Tuesday Tutorial with Andrea Amu

We have a fun tutorial for you today from Design Team Member Andrea Amu!
But first up we need a winner from last week from our week with May Arts!
Judy Webb says:

Cannot get enough Core!!! Loving this week.

Winners email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with the subject line reading the contest you won, For Example: March Color Challenge Winner. Also include in the body of the email your name, address, and phone number (only if international). We will send you a confirmation back that we received your email so you know your prize will be on it’s way soon! We ship prizes to our lucky winners twice a month once we receive all prize winner’s information.


Now let’s get to the this cool tutorial on how to make this!
Here is a little bit from Andrea herself:
Today I wanted to share with you a technique for making a pretty textural ribbon flower that can be used on a variety of projects.
I created my ribbon flower by covering panels of cardstock with rows of adhesive backed ribbon and then die cut and layering a variety of different sized floral shapes from the ribbon panels.
Here’s a list of supplies needed:
Choice of Core’dinations Cardstock (I used Jillian Spotted Cardstock)
Choice of coordinating ribbon  (I used May Arts Silky Crush ribbon in brown and teal)
Choice of metal dies (I used Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies, Classic Scalloped Circles)
Die cutting/Embossing machine (I used my Cuttlebug)
Xyron 15 Adhesive and Applicator
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Decorative Brad
Okay, to get started you will want to cut various scraps of light colored cardstock into panels and then cut several strips of the ribbon.
You will want to add adhesive to the backs of the ribbons strips.  I have found that the easiest method of doing this is to run ribbon strips through a Xyron Adhesive Applicator.
Once you apply the adhesive to the ribbon, you can begin to cover the surface of the cardstock scrap panels, alternating strips of color as I have done, or  you can cover a panel using strips of one color.
Once all the panels are covered entirely with the ribbon strips you can now die cut your desired shapes from the panels using various sizes of dies.  To create my layered flower, I have die cut my shapes using scalloped circles dies from Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies.  To give more visual contrast and texture, I have also die cut some embossed cardstock shapes to be layered into my flower as well.  I used a Sand It Gadget, which is a sanding block by Core’dinations, to sand over the embossed dots of the cardstock.
For the next step, you will want to take each die cut shape and crinkle it up in your hands… don’t be afraid to crinkle them up tightly… the more crinkle the better!   Now take each piece and flatten them back out, and  you’ve just created even more lovely texture and dimension to the pieces.
To form the flower, simply layer each shape center to center forming a stack from largest to smallest.  You will want to punch a hole in the centers of each and then attach the stack together using a decorative brad.  Before attaching my brad here I also rolled up a small piece of extra ribbon and coiled it around the center punched hole.  Once you attach the brad fluff up the layers to give dimension.
Now you can have fun embellishing your projects with beautiful ribbon flowers that you’ve made on your own!

More Mother’s Day Celebrations

May 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Tim Holtz

Today we have a beautiful layout from Design Team Member Debbie Standard about her mother. This layout just captures the spirit of the celebration of mothers and all they mean to us.

Debbie used Tim Holtz Kraft-Core and sanded it and then smeared some  ink as her background. Debbie always uses punches and such neat finishing touches to her layouts for amazing details.

Debbie also created a card that would be perfect for anyone in your life. The color combo is gorgeous and the mix of embossing folders rocks! Don’t be afraid to mix geometric patterns like Debbie did on this card …looks fabulous!  Especially the pop of teal in the Vintage cardstock against the Core Essentials and how she matted each piece with red. See…it’s in the details!

Tuesday Tutorial From April Derrick

Don’t forget. THERE ARE TWO CHANCES TO WIN CORE GOODIES going on RIGHT NOW! Head over to the BasicGrey blog to see how you can WIN TWO BasicGrey Core Impression packs!!!

AND we have our own challenge featuring Core Impressions…the old…the new…just use some Core Impressions on your layout for a chance to win your choice of any of CI packs (subject to availability) !!! Check out Details HERE. You don’t want to miss out on the chance  to win that, do you???

Curious about how to make these?  Well keep reading. We have a fabulous tutorial for you today from Design Team Member April Derrick!
Supplies Used for Project:
– Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die
– Cuttlebug
– Ranger Perfect Pearls
– Ranger Stickles
– Paper Studio Jewel Brads
– Pink Paislee Wood Letters
– Ranger Distress Stain
– Wooden Embroidery Hoop
How to create the flowers:
– Pick out several core’rdinating colors of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Cardstock and use a flower die to cut out several flowers
– Place each flower on top of a mouse pad and grab a small/medium sized stylus.
– Starting at the top of each flower petal, rub the end of the stylus in a circular motion working your way down the petal to the center of the flower.  The petals will start curl in as you do this.
– When you are happy with the flowers, place them into a container or cardboard box for misting.
– Create your own shimmery glimmer mist by combining Ranger’s Perfect Pearls with water.   Spray all of the flowers with your glimmer mist and let them dry.
* Note: I added about a 1/2 tsp of the “Perfect Pearl” powder to a 2 oz Ranger Mister bottle filled 3/4 of the way with water. You don’t have to make this much each time, I just like to keep this beautiful white mist on hand at all times so I have it ready whenever I need to add a little shimmer to my projects!
And here is the final project with some Black Magic all distressed and sanded for the background.Gorgeous!
– For this particular project, I layered the flowers together, punched a hole in the center, and then added a jeweled brad to the centers!

Spring Has Sprung!

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket, Provocraft, Sizzix

How much do you love gardening?

I know I do and getting seed packets with the boys every spring is so much fun.

Design Team Member Char Dobson created these cute seed packets using loads of Core’dinations and her Cricut. She can work her magic on that thing! And Core cuts beautifully.   AND don’t forget to emboss those images after you cut them.

Don’t you love how the cabbage looks embossed with Tim Holtz Sizzix brick embossing folder???  It looks so realistic. The  base of the packets are Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions found here.

OH AND P.S. WE WILL HAVE PART TWO OF CHAR’S SEED PAPER UP OVER AT OUR HOT TOPICS SECTION HERE!

Imaginisce Winners!

March 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft

We have some Winners!

First up our random blog winner from commenting last week is….

Tracy G says:
March 9, 2012 at 5:16 am

I love that birthday card! I have the IRock tool…need to get some more gems!!

And from Facebook our random winner is:

Today was great just like the other days. The hop was great and feeled with a whole lot of inspiration. Thanks so much.

Please email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with your name, address, phone number (if international) with Imaginisce Winner in the subject header. We ship contest prizes twice a month so please expect a minimum of  two weeks for your prize to arrive.

If you missed our blog week last week, got to play with the i-Rock!

And to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this week, Design Team Andrea Amu created this gorgeous altered frame using lots of Core’dinations Vintage Cardstock, Gemstones and Core Essentials Cardstocks!  Doesn’t the i-Rock make the perfect accents? Oh and a touch of May Arts Ribbon.

Please note all cuts on this project were done with the Circut.

Fabulous Cards

February 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, My Mind's Eye, Provocraft, Tim Holtz

Today from Design Team Member Andrea Amu!

Andrea’s cards have more details than my layouts. Anyone would be so blessed to receive one of these. They are amazing!

How about some scoring and Tim Holtz Kraft Core??? Notice the letters cut in the Chocolate Box?  yes please!!!

And this card has a beautiful mix of Tim Holtz Kraft Core and My Mind’s Eye Core Impressions. Don’t be afraid to mix up those collections….they all core’dinate!

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