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.



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!



Graduation Card

A special time in one’s life is graduation day.  The preparation leading up to this event is enjoyable by all families.  Ava here to share a card for my niece who will be graduating and the school colors are red, white and black.

graduation endGraduation Card Supplies: 


Step 1.  Die cut a few labels from Spellbinders, emboss, ink and you have a multi-layered card.

Step 2.  Tearing Core’dinations Cardstock for a distressed edge is my favorite technique.  Here I used Tim Holtz and  Ranger Distress Collection,  Fire Brick Red Cardstock.

Step 3.  Heat embossed my sentiment in black ink and stamped my star’s in Red, Clearsnap Colorbox Ink.

Step 4.  Layer the label die cuts with foam squares from Tombow, add some rhinestones and a bow.

I am ready from Graduation, are you?



Spring Meadow Kraft Card

Core’dinations makes it so easy to create cute cards with lots of texture in just a few minutes. This is really great if you have to make multiples of cards for parties, thank-you’s, etc. The Deco-Edge Kraft Cards and Envelopes are a real treat to use, not only for the trendy kraft color, but also with the fancy cut edge, half your work is already done. Kraft is also a great color choice, because it can be used for masculine and feminine projects alike.


Spring Meadow Kraft Card Supplies:


Step 1.  Cut a panel of blue cardstock to fit on the card front.

Step 2.  Emboss the panel and sand the image with the Sand-it Gadget,


Step 3.  Adhere to the card base.

Step 4.  Add dimension to the flower buds, by add a dot of white with the  Pico Embellisher, to each of the dots on the design.


Step 5.  Punch small flower to layer over the flowers.  Distress the flowers with a Sand-it Gadget.

Step 6.  Finish the flowers with a small adhesive pearl in the center.


This is not my typical color palette, but I think it is a great combination for spring.  Add the distressing, and it reminds me of a favorite pair of worn blue jeans.



DIY Holiday Gift Bags

Looking for an easy way to take your holiday gift wrapping to the next level?  Why not grab some of your favorite Core’dinations papers and embellish your gift bags?

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Holiday Gift Bags Supply List:

gift bag_coredinations_nancy keslin_suppliesSnowflake and Reindeer Bag Instructions: 

Step 1:  Die cut one snowflake or reindeer border with either an electronic or manual die cut machine and one larger snowflake or reindeer for tag from Core’dinations White cardstock.

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Step 2:  Attach snowflake border to bag with adhesive.

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Step 3:  Tie hemp cord through tag and tie to bag

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Santa Bag Instructions: 

Step 1:  Cut Red Christmas Seasonal Impressions paper 3 inches x 8 inches.  Sand using Sand it Gadget and removing excess paper from cardstock and work surface with the Dust Buddy.

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Step 2:  Cut Black Core’dinations Cardstock 1 1/2 inches x 8 inches.

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Step 3:  Cut Copper Glitter Silk Cardstock 2 inches x 2 inches and add a slit 1/2 inch from either side and 1 1/2 inches tall to create buckle.

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Step 4:  Thread black Core’dinations cardstock through the slits of the Glitter Silk Cardstock and layer over the red Seasonal Impressions to create belt.

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Step 5:  Attach “belt” to red Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions and then to bag using your favorite adhesive.

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Step 6:  Create Tag by layering Seasonal Impressions Carstock, Copper Glitter Silk, and Black Core’Basics cardstock.  Attach to bag with hemp cord.





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 :)



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