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!



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!


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!

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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.


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.


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



Winter Paper Lantern with Snowflakes & Poinsettias

Are you looking for a simple holiday home decor piece that will be as at home now as in the new year?  How about this Winter Paper Lantern?  Covered with poinsettias and snowflakes it will make a lovely addition to your home for months to come.


Winter Paper Lantern Supplies:

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Step 1:  Begin by cutting snowflakes and flowers from both the Whitewash cardstock (I chose blue for the snowflakes and red for the poinsettas) and vellum.  I used a combination of electronic and manual dies to create my cuts.  I love the wintery feel the Whitewash cardstock created.

lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  To add additional texture and color, emboss the red Whitewash poinsettias with the snowflake embossing folder.  After embossing, use your Sand-it Gadget to reveal the pattern, and the Dust Buddy to remove any excess paper dust.

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Step 3:  Layer the red poinsettias with the vellum poinsettias to soften the look and adhere with Zip Dry to the paper lantern in a curved pattern.  Spacing the flowers out to fill the space.  I made nine flowers in two sizes for my 12″ lantern.  Remember that if you plan on using an incandescent light bulb in the lantern do not use hot glue, the glue will heat and your items may fall off.  Zip Dry will continue to hold even when the lantern heats up.

lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_poinsettiasStep 4:  Add snowflakes in and around the poinsettias for additional color and texture, producing a gentle curve along the lantern.

lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_snowAllow the glue to completely dry before hanging.  I used a battery operated candle light inside of my lantern, and it looks lovely during both day and night.




Snowman Gift Bag

Mary Pat here with  you today and I don’t know about your but I LOVE to give little gifts to friends, coworkers, my children’s teachers etc. during the holidays.  This little Snowman Gift Bag is just perfect for when you have a little gift and you want to wrap it in something cute!


Snowman Gift Bag Supplies:


For this bag I started with a cut file from Silhouette.  When making these bags and other 3D projects I love using the Tombow liquid adhesive.  This liquid glue ROCKS for all your paper projects!

Here is a close up of the hat.


 I made a video on how this cute little bag came together.  I demonstrate the techniques of embossing and sanding.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

~Mary Pat


Christmas Countdown Calendar

Are you looking for a special way to count down to Christmas?  Something that can hold small gifts and toys those both young and old?  How about this Christmas Countdown Calendar?


Christmas Countdown Calendar Supplies:

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Step 1:  Begin by cutting Snowflake Border die with white cardstock.  You will need 25 die cuts, one for each day until Christmas if you start on December 1.  Glue to top of envelope.

countdown_calendar_coredinations_nancy keslin_snowflakeStep 2: Die cut numbers also out of white cardstock.  And attach to lower right corner of envelope.  Mine are about 1 inch tall.  Again, you will need numbers 1 through 25 if you are starting your countdown on the first day of December.

countdown_calendar_coredinations_nancy keslin_numbersStep 3:  Fill envelope with small toys, games, art supplies, candies, gift cards, etc. according to the recipients tastes.  Be sure and seal the envelopes to prevent prying eyes.

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Step 4:  Attach filled envelopes to hemp twine with clothespin.  Depending on where you hang the envelopes it may be easier if you hang twine first and attach envelopes after.

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Each day your family and friends can enjoy opening a little gift to help countdown the holidays.




HollyDays Holly Card & Box

Hi friends!  It’s Joy from Joy’s Life here, sharing a HOLLYday card and box with you!


HollyDays Holly Card and Box Supplies:

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Step 1. I cut out the holly leaves and box using Core’dinations Spotted Tillie Dot and the Silhouette Cameo 2.  The berries were cut using the pretty Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock.  I used the 3D Holly Box (Silhouette ID #52658) and duplicated and shrank more of the holly to recreate the image on the card.

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Step 2. I added adhesive to the holly leaves and berries using the Xyron 5″ Creative Station.

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The holly looks so pretty with these papers!

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Step 3: I assembled the box and used liquid glue to secure the sides and bottom.  A combination of the Xyron and liquid glue helped me adhere all the parts of the box and card.


Step 4: I stamped the holly sentiment from the Joy’s Life Oh Christmas Puns stamp set onto a Core’dinations kraft card using red ink.

I hope you enjoyed this project!  When I’m not here you can find me at!



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