Introducing Clare Buswell!

Sorry we are a bit late today…things have been crazy around here the last few weeks. It’s all good though!
Before we introduce Clare to you today, we want to take this time to tell you about our Hard Core Crafter program!  You get  access to EXCLUSIVE videos,  giveaways AND sneak peeks that no one else does…AND it’s FREE. I am bringing this up now because in case you haven’t notice, we recently hit 10,000 likes on our Facebook page! ;) ;) So I would make sure you are an HCC member so you don’t miss out on anything.  So don’t waste anymore time and sign up HERE!
Now….on to the good stuff…..
Today we are saying hello  to Clare Buswell!
Here is a little bit about Clare:

Hi! My name is Clare Buswell. I live in the south-west of Ireland in the countryside with Niall and our lovely 5 year old daughter Isabelle.

I’ve always been creative in some form or another, I studied graphic design at art college. I only discovered the whole world of paper-crafting after the birth of my daughter when I had little time but longed to be creative again. Card-making was the perfect answer for me and is now my passion. I also really love to make 3D paper projects. I love stamping, quilling and making my own embellishments, especially paper flowers! I love trying out different techniques and coming up with my own. I also love to paint with acrylics and watercolors.

I’ve been lucky enough to have my work published in Paper Crafts, CARDS and CardMaker magazines in the US and I design regularly for Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine in the UK.

When I’m not paper-crafting I love to spend my time gardening, baking and with my family.

I’m really excited to be part of the Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock design team!

If you have been to Clare’s blog you will notice she isn’t a layout girl…her cards are incredible so she did her signature paper ruffles for us today! You will see more of this gorgeous, handmade technique in the future and if you want to learn how to do it yourself, check out Clare’s blog HERE.
You can get some really realistic looking paper ruffles using this simple technique. Once you get the hang of it you can apply your paper ruffles to your cards and layouts in lots of different ways.  Here is how she does it:
To make the ruffles I cut strips of Core’dinations cardstock approx 1 1/2″ deep, mist the back of the cardstock with water, leave for a minute and the cardstock becomes malleable and easy to form into ruffles. Just be careful not to wet it too much! Once you’ve shaped your ruffles, leave to dry and apply to your projects with double sided tape. For a detailed tutorial you can visit my blog.
For my first card I went for an ombre effect and layered tones of blue and turquoise ruffles on my card. When layering the ruffles always start at the bottom. You can enhance the edges of the ruffles by gently rubbing them with your Sand It Gadget for some added texture.
Swoooooooooooooon!
Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic, Tim Holtz Distress Collection, The Whitewash Collection, Sand it Gadget, Dust Buddy, Big Shot, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Sweet Sentiments stamp The Craft’s Meow, Onyx Black VersaFine Ink, Distress Ink – Antique Linen, teal satin ribbon, baker’s twine.
I think it is only fitting that we giveaway some of that fabulous Tim Holtz Kraft Core, don’t you?????
Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. Winner this weekend will be posted on Tuesday due to the holiday weekend here in the States. Winner will win a pack of Core’dinations Cardstock. The cardstock pack may vary due to availability. Winners must email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com by June 7  to claim their prizes with the cardstock they won in the subject line.  Please include address and phone number in the email.
If you have been following us  make sure you check our WINNER page HERE to see if you won!
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AND the winner of the Spotted cardstock from yesterday is…………
Kathy Wittlock says:

Cute layout – those little arrows get to the point!
love the spotted cardstock- would love to have some to try~

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St Patty’s Day Inspo in here!

March 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Queen & Co.

All you need is some Vintage Core’dinations, Glitter Silk Cardstock , Gemstones and an old frame and you have all you need to make your very own Shadow Box!

Andrea die cut the hearts for flowers from her Cricut, added some Queen & Co. pearls,  and wrapped the stems in twine. Backing the title is a GREAT way to make it pop, too!   Layer bits and pieces of the project to added depth. This is a great way to create your very own home decor for any holiday or season!

And GUESS what???!?!?!?!!?

OUR DESIGN TEAM CALL IS POSTED HERE!

CHECK OUT! You don’t want to miss the opportunity to design with the BEST cardstock!



Valentine’s Day Inspo Week Day Three!

February 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, My Mind's Eye, Provocraft, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Hope you are LOVING this week’s projects!  We sure are. And today we a super cute AND creative card from Design Team Member Andrea Amu featuring the My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found mini collection.

How fun is this little guy?  Perfect for those men in your life …or ladies….I know I would love to receive this for sure.

And a close up…the “fun” sentiment is sanded and hand cut  from the My Mind’s Eye mini collection pack and so is the scalloped shape in the back (see below). So many great uses for it….

Add some glitter from Stampendous and you have a fabulous card with amazing details!  Oh and don’t forget the Petaloo flower. The one Andrea used is white but they are dyed to match Core papers, too!

Valentine’s Day Inspiration Week Day TWO!

February 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft

Today we have designer Andrea Amu with the Tuesday Tip to create a handmade gift for that special someone….grandmothers, moms,dads, teacher’s aunts, uncles…this is perfect for ANYONE!

Framed subway art! How cool is this. Just create the cuts on your Cricut or diecutting machine and viola! You have the perfect gift for anyone, anytime of year.

And Andrea has some great tips:

1.) Back the cuts in a lighter color so they really pop.

2.) Cuts don’t line up exactly how you want?  Add little embellishments!

3.) AND, of course, a photo! Personalizing it will mean so much.

4.) Add a doily for that soft, feminine touch.

5.) And don’t spend a ton on a frame. Get them on sale at your craft store. You can paint them any color you like!

And a detail:

We are officially at CHA!

January 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Tim Holtz

Booth is up, BRAND NEW  Kraft-Core Shattered line by Tim Holtz, good  friends, selling TONS of Core…what else could be better?!?!?!

How about some more layouts featuring that new Tim Holtz Shattered line?  Would you like that? We can’t get enough of it :)

Sand it, tear it, emboss it or leave it just as it is…THE perfect cardstock for all of your papercrafting needs!

Today we have a layout from Design Team member Andrea Amu. We LOVE the vibrant colors in this line, don’t you?

Andrea used her Cricut to cut the title and the design elements for this layout. It cuts beautifully!

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