“Nuts About You” Father’s Day Card

Anyone who crafts knows that there are not a lot of products out there that are masculine. Plenty of flowers, butterflies and glitter, but those choices don’t really pair well with the men in our lives. I was so excited to see the new Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Core- my first thought was how great it was going to be for my “boy” layouts and cards! I was right. It is perfect! Paired with a diamond plate embossing folder, it looks just like the Jeeps that my boys drive.

I wanted to use this cardstock for my Father’s Day cards this year. I used such a simple design that I replicated this card for my husband, my dad and my father-in-law.


“Nuts About You” Father’s Day Card Supplies: 


Step One:  Trim silver metallic cardstock to 5″ x 3.75″. Insert trimmed paper into embossing folder and emboss. Remove, and apply black ink to cardstock. The black ink will give the shiny silver a more aged pewter look.


Step Two:  Sand cardstock to reveal kraft core. This gives the metallic cardstock a rusted appearance. Adhere to card base.


Step Three:  Die cut “nut” shapes.

Designer Tip: Use washi tape to position dies, so you will get an exact placement when cutting.


Step Four:  Adhere die cut elements to front of the card. Computer generate, stamp or hand write sentiment, attach sentiment to card using s standard stapler.


Repeat for as many masculine metallic cards you would like. I am pairing my cards with a large jar of….you guessed it,  honey-roasted peanuts.

Let the men in your life know how “nuts” you are about them!



Motorcycle Card for Dad

Hi Core Fans!  It’s Joann here with you today.  With Father’s Day fast approaching I wanted to create a Father’s Day card for the motorcycle enthusiast or biker in your life!

Joann-Larkin-Morotcycle-Card-e1430314425458Motorcycle Card Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps:

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for the Motorcycle using the Core Essentials Darks, Neutrals and Metallic Silver for the chrome.  Next using a piece of Dark Grey from the Neutrals collection, emboss for a background that will be featured behind the Motorcycle.


Step 2.  Sand your paper and for a different look, tear by hand, around the embossing.

Tip: Don’t forget to use your dust buddy to cleanup after your sanding.   This will not only make things cleaner and easier to work with but your adhesive will also stick better!


Step 3.  Finish by cutting a card out of Black cardstock, distress the edges and attach your embossed panel and the motorcycle.  Finish by adding a sentiment and decorate as desired.

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



Father’s Day Photo Tower Gift

May 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party

I can hardly believe that it is almost June, school is almost out and it’s almost Summer time! It seems like 2015 just started. Since June is around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day Gifts. Today, I’m so excited to share this Father’s Day Gift – Photo Tower with you. I’ve wanted to make something like this for a long time, and I finally got it done! AND, it is the perfect piece for my husbands desk at work!


Father’s Day Photo Tower Gift Supplies:

  • Core Basics Patterned Paper
  • Darice Wood Blocks
  • 1 – Large Bolt (I used a 5/8″ x 8″ galvanized bolt)
  • 5 – Large Nuts (I used 5/8″)
  • 1 – Smaller Nut
  • Wood Base
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Darice Wood Glue
  • Drill with Drill Bit
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Photos
  • Super Glue


Step 1. Using a drill, take the threads out of the center of 3 nuts. This will make it so they can slide on the bolt, without being screwed on.


Step 2. Drill a hole in the center of your blocks.


Step 3. Paint your blocks and base.


Step 4. Using your paper trimmer, cut your Core Basics Patterned Paper to be the size you need for the side of your blocks.


Step 5. Using Wood Glue, put some on your block and spread it out into a thin layer with a paint brush.


Step 6. Place your paper on to the wood glue. Smooth the paper out well and make sure it sticks down to the wood.


Step 7. Do this to each side of each block until all sides have paper on them.


Step 8. Put pictures on blocks. It would be really fun to take a bunch of pictures of normal faces, silly faces, and serious faces, and put some on each side of the blocks.


Step 9. I decided to add some words to one side of the blocks, so I printed these up and cut them to the size that I needed.


Step 10. Attach the words to the blocks.


Step 11. Using super glue, glue a large nut to the center of the base. While that is drying, build your stack of blocks and nuts on the bolt. The bolt head goes at the top, working your way down you’ll have a block, large nut (threads drilled out), block, large nut (threads drilled out), block, large nut (threads drilled out), and block. You’ll have just a little bit of your bolt hanging out the bottom.


Step 12. Screw your Photo Tower onto the nut you glued onto the base.


Step 13. Next, using super glue, glue a large nut to the bolt head at the top.


Step 14. Glue the smaller nut to the very top. This creates a masculine type of finial for the top. It’s the perfect finishing touch, don’t you think?


You are all finished! I know I can’t wait to give this to my husband, and for him to have it on his desk!


I love what the nuts in between the blocks add.


I think the nuts at the top are my favorite though.


I have to say, this is one of my most favorite Father’s Day Gifts that I’ve ever put together!


Who would you make one of these for?



Metallic Bee Canvas

I love the metallic trend! and it’s even better, when you can distress the finish.  The new Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Collection is amazing.  I’ve created a trendy bee canvas to show you just how much fun you can have creating with this new paper.

bee canvasMetallic Bee Canvas Supplies:


Step 1.  Cut strips of the copper paper 7 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ long.  Emboss the paper.  Since the paper is longer than the embossing folder, place the folder on the un-embossed end of the paper, line the design up and run through the machine again to emboss the full strip.


Step 2.  Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget.  This will reveal the kraft core.


Step 3.  Add a layer of black slightly wider to the back of the embossed strip.  Distress the edges with a tool or scissors.


Step 4.  With strong double sided tape, attach to the canvas.


Step 5.  Die cut and emboss the bee using the gold paper. Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget.


Step 6.  Ink over the sanded areas with black ink.


Step 7.  Use foam adhesives to mount the bee on the canvas.

010This was a quick and stylish project to make.  Wouldn’t you Bee Happy to give it a try?

~ Gini


Party Mixers Candle Wrap

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share another quick and easy project brought to you by Core’dinations. I am a huge fan of old blue mason jars and have collected several dozen over the years. Last Summer my daughter got married and we created these jars for both centerpieces with candles and hanging jars that lined the isle filled with baby’s breath. They are quick and easy to make and add a beautiful touch to any even or decor.


Party Mixers Candle Wrap:


Step 1: Attach burlap around jar using double-sided tape overlapping ends at back of jar.


Step 2: Tie ribbon around jar; trim ends as desired. Attach Rosette covering ribbon ends.


Step 3: Thread button with twine; tie in a bow. Attach to center of rosette


And there you have it! Now, simply fill with candles, flowers, candy or whatever your heart desires!



Bon Voyage Card: Tearing Technique

One of my favorite techniques with Core’dinations is the tearing technique.  I just love exposing the inner core and it works so perfectly with the ombre look which is so on trend right now.  I used this technique to create my sky.

bonvoyage card

Bon Voyage Card Supplies:

~Mary Pat Siehl


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