Happy Monday!

Can you believe we are in August already?!

For a lot of us, it is Summer and it’s winding down quickly!

Today we have some fun, summery layouts from Design Team Member Debbie Standard featuring some BasicGrey Core Impressions (green) and some Vintage Cardstock for the background.

Debbie used some more BasicGrey Core Impressions on this layout in addtion to some Fancy Pants Core Impressions.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match your Core Impressions for some great contrasting prints.  It’s just like patterned paper! Add some bits and pieces of Jillibean Soup, Bella Blvd, May Arts Ribbon, Spellbinder’s Dies and you have a fun, summer layout.

Oh and there is that Cloud Embossing folder from Darice! We are loving that one ;)

Don’t forget about our CARD DESIGN TEAM CALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Day Three with Bella Blvd

June 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Spellbinders

We are here ALL WEEK LONG with Bella Blvd and couldn’t be more excited.  Our team has create some really gorgeous   projects showing off just how great Core’dinations Cardstock goes with the beautiful Bella products. From fabulous patterned papers …to alpha letters …to super fun designer tape…Bella Blvd has  products for every paper crafter.

So sit back, relax, and get ready to be inspired. Our Design Teams have worked hard for you!  AND we would LOVE it {and I know they would, too} if you could head over to their Facebook page and give them a great big “HI!” from us and the Bella Blvd blog is looking fabulous, too! Head over there and check out all the gorgeous projects their team has been cooking up this week. You won’t be disappointed. AND rumor has it that they are doing a paper and sticker giveaway today!

LOVE the Bella Blvd stickers. They make great accents to any papercrafting project…check out how our team used them below!

And don’t forget to check out yesterday’s Core’dinations post for a chance to win some Glitter Silk Cardstock! Remember..to win the Bella Blvd giveaway you must comment over on their blog here.

So…let’s get started!

First up we have some layouts and cards from Design Team Member Kim Jefress.

Love this idea that Kim does…she embosses, sands, and  then splatters some paint on it.

Kim ROCKED the Darice embossing folders. We just love them..on this layout she used the Gears folder and just love all the amazing little details Kim does on her layout including the Bella Blvd photo corner just turned on an angle a bit and how she repeats that shape in the orange Core Essentials.

And remember that Glitter Silk giveaway from yesterday?  Kim uses it beautifully on this card…the white might be my FAVE!

And..we have a layout from Design Team Member Char Dobson. Char rocks her Cricut and loving the waves on this layout as a background. Char did loads of sanding here and distressed the orange cardstock for some added texture. Love all those colors against the brown.

AND WE ARE ON PINTEREST! Follow us here!

HaPPY FrIDaY!

June 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders

We had so much fun yesterday and Wednesday….did you?!?!?!  If you missed the fun hop with Peachy Keen stamps there is still time to enter…just see the posts below.

Today we have some Color Inspiration for you! Don’tforget to follow us on Pinterest and if you LOVE colour like we do…than check out our Colour Lover’s Challenge board here:

Design TEam Member Kim Jeffress created this and it just looks gorgeous! LOVE this color combo on a card. AND what goes perfectly with cards???  Our new Cut & Emboss series in the Chocolate Box. She also used a Spellbinder’s Die to create the flower and a Darice Embossing folder.

Fabulous Friday!

June 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Fancy Pants, Spellbinders

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we are here with a little Colour Lover’s Inspiration!  We love colour here at Core and if you do too, you have to check out our Pinterest boards….more specifically the Colour Lover’s Inspiration board here.

Loads of gorgeous colour palettes…

And here is Debbie Standard’s Layout using the gorgeous colors from the BasicGrey Core Impressions line and some Fancy Pants Core Impressions…LOVE the two together!!! Don’ you?? And Debbie used the super fun clouds embossing folder from Darice along with a Spellbinders die.

AND DID YOU SEE???????????? Well, if you signed up to be a Hard Core Crafter than you saw our VERY FIRST sneak peek of our  BRAND NEW Core Cuts line!!!

Make sure you sign up to be HCC NOW!

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!

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