Whimsical Lighthouse

Looking for a fun, nautical home decor piece for the summer?  Why not create this whimsical lighthouse with a few of your favorite Core’dinations products and a simple .svg file.


Whimsical Lighthouse Supplies:

lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_suppliesStep 1:  Cut all pieces from desired colors.   I know it seems like a lot of pieces, but this project is really quite easy to assemble.

lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  From here you could simply assemble the lighthouse using the video directions from SVGCuts, or you can add some dimension and texture to your pieces by embossing.  I began with the blue pieces and the Darice Honeycomb embossing folder.

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Step 3:  For even more interest, sand the embossing to reveal the Kraft-Core underneath.

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Step 4:  Continue embossing and sanding your pieces.

lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_emboss baseOf course, the white cardstock only needed a bit of texture, no sanding needed here.

lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancykeslin_emboss panelsStep 5:  From here I simply assembled the lighthouse using the video instructions provided and added a bit of twine around the base.


You can add a battery operated tealight or LEDs to your lighthouse to add a pleasing glow.



“My Dad Rocks” Father’s Day Card

I’m a huge fan of shaped cards and with a little playing you can create a shaped card out of nearly any shape you want.  Today I am going to share a fun sunglasses shaped card.


“My Dad Rocks” Sunglasses Card Supplies:


Step 1: Use an electronic cutting maching to cut out a sunglasses card.  To make a shape into a card you should: Mirror the image above the original and then weld the top edges together.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock cuts beautifully on the Silhouette Cameo. If you notice in my picture below my edges are a little rough!  To avoid that make sure to do the following settings: Set your blade at 4 (I had it set at 2 here before I realized it was too late), your speed at 3, thickness at 33, and set it to Double-Cut.  This will give you a clean cut.  But if you goof up like me and forget to change your blade to the right setting, a little sanding with our Sand-it Gadget will take care of the rough edges!

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Step 2: Use the lens space to trace and cut out some lenses on the Metallic Silver paper.  Cut them out and emboss them.

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Step 3: Add the lenses to the card and attach a sentiment at the top.  I used this cut file for my sentiment.

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Step 4:  Add some finishing touches, a couple of stars, some white outlining, and you are done!


It’s all ready to add a fun message inside to Dad!



Father’s Day Necktie Gift Bag

Here’s a cute way to give Dad his treats this Father’s Day.  This shirt gift bag is quick and easy enough to get the kiddos in on the action as well.  Think what fun it would be to have an ugly tie contest (and Dad wouldn’t be stuck wearing it!)

shirtFather’s Day Necktie Gift Bag Supplies:

Step 1.  Cut paper 10″ x 11 1/2″

Step 2.  With the kraft side facing up, the the short edge lined up across the top fence, score at 2″.

Step 3.  Turn the paper a quarter turn, counter-clockwise and score at 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 6″, and 8″.  Go to the first large block (between 2 1/2″ and 6″), score every 1/4″ – just down to the horizontal score, to create the pinstripes for the front of the shirt.

Step 4.  Turn the paper over, so that the color is facing upwards.  Score at 4 1/2″ and 10″

Step 5.  Clip the tabs at the bottom.


Step 6.  Sand the pin-stripes.


Step 7.  Fold along the scores to assemble the bag.


Step 8.  Pinch the top of the bag together, and cut an inch in on each side.


Step 9.  Fold the tabs in to form the collar.


Step 10.  Hand cut a tie.  Adhere to the bag. Secure the collar using double sided tape.


Now the fun will just be thinking what goodies to put in your bag!



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


Make Your Graduation Party Shine with Party Mixers!

Are you looking for some special decorations for your new graduates celebration?  With the wide variety of colors available from Core’dinations products your decor is sure to shine.


Graduation Party Decor Supplies:


Mason Jar Congratulations Centerpiece:

Step 1:  Select desired pieces from Core’dinations Paper Pops pack.  These packages come in a varitety of styles and colors for any celebration.  You will need 6 pieces of two sizes to create ornament shapes, plus two larger shapes for the title.
graduation_party_centerpiece_selectStep 2:  Fold shapes in half with the side you want displayed on the inside.

graduation_party_centerpiece_foldStep 3:  Glue shapes with the right side in together leaving a bit of a gap on the inner corner.  When all six are glued together you will get your ornament shape.

graduation_party_centerpiece_glueStep 4:  Thread ornament shapes and larger title shapes onto dowel.

graduation_party_centerpieceStep 5:  To create band on mason jar begin by cutting a sheet of the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core paper to fit your jar.  I cut mine at 1 1/2 inch by 10, and emboss if desired.


Step 6:  In order to keep your embossing pattern consistent throughout your longer projects, you can cut a slit in the top of the folder allowing the paper to slide through.  I love this technique for embossing longer strips.

graduation_party_embossed_ringStep 7:  Simply wrap your mason jar with the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Paper and insert your dowel with the ornaments.  I used a bit of krinkle paper to hold everything together, but almost anything would work, from pebbles to marbles to little hard candies.


Graduation Cap Boxes Step 1:  Cut all pieces from the SVGCuts file.

graduation_party_cap_cutsStep 2:  Assemble as per their directions.  The Core’dinations Texture cardstock gives the cap a nice fabric finish.


Graduation Cap Banner Step 1:  Cut 1 1/2 inch mortar board shapes with electronic cutter.

graduation_party_banner_capsStep 2:  Attach mortar boards to banner rosettes.  The rosettes come pre assembled, so creating this banner is quick and easy.


Medallion Wall Decor Step 1:  Directions for assembly are included in each kit.  Begin by removing adhesive from end piece and attaching to the other end to form a ring.

graduation_party_medallion_glue endsStep 2:  Place medallion ring over cardboard ring with post.

graduation_party_medallion_postStep 3:  Press ends of medallion down and cover with top screw and additional cardboard ring.

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Step 4:  Cover cardboard rings and posts with included foam tape cardboard circles and embellish further with paper pops.  Layer on wall for a unique decoration.


With all the great color combinations available from the Party Mixer line from Core’dinations I am sure you will find the perfect combination for your next event.



DIY Teacher Gift: Summer Countdown Clipboard

The school year is winding down, and I don’t know who is more excited, the kids or the teachers?  That also means that it’s time for end of the year goodies for those teachers, and this altered clipboard is perfect to help them make it to the final days!  The chalkboard label provides the perfect place to start the countdown for summer.

006Summer Countdown Clipboard Supplies:


Step 1.  Remove the hardware from the clipboard.


Step 2.  Cut paper to fit the board and adhere.  Ink the edges. Replace the hardware.


Step 3.  Cut the word “Freedom” from the Seasonal Impressions.  Sand the raised area with the Sand-it Gadget.


Step 4.  Decorate the clipboard with the sanded cardstock, stickers and ribbons.

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These are easy to make and any teacher would appreciate it.  Have you started your countdown for summer?



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