Designing with Gail Linder

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

ONE amazing Monday and THREE incredible layouts from Gail Linder!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sweet Delight Layout

I have a secret to share today. Sometimes I scraplift my own layouts! Gasp!

Seriously, if you’re ever “stuck” for ideas, just choose an older layout of your own that you loved and scraplift it using new products or techniques!

That’s exactly what I did for today’s layout.

Sweet-Delight-wm

I knew I wanted to create bright, fun blocks at the top of the layout and I wanted to use Core cardstock (of course) showing a couple of techniques.

I cut 10 squares of cardstock (in 6 different colours) that were 2″x2″. After finding the arrangement that I was happy with I simply when from square to square, embellishing slightly.

Sweet-Delight-cu1-wm

Some of the techniques I used include:

  • Embossing (you could also try de-bossing)
  • Sanding and inking
  • Adding die cuts (some raised on pop dots)
  • Punching out a shape from the square, using the negative space
  • Punching a circle ‘notch’ from the corner to add in a circular embellishment

I kept them quite simple as I wanted to fabulous colours to stand out!

And take a look where my journaling is hidden in this one:

Sweet-Delight-cu2-wm

The photo panel lifts up to reveal journaling underneath! I just folded a piece of white core cardstock to be the ‘flap’.

You can actually see the original layout that inspired this one on my blog here. I hope I’ve inspired you to look back at your older layouts for inspiration with fresh eyes!

Supply List – Gail January Project #2 – Sweet Delight Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion & Tulip (brights)
Sugar’n’spice (pastels)
Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters (Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
SSS, MFT & Avery Elle dies
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Silhouette Cameo
Feathers cutting file

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

One Little Word Layout

Do you follow the One Little Word concept? Although I’m a little late sharing my One Little Word for 2014, I have had it chosen since the end of last year, or rather, it came to me as per usual! Give.

I decided to create a layout for my word, using a phone selfie of myself (it’s the only recent photo I could find of me!).

2014-Give-wm

I created the background to this layout by overlapping pieces of Core’dinations cardstock in pink and aqua with a few scraps of patterned paper. The card was cut at an angle (alternating directions) and I started from the bottom and worked my way up!

I gave all pieces of cardstock a quick sand to reveal a bit of the lighter core, for more dimension.

2014-Give-cu1

A couple more things to note:

  • The title was cut using my Cameo. The word ‘give’ was cut out of Black Magic card (with a pink core) so when the edges had a light sand, they had a bit of pink showing to coordinate with the rest of the layout!
  • I didn’t think my photos and title stood out enough on the busier background so I again used my Cameo to cut the circle design out of simple white cardstock to layer beneath! I love that effect and think it’s something I’ll be doing again and again!

2014-Give-cu2-wm

I didn’t want to cover up any more of the background with a journaling blog and knew I had a bit to say about my OLW. An easy solution? I journalled on a white core tag, slipped it into a glassine bag and adhered it behind my photos. Love me some hidden journaling!

If you are interested in reading about why I chose this particular word, and more about my personal OLW journey, please visit my blog here!

I hope I’ve inspired you today!

 

Supplies:

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Reflecting Pool, Sugar’n’Spice & Scotch (pastels)
Tanzanite (Gemstones)
Hex (Black Magic)
Spring Green (G45 Signature Series)
Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
White Core Tag
Big Shot
Spellbinders ‘Asters & Poppies’ die
SSS heart die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script & Georgia fonts
Circle Background cutting file

Crazy Layout

Hello! I have another fun and colorful layout to share today! Can you tell I love putting together awesome color combinations with my Core’dinations cardstock? For this layout, I was inspired by a card I saw around the web that had strips of washi tape on the background. I tried to re-create the look with strips of embossed card.

Crazy-wm

I wanted the colors to “pop” so I used the reverse of a Kraft Core cardstock for a neutral kraft background. Then I chose six bright colors for my strips and got to work adding some texture to each strip.

Crazy-cu1-wm

You can see in the detail photos that a couple of strips are embossed and sanded to reveal the core. A few other strips I added some lines and borders simply using my Scor-Pal: a criss-cross, stripes and an outline.

Crazy-cu2-wm

Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core (reverse side)
Core Essentials – Fuschia Fizz, St Valentino
Neutrals – Snowflake
Brights – Atoll, Aqua
Tillie Dot – Tulip
Distress – Tumbled Glass
Adirondack – Purple Twilight
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Scor-pal
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
PTI border die
Spellbinders speech bubble die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script font

Home Decor Valentine’s Day Projects

February 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have some fun and festive Valentine’s Day home decor projects for you from Designer Mary Pat Siehl to share with you today that you are going to LOVE! Pun intended ;)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I love Valentine’s Day and I love to decorate my house to fit this holiday.  Core is really perfect for making all your home decor needs.  For my first project I made a message board.  In my kitchen I have an 8×10 photo frame and the glass functions as a dry erase board.  I love to leave messages to my kids and also make to do lists.  For my Valentine’s Day message board I started off with a base of the Core Gemstones in Opal.  I then cut out 3 hears in ruby red and pink diamond.  I then ran them through my Cuttlebug embossing folders just to give them an embossed look.  I then cut out the xo in onyx cardstock.

 

mpfebproject1 mpfebproject1b

Supplies:
Core’dinations Gemstone Cardstock
Silhouette – basic heart, pacifico font
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My next project is perfect for my mantel.  I found this frame on sale and thought it would be so fun to make my own journaling cards style photo frame.  I really got to have fun with my core for this project and really got to sand the cardstock.  I love the blackboard effect and made on box using the Core essentials Nightfall and sanded it to give the blackboard look. One of my favorite things about Core’dinations is that no matter what collection you use they all work together so well.  For this project I used papers from the Essentials, Tim Holtz Adirondack collection, and Glitter Silk!
mpfebproject2
Supplies: 
Core’dinations Cardstock: Glitter Silk, Black Magic, Core Essentials
Silhouette- Arial font, basic arrow, basic heartt
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you have fun making your own home decor items!  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Designer Layouts with Kim Moreno

December 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket

Can you belive Christmas is over and in two days it will be 2014?  We thought it would be a cool idea to show you some layouts that focus on important days we celebrated in 2013 today. Kim Moreno has some layouts focusing on her kids and some milestones they celebrated this year. ENJOY!

 

With the rough background in this picture I knew the woodgrain Core Impression paper would be perfect for this layout. I chose the purple and navy to coordinate with the colors from the photo and then purple is their favorite color so I had to add that in there somehow! I wanted to keep the layout fairly simple to focus on this awesome photo of the two of them!
I sanded the background woodgrain paper to bring out the lighter color core of the paper. I then chose border punches that not only cut but had an embossed image as well and sanded them slightly and layered them for a fun look. I used an embossing folder to create the dots on the cut out heart.
KimDarksLayout (1)
Coredinations: Cosmo Cricket Core Impression, Core Essentials (Dahlia, Navy, French Roast), GlitterSilk (silver)
Heidi Swapp letters
Pink Paislee chipboard arrows
Martha Stewart border punches
Cuttlebug machine and embossing folders
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
EEEEK! I looove this big HUGE star!
This photo of my oldest son at the Texas State 7on7 tournament just pulls at my heart, this was the all seniors photo we took at the end of the tournament. Seriously, how can I have a senior already? He would say he loves this photo because it’s during the summer and he’s allowed to have to super, awesome, manly beard! ha!
I used my trusty Scor Pal (do y’all see a theme to my layouts? they feel naked without a border to me!) to create the lines around the edge of my layout and then sanded the Black Magic to reveal the orange color core. I love this pop of color! I then traced the big star from the orange cardstock and cut and punched the green stars and sanded the edges to give them some character and reveal the color core. I tore the edge of my orange cardstock and the edge of the tag to reveal the colored core as well. Notice printing directly onto the cardstock comes out awesome as well!
KimBMBrightsLayout (1)
Core’dinations: Black Magic (Shazam), Core Essentials (Orange, Parsley, Snowflake)
Core Tag (orange)
American Crafts letter stickers
Marvy Uchida star punch
Crate paper dots
Jillibean Soup “friends” sticker

Merry Christmas!

From the Core’dinations Cardstock family we wish you the merriest of Christmases! Be safe and happy today. Enjoy your friends and families on this blessed day!

But of course we have some inspiration for you from Designer Suzanna Lee:

R U Merry?  Suzanna here to share with you a card that will be sure to get your recipient ready for the festivities ahead!

Suzanna_DecMonthly_Card

Black Magic as a card base is a fantastic way to create a black background for your card yet have a colored cardstock on the inside for writing that important message. Sanded Seasonal Impressions is just like having a patterned paper for the the second layer of your background.

Suzanna_DecMonthly_Card_Close

Aren’t the layers of that tree fun? Just pleat some paper a little haphazardly and cut in a triangular shape. Back with a slightly darker shade and adorn with some May Arts garland and sequins ornaments! The tree trunk and white lace are also from May Arts. No Christmas tree is complete without presents underneath so just stamp on some of the amazing 110 pound white cardstock, handcolor and fussy cut for your gifting pleasures.

Suzanna_DecMonthly_Card_Close2

Top the tree with a Glitter star and hang a banner to convery your greeting!

Supplies:

Core’dinations Black Magic (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/specialty-collections/black-magic-collection/)

Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impression (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/tim-holtz/kraft-core/kraft-core-seasonal-impression/)

Core Essentials Crabgrass (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-essentials/)

Core Essentials Forest (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-essentials/)

Glitter Silk 6×6 (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/glitter-silk/)

Sand It Gadget (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/tools/sand-it-gadget/)

Dust Buddy (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/tools/dust-buddy/)

Ribbons: May Arts

Sequins: Hobby Lobby

Stamps: October Afternoon, Kaiser Crafts

Ink: VersaFine

Pens: Faber Castell

Star Punch: Marvy Uchida

Chalkboard Projects with Black Magic

Happy Tuesday! We had some website issues so we are redoing yesterday’s chalkboard post. Unfortunately, I deleted the information from my computer yesterday as well so we don’t have some of the supply lists for these projects. BUT the main thing you need to know is that creating Chalkboard projets is SO EASY with Black Magic Cardstock!

Not sure if you saw our Chalkboard Tips and Tricks post HERE. We did that in conjuction with one of our newsletters. If you don’t get our HCC emails SIGN UP HERE to get access to exclusive content like videos, downloadable project sheets and more!

First up we have Clare Buswell creating a Thanksgiving card for us. Clare combines some hand written details, stamping and chalks. Clare uses her The Cat’s Meow stamps for a lot of her projects and they are so amazing!   This Autumn Borders looks so great stamped in the white embossing ink against the black. A neat break from traditional Thanksgiving and Fall cards.

And a close up of how cool the doodling, stamping and chalks look:

And now for some layouts. First up Kate Nolan-Denham working her chalkboard skills with a city scape. this really has a cool grungey feel to it. That is the great thing about distressing…anything goes!

KateChalkboardChallenge

Next up scor scor scor!!!!!!! Debbie Standard uses some random scored lines for her background and, of course, her signature hand made flowers from her Spellbinders dies.

Creating with Black Magic with the new rage for Chalkboard projects is just perfect.  What could be better than black cardstock with different colored bases to do this with.  You can use several different sheets of Black Magic and one you have cut them and sanded them they look and adhered them to your page you can’t even see that you were using different papers!  I started this page buy using a sheet of Black Magic with the Blue base – I scored it randomly, sanding over my scoring lines. Hint when you do this it’s much cleaner to sand over the ridges WHILE you have it on your score machine rather than scoring and then sanding afterwards.  Then I used some of the 6 X 6 Black magic pads and cut some leaves and flowers and punched some edges and strips.  Then I sanded them to show the underlying color.  I also used a Crafter’s Workshop template and painted over it to add some random dots to my background.  I also used a white pen and made some random circles.  Then I adhered it all and made some flowers.  I used a Spellbinder’s die to cut my flowers, then I curled them over my piercer and sprayed them with some Maya Road mist – let them dry and added a My Mind’s Eye Brad.  I also used a couple of petaloo flowers which I might add match the Core’dination’s cardstock perfectly!  The photos are some that I luckily caught of my daughter when she didn’t know I was taking pictures!
Picture or Video 3854
Supply List:
Black Magic
Spellbinder’s Die -Rose Creations
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Score It
Cameo
Petaloo Flowers
My Mind’s Eye Brads and tag
Crafter’s Workshop Template
Jillibean Soup frame (just used the today from it)
Letter Stickers:  October Afternoon
Martha Stewart Punch

 

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 :)

CoreBlinkie_HCCropper_300pix

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!

vivian

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.

20130721_Hello_1_sized

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!

TracyHappyFallY'allCard

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

« Previous PageNext Page »

47 queries. 0.813 seconds