“My Dad Rocks” Father’s Day Card

I’m a huge fan of shaped cards and with a little playing you can create a shaped card out of nearly any shape you want.  Today I am going to share a fun sunglasses shaped card.


“My Dad Rocks” Sunglasses Card Supplies:


Step 1: Use an electronic cutting maching to cut out a sunglasses card.  To make a shape into a card you should: Mirror the image above the original and then weld the top edges together.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock cuts beautifully on the Silhouette Cameo. If you notice in my picture below my edges are a little rough!  To avoid that make sure to do the following settings: Set your blade at 4 (I had it set at 2 here before I realized it was too late), your speed at 3, thickness at 33, and set it to Double-Cut.  This will give you a clean cut.  But if you goof up like me and forget to change your blade to the right setting, a little sanding with our Sand-it Gadget will take care of the rough edges!

Fathers Day Card 1

Step 2: Use the lens space to trace and cut out some lenses on the Metallic Silver paper.  Cut them out and emboss them.

Fathers Day Card 2

Step 3: Add the lenses to the card and attach a sentiment at the top.  I used this cut file for my sentiment.

Fathers Day Card 4

Step 4:  Add some finishing touches, a couple of stars, some white outlining, and you are done!


It’s all ready to add a fun message inside to Dad!



Motorcycle Card for Dad

Hi Core Fans!  It’s Joann here with you today.  With Father’s Day fast approaching I wanted to create a Father’s Day card for the motorcycle enthusiast or biker in your life!

Joann-Larkin-Morotcycle-Card-e1430314425458Motorcycle Card Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps:

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for the Motorcycle using the Core Essentials Darks, Neutrals and Metallic Silver for the chrome.  Next using a piece of Dark Grey from the Neutrals collection, emboss for a background that will be featured behind the Motorcycle.


Step 2.  Sand your paper and for a different look, tear by hand, around the embossing.

Tip: Don’t forget to use your dust buddy to cleanup after your sanding.   This will not only make things cleaner and easier to work with but your adhesive will also stick better!


Step 3.  Finish by cutting a card out of Black cardstock, distress the edges and attach your embossed panel and the motorcycle.  Finish by adding a sentiment and decorate as desired.

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



3D Paper Birthday Mug Box

May 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party

Hi Core Fans!  It’s Joann and I am happy to be here with you today to show you a cool gift box you can create using your Core Cardstock and fabulous Core Pattern paper.  This is a fun little gift that you can create for that beverage lover in your life :)  I made this for my son’s 24th Birthday and included some gift cards inside.

Joann-Larkin-3D-Beer-Mug-e1430313001535and as a bonus the top open up to double as a box!


3D Paper Mug Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for your Beer Mug out of Core Essentials Neutrals and the decorative panels out of Core Basics – Patterns Brown Plaid and Core Basics – Patterns Brown Houndstooth.  Finally the White foam is cut from Core Polka Dot Pops White Pearl with White Polka Dpt Pops.

Tip: When making 3D projects I find it best to use a heavy weight cardstock.  Core Essentials Cardstock, both the single sheets as well as the packaged booklets, are absolutely perfect in weight.  They not only stand up well but also allow you to have a nicely defined scor line.  You want that nice sharp edge to show off your beautiful work!!


Step 2.  Scor on the scor lines and fold all of the pieces making sure to use your bone folder for a nice sharp line.  Once you have all your scor lines done it will be easier to attach the decorative panels first and then assemble the mug.


Step 3.  Finish by assembling the top of the mug and add a sentiment.  For this project I used the Spellbinders Birthday Cake die.  For detailed assembly of the Beer mug, the creator of the cut file has a good tutorial here so be sure to check it out.


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



Colorful You Are My Sunshine Layout

Ever since I got my hands on the various pieces from the Party Mixers line, there has been no turning back.  We’ve shared a variety of ideas with you on how to use them in paper crafting already, today I am going to show you how fabulous they work for a layout!

You Are My Sunshine Core'dinations Layout

Supplies Used:

Layout Supply List Sun

Step 1: Cut your title out using a cut file (You Are My Sunshine) and use the negative space of your white cardstock.  Back it with different cardstocks from the Brights paper pad.  Matte your picture and also add that to the base.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock cuts great on the Silhouette Cameo.  Set your blade at 4, speed at 3, thickness at 33, and set it to double cut.  That has worked every time for me – even with the textured cardstock!

Layout Closeup 1

Step 2: Start layering Paper Pops to create interest behind and around the picture.  Top with a Rosette that you will turn into a sunshine.  You can use foam adhesive behind some of them and outline the pops or  with black if you want to add some extra pop them!

Layout Closeup 2

Step 3: Do long stitches from the sun outward to look like sun rays.

Layout Closeup 3

Step 4: Add a tag under the picture, fabric tape to the top and bottom of the layout, and enamel dots throughout as your finishing touch.

Layout Closeup 4

Mother’s Day Card with Handmade Flower

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I am on the lookout for ways to make the day even more special.  A handmade touch is one sure way to make mom smile and today I am going to share with you a card that you can make for her using a few simple tools and cardstock!


Mother’s Day Flower Card Supplies:

Mother's Day Card Supplies

Step 1: Use the embossing folder to emboss the blue cardstock. Sand it to bring out the Kraft color and dust it off with your dust buddy.Cut it down to be a 4 X 4 inch square and attach it to a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card base.

Technique Tip: Embossing weakens cardstock so as you are sanding be gentle and try be deliberate in what direction you are going.  I like to sand all one direction and then turn the card and sand another direction until you have brought out as much of the core as you want to show.

Mother's Day Card 2

Step 2: Punch out triangles and fold the short side of the triangles over like pictured.

Mother's Day Card 4

Step 3: Fold the triangles in half so that they will have dimension.

Mother's Day Card 3

Step 4: Using a strong adhesive like hot glue attach the “petals” to the circle (the circle won’t show so any scrap paper is great – it just gives you a base to build before adhering it to your card).

Mother's Day Card 5

Step 5: Once all the petals are glued down attach it to your card and add a button to the center.

Step 6: Add leaves underneath the flower petals and attach the Mom sentiment.  I cut my sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo but letter stickers would also work great!




Vintage Love Quotes Box

February 26, 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 easy to make!


For the flower, I layered pink core pastels cardstock and Vellum quotes for a unique look.


and finally here is a top down look so you can see all sides of the box.


Vintage Love Quotes Box Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for your box out of White cardstock.  For best results, I would suggest using the Core Basics 110 lb. card stock!



Step 2.  Cut the base pieces out a piece from the Core Essentials Neutrals Collection.


Step 3. Distress all the edges of the White cardstock to give it a vintage look.


Step 4.  Assemble the pieces as shown and allow your glue to dry.


Step 5.  Finally, layer on your pieces of neutrals cardstock that has been embossed and sanded and then decorate the box as desired.  Click here for a detailed video on the assembly by the creator of the cut file.


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



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