Category Archives: 3D item

DIY Love Letter Monogram Kits

CTMH Love Letter G

These gorgeous Love Letter Kits from Close To My Heart (in celebration of National Papercrafting Month!) are so super simple to put together.  Watch this quick 2-minute video to see what I mean.

To order your own Love Letter, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

January Stamp of the Month Gift Card Box

CTMH Gift Card Box die

It’s confession time.  When I first looked through the new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog, the first item I was over-the-moon for was the *NEW* Gift Card Box Thin Cuts die.  I love creating 3-D items and I am definitely developing an obsession for dies.  Put the two together, like CTMH did, and it’s pure magic.  Not only do you get the die for the box, but you get additional dies to create windows for the box or for tags or maybe you just use these for totally different projects all together.  You definitely are getting more bang for your money!

January Stamp of the Month Bloom & Grow

I was super excited to create my first box using this die!  I decided to pair it with the January Stamp of the Month–Bloom & Grow.  The seed packet image in this set is simply gorgeous.  I’ve yet to use it (I did think about using it as the cover to my box using it sideways; but it just didn’t work right so it’ll be for another project!)

January Stamp of the Month Gift Card Box

I decided to use some of the smaller images to create my own patterned paper (I started with the Stripe Glacier Paper in the Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection.)  I used Sweet Leaf , Glacier and Juniper inks.  I cut out the stamped Stripe Glacier Paper using the rectangle die (but you could definitely cut it out with your trimmer, too.)  I then stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the oval die.

January Stamp of the Month Box Side View

I adhered the papers a little off center for a little more visual appeal.  And then added a cute little bow using the *NEW* Light Grey Ribbon (I love ribbon.  And this ribbon is pretty awesome.  It’s a nice weight grosgrain.)

January Stamp of the Month Gift Card Box Front View

Perhaps the best detail (in my opinion) is the White Pearl.  Even though this die has the perfect tab/slot closure, I instantly saw a little gem or something as a finishing detail to this box.  I do really think it finishes it off nicely.

Inside January Stamp of the Month box

Last, but not least, you can’t forget the inside of the box, right?  I cut out another one of the patterns from the Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection and lined the inside of the box.  It makes for a pretty impression when you open up the box!

While these boxes are perfectly sized to hold a gift card, there’s no reason you couldn’t add a small packet of seeds in this darling box.  But a gift card to a nursery to pick out already established plants would be nice, too!

To shop for supplies to create your own box, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

National Papercrafting Month Love Letters

CTMH Love Letters Special

Happy National Papercrafting Month!  It’s always fun to have a reason to create, right?!?  Well, Close To My Heart has a gorgeous project for you.  And I mean absolutely gorgeous.  This month only, you can grab your choice of Love Letter Kits exclusively from Close To My Heart.

CTMH & Love Letter

Plus, when you order 5 letters, you get the 6th letter kit for FREE!  But you know what’s better than that?  Getting your very 1st kit for FREE!  Yep, Close To My Heart is giving away some of these kits–you get to choose which letter kit you’d like, too.  Here’s the info they posted today on the CTMH blog:

All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Thursday, January 4th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

Now, let us tell you a little more about these Love Letters!

CTMH Love Letters Kit Contents

Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.

As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

CTMH Love Letter G

1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.

CTMH Love Letter Sticker Placement Tip

2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.

CTMH Love Letter Flower Closeup

3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)

CTMH Love Letter Banner

4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.

These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!

We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!

Don’t forget–you must leave your comment on the CTMH Blog by Thursday, January 4th at 11:00 am (MST) to qualify.  Best of luck to you!

And if you don’t want to leave it up to chance, you can visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE and grab your favorite Love Letter Kit(s) now!

Merry Christmas!

Paper Christmas Ornaments

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.  Today, I am sharing ornaments I created to hold my kids’ “reindeer food.”  Each year, I create a new way to hold their reindeer food–you can see another idea HERE.

Reindeer Food Paper Ornament

It’s one of our traditions that we do before bed on Christmas eve–they sprinkle the oats (usually I add some red and green sugar sprinkles to make it a little more festive) on our front lawn for Santa’s reindeer to have a little treat on their journey.

We’d love to hear one of your family’s Christmas traditions!  Please leave a comment below and let us know one.

Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter Ornament

Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter Ornament

Today I’m sharing another quick and easy DIY Holiday project–a Cookie Cutter Ornament!  Holiday cookie cutters can be used for more than just making festive holiday cookies.  You can use them to create darling ornaments perfect for keeping for yourself or for giving away.

Side View Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter Ornament

You really only need 4 items:

  • Cookie Cutter
  • Paper
  • String or Ribbon
  • Liquid Glass or other strong adhesive

Cookie Cutter Christmas Tree Ornament

You can add in other elements like stamping or embossing (like I’ve done here.) But truthfully if you have some festive patterned paper, that would work just as well!  I couldn’t resist using our October Stamp of the Month (Christmas Tunes) since I had a Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter.  It seemed like the perfect pairing to use the tree image from this stamp set.  I stamped it in Versamark ink and then sprinkled some Gold Embossing Powder and heated it up with a Craft Heater to create this beautifully elegant image.

Once that was prepared, I tied some White Twine around the top of the ornament so I had a hanger for the ornament.  Then I used Liquid Glass to adhere the ornament to the paper.  When it was dry, I used my Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors to trim around the edges of the ornament.  For the final detail, I tied a bow using the White & Gold Ribbon and then adhered it to the top of the tree cookie cutter again using Liquid Glass–love Liquid Glass so much!

Now you have a unique ornament you can put on your Christmas Tree or wrap up and give to a friend, neighbor, co-worker…pretty much anyone would love receiving such an amazing handmade ornament!

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.


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.

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!