Fabulous Friday Finds

First up..don’t forget to check out our June Challenge!!!

All you need to do is journal and show us a fun Hard Core technique and you can get up to TWO chances to win!!

Check out details here.

Today we have some GORGEOUS creations to share with you from some of our Hard Core fans! We love love love seeing Core in action and these layouts are no exception.

First up we have a layout from Ann Sigga using Basic Grey Core Impressions.  Here is a little bit about the layout from Anna,

“My older girl making her first cairn (rock pile) at
Laufskálavarda with the help of her grandma.When passing
Laufskálavarda for the first time, legend has it that if you add to a
rock pile then you are blessed with luck on the journey.

And some details about the techniques from Anna,

“Core’diantions cardstock is one of my favesand I absolutely
love the embossed CS.  You can really make a layout pop using those
beautiful patterns – and the sanding part is kinda fun. (We totally agree!) :)
I wanted to be able to transfer the texture of the lave rocks onto the
layout without losing that pink flowery feel. And the Basic Grey
Core’dinations cardstock was just perfect. I sanded the CS lightly
with my sanding block and voila – my background was perfectly pretty!”

And next up we have a layout from Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here are a few details that Anna-Karin shared with us about the techniques on this layout,

“A sheet of Core’dinations cardstock was cut into squares, embossed with patterns that worked well with the theme of the layout and sanded. They were adhered to black cardstock and then stitched together. I really like the tone on tone and textured effect. Two of the flowers were also dry embossed and then inked. The flower, alphabet and quote were white embossed on vellum. I had some fun with shrink plastic and stamped the little man, the telephone and the number strip on white shrink plastic. I also used a normal sized impression of the phone (symbolising that he can talk to his Godparents any time). The title was stamped with Distress Ink on sticky back canvas. The journaling is on the tag behind the photo and is about my sister and her DH being godparents to our little boy, and what that means, for instance that they will always listen and try to help. The Dymo text translates: ‘Always there for you’.


Supply list: Core’dinations cardstock; Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders; Hero Arts stamps: Vintage,  Plaid Person, Playful letters; Darkroom Door quote stamp; Stamper’s Anonymous flower and alphabet stamp; Stazon Black ink; Ranger Distress Ink Pumice Stone and Seafoam White Embossing powder; Paperbag Studios number stamp; Dymo tape; BasicGrey patterned paper; Prima flowers; vellum; Tim Holtz Sizzix tag die; Panduro velvet hearts; Reprint trim; lace; mini stapler; tiny button.

Thank you so much for sharing your creations with us!!! We love to see what our Hard Core fans are doing with Core’dinations.

Feels Like It’s Time for a Challenge!

June 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket, Maya Road

It’s June 1st. Let’s kick of this month with a fun CHALLENGE!

What do you think?

We just loved this technique that Melissa Oliveira shared with us yesterday on the blog that we wanted to extend the invitation to try it to YOU!

Journaling is such an important part of a scrapbookers journey to preserve memories and tell stories.

SO for this challenge….we want to see your Journaling. It doesn’t have to be this specific technique…you can journal any way you choose.

But  for this challenge there are a few things you must do:


2.) Use Core’dinations Cardstock (it must be a visible component of the layout).

3.)  Link your project to THIS blog post or post it on our Facebook page. Make sure you “like” us, too!

4.) Show off a cool Core technique and we will throw in an additional chance to win!

The rest is up to you!

And how could I forget??? Of Course a random Winner will win some CORE’DINATIONS CARDSTOCK!

Here is a layout from Melissa Oliveira to get you inspired on the many ways you can journal on your Core.  The possibilities are endless and we can’t wait to see what you can do! For this layout she sanded where she journaled AND scored her journal lines. Brilliant!!!

Deadline for this challenge is two weeks…June 15th by midnight PST.

Core’dinations used: Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions, Basic Grey Core Impressions Ornate collection, Core Essentials.

And a close-up!

Designer Spotlight- Kim Moreno

May 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Good Morning!

Today we have another Designer Spotlight featuring Kim Moreno! We wanted to showcase each of our outgoing Design Team Members over the next few weeks with some of their favorite Core’dinations Projects.  Here is Kim’s blog if you want to go check it out, she has some amazing project on there, too.

Kim Moreno’s attention to detail is amazing.  Look at the gorgeous hand cut detail on this layout using the Basic Grey Ornate Core Impressions Collection:

And how about Kim’s eye for color and texture….

Here is a close-up:

And this feature wouldn’t be right if it didn’t feature a card from Kim!

Handmade Photo Envelope with Basic Grey Core Impressions

May 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Happy Tuesday Tutorial to you!

Have you ever gone on a trip and  have more photos than you know what to do with? You’ve already scrapped an album worth of pages and maybe even made a mini album, too, but you still have TONS of photos that you still didn’t use. What do you do with them? Pack them away?  Well today Design Team Member Ellen Sosnoski has a simple tutorial on how to make a decorative envelope with Basic Grey Whimsy Core Impressions cardstock for you to share with friends and family.


You can use any envelope as a template or create you own.  Please note: I practiced on a piece of Core Essentials cardstock and then recreated the final project out of the Basic Grey Core Impressions.

By using a pre-made envelope that just peals apart, all you need to do is Score directly over the folded lines.

Now fold:

And add your adhesive:

And you have an envelope! The great thing about Core’dinations is that is sturdy cardstock that is perfect for this kind of project.

Here are some photos of the finished product using Basic Grey Core Impressions. The flap was a little short so just add some additional pieces of cardstock or patterned paper.

Embellish with your favorite Basic Grey Cardstock stickers and use brads for closures:

Here is a close-up of the scoring and folding:

And look how many photos it can hold!

Some NEW Basic Grey Lovin’!

March 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog

First up just a reminder on our Design Team Call!!!  Details on the Design Team Call Here.

You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Today we have some gorgeous layouts from the Design Team Featuring the NEW Basic Grey Core Impressions.

Make sure you sit back with your cup of coffee and great ready for some gorgeous details! The Ornate collection is just perfect for any project or layout…you can’t go wrong.  It looks beautiful paired with soft pinks and greens and you can even use it with blues and browns.  Just some soft sanding and you have the perfect background paper cardstock!

First up is a layout from Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira.

Here is a close up for you:

The NEW Basic Grey Core Impressions looks great paired with Core Essentials, too, a seen on this layout from Design Team Memer Kandis Smith.


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