Hanging with Helmar All Week Long!

We are here with Helmar this week and couldn’t be more excited!  We have partnered with them previously and it has been great so we hope you enjoy yourself this week and stick around 😉 Sit back with your cup of coffee and be ready to be inspired.

Also, make sure you say “hi” from us over on the Helmar Facebook page AND they have some awesome boards over on Pinterest, too!  And…you know how it goes here… post all week long for a chance to WIN some FAB Core’dinations goodies all for yourself. Comment every day for more chances to win!!! And, of course…check in over at the Helmar Blog for more inspiration.

Today we have some gorgeous designs from Design Team Member Debbie Standard. For this first layout, Debbie adds pops of colors against the black Graphic 45 Core Impressions. And you need great adhesive to adhere that May Arts ribbon down, don’t you?  Well grab that Helmar Quickfix adhesive tape runner ..it’s the perfect size for ribbon! And the 450 Helmar Quick Dry adhesive works really well for those little bits like the green flowers Debbie cut using her Spellbinders dies. You can dab some of the Quick dry on and you are good to go..and fast! No drying time needed 😉

I know Halloween was last week but we just had to share this fun layout with you using some of the  newly released Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions. These are so fun!!!!!!!  Pre-embossed sheets for all your favorite Holidays. Seriously..did I say how fun these are? It’s like magic when you start sanding and all the color starts to come through.

Remember to use that Dust Buddy after you sand so that adhesive sticks better.

yes, MORE Halloween projects!

October 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Spellbinders, Tim Holtz

Ready for some Tim Holtz  Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions?

Today Design Team Member Debbie Standard created this fun layout that is all about Trick-or-Treating! How much do you love the purple??? Add you favorite accents and other Core to this great collection for fabulous layouts. I love how debbie layered her alphas right over the sanded Halloween sentiments.

And Just in case you were curious…Black Magic isn’t just for Halloween! You can use it on your day-to-day cards as well. And Debbie added some May Arts Ribbon on this card traditionally used for Halloween projects, too. Dies are Spellbinders.

Last Day of Back To School with

August 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Petaloo, Sizzix, Spellbinders

Petaloo and Sweet Stamp Shop!

We have a fun week for you this week! We have teamed up with Petaloo and Sweet Stamp shop for some FUN! If you love flowers make sure you buy Petaloo flowers that core’dinate with our cardstock PERFECTLY!  No worrying about matching them yourself, we did that for you.

Don’t forget to head over to Petaloo blog and the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to check things out. I heard some rumors there are goodies up for grabs over there, too! (Keep  in mind SSS is PST time so they be up a bit later).

We will be giving away some goodies here on the blog for commenting ALL WEEK long (make sure to comment on every post here for more chances to win).

Today is our first day of school in Pennsylvania…we got a bit of a late start here due to some construction but it is always a fun day…alarms…a bit of scrambling….what to wear…pictures…pencils…

AND head over to our Facebook page, too! Leave a comment over there about what the first day of school is like in your house!  I know it is a crazy day here!!! And if you don’t have kids in school then share a found memory you have about your first day of school.  We want to here it…we are gearing up for 8000 likes over there and can’t wait!

We hope you had fun this week. We sure did! We will post our winners next Monday or Tuesday. You can still comment today and all weekend long…

Today we have some cards for you!

Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira created this FUN window card. Is it ever possible to have too much woodgrain?  I didn’t think so. She used the Sizzix Tim Holtz woodgrain folder for the embossing and then the woodgrain Sweet Stamp Shop  stamped on the inside of the card.

And close up of the flowers. Melissa used a Spellbinder’s Label die to create the window.

And the inside:

And Design Team Member Debbie Standard created this cute card! She used the back of her cardstock for the bus and all that fun embossing and sanding is just perfect! Don’t forget to run that “grass” through your Fiskars Paper crimper for that perfect look…add a Petaloo flower and you have a perfect Back To School card!

Some layouts for you today..

August 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Petaloo, Spellbinders

DON’T FORGET….ONLY 25 MORE HOURS TO GET THOSE CARD DESIGN TEAM APPS IN!!!!

Today we have some layouts for you from Design Team Member Debbie Standard.

Check out the color matching Petaloo flowers Debbie used on this layout in addition to some Spellbinders Dies, Graphic 45 Core Impressions and all that sanding!

And Next up Debbie has another layout for us today. Seriously…what goes better with clouds than our fabulous Whitewash Cardstock?!?!??!

Tuesday Tutorial with Andrea Amu

We have a fun tutorial for you today from Design Team Member Andrea Amu!
But first up we need a winner from last week from our week with May Arts!
Judy Webb says:

Cannot get enough Core!!! Loving this week.

Winners email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with the subject line reading the contest you won, For Example: March Color Challenge Winner. Also include in the body of the email your name, address, and phone number (only if international). We will send you a confirmation back that we received your email so you know your prize will be on it’s way soon! We ship prizes to our lucky winners twice a month once we receive all prize winner’s information.


Now let’s get to the this cool tutorial on how to make this!
Here is a little bit from Andrea herself:
Today I wanted to share with you a technique for making a pretty textural ribbon flower that can be used on a variety of projects.
I created my ribbon flower by covering panels of cardstock with rows of adhesive backed ribbon and then die cut and layering a variety of different sized floral shapes from the ribbon panels.
Here’s a list of supplies needed:
Choice of Core’dinations Cardstock (I used Jillian Spotted Cardstock)
Choice of coordinating ribbon  (I used May Arts Silky Crush ribbon in brown and teal)
Choice of metal dies (I used Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies, Classic Scalloped Circles)
Die cutting/Embossing machine (I used my Cuttlebug)
Xyron 15 Adhesive and Applicator
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Decorative Brad
Okay, to get started you will want to cut various scraps of light colored cardstock into panels and then cut several strips of the ribbon.
You will want to add adhesive to the backs of the ribbons strips.  I have found that the easiest method of doing this is to run ribbon strips through a Xyron Adhesive Applicator.
Once you apply the adhesive to the ribbon, you can begin to cover the surface of the cardstock scrap panels, alternating strips of color as I have done, or  you can cover a panel using strips of one color.
Once all the panels are covered entirely with the ribbon strips you can now die cut your desired shapes from the panels using various sizes of dies.  To create my layered flower, I have die cut my shapes using scalloped circles dies from Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies.  To give more visual contrast and texture, I have also die cut some embossed cardstock shapes to be layered into my flower as well.  I used a Sand It Gadget, which is a sanding block by Core’dinations, to sand over the embossed dots of the cardstock.
For the next step, you will want to take each die cut shape and crinkle it up in your hands… don’t be afraid to crinkle them up tightly… the more crinkle the better!   Now take each piece and flatten them back out, and  you’ve just created even more lovely texture and dimension to the pieces.
To form the flower, simply layer each shape center to center forming a stack from largest to smallest.  You will want to punch a hole in the centers of each and then attach the stack together using a decorative brad.  Before attaching my brad here I also rolled up a small piece of extra ribbon and coiled it around the center punched hole.  Once you attach the brad fluff up the layers to give dimension.
Now you can have fun embellishing your projects with beautiful ribbon flowers that you’ve made on your own!

Thursday with Authentique = more CARDS!

May 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Spellbinders

GOOD Morning! Thursday already??? That means only a few more days of Authentique.

If you haven’t seen their new Carefree Collection you are missing out! It is goooorgeous AND it looks FAB with Core!

AND…DID YOU SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE RECENTLY????? We have 5936 6035Likes. How cool is that? Thank you, Thank YOU so much for getting us over 6k! We gave away a bunch of cardstock yesterday to celebrate!  I wasn’t kidding when I said we would give some good stuff away!

Stay close to our FB page so that when you have more chances to win. Sometimes we just do random giveaways over there!

Now lets get to the good stuff! We couldn’t be more excited than to do it this week with our friends over at Authentique.

So how can you STILL win this week:

1.) Comment on our blog all week long. So if you comment every day than it’s up to FIVE chances to win. We choose a random winner and post it the following Monday.

2.) Head over to the Authentique blog for chances to win, too! If  you comment over on their blog, you can win some Authentique, too!!!!! Here is a link to their Facebook page, too. While you are over there make sure you tell them we said “HI”!

Now I said cards, right???  Let’s get to it! Our Design Team just LOVES this Carefree collection…can’t you tell?!

First up we have a card from Kim Jeffress. Don’t be afraid to sand and emboss that Vintage Cardstock!

Next up is a card from Shaunte Wadley…the sanding on the gray cardstock is gorgeous!

And Debbie Standard. Love how Debbie mounted her card on the darker, brown cardstock. And she used some fun accents with her Spellbinder’s Dies and May Arts ribbon.

See you tomorrow   with some more layouts!

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