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!


Woodland Christmas Gift Tags


I love wrapping gifts almost as much as I love giving them. There is no better way to take your gift from ordinary to extraordinary than a fabulous gift tag! Today I’m working with traditional colors and a woodland theme. Let’s get ready to gift!





I started by gathering up a bunch of tags in various styles that fit my color pallet. If you’re anything like me, you probably have a stash of blank tags just waiting to be used. My first tag is very simple to make, but has gorgeous detail. I used the snowflake die from the Mr & Mrs Claus buildables set.


I glued them in place with a Nuvo pen and trimmed the edges with my mini snips. Of course I had to add Nuvo drops for a finishing touch!


For my next tag, I used the bird from the Festive Signpost set. This is the smallest die I have ever worked with. He doesn’t require much paper, so I used leftover snippets from my latest projects.



With the help of my Nuvo Glue Pen and some tweezers, this little bird came together. I used a pen to fill in the dot for his eye.


I decided to cover the rest of the tag in Nuvo Gilding Flakes, a technique I repeated on several other tags.







I love to use red and white bakers twine whenever possible. It compliments the tiny mushrooms perfectly! I tied a simple bow around the mushroom stems, then twisted and curled the ends of the wire. I attached a strip of green paper to the bottom of the tag so that the glittery legs of the deer would stand out better.


A few Nuvo drops to the back of the deer and now this doe has become a fawn!




Now that I have a whole batch of tags ready, I better get to shopping for some gifts to put them on! How about you? Have you checked off your Christmas list yet?



Holiday Shaker Card


Who can resist a fun interactive card? Today I’m sharing a mess free way to send someone a glittery greeting. Let’s get started!

Supply List:



Start by cutting down two pieces of cardstock. One for the outside layer to run through your Tangerine, and the other to stamp the image for inside of the snowglobe.


I traced the circle cut out lightly in pencil to make sure I placed my alpaca stamp correctly when lining it up on the stamp platform. I stamped with black ink and filled him in with colored pencils. (Check out my instagram page, @mycraftedstudio, for a time lapse video of the coloring process!)


The plastic dome comes with an adhesive backing, but you will need to apply glue to the top side to attach to the card.


I wanted this to look like a snowglobe, so I carefully measured the circle and through several attempts and tiny tweaks I was able to create a base with my Silhouette Cameo. Once perfected, I attached it to the card with my Nuvo glue pen.



Now it’s time to get glittery! I applied tape runner to the bottom of the alpaca paper to hold it in the correct place while adding the snowglobe filler.


I used two different sizes of snowflake confetti mixed in with the white glitter.


Place tape runner around the remaining edges, peel off the adhesive backing from the plastic bubble, then smooth your paper over everything to adhere. Now moving on to the outside of the card again. I cut a small strip of mint cardstock and treated it with my powder tool before using my Stamp Press.


I used Versamark ink to stamp Joy, then covered with Nuvo embossing powder.



Apply a couple strips of tape runner and adhere to the front of the card, leaving a little of the white background peeking through the bottom.


To get my Nuvo drops even, I measured and made tiny pencil marks.


It was easy to place the drops right over my pencil marks. Once those dry you’re ready to shake all day!



Happy Holidays!



Making Holiday cards in bulk

Making handmade cards for the holiday season need not be daunting- you can easily make these cards in bulk and I will show you how I made these today!Smitha_Katti_holiday_card3

Supplies used:

Mass producing cards can be easy- if you create an assembly line. So first, we die cut all the things we need, I love the scripted Merry Christmas tree- and used green cardstock for the green tree shape and white for the words. When you have your die cutting machine out, die cut everything at once.


Next, apply a thin coat of Nuvo embellishment mousse onto the tree shape. I like using the bristled brush to do this. Paint all the 3 tree shapes at once. img_9098

This adds a touch of shimmer to the tree that is beautiful and soft!


Next, to add more glitter to the card, it is the holiday season after all, I used the Nuvo glimmer paste. I placed my stencil onto the card front and added a thin layer of the glimmer paste.



Again, mass producing is easy as you need to wash the stencil and knife just once- and get to make a bunch a cards!img_9101

Adhere the tree onto the card front. Attach the card front onto the card base. And the cards are ready!


I love the different shine and shimmer each element adds to this card. Makes it so pretty and special.Smitha_Katti_holiday_card4

Do you make your cards at home? My favorite thing to create as a paper crafter has to be a card!


I love the colors in this card! So festive yet modern. What are your favorite holiday colors? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!



DIY Advent Calendar

Hello friends! December is nearly here and I have a fun DIY advent calendar project to share with you all! This one is simple and involves just a few easy steps!Smitha_Katti_Advent_calendar

Supplies used:

First step: Die cut Christmas Tree shapes from a few different green colored cardstock sheets. I used 3 shades of green to add more interest, but to make it quicker you can use just one color of green too. img_9092

Next step: Die cut numbers from 1 to 25 using the Advent Drawer Deco die set. I used a red colored cardstock- to create the classic Christmas color combo.


Adhere the numbers onto the paper trees. I used a liquid glue and needed to add just small dots of glue behind each number.


Add all of the numbers onto the trees. This is something that you can do while watching TV and have your kids help too!


I then added the numbered trees onto small paper packets. I filled out each packet with a kindness prompt for each day and then closed the packet shut and glued the tree in place.

Smitha_Katti_Advent_calendar2I wanted to display this Advent Calendar, so I added all the packets onto a frame and lettered the word “december” onto the glass. Make sure you use a strong adhesive to hold the packets onto the frame so they won’t be falling off soon.


And that’s it! Our advent calendar is ready! I am so excited to open out each days packet with the kids!


How have your holiday crafting plans been coming along? What projects have you completed already? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!


Happy Holidays!

Good morning!  Jess here with a modern and chic holiday card using a variety of Nuvo products!


Supplies Used:

As I mentioned in my last post I’m enjoying getting to know all of these Nuvo products and my creations are mostly based on my experiments!  This time I decided to play with the aqua flow pens and see how they could be manipulated as a watercolor medium!

tonic1I started by adding a little Pure Platinum Embellishment Mousse to a Light Mist Spray Bottle, filled the bottle with water, and gave it a good shake to create a custom shimmer spray!  Look at that sparkle!!

tonic4Next I scribbled Aqua Flow pens in Evergreen Fern, Aqua Splash, and Fresh Green onto a piece of watercolor paper in no discernible pattern…

tonic2While it was still wet I spritzed it liberally with my custom shimmer spray…

tonic3And then set it aside to dry…I found that allowing it to dry naturally created the best results.  If I used my heat gun the pigment would crack a bit (a result of the embellishment mousse in the spray, I think).

tonic5It was hard to get a good photo of the dried result but I wanted to tilt it a bit so you could see the shimmer!  I did use a few pieces of washi tape to hold the paper down to my craft mat while it was drying.  Once it was totally dry I die-cut the Build a Wreath – Mistletoe Sprig from the shimmery cardstock using the Tangerine machine!  Isn’t it pretty?

tonic6Then I applied a layer of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss Simply White to the berries.

tonic8Next I wanted to create a very simple but striking background for my mistletoe so I turned to embellishment mousse and black cardstock.

tonic7I took the palette knife and literally just smeared a little Indian Gold embellishment mousse across the A2 panel of black cardstock.  I deliberately didn’t smooth down the mousse completely which left some interesting texture and dimension.  While the mousse and nuvo drops were drying I die-cut the Happy Holidays die from white cardstock three times and adhered them together with funky glue to create a thick chipboard-like sentiment.

tonic9And then I learned an interesting thing about the nuvo drops.  Apparently my die-cut wasn’t totally dry because the nuvo drops seemed to absorb some of the aqua flow ink and ended up turning a pale green.  I liked the end effect so I left it that way.  If I really wanted the berries to be white I could have added a second layer of nuvo drops on top but I like that they’re a little more subtle now!

toniccloseupFinally I simply adhered my sentiment and mistletoe sprig over the background with liquid funky glue!  This would be a very easy card design to replicate for a variety of occasions or you could mass-produce this card using different colors or dies!  I really love how it turned out and how beautifully all of the Nuvo products worked together!  I hope it inspires you to break out those Nuvo drops, mousses, and aqua flow pens and get crafty!!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!

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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!