DIY Patriotic Banner

Are you looking for a fun, patriotic, banner for your Fourth of July Celebrations?  Why not this simple half circle banner?  With the new Core Basics Patterned papers, Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core and a bit of string you will be flying your banner in no time.

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Patriotic Banner Supplies:

banner_suppliesStep 1:  Cut Patterned papers into circle shapes.  I chose to alternate the pattern by doing some large red and some large blue.  The largest circles were cut to 6 inches.  The white Polka Dot Pops to 4 inches and the inside circles to 3 inches.  I cut enough circles to make 8 completed pennants. (four of each color and eight of the white).

banner_cut_circlesStep 2:  Cut 16 stars from the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core paper.

banner_starsStep 3:  Assemble your circles by layering the colored circles.   I created a large red circle with a blue center…

banner_redand a large blue circle with a red center, glue securely.

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Step 4:  Fold each set of circles in half and attach one of the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core stars on each half.

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Step 5:  Place twine through the folded circles and adhere the circle closed.  Be sure to add plenty of adhesive as you don’t want your banner to unfold or your layers to peel back.

banner_stringThis little banner is so much fun, and by having the design on both sides it can easily be used in any location.

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~Nancy

 

Make Your Graduation Party Shine with Party Mixers!

Are you looking for some special decorations for your new graduates celebration?  With the wide variety of colors available from Core’dinations products your decor is sure to shine.

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Graduation Party Decor Supplies:

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Mason Jar Congratulations Centerpiece:

Step 1:  Select desired pieces from Core’dinations Paper Pops pack.  These packages come in a varitety of styles and colors for any celebration.  You will need 6 pieces of two sizes to create ornament shapes, plus two larger shapes for the title.
graduation_party_centerpiece_selectStep 2:  Fold shapes in half with the side you want displayed on the inside.

graduation_party_centerpiece_foldStep 3:  Glue shapes with the right side in together leaving a bit of a gap on the inner corner.  When all six are glued together you will get your ornament shape.

graduation_party_centerpiece_glueStep 4:  Thread ornament shapes and larger title shapes onto dowel.

graduation_party_centerpieceStep 5:  To create band on mason jar begin by cutting a sheet of the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core paper to fit your jar.  I cut mine at 1 1/2 inch by 10, and emboss if desired.

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Step 6:  In order to keep your embossing pattern consistent throughout your longer projects, you can cut a slit in the top of the folder allowing the paper to slide through.  I love this technique for embossing longer strips.

graduation_party_embossed_ringStep 7:  Simply wrap your mason jar with the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Paper and insert your dowel with the ornaments.  I used a bit of krinkle paper to hold everything together, but almost anything would work, from pebbles to marbles to little hard candies.

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Graduation Cap Boxes Step 1:  Cut all pieces from the SVGCuts file.

graduation_party_cap_cutsStep 2:  Assemble as per their directions.  The Core’dinations Texture cardstock gives the cap a nice fabric finish.

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Graduation Cap Banner Step 1:  Cut 1 1/2 inch mortar board shapes with electronic cutter.

graduation_party_banner_capsStep 2:  Attach mortar boards to banner rosettes.  The rosettes come pre assembled, so creating this banner is quick and easy.

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Medallion Wall Decor Step 1:  Directions for assembly are included in each kit.  Begin by removing adhesive from end piece and attaching to the other end to form a ring.

graduation_party_medallion_glue endsStep 2:  Place medallion ring over cardboard ring with post.

graduation_party_medallion_postStep 3:  Press ends of medallion down and cover with top screw and additional cardboard ring.

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Step 4:  Cover cardboard rings and posts with included foam tape cardboard circles and embellish further with paper pops.  Layer on wall for a unique decoration.

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With all the great color combinations available from the Party Mixer line from Core’dinations I am sure you will find the perfect combination for your next event.

 ~Nancy

 

Wine Subway Art with Sparkle

May 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor

Hi everyone, Nancy here.  Are you looking for a fun way to decorate a wall in your home?  Why not make this lovely Subway Wall Art with Sparkle piece?  With just a few supplies, your home will be sparkling in no time.

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Sparkly Wine Subway Art Supplies:

Step 1:  Adhere Core’dinations 12×24 Glitter paper to chipboard or cardboard sheets to form a sturdy backing.  You can even use cereal boxes if you like.  Just be sure to place them right next to each other to form a solid backing.  A little extra tape along the seams will make everything sturdy.

wine_art_coredinations_nancy keslin_background_glitterStep 2:  Use electronic cutter to design your Subway Art.  I used a pre designed peice from Cricut.  But with a mixture of fonts and words, you can create your own piece in a short period of time.  Cut design using sheets of the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalic Collection.   My design created a 12×24 piece so I used two sheets of the same color.

wine_art_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutStep 3:  Adhere cut letters to the glitter paper.

wine_art_coredinations_nancy keslin_stickStep 4:  Having a hard time determining the spacing of your letters?  Try using the negative of your letters as a template.

wine_art_coredinations_nancy keslin_templateThis was a super quick and easy project to make.  With the Core’dinations Glitter Paper and the wide varitey of cardstock available, the sky is the limit to what you can create.  How fun to have a baby room art with names of nursery rhymes?  A child’s favorite sport with all the terms listed out, song lyrics….let your imagination run wild.

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~Nancy

 

Pretty Paper Succulents Centerpiece

Are you looking for a way to bring some of the beauty of the desert into your home this spring?  Succulents are all the rage in home decor.  Why not create these pretty paper succulents from some of your favorite papers?

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Paper Succulents Centerpiece Supplies:

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Step 1:  Cut shapes by hand from template or using electronic cutter from your favorite colors of Tim Holtz Kraft Core papers.  I chose shades of greens and blue.

succulents_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  Assemble succulents.

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Step 3:  Create box from cut file from Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered collection.   I chose a long rectangular box, but you could choose a different shape, and cut it from a neutral paper.

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Step 4:  Cut Styrofoam pieces to fill box and create a substrate to glue the succulents on.

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Step 5:  Hot glue each of the succulents to Styrofoam.

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Step 6:  Fill blank spaces between the succulents with Spanish moss.

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I hope you create something beautiful for your home this spring!

~Nancy

 

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… :)

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

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3D Paper Chess Set Supplies:

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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

 

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