Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog

March 30, 2014 by  
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Hi Everyone! We have a special treat this week…we are sponsoring the Cupcake Inspiration blog so if you are looking to win a Core’dinations prize pack head over there for you chance to not only be inspired but win some core!

Make sure you check out their RULES section here.  You only have one week to participate so hurry!

Our Design Team was busy, too!

Kate Nolan-Denham

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Ava Gavloski

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Seeing GREEN yet?

March 29, 2014 by  
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Happy Saturday! We have a bonus post for you today. For some reason I missed this when doing our St Paddy’s day layouts but it is too fabulous not to share.

The great thing about our Cardstock, and I know I sound like a broken record, but you can create a monochromatic layout so easy with just some simple embossing like Kate Nolan-Denham did here:

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When you hear the saying “go green” I am sure you don’t think of creating a monochromatic layout using only cardstock, but I sure did! I went green with Envy Core’dinations Cardstock.  By using techniques such as embossing, crinkling, sanding and a little bit of paint, I was able to add interest and dimension to my layout without adding another color.

I chose Envy as my monochromatic color because it was the perfect match to the background in my picture of Lily and her friends. I cut and snipped the Envy cardstock in random sizes. Then I embossed & crinkled & sanded the cardstock pieces to give a patterned paper appearance.

I chose a large crinkled piece my cardstock in which to paint my sentiment.  I love how the plain white craft paint just pops on this green!

Don’t be afraid to “go green” on your next layout. Core’dinations Cardstock comes in every green imaginable, so I know there is one just perfect for you!  ~Kate

Other Supplies:
Darice Embossing Folder
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Embossing Plate
Um Wow Chipboard Hearts
American Crafts Thickers
Martha Steward Twine
Plaid Craft Paint

Quick and easy Thank You cards with Gail Lindner

Hi Everyone! Gail Lindner here…. I had a simple design in mind using ONLY Core’dinations cardstock and looked to Pinterest for some fun color combinations! I came up with four combinatons and made several of each in one big creating session!

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I cut the sentiment “Thanks” out using my Silhouette Cameo but wanted it to stand out from the background. I saw the trick of cutting out several and layering them during some blog hopping and it really was a quick way of adding dimension that you can see in the following close up photo.

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Because the writing is quite detailed and fine, using pop dots would not only be time consuming but would also not be sturdy enough. I simply cut multiple words out of a full sheet of white cardstock and ended up adhering four layers to give it enough dimension.

I’ve also used techniques such as embossing, sanding, distressing and folding to add interest and dimension.

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It sure feels good to have a nice collection of thank you cards handy again!

Supply List – Gail February Project #3 – Thank You Cards

Core Cardstock:
Pool, Lemonade, Stonewashed, Sunset Orange (Tim Holtz Adirondack)
Snowflake, Cityscape (Neutrals)
Navy (Darks)
Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz Distress)
Spring Green (Graphic 45)
Aruba (Pastels)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsy Script Font

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It’s Gail here again!  I’m putting some creative energy to work to create some layouts and things for our sweet baby #3. Here’s a layout documenting some thoughts on late pregnancy, using one of my favourite color combinations of Core cardstock!

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For this layout, I started with the idea of placing different colored squares of Core’dinations cardstock over my background, varying the size and texture of each one.

I started by just cutting some squares in various sizes and playing with the placement. You can see I’ve created a few visual triangles to balance the layout – mainly with the three squares of the navy and light pink cardstock.

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You can see a couple of fun embossing folders that I’ve used on the squares! As usual, a quick sand to reveal the core brings them to life!

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For the title and accents on my layout, I put my Silhouette Cameo cutter to good use and cut a variety of hearts and arrows in the same colours as the squares and scattered them, raising some on pop dots.

My title was also cut with the Cameo using my favorite font: Thirsty Script. You’ll find it works wonderfully with the Core cardstock!

Supply List – Gail February Project #1 – Almost Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake, French Roast (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion (brights)
Spun Sugar (Tim Holtz &Ranger Distress cardstock)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Cuttlebug & Darice embossing folders
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Arrows, 8 Thin Arrows, Echo Park Heart
Thirsty Script font

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 !!!

 

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.

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