Shabby Chic Mother’s Day Card

Are you intimidated by Shabby Chic styles?  No need to fear, they are really pretty easy and very fun.  I’m going to show you in a few steps how to add some easy techniques to achieve this trendy look.


Shabby Chic Mother’s Day Card Supplies:


Step 1.  Begin with a 4 x 6″ card base.

Step 2.  Cut a slightly smaller panel and emboss.  Sand the raised design.


Step 3.  Cut remaining mats as shown for card.  Use a distressing tool to roughen the edges.


Step 4. Have you ever wished that you could match embellishments to a patterned paper, and you just didn’t have the right colors?  It is so easy to create your own designer papers using Core’dinations and a simple background stamping.  That way, you can create whatever you imagine. Randomly stamp a small image using an opaque ink.


Step 5. Machine stitch the stamped panel and the backing panel together.

Step 6.  Add flower clusters, cheesecloth and sentiment as shown.

eSee, it’s really easy to put together your own shabby chic card.  Here are the key ideas to incorporate to get this look -

  • Soft, muted colors
  • Distressed edges
  • Stitching
  • Sanded embossed designs – especially florals
  • Lots of layers with textures



Mother’s Day Mini Album

April 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party

Mother’s day will be here before we know it, and what better way to celebrate mom, than by giving her a Mother’s Day Mini Album filled family photos! Today I’m going to show you how simple this mini album is to make.


Mother’s Day Mini Album Supplies:

  • Core Basics Patterned Papers
  • Darice Letter Stickerz
  • Chipboard
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Ink Pad
  • Corner Rounder
  • Brads
  • Dimension Squares
  • Adhesive/Glue Gun
  • Jump Rings
  • Variety of Matching Ribbon
  • Digital Die Cutting Machine – optional


Step 1. Trim your chipboard into the size you’d like. I cut 4 to 8 1/4″ x 5″.


Step 2. Cut 2 of each patterned paper to be the same size as your chipboard. Adhere the paper to both sides of the chipboard.


Step 3. Use a corner rounder to round the corners.


Step 4. Ink the edges of your paper/chipboard. I used a dark gray ink.


Step 5. For the cover, use the patterned papers from the other pages and cut out some flowers. I used a digital die cutting machine for this. You could also use a flower punch if you don’t have a die cutter.


Step 6. Ink the edges of your flower pieces.


Step 7. Assemble your flowers. Put a glue dot on the tab.


Step 8. Attach the tab to the back of the flower. It creates a little cup like flower shape.


Step 9. Curl your flower petals.


Step 10. Add dimension squares to the back of the flower. This gives it a little bit of depth when put them together.


Step 11. Attach the flower to the front.


Step 12. Add a brad to the center of the flower.


Step 13. Using hot glue, attach the flowers to the cover of the mini album.


Step 14. Add your Glittery Stickerz letters to spell MOM.


Step 15. Punch holes for your jump rings.


Step 16. Put your jump rings through the holes.


Step 17. Embellish with ribbon. Aren’t those glittery letters so fun?!


Step 18. Add your pictures to the pages.




While it may seem like a lot of steps to create this, it really is pretty quick to make. Your mom or mother-in-law will love having something that she can pull out quickly and see pictures of her family.




DIY Paper Potted Flower for Mother’s Day

Hi Core Fans!  It’s Joann here with you today.  With Mother’s Day fast approaching I wanted to create a pretty flower for the Mother that might not necessarily have that “green thumb.” I am also featuring the new Party Mixers collection which is a lot of fun.  So many possibilities!

Joann-Larkin-Mothers-Day-Plant-e1426520679669Flower Pot and Flower Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for your flower pot out of Core Spotted Jillian Dot Cardstock.

Tip: When making 3D projects I find it best to use a heavy weight cardstock.  Core cardstock, both the single sheets as well as the packaged booklets, are absolutely perfect in weight.  They not only stand up well but also allow you to have a nicely defined scor line.  You want that nice sharp edge to show off your beautiful work!!


Step 2.  Score on the score lines and fold all of the pieces making sure to use your bone folder for a nice sharp line.


Step 3.  Join the side pieces to the larger rim piece.   The upper edge of the side is glued to the underside edge of rim.


Step 4.  Allow time for the glue to dry, attach the side pieces together.


Step 5.  Finish off the bottom by gluing in the base and then place the tabs, 1 panel at a time, through the slots to finish the flower pot.


Step 6.  Finally, finish decorating as desired!


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



Graduation Card

A special time in one’s life is graduation day.  The preparation leading up to this event is enjoyable by all families.  Ava here to share a card for my niece who will be graduating and the school colors are red, white and black.

graduation endGraduation Card Supplies: 


Step 1.  Die cut a few labels from Spellbinders, emboss, ink and you have a multi-layered card.

Step 2.  Tearing Core’dinations Cardstock for a distressed edge is my favorite technique.  Here I used Tim Holtz and  Ranger Distress Collection,  Fire Brick Red Cardstock.

Step 3.  Heat embossed my sentiment in black ink and stamped my star’s in Red, Clearsnap Colorbox Ink.

Step 4.  Layer the label die cuts with foam squares from Tombow, add some rhinestones and a bow.

I am ready from Graduation, are you?



Teacher Appreciation Pencil Flower Bouquet

Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up in just a few weeks and now’s the time to get creating if you want to make a special handmade gift!  Today I am going to share with you how to transform plain old pencils into a beautiful bouquet just like this! And although it looks like it would take a lot of time, Core’dinations new Party Mixers make this project quick and easy!


Pencil Flower Bouquet Supply List:

Pencil Bouquet Supply List

Step 1: Wrap Glitter Tape around the pencils to pretty up the stems.  I left about 2 inches at the bottom of the pencil so that they could be sharpened and usable if she wanted them to be used.

Step 2: Add a dot of hot glue to the eraser tip and attach a rosette there.

Pencil Bouquet Closeup 1

Step 3:  Continue to add all the Rosettes to the pencils.  I did ten total and that filled out the pot nicely.

Technique Tip: Because of the canvas texture of the Core Cardstock and the thickness these will soak up the hot glue quickly and don’t need much time at all to dry.  I spent less than five minutes doing the glue part!

Pencil Bouquet Closeup 2

Step 4: Add the Paper Pops to the center of the Rosettes using a quick drying liquid adhesive.Pencil Bouquet Closeup 4

Technique Tip: As you go through your Paper Pops package make sure you look at both sides of the Pops!  At first I wasn’t sure how to use them thinking I had a lot of letters and that wasn’t going to work for my flowers.  But when I flipped them over I figured out they have a cute icon on the back of each one!  Perfect for this project and so versatile!

Pencil Bouquet Closeup 5

Step 5: Add some ribbon to your pot and fill it with rice (or beans or coffee beans or something that will help hold your pencils in place)


Party Mixers made this project so easy!  I love how versatile they are and that they can be used for all kinds of celebrations!  I don’t know a teacher out there who wouldn’t love to receive something like this!  I think I may make one for my homework area at home!




XL Tag Photo Display with NEW Adhesive Glitter Paper

April 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

One of the frustrations of creating DIY crafted home décor is being limited by the size of paper offered. This adhesive cardstock measures a generous 12×24 inches, is self-adhesive, and non-shed glitter. It can be run through any electronic cutting machine on the vinyl setting. This project shows how nice it is to be able to utilize the larger size on a home décor project that measures 18″ and would normally need to be covered with two pieces of 12×12 craft paper. Additionally, since this cardstock is self-adhesive, no messy glues were required!

a14XL Tag Photo Display Supplies List:



Step One: Untie the section of jute from the wooden tag, set aside for later use. Sand any rough edges.  Turn the adhesive cardstock over to the back side and trace the outline of the XL tag on cardstock backing using a pencil.


Cut the tag shape out using the pencil markings. Remove adhesive backing. Apply the adhesive cardstock over the top of the wooden tag- take care to smooth out any bubbles. Using a craft knife, trim any excess cardstock from sides and hole of the wooden tag.

Step Two:  Using silver glitter adhesive cardstock piece, make a standard hole punch, leaving approximately 1″ from the bottom of the cardstock piece.


Using a 1″ craft punch, position the punch over the standard hole punch, and center the craft punch. This will create a circle with a perfect centered hole- for the “grommet” on the wooden tag.


Peel adhesive backing off of the cardstock “grommet” and apply to tag, over the hole. Replace jute piece stringing it through the hole.

Step Three:  Select letters to spell out “SMILE” or other chosen word. Adhere letters to end of the wooden tag.

Designer tip: I always like to adhere the front letter, and the back letter- and then space the middle letters out evenly.

Step Four:  Using silver glitter adhesive cardstock piece, cut two sections of cardstock to fit the tops of the wooden clothespins. Peel back adhesive and apply to clothespins. Adhere clothespins to wooden tag. Insert photos into clothespins.

Step Five:  Continue to embellish project as desired.


I added some pretty paper flowers to the fill some space on the left side of my tag.


Designer note: It would be simple to change the orientation of this XL Wooden Tag. Follow all steps, turn the tag vertically, and adhere 1 wooden clothespin to the top center of the tag. This would be a perfect size for a 5×7, vertically oriented photo.



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