Metallic Bee Canvas

I love the metallic trend! and it’s even better, when you can distress the finish.  The new Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Collection is amazing.  I’ve created a trendy bee canvas to show you just how much fun you can have creating with this new paper.

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Step 1.  Cut strips of the copper paper 7 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ long.  Emboss the paper.  Since the paper is longer than the embossing folder, place the folder on the un-embossed end of the paper, line the design up and run through the machine again to emboss the full strip.

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Step 2.  Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget.  This will reveal the kraft core.

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Step 3.  Add a layer of black slightly wider to the back of the embossed strip.  Distress the edges with a tool or scissors.

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Step 4.  With strong double sided tape, attach to the canvas.

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Step 5.  Die cut and emboss the bee using the gold paper. Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 6.  Ink over the sanded areas with black ink.

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Step 7.  Use foam adhesives to mount the bee on the canvas.

010This was a quick and stylish project to make.  Wouldn’t you Bee Happy to give it a try?

~ Gini

 

Make Your Graduation Party Shine with Party Mixers!

Are you looking for some special decorations for your new graduates celebration?  With the wide variety of colors available from Core’dinations products your decor is sure to shine.

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Graduation Party Decor Supplies:

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Mason Jar Congratulations Centerpiece:

Step 1:  Select desired pieces from Core’dinations Paper Pops pack.  These packages come in a varitety of styles and colors for any celebration.  You will need 6 pieces of two sizes to create ornament shapes, plus two larger shapes for the title.
graduation_party_centerpiece_selectStep 2:  Fold shapes in half with the side you want displayed on the inside.

graduation_party_centerpiece_foldStep 3:  Glue shapes with the right side in together leaving a bit of a gap on the inner corner.  When all six are glued together you will get your ornament shape.

graduation_party_centerpiece_glueStep 4:  Thread ornament shapes and larger title shapes onto dowel.

graduation_party_centerpieceStep 5:  To create band on mason jar begin by cutting a sheet of the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core paper to fit your jar.  I cut mine at 1 1/2 inch by 10, and emboss if desired.

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Step 6:  In order to keep your embossing pattern consistent throughout your longer projects, you can cut a slit in the top of the folder allowing the paper to slide through.  I love this technique for embossing longer strips.

graduation_party_embossed_ringStep 7:  Simply wrap your mason jar with the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Paper and insert your dowel with the ornaments.  I used a bit of krinkle paper to hold everything together, but almost anything would work, from pebbles to marbles to little hard candies.

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Graduation Cap Boxes Step 1:  Cut all pieces from the SVGCuts file.

graduation_party_cap_cutsStep 2:  Assemble as per their directions.  The Core’dinations Texture cardstock gives the cap a nice fabric finish.

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Graduation Cap Banner Step 1:  Cut 1 1/2 inch mortar board shapes with electronic cutter.

graduation_party_banner_capsStep 2:  Attach mortar boards to banner rosettes.  The rosettes come pre assembled, so creating this banner is quick and easy.

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Medallion Wall Decor Step 1:  Directions for assembly are included in each kit.  Begin by removing adhesive from end piece and attaching to the other end to form a ring.

graduation_party_medallion_glue endsStep 2:  Place medallion ring over cardboard ring with post.

graduation_party_medallion_postStep 3:  Press ends of medallion down and cover with top screw and additional cardboard ring.

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Step 4:  Cover cardboard rings and posts with included foam tape cardboard circles and embellish further with paper pops.  Layer on wall for a unique decoration.

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With all the great color combinations available from the Party Mixer line from Core’dinations I am sure you will find the perfect combination for your next event.

 ~Nancy

 

DIY Teacher Gift: Summer Countdown Clipboard

The school year is winding down, and I don’t know who is more excited, the kids or the teachers?  That also means that it’s time for end of the year goodies for those teachers, and this altered clipboard is perfect to help them make it to the final days!  The chalkboard label provides the perfect place to start the countdown for summer.

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Step 1.  Remove the hardware from the clipboard.

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Step 2.  Cut paper to fit the board and adhere.  Ink the edges. Replace the hardware.

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Step 3.  Cut the word “Freedom” from the Seasonal Impressions.  Sand the raised area with the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 4.  Decorate the clipboard with the sanded cardstock, stickers and ribbons.

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These are easy to make and any teacher would appreciate it.  Have you started your countdown for summer?

~Gini

 

Mother’s Day Card with Handmade Flower

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I am on the lookout for ways to make the day even more special.  A handmade touch is one sure way to make mom smile and today I am going to share with you a card that you can make for her using a few simple tools and cardstock!

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Mother’s Day Flower Card Supplies:

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Step 1: Use the embossing folder to emboss the blue cardstock. Sand it to bring out the Kraft color and dust it off with your dust buddy.Cut it down to be a 4 X 4 inch square and attach it to a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card base.

Technique Tip: Embossing weakens cardstock so as you are sanding be gentle and try be deliberate in what direction you are going.  I like to sand all one direction and then turn the card and sand another direction until you have brought out as much of the core as you want to show.

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Step 2: Punch out triangles and fold the short side of the triangles over like pictured.

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Step 3: Fold the triangles in half so that they will have dimension.

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Step 4: Using a strong adhesive like hot glue attach the “petals” to the circle (the circle won’t show so any scrap paper is great – it just gives you a base to build before adhering it to your card).

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Step 5: Once all the petals are glued down attach it to your card and add a button to the center.

Step 6: Add leaves underneath the flower petals and attach the Mom sentiment.  I cut my sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo but letter stickers would also work great!

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~Christine

 

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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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

 

Flower Pot Card with Hidden Tag

We still have weeks more of winter, but I am already yearning for the warmer days of spring. I adore the bright and beautiful flowers of the season, and find that they lift my spirits like nothing else.  I find that I often start making cheerful projects to help me get over the winter blues.  This fun card is sure to brighten someone’s day as well.

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Step 1.  Score a piece of cardstock along the top edge of the card base (large enough to accommodate the flower pot die).  Tape the die so the top cutting edge is off of the cardstock, and cut.

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Step 2.  Die cut the smaller sized flower pot and distress the surface with the Sand-It Gadget.

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Step 3.  Machine stitch the smaller pot onto the larger one, leaving the top open to form a pocket.

Step 4.  Decorate the flower pot with die cuts and ribbons.

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Step 5.  Use the smaller die to draw a line to trim a large tag, so that it will fit into the pocket, while leaving enough visible at the top to add flowers.

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Step 6.  Decorate the tag with flowers, ribbon and vellum sentiment.

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Step 7.  Slide into the pocket to finish.

010I hope that I have put a little spring into your day! Thanks for stopping by.

~Gini

 

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