Base and Bling Inspirational Key Chains

CTMH Base and Bling Key Chians

Here is another item for my upcoming craft fair… Base and Bling inspirational key chains! If you are familiar with the Close To My Heart Base and Bling line, then you will probably know it best as DIY necklaces. Well, a few weeks ago, I saw that a consultant had turned a couple of her items into key chains (sorry, I forgot who I got this idea from!).

These are very easy to make, and I did them all assembly line style. Here are the quick and easy steps…

  1. Select your Pendant. I used the Faux Silver Rectangle Pendant and the Faux Silver Oval Pendant.
  2. Select your image. I used inspirational images from the Journey Style Sheet.
  3. Peel and stick your image onto the pendant. Since the images on the style sheet are rectangular, they fit perfectly into the rectangle pendants. To get the oval shape, simply center an oval glass cover over your image, trace around the oval, cut it out using the inside trace lines as a guide, then peel and stick to your pendant. Push it down around the edges if you find it overlapping just a bit.
  4. Apply a small drop of Liquid Glass glue to the center of your image.
  5. Place a glass cover (rectangle or oval, depending on your pendant) into your pendant and push down to spread the Liquid Glass glue around the image. If the glue seeps out from under the glass, wipe it off immediately. The pendant is now complete. Wait a good 12-24 hours before handling the pendant, so that the glue is completely dry.
  6. Add a key chain ring to your pendant and voila… a brand new key chain! Or if you prefer, add an actual chain and make it a necklace.

Here is a closer look at the rectangular key chains (excuse the glare, it was impossible to avoid this with the glass on top)…

CTMH Base and Bling Key Chains

And the oval key chains…

CTMH Base and Bling Key Chains

Here they are packaged up and ready to be transported…

CTMH Base and Bling Key Chains

I packaged them very simply so that the image really stood out. All of the patterned paper headers were from retired paper packets that I had in stock.

There are many more projects to come… stay tuned!

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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.

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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Halloween Treats

CTMH Halloween Nugget Treats

Earlier this week, I shared one of the projects that I am making for an upcoming craft fair. You can view the Halloween Nugget Tins here. Sticking with the Halloween theme this month, here is a similar, yet smaller project for Hershey’s Nuggets. These Halloween Treat bags contain 4 decorated nuggets per package.

CTMH Halloween Nugget Treats

Using papers from the retired “Hooligans” paper packet, each nugget was decorated with a 1″ x 3″ strip of patterned paper. Each pack was attached to Black cardstock, with an Autumn Terracotta header.

The adorable stamped images were from the current Frightfully Fun stamp set, stamped in Black and Autumn Terracotta inks. The star was stamped in Black ink from the Great Job stamp set.

CTMH Halloween Nugget Treats

These papers were from the retired “Spooktacular” paper packet. The header images were also stamped with the Frightfully Fun stamp set, using Black, New England Ivy, Autumn Terracotta, and Gypsy inks.

All nugget packages were attached with metallic green mini staples. These could also be hidden under the header of the package (staple first, and then attach your header on top), but I like them as a design element and preferred to have them seen.

Thanks for joining me today!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Halloween Nugget Tins

CTMH Halloween Nugget Tins

I love this time of the year… craft fair season! Fall Festivals, Holiday Boutiques, Santa’s Workshops, I love them all. I have been crazy busy making projects for my first Fall Festival of the season. Since it’s a fall theme, but held before Halloween, I’m featuring a few Halloween items, a ton of fall projects, and a few general projects for those that don’t want any themed merchandise.

I’ll share some of my projects on the blog over the coming weeks. Today, I want to feature these Halloween Nugget Tins. This certainly wasn’t my original idea, but I tweaked other projects I’ve seen to fit what I wanted.

CTMH Halloween Nugget Tins

Since this is for a craft fair, I like to use up retired Close To My Heart papers and supplies that I have on hand. The papers that I used to cover the nuggets in the picture above was from a pack called “Spooktacular.” Each tin holds 12 decorated Hershey’s Nuggets.

The cardstock that I used to wrap around the tin was Hydrangea and also some black patterned paper with tiny strings and stars. I also added a spider web ribbon that I had left over from the Dollar Store.

CTMH Halloween Nugget Tins

The nuggets in this tin were wrapped with paper from the “Hooligans” paper packet. I used the same cardstock and ribbon to finish it off.

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What I really had fun with was the cute bat tags! I used my Cricut machine and a bat image from a cartridge called, “Paper Doll Dress Up.” I also cut out the 1.5″ white circles with the Cricut, to save me from punching all of those shapes out individually.

The sentiment “Sweet Treats” was stamped in Sorbet Ink, using the Sweet Salutations stamp set. Sweet Salutations is an awesome set to use for gift tags, particularly when you are giving candy, cookies, or other treats as gifts.

After I stamped the sentiment onto the circles. I glued them to the bat image, making sure that the bat ears were peaking out from the top, and then punched a small hole in the top of each one. I used retired Hydrangea Waxy Flax to thread around the tins, through the holes, and tied a small bow. Cute!

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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

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

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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

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!

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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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