Tuesday Tutorial: Paper Pom-Poms

Last week I posted a simple St. Patrick’s Day Banner featuring some Cricut™ Flower Market images and these adorable paper Pom-Poms. Today, I am going to show you how I created them using the Fancy Border Fringe Thin Cut. 

I began by cutting piece of Clover cardstock at 6″ x 2¼” then placed it onto my Sizzix with the Fringe Thin Cut die laying vertically on the left side of the cardstock and the cut side facing outward.  These dies work best if they go through your machine vertically and held in place with a temporary adhesive. I personally prefer Post-It Labeling Tape because it comes off without ruining my paper.

After cutting the left side, you are going to create the same cut on the right, placing the Fringe Thin Cut as close to the other cut as possible without cutting through the center completely. You will want a very small vertical space between the two cuts.

At this point you can use whatever tool works best for you, but I chose to use a wooden skewer to roll-up the Fringe cut and adhere in place. 

Once the glue is completely dry, you will start to bend and shape the Pom-Pom. Try to keep the “spikes” as straight as possible without curling them. Remove the Pom-Pom from the wooden skewer, then take two of the Fringe pieces and fold them into the center to “hide” the hole.

Your paper Pom-Pom is complete and ready for your paper crafting project. I threaded the Jute Twine through the center of each of mine to attach them to the banner.


I hope you take them time to give these a try and post what you have created on my VIP Facebook Group. I always enjoy seeing what others have made through these tutorials. 

 I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Tag, You’re It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tag, You’re It! Technique Blog Hop where we will 49864443_10156148923092934_2960183364113399808_nbe featuring a multitude of projects focusing on Tags.   If you have come here from Catherine Nowak’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas using all sorts of tags.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

Since I didn’t have a chance to decorate for Christmas, I have decided to go all out for Valentine’s Day and create some adorable decorations, like this banner, for my home.  Normally, I would use the Cricut™ to cut out all of my images, but I am ♥enamored♥ by that stitching detail on our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts, which cannot be achieved easily with the Cricut™.


I must say, that I have also been captivated by our Happy Heart products and just couldn’t get enough of those patterns when creating those little flags – also cut from our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts. How cute are those?!


Before you “Hop” to Michelle Loncar’s blog , let me show you how you can create this project using our Heart Happy Products and Fancy Tags Thin Cuts.

Paper Needed:  (8) 4½” x 3″ Sapphire Cardstock, (2) 4½” x 3″ Candy Apple Cardstock, (8)4½” x 3″ Heart Happy Paper, (15) 2½” x 1″ Heart Happy Paper, (7) 1½” x 1½” Candy Apple Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using the Large Fancy Tag Thin Cut, cut out the (2) 4½” x 3″ Candy Apple and (8) 4½” x 3″ Heart Happy paper tags.
2. To create the layered Hearts, cut a 1¾” Stitched Heart from the Candy Apple tags. Place the Candy Apple Tag on top of the Heart Happy paper tag, and temporary adhere the heart in place. This allows you to line up the Larger Heart Thin Cut around the smaller one, tape in place (♥love Post-It Tape for this), and cut out the other image.

3. Adhere the Heart Happy Paper Tags onto the (8) 4½” x 3″ pieces of Sapphire Cardstock. Hand trim to create a small border.
4. Decorate each tag as you see fit using Heart Happy Stickers, Cut-Apart Images, Candy Apple Striped RibbonSilver Embellishing Thread, or Silver Glitter Gems.

5. To create the flags, cut out the small Banner Thin Cut from the (15) 2½” x 1″ Heart Happy Paper.  Fold the top down and glue onto Mink Twine. If desired, cut out Stitched Hearts from the (7) 1½” x 1½” pieces Candy Apple Cardstock and place between the flags.

6. To hang it, use our Paper Piercing Tool Kit to poke holes at the top of each tag and threaded Mink Twine through.

Add some bows and more gems, and you have a cute Valentine Banner for your home. This is what mine looks like hung in my craft room.  Isn’t it just ♥precious♥?!


Now Hop on over to Michelle Loncar’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Heart Happy products are only available while supplies last through February 28th. Contact your CTMH Consultant or visit the promotions tab on my website to order your Heart Happy products for this Valentine Banner.


Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One New Product Blog Hop where we will 49899790_10156181123647686_321959965507977216_nbe featuring a multitude of Close to My Heart products from our INCREDIBLE Seasonal Expressions catalog.  If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of projects you can make from the New Seasonal Expressions.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Who knew that it would be so difficult to make a decision on what to create for this Blog Hop. There are SO MANY unbelievably wonderful items to choose from.😍 I decided that it would be best to focus on the featured paper pack of the month -the adorable Something Fierce collection – and tell you about some of the new products I used to create this precious Cute-a-Saurus Card.


NEW Larger Complements

If you have been a consumer (or collector) of Close to My Heart products for a while, you may remember that our complements were once 6″ x 12″ which allowed for larger stickers, die cuts, and borders.  Close to My Heart has brought back the large complements and I am relishing these seasonal designs – especially the sweet stickers I used on this card. How cute are those stars, hearts, and borders?!

NEW Cut-Apart Pages

This past year, Close to My Heart added Picture My Life pages to their paper packs, and, while these were super cute, many people didn’t use them, so the decision was made to add Cut-Apart-Pages instead.  I personally think that it is a wonderful idea and, as you can see on my card, gives you even more images to create with.

In each paper pack you will receive TWO of these new Cut-Apart-Pages with a patterned design on the back.  This gives you a choice to use the patterned paper, the images, or both when creating. For those of you who did use the Picture My Life cards, don’t panic. We now have a set of cards to match each of our paper collections that you can purchase separately for your pocket albums.

There are so many more products I used on this card – some  new and some carried over –  that you will find in the New Seasonal Expressions. If you have not had a chance to see the New Catalog, you are missing out.  The products in our Seasonal Expressions are mind-blowing and in-line with all of the current trends. (yep, dinosaurs are a trend right now)  If you would like to see the full catalog, you can visit the “Products” tab of your consultant’s website or view it online here.

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Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, everyone who places an online order receives a ♥FREE Seasonal Expressions catalog♥.   Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see to everything this catalog has to offer.    I can’t wait to see what you create!