Designing with Ava Gavloski

Happy Monday Morning!
We are up today with some MORE exciting news….it keeps getting better around here, don’t you think?

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Now we  more inspiration for you from Designer Ava Gavloski.

Creating with the Core’dinations Pastel collection is so inviting for a delicate project like a new baby card.  The texture of the cardstock with the soft color tones is perfect for any baby shower party decor or baby card. Going to a baby shower before the baby is born, creates the opportunity to design with any color combination outside of the traditional pink or blue.  Here is a card I designed with cardstock from the Pastel collection.  The texture is amazing after embossing and sanding to reveal the core color of the cardstock.

 

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Love the mix of Spotted Cardstock, paper crimping and embossing that Ava used…

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Supplies:
Pastels Core’dinations cardstock (pistachio, wisteria)
Jillian Dot Spotted
Tim Holtz Adirondack lemonade
Tim Holtz Distress, Dusty Concord
Pearls Cardmaker Series Core’dinations cardstock, starlight
May Arts  ribbon
Unity Stamp Co.
Want2Scrap
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Ranger Distress Ink,  Perserves
Cuttlebug
Spellbinders  bitty blossoms, labels sixteen dies
Darci Scrolls embossing folder
Fiskers Crimper
And next up we have some gorgeous Whitewash work from Ava…

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 I like to  emboss  and sand  my cardstock before  I trace and trim out the paper piecing pattern as this allows for a greater showcasing of the inner colored core.   I just love this inner jewel toned colored core from the Whitewash Core’dinations Collection.  I embossed small bits of Core’dinations cardstock and cut out the heart pattern to make the charms.  To make the heart charms, I embossed small bits of Core’dinations cardstock, inked and trimmed.
                     
My tip for you today is when you can’t find the right color of twine within your stash, just color another complementary piece of twine with some ClearSnap Pigment Ink.

 

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Supply List:
 Core’dinations Whitewash Collection
Couture Creations embossing folder-Fresh and Fun Collection, Magical & Double Sided Tape
May Arts ribbon, satin string, twine
Want2Scrap, Black pearl
Gina K Designs Stamp, Sung from the Heart
Tombow Adhesive, mono glue
ClearSnap Pigment Ink, Cranberry, Blackbird, Alabaster; Siren Smooch pearlized ink,
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug

 

 

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

Fabulous Friday

…..with Vivian Keh!

In order to create the luxurious feeling in this card project, I turned to the beautiful pearlescent hues of our Gemstones collection.  While the sheen on the die-cut rosebuds showcases the elegance of the Gemstones cardstock as is, I dry embossed a bit of Sapphire colored cardstock, sanded  and distressed the raised surfaces with Distress Ink to infuse my card with a sense of nostalgia.

Ah…you can never have too many close-ups, right? Here is a shot of the inking on the embossed Gemstones cardstock.

Gemstones does NOT have a sandable finish like our Specialty collections so when you sand, you will lose the sheen. This is a GREAT alternative…sand it so you loose the smooth finish and your ink will be more intense.

SUPPLIES

Core’dinations:
Gemstones ColorCore (4.25 in x 5.5 in) – Sapphire,Rose Quartz, and Opal
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Sizzix - “Moroccan” Textured Impressions Embossing FolderFlower Bloom w/ Leaves 3-D Sizzlit, Big Shot Machine

Hampton Art – “Abundance” Stamp Set IC148
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen

Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Tsukineko – Stazon Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Metallic String Iridescent

And another card for you!

I love the organic patterns in every sheet of our “Shattered” Collection.  For this card, I kept a rustic, muted palette, creating very easy blooms by paper-punching and sanding petal shapes from a sheet of Shattered cardstock, taking advantage of the kraft backsides for some interesting variation in my blooms.

SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered; Colorcore in “Latte”

Sand-It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Martha Stewart – Ornament Punch

Recollections – Self-adhesive pearls

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Paper Ribbon   Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Graduate Gifts and Centerpiece

So I was going through some blog posts looking for something and found this project from Ava Gavloski that never posted! This is such a gorgeous idea for that special graduate in your life! I have a freind going to a graduation party this week so hoping we aren’t too late for you.

Here’s what Ava has to say about creating this awesome project:

Are you getting ready for that Graduation Party? Plan ahead and check out your Core’dinations Cardstock to see if you have some color tones that will match the school colors.  Try  the de-embossed look to your front card panel, sanding lightly give the card a vintage feel.  To stamp a clear image on the glitter paper, ink your stamp, lay your stamp face up and then lay your paper onto the stamp and gentle rub your glitter cardstock over the inked stamp image.  This technique should give you a clear impression of your image on the glitter cardstock.  This card design allows you to use up small bits and pieces from your core stash with the baner and star embellishments.

Dust off that crimper,  find some embossing folders that speak to you and get creative with a few layers of your favorite Core’dinations cardstock.  Layers are the secret to volume and a feel good texture.  So,  join me and make that gift bag with layers of Core cardstock that will be a wow the gift presentation.

Here are some detail shots on the gift bag:

And the fun centerpiece! Love how that Core Couture shines!

Supply List:
Core Neutrals Vanilla Creme
Core Graphic 45 Signature series Venetian lace
Core Black Magic Red
Core Glitter Silk Red
Core Glitter  Red
Core Tillie Dots Spotted Red
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Folder
Sizzix Alterations Mini Rays A2 medium Embossing folder
Cricut
Wild Card Cartridge
Unity Stamp Co.
ClearSnap Colorbox , Black Ink
Want2Scrap rhinestone
May Arts Ribbon
Spellbinders, Fleur de Lis Squares
Tissue Paper

Say Hello too….Vivian Keh!

For the past two weeks we have been giving away prizes EVERY DAY while we introduce our brand new 2013-2014 Design Team and today we are introducing Vivan Keh!

Here is a little bit about Vivian:
Vivian, (aka contadinak on youtube and social media) loves all art and craft, nature and the garden, hangin’ with her husband, frolicking with the dogs, good food, occasional pretty drinks, and all things that keep her PRESENT. She currently designs for Sizzix, Hampton Art, Scraps of Darkness kit club, PaperHaus Magazine, and will be guesting with Donna Salazar Designs in September. She has been published in The Stamper’s Sampler, Scrap 365, PaperHaus Magazine, and Papercrafts Magazine. She is very excited to join the talent on the Core’dinations 2013 team and looks forward to sharing many inspirations and techniques with you!
I’m so very excited to meet all you fellow Core fans today!  My name is Vivian Keh and with this layout I’d like to share with you a few things about me!

I go completely bonkers about nature and the garden, hence my nickname on various social media platforms – Contadina K. The pooches and I are happiest when we are hangin’ out in the garden.  And when inspiration in the craft studio lags, all I need to do is step out back and stroll around.

While growing up, I dreamed about having a sizable plot in which to cultivate produce and flowers, and since recently moving to San Jose with my husband and our furry family, I’ve spent every free minute out in the yard, cultivating the mediocre the soil, and starting a bunch of plants from seed.  These are just a few plants that are currently growing in the back.  I’m hoping that in a few years, we’ll be able to harvest most of our produce from our own yard!
In this layout, I’ve dry embossed, die-cut, sanded, and distressed some vibrant shades of Core to create interest, and once it was all done, I said to myself, “Oh my word!  It’s nearly flat!”  My papercrafted projects are most often very dimensional.  That is one of the great characteristics of Core – you can create so much texture so easily and still have an easily mailable card or an easily sleeved layout.
My love of papercraft was born at the tail end of a career teaching adults ESL in Los Angeles.  At the time, I couldn’t afford to buy a decent gift for a dear friend.  So I made her a card.  I was surprised to see how deeply happy it made her, and I know she carried that card with her for months so she could look at it when she needed a pick me up.  That is when my love of cardmaking was born.  My interest in cards has drawn me into layouts, art journaling, and a profound love of mixed media.  Please stop by my blog to see more of my art and craft at:
http://contadinak.wordpress.com/

This year on the Design Team, I’m looking forward to working with even more of the beautiful hues and rich textures of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.  Nothing would make me happier than being able to inspire you along the way!

Supplies:

Core’dinations:

Pastels Core Essentials
Brights Core Essentials
Graphic 45 Signature Series
Sand It Tool
Dust Buddy
“Chip Block” #656917 Decorative Strip Alphabet Die
“Decorative Flourishes” #656538 Sizzlit Die Set
“Doily & Doily Border” #658947 Thinlits Die Set
“Bubble & Honeycomb” #657846 Texture Fades Embossing Folder Set
“Postage Stamp Frame” Bigz Die
Martha Stewart – Butterfly Punch
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Tombow – Mono Multi Glue
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – PITT Artist Pen S in Black

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So who’s up for yesterday’s Brights Collection pack winner????

Rachel Middleton says:
May 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Wonderful layout of your family! I am just in love with ColorCore paper!

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And today we are giving away a pack of our Darks Collection pack. You will love love love love love the rich colors in this collection pack…it’s gorgeous!

Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. We will pick a random winner the following morning (or Monday if it is the weekend) to win a pack of Core’dinations Cardstock. The cardstock pack may vary due to availability. Winners must email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com by June 7  to claim their prizes with the cardstock they won in the subject line.  Please include address and phone number in the email.

Wednesday WOW…Embossing… A LOT!

March 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Sizzix, Spellbinders

Happy Wednesday!

Don’t forget about our Design Team call going on now. You don not want to miss out on being a part of this awesome team! And you could find yourself wearing this badge.

We have a WOW of a Wednesday for you today from Design Team Member Debbie Standard. How many diffferent embossed patterns can you get on a layout?

Now I count SIX on this layout.  Now actually it could be SEVEN because Debbie’s flowers are embossed, too!  Oh no, EIGHT because she has two different kinds of embossed flowers from her Spellbinder’s dies. Now..here is the catch?!?!?!  Think you can do more?!?! Well, let’s see if you can!

WE CHALLENGE YOU TO GET AS MANY EMBOSSED PATTERNS ON LAYOUT AS YOU CAN! You have until the end of this month, March 31st,  to link your layout to THIS blog post or on our Facebook page. You must use Core’dinations cardstock on your project. It can be any kind…you can emboss it yourself or use our Core Impression lines so the sky is the limit!

Happy Creating!

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