Harvest Feast Layout with May Arts Ribbon

We are celebrating this week with May Arts Ribbon! Stop by all week long for amazing inspiration and, of course, prizes! CLICK HERE to enter to win this awesome Chalk Core prize pack! And forget to head over to the May Arts blog for more projects and chances to win! Winners will be announced Monday, November 17th, 2014. 

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Harvest Feast Layout from Suzanna Lee

Thanksgiving for some of us, is around the corner. A month away! A month to think about what’s for lunch or dinner, where you will be, if and how you will decorate, etc. There is nothing more seasonal when it comes to Core’dinations cardstock than Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Seasonal Impressions! I have another Seasonal Impressions Thankful layout to share with you. Last year, I used Thankful No.21 and this year I am going with Thankful No. 19.

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Harvest Feast Layout Supplies:

Step 1: Ink the pre-embossed Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions. This lighter color pre-embossed cardstock was a bit more difficult to see than the darker colors. Typically with Core, you sand with your Sand It Gadget to reveal the core color and have a two tone cardstock. In order to better see the pre-embossed words, rather than sanding, I used my Tim Holtz ink blender to rub color over the embossed words. You can see that better here:


Step 2: Add some Core Tags! Using Core Tags on your layouts is a great way to add journaling or a decorative element behind or around your photos as well! If you happen to have some of May Arts Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon, it makes a perfect compliment to the Core Tags! Perfect for a fall or Thanksgiving themed layout!


I just love the background that the pre-embossed Seasonal Impressions creates! Such an incredibly effective background without using patterned paper!

~ Suzanna


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.



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