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.


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!


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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



Paper Wedding Lanterns

Wedding season is officially upon us!  Are you attending any weddings this year?  Or perhaps you’re planning one, or helping the bride to be make some choices?  I’ve got a fun and easy idea for the paper addicts out there: make white paper lanterns, adorned with sweet vellum quotes!  They’re a beautiful addition to a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or any occasion along the way.

Wedding-Lanterns-23Wedding Lantern Supplies:

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Step 1. Die-cut your pieces for the lantern, and choose which quotes you want to appear inside.  Because all the quotes are different (and different shapes, sizes, and messages) you will find that only about a third of them fit the window of this particular die exactly.

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Step 2.  Cut your vellum to fit, and glue it into the lantern panels.

Step 3. Fold and assemble each lantern.  Tip: if you’re struggling to keep wet glue held together long enough for it to bond, try using an easily-removable tape, like washi tape, to hold the seams together while they dry!  Just be extra-careful when removing the tape.

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Step 4.  Light it up!  Switch LED candles on (please, please don’t attempt to use real candles in paper lanterns) and place them on the lantern bases.  The lanterns just slip over the top.

Wedding-Lanterns-6The vellum quotes make all the difference.  I especially love this one: you warm my heart.  It’s like it was made to be lit up!

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Colorful Glass Tile Necklaces

Hi friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share how to make glass tile necklaces with your favorite scrapbook papers and small dies, so you can design your own custom jewelry for yourself and for gift-giving!


Glass Tile Necklace Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Essentials Pastel Card Stock
  • Core’dinations Kraft Core Metallic Card Stock
  • Sizzix Big Shot, extended platform and cutting pads
  • Sizzix Sizzlits – Butterfly Frenzy and Typeset Alphabet dies
  • Mod Podge and paintbrush
  • Craft squeegee
  • 1″ Glass tiles (1 per necklace)
  • Glue-on jewelry bails (1 per necklace)
  • Gutermann glue (or your favorite brand metal glue)
  • 2 mm cable chain (18 inches per necklace)
  • Jump rings (2 per necklace)
  • Jewelry clasp (1 per necklace)
  • Jewelry pliers

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Step 1. Cut your base papers to 1″ square.  Die-cut your shape and letter accents from silver foil card stock, and lay them out to determine the arrangement.  For intricate designs, or designs that need to line up (like numbers and initials), you can also use a thin layer of Mod Podge to glue them into place to be sure they don’t slip around.

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Step 2. Add a large drop of Mod Podge to the top of your paper square.  Place the glass tile on top, pressing the Mod Podge all the way out to each edge of the tile for a secure mount.

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Step 3. Use a craft squeegee on the backside of the tile, over the paper, to squeeze out the excess Mod Podge and ensure a tight seal.  This can get a little bit messy, and you may get Mod Podge on the edges of your glass tile – but don’t worry!  Wipe away any large drops, but a thin coat of Mod Podge can be easily cleaned off the tile once it’s dry.

Add a finishing coat of Mod Podge to the backside of the paper to seal it well.

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Step 4. Allow the tile to dry (this may take an hour, as the card stock is quite thick).  Then, add a drop of metal glue to the pad of a jewelry bail, and glue it to the backside of the tile.  Allow the bails to dry for several hours (or overnight).

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Step 5. If you are using bulk chain like I did, you’ll need to add a clasp to the chain before you’re able to wear the necklace.  (If you’re using a pre-assembled chain, you can skip this step and simply string the tiles on the chains.)  Twist open a jump ring, and attach both the end of the chain, and the ring of the clasp to it.  Twist it closed again with your pliers. On the opposite end of the chain, attach a jump ring so that you can clasp the necklace closed.

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Step 6. Finally, just string the tiles onto chains, and they’re ready for wear or for gift-giving!  They’re great personal pieces that can sport initials, player numbers, or pretty spring themes like butterflies.  Any small shapes are pretty encased in glass for this project!


Thanks for joining me today, and happy scrapping!

~ Adrianne


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.





Quick and Easy “MOM” Tag

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today with another quick and easy project made possible by Core’dinations. For this project I have created a quick and easy  “MOM” tag using Core Tags, pre-made tags by Core’dinations.


“MOM” tag supplies


Step 1: Remove metal eyelet from light purple tag. *Tip: Removing the eyelet from the bottom tag allows easy layering without extra bulk.

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Step 2: Die-cut Mixed Media shape from center of white tag; attach on top of purple tag using foam squares.

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Step 3: Die-cut “MOM” from Gemstones cardstock; attach to tag using foam squares. Attach rhinestones along right edge.

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Step 4: Wrap tag with ribbon as shown; tie in a knot.

Step 5: Die-cut three flower layers from pastel purple cardstock; shape as desired.

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Step 5: Layer die-cut flowers using foam squares. Attach pearl to center; attach to tag.

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Step 6: Tie ribbon through top of tag.

And there you have it!

Note: This tag can easily be changed to a Father’s Day tag by changing the colors and adding a more masculine element in place of the flower!



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