Looking for Holiday Layout Inspiration?

October 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz, Xyron

Well look  no further! Our team is using the Believe line from Heidi Swapp again today. It doesn’t get much more festive than this! Please make sure you head over to Heidi’s blog for more amazing ideas!

Don’t forget about our GIVEAWAY on FACEBOOK !!!!!

So are we ready for some layouts? Love how Kim Moreno went the chalkboard look on this layout using her Black Magic and the Heidi Swapp Believe collection. The Peppermint Stix paper with the chalkboard words is perfect for this and all the papers are dobule sided so endless options! And can we talk about that cute little house made of Core’dinations Chocolate Box and Heidie Swapp papers? And it’s layered on the Core Tag?  Eeeeeek! How clever is that!?

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Supplies:

Core Tags, Black Magic Core’dinations, Chocolate Box Core’dinations, Heidi Swapp Believe patterned papers, May Arts ribbon, American Crafts Thickers.

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And another layout from Kate Nolan Denham! These snowflakes are the perfect accent for the Believe collection and I just LOVE  how Kate plays with the angle on this layout!

Kate here, bringing you some snow a little bit early this year!  It was so easy to share our Christmas snow with you by using lots of Core’dinations Cardstock paired with Heidi Swapp’s Believe Collection. 
 
The snowflakes were cut out of Snowflake Core’dinatins Cardstock (perfectly named) using my Cameo.  I painted them with some Gemstone Glue and sprinkled Shaved Ice onto the snowflakes. Core’dinations Cardstock is so sturdy that is the the perfect base for this technique!

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Love how Kate worked the Merry & Bright paper:

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Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x 12 Brights Core Essentials Cardstock
12 x 12 Neutrals Core Essentials Cardstock
White Assorted Core Tags
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Heidi Swapp 12 x12 Believe Paper Pad
May Arts Ribbon
Die-namics Dies
Stampendous Shaved Ice
Silhoutte Cameo
Helmar and Xyron Adhesives

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One more layout from Jennifer Edwardson!

When I opened my box of goodies for this product trade with Heidi Swapp I got sooooo excited !!  I absolutely LOVE this holiday paper and went straight to my ‘Seasonal Core Impressions’ for the base for this layout.  I lightly sanded my Core cardstock to allow the kraft core show through – makes the words completely stand out !!
 
I mixed my fave patterns from the Heidi Swapp ‘Believe’ collection with a piece of scarlet ’tillie dot’ cardstock for a base to my photo.  I also wanted to have a little layer underneath a few of the cut outs so I ran a piece of ‘peeled paint’ cardstock through my Big Shot using the ‘wire fence’ embossing folder by Darice.  LOVE this folder ……
 
I used a light pattern for my journaling and put it in my typewriter – this is my fave way to add journaling to my layouts. and done !

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Supply List:
Heidi Swapp ‘Believe‘ patterned paper
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions
Spotted Tillie Dot – Scarlet
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – peeled paint
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other: twine, gems

If you love Halloween, you came to the right place!

September 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft

 
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First up we have a layout from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham:
Halloween is one of my favorite times of year!  Definitely a time to for me to be imaginative and have fun.  The Halloween layout I am sharing today shows a fun way to use Core’dinations Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions as a fantastic background.
To make the words POP on the background, I not-so-gently sanded all the words on the Halloween Seasonal Impressions Cardstock and theen added some chalk.  I really wanted the Kraft-Core to absorb the color in the orange and blue Chalking Inks so giving it a good sanding is the key.

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The title work was super easy!  I cut the title out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Black Magic with my Cricut and then sanded it like crazy so the blue background would play on the title.

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Next time you are creating a seasonal layout grab some of the Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions!
Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x12 Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions 
4.25 x 5.5 Black Magic
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Quick Quotes Chalking Ink
Dymo
American Crafts Thickers
Making Memories & October Afternoon Brads
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And next up we have card from Designer Clare Buswell:

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Love this card?  Here is how Clare did it:

Make cardbase from cardstock. Emboss Black Magic cardstock, sand using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Ink edges using Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, adhere to card and round bottom corners. Add patterned paper (Authentique Thrilling Collection) panel and adhere sticker stitches. Add ribbon, bow and twine. Adhere Authentique Thrilling Collection stickers to cardstock, ink edges and fussy cut, attach to card using foam pads. Adhere flower, enamel dot and broom, to finish. 

SuppliesCore Black Magic (Warlock), Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Authentique Thrilling Collection, Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw), SRM Stickers – Sticker Stitches, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Reflected Damask, Big Shot, flower from Wild Orchid Crafts, black seam binding, tinsel twine, broom embellishment, corner rounder, enamel dot, foam pads.
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And next up we have a super simple card from Debbie Standard. All she did was emboss two colors of cardstock with two different folders and then added an EK Success sticker. And don’t forget  that May Arts ribbon…it’s actually cord that is PERFECT for Halloween with the black, orange and purple!
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Core’dinations – Darks and Brights collections
Cuttlebug Embossing machine
EK Success Sticker
Emossing Folder:  Lifestyle Crafts

Using Black Magic Cardstock for your Chalkboard Projects

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

Our Hot Topics feature the  greatest tips about using Core and all the latest news about contests and giveaways. If you are here today then you must be receiving our BRAND NEW Hard Core Crafter newsletter. We are hope you are enjoying it so far!

So what is the tip this month?  CHALKBOARD!

Chalkboard projects are all  the rage so keep reading to discover how you can use our Black Magic cardstock to add interest to these projects like this layout from Special Projects Team Member Leica Forrest:

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Tip 1.) Make it look like it’s really chalk by using the Outlining technique. New to outlining? All you do is take some removable adhesive and put your chipboard letters on your craft mat and then sand over it. You can check out the Technique Video HERE.  Lecia used this technique for the “FAMILY” title and then outlined it with her white marker.

Tip 2.) Sand punched pieces and layer them on your layout base so it looks like it is chalk. See that scalloped piece above the Family tile?  Leica punched first, sanded and then adhered it. It looks just like a colored piece of chalkboard! She used the same technique for the banner along the bottom of the photo.  The yellow and blue look JUST like chalk but all she did was and the cardstock so the colored Core comes through. It’s that easy!

Tip 3.)  Use your white gel pen or marker on the Black Magic Cardstock just as you would with any other cardstock. Highlight the title…add some journaling….doodle…whatever you want! Looks awesome, don’t you think?  Lecia used this technique along the right hand side of the layout for her journaling.

Tip 4.) Use white embossing powders on your Black Magic Cardstock.  The white embossing powder looks just like writing on the chalkboard itself. Clare then sanded the remaining parts of the card to really emphasize the look and feel of a real chalkboard.

Tip 5.) Find stamps and other products to core’dinate with your Black Magic, like our team members have done below, to maximize it’s potential. White or opaque heat embossing is a GREAT idea. With Core’s heavy weight it stands up to heat embossing beautifully.

Tip 6.) Don’t be afraid to keep is simple. Yes, the above layout has a lot of detail. You don’t always need to do all of those layers. Designer Tracy Gruber’s example below is a sample. Just some stamping and then background sanding is all you need.

The key is  sanding with the Sand it Gadget.

And we have MORE examples for you.  First up we have Designer Vivian Keh. P.S. Don’t forget ALL of our speciality collections come in 6×6 packs which are PERFECT for cardmaking! Vivian used a mix of stamping with her Hampton Art stamps, embossing and sanding:

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And a close up:  see how the sanding looks like chalk with the colored core?  BRILLIANT!

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Debbie Standard did a TON of sanding on her card and looks fabulous! She used the outlining technique (sanding OVER chipboard) for the title and then used her white gel  pen to outline the letters so they could really stand out like Tip 3.

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Tracy Gruber created a simple card for our next example as we referenced in Tip 6 — keeping it simple.  She used some cute Lawn Fawn Stamps, (heat) embossed, added the scored frame and then did some sanding in the background as well. Easy BUT it looks like much, much more.

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And next is a card created by Design Team Member Clare Buswell. Clare did many of the same techniques that the other designers  some White (heat) embossing with this super cute stamp from The Craft’s Meow then sanded the areas of the cut out.

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See how Clare used some of the Black Magic with the purple base  (Whammy) and then used some Black Magic with the White Core where she stamped and then sanded (Abracadabra)? That adds to the element of different colored chalks.

Follow The Craft’s Meow on Facebook for more cool ideas with stamps!

We hope you enjoyed these Core Tips and look forward to see what you can do with your Black Magic cardstock!

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Last Day with Lawn Fawn!

September 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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Just because this is out last “official” day with Lawn Fawn doesn’t mean that you won’t be seeing these stamps  here again!

First up make sure you head over to Lawn Fawn for inspiration ever day! Our team loves loves loves loves their stamps so much..make sure you head over to their site to do some shopping, too.  From cards to layouts, we have it for you! Please make sure you head over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more inspiration AND their Facebook page as well. There is a stamp set up for grabs!

And don’t forget…we have a prize up for grabs this week! Some Fancy Pants Core Impressions!

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How about a super fun layout from Designer Suzanna Lee???

This layout was all about technique for me. I hand cut my own solid stamp, matching the outer edge of the strawberry. I colored the stamp with my Gelatos, misted it then printed the image onto a Core’dinations tag. I repeated this several times. I then stamped over that image with the actual Lawn Fawn stamp from Summertime Charm using black ink. Then I used the coordinating die to cut a few strawberries out. I love the little ants crawling around for those juicy strawberries!

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Supplies:
Kraft Core
Core Essentials: Crabgrass
Core Amour
Asparagus Alpha – Core Impressions Jenni Bowlin Vintage Brights
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
David Tuttera Celebrate tag
Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm and Happy Summer stamps
Ink = Colorbox
Rollerstamp = Glitz
Embossing Folder = Sizzix
Punch = EK Success
Washi = Bella Blvd, Prima
Twine = The Twinery
Faber Castell Gelatos
Mask = The Crafter’s Workshop

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IAnd how about these Chalkboard cards from Design Team Member Vivian Lee! ?!??!!? Chalkboard is ALL the rage so make sure grab your Black Magic because it makes it so eassy! All you have to do is sand and you have that cool chalkboard look…add some Lawn Fawn stamps and voila! I mean, you can’t tell the difference between the stamping and the sanding!

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And some close-ups….

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Gorgeous stamping on the Black Magic….

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Ahhhhh….look at all that gorgeous sanding!

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SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Black Magic Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Lawn Fawn – Flutter By Stamp Set, Interlocking Backdrops Stamp Set

Clearsnap – Frost White Pigment Ink
Viva Decor – Pearl Pens
Fiskars – Small Flower Punch
Martha Stewart – Punch Around the Page

Creating with Lawn Fawn Day Four!

September 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Day four means only one more day of this fun week..makes me sad!

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We are here all week long with Lawn Fawn! Our team loves loves loves loves their stamps so much..make sure you head over to their site to do some shopping! From cards to layouts, we have it for you! Please make sure you head over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more inspiration AND their Facebook page as well. There is a stamp set up for grabs!

And don’t forget…we have a prize up for grabs this week! Some Fancy Pants Core Impressions!

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First up today we have a gorgeous card from Designer Clare Buswell and here is how she did it:

Make card from cardstock. Cover top half of card with blue Core’dinations cardstock, sand edges using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Stamp sentiment. Stamp clouds onto Tillie dot cardstock, fussy cut and adhere to card. Stamp pinwheels, color with Distress Markers, fussy cut and attach to card. Repeat stamp flowers, color with Distress Markers, fussy cut, trim and adhere to card. Fold piece of green Core’dinations cardstock, fringe edge with scissors to create grass effect, emboss using Gridlock embossing folder, sand and adhere to card with foam tabs. Attach baker’s twine, to finish.

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Brights, Core Essentials Neutrals, Core Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack Collection, Core Spotted Tillie Dot, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Lawn Fawn – Sunny Skies and Cruising Through Life stamp sets.
Other: Embossing folder Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Gridlock, Jet Black Ink (Ranger), Distress Markers, Baker’s Twine, Big Shot die-cutting machine, Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.

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And a card from Designer Debbie Standard featuring loads of Core and some of the cool background stamps from Lawn Fawn.

Some Tim Holtz Kraft Core and the sharp backdrops:

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and using the interlocking backdrops  with some Chocolate Box…loooove the subtle look of this. Debbie added some May Arts ribbon to both of her cards and a David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system  sentiment. These are GREAT if  you don’t have  a sentiment stamp that fits your needs.

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Next up a funky cool layout from Designer Ava Gavloski. LOVE how she created a layout and used the So much to say You’ve Got Mail  sets in such a cool and unique way!

Those furry babies in our homes provide unconditional love at all times.  Just the brand name “Lawn Fawn” can conjure up visions of fur babies!
This layout features Coredinations Black Magic and Amour, Jenni Bowlin cardstock.  The addition of the Lawn Fawn stamps and pattern paper collection Dewey Decimal truly complements my photo so well.

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Supplies:
Jenni Bowlin Core Amour from  Core’dinations Cardstock
Black Magic from Core’dinations Cardstock
Sand It Set
Lawn Fawn, So much to say LF446, You’ve Got Mail LF385
Lawn Fawn, Dewey Decimal paper pack collection
Couture Creations, Doily die, Fantasia Collection Blossom
Imaginisce, I-rock heat setting tool, Glam rocks , Red 002988 2.5m 4 mm
The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils, Cell Theory & Chicken Wire Reversed
Clearsnap Ink, Blackbird, Pepper and Cherry Ice Smooch Spritz
Golden Gel medium
Staedtler, pigment liner pen, black 0.5
Cuttlebug

 

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