How to Wrap Holiday Baked Goods

I don’t know about you, but fall baking season is here, which means I’m planning out some of my holiday baking and my gifts of baked goods this year.  We are blessed with a lot of wonderful friends, and I enjoy giving cookies and sweet breads to let them know how much we appreciate them!  Baking = sharing, and baked goods are a gift that’s easy on a tight budget and are always well-recieved. Today I’ll show you how to dress up mini loaves of bread to make them special gifts for the special people in your life – and this idea will work for any small box of goodies, as well (like 1-lb fudge boxes)!

baked-goods-gift-tags-Coredinations Baked Goods Gift Tag Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Spotted 12×12 sheets - shown here are Tillie Vanilla Cream and Tillie Scarlet
  • Coredinations Core Essentials – shown in Vanilla Cream and Grape Gusto
  • Paper trimmer
  • Paper score board
  • Sizzix Big Shot and gift tags die
  • Rubber alphabet stamps and ink in coordinating colors
  • Baker’s twine
  • Optional embellishments: rubber stamps, small flower punches, mini brads

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Step 1.  Trim 12″ papers in 2 coordinated colors to 2.5″ and 1.75″ wide, by 12″ long.  (I trimmed the vanilla cream to 2.5″, and the darker papers to 1.75″)  Measure and determine the dimensions of your bread tin, treat box, or wrapped loaf, and score a line at each of the corners.  (Tip: Once you score the first one, you can use it as a template for all future wrappers.)

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Step 2. Cut 2-hole tags with your die-cutting machine of choice (mine is my Big Shot).  Any shape or style of tag will work, as long as you can punch it with 2 holes in each side to tie onto your box.

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Step 3. Stamp your tags.  Phrases like “with love”, “for you”, or “happy holidays” are universal and can be prepared in advance of your big baking day, but don’t overlook personal touches like “love, Adrianne” or “for the Smith Family”.

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Step 4. (Optional.) Add embellishments.  Small punches of flowers, leaves, or snowflakes attached with small brads add even more personality to your packaging.

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Step 5. Layer your paper onto your bread tin or treat box, and tie the tag on with baker’s twine.  You can tape it on the bottom if you like; I didn’t bother.  The twine will hold it in place.

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Step 6. Give gifts to special people, and feel great about it!

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Baked goods will brighten anyone’s day, but putting effort into dressing them up makes it even more special to your recipient.  Delicious bread given in tin foil says, ” I was baking, and I thought of you.”  Delicious bread in this sweet and simple gift wrapping says, “I was thinking of you, so I baked!”

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~ Adrianne

 

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil Holders

October 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party, Sizzix

Whenever it’s time for another birthday party (or any occasion, really) I have to admit I’m torn between keeping it easy and making things beautiful.  And no matter which way I choose, I want it to be easy on the budget, too!

Today’s solution is a great mix of everything – I’ll show you how you can turn scrapbook paper into simple and inexpensive party decor that doubles as something functional: a plastic utensil and napkin holder!  Leave one of these party pouches by each place setting, and guests will have everything they need.  You can even include party favors or game pieces for showers, and incorporate your theme colors and designs!  It’s the perfect way to dress up plastic tableware – which is a staple at big get-togethers.

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Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil Holders Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Core Essentials 12×12 sheets, in color(s) to match your party theme
  • Paper trimmer and/or scissors
  • Washi tape
  • Scoring board and bone folder
  • 4.25″ wide embossing folder, and embossing machine (mine is the Sizzix Big Shot, but there are several options out there for embossing)
  • Napkins and utensils

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil HoldersStep 1.  Trim your paper into 3 equal vertical pieces 4″x12″.  You will be able to make 3 pouches per 12×12 sheet.

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil HoldersStep 2.  Emboss one end of your paper.  Make sure the end of the paper is tucked into the “top” of your embossing folder if you’ve chosen a design that has a right-side-up like this Happy Birthday folder.

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil HoldersStep 3.  Score your embossed paper at 5″.  Some of the design will be below the fold, and that’s okay.

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil HoldersStep 4.  Fold along the score, and seal off the open edges with two 5″ strips of washi tape.

Scrapbook-Paper-Party-Utentil-Holders-5Step 5. Stuff each pouch with coordinating napkins and plastic flatware – and get ready to party!

Scrapbook-Paper-Party-Utentil-Holders-6It’s a simple touch that adds something special to the table, and guests will appreciate having everything they need all in one place.  Best of all – the whole thing is disposable, so cleanup is so easy!

~ Adrianne

 

Autumn Blessings Tag

Good Morning, Hard Core Crafters! Tami Mayberry here with you again today to share a super easy fall tag I made from two Dark Assorted Sandable Tags!

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Autumn Blessings Tag Supplies:

  • Neutral Assorted Mini Tags
  • Dark Assorted Sandable Tags
  • Dust Buddy and Sand it Gadget
  • Darice Foilage embossing folder
  • Sweet N Sassy Stamps Autumn Lovin’ Cocoa stamp set
  • Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard chocolate ink pad
  • May Arts trims:wire edge burlap (not pictured), jute twine (natural)
  • Wooden button
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die (#656927)
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
  • Clearsnap sponge dauber
  • Small ball stylus
  • Embossing mat
  • Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L®: Dodz adhesive dots, double-sided tape

IMG_8126Step 1: Emboss brown tag from Core Tag Darks tag set using Foilage embossing folder. Sand lightly with Sand It Gadget; trim off top.

IMG_8127Step 2: Adhere trimmed brown tag to rust colored tag. Remove the wire edges from your printed burlap and pull out several threads to fray edges. Adhere burlap to tag, securing edges to back.

IMG_8131Step 3: Wrap tag with natural string; tie in a knot. Attach wooden button; tie into a bow.

IMG_8133Step 4: Place die-cut leaf face-down on embossing mat. Draw vein pattern with small ball stylus.

IMG_8129Step 5: Sand lightly with Sand It Gadget.

IMG_8130Step 6: Sponge edges with brown ink as desired. Attach to tag using adhesive dots.

IMG_8134Step 7: Stamp sentiment onto kraft mini tag; attach tag to larger tag as shown.

IMG_8122And there you have the finished design-filled with texture yet simple to create.

autumn-tag-CoredinationsThanks for stopping by!

~Tami

 

Autumn Blessings Candle Wrap

I’m excited to be sharing with you my first project on the Core blog today!  While I’m mainly a Clean and Simple card making girl I do enjoy other crafts as well, including inexpensive home decor items. For today’s project I made a fall candle wrap for 50 cent candle holder I bought at Goodwill!

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Autumn Blessings Candle Wrap Supplies:

  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection
  • Neutral Assorted Mini Tags
  • Dust Buddy and Sand it Gadget
  • Glass candle holder
  • Sweet N Sassy Stamps Autumn Lovin’ Cocoa stamp set
  • Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard chocolate ink pad
  • May Arts trims: lace edge burlap, jute twine (red, brown)
  • Red mini clothes pin
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die (#656927)
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
  • Clearsnap sponge dauber
  • Small ball stylus
  • Embossing mat
  • Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L®: Dodz adhesive dots, double-sided tape

IMG_8111Step 1: Die-cut leaf shapes from Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection cardstock in desired colors.

IMG_8115Step 2: Flip leaf over; draw vein pattern using stylus and embossing mat.

IMG_8116Step 3: Flip leaf back over; sand lightly using Dust Buddy and Sand It Gadget.

IMG_8117Step 4: Sponge with brown in and sponge dauber as desired. Continue in the same manner for all leaves.

IMG_8118Step 5: Wrap burlap around candle holder securing along ends. Note: Attaching at ends only allows for easy removal and season changing of wrap.

IMG_8119Step 6: Wrap with twine tying in a knot where burlap overlaps.

IMG_8120Step 7: Stamp sentiment onto kraft mini tag.

IMG_8122Step 8: Using adhesive dots, attach leaves as desired covering overlapping ends of burlap.

IMG_8123Step 9: Attach tag using mini clothes pin.

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~ Tami

 

Mixed Media Tags with Vivian Keh

Hi there, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today excited to share with you a pair of mixed media tags crafted on Core’dinations’ 110 lb Smooth Cardstock.

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I really love this stuff – it holds up to a lot of media work, as you will see in my stepped out tutorial today.

VivianKehCoreMixedMediaTags_1Step 1: Pour a bit of mist onto the Core’dinations 110 lb cardstock. While it is wet, blow onto the media through a straw. This will create the dramatic streaks above on your project.

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Step 2: Once the streaks are dry, mist your cardstock with water, then pour or spritz your choice of mists. Spritzing onto a surface pre-moistened with water allows your colors to blend freely and spontaneously with each other.

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Step 3: While the surface is wet, unscrew the cap to an intensely hued mist, and tap the color into the puddle. Instead of creating the typical splatter of mist which happens when you work on a dry surface, the colors will move a bit and create a watercolor effect something like Stained Glass.

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Step 4: Add some stamping using Distress Inks. Lightly mist your stamping with water to further the feeling you are looking through the softening lens of stained glass.

VivianKehCoreMixedMediaTags_AStep 5: Add die-cuts, text, and other desired embellishments. To complete my organic look, I added my vascular hot glue effects (for which I have many videos available on my youtube channel). To make the die-cuts pop, you can use a marker along the edges – while still wet, blend in the pigment with decoupage medium.

Thanks so much for visiting with me here on the Core blog today!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – 11o lb Smooth Cardstock
Sizzix: Asian Dragonfly Thinlits Set #658801, Tag & Bookplates Die L Die #656938, Bigz Mariposa Die #658530
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Mists
Hampton Art – nature stamps
Inkadinkado – bird stamp
Ranger – distress inks
Clearsnap – Mix’d Media Inx
Hot Glue
Hemp twine

Vintage doesn’t necessarily mean old…

March 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Sizzix

Hello, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today with a journal inspired by Spring, crafted using upcycled corrugate as a base, and Core’dinations Vintage  Collection for all the patchworked pieces and die-cut embellishments. I’m definitely itching for the spring blossoms to start making a show. How about you?

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_AFor both the cover and the back, I dry embossed several colors of Core’dinations Cardstock from the “Vintage” Collection, making great use of my stash of embossing folders. These were cut into smaller pieces and stitched together to form a pleasing background.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_BSizzix has a fantastic Bigz die “Flowers & Leaves” #658480, which I used for the pretty leaf details on the back.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_DAnd the floral detail on the front. As you can see, sanding the edges of my die-cut pieces creates subtle variations in tone. Sanding the dry embossed pieces reveals bold patterns and textures that I so love!

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Tearing of the Core’dinations Cardstock added a nice punch of interest to the inside cover.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_EThanks so much for visiting with me today!

-VivianSUPPLIES:

Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix: “Flowers & Leaves” #658480 Bigz Die
Embossing Folders: Sizzix, Darice, Cuttlebug
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam binding, twine
Buttons
Upcycled Corrugate

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