Easy Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath

January 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Design Teams, Sizzix

Hey friends!  Adrianne here today to share a super easy, heart-filled idea for your Valentine’s Day decor.  You can make dozens of hearts in just minutes using your favorite manual cutting machine, making this heart covered wreath a quick and festive paper craft.  Choose traditional colors, or the colors that best match your decor!


Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath Supplies:

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Step 1. Choose your colors.  I picked a mix of red and purple shades, and embossed the Vintage Collection papers with heart shapes.

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Step 2. Sand the papers with the Sand It Gadget to bring out the heart pattern.

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Step 3. Arrange the heart dies on your papers to cut as many hearts as possible in several sizes.

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Step 4. Starting with the largest hearts, glue hearts onto your wreath form.  This layer serves to cover up the foam wreath form.

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Step 5. As you move on to adding smaller hearts to fill out the round shape, use foam dots to add depth and dimension to the wreath.

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Step 6. Turn the wreath over, and using a pair of sewing pins or small nails, add a wreath hanger to the top of the wreath.  It’s lightweight enough it can easily be hung from a nail, or an adhesive hook.


What kinds of decor are you making for Valentine’s Day?



Introducing Core’dinations BRAND NEW Polka Dot Pops Paper!

January 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog

We are so excited to introduce our brand new Polka Dot Pops paper! It comes in both Kraft and our famous Pearl cardstock.

Let’s start with the Kraft! If you are looking for a more natural looking design, this Core’dinations Kraft Pop Dot paper is a perfect choice. This natural color paper features dots that pop off the page! The premium, heavyweight cardstock is perfect for any paper crafter and comes in 12×12 and assorted card packs.


It also comes in a fun silver pearl cardstock from Core’dinations featuring silver glitter and white raised polka dots that is perfect for handmade cards, invitations, and more.


Here it is in action:


WAIT, we aren’t done yet! It is available in two different kinds of cards!

  • Kraft Assortment
  • Pearl Assortment

A2 polka dot pop cards

THE perfect way to send that perfect card for any occasion!


Visit our blog all month to see more fun projects with this new collection!

CLICK HERE to view more photos of the new Polka Dot Pops paper on Darice.com.


Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor

January 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Valentine’s Day. I love it. I love to get out the red, white, black, pink & purple decorations. I also like to make some new decorations each year. This project is a fun one, and fairly simple. I’m going to show you how to make this Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor.


Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor Supplies:


Step 1. Paint the outside edges of your tray. For this project, I’m using the back side of this tray.


Step 2. Measure the opening on the back that is inside the edges of the tray.


Step 3. Use the paper trimmer and trim the Core’dinations Core Couture Glitter Cardstock in Red Carpet to fit in the opening. Adhere the paper onto the tray.


Step 4. With your Core’dinations Pop Dot Paper in Pearl White with Black Polka Dots, cut out some fun Valentine words. I cut these subway art words out of a rectangle that fit the tray. I used my electronic die cutting machine to do this.


Step 5. To adhere the cut out words to the back, simply put some adhesive around the tray on the outer lip.


Step 6. Adhere the Pop Dot Paper overlay. Make sure it stays flat and pulled tight when adhering it, so the middle stays lifted.


You are all done! I love what the shimmer of the Pop Dot Paper adds, as well as the glitter on the Core Couture paper. The depth between the two is just the right amount too, don’t you think?


Set it up on a shelf or hang it on a wall, and you’ll be all ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day.




Quick & Easy Chalk Core Layout

January 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Scrapbooking

I know, it doesn’t look quick and easy, but it was! And it could have been even quicker and easier with the use of pre-made flowers.


Chalk Core Layout Supplies:

Step 1: Choose a 12×12 sheet of Core’dinations Chalk Core cardstock. Score the perimeter of the layout. Sand to reveal the white core.

Step 2: Lay a dinner plate in the center of the layout. Trace around dinner plate using a white colored pencil, chalk pencil or white crayon.

Step 3: Adhere photo to bottom left hand corner of circle. Tear strips of vellum and overlay the photo on the top and bottom. Add title cut from an electronic cutting machine or stickers if you want to make it even easier! Add washi tape to the left of the photo.

Step 4: Add flowers to layout using the circle as a guide for placement. Add butterflies, and swirly doodles.

Here is a close up of the detail:


Since the Chalk Core cardstock looks like a chalkboard. I thought adding some doodles to the layout would enhance the chalkboard look. I used a chalk pencil. Here is a tip: to “set” the chalk, when using it on projects use a quick spray of some aerosol hairspray- this will seal the chalk so it will not rub off.




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.


LOVE Valentine Banner Supplies:


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


The ribbon adds a fun touch as well.


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


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


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




Winter Wonderland Lantern

The holidays may be over, but we still have a few more months of wintery weather.  Bring a little light into the season, with this shimmery tea-light lantern.  Add a battery powered tea light, and   the vellum paper allows a beautiful glow.


Winter Wonderland Lantern Supplies:


Step 1.  Die cut 2 sets of the Luminary die.

Step 2.  Score the cuts as marked on the cuts.


Step 3. Add vellum to the backside of the windows with double-sided tape.


Step 4.  Assemble the lantern with double-sided tape.


Step 6.  Die cut snowflakes and glue to the center of the vellum window.


Step 7.  Embellish the lantern with Shaved Ice, snow border punch, ribbon and floral stems.


So instead of heading out into the winter weather, stay inside where it’s warm and create your own winter wonderland!



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