DIY Spring Basket

Spring is in the air! And of course, that means baskets filled with treats!  I began working on this project, and really didn’t mean to make an Easter Basket, but since it’s that time of year, that’s exactly how mine turned out.  But this simple creation could be used for any occasion, depending on your color scheme and decorations.  Have you ever noticed that Core’dinations paper pads are grouped into colors that work great together?  I used the Pastel Collection – which is perfect for Spring, but there are also the Brights, Darks and Neutral collections.  I love having the papers that I need at my fingertips.

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Spring Basket Supplies:

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Step 1.  Using the embossing board template, score the container design twice.

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 Step 2.  Cut out the design with scissors.

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Step 3.  Score and fold.

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Step 4. Assemble with double-sided tape.

Step 5.  Cut four smaller panels to decorate the basket.

Step 6.  Emboss using the folder.

Step 7.  Sand the design to reveal the color core.

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Step 8. Add a strip of paper for the handle. Decorate the basket as shown.

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Hope your spring is filled with sweet memories!

~Gini

 

“Bee Well Soon” Double Embossed Card

Texture and mixed media are the “buzz” words now, and Core’dinations papers are the perfect paper for this trend. Not only is the paper  great for tearing, embossing, and distressing to add texture, but many of the papers have an aged look already, like the Tim Holtz Shattered Collection that I used to create this Bee Well Soon Card.

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“Bee Well Soon” Card Supplies:

  • Gemstones
  • Kraft-core Shattered
  • Kraft-core Nostalgic
  • Stampendous: Queen Bee, Timeless Tags Stamps
  • Penny Black: Sweet As Honey (sentiment) stamp
  • Sizzix: Book Cover #1 Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders: Classic Ovals Small, Pierced Ovals Die Sets, Grand Calibur Machine
  • Close To My Heart Heat Tool
  • May Arts Ribbons: 445-15-32; SM-27
  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Delicata Golden Glitz; Versafine Onyx Black; Memnto Luxe Elderberry ink pads; and Shimmer Spritz Sparkle; Radiant Neon Amplify – Black, Electric Yellow; Clear Embossing Powder
  • Madeira: Gold Thread
  • Xyron Adhesives
  • Tapestry Needle

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Step 1.  Emboss a panel of Shattered with an embossing folder.

Step 2.  Rub gold ink over the raised areas and sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.

Step 3.  Stamp the bee and die cut.

Step 4.  Add hand stitching around the oval panel.

Step 5.  Paint the bee with Amplify! and heat set to create dimension.

Step 6.  Layer the card as shown with mats, sentiment and ribbons.

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There are so many techniques to try using Core’dinations! Just jump in and give it a go.

~Gini

 

St. Patrick’s Day Tag

St. Patrick’s Day, and all that is green is soon approaching. It just so happens that green is my favorite color – any shade possible!  To celebrate, I thought that an easy mixed media tag would be fun to put together.

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St. Patrick’s Day Tag Supplies:

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Step 1.  Cut tag from green cardstock and emboss with folder.

Step 2.  Sand the raised areas.

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Step 3.  Paint the edges of the tag.

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Step 4.  Spread Creative Medium through stencil and sprinkle with glitter.  Allow to dry.

Step 5.  Arrange ribbons on the tag and nestle printed paper as shown.

Step 6.  Ink the edges of the foam shamrock and add to the ribbons along with small green flowers.

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I hope the luck of the Irish is with you this season! Thanks for stopping by.

~Gini

 

Flower Pot Card with Hidden Tag

We still have weeks more of winter, but I am already yearning for the warmer days of spring. I adore the bright and beautiful flowers of the season, and find that they lift my spirits like nothing else.  I find that I often start making cheerful projects to help me get over the winter blues.  This fun card is sure to brighten someone’s day as well.

Flower-pot-cardFlower Pot Card Supplies:

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Step 1.  Score a piece of cardstock along the top edge of the card base (large enough to accommodate the flower pot die).  Tape the die so the top cutting edge is off of the cardstock, and cut.

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Step 2.  Die cut the smaller sized flower pot and distress the surface with the Sand-It Gadget.

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Step 3.  Machine stitch the smaller pot onto the larger one, leaving the top open to form a pocket.

Step 4.  Decorate the flower pot with die cuts and ribbons.

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Step 5.  Use the smaller die to draw a line to trim a large tag, so that it will fit into the pocket, while leaving enough visible at the top to add flowers.

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Step 6.  Decorate the tag with flowers, ribbon and vellum sentiment.

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Step 7.  Slide into the pocket to finish.

010I hope that I have put a little spring into your day! Thanks for stopping by.

~Gini

 

Valentine Tussy Mussy

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of the year to create nostalgic projects to give to your loved ones. Tussy Mussies became popular during the Victorian period, but I’ve updated this idea, using the new, trendy Kraft Polka Dot Pops paper.

Valentine-tussy-mussyValentine Tussy Mussy Supplies:

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Step 1.  Cut a half circle to form the cone.  Mark the center on the backside, to assist in forming the cone.

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Step 2.  Use Scor-tape to attach the sides.

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Step 3.  Punch a hole on each side of the cone and use to add a ribbon holder.

Step 4.  Take about 4 yards of crepe paper, sew through the center to pleat, and add to the cone with Scor-tape.

Step 5.  Embellish the crepe ruffle with satin ribbon.

Step 6.  Emboss the Valentine heart with the folder.  Sand the raised edges.

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Step 7.  Cut the heart out and attach to the cone.

Step 8.  Fill with tulle and other goodies of your choice.

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This is an easy project to put together, and one that can be changed for any season or holiday.  Thanks for stopping by!

~Gini

 

Winter Wonderland Lantern

The holidays may be over, but we still have a few more months of wintery weather.  Bring a little light into the season, with this shimmery tea-light lantern.  Add a battery powered tea light, and   the vellum paper allows a beautiful glow.

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Winter Wonderland Lantern Supplies:

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Step 1.  Die cut 2 sets of the Luminary die.

Step 2.  Score the cuts as marked on the cuts.

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Step 3. Add vellum to the backside of the windows with double-sided tape.

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Step 4.  Assemble the lantern with double-sided tape.

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Step 6.  Die cut snowflakes and glue to the center of the vellum window.

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Step 7.  Embellish the lantern with Shaved Ice, snow border punch, ribbon and floral stems.

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So instead of heading out into the winter weather, stay inside where it’s warm and create your own winter wonderland!

~Gini

 

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