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

 

3-D Miniature Paper Trees

Hey friends! Adrianne here, and I’ve got a fun, 3-D decor craft for your mantel or for your winter vignette.  These miniature trees are easy and adorable, and you can make them with whatever paper suits your color scheme.  Each tree only took me about 10 minutes to make (prior to drying time), so they’re a quick project that your kids might even like to help with!

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  • Core’dinations 6×6 sheets in the Vintage Collection and Glitter Silk Collection (choose 2 sheets for each tree)
  • Darice floral die set
  • Manual cutting/embossing machine – I use the Sizzix Big Shot
  • Scoring board and bone folder
  • 1/4 inch hole punch
  • 1/4 inch wood dowel(s), and a way to cut them
  • Large hole wooden beads
  • Wooden spools
  • Liquid glue

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Step 1. Die-cut a few graduated floral shapes.  The 3″ size tree will need two pairs of circles (2-inch and 3-inch diameter), the 4″ tree will need an additional larger circle (4-inch diameter), and the 5″ will need 2 additional circles (4-inch diameter).

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Step 2. Cut your wood dowel(s) into appropriate sizes for your space.  I cut one 12″ dowel into a 3″, 4″, and 5″ piece.  Glue a wooden bead to one end, and allow to dry while you work on the next steps.

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Step 3. Score your circles four ways: horizontally, vertically, and diagonally in both directions.  Punch the center with a 1/4″ hole punch.  Tip: if you don’t have a punch that will reach, fold up the circle, and cut a small hole with scissors.

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Step 4. Fold the circles so that the horizontal and vertical lines are folded one way, and the diagonals are folded opposite.  This way, you will get a conical shape to form your trees.

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Step 5. Add the smallest circles onto the dowel, and add a few dots of quick-drying paper glue underneath to hold them in place.  Stagger them so that the dowel underneath doesn’t show, and add circles in increasing sizes, until about 1 inch of dowel is left.

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Step 6. Glue the bottom of the dowel into a wooden spool, and allow it to dry.

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Now, just make up a matching set for your Christmas decor!  The Glitter Silk paper adds a festive shine to the little trees.

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What kinds of decor items are you making for Christmas?

~ Adrianne

 

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