Easy Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath

January 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Design Teams, Sizzix

Hey friends!  Adrianne here today to share a super easy, heart-filled idea for your Valentine’s Day decor.  You can make dozens of hearts in just minutes using your favorite manual cutting machine, making this heart covered wreath a quick and festive paper craft.  Choose traditional colors, or the colors that best match your decor!

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Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath Supplies:

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Step 1. Choose your colors.  I picked a mix of red and purple shades, and embossed the Vintage Collection papers with heart shapes.

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Step 2. Sand the papers with the Sand It Gadget to bring out the heart pattern.

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Step 3. Arrange the heart dies on your papers to cut as many hearts as possible in several sizes.

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Step 4. Starting with the largest hearts, glue hearts onto your wreath form.  This layer serves to cover up the foam wreath form.

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Step 5. As you move on to adding smaller hearts to fill out the round shape, use foam dots to add depth and dimension to the wreath.

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Step 6. Turn the wreath over, and using a pair of sewing pins or small nails, add a wreath hanger to the top of the wreath.  It’s lightweight enough it can easily be hung from a nail, or an adhesive hook.

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What kinds of decor are you making for Valentine’s Day?

~Adrianne

 

Easy Mason Jar Valentine Treat

Hey all, Adrianne here with you today to share an easy gift idea: Valentine treats in mason jars.  I just love giving gifts in jars.  It’s a great size, it’s on-trend, and it’s always well-received. The best part about it is that you can decorate the tops of mason jars in just the same way you might embellish any card or tag!  I am going to show you a simple embellishment today, but truly: the sky is the limit when you start looking at that round lid as your space to send your special message.

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Easy mason jar Valentine treat supplies:

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Step 1.  Emboss your vintage collection paper with the heart-themed pattern.  It’s difficult to see on the patterned Vintage Collection red/pink paper, but when you sand it in the next step, it’s perfect!  Choose a portion of the embossed design to use for your lid.  Trace the jar’s lid, or use a circle die to die-cut that area.

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Step 2.  Using coordinating papers, die-cut a small ornate tag and heart shape.  Cut some extra tiny hearts to use for embellishements.  I used the Gemstones paper because I love the pearlescent finish, but you could easily use scraps from the Vintage Collection paper you started with.  This project takes very little paper – you could even raid your scraps!

Step 3.  Sand your embossed lid cover using the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 4.  Assemble your tag with some glue dots, and punch holes in the ends.  Fill your jar with candy, treats, or even a small gift.

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Step 5.  Add a couple glue dots around the edges of your round lid cover to help adhere it to the ring of the jar.  You’ll be placing the jar’s lid on top of the jar as normal, and the paper is just an addition to the ring.  This will help keep the contents of your jar fresh if you’re adding anything edible or scented.

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Step 6.  Add your embellishments!  A die-cut heart or two on top, adhered with a foam sticker, is a simple but pretty addition.  Add a few self-adhesive pearls for a minimalist look.  Tie on your gift tag with baker’s twine.

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Your gift recipient will love the presentation of a treat within a paper valentine, and the jar is easily re-used.  They’ll think of you every time they use it!

Other ideas to fill the jar with are a few home-baked cookies, a batch of bath bombs or bath sea salts, or a small gift like jewelry or even a gift card.  But I have found you can never go wrong with chocolate!

~ Adrianne

Happy 2015 Champagne Bottle Tag

Hi friends!  It’s Joy from Joy’s Life here, sharing a quick and easy tag with you!

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2015 Champagne Bottle Tag Supplies:

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Step 1. This tag is super simple!  Cut a piece of Core’dinations Silver Glitter Silk cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″.

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 Step 2. Using a 1-1/2″ round paper punch, punch a hole at the top middle of the tag.  Optional: To add some interest to the edges, use a decorative punch on both ends.

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Step 3: Using a bone folder, score the tag at 2-1/2″, or at the best place so that it bends nicely on your specific bottle type.

Step 4: Add numbers for the year.  You can use whatever you have on hand or create them from Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock.

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Now it’s all ready for gift giving!  Simply write to and from on the back of the tag and you’re good to go!

Happy 2015!  I hope you enjoyed this project!  When I’m not here you can find me at JoysLife.com!

~Joy

 

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

 

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