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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

Don’t miss out!  If you aren’t signed up for our mailing list, you won’t be able to get these 12 exclusive holiday project tutorials.

To join the fun, click the yellow “Sign up for the newsletter” button on the right-hand upper corner and you’ll be all set.

24 Hours Until the 12 Weeks of Christmas

12 Weeks of Christmas

It’s almost time!  It’s just 24 hours until Week 1 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas begins!  If you aren’t already on our Mailing List, join now by clicking the yellow box “Sign up for the newsletter.”

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.

If you aren’t already on my Mailing List, simply click the yellow button in the upper right-hand corner “Sign up for the newsletter!” and then you’ll be all set.

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

Three Tips For Getting Your Christmas Cards Done Early This Year!

Christmas Gift Card

Can you believe that Christmas is exactly 3 months from today?

If you plan on making handmade holiday cards this year, how would you like to get them done early so you can enjoy the holiday season to it’s fullest?

Here are 3 tips for getting your holiday cards done early this year…

  1. First set a date that you want to mail all your cards by.  This gives you a target or goal to work toward.  The USPS says you want to mail by December 19th to ensure delivery by December 24th (with first class domestic mail.)  This is pretty late and won’t give you time to enjoy the season.  How about a few weeks before that?  Maybe December 6th?
  2. If you are local, attend my monthly Card Buffet Classes.  Whether you want just a few handmade holiday cards or a lot, you can get them made at my regular Card Buffets for only $2 each!  And my last one for 2017 is being held on Wednesday, December 6th (the reason to set that as your deadline in Tip #1! 🙂 )
  3. Get on my Mailing List.  Starting on Wednesday, October 4th, I’ll be starting my Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas.  The 1st 5 weeks are dedicated to holiday card project tutorials.  This is a great way to get inspired plus you get the step-by-step instructions to complete them! It’s a win-win for sure!  And super easy.  Simply click on the yellow “Sign up for the newsletter” button and you’re all set.

 

From the Heart Christmas Card

 

Santa From the Heart Slider Card

Today on Close To My Heart’s blog, they talked about how the National Stamping Month Special–From the Heart–is designed to be versatile and let you be the artist.  While the From the Heart Stamp Set is definitely a beautiful set–and one which you would use over and over again–these cards can make some pretty amazing holiday cards, too!

Open Santa Slider Card

Here is my spin on these beautiful From the Heart Slider Cards using the *NEW* Little Saint Nick Stamp Set along with the *NEW* Ho, Ho, Ho Stamp.  I absolutely love the Little Saint Nick image.  You may recall I used him in a Circle Accordion Card I shared a few weeks ago.  He’s so cute and easy to and color.  I used our ShinHan Markers in Barely Beige, Tender Pink and Carmine.

Closeup Santa Slider Card

And of course, I couldn’t resist using our Clear Shimmer Brush on his hat trim for a little shine and sparkle!

To purchase your own From the Heart Card Kit or any other CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

National Stamping Month Celebration

From the Heart Card Kit

September is National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart is celebrating by offering a gorgeous Slider Card Kit.

CTMH From the Heart Card Kit

The From the Heart Card Kit includes the supplies to create 12 fabulous interactive cards.  Plus, when you purchase the kit, you save 20% off the retail price!

From the Heart Cards & Envelopes

Want more card bases? No problem, you can order separate card bases and envelopes to make even more beautiful cards!

From the Heart Stamp Set

Or maybe you just want the amazing stamp set perfect for beautiful layered looks?  You can purchase the From the Heart Stamp Set separately as well.

You’ll be amazed at the detail you can achieve with the layering process of this stamp set.  It is quite striking and professional looking when you finish!

From the Heart Card Samples

For more details on the From the Heart National Stamping Month promotion or to purchase them before they’re gone, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.