Kids Summer Activity: Paper Sack Puppets

The kids are out of school, and it’s time to start doing some fun activities with them. I know my boys love to be artistic and put little crafts together and play with them, so I designed these fun Paper Sack Puppets for them to put together and play with.


Paper Sack Puppets Supplies:


Step 1. Using scissors or a digital die cutting machine, cut out all of the shapes that you need. Lay out all your pieces to make sure you have what you need.


Step 2. Using the adhesive, put your animal faces together. Adhere the face to the top flap of the bag. Also adhere the mouth parts inside the flap.


Step 3. Let your kids do a puppet show!

paper-sack-animal-puppetsMy boys thought the inside of the mouths were so fun!

open-mouth-puppetsHelp your kids make some puppets and they will be sure to have fun for hours! I know my boys sure are enjoying these puppets!




Handmade Cards with Core Smooth Tags

Hi there Core fans! Suzanna here to share with you a couple of cards I created using smooth Core Tags.

“I Love You” Tag Card

First up, an obvious tag card. This is clearly a tag and I have done nothing to disguise that fact! The sentiment is stamped on the tag and becomes the main focus of the card. The smooth tags are perfect for stamping and the 300gsm paper ensures that the tags don’t curl.



“I Love You” Tag Card Supplies:

“Hello Sunshine” Tag Card

Tag?! Yup, there is a CoreTag there! It’s covert; under cover of Gelatos, nestled in the heart of the sun rays! The hole of the circle tag is hiding under the bottom of the ‘o’. Again, a smooth CoreTag, and it withheld the water from my waterbrush used to blend the Gelato. I don’t think you have known it was a Core Tag had I not told you, that’s how diverse these tags can be!



“Hello Sunshine” Card Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Super Assortment
  • Core’dinations Smooth CoreTags
  • Embossing Folder – Lifestyle Crafts
  • Die – Serendipity Stamps
  • Stamp – Heidi Swapp
  • Stickers – Evalicious
  • Stickles – Tim Holtz
  • Gelatos – Faber Castell
  • Thread – Gutterman

 ~Suzanna Lee


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.



Paper Wedding Lanterns

Wedding season is officially upon us!  Are you attending any weddings this year?  Or perhaps you’re planning one, or helping the bride to be make some choices?  I’ve got a fun and easy idea for the paper addicts out there: make white paper lanterns, adorned with sweet vellum quotes!  They’re a beautiful addition to a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or any occasion along the way.

Wedding-Lanterns-23Wedding Lantern Supplies:

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Step 1. Die-cut your pieces for the lantern, and choose which quotes you want to appear inside.  Because all the quotes are different (and different shapes, sizes, and messages) you will find that only about a third of them fit the window of this particular die exactly.

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Step 2.  Cut your vellum to fit, and glue it into the lantern panels.

Step 3. Fold and assemble each lantern.  Tip: if you’re struggling to keep wet glue held together long enough for it to bond, try using an easily-removable tape, like washi tape, to hold the seams together while they dry!  Just be extra-careful when removing the tape.

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Step 4.  Light it up!  Switch LED candles on (please, please don’t attempt to use real candles in paper lanterns) and place them on the lantern bases.  The lanterns just slip over the top.

Wedding-Lanterns-6The vellum quotes make all the difference.  I especially love this one: you warm my heart.  It’s like it was made to be lit up!

Wedding-Lanterns-1Thanks for joining me today, and happy wedding planning!




“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!



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