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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  🙂

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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)
Twine
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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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DIY Place Cards

The Holiday crafting season has begun! Today I am making some pretty place cards that would be perfect for your holiday table!8.jpgSupplies Used:

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Using the Super Trimmer, trim cardstock down to 4 by 6 inches and fold to create place cards that measure 3 by 4 inches. This size is perfect to work with!2

Place stencil onto card front and center into position. Using the brush apply a thin (or thick!) layer of embellishment mousse. I like to generally apply a thin layer, this dries so fast and yet adds the right touch of shimmer to the card. 3

You could also alternately use the palette knife to apply the mousse over the stencil. This will give more of a mixed media look and texture to the place cards.

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Mix and match your mousse colors to create the perfect color scheme for your party!5

I love how simple it is to add a touch of texture and shine to these cards with the mousse + stencil action. 6

For the names, I die cut banner shapes using the Christmas banner die set and then lettered my guest’s name onto that. The banner shape makes the place card look so special!7

And that’s it! The place cards are ready for your party with friends or family!8

How have your holiday crafting plans been coming along? What projects have you completed already? Let me know in the comments below! Happy crafting!

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Fun Fall Cardmaking

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We can all agree that the last few months of the year are a whirlwind of activity. During these hectic days it can be hard to get any crafting projects done, so I’m here with some tips for streamlining your cardmaking process while giving yourself time to get creative.

Supplies Needed:

One huge time saver is to gather up all of your favorite themed elements, in this case fall, in a box or tray for easy access throughout a particular season. This can be very helpful! If you do a little prep work at the beginning of the season, it makes it so much easier to sit down when you have a spare moment and dive right in.

The easiest way for me to work is to pre-cut a bunch of basic elements, such as card bases, tags, banners, or background layers. This helps me get the most out of my papers, and I can mix and match as I go to create a batch of coordinating cards all at once. The scalloped rectangles from the layering basics set are one of my favorite things to pre cut.

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For my first card I grabbed one of my pre cut rectangles and chose a leaf die that fit nicely in the center. Be sure to use a little tape to hold it in place before running it through your Tangerine machine.

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With a few quick snips on the guillotine I sized down some plaid paper for my A2 sized card, and applied several foam squares to the back of my leaf layer to make it stand out.

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Time to glue on a simple twine bow.

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Then add some Nuvo drops and you’re done! What a quick and simple card!

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The next card has a few more layers than the first. One cool feature of these leaf die sets is that you can make silhouettes or more complex layers all from the same set. I chose to do the wheat stalk in copper glitter and kraft papers.

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Once you have the two layers you can glue them together with the glue pen. It makes it so easy to get into all the tiny detailed areas.

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I found the perfect fall sentiment on a “cut apart” scrapbook paper page to serve as my central layer. I attached that to a plaid scalloped rectangle with some tape runner, then covered the back of the plaid side with foam squares. I am a bit of a foam square addict.

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Attach the wheat with a glue pen, add another simple twine bow and you’re done!

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On this last card I tried to break away from my usual symmetrical approach by angling the scalloped rectangle layer across the corner of the card. I decided on the placement, then flipped it over on my 6″ guillotine for a quick trim.

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I added another plaid layer to carry the theme through my final card and placed the angled rectangle over it. (No foam squares this time!) Then I treated a small area with my powder tool to prep for stamping.

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Using a Versamark pad I stamped “thankful” as a clear watermark, then covered it with Gold Enchantment embossing powder.

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I reached for my pile of assorted pre-cut leaf shapes to find one that fit the space perfectly, then added a simple bow.

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And of course, my finishing touch is two different colors of Nuvo drops to bring everything together.

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I hope this gives you some ideas to fit in a few quick crafting sessions before Thanksgiving arrives! Happy Crafting!

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Aqua Flow Watercolor Fall Card

Fall is my favorite time of year – yes I am that predictable.  I am one of those that adores a PSL, boots with warm socks, a walk in the leaves, and a fire in the fireplace.  I absolutely look forward to the color change, the crispness in the air, and Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday.  There’s no pressure to buy gifts, the right gifts, for people.  It is truly just about family and friends and being grateful for everything in our lives.  It is a day that I truly enjoy and I look forward to each year.  That means that creating fall projects is another favorite thing for me to do.  Decorating for the fall is so much fun!

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This card was a blast to make – it mixes my love of fall, my deep love of painting and art, plus cardmaking – it is a perfect project for someone like me!

Supplies:

How to put it together:

Trim your base card cardstock to 12″x6″

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Trim another coordinating piece to 5″x5″

Then die cut a square that fits into that 5″x5″

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Die cut leaves, acorn, and pine cone out of watercolor paper.

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Here is the link to the video on how I painted these in case you’re interested:  ***video***

Drop a few small drops of the aqua flow colors onto your craft mat.

Use your water brush and add water to your leaf.

Carefully pick up some orange and add that all over.

Next add a little bit of red to the veins.

Spritz with water to meld colors a bit and dab with a paper towel.

Add brown to the edges and splatters across the leaf itself.

Then cover in glitter gloss.

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Paint acorn and pine cone with varying shades of brown.  Use water to dilute color to change variations.

Add glitter gloss.

Allow it all to dry.

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Fold card to a 6″x6″ card.

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Adhere cardstock and die cut patterned paper piece.

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Run dried pieces through sticker maker and add to the front of the card.

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Add sentiment to the card front.

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Hopefully you’ll be inspired to watercolor more fall bits!!!

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Mixed Media Give thanks page

A colorful mixed media page for the upcoming thankful season! This one was so much fun to create and I will show you all the steps below!16

Supplies used:

I started by adding a thin layer of the Nuvo embellishment Mousse using the Blender brush to add a thin layer of color, texture and shimmer. 11

Next, I free hand cut a few leaf shapes from some yellow cardstock. I then created a branch using some green Nuvo crystal drops.

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I love using the Nuvo crystal drops to add details such as this. It adds just the right amount of dimension and comes in such great colors!13

I then added diecuts, scrap paper bits and layered all of them. I moved them around that page till I was happy with the arrangement. Have fun with this and mix and match patterns and shapes. 14

I love to add words and poems to my pages, so I quickly added a few lines in my hand writing. The black lines of the words add a nice contrast. I brought those black lines onto the leaves as well to tie all the elements together. 15

I finished the page off with some Nuvo crystal drop details all around the page and a title “thankful”

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Creating a mixed media page is almost like journaling into your dairy with paints and color. I love how this reflects my current mood of – family, leaves and thankfulness.17

I hope this tutorial inspires you to create something thankful of your own.  Happy crafting!

Smitha