Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Leafy Witch Hat With Sizzix and Core'dinations

Looking for a not so scary decoration7s for your Halloween festivities?  How about this lovely fall witch’s hat that I created last year for Core'dinations?  This project is quick and easy and you only need a few items.  
Leafy Witch Hat Supplies:
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Step 1.  Die cut, emboss, and sand leaves.  I made a total of 12 leaves, 4 of each color: No. 6, No. 7, and No. 20; yellow, orange and brown.  After sanding wipe each down with your Sand-it Gadget.
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Step 2. This step is not necessary, but for added interest and depth, you can ink the edges of the leaves.
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Step 3.  To create spiral flower, begin by drawing a spiral on the back of the copper Glitter Silk sheet.
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Step 4.  Cut along drawn line.
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 Step 5.  Roll flower from outside edge and adhere to center when complete.  I like to step on the flower a bit to add more dimension.
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Step 6.  Adhere burlap flower and metallic ribbon to hat.
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Step 7.  Attach leaves behind burlap flower.
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Step 8.  Finish by adding rolled flower to center of burlap flower.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Chibitronics Blinking Gift Bag

Hi everyone!  Can you believe it is already October?  Eeek,  well, this weekend I decided to get my Halloween on and start decorating the house, so  I have lots of fun home decor items to share with you this week.

Today I wanted to start with this cute little Halloween goodie bag I created with Chibitronics, a file from SVGCuts, my Cricut and of course some of my favorite basics...papers from Core'dinations.

I began with a the treat bag file from the Fright Night Collection, which I cut with my Cricut Explore from a combination of the Core Basics Patterns, Orange Small Dot, Core Basics, Black, and the Orange from the Core Essentials Brights Collection. 

After I cut all my papers, the fun of assembling and lighting up the bag with Chibitronics began.  First I created my parallel circuit.  I marked dots on my backing piece where the holes on the bag were, so I would know where to place the lights.  Please don't break your copper tape, two continuous loops are necessary.  (yes, I know this from experience) And be sure leave enough overhang to add your battery later.
From there I simply added my LED lights, I chose to add one to every other hole because I didn't want to over work my battery.  How simple was that....I have a light now at each hole.

Pretty cool, right?  But wait....Chibitronics just came out with some super cool effects stickers and you know I had to give them a try.  Adding the effect sticker was a bit more complicated, and being that I was working in a limited area I used a bit of masking tape as an insulator.  You can see the effects sticker layout directions here.

From there, I simply finished the assembly of my bag.  Ok, yeah, I know those are all still photos, so you can't see how cool it is that these lights now blink...or can you?  Check out this short video of the bag blinking....

There are other super cool effects as well as the blink...heartbeat, twinkle, and fade all come in the kit.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, October 2, 2015

Simple Stories Clear Scraps Recipe Album

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a little something I made for my son.  Like many of you my children are growing up and moving out.  Well, after a year on his own, cooking for himself, my son decided he really wanted some of our favorite family recipes written down so that he could recreate them.  (I guess he likes my cooking.  hee hee).  Anyway, Clear Scraps to the rescue.  With the Acyrlic Recipe Stand kit I was able to create a functional recipe book for him in no time.
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The kit comes with a mixture of chipboard and acrylic pages.  I chose to use a chipboard page for the front cover as well as for the "favorite" recipe in each category.
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I used some older Simple Stories papers and embellishments I had in my stash as well as a few custom stickers I made with my Cricut.
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I really like the print and cut function on my Cricut and created these stickers out of printable vinyl, so they should be quite sturdy.
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This Simple Stories line had lots of cute kitchen related items that were just perfect for this project.
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Although, I do wonder if the album may be just a bit to "girly" for him.  lol
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Some of the recipes I copied and pasted from the internet
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while others I had to type up.
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I also added some blank 4x6 pages to the kit so that I can continue to add recipes when he asks.
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Needless to say the stand is getting a little thick.  But I know he will be eating well.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Create a Canister with Sizzix and The Buckle Boutique

Hey everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  The weekend!!!  It is upon us.  w00t w00t. Well, today I want to share with you this cute little box I made using a die from Sizzix and some fun rhinestones from The Buckle Boutique.
I have had so much fun with the XL Canister die from Eileen Hull for Sizzix.  Using the Sizzix Mat Board really makes the final project super sturdy and with the addition of a Rhinestone Sticker sheet from The Buckle Boutique, this one in Crystal Gold Rectangle.... Well, let me show you how I made it.

Begin by adhering your cardstock to the mat board and create your Sizzix Sandwich; cutting plate, Sizzix Bigz Die, mat board and second cutting plate; and run through the Big Shot machine.
You will need to cut two of the "canister sides" to complete the assembly.
Use the Sizzix die to cut the Rhinestone Sticker Sheet for the top of the box.  Save those extra pieces for embellishment later.
From there, simply assemble the canister and add the Rhinestone Sticker Sheet to the top of the box.
To embellish the canister I added a bow that I cut with the Sizzix French Bow XL die (which I embellished with one of the scraps of rhinestones I cut earlier)
and a simple rolled flower I made using the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals set.

Thanks for stopping by...Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Are You Ready for Some Football? Party Supplies with Core'dinations

This is a fun set of projects I made last winter for Core'dinations and Darice. With football season upon us I thought I would share again.  This set of projects was super fun and easy to create and can be made in your favorite teams colors.  Thanks for stopping by.
Materials needed to make your own Football Party Supplies:
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Banner Instructions:

Step 1:  Create pennant template by cutting a triangle 5×7 inches.
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Step 2:  Trace template onto green Core’dinations Spotted paper.   I was able to get five pennants onto one 12×12 sheet.  For this banner you will need a total of seven pennants.
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Step 3:  After cutting out the pennants add strips of White paper from the Core’dinations Neutrals to create yard lines.  I cut my strips 1/4 inch wide and trimmed to fit.
football banner_coredinations_nancy keslin_stripesStep 4:  Use Die Cut machine or punches to create the circles and letters for each pennant from both the white Core’dinations Neutrals paper and orange Spotted paper.  The orange circles were cut to 2 1/4 inches, the white circles to 2 inches and the letters to 1 1/2 inches.
football banner_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 5:  Assemble pennants and sand lightly using the Sand-it Gadget.
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Step 6:  Add holes to each pennant and string together using the Darice Hemp Cord.  I also added a football that I cut using my die cut machine for added interest.

Treat Holder Instructions:

Step 1:  Cut treat holder shape with electronic cutter or by hand using templates readily available on the internet (search for “popcorn box template”) using medium brown paper from the Core’dinations Neutrals pack.
popcornbox_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  Sand using the Sand-it Gadget and remove excess paper dust with the Dust Buddy.  I love how the Dust Buddy removes all the paper fibers from both my project and work space.  The sanding gives the cardstock a nice weathered texture, similar to a football.
popcornbox_coredinations_nancy keslin_distressStep 3:  To create laces on your “football” treat holder, cut strips of white cardstock from the Core’dinations Neutrals 1/4 x 1 inch.  ( you will need six strips for each box)
popcornbox_coredinations_nancy keslin_lacesStep 4:  If you would like to add additional stripes to your “football” those are also cut at 1/4 inch and can be wrapped around the box and trimmed to fit.
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Additional project:  To create football picks for the cupcakes, or they would be fun in sandwiches, I simply cut additional footballs with my electronic cutter and attached them to toothpicks with a bit of glue.