What does Spring mean to you?

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 !!!

 

Vintage doesn’t necessarily mean old…

March 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Sizzix

Hello, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today with a journal inspired by Spring, crafted using upcycled corrugate as a base, and Core’dinations Vintage  Collection for all the patchworked pieces and die-cut embellishments. I’m definitely itching for the spring blossoms to start making a show. How about you?

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_AFor both the cover and the back, I dry embossed several colors of Core’dinations Cardstock from the “Vintage” Collection, making great use of my stash of embossing folders. These were cut into smaller pieces and stitched together to form a pleasing background.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_BSizzix has a fantastic Bigz die “Flowers & Leaves” #658480, which I used for the pretty leaf details on the back.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_DAnd the floral detail on the front. As you can see, sanding the edges of my die-cut pieces creates subtle variations in tone. Sanding the dry embossed pieces reveals bold patterns and textures that I so love!

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Tearing of the Core’dinations Cardstock added a nice punch of interest to the inside cover.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_EThanks so much for visiting with me today!

-VivianSUPPLIES:

Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix: “Flowers & Leaves” #658480 Bigz Die
Embossing Folders: Sizzix, Darice, Cuttlebug
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam binding, twine
Buttons
Upcycled Corrugate

Who is ready for Spring? We are!

Ava  here today to share some Spring cards with you today. Let’s start with a Clean and Simple card.  With our pre-embossed cardstock, cards come together very quickly!
The Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions is a great pack of paper to create cards with.  Find the pre-printed sentiment on the cardstock sheet, size it to the greeting card size and you can make a quick card without touching any ink.
 Sand lightly with your Sand it Gadget and clean your sentiment using the Dust Buddy.
Punch out an embellishment using your Marvy Uchida Clever Lever Silhouette and Embossing punch, SE-E02 Heart Butterfly and add a bit of ribbon. I punched my butterfly from the Spotted Collection, Jillian Vavavoom color.

Core’dinations Cardstock supplies:  Tim Holtz and Ranger Adirondack Collection, Stonewashed  Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions, Spring/Easter , Spotted Jillian Collection, Vavavoom; Sand it Gadget ,  Dust Buddy,

May Arts Ribbon, Helmar Adhesive.

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Ava  again here to share with you another  Spring card.  Spring brings thoughts of new buds and greenery and that is the sign we all look for to indicate the beginning of a wonderful time of year.  My CAS card has been embossed using the Couture Creations embossing folderfrom the Fresh & Fun collection, Magical and Sizzix Flourish folder.

Gather some supplies and this CAS card will come together quickly.

 I used Core Essentials Pastels Collection pack for this card.  Embossed and lightly sanded with my Sand it Gadget. Gently dust off my sanded cardstock with my Dust Buddy and you will reveal the light tones of the inner core.
Stamp your sentiment and image onto a die cut label, adhere with some Helmar’s Zap Dots onto the card to give some dimension to your card.  Embellish with some rhinestones and ribbon and your CAS card is ready to go.
Supplies:  Core’dinations Core Essentials Pastel Collection, http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-essentials/assorted-packs/, Sand it Gadget http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/tools/sand-it-gadget/, Dusty Buddy http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/tools/dust-buddy/, Embossing folders:  Sizzix and Couture Creations, May Arts Ribbon, Want2Scrap, Helmar Adhesives.

Tim Holtz Shattered Cardstock–embossed!

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Tim Holtz

Hello, Core’dinations fans! I hope you are having a great week. Vivian Keh here today to share with you a card that I recently crafted while daydreaming about spring. I used my Core’dinations Cardstock exclusively on all my handmade flowers for several wreaths I made to decorate the house for Christmas, and the love of Core is now continuing on my handmade flowers for the spring.

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_AFor the flowers, I used “Creme Brulee” from Core’dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series. die-cutting them with a Sizzix “Flower, Dogwood” #658405 Die Set.

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_CTo achieve the soft veining in the leaves, I used a stylus on the backside of my die-cut pieces to press vein lines into the leaves, sanded off the ridges with my Sand-it Gadget, and lightly misted. The mist absorbed along the sanded areas to create a very soft look that I love!

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_BThe pretty embossed pattern was achieved using a Sizzix “Flowers and Perfume” #658969 Embossing Folder Set and a soft neutral hue from Core’dinations’ Tim Holtz Kraft-Core “Shattered” Collection.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! Hope spring reaches you soon if it hasn’t already!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – “Creme Brulee” from Core’dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series, Core’dinations’ Tim Holtz Kraft-Core “Shattered” Collection, Sand-it Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Flower, Dogwood” #658405 Die Set, “Flowers and Perfume” #658969 Embossing Folder Set
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Cream Lace
Viva Decor – pearl pen
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – “Curiouser Chartreuse” mist
Ranger – Vintage Photo Distress Ink

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And we have some Graphic45 cards for you today as well! Clare Buswell is the card queen!

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Make card from cardstock, emboss using Argyle embossing folder. Add patterned paper border and seam binding. Trim image from Graphic45 paper, layer onto red cardstock and stitch border. Adhere to card. Fussy cut lady from second piece of Graphic45 paper and layer using foam pads. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock, ink edges and attach with foam pads to card. Add bow.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations: Core Signature Series Graphic45, Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Other: Graphic45 French Country Collection, foam pads, seam binding, sewing machine, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo, Jet Black archival ink pad (Ranger), Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder Crafter’s Companion.

 

ClareG45card2a

Make card from cardstock, emboss using Argyle embossing folder. Add seam binding. Trim image from Graphic45 paper and stitch border. Adhere to card. Fussy cut pears from second piece of Graphic45 paper and layer using foam pads. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock, ink edges and attach with foam pads to card. Add bow.

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Supplies: Core’dinations: Core Signature Series Graphic45, Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Other: Graphic45 French Country Collection, foam pads, seam binding, sewing machine, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo, Jet Black archival ink pad (Ranger), Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder Crafter’s Companion.

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

 

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