David Tutera Celebrate cards

April 5, 2014 by  
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Quick and Easy David Tutera Celebrate cards are too much fun! Designer Trine Brandt Lassen puts her own twist on these little Happy Birthday mini cards.  Take a ProMarker (any kind of marker will do) and have some fun!

 

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Trine used the ombre look on this one….so easy yet looks amazing!

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Creative punch work with Vivian Keh

April 4, 2014 by  
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Don’t forget only ONE more day to create your card for the Cupcake Challenge Blog! We have one more piece of inspiration for you today from Vivian:

Hi there, Core fans.  Vivian Keh here to share with you some easy techniques to craft the delicate butterflies on this pair of cards.  Paper punches were used extensively for the major element – the twiggy strips and the butterflies. Within seconds, Core’dinations Cardstock plus the right paper punches provide us with spectacular embellishments, don’t you agree?  For the trio of butterflies in the focal image, I used an EK Success Butterfly Layering Punch.  Talk about compact – love that thing.  A flat solid butterfly was punched for the base layer, and a more intricate punch option was utilitized for the top layer.  I haven’t used my Crackle Accents in ages, and I’m glad I picked it up for these projects.  To achieve this delicate glossy texture, simply apply the Crackle Accents and set aside to dry.  Once dry, gently fold the wings upward and adhere to the base layer with a line of glue. I think this little bit of effort here pays off in the end, adding that special something which draws your recipient in for close ups and perhaps a few “ooh”s and “ahh”s.

How cool are these butterflies?

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And a close-up!

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Remember the “core”sages?

April 3, 2014 by  
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 A few years ago at CHA we did a make-n-take of these “core”sages for everyone that stopped by our booth.  Seeing Clare Buswell’s tutorial on this made me think of how timeless Core’dinations really is!  Colorcore cardstock is so versatile. I mean, how many other cardstocks can look this cool torn and distressed?????
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Here’s the step-by-step photo tutorial for the torn edges spiral flower.:
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Draw a 4 1/2″ circle (makes a 2 1/4″ finished sized flower) onto the reverse side of some Wisteria Core. Draw a rough spiral shape inside the circle, this doesn’t have to be perfect. Tear along the pencil lines using one of your finger nails as a guide while tearing. It doesn’t matter if you go a little bit outside the lines.
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Turn over the spiral to the side with no pencil lines. Sand the torn edges with your Sand-It Gadget and wipe with your Dust Buddy. Starting from the outside, using a toothpick begin rolling the spiral flower towards the center. Once you’ve started off rolling you can remove the toothpick and roll the rest with your fingers.
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Roll all the way to the center, keeping the spiral tight. Release the spiral and adjust until you’re happy with the shape. Add a generous amount of craft glue to the base of the flower and press in position. Hold for a few moments until set. Once completely dry use a needle nosed tweezers to curl the edges of the flower outwards, as shown. You can vary the size of the cardstock circle to make different sized flowers for your paper-crafting projects.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations – Wisteria Core, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Toothpick, circle shape or compass, pencil, craft glue, needle nosed tweezers.

Now are you ready to see the amazing card Clare made to go with this flower?

Trim embossed and sanded Katydid Core cardstock to cover card base. Emboss RoseEmbroidery Core with Anna Griffin embossing folder, sand with Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Tear edges and machine stitch to panel. Tear strip of RoseEmbroidery Core, corrugate and sand. Machine stitch to panel. Add seam binding and lace. Adhere panel to card base. Tear leaf shapes from Katydid Core cardstock and attach to card. Add seam binding bow and twine bow to card. Draw  4 1/2″ diameter circle onto reverse side of Wisteria Core, draw spiral in center. Tear along pencil lines, lightly sand edges using Sand-It Gadget. Roll using toothpick to form a spiral flower. Glue base and leave to dry. Adhere to card, to finish.

 

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Supplies
Core’dinations – Pastels Collection, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Embossing folders Cuttlebug Anna Griffin (Rosa and Ogee Damask), Big Shot, sewing machine, corrugating tool, lace, twine, seam binding, corner rounder, black ink, sentiment stamp, card base.

Happy Easter Cards with Kate

April 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders

Today we have some cute Easter bunny cards for you from Kate Nolan Denham:
I am totally loving Core’dinations brand new Core Basics 110lb Cardstock!  It is the perfect smooth cardstock for stamping.  Today I am sharing two new Easter cards. Each card has some lovely bunnies stamped onto the 110lb Cardstock.

I stamped all the bunnies using Quick Quotes Chalk Ink.  The pretty stamped images totally pop on the 110lb Cardstock.

Each card also uses the pretty Pastels Collection.  By embossing and sanding the Pastels, I added just the perfect touch of texture to my simple Easter cards.

Core’dinations Supplies:
Core Basics: 110lb White Cardstock
Pastels Collection: 12″ x 12″
Neutrals Collection: 12″ x 12″
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Gel-A-Tins Stamps
Quick Quotes Chalk Ink
Ranger Archival Ink
Cart-Us Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Embossing Folder
FabScraps Pearls
Kaisercraft Rhinestones

Wishing you a hippity, hoppity good day!

~Kate

{Handmade} Flower Power!

April 1, 2014 by  
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SO WOW! Are you ready for a gorgeous piece of art from Clare Buswell?

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Take a 12×12 sheet of Cloudburst Core, 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 and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible and will be easier to work with when covering the canvas.

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Cover the 6×6 canvas with a layer of Mod Podge and cover with the sheet of flexible Core, brush with another layer of Mod Podge, trim excess cardstock and leave to dry. Using acrylic paints paint the lower half of the canvas green and the top half blue, blend the colors in the middle. Add some highlights of white acrylic paint to the sky with a dry brush and blend.
Spray sheets of Core Buttercup, Meadow and Emerald with the water and glycerin mix and set aside to dry. Die cut four daffodils from Buttercup Core, sand tips of petals with Sand-It Gadget and assemble. Use blending chalk to color the centers of the daffodils. Adhere daffodils to canvas with a strong adhesive. Roll four strips of Meadow Core into tight tubes to make the stems and adhere to canvas. For the foliage, cut a selection of long narrow leaf shapes from Meadow and Emerald Core and sand with Sand-It Gadget. Arrange foliage on canvas and adhere to create a layered effect.

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Paint simple daffodil shapes in background using acrylic paint. Add gingham ribbon and bow, to finish.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock – Buttercup, Meadow, Emerald, Cloudburst; Sand-It Gadget; Dust Buddy.
Other: 6×6 Box Canvas, Mod Podge, acrylic paints, blending chalks, green and white gingham ribbon, glycerin, spray bottle, Sizzix Thinlits Daffodil Die, Big Shot.

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