Easy Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath

January 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Design Teams, Sizzix

Hey friends!  Adrianne here today to share a super easy, heart-filled idea for your Valentine’s Day decor.  You can make dozens of hearts in just minutes using your favorite manual cutting machine, making this heart covered wreath a quick and festive paper craft.  Choose traditional colors, or the colors that best match your decor!


Valentine’s Day Heart-Covered Wreath Supplies:

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Step 1. Choose your colors.  I picked a mix of red and purple shades, and embossed the Vintage Collection papers with heart shapes.

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Step 2. Sand the papers with the Sand It Gadget to bring out the heart pattern.

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Step 3. Arrange the heart dies on your papers to cut as many hearts as possible in several sizes.

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Step 4. Starting with the largest hearts, glue hearts onto your wreath form.  This layer serves to cover up the foam wreath form.

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Step 5. As you move on to adding smaller hearts to fill out the round shape, use foam dots to add depth and dimension to the wreath.

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Step 6. Turn the wreath over, and using a pair of sewing pins or small nails, add a wreath hanger to the top of the wreath.  It’s lightweight enough it can easily be hung from a nail, or an adhesive hook.


What kinds of decor are you making for Valentine’s Day?



3-D Miniature Paper Trees

Hey friends! Adrianne here, and I’ve got a fun, 3-D decor craft for your mantel or for your winter vignette.  These miniature trees are easy and adorable, and you can make them with whatever paper suits your color scheme.  Each tree only took me about 10 minutes to make (prior to drying time), so they’re a quick project that your kids might even like to help with!

3D-Paper-Trees23-D Miniature Paper Tree Supplies:

  • Core’dinations 6×6 sheets in the Vintage Collection and Glitter Silk Collection (choose 2 sheets for each tree)
  • Darice floral die set
  • Manual cutting/embossing machine – I use the Sizzix Big Shot
  • Scoring board and bone folder
  • 1/4 inch hole punch
  • 1/4 inch wood dowel(s), and a way to cut them
  • Large hole wooden beads
  • Wooden spools
  • Liquid glue

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Step 1. Die-cut a few graduated floral shapes.  The 3″ size tree will need two pairs of circles (2-inch and 3-inch diameter), the 4″ tree will need an additional larger circle (4-inch diameter), and the 5″ will need 2 additional circles (4-inch diameter).

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Step 2. Cut your wood dowel(s) into appropriate sizes for your space.  I cut one 12″ dowel into a 3″, 4″, and 5″ piece.  Glue a wooden bead to one end, and allow to dry while you work on the next steps.

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Step 3. Score your circles four ways: horizontally, vertically, and diagonally in both directions.  Punch the center with a 1/4″ hole punch.  Tip: if you don’t have a punch that will reach, fold up the circle, and cut a small hole with scissors.

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Step 4. Fold the circles so that the horizontal and vertical lines are folded one way, and the diagonals are folded opposite.  This way, you will get a conical shape to form your trees.

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Step 5. Add the smallest circles onto the dowel, and add a few dots of quick-drying paper glue underneath to hold them in place.  Stagger them so that the dowel underneath doesn’t show, and add circles in increasing sizes, until about 1 inch of dowel is left.

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Step 6. Glue the bottom of the dowel into a wooden spool, and allow it to dry.


Now, just make up a matching set for your Christmas decor!  The Glitter Silk paper adds a festive shine to the little trees.


What kinds of decor items are you making for Christmas?

~ Adrianne


Snowflake Ceramic Coaster Set

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share another fun and easy upcycled project. Quite often I come across ceramic coasters at garage sales and thrift stores that are inexpensive but may not be something that will match my current decor. Fortunately, very little work. they can be altered to match the season for just pennies. Here is one example!


Snowflake Coaster Supplies:


Step 1: Sand edges of coaster to remove paint.


Step 2: Ink edges of coaster with permanent ink. Note: the more coarse the sandpaper used the more white you will see when inked.


Step 3: Die-cut a circle slightly smaller than coaster surface from Vintage cardstock and large snowflake from opal Glitter Silk cardstock.


Step 4: Using mod Podge and foam brush adhere circle to surface of coaster. IMG_8211

Step 5: In the same manner adhere snowflake to coaster and seal top by brushing a second coat over the entire surface.


Step 6: Let dry overnight. Seal with a waterproof sealer as desired.




Embossed Christmas Cards With a Twist

The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones!  Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!

Christmas-cards-CoredinationsChristmas Card Supply List:

Core Christmas Cards Supply Picture

For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.


Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it.  Add it to a cardstock base.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.

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Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.

Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.

My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!


Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.

Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.

Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.


Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!



Glitter Silk Gift Bag and Box

July 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Spellbinders, Xyron

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Box and bag
Helmer’s Craft Glue
Xyron 250
Glue Dots
Paper Studio pearl
Spellbinder’s Dies – foliage S4-328 and Aster Flower Topper S5-102
My Mind’s Eye Brad
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Debbie Stadard here with an easy step-by-step on how to create a festive gift bag and tag for the that next big day of yours! Don’t be afraid to emboss that Glitter Silk. It looks amazing!
1.  First off pick a little box – as you can see I have had this one awhile but that’s ok – I’m covering it. Using the wrong side of your paper mark the bottom of the box and the top of the box and cut out.  The great thing about Glitter Silk is that the back is white so it’s easy to make lines. Then cut a smaller piece to fit in the bottom of the box.
2.  Now glue all the pieces to the box.
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3. Measure around the box and the height of the bottom of the box and cut.  Glue to sides holding to get a tight fit.  If you have to cut a second strip it’s easier to cut one side and then piece it that way.
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4.  Do the same thing for the top of the box.
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5.  Now because I didn’t want my seam to show on to I used these pearls from Paper Studios.  They worked well on here because they are all attached in one long line so you can do an entire side at one time.
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6.  Then I used a Spellbinder’s die to cut my flower and leaves and embossed the them.  I used my Xyron 250 to run the leaves through and attach to the top of the box and then some Glue dots to add the flower after I added a brad.
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7.  Now to make my bag I used the rest of the turquoise sheet.  I embossed it (you don’t sand Glitter Silk due to the glitter finish) and attached it and another embossed purple strip.  Then I made a banner sentiment using the green and layering it with some turquoise and added a David Tutera Sentiment.
8.  Tie a festive bow to the top and you have a great gift set!

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