Whimsical Lighthouse

Looking for a fun, nautical home decor piece for the summer?  Why not create this whimsical lighthouse with a few of your favorite Core’dinations products and a simple .svg file.


Whimsical Lighthouse Supplies:

lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_suppliesStep 1:  Cut all pieces from desired colors.   I know it seems like a lot of pieces, but this project is really quite easy to assemble.

lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  From here you could simply assemble the lighthouse using the video directions from SVGCuts, or you can add some dimension and texture to your pieces by embossing.  I began with the blue pieces and the Darice Honeycomb embossing folder.

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Step 3:  For even more interest, sand the embossing to reveal the Kraft-Core underneath.

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Step 4:  Continue embossing and sanding your pieces.

lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_emboss baseOf course, the white cardstock only needed a bit of texture, no sanding needed here.

lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancykeslin_emboss panelsStep 5:  From here I simply assembled the lighthouse using the video instructions provided and added a bit of twine around the base.


You can add a battery operated tealight or LEDs to your lighthouse to add a pleasing glow.



Motorcycle Card for Dad

Hi Core Fans!  It’s Joann here with you today.  With Father’s Day fast approaching I wanted to create a Father’s Day card for the motorcycle enthusiast or biker in your life!

Joann-Larkin-Morotcycle-Card-e1430314425458Motorcycle Card Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps:

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for the Motorcycle using the Core Essentials Darks, Neutrals and Metallic Silver for the chrome.  Next using a piece of Dark Grey from the Neutrals collection, emboss for a background that will be featured behind the Motorcycle.


Step 2.  Sand your paper and for a different look, tear by hand, around the embossing.

Tip: Don’t forget to use your dust buddy to cleanup after your sanding.   This will not only make things cleaner and easier to work with but your adhesive will also stick better!


Step 3.  Finish by cutting a card out of Black cardstock, distress the edges and attach your embossed panel and the motorcycle.  Finish by adding a sentiment and decorate as desired.

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



Garden on Wheels

Hi Core Fans!  It’s Joann here and today I want to show you an interesting project.  I have had this cut file for quite some time now just waiting for the right time to use it and decided today was the day!  I wanted to showcase Kraft-Core Metallic Collection.  I love how the Bronze Metallic Kraft-Core paper just made this project pop!

bikeGarden on Wheels Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps:

Step 1. Start by cutting the pieces for the body of the project out of Core Basics Black.  For the frame I only show 1 piece but I actually cut it 3 times for strength.


Step 2.  Cut your wheels and fenders out of the Metallic collection.  I used the Bronze for my project.


Step 3.  Glue the 2 pieces of the fender together and for the wheels I cut off the outer rim so that the centers of the wheels have the metallic paper with the black edge for the tire.


Step 4.  The flower pot was cut using the Kraft Core Shattered Collection.  It was the perfect addition to the project.


Step 5.  Finish by assembling your project and decorate as desired.


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


Outrageously Fun Owl Box

April 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party

Are you looking for a unique and fun gift box idea?  Maybe just a cute, child friendly project that will hold a few treasures?  Why not these Outrageously Fun Owls?


Owl Box Supplies:

owls_coredinations_nancy keslin_suppliesStep 1: Cut pillow box.  I chose to make my owl 6 3/4 inches by 4 1/2.

owls_coredinations_nancy keslin_cut boxStep 2:  For added interest, sand the box with your Sand it Tool.  At this time I assembled the box so that I could see where the owl “parts” would go.

owls_coredinations_nancy keslin_sand itStep 3:  Begin cutting Owl “parts”.  Two white circles approximately 2 inches wide for eyes.

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One three inch circle, cut in half, for the wings.  Again, sand this piece for extra texture and interest.

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One two inch circle and a small triangle for the feet and beak.  Feel free to sand if you like.

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Two black one and 1/2 inch circles for the pupils,

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Sixteen or so one inch circles for the feathers.  Don’t worry if they don’t punch perfectly, we are going to layer them so you can hide your mistakes.  hee hee
owls_coredinations_nancy keslin_feathersStep 4:  Time to assemble.  Begin applying the “feathers” in rows across the box.  Be sure to not place the feathers where your box will fold up.  Add orange “feet” on top.

owls_coredinations_nancy keslin_layer 1Step 5:  Add wings and the whites of the eyes next.

owls_coredinations_nancy keslin_layer 2Step 6:  Finish with the pupils and beak.

owls_coredinations_nancy keslin_layer 3This project is so fun and easy to make; and the owls are totally outrageous.  The new Core Basic Patterns create the most adorable feathers and coordinate beautifully with the Tillie Dot papers.  I hope you give them a try, my littles did.




Tabletop Blossom Lamp

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a fun little home decor project that I think would be perfect to give to any hostess as a thank you or even a decorative piece for your own home.


Here is a closer look at the lampshade detail featuring some of the lovely core patterned paper.  Inside the lampshade I included a flameless tea light candle which gave it such a pretty look when the flickering light was reflected from the acetate die cut windows.

Joann-Larkin-Tea-Light-Lamp-Closeup-e1424645256612Tabletop Blossom Lamp Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Cut the base of the lamp from Chalk Core Colors paper and the shade from Cream Plaid Patterned Paper.


Step 2.  Cut a second set of the base pieces from the Chalk Core Colors paper, cut off the tabs and emboss with the embossing folder that you like.  Once embossed, sand using your sand-it-gadget and don’t forget to cleanup with your dust buddy!


Step 3.  Assemble the pieces ensuring that you pieces line up correctly.


Step 4.  For detailed assembly of the tabletop lamp, 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!



Easter Egg Wreath

Hi everyone, as we all gear up for Easter, I thought I would show you a fun project that you could create using a combination of your core card stock and patterned papers.  This Easter wreath project was a lot of fun to create and it actually made me feel happy that we hopefully will welcome spring very soon!

egg wreathEaster Egg Wreath Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by leaves out of the Green from the Core Essentials Darks Collection.


Step 2.  Cut the base piece out of a piece from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection and another 2 out of chip board for extra strength.


Step 3.  Glue the 3 rings together, sandwiching a piece of ribbon between the 2 pieces of chip board.


Step 4.  Sand all your leaves for a nice look.  Do not forget to use your dust buddy for clean-up.


Step 5.  Using the edge of your table, curve the egg pieces as well as the designer paper.  Once completed, attach the designer paper before the egg is assembled.  By curving the pieces first they will take a nicer shape.


Step 6.  Curl the pedals prior to attaching them to the base.


Step 7. Layer the leaves on 1 at a time.  There will be enough for 2 layers.


Step 8.  Finally, attach the eggs and flowers where desired and hang in a place for everyone to enjoy!


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



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