Patriotic Wooden Candle Holder

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share another quick and easy home decor project perfect for summer. As I have mentioned, I love anything USA or red/white/blue. So this candle holder is another perfect addition to my collection.


Patriotic Candle Holder Supplies:

For this project I actually started with a Halloween candle holder that I bought at a garage sale! But, combine it with some Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection and a little embossing and you have a whole new look!


Step 1: Select square die slightly smaller that block side. Die-cut 5 squares from No. 4 (red) cardstock.


Step 2: Emboss four of the square panels using woodgrain embossing folder; sand lightly using Sand It Gadget.


Step 3: Select circle die the same size as top opening.


Step 4: Die-cut circle shape from center of remaining square.


Step 5: Adhere all pieces to candle base.

Step 6: Die-cut stars and “USA” from  No. 16 (navy) cardstock; sand as desired using Sand It Gadget*. Adhere to candle base as shown.


Step 7: Sponge edges of candle block with paint as desired; wrap with twine.


*Tip: Add a mix of sanded and non-sanded pieces to add variety and interest.



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.


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.




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?


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.


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


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



Easter Egg Wreath

Hi everyone, as we all gear up for Easter, I thought I would show you a fun project that you could create using a combination of your core card stock and patterned papers.  This Easter wreath project was a lot of fun to create and it actually made me feel happy that we hopefully will welcome spring very soon!

egg wreathEaster Egg Wreath Supplies:


To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by leaves out of the Green from the Core Essentials Darks Collection.


Step 2.  Cut the base piece out of a piece from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection and another 2 out of chip board for extra strength.


Step 3.  Glue the 3 rings together, sandwiching a piece of ribbon between the 2 pieces of chip board.


Step 4.  Sand all your leaves for a nice look.  Do not forget to use your dust buddy for clean-up.


Step 5.  Using the edge of your table, curve the egg pieces as well as the designer paper.  Once completed, attach the designer paper before the egg is assembled.  By curving the pieces first they will take a nicer shape.


Step 6.  Curl the pedals prior to attaching them to the base.


Step 7. Layer the leaves on 1 at a time.  There will be enough for 2 layers.


Step 8.  Finally, attach the eggs and flowers where desired and hang in a place for everyone to enjoy!


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



Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations

I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
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NOTE:  Here’s the video tutorial I used for the Faux Leather technique and here’s the video tutorial for the page inserts/bookbinding.
I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw),  Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.

Baby Ribbons for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Another project I wanted to complete before the baby was born are some pin-on ribbons to give the the new big sister and brother when they come to visit in hospital! Core’dinations cardstock was perfect as it’s sturdy enough for the project, as I *hope* to add these to their scrapbook albums eventually.

First up: for the big sister and of course it had to be pink!


Lots of layers! Some were punched, some were cut with my Cameo electonic cutting machine and the “ribbons” hanging down the bottom were simply handcut.


You can see I varied the textures, using some Jillian Dot embossed cardstock and for the heart, I couldn’t go past the subtle glitter of the Core Couture cardstock.

I used the heavy weight 110lb smooth white cardstock to print the labels and cut them into the banner shape.

And here is big brother’s.I kept to the same design but switched the colors:


You can see the dimension in the bottom layer in the close up photo below. For this I simply cut some strips and folded them before adhering them, alternating the colours.


I snapped this photo on quickly while I was assembling the ribbons, just to give you an idea of the different layers and how they all came together.

New baby ribbons layers

Finally, I adhered a pin back (bought from my local craft supply store) to the back of the ribbon so they can wear them proudly!

Supply List :

Core Cardstock:
Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)
Stiletto, Blue Diamonds (Core Couture Glitter)
Aqueduct, Jaybird (Jillian Dot Spotted)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Spellbinders dies: Standard Circles Sml & Big Scalloped Circles
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Prize Ribbons and Heart

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