Vintage Cardstock and some The Crafter’s Workshop LOVE in here!

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives, Imaginisce, May Arts Ribbon

Today Ava Gavloski created an awesome tag that has a really masculine feel to it. I don’t know about you but I could really use more of these for those last minute gifts for the men in my life!

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Here I used the Ahoy Matey stamps from Inspired by Stamping and paired this stamp set with the Core’dinations Vintage Collection.  
You can really see how well the double sided Core’dinations Cardstock can stretch your options as a designer within the craft industry.  The blue and golden brown tones of this cardstock gives you the sand and sea effect co-ordinating well with the stamp set.   

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I used the Darice Birch embossing folder to give some weathered board texture and the tearing of the Core’dination cardstock gives the feel of waves rolling to shore.

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Supplies:
Vintage Collection Core’dination Cardstock
Darice, Birch 4.5×5.75 embossing folder
Sand It Set, Core’dinations
Imaginisce, Glam Rocks rhinestuds 002272 4mm
Imaginisce, I-rock heat setting tool
Inspired by Stamping, Ahoy, Matey
ClearSnap, Colorbox Black Ink
May Arts Ribbon
         Cuttlebug
Helmar Quick-fix Permanent Adhesive Runner & ZapDots
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I love that we have such a mix of styles on our team!   Designer Jill Lebbin really works the CAS look but don’t let that you fool you. There are some amazing details on this card. Jill used her Crafter’s Workshop stencil so keep reading on how she did it….
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I heat embossed the balloon using my Darice heat tool. I laid down the TCW stencil and used Ferro from Viva with a putty knife on top and smoothed it over … a technique I learned from CHA!  The ferro is charcoal color and I got it from Hobby Lobby.  I wish computers would allow you to touch the card bc the ferro makes the card 3d almost because it dries hard.  It’s like a putty paste . It seriously is THE COOLEST stuff!! 

Day Three with Lawn Fawn!

Day THREE is already here! Are you having fun yet???

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We are here all week long with Lawn Fawn! Our team loves loves loves loves their stamps so much..make sure you head over to their site to do some shopping! From cards to layouts, we have it for you! Please make sure you head over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more inspiration AND their Facebook page.  Their Design Team is incredible and you don’t want to miss anything.

And don’t forget…we have a prize up for grabs this week! Some Fancy Pants Core Impressions!

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Who’s ready for some projects?

First up designer Kate Nolan Denham with a layout:

Stamping on the backside of the textured Core’dinations Cardstock is one of my favorite ways to use that smooth side of the paper.  It always leaves me with a crisp image that pops.   Today I used Lawn Fawn’s “Many Thanks” sentiment stamps and “Quinn’s ABCs” to stamp the titlework of my layout on the smooth side of  Core’dinations Cardstock.  
 
To create the fun scalloped bottom, I debossed my Core’dinations Cardstock using a contrasting ink on my embossing folder. So, for the purple cardstock, I used a blue ink and for the blue cardstock, I used a purple ink. Looks cool don’t you think? Then I punched out lots of circles, cut them in half and alternated the colors in five layers  
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It was so much fun to pair up Core’dinations Cardstock with Lawn Fawn stamps!
Layout supplies:
Coredinations Cardstock: Distress Collection
Coredinations Cardstock: Neutrals Collection
Lawn Fawn: Many Thanks
Lawn Fawn: Quinn’s ABCs
Sizzix Embossing Folders
Quick Quotes Chalking Ink
Ranger Archival Ink
Want2Scrap Pearls
CM Circle Punch

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And next up  a CAS card from Designer Jill Lebbin….she used one of our AWESOME Core Tags and created her own hand-stamped image for a background. Cute, huh??!?! Loving the So Much to Say set from Lawn Fawn….there is something for every stamper in that set!

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn-so much to say
David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system smooth A2 Cardbase
Core’dinations Spotted 6×6 pad (punched butterfly)
Core Smooth tag
foam adhesive
black ink
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And Designer Kim Moreno is up with us again today another card creating her own background as well!

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Supplies:

Coredinations cardstock- Core Couture (Stiletto), Core Essentials (imperial, snowflake), and Core Tags
Lawn Fawn stamps (Interlocking backdrops)
Colorbox ink by Clearsnap
Queen & Company jewels
Pop dots by Helmar
Ribbon by Offray

White on White Monochromatic cards

August 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives

I think my new favorite color is white…is that possible?!?!?

Shaunte Wadley created these beauties for us today…wowzas! Creating dramatic monochromatic projects is so easy with Core because you can mix and match the different lines for some sparkle…emboss for some texture and you have the perfect card.  For each card, I listed the  lines she used so you can look closely and see beautiful details. Little things like different embossed layers, pearls and stitching make all the difference.

For more monochromatic ideas check out a post we did a few weeks ago HERE.

Card One is the simpliest with a David Tutera Cardmaking system white smooth cardbase, Core Essentials white, and the butterfly is Core Couture.

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Card two: start with a David Tutera Cardmaking system white cardbase and emboss it.  Then add a strip of Core Couture with die cut letters, then emboss some Core Essentials white in another strip. Stitch together. Then add butterflies laong the top in Glitter Silk and a strip along the bottom from Step 3 of the David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking system.

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Again, starting with a David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system smooth white cardbase, emboss a layer in white Core Essentials. Adhere with Helmar Zap dotsafter punching a hole in the side, add white heart on a string from Glitter Silk Cardstock, finish by creating some embossed strips along the bottom with scalloped pieces, an embossed strip from Core Couture and a banner created using a Dymo Label maker.

Did you know we have  a video on how to create with your Label Maker?  Check it out HERE!

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Kate’s Cards & More!

August 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives

Who’s up for some cute cards today?  Well we have some cute cards from Kate Nolan-Denham for you today that include some stamping and, of course, Core!

One of ourfavorite things to do on Core’dinations Cardstock is stamp!  Kate does that on this first card…love all the tiny accents on this card, too. And don’t forget to use the 6×6 packs for your cards!

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And here is a card where Kate stamped  on Glitter Silk!!!!
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Core’dinations Supplies:
Core’dinations Essentials – Darks, Neutrals & Brights
Glitter Silk 6×6
Tillie Dot Assorted Pack 6×6
Other Supplies:
Sizzix & Hero Arts Framelits
Ranger Archival Ink
Dymo
Helmar Adhesives
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How about a layout?

Kate was totally going for clean lines designed with neutral and earthy tones on this layout today to pull off a masculine feel. Such an easy thing to do with all the great Core’dinations Cardstock Colors!     The vertical title work really move your eye around as well.
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Kate layered and sewed the cardstock matted photos on a piece of Kraft-Core Shattered Collection. Then tore the bottom off of the Kraft-Core letting lots of the core show. Isn’t that such a simple, yet fantastic effect?  To add some texture to the CoreTags, I crinkled, sanded and dusted them.  I think added jounaling to one and date stamps to the other.
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Core’dinations Supplies:
Kraft-Core Shattered Collection
Core Essentials Cardstock – Darks
Core Essentials Cardstock -Neutrals
CoreTags – Darks Assorted Sandable
Sand It Set
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
American Crafts Alphas
Quick Quotes Chalking Ink
Helmare Adhesives

Happy Monday!

Sorry I am a little late today, the flu bug has hit our home and today hasn’t been so much fun. Thank goodness it’s today and not next week when our kids go back to school.

So what is on the agenda for today?  First we have a giveaway!!! Does that word ever get old? LOL! May Arts, our absolutely go to ribbon around here, is celebrating so check out how to win HERE!

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Next up we have Designer Kim Moreno with a  ffew gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous layouts!

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To create the hearts in the background of my layout I placed a chipboard heart behind my cardstock and slightly sanded over the top making sure to get the edges well so the heart would show clearly (the outlining technique).
I the layered the pre-embossed Spotted purple cardstock and the cuttlebug embossed grey paper to create my layout. I added white spotted cardstock and instead of inking the raised dots I simply rubbed them along the black cardstock and it picked up the “leftover” dust and colored the white spotted cardstock nicely. 
I then added my stickers and embellishments to complete my layout!

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Supplies:
Cardstock: Core’dinations (Spotted- Forge me not, BlackMagic- protect, Core Essentials- Argos, Snowflake)
Chipboard: Heidi Swapp (arrows), American Crafts (letters), Magistical Memories (heart used to sand)
Stickers: Jillibean Soup
Flowers: Creative Charms
Jewels: Queen & Co
Washi Tape: K&Co (black dot), scroll (unknown)
Cuttlebug machine and embossing folders.

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Summer Lovin’ layout using loads and loads of Imaginisce goodies!

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And a close up:

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Using my scorpal I embossed the lines around the edge of my layout to frame the whole layout I then sanded the lines and the edge of my paper rather roughly tearing some of the edges to reveal the color core of the cardstock. I backed my photo in patterened paper and vintage cardstock tearing along the bottom to reveal the core. I also traced on the back of the vintage yellow cardstock and tore the pieces of the sunshine out and sanded the edges slightly to create the sunshine piece.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Core’dinations (Autumn & Lemonade- Vintage Collection), (Nassau Blue, Snowflake, & Sutter Butter- Core Essentials collection)
Patterned paper/ sticker/ die cuts: Imaginisce
Adhesive: Zapdots by Helmar
Tool: ScorPal

Summer Challenge: Brights Day Two

We are here with our Summer Brights Challenge!

Every month we challenge our designers to try new things. It might be a collection pack, techniques…something different just to get those creative juices flowing.  So for July, we challenged our designers to use the Brights Collection pack and to do some fussy cutting for some added interest.

 The Brights collection pack is the PERFECT color palette for all your summer layouts and projects! Don’t be afraid of those bright colors..embrace them!

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First up we have Designer Shaunte Wadley. She created a card trio for us today using Brights, David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking system, Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions, Core Couture, & Vintage Cardstock.

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Here is a shot of some of the Core Couture glitter cardstock. SWOOOOOOOOON! Dies are from Lifestyle Crafts.

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And I love how Designer Vivian Keh used the purples in this layout. The possiblities are endless with what you can do with a bright color palette. Add a op of yellow and that gorgeous fussy cutting of her stamps and you have the perfect layout!

And nothing is cuter than a swimming doggie :) Blues and yellows are the perfect summer colors!

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Don’t want to stamp on the textured side?  Flip it over!

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And Suzanna Lee created a layout focusing on  the primary colors found in the Brights Collection pack.   And, not to mention, this yogurt place is awesome! You pick your own ice cream and toppings and then they weigh it for you. You gotta be careful though….it adds up! LOL!  Tone on tone embossing and die cuts with jsut the perfect touch of sanding. LOVE IT!

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