Metallic Bee Canvas

I love the metallic trend! and it’s even better, when you can distress the finish.  The new Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Collection is amazing.  I’ve created a trendy bee canvas to show you just how much fun you can have creating with this new paper.

bee canvasMetallic Bee Canvas Supplies:

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Step 1.  Cut strips of the copper paper 7 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ long.  Emboss the paper.  Since the paper is longer than the embossing folder, place the folder on the un-embossed end of the paper, line the design up and run through the machine again to emboss the full strip.

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Step 2.  Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget.  This will reveal the kraft core.

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Step 3.  Add a layer of black slightly wider to the back of the embossed strip.  Distress the edges with a tool or scissors.

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Step 4.  With strong double sided tape, attach to the canvas.

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Step 5.  Die cut and emboss the bee using the gold paper. Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 6.  Ink over the sanded areas with black ink.

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Step 7.  Use foam adhesives to mount the bee on the canvas.

010This was a quick and stylish project to make.  Wouldn’t you Bee Happy to give it a try?

~ Gini

 

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

 

Colorful You Are My Sunshine Layout

Ever since I got my hands on the various pieces from the Party Mixers line, there has been no turning back.  We’ve shared a variety of ideas with you on how to use them in paper crafting already, today I am going to show you how fabulous they work for a layout!

You Are My Sunshine Core'dinations Layout

Supplies Used:

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Step 1: Cut your title out using a cut file (You Are My Sunshine) and use the negative space of your white cardstock.  Back it with different cardstocks from the Brights paper pad.  Matte your picture and also add that to the base.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock cuts great on the Silhouette Cameo.  Set your blade at 4, speed at 3, thickness at 33, and set it to double cut.  That has worked every time for me – even with the textured cardstock!

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Step 2: Start layering Paper Pops to create interest behind and around the picture.  Top with a Rosette that you will turn into a sunshine.  You can use foam adhesive behind some of them and outline the pops or  with black if you want to add some extra pop them!

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Step 3: Do long stitches from the sun outward to look like sun rays.

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Step 4: Add a tag under the picture, fabric tape to the top and bottom of the layout, and enamel dots throughout as your finishing touch.

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Embossed Bookmarks

Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share a fast and fun paper craft to get you ready for summer reading!  I’ve always got a book (or two) going, and so do my kids, and I love using real bookmarks.  You know what I mean – that step up from a receipt or a scrap of paper stuffed into your book (and worse yet – the dreaded dog ear).  So I keep a small stash of bookmarks around for new reads. I also include a handmade bookmark when I give gifts to book-loving friends.  It’s that little something extra that shows you care enough to give handmade even if you’re buying a new book (or bookstore gift card)!  They don’t take much in the way of supplies – a bookmark can be as simple or as intricate as you like!  But today I’m going to show you how to easily emboss and add die-cuts to bookmarks to instantly embellish them.

Embossed-Bookmarks-1Embossed Bookmark Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Distress Collection cardstock
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Paper trimmer
  • Manual embossing machine (I use the Sizzix Big Shot, with extended platform and cutting pads)
  • Embossing folders by Darice: flowers, tree trunks, checkers, and sentiments like “Thinking of You”
  • Small Darice and Sizzix dies in basic shapes like squares, flowers, hearts, or butterflies
  • Tape runner and/or Glue Dots

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Step 1. Trim papers to 1.25 x 5.5 inches, and position within embossing folders.  If you’re like me and you’re using the Sizzix Big Shot, place the embossing folder between two cutting pads and roll it through on the extended platform using tab #1.  (Embossing can of course be done on a variety of manual machines.)

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Step 2. Gently distress the embossed surface by sanding with your Sand It Gadget to help your designs stand out.

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Step 3. Die-cut additional complementary shapes to add to your bookmarks like hearts, butterflies, or geometric shapes.  (If using the Big Shot, you’ll place these between cutting pads and roll it through on tab #2.)

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Step 4. Cut coordinating (or contrasting) backers for your bookmarks 1.5 x 5.75 inches.  Attach the embossed papers to these backers with a tape runner or glue dots.  Add shapes to the tops of the bookmarks.

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Simple patterns and shapes are a great way to make up lots of bookmarks at once – this quick set of 4 only took me 15 minutes to assemble!  They’re also simple enough that kids of all ages can make these as a rainy-day activity, or as a gift for teachers, coaches, caregivers or friends, or make up several to keep on-hand for last minute gifts.

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~Adrianne

 

Mother’s Day Card with Handmade Flower

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I am on the lookout for ways to make the day even more special.  A handmade touch is one sure way to make mom smile and today I am going to share with you a card that you can make for her using a few simple tools and cardstock!

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Mother’s Day Flower Card Supplies:

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Step 1: Use the embossing folder to emboss the blue cardstock. Sand it to bring out the Kraft color and dust it off with your dust buddy.Cut it down to be a 4 X 4 inch square and attach it to a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card base.

Technique Tip: Embossing weakens cardstock so as you are sanding be gentle and try be deliberate in what direction you are going.  I like to sand all one direction and then turn the card and sand another direction until you have brought out as much of the core as you want to show.

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Step 2: Punch out triangles and fold the short side of the triangles over like pictured.

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Step 3: Fold the triangles in half so that they will have dimension.

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Step 4: Using a strong adhesive like hot glue attach the “petals” to the circle (the circle won’t show so any scrap paper is great – it just gives you a base to build before adhering it to your card).

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Step 5: Once all the petals are glued down attach it to your card and add a button to the center.

Step 6: Add leaves underneath the flower petals and attach the Mom sentiment.  I cut my sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo but letter stickers would also work great!

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~Christine

 

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