DIY Thankful Accordion Fold Card

Hey friends! Adrianne here today, and I’ve got a fun way to show gratitude as we come up on (American) Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general.  I have a confession: I am not the best at speaking my gratitude.  I know that a simple “thank you” goes a long way.  I try my best to say it often!  But honestly, I’m just better at showing how thankful I am through actions.  And gifts.  So I made up this big accordion-fold card to give to my husband, to try to put into words some of the things I’m most thankful for.  This actually makes a great gift for grandparents from the kids because there’s lots of space to include photos and artwork, and it’s the perfect style for a group to give so that everyone has room to write a sweet sentiment.  I’ll show you how to fold up this easy card, and give you a few ideas to make it your own, too!

Thankful-Accordion-Fold-Card-3Accordion fold pop-up card supplies:

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Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of card stock, and trim them to 8 inches square.  (Keep the scraps close by for making your embellishments.)  Score them vertically and horizontally at 4″, and then along ONE of the diagonals.

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Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping.  Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot length of baker’s twine.  Lay it across the glue, and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.

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You should have a card that now looks like this.  The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panel will fold downward.

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Step 3. Embellish it!  Fill it up with gratitude.  I trimmed photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center.  Then, I embossed and sanded some heart accents with my Sizzix machine.

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I listed 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for, and trimmed them to fit inside the card on the folding panels.  I also used a punch to create heart shapes to glue on.

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Step 4. Create a front for your card to finish it off.  I wanted something personal for the front of the card, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that said “12 ways I’m thankful for you”.  Instead of using the words, I used the outer “stencil” part of the phrase.  (Since I wasn’t using the words, I snagged the “thankful” cut and used it inside the card.)  I also sanded the edges of the card for a more vintage feel.

Let it dry, then fold it up!  Use the baker’s twine to hold it closed, until it’s time to give it to someone special.

I have made cards for my husband before, but this one was far and away his favorite!  Part of it was just me saying “thank you” for all the things he does, but he loved that I included pictures, too.  It’s like a tiny scrapbook, with some photos of us at some of our best times – one of our first dates, our honeymoon, and some other special memories.

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~ Adrianne

 

“We’re Thankful” Paper Turkey Table Decor

Hey friends, Adrianne here, and today I’ve got a fun paper turkey craft that you can print and make at home.  Not only does it look cute as table decor, but it’s also an activity, and an exercise in thankfulness.  There’s also a free printable PDF file to make your own – the shapes are simple, just trace and cut!

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The turkey is built around a small paper box interior, and it’s a place where the whole family can write something they’re thankful for on a slip of paper, and drop inside.  On Thanksgiving, you can retrieve the papers, and read out load what people have written.

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Paper turkey table decor supplies:

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Step 1. Print your template, and cut and score your box.  If you print the box template directly onto your 8.5 x 11 heavy-duty card stock, you can just cut and score along the lines.  Cut the template for tracing your feathers.  Then, glue your box sides together and the bottom closed.

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Step 2.  Trace and cut your feathers and circles.  If you have a circle cutter, you’ll find it easiest just to cut two 4″ circles and one 5″ circle.  If you don’t have a circle cutter, you can print the circles from the template, cut and trace them onto your card stock, and cut  them out.  You will need 7 feathers.

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Step 3. Trim one inch off the 5 inch circle and one of the 4 inch circles.  This will give you a flat edge for assembling it on the box.

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Step 4 (optional). Emboss and/or sand your Chocolate Box pieces.  I used a Darice brand embossing folder with circles and dots, but any pattern that you have that you like will work well!  I also embossed the feathers with a Darice brand folder with a swirling vine pattern.  I did not sand the feathers.  You can also sand the pieces without embossing them to expose the colored core.

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Step 5. Assemble your circles on the front of your box.  The trimmed 5-inch circle will be the body, and the intact 4 inch circle will be the head.  Then, arrange the feathers on the back side of your box, and cover the raw edges with the final trimmed 4-inch circle.

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Step 6. Give it a face!  Add embellishments like google eyes, foam stickers, or cut your own face pieces from card stock.  I used google eyes, and I also cut a pair of feet to add stability to the bottom.  I did not include a template for the facial pieces, because making it your own is half the fun of this craft!

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You can leave this little guy out on your table all month, and add “thankful” notes to the box at any time as they occur to you – or, wait until Thanksgiving, and have everyone share together!  Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Adrianne

 

Father’s Day Cards with Chocolate Box

May 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Whether it’s a little or a lot, our Chocolate Box adds immediate impact on your papercrafting projects! It is definitely great for masculine projects as Kate did on this layout and for the Father’s Day cards we have for you today!

Debbie Standard paired hers with blue and some other neutrals. A great tip is to mix and match different embossed patterns for added interest like Debbie did for this card:

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Core’dinations Supplies:

Chocolate Box and Core Essentials Cardstock

David Tutera Celebrate supplies:
DT-GX-7500-02 Ivory  smooth card
GX-7300-54 Holiday Embellishment kit
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Whether it’s a little or a lot, our Chocolate Box looks great and really stands out as seen on this card by Designer Trine Brandt Lassen. The smooth kraft base looks amazing embossed, too!

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Core’dinations Chocolate Box Cardstock
David Tutera Celebrate supplies:
DT-GX-7100-13 A2 Kraft smooth card
GX-7300-54 Holiday Embellishment kit
Embossing folder, stars
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And how cute is this card from Tracy Gruber?  I love how she has a more whimsical Father’s Day take:
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Cut a piece of Chocolate Box card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.”  Use the Curved Edge die from Simon Says Stamp to curve the bottom of the card stock.  Next, emboss it with the Asst. Stars embossing folder from Darice.  Sand over the embossed card stock with the Sand It Gadget.  Stamp the dinosaur and tree images from the Lawn Fawn Critters from the Part set onto 110lb Smooth Cardstock.  Color them in with Copics and fussy cut them out.  Attach the pieces to the card base and them tie the natural twine from May Arts around the card.  Stamp the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the dinosaur print in Memento Teal Zeal ink.
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Supplies:
-May Arts Twine
-Copics
-Simon Says Stamp Curved Edge die
Darice Embossing Folder

Chocolate Box Cards

May 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi friends! Vivian Keh here to share a card project that uses Core’dinations Chocolate Box Collection.The cardstock comes in a range of yummy chocolate hues, and the core comes in a pretty rainbow of colors to choose from.

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Step 1: Dry emboss a pretty design onto a piece of Chocolate Box Cardstock and sand to reveal the core color.

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Step 2: For a soft framing element, add a bit of intentionally carefree stitching along the edge.

Step 3: Die-cut a label out of another piece of Chocolate Box cardstock. Dry emboss and sand to reveal the core color. Layer coordinating embellishments that vary textures and keep the feeling soft.

 

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Chocolate Box Collection, Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Dot Swirl and Medallion Embossing Folder Set #658286, Jar Labels Die and Embossing Folder Set #659184
Fiskars – small floral punch
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam binding
Prima Marketing – Gems, Wooden Banner
Ranger – liquid pearls
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – pink mist

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And next up we have a card from Clare Buswell with another take our Chocolate Box cardstock. LOVE how she chose to use blue to accent her flower!

1.) Make card from cardstock. 2.) Cut panel from Core’dinations Chocolate Box Blueberry cardstock, emboss using Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder, sand using Sand It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy, adhere to card. 3.) Add strip of reverse Core’dinations Chocolate Box Blueberry cardstock to card.
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4.) Stamp greeting onto piece of Core’dinations Premium White Cardstock 110lb, attach to card. Stamp flower onto piece of Core’dinations Premium White Cardstock, color using Distress Markers and fussy cut. Fix flower to card using silicone glue. 5.)Add enamel dots, to finish.
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Supplies: Core’dinations Chocolate Box Blueberry cardstock, Core’dinations Premium Cardstock 110lb White, Core’dinations Dust Buddy and Core Sand It Gadget.
Other: Jet Black Ink Ranger, Penny Black stamp set, Potted Garden Stamp set The Craft’s Meow, Distress Markers – (Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass), embossing folder Anna Griffin Poppy Cuttlebug, Big Shot, enamel dots, silicone glue.

Spotted Cardstock Winner!

May 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders

We hope you had a great long weekend! First up, we have a winner from our giveaway.

Ruby H says:
May 23, 2014 at 7:42 am  (Edit)

Love this cardstock thanks for a chance to win !!

Ruby email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com to claim your prize by June 1st, 2014

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Next up we are showcasing Chocolate Box on the blog this week. What a sweet treat…
chocolate covered cardstock! 
Sand, tear and emboss it to reveal the yummy colors hidden beneath the texture. It is available in  12×12 assorted packs, 6×6 and Cut & Emboss. And don’t forget single sheets for those special projects, too. First up we have Kate Nolan Denham with a masculine layout filled with TONS of technique!

 

I wanted to create a very “boy” layout with the photos of my Grandson so I immediately grabbed my stock of Core’dinations Chocolate Box Cardstock.  I embossed, debossed, and die cut my way through the Chocolate Box on this layout!  Each piece of Chocolate Box was sanded to show the great core colors I chose to compliment Seth’s plaid shirt.

I used Spellbinder’s Sprightly Sprockets Dies to create all the fun gears on this page.   Just loving how once I sanded down gears they looked aged with all that red showing though the Chocolate Box.  I added a bit of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint to them make them pop just a bit more.
Core’dinations Supplies:
Chocolate Box Cardstock
Core Essentials Darks Pack
Vintage Collection
Sand It Gadget 
Dust Buddy 
Other Supplies:
Spellbinder’s Sprightly Sprockets
Darice Embossing Folder
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint
Elle’s Studio Tag
Misc Brads

Mother’s Day Inspiration

May 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have another amazing day of inspirational Mother’s Day projects for you today.

First up, Ava Gavloski with a classic black and white card for Mother’s Day…

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You can see how well the Core’dinations Core Essentials in Snowflake and the Graphic 45 Signature Series in Photogenic compliment each other. Both Cardstocks are my favorite! Add a sheer ribbon and some crystals by Zva Creative and your card is a classic that will make mom proud.
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Core’dinations Supplies:

G45 Signature Series, Photogenic
Core Essentials Snowflake
Sand It Set

 Other Supplies

Zva Creative Crystals
Unity Stamp Co.
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink
Sizzix Embossing folders
May Arts Ribbon
Tombow Mono Adhesive
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And next up, a Mother’s Day layout from Mary Pat Siehl:
I love using the Core Impressions!  It makes the most beautiful background paper.
1.) Sand the cardstock heavily around the edges.   Keeping the phot0s next to each other allowed me to show off the cool design of the BasicGrey Core Impressions.
2.) Next,use apiece of the Core Impressions in Chocolate Box  to mat the photos.
3.) Then,  dry emboss pink Core Essentials cardstock using a Darice embossing folder and lightly sand it.  Add some embellishments and a small splash of pattern paper to tie all the spring colors together.
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Supplies:
Bella Blvd paper, alphabet stickers, and fabric flowers
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
My Mind’s Eye enamel dots.
Darice embossing folder

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