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.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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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!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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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!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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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.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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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!


I’ll see you in the craft room,

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My Craft Room: Part 1

Back in November, my craft room was featured on the Craft Storage Ideas website. But, I just realized that I never posted my room here! So here you go, today is Part 1 of 3 of my craft room.


Welcome to my craft room! Earlier this year, we converted a guest room into my new crafting space. Since this room contains a full 4-piece en suite, it does not leave a ton of floor space in the bedroom itself, but it is perfect for my needs and I am so happy to have my own space!

Please join me for this 3-part series into my craft room. Why a 3-part series? Well, there are a lot of large pictures associated with these posts, which can mean a long, slow load time for this page. Breaking up the picture-intensive posts makes it quicker for you to get to the pictures!

When you first enter the room, the bathroom is straight ahead. Then, you turn the corner and see this…

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We’ll take a counter-clockwise tour of the room, starting with my main desk to the right of the entrance. The large black desk and turquoise chair are from IKEA. Within arms reach, I keep my basic supplies (scissors, glue, distressing tools, etc.), stamp pads and cleaners, markers and colored pencils, ready-made cards and envelope bases in white and off-white, ribbon, and some basic embellishments.

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Here is my Close To My Heart ink and marker storage system. It swivels around to easily access all of my inks! CTMH switched to high quality ShinHan Touch Twin Markers this year. These markers are much wider than our old ones, and don’t fit in the original base, so it’s mainly stocked with older markers and colored pencils.

I included a dollar store basket on top to add a pop of color to the black tray (and to make a deeper storage unit). In the basket, I store my stamp cleaning pads/sprays, and some re-inkers.

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This is my Recollections wall-mount storage unit. I use it mainly for embellishments, but also have some markers, watercolor pencils, and Stickles displayed and within easy reach. The bottom shelf came with a dowel for ribbon storage, but it’s such as inconvenience to take the entire thing apart every time a roll of ribbon runs out, that I ditched the dowel and now use the entire shelf for storage.

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So where did my ribbon go? Full rolls of ribbon ended up on this nice unit below. Both the ribbon storage unit and the stamp storage unit are from Organize More. You may remember my Ribbon Storage Unit review over at the Craft Storage Ideas website, here? I love this unit because the ribbon rolls can be taken out and put back with ease… no dowels to thread them through!

The bottom organizer is actually a stamp/ribbon organizer (you can see the larger space and small dowel rod for holding the ribbon in place). However, I have way more stamp pads than ribbon, so I use it how I need it. This unit is filled with retired CTMH stamp pads. I bet you can spot the “old style” stamp pads right away…. they are smaller, and stored upside down to keep the ink at the top! I love the newest style pads with the swivel tops and the ink pads automatically stored upside down.

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Here is the pegboard that I created earlier this year. You can see more on that post, here. I purchased the size of pegboard that I wanted, painted it white, and painted Lagoon-colored trim to go around the outside. As you can see, the board holds my decorative scissors, embellishments (retired CTMH embellishments front-and-center so that I remember to use them up!), a few tools, Mod Podge, and my embossing gun.

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This small side table holds the most current CTMH Idea Book / Catalog, some How-To inspiration books for scrapbooking and cardmaking, a very large tape runner gun and my Washi tape dispenser. There is some memorabilia in the large, clear bin under the table.

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Next to the table is an IKEA 8-cubby storage unit. I have so many different types of things stored here, it would be hard to list them all. But perhaps most notable, the pink baskets on the top shelf hold my retired CTMH stamp sets… the ones in the 6″ x 6″ envelopes. I have my old wooden stamps stored elsewhere. To see the inside of these baskets, and my wooden stamp storage, be sure to check out Part 3 of this series.

On top of the unit is my small ribbon storage. I wind the end pieces of ribbon around jumbo craft sticks. You can see the post here for more details.

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Above the storage unit, I keep this frame of cards. I made the frame myself by purchasing an old picture from Goodwill that had an ugly, but sturdy frame. I discarded the old picture inside, lightly sanded the frame, applied a base coat of paint, crackle medium, then a top coat of paint. Once the frame cracked, split, and looked “antique,” I sealed it with a Mod Podge spray. I added screws with “eyes” to tie some jute string through both ends, and then use clothespins to hold my cards in place. Very rustic!

The cards inside are switched out seasonally. Right now they feature fall / Thanksgiving cards, Christmas / Holiday cards, and the November Stamp of the Month.

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Here is a close-up of the crackled finish on the frame… and a cute polar bear, too!

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Going around to the 3rd wall in the room, this is my Cricut desk. Above the desk is some family art that I made with the CTMH Skylark paper. The colors matched my wanna-be theme of blues and greens (and sometimes pink!). Under the desk are my large rolling CTMH tote and shoulder bag that I use for parties, crops, workshops, etc. It is HUGE! It carries a ton of product and has a nice telescoping handle to roll it all away with ease.

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Here is a closer look at my Cricut desk. On it you will find… an Expression 2 Cricut machine, a jar full of tools, a laptop computer, and a Canon Selphy picture printer. Oh yeah, there is a cute owl clipboard that I made as well… just for a pop of color for the picture! You can see more altered clipboards in this post, here.

The Cricut heads were cut from the “Storefront” Cricut cartridge. The laptop is an old computer (well, old in computer years anyway) that we had and were planning on getting rid of… until my husband came up with the idea of using it as a dedicated Cricut computer! Now I don’t have to lug my laptop upstairs every time I want to make complicated cuts… I use it solely for the Cricut Craft Room!

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I hope that you enjoyed the first part of this tour! I know that there’s only one wall left to show you… but it’s the biggest one, so you won’t want to miss it!


Thanks for viewing!

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