Some Bunny Loves You!

April 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Xyron

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Hello! Jill from Every Day is an Occasion  here to share a kid’s craft with you today! We are going to make bunny hats! Get excited! They are super simple! When I was a first grade teacher, my students LOVED making hats for any occasion. So, now that I have my own kids I had to make the hats with them, especially now that my daughter is BIG into dress-up clothes.

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I know they have those $1 bunny ears out there made of fabric, but these are really fun to make to help keep your kids busy on those freezing snow days we’ve had! My daughter had a blast making these and especially wearing them! Now, I know you may be thinking, “She’s two. How did she make those?” Well, she was mostly the assistant. In my humble opinion, I believe that getting kids helping at a young age helps them feel confident with Arts and Crafts.

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How to make Paper Bunny Hats and Noses:

Materials:

4 pieces of 8 1/2 x11 White Core 110lbs

1 piece Pink from Core Essentials Pastels

Swiss Dots Embossing Folder or any dotted embossing folder

Cuttlebug or your choice of embossing machine

Ear Template- hand draw or use the one below

Xyron Double sided tape

Steps:

1. Draw a bunny ear on the 8 1/2 x 11 piece of White Core. Cut out and use as your template for the White Core. This does not have to be perfect, it’s just for fun! Trace onto two pieces of the White Core and cut out.

2. Draw a similar shape but smaller on the white paper. Cut out and use as your template. These do not have to be perfect. It’s just for fun! Then trace onto the Pink Core and cut out.

3. Take one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 White Core and fold in half, hot dog style, then fold again so you have 4 pieces. Cut these out. Tape together measuring your child’s head. This will be the head band.

4. Put Pink Core into Swiss Dots Embossing folder and then sand the dots.

5. Tape the Pink Core onto the inside of the bunny ears.

6. Tape the bottom of the bunny ears to the headband. *Quick Tip* If you roll the bunny ears up and let it go. It will help make the ears come forward for a cute look.

7. Use scotch tape to put the bunny nose on your child’s nose.

8. Enjoy!

Here are the templates I used below in case you want to use them. Just right click on the image and save to your computer and then print.

Core Bunny Ears Printable

ALL Core layouts with Debbie Standard

I don’t know how she does it but Debbie Standard uses ALL Core’dinations on her layouts.  The amount of detail is amazing and how she mixes and matches our different lines of Core is incredible! Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and get ready to be inspired!
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I loved this sketch over at Page Drafts and knew exactly what picture I wanted to use with it.  Love how the Tim Holtz Shattered collection gives you such great background even if you don’t do anything to it – it already has a great look.  Love that I can do a layout and never touch any patterned paper.
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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Shattered cardstock
Basic Core’dinations Cardstock
American Craft Chipboard letters
Number Stickers:  Crate Paper
Buttons- stash
Button (seriously)  Crate Paper
Chipboard Speech Bubble: October Afternoon
Rub On:  October Afternoon
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders:  Darice, Cuttlebug
Letter Stickers:  Jenni Bowlin
Adhesive:  Sookwang, Tombow Foam tabs and Glue Dots
Die Cuts”  Spellbinder’s circle die
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
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Start with a Core Impressions base so you don’t have to emboss it on your own.  Then use the Tim Holtz/Sizzix 12X 2 strips and emboss.   The Core tags are so easy to use and add to your page.
I created the flower with Spellbinder’s dies and some Mr Huey’s spritz.  I love how the flowers look when they have been sanded and sprayed – my new favorite thing to do!
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Supplies:
Core Impressions Fancy Pants Whitewash
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress collection – 12 X 2
Core Essentials Neutrals Collection
Core Tags – Brights
Cuttlebug Embossing machine
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug- Anna Griffin, Cuttlebug
Spellbinder’s Dies:  Rose dies, Foliage Dies, Aster Flowers
Pearls:  Queen & Co.
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Brads:  My Mind’s Eye
Letter Stickers:  Tim Holtz
Mist:  Mister Hueys Shine
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Silhouette Cameo Die for title
Photo by Inbloom photography
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Next up a layout using tons of Core and a few embellishments:
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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core
Graphic 45 Timeless Impressions
Core Basic Neutrals
Darice Washi Tape
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette Cameo Die for title
Bo Bunny Stickers
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Wood Veneer:  Gossamer Blue
Photos by: Inbloom photograph

Cards, cards and more cards!

April 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Spellbinders, Xyron

Today we have some cards from Debbie Standard for Mother’s Day.

I love using my Xyron adhesive runner for these delicate swirls so that I can sand them. Simply cut your swirl from your die cutting machine and then run it through your Xyron adhesive runner. Before you take it off the paper you can sand it without risking tearing it apart.

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Supplies:
Core Basics Snowflake
Core Essentials Darks
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders: Darice, Cuttlebug
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Spellbinder’s Die: Rose Creations and Daisy Heads
Mister Huey Mist – Shine
My Mind’s Eye Brad
Dynamics Rose Die cut, scallop die cut
David Tutera tag
Smooches Stamp
Suink Ink
Sewing Machine
Queen & Co. Rhinestones
American Crafts Tiny flowers
Ribbon: Stash
David Tutera Sentiment Tag
Xyron Adhesive
Fiskars tool
Silhouette Die Cutting Machine

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I love using  Silhouette cuts for quick and easy cards like this one.Add a little pink under the die cut out sentiment to make it pop.

After cutting the flowers from a Spellbinder’s die, I curled them over a Fiskar’s tool and sprayed them with Mister Huey’s shine mist.

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Supplies:
Core Essentials Pastels
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders: Darice
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Spellbinder’s Die: Rose Creations
Mister Huey Mist – Shine
My Mind’s Eye Bradd
Queen & Co. Twine
Xyron Adhesive
Fiskars tool
Silhouette Die Cutting Machine

All you need is two kinds of cardstock for this card and lots of layers! Embossing, sanding and die cuts make it looks so easy!

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And a close up of that detail:

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Pastels
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders: Darice
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
TomBow Foam Tabs
Spellbinder’s Die: Rose Creations
Mister Huey Mist – Shine
My Mind’s Eye Brad
Queen & Co. Rhinestones
Embossing Folders: Cuttlebug
David Tutera Sentiment Tag
Spellbinder’s Die Cut: Fancy Tags Three
Sewing Machine
Xyron Adhesive
Fiskars tool
Silhouette Die Cutting Machine

Happy Easter Layouts

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders, Tim Holtz

With Easter this week, we thought some layouts for you today would be a great way to get those creative juices flowing for all those photos!
First up Kate Nolan-Denham:
Believe it or not, I built this layout around the bunnies.  I couldn’t help but notice that the pastel colors in the Core Couture Glitter Collection looked like Easter Peeps.
I created the peep scene by cutting green, yellow, pink and blue bunnies out of Core Couture Glitter  with my Silhoutte.  I crimped their ears a bit to give them dimension.
The green grass was cut out of a 12″ strip of the green in the Light Graphic 45 Collection, matching the background green cardstock.  I just randomly snipped the top 1″(or so) of the strip and sanded afterwards.  Sanding after I snipped made the individual blades of “grass” stand out more.  Don’t forget to use your Dust Buddy after sanding to give it that finished look!
Other Supplies:
Scor-Pal
American Crafts Thickers
Chic Tags
Silhouttte File “Bunny”
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And Debbie Standard has not one but TWO layouts for us today using all kinds of Core’dinations Cardstock.
This first one is has a Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions base and tons of flowers cut from Spellbinders dies and a Pastels Core Essentials pack.  Just cut and sand!
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Supplies:
Spellbinder’s dies
BasicGrey and My Mindy’s Eye brads
And another layout from Debbie with a Fancy Pants Core Impressions base. She cut these hexagons and embossed each one with a different design.
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Darice Embossing folders
Core Couture Embossing folders

Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations

I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
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Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
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NOTE:  Here’s the video tutorial I used for the Faux Leather technique and here’s the video tutorial for the page inserts/bookbinding.
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I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Supplies:
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw),  Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.

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