Torn Cardstock Halloween Witch Hat

I looooove Halloween! And when I got my hands on this Darice witch hat, I knew it screamed the need for some  Core’dinations Cardstock.


Torn Cardstock Witch Hat Supplies:

Step 1: Paint the top and bottom of the hat black just in case any of the base of the hat sneaks through. Basic black craft paint works just fine.

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Step 2: Tear different strips of Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock. Paper tearing never gets old! Core is great for this because the color core looks great. For tips on tearing our cardstock, view our videos here. Tear the strips, sand them with Sand it Gadget and white off with Dust Buddy. Using the Dust Buddy is important because it helps the adhesive stick.

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Step 3: Adhere torn strips, rotating colors and patterns on the top of the hat and finish off with some May Arts Ribbon.


Step 4: Place on a pumpkin or other decoration.




Thanksgiving Turkey Place Cards

Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite times of the year! I love the fall season, and I love getting together with family to share a delicious meal. I love seeing the table all set up and ready for the meal as well. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved Place Cards. When I was young, my mom would make some fun little nut cup place cards. Today, I’m going to show you how to make these fun Thanksgiving Turkey Place Cards.

turkey-place-cardsThanksgiving Turkey Place Cards Supplies:


Step 1. Using the 1 1/2″ circle punch, punch out three circles of the Kraft Cardstock and three circles each of the Jillian Dot papers, use the Sand-It Gadget to a lightly distress the top of the dots.


Step 2. Fold the Jillian Dot papers into thirds, making the top slightly larger than the bottom. These are your feathers.


Step 3. Line up your feathers, put a small amount of adhesive on the bottom of the feathers.


Step 4.  Place your 1 1/2″ Kraft Cardstock circle over the top of them. Punch a 3/4″ circle out of Kraft Cardstock, use the pen to draw the face. Use adhesive to attach to the front of the turkey.


Step 5. Cut a small piece of styrofoam to fit the bottom of the bucket. Trim the skewer to be the height that you’d like it, and insert into styrofoam.


Step 6. Slide the Turkey onto the skewer. I just put the skewer into the little pocket that was created by folding the Jillian Dot circles. I used the middle “feather”. Write the name on the Mini Tag, and tie it around the skewer with some twine. Place in bucket, use a filler to fill bucket. I used these decorative balls. You could use shredded/crinkle paper, nuts, or candy.


Step 7. Now you are all ready to set your table! Everyone will be so excited to find their name!



Grab a friend or two and make up a bunch of these. They will be loved by all on Thanksgiving day.



Pine Cone Turkeys

Are you looking for a fun fall project to do with your children?  How about grabbing some pine cones, some beautiful Vintage Collection papers a few basic craft supplies and creating these fun turkeys.

pinecone_turkey_coredinations_nancy-keslin_finalPine Cone Turkey Supplies:

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Step 1: Paint foam ball with brown acrylic paint.  Helpful hint: insert a skewer or small stick into the ball to keep fingers out of the way, allowing the ball to be fully coveredwith paint.

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Step 2: While paint dries, trace and cut out two hand prints on Core’dinations Vintage Collection papers.

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Step 3: Glue handprints to the stem end and foam ball to the top of the pinecone to create turkey.

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Step 4:  Assemble the face of the turkey by inserting a 1/2 inch piece of yellow chenille stem in center of ball and wrapping a 1- 1/2 to 2 inch piece of red chenille stem around it.  Attach google eyes with glue.

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Step 5:  To create hat cut a 3 inch circle from black Core Basics cardstock.  Draw a 2 inch circle about 3/4 of the way around and cut out.

pinecone_turkey_coredinations_nancy keslin_ringStep 6:  Cut edges out of the semicircle and fold up to create hat shape.

pinecone_turkey_coredinations_nancy keslin_foldStep 7:  To embellish hat cut a small piece of white Core Basics cardstock approximately 1 1/2 inches by 1/2 inch and add a little glitter to the center to create the hat band and buckle.

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Step 8:  Place hat on turkey head, glue if desired.

pinecone_turkey_coredinations_nancy-keslin_final-2I am sure your little ones will enjoy their turkey friend for many years to come.



Turkey Treat Holders

As the holidays approach, it’s fun to start planning and creating those special little things that make a hand-crafted celebration.  In my family, we usually have small favors for each of our guests.  I’m always hunting for ideas that are cute, but aren’t too expensive or too time consuming to make. Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get a jump start with these adorable Turkey Treat Holders.  Won’t these look fabulous on the dinner table?

003Turkey Treat Holder Supplies:


Step 1.  Die cut feathers.  With this die, I was easily able to cut 4 layers of paper at a time.

Step 2.   Add ribbon around the lip of the pot.

Step 3.  Glue the feathers.

Step 4.  Hand draw turkey body.  Cut out.

Step 5.  Punch a pear shape to create the turkey’s wattle.  Snip a triangle for the beak. Use buttons and brads to create the eyes.  Attach to flower pot.

Step 6.  Wrap treats in tulle.  Tie with burlap cord and place in flower pot.

001Hope this helps make your holidays even happier!



Thankful Banner

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the warmth of an amazing meal and the gathering of my family each year. It’s just a wonderful time to enjoy each other and remember to give thanks for the blessings my family and I enjoy on a daily basis.

So I like to decorate for Thanksgiving as well. Bring on the visual reminders of gratitude, thankfulness, and even those reminders that some blessings come with a cost. So I wanted something to reflect those sentiments and help me remember to be openly thankful AND giving this season.

This Thankful Banner fits the bill. Since it hangs from a branch, you can hang it anywhere from your front door to the mantel–all you need is a hook, nail, or knob!

Thankful-banner-CoredinationsThankful Banner Supplies:


Step 1: Start with a piece of muslin-covered cardboard approximately 15″ x 10″. Hot glue the fabric to the back side of the cardboard to get a nice smooth front.

Thankful Banner by Mabey She Made It for Core'dinations

Step 2: Adhere two pieces of twill tape to the back of the cardboard.

Thankful Banner by Mabey She Made It for Core'dinations

Step 3: Cut paper banner, “Thankful” greeting, and leaves from card stock using electronic cutter or craft knife. The greeting was cut from the back side of the card stock for a different color.

Step 4: Adhere greeting to paper banner, and adhere paper banner to your fabric banner at the top and centered.

Step 5: Create different leaf looks. Fold 1/3 of your leaves in half length wise to mimic a leaf stem, then distress. Take the other 2/3 of the leaves and use the back and front sides for different effects. You should now have a variety similar to this. You might want to add a few different colors of leaves.

Thankful Banner by Mabey She Made It for Core'dinations

Step 6: Curl the leaves by rolling them between your fingers. The more you break down the fibers in the paper by rolling, the easier it is to get the shape you want.

Thankful Banner by Mabey She Made It for Core'dinations

Step 7: Cut section of berry garland, and twist into a mini wreath shape. Adhere leaves to the wreath as desired.

Thankful Banner by Mabey She Made It for Core'dinationsStep 8: Adhere wreath to fabric banner.

Step 9: Insert the small branch through the twill tape loops, and hang.




Decorative Tag Storage Box

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann and I am so excited to be here today.  Do you love making tags as much as I do?  One of my biggest problems is that whenever I want to make a tag I can’t seem to locate where I put them last in my craft room so I decided to make a fun little box to store my tags.

Tag-storage-Box-CoredinationsTag storage box supplies:

To make the tag storage box, follow these easy steps:

Step 1. Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection Cardstock 9 3/4″ x 9″ and place on your Scor board with the 9″ side at the top of your board.  Scor on the 3″ and 6″ marks and then rotate the Cardstock so the 9 3/4″ side is on the top.  Scor on the 1/2″, 3 1/2″, 6 1/4″ and 9 1/4″ marks from top to bottom.  Scor at the 3/4″ and 9″ marks for only the top and bottom sections.  This will allow the box to fold closed easily.


Step 2. Cut on the scor lines as shown.  The extra portions on the 4 corners have been removed and there is now a cut on the 3″ and 6″ lines from Left to Right up to the middle piece which will be the bottom of the box.


Step 3. Using your Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy, sand and remove the dust for that perfect Vintage look!


Step 4. Finally, cut, emboss and sand centers for your tags and assemble the box and then attach a tag to the front of the box so you know exactly what the box is for!


Joann-Larkin-Gift-Tag-Box-Closeup-e1412623870508Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a Great Day!



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