Interlocking Gatefold Christmas Card

Hi Everyone!

Alexandra here again from Hedgehog Hollow; today I am going to show you a card that is super easy with the Deck the Halls dies but has a real WOW! factor; it also gives you some great dimension but is mail friendly; other supplies you will need are: paper trimmer, adhesive, foil cardstock, glitter and 12×12 cardstock; a full supply list is at the bottom…

Let me tell you how I made it, plus I have a complete supply list at the end for you too.  First of all you want to die cut your three layers, I went for alternate green foil and satin gold Tonic cardstock.  For each layer you want to use the outer wiggly piece the inner detail and the inner wiggly piece, except for the middle where I just used the outer wiggle and the detail as I wanted it to be a solid area in the same color, you could cut the wiggle too and put another color or element in there if you wish; make sure you save those piece out the middle as they would be great for other cards and beautiful to mount a square die cut or image on…

Next I cut some of the deep red from he country cottage paper collection to 5.75″ x 11.5″, I then scored this at 2 7/8″, and 8 5/8″ this created your gatefold base…

I then put some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive onto my Essentials Easy Clean Mat and used a sponge to apply adhesive to one half of the large deck the halls die cut…

I then stuck this onto my card base…

You then want to do the same with your next smallest piece but this time apply your glue to the opposite side of the card and again with the centra piece to the same side as your largest piece…

Your pieces will now interlock like this…

Then I die cut the Merry Christmas from some white cardstock that I had applied double sided adhesive to…

I then peeled the release layer off the die cut and added Nuvo glitter…

I them used my sponge to apply some adhesive to the back and added it to the centre of the card…

There’s your finished project, you can display it interlaced or closed…

Here is a complete supply list so you can build your own…


Thanks so much for joining me today, don’t forget to join myself and the rest of the DT girls regularly for more Holiday inspiration!

Happy Stamping!



Holiday Gift Wrap with Dainty Bows

Hi Everyone!

Alexandra here from Hedgehog Hollow; today I am using the dainty bows dies to create some gorgeous gift wrap for the holiday season and beyond…

I have a post over on the Hedgehog Hollow blog with all my gift wrapping tips, you can find that by clicking here.  Let me show you how I created the bows with the Tonic dies; I cut the larger die in the red foil Tonic cardstock and the small bow I cut twice from the Tonic satin gold cardstock.  There’s a great variety of inserts for the bows or you can leave them plain, you will need to run it through twice like the picture below once with the detail on either side; I also cut the tails from the respective cardstock but I decided not to use these later on.

I then curled the bows with my bone folder so that they had a smoother bend in them…

Then I added some glue dots on my larger bow on the tabs and assembled as follows…

For the gold one I trimmed the tabs down and fold them in as I secured them with glue dots…

A top tip I found was when weeding the die cuts put all the pieces you remove with your brush or craft pick in a coffee filter, I brushed the die cuts over the filter and then it was easy to get them all in the trash rather than on the carpet!

Now we are ready to add them to our gifts, I have these that I have pre-wrapped from my HH blog post.  I used a glue gun to add a dab of glue on each one and pressed it onto my ribbon…

Now your gifts are complete don’t they look amazing? They are super simple too!

I have included a full supply list for you below:


Thanks so much for joining me today, be sure to check back regularly to see more holiday inspiration from me and the rest of the DT girls!

Happy Stamping!




Santa Gift Tag

A fun holiday craft for this Christmas season is this Santa Gift tag! All you need to do is die cut paper and glue in place! Easy as that.


Supplies Used:


Inside the packaging of the die, there is a really handy guide explaining what shapes are what. Using that guide, it’s easy to figure out what colors you need. After that it is pretty quick to cut out all the paper pieces to make the Santa. img_9109

Adhere the paper pieces to form the Santa. This is so easy and the Santa turns out super pretty! One word of advice, make sure to keep all of your little paper die cuts together in a little dish or something to make sure you don’t loose anything.


To add a bit of dimension, I added two small drops of Nuvo black drops for the eyes. Such a simple step, but adds so much drama!


And that’s it! The Santa tag is ready to be used- I added it on top of a gift and it looks so cute! You can easily mass produce these and add them to teachers gifts or gifts for the family!Smitha_Katti_santa_tagSmitha_Katti_santa_tag3

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial today and getting ready for the holiday season with some crafting of your own. Happy crafting!



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.  🙂


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)
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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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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Thanksgiving Crackers


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, are you planning your table decorations yet? Today I have a fun fall twist on the Christmas Cracker dies to add an extra special touch to your Thanksgiving place settings. These are so easy to customize to perfectly match your color scheme. Let’s get started!

Supply List:


You’ll want at least two colors of cardstock for each cracker, so start by choosing one color for the body and one color for the accent panels. Decide how many you will need to make and start running your plates through the tangerine. There are two dies that make up the main body, but you will need to run your accent panels through several times until you have enough pieces.


Your main pieces will come out scored for easy folding. It’s best to fold these parts before you start to assemble the pieces.



After folding all your lines, start to sort your accent panels. I’m using four different pieces for this project.


Once you have them sorted, you can begin gluing them in place.



After I had all my panels in place, I decided to add some Nuvo glitter drops for extra dimension and sparkle. Be sure to give your Nuvo drops plenty of time to dry before moving on to the next step!


You’ll notice that both body pieces have two tabs on the side for gluing. I decided to use 1/4″ double sided tape for these panels, but you could also use the glue pen. After gluing, use your twine to cinch the diamond sections of both of the main pieces.



I wanted to add another decorative finish to the outside by creating a little banner tag and Fall leaf. This is another great opportunity to customize. You could write each guests name on the tag and use the crackers as a unique place card. I chose to use my “thankful” stamp. First, I covered the vellum tag with my powder tool to prevent extra embossing powder from sticking.


Next I used my Versamark pad to stamp my clear watermark stamp on the tag, then covered with gold embossing powder.



I chose my favorite leaf from the Fallen Leaves die set. Cut one with veins and one without in contrasting colors, then glue together. Then use your tape of glue pen to attach to the cracker.



I made another variation with different colors to mix things up a little.


Don’t forget to fill with a fun treat! Use a tiny glue dot of double sided tape to lightly hold the two pieces together so your treats don’t escape before dinner!


Happy Crafting!



Mwha ahh ahh ahh!!!!!! Monster Treat Boxes

I don’t know what it is, but I love Halloween.  My kids love Halloween.  We always have.  Jacob is probably more into it than Owen, but he’s a crafter too, so that might be part of it.  We just have always enjoyed making costumes, creating and hanging decorations, and just getting our spooky on during this time of the year.

One project that I love to do each year is to create fun little ways to give candy to the kids.  So, if you are looking for a cute, fun, and easy project – that you can mass produce for trick or treaters, school events, or as party gifts at home – these little monster treat boxes are for you!


To start, you are going to want to get your eyeballs made.

This is a simple process, but leaving them to dry overnight will ensure that you can glue them on the next day.

I created large, oval eyes so that monsters were cyclops.  Be creative and have fun with it!

To create the eyes, put your craft mat on top of your glass mat sticky side down.  This will ensure a level surface for them to dry on.

I start by making a base with the white Nuvo drops.  On top of that I carefully layered on the green jewel drops that are translucent so you get a cool effect.  Finally I layered on a drop of black for the pupil.  Just let them sit overnight to dry.

Next it is time to create the boxes.

First, cut out the box base.

****  Next time I do this, I will add the mouth here.  It will much easier to add that on flat paper than once the box is up!!  Just be sure that you put it on the correct panel.****

Next, grab your tape runner and begin assembling your boxes.

Once the boxes are assemble, you can add the pom poms.  Make sure that the glue is in spots that will allow you to still open the box!

Sketch on your mouth with a pencil if you want to try it out first – then use the black marker to fill it in.

Grab your eye ball and apply a little bit of adhesive to the back.  Glue it box.

Then use your marker to add some eyelashes if you want.

Put everything to the side, allowing it all to dry completely.

All that is left now is to add the candy and share with your friends!

Happy Halloween!


Sparkly Jack ‘O Lantern

It’s finally October!  That means Halloween and fall decorations are everywhere we look.  My house is always decked out with Jack ‘O Lanterns, ghosts and all other things Halloween.

Recently I saw the cutest wood slice pumpkins on Pinterest.  I knew I could make that and give it my own spin using some Tonic Studios dies, Nuvo glitters and glues.  Here is my Sparkly Jack ‘O Lantern.


Supplies include:



To begin, paint the wood slice using acrylic paint.  Since this slice was cut with a chain saw I had to sand it first but if you buy a wood slice I don’t think you will have to do that!

To create the face, I used the smallest die in the Jubilant Jubilee Bunting Set and the banner die from the Grand Gala Bunting Set.  I covered some white cardstock with Be Creative tape and die cut with so the adhesive would be on the front of the die.

Once everything was die cut, I removed the release paper and put the die cuts into the glitter.  I burnished the glitter into the Be Creative Tape so it would stick really good.  Then I used some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to adhere the eyes, nose and mouth to my pumpkin.  This is a really good all-purpose crafty glue.  As you can see in the picture, there is a bit of glue peeking out from the mouth of my pumpkin.  It’s a good thing the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive dries clear, you won’t see it later!  I added some raffia and some leaves that I created for another project.  You can see how the leaves were created HERE.


I love my cute my Jack O’Lantern!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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