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!
Sunshine Bottle Party Favor Supplies:
- Core Essentials Brights Cardstock
- Party Mixers Rosette Garland – Scattered Straw
- Core Tags – Brights
- Vellum Quotes – Love
- Triangle Punch
- Small Dots Embossing Folder
- Googly Eyes
- Black Pen
- Orange Twine
- Circle Punch
- Scrap Cardstock
Step 1: Punch out 8 triangles using your punch.
Step 2: Emboss the triangles and sand them to bring out the core.
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.
Step 4: Glue the triangles to your circle and then attach that to the back of your rosette.
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!
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’dinations Essentials Bright Cardstock Pack
- Chipboard or Cardboard 12 inch circle (I cut mine out of an old box)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ribbon to hang the wreath
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.
Step 2: Start rolling your squares into cones. Take one corner and bring it over – pinching the bottom.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Step 7: Add a layer of yellow with the 3.5 inch squares.
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!
Step 9: Add a ribbon to the back and you are ready to hang it!
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
Step 1. Trim your paper into 3 equal vertical pieces 4″x12″. You will be able to make 3 pouches per 12×12 sheet.
Step 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.
Step 3. Score your embossed paper at 5″. Some of the design will be below the fold, and that’s okay.
Step 4. Fold along the score, and seal off the open edges with two 5″ strips of washi tape.
Step 5. Stuff each pouch with coordinating napkins and plastic flatware – and get ready to party!
It’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!
- Make card from cardstock.
- Cut squares from Core’dinations Fuschia Fizz, Tulip and Aruba cardstock using decorative edge scissors, emboss squares using Anna Griffin Ogee Damask embossing folder, sand using Sand It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy.
- Machine stitch each square and adhere to card base.
- Attach buttons.
- Stamp sentiment onto piece of Core’dinations Premium White Cardstock 110lb, adhere to card, to finish.
- Make card from cardstock. Cut panel from Core’dinations Heartfelt cardstock and round corners.
- Cut rectangle from of Core’dinations Premium White Cardstock 110lb and stamp sentiment and flowers.
- Color flowers using Distress Markers.
- Round corners and adhere panels to card. Add enamel dots, to finish.
Supplies: Core’dinations Premium Cardstock 110lb White, Core’dinations Heartfelt cardstock. Other: Jet Black Ranger Ink, Clearly Besotted Stamps Happy Everything, Distress Markers – (Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo), corner rounder, enamel dots.
Here at Core’dinations Cardstock we celebrate technique every day. If you haven’t checked out our Technique Videos yet, please do HERE.
Today, Kate Nolan Denham shares a great layout with us that uses FIVE different techniques.
1.) Distress It: crumple your cardstock and sand it with your Sand it Gadget.
2.) Label It: Run a strip of cardstock through your label maker and sand it for easy journaling and titles. OR, like Kate did on this layout, make flags out of them!
3.) Emboss It: Use a standard embossing machine and fold and then just sand. Don’t forget to wipe with your Dust Buddy!
4.) Corrugate it: Just take a paper crimper and run your cardstock through it and sand.
5.) Die Cut It: Use a die cutting machine to cut shapes and titles and sand.
For this layout I had initially chosen a neutral pallete, but knew it was missing a pop of color. I started by pulling in color through alternating layers of cardstock which I paper tore to show the colored core. I loved the pop of yellow from tearing the Black Magic so I found the perfect match of yellow in the Core Essentials Brights Collection and used that as my background paper.
Next time you need a pop of color in your paper project, try tearing your Core’dinations!
May Arts Ribbon
Jillibean Soup Alphas
American Crafts Jute
And Kim Moreno just uses a touch of tearing on her layout below. She does a great job mixing embossing, tearing, scoring ANd outlining on here. Again…don’t be afraid to check out our technique videos for more ideas!