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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

~Joann

 

DIY Love Mobile

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Scrapbooking

Are you looking for a unique way to display photos in your home?  How about this Love Mobile! This project may look complicated, but is really quite simple, and can make a huge statement in your home.  And, with the small format photos is the perfect way to use some of those Instagram photos we all have.

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Love Mobile Supplies:

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Step 1:  Die cut, punch, and hand cut a variety of shapes from the papers.  Hearts, circles, and scalloped circles work best as these can be easily layered.  Emboss shapes from the Chalk Core and Spotted papers.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  Sand embossed shapes to reveal the core and add additional color and dimension.

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Step 3: Layer shapes and embellishments and create strands with your photos to determine layout of mobile.  I used a total of 7 strands to complete my mobile with the photos cut to 2 inch squares.  Each strand had a total of 4 photos (two on each side) and 6 layered embellishments (again, two per side). for a total of 28 photos and 42 layered shapes.  Your number may vary.

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Step 4:  To assemble strands sandwich  wire between shapes, being sure to leave enough wire at the top to wrap around embroidery hoop later.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_assemble wireStep 5:  Or, you can poke holes in your shapes and photos and wrap the wires around and through.  Add beads, pearls and gems between your items for extra interest and sparkle.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_wire wrapStep 6:  To assemble the mobile, wrap the wire around embroidery hoop evenly spacing your strands around the hoop.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_hangStep 7:   I used two pieces of twine tied at either end and evenly spaced around hoop and then gathered them in the middle to create the hanger.  This allows me to level the mobile later.

love_mobile_coredinations_nancy keslin_stringStep 8:  I used an additional piece of twine to hang the mobile from the ceiling.  Here you can see how I gathered the twine together to adjust the sides for leveling.

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Step 9:  Finally wrap the embroidery hoop with lace.  I plan on hanging this mobile in my guest room/office for all to see.  I love that I can see all the photos of my family every day.

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~Nancy

 

Embellished Scrapbook Necklaces

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today!  Do you love creating scrapbook layouts?  If you do, I’ve got a great idea for you that you may not have considered: make your passion small-scale, and create beautiful jewelry from your ideas!  Bezel trays hold 1-2 inch circles and squares that you can punch, emboss, add charms or photos to, and then seal up with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic or resin.  It’s easier than you think, and I’m going to show you how today!

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Scrapbook Necklace Supplies: 

  • Scrap of Chalk Core card stock with blue core
  • Scissors
  • Darice lips embossing folder
  • Sizzix Big Shot, or your favorite manual embossing machine
  • Sand it Gadget
  • Mod Podge Metal Blank Charms, or any type of metal bezel
  • Charms like self-adhesive pearls, letters, flowers, or whatever you love
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • 18″ chain
  • 10 mm jump ring
  • Flat-nosed jewelry pliers

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The possibilities of how to put these sweet necklaces together are endless, but I’ll tell you how I made this contemporary love-themed necklace!

Step 1. First, cut a scrap of Chalk Core paper to fit your metal bezel.  Position it in the embossing folder, and emboss!  Sand it with your Sand-It Gadget to bring out the colored core.

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Step 2. Play around with your layout!  I ultimately selected “XO” charms and a few flat-backed pearls.  You can place them with glue dots so that they don’t shift around, if you are adding a few different embellishments.  Don’t forget, photos, gems, and other shapes are all great choices to add.  If you’re adding multiple layers of paper, sealing them together with Mod Podge before continuing may be a good idea.

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Step 3. Taking care not to shake the bottle of Dimensional Magic, slowly add a few drops at a time to the top of your pendant tray, until it’s domed around the edges.  Don’t be alarmed when it looks cloudy at first – it dries clear!

As long as you don’t over-fill the tray, it won’t spill over, even if it’s filled higher than the sides of the bezel.  You’ll get a great domed look with Dimensional Magic.  If you get any bubbles, pop them with a toothpick, because they will harden into your piece if you don’t.

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Step 4. Twist open your jump ring with your pliers, and add it into the ring of your bezel.  Add the chain.

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Step 5. Allow your pendant to dry.  It will at least take 3-4 hours. You may find that after one coat, you want to add a second coat of Dimensional Magic (especially if you do what I did, and touch it before it dries fully, leaving an annoying fingerprint).  Rest assured, if you have a rough spot in your finish, a thin extra coat will fix it.  You’ll be left with a hard, shiny finish that fully protects everything within your pendant.

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Play around with other layouts and color combinations for different looks!  Are you getting ideas of what to put in your pendant?  I’d love to hear if you make one!

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~ Adrianne

 

Quick & Easy Chalk Core Layout

January 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Scrapbooking

I know, it doesn’t look quick and easy, but it was! And it could have been even quicker and easier with the use of pre-made flowers.

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Chalk Core Layout Supplies:

Step 1: Choose a 12×12 sheet of Core’dinations Chalk Core cardstock. Score the perimeter of the layout. Sand to reveal the white core.

Step 2: Lay a dinner plate in the center of the layout. Trace around dinner plate using a white colored pencil, chalk pencil or white crayon.

Step 3: Adhere photo to bottom left hand corner of circle. Tear strips of vellum and overlay the photo on the top and bottom. Add title cut from an electronic cutting machine or stickers if you want to make it even easier! Add washi tape to the left of the photo.

Step 4: Add flowers to layout using the circle as a guide for placement. Add butterflies, and swirly doodles.

Here is a close up of the detail:

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Since the Chalk Core cardstock looks like a chalkboard. I thought adding some doodles to the layout would enhance the chalkboard look. I used a chalk pencil. Here is a tip: to “set” the chalk, when using it on projects use a quick spray of some aerosol hairspray- this will seal the chalk so it will not rub off.

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~Shaunte

 

Happy New Year Card

Mary Pat here with you today.  I have an easy New Year’s Card for you today using some of my favorite Core cardstock – Chalk Core and Glitter Silk!  You can’t go wrong with a combination like that!

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For my card I started with the Chalk Core and embossed it using an embossing folder.  I then lightly sanded it.  I then found an image from the internet and traced it on my Glitter Silk and cut it out.  I then used the Core Basics Vellum and embossed my sentiment using embossing powder.  To finalize things I added some pearls in matching colors.  Very quick and easy.  You can make several of these to send to friends and family!

Happy New Year Card Supplies: 

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I made this video  demonstrating the techniques of embossing (both dry and heat), and  sanding.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I will see you soon.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

~Mary Pat

 

Chalk Core Christmas Tag

I love the chalkboard look, and knew that these Stampendous sentiment stamps would look really great embossed in white on some Chalk Core.

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Chalk Core Christmas Tag Supplies:

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Step One: Trim Chalk Core Cardstock to 2″x4″. Sand cardstock.

Step Two: Stamp sentiment in the center of tag with embossing ink, and wet emboss using white embossing powder. Add stamped shapes to tags, heat embossing between each element.

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Step Three: Color in stamped images with a white colored pencil to make the image opaque.

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Color images with colored pencils over the white.

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Step Four: Finish tag. Trim top two corners of tag. Add eyelet and ribbon. Add swirls to tag using a white colored pencil. Repeat for additional tags! A trendy and classy way to dress up a holiday gift!

~Shaunte

 

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