Quick and Easy “MOM” Tag

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today with another quick and easy project made possible by Core’dinations. For this project I have created a quick and easy  “MOM” tag using Core Tags, pre-made tags by Core’dinations.


“MOM” tag supplies


Step 1: Remove metal eyelet from light purple tag. *Tip: Removing the eyelet from the bottom tag allows easy layering without extra bulk.

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Step 2: Die-cut Mixed Media shape from center of white tag; attach on top of purple tag using foam squares.

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Step 3: Die-cut “MOM” from Gemstones cardstock; attach to tag using foam squares. Attach rhinestones along right edge.

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Step 4: Wrap tag with ribbon as shown; tie in a knot.

Step 5: Die-cut three flower layers from pastel purple cardstock; shape as desired.

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Step 5: Layer die-cut flowers using foam squares. Attach pearl to center; attach to tag.

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Step 6: Tie ribbon through top of tag.

And there you have it!

Note: This tag can easily be changed to a Father’s Day tag by changing the colors and adding a more masculine element in place of the flower!



Paper Butterfly Specimen Art

Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today, and I’m so happy that spring has sprung!  I have to confess, I really love spring decor.  The brighter colors, the birds and butterflies – it’s all so refreshing!  Today, I’m going to show you how to make butterfly specimen art from paper.  You can make your butterflies as realistic as you like, or you can make them up in colors you love to match your decor.


There are lots of butterfly dies out there that work with the manual cutting machines, so you can customize your butterflies in any way you like!  You will need a shadow box frame and a few different shapes of dies to create a natural-looking collection (especially if you’re opting for non-traditional colors).

Paper Butterfly Specimen Art Supplies:

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Step 1. Paint your shadow box to match your decor.  For this project, I opted for a light, somewhat rustic look, and painted my box white, then distressed it lightly with sandpaper.

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Step 2. Die cut your butterfly shapes.  To make the body stand out, first, die-cut the shapes in black card stock.  Then, cut them in colors, and trim the wings off.

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Step 3. Glue the colored wings onto the black die cuts with glue dots to assemble them, and if it suits your style, use alcohol ink markers in black or gray to add detail to the wings like I did.  I also added flat-backed self adhesive pearls for the heads.

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Step 4. To give the paper butterflies a nice mounted look, I added a piece of 5×7 burlap-print paper to the shadow box, gluing it in place.  Don’t have burlap paper?  I didn’t either!  To make my own, I laid burlap on my scanner, and printed the image onto regular office paper!  Worked like a charm!  You could do the same with linen or canvas as well!

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Step 5. Finally, use glue dots or foam stickers to “mount” your butterflies in place within the shadow box.  Pinch the wings to give them a 3-D look, as though they’re really mounted!  I realize there aren’t many (if any?) pink butterflies out there, but that’s what makes this project so great.  I was able to create exactly the look I wanted, in soft, muted, somewhat rustic hues.

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Finally, display your artwork!  The shadow box can be added to your spring mantel or to a vignette display in your home, or hung on the wall in a small space.


I hung mine in my studio to display both my love of paper and of nature!


Thanks for joining me today!

~ Adrianne


Shabby Chic Mother’s Day Card

Are you intimidated by Shabby Chic styles?  No need to fear, they are really pretty easy and very fun.  I’m going to show you in a few steps how to add some easy techniques to achieve this trendy look.


Shabby Chic Mother’s Day Card Supplies:


Step 1.  Begin with a 4 x 6″ card base.

Step 2.  Cut a slightly smaller panel and emboss.  Sand the raised design.


Step 3.  Cut remaining mats as shown for card.  Use a distressing tool to roughen the edges.


Step 4. Have you ever wished that you could match embellishments to a patterned paper, and you just didn’t have the right colors?  It is so easy to create your own designer papers using Core’dinations and a simple background stamping.  That way, you can create whatever you imagine. Randomly stamp a small image using an opaque ink.


Step 5. Machine stitch the stamped panel and the backing panel together.

Step 6.  Add flower clusters, cheesecloth and sentiment as shown.

eSee, it’s really easy to put together your own shabby chic card.  Here are the key ideas to incorporate to get this look -

  • Soft, muted colors
  • Distressed edges
  • Stitching
  • Sanded embossed designs – especially florals
  • Lots of layers with textures



Mother’s Day Mini Album

April 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party

Mother’s day will be here before we know it, and what better way to celebrate mom, than by giving her a Mother’s Day Mini Album filled family photos! Today I’m going to show you how simple this mini album is to make.


Mother’s Day Mini Album Supplies:

  • Core Basics Patterned Papers
  • Darice Letter Stickerz
  • Chipboard
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Ink Pad
  • Corner Rounder
  • Brads
  • Dimension Squares
  • Adhesive/Glue Gun
  • Jump Rings
  • Variety of Matching Ribbon
  • Digital Die Cutting Machine – optional


Step 1. Trim your chipboard into the size you’d like. I cut 4 to 8 1/4″ x 5″.


Step 2. Cut 2 of each patterned paper to be the same size as your chipboard. Adhere the paper to both sides of the chipboard.


Step 3. Use a corner rounder to round the corners.


Step 4. Ink the edges of your paper/chipboard. I used a dark gray ink.


Step 5. For the cover, use the patterned papers from the other pages and cut out some flowers. I used a digital die cutting machine for this. You could also use a flower punch if you don’t have a die cutter.


Step 6. Ink the edges of your flower pieces.


Step 7. Assemble your flowers. Put a glue dot on the tab.


Step 8. Attach the tab to the back of the flower. It creates a little cup like flower shape.


Step 9. Curl your flower petals.


Step 10. Add dimension squares to the back of the flower. This gives it a little bit of depth when put them together.


Step 11. Attach the flower to the front.


Step 12. Add a brad to the center of the flower.


Step 13. Using hot glue, attach the flowers to the cover of the mini album.


Step 14. Add your Glittery Stickerz letters to spell MOM.


Step 15. Punch holes for your jump rings.


Step 16. Put your jump rings through the holes.


Step 17. Embellish with ribbon. Aren’t those glittery letters so fun?!


Step 18. Add your pictures to the pages.




While it may seem like a lot of steps to create this, it really is pretty quick to make. Your mom or mother-in-law will love having something that she can pull out quickly and see pictures of her family.




DIY Paper Potted Flower for Mother’s Day

Hi Core Fans!  It’s Joann here with you today.  With Mother’s Day fast approaching I wanted to create a pretty flower for the Mother that might not necessarily have that “green thumb.” I am also featuring the new Party Mixers collection which is a lot of fun.  So many possibilities!

Joann-Larkin-Mothers-Day-Plant-e1426520679669Flower Pot and Flower Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for your flower pot out of Core Spotted Jillian Dot Cardstock.

Tip: When making 3D projects I find it best to use a heavy weight cardstock.  Core cardstock, both the single sheets as well as the packaged booklets, are absolutely perfect in weight.  They not only stand up well but also allow you to have a nicely defined scor line.  You want that nice sharp edge to show off your beautiful work!!


Step 2.  Score on the score lines and fold all of the pieces making sure to use your bone folder for a nice sharp line.


Step 3.  Join the side pieces to the larger rim piece.   The upper edge of the side is glued to the underside edge of rim.


Step 4.  Allow time for the glue to dry, attach the side pieces together.


Step 5.  Finish off the bottom by gluing in the base and then place the tabs, 1 panel at a time, through the slots to finish the flower pot.


Step 6.  Finally, finish decorating as desired!


Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a wonderful day my crafty friends!



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.

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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?



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