The color palette for the Graphic 45 Couture Collection was a perfect match for photos I just took of my daughter and her tiny pet turtle. The aqua color was an obvious choice to match the photo background- but I knew I wanted to bring the green of the turtle in as well. I decided to create a “quilt” effect, and add in the green using Core’dinations cardstock. All the patterns of the Graphic 45, and the textures of the embossed cardstock mimic the look of a quilt, and machine stitching the squares together really brought the look together.
Tiny Turtles Layout Supplies:
- Graphic 45 Couture 6×6 Patterns and Solids
- Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock in Crab Grass, Roasted Pepper, and Mantis
- Core’dinations Chalk Core Cardstock
- Core’dinations Core Tags in Smooth Ivory
- Baker’s Twine
- Washi Tape
- Dymo Label Maker (manual style)
- Electronic Cutting Machine
- Sewing Machine
Step 1: Select papers you would like for your layout, using a mixture of patterned papers and coordinating cardstock. and cut them into 4″x3″ pieces. Emboss and sand the cardstock pieces. Arrange the pieces out on a 12×12 sheet of cardstock, centering around a 4×6 photo. Machine stitch the perimeter of each piece.
Step 2: Using an Electronic Cutting Machine create title using Core’dinations Chalk Core. Adhere to layout.
Step 3: Using an Electronic Cutting Machine cut turtle shapes from Mantis and Crab Grass cardstock. Assemble turtles on Smooth Ivory Tags. Add Baker’s twine. Add additional embellishments to tags as desired. Adhere tags to layout.
Here is a close-up of the turtles:
Step 4: Add 3″ x 4″ photo to layout using washi tape.
Step 5 :Cut Chalk Core cardstock into strips to fit a manual Dymo Label Maker (pictured). Create journaling strips. Sand strips. Adhere to layout.
Core’dinations Chalk Core Cardstock is gorgeous. With chalkboard home decor being so popular today, it is a perfect addition to your crafting stash! If you haven’t tried it yet, I hope this project will make you want to!
Chalkboard Family Frame Supplies:
- Core’dinations Chalk Core 12″ white and colors
- Core’dinations WhiteWash
- Flower punches and dies
- Misc: frame
- Sand it Set
Step 1: Use a simple black 8×10 frame and cut four (4) 1/2″ strips of White Core Chalk Core, sand them, and Mod-Podged the strips to the perimeter of the frame. The frame already had a photo mat that came with the frame so cover the photo mat with White Core Chalk Core and sand it.
Step 2: Use a sheet of Colored Core Chalk Core for the inside of the photo mat. ISand it, and adher it to the cardboard frame backing.
Step 3: Then, using a variety of flower punches and the Colored Chalk Core decorate the frame.
Core’dinations Chalk Core pairs well with Core’dinations Whitewash Cardstock. They both have a subtle “chalky” look. Mix in some of that with the flowers as accents and leaves and some fun self adhesive pearls and rhinestones to the flower centers.
Step 4: Cut the banner and the title with your Silhouette electronic cutting machine or any other machine you have.
Step 5: Attaching the photo: I used a heavy duty glue dot behind a metal clip. This way I can switch the photo out whenever we have a current shot.
Here is a close-up of some of the flowers-you can see the fabulous texture of the cardstocks.
Can you believe this project is all cardstock? I love to create beautiful (one of a kind) things for my home that are inexpensive, and best of all- unique. ~ Shaunte
I like to give a special treat to my favorite Halloween Spooks (nieces, nephews and close friends). It seems like this list is ever-growing, so I was really thrilled to find a cute idea that I can mass-produce.
Halloween Treat Boxes Supplies:
- Core’dinations Chalk Core Cardstock
- Core Essentials in Orange
- Spotted Jillian Cardstock in Parsley
- Sillhouette Machine
I downloaded a cut file from Silhouette here.
This shape is for the Bat Box. Then to create the spider and pumpkin, I cut the box shape out again, and then added a pumpkin shape and/or legs for the spider. Easy Peasy! The new Core’dinations Chalk Core Cardstock is such a cute and trendy addition to my Halloween projects!
I used Core Essentials, in Orange for the pumpkin, and a little scrap of Spotted Jillian Cardstock in Parsley for the leaf. I scored the cardstock where the lines of the pumpkin would be, and sanded the cardstock to make it pop!
The boxes are perfect for inserting a cellophane treat bag full of goodies, or a wrapped homemade cookie. A quick and easy way to treat my cute trick-or-treaters!
Today I am excited to show you how to make this fun 31 Framed Halloween Decor. Halloween is such a fun holiday to decorate for, and this is the perfect addition to any shelf or mantle.
Framed Halloween Decor Supplies:
- Chalk Core Core’dinations Cardstock in white
- Tillie Dot – Spotted 12 x 12 Core’dinations Cardstock - Orange & Mantis
- Sand It Gadget
- Darice Polka Dot Embossing Folder
- Embossing Die Cutting Machine
- String or Twine
- Digital Die Cutting Machine
- Dimensional Foam Squares
Step 1. Measure your frame opening, and cut a piece of Chalk Core Core’dinations Cardstock in white to fit.
Step 2. Lay your piece of Chalk Core Cardstock into your embossing folder. Make sure to pay attention to where the dots line up, so they are straight.
Step 3. Run through an embossing machine.
Step 4. Using the Sand It Gadget, sand the top of the embossed dots to reveal the white underneath.
Step 5. Cut out (I used an electronic die cutting machine) a bat, and adhere it using dimensional foam squares. I put it in the frame for this part, to make sure the frame wouldn’t smash the bat.
Step 6. Using the Orange and Green Spotted 12 x 12 Core’dinations Cardstock, cut out your numbers. I used a digital die cutting machine for this also. Once the numbers are cut, sand the tops of the “spots” to show some of the white underneath. Add dimensional foam squares to the back, and tie some purple string around the numbers, and trim with scissors. On the upper left of the number 3, I just used a regular glue dot, so it didn’t add extra dimension, since the bat already had dimension squares under it.
Step 7. Adhere your numbers to the black cardstock.
Step 8. Put it in your frame, and display. (To make the paper tight in the frame, I put the glass behind it before putting the frame backing on.)
Now you have a fun little display item to put on your shelf, desk, mantle, or you could even hang it on the wall.
It’s time for falling leaves, pumpkin everything, and sweaters. It’s AUTUMN! And to celebrate the beginning of my favorite season, I created this awesome bunting using the White Chalkboard card stock, which I am loving.
Autumn Bunting Supplies:
- White Chalk Core Cardstock
- Burlap Ribbon
- Suede Cord in Ivory
- Darice Autumn Leaves
- Zip Dry Paper Glue
- Hole Punch
- Alphabet Stamps
- VersaMark Watermark Pad
- Embossing Powder - White
- Heat Gun or Hairdryer
Step 1: Cut your Chalk Core card stock into six 4″ x 6″ pieces. Then cut a notch out of the bottom of each piece.
Step 2: Lightly sand the surface of each piece for a scratched appearance and more heavily sand the edges.
Step 3: Stamp the letters to spell “Autumn” on each of the card stock pieces using VersaMark ink, and emboss using an Ivory embossing powder.
Step 4: Punch holes in the upper corners of all the card stock pieces. Also punch a hole in the center of six leaves.
Step 5: Glue a length of burlap ribbon to the back of each card stock piece using Zip Dry, and let dry.
Step 6: Add your card stock pennants to about 6′ of Ivory suede cord.
Now just hang it up and enjoy!
Halloween Layout Supplies:
- Chalk Core
- Black Magic
- Core Essentials
- Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
- Dies: Tim Holtz, Lifestyle Crafts, Papertrey Ink
- Sequins: American Crafts
- Twine: The Twinery
- Button: October Afternoon
- Embossing Folder: Stampin Up
- Label Maker
- Cut N Boss
Step 1. Using a ruler and cutting tool, cut the grid pattern in 1″ increments. Within those 1″ pieces, cut out a smaller square. Where some of the lines meet, punch a whole for added interest. Lay a piece of Black Magic Cardstock underneath it and score the lines that will appare in the negative image of the squares you just cut.
Step 2. Flip over the Black Magic and sand the scored lines, remove dust with Dust Buddy. Line them up again and adhere. Add your additional elements like the sanded doily cut from Chalk Core. Cut the ghosts from the vellum cardstock.
Step 3. Emboss a piece of vellum and add your title along with some additional embellishments.