4th of July Layout

June 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

Hi there! Suzanna here with a seasonal Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions layout to share with you using one of the individual embossed papers focusing on the American No. 17 sheet. It’s perfect for the 4th of July.

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Seasonal Impressions

Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Shattered

Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Nostalgic

Sand It Gadget

Bust Buddy

Embossing Folder – Tim Holtz

Cut File – 3d Banner, Design ID #53911

Silhouette Cameo: Font - Independence

Twine – The Twinery

Wood Veneer – Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico

Dies – Lifestyle Craft, Die-Versions

 I selectively sanded the word  that corresponded with my theme. I also happen to have the Tim Holtz embossing folder that matches this pre-embossed cardstock and was able to fussy cut the 4 in a slightly bigger size. It worked out perfectly!

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This entire layout was created using all Kraft Core products! I love the vintage feel it gives to the layout.

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Another fun technique that is unique to Core’dinations cardstock is the ability to run it through your label maker for some fun banners. By sanding the raised print, like I did on the little red flag to reveal the colored core underneath, you can really see the letters!

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ALL Core layouts with Debbie Standard

I don’t know how she does it but Debbie Standard uses ALL Core’dinations on her layouts.  The amount of detail is amazing and how she mixes and matches our different lines of Core is incredible! Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and get ready to be inspired!
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I loved this sketch over at Page Drafts and knew exactly what picture I wanted to use with it.  Love how the Tim Holtz Shattered collection gives you such great background even if you don’t do anything to it – it already has a great look.  Love that I can do a layout and never touch any patterned paper.
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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Shattered cardstock
Basic Core’dinations Cardstock
American Craft Chipboard letters
Number Stickers:  Crate Paper
Buttons- stash
Button (seriously)  Crate Paper
Chipboard Speech Bubble: October Afternoon
Rub On:  October Afternoon
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders:  Darice, Cuttlebug
Letter Stickers:  Jenni Bowlin
Adhesive:  Sookwang, Tombow Foam tabs and Glue Dots
Die Cuts”  Spellbinder’s circle die
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
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Start with a Core Impressions base so you don’t have to emboss it on your own.  Then use the Tim Holtz/Sizzix 12X 2 strips and emboss.   The Core tags are so easy to use and add to your page.
I created the flower with Spellbinder’s dies and some Mr Huey’s spritz.  I love how the flowers look when they have been sanded and sprayed – my new favorite thing to do!
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Supplies:
Core Impressions Fancy Pants Whitewash
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress collection – 12 X 2
Core Essentials Neutrals Collection
Core Tags – Brights
Cuttlebug Embossing machine
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug- Anna Griffin, Cuttlebug
Spellbinder’s Dies:  Rose dies, Foliage Dies, Aster Flowers
Pearls:  Queen & Co.
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Brads:  My Mind’s Eye
Letter Stickers:  Tim Holtz
Mist:  Mister Hueys Shine
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Silhouette Cameo Die for title
Photo by Inbloom photography
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Next up a layout using tons of Core and a few embellishments:
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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core
Graphic 45 Timeless Impressions
Core Basic Neutrals
Darice Washi Tape
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette Cameo Die for title
Bo Bunny Stickers
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Wood Veneer:  Gossamer Blue
Photos by: Inbloom photograph

Happy Easter Layouts

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders, Tim Holtz

With Easter this week, we thought some layouts for you today would be a great way to get those creative juices flowing for all those photos!
First up Kate Nolan-Denham:
Believe it or not, I built this layout around the bunnies.  I couldn’t help but notice that the pastel colors in the Core Couture Glitter Collection looked like Easter Peeps.
I created the peep scene by cutting green, yellow, pink and blue bunnies out of Core Couture Glitter  with my Silhoutte.  I crimped their ears a bit to give them dimension.
The green grass was cut out of a 12″ strip of the green in the Light Graphic 45 Collection, matching the background green cardstock.  I just randomly snipped the top 1″(or so) of the strip and sanded afterwards.  Sanding after I snipped made the individual blades of “grass” stand out more.  Don’t forget to use your Dust Buddy after sanding to give it that finished look!
Other Supplies:
Scor-Pal
American Crafts Thickers
Chic Tags
Silhouttte File “Bunny”
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And Debbie Standard has not one but TWO layouts for us today using all kinds of Core’dinations Cardstock.
This first one is has a Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions base and tons of flowers cut from Spellbinders dies and a Pastels Core Essentials pack.  Just cut and sand!
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Supplies:
Spellbinder’s dies
BasicGrey and My Mindy’s Eye brads
And another layout from Debbie with a Fancy Pants Core Impressions base. She cut these hexagons and embossed each one with a different design.
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Darice Embossing folders
Core Couture Embossing folders

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

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