Visit Us on the Darice Craft Blog!

September 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Thanks for stopping by the Core Blog! We’re taking a little break from posting new projects here, but in the meantime, visit us over at the Darice blog – Live.Craft.Love. We are posting new and fun projects featuring your favorite Core’dinations paper products there. From cards and wreaths to tags and holiday decor, there are new projects to challenge and inspire you daily!


Get started by checking out some of our favorite Core’dinations projects from Live.Craft.Love.

Core’dinations DIY Autumn Banner.


Mason Jar Christmas Gifts Project.


Fall Home Decor Die Cut Leaf Wreath.


Paper DIY Gift Bag.


Handmade Birthday Cards.


Click HERE to view all paper crafting projects. Enjoy!

“Holly & Jolly” Layout with Tombow & Core’dinations

Welcome to the Tombow and Core’dinations blog hop day 2! Suzanna here to day to share with you a Christmas layout created using product from both of these fantastic companies! Tombow is perfect for all your adhesive choices when it comes to getting Core’dinations paper adhered.


“Holly & Jolly” Layout Supplies:

TombowCore_TombowGoodies_SuzannaLeeTombow’s Power Tabs are the absolute best for all your dimensional adhesive needs! Especially when you decide that you want small bits of dimensional adhesive to raise your title but you don’t want it standing off your layout like a skyscraper! See how you raised the title is but you can’t see the adhesive? That’s because the Power Tabs are clear! Perfection! I am a sucker for Tombow Power Tabs and was SO glad to see these in my box! They are do easy to cut down too.


Core’dinations tags aren’t just for gift giving and cards, they are perfect for layouts too! I use them all the time on my layouts as a place to home journaling, dates, embellishments, you name it! Core Couture is the perfection hint of glitter to dress up Christmas layouts too! Pair the circle border punch with Tillie Dot and you’re spot on!


Colored Chalkboard paper embossed and sanded with a Sand It Gadget allow me to use one sheet of paper that appears to have the look of a blue and black striped patterned paper. Gluing down all those sanded and heavier layers can get sticky at times and that’s why Tombow Xtreme adhesive is the way to go! Don’t forget the liquid adhesive in the blue bottle for all your sequin’s adhering needs too! Those circles aren’t going anywhere!

 ~Suzanna Lee


Winter Layouts

Hot Chocolate Layout by Mary Pat

Hi Everyone,

Mary Pat here with you today and winter is just around the corner.  We already had our first light snow!  Core’dinations Cardstock is just perfect for all your winter themed projects.  Today I have a winter layout that I made using many different types of the Core’dinations Cardstock!


Hot Chocolate Layout Supplies:


I love to layer my cardstock and I layered my Gemstone Cardstock on top of Vintage Colleges.  I then cut out using my Silhouette some snowflakes using more of the Gemstone.

I made a video on how I made this layout along with demonstrating three very fun techniques using Core (scoring, corrugating, and sanding).

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Joy to the World Layout by Suzanna Lee

That time of the year where red and green dominates and all things holly and jolly is fast approaching! I have just finished a plethora of last years Christmas layouts using the traditional colors and I’m ready for something different! Today I’m sharing with you a Christmas layout that doesn’t scream Christmas but is still “of the genre” so to speak.


Joy to the World Layout Supplies:

Still have the green, still have the stars that are often associated with Christmas, even the boughs. Just omit the red, replace it with blue and a little shimmery metallic and you have a non-traditional Christmas layout.


Banners of combined embossing and debossing with parts of words fussy cut to create the title are dead simple with Core’dinations cardstock! Run the cardstock through your die cut machine and trim away with your scissors. Sand it a tad with the Sand -It-Gadget and don’t forget to clean up with the Dust Buddy or you will be remembering that project all Christmas season long!


Core’dinations vellum is perfect for the holidays! Here I used a sub-title stamped on Core’dinations vellum for a little contrast and visual pop.


More fussy cutting of embossing items. That top, right space needed a little something and these stars were the perfect complimentary filler.


Fall Layouts with Xyron, Petaloo, & Core’dinations

We are continuing our week with Petaloo and Xyron! We have teamed up with some of our favorite adhesive and flowers for a week full of inspiration and, of course, PRIZES! Please go to THIS post to see how you can enter to win this:

chalk core giveaway

Give Thanks Layout by Christine Meyer

I always love the opportunity to get a favorite picture onto a layout and stored as a lifetime memory – today I have a fall layout to share with you featuring products from Core’dinations, Xyron, and Petaloo that does just that.  Christine joining you today to share a layout of some of my kiddos with their Grandma enjoying a fall tradition – leaf piles.

CorePetalooXyron copy

Give Thanks Layout Supplies:

CorePetalooXyron 5Step 1: Emboss your tags and then deboss them by using your Sand-It Gadget.

Step 2: Cut out the center of the Seasonal Impressions cardstock – leaving just a one inch border.  Sand the border and use the Xyron Mega Runne to add Spotted Cardstock underneath as the base.

Step 3: Add Tags and Red Cardstock to create the center of your layout use the Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker.  Add Petaloo trims to the Xyron 3 inch Sticker Maker and then attach them above and below. CorePetalooXyron 6Step 4: Run the vellum quote thru the Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker.  This is the best way to attach vellum because it doesn’t show up at all! Add the vellum to the tag. CorePetalooXyron 2Step 5: Put the picture on top of the Kraft cardstock and center it.

Step 6: Add a die cut banner and Embellish the corners with Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers. Xyron’s High Tack Adhesive Dots make attaching small flowers like this an easy job! Products like this make it both easy and fun to put together a layout that we can cherish forever!



Count Your Blessings Layout by Suzanna Lee

Do you have those family dinner table picture that we all take at Thanksgiving, and once you finally seen them think, “ugh! how am I going to scrap that?”. Well fret no more! I have the solution for you. First, convert your picture to black and white. The conversion will soften the clash between Auntie Rose’s purple hair and Grandpa Jack’s hot pink tie and allow you to use the colors of your choice in your layout, just as I did here!


Count Your Blessings Layout Supplies:

Step 1:To create both bases of your layout, you will need your trusty Core’dinations steeds; your Sand It Gadget and your Dust Buddy. Sand the edges of the the Basic Grey Core Impressions and wipe the dust with your Dust Buddy to reveal the colored core. If you would like a bit more definition to the border of the page, as I did, then use some Distress ink around the edges. Fussy cut out the Jenni Bowlin Square Label paper and similarly, sand and dust it.CorePetalooXyron_SIGandDB_SuzannaLee

Step 2: Layer a long banner cut from Tim Holtz Shattered cardstock that you sanded and rubbed with some Distress Paint with your picture, Petaloo flowers and some die cut leaves. The PERFECT adhesive to stick Petaloo flowers down with is Xyron’s adhesive dots! They come in two sizes, 3/16 inch which is perfect for the little daises I used on the bottom, right hand corner of my page and the larger, 3/8 inch dots for the larger Petaloo flowers!CorePetalooXyron_PetalooClose_SuzannaLee

Step 3: Whatever was not put together with Adhesive Dots, was put everything together with my Xyron MegaRunner! I just love the ability to drop in the cartridge and set to work. No fuss running tape here, there and everywhere or having it snap and need to be re-thread mid-project! Just remove the spent cartridge and pop in a new one and you are good to go!CorePetalooXyron_XyronDots_SuzannaLee



Core Tag Fall Layout

One really great thing about living in the state of Utah is our spectacular autumns! The colors are so vibrant- I always take a lot of photos during the fall season.

I was able to incorporate TEN photos on this layout- the use of the Core tags keeps the photos and multiple embellishments from overwhelming the layout- and the wonderful textures from the Core’dinations cardstocks echo the feel of autumn.


Core Tag Fall Layout Supplies:

For the  background of the layout, I used a piece of Core Basics Textured Kraft cardstock. This cardstock is NOT sandable, like the other Core’dinations lines. However, it has a wonderful canvas texture that inks very nicely. I scored the perimeter of the layout base and then gently inked it, to create a subtle border. For the title, I cut the letters from another sheet of Core Basics Kraft and adhered it to the layout. Then I gently went over the title with ink. It is a very subtle look. I wanted to keep the focus on the tags with my photos.

Here is a close-up look at some of the fabulous textures on the tags.




Valentine’s Day Inspiration Week Day TWO!

February 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft

Today we have designer Andrea Amu with the Tuesday Tip to create a handmade gift for that special someone….grandmothers, moms,dads, teacher’s aunts, uncles…this is perfect for ANYONE!

Framed subway art! How cool is this. Just create the cuts on your Cricut or diecutting machine and viola! You have the perfect gift for anyone, anytime of year.

And Andrea has some great tips:

1.) Back the cuts in a lighter color so they really pop.

2.) Cuts don’t line up exactly how you want?  Add little embellishments!

3.) AND, of course, a photo! Personalizing it will mean so much.

4.) Add a doily for that soft, feminine touch.

5.) And don’t spend a ton on a frame. Get them on sale at your craft store. You can paint them any color you like!

And a detail:

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