Vivian Keh…a gorgeous mini AND a layout!

Hello, Core friends! Vivian Keh here with an accordion mini album that I made for one of my three closest high school friends, all of whom were able to visit me recently for an amazing reunion, just as we all hit the big Four Oh! I crafted this album to house small photos from our long weekend together, using a monochromatic palette, which is extra fun with all the lovely tones and tints of cardstock that Core’dinations has available! 

Check out the Core Essentials part of the website for color families so you can create your very own monochromatic look like this!

There’s some die-cutting, dry embossing, stamping, and of course my current favorite – tearing!

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A distressed crumpled look is so so easy with Core!

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Layer your scalloped edges for a “gingerbread” look! Ya know, like the roofs of gingerbread houses..cute, huh?!??!

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Worn Lipstick” from Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection
Jillian Dot Collection
Snowflake” White Cardstock
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Mariposa” bigz die, embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Fiskars – scallop edger punch, small butterfly punch
Tim Holtz – tiny attacher
EK Success – floral punch, circle punch
Memento – Dye ink
Gems
Decorative Brads

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Next up a layout….. How cool are those torn squares?!?!

Vivian Keh with a layout that’s about as clean as I go – lots of white space, featuring graphic design elements created entirely with torn Core and paper punched blossoms from Marvy Uchida.  I sanded the blossoms to reveal the embossing that simultaneously occurs when you punch these pretties.  I must say, this paper punch was a pleasure to handle, cutting cleanly and embossing with a single, very easy press of the palm.
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And yeah for the cool embossed punches from Marvy Uchida!!!  How cool are those torn squares?  First layer the torn paper on some scrap paper and adhere.  Then cut out any shape you like and you have your very own embellishment!
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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
Pastel Collection
Tim Holtz Distress Collection
“Snowflake” White Cardstock
“Heritage Kraft” from Graphic 45 Signature Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Sizzlit “Typeset” Alphabet Strip Die
The Paper Studio – Self-adhesive pearls

Fabulous Friday!

We have some fun projects for you today. Hope this weekend is a scrappy one! But first we want to make sure we see you back here Monday!

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First a card from Designer Gail Linder:

My just-turned-two year old son is obsessed with trucks at the moment so I had to create a truck card for his birthday! 
 
Using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, I cut out the truck in three core colors so I could mix and match it when I put it together on the card! I think I must say this all the time, but it is truly awesome how just a little sand can add so much dimension and definition to simple shapes like these!
 
And of course, what good is a dump truck without a pile of dirt? Torn, embossed and sanded Chocolate Box cardstock was the perfect, rough dirt for this (I have to say) cute little dump truck!
 
My son’s eyes lit up when he saw it!
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How cute is all this detail? WOW!
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Supply List:
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Silhouette Cameo and cutting files
Hero Arts stamp

 

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And a layout from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham

One of the things I love about Core’dinations Cardstock, besides the colored core, is that there are so many fantastic colors of cardstock.  Color can evoke a feeling in a layout, it can help support the theme of a layout or it can just compliment the photos.  It is awesome that Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock has so many colors that it makes it so easy to do of these things! When creating this “All Boy” layout, I wanted to use what I consider “all boy” colors.  Core’dinations Cardstock did not fail me!

 To pop the ColorCore on the green background paper, orange arrows and brown titlework I simply distressed the cardstock with the Core’dinations Sandit Gadget and Dust Buddy.

I stamped some fun boy adjectives after adding a bit of Distress Paint to a Core’dinations Core’Tag. These sturdy, smooth tags are awesome for adding wet mediums. Stamping on the textured ColorCore Cardstock has such a great effect, too, as you can see on the “guareneed trouble” spot.  

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Supply List:

Core’dinations Core Essentials: Brights

Core’dinations CoreTag: Smooth Bookmark

Core’dinations Tim Holtz: Adirondack

Core’dinations Dust Buddy

Core’dinations Sandit Gadget

Gel-A-Tins Stamps

Fiskars Crimper

Ranger Archival Ink & Tim Holtz Distress Paint

Basic Grey Patterned Paper

Sizzix Dies

Die-namics Alpha Die

 

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?

For all of our Hard Core Crafters…check those inboxes! We have our BRAND NEW Hard Core Crafter newsletter filled with a FREE project download and a Core Tip of the month. Cool huh? We have some really great things lined up for this in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned. In the mean time..head to your inbox, grab your coffee and ENJOY!

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

 

 

Designing with Vivian Keh…card…layouts…something for Everyone!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today we have some gorgeous gorgeous creations from Designer Vivian Keh. She creates the most gorgeous rolled flowers! And then there is a layout…some Chocolate Box cardstock from the Fancy Pants Core Impressions line ….something for EVERYONE today!
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And a detail of that flower…SWOOOOOON!
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Hello Core’dinations fans!  Vivian here today to share with you an elegant floral card using a muted palette of Core’dinations Cardstock.  I used a warm beige from the Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin “Everyday” Collection for my card base, sanding the decorative leaf pattern already conveniently pre-embossed in this cardstock.  I layered an elegant grey from the Neutral Collection that I had embossed with a great Sizzix embossing folder.  For the blossom, I die-cut and sanded the pieces for nice shabby appeal, piercing with a simple brad to hold the bloom together.  To finish, I added a bit of distress ink on all pieces, some bling and pretty seam binding.  
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Hope you enjoyed my project today, and thanks for looking!  For more of my inspirations, please visit me on my blog!

Supplies:

Core’dinations – Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions “Everyday” Collection, Neutrals Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – “English Botanical” Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding

Teresa Collins – Decorative Brad

Spellbinders – Floral Die

My Mind’s Eye – Gems

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Need a wedding card?  Look no further!

I love the aqua/ chocolate brown color pairing in just about everything, from papercrafts to home decor – both fresh and comforting.  For today’s project, I used Core’dinations Fancy Pants Designs”Refreshed” Collection, which delivers that comforting chocolate embossed in a variety of designs as well as your pick of pretty pastels that are also pre-embossed. This makes for great papercrafted projects in a variety of themes. 
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I sanded all the layers and die-cuts and added distress ink to the edges. The sentiment was stamped using watermark ink and then heat embossed with embossing powder.  Just a little bit of embellishment and this card was done.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations – Fancy Pants Core Impressions “Refreshed” Collection, Venetian Lace (Cream Color) Cardstock, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Bigz Die “Butterflies and Labels”
Hampton Art – “Happily Ever After” Clear Stamp Set
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Fiskars – Floral Punch
Stampendous – “Champagne” Embossing Powder
Versamark – Watermark Ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Lace
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And nothing finishes up better than a layout, don’t you agree?
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 I chose several bold colors from Core’dinations Darks Collection, which have great grounding colors that are perfect for masculine projects.  As you can see in the detail shot, there is so much easy interest one can create with Core – die-cut it, paper-punch it, sand it, tear it, emboss it, crimp it, distress it, stamp it.  All of these were used in this layout. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!  
VivianKehCoredinationsLayout_BThe story of how my husband and I met is really special.  And both of us still can’t believe how serendipitous our meeting truly was.  Hence, the “when pigs fly” stamping on my background, using the great kraft side of our Tim Holtz Kraft Core Cardstock with a simple black ink. His smile, and humorous personality brought levity to the rather challenging moment in our lives captured here on film. I simply layered a bunch of Core elements on top of a piece of old book paper, topping off with a little bling and some scrunched up mulberry paper that I had misted.  

Supplies:
Core’dinations – Darks Collection, Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Venetian Lace (Cream Color), Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Darice – Dominoes Embossing Folder
Sizzix – Chip Block Alphabet Strip Die, Washer Border Strip Die
Fiskars – Crimper, Hexagon Punches, Floral Punch
Bo Bunny – Gems
Hampton Art – Art Warehouse “Speckle Background” Woodblock Stamp, Graphic 45 “Olde Curiousity Shoppe One” Cling Stamp Set
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Memento – Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Mist
Old book paper
Mulberry Paper

 

Gettin’ Krafty with Kate & Clare!

Today we have a super “krafty” layout from designer Kate Nolan-Denham.

I am having a great love of all things Kraft lately and I find myself reaching for the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core all the time . The sweet layout of my grandson I am sharing today is chock-full of this line!


I sanded the background cardstock, Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No.10, using my Sand it Gadget to give it a bit of an aged look.  To create the rulered mat, I embossed a piece of Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No.6, with Darice 12″ ruler embossing folders. After fussy cutting out each ruler, I inked them with Distress Ink and added them to a 9″x 8″ mat of Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No. 23.


The title work is die cut from Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No.21 and distressed a bit with the Sandit Gadget.  Of course, I always use the Dust Buddy everytime I sand.  The photo mat and die punched hearts are made from scraps of Core’dinations papers I had in my stash.  Got to love stash!

Core’dinations Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection

Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection

Sandit Gadget

Dust Buddy

Other Supplies:

Darice Ruler Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Pebbles Paper

EK Success Punches

Dienamic Dies

Want2Scrap Bling

Helmar ZapDots & Premium Craft Glue

And ..the GREAT thing about Kraft Core is you can use a little or a lot!  Check out Clare Buswell’s card here using all kinds of Core’dinations Cardstock including a paper ruffle flower from Kraft Core.  You can mix & match Core beautifully, don’t you think? Add some of the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress collection, too!

Check out more of Clare’s paper ruffles HERE. Gorgeous!

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 And just love love how she stamped on the Whitewash Cardstock.

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Designing 8.5×11″ layouts with Suzanna Lee

Who loves 8.5×11″ layouts?  I DO I DO!  First up we have THE COOLEST layout from Designer Suzanna Lee!  I know I am going to try this for sure. She has a GREAT Tip for you today for our Tuesday Tip of the week.
Using embossed Core for a background is one of my favorite things to do with Core. It adds so much texture and visual interest to a layout. As I don’t have a larger die cut machine to run my folders through, I cut the paper then  run each half of the paper through my Big Shot. You can barely tell that it’s a sheet of paper cut into two pieces! The tone on tone chevrons create an interesting subtle background.
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Love this texture! This looks like the cardstock came this way, doesn’t it?
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Supply List:
Core Essentials Brights
Core Essentials Darks
Core Super Assortment So Mod! Vintage Collection
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Dies: Die-Namics, DoCrafts, Die-Versions
Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Ink: VersaFine
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
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And another layout with a much different color palette.  EEK! I love how Suzanna created the flab/banner at the top with the Jenni Bowlin Mini Calendar piece!  Is there any other company out there that has products like this that allow you the creativity to create such cool, one of a kind embellishments???
When pondering what to use for my layouts, I typically grab my colors from the colors in the picture. This picture of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France was taken in panoramic mode with my iPhone. It has a hints of red from the underside of the escalators that I wanted to make stand out a little bit so I chose the similar hues in both pre-embossed and “plain” cardstock. There is nothing plain about Core however!! The Kraft Core that I used to cut the title tied together the browns and reds perfectly!
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Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic
Core Tag
Core Essentials Neutrals
Core Essentials Darks
Core Impressions Mini’s; Jenni Bowlin Studio
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Darice
Dies: Die-namics
Stamps: October Afternoon, Technique Tuesday
Ink: QuickQuotes, VersaFine
Twine: The Twinery
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Project Life Card: American Crafts

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