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:


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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

7Enjoy your new creation!



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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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!


CAS Mom Card Supplies:


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.


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





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!


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!




Simple Party Pitcher for Cinco de Mayo

Throwing a party is fun, but it can be expensive.  I’ve got a simple solution to share with you, so you can use items you already have, but jazz them up a bit for the festivities.  I’ve got a plain glass pitcher – and I’m going to use the new Adhesive Glitter Paper and my Cricut to temporarily “dress” my barware.  This is a fun and inexpensive alternative to buying pieces just for one party.


Cinco de Mayo Party Pitcher Supplies:


I just searched for images for Cinco de Mayo and came up with this cute shadowed design, from the Cricut Library.   The paper cuts like butter – so it is very easy to use!  The adhesive was strong enough to hold the image on the glass, but easily removed – so I’ve got my pitcher ready to go for the next celebration.  You could do the same type of project on a larger scale on a window or mirror in your house – or even around a glass tabletop.  The sky is the limit.



Cinco de Mayo Place Setting

I love using my paper crafting tools and supplies for more than scrapbooking and card making. It is a great way to justify my stash! I was able to create some fun Cinco de Mayo place settings without leaving my house to take a trip to the party supply store. The sombrero is a paper embellished plate, and a paper cup that came from a multi-pack from the dollar store. I like inexpensive! I also like practical. The cup and plate will be used for the actual cup and plate. The cup is not attached to the plate. Cute and functional!


Cinco de Mayo Place Setting Supplies:


Step One:  Cut several borders from red and green cardstock. Adhere borders to perimeter of plate. Gently curve the paper borders to fit along the plate edge.


Step Two:  Adhere borders to paper cup.


Step Three:  Cove bottom portion of place card with fringed piece of Buttercup cardstock.


Step Four: Embellish place cards with left over border pieces. Add name with black pen. Repeat for each place setting.

Enjoy your fiesta!



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