Enter to win a HUGE Core’dinations and Couture Creations Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

We have a HUGE giveaway for you! How exciting is this?

All you need to do is LIKE both Core’dinations and Couture Creations on Facebook (giving our friends over there shout out would be nice, too 😉 and then click HERE to enter to win! That’s it! We are giving away FOUR prizes of $50 FULL of products from both companies. You don’t want to miss this!

Core and Couture Creations Giveaway

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And who’s ready for some projects from Design Team Member Kim Moreno??? I don’t think there is one project on here where Kim doesn’t work her  ScorPal. Scoring is a GREAT and EASY way to add accents to projects. From creating a unique frame around your projects to adding journal lines and even making your own patterns….you name it! You can do it with Core’dinations!!

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LOVE the outlining technique for the title!

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Cardstock: Core Essentials (Nightfall, Fushia Fizz, Atoll Aqua), Core Impressions (BasicGrey)
Cardstock Sticker: Crate Paper
Foam letter stickers: American Crafts
Tool: ScorPal

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And a few cards…Kim can really work her card magic. All you need is some Core and a few accents and, “Voila!” You have some gorgeous cards for any occasion.

I know we shared this card on Facebook already but with the upcoming Holiday, I wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to see it. Repeating the same shape in different colors and lines of Core’dinations looks amazing! AND it’s quick and easy. You just grab some scraps, run them through your embossing machine…adhere…and that’s it!

I used the ScorPal to create the border around the edge of my card and sanded it slightly to reveal the kraft core of the paper. I then ran the papers through my Cuttlebug to emboss the leaves… sanded each of them and cut them out. I used the 250 to adhere the leaves down and then used the glue dots to keep the sentiment block down- I wanted it to be a bit more tacky since it was going over the twine.

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Core’dinations: Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Tim Holtz Shattered, Vintage Collection
Twine: Twinery
Embossing: Cuttelbug folder and machine
Adhesive: Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots, 250 machine, Mega Runner
Tool: ScorPal
Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Clearsnap

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And another cute  card…I just love these little square cards!  Scoring is the perfect accent, too. Here is how she did it:

I used my scor pal to make the lines around the edge of the card. I then ran the pink paper through my cuttlebug and sanded the sentiment slightly to reveal the colored core of the pink paper. I then backed it in patterned paper twice and adhered to the center of card and added jewels and felt embellishment to finish.

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Cardstock: Core Essentials (Atoll Aqua, Fushia Fizz)

Jewels: Queen & Co.

Embosing folder and machine: Cuttlebug

Felt embellishment: Maya Road
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper
Tool: Scor-Pal

Holiday Inspiration with Authentique!

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 are using the Seasons Autumn and the Tradition lines.

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Before we give you all the goods 😉 PLEASE check out both companies on Pinterest and follow them for endless inspiration!

Authentique Paper- http://www.pinterest.com/beauthentique/
Core’dinations- http://www.pinterest.com/coredinations/
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First up we have Mary Pat Siehl with a layout using the Seasons Autumn layout. She really embraces the Autumn color palette with the rusts and reds and I love that touch of navy blue!

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I think is is the beautiful rich colors that are all around!  Core and Authentique are such a great pairing becuse of the beautful textures and colors that both companies have.  For today I made a fall layout with the new collection from Authentique and I paired it up with some Core Amour and Core Impressions Jillibean Soup.  The colors really mixed well and the texture it provided just made the layout!

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Supplies:
Paper, die cut stickers, tag and title- Authentique Seasons: Autumn
Cardstock- Core Impressions  Jillibean Soup and Core Amour
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Dust Buddy
pearls- Recollections
markers- Spectrum Noir
Twine and Ribbon- May Arts

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 Next how about a mini album all about Tradition from Ava Gavloski. SO MANY amazing details on this gorgeous project!
Authentique is one of my favorite pattern paper companies.  They have quality weight paper with a vintage feel to their pattern’s and color tones. 
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Add some Clearsnap ink for the edges of the pages and this album has a great look.  Heat set the May Arts ribbon and the album has a vintage  feel.

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You can see the beauty of the Core’dinations inner core with each page being embossed and sanded.  The Authentique pattern papers match perfectly with Core’dinations cardstock.

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This Authentic Tradition collection is truly a complete collection to allow for a finished album without the need to purchase additional supplies.

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The Authentique sticker elements embellished the album by bring back memories of our Christmas Eve Celebration.

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Notice on the red banner how you can make your own design by placing the cardstock over any textured surface and sand to reveal the pattern and inner core color.

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Supplies:
Authentique: Traditions Collection
Pattern Papers:  Rudolph, Customary, Medley
Elements stickers
Core’dinations
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered No. 16-S
Core Essentials Scarlet GX-CR-040
Sand it Gadget set
Want2Scrap Rhinestones
MayArts Ribbon
Maya Road chipboard album, mixed layered book
Clearsnap ColorBox ink, lipstick red
Helmar, Gem Stone and Craft Adhesive.
Embossing folders:
Spellbinders EL-021
Sizzix Texture Fades,Snow Flurries
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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!

We {heart} Core Amour!

September 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co., Tim Holtz

Fall is here and we are all about scarves..sweaters..all things warm including coffee!  Well, Suzanna really made this layout in July and it’s of iced coffee but that’s okay 😉  That allows me to  point out the fact that she used her brown journal marker right on her Core Amour…it’s pre embossed but that’s okay! Don’t be afraid to embrace that texture and write right over it 😉

And can we just talk about the perspective of that photo? What a beautiful shot.

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Supplies:

Chocolate Box, Spotted, Core Amour

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And next up we have a layout using loads of Core’dinations and some Graphic45 papers & stickers. What else  screams fall but picking currants?  Designer Shaunte Wadley adds so much gorgeous detail to this layout using her Lifestyle Crafts dies and Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered cardstock. The Graphic 45 are the perfect touch to add vintage  elements to this project.

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And how about some Chocolate box for that title?

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Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions for the background.
Whitewash for the butterfly accents.
Chocolate Box for the title.
Core Essentials for the flowers and journaling tag.
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered for the leaf vines.

Graphic 45, stickers, patterned paper
Queen & Co bling.

Designing with Debbie Standard

We have three gorgeous layouts from the amazing Debbie Standard!

Debbie creates the most amazing projects…so much detail and SO MUCH CORE!  She really demonstrates the entire concept of, ahem, not needing any patterned paper.  You can do it!

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I love using the White Wash collection – there’s just so many uses for it.  For my page here I  sanded over the entire sheet so some of the blue tones would come through and then up under the title area I put a piece of cloud chipboard and sanded over it in several different places to simulate the sky and clouds in that area of my page.  Then I had two small embossing folders and I used some of the bright cardstock which perfectly matched the little dress and embossed and sanded two small squares.  I then used the same paper and scored it around the area of my embossed piece to create little frames.  To make the embossed piece stand out I backed it with white.  The leaves were all created on my Silhouette machine.  As long as you can run these through your Xyron you can sand these delicate pieces before taking them off the backing and applying them to your page.  The flowers are all cut with Spellbinder’s Dies.  Then I  lightly sanded them – you have to be really careful doing this as they are delicate – I find it works best to put my finger in the middle of the flower and then lightly sand the edges of the petals.  The larger the flower the easier it is to sand.  Then I rolled the petals over my paper piercer and sprayed them with some Maya Road mist.  I continued to encourage the edges to curl after misting.  After they were dry I added some My Mind’s Eye brads.  This adorable little subject is my sister’s bff’s granddaughter, Bridgette.

Supply List:
Whitewash cardstock
Core Brights
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Silhouette Cameo
Spellbinders Dies – Rose Creations
Embossing Folders:  Sizzix, Cuttlebug
Xyron
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Scor it
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers

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I just love the dotted collection – both of them – one has larger dots and one smaller.  It even comes in the 6 X 6 too!  For this I started with a sheet of the blue in the Jillian collection.  First I scored a frame around the entire sheet and then I sanded only inside my frame.  Then I cut a piece from the Tillie collection in a lighter shade of blue and attached it to top of my page.  I then used a sheet of Core Impressions Fancy Pants collection which I sanded and then just cut out the frame from.  I made my clouds using a die cut and then cutting it from a sheet of White Wash – these make the best clouds – you can sand them letting the blue come through and they really look like clouds!  Then using some of the smooth tags I used one for my title tying a May Arts ribbon around it and another for my journaling.  The adorable little subject is my daughter’s bff’s baby – so love that she got these monthly stickers so she can record a picture every month for me!

Supply List:
WhiteWash Collection
Jillian Dots Collection
Tillie Dots Collection
Core Pastels collection
Core Impressions Fancy Pants collection
Core Smooth tags
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Martha Stewart Punch
Tags:  October Afternoon, My Mind’s Eye
Chipboard:  Basic Grey
Hellicopter:  Best Creations
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers
Ribbon:  May Arts

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I saw this wedding photo and immediately knew I would be jumping into my Core Amour collection for this one.  I also used some of the Core Pastels which were the colors of her wedding.  This particular Amour sheet only requires that you sand across the works.  Then I misted it.  I used my  Silhouette to cut some swirls which I layered down the side of the page.  I then used a Martha Stewart punch and placed a small pink ribbon over it.  The photo itself I first matted with black, then with pink and then which yellow white I tore around .  The flowers and butterfly all came from die cuts which I cut, sanded and then sprayed with Maya Road spray.  I let them dry and then put them together and attached to my page.  I added some little tiny die cut tags and some prima leaves.  

Supply List:
Core Onyx Amour Collection
Core Pastels collection
Spellbinder’s Rose Creations Die, and tags CD003
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Maya Road Mist
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette Cameo
Xyron
Ribbon:  Stash
Envelope:  Stash
Bling:  Queen & Co.
Leaves:  Prima

Happy Monday!

Sorry I am a little late today, the flu bug has hit our home and today hasn’t been so much fun. Thank goodness it’s today and not next week when our kids go back to school.

So what is on the agenda for today?  First we have a giveaway!!! Does that word ever get old? LOL! May Arts, our absolutely go to ribbon around here, is celebrating so check out how to win HERE!

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Next up we have Designer Kim Moreno with a  ffew gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous layouts!

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To create the hearts in the background of my layout I placed a chipboard heart behind my cardstock and slightly sanded over the top making sure to get the edges well so the heart would show clearly (the outlining technique).
I the layered the pre-embossed Spotted purple cardstock and the cuttlebug embossed grey paper to create my layout. I added white spotted cardstock and instead of inking the raised dots I simply rubbed them along the black cardstock and it picked up the “leftover” dust and colored the white spotted cardstock nicely. 
I then added my stickers and embellishments to complete my layout!

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Supplies:
Cardstock: Core’dinations (Spotted- Forge me not, BlackMagic- protect, Core Essentials- Argos, Snowflake)
Chipboard: Heidi Swapp (arrows), American Crafts (letters), Magistical Memories (heart used to sand)
Stickers: Jillibean Soup
Flowers: Creative Charms
Jewels: Queen & Co
Washi Tape: K&Co (black dot), scroll (unknown)
Cuttlebug machine and embossing folders.

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Summer Lovin’ layout using loads and loads of Imaginisce goodies!

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And a close up:

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Using my scorpal I embossed the lines around the edge of my layout to frame the whole layout I then sanded the lines and the edge of my paper rather roughly tearing some of the edges to reveal the color core of the cardstock. I backed my photo in patterened paper and vintage cardstock tearing along the bottom to reveal the core. I also traced on the back of the vintage yellow cardstock and tore the pieces of the sunshine out and sanded the edges slightly to create the sunshine piece.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Core’dinations (Autumn & Lemonade- Vintage Collection), (Nassau Blue, Snowflake, & Sutter Butter- Core Essentials collection)
Patterned paper/ sticker/ die cuts: Imaginisce
Adhesive: Zapdots by Helmar
Tool: ScorPal

Summer Challenge: Brights Day Two

We are here with our Summer Brights Challenge!

Every month we challenge our designers to try new things. It might be a collection pack, techniques…something different just to get those creative juices flowing.  So for July, we challenged our designers to use the Brights Collection pack and to do some fussy cutting for some added interest.

 The Brights collection pack is the PERFECT color palette for all your summer layouts and projects! Don’t be afraid of those bright colors..embrace them!

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First up we have Designer Shaunte Wadley. She created a card trio for us today using Brights, David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking system, Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions, Core Couture, & Vintage Cardstock.

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Here is a shot of some of the Core Couture glitter cardstock. SWOOOOOOOOON! Dies are from Lifestyle Crafts.

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And I love how Designer Vivian Keh used the purples in this layout. The possiblities are endless with what you can do with a bright color palette. Add a op of yellow and that gorgeous fussy cutting of her stamps and you have the perfect layout!

And nothing is cuter than a swimming doggie :) Blues and yellows are the perfect summer colors!

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Don’t want to stamp on the textured side?  Flip it over!

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And Suzanna Lee created a layout focusing on  the primary colors found in the Brights Collection pack.   And, not to mention, this yogurt place is awesome! You pick your own ice cream and toppings and then they weigh it for you. You gotta be careful though….it adds up! LOL!  Tone on tone embossing and die cuts with jsut the perfect touch of sanding. LOVE IT!

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