Winter Layouts

Hot Chocolate Layout by Mary Pat

Hi Everyone,

Mary Pat here with you today and winter is just around the corner.  We already had our first light snow!  Core’dinations Cardstock is just perfect for all your winter themed projects.  Today I have a winter layout that I made using many different types of the Core’dinations Cardstock!

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Hot Chocolate Layout Supplies:

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I love to layer my cardstock and I layered my Gemstone Cardstock on top of Vintage Colleges.  I then cut out using my Silhouette some snowflakes using more of the Gemstone.

I made a video on how I made this layout along with demonstrating three very fun techniques using Core (scoring, corrugating, and sanding).

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Joy to the World Layout by Suzanna Lee

That time of the year where red and green dominates and all things holly and jolly is fast approaching! I have just finished a plethora of last years Christmas layouts using the traditional colors and I’m ready for something different! Today I’m sharing with you a Christmas layout that doesn’t scream Christmas but is still “of the genre” so to speak.

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Joy to the World Layout Supplies:

Still have the green, still have the stars that are often associated with Christmas, even the boughs. Just omit the red, replace it with blue and a little shimmery metallic and you have a non-traditional Christmas layout.

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Banners of combined embossing and debossing with parts of words fussy cut to create the title are dead simple with Core’dinations cardstock! Run the cardstock through your die cut machine and trim away with your scissors. Sand it a tad with the Sand -It-Gadget and don’t forget to clean up with the Dust Buddy or you will be remembering that project all Christmas season long!

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Core’dinations vellum is perfect for the holidays! Here I used a sub-title stamped on Core’dinations vellum for a little contrast and visual pop.

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More fussy cutting of embossing items. That top, right space needed a little something and these stars were the perfect complimentary filler.

 

HollyDays Holly Card & Box

Hi friends!  It’s Joy from Joy’s Life here, sharing a HOLLYday card and box with you!

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HollyDays Holly Card and Box Supplies:

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Step 1. I cut out the holly leaves and box using Core’dinations Spotted Tillie Dot and the Silhouette Cameo 2.  The berries were cut using the pretty Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock.  I used the 3D Holly Box (Silhouette ID #52658) and duplicated and shrank more of the holly to recreate the image on the card.

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Step 2. I added adhesive to the holly leaves and berries using the Xyron 5″ Creative Station.

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The holly looks so pretty with these papers!

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Step 3: I assembled the box and used liquid glue to secure the sides and bottom.  A combination of the Xyron and liquid glue helped me adhere all the parts of the box and card.

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Step 4: I stamped the holly sentiment from the Joy’s Life Oh Christmas Puns stamp set onto a Core’dinations kraft card using red ink.

I hope you enjoyed this project!  When I’m not here you can find me at JoysLife.com!

~Joy

 

Embossed Christmas Cards With a Twist

The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones!  Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!

Christmas-cards-CoredinationsChristmas Card Supply List:

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For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.

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Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it.  Add it to a cardstock base.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.

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Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.

Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.

My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!

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Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.

Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.

Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.

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Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!

~Christine

 

DIY Thankful Accordion Fold Card

Hey friends! Adrianne here today, and I’ve got a fun way to show gratitude as we come up on (American) Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general.  I have a confession: I am not the best at speaking my gratitude.  I know that a simple “thank you” goes a long way.  I try my best to say it often!  But honestly, I’m just better at showing how thankful I am through actions.  And gifts.  So I made up this big accordion-fold card to give to my husband, to try to put into words some of the things I’m most thankful for.  This actually makes a great gift for grandparents from the kids because there’s lots of space to include photos and artwork, and it’s the perfect style for a group to give so that everyone has room to write a sweet sentiment.  I’ll show you how to fold up this easy card, and give you a few ideas to make it your own, too!

Thankful-Accordion-Fold-Card-3Accordion fold pop-up card supplies:

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Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of card stock, and trim them to 8 inches square.  (Keep the scraps close by for making your embellishments.)  Score them vertically and horizontally at 4″, and then along ONE of the diagonals.

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Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping.  Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot length of baker’s twine.  Lay it across the glue, and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.

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You should have a card that now looks like this.  The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panel will fold downward.

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Step 3. Embellish it!  Fill it up with gratitude.  I trimmed photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center.  Then, I embossed and sanded some heart accents with my Sizzix machine.

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I listed 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for, and trimmed them to fit inside the card on the folding panels.  I also used a punch to create heart shapes to glue on.

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Step 4. Create a front for your card to finish it off.  I wanted something personal for the front of the card, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that said “12 ways I’m thankful for you”.  Instead of using the words, I used the outer “stencil” part of the phrase.  (Since I wasn’t using the words, I snagged the “thankful” cut and used it inside the card.)  I also sanded the edges of the card for a more vintage feel.

Let it dry, then fold it up!  Use the baker’s twine to hold it closed, until it’s time to give it to someone special.

I have made cards for my husband before, but this one was far and away his favorite!  Part of it was just me saying “thank you” for all the things he does, but he loved that I included pictures, too.  It’s like a tiny scrapbook, with some photos of us at some of our best times – one of our first dates, our honeymoon, and some other special memories.

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~ Adrianne

 

Thankful Layout with May Arts Ribbon

We are celebrating this week with May Arts Ribbon! Stop by all week long for amazing inspiration and, of course, prizes! CLICK HERE to enter to win this awesome Chalk Core prize pack! And don’t forget to head over to the May Arts blog for more projects and chances to win! Winners will be announced Monday, November 17th, 2014.

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Thankful Layout

I can’t believe that it is already mid-November and fall is rapidly disappearing!  Before it’s gone I wanted to get in another fall layout and Core’dinations combined with May Arts is the perfect pair to do it with!

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Step 1: Cut two strips from the Scarlett Spotted paper that are 3″ X 12″ and sand those.

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Step 2:  Attach those to the top and bottom of the white base.

Step 3: Tear a 1 inch strip of paper from the Neutrals Pad and add that as a border.  Top with May Arts Scallop Border Ribbon.

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Step 4: Use an electronic die cut machine to cut out leaves and attach those to Core Tags topped with a May Arts Burlap Ribbon bow.

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Step 5: Center the picture and add it to the layout with the tags around it.

Step 6: Embellish with stickers and brads.

It’s going to be a great week of inspiration with May Arts & Core’dinations – make sure to visit often!

~Christine

 

“We’re Thankful” Paper Turkey Table Decor

Hey friends, Adrianne here, and today I’ve got a fun paper turkey craft that you can print and make at home.  Not only does it look cute as table decor, but it’s also an activity, and an exercise in thankfulness.  There’s also a free printable PDF file to make your own – the shapes are simple, just trace and cut!

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The turkey is built around a small paper box interior, and it’s a place where the whole family can write something they’re thankful for on a slip of paper, and drop inside.  On Thanksgiving, you can retrieve the papers, and read out load what people have written.

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Paper turkey table decor supplies:

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Step 1. Print your template, and cut and score your box.  If you print the box template directly onto your 8.5 x 11 heavy-duty card stock, you can just cut and score along the lines.  Cut the template for tracing your feathers.  Then, glue your box sides together and the bottom closed.

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Step 2.  Trace and cut your feathers and circles.  If you have a circle cutter, you’ll find it easiest just to cut two 4″ circles and one 5″ circle.  If you don’t have a circle cutter, you can print the circles from the template, cut and trace them onto your card stock, and cut  them out.  You will need 7 feathers.

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Step 3. Trim one inch off the 5 inch circle and one of the 4 inch circles.  This will give you a flat edge for assembling it on the box.

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Step 4 (optional). Emboss and/or sand your Chocolate Box pieces.  I used a Darice brand embossing folder with circles and dots, but any pattern that you have that you like will work well!  I also embossed the feathers with a Darice brand folder with a swirling vine pattern.  I did not sand the feathers.  You can also sand the pieces without embossing them to expose the colored core.

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Step 5. Assemble your circles on the front of your box.  The trimmed 5-inch circle will be the body, and the intact 4 inch circle will be the head.  Then, arrange the feathers on the back side of your box, and cover the raw edges with the final trimmed 4-inch circle.

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Step 6. Give it a face!  Add embellishments like google eyes, foam stickers, or cut your own face pieces from card stock.  I used google eyes, and I also cut a pair of feet to add stability to the bottom.  I did not include a template for the facial pieces, because making it your own is half the fun of this craft!

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You can leave this little guy out on your table all month, and add “thankful” notes to the box at any time as they occur to you – or, wait until Thanksgiving, and have everyone share together!  Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Adrianne

 

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