Sketch Challenge Inspo! Only one more day!

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Sizzix

Only ONE more day to get those sketch challenge entries in! They are due by tomorrow, January 25th. Either link them to THIS post or to our Facebook page.

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Our team has some inspiration for you today.

First up Clare Buswell. Clare’s card gets me super excited because she is using vellum and we released some BRAND NEW Ink Jet Printer friendly vellum at CHA!

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And Vivian Keh….Vivian used a Leaf, Tear dr0p die from Sizzix to create those hearts. SO CUTE and perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Don’t be afraid to use those strips as guidelines for embellishments!

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And Ava Gavloski…loving how Ava made those strips into banners!

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More Valentine’s Day Inspiration

January 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Imaginisce, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

I mean, what doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day like glitter cardstock?  Well, Core’dinations has some amazing lines for you! Our Gemstones, Glitter Silk and Core Couture are the BEST glitter cardstocks out there. And don’t forget about Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions. There are sheets in there for all those major holidays.

Let’s check out some amazing projects from Suzanna Lee!

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Love is in the air! Actually love is amidst glittery and shimmering X’s and O’x on this tri-fold card! What better way to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day than with glitter and hearts?

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Supplies

Glitter Silk Princess Pink

Gemstones 6×6 Pad

Gemstones Onyx

Core Couture 6×6 Pad

Die: Sizzix/Stephanie Barnard

Stamp: Hampton Arts

Paperclip: Websters

Cut file created from Ali Edward’s brush

Silhouette Cameo

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That day of sweet notes and sweet treats is around the corner and today I have a layout to share with you showcasing the Valentine’s paper of the Seasonal Impressions collection. I love selectively sanding the words that work with and support my layout. It’s almost like having a piece of patterned paper for a background.

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Check out how cool the dots look along the letters:

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And look at all that texture!

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Supplies

Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions

Gemstones Collection

Spotted, Jillian, Snowflake

Core Essentials, Neutrals

Sand It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Cut Files; Layered Heart (#37620), Heart Clips (#53821, modified), Hugs, Kisses both created from Heidi Swapp brushes

Punches: Martha Stewart

Tag: Chic Tags

Twine: American Crafts

iRock and Hot Rocks: Imaginisce

Valentines’s Day inspiration in HERE!

January 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

Today we have some inspiration for Valentine’s Day for you from Ava Gavloski. I hope you love red, pink and black because you came to the right place!
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Hello Ava here …Happy Valentines Day!  The heart is wonderful place for all things kind and good.
Here is a card that I designed showcasing Core’dinations Vintage collection and Scarlett from the Darks collection.
You can see that embossing and sanding the Scarlett red cardstock matches the Vintage cardstock well.  That is one nice feature of Core’dinations cardstock, so many of the collections co-ordinate with each other to design a wonderful presentation.
Add some embellishments like Darice washi tape, rhinestones, pins and ribbon and your have a luscious full bodied presentation of a vintage valentine card.  Visit your nearest LSS and pick up some Core’dinations Cardstock for that special card.
Supplies
Core’dinations:
Vintage Collection
Scarlette Dark Collection
Sand it Set
Darice Washi Tape/Folder
Other:
Helmar Premium Adhesive
Want2Scrap
May Arts Ribbon
Sizzix Die
Maya Road Stick Pins
Gina K Designs Stamps
Clearsnap Stephine Barnard Dye Ink, Raspberry

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I would like to share a Wedding Layout with you to celebrate February the month of Sweetheart Valentines.

I choose the Core Amour Whitewash cardstock to showcase how quickly pre-embossed collections from Core’dinations can have a layout completed with a great textured presentation.

This close up showcases the sanding to reveal a light pink inner core that works so well with the Vintage black lae pattern of this cardstock. I have punched out some mini hearts from the Gemstones collection and embossed the hearts for some texture to show the shine of the Gemstone collection.
To complement the pattern of the cardstock, I die cut some flourish’s from Sizzix and embossed the flourish to give the gemstone cardstock some texture.
The layout is embellished with some doilies, tulle and sequins.
Core’dinations Supplies:
Amore Whitewash Cardstock
Other Supplies
Tulle, feathers, sequences
Sizzix Die Flourish #2

Gina K Stamps has a cute set of stamps which celebrates Valentine’s Day and I thought this  vintage phone complements the vintage feel of the Core’dinations Vintage collection.

I stamped the image using WOW embossing powder to gloss up the image to support the quality of the vintage Core’dinations cardstock.  The pre-embossed vintage Core’dinations cardstock makes this card full with dimension after sanding to reveal the inner colored core.

I also embossed, sanded and border punched some strips of black cardstock from the Neutral collection to reveal the inner grey core of this cardstock to make faux washi tape.  Think of the unlimited possibilities of creating faux washi tape just by sanding your Core’dinations Cardstock strips.
Embellish your card with rhinestones, sequences and Mary Arts Ribbon.
Core’dinationsCardstock supplies
Darice embossing folders
Other supplies
Want2Scrap Rhinestones
Clearsnap Stephine Barnard Licorice Dye Ink
 WOW Embossing Powder

CUTE Baby Gift Idea with Gail Lindner

I love projects that just wow you and are totally out of the box! I know a lot of my friends that are having children now already have a lot of what they need and this idea is PERFECT for  that family!

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Hi Core Fans! Gail here and I recently attended a dear cousin’s baby shower. We know she is expecting a little girl in July and has gathered quite the collection of gorgeous baby girl clothes so I created a set of wardrobe dividers for her, to help keep the sizes organised!
 
I searched the Silhouette shop for a doorknob hanger shape and when I found the shape I was happy with, I set about cutting six in the shades of pink and green that the nursery is decorated in. To add more detail and prettiness to them, I then embossed the hangers with the flower embossing folder and sanded them to reveal the lighter core.
 
Each divider is decorated in the same way: a die cut white label (adhered with pop dots), size numbering and a paper bow. The numbers and the bows were cut with the Silhouette Cameo and I also embossed the numbers to match the actual hanger.
 
The verdict: my sweet cousin loved them and I can’t wait to see them in action next time I visit!
 
Oh yeah – after the photos were taken, I cut a slit in each divider so they could easily be popped over the clothes rod! 
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Supply List:
Core Essentials Sugar-N-Spice
Core Essentials Pistachio
Core Essentials Snowflake
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Silhouette Cameo
Papertrey Ink label die
My Mind’s Eye patterned paper

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And we have a layout from Gail today, too!

I have been dying to use some of the Shattered cardstock as it’s such a unique effect! When I printed these photos of my son’s first face paint I knew it was the perfect excuse! The majority of the background is the green shattered cardstock which I gave a light sand to bring out the effect a bit more.
 
I then built up a few layers with some patterned paper scraps and more cardstock white I have embossed and sanded to add even more dimension and texture.
 
I wanted to add a touch of yellow on the layout without it standing out too much. The perfect solution was to use yellow whitewash cardstock! Once I embossed and sanded it, it was just enough yellow! I think the whitewash is my new favourite collection!

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And a close up…LOVING that Whitewash embossed and sanded!

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For the finishing touch I built up three little clusters of embellishments using layers of Core, with bits and pieces from my stash. But the definite star of the show is that shattered cardstock! And of course my sweet boy in the photos!
 
Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered (green)
Tim Holtz Distress Collection (red)
Whitewash Collection – Butterchurn
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Simple Stories patterned paper
Greatest View flair
wood shapes, enamel dots, letter stickers

Stepper Cards with Clare Buswell

January 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

Happy New Year!   Hard to believe we are working our way into January already! Let’s get this month started off right with some Stepper Cards from designer Clare Buswell. Now, I have seen these kinds of cards a lot but never make them.  They are gorgeous and it amazes me how much detail you can get with ehse kinds of layers! So….I headed off to Pinterest and searched “stepper cards” and found a TON!  None of them are as gorgeous as Clare’s cards ;) but you will be able to find a simple tutorial on how to make them like this one here. You pretty much just make folds where you want layers.   SO COOL!
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 Deer Birthday Card
Make stepper card from cardstock. Emboss Kraft-Core using Anna Griffin embossing folder, ink edges and adhere panels to facing sections. Add strip of embossed Kraft-Core across facing back panel. Die cut labels, stamp trees on large label and ink edges. Stamp trees, frame and sentiment on small label. Attach large label to back. Add seam binding to front section and add small label. Cut deer and trees using silhouette machine. Add trees to background using silicone glue. Add deer and smaller trees using silicone glue to front section, to finish.
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Supplies:
Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Circular Grid embossing folder, Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five, Big Shot, Waltzingmouse Stamps – (Vintage Labels 25, Man of the Hour), Marianne Design Eline’s Huis stamps Jingle Bells, Distress Inks – (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain), StazOn Jet Black Ink, silicone glue, seam binding, Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette files #22748, #23251, #14718.
 
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 Cardinal and Iine cones
Make stepper card from cardstock. Emboss Kraft-Core using mistletoe embossing folder,  ink edges and adhere panels to facing sections. Add strip of embossed Kraft-Core across facing back panel. Die cut label, stamp foliage on back label, ink edges and adhere with silicone glue. Die cut oval label, stamp frame and ink edges. Add ribbon and attach oval. Die cut foliage and adhere with silicone glue. Cut cardinal using silhouette machine, sand edges and attach to card using silicone glue, to finish.
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Supplies:
Crafter’s Companion embossing folders – (Mistletoe, Snowflakes), Big Shot, Spellbinders – (Decorative Labels One, Classic Ovals Large, Fall Foliage)Waltzingmouse Stamps – (Ovals Classic Frames, Festive Foliage), Distress Inks – (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain), silicone glue, satin ribbon, Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette file #13950.

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