Great Finds Friday: Close To My Heart

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at some fun new products from Close To My Heart, maker of beautiful stamps, inks, papers, embellishments, tools, and more. First, I want to announce the winners of our 5/31 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The book winners, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Felicity Jordet won Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More

Amy Fearday won Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs

Laura won I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods

Congratulations, winners! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing addresses.

Now, on to today’s featured find! Late May/early June is an incredibly busy time in my home because I have school-aged kids. We have end-of-the-year parties, field trips, concerts, and games, and it seems like we’re always in need of a quick gift for a teacher, coach, or parent helper.

Because shopping for gifts can become time-consuming and expensive in a hurry, I decided to make this handmade “thank you” gift for one of my daughter’s teachers. I simply covered a recycled cocoa canister with Chantilly Collection paper from Close To My Heart, added some of their unique embellishments, and filled the canister with the teacher’s favorite candy. I know this teacher loves to read, so I also created a pretty bookmark to go with the treat. Both projects came together in about 30 minutes, great when you have multiple kids and multiple teachers to thank.

To finish the canister, I adhered Hollyhock Zipper Lace (my new favorite trim!) around the top edge and tore a strip of polka-dot For Always Textiles fabric to make the bow. I used mini adhesive dots to secure both embellishments, and trimmed them with the new Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors. The scissors get right between the zipper teeth, and I didn’t have to worry about them sticking to my adhesive. The label is perfect for a teacher gift because it’s a Close To My Heart Chalkboard Shapes sticker! Write on them with Close To My Heart’s Chalk Marker to add trendy chalkboard style to any project.

For the bookmark, I wanted it to have real textural appeal, so I cut a 15” length of Close To My Heart Burlap Ribbon and folded it in half. I cut a 1-1/4”x7-1/2” strip of Cotton Candy cardstock, which coordinates with the Chantilly paper, and adhered that inside the layers of burlap using a tape runner. Next, I cut a “v” from the ribbon end opposite the fold. I used the scissors tip to make a small hole through the layers near the fold and inserted an 8” length of hemp baker’s twine from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection through the hole to make the streamer. I finished the bookmark with a crocheted flower and a metal button from the Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection, a strip of the Zipper Lace, and a strip of the torn For Always Textiles fabric.

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and this peek into some of Close To My Heart’s new products for spring and summer crafting. Please visit them online at www.closetomyheart.com for product information, projects, tips, and more.

Close To My Heart is giving away the prize collection shown below to one luckyCrafts ‘n thingswinner! The collection includes a sheet of Chalkboard Shapes stickers, a Chalk Marker, a roll of Hollyhock Zipper Lace, and a roll of Burlap Ribbon. Retail value of this prize is $18.80.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment here telling me the best handmade gift you ever received.  We’ll announce the randomly-selected winner here in the next Great Finds Friday post on June 21st.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff