Christmas Love Pillow Box

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Today’s festive project features a bunch of fun products from Close To My Heart! Why Christmas in October? The October Stamp of the Month: Twinkle is a Christmas-themed stamp set, so that you can get a jump on your Holiday projects!

The “Christmas Love” Pillow Box was cut with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Using the “Twinkle” Stamp Set, I stamped clusters of tiny stars in Cranberry Ink around the unassembled pillow box. Using White Daisy cardstock scraps, I stamped the holiday lights in Slate and Whisper Inks, and the sentiment in Cranberry ink.

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A strip of Cranberry cardstock was adhered around the center of the box, with a strip of patterned paper from the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet around it. Black Shimmer Trim was attached along the top and bottom of the cardstock.

Each light was cut by hand, and the sentiment was punched out with a 1.5″ scallop punch. (FYI… if I wasn’t so impatient to wait for my Cricut machine to warm up, those images could have been perfectly cut with the corresponding images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge.) I punched holes in the tops of the stamped images and attached a black eyelet to each one.

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I found some gold, stretchy, packaging ribbon in my stash and used it to thread through the Christmas lights, and as a topper for the sentiment tag. The lights were glued down and a couple of Glue Dots were used to keep the ribbon in place. The sentiment was attached with some foam tape to pop off the box.

At this point, I assembled the box by gluing the side flap. To finish things off, I went a little overboard with the bling (is that even possible?). Gold Sequins were scattered throughout the box, and Clear Sparkles were used on the Christmas Lights. I’m feeling festive already!


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CTMH “Nevermore” Halloween Decorations

It’s almost October, and time to get out your Halloween decorations. Haven’t had time to shop for decorations this year? Well then, it’s time to get out your stamps, scissors, and glue, and make some adorable decorations of your own!

Here is some amazing artwork by Close To My Heart to get your creative juices flowing…

Banner, Wreath, Framed Artwork, and Candles

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WOW, talk about festive! With the Nevermore Paper Packet and a little help from the CTMH Cricut Collections, you can turn your house into a Halloween masterpiece!

Card, Cupcake Holder, and Treat Bag

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Just imagine receiving this creative bat card as a party invitation… who wouldn’t attend that party? The cupcake holder and treat bag add to the Halloween ambiance.

Treat Tub and Treat Bags

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Such an artistic way to deliver your candies and treats this year!

Halloween Surprise Cracker and Treat Tub

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The hard part will be deciding what to put inside these creative treat holders!

If you would like to learn more about the Nevermore Paper Packet and coordinating accessories, please click here.

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“How Sweet It Is” Draw Box

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I created this draw box using a recycled Splenda box (one of the massive ones from Costco), and some pretty, patterned papers from CTMH. These papers have long been retired… I think they were called Bohemian, or BOHO.

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I started by random stamping on Lagoon cardstock, and they glued it around the bottom portion of the box. Then, I layered various patterned papers from the paper packet, until the entire box was covered. I used Mod Podge to seal the papers onto the box permanently.

Those gorgeous stickers were from the Bohemian stickers pack, and they are actually made of adhesive-backed fabric! The flowers were cut with my Cricut machine and then rolled into flowery shapes.

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I wanted to provide a large opening for contest entry forms, but still make it easily accessible to take the forms out. I decided to go with velcro closures. Using 4 hook and loop closures, I simply stuck them into place, and Voila, my box was complete!

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Cricut Cartridge SALE!

I still have some brand new/sealed/unopened Cricut Cartridges for sale in my Etsy shop! Each one is at its lowest price point, so if you are in the market for a new cartridge, have a look at what I have available and then grab it quickly!

Here are the cartridges… click on the title link to be taken straight to Etsy:

Gingerbread Seasonal Cartridge $9.99

Space Party Cartridge $8.99

Robot Party Cartridge $10.99

French Manor $28.99

Store Front $24.99

Go Canada! $16.99

Happy Savings!

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Mini Dotted Box

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Yesterday, I posted a cute pillow box made with the Lollydoodle Paper Packet. Today, I used a different sheet of Lollydoodle paper to create this mini dotted box, also made with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

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This box was cut at 4.5″ height and then folded along the score lines. I love how the patterned paper is not only double-sided, but has a pretty pattern on both sides… dots on the outside, and celebration ribbon on the inside!

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I tied a piece of striped-twine around the box and made a small bow. The flowers were cut free-hand from another piece of Lollydoodle paper. The smallest flower was attached to the center of the bow with a Glue Dot. The other 2 flowers were glued directly onto the box, layered one on top of the other.

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Lollydoodle Pillow Box

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I just love the colors on this project! It’s like a burst of summer in the heart of winter.

The Lollydoodle Pillow Box was created with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and patterned paper from the Lollydoodle Paper Packet (now retired). I simply cut the pillow box at a 5.5″ height (unassembled height) and folded along the scored lines.

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Striped-twine was tied around the box and knotted in the center. The flowers were cut from one of the sheets of Lollydoodle paper. There were so many adorable flowers, it was hard to choose which ones to use!

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To create some dimension, I adhered a large square of self-adhesive foam tape to the back of the flower and stuck it onto the box. The smaller flower was glued to the underside of the large flower, to pop off the box as well.

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My Craft Room: Part 2

Welcome back to my craft room… Part 2! If you missed Part 1, you can view it here.

Continuing around the room, here is the last wall to show. This wall houses my very large IKEA 25-cubby storage unit, as well as my home-made paper rack.

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This large unit holds the majority of my scrapbooking supplies. All of my paper kits, pages in progress, albums in progress, vintage CTMH catalogs and retired paper colors have a home here.

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On top of the unit, I have a few projects that I made… an interactive picture cube, a layered paper cake (you can view that post, here), a draw box for my vendor events, and some CTMH banner swag for my wall (you can view that post, here).

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Here are my retired paper colors, as well as a lot of paper kits… some old and some new. I like to have things labeled and organized, so that I can be efficient when I craft and am not constantly searching for tools, papers, etc. I separate my papers by color and have added a small tag to each package so that I can grab a specific color quickly.

Also on this shelf are my Cuttlebug machine and accessories, stamps, sponge daubers, tools, Picture My Life items/projects, ready-to-go cards, albums (in progress) and binders. Finished scrapbooks are kept on shelving units in our den downstairs. that way, they can be SEEN and enjoyed!

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Here is one of the areas that I keep Cricut supplies. The black binders house all of my physical cartridges. This is my entire collection, so I am not in need of any extravagant storage for them at this time. Isn’t that Cricut bug just the cutest?

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On the right side of the storage unit, I have a 3M hook mounted for easy Cricut mat storage! Since the unit is so tall, even the longest Cricut mats hang with ease and are out of sight when you are in the room, since this backs up to a wall.

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Most of the storage in the picture below is from the Dollar Store. Trendy buckets, baskets and clear storage containers are both easy to find, and affordable. To see inside some of my storage containers, make sure to go on to Part 3 of my craft space!

The green and blue boxes are from Pioneer. I purchased them white and then painted them the colors in my craft room to match!

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This paper rack is home-made from wire storage cubes and zip ties. I don’t have a post on it, but if you are interested, you can Google it and you will find a ton of direction on how to make one of these.

On top of the paper rack are my paper trimmers, score board, and craft mat.

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The paper rack holds only CURRENT Close To My Heart paper colors. Once a color is retired, it will find its way to the large storage unit and be filed under the corresponding paper color. This way, if I am looking to make a project to feature on my blog, I know that I am using only current product that people are able to get if they care to make the project themselves. Most Fridays, I feature a segment on this blog called “Flashback Friday,” where I use retired paper colors, packets, or projects to feature.

I made small tags, cut from the same paper color and labeled with my label maker, to show me where each paper is kept. I follow the layout of the most current CTMH catalog to store the papers. These labels are a little funky and twist around, but at least it helps keep me organized!

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Look what’s hiding behind my score board… I made this picture with the Cricut “Storefront” and “Art Philosophy” cartridges. You can read more about that project here.

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This room has a small walk-in closet. I plan to eventually deck it out with a ton of craft supplies, but for now, it is holding bins of toys. However, I did re-paint this nice over-the-door holder and add some CTMH love. The holder used to be purple, and when my daughter got out of her purple and peace sign phase, she wanted to junk it, but I had plans to re-purpose it instead! Now it’s the same lovely Lagoon color as other elements in the room, and I hang my CTMH backpack, name tag, and apron on the door.

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I hope that you enjoyed Part 2 of my craft room tour. Be sure to come back tomorrow to get a closer look inside some of my storage systems!


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