Boxing Week CTMH Sale

CTMH Boxing Week Sale

Today I wanted to give you heads up on a BIG sale coming next week.  Close To My Heart is going to be celebrating Boxing Week next week with daily deals up to 40% off (wow!)

So be sure to check it out starting at 12:00 am (MST) Tuesday, December 26th!

 

Holiday Snow Globe Card

Snowman Cards

The only thing better than making handmade cards for friends and family is receiving a handmade card!  I love seeing all the creativity that is poured into making a handmade card.  I especially love this card I received from one of my teammates, Elizabeth.

Snow Globe Card

The idea of using a circle behind the snow globe is genius!  It’s a subtle addition but adds nice dimension and a better illusion of a real snow globe.  And the icing on the cake is that it is an incredibly easy thing to do!

Close up Snow Globe Card

You could even make it easier by using our exclusive snow globe die set with the Warmest Wishes Stamp Set.  This will make cutting out your snow globe quick and easy.

Warmest Wishes Stamp + Die Set

Just cut out a circle with a circle die, your Cricut machine or similar and add it behind your cut out snow globe and you have an amazing real-life looking snow globe!

Through the Year Calendar Kit

CTMH December Special

Tomorrow is the last day to grab Close To My Heart’s Through the Year Calendar Kit.  You have 2 options when purchasing this Kit–1.) you can purchase the kit without the stamp set OR 2.) you can purchase the kit including the stamp set.

Through the Year November Stamp of the Year

The stamp set is last month’s Stamp of the Month–Through the Year.  It allows you to stamp the name of each month in your calendar as well as add some fun coordinating images.  So really, if you aren’t into stamping or you already own a set of month names, you just need the basic kit.

Through the Year Calendar Kit Contents

This kit is all designed for you.  It comes with all the supplies including photo mats (which if you already have photos to add, you can just ignore!) Just follow the cutting guides and the layout images to put it together.

Layouts for CTMH's Through the Year Calendar Kit

My plan is to purposefully take photos during each month of 2018 to add to my already made up calendars and then give to the grandparents for Christmas next year.  Now that’s planning ahead, right?  Really I just couldn’t pull it together to get it done for this year!  Choosing photos takes me forever!  So with all the other obligations this holiday season, it just wasn’t in the cards.  But that’s okay because I know these are going to make amazing gifts next year.  And you could do the same!  Purchase your kit(s) now and prepare them at your leisure to be used in 2019.

Visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE to get your kit(s) before the end of tomorrow.

A Little Bit of Pun Card

December Stamp of the Month A Little Bit of Pun

A Little Bit of Pun December Stamp of the Month

Have you seen Close To My Heart’s Stamp of the Month for December yet?  It’s super fun with all the different puns and coordinating images.

I Like You a Watt Pun Card

I created this card using the set.  It was quick and easy to create but super cute, I think.

Closeup Like You a Watt Card

You can’t initially tell from my photo but after coloring in the light bulb, I went over it with CTMH’s Clear Shimmer Brush to give it a little added sparkle.

Closeup Like You a Watt Pun Card

To further enhance the feeling of light bursting from the bulb, I also traced the lines with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  It helps draw your eye to the focal point a little more.

Layers of I like You a Watt Pun Card

Finally, the last detail I did to really draw your eye to the cute light bulb was to add layers and a little bit of dimension with our Thin 3-D Foam Tape.  If you don’t currently own any dimensional tape–you should!  It’s truly a staple I use over and over.  I especially love that Close To My Heart not only offers a traditional 3-D Foam Tape but also a Thin 3-D Foam Tape for just a little lift.  And if that wasn’t awesome enough, there is also the option to get both in a “dot” form as well!

There’s still time to grab your own A Little Bit of Pun Stamp Set.  It’s available through December 31st.  Plus, it could be yours for only $5!  Yep, it’s only $5 when you spend $50 or more on Close To My Heart products.  You can check it all out on my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

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.

 

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.