Tri-fold Shamrock Card

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today and with Saint Patrick’s Day is fast approaching I felt it only fitting to make a card for the occasion!  I am not sure about your part of the world but around these parts everyone is Irish, at least for 1 day lol!


Here is a closer look at the detail:


Here is a look at the inside of the card:

opencardTri-fold Shamrock Card Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the base of your card out of Core Essentials Dark cardstock and the inside of the card out of Core Dark Green Flower Cardstock.  Attach the inside piece onto the card at any time.


Step 2.  Cut the largest hearts out of the same Core Dark Green Flower Cardstock and the smaller hearts out of Core Dark Green Plaid Cardstock.  Once cut, glue the smaller onto the larger heart and attach to the front of the card.


Step 3.  Cut the LUCKY phrase out of Core Essentials Dark cardstock, Core Dark Green Plaid Cardstock, Core Couture Glitter Cardstock and Core Glitter Silk Cardstock.  Once the pieces are all cut you can assemble the layers taking time to ensure that they full dry.   Once complete, this can be fastened to the front of the card.


Step 4.  Finish decorating with a fun ribbon bow and a Vellum quote cut using the Spellbinders Floral Assortment die.


Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a wonderful day my crafty friends!



Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor

January 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Valentine’s Day. I love it. I love to get out the red, white, black, pink & purple decorations. I also like to make some new decorations each year. This project is a fun one, and fairly simple. I’m going to show you how to make this Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor.


Valentine’s Day Shelf Decor Supplies:


Step 1. Paint the outside edges of your tray. For this project, I’m using the back side of this tray.


Step 2. Measure the opening on the back that is inside the edges of the tray.


Step 3. Use the paper trimmer and trim the Core’dinations Core Couture Glitter Cardstock in Red Carpet to fit in the opening. Adhere the paper onto the tray.


Step 4. With your Core’dinations Pop Dot Paper in Pearl White with Black Polka Dots, cut out some fun Valentine words. I cut these subway art words out of a rectangle that fit the tray. I used my electronic die cutting machine to do this.


Step 5. To adhere the cut out words to the back, simply put some adhesive around the tray on the outer lip.


Step 6. Adhere the Pop Dot Paper overlay. Make sure it stays flat and pulled tight when adhering it, so the middle stays lifted.


You are all done! I love what the shimmer of the Pop Dot Paper adds, as well as the glitter on the Core Couture paper. The depth between the two is just the right amount too, don’t you think?


Set it up on a shelf or hang it on a wall, and you’ll be all ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day.




New Years Wine Bottle Gift Tag

A bottle of bubbly is an obvious host or hostess gift for your New Year’s parties! A wine bottle tag is a quick way to personalize your present. This idea would also be an easy one to change up slightly for any other holiday event.


New Years Wine Bottle Gift Tag Supplies: 


Step One: Trim snowflake cardstock into 9″x3″ strip. Using a 2″ circle punch, create a hole in the end of the cardstock strip, centering left to right.


Step Two: Score the punched cardstock strip, on the punched end at 3″.


Step Three:  Using an electronic cutting machine, die cut, or template cut the word “Cheers!” from Glitter Silk cardstock.


Step Four:  Using an electronic cutting machine, die cut, or template cut bow tie elements from Core Couture Glitter cardstock.


Assemble the bow tie pieces.


Step Five:  Computer generate “Happy New Year” on Core Basics Kraft cardstock and cut into strip. Cut additional 1/2″ strip of kraft cardstock and adhere to wine tag.


Step Six: Assemble all elements of wine tag. Trim bottom of tag into pennant shape, adhere sequins and date stickers or die cuts as shown.

Repeat for additional bottles!



Quick Snowman Cupcake Toppers

This is a project that would be fun for kids to help with. It is simple- but a cute way to dress up some plain cupcakes, using cardstock paper that you probably already have in your stash.


Snowman Cupcake Topper Supplies: 


Step One: Cut Snowflake cardstock into 1/2″ x 12″ strips.


Adhere two strips together to make one long strip. Begin folding the paper back and forth, side to side,  to create the snowman body.


Using a small hole punch, make a hole through the center of the folded paper.


Insert wooden skewer into punched holes. Spread the folded paper out on the skewer so it is not all bunched up.


Step Two: Using circle and square punches, create snowman pieces as shown. The hat is a square punch, trimmed to create the hat brim.


Adhere the snowman pieces to the folded paper body.

Repeat for each snowman you would like to create!



Christmas Tree Advent Calendar with Tombow Adhesives

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Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today and with the Christmas season officially started I wanted to share with you a fun twist on the traditional Christmas Advent Calendar.  This week we are working with Tombow Adhesives and nothing works better for paper crafting project then their Mono Liquid Adhesive!  It dries quickly and man is it strong!



Here is a closer look at the detail on the tree topper:


And the base with all those drawers to hold some special treats:


Christmas Snow Globe Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1: Identify the parts and cut the quantities needed. You will need Base (1) and Reinforcing Base (1).  Pole (1), Tree Wedges (6), Tree Topper Shapes (6) and finally Shelf shapes (6 of each of the 4 sizes).


Step 2: Fold each shelf shape inward on all perforations. Apply glue to the long side tab. Overlap straight edge of opposite side, align edge exactly at perforation fold and apply pressure until glue is secure.  Repeat this step for all 24 shelf shapes. Organize six sets of shelf sizes 1-4. Note that each size shelf shape has the “level” number cut out from the side flange.


Step 3:  Organize six sets of shelf sizes 1-4. Note that each size shelf shape has the “level” number cut out from the side flange.


Step 4:  Arrange so that decorative front edge is on TOP. Apply glue to the UPPER surface of the largest (shelf 1). Align the next level shelf (2) exactly over shelf 1 and hold in place until glue is secure. Apply pressure to the entire areas to be glued by moving fingers around, front to back, sides, etc. “Perfect” alignment and precision adhesion at edges will help with the final product.  Repeat until all four shelves in a set are attached in this way.  Repeat until all six stacks are completed.


Step 5:  Fold one tree wedge shape with inward folds up “spine”.  Fold bottom tabs inward, too.

Apply glue to one side of the stack and position with back corner aligning with corresponding spine perforation. Once the first side is secure, open tree shape, apply glue to the second stack side, re-wrap tree and repeat alignment and securing process.

Fold the post on all perforations as inward (“mountain”) folds. Position the long tab edge under the opposite straight edge. Apply glue to the tab, overlap edge to perforation exactly, hold in place until glue is secure. It will help to insert a long dowel or equivalent inside to provide a “push-against” surface while the glue is curing. Move fingers along the top surface to ensure even adhesion and accurate gluing.


Step 6:  Insert tab end of pole through hexagon hole from face side slotted base shape. Fold pole tabs outward. Slide so tabs are flush with backside surface. Apply glue to tabs and secure in place. Next apply glue to bottom of wedge with stack assembly. Position on base shape and slide tabs through base slots. Pull tabs through to backside completely. Apply adhesive to INSIDE surface of each tab, then fold toward center and hold until secure. Separate the tree spine area and the pole as much as possible to apply glue to spine. Realign and apply pressure until secure.  It will help to insert the dowel or other tool into the pole so that pressure can be applied to help stack attach securely.


Step 7: Once the first stack is secured, repeat step 6 for the remaining 5 stacks.


Step 8: Identify the four sizes of drawer shapes (each has a different symbol punched into the back center tab).  Fold each drawer shape on all perforations as inward folds. NOTE that this includes the tiny triangle tab at the center back.  Apply glue to the folds to form the drawer holding each fold until it is secure.  Repeat for all 24 drawers.


Step 9: Prepare the tree topper shapes by folding inward at center fold, folding narrow tabs outward. Also fold the bottom tabs back.  Apply glue to all tabs. Position the topper shape in between tree sides near top of assembly. Push into place so that back tabs attach to the spine area. Push bottom tabs into place so that they attach to top of shelf shape. Adjust sides so that space between each flange of tree is about the same.  To help tabs attach, it may be helpful to use the side of a thin credit card to push into the narrow spaces until glue is secure.


Step 10: Identify shapes for the “25″ topper and gut them out of an assortment of glitter papers. I cut all the pieces 2 times so that the same color was on both sides. Attach all shapes together including the numbers. Once completed slide the stem into top of pole opening.  Also cut drawer fronts out of your favorite Core paper to “Core Up” your project.


Step 11: Sand your drawer fronts before you attach them to the drawers.


Place something into each drawer, and enjoy the fun as your favorite little people enjoy the anticipation of Christmas with something to do, eat, or experience each day!

Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a wonderful day my crafty friends and we will have more Tombow projects for you this week.


Merry Christmas Banner

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year! I love this season, and everything that goes along with it. One of my favorite things to do each holiday is to create fun home decor for my home. Sometimes it’s a sign, or framed art, or a banner. This year I put together this fun Merry Christmas Banner. Today I’m sharing the tutorial with you, so you can make your very own for your home.


Merry Christmas Banner Supplies:


Step 1. Take your banner pieces and trace them onto the back of your Red Carpet and Apple Martini Core Couture Glitter Cardstock. When tracing, place the front of the banner piece down on the back of the paper, so that the lines line up when they are all cut out. Also, just in case the wood pieces aren’t exactly the same, I traced each individual piece, marking which letter it was for. I also marked the cardstock.


Step 2. Using your scissors, cut the banner pieces out of your cardstock.


Step 3. Using the Darice Wood Glue and sponge brush, put a thin layer on your wood banner pieces.


Step 4. Place your paper down onto the banner piece, use the vinyl squeegee to get the paper nice and smooth. You may also want to put something that is flat and has a little bit of weight on top of the banner piece for a few minutes, while the glue dries.


Step 5. After the glue is dry, turn your banner piece over and use your hole punch to punch out the holes.


Step 6. Using the Sand-it Gadget, sand all the edges of your banner pieces, making the paper edges nice and smooth.


Step 7. Using an electronic die cutting machine, cut letters out of the White Gloves Core Couture Glitter Cardstock. Place dimension squares on the back of the letters.


Step 8. Place letters onto the banner pieces.


Step 9. Thread ribbon through the holes, putting your banner together.


Step 10. Leave a little bit of space between each banner piece.


Step 11. Use the coordinating ribbon and tie some strands between each banner piece.


That is it, you are ready to hang up your banner!


The added ribbon adds such a fun touch to the banner.


The Core Couture Glitter Cardstock is so fun for this project, all that glitter goodness, I love it!

glitter-paperGrab all of your supplies, and you can have this fun sparkly banner put together in no time!



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