Time for a little LOVE connection!

First up we have Designer Vivian Keh with a few cards that are all about LOVE just in time for that very special Valentine’s Day coming up this week!

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Hello, friends! Vivian Keh here today to share with you Valentine’s Day cards that whip up really fast and are great if you have some mass producing to do for this special holiday.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_AThese small cards were die-cut using the lovely Core’dinations’ Core Impressions Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection. These pretty pastels are pre-embossed with feminine patterns, so all you have to do to reveal the texture is swipe the surface with your Sand-It Gadget.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_CThe pretty scalloped edges and perfect cuts are thanks to the Sizzix “Card, Mini Heart” #658478 Bigz Die. One pass cut out the card base as well as all the pretty shapes. Since the die is of the sturdy Bigz type, you can cut several sheets of your Core with one pass of your manual die-cut machine and save loads of time!

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_BA little distress ink accentuated the pretty edges, and the cards were finished off with some pearl and button embellishments.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_DThank you for visiting with me here on the Core’dinations blog. Hope my project has inspired your Valentine’s crafting!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Core Impressions Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection, Vanilla Creme Core Essentials, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Card, Mini Heart” #658478 Bigz Die
Viva Decor – pearl pen
Ranger – Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Prima Marketing – wooden buttons
Hemptique – fine hemp string

Vivian Keh here again to share with you a bit of my love for the softer and subtler Coredinations hues – creams, greys, neutrals – we have such a beautiful and abundant range of these colors available. I’ve been experimenting with our unique color core, sanding and layering pieces of a single hue to create interesting patterns and textures.

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For my card project today, I first die-cut beautiful hearts using Core’dinations “Pumice Stone” from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection and a Sizzix “Hearts, True Affections”#658923 die. Sanding the edges of the die-cut pieces brought out the pretty curves in these hearts and added interest to my background.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_2I paper punched and sanded several pretty blossoms using my favorite Fiskars floral punch with “Spun Sugar,” also from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection. These were all glued to another piece from the same Sizzix die-cut.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_3Little dots of liquid pearls added a special touch.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_AThis one will be for my guy.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_BI love how the mini heart wreath turned out!

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_CJust in case you were curious,”Per sempre,” means forever in Italian.

Thanks so much for visiting with me here at the Core’dinations blog.

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – “Pumice Stone” and “Spun Sugar,” Tim Holtz Distress Collection; Vanilla Cream Core Essentials, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Hearts, True Affections”#658923 die
Xyron – X Sticker Machine
Viva Decor – pearl penMemento – Espresso dye ink
Studio G – Alphabet stamps

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And we aren’t done yet!!!!! Designer Kim Moreno always makes the CUTEST  A1 size cards!

I used my ScorPal to create the frame around my card. I then punched several hearts in a variety of Valentines colors and slightly sanded each to reveal the colored core. I then strung them along the twine across the top of my card. I added jewels and chipboard to complete this quick and easy Valentines card. Would be fun to drop in the kids lunch or leave for the hubby!
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Supplies:
Core’dinations- Core Essentials (scarlet, wisteria, love potion, rose embroidery)
ScorPal tool
Glitz gems
Basic Grey chipboard
Martha Stewart punch
Twinery twine

Let’s warm up today with some SUNNY layouts

January 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

Suzanna here to share with you a layout of those distant yet approaching warmer, summer days! We all need a bit of sunshine right now to cheer us up.

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Have you noticed the increase of projects on an angle lately? I thought the slight tilt to this layout was only fitting for these pictures of the kids at the water park as they slipped and slid through the slides. The embossed cardstock adds to the water park feel.

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Stamping on the textured cardstock can be tricky but don’t worry, Core’dinations has just the solution for that; 110 pound smooth cardstock! Just perfect for stamping on AND better yet for those stamped images that have a corresponding die like these letters from Lawn Fawn!

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Not all of your cardstock needs to be self embossed. I mixed Spotted, Core Impressions and Core Essentials that I embossed myself and left just as it is. Check out the “rolled” edge that running the 110 pound cardstock with a die through your die cutting machine leaves. It’s not that abrupt ending of the edge.

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I created a sketch of this layout for you so you can adapt it for your own scrapping pleasures! If you create something based on my layout and/or sketch, please do share! I would love to see what you were inspired to do!

Supplies

Core Impressions, BasicGrey Whimsy

Core Essentials, Darks

Vintage, Oasis

Spotted Jillian, Aqueduct

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic, No 10

Sand It Gadget

Dust BuddyLetter Stamp and coordinating die: Lawn Fawn

Ink: Momenta

Enamel shape: My Minds Eye

Sticker: Jillibean

Die: Lifestyle Crafts

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And Kate Nolan -Denham has an awesome two page layout today with some amazing photos. LOOK at all that green grass!!! Here is a little bit about this layout from Kate:

Sharing my love of Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Cardstock today!  I used nothing but Kraft-Core for paper in this double-page layout.

It is so easy to add interest to a layout chock full of cardstock only by using simple techniques like embossing and sanding.  You can see where I sanded the papers and the Kraft-Core pops through.

Die cutting is another great way add interest on a cardstock only page.  The picture wheel and heart die cuts are focal points for the title work.  Check out the hearts…they are embossed and debossed with the same paper.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folders
EK Success Punch
Sizzix Dies
American Crafts Thickers

Sketch Challenge Inspo! Only one more day!

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Sizzix

Only ONE more day to get those sketch challenge entries in! They are due by tomorrow, January 25th. Either link them to THIS post or to our Facebook page.

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Our team has some inspiration for you today.

First up Clare Buswell. Clare’s card gets me super excited because she is using vellum and we released some BRAND NEW Ink Jet Printer friendly vellum at CHA!

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And Vivian Keh….Vivian used a Leaf, Tear dr0p die from Sizzix to create those hearts. SO CUTE and perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Don’t be afraid to use those strips as guidelines for embellishments!

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And Ava Gavloski…loving how Ava made those strips into banners!

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More Valentine’s Day Inspiration

January 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Imaginisce, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

I mean, what doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day like glitter cardstock?  Well, Core’dinations has some amazing lines for you! Our Gemstones, Glitter Silk and Core Couture are the BEST glitter cardstocks out there. And don’t forget about Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions. There are sheets in there for all those major holidays.

Let’s check out some amazing projects from Suzanna Lee!

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Love is in the air! Actually love is amidst glittery and shimmering X’s and O’x on this tri-fold card! What better way to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day than with glitter and hearts?

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Supplies

Glitter Silk Princess Pink

Gemstones 6×6 Pad

Gemstones Onyx

Core Couture 6×6 Pad

Die: Sizzix/Stephanie Barnard

Stamp: Hampton Arts

Paperclip: Websters

Cut file created from Ali Edward’s brush

Silhouette Cameo

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That day of sweet notes and sweet treats is around the corner and today I have a layout to share with you showcasing the Valentine’s paper of the Seasonal Impressions collection. I love selectively sanding the words that work with and support my layout. It’s almost like having a piece of patterned paper for a background.

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Check out how cool the dots look along the letters:

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And look at all that texture!

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Supplies

Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions

Gemstones Collection

Spotted, Jillian, Snowflake

Core Essentials, Neutrals

Sand It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Cut Files; Layered Heart (#37620), Heart Clips (#53821, modified), Hugs, Kisses both created from Heidi Swapp brushes

Punches: Martha Stewart

Tag: Chic Tags

Twine: American Crafts

iRock and Hot Rocks: Imaginisce

December Daily Part Two with Vivian Keh

Happy Friday! Who is ready for some more December Daily inspo from Vivian Keh?  I know  I am!

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Hello, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today to share with you a few more pages from my December Daily. How is yours coming along?

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_MontageHow quickly the days pass when it comes to December Dailies, don’t you agree? I’m having to mark my calendar so I don’t lose track of what I plan to use for each day in December. I’m really glad that I decided to craft this project as the month proceeds instead of ahead of time, because as you can see, the photos very much informed how I chose to design each page. And since December is such a busy month for me and probably for many of you, I decided to keep my pages really simple.

VivianKehDecemberDailyMittsPage_AFor this page, I paired some lovely colors from the Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection with a few pretty Kaisercraft patterned papers in order to create a knit-inspired pattern. The shapes were die-cut from a fantastic basic shape Sizzix die called Leaves, Tear Drop.

VivianKehDecemberDailyMittsPage_BSeveral dots of a pearl pen were added to draw attention to my pattern of knit stitches.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDailyMeatballs_AWe have been busy trying to ready our home for about 25 of my in-laws visiting on Christmas day. As of December 1st, the living room was still completely unfurnished, but things are moving along. Part of the preparations involved a trip to IKEA for fast, affordable furnishings – love that place, especially the cafeteria, where we stopped first to fill our tummies with some Swedish meatballs.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDailyMeatballs_BI couldn’t get over how many meatballs were heaped on DH’s plate, and of course I teased him about it. Using just a circle punch, I jokingly exaggerated the number of meatballs he consumed. They were all cut from warm brown Core’dinations hues – French Roast and Latte from our Core Essentials, and Hazelnut from the Tim Holtz Adirondack Collection.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDailyWreath_AMy photo on this page features a project made while hubbie was on a business trip. His presence was definitely missed, but I made use of the time, checking off items on the to-do list, crafting projects such as this wreath.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDailyWreath_BThe wreath in the photo uses a beautifully pre-embossed cardstock from Core’dinations’ Core Amour Collection. I created a perfectly coordinated page using the same Core Amour cardstock and a new die that I love, the Sizzix Doily, Classical Lace Bigz Die. If you are curious about the wreath, I have more details on that over on my blog.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! Wishing you happy holidays filled with much joy and love.

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection,
French Roast and Latte from our Core Essentials,
Hazelnut from the Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack Collection
Core’dinations’ Core Amour Collection
Sand-it Gadget, Dust Buddy

December Daily with Vivian Keh and Tim Holtz Kraft Core

December 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Authentique, Core Blog, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

We are celebrating the Holidays with some TIM HOLTZ KRAFT-CORE! Did you know that KRaft-Core comes in TWO collections?  Both the Nostaglic collection and the Shattered Collection. Both come in 12″ and 6″ assorted packs, so perfect for any paper crafter.

We have a giveaway for you, too! Want your very own SIGNED copy from Tim Holtz himself???

 Well we have a treat for YOU…HURRY you only have until Sunday. Click on the image and then enter to WIN!

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Today we have designer Vivian Keh working her Tim Holtz magic!

Hello Core fans! Vivian Keh here to share with you a new adventure for me in papercrafting. I’ve never done a December Daily before, mostly because what I’ve seen online has very much revolved around kids’ experiences of this very special month, and our “kids” are only of the furry type. But my friend, Gwen, encouraged me to do one. So here I am today to share a bit of my project with you and hopefully inspire your Core crafting! Mine is going to be a gift for my man, and it’s going to be a collection of everyday bits in the cherished life we share, featuring details that others might perceive as mundane, but which are quite precious to us.

Since it’s a gift for hubbie, I decided to keep the palette masculine, using primarily Core’dinations cardstock from our Tim Holtz “Shattered” and “Seasonal Impressions” Collections. For this effect, I embossed pieces of various sizes with a number of Sizzix embossing folders, and also used Core pieces that were already embossed straight out of the package. After sanding and distressing the pieces, they were stitched into a patchwork.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_1This is a detail of the front patchwork, which was stitched onto a piece of printer paper so as not to add bulk, and then mod-podged as one piece onto chipboard.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_2 And the back. On occasion, I will reach for the shimmery stuff, and this Christmas I have been doing quite a lot of it. But initially, I wasn’t inclined to glitz up this project. My crafting buddy, Gwen, threw some Core’dinations Glitter Silk bells on top. Lo and behold, it totally worked and infused this project with holiday cheer!

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_EI adhered several gold fibers to carry the gold throughout the composition, and added a bit of cream to contrast the more deeply hued palette.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_BThe completed front…

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_AAnd the back…

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_CIf you are interested, I have a few pages to share today as well! The inside cover has my little dedication.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_InsideCoverCore’dinations’ Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions have a lovely variety of typography already embossed into the cardstock. I sanded to reveal the beautiful patterns, added a bit of distress ink on the edges, and a few embellishments.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec1December 1st was all about getting the house ready for my in-laws who are all visiting on Christmas Day. Folks, the house isn’t furnished yet! So we have been busy “swatching,” painting, IKEA-ing, and sneaking meals in between. This page features Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Collection, which in my opinion is perfect for holiday crafting!

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This is my page for December 3rd. A new habit the two of us have picked up is doing the crossword mornings when hubbie doesn’t have to rush off. Each of us have different strengths, which makes collaborating on the more difficult puzzles so much fun. Many of these crossword squares were cut from scraps of pieces I had used for the covers.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec3JournalingThe journaling is on a canvas texture Core tag that is pinned and removable.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec4Usually we walk the pooches in the morning together, unless my guy has an early morning meeting. December 4th was such a day, so I took a longer route, allowed the dogs to linger and sniff some more, picked up some lovely acorns that are all falling from the trees right now. We’ve got grey squirrels here, and black ones, too. The squirrelys go nuts for the nuts and the dogs go nuts over the squirrels lol! I die-cut these using my Silhouette Cameo and File #11205 from Hero Arts, placing patches of textured Core and patterned paper to fill in the negative space.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec4JournalingI hope you enjoyed my December Daily share today! I will be posting more of it as December barrels ahead on my blog!

Happy Holidays!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection
Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions Collection
Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Collection
Core Tags
Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – all dies and Embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Ranger – distress ink, Stickles
Memento – dye ink
Authentique – patterned paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon – fibers
Little Yellow Bicycle – Alphas
Silhouette – cutting file #11205 from Hero Arts
Martha Stewart – Snowflake edger punch
EK Success – Notebook edger punch
Fiskars – small heart punch

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