Stacked Stars 4th of July Decor

Are you ready for the 4th of July? Need a little bit more red, white, & blue in your decor? Today I’m going to show you how simple and quick these Stacked Stars are to make, for the 4th of July.

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Stacked Stars 4th of July Decor Supplies:

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Step 1. Use the Assorted Stars Embossing Folder and embossing machine to emboss your blue cardstock.

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Step 2. Pull the blue cardstock out of the embossing folder.

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Step 3. Use the Sand It Gadget to lightly distress the top of the stars.

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Step 4. Turn over the blue star embossed cardstock. Use your pencil to trace the front of the star onto the back of the cardstock.

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Step 5. Cut out your star.

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Step 6. Squeeze some wood glue onto the front of the star and use the foam brush to spread it evenly on the star.

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Step 7. Place the cardstock star onto the front of the star. Make sure to smooth it out well over the glue.

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Step 8. Follow steps 4-7 to add paper to the front of the other stars.

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Step 9. Stack your stars together.

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Step 10. Tie jute twine around the stack of stars.

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You’re all finished and ready to add these fun stars to your other red, white, & blue decor.

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Patriotic Wooden Candle Holder

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share another quick and easy home decor project perfect for summer. As I have mentioned, I love anything USA or red/white/blue. So this candle holder is another perfect addition to my collection.

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Patriotic Candle Holder Supplies:

For this project I actually started with a Halloween candle holder that I bought at a garage sale! But, combine it with some Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection and a little embossing and you have a whole new look!

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Step 1: Select square die slightly smaller that block side. Die-cut 5 squares from No. 4 (red) cardstock.

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Step 2: Emboss four of the square panels using woodgrain embossing folder; sand lightly using Sand It Gadget.

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Step 3: Select circle die the same size as top opening.

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Step 4: Die-cut circle shape from center of remaining square.

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Step 5: Adhere all pieces to candle base.

Step 6: Die-cut stars and “USA” from  No. 16 (navy) cardstock; sand as desired using Sand It Gadget*. Adhere to candle base as shown.

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Step 7: Sponge edges of candle block with paint as desired; wrap with twine.

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*Tip: Add a mix of sanded and non-sanded pieces to add variety and interest.

 ~Tami

 

Patriotic Star Tissue Box

June 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Scor Pal

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a quick and easy home decor project perfect for summer. Or if you’re like me and love red, white and blue–all year around! For this project I used my all time favorite Core’dinations Vintage Collection along with a  Darice® paper mache tissue box. The ready-to-decorate tissue box measures 5 x 5-inches so works well with both 6 x 6-inch and 12 x 12-inch cardstocks.

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Patriotic Tissue Box Supplies:

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Step 1: Trace each side of box onto ruby Vintage cardstock. Note: You can simple measure the sides but I like to trace each one individually and number them to make sure I have a perfect fit.

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Step 2: Mark back of each panel 1/2-inch from bottom edge.

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Step 3: Place embossing folder onto panel aligning edge with line. This will give you a border along both the top and bottom edge of the panel as shown.

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Step 4: Sand embossed pattern lightly using Sand It Gadget**.

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Step 5: Cut a 1  1/2-inch wide strip from oxford Vintage cardstock.

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Step 6: With panel face-down on scoring board and short edge at the top, score a 1/8-inch border along both edges.

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Step 7: Sand scored lines lightly using Sand It Gadget**.

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**TIP: When sanding scored or embossed areas always wipe with Core’dinations Dust Buddy to remove extra residue. Note the amount removed here and how it better accents the scored area.

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Step 8: Adhere strip to embossed panel; trim ends as needed.

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Step 9: Trace box top onto back of ruby Vintage cardstock.

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Step 10: Cut out traced image using craft knife for center.

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Step 11: Score edges of panel 1/4-inch from each edge. Sand lightly using Sand It Gadget**.

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Step 12: Adhere all panels to box; sand corners and edges as desired using Sand It Gadget. Attach metal stars using foam dots.

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~Tami

 

DIY Patriotic Banner

Are you looking for a fun, patriotic, banner for your Fourth of July Celebrations?  Why not this simple half circle banner?  With the new Core Basics Patterned papers, Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core and a bit of string you will be flying your banner in no time.

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Patriotic Banner Supplies:

banner_suppliesStep 1:  Cut Patterned papers into circle shapes.  I chose to alternate the pattern by doing some large red and some large blue.  The largest circles were cut to 6 inches.  The white Polka Dot Pops to 4 inches and the inside circles to 3 inches.  I cut enough circles to make 8 completed pennants. (four of each color and eight of the white).

banner_cut_circlesStep 2:  Cut 16 stars from the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core paper.

banner_starsStep 3:  Assemble your circles by layering the colored circles.   I created a large red circle with a blue center…

banner_redand a large blue circle with a red center, glue securely.

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Step 4:  Fold each set of circles in half and attach one of the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core stars on each half.

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Step 5:  Place twine through the folded circles and adhere the circle closed.  Be sure to add plenty of adhesive as you don’t want your banner to unfold or your layers to peel back.

banner_stringThis little banner is so much fun, and by having the design on both sides it can easily be used in any location.

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~Nancy

 

Bright Scraps Statement Necklace

June 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects

Hi guys!  Adrianne here with you today, sharing an idea with you to use up those scraps of your favorite paper.  (Because we’re paper addicts, we never throw those scraps away, do we?)  Using a small round punch and some wooden discs, you can turn your love of scrapping into a favorite accessory.  Long necklaces are hot right now, especially when layered with other pieces, so you don’t have to give up your daily jewelry to try something new.  Sound fun?  I’ll show you how!

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You only need the most basic of jewelry supplies to make this project, so if jewelry-making is a new endeavor for you, don’t be nervous!  Here’s what you will need to make a bright and cheerful statement necklace.

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Bright Scraps Statement Necklace Supplies:

Step 1. Punch 12 circles of your favorite papers – two for each round disc.  I used pink on one side, gray on the other, in various patterns.

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Step 2.  Use Mod Podge to adhere the paper circles to your wooden discs.  I use a craft squeegee to ensure a tight seal – use the Mod Podge to glue the circle on, then press the squeegee across the surface of the disc, squeezing out excess Mod Podge and any bubbles.

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Step 3. Cover your discs with 2 thin coats of Mod Podge, allowing them to dry for about 15 minutes in between each coat.

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Step 4.  When your discs have dried, sand the edges with your Sand-It Gadget.  This will ensure that you keep a tight seal on each one, with no edges to come loose.  You can also take this time to add a bit of ink to the edges, if you wish.  I added silver ink to help the discs blend better with my silver chain.  I didn’t sweat perfect coverage – I just added enough to give the edges just a hint of silver.

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Step 5. Punch two holes in each disc, one on each side.  The Crop-a-Dile handles this task well, though any heavy-duty 1/16″ punch will work!  Be sure not to get too close to the edge, or the wood may become fragile.  About 4mm from the edge is a perfect distance.

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Step 6.  Cut lengths of chain to fit between the discs.  In many cases, you will be able to twist open the links in the chain to separate it, but some chains may require cutting with wire cutters.  I cut 5 lengths at 3 inches long, and a 6th length of 6 inches (to go around the neck).  This will give you a necklace approximately 27 inches long, which is a nice length for this style.  If you prefer longer or shorter, then make adjustments to the 6th length of chain.  (Note: necklaces 22 inches or shorter will require adding a clasp.  Longer necklaces can slip right over your head.)

Attach the chain to the discs using jump rings.  Twist open the jump rings with your jewelry pliers, add the chain and disc onto the open ring, and then twist it closed again.  When all pieces are connected, you’re finished!

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This is a fun, casual style that looks great with a t-shirt, and is sure to be unlike any other!  You can even add stencils, stickers, or other embellishments before coating each disc with Mod Podge to make each disc even more special.

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~ Adrianne

 

Kids Summer Activity: Paper Sack Puppets

The kids are out of school, and it’s time to start doing some fun activities with them. I know my boys love to be artistic and put little crafts together and play with them, so I designed these fun Paper Sack Puppets for them to put together and play with.

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Paper Sack Puppets Supplies:

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Step 1. Using scissors or a digital die cutting machine, cut out all of the shapes that you need. Lay out all your pieces to make sure you have what you need.

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Step 2. Using the adhesive, put your animal faces together. Adhere the face to the top flap of the bag. Also adhere the mouth parts inside the flap.

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Step 3. Let your kids do a puppet show!

paper-sack-animal-puppetsMy boys thought the inside of the mouths were so fun!

open-mouth-puppetsHelp your kids make some puppets and they will be sure to have fun for hours! I know my boys sure are enjoying these puppets!

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 ~Amy

 

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