Hearts All Around!

April 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co.

We love some 8.5×11″ around here!

So for this layout, Melissa  embossed the cardstock FIRST and then sanded BEFORE  punching into heart shapes. This is much more Time efficient than individually embossing and sanding each punched shape. And if the shapes are tiny it’s a bit harder to sand those small pieces, too.

And that scored frame is just an easy way to create a focal point on your projects. Scor THE BACK of the cardstock and then sand the raised image on the front. It is THAT easy!

And, of course, the stitched circle is just the perfect detail to finish this cute layout.

Here is a close up of the Label technique we know and love here at Core. Melissa used her Label maker and then inked the raised letters so they pop off the cardstock. For more info on labeling check out our video here:

Journal strips are such a great way to accent your journaling. Again, Melissa used some Whitewash and sanded the edges…

Melissa used a variety of embossing folders from Sizzix, Darice and Provocraft in addition to some Queen & Co. bling.

Layouts with Designer Melissa Oliveira

April 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Pink Paislee, Queen & Co.

Designing with Melissa Oliveira today!  Here is a little bit about this cute layout from Melissa:

The graphic design of the Pink Paislee Core Impressions made a great home for a grid style layout. AND chevrons are all the rage these days! Keeping the layout clean and simple with just a bit of sanding and embossing allows the little details like the punched butterflies, sanded edges and machine stitched border shine through.

And a close up…Core’dinations is just so great. Sand some, emboss some, use your Fiskars Paper Crimper like Melissa did here with the yellow strip …so many textures so little time! And the added Queen & Co. bling on the butterflies is the perfect touch!

Layouts, Layouts and more Layouts!

April 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co., Tim Holtz

Design Team Member Debbie Standard uses Core in the most magical ways! Did I say layouts only?  ooooops…I am going to squeak in a card there, too. :)

Check out how she used the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection today.

First up:  Embossed AND Sanded :)

See sketch for this card here.

And a bit of everything on this layout…some sanded die cuts…some embossing and sanding….edge distressing…you name it! It’s perfection.

And another layout from Debbie using some of the scraps from the card above on here and some Tim Holtz KRaft Core Seasonal Impressions…love how these core’dinate, don’t you?

Pink Paislee Core Impressions

April 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Pink Paislee, Queen & Co.

Any old but goodie!

Designer Melissa Oliveria created this layout for us today. Banners never get old, do they?

The cupcake banner was created by embossing and sanding several 1″ strips of Core Essentials cardstock, then trimming a “v” shape at one end of each strip. A punched, sanded Whitewash border was added to each flag before adhering to the layout using foam dots. The base is Pink Paislee Core Impressions…just a little sanding goes a long way!

And I just heard that the NEW Design Team is 99.99% finalized. So stay tuned for the announcement!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Tuesday!

March 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Queen & Co.

First up just a reminder that our DESIGN TEAM CALL is going on NOW! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to be able to create with Core’dinations all day, every day!


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We hope you had a GREAT weekend and a fun St. Patrick’s Day! Beleive it or not we got FOUR inches of snow here yesterday! So the kids were home early and we had one last snow day, hopefully, boefore the first day of spring this week!

Speaking of Spring….when I think of Spring, Easter is one of the things that pops into my head.

Designer Shaunte Wadley created this for us today celebrating a classic Easter delicatessen, PEEPS! AND she used hers scraps. TOO CUTE!

Here is how she did it:
Jillian Dot Cardstock for the card base
Gemstone Cardstock for the  Peeps and flower
May Arts ribbon, Queen & Co. Washi Tape (for those cute pin flags again!), Bunny is Lifestyle Crafts die.

Kiss Me, I’m Irish?

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Queen & Co.

OR NOT?!?!

This just makes me smile all over. Luckily I have a good bit ‘o Irish in me but if you don’t, than this is for YOU! Designer Shaunte Wadley created this card with so many details!  Pretty crafty how Shaunte used the washi tape and pins to make her own flags, don’t  you think?   And a simple scalloped square out of the Spotted cardstock is a great place for the sentiment.  Embellish and you have a fabulous card that is perfect for any occasion! Don’t forget to use those 6×6 paper packs for your cards, too, they are available in both Tillie and Jillian Spotted collections.

Supplies Shaunte used: Cut & Emboss  brights and Glitter Silk (title)
Other Supplies: Queen & Co. washi tape, May Arts ribbon, Darice Embossing Folder

Stay tuned for winners this week. We have a TON to get picked and posted so stay close! You don’t want to miss your name up here for some fabulous cardstock or the issue of Cardmaps Vol. 3!

AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR DESIGN TEAM CALL HERE!!!!!!!! ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO ENTER!!!!

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