Core’dinations and May Arts GIVEAWAY

November 10, 2014 by  
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We are teaming up with May Arts Ribbon this week! If you stop by our blog a lot, you will see that May Arts ribbon is a staple around here. We use it all the time and just love the wide variety of ribbons and it’s durable quality. It wouldn’t be a blog hop if we didn’t have a giveaway, right? 

First up, our weekly schedule. Stop by here all week long to enter to win and for updated links for all the amazing projects. And don’t forget to head over to the May Arts Blog and Facebook page for more inspiration and giveaways!

Monday: Suzanna Lee Harvest Layout

Tuesday: Mary Pat Siehl Fall Gift Bag & Tag, Tami Mayberry Joy Tag

Wednesday: Gini Cagle Candle Wreath

Thursday: Joann Jamieson Vintage Ornaments and Shaunte Glitter Silk Card

FridayChristine Meyer Thankful Layout


Now let’s get to the good stuff! What is up for grabs this week? 

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Enter to win below:


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Thankful Tree Centerpiece

Are you looking for a simple, yet meaningful Thanksgiving decoration the whole family can enjoy?  How about this Thanksgiving Tree centerpiece.

thanks_tree_coredinations_nancy-keslinThankful Tree Centerpiece Supplies:

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Step 1.  Place disk arranger inside of pail and insert twigs.  You can add a bit of moss or some cardstock on top of the twigs to give it a more finished look if you like.

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Step 2.  Have family members write the things they are thankful for on to tags.  Younger family members may need a little help.  Their are so many beautiful shades and styles of tags to choose from.  Everyone is sure to have a favorite.

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Step 3.  Gather your tags and hang on the branches.


This is sure to become a favorite family decoration that can be added to year after year, reminding us of all we have to be thankful for.



DIY Favor Boxes for Thanksgiving

During this month of giving thanks and gratitude, I love doing a few extra things to show people how much they mean to me. And while I’ll be out of town on Thanksgiving day with family, I have a little group of women who I’m very grateful for, so I’m making up a little Thanksgiving favor for them to open. This would also be a really fun idea to make for anyone coming to your Thanksgiving feast.


DIY Favor Box Supplies:


Step 1: Take the wire handle off the take out box, and lay it flat.


Step 2: Trace the side section onto Gemstone card stock, and cut out 2 for each box.


Step 3: Stamp your greeting on the bottom middle of your Gemstone card stock in Black ink, and adhere to the take out box.


Step 4: Cut a 2-1/2″ strip from black card stock, and punch along the top and bottom with your border punch.


Step 5: Write name on 1-1/4″ strip of Gemstone card stock, and layer on black card stock. Cut to shape of box front, and adhere to box.


Step 6: Reassemble box, tie ribbon to handle and fill!





Holiday Gift Card Holder

It is getting to be that time of year when we all start thinking about gift giving. There are so many people we can give gifts too, and some that I always like to remember are my kids teachers. Teachers do SO much for their students, and I think a lot of times they don’t get the appreciation that they deserve. Today I’m going to show you how to make this Simple Teacher Gift – Gift Card Holder. This could be used for anyone, but when I made it, I had teachers in mind. They spend so much of their own money, out of their own pocket, I know they would appreciate receiving a gift card to somewhere like Target or Wal-mart, or even teacher supply stores.

gift-card-holderHoliday Gift Card Holder Supplies:


Step 1. Cut your Tillie Scarlet and Tillie Mantis paper into a 4.25″ x 6.5″ rectangle. Looking at the paper vertically, score your paper at 1.25″ from the bottom and again at 4.25″ from the bottom. The score lines will have 3″ between them. Fold on the score lines.


Step 2. On the 1.25″ flap, put adhesive on both sides, then fold to create the pocket for the gift card.


Step 3. Put your gift card in the pocket.


Step 4. Put two strips of adhesive across the front of the gift card holder.


Step 5. Lay your ribbon across the adhesive, ruffling it as you stick it down.


Step 6. Use your scissors to trim the extra ribbon off the edges.


Step 7. Tie your twine around the card holder, over the top of the ribbon.


Step 8. Use your die cutting machine or punch to cut a snowflake out of the Kraft Cardstock. Tie it on with the twine.


You are all done! These are so easy to put together, you could have several of these put together in no time, and have them ready to give to the teachers.




Thanksgiving Mini Recipe Book

Thanksgiving is always a great time to get together with family and friends and celebrate the blessings in our lives.  And like any fun gathering, food is always involved.  Some recipes become yearly traditions,  while others are soon forgotten. Why not organize your recipes with a seasonal mini album?  It’s easy to add or remove recipe from year to year – and to help make planning the feast a little easier.  This keepsake would also make a wonderful hostess gift, if you aren’t the one doing all of the cooking.


Thanksgiving Mini Recipe Book Supplies:


Step 1.  Cover pages of the mini-album with papers of your choice.


Step 2.  Sand areas of embossing with Sand-It Gadget to expose the color core.


Step 3.  Decorate the pages as desired.







1075_edited-1Thanks for stopping by – I hope that you have been inspired to create your own recipe book to treasure your families memories.



“We’re Thankful” Paper Turkey Table Decor

Hey friends, Adrianne here, and today I’ve got a fun paper turkey craft that you can print and make at home.  Not only does it look cute as table decor, but it’s also an activity, and an exercise in thankfulness.  There’s also a free printable PDF file to make your own – the shapes are simple, just trace and cut!


The turkey is built around a small paper box interior, and it’s a place where the whole family can write something they’re thankful for on a slip of paper, and drop inside.  On Thanksgiving, you can retrieve the papers, and read out load what people have written.


Paper turkey table decor supplies:

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Step 1. Print your template, and cut and score your box.  If you print the box template directly onto your 8.5 x 11 heavy-duty card stock, you can just cut and score along the lines.  Cut the template for tracing your feathers.  Then, glue your box sides together and the bottom closed.

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Step 2.  Trace and cut your feathers and circles.  If you have a circle cutter, you’ll find it easiest just to cut two 4″ circles and one 5″ circle.  If you don’t have a circle cutter, you can print the circles from the template, cut and trace them onto your card stock, and cut  them out.  You will need 7 feathers.

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Step 3. Trim one inch off the 5 inch circle and one of the 4 inch circles.  This will give you a flat edge for assembling it on the box.

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Step 4 (optional). Emboss and/or sand your Chocolate Box pieces.  I used a Darice brand embossing folder with circles and dots, but any pattern that you have that you like will work well!  I also embossed the feathers with a Darice brand folder with a swirling vine pattern.  I did not sand the feathers.  You can also sand the pieces without embossing them to expose the colored core.

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Step 5. Assemble your circles on the front of your box.  The trimmed 5-inch circle will be the body, and the intact 4 inch circle will be the head.  Then, arrange the feathers on the back side of your box, and cover the raw edges with the final trimmed 4-inch circle.

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Step 6. Give it a face!  Add embellishments like google eyes, foam stickers, or cut your own face pieces from card stock.  I used google eyes, and I also cut a pair of feet to add stability to the bottom.  I did not include a template for the facial pieces, because making it your own is half the fun of this craft!


You can leave this little guy out on your table all month, and add “thankful” notes to the box at any time as they occur to you – or, wait until Thanksgiving, and have everyone share together!  Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Adrianne


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