Today’s card is one that was created by Janice Hodgkin. I received it in a card swap I participate in with each new catalog release. I instantly loved that it was created using the same pattern I recently used from the *NEW* Make It From Your Heart Volume 4. You can see my post with my card HERE. Continue reading
Today’s card is SO pretty. It’s the simple addition of vellum that just really packs a punch. Continue reading
Today’s card is another I created with Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies. I truly love this set and have used it SO many times already. Continue reading
It’s confession time. When I first looked through the new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog, the first item I was over-the-moon for was the *NEW* Gift Card Box Thin Cuts die. I love creating 3-D items and I am definitely developing an obsession for dies. Put the two together, like CTMH did, and it’s pure magic. Not only do you get the die for the box, but you get additional dies to create windows for the box or for tags or maybe you just use these for totally different projects all together. You definitely are getting more bang for your money!
I was super excited to create my first box using this die! I decided to pair it with the January Stamp of the Month–Bloom & Grow. The seed packet image in this set is simply gorgeous. I’ve yet to use it (I did think about using it as the cover to my box using it sideways; but it just didn’t work right so it’ll be for another project!)
I decided to use some of the smaller images to create my own patterned paper (I started with the Stripe Glacier Paper in the Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection.) I used Sweet Leaf , Glacier and Juniper inks. I cut out the stamped Stripe Glacier Paper using the rectangle die (but you could definitely cut it out with your trimmer, too.) I then stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the oval die.
I adhered the papers a little off center for a little more visual appeal. And then added a cute little bow using the *NEW* Light Grey Ribbon (I love ribbon. And this ribbon is pretty awesome. It’s a nice weight grosgrain.)
Perhaps the best detail (in my opinion) is the White Pearl. Even though this die has the perfect tab/slot closure, I instantly saw a little gem or something as a finishing detail to this box. I do really think it finishes it off nicely.
Last, but not least, you can’t forget the inside of the box, right? I cut out another one of the patterns from the Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection and lined the inside of the box. It makes for a pretty impression when you open up the box!
While these boxes are perfectly sized to hold a gift card, there’s no reason you couldn’t add a small packet of seeds in this darling box. But a gift card to a nursery to pick out already established plants would be nice, too!
To shop for supplies to create your own box, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.
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.
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!
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.
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!
This is a super fun & cute gift that would be perfect for just about anyone–a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker…
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.)
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.
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.)
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)
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.
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″.
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.
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.
‘Tis the season! Black Friday advertisements have already begun. Early Black Friday deals are even being offered. Holiday shopping is definitely upon us.
Have you ever made your wrapping for your holiday gifts? From simple boxes to darling totes, creating your own holiday wrapping can be easier than you might think (especially if you own a Cricut machine!)
CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection
This Poinsettia Tote came together quick and easy using my Cricut machine and CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Collections. Here’s my tip for creating beautiful dimension to your poinsettias (found on the Cricut Flower Market)–use a Bone Folder to slightly curl back the petals. It adds a nice pop of dimension with very little effort.
Another fun tip is that you can color our *NEW* White Pearls. Yep, I simply took our Marigold ShinHan Marker and colored a pearl for the center of my poinsettia. How fun is that?!? You can customize and coordinate with any color scheme your project needs.
My sentiment is from the Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamp Set. I stamped it in New England Ivy ink.
As you can see from the light blue outlines around the ornament images, this stamp set has a coordinating die set.
To start making your own holiday wrapping containers, check out CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Collections on my ONLINE CTMH WEBSITE.