DIY Message Board

March 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Tami Mayberry here with you today to share another project made possible with great Core’dinations products. I began with a simple message center that just needed painting and then dressed it up using a variety of elements created with Core’dinations products.

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Message Board Supplies:

Tip: Use Core’dinations cardstocks from the same Assortment Pack for a perfectly coordinated display of colors.

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Board Instructions:

Step 1: Mask off chalkboard and wire areas of board.

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Step 2: Paint with desired color of chalk paint; let dry.

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Step 3: Remove tape and decorate!!

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March Banner Instructions:

Step 1: Die-cut five banner pieces from both orange and turquoise cardstock for a total of 10 die-cut pieces.

Step 2: Attach twine to back banner section using double-sided tape.

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Step 3: Attach front of banner section. Curl bottom slightly; add alphabet sticker. Repeat steps 1-3 for each banner piece alternating front/back colors.

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Step 4: Thread twine through hole in alligator clip; tie in a knot.

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Step 5: Attach Party Mixers Bright Paper Pop using adhesive dot. Repeat on other end of banner.

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Badge Holder Clip Birthday Reminder Instructions

Step 1: Remove clip from holder. Thread through chicken wore creating a large clip.

Step 2: Cut a 3 x 2-inch piece from pink cardstock; adhere to turquoise cardstock; trim a small border**.

Step 3: Trim a small piece from smooth white cardstock; adhere to panel.

Step 4: Attach birthday themed  Party Mixers Bright Paper Pop using adhesive foam square.

Step 5: Write birthday reminders for the month onto panel.

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Below is the before photo of the badge holder. The pouch can be kept for future projects. If you want your card or note protected, you can leave the pouch in place and simply clip the holder to the wire instead of looping it through. I like to loop mine through so that it doesn’t have to be removed from the board to add or remove a note.

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Flower Alligator Clips

Step 1: Punch three flowers from desired cardstock**

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Step 2: Pierce holes in flowers centers; layer and insert brad.

Step 3: Insert  ends of brad through hole in clip; fold open to secure flowers to clip.

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And there you have it! A quick and easy project that can be customized to dress up any decor.

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~Tami

 

Get Ready for Spring with a Garden Journal!

After spending hours daydreaming about warmer weather filled with beautiful flowers, it’s time to start planning for those spring gardens.  While it may still be a little early to begin planting, it’s not too early to get those ideas and inspirations written down in a garden journal.  This is a great place to organize clippings, sketches or even color combinations.

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Garden Journal Supplies:

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Step 1.  Remove the cover from the spiral bound notebook.  Trace shape onto cardstock and cut out.

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Step 2.  Adhere the cardstock to the cover.

Step 3.  Emboss a piece of yellow cardstock for the center of the cover.  Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 4.  Adhere to the cover, add ribbons along the seam.

Step 5.  Mist the flowers with water to shape.  Add to the cover.

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Step 6.  Replace the cover on the journal to finish.

Remember, not that long until spring!

~ Gini

 

DIY Love Mobile

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Scrapbooking

Are you looking for a unique way to display photos in your home?  How about this Love Mobile! This project may look complicated, but is really quite simple, and can make a huge statement in your home.  And, with the small format photos is the perfect way to use some of those Instagram photos we all have.

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Love Mobile Supplies:

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Step 1:  Die cut, punch, and hand cut a variety of shapes from the papers.  Hearts, circles, and scalloped circles work best as these can be easily layered.  Emboss shapes from the Chalk Core and Spotted papers.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  Sand embossed shapes to reveal the core and add additional color and dimension.

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Step 3: Layer shapes and embellishments and create strands with your photos to determine layout of mobile.  I used a total of 7 strands to complete my mobile with the photos cut to 2 inch squares.  Each strand had a total of 4 photos (two on each side) and 6 layered embellishments (again, two per side). for a total of 28 photos and 42 layered shapes.  Your number may vary.

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Step 4:  To assemble strands sandwich  wire between shapes, being sure to leave enough wire at the top to wrap around embroidery hoop later.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_assemble wireStep 5:  Or, you can poke holes in your shapes and photos and wrap the wires around and through.  Add beads, pearls and gems between your items for extra interest and sparkle.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_wire wrapStep 6:  To assemble the mobile, wrap the wire around embroidery hoop evenly spacing your strands around the hoop.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_hangStep 7:   I used two pieces of twine tied at either end and evenly spaced around hoop and then gathered them in the middle to create the hanger.  This allows me to level the mobile later.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_stringStep 8:  I used an additional piece of twine to hang the mobile from the ceiling.  Here you can see how I gathered the twine together to adjust the sides for leveling.

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Step 9:  Finally wrap the embroidery hoop with lace.  I plan on hanging this mobile in my guest room/office for all to see.  I love that I can see all the photos of my family every day.

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~Nancy

 

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Gift

The smell of gingerbread always conjures up great Christmas memories.  When I found this simple recipe for a Gingerbread Sugar Scrub, and knew it would make a great present to have on hand for the season.  And with winter comes dry skin – so this not only smells great, it made my hands feel so smooth after using it.

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Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Gift Supplies:

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Step 1.  Stamp image with watermark ink onto Kraft cardstock. Heat emboss with white powder. Color highlights with pencils. Fussy Cut.

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Step 2.  Die cut a scalloped circle to fit over lid of jar.

Step 3.  Use the inner part of the lid to trace around and mark on the back side of the scalloped circle.

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Step 4.  Cut between each scallop, stopping at the drawn circle.

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Step 5.  Put a bead of glue around the outer lid.

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Step 6.  Center over the drawn circle and allow to dry.  Fold each scallop down.

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Step 8.  Attach to the top using Mono Adhesive.

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Step 9.  Tie gingerbread house onto jar with ribbons.

Step 10.  Fill with homemade sugar scrub.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe

Mix the ingredients:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

Slowly add 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil, and 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil.

To Use:  Apply scrub to wet skin, and massage with a circular motion – concentrating on dry areas.  Rinse with warm water.

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Whether you keep this for yourself or gift it to a friend, enjoy the scents of the season!

~Gini

 

Thankful Banner

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the warmth of an amazing meal and the gathering of my family each year. It’s just a wonderful time to enjoy each other and remember to give thanks for the blessings my family and I enjoy on a daily basis.

So I like to decorate for Thanksgiving as well. Bring on the visual reminders of gratitude, thankfulness, and even those reminders that some blessings come with a cost. So I wanted something to reflect those sentiments and help me remember to be openly thankful AND giving this season.

This Thankful Banner fits the bill. Since it hangs from a branch, you can hang it anywhere from your front door to the mantel–all you need is a hook, nail, or knob!

Thankful-banner-CoredinationsThankful Banner Supplies:

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Step 1: Start with a piece of muslin-covered cardboard approximately 15″ x 10″. Hot glue the fabric to the back side of the cardboard to get a nice smooth front.

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Step 2: Adhere two pieces of twill tape to the back of the cardboard.

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Step 3: Cut paper banner, “Thankful” greeting, and leaves from card stock using electronic cutter or craft knife. The greeting was cut from the back side of the card stock for a different color.

Step 4: Adhere greeting to paper banner, and adhere paper banner to your fabric banner at the top and centered.

Step 5: Create different leaf looks. Fold 1/3 of your leaves in half length wise to mimic a leaf stem, then distress. Take the other 2/3 of the leaves and use the back and front sides for different effects. You should now have a variety similar to this. You might want to add a few different colors of leaves.

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Step 6: Curl the leaves by rolling them between your fingers. The more you break down the fibers in the paper by rolling, the easier it is to get the shape you want.

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Step 7: Cut section of berry garland, and twist into a mini wreath shape. Adhere leaves to the wreath as desired.

Thankful Banner by Mabey She Made It for Core'dinationsStep 8: Adhere wreath to fabric banner.

Step 9: Insert the small branch through the twill tape loops, and hang.

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~Lisa

 

Thanksgiving Grateful Board

October 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Fall Projects, Seasonal

The Thanksgiving season will be here before we know it. Right now is a great time to be working on those Thanksgiving projects. Every year I enjoy helping my children think about all the things that we are grateful for. This year, I’m so excited to use this fun Thanksgiving We Are Grateful Board to help them think a little more about gratitude. This could be used year after year. You could write things down for the nine days leading up to Thanksgiving, putting the papers in the pockets, or you could write down as many things as you can think of that you are grateful for now, and pull them out and read one pocket full for each of the nine days leading up to Thanksgiving. Today, I am going to show you how I put this together.

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‘We Are Grateful’ Board Supplies:

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Step 1: Using the Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock, cut out nine library pockets. Using the Core Basics Canvas Texture White Cardstock, cut out the circles with numbers. I used a digital die cutting machine to do this. Fold the pockets, and using adhesive, glue them together. Adhere the number circles to the front of the pockets.

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Step 2: Measure your frame for the lengths of jute twine. Using your scissors, cut four pieces total of the same length.

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Step 3: Using whatever adhesive you’d like, attach one length of jute twine to the back of the frame, just below the top. I used masking tape for this. I’m sure a staple gun or some kinds of glue would work well too.

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Step 4: Cut letters to spell “WE ARE GRATEFUL.” Turn your frame back over so the front is face you. Using adhesive, put just enough glue on the back of the letters at the top, for them to stick to the jute twine. I used some craft tweezers to help get them just right.

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Step 5: Lay out your pockets with the frame upside down. This is to help you see about where your other lengths of jute twine need to be attached. I also used a ruler to help get them straight. Attached your jute twine.

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Step 6: Turn your frame over, so the front is forward. Using your mini clothes pins, clip your pockets onto the jute twine.

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Step 7: Write down the items you are grateful for and add to the pockets, or add blank pieces of paper to the pockets to be written on later. Now you are all finished!

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The little letters hang down, just right.

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The pockets do too.

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You can hang it on your wall, or set it on a shelf or table, anywhere that your family will see it and be reminded of what they are grateful for.

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~Amy

 

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