DIY Spring Tree Branches

Despite what the temperatures may say Spring is coming and coming fast!  So today I am here to inspire you to get started on those spring crafts and make something beautiful for your home!  I used some tree branches (that are nice and bare right now) to create a Spring home decor piece.  This is a project that you can make on a teeny tiny budget and change out with the seasons!

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Spring Branches Supply List:

Tree Supply List

Putting the tree together is simple!

Step 1: Cut out leaves from various pastel colors – you can use a die cut machine for this or just trace some simple ones by hand.

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Step 2: Dry emboss the leaves to give them some texture.

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Step 3:  Sand the leaves to bring out the core and add some extra color.

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Step 4: Attach the leaves to the branches using Washi Tape and making them go different directions.

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-Christine

 

Hexagon Wall Art with Core Basics Patterned Paper

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today to share a fun collection of wall art that I made for my daughter’s room using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  Some simple die-cut hexagons arranged in a few shades of purple and gray came together here for an easy-to-make set of 3 wall panels.

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Hexagon Wall Art Supplies:

  • Core Basics Patterned Paper in two color schemes (3-5 patterns of each color)
  • Three 10×10 inch wooden canvas panels
  • White spray paint
  • Sizzix Big Shot and 2-1/4″ Hexagon die (makes 4″ hexies)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Hard coat Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Sawtooth hangers

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Step 1. Spray paint your wooden canvas panels white.  While they’re drying, use your Sizzix Big Shot and hexagon die, and die-cut 24 hexagons in various related colors.  I opted for purple and gray (to match my daughter’s room – which is why there’s SO much purple in these photos) but this would work well with any color scheme, or a totally random assortment of your favorite papers.

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Step 2. When your panels are dry, lay out the hexagons to determine placement.  I spaced mine about 1/8 inch apart.  Trim the hexies that hang over the edges, and save the scraps.  You can use them to fill in along the sides, top, or bottom of your panel to fill the entire square surface.

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Step 3. Add a generous amount of Mod Podge to the back side of the hexagon, and allow it to sit for a moment.  You will notice the paper begin to curl, as the Mod Podge soaks in.  Then, place it and press it down securely.  Repeat this until your panel is full.  If you have ever put up wallpaper – you’ll find that using Mod Podge is very similar!  When you have each hexagon in place, smooth it out as well as you can, taking take to make sure the edges are secure.

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Step 4. When all your hexies are placed, add a final coat of Mod Podge to the top of the panel to seal it.  If you notice a few bubbles, don’t panic, especially if it has begun to dry.  Allowing it to dry overnight will often fix these little wrinkles.

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Step 5. Add a sawtooth hanger to the back of each panel, and hang them!  These panels add a pop of color to any empty wall without requiring special artistic skills.   The paper you choose will set the tone, whether you’re using modern patterns, primary colors, soft florals, or retro prints.  It’s a great way to use up scraps of your favorite papers, or just put your paper passion on display!

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Thanks for joining me today on this adventure in home decor!

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~ Adrianne

 

“Eat Dessert First” Treat Bag

Hi friends!  It’s Joy from Joy’s Life here, sharing a quick and easy bag made with the Silhouette Cameo and Core’dinations papers and vellum quotes.

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Step 1. This bag is easy to create.  Simply cut it out using the bracket window box #19287 from the Silhouette Store.  I’m using a piece of Core’dinations Teal Quatrefoil paper #GX-2300-66.

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 Step 2. I re-sized the bracket area to approximately 3.1 x 3.1 so I could glue a Core’dinations vellum quote inside.

 Eat Dessert First Bag by Joy from JoysLife.com

Step 3: Using Zip Dry Paper Glue, I glued the vellum quote inside the bag.

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Step 4: Fold the perforated lines, add a few dabs of glue and a ribbon and you’re done!

Now it’s all ready for sharing a delicious treat or small gift.  I chose a blue that’s a great shade for winter themes but it’s easily changed for any occasion!

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

~Joy

 

“Dream Big” Football Layout

Today I am here to share a clean and simple layout featuring my football obsessed little boy.  This young man has lived and breathed football since he was about 2.  His favorite teams change but his love of the game hasn’t waivered.

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Football Layout Supplies:

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Step 1: Die cut a large football and miscellaneous sized stars.

Step 2: Emboss some of the stars and sand them using the Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy to collect the dust.

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Step 3: Score lines every inch on green cardstock to mimic a football field and sand the lines.

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Step 4: Layer the football, green cardstock, stars, and picture onto the Polka Dot Pops Base.

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Step 5: Use stickers or die cut words to create title.

~Christine

 

Football Box Card

One of the things I love about creating box cards is that they also make great party table decor.  Since they are 3D they can add a little something special to your Super Bowl spread.  Using Core’dinations cardstock allows you to tailor the colors to your favorite team.  You can guess from mine which team is our household favorite.

Football-Box-Card-Coredinations1Football Box Card Supplies:

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Step 1: Use a die cutting machine to cut your pieces out.  Having trouble with the texture and getting a clean cut?  Here’s how I ensure a clean cut on my Silhouette machine:  Set the actual blade at 4, the speed at 3, and the thickness at 33.  Also set it to double cut.  I have had zero issues cutting my Core Cardstock this way!

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Step 2: Assemble the card base and add Polka Dot Pops to base.

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Step 3: Assemble the various Football pieces to decorate it.

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~Christine

 

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

 

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