Creative Crafts with Core'dinations

Authentique Paper is teaming up Core'dinations this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper & Core'dinations products!

After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to hop on over to the Core'dinations blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Teams have in store for you today!

John Petersen
There's many things that make me JOYOUS about the Holiday season, one of which are the great Authentique Papers paired with coordinating papers from Core'dinations.  This Holiday ornament can be created using almost any shaped die cutting set or punch, and made for any season by simply changing the paper!
To make this ornament, start by die cutting all your pieces.  For this ornament I used the Spellbinders' Labels 20 set (#6 die, the largest) and cut 24 pieces from all the papers in the Joyous collection along with matching Core'dionations solid cardstock.  You can use less pieces for creating this ornament but it doesn't have the same look, especially if you'd like to create the "honeycomb" look of the alternating layers.

When finished cutting, score and fold all of the pieces lengthwise up the middle of each piece.
Now it's time for putting all the pieces together.  I found it easiest to run all my pieces through a Xyron sticker machine with the pieces folded in half so that the adhesive was only put on one side of each piece (that's all you need!).  If using a tape gun or similar for adding adhesive you only have to add the adhesive on one half of the backside of the ornament- just make sure that it's on the same side for all your pieces.  This saves time and adhesive.

Begin attaching two pieces together as shown above, lining up the decorative edges.  Don't worry if the pieces don't line up exactly along the folded edge of the pieces, it will never be seen!  Continue adding all your pieces from the same side each time until they're all attached.

At this point it's easiest to add in thread, wire, etc to the ornament that you intend to hang it with.  For my ornament I used red wire, which I cut much longer than my ornament so I could add embellishments from the top and bottom.

Once you have your "hanger" in place, close up the ornament by attaching the first and last sides together- simple!
At this point you're ornament is already to go- unless you'd like to give it a more interesting patterned look.  I gave my ornament a "honeycomb" look by attaching two pieces together in the middle, and then at two points (above and below) on the next section.  Alternate these two patterns around your ornament to add some depth and dimension.
To add some bling to the ornament, I used Sheer Shimmer Spritz in gold and sprayed away!  I used the same sized stickers from the Details 12 x 12 sticker sheet to create some fun accents on the top and bottom of the ornament and capped everything off with some crystals from Connie Crystal.

Supplies used:
JOYOUS paper collection from Authentique Paper
Spellbinders:  Nestabilities Labels Twenty die set, Grand Calibur machine
IMAGINE Crafts:  Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold
crystals from Connie Crystal
red wire from Artistic Wire
Xyron sticker machine


Kay Fatula
Hello once again, today's project is an easel card with two drawers as the base.  I've seen several examples of these cards & what varies is the number of drawers the base has.  Some have one, others have four & like the one I decided to go with--some have two.  

I created this with papers from Core'dinations Whitewash 6x6 card stock bundle & designer paper from Authentique's Sweetness collection.
The Core'dinations card stock were all dry embossed in my Big Shot & then sanded down to reveal both the design & the core color with the Core'dinations Sand It Gadget. 

I've used the Lacey Ovals die by Spellbinders to frame my little girl image.
Here's the card when laying flat or 'closed'.  I went for a very girly--feminine design for this one.  I wanted all the colors to be a soft blue/pink to go with the colors from the Sweetness papers.
The inside of the drawers are lined with the 'Decadent' paper.  I've used large brads as the knobs for the drawers & a cut out from the Sweetness 'Components' page for the easel card stopper.
I've put together a brief tutorial on how to create the base for this card.  The measurements for the base of the card is 6 1/16" x 4".

Let's get started...


Base: (2) at 4” x 8 1/16”
2” x 4” Drawer: (1) 6” x 8”
4” x 4” Drawer: (1) 8’ x 8”

Score Measurements:
Base: Score 1” on both sides for both pieces of card stock
2” x 4” Drawer: Score at 1” & 2” on all four sides
4” x 4” Drawer: Score at 1” 2” on all four sides

Step 1:  Cut out all your card stock & score based on provided measurements
To create the base--apply adhesive to 1” flaps & connect both pieces of card stock to form a ‘sleeve’.  This is where your drawers will go.

NOTE: Apply any patterned paper to base prior to adhering the base

Step 2: Here’s a photo of the base—this part is optional.  I opted to add a bit of chipboard to the top & bottom of the base in order to make it sturdier.  I opted for this since the base is what holds both the drawers & the easel card on top.

Step 3: To create the drawers—cut out the top two squares on both ends.  Cut into the inner two squares.  Make sure that you do NOT cut out the second set of squares—you’re just cutting into them to create flaps that will be used to assemble the drawer.

NOTE: Apply patterned paper to drawer prior to adhering

Step 4: Apply adhesive to the two side flaps.  You will press these down into the horizontal flap seen below the two side flaps.

Step 5: The flaps have been glued down.  Next apply adhesive to the remaining horizontal side flap & fold in—you’re adhering this horizontal flap on top of the previous two flaps.  NOTE:  Drawer is standing on it’s side for this photo

Step 6: Here’s what the side of your box should look like when complete.  Repeat steps 4 & 5 on the other side of the drawer.

Step 7: Here’s the drawer with both sides completed.  To finish it off, apply adhesive to the two end flaps & press in & down.

Step 8: Your finished drawer!  Repeat steps 3 to 7 for the 4” x 4” drawer.  Once done with the second drawer embellish them with your choice of knobs & just slide them into the 'sleeve' base.

Adhere card on top & voila!

Happy creating!
Products Used:
Authentique Paper: Sweetness Collection, Sweetness 6x6 Bundle, Sweetness Components
Core'dinations - 6x6 Whitewash Collection, Sand It Gadget
Digital Stamp - Tiddly Inks
Flowers - Cream & Blue Flowers by Petaloo 
Tools: Big Shot
Spellbinders: Lacey Ovals
Embossing Folder:  Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes
Other: Distress Ink, Mulberry Paper Flowers, Pink Rhinestones, Pearl String, White Paper Doily, Handmade Butterfly & Pink Organza Star Flower from KarlasKreativeKorner Etsy shop

Be sure to check back every day this week for more project inspiration! We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters (please leave unique comments!) Also, make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Core'dinations for prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Also, make sure you stop by the Core'dinations Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you! 

Don't forget to follow both companies on Pinterest for more inspiration!


  1. WOW WOW WOW!!!
    John's ornament and Kim's easel card with drawers are BOTH GORGEOUS and the tutorials FABULOUS!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your amazing inspiration!!!

  2. I hadn't seen this easel card before but it is stunning. the colors are so soft and feminine. The drawers are an extra bonus for storage or a receptacle for a present. The ornament is great. It can be hung anywhere. It would make a great present too. Both are wonderful

  3. John and Kay, your projects have me *nearly* speechless in awe! The ornament is gorgeous; elegant design a perfect showcase of beautiful papers and most definitely a project sure to capture attention and conversation. The easel card with drawers: stunning! The Sweetness Collection is a perfect choice - and I happen to have a little niece who would be over-the-moon delighted to receive a gift like this! Thanks so much for the projects, the tutorials, and especially, the inspiration!

  4. what fun projects - thanks for the tutorials -
    Sandra ltb

  5. Gorgeous projects! I never thought about using a die to make ornaments. Fabulous idea. I will have to make one for sure.

  6. I am

    BLOWN AWAY by today's projects!

    They are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful creations with us
    and getting my creative juices flowing!

  7. Two gorgeous projects, I am getting out my spellbinder diecut right now

  8. I really love the ornament-great way to showcase some pretty papers!

  9. The easel card and ornament are fantastic! So pretty! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with all of us. So much inspiration!

  10. Both projects are so nice. Love the handmade ornament and the easel card is so pretty. The colors in it are great. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Another day of fabulous projects :) Love John's ornament - have not seen this done with anything but circles and I love the look of the labels! I never would have thought to run these through my Xyron!!! Thanks for the tip John!

    And Kay... I want to make one of these easel/drawers to put on my desk at work! This is absolutely beautiful! I really appreciate the tutorial and can't wait to try it!

  12. Such great projects. Thanks so much, y'all, for sharing.

  13. Gorgeous projects! I may be making some of these ornaments this year!

  14. I love love John's ornament ! I will be making some of these . Kim's easel card is fabulous ! Thank you for an amazing week of inspiration . I follow both companies .

  15. I love love John's ornament ! I will be making some of these . Kim's easel card is fabulous ! Thank you for an amazing week of inspiration . I follow both companies .

  16. Beautiful projects. I love the ornament. And the Easel card with drawers. Amazing idea and it is so Beautiful.

  17. What an amazing team-up! I really love the gorgoeus projects that you made with both Authentique and Coredinations!

  18. Wow!!!!!! I must try that ornament!!! Gorgeous! I could make a whole set of these!!! I also love the darling little jewelry box. It would be fun for my niece.

  19. Ingenious projects, today!! I am in awe. That easel card with unique!!! Gorgeous and so perfect for a young lady.
    <3 J

  20. I was wondering what ornament I would make this year for my handmade ones and now I have found it. What an amazing ornament and the instructions are great. Thank you so much.

  21. What wonderful projects! Absolutely stunning! Loving all these instructions that come with these wonderful projects!

  22. two great projects today, thanks for sharing the deets .... nice showcasing of the core and authentique.... when is that next authentique DT call?

  23. Wow, what beautiful projects! I love all of the details on the easel card and the layering on the ornament. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Beautiful creations, I love how each one showcases the collection they used.

  25. Lovely projects! John, you really outdid yourself, wonderful project.

  26. Have loved the creations all
    week, great blog hop!
    Thanks for all the ideas.
    Carla from Utah

  27. Beautiful creations--love the ornament.

  28. I used to make ornaments like this, but not so pretty - this shape makes them look gorgeous.

  29. I love the 3d ornament and that little keepsake box is adorable. Love how you posted directions for it!

  30. Fantastic projects. John's ornament is great - going have to get my spellbinders out. Kay's easel card is absolutely gorgeous. Love the soft feminine colour palette

  31. What amazing ideas!! I have a little niece that would LOVE the jewelry box!!


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