Ah…gorgeous Fall is here!

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft, Xyron

So who was cropping with us this weekend????? We are having so much fun make sure you come chat with us here :)

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Such a beautiful time of year and we are soaking it in on the Core Blog today with some fabulous Fall inspiration pieces!  If you were cropping with us then you saw this GORGEOUS card from Vivian Keh that is all about autumn colors! Make sure you check out her challenge and blog HERE for more amazing details!

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What screams autumn color tones better than our Chocolate Box and Vintage Cardstock?  Heather Anne Kaesgan used both on this card for us today.

Creating with Core is easy! For this card,  Heather embosed the word “Hello” along the bottom and then added circles and Marvy Uchida punched flowers in the middle.  Did you know these Marvy punches actually punch the flowers with embossed designs? SO COOL!   Finish of your card with some May Arts ribbon and you are done! It’s all about sanding, sanding, sanding! So get out that Sand It Gadget and have some fun.

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And next up a card from Tracy Gruber.  I LOVE how she mixed in some Black Magic for her fall themed card.

I love the fall season because there are so many gorgeous colors and fun fall activities!  Picking out the perfect pumpkin is always a great time, even when you are 23 ; )  I cut out the pumpkin on my card from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 inches.  I used card stock from the Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, Darks, and Pastels for it.  For my background, I used Black Magic with an orange background.  I sanded it with the Sand It Gadget to reveal the orange through the black.  I added some stitching and natural twine to complete my card!

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Supply List:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Darks, Pastels, and Brights paper pads
-Core’dinations Black Magic Collection
-Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium 6×6 paper pad
-My Craft Spot Happy Fall! stamp set
-May Arts twine
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Xyron Foam Tabs

Pink for Halloween? You betcha!

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Helmar Adhesives, Xyron

 How fun is it to take a different perspective on things? I love how Designer Ava Gavloski does it…see that  hand-stamped image that Ava cut out?  It’s a witch! How cool is that?  Ava just layers and layers and layers…it’s amazing!!!

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Supplies:
Core’dinations Cardstock
Helmar, Zap Dots, Acid Free, Super Tac glue
Sizzix, Embossing, Medallion
Clearsnap  Chunky Glitter, Surfacez, Berry Colorbox Ink
Zva Creative Crystals
Gina K Stamps
May Arts Ribbon
Cuttlebug
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And since we are living in color today…we have some gorgeous creations from designer Kate Nolan Denham, too!

Bright & colorful is always a fun way to go when making birthday cards.  The card I am sharing today shows how easy it is to make a bright birthday card with several different Core’dinations Cardstock lines, not just the Brights Collection (which is pretty cool in itself). 
 
To create my card, I started by embossing a Brights Core Tag.  These tags are textured and sandable! I then took a piece of the Whitewash Collection die the word “LIVE” out with my Cricut. After sanding this focal point down so the Core color shined through, I added the rest of my sentiment with stickers and brads.  The tag and sentiment were then added to a sanded background from the Vintage Collection and then the card base, which is in the Brights Collection.  
 
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Next time you are making a bright card, don’t be afraid to pull out all kinds of Core’dinations Cardstock.  You are sure to find the perfect colors! 

Supply list:
Core’dinations Cardstock: Brights 12×12
Core’dinations Cardstock: Vintage 6×6
Core’dinations Cardstock: WhiteWash 4.25 x 5.5
Core’dinations Cardstock: Core Tags-Brights
Core’dinations Sandit Gadget & Dust Buddy
Darice Embossing Folder
We R Memory Keepers Corner Punch
Jillibean Soup Alpha Stickers
Xyron & Helmar Adhesives
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And how about some Spotted on Dotted? Well..kind of! Kate mixes and matches our Spotted Carstock with some Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions! I am LOVING those arrows…

I love colors that are bold!  Today I have a layout in which the colors in the tags dictated what fantastic bold colors of Core’dinations Cardstock I used.  Throw in a bit of dotted texture and it was the perfect blend of bold and beautiful!  The bit of Black Magic and Neutral Core’dinations I used for this layout was just to balance the bold colors I used.  

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And don’t forget! We are cropping FRIDAY! Check out the RULES HERE!

T-minus TWO days until Halloween!

And we have some MUST haves for you scrapbooking.

First, our Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions shown here from Designer Debbie Standard:

I love when the season is one that works with Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions cardstock – it makes the page so easy to do.  For this page I started with sanding the entire sheet.  Then I inked the outside design and some of the words with Tim Holtz Ink.  Then I shielded the middle of the sheet and sprayed the edges again with Ranger Dylusions Pure Sunshine spray.  Then I embossed a sheet of Tim Holtz Adirondack cardstock and sanded it and layered it over a sheet of patterned paper from Graphic 45′s French County collection.
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Embossing folder – Tim Holtz/Sizzix
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Spellbinder’s Dies:  Rose Creations (S5-050) and Foliage (S4-328)
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Queen and Co. Ribbon
My Mind’s Eye tag
Glitz Puffy Words
Creative Charms – puffy words (parenthesis )
Queen and Co. Washi Tape
Reminisce chipboard Stickers
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Cardstock: Tim Holtz Seasonal and Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack collections
Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 French Country collection
Washi Tape:  Queen & Co.
Brads:  Queen & Co. and Creative Charms
Flowers and foam embellishments:   Creative Charms
Trim:  KI Memories
Cuttlebug embossing tool
Darice embossing folder
AND … we have another gorgeous gorgeous creation using our SECOND must have for Halloween projects…..BLACK MAGIC!
Chalkboard is all the rage currently and what better product than Core to create your own embellishments and layouts! Especially Black Magic!! For a “grungier” chalkboard look, that look as if the blackboard has been used, be sure to rub your chalk (yes, real chalk), lightly on the Nightfall cardstock before decorating. I have used 4 different chalkboard effects here to create this layout; 1.) white pencil on paper (my title, Carved), 2.) Die cut or punched objects with sanded edges (bat and numbers), 3.) white powder embossed stamps and 4.) embossed Black Magic which is sanded to show color for a pop of color.
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HOW COOL! Suzzana used some of her own chalk skills on here AND did some simple sanding on the star. SO COOL!
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Supplies:
Embossing Folder -  Cuttlebug
Stamps – Autumn Leaves, Inkadinkado, Recollections
Font – Toskanische, EgyptienneInitialen
Ink – VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Ranger
Die – Papertrey Ink
Punch – EK Success
Watercolor Pencil – Derwent
YES! Suzanna has a card for us, too. Happy Dance!!!
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Supplies:
Washi – Bella Blvd
Embossing Folder and powder – Tim Holtz & Ranger
Enamel Dots – My Minds Eye
Stamp – Papertrey Ink
Die – Sizzix, My Favorite Things
Foam Adhesive – Imaginisce

Enter to win a HUGE Core’dinations and Couture Creations Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

We have a HUGE giveaway for you! How exciting is this?

All you need to do is LIKE both Core’dinations and Couture Creations on Facebook (giving our friends over there shout out would be nice, too ;) and then click HERE to enter to win! That’s it! We are giving away FOUR prizes of $50 FULL of products from both companies. You don’t want to miss this!

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And who’s ready for some projects from Design Team Member Kim Moreno??? I don’t think there is one project on here where Kim doesn’t work her  ScorPal. Scoring is a GREAT and EASY way to add accents to projects. From creating a unique frame around your projects to adding journal lines and even making your own patterns….you name it! You can do it with Core’dinations!!

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LOVE the outlining technique for the title!

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Cardstock: Core Essentials (Nightfall, Fushia Fizz, Atoll Aqua), Core Impressions (BasicGrey)
Cardstock Sticker: Crate Paper
Foam letter stickers: American Crafts
Tool: ScorPal

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And a few cards…Kim can really work her card magic. All you need is some Core and a few accents and, “Voila!” You have some gorgeous cards for any occasion.

I know we shared this card on Facebook already but with the upcoming Holiday, I wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to see it. Repeating the same shape in different colors and lines of Core’dinations looks amazing! AND it’s quick and easy. You just grab some scraps, run them through your embossing machine…adhere…and that’s it!

I used the ScorPal to create the border around the edge of my card and sanded it slightly to reveal the kraft core of the paper. I then ran the papers through my Cuttlebug to emboss the leaves… sanded each of them and cut them out. I used the 250 to adhere the leaves down and then used the glue dots to keep the sentiment block down- I wanted it to be a bit more tacky since it was going over the twine.

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Core’dinations: Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Tim Holtz Shattered, Vintage Collection
Twine: Twinery
Embossing: Cuttelbug folder and machine
Adhesive: Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots, 250 machine, Mega Runner
Tool: ScorPal
Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Clearsnap

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And another cute  card…I just love these little square cards!  Scoring is the perfect accent, too. Here is how she did it:

I used my scor pal to make the lines around the edge of the card. I then ran the pink paper through my cuttlebug and sanded the sentiment slightly to reveal the colored core of the pink paper. I then backed it in patterned paper twice and adhered to the center of card and added jewels and felt embellishment to finish.

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Cardstock: Core Essentials (Atoll Aqua, Fushia Fizz)

Jewels: Queen & Co.

Embosing folder and machine: Cuttlebug

Felt embellishment: Maya Road
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper
Tool: Scor-Pal

Playing with some Be(you)tiful papers and Core’dinations!

All week long we are playing with Authentique papers! How awesome is that? BUT first check out our Heidi Swapp Winners HERE!

We are so excited for this week and trust me when I say our papers are a match made in heaven!  But seeing is believing, right? So make sure you stick around all week long for some inpsiration and a giveaway of course!

Make sure you check out the Authentique BLOG for more ideas and a giveaway  AND you can find their complete lines of gorgeous papers HERE. Today  is all about cards, cards and more cards using the Authentique Be(you)tiful line.

First up Debbie Standard shows us how all you need is some Core Essentials and gorgeous patterned papers to make some quick and easy cards!  Love how Debbie mixes the hexagons with other prints using her embossing folders.

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Supplies:

Cardstock:  Core’dinations Darks Collection

Patterned Paper:  Authentique Be(you)tiful collection

Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder: Darice
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
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This card from Debbie showcases a great way to use those scraps! You can cut out shapes from your Core and save them for another project and use the negative space.

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Supplies:

Cardstock:  Core’dinations Brights Collection & David Tutera Sentiment

Patterned Paper:  Authentique Be(you)tiful collection
Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder: Darice 1215-59
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy


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Supplies:

Cardstock:  Core’dinations  Core Essentials

Patterned Paper:  Authentique Be(you)tiful collection
Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts Hexagon
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy

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And next up we have Vivian Keh with some more cards…loving the Vintage Cardstock on this first one. Everyone LOVES a gray color palette and the Be(you)tiful is perfect for it!   I know gray has become my “go to” neutral.

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And a gorgeous close up:

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Hemp for cards is a favorite of mine because you can add a soft touch and it’s not too bulky:

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See how Core and Authentique match PERFECTLY???

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Get out those diec cuts and pop up dots!  Just some simple shapes cut out of cardstock, and of course sanded, not only add visual interest but it makes cardmaking easy!

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And another close up:

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SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Vintage Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Authentique – Be(you)tiful Collection

Fiskars – Edger Punch
EK Success – Flower Burst Border Punch
Momenta – Metal Embellishments
Xyron – X Tool, Mega Runner
Cuttlebug – Embossing Folder
Spellbinders – Layered Flowers Die

Ranger – Antique Linen Distress Ink

Hemptique – Hemp String

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You know it wouldn’t it be October and Halloween with out some Black Magic, right??? Comment all week long to win win win!
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We are giving some away so comment here to win!

Looking for Holiday Layout Inspiration?

October 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz, Xyron

Well look  no further! Our team is using the Believe line from Heidi Swapp again today. It doesn’t get much more festive than this! Please make sure you head over to Heidi’s blog for more amazing ideas!

Don’t forget about our GIVEAWAY on FACEBOOK !!!!!

So are we ready for some layouts? Love how Kim Moreno went the chalkboard look on this layout using her Black Magic and the Heidi Swapp Believe collection. The Peppermint Stix paper with the chalkboard words is perfect for this and all the papers are dobule sided so endless options! And can we talk about that cute little house made of Core’dinations Chocolate Box and Heidie Swapp papers? And it’s layered on the Core Tag?  Eeeeeek! How clever is that!?

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Supplies:

Core Tags, Black Magic Core’dinations, Chocolate Box Core’dinations, Heidi Swapp Believe patterned papers, May Arts ribbon, American Crafts Thickers.

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And another layout from Kate Nolan Denham! These snowflakes are the perfect accent for the Believe collection and I just LOVE  how Kate plays with the angle on this layout!

Kate here, bringing you some snow a little bit early this year!  It was so easy to share our Christmas snow with you by using lots of Core’dinations Cardstock paired with Heidi Swapp’s Believe Collection. 
 
The snowflakes were cut out of Snowflake Core’dinatins Cardstock (perfectly named) using my Cameo.  I painted them with some Gemstone Glue and sprinkled Shaved Ice onto the snowflakes. Core’dinations Cardstock is so sturdy that is the the perfect base for this technique!

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Love how Kate worked the Merry & Bright paper:

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Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x 12 Brights Core Essentials Cardstock
12 x 12 Neutrals Core Essentials Cardstock
White Assorted Core Tags
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Heidi Swapp 12 x12 Believe Paper Pad
May Arts Ribbon
Die-namics Dies
Stampendous Shaved Ice
Silhoutte Cameo
Helmar and Xyron Adhesives

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One more layout from Jennifer Edwardson!

When I opened my box of goodies for this product trade with Heidi Swapp I got sooooo excited !!  I absolutely LOVE this holiday paper and went straight to my ‘Seasonal Core Impressions’ for the base for this layout.  I lightly sanded my Core cardstock to allow the kraft core show through – makes the words completely stand out !!
 
I mixed my fave patterns from the Heidi Swapp ‘Believe’ collection with a piece of scarlet ’tillie dot’ cardstock for a base to my photo.  I also wanted to have a little layer underneath a few of the cut outs so I ran a piece of ‘peeled paint’ cardstock through my Big Shot using the ‘wire fence’ embossing folder by Darice.  LOVE this folder ……
 
I used a light pattern for my journaling and put it in my typewriter – this is my fave way to add journaling to my layouts. and done !

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Supply List:
Heidi Swapp ‘Believe‘ patterned paper
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions
Spotted Tillie Dot – Scarlet
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – peeled paint
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other: twine, gems

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