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Fall Themed art journal page

Hello friends! Today I am sneaking 30 minutes of me time to create a fall themed art journal page. Follow along with me in the tutorial below.

Supplies used:

I started with a mixed media sheet of paper and I cut some patterned paper scraps randomly around the page.

Next, I chose this pretty stencil to add detail to the page.This one is a favorite of mine and I used my favorite aquamarine embellishment mouse over it. 

Now lets add  more layers with some die cuts. I added the fall leaf and the hello talk bubble.

With the Nuvo drops I added tiny tiny dots over the leaf to create a pattern and design.

To bring some shimmer I used the gilding flakes. Apply a thin layer of glue first and let it dry a bit. Then rub the gilding flakes onto the adhesive and remove the excess.

And here is how my page turned out! So pretty and colorful! I love october and all the fall colors and it makes me happy to bring all those colors onto my page.

I hope you get some crafty time today friends! Thanks for reading!

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Paper Pumpkin Decorations

October is here and it’s the season of pumpkins! Here’s a simple tutorial to make your own paper pumpkins to decorate your house.

Supplies you will need:

I started by cutting out a rough circle shape from my 12 by 12 inch cardstock using the Tim Holtz Shears 9.5 inch. This does not have to be perfect we just a wonky circle like shape.

Next, draw a smaller circle in the center and cut pizza slice like shapes from the outer edge. See the two photos below, they explain it much better than my pizza analogy 🙂

Now fold the outer edges in, overlapping them slightly to start forming the pumpkin shape.

Using a stapler, staple all the overlapping paper strips close. Adhere the last strip into place.

To decorate the pumpkin, cut out a stalk shape from kraft cardstock, a leaf shape from green cardstock and then cut a thinner green stalk and twist to look like a vine.

Add some detailing to the leaf with a stencil and embellishment mouse. The aquamarine blue color of the mousse looks so pretty on the green!

Finally adhere the stalk, leaf and vine onto the pumpkin shape! And the paper pumpkin is ready!

Make a bunch of these to decorate your mantle, table or anywhere in your house!

Happy Crafting!

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Boo Tag Idea

Hello crafters! It’s Smitha here with a fun sparkling tag idea! I will show you how I created this die cut inlay with glitter today!

Supplies Used:

 

I die cut the word BOO from a piece of black cardstock and also from a shipping tag. You want to make sure to keep all the pieces from your die cuts, you can mix and match papers if you want later.

Apply glue all over a small piece of orange cardstock, it needs to be small enough to fit behind the word BOO that’s it. Then place the black die cut “BOO” and nudge it into place. The die cut word will fit into place very easily, like a puzzle.

Now, the insides of the alphabets have exposed glue, so pour a generous amount of the Nuvo glitter onto it, and burnish the glitter into the area nicely. This glitter will basically fit into the nooks and crannies and form one smooth layer with the die cut.

This glitter is simply beautiful and it looks almost like tiny mirrors are trapped in there!

Clean off all the excess glitter to reveal a perfectly inlayed diecut with glitter! It is really hard to capture all that shine from the glitter, but in real life it is perfect for Halloween!

What are you crafting for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

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Fall gift box

Hello Crafty friends! Today I am sharing a fun way to add a seasonal touch to your gifts! This Fall Gift box would be perfect for any celebration!

Supplies used:

To start, die cut a bunch of the fall leaves and flower shapes from a few different shades of cardstock. I used an ochre, orange and brown color scheme here today. I tend to die cut more than I need. I believe that when I have my die cut machine out one should put it to good use.

Also, how realistic and beautiful is this fall leaf die?? Perfect for September crafts!

Adhere leaves onto the gift box lid. You can glue them down to be symmetrical or do a random bunching and layering arrangement.

Glue down more leaves and fillers till you have a happy looking arrangement.

I then hand cut and doodled a simple banner to add the recipients name onto.

Then glue the little banner onto the box! That’s it!

I love how pretty this turned out!

I think this would make the perfect gift for a teacher, hostess or friend.

Thank you for crafting with me today friends!

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Mixed Media cardmaking

Fall is in the air and I made this Mixed Media pumpkin themed card, perfect for the season. Enjoy the tutorial.

Supplies Used:

First, place your stencil onto the cardstock. I have the cardstock trimmed to fit my card front here. Center the design and then apply a coat of the Nuvo glimmer paste. I apply a generous coat to evenly cover the stencil, but you can apply as thin or thick a layer you would like.

Carefully lift the stencil to reveal the pattern beneath! This is always a wow moment! Let this dry for a few minutes now. It’s a good idea to quickly wash your stencil and tools in this time 😉

Die cut a pumpkin shape, from a patterned paper next. Stamp or hand letter your sentiment of choice onto it.

Once the glimmer paste had dried, adhere some old book paper, a hand made paper strip and the pumpkin onto the card front. To add more interest and a pop of color, add a few small areas of Nuvo crystal drops.

I simply love the dimension and shine the glimmer paste adds to this card! I kept the rest of the card pretty simple in order to focus on that.

Happy crafting friends!

 

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Halloween Mini Album

Sure it’s still August, but my kids have been talking and planning about Halloween non stop already. I thought it was a great time to put together a small Mini Album showcasing some of our favorite Halloween Memories.

Supplies used:

I selected a few of my favorite Halloween Dies to work with today and since I had them all out I die cut each of them from multiple colored cardstocks.

For the front of my album, I painted some glimmer paste to add a nice shimmery gold color.

I used a dry brush, and simple applied the glimmer paste all over. This dries almost instantly and gives a great soft shimmery finish.

I then layered and adhered my die cuts onto album front. I also added a black edging to make it look more halloween-ish.

For this page, I wanted the photo to be the main focus, so I just adhered the diecuts around it, in a manner as to draw more attention to the photo.

On this page, I first applied a coat of chalk paint and then onto that I adhered my white spider web die cuts. The black and white contrasts so beautifully!

I hope you enjoyed watching my album come together. Happy Crating friends!

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Back to School Altered Clipboard

With the start of the school year, there are so many print outs, calendars and notes to organize and keep handy. Why not alter a blank clipboard to look special for this task? I’ll share how I made mine in this tutorial today!

Supplies used:

I just received the new Nuvo Embossing powders and they come in some pretty colors. I was excited to use the Jet black color today!

First, letter your word or quote directly onto the clipboard using a white liquid glue. Take your time here with slow and steady hand movements. Let the glue dry for a few minutes, till it turns just slightly transparent.

Sprinkle the embossing powder generously onto the glue.

I used a mix of two colors and then carefully dusted off the excess powder. You might need to use a dry paintbrush to remove some of the embossing powder where we don’t want it to be.

After a few minutes, run a heat gun over the entire area to melt the embossing powder. Move the heat gun around evenly to ensure great embossing results.

Last step, cut out an apple shape from some cardstocks and adhere this onto the clipboard beneath the embossed word.

And that’s it! An uniquely your altered clipboard is ready for a new school year!

Happy Crating!