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Mother’s Day Card using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Hello friends! It’s Smitha here creating a simple card with a repetitive stamping technique. Mother’s day is coming up and since my Mom lives far away from me, I wanted to make her a special card.

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This is my first time stamping with the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform and I have to say this first- this platform makes stamping SO easy! And so much more enjoyable! I am going to be creating a pattern today using the Delicate Detail Henna Flourish Stamp set.

I have a 4.25 by 5.5 inch card held in place with the magnets on the stamping platform. I also placed a piece of purple cardstock behind it to catch any stray ink that stamps off of the edges.

To Repeat Stamp my image, I just moved my card base by 1 inch on the stamping platform, re-inked the stamp and then stamped. This is such an easy way to create a pattern with a small stamp. There is no lining up of the stamp or uncertainty. And best of all- the stamping goes by so fast!!

For the bottom row I chose a darker purple shade of ink and I needed to mask off the top of the stamp with a post it.

For the top row, I chose a yellow colored ink and followed the same principle- stamp, move card by 1 inch, re ink and stamp again. I did not have to do any masking this time, because the stamp hung off the top of the card.

And here is my finished stamped background. I love how easy it was to stamp this!

Now, I needed to stamp the sentiment- which is a clear stamp. The previous stamp was rubber and now I need to change the stamping platform plate to accomodate the clear stamp height. This is super simple to do, just hold the stamping plate at 90 degrees as seen below. The plate will come off at the hinge and you can flip it.

And now you want to add the stamping plate back in place, with the ‘clear’ side on top.

Next, I am stamping this label shape from the Hello Sweetie- Pie stamp set with the same yellow colored ink I used before.

Since this label stamp has such a large solid area to ink and stamp I had some white areas where I did not ink the stamp properly. I simply re-inked the stamp and stamped again. You can easily stamp the same image multiple times to get a darker ink shade with the stamping platform.

I also stamped the outline stamp with glue and added some Nuvo Gilding Flakes on top. I love the soft shine these gilding flakes add!

Using the Tim Holtz snips I cut out the label shape and added the letters to spell the word mom. I also stamped a “I’m missing you” sentiment beneath.

After assembling the card, I felt that the mom word needed some gilding flakes as well. I simple ran the glue over the letters and added the gilding flakes onto it, brushed off the excess. I finished off the card with a few dots of the Nuvo Crystal drops.

I simply love the way the gilded letters catch the light now!

I am off to mail this card out to mom now, hope you get to make something special today as well!

Happy Crafting!

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Mixed Media Panels

Hello crafters! It’s Smitha here with a fun Mixed Media technique. I am creating a smaller mixed media panel in some fun spring colors today!

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Supplies used:

I started by trimming my paper down to a smaller size. I am using watercolor paper today, because I plan to add lots of layers to this Mixed Media panel and I don’t want any warping. Then using the Tim Holtz snips I cut down strips of old book papers and patterned papers, glued them onto the panel.

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To add some pops of color I added Nuvo Crystal drops in few areas and then smushed it around with a brush (or you can use your fingers too!)

This is a fun way to bring color to your Mixed Media pages.

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For the next layer, I stamped a pretty flower with glue and then added the gilding flakes on top. To burnish in the gilding flakes I used a nice bristled brush.

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Now it’s time to add some dimension! I love the Nuvo Embellishment mousse- they go on so easily and dry super quick! I layered them onto the page with a pretty stencil.

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To make things springy, I added some die cut butterflies. I like to add the negative space in areas, cut some butterflies in half in areas- just to add some interest.

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I finished off my panels with a few Nuvo Crystal Drop accents. These were lots of fun to make and turned out pretty cool. And they are small enough that I can add them to a card front even. Let me know in the comments below if you thing these panels are fun to make!

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Thanks for spending some crafting time with me today friends!

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Happy Crafting!

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Confetti Card with Nuvo Jewel Drops

Hello Friends! Smitha here with a fun way to use your Nuvo Jewel Drops to create an easy colorful card!

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Supplies you will need:

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I am making a standard card today that measures 4.25 by 5.5 inches in size. I started by stamping my sentiment in the centre with a black ink.

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Next, I placed my stencil on top. I like to hold my stencil in place by attaching some tacky tapes at all the corners. I also attached some tape right over my stamped sentiment. It is easy to see the sentiment through the stencil and mask it in this manner. IMG_0021

Next I squeezed out a my Nuvo Crystal Drop colors on top of the stencil. You don’t need much of the drops- I actually squeezed a bit too much in the photo below.

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Then using a palette knife, I gently smoothed the crystal drops into the stencil. I like to move from the top to bottom and this way the colors mix slightly along the way.

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I carefully lifted off the stencil and I love the confetti like texture and shimmer these crystal drops give!

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I hope you give this technique a try! It’s super fun!

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DIY Embellished Gift Bags

When embellishing gift bags, I like to keep it simple but the end result still needs to add a little drama. Because if you are decorating gift bags for a party, you will have a bunch of them to make and keeping the process simple speeds things along. Using the Layering Butterfly die set is perfect for such occasions!

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Supplies used:

I start by die cutting butterflies using the Layering Butterfly die set. When I have my Tangerine Machine out I like to die cut more than I need for a project, that way I always have a few extra beautiful die cuts to make a quick matching tag or card.

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Now comes the easy part. Simple adhere the butterflies one atop another and to create a stunning dimensional butterfly! I love how easy it is to make these!

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As a final touch, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss to add small tiny circles in the centre of each butterfly. And the bags are ready for the guests!

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Another way to add these butterflies to larger paper bags, is by first decorating the bag top with a paper doily. This gives a great frame like area for you to add the butterflies.

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Again I layer the butterflies, this time I added a gold butterfly as one of the layers to add a little shine to the bag.

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To finish off these bags I used a soft pink shade of Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss in Bubblegum shade to add dimension and gloss to the centre of each butterfly.

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Now come party day, I simply fill the bags with treats, fold the top of the paper bag down and these pretty embellished gift bags are ready to go!

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These are a few simple ideas to embellish gift bags for your spring parties. You could take this idea a step further and make matching cards, tags, banners etc using the same Layering Butterfly die set. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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Rainbow Card

Make a cute, whimsical rainbow card very easily by using oval diecuts, this card is sure to bring a smile to your gift recipient. I like to make a bunch of these at once so that I have a stack of rainbow cards ready for the month of March!

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Supplies you will need:

To begin, I die cut ovals from rainbow colored cardstock using the Oval Layering Die Set. The ovals are perfect to make a rainbow, but you could also use a stacking circle die set for this.

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Once Die cut, I easily layered and glued all of the ovals to form a stack in rainbow order.

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To turn the ovals into rainbow arcs, I simply cut the stack of ovals in the center using the V Blade trimmer. Hold the stack of the ovals in one hand and run the trimmer blade back and forth a couple of times in the same place to make sure you cut through all of the layers.

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And thats how easy it was to create two rainbows for two rainbow cards! To finish off my rainbows, I hand cut a few cloud shapes from white cardstock using the Tim Holtz 5 inch Mini snips. This handy little scissor makes cutting shapes very easy!

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At this point I felt the rainbow needed some sparkle or shine. I reached for my trusty Nuvo drops and chose the Nuvo Glitter Accent – Fresh Snowfall to add a white sparkle and shimmer to the clouds. I first like to outline the cloud shape and then fill it in with the glitter accent. Let the glitter dry and your Rainbow card is ready!

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I simply love how the glittery clouds turned out! Because we die cut the ovals for the rainbow, this is a card design that is super easy to mass produce for a class or as an invite!

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I hope this rainbow card brought a little color and cheer into your day friends! Happy Crafting!

 

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Paper Shamrocks

Make your own luck with these Paper Shamrocks! All you need are a few sheets of green cardstocks and a heart die! Let’s get crafting!

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Supplies used:

I first die cut a a few scalloped rectangles using the Harrop Layering Card Blanks Die set. The scalloped rectangles come in so many different sizes, I love how versatile this die set is- You can use it to make a handmade card and you can also use it to make some organizational labels.

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To make the Paper Shamrocks I die cut two sizes of hearts using the Essentials Layerings Heart die set from darker and lighter shades of green cardstocks. You can by all means make these with just one color, but when I have my die cutting  machine out I like to cut a whole bunch of them and then layer them!

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I arranged my hearts to form a three leafed clover and adhered them onto the scalloped rectangles I cut previously.

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On top of each larger heart, I layered and adhered a lighter shade of green heart to add some dimension and interest. This goes quickly and you can assemble a small quantity of these very quickly!

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The last step is to cut a small stalk using the Tim Holtz 5 inch Mini Snips and adhering it into place.

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And that easily, you can create a bunch of these paper shamrocks! These would be perfect to use on a handmade card, a banner or on a treat bag!

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I went ahead and created about 8 of these so that my daughter could share them with her friends.

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May your day be filled with good luck and crafty time!

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Organization labels with Nuvo

Hello Crafty friends! Today I am sharing a fun way to get organizing and create your own labels for your craft room using the Nuvo Crystal drops!

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Supplies used:

I started by die cutting a bunch of labels using the Harrop Layering Card Blanks Die Set. I simply love the scalloped edge of this die and thought it would be perfect to use for some labels. I like everything white these days, and so I chose a bright white colored cardstock for my project.

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Next, to decorate the labels in a simplistic yet colorful manner, I chose a rainbow of colors of Nuvo Crystal drops. I chose bright colors, but really you could use any of the Nuvo Crystal Drops for this project and it would turn out amazing. I then went ahead and added small beads of the crystal drops all along the scalloped edges.

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I then let my labels dry for a few hours. In the past, I have always put things to the side to dry and forget about them or smudged them while they were still wet. So nowadays, I place things that are wet onto my Glass cutting mat right in the center of my table while I clean up around it.

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Once the drops dried, I wrote in each label and then attached them to bins. I have one bin with all of the Jewel tones and Gloss drops and another with the glitter and crystal drops! Having them labeled makes it easy to put things back where they belong.

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I hope this inspired you to organize your craft space! Share pictures with us in the comments below showing how you organize your Nuvo Drops!

 

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