Smooth Tag and Core’dinating Gift Bag

August 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

Supply List:
Core’dinations WhiteWash Collection
Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection - Spun Sugar
Core Tags Smooth White 1.62×3.25″
Dust Buddy
Sand-It Gadget
Darice Paper Bag White
May Arts Sheer Ruffle Edge White
May Arts Paper Cord Ribbon Pink
Chevron embossing folder Embossalicious
Big Shot
Paper doily
Marianne Design Butterfly Die
SRM Stickers Sticker Sentiments Wishing You Well
Hole punch
Flower embellishment
Here is how I made this gift bag in a few easy steps!
1.) Emboss cardstock from Whitewash Collection, sand with Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Trim to fit front of gift bag and adhere.
2.) Punch two holes at top of bag using hole punch. Thread through ribbon and tie bow.
3.) Adhere paper doily. Die-cut butterfly from Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection Spun Sugar cardstock, adhere to bag.
4.)  Add sticker sentiment to tag. Attach tag to bag using paper cord. Add flower embellishment to finish.
Tip: When die cutting intricate dies always add a piece of wax paper between the die and your cardstock, it makes it much easier to remove from the die.

Design by Clare Buswell 

Match Your Sunset Colors with Core Cardstock

August 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Ava Gavloski here  today with a layout that focuses on tearing, antiquing and edge distressing our Tim Holtz & Ranger Collections of Cardstock.  The Chipped Sapphire and  Peach Bellini and  Graphic 45 Signature Series  my sunset perfctly! The great thing about Core’dinations is there are so many great colors to choose from, you can match virtually any project.   If these techniques are new to you then check out Core’dinations videos for great how-to’s!

Core’dinations Supplies: 

Tim Holtz & Ranger Distressed and Adirondack cardstock,  Graphic 45 Signature Series Lights cardstock, Sand it Gadget and  Dust Buddy.  Other Supplies:  Petaloo flowers, Want2Scrap, ScrapMatts chipboard, Maja Designs pattern paper, Clearsnap Ink and Helmar Adhesive.

1.  Cut cardstock, pattern papers and distress edges.  Sand cardstock to reveal the inner colored core.

2.  Paint and ink up chipboard pieces.

3.  Spray Blue Sapphaire cardstock with a mixture of water and glycerin 16.1 ratio, damp’in cardstock, crinkle outer edges, dry, sand with Sand-it-Gadget and iron to flatten page.

Tip:  Use a low heat setting on your iron you to flatten out your cardstock after crumbling it.

4.  Tear some embossed, sanded pieces of cardstock to give the “look” of waves and ocean sand before adhering your chipboard pieces.

5.  Assemble distressed edges of pattern paper, cardstock, photo’s onto Antiqued background paper and adhere all embellishments onto layout.

School Layout with a Non-Traditional Color Scheme

August 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Back to school… A bitter sweet time of the year where we return to schedules and learning, leaving behind the laid back lazy days of summer. Typically we think of primary colors red, yellow and blue when we think of back to school thanks to pencils, school buses and composition note books. I didn’t want that for this layout so I’m breaking out of the norm and jazzing it up a bit!



Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Nostalgic

Core Essentials

Core Impressions: Basic Grey; Whimsy

Ribbon – May Arts

Washi/clip – Freckled Fawn

Embossing Folders – Darice, Teresa Collins

Wood Veneer – Studio Calico

Punch – EK Success

Project Life Card – Becky Higgins


I still have three of the primary colors in there but the pink background really gives the over all feel of the layout a more girly theme. One of the traditions in our house on the first day of school is a “back to school” sheet cake that they have to pose with before digging in for snack. Not sure how I’m going to do that with a middle schooler and one in elementary school!


Fussy cut around your embossed images for something with a bit more dimension, it’s easy to do! Kraft Core leaves a wonderful brown core that really pops the images.


Design By Suzanna Lee

Core’dinations 2014-2015 Design Team CALL!

August 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Do you love crafting with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock? Core’dinations is looking for new design team members!


Design Team Perks:

- FREE Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock and LOTS of it!

- Payment for magazine publications, catalogues, and CHA assignments!

- TONS of additional product from our industry partners.

- Your name, bio, headshot on the Core’dinations website.

What are we looking for?

Core’dinations is a unique cardstock. NO WHITE CORE! Our product is technique oriented and education based so we are looking for quality designers that can really show off what Core can do. The ability to write-up good instructions, do a monthly tutorial, and take step out photos is important. Good photography skills is a must.

Design Team Requirements:

3 projects per month that primarily feature Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.

Occasional projects which involve product exchange with other manufacturers.

Must be active on Social Media.

Application Process:

Step One: Design and then post three projects in one posting on your personal blog on or before August 20, 2014 8:00pm EST. These projects may include layouts, cards, altered items, and other such paper crafts and should focus on the use of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock. Entitle the blog posting “Core’dinations Design Team Call ”. Please include step out photos or step-by-step instructions of any techniques that you used that you feel need highlighting. Videos are welcome, too. We are looking for a wide variety of paper crafters…..cardmakers, layouts, stampers, altered artists, mixed media, etc. So in your blog post let us know what you think you do best. We are not looking for a set number of specific designers and you will not be required only to do those kinds of projects but we are looking for a well rounded team.

Step Two: Send us an email with a link to this exact blog posting to: Please ensure the link is to “Core’dinations Design Team Call” posting and not just a link to your blog. It makes it much easier to find. Please include in your email your name, mailing address, and phone number. You may also include a resume of your publications and current design team obligations if applicable. Being published and past design team experience is not a requirement. Please also include what social media platforms you are active on. No attachments please.

Projects do not need to be newly created but it is encouraged.

Other notes:

 Design Team contract is for 6 months September 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

Current and past members are welcome to re-apply!

Happy Friendship Day!

August 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives, Xyron

National Friendship Day is the perfect excuse to make a cute card for a friend!
Core’dinations Supplies:
Misc. Core’dinations scraps
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
Papertrey Ink Button Dies
EK Success Corner Rounder
Xyron Sticker Maker
Helmar ZapDots
How To:
1) The white card base is 4.5″ x 6″ of Core’dinations Neutral Snowflake with the top right and bottom left corners rounded.
2) I embossed the Core’dinations Whitewash background (4.25″ x 5.75″) with a Couture Creations Embossing Folder.
3) The embossed piece was then sanded with Core’dinations Sand It Gadget and dusted with the Dust Buddy to let the blue core show through.
4) Then, I printed my sentiment on Core’dinations Smooth Oval Tags.
***Tip: When using Core Tags in your printer, it is  best to print the sentiment out on a piece of paper first to make sure that your sentiment will fit on your tag.  Then attach your Core Tag with semi-permanant adhesive over the already printed sentiment and print the sentiment again.  Always perfect placement when done this way! 
5) Colorful ribbon was then added to the printed tag was glued with ZapDots 1/3 up from the bottom of the card.
6) The colorful die cut buttons are made from scraps of Core’dinations Cardstock.  Once cut, I ran them through my Xyron X Sticker Maker and sanded/dusted them before adding them to the embossed circles.
7)  Give the card to a friend and you are sure to make them smile!
Design by Kate Nolan-Denham

Beach Inspired Home Decor

August 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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!



Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Shattered

Tim Holtz – Adirondack


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!


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


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

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