Easter Cross

Spring always gets me in the mood to make some new home decor.  Today I have a cross to share with you that I made using Core’dinations supplies and is a perfect piece to put up for Easter (or year-round!).

Party-Mixers-CrossEaster Cross Supplies:

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Step 1: Trace cross onto the back of the adhesive cardstock.

Technique Tip: Using some kind of liquid adhesive to attach cardstock to chipboard can be a nightmare!  The glitter adhesive cardstock is perfect for not messing with that.  It attaches quickly and smoothly and needs no time to dry! That’s a win in my book!

Cross Tutorial 1

Step 2: Cut out your glitter adhesive cardstock and peel it back at the top.

Cross Tutorial 2

Step 3: Attach the glitter adhesive cardstock to your chipboard cross.

Technique Tip: Start at the top of the cross and slowly work your way down attaching it to the cross.  If you don’t get a great position at first pull it back up before you get too far.  This cardstock peels up pretty easy initially – just be sure to push it down hard once you are happy with the position.

Cross Tutorial 3

Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to attach the Party Mixer Rosettes. The rosettes are so sturdy and already assembled so they make this step really fast! No long hard struggles with assembling the rosettes.


Step 5: Die cut some vellum leaves.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations vellum cuts great in both a manual die cut machine and electronic die cutting machine.  Just make sure that if you are using electronic you set the speed and depth to an appropriate setting for vellum

Cross Tutorial 4

Step 6: Slide the leaves underneath the rosettes to hide the adhesive and attach them.  Add small flowers as a final touch.

Cross Tutorial 6

With all the colors available in glitter adhesive cardstock and rosettes you have a lot of options to make a beautiful piece of home decor that matches your own house perfectly!



Love Notes Mailbox

Are you looking for a way to share a special Valentine card or gift?  How about this mini mailbox made with some favorite Core’dinations products?

mailbox_coredinations_nancy-keslin_finalLove Notes Mailbox Supplies:

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Step 1:  Cut mailbox shape from Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions Valentine’s paper.  I used an electronic cutter, but you can find templates on the internet if you would like to handcut. (search 3D mailbox template).

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Step 2:  Use Sand it Gadget to expose the words in the Seasonal Impressions paper.

mailbox_coredinations_nancy keslin_sandStep 3:  Cut Polka Dot Pops and Pink Small dot paper to size, leaving a small border on each.

mailbox_coredinations_nancy keslin_paper layersStep 4:  Assemble box and embellish with Rhinestones, ribbons, and flowers.


This is an easy project that can make a big impact for that someone special this Valentine’s Day.



Cards and Tags Using Petaloo, Core’dinations & Xyron

We hope you had a fun week with Core’dinations, Petaloo and Xyron! Today is the announcement of our WINNER of the Chalk Core Prize pack! 
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 Email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with “Chalk Core Winner” in the subject line. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping and handling. 

Adore Card by Shaunte Wadley

I have to admit- I have a hard time using my Petaloo Flower Stash- not because they are hard to use, they are in fact, the easiest! It seems like every project I have added them to has gone from “pretty” to “breathtaking.” They are so detailed, they make your projects look time intensive when in actuality, all you have to do is adhere them. I have a hard time using them- because I am afraid I will run out of them. There. I said it. I am a craft supply hoarder!

1-e1413492745163Adore Card Supplies:

Step 1: Cut the “Adore” frame shape using my Silhouette Cameo. I cut the frame from Core’dinations Cardmaker Series Pearls in “Tan.” This cardstock is thick and has a beautiful pearlized sheen. It cuts really nicely in electronic cutting machines, even with shapes as intricate as this one. The base of the card was cut with a Lifestyle Crafts die using Core’dinations Basics in Smooth Kraft.

Step 2: The center of the card is some Core’dinations Basics Vellum, circle cut and embossed with a swiss dot embossing folder. Here is a tip I have learned when embossing vellum. Vellum is tricky, it is hard to get the pressure correct when working with embossing and die cut machines. I have had 100 percent success by using a simple kitchen rolling pin! Insert the vellum inside the embossing folder of your choice. Make sure you are working on a flat surface. Roll the rolling pin over the embossing folder, using steady pressure. Gently open part of the folder and check on the vellum, if it is not quite even, or deep enough, roll it again.Adhere the vellum to the center of the card- using adhesive only on the edges so it will not show through.

Step 3: Then, I ran my cut frame shape through my Xyron 5″ Create A Sticker Max. I prefer to use an adhesive machine for intricate shapes like this one. Otherwise it is a very tedious job to try and apply adhesive onto all of the tiny parts of the shape.

Step 4: This card uses flowers from the Petaloo Darjeeling line- specifically the “Tea-stained Blue.” I used three of the lighter shade of flower, and four of the leaves. These flowers and leaved are thick. I found it easiest to use a little piece of Xyron Double Sided Adhesive Tape to adhere them into place.

Here is a close-up of the card:


Many Thanks Tag by Tami Mayberry


Many Thanks Tag Supplies:


Step 1: Emboss tag using embossing folder; sand lightly with Sand It Gadget. Trim off top edge just below eyelet.


Step 2: Apply adhesive to back of trimmed tag using 3-inch Sticker Maker.


Step 3: Attach to rust colored tag.


Step 4: Die-cut Tattered Flower shapes from two coordinating colors of Kraft-Core cardstock.


Step 5: Sand and ink edges of flowers as desired; layer together and attach to tag as shown. Attach orange flower.


Step 6: Stamp sentiment banner onto back side of a scrap of kraft core cardstock; cut out.


Step 7: Attach banner to tag. Embellish bottom edge of tag with rick-rack trim. Tie a large loopy bow from string; attach under edge of flower as shown.



3D Paper Pumpkin Carriage

We hope you having a fun week with Core’dinations, Petaloo and Xyron! We have teamed up with some of our favorite adhesive and flowers for a week full of inspiration and, of course, PRIZES! Please go to THIS post to see how you can enter to win this:

chalk core giveawayHi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann and I am really excited to be here today.  Recently my niece was over and wanted to watch the Disney movie Cinderella. We managed to find an animated copy of the movie and when the horse drawn carriage showed up her eyes widened with excitement.  It was at that moment that I know that I have to make one for her.  We are also doing a blog hop with Petaloo and Xyron so I will be featuring some of their lovely products in the post. To make this carriage I came up with a few steps in addition to those that come with the file.

Pumpkin-Carriage-CoredinationsPumpkin Carriage Supplies:

Step 1. Cut out all your pieces and assemble the carriage, lid, base and wheels.  The wheels are actually 12 layers thick so they are really sturdy.  I prefer to build my projects out of White Card stock but you can always use whatever cardstock you desire, just make sure it is at least 80 weight paper.

Pumpkin-Carriage-Step1Step 2. Distress all the exposed edges.

Pumpkin-Carriage-Step2Step 3. Emboss all your panels.  I wanted my carriage to have that pearlescent sparkle to it so I did not sand the embossed ridges.

Pumpkin-Carriage-Step3Step 4. Attach the panels to the carriage, it does not matter what order you do it in.

Pumpkin-Carriage-Step4Step 5. Cut your final trim pieces and attach them to the carriage as well.



Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a great day my crafty friends!  I hope to see  you soon :)



Core’dinations, Xyron and Petaloo Fall Card

We are continuing our week with Petaloo and Xyron! We have teamed up with some of our favorite adhesive and flowers for a week full of inspiration and, of course, PRIZES! Please go to THIS post to see how you can enter to win this:

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Hi Everyone! Mary Pat here with you today and I have a beautiful fall card using Core’dinations and Petaloo.  What a totally fun combo!  I love fall and I wanted my card to capture the beautiful fall colors that surround us at this time.


 Thanks card supplies:

  • Core Basics: Kraft and 110 lb. smooth
  • Petaloo flowers
  • Xyron adhesive
  • Heidi Swapp mist
  • Studio Calico mist
  • Simon Says Stamp clear stamps
  • Memento tuxedo ink
  • Stampin’ Up ink
  • Spectrum Noir markers


For my card I used the Core Basics collection.  I think I am totally hooked on the yummy Kraft and I don’t think I can make a project without using the 100 lb. smooth cardstock.  I then added some stamped images and the finishing touch was the addition of the beautiful Petaloo flowers.

Here is a  close up of my flowers and pumpkins.


I made a video for you on how this card came about.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

~ Mary Pat


Fall Layouts with Xyron, Petaloo, & Core’dinations

We are continuing our week with Petaloo and Xyron! We have teamed up with some of our favorite adhesive and flowers for a week full of inspiration and, of course, PRIZES! Please go to THIS post to see how you can enter to win this:

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Give Thanks Layout by Christine Meyer

I always love the opportunity to get a favorite picture onto a layout and stored as a lifetime memory – today I have a fall layout to share with you featuring products from Core’dinations, Xyron, and Petaloo that does just that.  Christine joining you today to share a layout of some of my kiddos with their Grandma enjoying a fall tradition – leaf piles.

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Give Thanks Layout Supplies:

CorePetalooXyron 5Step 1: Emboss your tags and then deboss them by using your Sand-It Gadget.

Step 2: Cut out the center of the Seasonal Impressions cardstock – leaving just a one inch border.  Sand the border and use the Xyron Mega Runne to add Spotted Cardstock underneath as the base.

Step 3: Add Tags and Red Cardstock to create the center of your layout use the Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker.  Add Petaloo trims to the Xyron 3 inch Sticker Maker and then attach them above and below. CorePetalooXyron 6Step 4: Run the vellum quote thru the Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker.  This is the best way to attach vellum because it doesn’t show up at all! Add the vellum to the tag. CorePetalooXyron 2Step 5: Put the picture on top of the Kraft cardstock and center it.

Step 6: Add a die cut banner and Embellish the corners with Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers. Xyron’s High Tack Adhesive Dots make attaching small flowers like this an easy job! Products like this make it both easy and fun to put together a layout that we can cherish forever!



Count Your Blessings Layout by Suzanna Lee

Do you have those family dinner table picture that we all take at Thanksgiving, and once you finally seen them think, “ugh! how am I going to scrap that?”. Well fret no more! I have the solution for you. First, convert your picture to black and white. The conversion will soften the clash between Auntie Rose’s purple hair and Grandpa Jack’s hot pink tie and allow you to use the colors of your choice in your layout, just as I did here!


Count Your Blessings Layout Supplies:

Step 1:To create both bases of your layout, you will need your trusty Core’dinations steeds; your Sand It Gadget and your Dust Buddy. Sand the edges of the the Basic Grey Core Impressions and wipe the dust with your Dust Buddy to reveal the colored core. If you would like a bit more definition to the border of the page, as I did, then use some Distress ink around the edges. Fussy cut out the Jenni Bowlin Square Label paper and similarly, sand and dust it.CorePetalooXyron_SIGandDB_SuzannaLee

Step 2: Layer a long banner cut from Tim Holtz Shattered cardstock that you sanded and rubbed with some Distress Paint with your picture, Petaloo flowers and some die cut leaves. The PERFECT adhesive to stick Petaloo flowers down with is Xyron’s adhesive dots! They come in two sizes, 3/16 inch which is perfect for the little daises I used on the bottom, right hand corner of my page and the larger, 3/8 inch dots for the larger Petaloo flowers!CorePetalooXyron_PetalooClose_SuzannaLee

Step 3: Whatever was not put together with Adhesive Dots, was put everything together with my Xyron MegaRunner! I just love the ability to drop in the cartridge and set to work. No fuss running tape here, there and everywhere or having it snap and need to be re-thread mid-project! Just remove the spent cartridge and pop in a new one and you are good to go!CorePetalooXyron_XyronDots_SuzannaLee



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