Quick & Easy Chalk Core Layout

January 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Scrapbooking

I know, it doesn’t look quick and easy, but it was! And it could have been even quicker and easier with the use of pre-made flowers.

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Chalk Core Layout Supplies:

Step 1: Choose a 12×12 sheet of Core’dinations Chalk Core cardstock. Score the perimeter of the layout. Sand to reveal the white core.

Step 2: Lay a dinner plate in the center of the layout. Trace around dinner plate using a white colored pencil, chalk pencil or white crayon.

Step 3: Adhere photo to bottom left hand corner of circle. Tear strips of vellum and overlay the photo on the top and bottom. Add title cut from an electronic cutting machine or stickers if you want to make it even easier! Add washi tape to the left of the photo.

Step 4: Add flowers to layout using the circle as a guide for placement. Add butterflies, and swirly doodles.

Here is a close up of the detail:

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Since the Chalk Core cardstock looks like a chalkboard. I thought adding some doodles to the layout would enhance the chalkboard look. I used a chalk pencil. Here is a tip: to “set” the chalk, when using it on projects use a quick spray of some aerosol hairspray- this will seal the chalk so it will not rub off.

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~Shaunte

 

LOVE Valentine Banner

January 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

I love Valentine’s Day. It is such a fun reminder of all those around us that we love and that love us! Not only do I enjoy making Valentines to give to others, but I enjoy decorating my home for the holiday as well. Today, I’m sharing this simple and fun “LOVE” Valentine Banner with you.

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LOVE Valentine Banner Supplies:

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Step 1. Using the paper trimmer, cut your Silver Pop Dot Paper into 3, 4″ x 12″ strips. Using one strip, place the larger Nesting Book Page die on your paper, and follow instructions for your die cutting machine to cut it out. Cut out 6 of these.

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Step 2. Cut a 1 1/2″ x 12″ strip of Amethyst Gemstone paper with your paper trimmer. Use the die cutting machine to cut out 5 of the smaller Nesting Book Page die.

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Step 3. Use your hole punch to punch holes in the corners of the cut out banner pieces.

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Step 4. Punch holes in the little purple pieces too.

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Step 5. With the Electronic Die Cutting Machine, cut out the hearts and LOVE letters.

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Step 6. Place dimension squares on the back of the hearts and letters.

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Step 7. Mount letters and hearts on the banner pieces.

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Step 8. Use the baker’s twine to tie the banner pieces together. I used two strands. Alternate the larger silver letter pieces with the purple pieces in between, tying each one. Also, tie twine onto the ends, leaving twine to hang the banner with.

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Step 9. Tie some additional ribbon onto the twine for embellishment.

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Now you are ready to hang your cute and fun new Valentine banner up in your home. The shimmer on the Gemstone cardstock adds just the perfect amount of bling.

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The ribbon adds a fun touch as well.

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I love the way the Gemstone cardstock looks on the top of the silver Pop Dot Paper.

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Grab your supplies and make a LOVE Valentine Banner for yourself. You will “LOVE” it. :)

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I’m sure you can find the perfect place to display it in your home too.

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~Amy

 

Winter Wonderland Lantern

The holidays may be over, but we still have a few more months of wintery weather.  Bring a little light into the season, with this shimmery tea-light lantern.  Add a battery powered tea light, and   the vellum paper allows a beautiful glow.

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Winter Wonderland Lantern Supplies:

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Step 1.  Die cut 2 sets of the Luminary die.

Step 2.  Score the cuts as marked on the cuts.

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Step 3. Add vellum to the backside of the windows with double-sided tape.

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Step 4.  Assemble the lantern with double-sided tape.

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Step 6.  Die cut snowflakes and glue to the center of the vellum window.

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Step 7.  Embellish the lantern with Shaved Ice, snow border punch, ribbon and floral stems.

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So instead of heading out into the winter weather, stay inside where it’s warm and create your own winter wonderland!

~Gini

 

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

Valentines Keepsake Box

January 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you and today I want to show you my twist on the classic rectangle box that is also super easy to make!

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Valentines Keepsake Box Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1: Start by cutting 2 pieces of White cardstock 9″ x 3″ and another 2 pieces 2 3/4″ x 3″.  For the best possible box use the Core Basics 110 lb. card stock!

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Step 2: Starting with the 2 smaller pieces place them on your scoring board with the 2 3/4″ side to the left of the board and scor at the 1/2″ mark.  Next placing your larger pieces on your scoring board, scor on the long side at the 1/2″ mark and the sort side at the 1″, 2″, 7″ and 8″ marks.

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Step 3: In order for the base to fold properly make relief cuts as shown.

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Step 4: Fold your 4 pieces on the scor lines and don’t forget to use your bone folder to make those creases sharp.

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Step 5: Assemble the pieces as shown and allow your glue to dry.

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Step 6: To finish the inside of the box cut a 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of card stock and cut off the corners.  Hint: Place your assembled side over the inside piece and trace where to cut off the corners.  Also using the largest Grand Labels One die, cut 2 pieces out of the same card stock.  These will be your top and base of the box.

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Step 7: You will want the top to hinge open.  To allow that to happen cut a 5 x 5 3/4″ piece of card stock and scor at the 2 1/2″ mark.  Once scored, fasten this to the inside of the box.

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Step 8:  Attach the top to the hinge.  Hint: Fasten the top to the hinge using a glue that gives you a bit of time to adjust to ensure that your top is on evenly.

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Step 9:  Now it is time to decorate your box.  Using the largest Grand Labels One Die, cut out 2 pieces in Grey Cardstock.  Take the next smaller die and cut another 2 pieces out of patterned paper and finally cut 2 pieces 9″ x 2 1/2″ and another 2 pieces 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ out of Burnt Orange.

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Step 10: Using your sanding tool, sand each piece and don’t forget to use your dust buddy to cleanup.

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Step 11: Finally, layer on your pieces and decorate the box as desired. Here are a few additional detail shots:

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And the inside:

 

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Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a wonderful day my crafty friends!

~Joann

DIY Love Story Canvas

January 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Sizzix

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a canvas project I recently created using Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock and patterned paper.

IMG_8907Love Story Canvas Supplies:

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Step 1: Using eClips 2 and electronic cutting file, cut text from desired cardstock colors.

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Step 2: Cut Core’dinations gray dot patterned paper to fit canvas.

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Step 3: Brush canvas with Decou-Page medium. Attach patterned paper.

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Step 4:  Adhere words to canvas using Decou-Page medium. If you desire a clean graphic look you can simply stop here; but for a little more fun, keep going! Brush over entire canvas with medium making sure all pieces are well soaked.

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Step 5: Gently peel away damp paper around words and scrape away top layer of part of the letters. Let dry.

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Step 6: Ink edges of canvas with gray chalk ink.

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Step 7: Using stencil and white chalk paint stencil bubble images in open areas as desired. Let dry.

Step 8: Paint perimeter using gray chalk paint. Let dry.

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Step 9: Embellish using hot-fix rhinestones.

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And there you have it!

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 ~Tami

 

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