Embossed Bookmarks

Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share a fast and fun paper craft to get you ready for summer reading!  I’ve always got a book (or two) going, and so do my kids, and I love using real bookmarks.  You know what I mean – that step up from a receipt or a scrap of paper stuffed into your book (and worse yet – the dreaded dog ear).  So I keep a small stash of bookmarks around for new reads. I also include a handmade bookmark when I give gifts to book-loving friends.  It’s that little something extra that shows you care enough to give handmade even if you’re buying a new book (or bookstore gift card)!  They don’t take much in the way of supplies – a bookmark can be as simple or as intricate as you like!  But today I’m going to show you how to easily emboss and add die-cuts to bookmarks to instantly embellish them.

Embossed-Bookmarks-1Embossed Bookmark Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Distress Collection cardstock
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Paper trimmer
  • Manual embossing machine (I use the Sizzix Big Shot, with extended platform and cutting pads)
  • Embossing folders by Darice: flowers, tree trunks, checkers, and sentiments like “Thinking of You”
  • Small Darice and Sizzix dies in basic shapes like squares, flowers, hearts, or butterflies
  • Tape runner and/or Glue Dots

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Step 1. Trim papers to 1.25 x 5.5 inches, and position within embossing folders.  If you’re like me and you’re using the Sizzix Big Shot, place the embossing folder between two cutting pads and roll it through on the extended platform using tab #1.  (Embossing can of course be done on a variety of manual machines.)

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Step 2. Gently distress the embossed surface by sanding with your Sand It Gadget to help your designs stand out.

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Step 3. Die-cut additional complementary shapes to add to your bookmarks like hearts, butterflies, or geometric shapes.  (If using the Big Shot, you’ll place these between cutting pads and roll it through on tab #2.)

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Step 4. Cut coordinating (or contrasting) backers for your bookmarks 1.5 x 5.75 inches.  Attach the embossed papers to these backers with a tape runner or glue dots.  Add shapes to the tops of the bookmarks.

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Simple patterns and shapes are a great way to make up lots of bookmarks at once – this quick set of 4 only took me 15 minutes to assemble!  They’re also simple enough that kids of all ages can make these as a rainy-day activity, or as a gift for teachers, coaches, caregivers or friends, or make up several to keep on-hand for last minute gifts.

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~Adrianne

 

Wood Block Calendar

Good Morning!!! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a new project I recently created for my home. I love this calendar because it can be used year after year and matches my decor perfectly. It’s super easy to make. Keep reading to find out more!

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Wood Block Calendar Supplies:

Instructions:

Step 1: Begin with wood block calendar set.

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Step 2: Paint calendar base using chalky finish paint; set aside to dry.

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Step 3: Find die that measures the same size as wooden blocks.

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Step 4: Cut 12 squares from Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core cardstock.

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Step 5: Adhere squares to blocks using decoupage glue; sand using Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget.

*Tip: Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection works great with wood products such as this. When sanded it gives a distressed look that matched perfectly.

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Step  6: Die-cut two sets of numbers from Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core  cardstock. Adhere to blocks and seal using decoupage medium. Note: One block should have the numbers 0,1,2,7,8,9 and the second block should have the numbers 1-6.

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Step 7: Cut 3 pieces of Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core cardstock the same width as month blocks. Wrap around block; adhere in place. Sand edges using Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget.  Attach alphabet stickers to spell all 12 months; sand as desired.

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Step 8:  Coat painted base with creme wax according to mfg instructions.

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Step 9: Reassemble calendar and there you have it!

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If red/blue isn’t your color of choice it can easily be changed to match any decor. You can also drill a small hole in the top and make it dual-use as a note/photo holder!!

~Tami

 

 

DIY Unicorn Ceramic Tile Coasters

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today, sharing a fun and sassy project: DIY unicorn-themed tile coasters!  You can of course make up these easy and inexpensive coasters for yourself in any theme you love, but unicorns are a hot trend right now, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this decor project that’s practically magical.

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You can pick up inexpensive ceramic tiles at the hardware store (I paid under a dollar each for mine at a big box store) - making this a project that’s very easy on the budget, because chances are you probably have all the supplies you need already, if you’re an avid paper crafter like I am.

DIY Unicorn Ceramic Tile Coasters Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Pastels Cardstock (or whatever color fits your style)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Sizzix Big Shot, cutting pads, and Majestic Unicorn Bigz die
  • Set of 4 – 4.5 inch ceramic tiles
  • Set of 4 – 4 inch square cork tiles
  • Mod Podge Matte formula
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Toothpick or craft stick
  • Heavy-duty adhesive like E6000

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Step 1. Trim your papers to 4.25 inches square, just slightly smaller than the size of your ceramic tile.  Because home improvement tiles have curved edges, you want to adhere the paper to the flat top of the tile, rather than having it curve over the edges.

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Step 2. Die-cut your shape of choice using your cutting machine.  I love using my Sizzix Big Shot for projects like this – just center your die on the paper and sandwich it between the cutting pads, and roll it through to cut your shape.  You can also use your favorite die cutting machine as well – this project will work with any electronic or manual cutting machine!

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Step 3. Use Mod Podge to adhere your paper to your tile.  If you don’t often work with Mod Podge, then let me give you a couple of tips.  First, coat the back side of your paper with a liberal coat.  Allow it a few moments for the adhesive to soak into the paper – you’ll know it’s ready when the paper begins to curves, expanding slightly.  Next, position it on the tile, and press it down firmly – especially at the edges of the paper and around your die cut shape.  Finally, give the whole tile a light coat of Mod Podge, wiping up any pools or puddles that may have seeped out from underneath the paper.  Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes, and give it a second light coat.

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Step 4. Use Dimensional Magic to make your die-cut shape really shine.  Taking care not to shake the bottle and create bubbles, “draw” along the edges of your die-cut shape.  The thickness of the card stock will keep the Dimensional Magic from seeping out onto the paper-covered parts of the coaster.  For the fine details (like the unicorn’s horn, hooves, and the curves in the mane and tail), you can use a toothpick to “drag” the Dimensional Magic right to the edges.  If you get any bubbles during this step, they will be trapped and dry that way, so try to pop them with your toothpick.

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Step 5.  Allow the coasters to dry for several hours – I typically leave mine overnight.  Then, adhere the cork tiles to the bottom of the ceramic with a heavy-duty adhesive like E6000 or Elmer’s Pro Bond.  The cork will protect your tables from the underside of the ceramic tiles, which can be rough when you use inexpensive home improvement tiles.

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Step 6. Allow to dry for a few hours more, and then these fabulous coasters are ready to be used or given as a gift.  They make especially great housewarming gifts!

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The center shape is slightly raised, and the unicorn shines like a hero with the addition of the Dimensional Magic.  The extra flair is in the texture, rather than extra inks or embellishments.  Dimensional Magic also comes in a glitter formula, which would also be a lot of fun for this project!

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Thanks for joining me today – I’ll see you next time!

~ Adrianne

 

Hexagon Wall Art with Core Basics Patterned Paper

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today to share a fun collection of wall art that I made for my daughter’s room using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  Some simple die-cut hexagons arranged in a few shades of purple and gray came together here for an easy-to-make set of 3 wall panels.

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Hexagon Wall Art Supplies:

  • Core Basics Patterned Paper in two color schemes (3-5 patterns of each color)
  • Three 10×10 inch wooden canvas panels
  • White spray paint
  • Sizzix Big Shot and 2-1/4″ Hexagon die (makes 4″ hexies)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Hard coat Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Sawtooth hangers

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Step 1. Spray paint your wooden canvas panels white.  While they’re drying, use your Sizzix Big Shot and hexagon die, and die-cut 24 hexagons in various related colors.  I opted for purple and gray (to match my daughter’s room – which is why there’s SO much purple in these photos) but this would work well with any color scheme, or a totally random assortment of your favorite papers.

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Step 2. When your panels are dry, lay out the hexagons to determine placement.  I spaced mine about 1/8 inch apart.  Trim the hexies that hang over the edges, and save the scraps.  You can use them to fill in along the sides, top, or bottom of your panel to fill the entire square surface.

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Step 3. Add a generous amount of Mod Podge to the back side of the hexagon, and allow it to sit for a moment.  You will notice the paper begin to curl, as the Mod Podge soaks in.  Then, place it and press it down securely.  Repeat this until your panel is full.  If you have ever put up wallpaper – you’ll find that using Mod Podge is very similar!  When you have each hexagon in place, smooth it out as well as you can, taking take to make sure the edges are secure.

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Step 4. When all your hexies are placed, add a final coat of Mod Podge to the top of the panel to seal it.  If you notice a few bubbles, don’t panic, especially if it has begun to dry.  Allowing it to dry overnight will often fix these little wrinkles.

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Step 5. Add a sawtooth hanger to the back of each panel, and hang them!  These panels add a pop of color to any empty wall without requiring special artistic skills.   The paper you choose will set the tone, whether you’re using modern patterns, primary colors, soft florals, or retro prints.  It’s a great way to use up scraps of your favorite papers, or just put your paper passion on display!

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Thanks for joining me today on this adventure in home decor!

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~ Adrianne

 

Altered Photo Storage Box With Graphic 45

November 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Graphic 45

We have another GREAT week for you this week! This time we are celebrating a week long event with Graphic 45! Graphic 45 is a staple in the papercrafting industry featuring amazing patterns and colors in their paper lines. We have TWO Graphic 45 paper lines featuring their signature colors:  Graphic 45 Lights collection and the Graphic 45 Darks collection packs.  Both are great for any papercrafting crafting including matching those Graphic 45 collections perfectly.
Looking to win an awesome goodie box full of Darice products AND some Graphic 45 Signature Series?  Well then comment on the blog all week  long and CLICK HERE to enter to win THIS:
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Altered Box by Ava Gavloski

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Altered Photo Box Supplies:

Step 1.  Paint a cigar  box in a  golden color.  Adhere side panels of box and attach door plate and door knob.
Step 2.  Spray cardstock with a mixture of water and glycerin 16.1, crumble, emboss, dry, and sand.
Step 3.  Emboss measured inside box trim edge strip of cardstock and sand.
Step 4.  Adhere inside pattern paper panel and inside sanded trim to inside walls of box.
Step 5.  Die cut embellishments for front window panel and back panel of box.
Step 6.  Assemble embellishments on back panel and adhere front pattern paper window panel with cardstock trim.
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One last look on an angle, which showcases this photo box book for your library shelf.
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~ Ava

 

Autumn Blessings Tag

Good Morning, Hard Core Crafters! Tami Mayberry here with you again today to share a super easy fall tag I made from two Dark Assorted Sandable Tags!

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Autumn Blessings Tag Supplies:

  • Neutral Assorted Mini Tags
  • Dark Assorted Sandable Tags
  • Dust Buddy and Sand it Gadget
  • Darice Foilage embossing folder
  • Sweet N Sassy Stamps Autumn Lovin’ Cocoa stamp set
  • Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard chocolate ink pad
  • May Arts trims:wire edge burlap (not pictured), jute twine (natural)
  • Wooden button
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die (#656927)
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
  • Clearsnap sponge dauber
  • Small ball stylus
  • Embossing mat
  • Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L®: Dodz adhesive dots, double-sided tape

IMG_8126Step 1: Emboss brown tag from Core Tag Darks tag set using Foilage embossing folder. Sand lightly with Sand It Gadget; trim off top.

IMG_8127Step 2: Adhere trimmed brown tag to rust colored tag. Remove the wire edges from your printed burlap and pull out several threads to fray edges. Adhere burlap to tag, securing edges to back.

IMG_8131Step 3: Wrap tag with natural string; tie in a knot. Attach wooden button; tie into a bow.

IMG_8133Step 4: Place die-cut leaf face-down on embossing mat. Draw vein pattern with small ball stylus.

IMG_8129Step 5: Sand lightly with Sand It Gadget.

IMG_8130Step 6: Sponge edges with brown ink as desired. Attach to tag using adhesive dots.

IMG_8134Step 7: Stamp sentiment onto kraft mini tag; attach tag to larger tag as shown.

IMG_8122And there you have the finished design-filled with texture yet simple to create.

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~Tami

 

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