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.


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.

Thankful-Accordion-Fold-Card-2Who do you know who could use a great big card full of gratitude?

~ Adrianne


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.



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


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.




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


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.
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.
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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi there, Core fans! Vivian Keh here with a bit of St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for you. My roots are Korean, and so I’ve not been one to celebrate this day much in the past. But the little I do know of Irish culture is fascinating to me and I wish I knew more. At the very least, I know that the clover is significant. In the garden, whenever I find clover growing anywhere, four leaved or not, there are always lots of earthworms in the soil just beneath, which is true good fortune for this devoted gardener. I may even steal a few of the “brown gold” makers from this spot and place them in areas where the soil really needs their good work!

Today I have a card for you that uses Core’dinations Cardstock from a few of my beloved collections.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_1For my focal image, I used a green hue from the Core’dinations “Vintage Collection” to die-cut these delicate clovers on my Silhouette, using file #32596 by Patty Young Designs. For a soft background, I used our Tim Holtz “Shattered” Kraft Core Collection.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_2I added distress inks, spritzes of water and colored mists to make my background just a little bit grungier.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_CPersonally, I adore greens and purples together, so I set the focal image atop a purple banner piece cut from our Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection. There is a beautiful muted green hue that’s already pre-embossed in our Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection which I used for my background piece, sanding to reveal the pretty doily shapes.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_BA strip of natural looking fiber added some textural interest, as well as a few dots of pearls.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_AI hope you enjoyed my St. Patrick’s Day inspiration! Thanks so much for visiting with me today on the Core blog!


Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection, Basic Grey Ornate  Collection , Sand-It Gadget, Dust BuddySilhouette: File #32596 by Patty Young Designs
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Ranger – Distress Inks
May Arts – fibers


And Jennifer Edwardson is working that Core today, too! We LOVE using our backsides with our Specialty lines…keep reading to learn how….

With St. Patricks Day here I got out all my fave green cardstock and started making 4 leaf clovers :))
It’s no secret that I love my Silhouette and when I saw this super cute little swirly clover I knew it had to end up on this ‘so lucky’ card.


I started with a David Tutera Celebrate A2 white card base and ran it through my eBosser using my fave dotted embossing folder.
Then I took a piece of The Chocolate Box cardstock with the green back and flipped it over and embossed it the same to create a mat.
I cut the clover cut file using both sides of the same piece of cardstock so that I could use 3D foam and layer the clovers !!  Between the layering and the flourish I am in LOVE with this clover :))
I added  Step 3 chip shape from the DT123 embellishment packs for my sentiment and some fab polka dot ribbon with a big ol’ bow to complete !!



  • The Chocolate Box – Key Lime
  • David Tutera Celebrate White A2 Card Base
  • David Tutera Celebrate Step 3 Chip Shape Sentiment
  • Misc: American Crafts Ribbon

Check in here for cardmaking inspiration!

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

If you like cards you came to the right place, just sayin’! Today we have some gorgeous cards for you from our very talented design team member, . But first… we wanted to say Thank YOU for an awesome week and weekend of Cropping Hard Core style!

We will post winners as SOON as we can. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Seeing Core’dinations in action is always amazing and I learn so much and see so many new things.  So stay close!

Now here are Tracy Grubers two CUTE cards. She always stamps beautifully, don’t you think?

There is no question that I love to stamp and color with Copics.  The awesome part?  I can stamp on my Core Tags and then color them.  They are made with a really heavy card stock, which allows you to color and shade your images without the ink bleeding.  I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set to make this cute baby card.  The background is made with Spotted Jillian Dot and Vintage Core’dinations papers.


Supply List:
Core Tags
Lawn Fawn Plus One stamp set
Core’dinations Spotted Jillian Dot
Core’dinations Vintage Collection
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Copics: V15, E31, E33, C1, C3,C5
Studio Calico Wood Veneer
Lilac twine from The Twinery

The Chocolate Box Collection has some really cool card stock!  I love how one side is brown and the other side has a variety of colors that can be revealed when sanded.  I used one of this card that was a tan backing to keep with the “animal/jungle” theme.  I paper pieced the leaves with green card stock from the Darks paper pad.


Supply List:
Core’dinations The Chocolate Box Collection
Core’dinations Neutrals and Darks paper pads
Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Small
Copics: YG61, YG63, YG67
Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2
May Arts twine
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
DCWV Safari Chic Matstack
Tombow 3D Foam Tabs

Ah…gorgeous Fall is here!

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft, Xyron

So who was cropping with us this weekend????? We are having so much fun make sure you come chat with us here 🙂


Such a beautiful time of year and we are soaking it in on the Core Blog today with some fabulous Fall inspiration pieces!  If you were cropping with us then you saw this GORGEOUS card from Vivian Keh that is all about autumn colors! Make sure you check out her challenge and blog HERE for more amazing details!


What screams autumn color tones better than our Chocolate Box and Vintage Cardstock?  Heather Anne Kaesgan used both on this card for us today.

Creating with Core is easy! For this card,  Heather embosed the word “Hello” along the bottom and then added circles and Marvy Uchida punched flowers in the middle.  Did you know these Marvy punches actually punch the flowers with embossed designs? SO COOL!   Finish of your card with some May Arts ribbon and you are done! It’s all about sanding, sanding, sanding! So get out that Sand It Gadget and have some fun.


And next up a card from Tracy Gruber.  I LOVE how she mixed in some Black Magic for her fall themed card.

I love the fall season because there are so many gorgeous colors and fun fall activities!  Picking out the perfect pumpkin is always a great time, even when you are 23 ; )  I cut out the pumpkin on my card from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 inches.  I used card stock from the Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, Darks, and Pastels for it.  For my background, I used Black Magic with an orange background.  I sanded it with the Sand It Gadget to reveal the orange through the black.  I added some stitching and natural twine to complete my card!


Supply List:
Core’dinations Neutrals, Darks, Pastels, and Brights paper pads
Core’dinations Black Magic Collection
-Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium 6×6 paper pad
-My Craft Spot Happy Fall! stamp set
-May Arts twine
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Xyron Foam Tabs

Core’dinations and Xyron all week long!

September 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Imaginisce, Sizzix, Xyron

We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long.

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And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway! I heard a rumour that it might be a sticker maker?!??!?!

Designer Shaunte Wadley is up first with some mixing and matching of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Season Impressions, Kraft-Core and Fancy Pants Core Impressions. And see that super cool strip of pumpkins? Shante used her 2.5 Sticker maker so keep scrolling to check out easy it is to adhere that with Xyron tools.



How is easy is that???


It’s like magic…it’s sticky and NO MESS!


Here’s a close up of it finished with the die cut layers:


THEN after you sand with your Sand it Gadget, take your chalks and apply desired color for a really cool look! Not sure if you saw Friday’s post but Designer Kate Nolan Denham did that on her layout, too, but with some Black Magic..super cool!


And next up is Designer Vivian Keh working the Black Magic!  Just love how she chose Black Magic for her Thanksgiving card. For some step by step photos check out her blog HERE.

For this card, I used cardstock from our fantastic “Black Magic” Collection.  Since I started playing with this stuff a month or so ago, I literally have not been able to stop crafting with it.  The results are always interesting and unique.  I sanded both my dry embossed background and my paper punched leaves, following that by applying a little pigment ink over the raised areas in a variety of autumn leaf tones.  I used the Xyron 1.5 in Create-A-Sticker machine to adhere the leaves – totally nuts about this tool because it is incredibly fast and convenient for adhering tiny pieces, like die-cut alphas or these leaves, to papercrafted projects.  No sticky, messy, glue-y fingers!  I used the Xyron Mega Runner to adhere the card front to a slightly larger card base – nice strong hold.
Some details:
And how amazing is this detail and all this color!? Very same concept as Shaunte using chalks but you can use ink, too!



Core’dinations – “Black Magic” Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – Fancy & Floral Frames Embossing Folder Set #657197, Brenda Walton “Gift Tags” Bigz die #658730

Inkadinkado – Sentiment Stamp
TPC Studios – Flourish Stamp
Xyron adhesive

Clearsnap – PetalPoint Ink Pad Collection in “Provence,” Frost White Pigment Ink


And don’t forget to comment to win because we have some awesome prizes up for grabs for commenting this week. How about some Core AND a Xyron Mega runner? We have more in store for prizes this week so STAY CLOSE!

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