Embossed Christmas Cards With a Twist

The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones!  Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!

Christmas-cards-CoredinationsChristmas Card Supply List:

Core Christmas Cards Supply Picture

For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.


Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it.  Add it to a cardstock base.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.

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Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.

Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.

My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!


Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.

Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.

Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.


Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!



Graphic 45 Sentiment Cards

We sure hope you had fun this week!  Graphic 45 and Core’dinations go hand in hand. Today I have a variety of cards using the Graphic 45 Signature Series Collections: Graphic 45 Lights collection and the Graphic 45 Darks collection.  Both are great for any papercrafting including matching those Graphic 45 collections perfectly.
AND, don’t forget to CLICK HERE for your chance to WIN some of your own!


Wedding Card

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Wedding Card Supplies:
  • Graphic 45 – Botanical Tea
  • Core’dinations Graphic 45 lights collection
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
  • Darice  Embossing folders
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Dust Buddy
  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Sookwang
  • David Tutera Sentiment sticker
  • My Mind’s Eye Brad
1.  I cut an extra sheet of the cardstock and embossed, sanded and dusted it.
2.  Then I attached it to the front of the card base.
3.  I added a sheet of the patterned paper to the top of the card and then tied a ribbon around it.
4.  Then all you have to do is add a sentiment and a brad.

Friend Card

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Friend Card Supplies:
  • Graphic 45  Bohemian Bazaar and Secret Garden Stickers
  • Core’dination’s Graphic 45 lights
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
  • Darice  Embossing folders
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Dust Buddy
  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Sookwang
This is just such a beautiful paper line.  I actually combined the Bohemian Bazaar line with some Secret Garden Stickers to create the card.
1.  First , cut a card base and fold it.
2.  Then, cut a sheet of the patterned paper and attach it to the front of the card base.
3.  Then, emboss a sheet of the yellow cardstock, sand it and dust it off and then cut it diagonally and attach it.
4.  Emboss and cut little strips from both cardstock and patterned paper.
5.  Attach the sentiment stickers.

Thank You Card

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Thank You Card Supplies:
  • Graphic 45  Botanical Tea
  • Core’dination’s Graphic 45 darks
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
  • Darice  Embossing folders
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Dust Buddy
  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Sookwang
  • SRM sentiment sticker
  • My Mind’s Eye brad
1.  Cut your card base and fold it in half.
2.  Cut a sheet of white cardstock smaller and attach it
3.  Cut another sheet of the cardstock same color as the base, emboss it, sand it and dust it off and attach it to the card.
4.  Then cut sheet of the patterned paper and mat it with white.  Use foam squares to pop this off the base of the card.
5.  Create a flower using the same color cardstock as the card base, sand it slightly, curl it and attach it to the card with a brad.
6.  Add a sentiment sticker

‘You’re The Best’ Card

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‘You’re The Best’ Card Supplies:
  • Graphic 45  Place in Time
  • Core’dination’s Graphic 45 darks
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
  • Darice  Embossing folders
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Dust Buddy
  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Sookwang
  • SRM sentiment sticker
  • KI Glitter Dots
  • Ribbon – stash
  • Martha Stewart punch – butterfly and border punch
1.  Cut a card base with a light purple
2.  Cut another sheet of cardstock in a darker shade and then cut a sheet of patterned paper and use the card cardstock to mat it.
3.  Cut a sheet of beige cardstock and punch a double border on it with a punch.  I then embossed it and attached it to the card front.  I ran a ribbon around all this and attached it to the card base.
4.  I used a little tag from the patterned paper and cut it out and added a SRM sentiment.
5.  Using a little sheet of cardstock I punched out a couple of butterflies and embossed them.


Graphic 45 Christmas Wall Art

Hi everyone, It’s Joann with you today to share a fun Christmas project.  This week Core’dinations and Graphic 45 are doing a blog hop, stop by and check it out for a chance to win some great prizes.  With the Christmas season fast approaching I remembered one of my favorite traditions.  Every year the family goes to see the local production of the Nutcracker so I dug out my G45 Nutcracker paper collection and this is what I came up with.


Graphic 45 Wall Art Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps:

Step 1. Cut all of your pieces out in the paper you choose.  I used a White card stock.


Step 2. Assemble your shadow boxes.  Each of the boxes except for the largest one is 2 pieces the same size so matching them up is easy.


Step 3. Attach the largest frame to the front panel and then start attaching the individual shadow boxes starting in a corner and working your way out.


Step 4. Once all the shadow boxes have been attached, fasten on the back panel.


Step 5.  Cut a piece of your Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions and using your Sand It Gadget, sand all the panels to show off that lovely embossing. Don’t forget yo use your Dust Buddy to clean-up the dust!  Once you are finished your sanding attach the pieces to the front of the assembled unit and start decorating!


Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a great day my crafty friends!



Saving For a Rainy Day Bank with Graphic 45

I love working with Graphic 45 products, and I always find that I am challenged to think outside of the box – or in this case, design around the box. I started out with the G45 ATC Book Box, and decided to turn it into a Dog House that functions as a bank.  Using the Raining Cats and Dogs collection got me thinking about  saving for a rainy day and inspired the idea of a piggy bank.


Saving For a Rainy Day Bank Supplies:


I constructed a roof to fit over the box ( and cut a hole to insert money).  The dog house was decorated and finished with a paper umbrella, made from a scalloped circle.  To access the money inside, simply untie the ribbon.


Wouldn’t this be a fun way to save up those pennies for more craft supplies?!!

Thanks for stopping by.



CAS Cards with Graphic 45 Signature Series

I love all the Core’dinations collections but one of my favorites is the Graphic 45 Signature Series. The colors are just so rich and yummy and the match perfectly to the Graphic 45 pattern papers. For my projects I made a feminine and masculine card to show the versatility of our cardstock and their patterned papers.

Feminine Sentiment Card


Feminine Sentiment Card Supplies:

For this card I used the Place in Time collection. For my Cardstock I used the Signature Series Lights collection. I layered my cardstock and embossed the Robin’s Egg using a Darice embossing folder and then layered my pattern paper on top. For my sentiment I used some Paper Smooches dies and stamps.

Masculine Birthday Card

For my masculine card I used the Graphic 45 Good ol Sports collection along with my Core’dinations Signature Series Darks. I once again, I layered my cardstock and used the tearing technique at the botton of the cardstock. I then punched circles of the pattern paper and layered them on the card.


Masculine birthday card supplies:

I have a video to share with you today on how I made this card:

~Mary Pat


Unique Graphic 45 Gift Bag & Card

Hanging your more 3D cards on the front of an altered gift bag is a great way to display your card and create a unique feature for your bag. Clare Buswell created this neat design using Core’dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series Lights and Graphic 45 papers.


Gift Bag and Tag Supply List:

  • Signature Series Graphic 45 – Lights
  • Graphic 45 – Bohemian Bazaar Collection 8×8
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Dust Buddy
  • Darice Paper Crafting Bags Bag
  • Cuttlebug Embossing folder Anna Griffin Ogee Damask
  • Big Shot
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die
  • Card hanger die (http://soapboxcreations.blogspot.com/p/card-hanger-die.html)
  • Ranger Coffee Ink
  • May Arts 5/8″ Crochet Ribbon Natural
  • May Arts Twisted Burlap Ribbon Ivory
  • Enamel dots
  • Circle It stamp set The Crafts Meow
  • Flower Stamen


Flower Instructions:

Step 1. Die cut 5 large flowers and 1 medium using Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and Creme Brulee cardstock from the Signature Series Graphic 45 – Lights Collection. Using a scissors snip in between the petals on the medium flower. Sand all edges using Sand It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy.


Step 2. On a foam mat use the top of a pen lid to create a cupped effect on each petal by pressing into the cardstock. Repeat for each layer. Make a hole in the center of each flower.


Step 3. Fold over a bunch of flower stamen, insert into center of smallest layer. Continue adding layers and add a small amount of tacky glue at the base of each flower between layers.


Step 4. To make sure the back of the flower was flat I added some pieces of masking tape to cover the ends of the stamen. This makes it easier to attach to your project.


Step 5. Once all the layers are complete, use your fingers to shape the flower, pushing the center petals slightly closed.


Bag Instructions: 

Step 1. Die cut two pieces of Spring Green cardstock from the Signature Series Graphic 45 – Lights Collection and the card hanger die. Cut two strips of patterned paper from Graphic 45 – Bohemian Bazaar Collection 8×8 to fit across the top of the bag.


Step 2. Use the inner piece from the die cut hanger to trace around on your bag, cut out slightly larger. Adhere the die cut piece, as shown.


Step 3. Adhere the second die cut piece on the inside of the bag, for a neat finish.


Step 4. Attach the patterned paper strips from Graphic 45 – Bohemian Bazaar Collection to the top of the bag at the front and back and then slip the card through the card holder.




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