Glass Pebble Scrap Magnets

Hey guys, Adrianne here with you today to share an idea for using your favorite scraps you’ve been saving – turn them into pretty pebble magnets using dollar store glass gems and a bit of Mod Podge! Chances are, you have some beautifully-coordinated papers in your favorite colors hiding out in your scrap bin right now, don’t you?  You only need  about a 1-inch square of each of those pretty prints to create a set of magnets.  Show off your love of scrapbooking and paper crafts on the refrigerator door or your family white board with this tutorial.

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Glass Pebble Scrap Magnet Supplies:

  • Scraps of your favorite Core’dinations patterned papers
  • Clear glass gems (find them in the floral department of your dollar store or craft store)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (Matte or Glossy)
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic craft squeegee
  • Ceramic button magnets
  • E6000, or your favorite heavy-duty adhesive

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Step 1. Trace around your glass pebbles, and cut just inside the traced line to create your paper backing.  Because they’re an irregular size, try to keep the gem and corresponding cutout together.  The glass gem will give your paper a magnified appearance, so if your cutout isn’t precise, it won’t be a problem, but what you want to avoid is places where the paper extends beyond the flat back of the gem.

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Step 2.  Protect your work surface, because this can get messy.  Add a generous drop of Mod Podge to the top of your paper.  Spread it all the way to the edges using your paintbrush.  Give it a moment to rest and for the water-based Mod Podge to soak into the paper a little.

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Step 3. Attach the paper to the flat side of the gem.  Looking through the top of the glass, move the paper around until any bubbles are pushed to the edges and you have a flat coat of Mod Podge.  Then, turn the gem over and, using your crafts squeegee, press down and squeeze out as much excess Mod Podge as possible.  Add a light coat of Mod Podge to the white paper backing to complete the seal.

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While you added a generous amount of Mod Podge initially, it was just to ensure a seal without bubbles.  The more securely you can adhere the paper to the back of the gem, the prettier the end result will be, and squeezing out the excess will give you the best seal.  (A tip: if you can’t find a craft squeegee, an old plastic membership card will also work in a pinch.)

Step 4.  Wipe away excess Mod Podge with a damp paper towel.  You only need to remove the big globs right now; if there’s still a thin coat on the sides or front of the gem giving it a cloudy appearance, that can be easily removed once it dries.

Step 5. Allow gems to dry so that they are dry to the touch, and attach heavy duty magnets to the backs with E6000 or your favorite heavy-duty adhesive.  When using E6000, a little goes a long way, and it can soak through your paper backing if you get too much, leaving what will look like black marks once it dries.  So, begin with a very light coat.  You can always re-attach a magnet if you find that it doesn’t have enough adhesive, but these glass gems are so small and light, that’s not likely to happen.   Allow your adhesive to dry for a few hours (or overnight).

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These magnets are so inexpensive to make and take so few supplies that you can even make sets for other occasions!  I used colors that remind me of spring on the way, but try using birthday prints, holiday prints, and other themes for a totally different look.  Have fun and happy scrapping!

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~ Adrianne

 

Lucky Leprechaun Hat Card

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite days to make crafts for!  Christine joining you today with a fun shaped card  that looks like a Leprechaun Hat.

Lucky-CardLeprechaun Hat Card Supplies:

Lucky Card Supplies

Now on to the fun part of how to make this card!

Step 1: Cut out a Leprechaun Hat shape and one in it’s mirror image.  I used my Silhouette Cameo for the cut and you can find the file here.  The file will give you most of the pieces you need to cut out the hat and the accessories. For the piece that will be your back score a line about 1/4 inch from the top of it.

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Step 2: Add adhesive to the scored part and stick your two pieces together.  The scored part will now allow the back of the card to fold back.

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Step 3: Cut out a stripe from the black Tillie Dot cardstock to be the sash on the hat.  Sand it to bring out the core.

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Step 4: Cut out a Shamrock out of the Tillie Dot cardstock also but don’t sand it this time.  Add the sash to the card. Cut out a belt buckle from the Gold Cardstock. Add that and the Shamrock to the sash.

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Step 5: Cut out a sentiment from the Gold Cardstock and attach it to the card. I also used a Silhouette cut file for this and you can find it here. Outline the whole card with faux stitching or dots.

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-Christine

 

Paper Fortune Cookies

Happy Chinese New Year Core’dinations fans!  This is a big seven days with Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year all wrapped into it!  Christine joining you today to share how I made some fun little paper fortune cookies.

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Paper Fortune Cookie Supplies:

  • Polka Dot Pop Kraft Cardstock
  • Vellum Quotes -Inspirational Motivations
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

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Here’s how to make your own Paper Fortune Cookies:

Step 1: Cut out a 4 inch circle and bend it over like this – you don’t want to fold it!

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Step 2: Push on the cardstock along the backside to weaken the fibers so that you can easily bend the ends forward. Secure with hot glue.

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Step 3:  Trim down some inspirational or fortune type quotes.

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Step 4:  Slide the quote in your Fortune Cookie

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Wouldn’t this be a fun project for any kind of a party or shower?

-Christine

 

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:

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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.

JoysLifeSilhouetteWinterBag5-e1419974412276Eat Dessert First Treat Bag Supplies:

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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.

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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

 

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