Rock the New Year With Rockstar Photo Props

Hey friends, Adrianne here today!  Are you planning to party like a rockstar this New Year’s Eve?  Okay, I am not.  I confess.  We have 2 young kids and little to no hope of finding a sitter, so we will probably team up with another family, and hope we all make it to midnight.  But it’s still fun to pretend sometimes, isn’t it?  Photo props are a really fun New Year’s Eve tradition, and I made up a sparkling set for this year’s little NYE party that have a rock star theme.  Because 2015 is going to rock, right?

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It’s a little twist on what you normally see out there.  The new trend isn’t just mustaches, it’s a full beard these days, so I put together a few beards, some retro glasses, microphones, and even some backstage passes.  The best part is, if they’re stored well, you can use these again and again for other parties.  Just swap out the label on your jar, which is just tied on with ribbon!

Rock star photo props supplies:

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Step 1. Determine what you want to free-hand cut, and what you want to simplify by creating or buying a file for.  I used the most sparkling paper I had: blue and black Glitter Silk, combined with Gemstones card stock.  You should be able to cut all your accessories from 6×6 sized sheets, though the larger paper would certainly work well too.  I cut everything but the microphones with my Cameo, but don’t forget that you can trace your favorite sunglasses, and freehand a beard pretty easily.  I designed my own “VIP backstage pass” lanyard, to go along with the theme.  You can click here to download the file.

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Step 2.  Because the microphones were such simple shapes, I used pop dot black paper and glittery silver card stock, with black paper accents.  I assembled them in just minutes with scrapbooking glue.

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Step 3. Add the dowels to your props.  In a pinch, paper straws would also look nice, but they don’t hold up as well.  It’s best to secure the dowel in 2 places, if you can. I use a heavy tape (like duct tape) at the top of the dowel, then a generous dot of scrapbook glue at the bottom to stabilize it.

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Step 4.  Punch a hole at the top of your VIP passes, and tie them onto a 36″ length of thin ribbon, cord, or yarn.  They’re not facial props, but they are a fun addition to the rock star theme!

Step 5. Now, just prep your jar or bucket for the party!  Shredded paper looks great in clear jars, and helps to support your sticks.

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Step 5.  Tie on a great sign with ribbon to ring in the new year, and you’re ready to party!  Tip: Hang a plain backdrop somewhere in the house, or designate a blank wall to serve as the photo station.  Your guests will love taking a few selfies with your rockstar props!

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How do you normally ring in the new year?  Any plans this year?

~Adrianne

 

New Years Wine Bottle Gift Tag

A bottle of bubbly is an obvious host or hostess gift for your New Year’s parties! A wine bottle tag is a quick way to personalize your present. This idea would also be an easy one to change up slightly for any other holiday event.

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New Years Wine Bottle Gift Tag Supplies: 

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Step One: Trim snowflake cardstock into 9″x3″ strip. Using a 2″ circle punch, create a hole in the end of the cardstock strip, centering left to right.

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Step Two: Score the punched cardstock strip, on the punched end at 3″.

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Step Three:  Using an electronic cutting machine, die cut, or template cut the word “Cheers!” from Glitter Silk cardstock.

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Step Four:  Using an electronic cutting machine, die cut, or template cut bow tie elements from Core Couture Glitter cardstock.

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Assemble the bow tie pieces.

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Step Five:  Computer generate “Happy New Year” on Core Basics Kraft cardstock and cut into strip. Cut additional 1/2″ strip of kraft cardstock and adhere to wine tag.

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Step Six: Assemble all elements of wine tag. Trim bottom of tag into pennant shape, adhere sequins and date stickers or die cuts as shown.

Repeat for additional bottles!

~Shaunte

 

3-D Miniature Paper Trees

Hey friends! Adrianne here, and I’ve got a fun, 3-D decor craft for your mantel or for your winter vignette.  These miniature trees are easy and adorable, and you can make them with whatever paper suits your color scheme.  Each tree only took me about 10 minutes to make (prior to drying time), so they’re a quick project that your kids might even like to help with!

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  • Core’dinations 6×6 sheets in the Vintage Collection and Glitter Silk Collection (choose 2 sheets for each tree)
  • Darice floral die set
  • Manual cutting/embossing machine – I use the Sizzix Big Shot
  • Scoring board and bone folder
  • 1/4 inch hole punch
  • 1/4 inch wood dowel(s), and a way to cut them
  • Large hole wooden beads
  • Wooden spools
  • Liquid glue

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Step 1. Die-cut a few graduated floral shapes.  The 3″ size tree will need two pairs of circles (2-inch and 3-inch diameter), the 4″ tree will need an additional larger circle (4-inch diameter), and the 5″ will need 2 additional circles (4-inch diameter).

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Step 2. Cut your wood dowel(s) into appropriate sizes for your space.  I cut one 12″ dowel into a 3″, 4″, and 5″ piece.  Glue a wooden bead to one end, and allow to dry while you work on the next steps.

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Step 3. Score your circles four ways: horizontally, vertically, and diagonally in both directions.  Punch the center with a 1/4″ hole punch.  Tip: if you don’t have a punch that will reach, fold up the circle, and cut a small hole with scissors.

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Step 4. Fold the circles so that the horizontal and vertical lines are folded one way, and the diagonals are folded opposite.  This way, you will get a conical shape to form your trees.

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Step 5. Add the smallest circles onto the dowel, and add a few dots of quick-drying paper glue underneath to hold them in place.  Stagger them so that the dowel underneath doesn’t show, and add circles in increasing sizes, until about 1 inch of dowel is left.

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Step 6. Glue the bottom of the dowel into a wooden spool, and allow it to dry.

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Now, just make up a matching set for your Christmas decor!  The Glitter Silk paper adds a festive shine to the little trees.

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What kinds of decor items are you making for Christmas?

~ Adrianne

 

Christmas Card With Stampendous & Dreamweaver

We have a fun little treat for everyone this week. We are working with Stampendous Stamps for the next three days. It’s what we like to call a “mini” hop.  Our teams have whipped up some fabulous Holiday creations just for YOU this week and, of course, we have a giveaway, too! One lucky winner will receive our infamous Chalk Core Prize pack so click HERE for more details on that.

Today I have a card to share that uses lots of embossing and some stamping too!

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Christmas Card Supply List:

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Step 1: Emboss the Chalk Core with the Greetings Embossing folder and sand with Sand It Gadget to bring out the chalk.

Step 2: Emboss a small piece of the Scarlett Red cardstock to get a little bit of the embossing folder border and add it to the white tag.

Step 3: Sand the Spotted paper and add it and Scarlett Red cardstock to the base of your card.  Top with the embosssed Chalk Core piece.

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Step 4: Stamp your sentiment on a white circle cut from Core Basics 80Lb Cardstock.

Step 5:  Die cut a deer head from Gemstone Cardstock.  Add all the pieces to the tag using dimensional adhesive to pop some up.

~Christine

 

 Don’t forget to click HERE to enter to win our Chalk Core Prize pack!

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“Holly & Jolly” Layout with Tombow & Core’dinations

Welcome to the Tombow and Core’dinations blog hop day 2! Suzanna here to day to share with you a Christmas layout created using product from both of these fantastic companies! Tombow is perfect for all your adhesive choices when it comes to getting Core’dinations paper adhered.

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“Holly & Jolly” Layout Supplies:

TombowCore_TombowGoodies_SuzannaLeeTombow’s Power Tabs are the absolute best for all your dimensional adhesive needs! Especially when you decide that you want small bits of dimensional adhesive to raise your title but you don’t want it standing off your layout like a skyscraper! See how you raised the title is but you can’t see the adhesive? That’s because the Power Tabs are clear! Perfection! I am a sucker for Tombow Power Tabs and was SO glad to see these in my box! They are do easy to cut down too.

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Core’dinations tags aren’t just for gift giving and cards, they are perfect for layouts too! I use them all the time on my layouts as a place to home journaling, dates, embellishments, you name it! Core Couture is the perfection hint of glitter to dress up Christmas layouts too! Pair the circle border punch with Tillie Dot and you’re spot on!

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Colored Chalkboard paper embossed and sanded with a Sand It Gadget allow me to use one sheet of paper that appears to have the look of a blue and black striped patterned paper. Gluing down all those sanded and heavier layers can get sticky at times and that’s why Tombow Xtreme adhesive is the way to go! Don’t forget the liquid adhesive in the blue bottle for all your sequin’s adhering needs too! Those circles aren’t going anywhere!

 ~Suzanna Lee

 

Core’dinations & Tombow Christmas Layout

CoreHeaderSwap_Tombow copyWelcome to another day of our Tombow & Core’dinations projects!  Tombow makes great adhesive for all crafts and today I thought I’d focus on how great they are for layouts! Stay tuned for a giveaway later this week, you don’t want to miss it!

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Step 1:Use an electronic die cut machine to cut out title and ornaments.

Step 2: Use Sand-It Gadget to sand both dotted papers and adhere to the black neutral base.

Step 3: Use Tombow Aqua glue to adhere the small parts of the die cuts.

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Step 4: Adhere all the parts to the green base. Since Tombow is clear, no worries on any showing!

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Step 5: Embellish with stickers and pearls.

Isn’t it wonderful how much we can do with beautiful Core’dinations Cardstock?  Hope your holiday season is off to a fabulous start!

~Christine

 

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