Summer Layouts and more with Tracy Gruber

Happy Wednesday! We hope you are enjoying your summer so far and today we want to start out with a super summery layout from Design Team Member Tracy Gruber.  I always struggle with white as a base for my layouts but Tracy makes it looks so easy! Plus…all  that embossing just makes me happy. :)

Nothing says summer like the Core’dinations Brights Card Stock paper pad!  The colors in this collection match the colors of the sunset almost perfectly.  I used a couple of different techniques on this layout including tearing, embossing, and sanding.  I also used Distress Inks and a water brush to make the water-colored looking circles.

 

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Brights and Neutrals paper pads
-Tim Holtz Distress Collection paper pad
-Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade
-Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies and Jessie’s ABC’s stamp sets
-Water Brush
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-1″ Fiskars circle punch
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots, Tiny Bubbles, Seeing Spots, Spots and Dots
-Sizzix Swirls Embossing Folder
-Thickers
-Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles
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I love to combine Core’dinations cardstock with stamps, especially when I am creating a “scene” on my card.  The tan card stock is perfect for sand, because when you tear it, it looks just like a beach!  I also used a piece of light blue card stock, which I embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then sanded with the Sand It Gadget.  It makes a perfect sky!
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Supplies:
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-Copics: E23, E25, YG61, YG63, YG67
-The Alley Way Stamps Sea Mates and Tropic Topic stamp sets
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Memory Box Puffy Clouds die
God Bless Card
 
One of my favorite types of Core’dinations paper is the Core Couture Glitter.  Why? Because I love glitter and this card stock has plenty of it!  I used the black Core Couture Glitter card stock as the background, along with a Core Tag to stamp the sentiment on.  I used a Cuttlebug die to cut out the 3-D flowers from the Core’dinations Pastels, Brights, and Darks paper pads.  I then sanded the edges of them to add some texture.
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Supplies:
-Cuttlebug Quilled Daisy Kit
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Avery Elle Winter Blend Sequins
-Paper Smooches Spiritual Sampler
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy

Designing with Vivian Keh…card…layouts…something for Everyone!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today we have some gorgeous gorgeous creations from Designer Vivian Keh. She creates the most gorgeous rolled flowers! And then there is a layout…some Chocolate Box cardstock from the Fancy Pants Core Impressions line ….something for EVERYONE today!
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And a detail of that flower…SWOOOOOON!
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Hello Core’dinations fans!  Vivian here today to share with you an elegant floral card using a muted palette of Core’dinations Cardstock.  I used a warm beige from the Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin “Everyday” Collection for my card base, sanding the decorative leaf pattern already conveniently pre-embossed in this cardstock.  I layered an elegant grey from the Neutral Collection that I had embossed with a great Sizzix embossing folder.  For the blossom, I die-cut and sanded the pieces for nice shabby appeal, piercing with a simple brad to hold the bloom together.  To finish, I added a bit of distress ink on all pieces, some bling and pretty seam binding.  
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Hope you enjoyed my project today, and thanks for looking!  For more of my inspirations, please visit me on my blog!

Supplies:

Core’dinations – Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions “Everyday” Collection, Neutrals Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – “English Botanical” Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding

Teresa Collins – Decorative Brad

Spellbinders – Floral Die

My Mind’s Eye – Gems

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Need a wedding card?  Look no further!

I love the aqua/ chocolate brown color pairing in just about everything, from papercrafts to home decor – both fresh and comforting.  For today’s project, I used Core’dinations Fancy Pants Designs”Refreshed” Collection, which delivers that comforting chocolate embossed in a variety of designs as well as your pick of pretty pastels that are also pre-embossed. This makes for great papercrafted projects in a variety of themes. 
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I sanded all the layers and die-cuts and added distress ink to the edges. The sentiment was stamped using watermark ink and then heat embossed with embossing powder.  Just a little bit of embellishment and this card was done.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations – Fancy Pants Core Impressions “Refreshed” Collection, Venetian Lace (Cream Color) Cardstock, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Bigz Die “Butterflies and Labels”
Hampton Art – “Happily Ever After” Clear Stamp Set
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Fiskars – Floral Punch
Stampendous – “Champagne” Embossing Powder
Versamark – Watermark Ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Lace
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And nothing finishes up better than a layout, don’t you agree?
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 I chose several bold colors from Core’dinations Darks Collection, which have great grounding colors that are perfect for masculine projects.  As you can see in the detail shot, there is so much easy interest one can create with Core – die-cut it, paper-punch it, sand it, tear it, emboss it, crimp it, distress it, stamp it.  All of these were used in this layout. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!  
VivianKehCoredinationsLayout_BThe story of how my husband and I met is really special.  And both of us still can’t believe how serendipitous our meeting truly was.  Hence, the “when pigs fly” stamping on my background, using the great kraft side of our Tim Holtz Kraft Core Cardstock with a simple black ink. His smile, and humorous personality brought levity to the rather challenging moment in our lives captured here on film. I simply layered a bunch of Core elements on top of a piece of old book paper, topping off with a little bling and some scrunched up mulberry paper that I had misted.  

Supplies:
Core’dinations – Darks Collection, Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Venetian Lace (Cream Color), Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Darice – Dominoes Embossing Folder
Sizzix – Chip Block Alphabet Strip Die, Washer Border Strip Die
Fiskars – Crimper, Hexagon Punches, Floral Punch
Bo Bunny – Gems
Hampton Art – Art Warehouse “Speckle Background” Woodblock Stamp, Graphic 45 “Olde Curiousity Shoppe One” Cling Stamp Set
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Memento – Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Mist
Old book paper
Mulberry Paper

 

Happy Friday! Altered Calendar Box with Graphic 45 in here!

How we doing today??? I hope you are as excited as I am  for today’s project from Designer Ava Gavloski. She created this gorgeous Calendar box using our BasicGrey Core Impression. WOWZA is it GORGEOUS!

It’s all about texture.  The Card Keeper box is perfect for many filing options.  Today, I am sharing with you my file which helps me remember birthdays, anniversaries and events that are celebrated yearly.  You could change this file system by making tabs for the types of cards you have on hand.  (ie: Birthdays, Sympathy, Anniversary, Baby etc).
Core’dinations cardstock adds volume and texture to this card keeper project.   Layering this project with Graphic 45 pattern papers was a delight as the Bird Song collection matched perfectly with the Core’dinations Whitewash and Distress collection.
You can find the start up instructions to this project at Erica Cerwin’s blog: http://pinkbuckaroodesigns.blogspot.ca/2012/06/stampin-celebration-june-blog-hop.html.  I adjusted the instructions a bit to fit my style of scrapping and my tip is to not glue the box together until you have the sides designed and glued down.  Enjoy!

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Loving this back detail with the Couture Creations embossing folder…

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Supply List
 Core’dinations, Basic Grey, Ornate Whitewash Collection
Core’dinations, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Collection, Tumbled Glass
Graphic 45, Bird Song Collection, Cherry Blossom
Couture Creations embossing folder-Fresh and Fun Collection, Smooch & Double Sided Tape
May Arts ribbon
Want2Scrap, Pink pearls
Tombow Adhesive
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Spellbinders, Bitty Blossoms
EK Success 3” Daisy punch, OTM Wooden this be Nice rub-on’s
Tulle, Wire

Couture Creations Day FIVE!

We are here having fun this week with Couture Creations. It’s no secret that Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock looks fabulous with dies and embossing folder especially when you sand, sand, sand!  Couture Creations is  an Australian owneda & loved brand, Couture Creations is the culmination of 20 years experience in the scrapbooking industry. From its final inception in 2010, Couture Creations has been devoted to producing expertly designed, high quality products overseen by veteran designers & crafters for a result that is both simple and elegant.

Make sure you head over to their BLOG, PINTERESTFACEBOOK pages to find out all the other chances you can win. Here is a sneak of what is going on over there today.  Please keep in mind we are in two different time zones so in case we are off on our times bit please forgive us.   We are getting our coffee ready when they are getting ready for bed.

AND we want to thank you for your patience with our website. I would like to say this is going to be a quick fix for us but we are still  having are changing servers/hosting companies so it’s going to take some time to get it resolved.  If for any reason you come back and you can’t get on just head over to our Facebook page…we are posting there so you don’t miss anything!

And don’t forget to enter to win win win!  You guys have been SO PATIENT with us that we are offering another giveaway! Comment on THIS blog post for a chance to win this!

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Please allow 3-4 weeks for shipping. Products may vary due to availability but winner will be notified to choose a substitute. Winners have two weeks from  date chosen to respond to claim their prizes. Must be 18 to win.

AND we have our Rafflecopter giveway, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 First up we have Designer Clare Buswell with some really fabulous cards. Clare add so much detail to her cards…it’s incredible!  For this first card, she did so much sanding. And she inked her yellow cardstock from the Pastel’s pack with some brown ink after she sanded the embossed design. It really shows of the embossing, don’t you think?

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Supply List:
Core Essentials Pastels

Core Essentials Neutrals
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy Couture Creations – Smooch embossing folder, Tatted Lace Doily Die
Sentiment Sticker – SRM Press, Bling from Want2Scrap, Ribbon May Arts, Big Shot, Memento Desert Sand ink

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Brights
Core Essentials Neutrals
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sentiment Sticker – SRM Press, Bling from Want2Scrap, Ribbon May Arts, Big Shot.

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Designer Vivian Keh used a super cool technique on this layout. Yes, I am sure you have seen rolled paper before but check out how fun it looks with torn Core???  We will have more on this to come soon ;) And the pocket she created with the Fantasia doily die is brilliannt!

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – “Snowflake” from Neutrals Collection, “Bordeaux” and “Antique Moss” from Graphic 45 Signature Series Collection, “Love Potion” from Brights Collection, Core Tags
Couture Creations – Doily Die
Hampton Art – Sentiment Stamp and Insect Stamps
Inkadinkado – Bird Stamp
Memento – Dye Inks
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Organza

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And here is Designer Tracy Gruber with a super cute card. LOVE this color combo so much!

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Brights, Darks, and Neutrals paper pads
-Core’dinations Black Magic 6×6 card stock pack
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Couture Creations Dazzling Doily Die
-Couture Creations Super Powder Puff embossing folder
-Lawn Fawn On The Mend stamp set
-Copics: C1, C3, C5, Y06, V12, V15
-May Arts Ribbon
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
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 And a few very fabulous layouts from Designer Suzanna Lee:  Loving the mix of patterns with the Fancy Pants Core Impressions as the base.

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Supply List:
Coredinations Whitewash
Coredinations Essentials Bright and Neutrals
Coredintations Tags Pastel
Coredinations Tim Holtx & Ranger Distress
Core Impressions: Fancy Pants
Coredinations Sand it Gadget
Coredinations Dust Buddy
Couture Creations Dream Embossing Folder
Couture Creations Very Flint Embossing Folder
Couture Creations Celestial Doily Die
Couture Creations Double sided tape
Candi: Craftwork Cards
Patterned Paper: Elle’s Studio
Project Life cards
Chipboard: Fancy Pants
Twine: The Twinery
Silhouette Cameo

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AND check this out! Suzanna embossed her flowers using the Dream Embossing folder and then cut them out and used them as embellishments on her layout. Clever AND CUTE..that’s what we love about this partnership. So many easy things you can do with Core and Couture Creations products.

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Supply List:
Coredinations Vintage 6×6 and 12×12
Coredinations Spotted Tillie Dot
Coredinations Super Assortment So Mod
Coredinations David Tutera Tags
Coredinations Sand it Gadget
Coredinations Dust Buddy
Couture Creations Dream Embossing Folder
Couture Creations Celestial Doily Die
Couture Creations Double sided tape
Letter Die: QuicKutz
Dimesional Stickers: Jolee’s
Butterflies: Heidi Swapp
Stapler: Tim Holtz
Scor Pal

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Jennifer Edwards is up next with a great layout using impressions of the Fantasia Doily does. An other GREAT color combo!!!

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Supplies:
White Wash  - Grandpa’s Trunk, Grandma’s Rocker
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutter, Tumbled Glass
Vintage Collection – Lemonade
Sand It Gadget

Dust Buddy
Naturals – Gibraltar, Nightfall
Couture Creations – ‘Irish Dreams’ Fantasia Collection, double sided tape 6mm x 50m

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And a layout from me, Ellen Sosnoski. I sanded over the Heart Nesting dies for a fun background for this summer fun layout:

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Supplies:

Brights Collection pack

Vintage Cardstock

Core Couture (blue and yellow)

Tim Holtz Kraft Core

Queen & Co Washi Tape

Couture Creations pearls and Nesting Dies

May Arts Ribbon

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That about does it for us for this week! Again, we thank you for your patience. We, too, are at the mercy of technology sometimes!

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.
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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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