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.

IMG_8907Love Story Canvas Supplies:


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


Step 9: Embellish using hot-fix rhinestones.


And there you have it!




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.

winter canvas copy

Winter Canvas Supplies:



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Step 8: Attach hot-fix rhinestones as desired.


And there you have it!

winter canvas copy


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!!

kisses for midnight

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


Treat Bag Instructions:

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


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


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.


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


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


Happy New Year!!



Snowflake Ceramic Coaster Set

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share another fun and easy upcycled project. Quite often I come across ceramic coasters at garage sales and thrift stores that are inexpensive but may not be something that will match my current decor. Fortunately, very little work. they can be altered to match the season for just pennies. Here is one example!


Snowflake Coaster Supplies:


Step 1: Sand edges of coaster to remove paint.


Step 2: Ink edges of coaster with permanent ink. Note: the more coarse the sandpaper used the more white you will see when inked.


Step 3: Die-cut a circle slightly smaller than coaster surface from Vintage cardstock and large snowflake from opal Glitter Silk cardstock.


Step 4: Using mod Podge and foam brush adhere circle to surface of coaster. IMG_8211

Step 5: In the same manner adhere snowflake to coaster and seal top by brushing a second coat over the entire surface.


Step 6: Let dry overnight. Seal with a waterproof sealer as desired.




DIY Thankful Accordion Fold Card

Hey friends! Adrianne here today, and I’ve got a fun way to show gratitude as we come up on (American) Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general.  I have a confession: I am not the best at speaking my gratitude.  I know that a simple “thank you” goes a long way.  I try my best to say it often!  But honestly, I’m just better at showing how thankful I am through actions.  And gifts.  So I made up this big accordion-fold card to give to my husband, to try to put into words some of the things I’m most thankful for.  This actually makes a great gift for grandparents from the kids because there’s lots of space to include photos and artwork, and it’s the perfect style for a group to give so that everyone has room to write a sweet sentiment.  I’ll show you how to fold up this easy card, and give you a few ideas to make it your own, too!

Thankful-Accordion-Fold-Card-3Accordion fold pop-up card supplies:

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Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of card stock, and trim them to 8 inches square.  (Keep the scraps close by for making your embellishments.)  Score them vertically and horizontally at 4″, and then along ONE of the diagonals.

Thankful Accordion Fold Card 9

Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping.  Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot length of baker’s twine.  Lay it across the glue, and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.

Thankful Accordion Fold Card 8

You should have a card that now looks like this.  The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panel will fold downward.

Thankful Accordion Fold Card 7

Step 3. Embellish it!  Fill it up with gratitude.  I trimmed photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center.  Then, I embossed and sanded some heart accents with my Sizzix machine.

Thankful Accordion Fold Card 6

I listed 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for, and trimmed them to fit inside the card on the folding panels.  I also used a punch to create heart shapes to glue on.


Step 4. Create a front for your card to finish it off.  I wanted something personal for the front of the card, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that said “12 ways I’m thankful for you”.  Instead of using the words, I used the outer “stencil” part of the phrase.  (Since I wasn’t using the words, I snagged the “thankful” cut and used it inside the card.)  I also sanded the edges of the card for a more vintage feel.

Let it dry, then fold it up!  Use the baker’s twine to hold it closed, until it’s time to give it to someone special.

I have made cards for my husband before, but this one was far and away his favorite!  Part of it was just me saying “thank you” for all the things he does, but he loved that I included pictures, too.  It’s like a tiny scrapbook, with some photos of us at some of our best times – one of our first dates, our honeymoon, and some other special memories.

Thankful-Accordion-Fold-Card-2Who do you know who could use a great big card full of gratitude?

~ Adrianne


Fall Candle Wreath with May Arts Ribbon

We are celebrating this week with May Arts Ribbon! Stop by all week long for amazing inspiration and, of course, prizes! CLICK HERE to enter to win this awesome Chalk Core prize pack! And don’t forget to head over to the May Arts blog for more projects and chances to win! Winners will be announced Monday, November 17th, 2014.

chalk core giveaway

Fall Candle Wreath with May Arts Ribbon

There is something about cool weather season, that really makes me enjoy staying in, and adding some fun seasonal decor to my home.  I found this grapevine wreath at my local craft store, and decided to use it to give a large pillar candle a make-over.  This is such an easy project, and works well for different holidays and themes.

candle-wreath-CoredinationsFall Mini-Wreath Candle Holder Supplies:


Step 1.  Die cut leaves from the Shattered Paper Collection.


Step 2.  Emboss the leaves using the matching embossing folder.


Step 3.  Sand the raised areas using the Sand-It Gadget.


Step 4.  Cut the wired edges from the Faux Burlap ribbon and fray the edges.  Weave through the wreath.

Step  5.  Hot glue the leaves onto the wreath.

Step 6.  Tie a bow with the striped ribbon and glue on the wreath to finish.

I’m sure you will be able to adapt this project to fit your decorating style.  Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Gini


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