Valentine’s Day Table Centerpiece

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you today to share another project for all the Core fans out there! With the Valentines plans fully in gear, have you thought about decorating the table for a romantic dinner? Well, if you are thinking about it, I have a fun idea for that special table…


Valentines Tea Light Table Decoration Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps:

Step 1. Cut out all your pieces in the cut file in the colors you desire.  You can find a full tutorial here for the assembly.


Step 2. Line the heart shapes with Vellum to allow some of the light to show through.  I used Gold Vellum but any color would work.


Step 3. Cover the Vellum with your Core paper.  Don’t forget to sand and clean up using your Dust Buddy before you assemble.


Step 4. Glue the 4 base pieces together so they look like this.


Step 5. Attach your remaining pieces, turn down the lights and set the mood for a romantic night!


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



DIY Football Party Supplies

January 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Are you looking for some fun handmade decorations to add to your football watching party?  How about a fun banner and treat holders, for popcorn or chips, made with your favorite Core’dinations products.  These are quick and easy and will add a bit of handmade to your event.


Materials needed to make your own Football Party Supplies:

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Banner Instructions:

Step 1:  Create pennant template by cutting a triangle 5×7 inches.

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Step 2:  Trace template onto green Core’dinations Spotted paper.   I was able to get five pennants onto one 12×12 sheet.  For this banner you will need a total of seven pennants.

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Step 3:  After cutting out the pennants add strips of White paper from the Core’dinations Neutrals to create yard lines.  I cut my strips 1/4 inch wide and trimmed to fit.

football banner_coredinations_nancy keslin_stripesStep 4:  Use Die Cut machine or punches to create the circles and letters for each pennant from both the white Core’dinations Neutrals paper and orange Spotted paper.  The orange circles were cut to 2 1/4 inches, the white circles to 2 inches and the letters to 1 1/2 inches.

football banner_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 5:  Assemble pennants and sand lightly using the Sand-it Gadget.

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Step 6:  Add holes to each pennant and string together using the Darice Hemp Cord.  I also added a football that I cut using my die cut machine for added interest.


Treat Holder Instructions:

Step 1:  Cut treat holder shape with electronic cutter or by hand using templates readily available on the internet (search for “popcorn box template”) using medium brown paper from the Core’dinations Neutrals pack.

popcornbox_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  Sand using the Sand-it Gadget and remove excess paper dust with the Dust Buddy.  I love how the Dust Buddy removes all the paper fibers from both my project and work space.  The sanding gives the cardstock a nice weathered texture, similar to a football.

popcornbox_coredinations_nancy keslin_distressStep 3:  To create laces on your “football” treat holder, cut strips of white cardstock from the Core’dinations Neutrals 1/4 x 1 inch.  ( you will need six strips for each box)

popcornbox_coredinations_nancy keslin_lacesStep 4:  If you would like to add additional stripes to your “football” those are also cut at 1/4 inch and can be wrapped around the box and trimmed to fit.

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Additional project:  To create football picks for the cupcakes, or they would be fun in sandwiches, I simply cut additional footballs with my electronic cutter and attached them to toothpicks with a bit of glue.




Snowflake Table Runner

December 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Seasonal, Winter Projects

We are deep into winter here in Idaho, and all things snow. And since Christmas is all but over, I wanted to create something that would last through the rest of the snowy season so this Snowflake Table Runner was born. I love the contrasting blues, the sparkle of the glitter, and the delicate snowflakes along the border. Pair it with fresh white dishes, and I’m ready for all kinds of frozen adventures.

table-runnerSnowflake Table Runner Supplies:

Snowflake Table Runner | Mabey She Made ItInstructions:

Step 1: Cut your snowflake design from white paper using your electronic cutter.

Step 2: Sew navy and light blue card stock pieces together, overlapping about 1/2″ to create table runner base. Sew around all edges. Snowflake Table Runner | Mabey She Made It

Step 3: Adhere snowflakes to edge of table runner using ZipDry.Snowflake Table Runner | Mabey She Made It

Step 4: Put dots of glue on the tips of the snowflakes and cover with glitter. Shake off excess glitter, and let dry.Snowflake Table Runner | Mabey She Made It

Now just put it on your table, and get ready for a fabulous wintery effect.




Christmas Card With Stampendous & Dreamweaver

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.

Today I have a card to share that uses lots of embossing and some stamping too!


Christmas Card Supply List:

Christmas Supply List

Step 1: Emboss the Chalk Core with the Greetings Embossing folder and sand with Sand It Gadget to bring out the chalk.

Step 2: Emboss a small piece of the Scarlett Red cardstock to get a little bit of the embossing folder border and add it to the white tag.

Step 3: Sand the Spotted paper and add it and Scarlett Red cardstock to the base of your card.  Top with the embosssed Chalk Core piece.


Step 4: Stamp your sentiment on a white circle cut from Core Basics 80Lb Cardstock.

Step 5:  Die cut a deer head from Gemstone Cardstock.  Add all the pieces to the tag using dimensional adhesive to pop some up.



 Don’t forget to click HERE to enter to win our Chalk Core Prize pack!

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Peace, Love, and Joy Ornaments

December 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Seasonal, Winter Projects

It’s time to decorate your Christmas tree! I love this time of year, and I love adding a homemade touch to my tree. I also like a little variety on my tree–I can’t do too many round orbs or I start to get bored. So today I’m showing you how to make your own ornaments using any words you like–I chose Peace, Love, and Joy because they’re kind of my mantra this year. And the best part is that they’re simple to make and you’ll find lots of fun ways to use them. (I’m resisting the urge to sew them together and create a garland out of them…)


Peace, Love, and Joy Ornaments Supplies:

Peace Love Joy Ornaments by Mabey She Made ItInstructions:

Step 1: Design your cut file. You’ll want to type your words in a script font that will connect all the letters. Then cut them out. You’ll also need to cut 4 words per ornament. I used a neutral for the backing and a red for the face of my ornament.

Peace Love Joy Ornaments by Mabey She Made It

Step 2: Stack and glue the words together using the ZipDry adhesive. 

Peace Love Joy Ornaments by Mabey She Made It
Step 3: Sand the surface and edges of the words to reveal the dots.

Peace Love Joy Ornaments by Mabey She Made It

Step 4: Bend some floral wire through the loops in the words, and twist the ends.

Peace Love Joy Ornaments by Mabey She Made It

Then just hang them on your tree and enjoy!


They bring a definite twist to the traditional tree and I love how simple they are by day and by night!




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!

Coredinations-Christmas-Layout (1)Christmas Layout Supplies

Tombow Core Supply List

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!



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