Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations

I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
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Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
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NOTE:  Here’s the video tutorial I used for the Faux Leather technique and here’s the video tutorial for the page inserts/bookbinding.
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I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Supplies:
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw),  Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.

Designing with Debbie Standard

I don’t know how she does it but Debbie Standard creats layout after layout and they are ALL amazing AND they showcase Core like no other…ENJOY!
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When I saw these adorable pictures of little Gavin reading I immediately thought of the Cosmo Cricket Neutral collection for my background papers. Gavin adores books and will hunt them out to sit and read and be read to.  I added some Darice Washi tape to create a frame and also along the top of my page. I created the worm and books with a die cut from my Silhouette. I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Stain on my background and some Galatos to create the dribbles on the page.
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Supplies:
Cosmo Cricket Neutral Collection
Basic Core – Red
Darice Washi tape
Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye, Graphic 45
Gelatos:  Faber-Castell
Embellishments:  Graphic 45, Recollections, Heidi Swapp (arrow)
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Stains
Hangers:  Tim Holtz
String & Washi Tape:  Queen & Co.
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette

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Got these adorable photos of my daughter’s bff’s baby, Gavin and decided to scrap them in a grid design using only the colors in his clothes.  I Cut a border and then cut inside the border to form the outside of my frame.  Then cut strips 1/4″ wide to use as the center strips in my grid.  Then I chose two colors that matched his clothes and embossed them with different embossing folders.  I attached some ribbon around the top one and then used my scraps (I’m all about using scraps!) to make the flowers and hearts to embellish the embossed sections.  I sprayed the flowers and spin using the Mister Huey’s mist before added the brads.
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Supplies:
Core Essentials:  GX-08040-12 (navy); GX-FG010-12 (leapfrog); GX-AB010-12 (harborside); GX-FB010(snowflake)
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders:  Darice (hearts), Lifestyle Crafts
Spellbinder’s Die:  Aster Flower Topper (S5-102)Spectacular Spin (S5-114)
Martha Stewart heart punch
Brads:  My Mind’s Eye
Mister Huey’s Mists – Blizzard
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I loved this picture of my son, Jason, and his girlfriend, Maria, taken during an outing to Fredericksburg.  They love having me scrap pages and are getting where they are constantly sending me pictures to scrap (gotta love that after fighting to get pictures of this boy for years!!!)   I went for the 6 X 6 packs to create this and picked out colors from both the Darks and the Neutrals packages.  I first used a die cut to cut out the hexagons and then used different embossing folders to emboss each one with.  Then I sanded them and dusted them off and adhered them to my page.  Then I used my Silhouette to cut some swirls and the hearts and some Spellbinder’s die’s to cut the flowers and the leaves.  As I’ve said before when you cut something delicate like leaves or swirls – run it through your Xyron machine and while it’s still on the wax paper – sand it – it’s alot easier not to tear it that way.
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Supplies:
Core Essential – Snowflake (GX-FB010)
Core Essentials Darks 6 X 6 collection, GX – 3000-06
Core Essentials Neutrals 6 X 6 – GX-3000-05
Tim Holtz Kraft Core 2.25-12 – GX-1920-26
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing folders:  Darice, Lifestyle Crafts, Cuttlebug
Silhouette Die Cuts
Spellbinder’s Die Cuts:  Aster Flower Topper (S5-102), Foliage (S44-328); Rose CreationsS5-050)
Mister Huey’s Mist – Blizzard
My Mind’s Eye brads
Queen & Co Pearls

 

Quick and easy Thank You cards with Gail Lindner

Hi Everyone! Gail Lindner here…. I had a simple design in mind using ONLY Core’dinations cardstock and looked to Pinterest for some fun color combinations! I came up with four combinatons and made several of each in one big creating session!

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I cut the sentiment “Thanks” out using my Silhouette Cameo but wanted it to stand out from the background. I saw the trick of cutting out several and layering them during some blog hopping and it really was a quick way of adding dimension that you can see in the following close up photo.

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Because the writing is quite detailed and fine, using pop dots would not only be time consuming but would also not be sturdy enough. I simply cut multiple words out of a full sheet of white cardstock and ended up adhering four layers to give it enough dimension.

I’ve also used techniques such as embossing, sanding, distressing and folding to add interest and dimension.

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It sure feels good to have a nice collection of thank you cards handy again!

Supply List – Gail February Project #3 – Thank You Cards

Core Cardstock:
Pool, Lemonade, Stonewashed, Sunset Orange (Tim Holtz Adirondack)
Snowflake, Cityscape (Neutrals)
Navy (Darks)
Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz Distress)
Spring Green (Graphic 45)
Aruba (Pastels)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsy Script Font

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It’s Gail here again!  I’m putting some creative energy to work to create some layouts and things for our sweet baby #3. Here’s a layout documenting some thoughts on late pregnancy, using one of my favourite color combinations of Core cardstock!

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For this layout, I started with the idea of placing different colored squares of Core’dinations cardstock over my background, varying the size and texture of each one.

I started by just cutting some squares in various sizes and playing with the placement. You can see I’ve created a few visual triangles to balance the layout – mainly with the three squares of the navy and light pink cardstock.

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You can see a couple of fun embossing folders that I’ve used on the squares! As usual, a quick sand to reveal the core brings them to life!

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For the title and accents on my layout, I put my Silhouette Cameo cutter to good use and cut a variety of hearts and arrows in the same colours as the squares and scattered them, raising some on pop dots.

My title was also cut with the Cameo using my favorite font: Thirsty Script. You’ll find it works wonderfully with the Core cardstock!

Supply List – Gail February Project #1 – Almost Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake, French Roast (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion (brights)
Spun Sugar (Tim Holtz &Ranger Distress cardstock)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Cuttlebug & Darice embossing folders
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Arrows, 8 Thin Arrows, Echo Park Heart
Thirsty Script font

Tim Holtz Shattered Cardstock–embossed!

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Tim Holtz

Hello, Core’dinations fans! I hope you are having a great week. Vivian Keh here today to share with you a card that I recently crafted while daydreaming about spring. I used my Core’dinations Cardstock exclusively on all my handmade flowers for several wreaths I made to decorate the house for Christmas, and the love of Core is now continuing on my handmade flowers for the spring.

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_AFor the flowers, I used “Creme Brulee” from Core’dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series. die-cutting them with a Sizzix “Flower, Dogwood” #658405 Die Set.

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_CTo achieve the soft veining in the leaves, I used a stylus on the backside of my die-cut pieces to press vein lines into the leaves, sanded off the ridges with my Sand-it Gadget, and lightly misted. The mist absorbed along the sanded areas to create a very soft look that I love!

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_BThe pretty embossed pattern was achieved using a Sizzix “Flowers and Perfume” #658969 Embossing Folder Set and a soft neutral hue from Core’dinations’ Tim Holtz Kraft-Core “Shattered” Collection.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! Hope spring reaches you soon if it hasn’t already!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – “Creme Brulee” from Core’dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series, Core’dinations’ Tim Holtz Kraft-Core “Shattered” Collection, Sand-it Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Flower, Dogwood” #658405 Die Set, “Flowers and Perfume” #658969 Embossing Folder Set
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Cream Lace
Viva Decor – pearl pen
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – “Curiouser Chartreuse” mist
Ranger – Vintage Photo Distress Ink

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And we have some Graphic45 cards for you today as well! Clare Buswell is the card queen!

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Make card from cardstock, emboss using Argyle embossing folder. Add patterned paper border and seam binding. Trim image from Graphic45 paper, layer onto red cardstock and stitch border. Adhere to card. Fussy cut lady from second piece of Graphic45 paper and layer using foam pads. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock, ink edges and attach with foam pads to card. Add bow.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations: Core Signature Series Graphic45, Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Other: Graphic45 French Country Collection, foam pads, seam binding, sewing machine, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo, Jet Black archival ink pad (Ranger), Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder Crafter’s Companion.

 

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Make card from cardstock, emboss using Argyle embossing folder. Add seam binding. Trim image from Graphic45 paper and stitch border. Adhere to card. Fussy cut pears from second piece of Graphic45 paper and layer using foam pads. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock, ink edges and attach with foam pads to card. Add bow.

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Supplies: Core’dinations: Core Signature Series Graphic45, Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Other: Graphic45 French Country Collection, foam pads, seam binding, sewing machine, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo, Jet Black archival ink pad (Ranger), Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder Crafter’s Companion.

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

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