Paper Wedding Lanterns

Wedding season is officially upon us!  Are you attending any weddings this year?  Or perhaps you’re planning one, or helping the bride to be make some choices?  I’ve got a fun and easy idea for the paper addicts out there: make white paper lanterns, adorned with sweet vellum quotes!  They’re a beautiful addition to a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or any occasion along the way.

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Step 1. Die-cut your pieces for the lantern, and choose which quotes you want to appear inside.  Because all the quotes are different (and different shapes, sizes, and messages) you will find that only about a third of them fit the window of this particular die exactly.

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Step 2.  Cut your vellum to fit, and glue it into the lantern panels.

Step 3. Fold and assemble each lantern.  Tip: if you’re struggling to keep wet glue held together long enough for it to bond, try using an easily-removable tape, like washi tape, to hold the seams together while they dry!  Just be extra-careful when removing the tape.

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Step 4.  Light it up!  Switch LED candles on (please, please don’t attempt to use real candles in paper lanterns) and place them on the lantern bases.  The lanterns just slip over the top.

Wedding-Lanterns-6The vellum quotes make all the difference.  I especially love this one: you warm my heart.  It’s like it was made to be lit up!

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~Adrianne

 

“My Dad Rocks” Father’s Day Card

I’m a huge fan of shaped cards and with a little playing you can create a shaped card out of nearly any shape you want.  Today I am going to share a fun sunglasses shaped card.

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“My Dad Rocks” Sunglasses Card Supplies:

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Step 1: Use an electronic cutting maching to cut out a sunglasses card.  To make a shape into a card you should: Mirror the image above the original and then weld the top edges together.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock cuts beautifully on the Silhouette Cameo. If you notice in my picture below my edges are a little rough!  To avoid that make sure to do the following settings: Set your blade at 4 (I had it set at 2 here before I realized it was too late), your speed at 3, thickness at 33, and set it to Double-Cut.  This will give you a clean cut.  But if you goof up like me and forget to change your blade to the right setting, a little sanding with our Sand-it Gadget will take care of the rough edges!

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Step 2: Use the lens space to trace and cut out some lenses on the Metallic Silver paper.  Cut them out and emboss them.

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Step 3: Add the lenses to the card and attach a sentiment at the top.  I used this cut file for my sentiment.

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Step 4:  Add some finishing touches, a couple of stars, some white outlining, and you are done!

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It’s all ready to add a fun message inside to Dad!

~Christine

 

Sunshine Water Bottle Party Favor

I’m always on the lookout for some cute party favor to give away at my next kiddo gathering.  Today I am going to share with you a simple one that I made using the new Party Mixers!

Water-Bottle-Party-FavorSunshine Bottle Party Favor Supplies:

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Step 1: Punch out 8 triangles using your punch.

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Step 2: Emboss the triangles and sand them to bring out the core.

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Step 3: Cut out a two inch circle from your scrap cardstock.  Fold it in half and then half again and then half one more time. This will give you 8 lines to use as guidelines for where to place your triangles.

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Step 4: Glue the triangles to your circle and then attach that to the back of your rosette.

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Step 5: Punch a 1 1/2 inch orange circle and add that to the front of your rosette.  Add googly eyes and a smile.  Glue it onto your water bottle (wrap the bottle in white paper if the label is hideous)

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Step 6: Attach a Core Tag with an appropriate Vellum Sentiment.

And there you have it!  A nice and simple but fun party favor to send home with your guests!

 ~Christine

 

 

Colorful Glass Tile Necklaces

Hi friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share how to make glass tile necklaces with your favorite scrapbook papers and small dies, so you can design your own custom jewelry for yourself and for gift-giving!

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Glass Tile Necklace Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Essentials Pastel Card Stock
  • Core’dinations Kraft Core Metallic Card Stock
  • Sizzix Big Shot, extended platform and cutting pads
  • Sizzix Sizzlits – Butterfly Frenzy and Typeset Alphabet dies
  • Mod Podge and paintbrush
  • Craft squeegee
  • 1″ Glass tiles (1 per necklace)
  • Glue-on jewelry bails (1 per necklace)
  • Gutermann glue (or your favorite brand metal glue)
  • 2 mm cable chain (18 inches per necklace)
  • Jump rings (2 per necklace)
  • Jewelry clasp (1 per necklace)
  • Jewelry pliers

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Step 1. Cut your base papers to 1″ square.  Die-cut your shape and letter accents from silver foil card stock, and lay them out to determine the arrangement.  For intricate designs, or designs that need to line up (like numbers and initials), you can also use a thin layer of Mod Podge to glue them into place to be sure they don’t slip around.

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Step 2. Add a large drop of Mod Podge to the top of your paper square.  Place the glass tile on top, pressing the Mod Podge all the way out to each edge of the tile for a secure mount.

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Step 3. Use a craft squeegee on the backside of the tile, over the paper, to squeeze out the excess Mod Podge and ensure a tight seal.  This can get a little bit messy, and you may get Mod Podge on the edges of your glass tile – but don’t worry!  Wipe away any large drops, but a thin coat of Mod Podge can be easily cleaned off the tile once it’s dry.

Add a finishing coat of Mod Podge to the backside of the paper to seal it well.

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Step 4. Allow the tile to dry (this may take an hour, as the card stock is quite thick).  Then, add a drop of metal glue to the pad of a jewelry bail, and glue it to the backside of the tile.  Allow the bails to dry for several hours (or overnight).

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Step 5. If you are using bulk chain like I did, you’ll need to add a clasp to the chain before you’re able to wear the necklace.  (If you’re using a pre-assembled chain, you can skip this step and simply string the tiles on the chains.)  Twist open a jump ring, and attach both the end of the chain, and the ring of the clasp to it.  Twist it closed again with your pliers. On the opposite end of the chain, attach a jump ring so that you can clasp the necklace closed.

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Step 6. Finally, just string the tiles onto chains, and they’re ready for wear or for gift-giving!  They’re great personal pieces that can sport initials, player numbers, or pretty spring themes like butterflies.  Any small shapes are pretty encased in glass for this project!

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Thanks for joining me today, and happy scrapping!

~ Adrianne

 

DIY Unicorn Ceramic Tile Coasters

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today, sharing a fun and sassy project: DIY unicorn-themed tile coasters!  You can of course make up these easy and inexpensive coasters for yourself in any theme you love, but unicorns are a hot trend right now, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this decor project that’s practically magical.

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You can pick up inexpensive ceramic tiles at the hardware store (I paid under a dollar each for mine at a big box store) – making this a project that’s very easy on the budget, because chances are you probably have all the supplies you need already, if you’re an avid paper crafter like I am.

DIY Unicorn Ceramic Tile Coasters Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Pastels Cardstock (or whatever color fits your style)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Sizzix Big Shot, cutting pads, and Majestic Unicorn Bigz die
  • Set of 4 – 4.5 inch ceramic tiles
  • Set of 4 – 4 inch square cork tiles
  • Mod Podge Matte formula
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Toothpick or craft stick
  • Heavy-duty adhesive like E6000

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Step 1. Trim your papers to 4.25 inches square, just slightly smaller than the size of your ceramic tile.  Because home improvement tiles have curved edges, you want to adhere the paper to the flat top of the tile, rather than having it curve over the edges.

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Step 2. Die-cut your shape of choice using your cutting machine.  I love using my Sizzix Big Shot for projects like this – just center your die on the paper and sandwich it between the cutting pads, and roll it through to cut your shape.  You can also use your favorite die cutting machine as well – this project will work with any electronic or manual cutting machine!

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Step 3. Use Mod Podge to adhere your paper to your tile.  If you don’t often work with Mod Podge, then let me give you a couple of tips.  First, coat the back side of your paper with a liberal coat.  Allow it a few moments for the adhesive to soak into the paper – you’ll know it’s ready when the paper begins to curves, expanding slightly.  Next, position it on the tile, and press it down firmly – especially at the edges of the paper and around your die cut shape.  Finally, give the whole tile a light coat of Mod Podge, wiping up any pools or puddles that may have seeped out from underneath the paper.  Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes, and give it a second light coat.

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Step 4. Use Dimensional Magic to make your die-cut shape really shine.  Taking care not to shake the bottle and create bubbles, “draw” along the edges of your die-cut shape.  The thickness of the card stock will keep the Dimensional Magic from seeping out onto the paper-covered parts of the coaster.  For the fine details (like the unicorn’s horn, hooves, and the curves in the mane and tail), you can use a toothpick to “drag” the Dimensional Magic right to the edges.  If you get any bubbles during this step, they will be trapped and dry that way, so try to pop them with your toothpick.

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Step 5.  Allow the coasters to dry for several hours – I typically leave mine overnight.  Then, adhere the cork tiles to the bottom of the ceramic with a heavy-duty adhesive like E6000 or Elmer’s Pro Bond.  The cork will protect your tables from the underside of the ceramic tiles, which can be rough when you use inexpensive home improvement tiles.

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Step 6. Allow to dry for a few hours more, and then these fabulous coasters are ready to be used or given as a gift.  They make especially great housewarming gifts!

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The center shape is slightly raised, and the unicorn shines like a hero with the addition of the Dimensional Magic.  The extra flair is in the texture, rather than extra inks or embellishments.  Dimensional Magic also comes in a glitter formula, which would also be a lot of fun for this project!

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Thanks for joining me today – I’ll see you next time!

~ Adrianne

 

Blooming Dahlia Wreath

Spring is finally here in full force and it’s time to update that home decor!  Today I am going to share with you how to make a beautiful wreath for your home.

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Blooming Dahlia Wreath Supplies:

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Now on to the fun part – making the wreath!

Step 1:  After you choose the four colors you are going to do you will cut out all your pieces.  The numbers I give were what I cut including a few extras to be safe. Start with the color you are going to do on the outside and cut about 55  4 X 4 inch squares.   Cut 25 4 X 4 inch squares of your second color. Cut 20 3.5 X  3.5 inch squares of your third color. Cut 15 3.5 X 3.5 inch in your last color and then 20 3 X 3 inch in the same color.

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Step 2: Start rolling your squares into cones.  Take one corner and bring it over – pinching the bottom.

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Step 3:  After molding the second side the same way – add a line of hot glue to the side that will be on the top.

Technique Tip: This Core’dinations cardstock is textured on one side and now the other.  The tip of the cone is what will primarily be showing at the end so I made sure the textured side is on the inside and will show!

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Step 4: Hold together briefly while the glue dries enough to be secure.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock is perfect for this project because it is nice and thick.  It makes it easy to crease the bottom without compromising the shape of the cone.

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Step 5: Once you have assembled all the cones you will begin gluing them down.  I went about one inch in from the edge of the circle and started gluing.  Because the cones are all the same size you don’t have to worry about measuring too much – just keep matching them up! I began with two rows of the darker blue. Continue with your second layer (lighter blue) – as you will see the won’t lay flat like the first circle…the further we get in the more upright the cones will be.

Technique Tip: Although you could use any liquid adhesive, a hot glue gun makes this job way easier.  It dries fast and only makes you have to hold the cone in place for a few seconds.  I used a pointed object to push the tip of my cone into the hot glue.  Core cardstock can stand the heat and the poking!

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Step 6: The next layer will be green and it is shorter.  The height helps keep the whole thing balanced and the middle from popping out too much.

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Step 7:  Add a layer of yellow with the 3.5 inch squares.

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Step 8: Fill in the middle with the 3 inch yellow squares.

Technique Tip: The strength of core cardstock makes this last step easier.  You can bend and push on the cones to make everything fit just right and have the appropriate coverage without worrying about it tearing.  I pushed and pulled a lot!

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Step 9: Add a ribbon to the back and you are ready to hang it!

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~Christine

 

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