DIY Message Board

March 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Tami Mayberry here with you today to share another project made possible with great Core’dinations products. I began with a simple message center that just needed painting and then dressed it up using a variety of elements created with Core’dinations products.


Message Board Supplies:

Tip: Use Core’dinations cardstocks from the same Assortment Pack for a perfectly coordinated display of colors.


Board Instructions:

Step 1: Mask off chalkboard and wire areas of board.


Step 2: Paint with desired color of chalk paint; let dry.


Step 3: Remove tape and decorate!!


March Banner Instructions:

Step 1: Die-cut five banner pieces from both orange and turquoise cardstock for a total of 10 die-cut pieces.

Step 2: Attach twine to back banner section using double-sided tape.


Step 3: Attach front of banner section. Curl bottom slightly; add alphabet sticker. Repeat steps 1-3 for each banner piece alternating front/back colors.


Step 4: Thread twine through hole in alligator clip; tie in a knot.


Step 5: Attach Party Mixers Bright Paper Pop using adhesive dot. Repeat on other end of banner.


Badge Holder Clip Birthday Reminder Instructions

Step 1: Remove clip from holder. Thread through chicken wore creating a large clip.

Step 2: Cut a 3 x 2-inch piece from pink cardstock; adhere to turquoise cardstock; trim a small border**.

Step 3: Trim a small piece from smooth white cardstock; adhere to panel.

Step 4: Attach birthday themed  Party Mixers Bright Paper Pop using adhesive foam square.

Step 5: Write birthday reminders for the month onto panel.


Below is the before photo of the badge holder. The pouch can be kept for future projects. If you want your card or note protected, you can leave the pouch in place and simply clip the holder to the wire instead of looping it through. I like to loop mine through so that it doesn’t have to be removed from the board to add or remove a note.


Flower Alligator Clips

Step 1: Punch three flowers from desired cardstock**


Step 2: Pierce holes in flowers centers; layer and insert brad.

Step 3: Insert  ends of brad through hole in clip; fold open to secure flowers to clip.


And there you have it! A quick and easy project that can be customized to dress up any decor.




Paper Easter Egg Stands

Are you looking to add something special to your Easter table this year?  Today I have a very simple project to share that will definitely up the special factor on your table!  These little egg stands are easy and quick to make and give you a way to display your Easter Eggs.


Paper Easter Egg Stands Supplies: 

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Here’s how to make these little wraps:

Step 1: Use a cut file like this one to cut out the wrap shape.  These do not require a lot of cardstock!

Step 2: Put the wrap through your embossing machine using the polka dot embossing folder.

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Step 3: Remove the wrap and sand it down to bring out the core color

Technique Tip: Because this is a smaller piece of paper you will want to be gentle with your sand-it gadget or you can easily tear your cardstock.  I worked with a gentle touch and went both directions to ensure I sanded enough to bring out the core.

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Step 4: Use the built in slit to connect the ends of your wrap.

Technique Tip:  Because Core cardstock is so thick it is easy to shape these into a rounded wrap without creating creases.  

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Step 6:  Add your eggs to them and enjoy the way an egg has become egg-stra special :)




Tabletop Blossom Lamp

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a fun little home decor project that I think would be perfect to give to any hostess as a thank you or even a decorative piece for your own home.


Here is a closer look at the lampshade detail featuring some of the lovely core patterned paper.  Inside the lampshade I included a flameless tea light candle which gave it such a pretty look when the flickering light was reflected from the acetate die cut windows.

Joann-Larkin-Tea-Light-Lamp-Closeup-e1424645256612Tabletop Blossom Lamp Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Cut the base of the lamp from Chalk Core Colors paper and the shade from Cream Plaid Patterned Paper.


Step 2.  Cut a second set of the base pieces from the Chalk Core Colors paper, cut off the tabs and emboss with the embossing folder that you like.  Once embossed, sand using your sand-it-gadget and don’t forget to cleanup with your dust buddy!


Step 3.  Assemble the pieces ensuring that you pieces line up correctly.


Step 4.  For detailed assembly of the tabletop lamp, the creator of the cut file has a good tutorial here so be sure to check it out.

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



Scrapbook Paper Wood Bangle Bracelets

Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share a way for you turn your very favorite geometric patterns and papers into easy accessories, by embellishing basic wood bangles with a bit of paper and Mod Podge.  Look at these cheerful spring colors!


I have a polka-dot obsession lately, I’ll confess, and I think quatrefoil is perfect for jewelry.  But if that’s not your thing – lucky for you, you can use any paper you love!  Raid your scraps – you can even mix and match – and read on for how to make scrapbook paper wood bangle bracelets.

Scrapbook Paper Wood Bangle Bracelet Supplies:

  • Core’dinations patterned paper (shown here in light green small dot and teal quatrefoil)
  • Unfinished wooden bangles (I found mine on Etsy)
  • White craft paint
  • Mod Podge (I used Matte, but Glossy would work equally well)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper trimmer

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Step 1.  Paint the inside of your wood bangle, as well as the edges.  Be sure to paint just slightly over the edges onto the outer surface of the bangle – that way, no unfinished wood will show at the edges of your paper.  It’s likely you’ll need 2 coats of paint.  Allow the bangles to dry.

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Step 2.  Trim your paper to the appropriate size for your bangle.  In my case, that was a 1-inch strip, 11 1/4 inches long.  Coat the backside with a layer of Mod Podge and allow it to rest for a few seconds, allowing the Mod Podge to soak into the paper and soften it slightly.  You will get a better seal by waiting a few moments before applying the paper.

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Step 3.  Wrap the paper tightly around the bangle, lining up the finished edge as closely as you can.  Paint the whole bracelet with a final coat of Mod Podge, and allow it to dry for at least a couple of hours before wearing it.  If you discover any small bubbles in your paper when you apply it, allowing it to dry overnight will often resolve them.

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They’re so easy to make, it’s hard to stop at just one!  Stack a couple together, or make them up to match different outfits.  You could also stamp or ink your papers before applying them – whatever your signature paper crafting style is!  They’re such a fun way of showing your love of paper in an everyday way.


Thanks for joining me today!

~ Adrianne


Party Mixers Monogram Wall Hanger

March 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

It has been a long time since I have had such a fun craft day! Instant gratification with this project. Aside from the time I had to wait for the black paint to dry on the “W”, this project took me about 20 minutes to assemble- and it is huge! The large rosette measures 17″- it makes a big impact in my home.

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Monogram Wall Hanger Supplies:


Originally when I was putting this project together in my head, I planned on making my own accent flowers to go on the “W”, then I realized I could make the project one step easier and add pre-assembled mini rosettes! So ignore the cardstock paper pad in the photo. I went the easier route!

Here are the directions:

Step 1: Paint your wooden monogram black. Allow paint to dry. While paint is drying assemble your kit items.

Step 2: Assemble the largest (17″) Rosette from the Core’dinations Party Mixers XL Rosette Kit. Each kit has easy to follow directions on assembly, and everything you need to assemble it with are included in the kit!


Assemble the medium flower in the Core’dinations Party Mixers Flower kit. Again, the instructions are included in the packaging. I used a hot glue gun for assembly.


Step 3:  Adhere assembled flower and rosettes to the monogram. Adhere Core’dinations Party Mixers Paper Pop Accents to the centers of the rosettes. The paper pop accents are the perfect size for the mini rosette centers- and there are plenty of designs to choose from. I wanted mine to all match. I chose the floral design.


Tie wide white ribbon into a bow, leaving long tails on the ribbon,  and adhere the bow behind the monogram letter. Adhere monogram letter to middle of large assembled rosette.

That’s it! I am using mine as a wall hanger in my family room, but it would also be adorable as a front door hanger. Either way, it was a simple and easy project. My favorite kind.




Embossed Baby Card

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today. I am super excited about the arrival of my first grandchild next month. That being said, when it comes to creating I have went into “baby on the brain” mode. So, today  I have a quick and easy embossed baby card that I created using a Core’dinations A2 kraft card base.

IMG_9104Embossed Baby Card Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Core Essentials Pastel cardstock pack (pink)
  • Core’dinations kraft Deco-Edge A2 cards
  • Darice® 4.25 x 5.75 Embossing Folder: Baby Clothes on Line
  • Darice pink dot washi tape
  • White self-adhesive pearls
  • Lawn Fawn Plus One stamp set
  • Clearsnap black ink pad
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machines
  • Scor-Pal scoring board
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® EZ Runer

Step 1: Begin with your choice of pre-made card bases from the Deco-Edge A2 Cards.


Step 2: Place card front inside embossing folder, as shown below, aligning the ends of the line with the top and left edges.


Step 3: Emboss image onto card front.


Step 4: Score 3 lines above decorate edge spaced 1/8-inch apart. Adhere a thin border cut from pink cardstock; embellish with pearls.


Step 5: Cut a 5.5 x 4.25-inch piece from pink cardstock. Adhere to inside panel of card. Stamp sentiment; attach Washi Tape.




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