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

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

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

 

Holiday Cards with Vivian Keh

We are celebrating Tim Holtz this week and his Kraft-Core collection! Both the Nostaglia AND Shattered are perfect for ANY project AND we have a HUGE surprise coming up this week so STAY CLOSE!

To start of this awesome week we have some inspiration for you, too! First up is Vivian Keh working her magic with some Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered cardstock and Holiday cards. I love that she chose  non-traditional color palette for these!

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Hello, friends! Vivian here with a pair of holiday cards that celebrates a deep love of Tim Holtz. Did you know that Core’dinations has several collections designed by Tim Holtz? I have been going through his Kraft Core “Shattered” Collection with great enthusiasm, so much so that I’ve just about used up my entire assortment of it. The cards below use the “Shattered” Collection in conjunction with quite a few Sizzix dies that have also been designed by Tim Holtz.

VivianKehShatteredChristmasPair_AFor the Christmas Tree card with the background of festive boughs, I chose my colors based on the color wheel. When lacking in crafty mojo, I will often turn to the color wheel as I choose hues with which to craft, and I highly recommend doing so when you’re having trouble getting started in your crafting session. Since blues lie directly across from oranges, they just about always make a fantastic pairing, even when the tints are not what you would consider pure blues or oranges. In this case, we have a soothing greyish blue and a burnt siena which has a warm orange cast. I think they set each other off nicely.

VivianKehShatteredBoughsThe boughs on this card were die cut in one pass using a strip of Shattered Core’dinations Cardstock and a Sizzix “Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland.” The boughs were further embellished using a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

VivianKehShatteredBoughs_AIn order to preserve the pretty background, I kept the focal image small – a sweet pair of stamped and easily fussy cut trees from a Jillibean Soup holiday stamp set.

VivianKehShatteredBoughs_BFor the Wreath card, I die-cut the cutest wreath from a Sizzix Mini Wreath Movers and Shapers Die Set studding the pretty wreath with little balls also created with more pearls.

VivianKehShatteredChristmasWreathIn this close-up of the wreath, you can see the lovely texture inherent in every sheet of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock!

VivianKehShatteredChristmasWreath_AThe banner was embellished with the left-over die-cuts from the first card.

VivianKehShatteredChristmasWreath_BShattered Core looks great when dry-embossed and sanded to reveal the Kraft Core. There is something about kraft that is so comforting, and I often turn to it when crafting Christmas cards.

VivianKehShatteredChristmasWreath_CFinally, I added some seam binding and just a few Tim Holtz Ideology clips for variety in texture. Thanks so much for visiting with me here today, folks. Best of luck in your holiday papercrafting!

-Vivian Keh

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations: Kraft Core “Shattered” Collection, Creme Brulee ColorCore Cardstock, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix: Holly Beaded & Snowflake Garland Decorative Strip Die, Mini Wreath and Bow Movers & Shapers Die Set, “Elegant” Embossing Folder Set
Tim Holtz Ideology: Paper Clips
Jillibean Soup – Stamp Set
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Ranger – Avocado Liquid Pearls, Distress Ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding
Memento – Rich Cocoa Dye Ink

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