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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.

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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.

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!

https://design.cricut.com/#/mat/view/74494394/

Happy creating!

No Peeking Christmas Bag Topper

Holiday Bag Topper

I absolutely love making these bag toppers.  They are the perfect way to add a creative, handmade touch to a gift AND it prevents the recipient from being able to peek in the bag!

Plus, they are fairly easy to create, too.  Which when you’re on a time crunch (always the case during the holidays, right?!?) is always a wonderful thing.

You’ll want to measure the width of your gift bag then add a 1/2″ to that measurement.  For the height of the topper, this will be determined by your design–it doesn’t need to be a precise measurement.  You’ll figure out what you want on the front, make sure you have enough space and then double it since it will fold over the bag.  My bag topper here is 9″ x 8-1/2″.

Closeup of Holiday Bag Topper

Then you’ll center your cardstock piece below the handles, mark about a 1/4″ on either side of the handles and then create an oblong cutout for you to insert the handles through.

 

Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts

The last step is to decorate your bag topper as desired.  For my bag here, I attempted to keep it a little more masculine.  I used the Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp Set with Coordinating Thin Cuts Dies.

You can take this idea and create these bag toppers with any size gift bag making it a really versatile project idea!  This past weekend, this was one of the projects at my Annual Boxes, Bags & Tags Class.  The ladies loved this project.  I think I can say with 100% confidence that each of them will be creating some more of these bag toppers this holiday season!

Now is the perfect time to start creating your own bag toppers!  If you need any supplies to help you with your own bag toppers, be sure to visit 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).

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:

kraft-taper-top-boxkraft-tapered-tall

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.