Sparkly Trick or Treat Box with Unique Embossing Technique-Karen Hasheck

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Fall and Halloween will be here before we know it and so now is the time to make trick or treat boxes for the special children in our lives. Tonic Studio’s new line of Halloween dies make creating cute or scary Halloween treats easy and fun. Here are the supplies and steps I used to create this sparkly trick or treat box:

Other: two sided tape in sheets and rolls, heat tool, candy

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Die cut the primary box piece and the bat and spider from the Spooktacular Coffin Treat or Treat Box set out of black cardstock. Die cut “trick or treat” and “happy haunting” out of black cardstock. Die cut the top of the coffin treat box out of gold cardstock and the back of the “happy haunting” die out of two sided tape on a scrap of white cardstock.

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Apply small pieces of strong two sided tape to the places on the primary coffin box as shown and score and fold on all scored lines. Remove the top of the tape strips and form the bottom and top of the coffin box. Many of the tabs will not have tape on them, but will fold in to form the coffin treat box so the box can be opened to store the Halloween candy.

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There are three options to choose from for the side pieces in this Spooktacular Coffin Trick or Treat Box so each box you make can be unique. I chose to use the stitched side piece options and to create the sides with a fun embossing technique I discovered a while back. Here is a link to a tutorial I did explaining the technique and the Kensington Handbag I made with it. This time I added glitter to the embossing powder mix because we all love sparkle, right? I sprinkled Nuvo Spiced Apricot Pure Sheen glitter onto a sheet of two sided tape attached to a piece of white cardstock. Then I sprinkled on Nuvo Gold Enchantment Glitter Embossing Powder and filled in the rest of the sticky tape piece with Nuvo Jet Black Embossing Powder. After burnishing the glitter and embossing powders down, I melted the embossing powder with my heat tool and the result is this bumpy textured glittery piece.

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The next step is to die cut the side and bottom stitched pieces from the completed embossed glittery piece and attach to the coffin treat box. Attach the gold piece to the top of the coffin.

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Attach the black “happy haunting” die cut to the two sided taped back piece and sprinkle on Spiced Apricot glitter. Attach that to the coffin top. Glue on the spider, bat and “trick or treat” with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

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The last and most important step is to fill the sparkly trick or treat box with candy and give it to a special child on Halloween.

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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!


Back To School Scrapbook Layout

Create a quick and easy back to school scrapbook layout in just a few steps using some bunting dies and a scrapbook paper kit.



Supplies Used:


To begin, die cut a few different patterns of scrapbook paper using the Jubilant Jubilee Bunting Set and the Birthday Bash Bunting Set. Plus die cut the Intrica Rose Circle die from patterned paper and cut this die cut in half.

Here are a few close-ups to show the details for this scrapbook layout.


On this side of the layout, layer the bunting and add a strip of cardstock over the top.  Add the half Rose Circle die cut to the layout using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.


Here is another close-up showing the Birthday Bash Beautiful Bunting set.  The adhesive letters where added instead of journaling but there is plenty of room to go back and journal if you want.  I haven’t decided what I wanted to write yet.

The Jubilant Jubilee and Birthday Bash Bunting sets make creating this scrapbook layout quick and easy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thank You Teacher Treat Box-Karen Hasheck

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Before we know it, the kids will be going back to school! How about sending them on the first day with a treat for the teacher to say “thank you” for all their hard work and dedication? Tonic Studio’s Cupcake and Treat Box Die Set makes creating a treat box easy and fun! Here are the supplies I used to make several of these treat boxes:

Other: ribbon, strong 1/8” two sided tape, Glad Press & Seal, cupcake or candy or other treat

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Here are the steps to make the fall teacher treat box:

Cut out two of the base main pieces from the Cupcake and Treat Box Die Set out of gold cardstock and two side pieces out of orange cardstock. The best way to show how to put the box together is to watch the official Tonic Studios YouTube video here, but it is not hard. Fold on the scored lines and apply narrow two sided tape to the skinny tabs that hold the box together.

Stamp “Thank You” in black in on the orange side piece. Die cut “teacher” using the Attraction Lower Case Alphabet Set and red cardstock and glue them onto the orange side piece. Also glue the orange overlay piece on the other side.

TIP: When diecutting a set of small pieces such as an alphabet, one very easy way to keep the pieces in place is to place a piece of Glad Press and Seal under the die and cardstock. After running the die through your diecutting machine, the pieces will stay put until you pick the ones you want to use. The rest of the alphabet pieces will stay in place for the next time I need a red word or sentiment as shown in these pictures:

Die cut the autumn leaves in orange, yellow, red and green and apply with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the sides of the treat box.

Place a cupcake or bag of candy or other treat inside the box and tie with a ribbon.

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I was so impressed with how easy it was to make this teacher treat box, I wondered if the Cupcake and Treat Box would work for a wedding where the guests take home a cupcake of their choice instead of cake. I die cut the base of this wedding treat box out of ivory cardstock and the overlays and side pieces out of Tonic’s gold mirror card. I made this gorgeous box in less than 20 minutes, so it would be perfect for wedding or shower favors. There is even a die in this set and instructions to add a base with a circle in it so the cupcake will be secure in its base and not slide around if traveling with the treat.

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The Cupcake and Treat Box Die Set is perfect for treats for teachers or weddings or Halloween goodies like Marisa shared in this blogpost!

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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.


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!


Good Luck Teacher Card

I can’t believe that it is August and that it is almost time to send the kids back to school!  It feels like summer just flew by.  With school starting in only a few weeks, it is time to start thinking about gifts and cards for the teachers.  I decided to create a fun card that we can drop a gift card into to help with any additional supplies that the teacher might need.

Here’s what you will need:

Here’s how to put it all together:

Take a piece of the watercolor paper and stamp your image onto it with the clear ink.

Add embossing powder and then shake off the excess.  If there is any left over, you can use a small brush to carefully brush it away.  Heat set it when you are done.

Using your Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, add color to the image where you want.  To lighten it in areas, use the water brush with water after it initially dries.  Dab it with a paper towel and some of the color will be removed and it will be a lighter image.


Once the main image is dry, put 1-2 drops of Aqua Flow background colors onto the glass mat with some water.  Using the water brush, lightly add the softened colors to create your background.  Allow this to dry completely.


Stamp your sentiment, sprinkle with silver embossing powder, and heat set.


Trim down the image to a square that will fit on the front of your card base with some room around it.

Take your card base and tape down some baker’s twine to create a loopy decoration.


Add pop dots to your stamped piece and add it over the twine.

Add Nuvo drops and allow them to dry.

All that is left to do is add your gift card and a note to the teacher and you are all set!