Easy Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath

January 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Design Teams, Sizzix

Hey friends!  Adrianne here today to share a super easy, heart-filled idea for your Valentine’s Day decor.  You can make dozens of hearts in just minutes using your favorite manual cutting machine, making this heart covered wreath a quick and festive paper craft.  Choose traditional colors, or the colors that best match your decor!

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Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath Supplies:

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Step 1. Choose your colors.  I picked a mix of red and purple shades, and embossed the Vintage Collection papers with heart shapes.

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Step 2. Sand the papers with the Sand It Gadget to bring out the heart pattern.

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Step 3. Arrange the heart dies on your papers to cut as many hearts as possible in several sizes.

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Step 4. Starting with the largest hearts, glue hearts onto your wreath form.  This layer serves to cover up the foam wreath form.

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Step 5. As you move on to adding smaller hearts to fill out the round shape, use foam dots to add depth and dimension to the wreath.

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Step 6. Turn the wreath over, and using a pair of sewing pins or small nails, add a wreath hanger to the top of the wreath.  It’s lightweight enough it can easily be hung from a nail, or an adhesive hook.

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What kinds of decor are you making for Valentine’s Day?

~Adrianne

 

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

 

Easy Mason Jar Valentine Treat

Hey all, Adrianne here with you today to share an easy gift idea: Valentine treats in mason jars.  I just love giving gifts in jars.  It’s a great size, it’s on-trend, and it’s always well-received. The best part about it is that you can decorate the tops of mason jars in just the same way you might embellish any card or tag!  I am going to show you a simple embellishment today, but truly: the sky is the limit when you start looking at that round lid as your space to send your special message.

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Easy mason jar Valentine treat supplies:

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Step 1.  Emboss your vintage collection paper with the heart-themed pattern.  It’s difficult to see on the patterned Vintage Collection red/pink paper, but when you sand it in the next step, it’s perfect!  Choose a portion of the embossed design to use for your lid.  Trace the jar’s lid, or use a circle die to die-cut that area.

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Step 2.  Using coordinating papers, die-cut a small ornate tag and heart shape.  Cut some extra tiny hearts to use for embellishements.  I used the Gemstones paper because I love the pearlescent finish, but you could easily use scraps from the Vintage Collection paper you started with.  This project takes very little paper – you could even raid your scraps!

Step 3.  Sand your embossed lid cover using the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 4.  Assemble your tag with some glue dots, and punch holes in the ends.  Fill your jar with candy, treats, or even a small gift.

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Step 5.  Add a couple glue dots around the edges of your round lid cover to help adhere it to the ring of the jar.  You’ll be placing the jar’s lid on top of the jar as normal, and the paper is just an addition to the ring.  This will help keep the contents of your jar fresh if you’re adding anything edible or scented.

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Step 6.  Add your embellishments!  A die-cut heart or two on top, adhered with a foam sticker, is a simple but pretty addition.  Add a few self-adhesive pearls for a minimalist look.  Tie on your gift tag with baker’s twine.

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Your gift recipient will love the presentation of a treat within a paper valentine, and the jar is easily re-used.  They’ll think of you every time they use it!

Other ideas to fill the jar with are a few home-baked cookies, a batch of bath bombs or bath sea salts, or a small gift like jewelry or even a gift card.  But I have found you can never go wrong with chocolate!

~ Adrianne

DIY Love Story Canvas

January 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Sizzix

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a canvas project I recently created using Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock and patterned paper.

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Step 1: Using eClips 2 and electronic cutting file, cut text from desired cardstock colors.

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Step 2: Cut Core’dinations gray dot patterned paper to fit canvas.

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Step 3: Brush canvas with Decou-Page medium. Attach patterned paper.

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Step 4:  Adhere words to canvas using Decou-Page medium. If you desire a clean graphic look you can simply stop here; but for a little more fun, keep going! Brush over entire canvas with medium making sure all pieces are well soaked.

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Step 5: Gently peel away damp paper around words and scrape away top layer of part of the letters. Let dry.

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Step 6: Ink edges of canvas with gray chalk ink.

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Step 7: Using stencil and white chalk paint stencil bubble images in open areas as desired. Let dry.

Step 8: Paint perimeter using gray chalk paint. Let dry.

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Step 9: Embellish using hot-fix rhinestones.

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And there you have it!

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 ~Tami

 

Winter Canvas

December 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Mixed Media, Sizzix, Winter Projects

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a fun and easy canvas wall decor idea that will add sparkle to any home.  The majority of my home is red, white and blue so I chose to use that color scheme along with a fun snowflake design and lots of sparkle using silver Glitter Silk cardstock and some glitter paint.

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Winter Canvas Supplies:

 

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Step 1: Paint canvas using Tuscan Red acrylic paint. Recoat as desired allowing to dry in between coats. Let dry completely.

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Step 2: Paint canvas with a thin layer of Ice Crystal Glamour Dust glitter paint.

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Step 3: Size split snowflake design to fit canvas. Cut-out from silver Glitter Silk cardstock using eClips 2 electronic cutter.

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Step 4: Size name so that height fits within opening of snowflake. Cut-out from Navy ColorCore cardstock using eClips 2 electronic cutter.

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Step 5: Apply Decou-page medium to back of snowflake pieces.

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Step 6: Adhere snowflake pieces to canvas adding extra medium as needed.

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Step 7: Brush entire canvas with Decou-page medium. Attach name; brush over image with additional medium. Let dry completely.

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Step 8: Attach hot-fix rhinestones as desired.

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And there you have it!

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~Tami

Kisses for Midnight Treat Bag

December 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party, Sizzix

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a sweet New Years Eve project. While, perfect for anyone on your list, I created this for someone who will be miles away at midnight.  The sentiment  is “Miss You” with the added sentiment of “Sending Kisses for Midnight”.  Notice there is a vellum window in this project that the candy will show through. In place of that you could also use NEW Core’dinations Vellum Quotes & Titles. Now, I will show you how quick and easy it is to make!!

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Kisses for Midnight Treat Bag Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock
  • Core’dinations Core Basics Vellum
  • Core’dinations white mini tag
  • Clearsnap black ink pad
  • “Miss You” stamp
  • May Arts purple burlap string
  • Sizzix dies:  Movers & Shapers XL Die – Bag w/Flap (#659197), Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK – Mini Hearts Set (#657212), Thinlits Die Set 121PK – Alphanumeric (#660056)
  • Big Shot die-cutting machine
  • Fiskars mini heart punch
  • Paper adhesive

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Treat Bag Instructions:

Step 1: Die-cut bag pieces from Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock.

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Step 2: Cut a small piece of Core’dinations Core Basics Vellum; adhere to inside of bag covering die-cut opening.

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Step 3: Fold and assemble bag according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4: Stamp mini tag with sentiment. Punch heart from Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock; adhere to tag. Attach tag to bag flap.  Add note to back as desired.

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Step 5: Die-cut “2015″ from Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock; adhere to bag front.

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Step 6: Fill bag with Kisses; tie closed with twine.

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Happy New Year!!

~Tami

 

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