Sunshine Water Bottle Party Favor

I’m always on the lookout for some cute party favor to give away at my next kiddo gathering.  Today I am going to share with you a simple one that I made using the new Party Mixers!

Water-Bottle-Party-FavorSunshine Bottle Party Favor Supplies:

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Step 1: Punch out 8 triangles using your punch.

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Step 2: Emboss the triangles and sand them to bring out the core.

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Step 3: Cut out a two inch circle from your scrap cardstock.  Fold it in half and then half again and then half one more time. This will give you 8 lines to use as guidelines for where to place your triangles.

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Step 4: Glue the triangles to your circle and then attach that to the back of your rosette.

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Step 5: Punch a 1 1/2 inch orange circle and add that to the front of your rosette.  Add googly eyes and a smile.  Glue it onto your water bottle (wrap the bottle in white paper if the label is hideous)


Step 6: Attach a Core Tag with an appropriate Vellum Sentiment.

And there you have it!  A nice and simple but fun party favor to send home with your guests!




Colorful You Are My Sunshine Layout

Ever since I got my hands on the various pieces from the Party Mixers line, there has been no turning back.  We’ve shared a variety of ideas with you on how to use them in paper crafting already, today I am going to show you how fabulous they work for a layout!

You Are My Sunshine Core'dinations Layout

Supplies Used:

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Step 1: Cut your title out using a cut file (You Are My Sunshine) and use the negative space of your white cardstock.  Back it with different cardstocks from the Brights paper pad.  Matte your picture and also add that to the base.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock cuts great on the Silhouette Cameo.  Set your blade at 4, speed at 3, thickness at 33, and set it to double cut.  That has worked every time for me – even with the textured cardstock!

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Step 2: Start layering Paper Pops to create interest behind and around the picture.  Top with a Rosette that you will turn into a sunshine.  You can use foam adhesive behind some of them and outline the pops or  with black if you want to add some extra pop them!

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Step 3: Do long stitches from the sun outward to look like sun rays.

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Step 4: Add a tag under the picture, fabric tape to the top and bottom of the layout, and enamel dots throughout as your finishing touch.

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Blooming Dahlia Wreath

Spring is finally here in full force and it’s time to update that home decor!  Today I am going to share with you how to make a beautiful wreath for your home.


Blooming Dahlia Wreath Supplies:

Core Wreath Supplies

Now on to the fun part – making the wreath!

Step 1:  After you choose the four colors you are going to do you will cut out all your pieces.  The numbers I give were what I cut including a few extras to be safe. Start with the color you are going to do on the outside and cut about 55  4 X 4 inch squares.   Cut 25 4 X 4 inch squares of your second color. Cut 20 3.5 X  3.5 inch squares of your third color. Cut 15 3.5 X 3.5 inch in your last color and then 20 3 X 3 inch in the same color.

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Step 2: Start rolling your squares into cones.  Take one corner and bring it over – pinching the bottom.

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Step 3:  After molding the second side the same way – add a line of hot glue to the side that will be on the top.

Technique Tip: This Core’dinations cardstock is textured on one side and now the other.  The tip of the cone is what will primarily be showing at the end so I made sure the textured side is on the inside and will show!

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Step 4: Hold together briefly while the glue dries enough to be secure.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock is perfect for this project because it is nice and thick.  It makes it easy to crease the bottom without compromising the shape of the cone.

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Step 5: Once you have assembled all the cones you will begin gluing them down.  I went about one inch in from the edge of the circle and started gluing.  Because the cones are all the same size you don’t have to worry about measuring too much – just keep matching them up! I began with two rows of the darker blue. Continue with your second layer (lighter blue) – as you will see the won’t lay flat like the first circle…the further we get in the more upright the cones will be.

Technique Tip: Although you could use any liquid adhesive, a hot glue gun makes this job way easier.  It dries fast and only makes you have to hold the cone in place for a few seconds.  I used a pointed object to push the tip of my cone into the hot glue.  Core cardstock can stand the heat and the poking!

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Step 6: The next layer will be green and it is shorter.  The height helps keep the whole thing balanced and the middle from popping out too much.

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Step 7:  Add a layer of yellow with the 3.5 inch squares.

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Step 8: Fill in the middle with the 3 inch yellow squares.

Technique Tip: The strength of core cardstock makes this last step easier.  You can bend and push on the cones to make everything fit just right and have the appropriate coverage without worrying about it tearing.  I pushed and pulled a lot!

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Step 9: Add a ribbon to the back and you are ready to hang it!




Mini Easter Basket with EOS Lip Balm

I am sure you have seen these darling “EOS” brand lip balm in the check-out area of the grocery store. Doesn’t the shape and bright colors of the lip balm remind you of Easter eggs? I decided they would make a darling little Easter gift for some co-workers. They were easy to create, and I found a bulk pack of EOS lip balm at my local Costco, which made this inexpensive! I love that.


Lip Balm Easter Baskets Supplies:


Step 1: Cut three (3) basket shapes using an electronic cutting machine. I did not resize the shape. I fit all three basket shapes onto one sheet of 12×12 Core Basics Kraft cardstock. I cut the handles of the baskets separately on a half sheet of kraft cardstock. Assemble the baskets using a strong adhesive. (I used my trusty hot glue gun!)

Step 2: Using craft punches, create elements for the flowers on the tags. You will need two flower shapes, two leaves and one circle for each tag.


Step 3: Assemble the tags. Stack two flowers, bend the leaves in the center to add dimension, add the circle punch to the flower centers. Stamp or hand write sentiment on tag. Attach tags to baskets using baker’s twine. Add green paper shred to baskets, and insert EOS lip balm!


An “EGG-cellent” inexpensive gift for the season!



St. Patrick’s Day Treat Bag

Between chocolate gold coins, skittles, and gold rolos there are so many fun options for making up treats for St. Patrick’s Day and Core’dinations has the perfect supplies to help you decorate those treat bags.  Today I am going to show you how I used some Darice Metal Dies to create a bag topper.


Treat Bag Topper Supply List:

Treat Bag Supply List

Now on to how to make this simple topper!

Step 1: Cut out the three layers for the topper using the metal dies and the three different green cardstocks and layer them on top of each other.  You will have to offset one of the scallop ones to add some length (otherwise they land on top of each other).   Add some white dots along the edges to create a border.

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Step 2: Use a border punch to punch out some gold cardstock and add that to the top.  Punch out a gold heart and layer that with the Green Shamrock foam stickers to the topper along with a heart (that came out of the shamrock)

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Step 3:  Fold the top part of the topper over a bag filled with candy and secure with hot glue or some other strong adhesive.




Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil Holders

October 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party, Sizzix

Whenever it’s time for another birthday party (or any occasion, really) I have to admit I’m torn between keeping it easy and making things beautiful.  And no matter which way I choose, I want it to be easy on the budget, too!

Today’s solution is a great mix of everything – I’ll show you how you can turn scrapbook paper into simple and inexpensive party decor that doubles as something functional: a plastic utensil and napkin holder!  Leave one of these party pouches by each place setting, and guests will have everything they need.  You can even include party favors or game pieces for showers, and incorporate your theme colors and designs!  It’s the perfect way to dress up plastic tableware – which is a staple at big get-togethers.


Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil Holders Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Core Essentials 12×12 sheets, in color(s) to match your party theme
  • Paper trimmer and/or scissors
  • Washi tape
  • Scoring board and bone folder
  • 4.25″ wide embossing folder, and embossing machine (mine is the Sizzix Big Shot, but there are several options out there for embossing)
  • Napkins and utensils

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil HoldersStep 1.  Trim your paper into 3 equal vertical pieces 4″x12″.  You will be able to make 3 pouches per 12×12 sheet.

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil HoldersStep 2.  Emboss one end of your paper.  Make sure the end of the paper is tucked into the “top” of your embossing folder if you’ve chosen a design that has a right-side-up like this Happy Birthday folder.

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil HoldersStep 3.  Score your embossed paper at 5″.  Some of the design will be below the fold, and that’s okay.

Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil HoldersStep 4.  Fold along the score, and seal off the open edges with two 5″ strips of washi tape.

Scrapbook-Paper-Party-Utentil-Holders-5Step 5. Stuff each pouch with coordinating napkins and plastic flatware – and get ready to party!

Scrapbook-Paper-Party-Utentil-Holders-6It’s a simple touch that adds something special to the table, and guests will appreciate having everything they need all in one place.  Best of all – the whole thing is disposable, so cleanup is so easy!

~ Adrianne


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