Winter Paper Lantern with Snowflakes & Poinsettias

Are you looking for a simple holiday home decor piece that will be as at home now as in the new year?  How about this Winter Paper Lantern?  Covered with poinsettias and snowflakes it will make a lovely addition to your home for months to come.

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Winter Paper Lantern Supplies:

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Step 1:  Begin by cutting snowflakes and flowers from both the Whitewash cardstock (I chose blue for the snowflakes and red for the poinsettas) and vellum.  I used a combination of electronic and manual dies to create my cuts.  I love the wintery feel the Whitewash cardstock created.

lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  To add additional texture and color, emboss the red Whitewash poinsettias with the snowflake embossing folder.  After embossing, use your Sand-it Gadget to reveal the pattern, and the Dust Buddy to remove any excess paper dust.

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Step 3:  Layer the red poinsettias with the vellum poinsettias to soften the look and adhere with Zip Dry to the paper lantern in a curved pattern.  Spacing the flowers out to fill the space.  I made nine flowers in two sizes for my 12″ lantern.  Remember that if you plan on using an incandescent light bulb in the lantern do not use hot glue, the glue will heat and your items may fall off.  Zip Dry will continue to hold even when the lantern heats up.

lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_poinsettiasStep 4:  Add snowflakes in and around the poinsettias for additional color and texture, producing a gentle curve along the lantern.

lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_snowAllow the glue to completely dry before hanging.  I used a battery operated candle light inside of my lantern, and it looks lovely during both day and night.

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~Nancy

 

Snowman Gift Bag

Mary Pat here with  you today and I don’t know about your but I LOVE to give little gifts to friends, coworkers, my children’s teachers etc. during the holidays.  This little Snowman Gift Bag is just perfect for when you have a little gift and you want to wrap it in something cute!

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Snowman Gift Bag Supplies:

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For this bag I started with a cut file from Silhouette.  When making these bags and other 3D projects I love using the Tombow liquid adhesive.  This liquid glue ROCKS for all your paper projects!

Here is a close up of the hat.

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 I made a video on how this cute little bag came together.  I demonstrate the techniques of embossing and sanding.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

~Mary Pat

 

Christmas Countdown Calendar

Are you looking for a special way to count down to Christmas?  Something that can hold small gifts and toys those both young and old?  How about this Christmas Countdown Calendar?

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Christmas Countdown Calendar Supplies:

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Step 1:  Begin by cutting Snowflake Border die with white cardstock.  You will need 25 die cuts, one for each day until Christmas if you start on December 1.  Glue to top of envelope.

countdown_calendar_coredinations_nancy keslin_snowflakeStep 2: Die cut numbers also out of white cardstock.  And attach to lower right corner of envelope.  Mine are about 1 inch tall.  Again, you will need numbers 1 through 25 if you are starting your countdown on the first day of December.

countdown_calendar_coredinations_nancy keslin_numbersStep 3:  Fill envelope with small toys, games, art supplies, candies, gift cards, etc. according to the recipients tastes.  Be sure and seal the envelopes to prevent prying eyes.

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Step 4:  Attach filled envelopes to hemp twine with clothespin.  Depending on where you hang the envelopes it may be easier if you hang twine first and attach envelopes after.

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Each day your family and friends can enjoy opening a little gift to help countdown the holidays.

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~Nancy

 

HollyDays Holly Card & Box

Hi friends!  It’s Joy from Joy’s Life here, sharing a HOLLYday card and box with you!

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HollyDays Holly Card and Box Supplies:

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Step 1. I cut out the holly leaves and box using Core’dinations Spotted Tillie Dot and the Silhouette Cameo 2.  The berries were cut using the pretty Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock.  I used the 3D Holly Box (Silhouette ID #52658) and duplicated and shrank more of the holly to recreate the image on the card.

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Step 2. I added adhesive to the holly leaves and berries using the Xyron 5″ Creative Station.

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The holly looks so pretty with these papers!

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Step 3: I assembled the box and used liquid glue to secure the sides and bottom.  A combination of the Xyron and liquid glue helped me adhere all the parts of the box and card.

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Step 4: I stamped the holly sentiment from the Joy’s Life Oh Christmas Puns stamp set onto a Core’dinations kraft card using red ink.

I hope you enjoyed this project!  When I’m not here you can find me at JoysLife.com!

~Joy

 

Embossed Christmas Cards With a Twist

The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones!  Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!

Christmas-cards-CoredinationsChristmas Card Supply List:

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For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.

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Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it.  Add it to a cardstock base.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.

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Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.

Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.

My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!

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Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.

Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.

Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.

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Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!

~Christine

 

Glittersilk “JOY” Card Featuring May Arts Ribbon

We are celebrating this week with May Arts Ribbon! Stop by all week long for amazing inspiration and, of course, prizes! CLICK HERE to enter to win this awesome Chalk Core prize pack! And don’t forget to head over to the May Arts blog for more projects and chances to win! Winners will be announced Monday, November 17th, 2014.

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Glittersilk “JOY”Card

When I saw the gorgeous leaf vine May Arts ribbon, I knew I wanted to do something elegant with it. I paired it up with some Core’dinations Glittersilk Cardstock- Glittersilk is my go-to for “special” projects. I love glitter! Especially when it doesn’t flake off and cover everything that it shouldn’t!

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Step 1: Trim and fold Core’dination Glittersilk Cardstock into an A2 sized card base.

Step 2: Trim May Arts Burlap Stripe ribbon to fit the front of the card. Cut bottom end into a pennant shape. Adhere to card base.

Step 3: Loop May Arts Leaves Ribbon into a wreath. Adhere to card over the top of the burlap ribbon. Arrange leaves as desired using small glue dots.

Step 4: Tie a bow from May Arts checkered ribbon, and adhere to top of wreath using a glue dot.

Step 5: Computer generate “JOY” using red printer ink on Snowflake cardstock. Cut into tag shape and adhere to card.

3I think the glittersilk cardstock paired perfectly with the dainty leaves, and the texture of the burlap ribbon.

A beautiful holiday card that will bring “JOY” to someone- (if I decide to let it go, and give it away!)

~Shaunte

 

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