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!

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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!

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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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~Adrianne

 

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!

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CAS Mom Card Supplies:

Instructions:

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.

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And there you have it! This card can easily be customized by changing the colors and sentiment to fit the occasion/recipient.

~Tami

 

 

 

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.

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“MOM” tag supplies

Instructions

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!

~Tami

 

Paper Butterfly Specimen Art

Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today, and I’m so happy that spring has sprung!  I have to confess, I really love spring decor.  The brighter colors, the birds and butterflies – it’s all so refreshing!  Today, I’m going to show you how to make butterfly specimen art from paper.  You can make your butterflies as realistic as you like, or you can make them up in colors you love to match your decor.

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There are lots of butterfly dies out there that work with the manual cutting machines, so you can customize your butterflies in any way you like!  You will need a shadow box frame and a few different shapes of dies to create a natural-looking collection (especially if you’re opting for non-traditional colors).

Paper Butterfly Specimen Art Supplies:

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Step 1. Paint your shadow box to match your decor.  For this project, I opted for a light, somewhat rustic look, and painted my box white, then distressed it lightly with sandpaper.

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Step 2. Die cut your butterfly shapes.  To make the body stand out, first, die-cut the shapes in black card stock.  Then, cut them in colors, and trim the wings off.

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Step 3. Glue the colored wings onto the black die cuts with glue dots to assemble them, and if it suits your style, use alcohol ink markers in black or gray to add detail to the wings like I did.  I also added flat-backed self adhesive pearls for the heads.

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Step 4. To give the paper butterflies a nice mounted look, I added a piece of 5×7 burlap-print paper to the shadow box, gluing it in place.  Don’t have burlap paper?  I didn’t either!  To make my own, I laid burlap on my scanner, and printed the image onto regular office paper!  Worked like a charm!  You could do the same with linen or canvas as well!

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Step 5. Finally, use glue dots or foam stickers to “mount” your butterflies in place within the shadow box.  Pinch the wings to give them a 3-D look, as though they’re really mounted!  I realize there aren’t many (if any?) pink butterflies out there, but that’s what makes this project so great.  I was able to create exactly the look I wanted, in soft, muted, somewhat rustic hues.

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Finally, display your artwork!  The shadow box can be added to your spring mantel or to a vignette display in your home, or hung on the wall in a small space.

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I hung mine in my studio to display both my love of paper and of nature!

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Thanks for joining me today!

~ Adrianne

 

Wood Block Calendar

Good Morning!!! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a new project I recently created for my home. I love this calendar because it can be used year after year and matches my decor perfectly. It’s super easy to make. Keep reading to find out more!

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Wood Block Calendar Supplies:

Instructions:

Step 1: Begin with wood block calendar set.

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Step 2: Paint calendar base using chalky finish paint; set aside to dry.

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Step 3: Find die that measures the same size as wooden blocks.

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Step 4: Cut 12 squares from Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core cardstock.

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Step 5: Adhere squares to blocks using decoupage glue; sand using Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget.

*Tip: Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection works great with wood products such as this. When sanded it gives a distressed look that matched perfectly.

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Step  6: Die-cut two sets of numbers from Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core  cardstock. Adhere to blocks and seal using decoupage medium. Note: One block should have the numbers 0,1,2,7,8,9 and the second block should have the numbers 1-6.

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Step 7: Cut 3 pieces of Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core cardstock the same width as month blocks. Wrap around block; adhere in place. Sand edges using Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget.  Attach alphabet stickers to spell all 12 months; sand as desired.

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Step 8:  Coat painted base with creme wax according to mfg instructions.

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Step 9: Reassemble calendar and there you have it!

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If red/blue isn’t your color of choice it can easily be changed to match any decor. You can also drill a small hole in the top and make it dual-use as a note/photo holder!!

~Tami

 

 

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