St. Patrick’s Day Layout

March 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

Mary Pat here with you and today I have a fun St. Patrick’s Day layout to share.  I had a lot of fun creating this layout because I got to do some fun techniques:  Misting, sanding, and layering!

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I started with misting the white cardstock with a gold shimmer mist.

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Using my Silhouette I cut out an overlay with shamrocks.  I then used my Sand It Gadget and Dust Buddy to sand and distress my overlay.

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I then layered my white cardstock on to a green cardstock that matches the green in the overlay.

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Next, I layered my 4×6 photo with the new Core Basics Patterned Paper.

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Finally I layered everything on my layout.  I added a title also cut using my Silhouette and Core Essentials cardstock.  For some cute little touches I added the foam shamrock stickers from Darice.

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Thanks so much for joining me today.

~ Mary Pat

 

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

 

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

 

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

Winter Mitten Card

Mary Pat here with you today and it seems like winter is back and it is going to be a long cold winter!  Here in Ohio where I live  it has been really cold and I love to send little notes in the mail to warm up my friends!  So I made this fun and easy winter mitten card.

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For my project I took a Silhouette image and turned it into a shaped card.  I love shaped cards because I think they are just so darn fun and cute!  I really wanted to use a variety of Core on this card.  I used The Chocolate Box collection, The Vintage collection, Core Essentials, and Core Couture (Everyone needs a little bling, right?).  I also had to include some stamping for a super cute sentiment.

Winter Mitten Card Supplies:

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I made a video for you.  I demonstrate the techniques of embossing and sanding.  Enjoy!

Thanks 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?

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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.

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~Nancy

 

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