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.
Garden Journal Supplies:
- Core Essentials Pastels
- Sand-It Gadget
- Core White Assorted Tags
- Darice Self-Stick Gems 1210-40
- Darice Finishing Accents Paper Petals Mauve 1212-73
- Darice Stickers 1219-31
- Darice Large Petal Embossing Folder
- May Arts Ribbon KBB-17
- Notebook or mini-album
Step 1. Remove the cover from the spiral bound notebook. Trace shape onto cardstock and cut out.
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.
Step 4. Adhere to the cover, add ribbons along the seam.
Step 5. Mist the flowers with water to shape. Add to the cover.
Step 6. Replace the cover on the journal to finish.
Remember, not that long until spring!
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.
Love Mobile Supplies:
- Coredinations Glitter Silk
- Coredinations Chalk Core Colors
- Coredinations Spotted Collection
- Coredinations Polka Dot Pop
- Coredinations Sand it Set
- Darice Scalloped Heart Dies
- Heart Punch
- Circle Cutter
- Circle Punch
- Scallop Circle Punch
- Darice 8″ Wooden Embroidery Hoop
- Darice Doily Tape
- Darice Hemp Twine
- Darice Craft Wire
- Sticky Rhinestone Heart Seals
- Assorted Beads and Gems
- Jolee’s Boutique Cupids
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.
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.
Step 4: To assemble strands sandwich wire between shapes, being sure to leave enough wire at the top to wrap around embroidery hoop later.
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.
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.
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Gift Supplies:
- Kraft Cardstock
- Brights Core Essentials
- Tombow Mono Liquid Glue
- Tombow Mono Adhesive Power Bond
- Stampers Anonymous Gingerbread House Stamp
- Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Scalloped Circles
- Mason Jar
- Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Versamark Ink Pad and Pen; Delicata Golden Glitz
- May Arts Ribbon: 408-05-10; 420-33
- Stampendous Embossing Powder
- Derwent Inktense Pencils
- Heat Tool
- One Recipe of Gingerbread Sugar Scrub (Recipe Later in Post)
Step 1. Stamp image with watermark ink onto Kraft cardstock. Heat emboss with white powder. Color highlights with pencils. Fussy Cut.
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.
Step 4. Cut between each scallop, stopping at the drawn circle.
Step 5. Put a bead of glue around the outer lid.
Step 6. Center over the drawn circle and allow to dry. Fold each scallop down.
Step 8. Attach to the top using Mono Adhesive.
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.
Whether you keep this for yourself or gift it to a friend, enjoy the scents of the season!
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 Supplies:
- Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection
- Darice Pearl White Berry Garland
- 1″ Twill Tape
- Small branch
- Hot glue gun
- Glue Dots
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.
Step 2: Adhere two pieces of twill tape to the back of the cardboard.
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.
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.
Step 7: Cut section of berry garland, and twist into a mini wreath shape. Adhere leaves to the wreath as desired.
Step 8: Adhere wreath to fabric banner.
Step 9: Insert the small branch through the twill tape loops, and hang.
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.
‘We Are Grateful’ Board Supplies:
- Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock
- Core Basics Canvas Texture White Cardstock
- Frame (I used a thrifted frame)
- Jute Twine
- Mini Clothes Pins
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.
Step 2: Measure your frame for the lengths of jute twine. Using your scissors, cut four pieces total of the same length.
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.
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.
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.
Step 6: Turn your frame over, so the front is forward. Using your mini clothes pins, clip your pockets onto the jute twine.
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!
The little letters hang down, just right.
The pockets do too.
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.
- Smooth CoreTags
- Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Nostalgic
- Dies – Sizzix
- Stamps and Coordinating Die – Mama Elephant
- Washi – Recollections
- Ribbon and Jute – May Arts
- Color Pencils – Faber Castell
The sentiment is stamped on the tag and becomes the main focus of the card. The smooth tags are perfect for stamping and the 300gsm paper ensures that the tags don’t curl.
Next up, a card featuring a small, white circle tag. Can you tell where it is?
- Core’dinations Core Essentials
- Core’dinations Smooth Core Tags
- Embossing Folder – Lifestyle Crafts
- Die – Serendipity Stamps
- Stamp – Heidi Swapp
- Stickers – Evalicious
- Stickles – Tim Holtz
- Gelatos – Faber Castell
- Thread – Gutterman
Yes, there is a Core Tag there! It’s covert; under a cover of Gelatos, nestled in the heart of the sun rays! The hole of the circle tag is hiding under the bottom of the ‘o’. Again, a smooth Core Tag, and it withheld the water from my waterbrush used to blend the Gelato.