Gemstones

July 9, 2010 by  
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Gemstones Collection

February 2, 2010 by  
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The Crown Jewel
of Cardstock!

This collection has a decadent
pearlescent finish that adds
the perfect amount of shine to
your layouts.

12×12 is available in a 20-sheet
assorted pack (GX-GEMA-12)
and single sheets.

LOVE Valentine Banner

January 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

I love Valentine’s Day. It is such a fun reminder of all those around us that we love and that love us! Not only do I enjoy making Valentines to give to others, but I enjoy decorating my home for the holiday as well. Today, I’m sharing this simple and fun “LOVE” Valentine Banner with you.

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LOVE Valentine Banner Supplies:

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Step 1. Using the paper trimmer, cut your Silver Pop Dot Paper into 3, 4″ x 12″ strips. Using one strip, place the larger Nesting Book Page die on your paper, and follow instructions for your die cutting machine to cut it out. Cut out 6 of these.

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Step 2. Cut a 1 1/2″ x 12″ strip of Amethyst Gemstone paper with your paper trimmer. Use the die cutting machine to cut out 5 of the smaller Nesting Book Page die.

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Step 3. Use your hole punch to punch holes in the corners of the cut out banner pieces.

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Step 4. Punch holes in the little purple pieces too.

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Step 5. With the Electronic Die Cutting Machine, cut out the hearts and LOVE letters.

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Step 6. Place dimension squares on the back of the hearts and letters.

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Step 7. Mount letters and hearts on the banner pieces.

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Step 8. Use the baker’s twine to tie the banner pieces together. I used two strands. Alternate the larger silver letter pieces with the purple pieces in between, tying each one. Also, tie twine onto the ends, leaving twine to hang the banner with.

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Step 9. Tie some additional ribbon onto the twine for embellishment.

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Now you are ready to hang your cute and fun new Valentine banner up in your home. The shimmer on the Gemstone cardstock adds just the perfect amount of bling.

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The ribbon adds a fun touch as well.

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I love the way the Gemstone cardstock looks on the top of the silver Pop Dot Paper.

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Grab your supplies and make a LOVE Valentine Banner for yourself. You will “LOVE” it. :)

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I’m sure you can find the perfect place to display it in your home too.

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~Amy

 

Easy Mason Jar Valentine Treat

Hey all, Adrianne here with you today to share an easy gift idea: Valentine treats in mason jars.  I just love giving gifts in jars.  It’s a great size, it’s on-trend, and it’s always well-received. The best part about it is that you can decorate the tops of mason jars in just the same way you might embellish any card or tag!  I am going to show you a simple embellishment today, but truly: the sky is the limit when you start looking at that round lid as your space to send your special message.

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Easy mason jar Valentine treat supplies:

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Step 1.  Emboss your vintage collection paper with the heart-themed pattern.  It’s difficult to see on the patterned Vintage Collection red/pink paper, but when you sand it in the next step, it’s perfect!  Choose a portion of the embossed design to use for your lid.  Trace the jar’s lid, or use a circle die to die-cut that area.

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Step 2.  Using coordinating papers, die-cut a small ornate tag and heart shape.  Cut some extra tiny hearts to use for embellishements.  I used the Gemstones paper because I love the pearlescent finish, but you could easily use scraps from the Vintage Collection paper you started with.  This project takes very little paper – you could even raid your scraps!

Step 3.  Sand your embossed lid cover using the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 4.  Assemble your tag with some glue dots, and punch holes in the ends.  Fill your jar with candy, treats, or even a small gift.

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Step 5.  Add a couple glue dots around the edges of your round lid cover to help adhere it to the ring of the jar.  You’ll be placing the jar’s lid on top of the jar as normal, and the paper is just an addition to the ring.  This will help keep the contents of your jar fresh if you’re adding anything edible or scented.

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Step 6.  Add your embellishments!  A die-cut heart or two on top, adhered with a foam sticker, is a simple but pretty addition.  Add a few self-adhesive pearls for a minimalist look.  Tie on your gift tag with baker’s twine.

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Your gift recipient will love the presentation of a treat within a paper valentine, and the jar is easily re-used.  They’ll think of you every time they use it!

Other ideas to fill the jar with are a few home-baked cookies, a batch of bath bombs or bath sea salts, or a small gift like jewelry or even a gift card.  But I have found you can never go wrong with chocolate!

~ Adrianne

Rock the New Year With Rockstar Photo Props

Hey friends, Adrianne here today!  Are you planning to party like a rockstar this New Year’s Eve?  Okay, I am not.  I confess.  We have 2 young kids and little to no hope of finding a sitter, so we will probably team up with another family, and hope we all make it to midnight.  But it’s still fun to pretend sometimes, isn’t it?  Photo props are a really fun New Year’s Eve tradition, and I made up a sparkling set for this year’s little NYE party that have a rock star theme.  Because 2015 is going to rock, right?

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It’s a little twist on what you normally see out there.  The new trend isn’t just mustaches, it’s a full beard these days, so I put together a few beards, some retro glasses, microphones, and even some backstage passes.  The best part is, if they’re stored well, you can use these again and again for other parties.  Just swap out the label on your jar, which is just tied on with ribbon!

Rock star photo props supplies:

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Step 1. Determine what you want to free-hand cut, and what you want to simplify by creating or buying a file for.  I used the most sparkling paper I had: blue and black Glitter Silk, combined with Gemstones card stock.  You should be able to cut all your accessories from 6×6 sized sheets, though the larger paper would certainly work well too.  I cut everything but the microphones with my Cameo, but don’t forget that you can trace your favorite sunglasses, and freehand a beard pretty easily.  I designed my own “VIP backstage pass” lanyard, to go along with the theme.  You can click here to download the file.

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Step 2.  Because the microphones were such simple shapes, I used pop dot black paper and glittery silver card stock, with black paper accents.  I assembled them in just minutes with scrapbooking glue.

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Step 3. Add the dowels to your props.  In a pinch, paper straws would also look nice, but they don’t hold up as well.  It’s best to secure the dowel in 2 places, if you can. I use a heavy tape (like duct tape) at the top of the dowel, then a generous dot of scrapbook glue at the bottom to stabilize it.

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Step 4.  Punch a hole at the top of your VIP passes, and tie them onto a 36″ length of thin ribbon, cord, or yarn.  They’re not facial props, but they are a fun addition to the rock star theme!

Step 5. Now, just prep your jar or bucket for the party!  Shredded paper looks great in clear jars, and helps to support your sticks.

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Step 5.  Tie on a great sign with ribbon to ring in the new year, and you’re ready to party!  Tip: Hang a plain backdrop somewhere in the house, or designate a blank wall to serve as the photo station.  Your guests will love taking a few selfies with your rockstar props!

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How do you normally ring in the new year?  Any plans this year?

~Adrianne

 

Christmas Card With Stampendous & Dreamweaver

We have a fun little treat for everyone this week. We are working with Stampendous Stamps for the next three days. It’s what we like to call a “mini” hop.  Our teams have whipped up some fabulous Holiday creations just for YOU this week and, of course, we have a giveaway, too! One lucky winner will receive our infamous Chalk Core Prize pack so click HERE for more details on that.

Today I have a card to share that uses lots of embossing and some stamping too!

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Christmas Card Supply List:

Christmas Supply List

Step 1: Emboss the Chalk Core with the Greetings Embossing folder and sand with Sand It Gadget to bring out the chalk.

Step 2: Emboss a small piece of the Scarlett Red cardstock to get a little bit of the embossing folder border and add it to the white tag.

Step 3: Sand the Spotted paper and add it and Scarlett Red cardstock to the base of your card.  Top with the embosssed Chalk Core piece.

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Step 4: Stamp your sentiment on a white circle cut from Core Basics 80Lb Cardstock.

Step 5:  Die cut a deer head from Gemstone Cardstock.  Add all the pieces to the tag using dimensional adhesive to pop some up.

~Christine

 

 Don’t forget to click HERE to enter to win our Chalk Core Prize pack!

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