DIY Holiday Wrapping

Poinsettia Tote

‘Tis the season!  Black Friday advertisements have already begun.  Early Black Friday deals are even being offered.  Holiday shopping is definitely upon us.

Have you ever made your wrapping for your holiday gifts?  From simple boxes to darling totes, creating your own holiday wrapping can be easier than you might think (especially if you own a Cricut machine!)

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

This Poinsettia Tote came together quick and easy using my Cricut machine and CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Collections.  Here’s my tip for creating beautiful dimension to your poinsettias (found on the Cricut Flower Market)–use a Bone Folder to slightly curl back the petals.  It adds a nice pop of dimension with very little effort.

CTMH White Pearls

Another fun tip is that you can color our *NEW* White Pearls.  Yep, I simply took our Marigold ShinHan Marker and colored a pearl for the center of my poinsettia.  How fun is that?!?  You can customize and coordinate with any color scheme your project needs.

Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamp Set

My sentiment is from the Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamp Set.  I stamped it in New England Ivy ink.

Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamp Set + Coordinating Dies

As you can see from the light blue outlines around the ornament images, this stamp set has a coordinating die set.

To start making your own holiday wrapping containers, check out CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Collections on my ONLINE CTMH WEBSITE.

The Perfect Handmade Gift Tags

The Thought That Counts Stamp Set

Close To My Heart released a wildly popular stamp set in their Holiday Expressions Catalog.  This stamp set, The Thought That Counts, contains some fun, light-humored sentiments for creating your own holiday tags.

CTMH Basic Tags Thin Cuts

As you can tell from the light blue line outlining the tag image, it perfectly coordinates with CTMH’s Basic Tags Thin Cuts.

Handmade Christmas Tags

These really are fun to play with.  You have so many options–different colors of cardstock, different ink colors, even embossing as I’ve done here to tie in the White & Gold Twine.

I started by embossing one of the tag outlines in Gold Embossing Powder, then I used Cranberry and Pear (retired) inks to stamp the various sentiments on the fronts of the tags.  I settled on the Cranberry and Pear colors because I had the fun coordinating Glitter Stickers from past Fundamental Packs to help embellish them.  On the back sides, I used Toffee ink to stamp the “To and From” sentiment.  Toffee seemed like a nice color option to go with the Gold Embossed fronts.

To get your own The Thought That Counts Stamp Set to make your holiday tags this year, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Fundamentals of Papercrafting

November CTMH Just for Fun Special

Close To My Heart’s November Special is Just for Fun!  All of Close To My Heart’s Fundamentals Collections are on sale.  You can save 30% on individual items OR 40% when you select an entire bundle.

These items truly are fundamental to your scrapbooking, cardmaking and papercrafting.  They include beautiful patterned paper general enough for everyday use.  Gorgeous ribbon collections that coordinate so well with the papers.  And quick and easy embellishments including glitter die cuts, chipboard elements and stickers.  You simply can’t go wrong with these items.  And the current pricing is spectacular.  Now is the time to stock up so you’re ready no matter what project you have in the works.

Thinking of You Card

I especially love the Basics Collection.  The *NEW* colors that Close To My Heart released in this color palette are simply stunning.  They are completely on trend as well as warm and rich.  Plus, you can’t go wrong now that every piece of our cardstock has a second shade on the backside–giving you even more versatility with the beautiful Paper Fundamentals.  Just look at how amazing this card looks.  I received this card from a swap.  Unfortunately, it didn’t have the creators info–I wish it did as I truly love this card design!  She used the lighter shade of Espresso for the embossed background (embossed with our *NEW* Rose Embossing Folder) to offset the Espresso Striped Paper Fundamental design.

You can see all the options of the Just for Fun Special on my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

12 Weeks of Christmas

My annual 12 Weeks of Christmas is under way.  If you aren’t currently on our mailing list, you’ve missed 5 weeks of holiday greeting card tutorials.

But never fear–there’s still time to get in on the FREE holiday tutorials!  Tomorrow begins the first of DIY holiday gift tutorials.  Sign up to be on our mailing list before 1pm (pacific) and you’ll receive the next 7 holiday tutorials.  You’ll be inspired with step-by-step tutorials for creating handmade holiday gifts as well as holiday gift wrapping ideas.

To sign up for the mailing list just click the yellow “sign up for the newsletter” box in the upper right hand corner.  Then sit back and be inspired each week as you receive a new email containing a project idea complete with measurements, instructions and photo(s).

Through the Year Stamp of the Month

Through the Year November Stamp of the Year

It’s November!  It seems like it was just Halloween but here we are already at November 6th.  Time is really flying by!  With a new month comes a *NEW* Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  This month’s Through the Year Stamp Set is so perfect for creating calendars for holiday gifts.

My Creations Calendar

Put this stamp set together with one of our My Creations Calendars and you have a wonderful gift from the heart to give to someone special.

 

Through the Year Scrapbook Layout

Remember, if you spend $50 you can get the Stamp of the Month for only $5.  That’s a savings of $12.95 (wow!)

Learn more about the Through the Year Stamp Set HERE.

A Halloween Treat

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Happy Halloween!  Today I have a Halloween treat for you…a FREE scrapbook layout pattern.  You could use this pattern to scrapbook your Halloween photos from today.  OR you could also get ahead of the game and use some traditional holiday colors and have some holiday layouts ready!  These layout designs are timeless and will work for any occasion.

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Treat yourself today, and download the pattern and cutting diagrams below!

Download Pattern

And for more great scrapbook layouts complete with patterns and cutting diagrams, check out CTMH’s other How-To Books.

Last Call for CTMH October Specials!

Christmas Tunes Stamp Set

It’s the final 2 days to take advantage of CTMH’s October Specials.  First, there is the October Stamp of the Month: Christmas Tunes.  You can get this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying $50 order.  That’s a savings of $12.95!

Christmas Tunes Card

Here’s a cute card created with this set.  I received this card from Linda C.  I like how she incorporated embossing–both wet and dry!

Share a Smile Card Kit

Contents of Share a Smile Card Kit

Second, we have the awesome card kit in support of Operation Smile.  You can purchase the whole Share a Smile Card Kit or the items separately.  I highly recommend the Punny Pals Thin Cuts!  It’ll be sad to see them go in a few days.  It’s super awesome to not have to fussy cut out the darling critters from the Punny Pals Stamp Set!

To grab these deals before they are gone, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

A DIY Christmas Village Tutorial

 

CTMH Holiday Expressions Catalog

Have you seen the cover of Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions Catalog?  It’s got a darling Christmas Village on it.  So cute that many have been asking how they can create their very own Christmas village!

Papercrafted Holiday Village

Well, today Close To My Heart has answered the many, many requests on their blog.

The winter village on the cover of our Holiday Expressions idea book has been getting a lot of attention, SO we are breaking it down on the blog today for you to make one of your very own!

First things first—to replicate our little paper houses exactly, you will need 3 kraft tapered tote boxes, two 6″ and one 8″ like these:

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When we assembled our village, these were readily available at one of our local craft stores, but we’ve found some similar options available online that you can use to get the same look (see the recipes’ below for the links).

Now, let’s take a look at how we transformed these boxes into festive holiday decorations!

9″ Sparkle House

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X7225D Beary Christmas Paper Packet
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
X7224C Cats & Bats Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z3348 Thin Cuts—Scallop Border
Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
8″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use Beary Christmas pocket scrapbooking cards for roof
  2. Trim holly from Beary Christmas zip strip to attach to front windows
  3. Front door is a sticker from Cats & Bats Complements
  4. Use a gold pearl as doorknob
  5. Dovetail “SPARKLE” sticker from Silver & Gold Complements and attach above door
  6. Fold chimney, cut to fit on rooftop, and attach with thin 3-D foam tape
  7. Attach cotton ball to roof inside chimney and pull up to create “smoke”

 

7″ Shine House

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X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use scallop border Thin Cuts to create the shingled-roof look
  2. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from the Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  3. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  4. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape
  5. Side shutters are a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements

 

7″ Bright House

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X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  2. Draw a line with journaling pen to create double doors
  3. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  4. Embellish green tree with red glitter stars from Beary Christmas Complements
  5. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape

4½” Village Lamp Post

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Materials Needed:
Z3366 Silver Foil Paper
1386 Black Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
1772 Glue Dots® Ultra-Thin Dots
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
4″ Black Dowel
Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
½” Shape <Hlloween> (cut 4, p. 43)
1″ Shape <Hlloween> (cut 2, p. 43)

Tips:

  1. Attach two 1″ silver foil paper circles to dowel by wrapping dowel with thin 3-D foam tape
  2. Attach silver foil circles to each other at top with glue dots
  3. Wrap black shimmer trim to one end of dowel
  4. Glue together four ½” black cardstock circles to form base
  5. Attach dowel to base with glue gun

 

Trees

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Materials Needed:
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet
X7225D Beary Christmas Paper Packet
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2¾”, 3½”, and 4″ Icon-2 <Christms> (cut 2, p. 48)

Tips:

  1. Trim stars and tree trunks off the Cricut® shapes
  2. Cut slit up the middle of tree shapes and slide them together to stand
  3. Color edges with marker

Aren’t those so adorable?!?  They are definitely something you’d want to pull out each year and use to decorate your home.  So very festive and charming.  Plus, the fact that they are homemade is the cherry on top!

To purchase CTMH supplies to make your own Christmas Village, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.