What makes a well designed and well balanced layout?

November 5, 2013 by  
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Personally, I would ask Debbie Standard. She always creations beautiful layouts that not only showcase Core but they are full of amazing details, beautiful photos and over all well designed elements. What do you say we check out a few?

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Supplies:
BasicGrey Core Impressions
Flowers:  Reminisce, Prima, Petaloo
Bling:  Recollections; Prima, Queen & Co.
Word Stickers:  Little Yellow BIcycle
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Tags:  My Mind’s Eye
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Tags:  My Mind’s Eye
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And next up another amazing layout. Check out the placement of the photos and just how balanced this amazing layout is!  The flowers move our eye around and  the hand cut details….
I have lways been a huge fan of the Core Amour Line and this Teresa Collins line in pink – for princess – was just perfect for wedding photos.  Such a photogenic couple too!  I love these new David Tutera tags, stickers and dies – make cards and layouts so easy. The leaves were made with the Spellbinder’s Foliage die and then run through my Xyron so that I could sand them before putting them on the page.  Using your Xyron for this makes it so much easier to sand those delicate things.  
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Supplies:
Teresa Collins Core Amour Princess Collection
Flowers:  Recollections
Spellbinders Die -Foliage and Rose Collection
Cuttlebug
Martha Stewart Punch
Recollections Letter Stickers

And don’t forget we are still cropping away! TONS of time to get things done . Check out details Here:

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Heidi Swapp and Core’dinations Day TWO!

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Did you love the  projects yesterday featuring Heidi Swapp?If you missed yesterday’s post please check it out here, you do not want to miss the gorgeous Mixed Media layouts featured yesterday. Also..we have a list of winners for you located on our Hot Topics page for you, too!

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Today we have more Mixed Company projects for you from our designers including both layouts and cards. I hope you are ready to be inspired!  The color palette of the Mixed Media line is just so great…the pinks and blues and grays with the black accents are perfect for any occasion card or layout.   OH and don’t miss Heidi Swapp’s giveaway..the ENTIRE Mixed Media LINE!

Vivian Keh created a card and layout for us today. Mixing and matching the papers from the Mixed Media collection is easy. Add some hand cut details , stamping, and a gorgeous Moraccan diecut and you have one gorgeous card.

Vivian really plays on the horizontal and vertical lines on this card which make it so visually appealing. The more you look at it, the more  you see!   Notice the hearts on the stamped stentiment?  Yep, she stamped right on the Heidi Swapp patterend paper…loving that!

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Such amazing detail!

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Just love how the Mixed Company Bouquet patterned paper looks with the Moraccan shapes Vivian created out of  some Whitewash cardstock from her scraps from the card above! She used some super cool shapes from the Sizzix Thinlits Moraccan die to create her own background  for that gorgeous photo.  She keeps your eye moving around the layout with these shapes, some gems and the spots from the Heidi Swapp patterned paper.  A lot of time and love went in to this layout for sure!

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And a gorgeous detail!

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What an amazig looking detail…LOVING the white on Whitewash!

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Here is a great detail that shows how Vivian mixed the Whitewash Core’dinations pieces with some of the patterned papers from the Mixed Media collection:

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The Paper Studio – Paper Punches, Gems

TPC – Stamp Set
Hemptique – Hemp Cord Thickers

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And who doesn’t love circles, black and white contrasting colors and oodles of texture?  Shaunte Wadley worked her magic on this layout for sure! Shaunte says she raided her stash on this layout but you wouldn’t know it. Mixing up embossing folders and patterned papers for the circles really adds to the interest of this layout. How did she make that circle pattern you ask? Silhouette Cameo with some gray Core Essentials..along with some Black Magic in the title. The background paper is Core Impressions from the Basic Grey Core Impressions line. Add a sprinkling of Queen & Co gemstones and washi tape and you’ve got yourself a great layout.

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Silhouette Cuts used:

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And Mary Pat Siehl is working some Whitewash love, too! Mary Pat has a unique way of capturing everyday activities and making them look like so much fun!

I loved combining my Core cardstock with Heidi’s wonderful pattern paper.  It proves once again that Core really is the best cardstock!  I first used a 12×12 template and sanded my Whitewash  Cardstock over it.  I love how the image is very light.  I also tore the cardstock to expose the darker core at the top.  Then I layered it on top of some of the awesome Mixed Media pattern paper!  The contrasting prints look great.  For my title  ”today” I sanded my paper first and then sanded it before cutting it in the Silhouette (this helps with these delicate cuts).  This layout is a typical day after school- homework, computer games and outside play time.  I love our everyday life!

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supply list
Core’dinations Vintage collection and Core Essentials Darks
Heidi Swapp pattern paper from Mixed Company Collection, tags, stickers and mist
Be Happy AND  Circle Background
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And, starting today, comment to win some of our Spotted Cardstock!  Yes….today we want to hear how much you looooooove Heidi Swapp and Core’dinations. We are closing this giveaway THURSDAY October 10th! So don’t delay! 
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Core Impressions…to sand or not to sand…

Happy Monday everyone!

Today we have two layouts from Designer Suzanna Lee using our Core Impressions.  The great thing about these lines is that you can sand them or not sand them. So we thought we would give you to examples  of each. The first one uses the BasicGrey Core Impression Whimsy collection not sanded. 

The fun thing about Core is you can sand some …and not sand others ..all in the same  layout like Suzanna did here. She sanded the tone on tone stars and scallop shape in red to make them pop off of each other and then left her Core Impressions as is. Don’t forget to get out your Sand it Gadget when you decide to sand ;) It’s repositional sand paper pieces make it so easy to use!

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Patterned paper-less (or primarily cardstock) layouts are so easy to create with Core’dinations! Especially when you throw some Core Impressions in the mix – the printed design and embossed images really add some fine detail to the layout. Just because the cardstock is embossed, it doesn’t mean you have to sand it. I like the subtle texture of the unsanded Core.

Supply List:

Core Impressions:  BasicGrey
Coredinations Tim Holtz  Distress

Sand it Gadget

Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Washi: unknown (Japanese)
Twine: The Twinery
Brads: American Crafts
Letter Stickers: Simple Stories SNAP!
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The Sanded Layout:
Next up we have a layout from Suzanna where did quite a bit of sanding on the BasicGrey Core Impressions.  We LOVE the look of BOTH and are happy we can give you that creative option!

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Core’dinations looks great cut in your Silhouette or any die cutting machine!

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Love the bits of sanding….

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Just because you have the ability to sand it, tear it and emboss it, doesn’t mean you have to. Sometimes, less is more. That’s the highlight of this layout. Pure, simple unadulterated Core! LOL!! Okay, I did sand the Core Impressions, but of the 5 types of Core I used, it’s the only one I “did” something to. One teeny tiny strip of patterned paper, that’s all! And a few embellishments.

Supply List:

Core Essentials: Darks
Core Impressions Basic Grey Whimsy
Tim Holtz/Ranger: Distress
12×12 Crabgrass
Whitewash 6×6 pad
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Patterned Paper and stickers: Pebbles
Decorative bag: Fancy Pants
Ink: Memento
Stamp: Cocoa Daisy
Wood pin:Little Yellow Bicycle
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Tag: Chic Tags
Die: Lifestyle Crafts
Dot: Q&Co

Monochromatic Layouts and Cards

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Every month we challenge our designers with something fun and this month it was all about monochromatic color schemes.

Did you get the August newsletter?  Well if you did then you got a FREE downloadable PDF from Designer Mary Pat Siehl featuring a quick “how to” on how to create EASY monochromatic looks with just embossing!  Core makes scrapbooking easy, don’t you think? By being a Hard Core Crafter you are automatically signed up for our newsletter.

Our Design Team also did some for us today as well. As you can tell our team likes blue :)

First up Kate Nolan-Deham…Kate used a banner to really enhance her monochromatic color scheme. And how sweet is her Glitter Silk dress form that she embellished!

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And look at all this texture from Designer Gail Linder??!?! LOVE how she chose to use some yellow…a color I think a lot of scrappers struggle with:

A super simple card from Designer Ava Gavloski…monochromatic doesn’t need to be complicated….

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 and one last card from Designer Heather Kaesgan…LOVE how she mixed in some Gemstones for her monochromatic look for that bit of shimmer….

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Clare Buswell used our Core Amour Cardstock to create a unique monochromatic look:

And Tracy Gruber always creates the CUTEST cards….hippo-ray, LOL! So cuuuuute! And monochromatic doesn’t need to be the exact same color. Tracy used different hues of purple for hers and added some Gemstones as well.

And how about a Pink Monochromatic layout from Designer Ava Gavloski? Look at all that gorgeous detail!  Using the BasicGrey Core Impressions for her base and then just adding fabulous bits and pieces in pink and white….

Mixing and Matching with Suzanna Lee

One of the great things about Core is that you can mix and match ALL of our lines together SEAMLESSLY!  This first card by Designer Suzanna Lee mixes Core’dinations lines and the David Tutera Celebrate layers to make the CUTEST card! Please, two different sized googley eyes?  How ca-ute is that?!???!?!
Here are some tidbits from Suzanna regarding these projects:
One of the many amazing things about Coredinations is the texture you can create.The embossability of Core made it possible to create a whole beach scene; the waves below from Glitter Silk, the sunny sky from David Tutera layers and the clouds from good ol Snowflake. The Glitter Silk creates a lovely glimmer of sun reflecting off the waves! I prefer to stamp on a solid cardstock and find that the tags are the perfect size for that very purpose.
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Supply List:

Coredinations Nightfall cardstock
Coredinations Glitter Silk 6×6 pad
David Tutera Celebrate A2/A6 Layers

Embossing Folder: Darice

Stamps: Rubbersoul, Papertrey Ink, EK Success
Ink: StazOn
Punches: Fiskars
Twine: The Twinery
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And next up a black and yellow card…one of my FAVE color combos!!! AND the Darice honeycomb/hexagon embosing folder is too perfect for this theme.
This card is inspired by the bee stamp. Browsing the aisles of the store, this stamp caught my eye and screamed, take me home with you! (Ever have that happen to you?!). Emboss some Core for a subtle hive for her to buzz around and you have an adorable card!
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Supply List:

Nightfall cardstock
CoreCards – Brights
Core Essentials – Dark

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Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Darice
Stamp: Recollections
Ink: VersaFine
Font: AltlastGreeting
Ribbon: May Arts
Vellum: PaperSource
Twine: The Twinery
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And a layout using some super cool techniques! Paper tearing…inking the Spotted Cardstock..Suzanna really works it here!
One of the tag lines for Core-dinations is Tear it and that’s what I challenged myself to do with this layout. I have a tearing phobia… I like things nice and neat and clean. There is nothing neat about tearing… I get in a quiet panic just at the thought of tearing. Sound familiar? Well, take a deep breath and do as I did, remind yourself that you have a thousand more pieces of paper in your stash and it’s okay of you “mess it up”. Though if you think about it, you can’t really mess it up. Tearing is tearing and it’s supposed to look that way! Right? Another nifty little thing I did with this layout is paint. Actually I used a brayer to roll paint onto the Spotted Jillian dot for a multi-color effect. Amazing what you can do with Core!!!
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Here is  close up of that inking on the white Spotted Cardstock!
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And some lovely embossing details….
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Supply List:
Spotted Jillian Dot
Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress
Whitewash
Core Impressions; Basic Grey Whimsy
Core Impressions; Cardinal Buttercup
Core Tag Pastel
Core Essentials Pastel
Core Impressions Mini’s; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Labels Collection
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Die: Memory Box
Twine: The Twinery
Chipboard, Stickers and Washi: My Mind’s Eye
Decorative Bag: Fancy Pants
Punches: Martha Stewart/EK Success
Letter Stickers: American Crafts

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