What Screams Summer?

July 11, 2014 by  
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CAMPING!

It is almost time for our annual trip “upta camp”  so it is the perfect time to share a layout of one of the fun camp games we played last year.  Core’dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distressed Collection was all the cardstock needed to create an earth-toned camp layout!

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 Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Scor-Pal
Fiskars Crimper
Spellbinders Embossing Folder
Imaginisce Patterned Paper & Sticker
Alphas: American Crafts & Fancy Pants Designs
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I used some basic techniques to give this layout dimension and show off the color-core.  The Chipped Sapphire was embossed, sanded and dusted to make the giant blue banner in the background.

The Vintage Photo Cardstock was crimped, sanded and dusted to make the photo mat.  For tips on crimping, check out the Technique Video HERE.

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I scored, sanded and dusted the two ends of the banner made with the Dried Apricot Cardstock.  This gave it a bit of texture that was needed for a finished look.
Tip:  When making banners, you do not need to have a die cut. Just gently fold the cardstock in half (do not fold so much that there is a crease) and snip from the end into the center at an angle.
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Handmade Topiary with Core’dinations Cardstock

July 10, 2014 by  
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Jennifer Edwardson here with you today with this little Darice paper mâché flower pot that has been calling my name for a while now!  I LOVE the shimmer of the Gemstones cardstock and decided to create this entirely with all the fun colors I could. Plus, this is a GREAT way to use up scraps.

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Supplies:

 Gemstones Cardstock: Opal, Moonstone, Tanzanite, Yellow Topaz, Quartz, Amethyst, Peridot, Garnet

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core

Misc flower punches and 1 1/2″ circle punch

Buttons and twine

1.) Start by punching out MANY 1 1/2″ circle of the Opal color and stared overlapping them all over the base of the pot using Mod Podge. I cut several in half for the rim as well.

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2.) Put a styrofoam ball inside and covered it with kraft cut paper pieces that you can make on your own or buy at a local craft store.

3.) Punch multiple flowers using several colors and create flower picks using cut down wooden skewers.

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4.) Add buttons tied with twine and your flower pot is complete.

 

 

Outlining with Core’dinations

July 9, 2014 by  
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Sanding is key when using Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock! Sanding isn’t just about letting the ColorCore show, it is about showing off the ColorCore to add dimension and design.
There obvious areas I sanded with my Sand It Gadget but the splashes at the top of my layout are the most unique! This technique is called outlining. All it is, is sanding over some chipboard or other embellishment so when you are done sanding…you have the “outline” of the image! You can check out a video on it here.
Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Darice Sequins
Sizzix Dies
Cart-Us Embossing Folder
Elle’s Studio Tags
American Crafts Sticker
EK Success & Epiphany Crafts Punches
Jillibean Soup Alphas
The not-so-obvious areas I sanded were the arrows and waves.  Sanding these elements helped give a 3-D effect without adding height.

 After sanding your Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock, don’t forget to dust with your Dust Buddy!  It really does clean up the dust and keep the colors true.

Flower Garden Mini Canvas

July 8, 2014 by  
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Supplies: Core’dinations Cardstock:  Reflecting Pool, Meadow, Argos, Tangarine, Fuchsia Fizz, Nightfall, No.11 and No.21 from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy. Other Supplies: Canvas 8×8, acrylic paints, Petaloo Flowers – Botanica Minis Pistachio, Floral Ephemera Fuchsia, Burlap Blossoms Natural, Botanica Blooms Fuchsia, glycerin, spray bottle, Mod Podge.
How to:
1. Mix water and glycerin in a ratio of 16:1 in a spray bottle. Spray a sheet of Core Reflecting Pool Cardstock on both sides.
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2. Scrunch cardstock into ball to add texture. Flatten out and leave to dry.
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3. Cover canvas with layer of Mod Podge and add textured cardstock.
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4. Trim excess cardstock from back of canvas and corners as shown. Add another layer of Mod Podge and leave to dry.
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5. Paint canvas with green and blue acrylic paint to create a blended effect. Technique Tip: Don’t feel like painting?  Just sand the textured cardstock before you apply M0dge Podge for a distressed look. That is the great thing about Core’dinations…so many possibilities!
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6. Add some simple strokes of green acrylic paint to create a grass effect and add some dots of pink to represent flowers, allow to dry.
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7. Draw some simple grass blades onto the reverse of some Meadow cardstock in different lengths. Cut out and sand using Sand-It Gadget. Fold gently lengthways to create a 3D effect.
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8. Arrange grass onto canvas and adhere with a strong craft adhesive.
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9. Add some simple small painted flowers to the background. Arrange and adhere paper flowers.
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10. Cut some simple leaf shapes from No.11 Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, score along center, pinch vein leaves using a needle nosed tweezers and sand using Sand-It Gadget. Add to canvas. Technique Tip: You can use a scoring tool for the veins in the leaves,too!
11. Trace bird template onto No.21 Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, cut out and sand edges. Trace beak onto Tangarine, legs onto Argos cardstock and eye onto Nightfall. See below for pattern.
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12. Assemble bird adding dimension using foam pads. Add dot of white acrylic paint to eye. Adhere bird to canvas behind some of the grass.
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13. Trace butterfly onto Fuchsia Fizz, cut out, sand edges and adhere to canvas.
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14. Add some more painted foliage and flowers in the background and some more Core cardstock for grass to the front to fill in any gaps to finish.
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 I included a template for the bird and butterfly below. Just right click and save to your computer, then print.
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Diecutting Glitter Silk Cardstock

July 7, 2014 by  
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Shaunte Wadley here today with a layout that focusus on diecutting and punching our Glitter Silk cardstock. It cuts beatifully without any shredding or tearing.
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Supplies:
misc: baker’s twin, clothespins, eyelets
Xyron adhesive
1. Make the background for this layout by cutting a 12×12 sheet of silver Glitter Silk using your diecutting machine. For this layout, I used my Silhouette. Make sure you keep all of the silver circles from this project…stitch them into a garland or use them for another project.

2. Adhere the cut background to a sheet of black on to Nightfall cardstock.

3. Adhere  the photo and stitch perimeter with sewing machine. This helped to keep the background in place without needing to add adhesive to all of the small edges of the background. Attach eyelets to the sides of the layout then string them with bakers twine, and attach three photos to the “clothesline.”

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4. Using my Silhouette, I cut the title of the page using red Glitter Silk and adhered.

5. Then I used a craft punch to make all of the heart shapes, and adhered them to the layout using pop dots. Glitter Silk cuts and punches beautifully!

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