Valentine’s Day Table Centerpiece

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share another project for all the Core fans out there! With the Valentines plans fully in gear, have you thought about decorating the table for a romantic dinner? Well, if you are thinking about it, I have a fun idea for that special table…

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Valentines Tea Light Table Decoration Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps:

Step 1. Cut out all your pieces in the cut file in the colors you desire.  You can find a full tutorial here for the assembly.

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Step 2. Line the heart shapes with Vellum to allow some of the light to show through.  I used Gold Vellum but any color would work.

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Step 3. Cover the Vellum with your Core paper.  Don’t forget to sand and clean up using your Dust Buddy before you assemble.

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Step 4. Glue the 4 base pieces together so they look like this.

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Step 5. Attach your remaining pieces, turn down the lights and set the mood for a romantic night!

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

~Joann

 

3D Paper Chess Set

January 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a fun project for a chess fan in your life.  I am super excited to show you this as this was one of my projects that was presented and featured in the Core’dinations booth at CHA!  I would have loved to have been there in person.  Maybe some day… :)

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and here is a closer look at the detail on some of the game pieces.

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3D Paper Chess Set Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1. Cut out all your pieces from the template found here in Black and White cardstock (I actually cut the pieces twice).  Also, I am only showing a few of the pieces to make it a little easier to view.

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Step 2. Double all the pieces which makes them that much more sturdy and will last the test of time.

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Step 3. Assemble the pieces by taking the 2 pieces that form the chess piece and fitting them through the slotted holes in the round base folding over the tabs.  Glue the tabs and finish with a solid circle on the bottom.

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Step 4. The base is also a storage box for the chess pieces.  It measures 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″.  You can use this template for the base and this template for the top if you wish and cut both out a piece of Neutral colored card stock.  To make the box stronger, you can add a layer of Chipboard under the base of the box and on the inside of the cover which I did.  Next, cover the top of the box in a 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ piece of White Cardstock and finish by covering the top with squares cut out of the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection.  The squares each measure 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″.  You will need 32 of each color for the board.  Finally add any additional embellishments that you desire and then LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

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

~Joann

 

Valentines Keepsake Box

January 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you and today I want to show you my twist on the classic rectangle box that is also super easy to make!

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Valentines Keepsake Box Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1: Start by cutting 2 pieces of White cardstock 9″ x 3″ and another 2 pieces 2 3/4″ x 3″.  For the best possible box use the Core Basics 110 lb. card stock!

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Step 2: Starting with the 2 smaller pieces place them on your scoring board with the 2 3/4″ side to the left of the board and scor at the 1/2″ mark.  Next placing your larger pieces on your scoring board, scor on the long side at the 1/2″ mark and the sort side at the 1″, 2″, 7″ and 8″ marks.

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Step 3: In order for the base to fold properly make relief cuts as shown.

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Step 4: Fold your 4 pieces on the scor lines and don’t forget to use your bone folder to make those creases sharp.

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Step 5: Assemble the pieces as shown and allow your glue to dry.

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Step 6: To finish the inside of the box cut a 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of card stock and cut off the corners.  Hint: Place your assembled side over the inside piece and trace where to cut off the corners.  Also using the largest Grand Labels One die, cut 2 pieces out of the same card stock.  These will be your top and base of the box.

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Step 7: You will want the top to hinge open.  To allow that to happen cut a 5 x 5 3/4″ piece of card stock and scor at the 2 1/2″ mark.  Once scored, fasten this to the inside of the box.

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Step 8:  Attach the top to the hinge.  Hint: Fasten the top to the hinge using a glue that gives you a bit of time to adjust to ensure that your top is on evenly.

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Step 9:  Now it is time to decorate your box.  Using the largest Grand Labels One Die, cut out 2 pieces in Grey Cardstock.  Take the next smaller die and cut another 2 pieces out of patterned paper and finally cut 2 pieces 9″ x 2 1/2″ and another 2 pieces 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ out of Burnt Orange.

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Step 10: Using your sanding tool, sand each piece and don’t forget to use your dust buddy to cleanup.

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Step 11: Finally, layer on your pieces and decorate the box as desired. Here are a few additional detail shots:

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And the inside:

 

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

~Joann

3D Ice Skate

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a project that reminds me of Winter fun here on the East Coast of Canada.  We have an outdoor speed skating track here and every year during the holidays there are thousands of people skating on the track and which got me to thinking… why not make an ice skate!

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here is a closer look at the detail…and because I wanted to create a “girlie” figure skate I had to include a pretty handmade flower on it!

Joann-Larkin-3D-Ice-Skate-Closeup-e14183056372533D Ice Skate Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1. Cut out all your pieces in the cut file in the colors you desire.  For a figure skate White works best but you could use any color you want.

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Step 2. Sand the pieces for the base on both sides using your Sand It Gadget and don’t forget to clean up with your dust buddy!  An easier way to keep your work area a little cleaner is to sand the pieces on a piece of printer paper!

Step 3. For detailed assembly of the ice skate, the creator of the cut file has a good tutorial here so be sure to check it out.

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

~Joann

 

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.

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Snowman Cupcake Topper Supplies: 

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

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

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

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

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

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Adhere the snowman pieces to the folded paper body.

Repeat for each snowman you would like to create!

 ~Shaunte

 

Quick Christmas Cards

As my Christmas card list grows every year, I like to come up with designs that are easy to mass produce. This card certainly fits the bill!  One embossing folder and a few simple embellishments makes a hand made card that looks like it took a long time to create, but it didn’t!

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Step 1: The great thing about the Core’dinations Cut and Emboss series of papers, is that they are the exact size of a standard embossing folder (and incidentally the exact size of an A2 card).

Select the color of paper you would like to use, and insert it into the embossing folder of your choice. Make sure the paper is right side UP and the manufacturer name on the embossing folder is facing UP as well.

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Remove the cardstock from the folder and lay it on a flat surface.

Step 2: Using a Sand-it Gadget, lightly sand the surface of the cardstock to reveal the lighter core. Remove any cardstock “dust” with the Dust Buddy.

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Step 3: Using a glue pen, go over any surface you would like to have glittered. The glitter will only adhere to areas that you add the glue pen to. Use your embossed image like a coloring book!

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After you apply the glue, place your card into a Tidy Tray, and tap glitter over the glue surfaces. Shake off any excess. Allow the glittered/glue areas to dry.

Step 4: Using Liquid Pearls, add some bling to other areas of the embossed card! Liquid Pearls dry and look like tiny brads. A very quick, and inexpensive way to add character to embossed images.

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When you have added the embellishments you desire, allow the images to dry and adhere to an A2 card base. I chose to machine stitch my cards, but any adhesive will work too.

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Happy Crafting!

~Shaunte

 

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