10 October 2012

Kraft-y Hearts October Blog Share (Day 1)

Celebrating the October Stamp Of The Month by Close To My Heart

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Kraft-y Hearts' October Blog Share! 

Are you ready for A Very Merry Christmas? That's the theme this month and CTMH's October SOTM will definitely help the Christmas spirit along. Over the next three days Lynn Darda and I will be featuring projects that use the SOTM in creative ways. Remember, this C-size stamp set can be purchased for $5 with your purchase of $50 or more. If you just want the stamp set by itself, no problem. It can be yours for $17.95, which is a bargain in itself given all that this set can do (especially when paired with our Cricut cartridges)!

Now, on with the share!

This first project would make a nice teacher or hostess gift.

The ornament is made from 8 ornament shapes cut from Colonial White cardstock at 3 inches using my Cricut and the Artiste Cartridge Collection. Using the ornament from A Very Merry Christmas, I stamped each shape in Cranberry Exclusive ink, folded them in half and glued the edges together. I used some gold ribbon from my stash as a hanger and add some gold stickles for accent. (I forgot I had Almond Glitz Glitter Gel in my stash. That would have worked beautifully as well.)
Here are some close-ups of the ornament:

I wanted to make something special for housing this little beauty. (After all, presentation does matter!) :) So I created this little box. My inspiration came from Dawn Griffith. You can see her video here.

The box is made from a sheet of Colonial White cardstock and is covered with paper from the Pear & Partridge paper pack. The belly band topper is made from a Colonial White cardstock tag cut at 3 inches from the Artiste Cartridge and stamped with the Do Not Open stamp from A Very Merry Christmas. I then layered the shape which matches the Treat stamp (cut at 1 3/4 inches) to cover the Do Not Open (after all, I someone would want to enjoy this on their tree for the whole season). Both of these tags were stamped in Cranberry Exclusive ink. The Merry Christmas and dots are from the Tag the Occasion stamp set, which has been retired, and are stamped in Olive Exclusive ink. I used the same technique as I used with the ornament to get the dimension. I punched a second hole in the large tag and threaded gold ribbon through both holes to help adhere it to the band. The band is a strip of paper (the back side of what I used to cover the box) that measures 1 x 11-inches.

Here is a picture of the opened box:

Hope you enjoyed today's share. Can't wait to show you what's on tap for tomorrow! In the meantime, don't forget to drop in and see what Lynn is cooking up in the Bungalow! And if you want to purchase your very own October SOTM, you can visit me here.


  1. Exquisite! Love that box and the cute 3-D topper too. It's kind of neat we both showcased the ornament stamp and have shown used in very different ways!

  2. Very cute! What a great idea to create an ornament and put it in a box as a gift!

  3. Wow Kim! I don't know what's better ... the box or the possibility of an ornament inside! The box is really outstanding! Thanks for the link to Dawn's blog ... between you, Lynn, and Dawn I have moreinspiration than I can handle at 8am!