DIY Gingerbread House Kit

Gingerbread House Kit

This is a super fun & cute gift that would be perfect for just about anyone–a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker…

Side View of Gingerbread House Kit

But the best part is…it’s super fun to make as well!  To start with you’ll need a plastic jewelry organizer box.  You can get one at your local craft store (i.e. Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnns.)

Contents of Gingerbread House Kit

Then it’s time to shop for yummy decorations for the gingerbread house.  I found all my items at either Target or Michaels.  Think M&Ms, mini M&Ms, holiday Twizzlers, festive cookie sprinkles and more.

Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies

Before filling all your sections in your box, it’s important to do the decorating of your box.  I couldn’t resist using Close To My Heart’s adorable Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies for the outside decorating.  Along with this set, I also used the Colorblock Alphabet Stamp Set and Seasons of Sweetness (for the inside cover sentiment.)

Inside Cover Gingerbread House Kit

Here are the supplies I used:

  • Gingerbread Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z3378)
  • Colorblock Alphabet Stamp Set (D1729)
  • Seasons of Sweetness Stamp Set (D1744)
  • Memento Black Ink Pad (Z899)
  • Cranberry Stamp Pad (Z2816)
  • Emerald Stamp Pad (Z2806)
  • Nutmeg Stamp Pad (Z2830)
  • Beary Christmas Paper Pack (X7225B)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Emerald Cardstock (X5969)
  • Cranberry Cardstock (X5975)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)

Inside Complete Gingerbread House Kit

If you’d like to create your own Gingerbread House Kit and need some supplies to do so–there’s still time!  Visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE and order your supplies today.


Holiday Cheer Scrapbook Layout

Looking for some inspiration on putting a scrapbook layout together–start to finish? Here is the video for you!  Enjoy…

DIY Santa Frame Ornament

Santa Frame


Today’s project is a gift I created for my husband’s aunt.  It’s a tradition we have.  Every year we get her a unique Santa ornament as part of her gift from our family.  I’ve purchased ones from craft boutiques, from antique stores and even made some (like the one I’m sharing today.)  It’s important to me that it’s unique and one-of-a-kind (or at least close to one!)

I really love how this one turned out.  I found the frame at Target.  Initially, I was planning to put photos of my kids in them and give them to the grandparents, but was only able to find one frame!  I was so disappointed that I almost put this frame ornament back.  However, it was so reasonably priced (I think it was only $3; super good deal as it’s quite nice!) so I went ahead and purchased it knowing somehow I’d put it to good use.  That’s when I came up with the idea to incorporate one of my favorite *NEW* holiday stamps from Close To My Heart–Little Saint Nick–to create a unique Santa ornament to gift this year.

Closeup Santa Frame Ornament

I started by putting some White Glitter Paper (covered with a used dryer sheet for a softer look) inside the frame.  I then stamped the image twice with Memento Black ink onto White Daisy Cardstock.  I colored both stamped images.  One of them I colored just the face with Barely Beige and Tender Pink and then Santa’s hat on the other with Carmine and Lavender .  I then cut out the whole image of one leaving a slight border around  it and glued it onto the front of the frame.  The second one–the one with the colored Santa Hat–I only cut out the hat, again leaving a slight border.

To add a little more pizzazz, I took our Clear Shimmer Brush and colored in Santa’s mustache.  And finally, I pulled out an oldie but goodie–Liquid Applique–to create some dimension on Santa’s hat.  I love this stuff!  I forgot just how much I love it.  If you’ve never tried it before, you absolutely should!!  It’s super easy.  Just squeeze it out of it’s tube wherever you want it on your project.  Then heat it up with your Craft Heater.  It’s so fun to see it start puffing up once it begins to heat up.

The final step was to add Santa’s hat onto the Santa I already glued to the frame using Thin 3-D Foam Dots.  And that’s it.  A fairly simple way to create a unique Santa Ornament.  I hope you’ve found a little bit of inspiration to take something and spruce it up for truly special gift from the heart.

Alphabet Letter People

Today I am changing things up with some guest content from  If you’ve never checked out their site before and you have children in your life, you should definitely check them out!  They have wonderful activities (like the one I’m going to be sharing today) for reading, writing, math, science and more.  And it’s not just for little kids either.  They have material for Preschool all the way through High School!  Plus, it’s not only a super amazing resource for parents like me who want to be able to help their child become more proficient in a certain area that they might be struggling in, but it’s also the perfect spot for teachers to visit!

I am particularly excited about their Art section of their website.  I go into my children’s classroom on a regular basis and teach art lessons.  Most times I use an amazing program called Meet the Masters, but other times I like to work other projects into the rotation.  This site is incredibly useful for that as all I need to do is click on their grade level and then “The Arts” link.  It gets broken down into a few categories allowing me to select the area that is of interest to me.

Today’s lesson that I am going to share incorporates a nice art element as well as recognition of letter formation.  So let’s get into our activity for today exclusively from!

Alphabet Letter People

Activity: Alphabet Letter People

When children first start learning the forms and names of letters it’s important for them to look at the details that make up each letter. For example, some kids may think that an “F” and an “E” are the same because they don’t see that the bottom line is missing on the “F.” How can you get your child interested in looking at the fine details of the alphabet letters? Draw letter people together! This activity is perfect for artistic children, or for children who love to tell stories.

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Pen, crayons, or markers

What You Do:

  1. Use the black marker to draw a large, clear letter on a piece of paper.
  2. Discuss with your child whether the letter looks most like a face or like a person.
  3. If you decide that the letter looks most like a face, ask your child to point out where each facial feature (e.g. eyes, nose, mouth, and ears) would go.  If you decide that the letter looks most like a person, ask your child to point out where each body part (e.g. legs, arms, and head) would go. Make sure that your child is taking the small details of the letter—the tail of the “q” or the middle stub of the “G”—into account.
  4. Encourage your child to add facial features or body parts so that the letter looks more like a person.
  5. Ask your child to tell you about the letter person, based on the picture. Is the letter person a child or adult? Male or female? What personality traits does the letter person have? What job might the letter person enjoy? Your child can even draw the letter person doing a job.
  6. Repeat this process with other letters of the alphabet. After your child makes a few letter people, come up with a story together that uses the letter people as characters!

A Little Bit of Pun Stamp Set

A Little Bit of Pun December Stamp of the Month

This month’s Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month–A Little Bit of Pun–is so super fun!  It’s one people have had their eye on for months.  And now you can get your very own set.

Plus, as always, you can get the set for only $5 when you spend $50 on Close To My Heart products (subtotal amount, pre-tax and shipping.)

A Little Bit of Pun Cards

This set is absolutely perfect for making darling little handmade Valentine’s cards.  Now is a great time to get your own A Little Bit of Pun set and start making some adorable cards with these clever little puns.

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DIY Memory Shadowbox

Christmas Countdown

It’s only 26 days until Christmas. Can you believe it? If you are on my mailing list you’ve already received a couple of handmade gift ideas you could use this holiday season. And another will be coming out this afternoon (so if you aren’t already on my mailing list–it’s not too late! Sign up before 1pm Pacific to get this week’s project tutorial.)

Memory Shadowbox

But I figured you can never have too many handmade gift ideas, right? I especially love the one I’m sharing with you today. It’s sort of like an easy scrapbook for those who don’t want to scrapbook. It’s a Memory Shadowbox. It has a top loading mechanism which makes it perfect for inserting tickets from movies, sporting events, plane tickets, photos and more. Anything that you want to save to remember a moment.

Closeup Memory Shadowbox

The wonderful thing about this gift is you can personalize it easily.  I chose to get a 12″ x 12 ” size Shadowbox so that I could adhere a sheet of scrapbook paper to the back of the box.  This is where you can make it perfect for the recipient–choose a pattern of paper that fits their personality.  Or you could do as I did and use a basic neutral pattern so that the photos, tickets and other items are what pop in the box.  I used paper from Close To My Heart’s Basics Paper Fundamentals (which incidentally are 30% off this month!)  You’ll have to excuse the reflection of the clouds in my photos.  It was incredibly hard to capture a photo since everything reflected in the glass of the Shadowbox!

I used 3 of the fonts from Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Collections.  “Memories” is from the newest You Are Here Collection, “The Best Things in Life are” is from Flower Market and “the people we love, the places we go & the memories we make” is from Artbooking.  Luckily, all of these collections are still available in the physical cartridge collections.  You might recall I shared the news weeks ago that Cricut announced they will no longer be producing physical cartridge collections.  This means the exclusive CTMH Collections will be available on a while supplies last basis.

To make creating this Memory Shadowbox even easier for you, I’m giving you the Cricut cut file.  Yay!  So if you have a Cricut Explore you can create this project in no time at all.  Just get yourself a top-loading Shadowbox, some vinyl and your favorite scrapbook paper and you’ll be all set!

Happy creating!

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