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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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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Christmas Love Pillow Box

ctmh october sotm christmas pillow box

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.

ctmh october sotm christmas pillow box

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.

ctmh october sotm christmas pillow box

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

close to my heart ctmh nevermore

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

close to my heart ctmh nevermore

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

close to my heart ctmh nevermore

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.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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“How Sweet It Is” Draw Box

ctmh bohemian

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.

ctmh bohemian

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!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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