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

Last Day with Tombow!

August 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co.

Today is the LAST day to comment on the Designer blogs to be entered to win some awesome goodies from Core and Tombow. We pick winners tomorrow morning!

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Don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook pages! We have addtional content over there we don’t always share here.

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Here is the Lineup for Thursday:

Marie Browning
Ellen Sosnoski
Kim Moreno
Ava Gavloski 

If you get lost just come back here or head over to the Tombow blog.

And a look at what is up for grabs from Core (win this by commenting on the Core blogs.)

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Subject to availability. Winner will be notified if we are out of stock of anything.

And from Tombow you can win (win this by commenting on Tombow blog and designer blogs)

Tombow prize will include:
· New Power Tabs 
· New Foam Tabs
· New Fastener Tabs 
· Mono Glue Pen

If you missed yesterday here you go. Hurry up because we will be picking winners TOMORROW the 16th!

Jennie
Mary Pat Siehl
Vivian Keh 
Debbie Standard
Kate Nolan-Denham 

And check it out…we have another super cute project from Designer Shaunte Wadley!

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Again those awesome tabs let you remove and close over and over again!

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Shaunte used the Stamp Runner to adhere the embellishments and embossed pieces to the project. Here’s a bit more about this project from Shaunte,  I really like the ease of adhesive placement, and the strong hold.

Then use the Hook and Loop Tabs for the enclosure. They are perfect to keep everything contained in my purse!

The post-it note holder (which included the perfectly nested separate squares that I embossed) is a Silhouette file, you can download it here.

The mini-pens I picked up at Dollar Tree. They come in a pack of 5, and are in the school supply section.
The neon post-it notes are from Walmart, and are Post-It brand. But you can use whatever you choose.

Other supplies:

Darice embossing folders
Queen &  Co bling
Lifestyle Crafts die cuts
Core essentials for all of the cardstock of course!

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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Thursday Layouts

 

Happy Thursday! Today we have some gorgeous projects for you! I mean, don’t we always? ;)

First up Designer Gail Linder and a beautiful display of our Pastel Core Essentials Collection Pack

 I love fun color combinations! For this layout I had a special story to tell and a couple of photos that I converted to black and white so I could use a soft color scheme to match the overall “feel” of the layout. So of course, my first stop was the pastel cardstock collections for some soft pinks, aquas and yellow.

I used a simple grid design, adding cardstock squares the same size as my photos. I then had fun embellishing each cardstock block with – you guessed it – more cardstock! But when I added the layers on top, I embossed, sanded and distressed them to make them stand out and add dimension!

For a scrapper like me that LOVES distressed edges, Core’dinations cardstock sure makes that easy! With minimal effort (ie. just a light sand), your edges are DONE! I even sanded the tiny scallop edge and die cut letters!

My little girl started school this year and (I’m sure all Mothers would agree) that it was quite an emotional time! The night before the first day of school, I wrote her a letter that I hope she’ll read and appreciate in years to come. As the journaling was quite long, I added a flap to the cardstock blocks so they lift up to reveal the journaling underneath! Fun!

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Supply List:
Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock: Pastels, Neutrals
Graphic 45 Signature Series cardstock
Pastel Core Tag
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug embossing folder
MFT Dies
EK Success punches
Big Shot
Heidi Swapp patterned paper
Simple Stories stickers
sequins, twine, pearls
And another layout from Designer Debbie Standard. How much do you LOVE this color combo????
I made this page of my daughter’s bff’s new baby.  I’m scrapping for him because he’s just so adorable and I’m honorary grandma.  I started with a sheet of basic Core in grey.  I really like the more rustic used look of some of the Core when I have sanded down so that some of the white shows through.  Then I added a sheet of the black dotted core which I also sanded and matted with blue.  I added some yellow which I embossed bu only lightly sanded over the dot part of the embossing.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to punch a border which I then sanded.  I used a Spellbinder’s die to make my flower.
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Supply List:
Core Essentials – Pastels and Darks
Core Spotted
Martha Stewart Punch
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Sizzix and Darice Embossing folders
May Arts Ribbon
Queen & Co. Pearls and twine and washi tape
Basic Grey Button and tags
Teresa Collins tags and brads
Spellbinder’s Die
Epic Park Tag (title)
Momenta sticker
Recollections wood – butterfly

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 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!

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