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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  🙂

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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)
Twine
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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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Aqua Flow Watercolor Fall Card

Fall is my favorite time of year – yes I am that predictable.  I am one of those that adores a PSL, boots with warm socks, a walk in the leaves, and a fire in the fireplace.  I absolutely look forward to the color change, the crispness in the air, and Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday.  There’s no pressure to buy gifts, the right gifts, for people.  It is truly just about family and friends and being grateful for everything in our lives.  It is a day that I truly enjoy and I look forward to each year.  That means that creating fall projects is another favorite thing for me to do.  Decorating for the fall is so much fun!

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This card was a blast to make – it mixes my love of fall, my deep love of painting and art, plus cardmaking – it is a perfect project for someone like me!

Supplies:

How to put it together:

Trim your base card cardstock to 12″x6″

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Trim another coordinating piece to 5″x5″

Then die cut a square that fits into that 5″x5″

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Die cut leaves, acorn, and pine cone out of watercolor paper.

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Here is the link to the video on how I painted these in case you’re interested:  ***video***

Drop a few small drops of the aqua flow colors onto your craft mat.

Use your water brush and add water to your leaf.

Carefully pick up some orange and add that all over.

Next add a little bit of red to the veins.

Spritz with water to meld colors a bit and dab with a paper towel.

Add brown to the edges and splatters across the leaf itself.

Then cover in glitter gloss.

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Paint acorn and pine cone with varying shades of brown.  Use water to dilute color to change variations.

Add glitter gloss.

Allow it all to dry.

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Fold card to a 6″x6″ card.

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Adhere cardstock and die cut patterned paper piece.

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Run dried pieces through sticker maker and add to the front of the card.

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Add sentiment to the card front.

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Hopefully you’ll be inspired to watercolor more fall bits!!!

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Mixed Media Give thanks page

A colorful mixed media page for the upcoming thankful season! This one was so much fun to create and I will show you all the steps below!16

Supplies used:

I started by adding a thin layer of the Nuvo embellishment Mousse using the Blender brush to add a thin layer of color, texture and shimmer. 11

Next, I free hand cut a few leaf shapes from some yellow cardstock. I then created a branch using some green Nuvo crystal drops.

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I love using the Nuvo crystal drops to add details such as this. It adds just the right amount of dimension and comes in such great colors!13

I then added diecuts, scrap paper bits and layered all of them. I moved them around that page till I was happy with the arrangement. Have fun with this and mix and match patterns and shapes. 14

I love to add words and poems to my pages, so I quickly added a few lines in my hand writing. The black lines of the words add a nice contrast. I brought those black lines onto the leaves as well to tie all the elements together. 15

I finished the page off with some Nuvo crystal drop details all around the page and a title “thankful”

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Creating a mixed media page is almost like journaling into your dairy with paints and color. I love how this reflects my current mood of – family, leaves and thankfulness.17

I hope this tutorial inspires you to create something thankful of your own.  Happy crafting!

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Thankful Banner

Celebrate the thankful season with a simple banner to decorate your mantle with! 48.jpg

Supplies used:

First step, die cut a bunch of bunting shapes using the Tangerine machine and the Beautiful Bunting Grand Gala die set. Cut as many bunting shapes as you need to accommodate your word.

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Next, lets decorate each bunting shape with some stamping. I used the Tim Holtz Stamping platform to make quick work of the stamping. Once you mount your stamp correctly, you can easily stamp the same image on each of the buntings.

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I used the Henna Tag stamp and the Acorn brown colored ink to stamp the pretty design onto the bunting shape.

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I love how detailed this stamp is! And since we are using the stamping platform, if the image does not stamp perfectly the first time, we can easily restamp the image.

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Stamping a bunch of of images gets done super fast, thanks to the stamping platform action.

45To assemble the banner, add a letter to each bunting shape and attach all of them using some twine and a stapler.

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That’s it~ How pretty does this thankful banner look along with the fall leaf banner, a previous project of mine I shared here.

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

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Thanksgiving Crackers

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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:

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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.

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

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

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Happy Crafting!

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