Confetti Card with Nuvo Jewel Drops

Hello Friends! Smitha here with a fun way to use your Nuvo Jewel Drops to create an easy colorful card!


Supplies you will need:


I am making a standard card today that measures 4.25 by 5.5 inches in size. I started by stamping my sentiment in the centre with a black ink.


Next, I placed my stencil on top. I like to hold my stencil in place by attaching some tacky tapes at all the corners. I also attached some tape right over my stamped sentiment. It is easy to see the sentiment through the stencil and mask it in this manner. IMG_0021

Next I squeezed out a my Nuvo Crystal Drop colors on top of the stencil. You don’t need much of the drops- I actually squeezed a bit too much in the photo below.


Then using a palette knife, I gently smoothed the crystal drops into the stencil. I like to move from the top to bottom and this way the colors mix slightly along the way.


I carefully lifted off the stencil and I love the confetti like texture and shimmer these crystal drops give!


I hope you give this technique a try! It’s super fun!



Easter Treat Boxes





These cute Easter boxes are so much fun to make, you can fill them up with chocolate Easter eggs for a special treat. And, there are so many different variations that you can create with just a few simple changes that the options are infinite.



1. Die cut box using Graceful Marquee Gift Box Die Set and paper of your choice. Using a sponge or brush color box base with Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.


2.  Die cut decorative panels and color with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. I used Peony Pink, Lilac Lavender and Fresh Copper. Glue decorative panels to the box with Funky Glue pen.


3.  Assemble box by gluing at the tabs and folding scored lines. Use ribbon to close box and then make a bow.

4.  You can also use Easter designer paper to decorate the box or make a cute bunny with Betty Bunny die set.  To make the bunny die cut Betty Bunny using metallic cardstock in pink, gray and white. Assemble bunny as pictured and then adhere to front of box with foam squares. Glue craft eyes to bunny using Funky Glue Pen.






Have a great day!

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Easter Candy Table Favor – Karen Hasheck

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I was thinking about Easter decorations recently, and I decided candy gift boxes made with Tonic Studio’s Multi-Sided Lantern Box would be perfect on my holiday table. The die and the many versatile Nuvo products made this table favor easy and fun to make.

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Supplies needed to make this project:

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Here are the steps I used to create this Easter table favor:

  1. Die cut 5 lantern side pieces and one bottom piece out of teal blue heavyweight cardstock
  2. Die cut a round window in two of the side pieces and all the top triangle pieces.
  3. Fold on all scored lines and apply two sided tape to one side fold and the bottom fold of each piece. Form the box attaching the sides together and then each side to the bottom.
  4. Die cut three white ovals for Easter eggs. Emboss the first with the Modern Chevron Embossing Folder. Apply Peony Pink and Spring Green Embellishment Mousse with a Tim Holtz Distress Tool and sponges to color the Easter egg. Embellish with Key Lime and Strawberry Coulis Jewel Drops and let dry. Adhere to the box on one of the uncut sides.
  5. Apply Tanzanite Lavender Glimmer Paste through Tonic’s Bevelled Diamond Stencil on the second Easter egg with a stencil knife. Remove the stencil, wash thoroughly and let the glimmer paste dry. Embellish with Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops. Adhere to the box.
  6. Die cut the Perfect Posies Corner Die out of a sheet of Sookang two sided tape. Remove the bottom adhesive and adhere to the third Easter egg. Remove the top adhesive and dump on Paradise Blue Sparkle Dust ultra-fine glitter and burnish in. Adhere the last egg to the Easter box and add some Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops to embellish.
  7. Put some Easter grass and lots of Easter candy inside the box. Tie a ribbon through the top triangular tabs to close the Easter table candy gift box.

I think my family will love opening and enjoying these Easter table favors on Easter Sunday. I had fun making this one and am off to make some more.

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DIY Embellished Gift Bags

When embellishing gift bags, I like to keep it simple but the end result still needs to add a little drama. Because if you are decorating gift bags for a party, you will have a bunch of them to make and keeping the process simple speeds things along. Using the Layering Butterfly die set is perfect for such occasions!


Supplies used:

I start by die cutting butterflies using the Layering Butterfly die set. When I have my Tangerine Machine out I like to die cut more than I need for a project, that way I always have a few extra beautiful die cuts to make a quick matching tag or card.


Now comes the easy part. Simple adhere the butterflies one atop another and to create a stunning dimensional butterfly! I love how easy it is to make these!


As a final touch, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss to add small tiny circles in the centre of each butterfly. And the bags are ready for the guests!


Another way to add these butterflies to larger paper bags, is by first decorating the bag top with a paper doily. This gives a great frame like area for you to add the butterflies.


Again I layer the butterflies, this time I added a gold butterfly as one of the layers to add a little shine to the bag.


To finish off these bags I used a soft pink shade of Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss in Bubblegum shade to add dimension and gloss to the centre of each butterfly.


Now come party day, I simply fill the bags with treats, fold the top of the paper bag down and these pretty embellished gift bags are ready to go!


These are a few simple ideas to embellish gift bags for your spring parties. You could take this idea a step further and make matching cards, tags, banners etc using the same Layering Butterfly die set. Wouldn’t that be fun?



Valentine Party Decor with kids

Create an entire Valentine’s Party Decor using the Layering Basics Traditional Heart die set. You can easily put together a small backdrop, a banner, gift bags and few cards in an afternoon. And best of all, you can have your kids join in on the making!


Supplies used:

I went ahead and die cute lots of heart shapes using the Layering Basics Traditional Heart die set. I cut a few different sizes of hearts from a few different shades of pink cardstocks.


Once the die cutting was done, I had my kids help prepare all of the party decor! We made a LOVE banner by adhering the die cut pink hearts onto red foam letters.

img_1673We just adhered all the hearts randomly, but you could easily create a neat pattern with the small hearts. The kids sure had a lot of fun getting the banner done!


I strung the letters together with some twine and the banner was ready!


To create a heart backdrop, we die cut large heart shapes using the Layering Basics Traditional Hearts die set once again. We chose pinks and reds this time.


To make the backdrop, cut a desired length of twine, and sandwich the twine at places between a small and large heart shape. We added a heart about every 6 to 8 inches.


You can make these heart chains as long as you need and vary the colors as you hang them up on the wall. This is quick and easy way to make a large backdrop!


My daughter also wanted to make a few cards for the invitees. So we trimmed some pink cardstock using the V trimmer and then folded them to form cards. We then added hearts onto the cards to make them Valentine themed.


Finally, we also quickly decorated some treat bags with the die cut hearts. We will fill these with small treats and gifts for the guests!


Really, it’s that easy to create an entire Valentine themed party using just one die set! The options are endless, you can similarly create cupcake toppers, decorative items or food labels. Happy Valentine’s days to you all!



Valentine’s Day Treat Bag


Giving someone special a little treat just makes me feel good inside — especially if it’s hand made. Tonic’s Tent Gift Bag die is so versatile to use for any occasion, but I thought it would make a great Valentine’s Day treat! You can fill it with candies, jewelry, gift cards, or any other small items. The possibilities are endless!

Supplies used:


I started by cutting the complete bag and the accent frame out of kraft cardstock.


Next, I cut the hearts and vellum piece. I usually go ahead and cut several sizes so I can choose the perfect one when assembling.


I set them aside and cut some more embellishments. Again, I just cut several sizes at once.


I ended up cutting these flowers out of the checked pattern and a solid red cardstock for stacking.


I decided on the size that I wanted  and started forming the petals with the floral craft tool.


I stacked and glued the pieces together and glued to the center of my die cut heart.


I assembled the bag and glued the edge shut. It was really very easy since all the score lines are there for you. Then I added the elements I had already set aside to dry on the front of my bag.


I filled with some chocolate and held it closed with some red and white twine.


I hope this inspires you to give a little gift from the heart!



DIY Felt Hearts

Felt is one of my favorite supplies to work with and these DIY Felt hearts are so beautiful and addictive to make! You can use these as tiny pillows, ornaments or a as a way to teach your kids to start sewing!


Supplies used:

To make these Felt hearts, I started out by die cutting heart shapes using the Layering Basics Traditional Heart from different colors of felt. heart_felt_diecuts

Next, I die cut the Rococo Delicate Heart shape from cream colored felt many many times. Die cutting such an intricate design with felt is not too difficult – make sure you add a few sheets of cardstock as a shim along with the felt while die cutting and it works like a charm!


Once all the die cutting is done, this is a perfect project to finish while watching your favorite TV show. Hand-stitch two felt hearts and a Rococo die cut heart together using a contrast colored embroidery floss. Halfway through, stuff the heart  pocket stuff it with some cotton stuffing or scrap felt. Finish sewing all around and tie a knot, trim the floss.


To make things prettier, I went ahead and used my favorite spring colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss and added small dots all around each heart.


In these photos you can get a better look of how the Nuvo drops look. You can mix and match the colors to create endless options!



I have all of my felt hearts in a jar right now, the perfect way to add some Valentine touch to my mantle!


What would you use these felt hearts for? Let me know in the comments below!