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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.  🙂


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)
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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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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Sending Holiday Cheer

While it is not quite Thanksgiving, now is the perfect time to start making all those Christmas cards you send to your family and friends.  Mass production of cards can be intimidating but with a few tips and tools, you can crank out those cards and have some fun, too!



Supplies Used:


Gather all your supplies and sketch out your card design.  To begin, cut all the cardstock and bases for the cards.  It also is a good idea to score the bases so that they are ready to fold when you are assembling them.   Then die cut all the pieces of paper and cardstock.  Using the assembly-line approach really helps to streamline the process.

Once all the paper is die cut, it’s time to stamp!  Using the stamp platform is the easiest and fastest way to stamp the sentiment.  It helps with perfect alignment plus if you don’t get a clean image the first time, you can stamp it again.

Now it is time to start assembling the cards.   Keeping a special pair of snips that are just to cut ribbon is important because the snips always stay sharp.  Here a piece of ribbon is used on the handle of the snips to indicate they are just for ribbon.

After assembling the cards, it’s time to add the Nuvo Glitter drops for the final touch.  Be sure you have plenty of space to put the finished cards out for the drops to dry a bit.

This stack of cards were fast and fun to create.  Having a nice stack of cards waiting for their addresses is a great way to start the Christmas season!


Thanks for stopping by!

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Spooky Halloween Shaker Card

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today.  I don’t know about you but I have to say I was so excited when I found out Tonic was coming out with die and shaker sets!  Each package includes one die shape and five plastic shaker blisters.  You can also purchase additional shaker blister refills.  As soon as I saw the star die and shaker set I knew I wanted to make a fun Halloween shaker card.


Supplies Used:


To create the galaxy background for the card, start with a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper and begin adding the Distress Oxide inks using mini ink blending tools.  For this card I used wilted violet, salty ocean, peacock feathers, and faded jeans.  I went over each of the colors twice to get a nice smooth blend of the inks.


Then, go over the entire piece of paper with the Distress Oxide black soot ink.  This gives the background a nice dark look but you can still see the first layers of color.


To intensify the black go over any areas with Distress black soot ink.  The essentials easy clean mat is a great surface to work on for all of the ink blending.


To create an all over shimmer for the background use the craft spoon to scoop out some of the mother of pearl embellishment mousse.  Put the mousse in the spray bottle and add water.  When I am making a new bottle of shimmer mist I find the mouse dissolves a little quicker when I use warm water.  Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake the bottle to mix the mousse with the water.  You can leave the shimmer mist in the bottle and be sure to shake it before each use.


Next, to create the galaxy look I wanted to add some “stars” so I mixed the pure platinum mousse with a little water and use a paint brush and acrylic block to flick the shimmery mixture on to the paper.


To finish the galaxy background I watered down some white acrylic paint and flicked it on to the paper.  I know this galaxy background has a few more layers than most but it is so pretty and shimmery.  I think the end result is worth the extra effort.


Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces used for the card.  I used dark black cardstock.  You can see in the photo for the die cut of the haunted house I die cut the insert piece.  Then I took a pencil to draw a curved line bringing the hill down to the bottom of the paper as you will see on the finished card.  It’s not pictured but I also kept the pieces for the road and the doors.


Next, I taped the star die in place where I wanted the shaker to be on the card front.  I laid the haunted house die cut on the paper so I could get prefect placement for the star die.


I used the glue pen to adhere all of the die cut pieces to the front of the card.  I also cut some small pieces of yellow cardstock to add behind the die cut for the windows and the creepy eyes in the bottom corner.


Then, I added some of the glow drops to the windows and the eyes.  The glow drops are so fun on Halloween cards!


Here is a look at the star shaker after I added some sequins and seed beads.  For the back of the star I used another small piece of yellow cardstock and added some glow drops.  Once the paper was dry I finished assembling the shaker.  I added the die cut word spooky to the card front and also added the bats.


Here is another look with the glowing star, windows, and eyes.


To finish off the card I added the card front to a black A2 top folding card base.


I hope you enjoyed this fun Halloween shaker card!  You can find more of my design work over on my blog Embellished Dreams.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting!

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What’s Brewing? Halloween Canvas

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today.  I just love all of the Halloween dies that Tonic came out with this year!  I always think it’s fun to make holiday home decor pieces and I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween canvas.


Supplies Used:

To start, apply black acrylic paint on all sides of the canvas and on the front of the canvas.  For the front of the canvas apply the paint on 1/2” all the way around the edges.


Next, take two piece of white cardstock and apply gunmetal grey and citrus green mousse to each paper.  Apply two to three layers of the mousse.  To apply the mousse I use a piece of cut-n-dry foam.  Here’s a little tip — you can keep the cut-n-dry foam in the container with the mousse and it will stay nice and soft for applying the mousse.


Now, take a piece of black cardstock and stamp it with VersaMark ink, direct to paper.  Then apply the glitter embossing powder.  I like to use a coffee filter for catching the excess powder and it makes it easy to funnel back into the bottle.  Use a heat tool to heat set and melt the powders.  Easy peasy –you just created your own glitter paper for die cutting.


Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces that will be used on the canvas.  The embossed glitter paper was used to cut the webs, spiders, broom, and parts of the cauldron.  It’s not shown in the pictures but I also kept the insert pieces for the broom.  I used the paper with the mousse to die cut the cauldron and the green “stuff” brewing.


I used the deluxe adhesive to apply the pattern paper for the background of the canvas and all of the die cuts.  If you haven’t tried this adhesive I encourage you to give it a try because it is fantastic!


How fun are these Nuvo drops?  I added several colors of the drops to the cauldron and above it to look like bubble.  I also added the ruby slipper drops to each of the spiders.


Here is a close up of one of the webs with a spider.  I love all of the sparkle from the embossed glitter paper!


Here is another close up of the cauldron with the “bubbles”.  Foam tape was added to the back of the cauldron and the spiders for some added dimension.


Here is a close up so you can see some of the glow drops in action.


Here is another look at the finished canvas.


This what’s brewing canvas was so fun to make and it’s a great addition to my Halloween home decor pieces.  You can see more of my design work on my blog, Embellished Dreams.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

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Hetty & Harry Hippo – One Die / Two Different Looks

I love all the Wild Buildables Collection of animal dies but I think the Hippo is my favorite. I wanted to show the versatility these dies offer by creating 2 cards with the same die sets. There are so many fun combinations if you use a little imagination.


Here is what you will need to create the cards above:


I don’t always know what the end result will be when I start creating my projects. I started by cutting all the main elements in dark gray and then again in light gray so I could mix them and create opposite colored animals. Tonic-Hetty-Hippo2

Cut eyelashes, eyes and flower centers in black and your choice of flower colors.


Cut another foot, arm and nostril in each color and 2 teeth in white.

Cut another body piece in patterned paper to use as a dress.

Use Foam Adhesive to add dimension to nose and feet.


TIP: Use the foot and hand dies as stencils to apply a little ink for “fingernail polish” and Hetty’s other accents.


Cut the extra pieces needed again to assemble Harry.

TIP: Cut another eyelash to use for hair and 2 extra nostrils and flower stem for a pair of glasses.


It’s hard to believe that these are the same die. A few Nuvo Crystal Drops are a great accent for Harry.


I hope you enjoyed my take on the Wild Buildables Hetty/Harry Hippo Die Set.  Happy crafting!



Thank You Card Ensemble

Hello friends!  It’s Debbie here today to share with you a fun Thank You card ensemble.  I don’t know about you but Thank You Cards are always in demand at my house.  So when I start making one thank you card, I think it’s best to make a whole stack to keep on hand!  Here are my thank you cards.


Supplies Used:


  1. To begin this project, cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″.   Fold this in half to create the card base.  Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″.
  2. Cut a piece of rose cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4.  Position the Rose Garden Invite Insert Set inside the Cherish the Moment die.


  3. Using the Tangerine Machine, die cut the rose cardstock.  Apply this die cut to the white cardstock panel using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.thank-you-4
  4. Tie ribbon around this panel.
  5. Cut a small panel of white cardstock and stamp the rose images from the Bunched Bouquet-Modern Buttonhole Stamp set.  Stamp the “thank you” sentiment from the Best Friends Forever Whimsical Frames Set.  Adhere the panel into place.
  6. Adhere this panel onto the card base.
  7. Add some pearl accents using the Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops.


It’s easy to create 4 cards just like this one so you will have plenty of Thank You cards for a few weeks!

Thanks for stopping by today!