Colorful You Are My Sunshine Layout

Ever since I got my hands on the various pieces from the Party Mixers line, there has been no turning back.  We’ve shared a variety of ideas with you on how to use them in paper crafting already, today I am going to show you how fabulous they work for a layout!

You Are My Sunshine Core'dinations Layout

Supplies Used:

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Step 1: Cut your title out using a cut file (You Are My Sunshine) and use the negative space of your white cardstock.  Back it with different cardstocks from the Brights paper pad.  Matte your picture and also add that to the base.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock cuts great on the Silhouette Cameo.  Set your blade at 4, speed at 3, thickness at 33, and set it to double cut.  That has worked every time for me – even with the textured cardstock!

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Step 2: Start layering Paper Pops to create interest behind and around the picture.  Top with a Rosette that you will turn into a sunshine.  You can use foam adhesive behind some of them and outline the pops or  with black if you want to add some extra pop them!

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Step 3: Do long stitches from the sun outward to look like sun rays.

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Step 4: Add a tag under the picture, fabric tape to the top and bottom of the layout, and enamel dots throughout as your finishing touch.

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DIY Teacher Gift: Summer Countdown Clipboard

The school year is winding down, and I don’t know who is more excited, the kids or the teachers?  That also means that it’s time for end of the year goodies for those teachers, and this altered clipboard is perfect to help them make it to the final days!  The chalkboard label provides the perfect place to start the countdown for summer.

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Step 1.  Remove the hardware from the clipboard.

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Step 2.  Cut paper to fit the board and adhere.  Ink the edges. Replace the hardware.

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Step 3.  Cut the word “Freedom” from the Seasonal Impressions.  Sand the raised area with the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 4.  Decorate the clipboard with the sanded cardstock, stickers and ribbons.

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These are easy to make and any teacher would appreciate it.  Have you started your countdown for summer?

~Gini

 

DIY Faux Metallic Butterfly Decor

I think what I love most about the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core, is that I can mimic the look of metallic home decor without needing tools from the garage. I created this easy yet stunning 8×8 wooden canvas piece using pretty standard paper crafting items.

PicMonkey CollageFaux Metallic Butterfly Decor Supplies:

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Step One: Trim Metallic Kraft Core to 8×8″ and 4 (four) 1″x 9″ strips.

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Adhere 8×8″ section to front of wooden panel canvas. Allow adhesive to dry. Run paper strips through a paper crimper.

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Adhere paper strips to perimeter of wooden panel canvas. Trim strips if needed. Allow to dry.

Step Two:  Die cut 4 (four) oval frame shapes and five butterfly shapes from Metallic Kraft Core cardstock.

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Using Staz-On ink, apply ink to select Metallic Kraft Core shapes. Black Staz-On ink will alter the silver Metallic Kraft Core to pewter, the gold to an aged bronze, and the copper to an aged copper (much like a used penny).  Set aside to dry.

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Step Three:  Using a Sand-it Gadget, slightly sand the covered wooden panel canvas. Adhere die cut shapes.

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Step Four:  Using a manual DYMO label maker create title from strip of Metallic Kraft Core.

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Adhere title to canvas. Add embellishments as desired. (Rhinestones, adhesive gems, etc.)

7Enjoy your new creation!

 ~Shaunte

 

Embossed Bookmarks

Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share a fast and fun paper craft to get you ready for summer reading!  I’ve always got a book (or two) going, and so do my kids, and I love using real bookmarks.  You know what I mean – that step up from a receipt or a scrap of paper stuffed into your book (and worse yet – the dreaded dog ear).  So I keep a small stash of bookmarks around for new reads. I also include a handmade bookmark when I give gifts to book-loving friends.  It’s that little something extra that shows you care enough to give handmade even if you’re buying a new book (or bookstore gift card)!  They don’t take much in the way of supplies – a bookmark can be as simple or as intricate as you like!  But today I’m going to show you how to easily emboss and add die-cuts to bookmarks to instantly embellish them.

Embossed-Bookmarks-1Embossed Bookmark Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Distress Collection cardstock
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Paper trimmer
  • Manual embossing machine (I use the Sizzix Big Shot, with extended platform and cutting pads)
  • Embossing folders by Darice: flowers, tree trunks, checkers, and sentiments like “Thinking of You”
  • Small Darice and Sizzix dies in basic shapes like squares, flowers, hearts, or butterflies
  • Tape runner and/or Glue Dots

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Step 1. Trim papers to 1.25 x 5.5 inches, and position within embossing folders.  If you’re like me and you’re using the Sizzix Big Shot, place the embossing folder between two cutting pads and roll it through on the extended platform using tab #1.  (Embossing can of course be done on a variety of manual machines.)

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Step 2. Gently distress the embossed surface by sanding with your Sand It Gadget to help your designs stand out.

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Step 3. Die-cut additional complementary shapes to add to your bookmarks like hearts, butterflies, or geometric shapes.  (If using the Big Shot, you’ll place these between cutting pads and roll it through on tab #2.)

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Step 4. Cut coordinating (or contrasting) backers for your bookmarks 1.5 x 5.75 inches.  Attach the embossed papers to these backers with a tape runner or glue dots.  Add shapes to the tops of the bookmarks.

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Simple patterns and shapes are a great way to make up lots of bookmarks at once – this quick set of 4 only took me 15 minutes to assemble!  They’re also simple enough that kids of all ages can make these as a rainy-day activity, or as a gift for teachers, coaches, caregivers or friends, or make up several to keep on-hand for last minute gifts.

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~Adrianne

 

Clean and Simple Mother’s Day Card

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a Clean and Simple (CAS) card design using Core’dinations products. Creation was fast and easy using Core’dinations Core Basics pre-made cards and finding the perfect envelope is never a problem because it’s included as well!

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CAS Mom Card Supplies:

Instructions:

Step 1: Adhere snowflake Spotted cardstock to card front; trim to fit.

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Step 2: Die-cut large heart from Dark Pink Small Dot patterned paper; attach to card front using foam squares.

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Step 3: Die-cut “MOM” from orange Core Essentials cardstock; adhere to card front.

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Step 4: Embellish card front attaching enamel dots to embossed pattern as desired.

Tip: Tie everything together using a simple element such as the dot design in this card. Easily accomplished by combining the dot patterned paper with the embossed cardstock.

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And there you have it! This card can easily be customized by changing the colors and sentiment to fit the occasion/recipient.

~Tami

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Card with Handmade Flower

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I am on the lookout for ways to make the day even more special.  A handmade touch is one sure way to make mom smile and today I am going to share with you a card that you can make for her using a few simple tools and cardstock!

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Mother’s Day Flower Card Supplies:

Mother's Day Card Supplies

Step 1: Use the embossing folder to emboss the blue cardstock. Sand it to bring out the Kraft color and dust it off with your dust buddy.Cut it down to be a 4 X 4 inch square and attach it to a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card base.

Technique Tip: Embossing weakens cardstock so as you are sanding be gentle and try be deliberate in what direction you are going.  I like to sand all one direction and then turn the card and sand another direction until you have brought out as much of the core as you want to show.

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Step 2: Punch out triangles and fold the short side of the triangles over like pictured.

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Step 3: Fold the triangles in half so that they will have dimension.

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Step 4: Using a strong adhesive like hot glue attach the “petals” to the circle (the circle won’t show so any scrap paper is great – it just gives you a base to build before adhering it to your card).

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Step 5: Once all the petals are glued down attach it to your card and add a button to the center.

Step 6: Add leaves underneath the flower petals and attach the Mom sentiment.  I cut my sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo but letter stickers would also work great!

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~Christine

 

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