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Halloween Treat Bags

Decorate your Halloween Treat Bags in a few easy steps to make them seasonal and perfect for halloween!

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I started by die cutting a bunch of halloween dies from black, orange, green and kraft cardstocks. I cut way more than I needed and I often do that so that I can have an extra few on hand for crafts later.

Simply layer and adhere the die cuts onto the treat bags. This itself makes the bags looks so cute!!

To further decorate the bags, I adhered and stapled these beautiful tiny banners and pennants across the top of the bags.

Fill the bags up with candy and they are ready for your Halloween party!

In a similar fashion you can make easy halloween party decorations too!

Let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this tutorial! Happy Crafting!

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Back to School Cards

It’s back to school time and I thought I would show you how I made these two handmade cards perfect for the kids new teachers! Enjoy the tutorial.

Supplies:

First step- die cut black and kraft colored cardstocks using the Hello die. This die cuts out the most delicate “Hello” word and I am in love with it!

To create a pencil background, first trim cardstock strips of about 0.5 inches wide. Trim as many rectangles as you need pencils. Then using the Tim Holtz cutter, cut a small triangle piece from white cardstock and affix to the bottom of each pencil. Color in a black tip with an actual pencil.

Adhere all the pencils to your card front. Stagger them slightly to add some interest. Then trim off the excess hanging over the top.

Finally, adhere the “Hello” die cut onto the card and add in the pencil tips with some Nuvo drops of your choice. I chose to use Ebony Black color here.

For this next card, using the Tim Holtz cutter, cut out a paper chain of apple shapes.

Adhere apples onto the card front, add a stalk and leaf using Nuvo drops. Let the drops dry overnight for best results. Adhere the Hello die cut beneath to finish off the card!

I hope you are inspired to create something Back to school themed today! Happy Crafting!

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Altered Notebook Cover

Hello crafters! It’s Smitha here with a fun altered notebook idea! For the month of August, I am going to try and maintain a 30 days of happiness book, and I will show you how I created this book cover today!

Supplies used:

I started by trimming my paper down to a smaller size using the Tim Holtz shears. I am using a collection of pretty patterned papers here and I cut them down to smaller shapes and adhered them onto the book cover.

I chose a bunch of dies to die cut delicate paper patterns from some bright colored cardstocks. I love how pretty these papers look! I won’t be using the whole die cut on this book alone, but when I have my die cut machine out I like to cut a few of each design to keep on hand for future crafting.

I then trimmed and adhered bits of the die cut designs onto the book cover next.

Next, I added a few stickers I had on top. While my book cover isn’t a mixed media one today, if you want to you can add some Nuvo drops or embellishment mousse to bring more color and drama here.

I finally lettered my book title “30 days of Happiness” and also went ahead and added a little journaling too. And that completes my book cover! Do you alter your books to suit your style? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

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Glitter Place Cards by Smitha Katti

Hello Crafty friends! Today I am sharing a fun way to glitter up your cardmaking! These cards would be perfect for any wedding themed occasion.

Supplies used:

I started by trimming my cardstock to measure 5 by 3.5 inches. When folded each place card will measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches in size. Next step is to add the glitter! This is super easy to do, just add glue to the edges of the card and then sprinkle with the glitter. The Nuvo pure sheen glitter comes in a great array of colors, but this soft gold one is my favorite!Next I went ahead and die cut a bunch of labels using the Essentials Big Scallop Layering Basics Die set. I simply love the scalloped edge of this die and thought it would be perfect to use here. I then trimmed each label in the middle to create two halves.Onto each half label you then add your guest ‘s names. You can print the name or have a calligrapher hand letter them for you. Then using a strong tape adhesive, adhere the label onto the glittered card base. The finished place cards look simple yet shiny! The contrast between the plain cardstock and the glitter really catches the eye. You can easily make a bunch of these in one afternoon. And this would be great craft to do with a friend- one of you adds the glue and the other adds the glitter.

This photo really doesn’t do complete justice to the glitter. In real life it is super soft and shimmery something that is tough to capture on camera.

Thanks for crafting with me today!

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Gelli Prints using Nuvo by Smitha Katti

Hello Friends! Smitha here showing you how I use my gel press to make colorful prints with Nuvo products.

Supplies you will need:

 I start by adding a random doodle using the Nuvo Crystal Drops. I use two blue colors and cover the entire gel plate with a design. Now onto that, I press down a Kraft card and press down firmly to transfer the color. A brayer comes in handy here to apply even pressure all over the card. Carefully peel off the card to see the print. I love how the light blue looks so soft on the card! I then pressed a blue cardstock onto the gel press to pick up the leftover color. This is called the second print or ghost print.  Next I wanted to add some stencil details. So using the Essentials stencil I layered a thin coat of the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The Mouse is great way to add color and shimmer to print. I then press the card onto the gelli press again. Another option is to doodle some more color onto the gel press. I love to create a 2/3 and 1/3 ratio of color on my designs.  Onto the same print, I also added a layer of Nuvo Glimmer paste. This adds such a soft shimmer to your print.  And here is how my final print turned out! It has many many layers and that is how I like it to be. You can stop layering your color at any time and make your print as simple or as busy as you want.

Have you tried gelli printing before? Have you tried it with Nuvo products? Let  me know in the comments below! 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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