Happy Halloween Banner

I can’t believe it’s the first part of October!  This year just seems to be flying by and Halloween will be here before we know it.  Halloween is a favorite at our house and we do a lot of decorating.  This year I thought it would be fun to add a Halloween banner to the decorations using some of the fantastic new Halloween dies from Tonic.


Supplies Used:

Grand Gala Beautiful Bunting Die Set 1796e
Spooktacular Coffin Treat Box Die Set 1800e (spider, bat, skull)
Huanted House Insert Die Set 1802e
Witchy Bits Halloween Trio Die Set 1820e (hat)
Happy Halloween Minature Moments Die Set 1861e
Rococo Wicked Web 1822e
Rococo Pumpkin Scene 1823e
Rococo Creepy Cauldron 1821e
Nuvo Glimmer Paste – Black Diamond 952n
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – Ebony Black 650n
Nuvo Glitter Drops – Ruby Slippers 752n
Nuvo Glow Drops Neon – Banana Split 747n
Nuvo Glue Pen Medium 203n
Nuvo Light Mist Spray Bottle 849n
Essentials Easy Clean Mat 1514e
Tim Holtz – 8″ Guillotine – 160e
Tim Holtz – 5 inch/ 12.3cm Mini Snips – 816e
Tangerine Die Cutting Machine with Plates 138e
Starthmore Mixed Media Paper
Cardstock – Black, White
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Twisted Citron
Spiced Marmalade
Wilted Violet
Black Soot
Mini Ink Blendings Tools and Foam
Palette Knife
Foam Tape
Heat Tool
Seam Binding – Purple, Orange, Yellow, Green, Black

To begin, start with a piece of black cardstock and used a palette knife to spread the glimmer paste.  Then set aside to dry.


Next, use the Tangerine and the bunting die to cut five banner pieces.  I knew I was going to be adding inks and water to the paper so I used mixed media paper.


Smoosh two colors of the Oxide Distress inks on to the craft mat.  Then added water to the inks with the spray bottle.  Originally I tried all four colors of the ink at the same time and I wasn’t happy with the results.  So I chose to do a layer of two colors at a time and I like the results much better.


Here are the finished pieces.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper in between layers of ink.


Next, ink the edges of each banner piece using black soot ink.  A mini ink blending tool was used to do the inking.


These are all of the die cuts that were used.  To have coordinating paper colors apply inks to white cardstock.  Set aside until ink is dry and then die cut.  All of the black die cuts are from the black cardstock with the glimmer paste.


Assemble all of the banner pieces as shown in the photo of the finished banner.  Then use the glitter drops to add accents to the spiders.


Then use the crystal drops to add some accents on all of the banner pieces.  The drops can be made different sizes depending on the pressure from squeezing the bottle.


Have you seen the glow drops?  These are so fun, especially for Halloween.  The glow drops were used on the haunted house and the moon.


Here you can see some of the glow.


The next few photos are close ups of each banner piece so you can see all of the details.


Halloween paper spiders are the only spiders I like lol.




The oxide inked background are great for Halloween.  It looks like something is bubbling up and brewing in the cauldron.



Once all of the banner pieces are done die cut five more banner pieces from black cardstock.  Then, cut a long piece of black seam binding and sandwich it in between one of the decorated banner pieces for the front and a black one for the back.  This will give the banner more stability.  To finish the banner tie on the seam binding in between each of the banner pieces.  There are so many fun Halloween home decor pieces and treat bags/boxes that can be made with these new dies.  I hope you have fun creating for Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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You Are Amazing Card by Heidi Blankenship

Hello everyone!  Heidi here today.  Have you seen the beautiful mandala garden stones that are very trendy right now?  I think they are so beautiful and the intricate designs are amazing.  I wanted to create a card that would resemble the look of the mandala garden stones.  The Nuvo Crystal Drops are perfect for creating the little dots of paint.


Here is what you will need to create your card:


To start, place the stencil on top of the mixed media paper.  You can use a low-tack tape to hold the stencil in place.  Then, use a palette knife to apply the Nuvo Mousse Pure Platinum.  Remove the stencil and set paper aside to dry.  Wash the palette knife and the stencil right away.


Next, apply the Nuvo Crystal Drops.  To create a rainbow pattern use the Nuvo Crystal Drops in this order Gloss – Carnation Pink, Gloss – Ripened Pumpkin, Gloss – Dandelion Yellow, Gloss – Apple Green, Gloss – Caribbean Ocean, and Gloss – Crushed Grape.  Start in the center and work your way out to the edge of the design.  Then set aside to dry. Applying light pressure to the bottles will create smaller drops and a little heavier pressure will create the larger drops.  If you need to, practice making different size drops on a piece of scratch paper.


Here is a close up to see the dimension from the mousse and drops.


The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock using VersaMark ink.  Then add Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder – Silver Moonlight and use a heat tool to melt and heat set the powder.  Fussy cut the banner ends of the paper using the Tim Holtz – 5 Inch Mini Snips. To add some dimension to the sentiments add foam squares to the back and then add to the card front.



To finish off the card add scor-tape to both sides of a piece of white craft foam.  Adhere the card front to the craft foam.  Then adhere the card front to a black A2 top folding card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

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Hello Gorgeous Fox Card by Heidi Blankenship

Hello everyone!  It’s Heidi here today and I have a cute and shimmery card to share with you using one of the new Woodland Buildables die set.  The Frankie Fox die is the first die set I have used in the Woodland Buildables collection.  I have to say I love how quick and easy it is to assemble these little critters.


Woodland Buildables Frankie Fox Die Set
Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basic Die Set
Entwinning Trellis Plush Peony Die Set
Cascading Pearls Stencil
Nuvo Sparkle Dust Rose Quartz
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Dandelion Yellow
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Peony Pink
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Pink Flambe
Nuvo Embossing Powder Glacier White 
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo Glue Pen Medium
Tangerine Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
Tim Holtz 8.5 inch Trimmer
Floral Crafters Tool Set
Altenew Hello Gorgeous Clear Stamp Set
Copper Shimmer Paper
Quartz Shimmer Paper
Black Shimmer Paper
Pink Shimmer Paper and Cardstock
White Cardstock
VersaMark Ink
Foam Tape
Palette Knife
Painters Tape
WOC Green/Baby Pink Leaves


To start die cut all of the different pieces for the fox.  I used a quartz and copper shimmer paper.  Be sure to save the packaging for the die template.  Tonic has images of the dies on the inside of the package to let you know what each die is for–eyes, ears, body.


After all of the pieces were die cut then I started to assemble the fox.  I used Nuvo deluxe adhesive to adhere all of the pieces.  This is a fantastic glue, it has a quick grab and it dries clear.  As you can see in the picture I originally cut a pink bow that I was going to use with the fox but I decided to use a flower instead.


For the card front I used the mixed edge rectangle layering basic die set.  I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a scalloped edge and then I die cut a second layer using the straight edge die and shimmer pink paper.  I wanted to add some texture and interest to the card front so I used the cascading pearls stencil and two colors of the Nuvo embellishment mousse, peony pink and pink flambe.  I used some painted tape to hold the stencil in place and I used a palette knife to spread the mousse.  The mousse is so nice and creamy and very easy to use with the stencils.


I used the entwinning trellis plush peony die set along with pink cardstock to create the flower.  I used the Floral Crafters Tool Set to shape the flower and then I glued the layers together using the Nuvo deluxe adhesive.  Next, I used the Nuvo glue pen medium and Nuvo sparkle dust rose quartz to add just a touch of sparkle to the flower.  For the flower center I added a small drop of Nuvo crystal drops gloss dandelion yellow.  I used versamark ink to stamp the sentiment on to a piece of black shimmer paper and then I heat embossed it using Nuvo embossing powder glacier white.  I cut the ends of the paper to create a little banner.


To finish of the card I adhered everything to a black A2 top folding card base.  I hope you enjoyed my card share and thanks so much for joining me today!  I just love this little fox die, it’s a cute little critter and fun for all ages.

Happy crafting!

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Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Heidi Blankenship


Time sure is flying by!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going so far.  St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner.  I always think it’s a lot of fun to create banners and home decor pieces for the holidays.  Today, I am sharing how to use regular/standard dies to create a fun St. Patrick’s day banner.

Supplies used:


This is a very easy banner to create and all of the die cutting is done in multiples of five.

  1. Use the cockle shell die template to cut five of the label shapes from white cardstock and also from the green glitter cardstock using two different sizes of die templates.
  2.  To create the flowers you will want to have a piece of crepe paper that is large enough to fold five times.
  3.  Using two different sizes of flowers from the bellus buttercup die and the folded crepe paper die cut the flowers.
  4.  Separate the paper flowers and then you will wanted to layer them on top of each other offsetting the petals.
  5.  Use the craft pick to poke a hole into the center of the flowers and then add a brad to hold and secure all of the flowers together.
  6.  To create some dimension for the flowers pull up each layer of petals one at a time to the center and crinkle them up.
  7.  Continue to crinkle all of the petals until all five flowers are done.
  8.  To add some color to the flowers you will want to use one of the mini blender brushes.
  9.  To add glitter to the flowers use the large glue pen and press down the glue pen on a craft sheet so some of the glue will come out.
  10. Then, dip the tips of the flower petals into the glue and add gold glitter.
  11. Next, you will use the scalloped oval die template to die cut five ovals with white cardstock.
  12. To create the gold glitter cardstock for the flourishes you will need a piece of white cardstock, the glimmer paste and a palette knife.
  13.  Using a palette knife spread the glimmer paste evenly on the white card stock and set aside to dry.
  14. Once the glimmer paste is dry use the flourish die cut from the jeweled crown die to cut five flourishes.
  15. Using the green glitter cardstock and dies from both of the letter set die cut the word Lucky.
  16.  Now for the fun part you get to assemble the banner.  Adhere the two label shapes using foam tape in between the layers.
  17. Use the craft tacky glue to adhere the flourishes to the top of the labels and also to add the letters to the center of the scalloped ovals.
  18. Adhere the scalloped ovals with more foam tape and use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
  19. Add all five of the label pieces to some green ribbon and then add white lace bows in between the labels.
  20. To finish off the banner add some glitter drops to all of the points on the larger white label as shown in the picture.


Here are a couple to tips for creating the banner.

Tip–The crepe paper is a little more delicate than cardstock.  The easiest way that I have found to ink up the flowers is to cup one in your hand and use the blending brush in your other hand moving in a circular motion to apply the ink.

Tip–Create a little puddle of the glue from the glue pen on a craft mat and drip the flower petals.  By doing this it will give your flowers a nice even coat of the glue and it’s a lot less messier than trying to hold the flowers and add glue with the glue pen.

Tip–Don’t forget if you don’t have the right color of glitter paper you can always make your own with the glimmer paste, pure sheen glitter and sparkle dust.


I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are inspired to create some projects of your own for St. Patrick’s day!



Gilded Trinket Box – Heidi Blankenship



Do you love Pinterest?  I am a huge fan of Pinterest.  It is an endless supply of inspiration for colors, design, textures and all things creative.  Sometimes I pull inspiration from color or mood boards.  Other times it’s images of nature or art.  I have seen several mixed media or modern art canvases with a beautiful mixture of paint, texture paste, gilding, glitter and more.  The inspiration for my gilded trinket box came from those canvases.

Supplies used

>> Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Aquamarine 807N
>> Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Indian Gold 802N
>> Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Aqua 714N
>> Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Turquoise 712N
>> Nuvo Gilding Flakes – Radiant Gold 850N
>> Nuvo Glitter Drops – Blue Lagoon 753N
>> Craft Tacky Glue 120 ml. 419E

>> Martha Stewart Mother of Pearl Acrylic Paint
>> ButterBeeScraps – Metal Feet, Small Filigrees
>> B’Sue Boutiques – Large Metal Filigree
>> Ranger Multi Medium Matte (to glue metal)
>> Large Round Crystal Bead
>> Wood Box
>> Silicone Spatula
>> Paint Brush
>> Scoochy Sponge (rough or textured sponge)



This is a fantastic and inexpensive way to create a beautiful DIY home decor piece.  I purchased three nested raw wood boxes from one of the big box craft stores and I believe the set was less then $15.00, so that is a great deal.

  1.  To start you will paint the base and lid of the box with mother of pearl acrylic paint.
  2.  Then scoop out small amounts of both the aquamarine and gold embellishment mousse and add a little water to both to create a watercolor wash.
  3.  Use a paint brush to apply the watercolor wash starting with the aquamarine and then add just a little of the gold here and there.
  4. Squeeze some of the crafty tacky glue on to a craft mat and add some water to thin it out.
  5.  Use a silicone spatula to apply the watered down glue.
  6. When you apply the glue you want to start at the bottom of the box and pull the glue up towards the top.
  7.  Do not cover the entire box with the glue.  You only need to make 3-5 swipes up each side of the box, but do one side at a time as the glue can dry fast.
  8.  Apply glue to one side and then sprinkle some of the aqua glitter on top and continue to do this on all four sides.
  9.  Once the first layer of glitter and glue is dry repeat step 8 and then apply the turquoise glitter to all four sides and set aside to dry.
  10.  Repeat step 8 again and for this layer you will add the gilding flakes. *Note–don’t cough or sneeze the gilding flakes will fly all over.  Ask me how I know lol. 🙂
  11.  Set the box aside until all of the glue is dry.
  12.  Once the glue is dry you can use your fingers to rub and burnish the gilding flakes.
  13.  Then you will use a scoochy sponge (rough or textured sponge) to buff any remaining flakes off.
  14. I repeated the same steps of adding glue and gilding flakes to all of the metal pieces (feet, small and large metal filigrees) and once the glue was dry I burnished and buffed all of the pieces.
  15. I used multi media matte adhesive to glue all of the metal pieces and the large round glass crystal bead to the center of the large metal filigree on the lid.
  16. To finish of the box I added blue lagoon glitter drops around the large filigree and on top of the crystal bead on the lid.


Here is a close up of the gilded metal feet.


I added the small gilded metal filigrees to all four sides of the lid.


Here is a close up to see the top of the lid with the glitter drops.


A couple of helpful tips.

  • Tip–add water to the craft tacky glue so it is easier to apply.  You don’t want to use a thick heavy glue for this technique.
  • Tip–when applying the glue use a silicone spatula, old gift card, palette knife.
  • Tip–apply the glue randomly in an upward stroke and try to leave some of each layer showing.  Kind of like scraping the glue up the sides and leaving space in between.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and maybe you will be inspired to take something as simple as a wooden box and create a beautiful home decor piece.



Springtime DIY Glitter Candles


Hello everyone!  Every year after the Christmas decorations are all down and packed away, the house always feels so bare and empty to me.  So, I like to start decorating for spring.  I know spring is a few months away, but the decorations just brighten up the house.  These DIY glitter candles are inexpensive and fun to create.



I purchased three of these battery candles at my local dollar store.

Use a paint brush to apply the craft tacky glue.  Add the first layer of glue to the inside and top portion of the candle.


Then add the Nuvo pure sheen diamond glitter.  Look at all the sparkle!

Wait for the glue to dry before adding another layer.


Repeat the same process of adding the glue and glitter.  For the second layer, use the Nuvo pure sheen candy pink glitter.  TIP *** You can see in the picture when I added each layer of glitter I added more than what is shown in the final pictures. Doing this allows the colors to overlap and give it a more ombre look.


Repeat the process two more times using the Nuvo pure sheen lilac and aqua glitters. The process is really quick and easy.  The hardest part is the wait time in between each layer.

Once the entire candle was covered, repeat the whole process over again to make sure there was a good coat of glitter.

Once the candles are dry use a dry paint brush to remove any excess glitter.


Use a silver metal filigree piece, acrylic bling buckle, and a lavender flat back pearl to make some pretty embellishments for the candles.


Here is a close up.  I used some silver metallic string to tie the embellishments on to the candles.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you are inspired to create some spring DIY projects for your home.  Happy crafting!




Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas


Christmas may be over but I know here in Minnesota winter will be around for a few more months.  It looks so bare when all of the Christmas decorations come down and it is always fun to have a new home decor piece to brighten things up.  So this year I decided to do a fun Let it Snow mixed media canvas.

Here is a list of all the supplies I used to create the canvas.

1376E Rococo Joyful Snowman Die
1126E Stary Stary Night Simple Screen Die Set
1384E Rococo Mini Wreath Decorations Die
608E DuoCap Initials Pretoria A-N Die Set
609E DuoCap Initials Pretoria O-Z Die Set
1475E Beautiful Bokeh 6 x 6 Stencil
803N Embellishment Mousse Pure Platinum
806N Embellihsment Mousse Cornflower Blue
801N Embellishment Mousse Lilac Lavender
800N Embellishment Mouse Peony Pink
705N Pure Sheen Glitter Diamond
947N Crystal Glaze
948N Glitter Accents – Fresh Snowfall
678N Crystal Drops Violet Galaxy
659N Crystal Drops Navy Blue
650N Crystal Drops Gloss – Ebony Black
953N Glimmer Paste Moonstone
Brush Script Bright Florals 128 (lavender)
Brush Script Mandala Infusion 136 (orange)
Brush Script Pretty Pastels 132 (pink), 133 (blue)
Brush Script Essential Tones 125 (black), 126 (brown)
Tonic Adhesive
419E Craft Tacky Funky Glue 120ml
1558E Mini Blender Brush Set
372E Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick
816E Tim Holtz 5 inch Mini Snips
160E Tim Holtz 8.5 inch Trimmer
138E Tangerine Die Cutting & Embossing Machine

Other Supplies
7″ x 14″ Canvas
Paint Brushes Round 6, Round 24, 1in Flat
White Gesso
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Palette Knife
Painters Tape
Heat Tool
Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
Bazzill Silver Mirror Paper
Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen
Westcott T-Ruler


To start I applied white gesso to the entire canvas.  The canvas is 7″ x 14″.


Next, I applied three colors of the Nuvo embellishment mousse to the canvas cornflower bluelilac lavender, and peony pink.  I used a #24 round brush and created some swirls to look like the wind is blowing.  To paint with the embellishment mousse just scrap a little out of the container and place on a craft mat and then add water.  letitsnowcanvaseheidiblankenship122016-4

After the swirls were dry then I used pure platinum embellishment mousse with some water added to it and a mini blender brush to pounce on top of the swirls.  This toned the color down just a bit and also gave it the appearance of snow falling.


Next, I taped the beautiful bokeh 6 x 6 stencil to the top of the canvas and then I applied glimmer paste moonstone using a palette knife.  Once the glitter paste in the center of the canvas was dry I added more to the outer edges of the canvas.  Be sure to clean your stencil and palette knife right away to remove the glimmer paste.  If you can’t get to it right away then I would suggest putting the stencil and palette knife in some water to soak until you can clean it.


Here is a close up of the glimmer paste once it is dry.


I die cut two decorative strips using some silver mirror paper and the stary stary night simple screen die set.  I used the Tim Holtz 5 inch mini snips to trim the ends of the paper and the Tim Holtz retractable craft pick to pop out all of the extra little pieces.  I set both of the decorative strips aside while I worked on some of the other pieces for the canvas.


For the snowman I used a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper and the Rococo joyful snowman die to cut the snowman shape.  I carefully removed the die leaving all of the pieces in place.  Then I used the new Nuvo brush script pens to watercolor the snowman.  The pens are dye base and they work great for doing watercolor.  I just scribbled the pens on an acrylic block and then used a paint brush and added the water.  I used a #6 round brush to watercolor the snowman.  I also added a little detail to the hat using a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen.  All of the colors I used are listed above in the supplies.


I wanted to have some snow hills so I just took a couple of pieces of the Strathmore mixed media paper and sketch a couple of hills.  Then I used the Tim Holtz 5 inch mini snips to trim out the pieces.


I used the pure platinum and cornflower blue embellishment mousse to add some color and shimmer to the snow hills.


Now it’s time to assemble everything.  First, I adhered the snow hills and the snowman and then I added the snowflake decorative strips using craft tacky funky glue.  Then, I added glitter accents – fresh snowfall to the snow hills.  Next, I added Nuvo crystal glaze in between all of the snowflakes and then I added Nuvo pure sheen glitter diamond on top of the crystal glaze.  Once everything was dry I used a dry paint brush to wipe off the excess glitter.


I used Nuvo crystal drops in navy blue and violet galaxy to add some color to the snowflakes.


I used the letters from both the DuoCap initials pretoria A-N die set and
DuoCap initials pretoria O-Z die set along with some silver mirror paper to die cut all of the letters for the sentiment.


I found using a t-ruler to be very helpful for lining up the letters on the canvas.  I used craft tacky funky glue to adhere all of the letters.


For the snowflakes I used white cardstock and the Rococo mini wreath decorations die.  I added a little dot of the Nuvo glitter accents – fresh snowfall to the center of each snowflake.


On the snowman I added some Nuvo crystal drops gloss – ebony black for the eyes and buttons. This will finish off the canvas.


Here is a close up of the snowflake strips.  I love all of the sparkle!


I love how the background turned out with all of the swirls and the canvas is so sparkly and shimmery.  The Nuvo script brush pens worked so wonderfully to watercolor the snowman and I can’t wait to use them on more projects.


Here is a close up of the snowman and the snow hills.  The glitter accents – fresh snowfall works perfectly to achieve the “snow” look.


I know this is a longer tutorial but I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to create your own mixed media canvas.

Happy crafting and wishing you all the best in 2017!  Happy New Year!!