Hexagon Wall Art with Core Basics Patterned Paper

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today to share a fun collection of wall art that I made for my daughter’s room using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  Some simple die-cut hexagons arranged in a few shades of purple and gray came together here for an easy-to-make set of 3 wall panels.


Hexagon Wall Art Supplies:

  • Core Basics Patterned Paper in two color schemes (3-5 patterns of each color)
  • Three 10×10 inch wooden canvas panels
  • White spray paint
  • Sizzix Big Shot and 2-1/4″ Hexagon die (makes 4″ hexies)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Hard coat Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Sawtooth hangers

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Step 1. Spray paint your wooden canvas panels white.  While they’re drying, use your Sizzix Big Shot and hexagon die, and die-cut 24 hexagons in various related colors.  I opted for purple and gray (to match my daughter’s room – which is why there’s SO much purple in these photos) but this would work well with any color scheme, or a totally random assortment of your favorite papers.

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Step 2. When your panels are dry, lay out the hexagons to determine placement.  I spaced mine about 1/8 inch apart.  Trim the hexies that hang over the edges, and save the scraps.  You can use them to fill in along the sides, top, or bottom of your panel to fill the entire square surface.

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Step 3. Add a generous amount of Mod Podge to the back side of the hexagon, and allow it to sit for a moment.  You will notice the paper begin to curl, as the Mod Podge soaks in.  Then, place it and press it down securely.  Repeat this until your panel is full.  If you have ever put up wallpaper – you’ll find that using Mod Podge is very similar!  When you have each hexagon in place, smooth it out as well as you can, taking take to make sure the edges are secure.

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Step 4. When all your hexies are placed, add a final coat of Mod Podge to the top of the panel to seal it.  If you notice a few bubbles, don’t panic, especially if it has begun to dry.  Allowing it to dry overnight will often fix these little wrinkles.

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Step 5. Add a sawtooth hanger to the back of each panel, and hang them!  These panels add a pop of color to any empty wall without requiring special artistic skills.   The paper you choose will set the tone, whether you’re using modern patterns, primary colors, soft florals, or retro prints.  It’s a great way to use up scraps of your favorite papers, or just put your paper passion on display!


Thanks for joining me today on this adventure in home decor!


~ Adrianne


Star Baby Tag

February 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog, Core Projects

Good Morning!! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a fun baby tag I recently made. While I made this primarily in boy colors, it can easily be tailored for either gender. Don’t need a baby tag? Try changing the word to a name or even create an USA tag in red/white/blue.


Star Baby Tag Supplies:


Step 1: Die-cut largest tag shape from both light blue and light yellow cardstock.

Step 2: Die-cut On the Edge Star Cluster shape from yellow tag creating star pattern along left  edge as shown; adhere to blue tag. Sand lightly.

Step 3: Die-cut top circle of tag from gray cardstock; adhere to tag.

Step 4: Cut a narrow strip from light blue cardstock. Adhere to tag along right edge of star pattern trimming as needed.

Step 5: Die-cut Stacked Stars from bright blue and light yellow cardstock; sand-as desired. Layer together; adhere to tag as shown. Embellish with pearls (see photo below)

Step 6: Die-cut “BABY” from gray cardstock; sand as desired. Adhere to tag.




Valentine Hinged Heart Box

February 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party, Seasonal

Hi everyone!  It’s Joann back with you today with a fun twist on a valentines box perfect for that special someone.  This project uses your Core Essentials cardstock and some of the new patterned papers.


Here is a closer look at the detail of this lovely box.

Joann-Larkin-Hinged-Heart-Box1-e1422878625725Hinged Heart Box Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1. Start by 3 scalloped hearts out of White cardstock.  For best results, I would suggest using the Core Basics 110 lb. card stock.  The larger hearts are 6 1/2″ x 7″ while the smaller one is 5″ x 4 1/2″ in size.


Step 2. Cut 3 solid hearts out using the Core Essentials Pastels Collection. The hearts measure 6″ x 5 1/2″.


Step 3. Using the same cardstock you use for the solid hearts, cut two 12″ x 2 1/2″ strips and score on the 1/2″ mark on the long edge.  If you want your box deeper, simply make these pieces taller.  Now, in order for these strips to take the form of the hearts you will need to make a series of relief cuts to allow them to bend.  Once your relief cuts are done, emboss and sand your cardstock.   Don’t forget to use your Dust Buddy to cleanup!


Step 4. Attach 1 strip to one of the solid hearts and the other solid heart.  Make sure that you attach the strips to the opposite sides of the heart so that when you attach them together they will form the box.


Step 5. For one the pieces, cut the excess from the strip off and for the other piece only cut off the 1/2″ score.  You will use the extra paper to attach the 2 hearts together.


Step 6. Flip over the top heart and attach the strip of paper so that the box will open and close.  For a clean look, attach the paper on the inside of the box.  Once the glue has dried, attach the last solid heart on the top for added strength.


Step 7. Finally, layer on your remaining hearts and decorate.


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



“Eat Dessert First” Treat Bag

Hi friends!  It’s Joy from Joy’s Life here, sharing a quick and easy bag made with the Silhouette Cameo and Core’dinations papers and vellum quotes.

JoysLifeSilhouetteWinterBag5-e1419974412276Eat Dessert First Treat Bag Supplies:

Eat Dessert First Bag by Joy from JoysLife.com

Step 1. This bag is easy to create.  Simply cut it out using the bracket window box #19287 from the Silhouette Store.  I’m using a piece of Core’dinations Teal Quatrefoil paper #GX-2300-66.

Eat Dessert First Bag by Joy from JoysLife.com

 Step 2. I re-sized the bracket area to approximately 3.1 x 3.1 so I could glue a Core’dinations vellum quote inside.

 Eat Dessert First Bag by Joy from JoysLife.com

Step 3: Using Zip Dry Paper Glue, I glued the vellum quote inside the bag.


Step 4: Fold the perforated lines, add a few dabs of glue and a ribbon and you’re done!

Now it’s all ready for sharing a delicious treat or small gift.  I chose a blue that’s a great shade for winter themes but it’s easily changed for any occasion!

Have a wonderful winter!  I hope you enjoyed this project!  When I’m not here you can find me at JoysLife.com!



DIY Love Mobile

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Scrapbooking

Are you looking for a unique way to display photos in your home?  How about this Love Mobile! This project may look complicated, but is really quite simple, and can make a huge statement in your home.  And, with the small format photos is the perfect way to use some of those Instagram photos we all have.


Love Mobile Supplies:

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Step 1:  Die cut, punch, and hand cut a variety of shapes from the papers.  Hearts, circles, and scalloped circles work best as these can be easily layered.  Emboss shapes from the Chalk Core and Spotted papers.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  Sand embossed shapes to reveal the core and add additional color and dimension.

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Step 3: Layer shapes and embellishments and create strands with your photos to determine layout of mobile.  I used a total of 7 strands to complete my mobile with the photos cut to 2 inch squares.  Each strand had a total of 4 photos (two on each side) and 6 layered embellishments (again, two per side). for a total of 28 photos and 42 layered shapes.  Your number may vary.

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Step 4:  To assemble strands sandwich  wire between shapes, being sure to leave enough wire at the top to wrap around embroidery hoop later.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_assemble wireStep 5:  Or, you can poke holes in your shapes and photos and wrap the wires around and through.  Add beads, pearls and gems between your items for extra interest and sparkle.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_wire wrapStep 6:  To assemble the mobile, wrap the wire around embroidery hoop evenly spacing your strands around the hoop.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_hangStep 7:   I used two pieces of twine tied at either end and evenly spaced around hoop and then gathered them in the middle to create the hanger.  This allows me to level the mobile later.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_stringStep 8:  I used an additional piece of twine to hang the mobile from the ceiling.  Here you can see how I gathered the twine together to adjust the sides for leveling.

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Step 9:  Finally wrap the embroidery hoop with lace.  I plan on hanging this mobile in my guest room/office for all to see.  I love that I can see all the photos of my family every day.




Flower Pot Card with Hidden Tag

We still have weeks more of winter, but I am already yearning for the warmer days of spring. I adore the bright and beautiful flowers of the season, and find that they lift my spirits like nothing else.  I find that I often start making cheerful projects to help me get over the winter blues.  This fun card is sure to brighten someone’s day as well.

Flower-pot-cardFlower Pot Card Supplies:


Step 1.  Score a piece of cardstock along the top edge of the card base (large enough to accommodate the flower pot die).  Tape the die so the top cutting edge is off of the cardstock, and cut.


Step 2.  Die cut the smaller sized flower pot and distress the surface with the Sand-It Gadget.


Step 3.  Machine stitch the smaller pot onto the larger one, leaving the top open to form a pocket.

Step 4.  Decorate the flower pot with die cuts and ribbons.


Step 5.  Use the smaller die to draw a line to trim a large tag, so that it will fit into the pocket, while leaving enough visible at the top to add flowers.



Step 6.  Decorate the tag with flowers, ribbon and vellum sentiment.


Step 7.  Slide into the pocket to finish.

010I hope that I have put a little spring into your day! Thanks for stopping by.



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