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

 

Friends Owlways Faux Wood Crate

Hi friends!  It’s Joy here, sharing a fun fall box that can hold sweet treats or any small thoughtful gift!

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 Friends Owlways Faux Wood Crate Supplies:

Step 1. Use the Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the pieces for the 3D Wooden Crate from Core’dinations Tillie Dot Cardstock and Core’dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection Cardstock.  These are the pieces that make up the box.

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Step 2. Emboss the top layer pieces using the Darice Wood Grain embossing folder.  I used Core’dinations Tillie Dot cardstock for the main part of the box.

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Step 3. After embossing, sand the raised areas.  It really brings out the texture!

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Step 4. Glue and assemble the pieces.

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Step 6. Heat emboss the tag with a stamped sentiment.

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Step 7. Here’s a side view of that gorgeous paper!  Don’t you love the way it embosses and looks after the Tille Dot is sanded?

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Happy fall y’all!

~Joy

 

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

 

Fall Medallion Wreath

It’s fall! I can’t help but decorate my little heart out when it comes to fall. I love fall colors but I always seem to add a little twist to it. A heathery aqua mixed in with all the other fall colors just speaks perfection to me, so when I started designing this wreath, it ended up with a mix of non-traditional aqua and tried-and-true yellow. And the juxtaposition doesn’t end there. A mix of somewhat predictable leaves combined with stylish medallions makes this wreath modern and straighforward–my favorite look. No matter what colors you choose for your wreath, you’ll love how easy it is to create.

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Fall Medallion Wreath Supplies

Step 1: Wrap burlap ribbon around wreath form, securing the beginning and ends with straight pins.

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Step 2: To make medallions, cut strips of card stock 1.5″ x 12″ and score every 1/2″.

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Step 3: Fold the card stock accordion style, and sand the edges of the folded card stock.

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Step 4: Adhere ends of each card stock strip together to form a ring, and let dry. With the ring on a flat surface, press the top edges inward to create a medallion, and glue the medallion to a scrap of card stock to secure.

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Step 5: Secure leaves and medallions to the wreath using straight pins.

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Step 6: Secure a piece of ribbon to the back of the wreath using straight pins as a hanger.

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And just like that you have a striking wreath. Hang it up and enjoy your creation.

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~Lisa

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

We want to wish you all an amazing Independence Day! We are celebrating our freedom on the Core blog today with a layout featuring Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions.

 I love using the Tim Holtz papers!  These pre-embossed papers make a layout so easy!  Add a few things and the page will simply fall into place. I had these adorable photos of my grandson waving and playing with the flags down on the beach.
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Supplies:
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Darice star embossing folder
Scor Pal
Spellbinder’s Die Cuts- S4-110 (Classic Ovals) and S4-111 (Classic Scalloped Ovals)
Jillibean Soup letter stickers
DieNamics – Cloud die cut
1.  Start with your selected sheet of Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions.  Sand it thoroughly with your Sand It Gadget to let the kraft base show through and then dust it off with your Dust Buddy.
2.  Take a sheet of the dark red.  Using a star embossing folder emboss it.  You will need to use the embossing folder approximately three times to cover the entire length of your sheet.  Again sand it down with your Sand It Gadget and dust it off with your Dust Buddy and attach it to your page.
3.  Mat your photos with white cardstock.  Cut an oval out of white cardstock using a Spellbinder’s die cut.  Then using a scallped Spellbinder’s oval die cut a navy piece.  Adhere together and then to the layout for placing your title.
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4.  Taking a sheet of red cut out a star.  Using a Score Pal score it so that you can fold it to pop up.  This involved scoring it first on the top from point to point.  I sand my scored lines while they are still on the Score Pal so that they are sharp.  Then turn it over and score it again from the inner points.
5.  To create the clouds use a DieNamics Cloud die and cut your clouds out of the blue based White Wash papers.  Sand them to show some of the blue through.
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Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations

I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
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Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
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NOTE:  Here’s the video tutorial I used for the Faux Leather technique and here’s the video tutorial for the page inserts/bookbinding.
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I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Supplies:
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw),  Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.

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