2015 Marquee Sign

December 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Winter Projects

The end of the year is almost here, and before we know it we will be celebrating the beginning of 2015. Today, I’m going to show you how to make one of these fun 2015 Marquee Signs. It isn’t too difficult to make, but it is a little bit time consuming. It is the perfect thing to go along with the New Year’s Eve Hourly Countdown that I shared last week.

2015-Marquee-Sign copy


2015 Marquee Sign Supplies:


Step 1. Cut out at least 3 layers of chipboard for each number, and then use the Glitter Silk Cardstock and cut out the numbers “2015″. I have 4 layers total. I used my digital die cutting machine for this. Also, paint your board white and let it dry.


Step 2. Use your adhesive to attach all the numbers together in a stack. You could also use a glue stick for this.


Step 3. Make sure they are stuck together well. Put something heavy on the top if needed.  It will be fairly thick.


Step 4. Lay out your numbers. Mark on them where the holes need to be punched.


Step 5. Punch your holes.


Step 6. Lay the hole punched numbers on the board. Line up all the numbers and get them in the right place. Trace around the bottom of the numbers to make it easier to know where they need to be after they are moved. Put some temporary adhesive on the back of the numbers for use while drilling the holes.


Step 7. Using a drill and bit, drill your holes. I drilled just far enough to mark where the hole should be, then removed the numbers and drilled the holes the rest of the way.


Step 8. Once I had the holes all drilled, I went back with a slightly larger bit and drilled the holes even bigger. Make sure the holes are big enough for your lights to fit through.


Step 9. Put the lights into the back of the board. I tried securing this by using painters tape, but it didn’t hold the lights good enough, so I used a little bit a glue on the lights that wouldn’t stay in place.


Step 10. Put your numbers over the top of the lights on the front side. It took a little bit of work to make them all line up perfectly. I had to make my punched holes slightly larger in a few areas. You can also use some adhesive to keep the numbers in place. Just make sure the holes all line up before adhereing the numbers.


Step 11. Plug the lights in and set your sign on your shelf.


Now you are ready to celebrate the new year. You could use this sign in January, or you could leave it out all year!


It would be fun to have for a New Year’s Eve party as well.


Happy 2015 Champagne Bottle Tag

Hi friends!  It’s Joy from Joy’s Life here, sharing a quick and easy tag with you!

 2015ChampagneTagJoysLife copy

2015 Champagne Bottle Tag Supplies:

2015 Champagne Bottle Tag by Joy from JoysLife.com #joyslife #coredinations

Step 1. This tag is super simple!  Cut a piece of Core’dinations Silver Glitter Silk cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″.

2015 Champagne Bottle Tag by Joy from JoysLife.com #joyslife #coredinations

 Step 2. Using a 1-1/2″ round paper punch, punch a hole at the top middle of the tag.  Optional: To add some interest to the edges, use a decorative punch on both ends.

2015 Champagne Bottle Tag by Joy from JoysLife.com #joyslife #coredinations


Step 3: Using a bone folder, score the tag at 2-1/2″, or at the best place so that it bends nicely on your specific bottle type.

Step 4: Add numbers for the year.  You can use whatever you have on hand or create them from Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock.

2015ChampagneTagJoysLife copy

Now it’s all ready for gift giving!  Simply write to and from on the back of the tag and you’re good to go!

Happy 2015!  I hope you enjoyed this project!  When I’m not here you can find me at JoysLife.com!



Happy New Year Card

Mary Pat here with you today.  I have an easy New Year’s Card for you today using some of my favorite Core cardstock – Chalk Core and Glitter Silk!  You can’t go wrong with a combination like that!


For my card I started with the Chalk Core and embossed it using an embossing folder.  I then lightly sanded it.  I then found an image from the internet and traced it on my Glitter Silk and cut it out.  I then used the Core Basics Vellum and embossed my sentiment using embossing powder.  To finalize things I added some pearls in matching colors.  Very quick and easy.  You can make several of these to send to friends and family!

Happy New Year Card Supplies: 


I made this video  demonstrating the techniques of embossing (both dry and heat), and  sanding.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I will see you soon.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

~Mary Pat


New Year’s Eve Hourly Countdown

December 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party, Winter Projects

New Year’s Eve is such a fun time to celebrate! My kids look forward to having fun activities to do on New Year’s Eve, keeping them busy most of the day up until midnight. Today I’m sharing this Hourly Countdown with you. Starting at 1pm, every hour on the hour you pull an activity out of the little bag/box and do what the paper says. It helps to pass the time, and makes for a fun day. Let me show you how to put this together for yourself.


New Year’s Eve Hourly Countdown Supplies:


Step 1. Trim your white cardstock to be 10″ x 4″. Save the thicker strips of the cardstock to use for the activity papers. Follow the instructions for the small bag on the punch board.


Step 2. Fold on the scored lines. Put adhesive on the flaps that need to be glued.


Step 3. Fold the bag together, sticking the adhesive together as you go.


Step 4. Using a digital die cutting machine and Glitter Silk cardstock, cut out your numbers.


Step 5. Glue your numbers to the front of your little bags.


Step 6. Use the leftover white cardstock strips to write your hourly activities. Roll them up.


Step 7. Place your rolled up papers in your bags, and use the clothes pins to clip the bags to the jute twine. Find the perfect place to hang your countdown.


Now you are all ready to ring in the New Year!



Snowflake Card with Chalk Core

During the holiday season, it is easy to focus on getting those Christmas cards made and sent out, but this time of year, we also need a steady supply of thank you cards.   This trendy chalkboard card fits the bill.  Add an easy matching envelope, and you have a stunning set!

snowflake-card-CoredinationsSnowflake Card & Envelope Supplies:


Step 1.  Score each side of the card front to create a border.  Sand with the Sand-It Gadget to reveal the chalkboard effect.

Step 2.  Die cut the label, then emboss with the folder.  Sand the edges and the designs.

Step 3.  Die cut the decorative label. Mount on the card base with foam adhesives.  Mount the snowflake label on top with more foam adhesives.

Step 4.  Add gems and ribbon to decorate.

Step 5.  Die cut snowflakes with Glitter Silk and layer on the card.

Step 6.  Die cut the sentiment and mount on another die cut label for the inside greeting.


Envelope Directions:

Step 1.  Emboss a piece of the colored chalkboard with the Snowflake folder.

Step 2.  Tear the edge of the embossed paper.  Trim to fit the envelope and adhere.

Step 3.  Add glitter glue to the centers of the snowflakes.

Get started crafting now!  Then you can have your thank-you cards ready to go, and you can sit back and enjoy 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:

Happy Hollydays Card and Box by Joy from JoysLife.com

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.

Happy Hollydays Card and Box by Joy from JoysLife.com

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

Happy Hollydays Card and Box by Joy from JoysLife.com

The holly looks so pretty with these papers!

Happy Hollydays Card and Box by Joy from JoysLife.com

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 JoysLife.com!



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