3D Paper Chess Set

January 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share a fun project for a chess fan in your life.  I am super excited to show you this as this was one of my projects that was presented and featured in the Core’dinations booth at CHA!  I would have loved to have been there in person.  Maybe some day… :)


and here is a closer look at the detail on some of the game pieces.


3D Paper Chess Set Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1. Cut out all your pieces from the template found here in Black and White cardstock (I actually cut the pieces twice).  Also, I am only showing a few of the pieces to make it a little easier to view.


Step 2. Double all the pieces which makes them that much more sturdy and will last the test of time.


Step 3. Assemble the pieces by taking the 2 pieces that form the chess piece and fitting them through the slotted holes in the round base folding over the tabs.  Glue the tabs and finish with a solid circle on the bottom.


Step 4. The base is also a storage box for the chess pieces.  It measures 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″.  You can use this template for the base and this template for the top if you wish and cut both out a piece of Neutral colored card stock.  To make the box stronger, you can add a layer of Chipboard under the base of the box and on the inside of the cover which I did.  Next, cover the top of the box in a 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ piece of White Cardstock and finish by covering the top with squares cut out of the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection.  The squares each measure 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″.  You will need 32 of each color for the board.  Finally add any additional embellishments that you desire and then LET THE GAMES BEGIN!


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



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:


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!


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.


Step 3: In order for the base to fold properly make relief cuts as shown.


Step 4: Fold your 4 pieces on the scor lines and don’t forget to use your bone folder to make those creases sharp.


Step 5: Assemble the pieces as shown and allow your glue to dry.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Step 10: Using your sanding tool, sand each piece and don’t forget to use your dust buddy to cleanup.


Step 11: Finally, layer on your pieces and decorate the box as desired. Here are a few additional detail shots:


And the inside:



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


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!



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


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


Christmas Snow Globe Supplies:


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


How Do You Thank Your Teachers?

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Getting ready for the end of the school year means thanking those who have spent the year inspiring our little ones to learn.  Today Kate Nolan Denham is sharing a gift bag and card made with a variety Core’dinations Cardstock.
I decorated a simple kraft gift bag from Darice by creating a base designed to look similar to a chalk board.  The same base design was used for the thank you card.
The giant cardstock pencils on both the bag and card were scored, sanded and bent to give it the 3-D effect of a real pencil.
Core’dinations Cardstock:
Core Essentials: Lake
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Tim Holtz  Kraft Core
Black Magic Collection
Whitewash Collection
Graphic 45 Lights Collection
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Darice Kraft Gift Bag
Scor Pal

Core’dinations layouts are “snow” much fun!

February 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Yep, you guessed it! We have some SNOW inspiration for you because I am sure a lot of us in the States have TONS and TONS of snow layouts. Even those of us who never get snow!

Kim Moreno has too amazing layouts for us today. Kim has a way with Core! She scors, tears, sands, embosses like no other!

To look at this page just makes me smile. I wanted to just get a quick picture of all the kids in their redneck snow gear and somehow it turned into them all pelting me with snowballs and then taking off running laughing all the way! Oh the turds conspired against me! lol I laid my photos out in the series of the raid going down. By the way these pictures were all taken and edited on my iphone!
I backed the photos with red cardstock and tore along the bottom edge to reveal the color core of the red cardstock. I then backed that with the Whitewash cardstock. I used my ScorPal to dry emboss the lines across the top and sanded it slightly to reveal the dark blue core. I then adhere the Whitewash cardstock along the bottom of the red mat and tore along the edge. I did this three times to give a bit of a snowpile sort of look. I then added die cut snowflakes, gems, and a chipboard title to complete my layout.
Snowball Raid (1)
Core’dinations- Vintage Collection, Core Essentials (scaret, snowflake), Whitewash collection
Core’dinations Dust Buddy
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Doodlebug ges
Basic Grey chipboard letters
ScorPal tool
And another layout from Kim….
I was going through some old pictures and ran across these cuties of Makenna when we lived in Arizona and she was just a little bitty… man time flies way too fast! She’s in middle school now.. sigh. I printed them right out and couldn’t wait to use them on my layout. Snow in Arizona wasn’t the usual so the kids were extra excited to see it, as you can tell my her sweet little face!
I used my scorpal tool to create the double lines around the edge of the Whitewash cardstock and sanded it slightly to reveal the pink core. I then cut strips of the pastel cardstock and used the border punch along the edge and then ran each through my Cuttlebug to give each an embossed design and then sanded each strip. I layered them next to my matted photo and added snowflakes, jewels, title and a little journaling to complete my layout!
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Core’dinations- Whitewash Collection, Core Essentials Pastels Collection
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Core’dinations Dust Buddy
Basic Grey chipboard letters
Doodlebug gems
Martha Stewart border punches
ScorPal tool
Cuttlebug embossing folders and machine

Chalkboard Projects with Black Magic

Happy Tuesday! We had some website issues so we are redoing yesterday’s chalkboard post. Unfortunately, I deleted the information from my computer yesterday as well so we don’t have some of the supply lists for these projects. BUT the main thing you need to know is that creating Chalkboard projets is SO EASY with Black Magic Cardstock!

Not sure if you saw our Chalkboard Tips and Tricks post HERE. We did that in conjuction with one of our newsletters. If you don’t get our HCC emails SIGN UP HERE to get access to exclusive content like videos, downloadable project sheets and more!

First up we have Clare Buswell creating a Thanksgiving card for us. Clare combines some hand written details, stamping and chalks. Clare uses her The Cat’s Meow stamps for a lot of her projects and they are so amazing!   This Autumn Borders looks so great stamped in the white embossing ink against the black. A neat break from traditional Thanksgiving and Fall cards.

And a close up of how cool the doodling, stamping and chalks look:

And now for some layouts. First up Kate Nolan-Denham working her chalkboard skills with a city scape. this really has a cool grungey feel to it. That is the great thing about distressing…anything goes!


Next up scor scor scor!!!!!!! Debbie Standard uses some random scored lines for her background and, of course, her signature hand made flowers from her Spellbinders dies.

Creating with Black Magic with the new rage for Chalkboard projects is just perfect.  What could be better than black cardstock with different colored bases to do this with.  You can use several different sheets of Black Magic and one you have cut them and sanded them they look and adhered them to your page you can’t even see that you were using different papers!  I started this page buy using a sheet of Black Magic with the Blue base – I scored it randomly, sanding over my scoring lines. Hint when you do this it’s much cleaner to sand over the ridges WHILE you have it on your score machine rather than scoring and then sanding afterwards.  Then I used some of the 6 X 6 Black magic pads and cut some leaves and flowers and punched some edges and strips.  Then I sanded them to show the underlying color.  I also used a Crafter’s Workshop template and painted over it to add some random dots to my background.  I also used a white pen and made some random circles.  Then I adhered it all and made some flowers.  I used a Spellbinder’s die to cut my flowers, then I curled them over my piercer and sprayed them with some Maya Road mist – let them dry and added a My Mind’s Eye Brad.  I also used a couple of petaloo flowers which I might add match the Core’dination’s cardstock perfectly!  The photos are some that I luckily caught of my daughter when she didn’t know I was taking pictures!
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Supply List:
Black Magic
Spellbinder’s Die -Rose Creations
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Score It
Petaloo Flowers
My Mind’s Eye Brads and tag
Crafter’s Workshop Template
Jillibean Soup frame (just used the today from it)
Letter Stickers:  October Afternoon
Martha Stewart Punch


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