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

 

Embossed Christmas Cards With a Twist

The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones!  Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!

Christmas-cards-CoredinationsChristmas Card Supply List:

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For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.

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Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it.  Add it to a cardstock base.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.

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Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.

Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.

My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!

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Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.

Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.

Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.

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Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!

~Christine

 

Thankful Layout with May Arts Ribbon

We are celebrating this week with May Arts Ribbon! Stop by all week long for amazing inspiration and, of course, prizes! CLICK HERE to enter to win this awesome Chalk Core prize pack! And don’t forget to head over to the May Arts blog for more projects and chances to win! Winners will be announced Monday, November 17th, 2014.

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Thankful Layout

I can’t believe that it is already mid-November and fall is rapidly disappearing!  Before it’s gone I wanted to get in another fall layout and Core’dinations combined with May Arts is the perfect pair to do it with!

Core-May-Arts-Layout-2Thankful Layout Supplies:

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Step 1: Cut two strips from the Scarlett Spotted paper that are 3″ X 12″ and sand those.

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Step 2:  Attach those to the top and bottom of the white base.

Step 3: Tear a 1 inch strip of paper from the Neutrals Pad and add that as a border.  Top with May Arts Scallop Border Ribbon.

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Step 4: Use an electronic die cut machine to cut out leaves and attach those to Core Tags topped with a May Arts Burlap Ribbon bow.

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Step 5: Center the picture and add it to the layout with the tags around it.

Step 6: Embellish with stickers and brads.

It’s going to be a great week of inspiration with May Arts & Core’dinations – make sure to visit often!

~Christine

 

How to Wrap Holiday Baked Goods

I don’t know about you, but fall baking season is here, which means I’m planning out some of my holiday baking and my gifts of baked goods this year.  We are blessed with a lot of wonderful friends, and I enjoy giving cookies and sweet breads to let them know how much we appreciate them!  Baking = sharing, and baked goods are a gift that’s easy on a tight budget and are always well-recieved. Today I’ll show you how to dress up mini loaves of bread to make them special gifts for the special people in your life – and this idea will work for any small box of goodies, as well (like 1-lb fudge boxes)!

baked-goods-gift-tags-Coredinations Baked Goods Gift Tag Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Spotted 12×12 sheets - shown here are Tillie Vanilla Cream and Tillie Scarlet
  • Coredinations Core Essentials – shown in Vanilla Cream and Grape Gusto
  • Paper trimmer
  • Paper score board
  • Sizzix Big Shot and gift tags die
  • Rubber alphabet stamps and ink in coordinating colors
  • Baker’s twine
  • Optional embellishments: rubber stamps, small flower punches, mini brads

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Step 1.  Trim 12″ papers in 2 coordinated colors to 2.5″ and 1.75″ wide, by 12″ long.  (I trimmed the vanilla cream to 2.5″, and the darker papers to 1.75″)  Measure and determine the dimensions of your bread tin, treat box, or wrapped loaf, and score a line at each of the corners.  (Tip: Once you score the first one, you can use it as a template for all future wrappers.)

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Step 2. Cut 2-hole tags with your die-cutting machine of choice (mine is my Big Shot).  Any shape or style of tag will work, as long as you can punch it with 2 holes in each side to tie onto your box.

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Step 3. Stamp your tags.  Phrases like “with love”, “for you”, or “happy holidays” are universal and can be prepared in advance of your big baking day, but don’t overlook personal touches like “love, Adrianne” or “for the Smith Family”.

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Step 4. (Optional.) Add embellishments.  Small punches of flowers, leaves, or snowflakes attached with small brads add even more personality to your packaging.

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Step 5. Layer your paper onto your bread tin or treat box, and tie the tag on with baker’s twine.  You can tape it on the bottom if you like; I didn’t bother.  The twine will hold it in place.

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Step 6. Give gifts to special people, and feel great about it!

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Baked goods will brighten anyone’s day, but putting effort into dressing them up makes it even more special to your recipient.  Delicious bread given in tin foil says, ” I was baking, and I thought of you.”  Delicious bread in this sweet and simple gift wrapping says, “I was thinking of you, so I baked!”

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~ Adrianne

 

Happy Friendship Day!

August 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives, Xyron

National Friendship Day is the perfect excuse to make a cute card for a friend!
Core’dinations Supplies:
Misc. Core’dinations scraps
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
Papertrey Ink Button Dies
EK Success Corner Rounder
Xyron Sticker Maker
Helmar ZapDots
How To:
1) The white card base is 4.5″ x 6″ of Core’dinations Neutral Snowflake with the top right and bottom left corners rounded.
2) I embossed the Core’dinations Whitewash background (4.25″ x 5.75″) with a Couture Creations Embossing Folder.
3) The embossed piece was then sanded with Core’dinations Sand It Gadget and dusted with the Dust Buddy to let the blue core show through.
4) Then, I printed my sentiment on Core’dinations Smooth Oval Tags.
***Tip: When using Core Tags in your printer, it is  best to print the sentiment out on a piece of paper first to make sure that your sentiment will fit on your tag.  Then attach your Core Tag with semi-permanant adhesive over the already printed sentiment and print the sentiment again.  Always perfect placement when done this way! 
5) Colorful ribbon was then added to the printed tag was glued with ZapDots 1/3 up from the bottom of the card.
6) The colorful die cut buttons are made from scraps of Core’dinations Cardstock.  Once cut, I ran them through my Xyron X Sticker Maker and sanded/dusted them before adding them to the embossed circles.
7)  Give the card to a friend and you are sure to make them smile!
Design by Kate Nolan-Denham

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