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

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!

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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.

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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.

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

~Joann

 

Christmas Paper Snow Globe

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a fun little twist on a Christmas card.  Here is my version of a 3D snow globe and as a bonus this fun card even folds flat for mailing!

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Here is a closer look at the detail of this snow globe…

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and best of all it folds flat for mailing!

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Christmas Snow Globe Supplies:

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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 the base, I cut the pieces twice so I could place them back to back and have the color on both sides.  For the Acetate, use the heaviest weight you can find.  I used Acetate meant for report covers.

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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!

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Step 3. For detailed assembly of the snow globe, 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!

~Joann

 

Pop-Up Holiday Card & Gift Box

We have a fun little treat for everyone this week. We are working with Stampendous Stamps for the next three days. It’s what we like to call a “mini” hop.  Our teams have whipped up some fabulous Holiday creations just for YOU this week and, of course, we have a giveaway, too! One lucky winner will receive our infamous Chalk Core Prize pack so click HERE for more details on that.

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a fun Christmas card that I love making because the real focus is on the inside! This week Core’dinations is having a blog hop with Stampendous and Dreamweaver so I am lucky to be featuring products from these fantastic companies on my project today.

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Here is a closer look at the pretty Dreamweaver Holiday Greetings & Holly Embossing Folder card front.

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along with the lovely sentiments from the Stampendous Tis The Season Stamp Set

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and you will need a special box for mailing or presenting the card…if you can part with it  :)

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Christmas Fancy Fold with Box for Mailing Supplies:

  • Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions
  • Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
  • A2 Pop Out Book Card Silhouette Design #64592
  • Graphic 45 The 12 Days of Christmas Paper Collection
  • Dreamweaver Embossing Paste
  • Dreamweaver Holiday Greetings & Holly Embossing Folder
  • Dreamweaver Holly and Swirls Stencil
  • Dreamweaver Embossing Paste Spreader
  • Stampendous Tis The Season Stamp Set
  • Spellbinders Nobel Rectangle
  • Spellbinders Petite Labels One
  • Tombow Liquid Adhesive
  • Ribbon From My Stash
  • Tim Holtz Edge Distresser
  • Silhouette Cameo

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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 the designer paper use Graphic 45 The 12 Days of Christmas Paper Collection.  Once your pieces are cut assemble the base of the card as shown.

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Step 2. Using another piece of your Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection, emboss the card stock using the Dreamweaver Holiday Greetings & Holly Embossing Folder.

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Step 3. Sand the embossed piece 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!  Once you have sanded your piece, distress the edges using whatever tool you have.  Once you are finished this can be attached to the front of the card.

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Step 4. Finish decorating the card using sentiments from the Stampendous Tis The Season Stamp Set and give to that special someone!

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

~Joann

 

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.

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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.

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~Nancy

 

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!

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Snowman Gift Bag Supplies:

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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.

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 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

 

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