Paper Christmas Village

Hello friends! Smitha here today and I am making and sharing this adorable Paper Christmas Village with you! Let’s get started!Smitha_Katti_Christmas_paper_villageSupplies used:

You guys, this Toy Emporium Die Set is simply adorable!! Let’s assemble one today shall we?img_9352

You start by cutting the building shapes. You will need two of each to put the building together. I chose a soft blue color to go with my whimsical paper christmas village theme. img_9353

Add glue and adhere all the pieces. This comes together very similar to the Ginger bread houses.


Die cut all the extra details next. I used two contrasting colors- a white and a darker teal cardstock today. You can add as many details as you like to this- there are many options included in the die set!

Like these tiny little wreaths. Aren’t these simply the cutest? Sorry for the zoomed in thumb photo, but I wanted to show the scale of these wreaths. 

I had so much fun building and decorating this Toy Emporium today! It is so cute!!!


To put together my Paper Christmas village, I pulled out the DIY Paper Holiday Trees I made last year. I also added two Gingerbread Houses– I have a video showing how I put those together on my blog.

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And that’s it! Our little Paper Christmas village is all ready to be displayed and enjoyed. And honestly, this project came out way cuter than I had envisioned and I love it!Smitha_Katti_Toy_emporium

Let me know what you think of this Paper Christmas Village in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!


Tiny House Ornaments

If you’re a fan of things tiny, cute, or glittery then this is the project for you! This delightful little village will be a great addition to your ornament collection and they also make a perfect gift! You can make them with or without the hanging loop, because these little guys look great on a table or a tree! Let’s get started.




I started by giving all my houses a coat of white paint, then went over just the walls of the house in pink or turquoise paint.


If you want to turn your houses into ornaments, this is the point when you want to add the screw eyes. It is very difficult to insert them once the houses are covered in glitter. I poked a pilot hole in the roof with a pin, then used pliers to grip the screw eye while inserting them.


Once all the houses were dry, I applied a coat of adhesive to the walls using my Nuvo glue pen. I just want a thin layer of glitter on the walls to allow the color to show through. The pen works great for applying a thin and even coat of adhesive.


This is where a glitter tray comes in really handy. You want to pour on more glitter than you need, working quickly to avoid the adhesive drying.



For the glitter on the roof top and chimney, I wanted a thick layer of glitter, so a thicker adhesive was needed. I used a stiff bristle brush to apply Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the rooftop.




I found it best to work in sections to get the best coverage, and sometimes had to go over areas with more adhesive. 



To create the look of snow drifts around the house I used a combination of white Nuvo Crystal Drops and glitter. I tried several different methods before finding this winning combination. The Nuvo drops were perfect because they retain their shape well as they dry, and the white color made for a great background under the glitter.


For my next technique I used Nuvo Gilding Flakes to cover an entire house. For this I went back to the glue pen once again to create an even thin coat of adhesive. As with the  other houses, I worked in sections.




The mini blending brushes are great for burnishing the flakes (plus they are super cute!)


I added a simple linen twine to hang them as soon as they were dry. I just love how they turned out. If only I could make my real house look like these!


Happy Crafting!



Hand painted Ornaments

I’ve never painted my own ornaments before and was so surprised at how simple a craft this is! The results are unique and you have a one of a kind ornament to decorate your tree with in a few minutes!


Supplies Used:


Start by removing the top of the ornament and keeping aside. We don’t want to get paint on it. Next, using the blender brush apply the darker shade of mousse towards the bottom of the ornament and then apply the lighter colored  mousse towards the upper area.


The embellishment mousse dries very quickly and there is not really much of a wait time. I applied two coats of mousse per ornament to get this really soft, pearly look that is so unique and beautiful!

You can mix and match colors as required for your color scheme and create whole set of ornaments in an afternoon.


And here is how my ornament looks all dried and ready! I purposely left the brush strokes visible, it gives an artsy boutique look and feel. I love how the two colors contrast on each ornament, but you could just one color per ornament if you want too.


Here are the four ornaments I DIYed today. Which color is your favorite of them? I absolutely LOVE the gold one!


I hope this tutorial inspires you to take a look at your ornaments and maybe even upcycle some old ones. Happy crafting!



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.


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
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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.  🙂


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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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:


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.


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!