Hand lettered Love Canvas

Hello friends! Smitha here today with a totally full DIY home decor project that you can use year after year! Let’s get crafting!


Supplies Used:

Start with a blank canvas of any size you need and choose a color of the mousse. I chose a dark red color today.


Scoop out a little of the Nuvo Embellishment mousse and with a paintbrush mix in some water to thin it down. Then using the thinned out mousse start free handing your letters. img_1631

While lettering, go slow. Go really slow at first. And then go over your strokes a couple of times to create smooth lines. img_1632

Next, to bring in dimension, I used the Nuvo gloss drop to add an outline to my letters. This covers up any uneven lines you might have from the painting. img_1633img_1644

Finally, to add some shine and glitter, I used the Nuvo Crystal drop to slowly add tiny dots inside the painted area. This gives a beautiful faux marquee sign kind of feel. img_1656

img_1645And that’s it! Three steps, three easy steps and you have a cute sign ready to be used!img_1647img_1646


Valentines day is such a great time of the year, because it means spring is around the corner right?

Happy Crafting!

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Valentine Floral Wreath

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today for a beautiful Valentine Floral wreath!


I started by die cutting lots and lots of my flower shapes. I used the Camellia Layering die set and two sizes of flowers for this. I cut the larger size from 4 different shades of pink cardstock and the smaller flowers from two shades of pink felt sheets.


Then it was time to assemble. You can use hot glue for this, but today I wanted to try using sewing pins and a foam wreath shape.


I started by layering my paper flowers in place and slightly overlapping them. img_1668

Then I continued overlapping the flowers and sticking in the pins. You will easily figure out how to overlap the flowers so that no green foam peeks through. img_1669

And that’s it really. You repeat this process till all the wreath form is covered in flowers. The felt adds a nice texture and all soft pink colors look so pretty together.


I love this idea for a wreath! I thought of using hearts instead of flowers but really the flowers look prettier and can be used into spring. Let me know in the comments below what you think of it! Happy Crafting!

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Gilded paper wreath

Hello crafters, it’s Smitha here today! December is here and the holiday season is my favorite time to decorate the house! Here’s a simple tutorial to make your own gilded paper wreath. It’s easier than you think!


Supplies used:


For the gilded look, I applied glue onto cardstock and added the Nuvo gilded flakes onto the cardstock. Burnish the flakes nicely using the blender brush.

img_9364Next hand cut leaf shapes with a pair of scissors. I like to leave a bit of the cardstock color showing.


Repeat this process with a few different colored cardstocks. Don’t worry about using up the gilding flakes, I actually used very little of the flakes- there is so much of it packed into each box.

Mix and match different colored leaves and adhere onto the wreath. This goes super quick if you cut the leaves to be a little large. If you are looking for a more detailed look, cut out smaller intricate leaves. 

After the first layer of leaves, cut more leaves and adhere another round. This is a great project that is customizable to match any color scheme you need.

And that’s it! Add a ribbon and hang your Gilded paper wreath onto your front door to enjoy!


I love the gilded paper look on those leaves!! What are you crafting this season? Cards, home decor or something else? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!


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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