Patriotic Star Tissue Box

June 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Scor Pal

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a quick and easy home decor project perfect for summer. Or if you’re like me and love red, white and blue–all year around! For this project I used my all time favorite Core’dinations Vintage Collection along with a  Darice® paper mache tissue box. The ready-to-decorate tissue box measures 5 x 5-inches so works well with both 6 x 6-inch and 12 x 12-inch cardstocks.


Patriotic Tissue Box Supplies:


Step 1: Trace each side of box onto ruby Vintage cardstock. Note: You can simple measure the sides but I like to trace each one individually and number them to make sure I have a perfect fit.


Step 2: Mark back of each panel 1/2-inch from bottom edge.


Step 3: Place embossing folder onto panel aligning edge with line. This will give you a border along both the top and bottom edge of the panel as shown.


Step 4: Sand embossed pattern lightly using Sand It Gadget**.


Step 5: Cut a 1  1/2-inch wide strip from oxford Vintage cardstock.


Step 6: With panel face-down on scoring board and short edge at the top, score a 1/8-inch border along both edges.


Step 7: Sand scored lines lightly using Sand It Gadget**.


**TIP: When sanding scored or embossed areas always wipe with Core’dinations Dust Buddy to remove extra residue. Note the amount removed here and how it better accents the scored area.


Step 8: Adhere strip to embossed panel; trim ends as needed.


Step 9: Trace box top onto back of ruby Vintage cardstock.


Step 10: Cut out traced image using craft knife for center.


Step 11: Score edges of panel 1/4-inch from each edge. Sand lightly using Sand It Gadget**.


Step 12: Adhere all panels to box; sand corners and edges as desired using Sand It Gadget. Attach metal stars using foam dots.




St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Card

Mary Pat here with you today and I have a fun St. Patrick’s day card to share with you.  I love St. Patty’s day!  Maybe it is because my maiden name is O’Brien but I love making fun cards to send to my family members.  Here is a look at one of them.

irish card

For my card I got to do all my favorite techniques: embossing, sanding, stamping, misting, and coloring all using my favorite Core products!  Here is what you need to make this card.

Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Card Supplies:


To make this card I first started with a my cardstock and embossed it using a fun embossing folder.


I then used my Sand it Gadget and lightly sanded the cardstock to expose the awesome embossing.


Next, I stamped and image on my 110 lb and used my markers to color the image.


I stamped my sentiment on the back side of the Core Tag becuase it has a smooth side and it is easier to stamp.


I then used my mist that has a gold shimmer and misted the tag.


Finally I embellished my tag using some fun glitter foam shamrock and added some yummy twine to finish it off.


I attached my tag to my card base using some foam dots to give it a bit of dimension.


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

Winter Mitten Card

Mary Pat here with you today and it seems like winter is back and it is going to be a long cold winter!  Here in Ohio where I live  it has been really cold and I love to send little notes in the mail to warm up my friends!  So I made this fun and easy winter mitten card.


For my project I took a Silhouette image and turned it into a shaped card.  I love shaped cards because I think they are just so darn fun and cute!  I really wanted to use a variety of Core on this card.  I used The Chocolate Box collection, The Vintage collection, Core Essentials, and Core Couture (Everyone needs a little bling, right?).  I also had to include some stamping for a super cute sentiment.

Winter Mitten Card Supplies:


I made a video for you.  I demonstrate the techniques of embossing and sanding.  Enjoy!

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

~Mary Pat

Create Your Own Clipboard with Chocolate Box

July 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Gail Lindner here with a fun way to create your own clipboard embellishment to showcase your child’s homework or artwork for your next project:

My oldest is in the first grade this year and we have seen such a leap in her reading and writing skills! These days she is always writing in a notebook and I really want to remember her “newbie” writing!

I created the layout below with a photo from the first day of school and a special spot to add some samples of her writing that I find!



Core’dinations Whitewash Collection – Grandma’s Locker
Vintage Collection – Rivulet
Pastel Collection - Reflecting Pool
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – Dried Marigold
Core Essentials Buttercup and Chocolate Box cardstock

Darice washi Tape
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Big Shot
Avery Elle & My Favorite Things Dies
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script font


I created my own background from some Whitewash Cardstock which I simply scored some lines across using my Scor-Pal. A quick sand revealed the yellow core and gave the subtle effect of lined notebook paper!

With some Chocolate Box, I was  able to create a “clipboard” on my layout which is the perfect spot to add samples of my daughter’s writing! I simply cut it to size, rounded the corners and added a clip at the top! Just sand the edges a bit to give it that worn look.


I love this idea and think I’ll be re-creating it often on other projects!

1st Day of School Layout and Video

July 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Mary Pat Siehl here with you today and I am excited to share a new Back to School layout using some  Core’dinations cardstock.


Cardstock-Core’dinations (Core Impressions Jillibean SoupGraphic 45 Signature SeriesCore Essentials110lb. smooth)
Canvas Embellishments- Little Yellow Bicycle
Scoring Board
Spectrum Noir markers
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Lawn Fawn dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder

1. I love to layer my cardstock and so I decided to layer grey on top of light blue. I wanted to create a light chalkboard effect with the grey so I scored my grey cardstock with a scoring board and scored at the 1/2 inch line all around the paper. Then just sanded the paper pretty heavily to really expose the lighter inner core.

2. Next, I took a piece of Core Essentials and laid it on an embossing folder to create a very light embossed look to the paper strip again sanding  pretty heavily to give it a very distressed look.

3. I then took a piece of the Core’dinations Jillibean Soup Impression paper and sanded it and placed that on top of the blue piece. If you don’t have Core Impressions you could easily emboss another sheet.
4. Next I added a small strip of yellow and added that on top. (Again, I LOVE to layer my paper with different textures and designs.)
5. Add  photos.
6. Make a star embellishments using die cuts, embossing them using an embossing folder, and lightly sanded them.

I also have this video for you on how this layout came together.


CSI: Color…Stories…Inspiration

June 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We are one of the main sponsors over at CSI: Color….Stories…Inspiration this month and we couldn’t be more excited!  Every Friday there is a new color palette introduced called a Case File. This week it’s Case File No. 126.

126 flat

LOVE how not only is there the “scene” which is the color palette but there is “evidence” and “testimony” that give you prompts to create as well! We will be sponsoring all month long so make sure you stay close  this month for a few more chances to win some Core. All images you create must be posted over on the CSI site.

Today we have a layout from Debbie Standard using this gorgeous Case File focusing on the Chevron pattern from the Evidence using our Core Impressions cardstock.

Supplies: Core Essentials, Spotted Cardstock

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Make sure you head over the CSI Facebook page for more amazing inspiration!

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