3D Paper Chess Set

January 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a fun project for a chess fan in your life.  I am super excited to show you this as this was one of my projects that was presented and featured in the Core’dinations booth at CHA!  I would have loved to have been there in person.  Maybe some day… :)


and here is a closer look at the detail on some of the game pieces.


3D Paper Chess Set Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1. Cut out all your pieces from the template found here in Black and White cardstock (I actually cut the pieces twice).  Also, I am only showing a few of the pieces to make it a little easier to view.


Step 2. Double all the pieces which makes them that much more sturdy and will last the test of time.


Step 3. Assemble the pieces by taking the 2 pieces that form the chess piece and fitting them through the slotted holes in the round base folding over the tabs.  Glue the tabs and finish with a solid circle on the bottom.


Step 4. The base is also a storage box for the chess pieces.  It measures 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″.  You can use this template for the base and this template for the top if you wish and cut both out a piece of Neutral colored card stock.  To make the box stronger, you can add a layer of Chipboard under the base of the box and on the inside of the cover which I did.  Next, cover the top of the box in a 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ piece of White Cardstock and finish by covering the top with squares cut out of the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection.  The squares each measure 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″.  You will need 32 of each color for the board.  Finally add any additional embellishments that you desire and then LET THE GAMES BEGIN!


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



Super Bowl Party Invitation

All right football fans, the most anticipated sports/social event of the year is quickly approaching, and it’s time to start party planning.  This cute invitation will catch the eye of everyone on your guest list.

super bowl party invite

Super Bowl Party Invitation Supplies:


Step 1.  Cut paper for card base 6″ x 12″. Score at 3″ and 9″.


Step 2.  Cut a piece of green cardstock 5 1/2″ square.  Score every half inch.  Sand the score lines with the Sand-It Gadget.


Step 3.  Cut the square in half.  Fold the card base as a gatefold card, and glue the green paper to each side.


Step 4.  Cut a football shape from paper.  Line the football up over the opening of the card.  Mark holes to punch through the football and card base.  Use a hole punch to make the holes larger.


Step 5.  Emboss the football with folder.  Sand the raised areas.  Line the holes up and glue to one side of the card.

Step 6.  Print the details for your invitation on vellum, using the computer.  Glue to the inside of the card.


Step 7.  Loosely lace the football to close the card.  After all of the holes are laced, then tighten them.



Which ever team you are pulling for….I hope you have a great time with family and friends!  Thanks for stopping by.



Easy Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath

January 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Design Teams, Sizzix

Hey friends!  Adrianne here today to share a super easy, heart-filled idea for your Valentine’s Day decor.  You can make dozens of hearts in just minutes using your favorite manual cutting machine, making this heart covered wreath a quick and festive paper craft.  Choose traditional colors, or the colors that best match your decor!


Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath Supplies:

Heart Wreath 2.1

Step 1. Choose your colors.  I picked a mix of red and purple shades, and embossed the Vintage Collection papers with heart shapes.

Heart Wreath 3

Step 2. Sand the papers with the Sand It Gadget to bring out the heart pattern.

Heart Wreath 4

Step 3. Arrange the heart dies on your papers to cut as many hearts as possible in several sizes.

Heart Wreath 5

Step 4. Starting with the largest hearts, glue hearts onto your wreath form.  This layer serves to cover up the foam wreath form.

Heart Wreath 6

Step 5. As you move on to adding smaller hearts to fill out the round shape, use foam dots to add depth and dimension to the wreath.

Heart Wreath 7

Step 6. Turn the wreath over, and using a pair of sewing pins or small nails, add a wreath hanger to the top of the wreath.  It’s lightweight enough it can easily be hung from a nail, or an adhesive hook.


What kinds of decor are you making for Valentine’s Day?



Introducing Core’dinations BRAND NEW Polka Dot Pops Paper!

January 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog

We are so excited to introduce our brand new Polka Dot Pops paper! It comes in both Kraft and our famous Pearl cardstock.

Let’s start with the Kraft! If you are looking for a more natural looking design, this Core’dinations Kraft Pop Dot paper is a perfect choice. This natural color paper features dots that pop off the page! The premium, heavyweight cardstock is perfect for any paper crafter and comes in 12×12 and assorted card packs.


It also comes in a fun silver pearl cardstock from Core’dinations featuring silver glitter and white raised polka dots that is perfect for handmade cards, invitations, and more.


Here it is in action:


WAIT, we aren’t done yet! It is available in two different kinds of cards!

  • Kraft Assortment
  • Pearl Assortment

A2 polka dot pop cards

THE perfect way to send that perfect card for any occasion!


Visit our blog all month to see more fun projects with this new collection!

CLICK HERE to view more photos of the new Polka Dot Pops paper on Darice.com.


Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor

January 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Valentine’s Day. I love it. I love to get out the red, white, black, pink & purple decorations. I also like to make some new decorations each year. This project is a fun one, and fairly simple. I’m going to show you how to make this Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor.


Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor Supplies:


Step 1. Paint the outside edges of your tray. For this project, I’m using the back side of this tray.


Step 2. Measure the opening on the back that is inside the edges of the tray.


Step 3. Use the paper trimmer and trim the Core’dinations Core Couture Glitter Cardstock in Red Carpet to fit in the opening. Adhere the paper onto the tray.


Step 4. With your Core’dinations Pop Dot Paper in Pearl White with Black Polka Dots, cut out some fun Valentine words. I cut these subway art words out of a rectangle that fit the tray. I used my electronic die cutting machine to do this.


Step 5. To adhere the cut out words to the back, simply put some adhesive around the tray on the outer lip.


Step 6. Adhere the Pop Dot Paper overlay. Make sure it stays flat and pulled tight when adhering it, so the middle stays lifted.


You are all done! I love what the shimmer of the Pop Dot Paper adds, as well as the glitter on the Core Couture paper. The depth between the two is just the right amount too, don’t you think?


Set it up on a shelf or hang it on a wall, and you’ll be all ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day.




Quick & Easy Chalk Core Layout

January 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Scrapbooking

I know, it doesn’t look quick and easy, but it was! And it could have been even quicker and easier with the use of pre-made flowers.


Chalk Core Layout Supplies:

Step 1: Choose a 12×12 sheet of Core’dinations Chalk Core cardstock. Score the perimeter of the layout. Sand to reveal the white core.

Step 2: Lay a dinner plate in the center of the layout. Trace around dinner plate using a white colored pencil, chalk pencil or white crayon.

Step 3: Adhere photo to bottom left hand corner of circle. Tear strips of vellum and overlay the photo on the top and bottom. Add title cut from an electronic cutting machine or stickers if you want to make it even easier! Add washi tape to the left of the photo.

Step 4: Add flowers to layout using the circle as a guide for placement. Add butterflies, and swirly doodles.

Here is a close up of the detail:


Since the Chalk Core cardstock looks like a chalkboard. I thought adding some doodles to the layout would enhance the chalkboard look. I used a chalk pencil. Here is a tip: to “set” the chalk, when using it on projects use a quick spray of some aerosol hairspray- this will seal the chalk so it will not rub off.




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