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.

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.

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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

 

Core’dinations & Tombow Christmas Layout

CoreHeaderSwap_Tombow copyWelcome to another day of our Tombow & Core’dinations projects!  Tombow makes great adhesive for all crafts and today I thought I’d focus on how great they are for layouts! Stay tuned for a giveaway later this week, you don’t want to miss it!

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Step 1:Use an electronic die cut machine to cut out title and ornaments.

Step 2: Use Sand-It Gadget to sand both dotted papers and adhere to the black neutral base.

Step 3: Use Tombow Aqua glue to adhere the small parts of the die cuts.

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Step 4: Adhere all the parts to the green base. Since Tombow is clear, no worries on any showing!

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Step 5: Embellish with stickers and pearls.

Isn’t it wonderful how much we can do with beautiful Core’dinations Cardstock?  Hope your holiday season is off to a fabulous start!

~Christine

 

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar with Tombow Adhesives

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Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today and with the Christmas season officially started I wanted to share with you a fun twist on the traditional Christmas Advent Calendar.  This week we are working with Tombow Adhesives and nothing works better for paper crafting project then their Mono Liquid Adhesive!  It dries quickly and man is it strong!

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Here is a closer look at the detail on the tree topper:

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And the base with all those drawers to hold some special treats:

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Christmas Snow Globe Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1: Identify the parts and cut the quantities needed. You will need Base (1) and Reinforcing Base (1).  Pole (1), Tree Wedges (6), Tree Topper Shapes (6) and finally Shelf shapes (6 of each of the 4 sizes).

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Step 2: Fold each shelf shape inward on all perforations. Apply glue to the long side tab. Overlap straight edge of opposite side, align edge exactly at perforation fold and apply pressure until glue is secure.  Repeat this step for all 24 shelf shapes. Organize six sets of shelf sizes 1-4. Note that each size shelf shape has the “level” number cut out from the side flange.

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Step 3:  Organize six sets of shelf sizes 1-4. Note that each size shelf shape has the “level” number cut out from the side flange.

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Step 4:  Arrange so that decorative front edge is on TOP. Apply glue to the UPPER surface of the largest (shelf 1). Align the next level shelf (2) exactly over shelf 1 and hold in place until glue is secure. Apply pressure to the entire areas to be glued by moving fingers around, front to back, sides, etc. “Perfect” alignment and precision adhesion at edges will help with the final product.  Repeat until all four shelves in a set are attached in this way.  Repeat until all six stacks are completed.

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Step 5:  Fold one tree wedge shape with inward folds up “spine”.  Fold bottom tabs inward, too.

Apply glue to one side of the stack and position with back corner aligning with corresponding spine perforation. Once the first side is secure, open tree shape, apply glue to the second stack side, re-wrap tree and repeat alignment and securing process.

Fold the post on all perforations as inward (“mountain”) folds. Position the long tab edge under the opposite straight edge. Apply glue to the tab, overlap edge to perforation exactly, hold in place until glue is secure. It will help to insert a long dowel or equivalent inside to provide a “push-against” surface while the glue is curing. Move fingers along the top surface to ensure even adhesion and accurate gluing.

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Step 6:  Insert tab end of pole through hexagon hole from face side slotted base shape. Fold pole tabs outward. Slide so tabs are flush with backside surface. Apply glue to tabs and secure in place. Next apply glue to bottom of wedge with stack assembly. Position on base shape and slide tabs through base slots. Pull tabs through to backside completely. Apply adhesive to INSIDE surface of each tab, then fold toward center and hold until secure. Separate the tree spine area and the pole as much as possible to apply glue to spine. Realign and apply pressure until secure.  It will help to insert the dowel or other tool into the pole so that pressure can be applied to help stack attach securely.

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Step 7: Once the first stack is secured, repeat step 6 for the remaining 5 stacks.

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Step 8: Identify the four sizes of drawer shapes (each has a different symbol punched into the back center tab).  Fold each drawer shape on all perforations as inward folds. NOTE that this includes the tiny triangle tab at the center back.  Apply glue to the folds to form the drawer holding each fold until it is secure.  Repeat for all 24 drawers.

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Step 9: Prepare the tree topper shapes by folding inward at center fold, folding narrow tabs outward. Also fold the bottom tabs back.  Apply glue to all tabs. Position the topper shape in between tree sides near top of assembly. Push into place so that back tabs attach to the spine area. Push bottom tabs into place so that they attach to top of shelf shape. Adjust sides so that space between each flange of tree is about the same.  To help tabs attach, it may be helpful to use the side of a thin credit card to push into the narrow spaces until glue is secure.

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Step 10: Identify shapes for the “25″ topper and gut them out of an assortment of glitter papers. I cut all the pieces 2 times so that the same color was on both sides. Attach all shapes together including the numbers. Once completed slide the stem into top of pole opening.  Also cut drawer fronts out of your favorite Core paper to “Core Up” your project.

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Step 11: Sand your drawer fronts before you attach them to the drawers.

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Place something into each drawer, and enjoy the fun as your favorite little people enjoy the anticipation of Christmas with something to do, eat, or experience each day!

Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a wonderful day my crafty friends and we will have more Tombow projects for you this week.

~Joann

Graphic 45 Christmas Wall Art

Hi everyone, It’s Joann with you today to share a fun Christmas project.  This week Core’dinations and Graphic 45 are doing a blog hop, stop by and check it out for a chance to win some great prizes.  With the Christmas season fast approaching I remembered one of my favorite traditions.  Every year the family goes to see the local production of the Nutcracker so I dug out my G45 Nutcracker paper collection and this is what I came up with.

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Graphic 45 Wall Art Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps:

Step 1. Cut all of your pieces out in the paper you choose.  I used a White card stock.

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Step 2. Assemble your shadow boxes.  Each of the boxes except for the largest one is 2 pieces the same size so matching them up is easy.

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Step 3. Attach the largest frame to the front panel and then start attaching the individual shadow boxes starting in a corner and working your way out.

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Step 4. Once all the shadow boxes have been attached, fasten on the back panel.

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Step 5.  Cut a piece of your Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions and using your Sand It Gadget, sand all the panels to show off that lovely embossing. Don’t forget yo use your Dust Buddy to clean-up the dust!  Once you are finished your sanding attach the pieces to the front of the assembled unit and start decorating!

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

~Joann

 

Holiday Gift Box & Star Christmas Card

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a fun little Christmas card and box.  I have used the box for my card but you could easily use it as gift box.  I think this is going to be a box that I am going to make again for some of my co-workers this year since I was really happy how it turned out.

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I  just love how this box opens up.

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and here is a closer look at the card.  I used the Core’dinations Glitter Silk  Cardstock.  I just love how it came out.

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Finally, here is the card open.

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1. The base of the box is created by starting with a piece of White Cardstock 11″ x 11 1/2″.  Place the card stock on your Scor-Pal with the 11 1/2″ side up and scor at the 1″, 2 1/2″, 9″ and 10 1/2″ marks.  Flip the card stock and scor at the 1″, 2 1/2″, 8 1/2″ and 10″ marks.

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Step 2. Cut off the corners so your card stock looks like this.  This will be the base of your box.

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Step 3. To make the tops of the box start by taking a piece of card stock 6 1/4″ x 9″ and place on your Scor-Pal.  Note: this needs to be done twice, once for each side.  Starting on the 9″ side, scor at the 1 1/2 and 7 1/2″ marks, flip your card stock over and scor at the 1 1/4″ and 2 3/4″ marks.

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Step 4. Next mark and cut off the pieces identified with the X’s

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Step 5. Your finished piece should like like this.  The flap on the bottom will be glued to the bottom of the box to allow the top to open.

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Step 6. Your assembled box will look like this.  By gluing the flaps to the bottom of the box it allows the box to open up in a different manner.

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Step 7. Finally, decorate your box with lots of gorgeous Core’dinations Cardstock.  To turn this into a Santa box, add a strip of Black across the middle of the box and a buckle!

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Step 8. For the card, cut out the pieces using your electronic cutting machine (for details on cut file see supply list).  Once you are finished you will end up with these pieces.  Choose whatever color you wish for the glitter paper.

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Step 9. To make the 3D star for the center of the card, cut 7 of the medium sized stars, scor them in the middle and glue them back to back.  Once the glue is dry, fasten the star to only one side of the card so the card will open and close.

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

~Joann

 

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