Lucky Leprechaun Hat Card

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite days to make crafts for!  Christine joining you today with a fun shaped card  that looks like a Leprechaun Hat.

Lucky-CardLeprechaun Hat Card Supplies:

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Now on to the fun part of how to make this card!

Step 1: Cut out a Leprechaun Hat shape and one in it’s mirror image.  I used my Silhouette Cameo for the cut and you can find the file here.  The file will give you most of the pieces you need to cut out the hat and the accessories. For the piece that will be your back score a line about 1/4 inch from the top of it.

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Step 2: Add adhesive to the scored part and stick your two pieces together.  The scored part will now allow the back of the card to fold back.

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Step 3: Cut out a stripe from the black Tillie Dot cardstock to be the sash on the hat.  Sand it to bring out the core.

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Step 4: Cut out a Shamrock out of the Tillie Dot cardstock also but don’t sand it this time.  Add the sash to the card. Cut out a belt buckle from the Gold Cardstock. Add that and the Shamrock to the sash.

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Step 5: Cut out a sentiment from the Gold Cardstock and attach it to the card. I also used a Silhouette cut file for this and you can find it here. Outline the whole card with faux stitching or dots.

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Christine

 

How to Wrap Holiday Baked Goods

I don’t know about you, but fall baking season is here, which means I’m planning out some of my holiday baking and my gifts of baked goods this year.  We are blessed with a lot of wonderful friends, and I enjoy giving cookies and sweet breads to let them know how much we appreciate them!  Baking = sharing, and baked goods are a gift that’s easy on a tight budget and are always well-recieved. Today I’ll show you how to dress up mini loaves of bread to make them special gifts for the special people in your life – and this idea will work for any small box of goodies, as well (like 1-lb fudge boxes)!

baked-goods-gift-tags-Coredinations Baked Goods Gift Tag Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Spotted 12×12 sheets – shown here are Tillie Vanilla Cream and Tillie Scarlet
  • Coredinations Core Essentials – shown in Vanilla Cream and Grape Gusto
  • Paper trimmer
  • Paper score board
  • Sizzix Big Shot and gift tags die
  • Rubber alphabet stamps and ink in coordinating colors
  • Baker’s twine
  • Optional embellishments: rubber stamps, small flower punches, mini brads

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Step 1.  Trim 12″ papers in 2 coordinated colors to 2.5″ and 1.75″ wide, by 12″ long.  (I trimmed the vanilla cream to 2.5″, and the darker papers to 1.75″)  Measure and determine the dimensions of your bread tin, treat box, or wrapped loaf, and score a line at each of the corners.  (Tip: Once you score the first one, you can use it as a template for all future wrappers.)

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Step 2. Cut 2-hole tags with your die-cutting machine of choice (mine is my Big Shot).  Any shape or style of tag will work, as long as you can punch it with 2 holes in each side to tie onto your box.

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Step 3. Stamp your tags.  Phrases like “with love”, “for you”, or “happy holidays” are universal and can be prepared in advance of your big baking day, but don’t overlook personal touches like “love, Adrianne” or “for the Smith Family”.

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Step 4. (Optional.) Add embellishments.  Small punches of flowers, leaves, or snowflakes attached with small brads add even more personality to your packaging.

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Step 5. Layer your paper onto your bread tin or treat box, and tie the tag on with baker’s twine.  You can tape it on the bottom if you like; I didn’t bother.  The twine will hold it in place.

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Step 6. Give gifts to special people, and feel great about it!

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Baked goods will brighten anyone’s day, but putting effort into dressing them up makes it even more special to your recipient.  Delicious bread given in tin foil says, ” I was baking, and I thought of you.”  Delicious bread in this sweet and simple gift wrapping says, “I was thinking of you, so I baked!”

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~ Adrianne

 

Halloween Paper Treat Boxes

Are you collecting easy Halloween paper craft ideas?  I’ve got a quick way to give treats to friends and family that’s cute and festive! Make up these Halloween paper treat boxes to hide candy or non-sweet treats – surprise your kids, or leave at a co-worker’s desk to make their day!

Halloween-Treat-Boxes-CoredinationsHalloween Paper Treat Box Supplies:

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Step 1. Cut your paper to the dimensions that will accommodate your treats.  Trimmed paper must be 7″ wide, and I found that 5-6 inches was an ideal size for treats.  You can get 3 boxes from a 12×12 sheet of paper by trimming it as follows:

Cut your 12″ paper in two pieces at 7″, leaving a 5″ wide scrap.  Cut your 7″ wide strip into two equal parts 6″ long.

Your remaining 5″ scrap should be trimmed to 7″ wide.

This will leave you with two cuts for boxes 7″x6″, one 7″x5″, and a 5″x5″ scrap that you can save for another project.

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Step 2. Use punch board to create your box templates.

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Step 3. Assemble your boxes and tie one end closed with baker’s twine so that you can fill with treats.

Step 4. Embellish with spooky stickers!

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Step 5. Fill with treats and tie the second end closed.  Note, a small hole will still remain in the ends of the box, so button-type candies would fall out.  Bite-sized chocolates work much better.

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Give these as gifts to the kids (and kids-at-heart) in your life!  They don’t have to be filled with candy – these are a great festive shape for non-sweet Halloween treats, too.  Stickers, rubber balls, jewelry, and small action figures would be great additions to these treat boxes!

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I hope you enjoy this quick treat idea!

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~ Adrianne

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