“Best Teacher” Cupcake Box

Hi Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today. “Teacher Appreciation Day” is May 5th and I thought I would share with you a fun little cupcake treat box for that special teacher!  It has been some time since my family has been in school but I never forgot those special teachers that help guide our children’s education.  They deserve an entire month or more in my opinion!


Best Teacher” Cupcake Box Supplies:

Joann-Larkin-Best-Teacher-Cupcake-Box-Supplies-e1426538442611To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for your box out.  The base of the box was cut using Core Black Notebook Card Stock with the accessories cut out using Core Couture Glitter Cardstock.

Tip: The Core glitter cardstock is not only a heavy weight cardstock but gives you that added punch of glitter without having glitter everywhere.  When working with the Core glitter cardstock the glitter remains intact on the page which makes it both easier to work with and SO much easier to clean-up when you are done!


Step 2.  Assemble the box pieces allowing each to fully dry before moving onto the next piece.


Step 3.  Attach your decorative elements before you close the box. I found it is much easier to do at this stage.


Step 4.  Finally, close up your box, finish decorating as desired and place a yummy cupcake into the box :)


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



Love Themed Rosette Wall Art

April 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Hi Core Fans!   It’s Joann and today I am excited to share with you a cute piece of wall art that also utilizes the new Party Mixers Rosettes.  I saw a similar piece of wall art at one of my local home decor stores and used the inspiration to create my own version!

Joann-Larkin-I-Heart-You-e1426519957280Love Themed Rosette Wall Art Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting out 2 frames in White and a third frame out of chipboard for some extra strength.


Step 2.  Next, cut at least one outline out of White card stock.  I actually cut this 3 times.


Step 3.  For the hearts, cut one heart with the frame out using Core Couture Glitter Cardstock and an additional 8 hearts using paper from the Core Essentials Darks Collection .  I also embossed the hearts to add more texture.

Tip: I apologize that I forgot to show this in my step by step photos but Core cardstock is the absolute best cardstock for embossing!  I like to “very lightly” spritz a little water on the paper before I emboss it.  This allows the fibers to relax and you will get a deeper, more defined emboss without the paper tearing!


Step 4. Now it is time for the fun!  Glue the base pieces together and layer on the frame outlines.  After the glue has dried, I took 2 of the inside panels and embossed them before attaching.


Step 5. The letters were cut out separately using the Core 12×24 Adhesive Backed Glitter Paper.  Simply peel back the adhesive protector and apply to the face of the letters!  It’s just that easy :)


Step 6.  The sentiments were made from Core “Love” Vellum Quotes & Titles layered on Core 12×24 Adhesive Backed Glitter Paper and die cut with a Spellbinders die.


Step 7.  Finish the last panel (you can use anything you desire here but I decided to use the Heartfelt Creations “Embrace Time Background Cling Stamp Set.


Step 8.  Assemble the largest rosette by following the package directions.  This Rosette is 14″ in diameter and can be assembled in about a minute.  The glue is already applied.  All that needs to be done is remove the protective cover for the glue strip, fasten the 2 pieces together and then using the screws and round centers (included), finish the Rosette off.


Step 9.  Fasten the pre-assembled wall art to the rosette using hot glue and finish decorating as desired.  Once complete, find a lovely place in your home to hang this up and watch the reactions of everyone that sees it!


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



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!



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