Introducing Clare Buswell!

Sorry we are a bit late today…things have been crazy around here the last few weeks. It’s all good though!
Before we introduce Clare to you today, we want to take this time to tell you about our Hard Core Crafter program!  You get  access to EXCLUSIVE videos,  giveaways AND sneak peeks that no one else does…AND it’s FREE. I am bringing this up now because in case you haven’t notice, we recently hit 10,000 likes on our Facebook page! ;) ;) So I would make sure you are an HCC member so you don’t miss out on anything.  So don’t waste anymore time and sign up HERE!
Now….on to the good stuff…..
Today we are saying hello  to Clare Buswell!
Here is a little bit about Clare:

Hi! My name is Clare Buswell. I live in the south-west of Ireland in the countryside with Niall and our lovely 5 year old daughter Isabelle.

I’ve always been creative in some form or another, I studied graphic design at art college. I only discovered the whole world of paper-crafting after the birth of my daughter when I had little time but longed to be creative again. Card-making was the perfect answer for me and is now my passion. I also really love to make 3D paper projects. I love stamping, quilling and making my own embellishments, especially paper flowers! I love trying out different techniques and coming up with my own. I also love to paint with acrylics and watercolors.

I’ve been lucky enough to have my work published in Paper Crafts, CARDS and CardMaker magazines in the US and I design regularly for Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine in the UK.

When I’m not paper-crafting I love to spend my time gardening, baking and with my family.

I’m really excited to be part of the Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock design team!

If you have been to Clare’s blog you will notice she isn’t a layout girl…her cards are incredible so she did her signature paper ruffles for us today! You will see more of this gorgeous, handmade technique in the future and if you want to learn how to do it yourself, check out Clare’s blog HERE.
You can get some really realistic looking paper ruffles using this simple technique. Once you get the hang of it you can apply your paper ruffles to your cards and layouts in lots of different ways.  Here is how she does it:
To make the ruffles I cut strips of Core’dinations cardstock approx 1 1/2″ deep, mist the back of the cardstock with water, leave for a minute and the cardstock becomes malleable and easy to form into ruffles. Just be careful not to wet it too much! Once you’ve shaped your ruffles, leave to dry and apply to your projects with double sided tape. For a detailed tutorial you can visit my blog.
For my first card I went for an ombre effect and layered tones of blue and turquoise ruffles on my card. When layering the ruffles always start at the bottom. You can enhance the edges of the ruffles by gently rubbing them with your Sand It Gadget for some added texture.
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic, Tim Holtz Distress Collection, The Whitewash Collection, Sand it Gadget, Dust Buddy, Big Shot, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Sweet Sentiments stamp The Craft’s Meow, Onyx Black VersaFine Ink, Distress Ink – Antique Linen, teal satin ribbon, baker’s twine.
I think it is only fitting that we giveaway some of that fabulous Tim Holtz Kraft Core, don’t you?????
Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. Winner this weekend will be posted on Tuesday due to the holiday weekend here in the States. Winner will win a pack of Core’dinations Cardstock. The cardstock pack may vary due to availability. Winners must email by June 7  to claim their prizes with the cardstock they won in the subject line.  Please include address and phone number in the email.
If you have been following us  make sure you check our WINNER page HERE to see if you won!
AND the winner of the Spotted cardstock from yesterday is…………
Kathy Wittlock says:

Cute layout – those little arrows get to the point!
love the spotted cardstock- would love to have some to try~



76 Responses to “Introducing Clare Buswell!”
  1. What an amazing card! It is beautiful!

  2. Jordan Banks says:

    Beautiful! I have to try this!

  3. Love the paper ruffles!

  4. Natasha Brooke says:

    Great card! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Caroline D. says:

    Fantastic card!! Love the look of the paper ruffles!

  6. Miriam Prantner says:

    At first glance I thought those ruffles were ribbon, they are gorgeous!!!

  7. DebbieC says:

    I thought those ruffles were made from ribbon and had to reread to make sure I was understanding correctly that Clare made them from Core’dination paper…wow…gorgeous.

  8. Tami B says:

    I thought that was ribbon till I looked closer. Definitely something I want to try!

  9. Donna W says:

    what an awesome card. When you first look
    at it you think it is ribbon. Then on a closer
    look you realize she is very talented to make
    paper look like ribbon. Loved the card and the
    talented shown

  10. Amy says:

    I can’t believe those ruffles are made of paper! I thought for sure they were ribbon. What a cool technique! The colors in the Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection are absolutely gorgeous…I’d love to win!


  12. Kim Hovinga says:

    Hi Clare, gotta say I love the paper ruffles on your card. And love the colors in this collection as well. Don’t think I have seen any paper packs I did not like

  13. Marilyn Tucker says:

    I love the ruffles! Thanks for the tute! I would love to win some Tim Holtz anything…lol

  14. Jen W says:

    Oh my – I’ve never seen anything like those gorgeous ruffles!!!

  15. Debby J says:

    Love the ruffles!! Never thought wetting paper would result in such beautiful ruffles.

  16. Stephanie Rodgers says:

    Love the ruffles! What a fun way to use Co’ordinations paper!

  17. Sylvia Shollenberger says:

    That is soooooo Kool! :)

  18. barbara macaskill says:

    Love this! The ruffles are gorgeous! TFS!

  19. Suzanne S says:

    Hi Clare! Oh my goodness, paper ruffles! Love them!!! Must try this soon.

  20. Tona says:

    Welcome Clare :) Oooh, I love the ruffled cardstock! How clever!!!

  21. Marie Butler says:

    Love the paper ruffles!!! You’ve inspired me!

  22. Dorina D says:

    Adorable card, so perfect for the little girls in my life. Welcome Clare to the DT. Great job.

  23. Sherry Raymond says:


  24. Vanessa L says:

    Welcome, Clare! Your card is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your technique for making ruffles. Can’t wait to try this!

  25. Sherry Lovely says:

    Clare,those ruffles are GORGEOUS on this card!! They look great on this cardstock! :) Love it!!!

  26. Love the lace!!! What a clever idea. I will be putting your card in my inspiration folder. THanks for sharing. Looking forward to all you have to share with us!

  27. Sharon Gullikson says:

    It is amazing that it is card stock! How beautiful!

  28. What a gorgeous card!!! Clever!!

  29. natasha Poteraj says:

    What a great idea to make ruffles out of paper. You are very handy and creative. I like your style.

  30. Wendi R says:

    stunning card and LOVE LOVE the ruffles!!!!

  31. Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) says:

    Wow… Clare your card is Beautiful. I love the ruffles you made with paper. You did an amazing job. I thought it was ribbon at first. I really can’t wait to see more of your idea’s. Welcome to the team.

  32. What a cool idea…paper ruffles.

  33. Jamie Larsen says:

    Great card thanks for sharing and the chance to win

  34. Simonne C says:

    First, a huge congratulations to Clare for joining the Core’dinations DT, and a huge well done to Core’dinations for snapping up this very talented lady! I have been a follower of Clare’s for quite some time, and I just LOVE her signature paper ruffles. They look fabulous sanded like that too! Amazing card from an amazing crafter! xx

  35. Kim Barnett says:

    What a lovely card. Thanks for sharing such inspiration.

  36. Karen Schroeder says:

    Wow, Claire, what a beautiful card! I never would have thought of making paper ruffles! I love how you distressed them too!

  37. Debbie Ford says:

    Hi Clare – beautiful card. Love the paper ruffles and would love some Tim Holtz paper

  38. Jeannie (blue) says:

    Beautiful card and great use of ribbon.

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Clare, what an amazing card, your ruffles almost look like fabric,
    thanks again for the change to win.

  40. Darlene Satkewich says:

    Wow! Can’t believe that’s paper not ribbon!! Amazing card!

  41. Mary K Stoeckel says:

    Love the cardstock…..and this card is so great. Never would I have thought to put ribbon like that. This is such a great inspiration as are all the pic you share with us. Yeah for Coredinations!

  42. Vivian Keh says:

    Clare, those ruffles are fantastic! Great work, teammie!

  43. Kyra Sands says:

    Love the ruffles and the Nostalgia colors

  44. marylouh says:

    Very pretty card. Very delicate. The distressed circles on the card add to the interest. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Louise says:

    those ruffles are very clever

  46. Alexia Misso says:

    Welcome Clare! What an amazing card! It is beautiful!

  47. Laura Slingerland Casey says:

    Well, HI CLARE BUSWELL !!!!!! Your card is really frilly and pretty….WELCOME !!!

  48. Gloria says:

    So pretty.

    I’ve taken this a step further: Use a border punch to create ‘lace’ and then wet it and crinkle it. Makes a beautiful edge

  49. Lesley Deeming says:

    Hi Clare, lovely card and look forward to seeing your creations.


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