Hello, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today with a journal inspired by Spring, crafted using upcycled corrugate as a base, and Core’dinations Vintage Collection for all the patchworked pieces and die-cut embellishments. I’m definitely itching for the spring blossoms to start making a show. How about you?
For both the cover and the back, I dry embossed several colors of Core’dinations Cardstock from the “Vintage” Collection, making great use of my stash of embossing folders. These were cut into smaller pieces and stitched together to form a pleasing background.
Sizzix has a fantastic Bigz die “Flowers & Leaves” #658480, which I used for the pretty leaf details on the back.
And the floral detail on the front. As you can see, sanding the edges of my die-cut pieces creates subtle variations in tone. Sanding the dry embossed pieces reveals bold patterns and textures that I so love!
Tearing of the Core’dinations Cardstock added a nice punch of interest to the inside cover.
Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix: “Flowers & Leaves” #658480 Bigz Die
Embossing Folders: Sizzix, Darice, Cuttlebug
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam binding, twine
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!
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.
These 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.
The 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!
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.
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.
I 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.
Thanks so much for visiting with me here at the Core’dinations blog.
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
And we aren’t done yet!!!!! Designer Kim Moreno always makes the CUTEST A1 size cards!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Dust BuddyLetter Stamp and coordinating die: Lawn Fawn
Enamel shape: My Minds Eye
Die: Lifestyle Crafts
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:
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.
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!
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!
And Ava Gavloski…loving how Ava made those strips into banners!
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!
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?
Die: Sizzix/Stephanie Barnard
Stamp: Hampton Arts
Cut file created from Ali Edward’s brush
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.
Check out how cool the dots look along the letters:
And look at all that texture!
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
Happy Friday! Who is ready for some more December Daily inspo from Vivian Keh? I know I am!
Hello, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today to share with you a few more pages from my December Daily. How is yours coming along?
How 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.
For 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.
We 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.
I 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.
My 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.
The 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.
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