Kisses for Midnight Treat Bag

December 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party, Sizzix

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a sweet New Years Eve project. While, perfect for anyone on your list, I created this for someone who will be miles away at midnight.  The sentiment  is “Miss You” with the added sentiment of “Sending Kisses for Midnight”.  Notice there is a vellum window in this project that the candy will show through. In place of that you could also use NEW Core’dinations Vellum Quotes & Titles. Now, I will show you how quick and easy it is to make!!

kisses for midnight

Kisses for Midnight Treat Bag Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock
  • Core’dinations Core Basics Vellum
  • Core’dinations white mini tag
  • Clearsnap black ink pad
  • “Miss You” stamp
  • May Arts purple burlap string
  • Sizzix dies:  Movers & Shapers XL Die – Bag w/Flap (#659197), Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK – Mini Hearts Set (#657212), Thinlits Die Set 121PK – Alphanumeric (#660056)
  • Big Shot die-cutting machine
  • Fiskars mini heart punch
  • Paper adhesive


Treat Bag Instructions:

Step 1: Die-cut bag pieces from Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock.


Step 2: Cut a small piece of Core’dinations Core Basics Vellum; adhere to inside of bag covering die-cut opening.


Step 3: Fold and assemble bag according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4: Stamp mini tag with sentiment. Punch heart from Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock; adhere to tag. Attach tag to bag flap.  Add note to back as desired.


Step 5: Die-cut “2015″ from Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock; adhere to bag front.


Step 6: Fill bag with Kisses; tie closed with twine.


Happy New Year!!



2015 Marquee Sign

December 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Winter Projects

The end of the year is almost here, and before we know it we will be celebrating the beginning of 2015. Today, I’m going to show you how to make one of these fun 2015 Marquee Signs. It isn’t too difficult to make, but it is a little bit time consuming. It is the perfect thing to go along with the New Year’s Eve Hourly Countdown that I shared last week.

2015-Marquee-Sign copy


2015 Marquee Sign Supplies:


Step 1. Cut out at least 3 layers of chipboard for each number, and then use the Glitter Silk Cardstock and cut out the numbers “2015″. I have 4 layers total. I used my digital die cutting machine for this. Also, paint your board white and let it dry.


Step 2. Use your adhesive to attach all the numbers together in a stack. You could also use a glue stick for this.


Step 3. Make sure they are stuck together well. Put something heavy on the top if needed.  It will be fairly thick.


Step 4. Lay out your numbers. Mark on them where the holes need to be punched.


Step 5. Punch your holes.


Step 6. Lay the hole punched numbers on the board. Line up all the numbers and get them in the right place. Trace around the bottom of the numbers to make it easier to know where they need to be after they are moved. Put some temporary adhesive on the back of the numbers for use while drilling the holes.


Step 7. Using a drill and bit, drill your holes. I drilled just far enough to mark where the hole should be, then removed the numbers and drilled the holes the rest of the way.


Step 8. Once I had the holes all drilled, I went back with a slightly larger bit and drilled the holes even bigger. Make sure the holes are big enough for your lights to fit through.


Step 9. Put the lights into the back of the board. I tried securing this by using painters tape, but it didn’t hold the lights good enough, so I used a little bit a glue on the lights that wouldn’t stay in place.


Step 10. Put your numbers over the top of the lights on the front side. It took a little bit of work to make them all line up perfectly. I had to make my punched holes slightly larger in a few areas. You can also use some adhesive to keep the numbers in place. Just make sure the holes all line up before adhereing the numbers.


Step 11. Plug the lights in and set your sign on your shelf.


Now you are ready to celebrate the new year. You could use this sign in January, or you could leave it out all year!


It would be fun to have for a New Year’s Eve party as well.


Ringing in the New Year

Can you believe that the year is almost over, and soon we will be celebrating 2015?!! I’ll admit, New Year’s is not a huge crafting holiday….but, this is a cute decoration that is simple, but has the right holiday flare.

tophat copy


New Year’s Top Hat Supplies:


This was really easy to put together.

Step 1:  Cover the Darice paper mache hat with Black Core Basics.

Step 2: Cut various die cuts out of different Coredinations. I used the Glitter Sill (Black) and some Core Basics in white for contrast. Die cuts and ribbons was a fun way to bling it up a bit.  The Glitter Silk paper was perfect, because it added sparkle without the mess.

Step 3: Add May Arts ribbon around the base.
















Step 4: Tuck Core Tag into the hatband after adding the date with stickers. . This tag was crisp and clean, but you could easily make the tag over the top fancy, to keep as a memento.  Each year, the tag could be exchanged  to ring in the new.

Enjoy for a fun and festive New Year!



Happy 2015 Champagne Bottle Tag

Hi friends!  It’s Joy from Joy’s Life here, sharing a quick and easy tag with you!

 2015ChampagneTagJoysLife copy

2015 Champagne Bottle Tag Supplies:

2015 Champagne Bottle Tag by Joy from #joyslife #coredinations

Step 1. This tag is super simple!  Cut a piece of Core’dinations Silver Glitter Silk cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″.

2015 Champagne Bottle Tag by Joy from #joyslife #coredinations

 Step 2. Using a 1-1/2″ round paper punch, punch a hole at the top middle of the tag.  Optional: To add some interest to the edges, use a decorative punch on both ends.

2015 Champagne Bottle Tag by Joy from #joyslife #coredinations


Step 3: Using a bone folder, score the tag at 2-1/2″, or at the best place so that it bends nicely on your specific bottle type.

Step 4: Add numbers for the year.  You can use whatever you have on hand or create them from Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock.

2015ChampagneTagJoysLife copy

Now it’s all ready for gift giving!  Simply write to and from on the back of the tag and you’re good to go!

Happy 2015!  I hope you enjoyed this project!  When I’m not here you can find me at!



Rock the New Year With Rockstar Photo Props

Hey friends, Adrianne here today!  Are you planning to party like a rockstar this New Year’s Eve?  Okay, I am not.  I confess.  We have 2 young kids and little to no hope of finding a sitter, so we will probably team up with another family, and hope we all make it to midnight.  But it’s still fun to pretend sometimes, isn’t it?  Photo props are a really fun New Year’s Eve tradition, and I made up a sparkling set for this year’s little NYE party that have a rock star theme.  Because 2015 is going to rock, right?

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It’s a little twist on what you normally see out there.  The new trend isn’t just mustaches, it’s a full beard these days, so I put together a few beards, some retro glasses, microphones, and even some backstage passes.  The best part is, if they’re stored well, you can use these again and again for other parties.  Just swap out the label on your jar, which is just tied on with ribbon!

Rock star photo props supplies:

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Step 1. Determine what you want to free-hand cut, and what you want to simplify by creating or buying a file for.  I used the most sparkling paper I had: blue and black Glitter Silk, combined with Gemstones card stock.  You should be able to cut all your accessories from 6×6 sized sheets, though the larger paper would certainly work well too.  I cut everything but the microphones with my Cameo, but don’t forget that you can trace your favorite sunglasses, and freehand a beard pretty easily.  I designed my own “VIP backstage pass” lanyard, to go along with the theme.  You can click here to download the file.

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Step 2.  Because the microphones were such simple shapes, I used pop dot black paper and glittery silver card stock, with black paper accents.  I assembled them in just minutes with scrapbooking glue.

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Step 3. Add the dowels to your props.  In a pinch, paper straws would also look nice, but they don’t hold up as well.  It’s best to secure the dowel in 2 places, if you can. I use a heavy tape (like duct tape) at the top of the dowel, then a generous dot of scrapbook glue at the bottom to stabilize it.

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Step 4.  Punch a hole at the top of your VIP passes, and tie them onto a 36″ length of thin ribbon, cord, or yarn.  They’re not facial props, but they are a fun addition to the rock star theme!

Step 5. Now, just prep your jar or bucket for the party!  Shredded paper looks great in clear jars, and helps to support your sticks.

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Step 5.  Tie on a great sign with ribbon to ring in the new year, and you’re ready to party!  Tip: Hang a plain backdrop somewhere in the house, or designate a blank wall to serve as the photo station.  Your guests will love taking a few selfies with your rockstar props!

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How do you normally ring in the new year?  Any plans this year?



New Years Wine Bottle Gift Tag

A bottle of bubbly is an obvious host or hostess gift for your New Year’s parties! A wine bottle tag is a quick way to personalize your present. This idea would also be an easy one to change up slightly for any other holiday event.


New Years Wine Bottle Gift Tag Supplies: 


Step One: Trim snowflake cardstock into 9″x3″ strip. Using a 2″ circle punch, create a hole in the end of the cardstock strip, centering left to right.


Step Two: Score the punched cardstock strip, on the punched end at 3″.


Step Three:  Using an electronic cutting machine, die cut, or template cut the word “Cheers!” from Glitter Silk cardstock.


Step Four:  Using an electronic cutting machine, die cut, or template cut bow tie elements from Core Couture Glitter cardstock.


Assemble the bow tie pieces.


Step Five:  Computer generate “Happy New Year” on Core Basics Kraft cardstock and cut into strip. Cut additional 1/2″ strip of kraft cardstock and adhere to wine tag.


Step Six: Assemble all elements of wine tag. Trim bottom of tag into pennant shape, adhere sequins and date stickers or die cuts as shown.

Repeat for additional bottles!



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