Spooky Halloween Lantern

Hi friends!  It’s Joy here, sharing a spooky Halloween paper lantern with you today.  This will add a creepy, but cool, element to your haunted decor!

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Spooky Halloween Lantern Supplies:

Haunted Lantern by Joy of JoysLife.com

Step 1. Cut the lantern pieces using Core’dinations Bright Color cardstock along with solid black, vellum and black spotted Tillie Dot using your favorite electronic die cut machine.

Step 2. Emboss and sand all of the orange pieces and the black Spotted Tillie Dot spider using the Core’dinations Sand It Gadget.

Haunted Lantern by Joy of JoysLife.com

Step 3. After embossing and sanding the pieces, I ran them through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station and the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker.  Those machines helped me quickly add adhesive to the panel pieces.

Haunted Lantern by Joy of JoysLife.com

Step 4. I used a liquid adhesive to help me adhere the vellum to the inside of the lantern.  By the way, that vellum cut without a problem in my Silhouette Cameo.  YAY!Haunted Lantern by Joy of JoysLife.com

Step 5.  Assemble the lantern and spider. Add two Darice Self Stick Gems to create eyes for the spider.  Spooky!


Step 6.  Add a Darice Halloween LED Tea Light to your lantern.  I got black tea lights.  They look cool!


Turn on your tea light and you’re ready to be spooky!

Happy Birthday Card with Fall Flowers

September 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog, Core Projects, Petaloo

Create an easy birthday card with layers and a simple stamped sentiment for that special someone this Fall. Adding a touch of burlap and some  Petaloo flowers is the perfect touch to show someone you care without having to spend a lot of time.
Supply List:
Here’s a video on how to re-create this card:

Rustic Fall Banner

September 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Decor, Fall Projects, Seasonal

Are you looking for away to brighten your mantle or front door for fall?  How about creating this rustic Fall banner with Core Basics!


Rustic Fall Banner Supplies:

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Step 1.  Cut Kraft cardstock to 4×6 and emboss with the wood grain embossing folder.

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Step 2.  Create pennant shape by marking the center of the rectangle one inch from the bottom, draw lines to to the corners, and cut.

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Step 3.  Cut letters for word or sentiment from black cardstock in your favorite font and center on pennants.

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Step 4.  Score top of pennant at 1/2 inch.  This will create a pocket for your cord.

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Step 5.  Run cord through all the pennants and seal with glue, or for extra interest sew closed.

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Step 6.  Tie cinnamon sticks in a small bundle and thread onto cording, one at each end.

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Step 7. Finish by clipping bird next to the cinnamon sticks.

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Win Some Core’dinations!

September 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog

We are sponsoring  the Cupcake Inspiration Blog again! All you need to do is create a card using this inspiration piece. It’s that easy! Please make sure you check out the Challenge Rules section of their blog for details.


















Designer Shaunte Wadley created this card using the above inspiration piece. Love how she used the Core Basics  vellum and crumbled it to look like the cupcake wrapper!

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Cupcake Card Inspiration Piece:

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Layout

Halloween is right around the corner and Core’dinations new Chalk Core is perfect for your all of your Halloween needs. It also core’dinates perfectly with our Black Magic and Core Essentials, too!


Halloween Layout Supplies:

Step 1. Using a ruler and cutting tool, cut the grid pattern in 1″ increments. Within those 1″ pieces, cut out a smaller square.  Where some of the lines meet, punch a whole for added interest. Lay a piece of Black Magic Cardstock  underneath it and score the lines that will appare in the negative image of the squares you just cut.


Step 2. Flip over the Black Magic and sand the scored lines, remove dust with Dust Buddy. Line them up again and adhere. Add your additional elements like the sanded doily cut from Chalk Core. Cut the ghosts from the vellum cardstock.


Step 3. Emboss a piece of vellum and add your title along with some additional embellishments.


Glitter Silk Keepsake Box

September 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects

I love glitter, but it can be such a mess to craft with sometimes.  For items meant to be handled, like this keepsake box, it can rub off and get onto, well, everything!  Today I’m going to show you how you can get the sparkle of glitter accents without all the mess by using Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock!


Glitter Silk Keepsake Box Supplies:

  • Glitter Silk Cardstock - I used the Bronzed color
  • Paper Trimmer or scissors
  • Coordinating Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Darice Wooden Hinged Box (and small screwdriver, if it has hardware)
  • Embellishments (I used glitter, Washi Tape and floral accents)
  • Adhesives (I used Zip Dry scrapbook glue)

Glitter Keepsake Box

Step 1. Remove any hardware from your box, and set it aside.  Taking it off is much easier that trying to trim and decorate around it.  Paint any areas of your box that you don’t plan to cover with cardstock.  Allow it to fully dry before continuing.

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Step 2. Trim your cardstock to fit the areas of your box you want to cover.  Using a paper trimmer is the best way to keep nice, straight lines, but you can also trace the shape of the box and cut carefully with scissors.  I cut pieces for the top, and both the lid and the base on the front of the box.

Glitter Keepsake Box

Step 3.  Apply Mod Podge to the back side of the cardstock with a paintbrush.  Be sure to get all the way to the edges.  Allow it to rest for about 30 seconds, to soak into your paper.  You may notice that the paper begins to curl slightly – this is normal.

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Step 4.  Adhere your pieces of card stock to your box.  Once it’s positioned correctly and all edges are stuck down securely, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the whole box.  While it’s technically only necessary to add the outer coat to the portions you applied paper to, if there are other painted areas, your finish won’t match exactly if you don’t brush a light coat of Mod Podge onto them, too.

Glitter Keepsake Box

Step 5: Allow your box to fully dry, and then re-install any hardware that you removed.

Step 6: Embellish as you like!  I added a stripe of gold glitter washi tape around the bottom portion of the box, cut and scored a few leaves from my scraps, and added a coordinating flower to the top.

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As soon as it’s dry, it’s ready for you to give as a gift, or add to your decor – with no stray glitter!


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