Tri-fold Shamrock Card

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today and with Saint Patrick’s Day is fast approaching I felt it only fitting to make a card for the occasion!  I am not sure about your part of the world but around these parts everyone is Irish, at least for 1 day lol!

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Here is a closer look at the detail:

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Here is a look at the inside of the card:

opencardTri-fold Shamrock Card Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the base of your card out of Core Essentials Dark cardstock and the inside of the card out of Core Dark Green Flower Cardstock.  Attach the inside piece onto the card at any time.

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Step 2.  Cut the largest hearts out of the same Core Dark Green Flower Cardstock and the smaller hearts out of Core Dark Green Plaid Cardstock.  Once cut, glue the smaller onto the larger heart and attach to the front of the card.

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Step 3.  Cut the LUCKY phrase out of Core Essentials Dark cardstock, Core Dark Green Plaid Cardstock, Core Couture Glitter Cardstock and Core Glitter Silk Cardstock.  Once the pieces are all cut you can assemble the layers taking time to ensure that they full dry.   Once complete, this can be fastened to the front of the card.

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Step 4.  Finish decorating with a fun ribbon bow and a Vellum quote cut using the Spellbinders Floral Assortment die.

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

~Joann

 

Glass Pebble Scrap Magnets

Hey guys, Adrianne here with you today to share an idea for using your favorite scraps you’ve been saving – turn them into pretty pebble magnets using dollar store glass gems and a bit of Mod Podge! Chances are, you have some beautifully-coordinated papers in your favorite colors hiding out in your scrap bin right now, don’t you?  You only need  about a 1-inch square of each of those pretty prints to create a set of magnets.  Show off your love of scrapbooking and paper crafts on the refrigerator door or your family white board with this tutorial.

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Glass Pebble Scrap Magnet Supplies:

  • Scraps of your favorite Core’dinations patterned papers
  • Clear glass gems (find them in the floral department of your dollar store or craft store)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (Matte or Glossy)
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic craft squeegee
  • Ceramic button magnets
  • E6000, or your favorite heavy-duty adhesive

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Step 1. Trace around your glass pebbles, and cut just inside the traced line to create your paper backing.  Because they’re an irregular size, try to keep the gem and corresponding cutout together.  The glass gem will give your paper a magnified appearance, so if your cutout isn’t precise, it won’t be a problem, but what you want to avoid is places where the paper extends beyond the flat back of the gem.

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Step 2.  Protect your work surface, because this can get messy.  Add a generous drop of Mod Podge to the top of your paper.  Spread it all the way to the edges using your paintbrush.  Give it a moment to rest and for the water-based Mod Podge to soak into the paper a little.

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Step 3. Attach the paper to the flat side of the gem.  Looking through the top of the glass, move the paper around until any bubbles are pushed to the edges and you have a flat coat of Mod Podge.  Then, turn the gem over and, using your crafts squeegee, press down and squeeze out as much excess Mod Podge as possible.  Add a light coat of Mod Podge to the white paper backing to complete the seal.

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While you added a generous amount of Mod Podge initially, it was just to ensure a seal without bubbles.  The more securely you can adhere the paper to the back of the gem, the prettier the end result will be, and squeezing out the excess will give you the best seal.  (A tip: if you can’t find a craft squeegee, an old plastic membership card will also work in a pinch.)

Step 4.  Wipe away excess Mod Podge with a damp paper towel.  You only need to remove the big globs right now; if there’s still a thin coat on the sides or front of the gem giving it a cloudy appearance, that can be easily removed once it dries.

Step 5. Allow gems to dry so that they are dry to the touch, and attach heavy duty magnets to the backs with E6000 or your favorite heavy-duty adhesive.  When using E6000, a little goes a long way, and it can soak through your paper backing if you get too much, leaving what will look like black marks once it dries.  So, begin with a very light coat.  You can always re-attach a magnet if you find that it doesn’t have enough adhesive, but these glass gems are so small and light, that’s not likely to happen.   Allow your adhesive to dry for a few hours (or overnight).

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These magnets are so inexpensive to make and take so few supplies that you can even make sets for other occasions!  I used colors that remind me of spring on the way, but try using birthday prints, holiday prints, and other themes for a totally different look.  Have fun and happy scrapping!

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~ Adrianne

 

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Bag

Between chocolate gold coins, skittles, and gold rolos there are so many fun options for making up treats for St. Patrick’s Day and Core’dinations has the perfect supplies to help you decorate those treat bags.  Today I am going to show you how I used some Darice Metal Dies to create a bag topper.

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Treat Bag Topper Supply List:

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Now on to how to make this simple topper!

Step 1: Cut out the three layers for the topper using the metal dies and the three different green cardstocks and layer them on top of each other.  You will have to offset one of the scallop ones to add some length (otherwise they land on top of each other).   Add some white dots along the edges to create a border.

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Step 2: Use a border punch to punch out some gold cardstock and add that to the top.  Punch out a gold heart and layer that with the Green Shamrock foam stickers to the topper along with a heart (that came out of the shamrock)

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Step 3:  Fold the top part of the topper over a bag filled with candy and secure with hot glue or some other strong adhesive.

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-Christine

 

Get Ready for Spring with a Garden Journal!

After spending hours daydreaming about warmer weather filled with beautiful flowers, it’s time to start planning for those spring gardens.  While it may still be a little early to begin planting, it’s not too early to get those ideas and inspirations written down in a garden journal.  This is a great place to organize clippings, sketches or even color combinations.

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Garden Journal Supplies:

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Step 1.  Remove the cover from the spiral bound notebook.  Trace shape onto cardstock and cut out.

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Step 2.  Adhere the cardstock to the cover.

Step 3.  Emboss a piece of yellow cardstock for the center of the cover.  Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 4.  Adhere to the cover, add ribbons along the seam.

Step 5.  Mist the flowers with water to shape.  Add to the cover.

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Step 6.  Replace the cover on the journal to finish.

Remember, not that long until spring!

~ Gini

 

Vintage Love Quotes Box

February 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you and today I want to show you my twist on the classic rectangle box that is also easy to make!

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For the flower, I layered pink core pastels cardstock and Vellum quotes for a unique look.

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and finally here is a top down look so you can see all sides of the box.

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Vintage Love Quotes Box Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for your box out of White cardstock.  For best results, I would suggest using the Core Basics 110 lb. card stock!

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Step 2.  Cut the base pieces out a piece from the Core Essentials Neutrals Collection.

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Step 3. Distress all the edges of the White cardstock to give it a vintage look.

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Step 4.  Assemble the pieces as shown and allow your glue to dry.

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Step 5.  Finally, layer on your pieces of neutrals cardstock that has been embossed and sanded and then decorate the box as desired.  Click here for a detailed video on the assembly by the creator of the cut file.

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

~Joann

 

Introducing NEW Party Mixers!

February 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Decor, Gifts & Party, Hot Topics

Add a fun and colorful pop to your party with our brand new Party Mixers line! Mix and match the Paper Flowers and Rosettes to create custom photo backdrops, garland signs, home decor and more.

Follow along to see the new line in action!

INTRO-partymixPaper Rosettes:

Party Mixers Paper Rosettes are easy to make and fun to create!  A unique pin assembly system makes it quick and easy to assemble for your next party or home decor project.  Mix and match colors, patterns and sizes for a custom look.

Get creative with the paper rosettes to create…

Photo booth backdrops!

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Interiorof living-room.Gift wrapping, and more!

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We even have mini Rosette Garland Kits that you can use to create garland signs, decorations, cards and gifts!

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Accent the centers of the Rosettes with Paper Pops. . . a creative die cut embellishment!

Paper Pops:

Party Mixers Paper Pops are printed die cut accents perfect for any type of paper crafting project. A variety of sizes, patterns, sentiments and icons give you a large variety to choose from. With 6 different color collections and 113 pieces in each pack, the possibilities are endless!

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Add to the paper Rosette centers for a custom look, use as an embellishment in your scrapbooks or on your cards.  The double sided Paper Pops are perfect for cupcake toppers or sewn together to make a banner. One of the sizes even works great with mason jars!

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Check out this fun and cohesive themed layout using Paper Pops. Gorgeous!

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Paper Flowers:

Party Mixers Paper Flowers are perfect for adding a pretty handmade touch to any project.  Flower kits are pre-die cut petals ready to assemble.  Mix and match different colors of Flowers with paper Rosettes for a beautiful party backdrop or home decor project.

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Look for the Party Mixers line in your local Joann Fabric & Craft Stores and online retailers. Stay tuned for more Party Mixers project inspiration on the blog!

 

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