Butterfly Luminary

February 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann here with you today.  This month we are featuring projects made with the fabulous Core Vellum and Core Vellum Quotes, and today I decided to combine both for you for this particular project. This was my first time using Core Vellum and I must tell you it’s a pleasure to work with.  In the past  when I’ve used regular vellum I have not had a lot of success with heat embossing… Not the case with Core.  Your heat embossing works like a charm.  I will never use any other vellum again now…

luminary-butterflyButterfly Luminary Supplies:

  • Coredinations Vellum Baby Pink – GX-2300-98
  • Coredinations Vellum Gold Metallic – GX-2300-94
  • Coredinations Vellum – GX-1810-10
  • Coredinations Core Essentials Pastels Cardstock
  • Coredinations Inspirational Vellum Quotes
  • Core Basics 80 lb White Cardstock
  • Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
  • Darice Nesting Rectangles Embossing Essentials Die
  • Spellbinders Butterfly Magic Die
  • Spellbinders Dainty Dots Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders Les Papillions Two Die
  • Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms PreCut Set – HCPC 3608
  • Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Die – HCD 748
  • Versamark
  • Party Pink Embossing Powder
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Silhouette Cameo

Joann-Larkin-Butterfly-Luminaire-Supplies-e1422217397729To make this project, follow these steps.

Step 1. Start by cutting a piece of White cardstock 11″ x 6 1/4″ and using the Spellbinders Butterfly Magic Die cut out your pattern.  For the best possible box use the Core Basics 80 lb or 110 lb. card stock!  Next, taking a piece of Coredinations Vellum Baby Pink in the same size, emboss it using the Spellbinders Dainty Dots Embossing Folder.  Once the vellum is embossed, attach the vellum to the White cardstock and then roll into a circle.  Note:  try to curve your cardstock prior to attaching it in a circle.  This will allow the project to hold the shape better.

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Step 2. Using the Darice Nesting Rectangles Embossing Essentials Die, cut out the Vellum quote and the paper using the next larger size.  The flowers are stamped using Versamark and Party Pink Embossing Powder and heat embossed prior to die cutting them out.

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Step 3. Finally, layer on your pieces and decorate the box as desired.

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Here is pic of what the Luminary looks like with the flameless candle turned on.

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

~Joann

 

DIY Spring Tree Branches

Despite what the temperatures may say Spring is coming and coming fast!  So today I am here to inspire you to get started on those spring crafts and make something beautiful for your home!  I used some tree branches (that are nice and bare right now) to create a Spring home decor piece.  This is a project that you can make on a teeny tiny budget and change out with the seasons!

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Spring Branches Supply List:

Tree Supply List

Putting the tree together is simple!

Step 1: Cut out leaves from various pastel colors – you can use a die cut machine for this or just trace some simple ones by hand.

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Step 2: Dry emboss the leaves to give them some texture.

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Step 3:  Sand the leaves to bring out the core and add some extra color.

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Step 4: Attach the leaves to the branches using Washi Tape and making them go different directions.

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-Christine

 

Valentine Hinged Heart Box

February 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party, Seasonal

Hi everyone!  It’s Joann back with you today with a fun twist on a valentines box perfect for that special someone.  This project uses your Core Essentials cardstock and some of the new patterned papers.

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Here is a closer look at the detail of this lovely box.

Joann-Larkin-Hinged-Heart-Box1-e1422878625725Hinged Heart Box Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1. Start by 3 scalloped hearts out of White cardstock.  For best results, I would suggest using the Core Basics 110 lb. card stock.  The larger hearts are 6 1/2″ x 7″ while the smaller one is 5″ x 4 1/2″ in size.

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Step 2. Cut 3 solid hearts out using the Core Essentials Pastels Collection. The hearts measure 6″ x 5 1/2″.

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Step 3. Using the same cardstock you use for the solid hearts, cut two 12″ x 2 1/2″ strips and score on the 1/2″ mark on the long edge.  If you want your box deeper, simply make these pieces taller.  Now, in order for these strips to take the form of the hearts you will need to make a series of relief cuts to allow them to bend.  Once your relief cuts are done, emboss and sand your cardstock.   Don’t forget to use your Dust Buddy to cleanup!

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Step 4. Attach 1 strip to one of the solid hearts and the other solid heart.  Make sure that you attach the strips to the opposite sides of the heart so that when you attach them together they will form the box.

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Step 5. For one the pieces, cut the excess from the strip off and for the other piece only cut off the 1/2″ score.  You will use the extra paper to attach the 2 hearts together.

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Step 6. Flip over the top heart and attach the strip of paper so that the box will open and close.  For a clean look, attach the paper on the inside of the box.  Once the glue has dried, attach the last solid heart on the top for added strength.

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Step 7. Finally, layer on your remaining hearts and decorate.

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

~Joann

 

Create Your Own Clipboard with Chocolate Box

July 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Gail Lindner here with a fun way to create your own clipboard embellishment to showcase your child’s homework or artwork for your next project:

My oldest is in the first grade this year and we have seen such a leap in her reading and writing skills! These days she is always writing in a notebook and I really want to remember her “newbie” writing!

I created the layout below with a photo from the first day of school and a special spot to add some samples of her writing that I find!

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Supplies:

Core’dinations Whitewash Collection – Grandma’s Locker
Vintage Collection – Rivulet
Pastel Collection - Reflecting Pool
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – Dried Marigold
Core Essentials Buttercup and Chocolate Box cardstock

Darice washi Tape
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Scor-Pal
Big Shot
Avery Elle & My Favorite Things Dies
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script font

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I created my own background from some Whitewash Cardstock which I simply scored some lines across using my Scor-Pal. A quick sand revealed the yellow core and gave the subtle effect of lined notebook paper!

With some Chocolate Box, I was  able to create a “clipboard” on my layout which is the perfect spot to add samples of my daughter’s writing! I simply cut it to size, rounded the corners and added a clip at the top! Just sand the edges a bit to give it that worn look.

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I love this idea and think I’ll be re-creating it often on other projects!

1st Day of School Layout and Video

July 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Mary Pat Siehl here with you today and I am excited to share a new Back to School layout using some  Core’dinations cardstock.

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Supplies:
Cardstock-Core’dinations (Core Impressions Jillibean SoupGraphic 45 Signature SeriesCore Essentials110lb. smooth)
Canvas Embellishments- Little Yellow Bicycle
Scoring Board
Spectrum Noir markers
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Lawn Fawn dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder

1. I love to layer my cardstock and so I decided to layer grey on top of light blue. I wanted to create a light chalkboard effect with the grey so I scored my grey cardstock with a scoring board and scored at the 1/2 inch line all around the paper. Then just sanded the paper pretty heavily to really expose the lighter inner core.

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2. Next, I took a piece of Core Essentials and laid it on an embossing folder to create a very light embossed look to the paper strip again sanding  pretty heavily to give it a very distressed look.

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3. I then took a piece of the Core’dinations Jillibean Soup Impression paper and sanded it and placed that on top of the blue piece. If you don’t have Core Impressions you could easily emboss another sheet.
4. Next I added a small strip of yellow and added that on top. (Again, I LOVE to layer my paper with different textures and designs.)
5. Add  photos.
6. Make a star embellishments using die cuts, embossing them using an embossing folder, and lightly sanded them.

I also have this video for you on how this layout came together.

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Summer Fun Gift Bag and Tag

July 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

It’s Gail Linder here with you today to share a fun summer project using a variety of Core’dinations Cardstock!

Where I live in Queensland (Australia) we have a very long and hot summer. Needless to say my kids get invited to lots of pool parties over these months! Below I’ve created a fun bag and tag set that is sure to suit the feel (and color scheme) of any pool party!

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Pastel Collection – Reflecting Pool
Core Essentials Brights Collection – Atoll Aqua, Tulip
Graphic 45 Signature Series – Creme Brulee, Gala Gold
Spotted Jillian Dot - Heartfelt
Core Tags - Pastel
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice gift bag

May Arts ribbon
paper crimper
Big Shot
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
My Favorite Things & Simon Says Stamp Dies
Silhouette Cameo
Wave Border Set cut file

To create the look of waves for the front of the bag, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut six wave strips out of light aqua card which I then backed in a darker blue color to make them really stand out.

To add even more texture to the waves, I ran the strips through my paper crimper before adhering them behind. A quick sand to reveal the lighter core and I LOVE the effect! Check our Corrugate It video here on how to do this.

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A few fun embellishments and a colorful banner across the top completed my decorated gift bag front!

Since I have the waves and water, all we needed was some sunshine so I created a tag to go with it, inspired by the sun!

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To create this bright 3-D sun, I simply cut strips from different shades of yellow cardstock to fold over and layer. You can see that I ran some strips through my paper crimper also for even more texture, and also to tie in with the bag!

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