Happy Friday! Altered Calendar Box with Graphic 45 in here!

How we doing today??? I hope you are as excited as I am  for today’s project from Designer Ava Gavloski. She created this gorgeous Calendar box using our BasicGrey Core Impression. WOWZA is it GORGEOUS!

It’s all about texture.  The Card Keeper box is perfect for many filing options.  Today, I am sharing with you my file which helps me remember birthdays, anniversaries and events that are celebrated yearly.  You could change this file system by making tabs for the types of cards you have on hand.  (ie: Birthdays, Sympathy, Anniversary, Baby etc).
Core’dinations cardstock adds volume and texture to this card keeper project.   Layering this project with Graphic 45 pattern papers was a delight as the Bird Song collection matched perfectly with the Core’dinations Whitewash and Distress collection.
You can find the start up instructions to this project at Erica Cerwin’s blog: http://pinkbuckaroodesigns.blogspot.ca/2012/06/stampin-celebration-june-blog-hop.html.  I adjusted the instructions a bit to fit my style of scrapping and my tip is to not glue the box together until you have the sides designed and glued down.  Enjoy!

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Loving this back detail with the Couture Creations embossing folder…

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Supply List
 Core’dinations, Basic Grey, Ornate Whitewash Collection
Core’dinations, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Collection, Tumbled Glass
Graphic 45, Bird Song Collection, Cherry Blossom
Couture Creations embossing folder-Fresh and Fun Collection, Smooch & Double Sided Tape
May Arts ribbon
Want2Scrap, Pink pearls
Tombow Adhesive
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Spellbinders, Bitty Blossoms
EK Success 3” Daisy punch, OTM Wooden this be Nice rub-on’s
Tulle, Wire

Say Hello Kim Moreno!

May 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog

Happy Friday!
Today we have Kim Moreno!
Here is a little bit about Kim:

Hi y’all! My name is Kim Moreno and I am excited to once again be joining the Core team!

I am a mom of 5 kids ranging from 17 to 11 year old twins… 3 boys and 2 girls! You will see them show up all over the pages I create. I have been married for almost 20 years to my retired Air Force husband. I am currently living in a small town in Texas and my husband works out of town so all of the daily life activities (and there are many!) are left to me… so to say my world is a little busy would probably be an understatement! I also work part time as a preschool teacher at my church during the school year and I am the director for VBS for my church as well.

I have been scrapping for around 10 years now and have had the privelage to have been published in all the major magazines and have had several covers as well. I have worked for many popular manufacturers and kit clubs over the years. I enjoy scrapbooking and recording the everyday memories of my life. I am also a big cardmaker! I currently design for the Gossamer Blue kit club and PSA Essentials stamps.

Check out my blog here: http://www.livingthecircuslife.blogspot.com

And Kim gave us a description of super cool 8.5×11″ layout…keep reading!
I trimmed the Basic Grey Ornate paper to 8.5”x11 and sand it slightly. Then I used my Scor-Pal to emboss lines around the edge of my layout, then I sanded them slightly to stand out. I backed my photo in the white cardstock and then adhered it onto more Basic Grey Ornate paper and sanded it all and then tore the edge to reveal the pink core. I tore another piece and layered it behind the first torn piece for a fun look. I then punched several different sized circles from the Ornate collection and layered them around my layout and added different colored brads and letter stickers to complete my layout!

And some details…love this idea of  the circles and brads with the Core Impressions. No embossing needed!
Supplies:
Core’dintions Core Impressions- Basic Grey Ornate and Whimsy collections
Core’dinations Core Essentials (snowflake and french roast)
Simple Stories brads embellishments
Scor Pal
Jillibean Soup letter stickers
Marvy Uchida and Martha Stewart punches
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How about a winner of the Darks Collection pack?
Deadra Wagner says:

Welcome Vivian!! Beautiful layouts that brings your blooms to life. I so need to win this one, as I have an SD card full of flowers from Hawaii, Tennessee, and Nevada desert.

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Speaking of supplies……who wants some Vintage Cardstock??? Comment to win win win!
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 ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com 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.

Cards, Cards, and a layout!

Creating with the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered line is SO MUCH fun! This card was just perfect for using this line.   Did you know that all the Kraft Core lines Core’dinate? Design Team Member Debbie Standard embossed the Core shattered and lightly sanded it so that it would show both the Shattered as well as the embossed image.

Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered
Core EssentialsNeutrals 6×6
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Lifestyle Crafts Folder
American Crafts sticker
Creative Charms flowers
Queen & Co. Pearls

Debbie made this card using some of the Tim Holtz Shattered collection in the 6 X 6.  This time she didn’t emboss it just left it as is.  Then she layered it over Core Essentials Brights cardstock and stamped on the back of the white for the top of the card.

And a layout using some BasicGrey Core Impressions: According to Debbie, she loves creating  layouts using some of the Core Impressions as the background .  Sanded and dusted it creates such a great palette to use on your page.

Additional supplies:

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Prima Flowers

Queen & Co Bling

Designing with Cari Locken

April 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Queen & Co.

Today we are sharing some fabulous designs from one of our Special Projects gals. Cari Locken is a leading designer in the industry that has been with Core for years now. She creates special projects for us and she uses Core in her day-to-day creations,  too!

Today we have some layouts to share with you from her that have been featured in leading publications within the industry. She really has an eye for color and really knows how to use Core. From scoring to embossing….you’ll see it here today! Cari really knows how to use that Core Essentials as is or add that perfect pop of technique.

How cool is this masking?  Core and ink go great together! And again…that scoring detail is just perfect.

And one more….

For this layout Cari took the BasicGrey Core Impressions and turned it on its side! Love that kind of detail!

Tuesday Tip …

March 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Glue Arts, Maya Road

Good Tuesday Morning!

First up we have our CardMaps winner…………….

Donna Idlet says:
March 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

What a great giveaway! I just found out about Cardmaps and would love to win this magazine!

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And we have our Sketch Winner, too!  Kerrie Gurney come on down! We have a Core prize pack for you!

Donna & Kerrie..email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with your name, address and phone number by March 15th to claim your prize.

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So how about Tuesday’s tip? I created this layout about our yearly St Patty’s Day parade. We go every year and just love, love it. It’s in a small town near us and it is CrAzY! The boys love it…they love the  necklaces and the candy they get. I, of course, love the bagpipes.   For this layout I used some Core Cuts, Core Couture, Spotted, Brights, Stacy Julian Core Impressions and Whimsy Core Impressions from BasicGrey.

I know we have said this a gazillion times before but it is amazing how EASILY our collection packs Core’dinate!

So what is the tip?   I have a few for you today :)

1.) After distressing your edges, use a dark contrasting color to ink like I did here with black. I love the way it looks against the pink Core Couture cardstock.

2.) Use pre-embossed cardstock,  like our Core Impressions lines or Step two layers from David Tutera Celebrate, for your die cuts. It is so so easy! It is just one less step then embossing them yourself.

I used Lifestyle Crafts dies for this layout.

And my last tip is…..

3.) Use of the large tags from Step 3 David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system for a journaling tag. One of our smaller tags wasn’t big enough for what I wanted to say so I reached for one of these. Plus the cardstock is smooth.

Please note the Stacy Julian Cardstock is no longer available as it has been discontinued. Stamps are Lawn Fawn, Ink by Memento, tickets are Maya Road and  misc buttons from my stash, Glue Arts adhesive.

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AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR DESIGN TEAM CALL HERE!!!!!!!! ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO ENTER!!!!

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Didn’t win this time? Don’t forget about about our $100 David Tutera giveway HERE!

Tuesday’s Tip…Scraps from a Sketch

Hi! Ellen here with my take on Lydia’s sketch. Not much time so hurry up and LINK YOURS HERE or share it on our Facebook page!

My Tuesday Tip is all about scraps so keep reading ;)

And in case you missed it…here is the sketch from Designer Lydia Jackson:

Here are some close ups …the first one is of the BasicGrey Core Impressions and some of the scoring with my Score-Pal:

Next up the butterflies…I like to mix up the embossing folders with the dies.  Folders are a mix of STampin’ Up! And Darice.  Embellies are a mix of Studio Calico and October Afternoon.

AND ..last but not least…

My Tuesday Tip is to use those scraps. Now, if you are  like me you need to do this right away or I end up putting them on a pile in my desk.  So if I don’t use them on a card or another project immediately then I probably won’t.

So here is my card with my left over butterflies. The base is Pink Paislee Modern Prints Core Impressions and the envelope is from Maya Road.  All Adhesives are from 3L and burlap string is from May Arts.

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