Day THREE of our Core and Tombow hop!

August 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz

We are here hopping again all week long! So if you didn’t see your name on our winner list last week, you still have a chance to win. Just comment on the Designer blogs from both companies for a chance to win.

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Don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook pages! We have addtional content over there we don’t always share here.

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Here is the Lineup for Wednesday:

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Mary Pat Siehl
Vivian Keh 
Debbie Standard
Kate Nolan-Denham 

If you get lost just come back here or head over to the Tombow blog.

And a look at what is up for grabs from Core (win this by commenting on the Core blogs.)

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Subject to availability. Winner will be notified if we are out of stock of anything.

And from Tombow you can win (win this by commenting on Tombow blog and designer blogs)

Tombow prize will include:
· New Power Tabs 
· New Foam Tabs
· New Fastener Tabs 
· Mono Glue Pen

If you missed yesterday here you go. Hurry up because we will be picking winners Friday the 16th!

Tuesday:

Tracy Gruber
Suzanna Lee 
Jill Lebbin

And Today we have a project for from Designer Shaunte Wadley!

She made this super cute box featuring LOADS of Core’dinations and Tombow. In order to make a project like this that is completely out of cardstock, you need some good adhesive!
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Shaunte used Lifestyle Crafts for her dies (flowers, bird, letters).
And how about those Tombow Hook and Eye Tabs! You can pull them apart and stick them together over and over again!
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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered
Vintage Cardstock
David Tutera Celebrate ( envelopes and cards inside)
Gemstones (flowers)
Glitter Silk (blue birdie)
Darice Embossing folder
The card holder is a digital Silhouette cutting file: http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=34699
Tombow Stamp Runner
Tombow Hook and Eye Tabs
May Arts Burlap string

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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Summer Challenge: Brights Collection Pack

July 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft

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. Cut those stamps…cut those embossed images…you name it the sky is the limit!

 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 a tutorial from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham on how she cut out some stamped images from her Brights Cardstock. This is a super easy way to create your own embellishments, don’t you think?

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Stamp directly on the Core texture side. Looks awesome!

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LOVE that thick outlined image you get from the stamping…

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And since circles seem to be a theme for a lot of our team right now, we thought we would share a layout from Design Team Member Gail Linder using our Brights Collection pack for this very challenge as well! Here is a little bit about this layout from Gail:

I think that bright, fun photos call for bright colors! I couldn’t go past an awesome YELLOW background for this layout! 
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To create an interesting background, I cut a heap of “bubbles” out of the same color cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I arranged them over the background and once I was happy with where they were, I gave each bubble a slight sand before adhering them. I just love the tone-on-tone look my background has now! And by sanding the edges of each shape, it makes them stand out just a little bit more!
 
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I also used my Cameo to cut out the title and finally I added a cute banner up the top, adding a bit more color! You can see that I embossed and sanded each piece and I just love the look of the different textures all together. 
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I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some Core and create your own background just like this!
Supply List:
Core Brights – Tulip, Heartfelt
Core Neutrals – Chocolate Mocha
Core Pastels – Reflecting Pool, Scotch
Graphic 45 Signature Series – Precious Pink
Tim Holtz Distress Core – Spiced Marmalade
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
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Silhouette Cameo and cutting files
Patterned paper

Okay, well, Gail didn’t fussy cut her own details but you get the idea. We LOVE our Silhouette Cameo here at Core. There are so many amazing things you can do with it!

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And one from Design Team Member Debbie Standard. Debbie anchored her Brights Collection with some Whitewash. And how about all that embossing and sanding! Fabulous…every detail is just amazing!  Debbie combines multiple embossing folders form Darice, her Fiskars Paper crimper,  outlining on the layout base, die cuts….you name it!

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Stay tuned for tomorrow for some more fun in the sun layouts with our Brights Collection pack!

Mixing and Matching with Suzanna Lee

One of the great things about Core is that you can mix and match ALL of our lines together SEAMLESSLY!  This first card by Designer Suzanna Lee mixes Core’dinations lines and the David Tutera Celebrate layers to make the CUTEST card! Please, two different sized googley eyes?  How ca-ute is that?!???!?!
Here are some tidbits from Suzanna regarding these projects:
One of the many amazing things about Coredinations is the texture you can create.The embossability of Core made it possible to create a whole beach scene; the waves below from Glitter Silk, the sunny sky from David Tutera layers and the clouds from good ol Snowflake. The Glitter Silk creates a lovely glimmer of sun reflecting off the waves! I prefer to stamp on a solid cardstock and find that the tags are the perfect size for that very purpose.
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Supply List:

Coredinations Nightfall cardstock
Coredinations Glitter Silk 6×6 pad
David Tutera Celebrate A2/A6 Layers

Embossing Folder: Darice

Stamps: Rubbersoul, Papertrey Ink, EK Success
Ink: StazOn
Punches: Fiskars
Twine: The Twinery
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And next up a black and yellow card…one of my FAVE color combos!!! AND the Darice honeycomb/hexagon embosing folder is too perfect for this theme.
This card is inspired by the bee stamp. Browsing the aisles of the store, this stamp caught my eye and screamed, take me home with you! (Ever have that happen to you?!). Emboss some Core for a subtle hive for her to buzz around and you have an adorable card!
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Supply List:

Nightfall cardstock
CoreCards – Brights
Core Essentials – Dark

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Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Darice
Stamp: Recollections
Ink: VersaFine
Font: AltlastGreeting
Ribbon: May Arts
Vellum: PaperSource
Twine: The Twinery
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And a layout using some super cool techniques! Paper tearing…inking the Spotted Cardstock..Suzanna really works it here!
One of the tag lines for Core-dinations is Tear it and that’s what I challenged myself to do with this layout. I have a tearing phobia… I like things nice and neat and clean. There is nothing neat about tearing… I get in a quiet panic just at the thought of tearing. Sound familiar? Well, take a deep breath and do as I did, remind yourself that you have a thousand more pieces of paper in your stash and it’s okay of you “mess it up”. Though if you think about it, you can’t really mess it up. Tearing is tearing and it’s supposed to look that way! Right? Another nifty little thing I did with this layout is paint. Actually I used a brayer to roll paint onto the Spotted Jillian dot for a multi-color effect. Amazing what you can do with Core!!!
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Here is  close up of that inking on the white Spotted Cardstock!
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And some lovely embossing details….
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Supply List:
Spotted Jillian Dot
Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress
Whitewash
Core Impressions; Basic Grey Whimsy
Core Impressions; Cardinal Buttercup
Core Tag Pastel
Core Essentials Pastel
Core Impressions Mini’s; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Labels Collection
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Die: Memory Box
Twine: The Twinery
Chipboard, Stickers and Washi: My Mind’s Eye
Decorative Bag: Fancy Pants
Punches: Martha Stewart/EK Success
Letter Stickers: American Crafts

Marvy Embossing Punches

July 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, SRM Stickers

Okay, so when we first saw these punches at CHA last year we fell in major love! And that is an understatement.

Marvy Uchida has the most gorgeous punches that emboss AND punch at the SAME time! WOW!  They are called Silhoutte and Embossing craft punches.  So…you know the embossed images look so great sanded with our Core Cardstock. See those red areas?  That is where the embossed area is so you can sand it. So what are you waiting for??? Order yours NOW!

Here are a few projects highlighting these punches. I have to say walk RUN to your favorite retailer and ask them to get some of these. You won’t stop using yours!

These next two cards are from Clare Buswell using the Button Punch and Poppy punch. Keep in mind  for this first one Clare used the Gemstones cardstock so she didn’t sand but take a good look at the dimension JUST from a punch. So cool! Add an SRM Sticker and you are finished. How easy is that?

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Look how gorgeous!

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Supplies:
Cardstock: Core Tim Holtz and Ranger Adirondack Collection, Core Couture Glitter, Core Essentials Neutrals
Marvy Punches: Poppy and Buttons
Embossing Folder: Darice Diagonal Stripe Background
Other: Die cutting machine, white twill ribbon, spotty brads, SRM Stickers (sentiment).

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For this card Clare used the Poppy punch:

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And a close up:

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Supplies:
 
Cardstock: Core Spotted Tillie Dot, Core Essentials Neutrals, Core Tim Holtz and Ranger Adirondack Collection
Marvy Punches: Poppy
Embossing Folder: Darice Paisley Background
Other: Die cutting machine, white cotton lace, gemstone brads, SRM Stickers (sentiment), baker’s twine, Sand It Gadget.

 

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This next card is from Designer Suzanna Lee:

Quick simple yet fun card to welcome a new baby. The Marvy punches make it so easy as they not only punch but emboss too, adding that special little touch. The small detail that make the button more visually appealing. It’s the small things that matter!

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Supply list:

Core’dinations Spotted Jillian Dot 6×6 pad
Core’dinations Graphic 45 Lights Signature Series
Core’dinations Whitewash 6×6 pad
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Punch: Marvy
Stamps: Hampton Arts
Ink: QuickQuotes
Twine: The Twinery
Label: Kesi’art

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