Customized Mom Mug

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a quick and easy gift idea that can be customized for any occasion or recipient. I began with a Design-A-Mug kit and replaced the included liner with a custom insert created with Core’dinations patterned paper and cardstocks. The possibilities are endless!

custom-mugCustom Mug Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Core Essential Brights 12 x 12 cardstock
  • Core’dinations Teal Stripe patterned paper (#GX-2300-63)
  • Darice  Design-A-Mug Kit
  • Sizzix Dies: Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Scallops #2 (#660270), Bigz Alphabet Set 4 Dies – Fresh Blossoms Alphabet (#659963), Originals Die – Hearts #3 (#660273)
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: EZ Runner, Adhesive Sheets

Instructions:

Step 1: Trim patterned paper to the same size as supplied mug liner.

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Step 2: Die-cut two 12-inch scalloped border shapes from Atoll Aqua color cardstock.

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Step 3: Die-cut “MOM” from Heartfelt cardstock and heart from Love Potion cardstock. Adhere die-cut pieces to patterned paper liner.

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Step 4: Insert customized liner into mug and replace inner liner.

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~Tami

 

DIY Bunny Banner

Looking for a simple banner to decorate your home for Easter?  I recently saw a cute mantle scarf at a local retailer and thought that with just a few supplies I could recreate this home decor item in no time as a Bunny Banner.

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Bunny Banner Supplies:

  • Core Basics Patterned Paper  Yellow Hexagon
  • Core Basics Patterned Paper  Orange Flower
  • Core Basics Patterned Paper Light Green Crosshatch
  • Core Basics Patterned Paper Teal Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Paper Light Pink Large Dot
  • 2 sheets Core Basics White 80lb 12×12 Cardstock
  • Darice Hemp Twine
  • Cotton Balls
  • Electronic Cutting Machine or Template

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Step 1:  Cut each sheet of patterned paper to 8×10 inches.  I chose to make my banner 5 sheets wide, but you can make more or less according to your needs.

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Step 2:  To create the pennant shape; on the 8 inch side make a mark at 4 inches.  This is the middle of the paper.  On both edges, make a mark at 2 inches from the bottom.  Connect the dots to create your shape and cut out.  Do this for each of your papers.

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Step 3:  Cut bunny image using an electronic cutter, or a quick search on Google will find many “Easter Bunny Templates” that you can print and cut.  I cut my bunnies to 6 inches on the Core’dinations White Cardstock.  I was easily able to cut all 5 with two pieces of paper.  Attach one bunny to each of the pennant shapes.

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Step 4:  Arrange your pennants in the order you would like and hot glue twine to the back to create the hanger.  I chose to place mine very close together so the banner wouldn’t dip quite so much.

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Step 5:  Attach cotton balls to tails of bunnies and hang.   hint:  You don’t want to attach the tails before you glue the pennants together as the extra dimension makes it harder to place the glue.

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I hope you make this fun banner this spring for your family and friends to enjoy.

~Nancy

 

Easter Egg Wreath

Hi everyone, as we all gear up for Easter, I thought I would show you a fun project that you could create using a combination of your core card stock and patterned papers.  This Easter wreath project was a lot of fun to create and it actually made me feel happy that we hopefully will welcome spring very soon!

egg wreathEaster Egg Wreath Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by leaves out of the Green from the Core Essentials Darks Collection.

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Step 2.  Cut the base piece out of a piece from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection and another 2 out of chip board for extra strength.

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Step 3.  Glue the 3 rings together, sandwiching a piece of ribbon between the 2 pieces of chip board.

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Step 4.  Sand all your leaves for a nice look.  Do not forget to use your dust buddy for clean-up.

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Step 5.  Using the edge of your table, curve the egg pieces as well as the designer paper.  Once completed, attach the designer paper before the egg is assembled.  By curving the pieces first they will take a nicer shape.

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Step 6.  Curl the pedals prior to attaching them to the base.

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Step 7. Layer the leaves on 1 at a time.  There will be enough for 2 layers.

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Step 8.  Finally, attach the eggs and flowers where desired and hang in a place for everyone to enjoy!

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

~Joann

 

Paper Easter Wreath

Easter will be here before we know it, but there is still time to decorate for it. Today, I have a really fun Paper Easter Wreath tutorial to share with you.

paper-easter-wreathPaper Easter Wreath Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Core Basics Patterened Papers in a Variety of Colors
  • Wreath Form
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Decorative Nest
  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter

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Step 1. Cut 1″ strips out of your patterned papers. I used 14 different papers and cut 4 strips of each.

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Step 2. Cut each strip into 3 pieces, so you have a bunch of 1″ x 4″ paper strips.

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Step 3. Using your glue gun, glue the ends of each strip together, creating a loop.

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You’ll have a large pile of loops.

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Step 4. Using the hot glue gun again, start gluing the loops to the wreath form, staggering the colors.

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Step 5. Continue gluing looped papers onto the wreath. Keeping them as even as possible. You may have to add in extra papers to fill in gaps as well.

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Step 6. Use the burlap ribbon to make a loop with a long piece that hangs down into the center of the wreath. Glue the ribbon to the back of the wreath and to the nest.

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Step 7. Thread another piece of ribbon through the ribbon loop and tie it. This creates your wreath hanger.

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Hang your wreath up in your home, set it on a shelf, or hang it on your front door. Everyone will know that you are ready for Easter.

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~Amy

 

‘Lucky’ Rainbow Card with Core Basics Patterned Paper

I love the green color scheme of St. Patrick’s Day but I also am crazy for the rainbows.  Today I want to share a card that brings the rainbow into the picture that uses a technique called embedded die cutting!

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‘Lucky’ Rainbow Card Supply List:

  • Core Basics White 80 lb Cardstock
  • Core Basics Black 80 lb Cardstock
  • Core Basics Patterned Purple Large Dot
  • Core Basics Patterned Red Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Orange Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Yellow Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Dark Green Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Dark Blue Plaid
  • Gold Glitter Adhesive Cardstock
  • Star Punch
  • Corner Rounder
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Paper Piercer
  • Green Floss
  • Foam Adhesive Squares
  • Tombow Mono Liquid Glue

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Here’s how to make this card:

Step 1: Cut the face of the card out using this cut file and the White Basics Cardstock and one of each of the rainbow patterned papers.  Attach the white card face to a piece of white cardstock and trim it down to size.

Step 2: Now you could line the back of your white cardstock with each of the colors – but that would be really hard because of the shape.  This is where the embedded die cutting comes in!  Because you also cut the face in each color you are going to pick out the negative pieces and put them right into your white face. The fine tip on the Tombow Mono Adhesive is especially helpful in this stage!

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Step 3:  After you have filled in all the negative spaces – poke holes around the border of your shamrock and fill that in with hand stitching.

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Step 4: Use the gold glitter adhesive cardstock to cut out the word Lucky from this cut file. Add it to the center of your card.

Step 5: Round your card corners.

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Step 6: Create a base for the card from black cardstock – round the corners and attach the face of the card to it.

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Step Five: Attach punched stars using foam adhesive.

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And there you have it! A card that is sure to make anyone smile!

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~Christine

 

St. Patrick’s Day Tag

St. Patrick’s Day, and all that is green is soon approaching. It just so happens that green is my favorite color – any shade possible!  To celebrate, I thought that an easy mixed media tag would be fun to put together.

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St. Patrick’s Day Tag Supplies:

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Step 1.  Cut tag from green cardstock and emboss with folder.

Step 2.  Sand the raised areas.

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Step 3.  Paint the edges of the tag.

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Step 4.  Spread Creative Medium through stencil and sprinkle with glitter.  Allow to dry.

Step 5.  Arrange ribbons on the tag and nestle printed paper as shown.

Step 6.  Ink the edges of the foam shamrock and add to the ribbons along with small green flowers.

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I hope the luck of the Irish is with you this season! Thanks for stopping by.

~Gini

 

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