Bonus Saturday Post! Happy Turkey Day Cards

November 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tombow Adhesive

We have had so many great design ideas from our team this Thanksgiving that we have a bonus post for you this Saturday! Here’s a little bit about these projects from Tracy Gruber!

There is nothing like a good clean and simple card. First, stamp the leaves onto 3 different colors from the Core’dinations Darks Collection pack. Next, fussy cut them out, emboss them, sand them with the Sand It Gadget, and then attach them to the Core’dinations 110 lb. white card base. Use a Tombow 3D Foam Tabs to attach the yellow leaf. Finally, stamp the sentiment and attach a May Arts Natural twine bow.

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Supplies:
-Coredinations Essentials – Darks
-Core’dinations 110 lb. White Card stock
-Dust Buddy
-Sand It Gadget
-The Alley Way Stamps “It’s Fall About You”
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-May Arts Natural Twine
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs

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I love polka dots! I wanted to create a fall card with lots of polka dots and navy blue. First, punch some 1″ and 1 1/2″ circles from the Core’dinations Darks Collection pack using a Fiskars punch. Next, emboss, sand, and attach them to a white card front. The turkey is stamped on some Core’dinations 110 lb. white card stock (this is perfect for coloring with Copics!) and colored in with Copics. Finally, attach the turkey and the sentiment with Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Darks Collection pack
-Core’dinations Neutrals Collection pack
-Core’dinations 110 lb. white card stock
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
-The Alley Way Stamps “It’s Fall About You”
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Copic Markers: R05, YR68, E25, Y15, B37
-Simon Says Stamp Speech Bubble dies
-Fiskars 1″ and 1 1/2″ circle punches

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Don’t you think that sanding on the turkey just adds so much texture and dimension? SO CUTE!

Do you have a turkey for your traditional Thanksgiving meal? We have both turkey and ham! Since I didn’t have a ham image on my Cricut, I had to settle with the turkey cut from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge. First, cut it at 2 3/4″ and emboss the light brown pieces with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then, sand them and the dark brown piece, since turkeys are not one perfect shade of brown ;) The “greenery” is Parsley Core’dinations card stock and the light blue “plate” is from the Core’dinations Essentials Pastels Pack. Next, use the gray card stock from the Core’dinations Essentials Neutrals pack and the orange piece from the Core’dinations Essentials Darks Pack. Finish the card by adding a May Arts Natural twine bow.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Pastels, and Darks Essentials packs
-Core’dinations Parsley cardstock
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
-Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
-May Arts Natural Twine
-My Craft Spot “Happy Fall!”

Check in here for cardmaking inspiration!

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

If you like cards you came to the right place, just sayin’! Today we have some gorgeous cards for you from our very talented design team member, . But first… we wanted to say Thank YOU for an awesome week and weekend of Cropping Hard Core style!

We will post winners as SOON as we can. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Seeing Core’dinations in action is always amazing and I learn so much and see so many new things.  So stay close!

Now here are Tracy Grubers two CUTE cards. She always stamps beautifully, don’t you think?

There is no question that I love to stamp and color with Copics.  The awesome part?  I can stamp on my Core Tags and then color them.  They are made with a really heavy card stock, which allows you to color and shade your images without the ink bleeding.  I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set to make this cute baby card.  The background is made with Spotted Jillian Dot and Vintage Core’dinations papers.

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Supply List:
Core Tags
Lawn Fawn Plus One stamp set
Core’dinations Spotted Jillian Dot
Core’dinations Vintage Collection
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Copics: V15, E31, E33, C1, C3,C5
Studio Calico Wood Veneer
Lilac twine from The Twinery

The Chocolate Box Collection has some really cool card stock!  I love how one side is brown and the other side has a variety of colors that can be revealed when sanded.  I used one of this card that was a tan backing to keep with the “animal/jungle” theme.  I paper pieced the leaves with green card stock from the Darks paper pad.

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Supply List:
Core’dinations The Chocolate Box Collection
Core’dinations Neutrals and Darks paper pads
Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Small
Copics: YG61, YG63, YG67
Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2
May Arts twine
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
DCWV Safari Chic Matstack
Tombow 3D Foam Tabs

Ah…gorgeous Fall is here!

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft, Xyron

So who was cropping with us this weekend????? We are having so much fun make sure you come chat with us here :)

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Such a beautiful time of year and we are soaking it in on the Core Blog today with some fabulous Fall inspiration pieces!  If you were cropping with us then you saw this GORGEOUS card from Vivian Keh that is all about autumn colors! Make sure you check out her challenge and blog HERE for more amazing details!

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What screams autumn color tones better than our Chocolate Box and Vintage Cardstock?  Heather Anne Kaesgan used both on this card for us today.

Creating with Core is easy! For this card,  Heather embosed the word “Hello” along the bottom and then added circles and Marvy Uchida punched flowers in the middle.  Did you know these Marvy punches actually punch the flowers with embossed designs? SO COOL!   Finish of your card with some May Arts ribbon and you are done! It’s all about sanding, sanding, sanding! So get out that Sand It Gadget and have some fun.

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And next up a card from Tracy Gruber.  I LOVE how she mixed in some Black Magic for her fall themed card.

I love the fall season because there are so many gorgeous colors and fun fall activities!  Picking out the perfect pumpkin is always a great time, even when you are 23 ; )  I cut out the pumpkin on my card from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 inches.  I used card stock from the Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, Darks, and Pastels for it.  For my background, I used Black Magic with an orange background.  I sanded it with the Sand It Gadget to reveal the orange through the black.  I added some stitching and natural twine to complete my card!

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Supply List:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Darks, Pastels, and Brights paper pads
-Core’dinations Black Magic Collection
-Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium 6×6 paper pad
-My Craft Spot Happy Fall! stamp set
-May Arts twine
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Xyron Foam Tabs

It’s a THRILLING day to play with Core & Authentique!

October 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Queen & Co., Sizzix

All week long we are playing with Authentique papers! How awesome is that?

We are so excited for this week and trust me when I say our papers are a match made in heaven!  But seeing is believing, right? So make sure you stick around all week long for some inpsiration and a giveaway of course!

Make sure you check out the Authentique BLOG for more ideas and a giveaway  AND their complete lines of gorgeous papers HERE.

Today we have some THRILLING designs for you! {wink, wink}  First up is Tracy Gruber with a cool layout. Like Tracy, I am OBSESSED with the 12×12 Details Stickers. Tracy uses them to move your eye around  the page in addition to the pieces of patterned paper and Black Magic and Vintage Core’dinations.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations Black Magic
Core’dinations Vintage Collection
Core’dinations Neutrals paper pad (base)
Authentique Thrilling Collection pack
Tim Holtz & Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink
Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
Darice Circles embossing folder
May Arts Natural Twine String

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And next up Clare Busewell with a deliciously, thrilling card! This pumpkin is too cute to spook don’t you think?

Draw simple pumpkin shape, trace onto card base (excluding stem) and cut out. Trace pumpkin sections onto Superstition, Antidote and Mystic 12×12 papers from Thrilling Collection by Authentique. Emboss Vintage Collection cardstock, sand with Sand-It Gadget, wipe with Dust Buddy and trace pumpkin section onto it. Cut out sections from patterned papers and cardstock, ink edges with Distress inks and paper-piece onto card base. Trace stem onto Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection, sand edges and ink with Distress ink. Attach stem to top. Add sticker tag from “details” stickers from Thrilling Collection to piece of cardstock, cut out, ink edges and adhere to card with silicone glue. Add bow, to finish.

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Such a cute detail!And another shot of the side. LOVING that May Arts ribbon burlap bow!

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Supplies:
Core’dinations – Vintage Collection, Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Authentique: Thrilling Collection – Superstition, Antidote, Mystic 12×12 papers, details stickers.
Other: Distress inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo (Ranger), blending tool, silicone glue, embossing folder – Poppy by Anna Griffin (Cuttlebug), May Arts ribbon, Big Shot (Sizzix), card base.

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And next up, a quick tutorial on how I created a fun candle and card set using the new Smooth Bookmarks(Bright), Black Magic, David Tutera Cardmaking cardbase and a Darice embossing folder. This witch feet embossing folder is AWESOME!  OH..and some Thrilling papers, of course!  Honestly, Whamy from the Black Magic Collection is the BEST cardstock  to have for Halloween. The Core is purple!!! Oh and how much fun are the Queen & Co Rox rhinestones on her boots?

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Cut the little nub off:

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Then cut it in half. The to trick in making it look like it goes around the front is  cutting it in half and sticking each end under the journal spot on the front.  Don’t forget to emboss! Even though they are smooth you can still emboss them.

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And the back…you may be wondering why it doesn’t go all the way around but I wanted it that way since I punched the papers and used pints where they meet.  And I am not sure if you can tell but one side of the tag is embossed and the other is debossed . The twine is May Arts, of course!

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You know it wouldn’t it be October and Halloween with out some Black Magic, right??? Comment all week long to win win win!
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We are giving some away so comment here to win!

Looking for Holiday Layout Inspiration?

October 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz, Xyron

Well look  no further! Our team is using the Believe line from Heidi Swapp again today. It doesn’t get much more festive than this! Please make sure you head over to Heidi’s blog for more amazing ideas!

Don’t forget about our GIVEAWAY on FACEBOOK !!!!!

So are we ready for some layouts? Love how Kim Moreno went the chalkboard look on this layout using her Black Magic and the Heidi Swapp Believe collection. The Peppermint Stix paper with the chalkboard words is perfect for this and all the papers are dobule sided so endless options! And can we talk about that cute little house made of Core’dinations Chocolate Box and Heidie Swapp papers? And it’s layered on the Core Tag?  Eeeeeek! How clever is that!?

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Supplies:

Core Tags, Black Magic Core’dinations, Chocolate Box Core’dinations, Heidi Swapp Believe patterned papers, May Arts ribbon, American Crafts Thickers.

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And another layout from Kate Nolan Denham! These snowflakes are the perfect accent for the Believe collection and I just LOVE  how Kate plays with the angle on this layout!

Kate here, bringing you some snow a little bit early this year!  It was so easy to share our Christmas snow with you by using lots of Core’dinations Cardstock paired with Heidi Swapp’s Believe Collection. 
 
The snowflakes were cut out of Snowflake Core’dinatins Cardstock (perfectly named) using my Cameo.  I painted them with some Gemstone Glue and sprinkled Shaved Ice onto the snowflakes. Core’dinations Cardstock is so sturdy that is the the perfect base for this technique!

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Love how Kate worked the Merry & Bright paper:

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Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x 12 Brights Core Essentials Cardstock
12 x 12 Neutrals Core Essentials Cardstock
White Assorted Core Tags
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Heidi Swapp 12 x12 Believe Paper Pad
May Arts Ribbon
Die-namics Dies
Stampendous Shaved Ice
Silhoutte Cameo
Helmar and Xyron Adhesives

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One more layout from Jennifer Edwardson!

When I opened my box of goodies for this product trade with Heidi Swapp I got sooooo excited !!  I absolutely LOVE this holiday paper and went straight to my ‘Seasonal Core Impressions’ for the base for this layout.  I lightly sanded my Core cardstock to allow the kraft core show through – makes the words completely stand out !!
 
I mixed my fave patterns from the Heidi Swapp ‘Believe’ collection with a piece of scarlet ’tillie dot’ cardstock for a base to my photo.  I also wanted to have a little layer underneath a few of the cut outs so I ran a piece of ‘peeled paint’ cardstock through my Big Shot using the ‘wire fence’ embossing folder by Darice.  LOVE this folder ……
 
I used a light pattern for my journaling and put it in my typewriter – this is my fave way to add journaling to my layouts. and done !

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Supply List:
Heidi Swapp ‘Believe‘ patterned paper
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions
Spotted Tillie Dot – Scarlet
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – peeled paint
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other: twine, gems

If you love Halloween, you came to the right place!

September 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft

 
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First up we have a layout from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham:
Halloween is one of my favorite times of year!  Definitely a time to for me to be imaginative and have fun.  The Halloween layout I am sharing today shows a fun way to use Core’dinations Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions as a fantastic background.
To make the words POP on the background, I not-so-gently sanded all the words on the Halloween Seasonal Impressions Cardstock and theen added some chalk.  I really wanted the Kraft-Core to absorb the color in the orange and blue Chalking Inks so giving it a good sanding is the key.

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The title work was super easy!  I cut the title out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Black Magic with my Cricut and then sanded it like crazy so the blue background would play on the title.

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Next time you are creating a seasonal layout grab some of the Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions!
Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x12 Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions 
4.25 x 5.5 Black Magic
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Quick Quotes Chalking Ink
Dymo
American Crafts Thickers
Making Memories & October Afternoon Brads
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And next up we have card from Designer Clare Buswell:

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Love this card?  Here is how Clare did it:

Make cardbase from cardstock. Emboss Black Magic cardstock, sand using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Ink edges using Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, adhere to card and round bottom corners. Add patterned paper (Authentique Thrilling Collection) panel and adhere sticker stitches. Add ribbon, bow and twine. Adhere Authentique Thrilling Collection stickers to cardstock, ink edges and fussy cut, attach to card using foam pads. Adhere flower, enamel dot and broom, to finish. 

SuppliesCore Black Magic (Warlock), Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Authentique Thrilling Collection, Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw), SRM Stickers – Sticker Stitches, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Reflected Damask, Big Shot, flower from Wild Orchid Crafts, black seam binding, tinsel twine, broom embellishment, corner rounder, enamel dot, foam pads.
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And next up we have a super simple card from Debbie Standard. All she did was emboss two colors of cardstock with two different folders and then added an EK Success sticker. And don’t forget  that May Arts ribbon…it’s actually cord that is PERFECT for Halloween with the black, orange and purple!
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Core’dinations – Darks and Brights collections
Cuttlebug Embossing machine
EK Success Sticker
Emossing Folder:  Lifestyle Crafts

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