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COLOR and BUTTERFLIES and GIRAFFES, right??? Jennifer Edwardson is sharing her love of Core with us today. I just can’t get enough of all the sanding and embossing!
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I don’t know where my love of butterflies came from recently but I find myself gravitating towards them for embellishments these days, especially on cards !!
 
I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ white David Tutera Celebrate cards base and added the yellow cardstock that I embossed using a dotted embossing folder and a little light sanding …..

 

I chose a different embossing folder for the blue background (the sky :) for the butterflies …… Lightly sanding the top really made the pattern pop !!
 
I LOVE the colors in the Graphic 45 Lights collection so I used (6) for my butterfly punchies ….. I used (2) different sizes and styles of butterfly punches  - 2 of each color ….
 
I only adhered each of the punchies in the center so that I could fold up the wings.  I added little min pearls in the center to jazz them up a bit …. A ‘hello’ sentiment sticker and this card is ready to give.

 

Supplies:

 

 

While playing around on my Silhouette I cam across this sweet little giraffe cut file and knew I had these fun zoo pics from a few years back !!

 

I started with my ‘go to’ base – Spotted Tillie Dot in white (can’t get enough of this pre-embossed cardstock) …. Then I cut a piece of black and lightly sanded the edges and layered it on top.  I ran the yellow cardstock through my eBosser using a large honeycomb embossing folder (love this one) and layered it on top of the black.
 
For the (3) green-ish photo mats, I used the same embossing folder for each pieces and lightly sanded the top off to really show off the pattern.  This was perfect for these sweet pics of the giraffe :))
 
I bordered these pieces with a piece of Spotted Jillian Dot in creme edges with a border punch –  love this one !!

 

 

I cut the little giraffe using some great Core Essentials and glued him together ….. The Gg is also a Silhouette cut file but I added some American Crafts Thickers and Jillibean Soup Alphabeans to complete my title …. Such a whimsical little layout for our trip to the zoo !!!

 

Painting your cards and more with Kate!

Kate Nolan Denhame here and I am all about the Tim Holtz Distressed Cardstock from Core’dinations.  Did you know this line of cardstock coordinates perfecly with most of the Distress Paints?  It sure does!

I started this card by pulling out the colors I wanted to use from the Distress Collection Cut & Emboss Series, Bundled Sage and Chipped Sapphire.  Then I found the matching Distress Paints in my collection and went to work.
I love how the texture of the cardstock shows through even with the Distress Paint!  I loved it so much I made another card using the same technique and a simple tutorial for you.
1) Start with a 4.5″ x 6″ card base made with Snowflake Core’dinations Cardstock (Neutrals Collection)
2) Cut, sand & dust colored cardstock mats from Distress Collection Cut & Emboss Series:
    a) 5.5″ x 4.25″ in Rusty Hinge
    b) 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ in Wild Honey
    c) 5.25″ x 4″ in Spiced Marmalade

3) Cut a 5″ x 3.75″ piece of Snowflake Core’dinations Cardstock.  This will be your canvas for the matching Distress Paints.

4) Place the cut piece of Snowflake on a Splat Mat with a wave stencil at the bottom.  *I used Cascade Trails by Kiwi Lane.  I also recommend taping the stencil so it doesn’t slide (believe me, it will!)

5) Run your Distress Paint along the top of the wave stencil.  *Some hints on this one…test your Distress Paint before you use it on your cut cardstock &  make sure do not use too much paint.

6) Delicately lift the stencil off of your cardstock.

7) Immediately clean the paint off the front and back of stencil.  The best way I found to do this is just with a dry paper towel.
8) Reposition the stencil over the last wave you painted.  This allows the waves to line up.

9)  Repeat steps 7 and 8.

10)  Allow the paint to completely dry before adding a stamped sentiment in the bottom right hand corner (if you want it like my first card). For my second card I trimmed the painted mat by 1/2″ and split the sentiment.

11)  Mat the painted cardstock onto the mats you created in step 2.

12)  Glue the matted cardstock on to the center front of your card base.

13)  Add simple embellishments around the sentiment.

14)  Give to someone to enjoy!

Core’dinations Supplies:
Tim Holtz & Ranger/ Sizzix Distress Collection: Cut & Emboss Series
Neutral Collection 12″ x 12″
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz Distress Paints by Ranger
Um Wow Studio Chipboard
Kiwi Lane Stencil
PaperTrey Ink Stamp & Die
Kelly Purkey Stamp

 

CUTE Baby Gift Idea with Gail Lindner

I love projects that just wow you and are totally out of the box! I know a lot of my friends that are having children now already have a lot of what they need and this idea is PERFECT for  that family!

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Hi Core Fans! Gail here and I recently attended a dear cousin’s baby shower. We know she is expecting a little girl in July and has gathered quite the collection of gorgeous baby girl clothes so I created a set of wardrobe dividers for her, to help keep the sizes organised!
 
I searched the Silhouette shop for a doorknob hanger shape and when I found the shape I was happy with, I set about cutting six in the shades of pink and green that the nursery is decorated in. To add more detail and prettiness to them, I then embossed the hangers with the flower embossing folder and sanded them to reveal the lighter core.
 
Each divider is decorated in the same way: a die cut white label (adhered with pop dots), size numbering and a paper bow. The numbers and the bows were cut with the Silhouette Cameo and I also embossed the numbers to match the actual hanger.
 
The verdict: my sweet cousin loved them and I can’t wait to see them in action next time I visit!
 
Oh yeah – after the photos were taken, I cut a slit in each divider so they could easily be popped over the clothes rod! 
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Supply List:
Core Essentials Sugar-N-Spice
Core Essentials Pistachio
Core Essentials Snowflake
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Silhouette Cameo
Papertrey Ink label die
My Mind’s Eye patterned paper

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And we have a layout from Gail today, too!

I have been dying to use some of the Shattered cardstock as it’s such a unique effect! When I printed these photos of my son’s first face paint I knew it was the perfect excuse! The majority of the background is the green shattered cardstock which I gave a light sand to bring out the effect a bit more.
 
I then built up a few layers with some patterned paper scraps and more cardstock white I have embossed and sanded to add even more dimension and texture.
 
I wanted to add a touch of yellow on the layout without it standing out too much. The perfect solution was to use yellow whitewash cardstock! Once I embossed and sanded it, it was just enough yellow! I think the whitewash is my new favourite collection!

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And a close up…LOVING that Whitewash embossed and sanded!

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For the finishing touch I built up three little clusters of embellishments using layers of Core, with bits and pieces from my stash. But the definite star of the show is that shattered cardstock! And of course my sweet boy in the photos!
 
Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered (green)
Tim Holtz Distress Collection (red)
Whitewash Collection – Butterchurn
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Simple Stories patterned paper
Greatest View flair
wood shapes, enamel dots, letter stickers

December Daily Part Two with Vivian Keh

Happy Friday! Who is ready for some more December Daily inspo from Vivian Keh?  I know  I am!

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Hello, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today to share with you a few more pages from my December Daily. How is yours coming along?

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_MontageHow quickly the days pass when it comes to December Dailies, don’t you agree? I’m having to mark my calendar so I don’t lose track of what I plan to use for each day in December. I’m really glad that I decided to craft this project as the month proceeds instead of ahead of time, because as you can see, the photos very much informed how I chose to design each page. And since December is such a busy month for me and probably for many of you, I decided to keep my pages really simple.

VivianKehDecemberDailyMittsPage_AFor this page, I paired some lovely colors from the Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection with a few pretty Kaisercraft patterned papers in order to create a knit-inspired pattern. The shapes were die-cut from a fantastic basic shape Sizzix die called Leaves, Tear Drop.

VivianKehDecemberDailyMittsPage_BSeveral dots of a pearl pen were added to draw attention to my pattern of knit stitches.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDailyMeatballs_AWe have been busy trying to ready our home for about 25 of my in-laws visiting on Christmas day. As of December 1st, the living room was still completely unfurnished, but things are moving along. Part of the preparations involved a trip to IKEA for fast, affordable furnishings – love that place, especially the cafeteria, where we stopped first to fill our tummies with some Swedish meatballs.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDailyMeatballs_BI couldn’t get over how many meatballs were heaped on DH’s plate, and of course I teased him about it. Using just a circle punch, I jokingly exaggerated the number of meatballs he consumed. They were all cut from warm brown Core’dinations hues – French Roast and Latte from our Core Essentials, and Hazelnut from the Tim Holtz Adirondack Collection.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDailyWreath_AMy photo on this page features a project made while hubbie was on a business trip. His presence was definitely missed, but I made use of the time, checking off items on the to-do list, crafting projects such as this wreath.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDailyWreath_BThe wreath in the photo uses a beautifully pre-embossed cardstock from Core’dinations’ Core Amour Collection. I created a perfectly coordinated page using the same Core Amour cardstock and a new die that I love, the Sizzix Doily, Classical Lace Bigz Die. If you are curious about the wreath, I have more details on that over on my blog.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! Wishing you happy holidays filled with much joy and love.

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection,
French Roast and Latte from our Core Essentials,
Hazelnut from the Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack Collection
Core’dinations’ Core Amour Collection
Sand-it Gadget, Dust Buddy

Clean and Simple Layouts with Mary Pat Siehl

I love to make clean and simple layouts that really focus on the photo and cardstock.  For my layout I started with my Core Essentials Snowflake and misted it lightly with a light teal color.  I then used my Silhouette and cut some winter trees.  I then tore the edges to expose the wonderful Core.  I then took a green color and tore that and layered the colors making a border at the top and bottom.  Next I took the green and embossed it and lightly sanded it with a snowflake pattern to frame mat my photo. Finally I cut out a 3×4 card with the title and to carry the theme of trees I cut out a tree. I then added some snowflake wood veneers.  I just love the Clean and Simple look!
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Supply list:
Couture Creations
Studio Calico
Silhouette ID # 14779
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I love to make my own Christmas cards and Core’dinations is just perfect for them!  For my first card I used Core Impressions and lightly sanded.   Next I cut my Tim Holtz Distress collection and cut the word Believe and a circle using my Silhouette.  I then lightly sanded it.  Next I cut my snowflake out using my Silhouette and placed it in the center of my card.  Then typical to my style I added a touch of bling to the center.  To finish it off I added some yummy solid twine from May Arts.  
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My second card I wanted to bling it up using the Core Couture Glitter andGlitter Silk collections.  Did you know that these two cardstocks work perfectly in the Silhouette.  Yup, they do and I made this card using the Silhouette base.  The glitter collections ROCK for making a Christmas tree.  To add a touch more of bling I added some sequins.  
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Supplies
Silhouette Design ID #50419
Sequins
Twine- May Arts
Bling- Hero Arts

Reindeer Centerpiece with Ava Gavloski

Today we have some amazing projects from Ava Gavloski for all of your Holiday Home Decor needs! From centerpieces to ornaments, we have got it for you today!

Also…please note:  we will be announcing our winners from the Tim Holtz Kraft Core giveaway by Friday at the latest so stay close to those emails.  

AND, one more thing…ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!!! This time it is over at Canadian Scrapbooker!

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Okay..now here’s that inspo!!!!

Ava here to share with you a cute little Christmas Decor item that you can make using the Core’dinations Cardstock Neutral collection.  Snip a few pieces of greenery from outdoors and you have a great table center piece or home decor item.

Search the internet images for pattern’s or check out Coats and Clark for this great reindeer pattern.

Emboss, sand and cut out two pieces of each pattern for each of the reindeer.  You need a front and back which is glued together.

And a close up:

See how nice the inner core of the Core’dinations Cardstock matches so well with the paper pieced antler color of the Core’dinations Neutral collection?

Have some fun creating your own home decor items from the Core’dinations Cardstock Neutral Collection.  Decor items can be so vogue with sanded matching color tones.

Supplies
Core’dination Cardstock Neutral Collection
Core’dination Sand it Set
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Coats and Clark pattern template
Helmar Adhesive
Fresh greenery
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AND Ava has a bonus project for us today, too! Some Ornaments!
If you need a quick table centre piece this is something you can make with supplies on hand.  Three different sized Christmas ornaments.
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Emboss a strip of paper approximately 2.5 “, tape some christmas washi tape to the backside sand the front to reveal the core and trim your paper strips to the width and size of your choice.  Add a rolled stem and some ribbon and you are good to go.

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Supplies:

Core’dinations Cardstock
Sand it Set
Helmar, Premium Craft Glue
Darice, 12” Lace embossing folder and Washi Tape
Cuttlebug

 

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