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Melted Crayon Pumpkin Tutorial

Different types of pumpkins

It’s one week until Halloween.  If you are looking for a fun project to do with the kids that’s a little different than the traditional  pumpkin carving–then this is your answer!  These Melted Crayon Pumpkins are super easy and are so cool to create.

The supplies you’ll want are:

  • White or Tiger Striped Pumpkin (or an orange one could work in a pinch–you could even paint it white if you wanted)
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Crayon bits (without wrappers!)
  • Hair dryer
  • CTMH All-Purpose Mat 

Step 1 of Melted Crayon Pumpkin

STEP 1:

Select your colors of crayons you wish to use.  Figure out if you want it to be a pattern or just random.  Then begin to hot glue each crayon onto the top of the pumpkin around the stem as shown.  I did a pattern using traditional Halloween colors (orange, yellow, white, black and purple.)  Initially, I thought about doing candy corn colors–that could be a lot of fun, too!

Step 2 Melted Crayon Pumpkin

STEP 2:

With your hair dryer on low setting, begin to heat up the crayons.  The high setting works super well, but tends to splatter a great deal more!  But if you’re using CTMH’s All-Purpose Mat beneath your pumpkin, you have nothing to worry about as all the wax pops right off!

Heating Melted Crayon Pumpkin

As you continue to heat up the crayons, they begin to drizzle down the sides of the pumpkin.

Heating Melted Crayon Pumpkin

As it really warms up and the crayons are all melting nicely, you’ll find the melted wax will also begin to pool around the stem of the pumpkin, too.

Finished Melted Crayon Pumpkin

It gives it a nice finished touch.

Finished Melted Crayon Pumpkin

As you can see, it’s a relatively easy process.  The only thing to keep in mind is helping the little ones with the hot glue gun and making sure they don’t get burned with the hair dryer as it heats up.  The process will take a little longer with the low setting.  Maybe 20 minutes?  Somewhere about that amount of time.  Again, you could do the high setting to really speed things up.

Final Melted Crayon Pumpkin

But doing it on the low setting also gives you a little more control over the dripping process.  With the high setting, it’s likely that some of the colors will mix together creating less defined colors.  But I have no doubt that that would still look very cool!

Give it a try and leave a comment telling us how it goes.

A Cute & Simple Halloween Gift Bag

Halloween Gift Bag

Halloween is a little less than 2 weeks away…are you ready for it?!  Today I thought I’d share a really quick and easy Halloween project idea.  It’s a Halloween gift bag created with Close To My Heart’s Cats & Bats Collection.

I found some cute little gift bags in black and orange at Michaels and thought they’d be the perfect base for some Halloween gift bags–they just needed a little sprucing up!

Cats & Bats Cardmaking Stamp Set + dies

I grabbed my Cats & Bats Cardmaking Stamp Set along with the coordinating Thin Cuts dies to get started.  I inked up half of the “Halloween” sentiment in Black ink and then flipped my stamp over 180 degrees and inked up the other half in Goldrush ink.  I stamped this on some scratch White Daisy cardstock and then cut it out with the coordinating die.  Such a great look with the 2 colors!  Finally, I sponged some Black ink around the edges with a Sponge Dauber to give it a little more definition.

Next, I cut out a large circle in Goldrush cardstock and then using the cat die, cut out the image at the base of the circle (you want it to cover 95% of the circle so it creates a silhouette in front of the moon look.)

I glued the die cut circle to the center of the bag and then using 3-D Foam Dots, I attached the Halloween sentiment across the top of it.  To finish it all off, I tied a small bow with our Black & Gold Ribbon from one of the handles.

Super easy!  Visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE to see all the wonderful Halloween and holiday products currently available from CTMH.

12 Weeks of Christmas Begins in 1 Hour!

1Hour Notice 12 Weeks of Christmas

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1 Week Until 12 Weeks of Christmas Begins

Handmade Paper Bow

It’s just 1 week until my first holiday project tutorial gets emailed out.  That’s right, my Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas is almost here!! But the only people who receive these amazing holiday project tutorials (cards, gifts and wrapping ideas) are those who are on my Mailing List.

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Be on the lookout for project #1 next Wednesday in your inbox!

Salt Watercolor Technique Tutorial

Salt Watercolor Einstein Card

Today we are going to learn how to do a fun (and beautiful!) Salt Watercolor Technique.

Salt Watercolor Technique Supplies

First, let’s start with the supplies you’ll need:

  • All-purpose Mat (Z2045)
  • Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
  • Paintbrush Set–Flat Brush (Z3188)
  • Watercolor Paper (Z3146)
  • Cup of water
  • Kosher Salt

Step 1 for Wetwash Watercolor

STEP 1:

You will want to start by doing a wet wash on your watercolor paper.  Simply wet your paintbrush and apply a coat of water to your paper. Continue reading

Never Stop Dreaming Card

Never Stop Dreaming Card

Today’s card mixes a fun criss-cross pocket card with shadow stamping.  I created this card for a  card swap I was participating in.  It required that I use a technique (something simple that could be easily duplicated) as well as to use the Keep Dreaming Stamp Set.

Keep Dreaming Stamp Set

The Keep Dreaming Stamp Set is really pretty with the variety of flowers and of course the beautiful, positive sentiment.

When creating my swap card, I wanted to go a different direction than using the flowers, hence the polka dots!

Closeup Never Stop Dreaming Card

It also inspired me to incorporate shadow stamping!  Shadow stamping is super simple to do and adds a really nice visual touch to your project.  You’ll stamp as usual.  Then ink up your image in a different color–it could be lighter like I did here, or if your first color is light, you could do a darker color.   Then stamp that image the same way you did the first time, only shift it over just a tiny bit so it’s not entirely lined up.  This creates the illusion of a shadow to that stamped image.  Easy, right?

Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this card:

  • Keep Dreaming Stamp Set (D1720)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Lemon Stamp Pad (Z2808)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • Lemon Cardstock (X5785)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Gold Sequins (Z2012)
  • White Twine (Z3216)

To purchase any of these items or any other CTMH product, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Easter Bunny Treat Container

Easter Bunny SOTM Treat Container

It’s the final 2 days to get Close To My Heart’s February Stamp of the MonthEaster Bunny.

I made this fun little treat container using this set–it could be used for Easter but it could also be a little surprise for any day!

February CTMH Stamp of the Month Easter Bunny

This stamp set is so adorable with it’s family of bunnies and sweet sentiments and accessories.

I’ve made these fun triangle containers in different sizes and in different styles.  They are SUPER easy to make and always turn out cute.

Reindeer Food Triangle Container

I have one made into a Santa Hat , Candy Corn as well as a Christmas-themed one–complete with step-by-step instructions so you can make your own!

Give this fun container a try!  And be sure to grab your Easter Bunny Stamp Set before it’s gone!

DIY Paper Flowers

CTMH Paper Flowers

Paper flowers are awesome and definitely trendy right now.  But the best part is, they are SUPER easy to create. While this video features holiday papers, the concept and method for creating a paper flower, holds true for any time of the year.

It’s a quick 3-minute video.  Give it a watch and be inspired to go create your own paper flowers!

And if you wish to create a paper flower the same size as in this video, she uses CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection and the dimensions for her petal/leaf cutouts are:

2 3/4″
4 1/4″
5 3/4″
7″

Enjoy!