T-minus TWO days until Halloween!

And we have some MUST haves for you scrapbooking.

First, our Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions shown here from Designer Debbie Standard:

I love when the season is one that works with Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions cardstock – it makes the page so easy to do.  For this page I started with sanding the entire sheet.  Then I inked the outside design and some of the words with Tim Holtz Ink.  Then I shielded the middle of the sheet and sprayed the edges again with Ranger Dylusions Pure Sunshine spray.  Then I embossed a sheet of Tim Holtz Adirondack cardstock and sanded it and layered it over a sheet of patterned paper from Graphic 45′s French County collection.
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Embossing folder – Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Cuttlebug
Spellbinder’s Dies:  Rose Creations (S5-050) and Foliage (S4-328)
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Queen and Co. Ribbon
My Mind’s Eye tag
Glitz Puffy Words
Creative Charms – puffy words (parenthesis )
Queen and Co. Washi Tape
Reminisce chipboard Stickers
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Cardstock: Tim Holtz Seasonal and Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack collections
Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 French Country collection
Washi Tape:  Queen & Co.
Brads:  Queen & Co. and Creative Charms
Flowers and foam embellishments:   Creative Charms
Trim:  KI Memories
Cuttlebug embossing tool
Darice embossing folder
AND … we have another gorgeous gorgeous creation using our SECOND must have for Halloween projects…..BLACK MAGIC!
Chalkboard is all the rage currently and what better product than Core to create your own embellishments and layouts! Especially Black Magic!! For a “grungier” chalkboard look, that look as if the blackboard has been used, be sure to rub your chalk (yes, real chalk), lightly on the Nightfall cardstock before decorating. I have used 4 different chalkboard effects here to create this layout; 1.) white pencil on paper (my title, Carved), 2.) Die cut or punched objects with sanded edges (bat and numbers), 3.) white powder embossed stamps and 4.) embossed Black Magic which is sanded to show color for a pop of color.
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HOW COOL! Suzzana used some of her own chalk skills on here AND did some simple sanding on the star. SO COOL!
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Supplies:
Embossing Folder -  Cuttlebug
Stamps – Autumn Leaves, Inkadinkado, Recollections
Font – Toskanische, EgyptienneInitialen
Ink – VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Ranger
Die – Papertrey Ink
Punch – EK Success
Watercolor Pencil – Derwent
YES! Suzanna has a card for us, too. Happy Dance!!!
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Supplies:
Washi – Bella Blvd
Embossing Folder and powder – Tim Holtz & Ranger
Enamel Dots – My Minds Eye
Stamp – Papertrey Ink
Die – Sizzix, My Favorite Things
Foam Adhesive – Imaginisce

Creating well-balanced layouts with Mary Pat Siehl

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Scor Pal

Today we have some really great layouts from Designer Mary Pat Siehl. She always creates really well-balanced layouts and mixes and matches her Core! For the first layout she creates balance bu using circles and her Silhouette. For the second layout….check out how she works those Core TAGS! You are going to love love it.

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One of my favorite things about Core Cardstock is that it cuts beautifully in the Silhouette. For my layout I cut out the background using the white in the Nuetral collection. I then took my 1 inch punch and cut out 81 circles to fill the negative spaces. Core cardstock has so many colors to coordinate with your pattern paper so I punched 63 circles using the Core cardstock (some were embossed and I lighty sanded them and some I left with their solid color) and only 18 with pattern paper. I then matted my photo using my Core Cardstock that I scored and lightly sanded to frame the photo. Finally I scored the 12×12 sheet to frame the circle background.

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Supplies:
Core:  Neutrals, Spotted, Tim Holtz Distress collection and Darks Collection pack
Core white tags
elle’s studio tags
paper- fancy pants
stickers- fancy pants
studio calico wood veneer and cork arrows
Scor Pal
sand it Gadget
Dust buddy

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Core Cardstock is really amazing because you can do so many things with it.  I used the Core Essentials Snowflake cardstock and scored it to give it a slight frame.  Next I misted it lightly just to add a hint of color.  I then also stamped directly on it.  The cardstock is awesome for all these “On Trend” techniques.  I then made a banner with the different Core Tags.  I just love the different sizes and here I embossed all the tags with different embossing folders and then lightly sanded them.

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supplies:
Cardstock – Core Essentials
paper- lily bee
die cut tags- elle’s studio
flair- a flair for buttons
mist- heidi swapp
stamps- studio calico and american crafts
ink hero arts
wood veneer- freckled fawn
stickers- jillibean soup and little yellow bicycle

We’re BACK!

July 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives, Scor Pal

Wahoo! Our site is up and we are ready to rock-n-roll! But we did lose a few blog posts from earlier this week so today is one of those posts. Unfortunately they were some Fourth of July posts so it may seem a little  late so sorry about that!

BUT the good thing is that you can make these stars ANY time of the year! They look SO good on layouts, too.  Keep on reading for some great step-by-step directions from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham!

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1)Create a card base, A2 size, made out of Red Rose Core’dinations Cardstock.

2)Cut a piece of White Glove CoreCouture Glitter Cardstock to 4″ x 5.25″. Glue to card base.

3)Deboss a piece of Navy Cardstock from the 4.25 x 5.5″ Darks collection and layer it on top of the white mat. I used Craft Concepts Solid Stars embossing folder for this card. The debossing is a GREAT contrast to the raised stars, don’t you think?

4)Die cut 3 larger stars in different sizes and 2 small stars out of the Red Rose cardstock leftover from making the base of the card.  I used Sizzix Star Framelits.

5)Score each large star at each point.

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6)Scor the stars along the scored lines and sand them with the Sandit Gadget to give them a 3-D effect.

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7)Die cut a label shape out of the White Glove CoreCouture Glitter Cardstock, trim the bottom of it so it will be flush with the White Glove mat already on the card.

8)Stamp the sentiment on the label you die cut in #7. I used Spellbinders Label.

9)Add the stars and sentiment label to the card using 3-D foam. I used Helmar Zapdots.

10)Give to someone.  This card is bound to brighten anyone’s day!

Core’dinations Supplies:

Core’dinations 12×12 Darks – Red Rose

Core’dinations 4.25 x 5.5 Darks – Navy

Core Couture  6×6 – White Gloves

Sand it Gadget

Dust Buddy

 Other Supplies:

Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal

Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive & ZapDots

Spellbinders & Sizzix Dies

Stampin’ Up! Stamp

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!

Happy Wednesday!

June 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co., Scor Pal, Tim Holtz, Xyron

What a great day…the sun is shining…only a few more days until Friday…what more can we ask for? WELL, Designer Debbie Standard has some layouts for you today.

This layout brought a smile to my face today. First up the Cosmo Cricket Woodgrain background…and the colors…yellow…gray…and that pop of red are just awesome! Oh and you cannot forget about the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions. Debbie hand cut those details for her title and subtitles.

And how cute is this???  Debbie was inspired by all the sunburst layouts she has been  seeing on Pinterest. SPEAKING of Pinterest…make sure you follow us on our page HERE! What a great way to use up those scraps of Core you have in your bin. AND all those lush embossed (and sanded of course!) designs are gorgeous, gorgeous!

Debbie cut, embossed and sanded each section and then created the sunburst effect along the top.  Then she added the Stacy Julian Core Impressions pre-embossed words along the side.  Then she added some clouds that she die cut using the Whitewash collection which makes really great clouds by the way because you can lightly sand them and bring out the blue tones.

Supplies:

Core Essentials
Stacy Jullian collection
White Wash Collection 6 X 6
Embossing folders – numerous
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Queen & Co. Washi tape and gems

Some More Father’s Day inspiration…

June 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Scor Pal, Simple Stories

Hi Everyone!  Ellen here today with a Father’s Day card I made…well two of them.  And they are very different!  I was inspired this week by two different things.

First up, I was working with some Couture Creations dies and after my cut I realized unfortunately that my sandwich was wrong. So it didn’t cut all the way through. That happens to me from time to time and I just put them in my recycle bin. WEll not this this time! I thought…I can do something with that…and I did! You have to check out their Doily dies..they are AWESOME! And versatile….

There was no way I could cut this with craft knife because it was too detailed so I grabbed my Sand it Gadget and I sanded and sanded and sanded a bit more and the “etched” image created starts to pop off the card.  It’s subtle but I think it works AND I saved some scraps ;)

And next up I was in my inbox and the daily RSS feed from Scrapbook & Cards Today was there and I found this treat: Folded Shirt Card for Father’s Day!

Aly Dosdal from the WRMK Design Team originally did the video so I had to try it out because I just KNEW that Core w0uld be awesome with this tutorial. I used Core Essentials for the shirt, Chocolate Box for the tie and background and a David Tutera Celebrate card for the base. I cannot get enough of these square cards!   For the original video check out the WRMK blog .

I gotta tell you…I did it on the FIRST try so it wasn’t that hard. You will need your Scor-Pal or scoring tool of some sort.

And  here is the inside of the card. You can open it up and put something in there.

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