Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

May 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

We have NOT ONE but TWO awesome challenges for you: The first one is here (keep reading) and the SECOND is over at the BasicGrey blog! Design Team Melissa Oliveira created this gorgeous layout for us today using BasicGrey Indie Bloom and BasicGrey Core Impressions Ornate collection. BUT you need to head over to the BasicGrey blog to find out how you can WIN this collection AND the BasicGrey Core Impression Whimsy collection pack AND some goodies from them, too!

Please note that BG is posting challenges throughout the day and ours will not go up until 4 pm CST. So set that alarm!!!

Yes, you heard me right…TONS of giveaways today for the craftest day of the year 🙂

Here is a sneak of what you might find over there…

NOW …time for our Challenge to YOU!

We love LOVE love working with Core Impressions and we know you do, too. SO our challenge is to get out that Core Impressions and get to work. You may use any Core’dinations Core Impressions…new or old…doesn’t matter!  We do ask this project is newly created for this challenge only because we are giving the random winner their choice of a Core Impressions pack! yep…you get to choose which one you want!  Just create a new layout using Core Impressions (it must be predominately in the layout), link it to this post or on our Facebook page by Wednesday May 9th and midnight your time (Winner will be posted Friday) to be eligible to win. We want to make sure you have time to complete all the awesome challenges going on this weekend! Prize subject to availability.

Here are a few of our favorite layouts from our Design Team using various Core Impressions:

Leica Forrest using Fancy Pants Core Impressions:

Char Dobson using Jenni Bowlin Red and Black:

Debbie Standard using Graphic 45:

Hmmmmm…what else….Lydia Jackson using some Pink Paislee Core Impressions

You get the idea! Thank you so much for coming by today. Please head over to the BasicGrey blog and we cannot wait to see what you can do with some Core Impressions!!! The SKY is the limit! Remember the BasicGrey blog challenge is different than this one so you will need to go over there to see their challenge to be eligible to win AND if you complete our layout challenge, link it to THIS post or to our Facebook page.

AND if you aren’t a Hard Core Crafter yet, you should be!!!

Check out our EXCLUSIVE videos here AND by signing up now, you are automatically entered to win awesome prizes!!!


April 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket

Spring Break, Easter..

That is what these gorgeous pottery pieces remind me of. And our team has chosen this as their Colour Inspiration piece for the month of April.

First up we have a layout from Design Team Member Lydia Jackson.  Lydia used some BasicGrey Core Impressions and Cosmo Cricket Core impressions with some Core Essentials. It looks awesome with all of that October Afternoon, don’t you think?

And do you see the yellow tag?!  We are in love with tags here at Core!  This one is from the pastels collection of the Core Tags series. You will LOVE them and they each come with a gorgeous, metal grommet….same GREAT Core’dinations Cardstock just in a tag.

Lydia used this Pinterest inspired photo found here on our Colour Lover’s board.

Edited: For the past few months we have issued a challenge around our Pinterest board called Colour Lover’s. Sorry for the confusion but we are not offering a prize for this challenge at this time due to our GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY going on right now. It’s HUGE…a value of over $700!!!! So make sure you enter today AND tell your friends! {when you enter it will give you the chance to send emails to your friends and  share on Facebook) The MORE we get signed up, the bigger and more frequent we giveaway prizes!

Day 2 of our Imaginisce Party!

March 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin

How much did you LOVE yesterday’s project from Design Team Member Kim Jeffress?

REMEMBER…you can post on our blog here all week long for a chance to win. We will put all of the comments in random. org and pick one random winner from ALL the  blog posts ….  the more you comment the more you can WIN WIN WIN! AND we will pick one lucky winner from our Facebook page, too!

AND…yes there is more! Imaginisce is giving away goodies on their blog, too! Of course there is loads inspiration over on their blog as well. PLEASE head over to their Facebook page as well. If you don’t like them, well you should! And if you already do…awesome! Tell them we said HI! Cannot wait to see how they work some Core!

Today we have layouts galore for you from our ever inspiring Design Team!

We got to play with the i-Rock.

First up is Design Team Member Melissa Oliviera using some red Glam Rocks and Core Essentials and Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions:

And a close up of some of that great detail:

And Design Team Member Debbie Standard created this gorgeous layout with some BasicGrey Core Impressions:

And Debbie gave us some close up to check out those Glam Rocks! See how she put them in the little embossed circles? Brilliant!

AND………… Design Team Member April Derrick! How much do you love the Rain drops on this layout with the sweetest photo you have ever seeeeeeen! Looks beautiful with some Vintage Cardstock.

See you tomorrow!


February 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin, Pink Paislee

Just a reminder …Don’t forget about our Core Colour Challenge!

Only nine days left to get those entries in and a Core pack of cardstock is up for grabs!!! More details here.

Today we have some fun layouts from Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira.

Melissa works the 8.5×11″! check out the tone on tone embossed hears!!!! LOVE!!!

Here is a little bit about this layout from Melissa, “the embossed hearts were cut from the left over strip from trimming the background to a 8 1/2 x 11 size. I just embossed, sanded, and popped them up with foam tape for a little added dimension. I sanded then inked the Jenni Bowlin butterfly Core Impressions that is behind the title work. I really like the way the sanded areas take to the ranger distress inks.”

And speaking of love…..

How sweet is this?  That chevron Pink Paislee Core Impressions is too perfect! SO many great details, don’t you think? Melissa used her BasicGrey embossing folders for the hearts.

Beat those Monday Blues

January 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog

With some Glitter Silk….in the GoRgEoUs Regal Royal Blue!

Not sure if you noticed or not but we have been showing off how much we love this great cardstock over the last few weeks.  Glitter Silk has a SMOOTH surface (unlike a lot of other glitter based cardstocks) so your adhesive sticks better,  it barely sheds AND it folds without cracking with a white back! So it is perfect for cardmakers AND embossing.

Design Team Member April Derrick paired her Glitter Silk with some beautiful patterned papers in white and black. And if the glitter wasn’t enough…how about a gorgeous strip of sequins? Just love how it plays off the ruffles on April’s dress in that beautiful photo. Go {big} BLUE or go home, right?!?!?!?

Lip Balm Holder Tutorial

January 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog

Today’s tutorial comes from Design Team Member Shaunte Wadley. She has the cutest idea for a fun Valentines’ Day project!

Normally we do tutorials on Tuesdays but we have some blogging issues yesterday so we are sharing it with you today.

Select your choice of pre-embossed Core’dinations cardstock.
You will need one sheet. Shaunte used some BasicGrey Core Impressions Whimsy cardstock.

1. Cut two (2)  5¾” x 3½” pieces of cardstock. Sand both pieces. One piece will be the cover of your lip balm holder, and the other will be cut to hold the lip balm on the inside.

2- Score both pieces of cardstock lengthwise at 2½” and 3¼. This is shown in the photo as blue lines. I use the gutter of my paper trimmer and an embossing stylus to create the score lines.

3-Set one piece of cardstock aside (the cover) From the other cardstock, make the following cuts. (Make sure the embossing faces outward.

The following cuts begin from the far right score line :
a- measuring  1 1/4″ from the top of the project, make a slit that is 1 1/2″ long.
b-measuring  1 1/4″ from the bottom of the project, make a slit that is 1 1/2″ long.
The following cuts begin at the center of both score lines:
c-measuring 3/8″  from the top of the project, make a slit that is 3/4″ long.
d-measuring 3/8″ from the bottom of the project, make a slit that is 3/4″ long.

The following cuts begin from the far right score line (photo 6): a- measuring  1 1/4″ from the top of the project, make a slit that is 1 1/2″ long. b-measuring  1 1/4″ from the bottom of the project, make a slit that is 1 1/2″ long.
The following cuts begin at the center of both score lines: c-measuring 3/8″  from the top of the project, make a slit that is 3/4″ long. d-measuring 3/8″ from the bottom of the project, make a slit that is 3/4″ long.

4- Fold center two slits vertically, this will hold the lip balm inside your project.
5- Fold both top and bottom slits inward. This creates “shelves” to hold your lip balm inside the finished project.
6- Select a length of ribbon approximately 24″ long. Adhere ribbon horizontally across the center of the (set aside) cover.
And here is your finished project all embellished and ready to! Just perfect for any project…any time of year.

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