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Paper Pumpkin Decorations

October is here and it’s the season of pumpkins! Here’s a simple tutorial to make your own paper pumpkins to decorate your house.

Supplies you will need:

I started by cutting out a rough circle shape from my 12 by 12 inch cardstock using the Tim Holtz Shears 9.5 inch. This does not have to be perfect we just a wonky circle like shape.

Next, draw a smaller circle in the center and cut pizza slice like shapes from the outer edge. See the two photos below, they explain it much better than my pizza analogy 🙂

Now fold the outer edges in, overlapping them slightly to start forming the pumpkin shape.

Using a stapler, staple all the overlapping paper strips close. Adhere the last strip into place.

To decorate the pumpkin, cut out a stalk shape from kraft cardstock, a leaf shape from green cardstock and then cut a thinner green stalk and twist to look like a vine.

Add some detailing to the leaf with a stencil and embellishment mouse. The aquamarine blue color of the mousse looks so pretty on the green!

Finally adhere the stalk, leaf and vine onto the pumpkin shape! And the paper pumpkin is ready!

Make a bunch of these to decorate your mantle, table or anywhere in your house!

Happy Crafting!

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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.

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Supplies include:

 

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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.

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

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Happy Halloween Banner

I can’t believe it’s the first part of October!  This year just seems to be flying by and Halloween will be here before we know it.  Halloween is a favorite at our house and we do a lot of decorating.  This year I thought it would be fun to add a Halloween banner to the decorations using some of the fantastic new Halloween dies from Tonic.

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Supplies Used:

Grand Gala Beautiful Bunting Die Set 1796e
Spooktacular Coffin Treat Box Die Set 1800e (spider, bat, skull)
Huanted House Insert Die Set 1802e
Witchy Bits Halloween Trio Die Set 1820e (hat)
Happy Halloween Minature Moments Die Set 1861e
Rococo Wicked Web 1822e
Rococo Pumpkin Scene 1823e
Rococo Creepy Cauldron 1821e
Nuvo Glimmer Paste – Black Diamond 952n
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – Ebony Black 650n
Nuvo Glitter Drops – Ruby Slippers 752n
Nuvo Glow Drops Neon – Banana Split 747n
Nuvo Glue Pen Medium 203n
Nuvo Light Mist Spray Bottle 849n
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
Starthmore Mixed Media Paper
Cardstock – Black, White
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Twisted Citron
Spiced Marmalade
Wilted Violet
Black Soot
Mini Ink Blendings Tools and Foam
Palette Knife
Foam Tape
Heat Tool
Seam Binding – Purple, Orange, Yellow, Green, Black

To begin, start with a piece of black cardstock and used a palette knife to spread the glimmer paste.  Then set aside to dry.

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Next, use the Tangerine and the bunting die to cut five banner pieces.  I knew I was going to be adding inks and water to the paper so I used mixed media paper.

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Smoosh two colors of the Oxide Distress inks on to the craft mat.  Then added water to the inks with the spray bottle.  Originally I tried all four colors of the ink at the same time and I wasn’t happy with the results.  So I chose to do a layer of two colors at a time and I like the results much better.

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Here are the finished pieces.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper in between layers of ink.

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Next, ink the edges of each banner piece using black soot ink.  A mini ink blending tool was used to do the inking.

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These are all of the die cuts that were used.  To have coordinating paper colors apply inks to white cardstock.  Set aside until ink is dry and then die cut.  All of the black die cuts are from the black cardstock with the glimmer paste.

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Assemble all of the banner pieces as shown in the photo of the finished banner.  Then use the glitter drops to add accents to the spiders.

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Then use the crystal drops to add some accents on all of the banner pieces.  The drops can be made different sizes depending on the pressure from squeezing the bottle.

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Have you seen the glow drops?  These are so fun, especially for Halloween.  The glow drops were used on the haunted house and the moon.

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Here you can see some of the glow.

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The next few photos are close ups of each banner piece so you can see all of the details.

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Halloween paper spiders are the only spiders I like lol.

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The oxide inked background are great for Halloween.  It looks like something is bubbling up and brewing in the cauldron.

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Once all of the banner pieces are done die cut five more banner pieces from black cardstock.  Then, cut a long piece of black seam binding and sandwich it in between one of the decorated banner pieces for the front and a black one for the back.  This will give the banner more stability.  To finish the banner tie on the seam binding in between each of the banner pieces.  There are so many fun Halloween home decor pieces and treat bags/boxes that can be made with these new dies.  I hope you have fun creating for Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Fall gift box

Hello Crafty friends! Today I am sharing a fun way to add a seasonal touch to your gifts! This Fall Gift box would be perfect for any celebration!

Supplies used:

To start, die cut a bunch of the fall leaves and flower shapes from a few different shades of cardstock. I used an ochre, orange and brown color scheme here today. I tend to die cut more than I need. I believe that when I have my die cut machine out one should put it to good use.

Also, how realistic and beautiful is this fall leaf die?? Perfect for September crafts!

Adhere leaves onto the gift box lid. You can glue them down to be symmetrical or do a random bunching and layering arrangement.

Glue down more leaves and fillers till you have a happy looking arrangement.

I then hand cut and doodled a simple banner to add the recipients name onto.

Then glue the little banner onto the box! That’s it!

I love how pretty this turned out!

I think this would make the perfect gift for a teacher, hostess or friend.

Thank you for crafting with me today friends!

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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!

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Gelli Prints using Nuvo by Smitha Katti

Hello Friends! Smitha here showing you how I use my gel press to make colorful prints with Nuvo products.

Supplies you will need:

 I start by adding a random doodle using the Nuvo Crystal Drops. I use two blue colors and cover the entire gel plate with a design. Now onto that, I press down a Kraft card and press down firmly to transfer the color. A brayer comes in handy here to apply even pressure all over the card. Carefully peel off the card to see the print. I love how the light blue looks so soft on the card! I then pressed a blue cardstock onto the gel press to pick up the leftover color. This is called the second print or ghost print.  Next I wanted to add some stencil details. So using the Essentials stencil I layered a thin coat of the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The Mouse is great way to add color and shimmer to print. I then press the card onto the gelli press again. Another option is to doodle some more color onto the gel press. I love to create a 2/3 and 1/3 ratio of color on my designs.  Onto the same print, I also added a layer of Nuvo Glimmer paste. This adds such a soft shimmer to your print.  And here is how my final print turned out! It has many many layers and that is how I like it to be. You can stop layering your color at any time and make your print as simple or as busy as you want.

Have you tried gelli printing before? Have you tried it with Nuvo products? Let  me know in the comments below! Happy Crafting!

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Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Heidi Blankenship

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Time sure is flying by!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going so far.  St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner.  I always think it’s a lot of fun to create banners and home decor pieces for the holidays.  Today, I am sharing how to use regular/standard dies to create a fun St. Patrick’s day banner.

Supplies used:

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This is a very easy banner to create and all of the die cutting is done in multiples of five.

  1. Use the cockle shell die template to cut five of the label shapes from white cardstock and also from the green glitter cardstock using two different sizes of die templates.
  2.  To create the flowers you will want to have a piece of crepe paper that is large enough to fold five times.
  3.  Using two different sizes of flowers from the bellus buttercup die and the folded crepe paper die cut the flowers.
  4.  Separate the paper flowers and then you will wanted to layer them on top of each other offsetting the petals.
  5.  Use the craft pick to poke a hole into the center of the flowers and then add a brad to hold and secure all of the flowers together.
  6.  To create some dimension for the flowers pull up each layer of petals one at a time to the center and crinkle them up.
  7.  Continue to crinkle all of the petals until all five flowers are done.
  8.  To add some color to the flowers you will want to use one of the mini blender brushes.
  9.  To add glitter to the flowers use the large glue pen and press down the glue pen on a craft sheet so some of the glue will come out.
  10. Then, dip the tips of the flower petals into the glue and add gold glitter.
  11. Next, you will use the scalloped oval die template to die cut five ovals with white cardstock.
  12. To create the gold glitter cardstock for the flourishes you will need a piece of white cardstock, the glimmer paste and a palette knife.
  13.  Using a palette knife spread the glimmer paste evenly on the white card stock and set aside to dry.
  14. Once the glimmer paste is dry use the flourish die cut from the jeweled crown die to cut five flourishes.
  15. Using the green glitter cardstock and dies from both of the letter set die cut the word Lucky.
  16.  Now for the fun part you get to assemble the banner.  Adhere the two label shapes using foam tape in between the layers.
  17. Use the craft tacky glue to adhere the flourishes to the top of the labels and also to add the letters to the center of the scalloped ovals.
  18. Adhere the scalloped ovals with more foam tape and use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
  19. Add all five of the label pieces to some green ribbon and then add white lace bows in between the labels.
  20. To finish off the banner add some glitter drops to all of the points on the larger white label as shown in the picture.

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Here are a couple to tips for creating the banner.

Tip–The crepe paper is a little more delicate than cardstock.  The easiest way that I have found to ink up the flowers is to cup one in your hand and use the blending brush in your other hand moving in a circular motion to apply the ink.

Tip–Create a little puddle of the glue from the glue pen on a craft mat and drip the flower petals.  By doing this it will give your flowers a nice even coat of the glue and it’s a lot less messier than trying to hold the flowers and add glue with the glue pen.

Tip–Don’t forget if you don’t have the right color of glitter paper you can always make your own with the glimmer paste, pure sheen glitter and sparkle dust.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are inspired to create some projects of your own for St. Patrick’s day!

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