Last Minute Holiday Ideas – Place Card and Embossed Napkin

Hello everyone!  Do you need some last minute holiday ideas to dress up your table?  I have a pretty place card and embossed napkin that will look fantastic with your place setting.  Both are very quick and easy to create.  But if you don’t have time to make the place cards the embossed napkins are super quick and you’d be able to make several in just a few minutes.


Fallen Leaves Die Set 1433e
Autumnal Oak Die Set 1431e
ATC Hello Die 1731e
Layered Leaves 8 x 8 Embossing Folder 1441e
Nuvo Brush Script Pens Essential Tones N110 (Brown 126)
Nuvo Glitter Marker Ember Glow 170N (Gold)
Nuvo Glitter Drops – Golden Sunset 757N
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive 200N
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
Raspberry Plate (for embossing)
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Pliad Paper
Cardstock – Cream
3M Scotch Foam Tape
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks – Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio
Mini Ink Blending Tools with Sponges

To start die cut all of your pieces from patterned paper and cardstock.  The Hello ATC die is the perfect size for place cards.


Next, ink the edges of the die cuts.  For the maple and oak leaf with the pattern paper I used spiced marmalade.  Then for all of the die cuts from the brown cardstock I used vintage photo.  Lastly for the leafy sprig I used cracked pistachio.


I used the gold glitter marker to add some shimmer to the die cuts.


I used one of the brush script pens to write the name.  Then, I  used the Nuvo deluxe adhesive and foam tape to assemble the place card.  For some embellishments I added some glitter drops and that finished the place card.


Now for the napkins.  Are you ready?  Ok, super quick and easy!  Place the napkin inside the embossing folder.  Line up the edge of the napkin with the edge of the folder.


Place the raspberry plate on top of the embossing folder and run through the Tangerine.  It couldn’t be easier!


Check out the beautiful embossing on the napkin!  Easy peasy!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed the quick tutorial and easy last minute ideas.  You can see more of my design work on my blog Embellished Dreams.

Happy crafting!

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Fall Banner

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week (for all of us in the States)!  It seems like after Halloween the time just flies by with Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you are looking for some last minute Fall home decor that won’t take to long to whip up I have a pretty Fall banner to share with you.


DuoCap Initials Pretoria A-N Die Set 608e
Jubilant Jubilee Beautiful Bunting Die Set 1798e
Autumnal Oat Die Set 1431e
Fallen Leaves Die Set 1433e
Pinecone Season Die Set 1430e
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive 200N
Nuvo Glitter Markers Ember Glow 170N (Gold)
Nuvo Crystal Drops – Autumn Red 683N
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
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Pliad Paper
Cardstock – Brown, Black
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks – Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio, Walnut Stain
Mini Ink Blending Tools with Sponges
Seam Binding – Brown, Tan, Yellow, Orange, Sea Green, Burgundy

I have found when creating banner the quickest and easiest way is to do it assembly line style.  I pick out all of the dies and papers.  Then I fill the cutting plate and create several die cuts all at the same time.  I die cut each piece four times except for the alphabets–those were just two times.  I also create piles of the dies cuts as I go.  Doing this makes it quicker when it comes time to assemble the banner.


I inked the edges of the banner dies, twig, and oak leaf with vintage photo and walnut stain.  I used spiced marmalade for the maple leaves.  Lastly for the leafy springs I inked the edges with cracked pistachio.


To adhere all of the layering pieces for the leaves, acorn, and pine cone I some of the Nuvo deluxe adhesive.  I love this adhesive!  It’s quick drying and the bottle has a fine tip.


Here is a look at how I started to assemble the banner pieces.  I used foam tape in between the banners for some added dimension.  Then I added the letters to the center of the small banner.  I started adding some of the leaves and twigs to the top of the banner as well.  I will fill in the other areas with the leaves, acorn, and pine cone.


Here is a close up of one of the finished banner pieces.  I added some shimmer to several of the pieces using the gold glitter pen.  Then for embellishments I added some crystal drops.


To finish off the banner I added seam binding to the back of the banner pieces to connect them.  Then I die cut four more banner piece from cardstock and used those to cover the backside of the banner.  Doing this also gives more stability to the banner.  Then I tied coordinating colors of seam binding in between each banner piece.


If you get all of your pieces die cut and do the banner assembly line style it only takes about 1-1-1/2 hours to complete.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  You can see more of my design work on my blog Embellished Dreams.

Happy Crafting and a Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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Quick DIY Jar Candle Holder

Hello everyone!  I have one more very quick DIY Fall home decor project to share with you.  This project is fast, inexpensive and would also make a great gift if you are going to someone else’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving.  I also have a great tip to share with you.  🙂


Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Cosmic Brown 810N
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Orange Blush 812N
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Persian Red 818N
Nuvo Glitter Drops Golden Sunset 757N
Nuvo Crystal Drops Autumn Red 683N
Essentials Easy Clean Mat 1514e
Tangerine Die Cutting Machine with Plates 138e
Ball Mason Jar (or you could use a recycled jar)
Ranger Cut-N-Dry Sponge
Post-It Tape
Post-It Notes (full adhesive)
Battery Operated Candle

To create the die cuts I used Post-It Note tape and Post-It Notes with a full sticky back adhesive.  If you don’t happen to have Post-It tape or notes you could also use adhesive sheets or a sticker paper.


Next, adhere the die cuts to the jar.  The die cuts are going to be kind of like masks on the jar.


To add the color to the jar I use three colors of the Nuvo embellishment mousse–cosmic brown, orange blush, and persian red.  Here is a great tip–to apply the mousse use small pieces of Ranger cut-n-dry sponges.  Don’t try to wipe the mousse onto the jar, rather pounce the sponge onto the jar to transfer the mousse.  You will wan to apply 2-3 coats of the mouse.  Once you are done with the mousse you don’t have to wash the sponge pieces.  Simply put the pieces into the jars and seal tight.  The mousse won’t harden on the sponges when they are in the container and then they are ready for the next time you want to use them.


Once the mousse is dry take another sponge piece and dab on some of the golden sunset glitter drops.  Wash the sponge when you’re done.  Carefully remove the die cuts.


Here is a close up of the jar.  Using the sticky back die cuts creates great masks!


To finish off the jar I added some crystal drops and tied some twine around the top of the jar.


Add a battery operated candle and you now have a pretty DIY candle holder perfect for the holiday.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and the tip about the sponges.  You can see more of my design work on my blog Embellished Dreams.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Spooky Halloween Shaker Card

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today.  I don’t know about you but I have to say I was so excited when I found out Tonic was coming out with die and shaker sets!  Each package includes one die shape and five plastic shaker blisters.  You can also purchase additional shaker blister refills.  As soon as I saw the star die and shaker set I knew I wanted to make a fun Halloween shaker card.


Supplies Used:


To create the galaxy background for the card, start with a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper and begin adding the Distress Oxide inks using mini ink blending tools.  For this card I used wilted violet, salty ocean, peacock feathers, and faded jeans.  I went over each of the colors twice to get a nice smooth blend of the inks.


Then, go over the entire piece of paper with the Distress Oxide black soot ink.  This gives the background a nice dark look but you can still see the first layers of color.


To intensify the black go over any areas with Distress black soot ink.  The essentials easy clean mat is a great surface to work on for all of the ink blending.


To create an all over shimmer for the background use the craft spoon to scoop out some of the mother of pearl embellishment mousse.  Put the mousse in the spray bottle and add water.  When I am making a new bottle of shimmer mist I find the mouse dissolves a little quicker when I use warm water.  Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake the bottle to mix the mousse with the water.  You can leave the shimmer mist in the bottle and be sure to shake it before each use.


Next, to create the galaxy look I wanted to add some “stars” so I mixed the pure platinum mousse with a little water and use a paint brush and acrylic block to flick the shimmery mixture on to the paper.


To finish the galaxy background I watered down some white acrylic paint and flicked it on to the paper.  I know this galaxy background has a few more layers than most but it is so pretty and shimmery.  I think the end result is worth the extra effort.


Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces used for the card.  I used dark black cardstock.  You can see in the photo for the die cut of the haunted house I die cut the insert piece.  Then I took a pencil to draw a curved line bringing the hill down to the bottom of the paper as you will see on the finished card.  It’s not pictured but I also kept the pieces for the road and the doors.


Next, I taped the star die in place where I wanted the shaker to be on the card front.  I laid the haunted house die cut on the paper so I could get prefect placement for the star die.


I used the glue pen to adhere all of the die cut pieces to the front of the card.  I also cut some small pieces of yellow cardstock to add behind the die cut for the windows and the creepy eyes in the bottom corner.


Then, I added some of the glow drops to the windows and the eyes.  The glow drops are so fun on Halloween cards!


Here is a look at the star shaker after I added some sequins and seed beads.  For the back of the star I used another small piece of yellow cardstock and added some glow drops.  Once the paper was dry I finished assembling the shaker.  I added the die cut word spooky to the card front and also added the bats.


Here is another look with the glowing star, windows, and eyes.


To finish off the card I added the card front to a black A2 top folding card base.


I hope you enjoyed this fun Halloween shaker card!  You can find more of my design work over on my blog Embellished Dreams.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting!

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What’s Brewing? Halloween Canvas

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today.  I just love all of the Halloween dies that Tonic came out with this year!  I always think it’s fun to make holiday home decor pieces and I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween canvas.


Supplies Used:

To start, apply black acrylic paint on all sides of the canvas and on the front of the canvas.  For the front of the canvas apply the paint on 1/2” all the way around the edges.


Next, take two piece of white cardstock and apply gunmetal grey and citrus green mousse to each paper.  Apply two to three layers of the mousse.  To apply the mousse I use a piece of cut-n-dry foam.  Here’s a little tip — you can keep the cut-n-dry foam in the container with the mousse and it will stay nice and soft for applying the mousse.


Now, take a piece of black cardstock and stamp it with VersaMark ink, direct to paper.  Then apply the glitter embossing powder.  I like to use a coffee filter for catching the excess powder and it makes it easy to funnel back into the bottle.  Use a heat tool to heat set and melt the powders.  Easy peasy –you just created your own glitter paper for die cutting.


Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces that will be used on the canvas.  The embossed glitter paper was used to cut the webs, spiders, broom, and parts of the cauldron.  It’s not shown in the pictures but I also kept the insert pieces for the broom.  I used the paper with the mousse to die cut the cauldron and the green “stuff” brewing.


I used the deluxe adhesive to apply the pattern paper for the background of the canvas and all of the die cuts.  If you haven’t tried this adhesive I encourage you to give it a try because it is fantastic!


How fun are these Nuvo drops?  I added several colors of the drops to the cauldron and above it to look like bubble.  I also added the ruby slipper drops to each of the spiders.


Here is a close up of one of the webs with a spider.  I love all of the sparkle from the embossed glitter paper!


Here is another close up of the cauldron with the “bubbles”.  Foam tape was added to the back of the cauldron and the spiders for some added dimension.


Here is a close up so you can see some of the glow drops in action.


Here is another look at the finished canvas.


This what’s brewing canvas was so fun to make and it’s a great addition to my Halloween home decor pieces.  You can see more of my design work on my blog, Embellished Dreams.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

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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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