CTMH December Stamp of the Month

CTMH December Stamp of the Month

Here is the adorable CTMH December Stamp of the Month: Candlelight Garden, which features 10 stamps, including a Mason jar!

This D-size stamp set is available from December 1 – 31, 2015 only. You can purchase it outright for $17.95, or purchase $50 or more in any Close To My Heart products and get it for only $5!

Let’s take a look at some corporate projects featuring this set:

Candlelight Garden Card

CTMH December Stamp of the Month

Candlelight Garden 3-D Project

CTMH December Stamp of the Month

Take a closer look at this stamp set here, or purchase it here.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Post-It Note Booklets

Post-It Note Booklets

I have been busy making dozens of different styles of Post-It Note Booklets for upcoming holiday craft fairs. I have 3 styles of booklets to show you today.

Post-It Note Booklets

These small booklets are easy to put together with scrap pieces of cardstock, simple embellishments, a post-it note pad, and a mini gel pen.

Post-It Note Booklets

Small “holders” for the pen were built into the design.

Post-It Note Booklets

I used patterned paper on the front and back of these books, which allowed the pattern to stand out and eliminated the need for heavy embellishing.

Post-It Note Booklets

This is a picture of the inside… you can see a small piece of ribbon, threaded through eyelets, and the post-it pad.

Post-It Note Booklets

Here is the pen out of its holder. This 2-pieces gift would make a cute stocking stuffer, teacher gift, etc.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Sweet Thanksgiving Treats

If you have been following my blog, you’ll know that it’s craft fair season and that I’ve been posting various projects destined for the fairs. Today I have some deja vu projects… you have seen me post similar projects with a Halloween theme, but this time, we are on to Fall / Thanksgiving!

ctmh thanksgiving fall

These Hershey Nugget tins are so fun to make and customize for any season. Each tin holds 12 nuggets, decorated with fall-themed patterned papers. Since I like to use up my retired CTMH stock for craft fairs, almost all of the papers and supplies are retired.

ctmh thanksgiving fall

However, this adorable stamp set, called Sweet Salutations, is current from CTMH.

ctmh thanksgiving fall

These treat bags hold 11 peanut M&M candies, and are topped with fall leaves and ribbons.

ctmh thanksgiving fall

I have a few ready to go!

ctmh thanksgiving fall

Here is the smaller version of the Hershey Nugget treats. These packets hold only 4 nuggets in a fall-themed package.

ctmh thanksgiving fall

A little bit of stamping on the header cards, completes the theme!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Fall Leaf Pillow Box

ctmh fall pillow box

Today I have a super easy project for you! I used my Cricut machine and the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to mass cut several pillow box shapes for my upcoming craft fair. If you don’t have that cartridge, you could probably find a template for a simple pillow box online.

Using Kraft cardstock, I cut the boxes at a 4″ height, which made them quite small when folded over. Before cutting, I found an image of a leaf that I liked from the Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge. I simply placed the leaf image in the center of the pillow box front and welded them together. That way, when the pillow box was cut, the leaf image was cut out with it.

ctmh fall pillow box

I glued a small, clear bag to the inside front of the box (covering the leaf opening) before assembly. Then I assembled the box, and used the cut out leaf as my tag. The leaf was sponged around the edges with Desert Sand Ink and the sentiment was stamped in Cocoa Ink.

Before closing the final flap of the box, I filled the small baggie with M&Ms and stapled it shut.

The tag was attached with some gorgeous fall-colored string that I had from my retired CTMH stash. A craft fair is a great way to use up older products!

I will be linking this project to the following challenges:

Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog: “Trending Now”

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Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog: #264 Anything Goes

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Featured Products

Stamp Sets  To/From Mini Wooden Stamp (retired CTMH)
Patterned Paper  None
Cardstock  Kraft
Inks  Desert Sand, Cocoa
Accessories                                                           CTMH colored string (retired)
Cricut  Art Philosophy, Mickey and Friends
Tools Glue Dots, Easy Stick Adhesive, Acrylic BlocksStamp Scrubber, Spritz Cleaner, Sponge DaubersAll-Purpose Mat, VersamatPaper TrimmerNon-Stick Micro-tip Scissors, Rub and Remove Eraser, Bone Folder, Mini Stapler

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Altered Vintage Journals

Altered Vintage Journals

I am so excited to share today’s project with you! I absolutely love the vintage, antique look, and recently created these altered vintage journals. More accurately, they are altered composition books, but that title just didn’t have the same panache!

I used vintage papers that I had in my stock, and a few retired CTMH products that I found to make them more antique-y.

Altered Vintage Journals

This first book was altered with papers that contained a cursive script. Since it focused on writing, it only made sense to make this one into a journal. I glued the paper to the front and back of the book and then antiqued around the edges with Cocoa Ink and a sponge dauber.

To cover the binding, I REALLY wanted corrugated paper, but didn’t have any in stock. So…. I improvised. I took Kraft Paper and painstakingly scored down the length of the paper every 1/8″… yes, EVERY 1/8″ inch for every binding cover, and every book. It took awhile, but I was very happy with the semi-corrugated look. Then I added a piece of black ribbon to cover where the seams met.

Altered Vintage Journals

Taking a closer look at the front, I added some chipboard elements from CTMH (retired). The key was my favorite piece! I inked it with Cocoa Ink. Since it had a resist pattern, a portion of the chipboard remained white, revealing a nice design. I added a piece of scored and distressed Kraft paper to look like a journal closure and a button that looked similar enough to a lock. Voila! A cute faux lock and key design.

Altered Vintage Journals

Here is the back of the book, finished the same as the front, but without the design elements.

Altered Vintage Journals

This book was done in the same manner as the previous one… vintage-looking paper, designer chipboard elements, and a CTMH resin button (retired) for the “lock.”

Altered Vintage Journals

Another similar book with the same concepts but different look. This paper had a clock pattern, so I added a time element… the year. It can be used as a 2016 journal, notebook, planner, etc.

Altered Vintage Journals

This book was my favorite! The musical note pattern just screamed “notes”, which was perfect for a journal/notebook. I used mini tags to spell out “Love Notes” and added some chipboard pieces that I colored in Cranberry Ink.

Altered Vintage Journals

The chipboard piece also had a nice resist pattern that remained white when colored. I used it to replace the “O” in the word “Love” and added additional colored hearts to the top of the book. I found a random red button to add as the lock.

These were so fun to make!


Featured Products

Stamp Sets  None
Patterned Paper  Unknown
Cardstock  Kraft Paper
Inks  Cocoa, Cranberry
Accessories Designer Resist Chipboard (retired), Buttons, Black Ribbon
Cricut None
Tools Bonding Memories Glue, Glue Dots, Easy Stick Adhesive, All-Purpose Mat, VersamatPaper TrimmerScore BoardNon-Stick Micro-tip Scissors, Corner Rounder, Sponge DaubersRub and Remove Eraser, Bone Folder, Ruler

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Halloween Pencil Case and Bookmarks

CTMH Halloween Pencil Case and Bookmarks

Just a few more days until Halloween, and I have a couple of ideas for teacher gifts, classroom gifts, or small items to put in those candy bags when the kids come a knocking! These are a few more items for my craft fair.

The first is a Halloween pencil case. I found the template to make these cases here. The instructions are simple, allowing you to make 4 boxes from one sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper, and they are so accurate, that 4 pencils fit snugly inside!

CTMH Halloween Pencil Case and Bookmarks

I created all of my pencil boxes with Goldrush Cardstock and pieces of patterned retired Halloween papers. I used a Dollar Store ribbon with a spider web design and adhered it around the boxes. Each box was filled with 4 Halloween-themed pencils, and then 1 eraser was added to the bottom of each package.
CTMH Halloween Pencil Case and Bookmarks

I tied Thistle ribbon around the top, and then added a tag tied with Hydrangea waxy flax (both retired… I told you that I use up my older supplies for craft fair items!). The tag sentiment was from the Sweet Salutations stamp set, stamped in Goldrush ink, and punched out with a 1.5″ scallop punch.

CTMH Halloween Pencil Case and Bookmarks

These quick and easy bookmarks were stamped from retired stamp sets onto White Daisy cardstock, and mounted onto Goldrush cardstock. They were laminated, hole-punched, and then had a matching ribbon tied through the tops.

I will be linking these projects to the Heart 2 Heart Challenges: Boo! challenge.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Sweet Halloween Treat Bags

CTMH Sweet Halloween Treat Bags

Here are some simple Halloween gifts that I created for my upcoming craft fair. Each bag is filled with 11 peanut M&M’s, since that is the exact amount that fit in these 1″ x 7″ cello bags, with a little room left to fold over the self-stick adhesive closure.

CTMH Sweet Halloween Treat Bags

Each bag was tied with either a Halloween-themed pumpkin ribbon, or pretty blue ribbon to match the M&M’s. Both ribbons were from the Dollar Store.

CTMH Sweet Halloween Treat BagsYou might remember the bat and “Sweet Treats” sentiment from this project here. The only difference is that I cut these bats out at a much smaller ratio to fit with this project. The bat is from the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge, and the sentiment is from the CTMH Sweet Salutations stamp set, and stamped with Sunset ink. I used retired waxy flax to thread through the loose pieces and tie them to the bags.

I will be linking this project to Heart 2 Heart Challenges: Cricut Capers. Feel free to enter your project and join in the fun!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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