Teacher Appreciation Pencil Flower Bouquet

Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up in just a few weeks and now’s the time to get creating if you want to make a special handmade gift!  Today I am going to share with you how to transform plain old pencils into a beautiful bouquet just like this! And although it looks like it would take a lot of time, Core’dinations new Party Mixers make this project quick and easy!

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Pencil Flower Bouquet Supply List:

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Step 1: Wrap Glitter Tape around the pencils to pretty up the stems.  I left about 2 inches at the bottom of the pencil so that they could be sharpened and usable if she wanted them to be used.

Step 2: Add a dot of hot glue to the eraser tip and attach a rosette there.

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Step 3:  Continue to add all the Rosettes to the pencils.  I did ten total and that filled out the pot nicely.

Technique Tip: Because of the canvas texture of the Core Cardstock and the thickness these will soak up the hot glue quickly and don’t need much time at all to dry.  I spent less than five minutes doing the glue part!

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Step 4: Add the Paper Pops to the center of the Rosettes using a quick drying liquid adhesive.Pencil Bouquet Closeup 4

Technique Tip: As you go through your Paper Pops package make sure you look at both sides of the Pops!  At first I wasn’t sure how to use them thinking I had a lot of letters and that wasn’t going to work for my flowers.  But when I flipped them over I figured out they have a cute icon on the back of each one!  Perfect for this project and so versatile!

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Step 5: Add some ribbon to your pot and fill it with rice (or beans or coffee beans or something that will help hold your pencils in place)

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Party Mixers made this project so easy!  I love how versatile they are and that they can be used for all kinds of celebrations!  I don’t know a teacher out there who wouldn’t love to receive something like this!  I think I may make one for my homework area at home!

-Christine

 

 

‘Lucky’ Rainbow Card with Core Basics Patterned Paper

I love the green color scheme of St. Patrick’s Day but I also am crazy for the rainbows.  Today I want to share a card that brings the rainbow into the picture that uses a technique called embedded die cutting!

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‘Lucky’ Rainbow Card Supply List:

  • Core Basics White 80 lb Cardstock
  • Core Basics Black 80 lb Cardstock
  • Core Basics Patterned Purple Large Dot
  • Core Basics Patterned Red Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Orange Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Yellow Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Dark Green Plaid
  • Core Basics Patterned Dark Blue Plaid
  • Gold Glitter Adhesive Cardstock
  • Star Punch
  • Corner Rounder
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Paper Piercer
  • Green Floss
  • Foam Adhesive Squares
  • Tombow Mono Liquid Glue

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Here’s how to make this card:

Step 1: Cut the face of the card out using this cut file and the White Basics Cardstock and one of each of the rainbow patterned papers.  Attach the white card face to a piece of white cardstock and trim it down to size.

Step 2: Now you could line the back of your white cardstock with each of the colors – but that would be really hard because of the shape.  This is where the embedded die cutting comes in!  Because you also cut the face in each color you are going to pick out the negative pieces and put them right into your white face. The fine tip on the Tombow Mono Adhesive is especially helpful in this stage!

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Step 3:  After you have filled in all the negative spaces – poke holes around the border of your shamrock and fill that in with hand stitching.

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Step 4: Use the gold glitter adhesive cardstock to cut out the word Lucky from this cut file. Add it to the center of your card.

Step 5: Round your card corners.

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Step 6: Create a base for the card from black cardstock – round the corners and attach the face of the card to it.

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Step Five: Attach punched stars using foam adhesive.

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And there you have it! A card that is sure to make anyone smile!

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~Christine

 

Tim Holtz Distressed Floral Tag

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you today. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Spring. Even though we are in the middle of Winter here I still like to create projects with flowers and dream of warmer weather. Today I have one of those projects to share with you using some Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection cardstock- and dies from Sizzix by Tim as well. Not only is it filled with layers of texture, it can be used for any occasion and created in any color you desire!

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Tattered Floral Tag Supplies:

Step 1: Die-cut largest tag shape from Linen cardstock and hole reinforcement from Black Soot cardstock. Sand edges; adhere together.

Step 2: Die-cut vine shape from Forest Moss and Peeled Paint cardstocks. Add veins to leaves using stylus. Sand and shape as desired. Adhere Forest Moss layer to tag using feature photo as a guide and trimming as needed.  Layer Peeled Paint layer on top of previous layer adhering only along stems and curving leaves upward.

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Step 3: Die-cut two flower shapes from Victorian Velvet cardstock and one from Tattered Rose cardstock; sand lightly. Shape layers as desired; layer together as shown alternating colors and using foam squares in between layers. Adhere assembled flower to tag.

Step 4: Thread button with thread. Attach to center of flower using adhesive dot.

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~Tami

 

Floral “Thinking of You” Card

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you again today to share another clean and simple card project great for any occasion.

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Thinking of You Card Supplies:

Step 1: Die-cut around desired vellum sentiment using Ornate Label die.

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Step 2: Die-cut same size label from white cardstock. Attach vellum layer to cardstock label using brads.

Step 3: Using Calendar Months dies, die-cut three sets of  flower shapes from desired cardstock; sand top layers lightly as desired using Sand-It Gadget.

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Step 4: Cut a 4 x 5 1/4-inch piece from green cardstock; die-cut Mixed Media shape from bottom left corner.

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Step 5: Form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch card from smooth white cardstock; adhere die-cut pieces to card front, layering together as shown and using foam squares for flower layers.

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~Tami

 

Football Helmet Centerpiece

Mary Pat here with you today and I love making centerpieces for my table using fun designs along with my Core’dinations Cardstock.  I live in a house filled with guys and it seems like football is ALWAYS on the television.  I love having friends and family over to watch the games.  For each game I like to make little treat helmets that hold little candies.  I put these on for centerpiece of the food table.

I made my helmet for the Cincinnati Bengals!

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Football Helmet Centerpiece Supplies:

1.  To make this helmet you will need the following supplies:  Core’dinations Basics Cardstock and Core Essentials in your team colors.

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2.  Arrange the paper on the cutting mat.

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3.  The cut out die pieces

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4.  I like to add a bit of distressing to my projects.  Sand the pieces using the Sand it Gadget.

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5.  Glue the pieces together using a strong adhesive.  I used the Tombow liquid glue.

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Now you can fill the helmet with your favorite treats! Enjoy!

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you soon.

~Mary Pat

 

3D Ice Skate

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a project that reminds me of Winter fun here on the East Coast of Canada.  We have an outdoor speed skating track here and every year during the holidays there are thousands of people skating on the track and which got me to thinking… why not make an ice skate!

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here is a closer look at the detail…and because I wanted to create a “girlie” figure skate I had to include a pretty handmade flower on it!

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1. Cut out all your pieces in the cut file in the colors you desire.  For a figure skate White works best but you could use any color you want.

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Step 2. Sand the pieces for the base on both sides using your Sand It Gadget and don’t forget to clean up with your dust buddy!  An easier way to keep your work area a little cleaner is to sand the pieces on a piece of printer paper!

Step 3. For detailed assembly of the ice skate, the creator of the cut file has a good tutorial here so be sure to check it out.

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Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a wonderful day my crafty friends!

~Joann

 

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