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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.

Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

Punny Pals Operation Smile Stamp Set

This month Close To My Heart is trying to give more to Operation Smile–the organization they’ve supported for nearly a decade.  In fact, just this weekend while I was at a scrapbooking retreat hosted by Close To My Heart, we raised nearly $10,000 through an auction.  It was enough to save a mission to Mexico to perform surgeries that was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to lack of funds.  It’s an amazing thing to know that so many children and their parents lives will be improved because of these small actions that together make a big impact.

Punny Pals Die Set

I was super excited when CTMH announced they were going to be offering a limited-edition die set to coordinate with their Operation Smile Punny Pals Stamp Set.  No more fussy cutting–yay!  But–it’s only available during the month of October AND it’s only available while supplies last!

Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

I decided to use the Punny Pals Stamp Set along with the coordinating dies to create a couple of Halloween-“ish” boxes.

Cats and Bats Paper Pack

I used a fun and simple technique of creating my own patterned paper simply by using some Alcohol Markers to color in the lines in between the black stripes.  For one, I did traditional colors (Marigold and Lavender Shin Han Markers) and for the other, I went for the trendy whimsical colors this season (Marigold, Lavender, Turquoise Blue and Tender Pink.)

Share a Smile Card Kit

This is a great month to support Operation Smile through purchasing some great CTMH products.  You could get the Punny Pals Stamp Set, the coordinating Punny Pals Thin Cuts dies, the Share a Smile Card Kit, a t-shirt or even do a direct donation to Operation Smile.

Giving someone the ability to live their lives like so many of us do–without any of the difficulties that having a cleft lip or cleft palate can bring–is a very powerful gift to give.  Help us change someone’s life this month!

Booo Box Card

Booo Box Card

As promised, here is another fun project using the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies.  This Booo Box Card is not only a card but a fun treat, too!

I had a lot of fun using both CTMH’s *NEW* Silver Foil Paper and Vellum Paper.  Each had a great effect when I embossed on them.  I chose to do a White Embossing for the spider web on the Vellum Paper and then I trimmed it up and selectively used a Glue Dot behind where I was going to place the spider (which I trimmed up after cutting out with the die.)  I added a little Cats & Bats Black Dot to create more dimension for the body of the spider–love it!

Closeup Booo Box Card

For the Booo sentiment, I stamped in Black pigment ink and then used the Clear Embossing Powder.  Instead of tapping away the excess powder, I left it and totally LOVE the look it achieved on the Foil Paper.  It’s sort of all bubbly and crackly looking which ties in beautifully with the design of the stamped image.

Also, check out how cute the bat looks–I used googley eyes on him.  I always love the look that achieves; makes it a cute but spooky bat! 🙂

Inside Booo Box Card

Finally, I followed the design of the outside in the inside for consistency.  I also couldn’t resist stamping the “Sugar High” sentiment from this set as it totally was spot on with the box of candy corn that’s attached!

This super fun card design is one we will be creating at our Holiday Extravaganza next weekend.  If you’re interested, you can sign up to get your very own kit of all 8 projects we’ll be creating.  Plus, it’ll be shipped directly to you complete with pictures and step-by-step instructions.  How fun, right?  To get your Holiday Extravaganza Kit, click HERE.

October 31st Halloween Card

Cats & Bats Halloween Card

Today’s card is a fun one.  It has just the right amount of technique to it as well as simplicity in it’s design.  This particular card is one I received from Jamie B. in our holiday card swap.

Closeup Cats & Bats Halloween Card

I love that she embossed the spider webs.  It gives it so much more dimension while still being subtle since it is tone on tone.

Here is a list of supplies she used to create this card:

  • Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies (Z4045)
  • Cats & Bats Paper Packet (X7224B)
  • Cats & Bats Coordinating Cardstock (X7224D)
  • Pansy Cardstock (X5966)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Versamark Ink Pad (Z891)
  • Memento Black Ink Pad (Z899)
  • White Embossing Powder (Z2068)
  • Craft Heater (Z555)
  • Cats & Bats Dots (Z4028)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Be sure to check back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing another great project I created using this same Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies.

Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month

Christmas Tunes Projects

Halloween isn’t here yet, but you’re sure to find Christmas decorations and crafting supplies already in the stores.  So how would you feel about some Christmas Tunes?  Maybe a Christmas Tunes Stamp Set from Close To My Heart?

Christmas Tunes Stamp Set

You guessed it!  This month’s Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is called Christmas Tunes.

The only thing you’ll love more than these stylized sentiments is getting this stamp set for only $5!  That’s right, $5.  That’s a savings of $12.95.

To get your $5 Christmas Tunes Stamp Set, simply place an order of $50 or more on my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

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