Nuvo Ideas

Hi Leo here!

It's new kit time, hope you're enjoying opening your new goodies!!
Three of the latest kit have Nuvo drops in them and I did show some ideas in the kit booklet on how these can be used for not just dots. Here are some more ideas on how you can play with your Nuvo's!

If you think of your Nuvo Drops as you would a paint or a mixed media item rather than just as something to make dots with you'll get much more out of them. The main thing I've learned over the years using them is to not be afraid of actually using them! I have some that are about 3 years old and they don't work as good as when they were 'fresh' so I'd defo recommend not being too precious with them.

The main thing you need to do before you start using them is to tap out the air. Have a scrap bit of paper or card to get the liquid flowing freely from the bottle before taking it to your project. You can tap the bottle on your desk first too to discourage any air pockets or bubbles.
One satisfying thing to do is to use detail on a patterned paper and 'fill in' the pattern with your Nuvo's here I'm adding some to a sheet of the 'Winterscape' patterned paper from the Crate Paper Snowflake line, (there is a sheet of this in the current lite kits). You can see how on some if the details I'm just 'dotting' it out and on other pieces I'm 'colouring in' with it.

Another thing that's fun to do is to 'write' with them. If you've ever done any icing on biscuits or cakes it's pretty much the same principle. Make sure there's no air in the bottle before you start and then begin 'writing'. You could lightly draw your word in pencil first to follow over the top of. If you have word or letter stickers already you can 'write' over the top of those to give them a different colour or a glitter coating! Here I went over the top of the 'fun' word and also the snowflake sticker.

You don't need to waste the drops you've dotted out to get it flowing either. Take any undried bits and dab them over the tops of stickers or other embellishments you have to give them an iridescent or glitter highlight.



Get experimenting and see what other ways you can create with your Nuvo's!
xx Leo



Lift It Challenges 4 & 5

New Weekly Challenge - Lift It
Here are the details for the last two the new weekly challenges. Apologies for the post here being late. I thought the posts would be added automatically but Blogger obviously doesn't like working from my phone, back to the good old way with the PC! The challenge deadline is Sunday 30th November. 
The new challenge focuses on a different layout to scrap lift every week. You'll need to use at least three of the design elements from the featured page on your layout.
How it works: 
Complete all the Lift It weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box!
Layouts 4 and 5 to scraplift are here:



You need to include at least three elements from the page. It doesn't need to be a direct lift, (copying everything you see). Pick out your favourite elements that make up the page design then swap and change in new things to make your layout personal to you.
Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Lift It Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group - on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Lift It challenge when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below this or any of the Lift It challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog.
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo

Ways To Play With Mica Mist

Hi Leo here!

I've finally got a chance to have another play with the new kit goodies and I've been experimenting with the Nuvo Mica Mist.
The background paper and ephemera are from the Lite kit and I pinched out a few of the leaves and enamel dots from my main kit. Then the Mica mist is from the main kit too.

I started off by wanting to add some inky texture to the background paper. I sprayed the Mica Mist on to a plastic bag, quite a lot of it, about 10 sprays.

I then took a piece of kitchen towel and dabbed it in the mist then on my paper background. 


When I'd built up the background I also added a few drops/splashes by tapping the spray nozzle with a pencil, (I showed me demoing this in the kit booklet too).


Next I wanted to see what else I could add the Mica Mist to. I pulled out the leaf cut outs from the main kit and put them on my plastic sheet again, (this will get used over and over as a 'splash mat' for my mica messes!). I then sprayed the Mica Mist over the tops. 

The leaves started to curl up so I took my kitchen paper towel again and blotted and pressed to flatten them down.


I used glue stick to glue them down to my layout background.


Some I also layered over the tops of the die cuts. I also used the Mica mist in the same way on the paper frame I cut out, just from plain white card in the style of an instant photo frame.


Hope my playing has given you some more ideas. If you're a bit unsure about the Mica Mist I'd say just start playing around with it. Take out a sheet of card and see what effects you can create with it. Even if you don't like a background you make, the Mica itself is so pretty that you can use your sheet for die cutting or matting photos, it never needs to be wasted!
x Leo

Lift It Weekly Challenge - Week #3

New Weekly Challenge - Lift It
Here are the details for the third week of the new weekly challenges. The new challenge is called Lift It.

The new challenge focuses on a different layout to scrap lift every week. You'll need to use at least three of the design elements from the featured page on your layout.
How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week, (this being challenge number 3 of 5). Each new challenge will be posted here and on the blog for you to follow along with.
Complete all the Lift It weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box!
The next challenge layout to lift is this one:


You need to include at least three elements from the page. It doesn't need to be a direct lift, (copying everything you see). Pick out your favourite elements that make up the page design, maybe how the papers are arranged then the use of enamel dots, paint splashes. But then maybe you have more photos you want to add, more journalling alongside the title? etc.
Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Lift It #3 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group - on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Lift It challenge #3 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below this or any of the Lift It challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog.
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo


It's Official - Natalie

Hi everyone,

I'm back today with my first layout using the Sept/ October Kits.


 Supplies used:

Main Kit:
CVS Unforgettable Enamel Dots
CVS Unforgettable Ephemera Pack
CVS Unforgettable Accessory Stickers
CVS Unforgettable - Garland 12x12 Paper (Blue backing paper)
CVS Unforgettable - Glorious 12x12 Paper (Grey arrow paper)
CVS Love Always - Bouquet 12 x12 Paper (Zigzag paper)
White cardstock

Lite Kit:
CVS Love Always Ephemera Pack

Own Stash:
Black thickers

I started off with the grey arrow paper (CVS Glorious) from the main kit. I knew I wanted to have the arrows facing down towards the bottom of the page and my main area of embellishment. 

I printed 3 photos of different sizes and backed them on white cardstock. I added foam under my main photo to help it stand out more. 

I used the blue B side of the Garland paper as a border around my page, and to help bring in a second colour to the layout.


I used a layout that Leo posted in the Quirky Kits FB group as inspiration to cut a zizag from the CVS Bouquet paper. I used it under my 3 photos to anchor them. 

I added several arrows from the 2 ephemera packs pointing towards my photos to continue the arrow theme. 


For my title I used some thickers from my stash. I added 3 blue flowers across my layout in 3 clusters, to create a visual triangle and to bring in the blue colour of the border. I also added in co-ordinating enamel dots from the main kit. 



At the top right I added a small cluster of a label, arrow, enamel dots and flowers to complete the visual triangle.




I hope this layout gives you some inspiration for using the arrow paper! 

Natalie x

Lift It Challenge - week 2

New Weekly Challenge - Lift It
Here are the details for the second week of the new weekly challenges. The new challenge is called Lift It.

The new challenge focuses on a different layout to scrap lift every week. You'll need to use at least three of the design elements from the featured page on your layout.

How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week, (this being challenge number 2 of 5). Each new challenge will be posted here and on the blog for you to follow along with.
Complete all the Lift It weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box!

The next challenge layout to lift is this one:
You need to include at least three elements from the page. It doesn't need to be a direct lift, (copying everything you see). Flip it, add more photos, repeat the same embellishments across more of the page. Use whatever inspires you about the page.
Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Lift It #2 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group - on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Lift It challenge #2 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below this or any of the Lift It challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog.
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo

New Weekly Challenge - Lift It

Hi Leo here, happy new kit time!
Here are the details for the first of the new weekly challenges. The new challenge is called:
Lift It
The new challenges will focus on a different layout to scrap lift every week. You'll need to use at least three of the design elements from the featured page on your layout.
How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week over the next five weeks, (this being challenge number 1). Each new challenge will be posted here on the blog and in the Facebook Group for you to follow along with. 

Complete all the Lift It weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! The closing date to complete all the challenges is November 29th 2019. All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box!
The first challenge layout to lift is below. You have to include at least three elements from the page. It doesn't need to be a direct lift, (copying everything you see). Flip it, add more photos, repeat the same embellishments across more of the page. Use whatever inspires you about the page.


Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Lift It #1 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Lift It challenge #1 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below any of the Patterns challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog, (like this one).
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo