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!


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


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


Vintage Love Quotes Box Supplies:


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!



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


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


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


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.


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



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!

GX-2500FIN_007Home decor!

Interiorof living-room.Gift wrapping, and more!


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


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!


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!

paper pops

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


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.

Interior of nursery.

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!


DIY Treat Holder with Core’dinations Vellum

February 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Hi everyone!  It’s Joann with you and today I want to show you a fun and easy treat holder made out of the lovely Core Vellum!

Joann-Larkin-Treat-Box1-e1422216330670Treat Holder Supplies:

  • Coredinations Vellum Silver Metallic GX-2300-93
  • Coredinations Vellum Baby Pink GX-2300-98
  • Darice Die Cutting Embossing Stencil Nesting Floral Shapes
  • Spellbinders Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box
  • Heartfelt Romantic Garden Paper Collection (For The Tag)
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
  • JustRite Elegant Fronds Background Stamp
  • Versamark and Silver embossing powder
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Bling From My Stash

To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by stamping your vellum using the JustRite Elegant Fronds Background Stamp and heat embossing it.  The new Core Vellum is fantastic and a total joy to work with since the embossing powder does not break off once it is set.


Step 2.  Center your die over the Vellum and pass through your die cutting machine.


Step 3.  Using another piece of Baby Pink Vellum, cut out the largest Darice Die Cutting Embossing Stencil Nesting Floral Shapes die.


Step 4.  Emboss using the embossing folder that you desire.


Step 5.  Finally, place a treat on the inside, close your treat holder and place on your embossed Pink Vellum for a splash of color.


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



Simple Shamrock Garland

St. Patrick’s Day  is right around the corner. I can’t think of any better way to get your home ready for it, than by adding some Green. And Shamrocks. Today I’m going to show you how to add both, and this Simple Shamrock Garland comes together quickly as well.


Simple St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Garland Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Core Basics Patterened Papers in Green
  • Darice Embossing Folder – Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Sand-it Gadget
  • Green Baker’s Twine
  • Corner Rounder
  • Hole Punch
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors


Step 1. Trim your paper to be 3″ x 4″ rectangles.


Step 2. Place your paper in the shamrock embossing folder.


Step 3. Roll it through your embossing machine.


Step 4. Pull your paper out of the embossing folder.


Step 5. Use your corner rounder to round the corners.


Step 6. Use your hole punch to punch holes in the top corners of each paper.


Step 7. Use the Sand-It Gadget to lightly sand the top of the paper, making the shamrocks more noticeable.


Step 8. String all of your paper pieces onto the baker’s twine.


Step 9. Hang up your garland and enjoy it!


This St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Garland really is so quick and easy to make, so grab your supplies and make one today.


Lucky Leprechaun Hat Card

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite days to make crafts for!  Christine joining you today with a fun shaped card  that looks like a Leprechaun Hat.

Lucky-CardLeprechaun Hat Card Supplies:

Lucky Card Supplies

Now on to the fun part of how to make this card!

Step 1: Cut out a Leprechaun Hat shape and one in it’s mirror image.  I used my Silhouette Cameo for the cut and you can find the file here.  The file will give you most of the pieces you need to cut out the hat and the accessories. For the piece that will be your back score a line about 1/4 inch from the top of it.

Lucky Closeup 4

Step 2: Add adhesive to the scored part and stick your two pieces together.  The scored part will now allow the back of the card to fold back.

Lucky Closeup 3

Step 3: Cut out a stripe from the black Tillie Dot cardstock to be the sash on the hat.  Sand it to bring out the core.

Lucky Closeup 5

Step 4: Cut out a Shamrock out of the Tillie Dot cardstock also but don’t sand it this time.  Add the sash to the card. Cut out a belt buckle from the Gold Cardstock. Add that and the Shamrock to the sash.

Lucky Closeup 2

Step 5: Cut out a sentiment from the Gold Cardstock and attach it to the card. I also used a Silhouette cut file for this and you can find it here. Outline the whole card with faux stitching or dots.




Butterfly Luminary

February 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann here with you today.  This month we are featuring projects made with the fabulous Core Vellum and Core Vellum Quotes, and today I decided to combine both for you for this particular project. This was my first time using Core Vellum and I must tell you it’s a pleasure to work with.  In the past  when I’ve used regular vellum I have not had a lot of success with heat embossing… Not the case with Core.  Your heat embossing works like a charm.  I will never use any other vellum again now…

luminary-butterflyButterfly Luminary Supplies:

  • Coredinations Vellum Baby Pink – GX-2300-98
  • Coredinations Vellum Gold Metallic – GX-2300-94
  • Coredinations Vellum – GX-1810-10
  • Coredinations Core Essentials Pastels Cardstock
  • Coredinations Inspirational Vellum Quotes
  • Core Basics 80 lb White Cardstock
  • Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
  • Darice Nesting Rectangles Embossing Essentials Die
  • Spellbinders Butterfly Magic Die
  • Spellbinders Dainty Dots Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders Les Papillions Two Die
  • Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms PreCut Set – HCPC 3608
  • Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Die – HCD 748
  • Versamark
  • Party Pink Embossing Powder
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Silhouette Cameo

Joann-Larkin-Butterfly-Luminaire-Supplies-e1422217397729To make this project, follow these steps.

Step 1. Start by cutting a piece of White cardstock 11″ x 6 1/4″ and using the Spellbinders Butterfly Magic Die cut out your pattern.  For the best possible box use the Core Basics 80 lb or 110 lb. card stock!  Next, taking a piece of Coredinations Vellum Baby Pink in the same size, emboss it using the Spellbinders Dainty Dots Embossing Folder.  Once the vellum is embossed, attach the vellum to the White cardstock and then roll into a circle.  Note:  try to curve your cardstock prior to attaching it in a circle.  This will allow the project to hold the shape better.


Step 2. Using the Darice Nesting Rectangles Embossing Essentials Die, cut out the Vellum quote and the paper using the next larger size.  The flowers are stamped using Versamark and Party Pink Embossing Powder and heat embossed prior to die cutting them out.


Step 3. Finally, layer on your pieces and decorate the box as desired.


Here is pic of what the Luminary looks like with the flameless candle turned on.


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



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