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.


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!


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


~ 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:

Eat Dessert First Bag by Joy from JoysLife.com

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.

Eat Dessert First Bag by Joy from JoysLife.com

 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.


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!



Embellished Scrapbook Necklaces

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today!  Do you love creating scrapbook layouts?  If you do, I’ve got a great idea for you that you may not have considered: make your passion small-scale, and create beautiful jewelry from your ideas!  Bezel trays hold 1-2 inch circles and squares that you can punch, emboss, add charms or photos to, and then seal up with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic or resin.  It’s easier than you think, and I’m going to show you how today!


Scrapbook Necklace Supplies: 

  • Scrap of Chalk Core card stock with blue core
  • Scissors
  • Darice lips embossing folder
  • Sizzix Big Shot, or your favorite manual embossing machine
  • Sand it Gadget
  • Mod Podge Metal Blank Charms, or any type of metal bezel
  • Charms like self-adhesive pearls, letters, flowers, or whatever you love
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • 18″ chain
  • 10 mm jump ring
  • Flat-nosed jewelry pliers

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The possibilities of how to put these sweet necklaces together are endless, but I’ll tell you how I made this contemporary love-themed necklace!

Step 1. First, cut a scrap of Chalk Core paper to fit your metal bezel.  Position it in the embossing folder, and emboss!  Sand it with your Sand-It Gadget to bring out the colored core.

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Step 2. Play around with your layout!  I ultimately selected “XO” charms and a few flat-backed pearls.  You can place them with glue dots so that they don’t shift around, if you are adding a few different embellishments.  Don’t forget, photos, gems, and other shapes are all great choices to add.  If you’re adding multiple layers of paper, sealing them together with Mod Podge before continuing may be a good idea.

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Step 3. Taking care not to shake the bottle of Dimensional Magic, slowly add a few drops at a time to the top of your pendant tray, until it’s domed around the edges.  Don’t be alarmed when it looks cloudy at first – it dries clear!

As long as you don’t over-fill the tray, it won’t spill over, even if it’s filled higher than the sides of the bezel.  You’ll get a great domed look with Dimensional Magic.  If you get any bubbles, pop them with a toothpick, because they will harden into your piece if you don’t.

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Step 4. Twist open your jump ring with your pliers, and add it into the ring of your bezel.  Add the chain.

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Step 5. Allow your pendant to dry.  It will at least take 3-4 hours. You may find that after one coat, you want to add a second coat of Dimensional Magic (especially if you do what I did, and touch it before it dries fully, leaving an annoying fingerprint).  Rest assured, if you have a rough spot in your finish, a thin extra coat will fix it.  You’ll be left with a hard, shiny finish that fully protects everything within your pendant.


Play around with other layouts and color combinations for different looks!  Are you getting ideas of what to put in your pendant?  I’d love to hear if you make one!


~ Adrianne


“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.


Football Layout Supplies:

football layout supplies

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.

football layout closeup

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

football closeup

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



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:

Football Card Supply Pic

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!

Box Card Pieces

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

Box Card Set-p

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




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!


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.


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



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