Core Teacher Thursday With Cari Locken

November 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Design Teams, Graphic 45, Hot Topics

Did you know that Core’dinations has three amazing teachers? This wonderful team of industry leading designers will be creating quarterly classes JUST for the Core blog and your inspiration!

We are working on an exclusive section of our website just for them so stay tuned for more details on that SOON!

Today have a gorgeous candle created by Core Teacher Cari Locken. For more of Cari’s projects check out her blog here. This would make a gorgeous housewarming present over the holidays. You can use this color palette or even change it up with some reds and greens for Christmas or an color palette for that special occasion.

Instructions for “Fall is in the Air” Candle Decoration

Supplies needed:

Core’dination Colorcore cardstock:

Graphic 45 Signature Series – Heritage Kraft GX-3100-09

Brownie 1440 CD040

Coconut Cream 1380 C020

Cardinal 420 OG020

Tank 430 OG030

Autumn VC440

Other tools:

Paper trimmer

Stylus (or scoring board)

Paper crimper

Sand it Gadget

Dust Buddy cloth

Twine

Dymo labeler

Cricut Expressions or die-cut machine

Mickey & Friends & Stretch Your Imagination cartridges

Candle

Adhesives (tape runner, double sided tape, pop dots)

Step 1: Base

1. Cut a piece of Heritage Kraft to 2 1/2”x 10”.  Run the cardstock through your Fiskars paper crimper so that the lines are going vertical when it is put on the candle.

2.  Gently sand the cardstock with the Sand It Gadget over the corrugated lines. Clean off with the Dust Buddy.

3. Wrap around the candle and adhere it place (the ends will overlap slighty).

Step 2: Label strips

1. Cut two small strips of Brownie to approx. 3/8” x 12”.

2. Place a strip of cardstock through the Dymo Labeler and “type” the words that you want on your strips of cardstock.  Repeat this process with the other strip of cardstock.

3. Gently sand the words with the Sand it Gadget and clean off with the Dust Buddy.

4. Adhere one strip along the top edge of the base and the other strip along the bottom edge of the base. Trim ends as necessary

Step 3: Creating the leaves and acorns

1. Using the Cricut Expression (or other die-cut machine) and the Mickey Mouse & Friends cartridge cut leaves like this:

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Cardinal 2 times.

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Tank 2 times.3.

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Autumn 2 times.

<Squirl> Layers @ 1 1/2” from Coconut Cream and then again from Brownie.

and repeat again two more times at 1” from Coconut Cream & Brownie.

2. Now cut the acorns using Stretch Your Imagination cartridge:

3. Take the leaves and use a stylus and the cutting channel of your paper trimmer (or a scoreboard) and make some scored lines on the backside of the cardstock resembling the “veins” on the leaves.

4. Carefully sand the embossed lines with a Sand it Gadget and clean off with the Dust Buddy.

Step 4: Assembly
1. Cluster the leaves together in groups of 3 and adhere to the base of the candle. One near the top and one cluster near the bottom edge.
2. Tie some string around the upper edge of the base cardstock (just below the word strip).

3. Adhere the acorns in a cluster in the center of the leaves and use a pop dot to adhere the larger one.

And one more shot of the finished project…

Tuesday Tip From Melissa Oliveira

November 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket, Graphic 45

We have some fun tips from Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira.

Even though these layouts have a summer theme to them doesn’t mean you can’t use these tips for any project.

First up Melissa stamped on her Whitewash for this journaling. If you have used our cardstock before, you know it gets a bit dusty  when you sand it. First up, you really should have a Sand it Gadget to make your sanding easy. After that, you want to use our Dust Buddy.

The Dust Buddy is a unique cloth that does many things, including cleaning the sanding residue so your adhesives can stick better. One additional thing it does is make your stamped images crisper and cleaner as seen on Melissa’s layout here. If you sanded this Whitewash and didn’t use a Dust Buddy,  the stamped imaged wouldn’t be as great.  So make sure you tell your favorite Core’dinations Cardstock retailer to get some Dust Buddies. They go a long way, too!

And here is another example of a layout where Melissa stamped over some Graphic 45 Core Impressions. And of course, how cool are those torn waves in the Whitewash????

The Grande Finale with Graphic 45

November 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Glue Arts, Graphic 45, Helmar Adhesives, Maya Road

Today is our last day with Graphic 45 but that doesn’t mean that you won’t see more Graphic goodness here in the future. Don’t forget that we have one of these awesome packs for grabs, too! Our Signature Series Cardstock...it’s FabUlous! In the past we have teamed up with Graphic 45 for our Core Impressions and this past summer we debuted the Signature Series. Now you can get the gorgeous Graphic 45 designs on our cardstock AND their “signature” colors! So if you have loads of Graphic 45 sitting at home waiting to be used, this pack of cardstock will match perfectly.

AND of course we are giving one away here!!! Make sure you head over to the Graphic 45 Blog for more chances to win!

AND we always do a little something over on our Facebook page, too, so make sure you check in there often. Graphic 45 has a Facebook page so make sure you go over there and tell them how much you looooove them :):):)

We have some amazing altered pieces for you today.

First up is an album AND matching frame set from Design Team Member Char Dobson. LOVE how these ladies worked the metal door plates from Graphic 45 Staples collection!!!! LOOK at all that Graphic 45 Core Impressions Timeless collection! We love how our Cardstock looks with shine so Char used some Maya Mist …looks gorgeous, don’t you think?

{Sigh} Paris!

Here are some details on the album. The album is Graphic 45. These premade Policy Envelopes from the Staples collection make creating minis so easy!!!! Char used Glue Arts and Helmar Adhesives to help create this gorgeous mini,too.

AND a printer’s tray with Designer April Derrick. The details are amazing.

Some details…

April die cut out the treasures title using  the Graphic 45 Signature Series cardstock and then applied glossy accents to the top so when it dried it has a 3-d effect.

Them April took the metal flowers from Graphic 45 Staples collection and ran them through the Cuttlebug and embossed them, then painted them with some Tattered Angels silver metallic glimmer glaze!  And add some Petaloo flowers. Love them in black.

Graphic 45 Day FOUR!

November 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45

Today we are here again with Graphic 45! We have one of these awesome packs for grabs, too! Our Signature Series Cardstock...it’s FabUlous! In the past we have teamed up with Graphic 45 for our Core Impressions and this past summer we debuted the Signature Series. Now you can get the gorgeous Graphic 45 designs on our cardstock AND their “signature” colors! So if you have loads of Graphic 45 sitting at home waiting to be used, this pack of cardstock will match perfectly.

AND of course we are giving one away here!!! Make sure you head over to the Graphic 45 Blog for more chances to win!

AND we always do a little something over on our Facebook page, too, so make sure you check in there often. Graphic 45 has a Facebook page so make sure you go over there and tell them how much you looooove them.

So who is ready for inspiration?

First up we have a layout from Design Team Member Kim Jeffress using the Graphic 45 Signature Series, Tim Holtz Kraft Core and some gorgeous Graphic 45 patterned papers and Staples. Don’t you love how the yellow from the Signature series matches perfectly?

And we have another layout from Design Team Member Debbie Standard using more Graphic 45 goodies! Love how she paired it with some pink accents.

Make sure you come back tomorrow for our GRAND Finale! We have some gorgeous projects waiting for you and you will be blow away again!

Day THREE with Graphic 45

November 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Maya Road

Since today is Wednesday and we are here with Graphic 45 so why not have some more inspiration for you???  OH YES…..

We have one of these awesome packs for grabs, too! Our Signature Series Cardstock...it’s FabUlous! In the past we have teamed up with Graphic 45 for our Core Impressions and this past summer we debuted the Signature Series. Now you can get the gorgeous Graphic 45 designs on our cardstock AND their “signature” colors! So if you have loads of Graphic 45 sitting at home waiting to be used, this pack of cardstock will match perfectly.

AND of course we are giving one away here!!! Make sure you head over to the Graphic 45 Blog for more chances to win!

AND we always do a little something over on our Facebook page, too, so make sure you check in there often. Graphic 45 has a Facebook page so make sure you go over there and tell them how much you looooove them AND THAT WE SENT YOU:):):)

We have a super cool layout for you from Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira to start off today.

Melissa sanded the clocks from the Graphic 45 Timeless collection and then inked them in a “core”dinating color, just looks awesome and makes those clocks really pop, don’t you think?

Melissa colored in the clock hands with a black zig milennium pen then added a thin layer of glossy accents and allowed it to dry to make them  really shine.

Add some May Arts ribbon and you have a gorgeous layout.

Next up Design Team Member Leica Forrest created this gorgeous box and mini album for a future trip to Paris! A girl can dream, right??!?!  That is the beauty about the Graphic 45 papers. They take you to another place with their gorgeous Parisian themes and images of fairy tales and all things beautiful.

Tuesday with Graphic 45

November 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45

Since today is Monday we are here with Graphic 45! We have one of these awesome packs for grabs, too! Our Signature Series Cardstock...it’s FabUlous! In the past we have teamed up with Graphic 45 for our Core Impressions and this past summer we debuted the Signature Series. Now you can get the gorgeous Graphic 45 designs on our cardstock AND their “signature” colors! So if you have loads of Graphic 45 sitting at home waiting to be used, this pack of cardstock will match perfectly.

AND of course we are giving one away here!!! Make sure you head over to the Graphic 45 Blog for more chances to win!

AND we always do a little something over on our Facebook page, too, so make sure you check in there often. Graphic 45 has a Facebook page so make sure you go over there and tell them how much you looooove them :):):)

We want you hear how excited you are!

Today we have some gorgeous projects for you! Let’s Start off with a Layout from Design Team Member Shaunte Wadley. So many gorgeous gorgeous details!  Shaunte used loads of Graphic 45 products and anchored the layout  beautifully with some Core Impression in the Black Magic.  Hand cutting that Graphic 45 paper is TOO much fun! Don’t be afraid to use metal accents on your layouts like Shaunte did here with the flowers from the Graphic 45 Staples.

Next up we have a mini album from Design Team Member  Lydia Jackson.  Lydia created this mini as a gift for a friend. What better way to share the Graphic 45 love than with the most important people in our lives?  It is the perfect way to preserve those memories.

There is that cool Door Knob from the Graphic 45 Staples collection. And the Graphic 45 Core Impressions Timeless Collection is, well, TIMELESS! It goes with so many different colors and we just love how Lydia paired it with the blue.

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