Beach Inspired Home Decor

August 1, 2014 by  
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There is no place better than the beach! And not just during the summer, during those non-summer months, when it’s a little rougher to get to the beach due to the lack of time and return to regular routines.  Here is a great way to remind yourself of just how great the beach is and what’s around the corner!

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Shattered

Tim Holtz – Adirondack

Whitewash

Sand It Gadget

Die – EllenTina Cutting Dies/Tessler Crafts

Cut Files – Kolette Hall Studios (Design ID #43142 and #61944), Hero Arts (Design ID #40428)

Buy yourself a lovely weathered frame and dress it up with some Core’dinations cardstock cut with beachy dies and cut files!

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The Kraft Core Shattered collection adds that perfect weathered feel to a beach themed project. So too does sanding add a sand worn effect.

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Tucking things between the background and the frame adds a 3D dimension and some added depth to your project. Note how the texture of the Core’dinations cardstock really makes this sea star that much more realistic!

Design by Suzanna Lee

Core Tags Treat Bags

July 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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Supplies:

Core Tags (your choice of color, shown is Love Potion)

Matching Core’dinations cardstock (your choice of color, shown is Love Potion)

Adhesive
Marvy Uchida Punch
How To:
1.) Choose two Core Tags that are the same size. Shown is the medium sized tag. Select a matching piece of Core’dinations cardstock. The great thing about Core’dinations is that the cardstock is a perfect match to the tags- it makes it very easy to mass produce treat holders!
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2.) Score the bottoms of the Core tags at 1″.
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3.) Fold the tags inward, and adhere bottoms, overlapping each other.
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4.) From the matching piece of Core’dinations cardstock, cut 2 (two) 1″ x 2″ strips. Score strips on each end at 1/2″.  Fold strips inward.

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7.) Using strong adhesive, adhere folded strips inside tags.

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8.) Embellish treat holder as desired. Tie top of treat holders together through the grommets in the tags. I used a Marvy Uchida  punch that embosses as it punches so all you need to do is sand!

This size treat holder is perfect for Ghirardelli chocolate squares, or Hershey’s Nuggets.

Design By Shaunte Wadley

Create Your Own Clipboard with Chocolate Box

July 30, 2014 by  
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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!

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Supplies:

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

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

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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.

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

Back to School Teacher Gift Bag

July 29, 2014 by  
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It’s time to start thinking of back to school and I have a cute, but simple gift bag idea. 

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Cardstock

Tillie Spotted cardstock

Darice White Gift Bag

Darice Lines Thin Embossing Folder

Locker Talk Cricut Cartridge

The Alley Way Stamps Gotta Bug stamp set

Hero Arts Soft Granite ink

Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Tuxedo Black Memento ink

May Arts ribbon

Sand It Gadget

Dust Buddy

How To:

1.  Start with a white gift bag from Darice.  Cut a piece of Tillie Spottedcardstock to 8” x 6”. Sand over the embossed dots with the Sand It Gadget. 

2. Cut a piece of Lime Green cardstock and emboss it with the Darice Lines Thin embossing folder.  Sand over that with the Sand It Gadget

3. Attach both of these pieces to the gift bag. 

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4.  Cut the apple from the Locker Talk Cricut cartridge at 4.”  Attach that to the gift bag with foam squares. 

5. Stamp the mason jar on a piece of whitecardstock with black ink and the cover with gray ink.   Punch a hole in the top, thread ribbon through it, and tie a bow. Core Tip: Make any stamped image your tag. Tags don’t have to be traditional looking, they can be any design you want!

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6.  Glue sequins to the bag for added sparkle

Design by Tracy Gruber

1st Day of School Layout and Video

July 28, 2014 by  
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Mary Pat Siehl here with you today and I am excited to share a new Back to School layout using some  Core’dinations cardstock.

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Supplies:
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.

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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.

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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.

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