you many new options for how to have your flip flaps open on the page. 

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My Flip Flap Special

In August, you can stock up on your flip flaps through my buy four, get one free program. Mix and match to get all the sizes and styles you need for your upcoming projects.  Simply pick out four packs to buy, then pick out a bonus pack of equal value or less to get for free. To take advantage of this special, you need to email your order to me. This offer is NOT available if you order on my Close To My Heart website.

So that's it for the first peek at the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book. I have a lot more to tell you so stay tuned. In the mean time, do some creating!

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Purrfect Halloween Stamp of the Month

A list of the current specials would not be complete without mentioning the Stamp of the Month. This month's stamp is called "Purrfect Halloween" and features a fun dress-up cat. Although the theme of the stamp is Halloween, you can dress this crazy kitty up for other occasions as well.

This set is only available in August 2016. You can pay full price ($17.95) or get it at over 70% off when you add it to an order of $50 or more and pay just $5!

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Over the last month, I have had a lot of fun creating with the products featured in this post. (Want to know how to get the products early? Just ask!) I will be posting pictures of each of these as well as offer a few kits available exclusively at Show Me Scrapping. Stay tuned and in the mean time, create something beautiful!