Tuesday Tip–Chalkboard layouts!

Chalkboard is all the rage these days and did you know that Black Magic is perfect for it?  For this layout, Designer Leica Forrest used a few diffferent kind of Black Magic with a blue and pink core. This layout was in our booth at CHA and everyone LOVED it. The texture is just amazing!

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 kraft mat and then sand over. You can check out the Technique Video HERE. Leica used this technqiue for the “Family”  title.

Tip 2.) Sand punched pieces and layer them on your layout base 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.

Tip 3.)  Use your white gel pen or marker on the Black Magic just as you would with any other cardstock. Highlight the title…add some journaling….doodle…add some Queen & Co. bling…whatever you want! Looks awesome, don’t you think?

Hampton Arts Blog Week Day THREE!

February 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co.

Welcome to the Hampton Arts Blog hop week! We have tons of chances to win from BOTH companies so don’t miss out. NOT to mention the amount of inspiration is ridiculous!

We have chosen one of the Core’dinations Design Team blog’s as the designated blog to pick a random winner from the comments. The catch is…we aren’t telling you who it is.   SO make sure you comment all week long to win win win win!

Hampton Art blog: http://blog.hamptonart.com/ START HERE
Core’dination’s blog: http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/cat…scrapbook-blog/ END HERE

{yesterday}

Tuesday: Britt Bass http://pinkpapercrowns.blogspot.com/
Vivian Keh http://contadinak.wordpress.com/
Ellen Sosnoski http://closeyourears.blogspot.com/ (Core)

{today}

Wednesday: Gretchen McElveen http://gretchenmac.blogspot.com/
Nina Yang http://waffleflower.com/
Lydia Jackson http://lidibids-scrapnotions.blogspot.com/ (Core)
Leica Forrest http://10-4livingoutloud.typepad.com/leica_forrest/ (Core)

For full details on the hop CLICK HERE. We are giving away a secret prize on one of our DT member’s blogs but we are saying which one or which day. AND Hampton Art has some prizes, too! So head over there as well!

And you can win here, too! Forthose of you who didn’t  enter b/c it said US only, I changed. Sorry about that! You know we always open up our giveaways here on the blog for anyone regardless of where you live!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Today we have another card from Designer Shaunte Wadley. White embossing on Black MAGIC????  YES PLEASE! And we have some new friends this week so if you haven’t seen the label making technique before then check out our videos HERE. You use you label maker to do your sentiments AND journaling. Just punch and sand.  Add some Queen & Co pearls you and have a great card.

AND while you are here..we have a few other things going on, too.

FIRST is our February Sketch Challenge! Lydia Jackson created an awesome sketch for us so check out all the details HERE. There is a Core prize package up for grabs!!! So ANOTHER chance to win…you have until the end of February for this.

AND we have ANOTHER giveaway from Scrapbook Trends HERE. You could win a ONE YEAR SUB!!!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!  Yep, you heard me….a ONE YEAR SUB to Scrapbook Trends AND a HUGE prize package giveaway for you and your friends that, of course, includes Core :) :):)

We are Hard Core Cropping…

November 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin, May Arts Ribbon, Queen & Co.

Are you? Don’t forget you have until Sunday night to get the challenges done! That is a ton of time!

Challenges are listed here and Rules are posted here.

Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira created this gorgeous card for Debbie Standard’s ribbon challenge.  Here is how she did it:

Begin by sanding the edges of a dark green card base from Core’dinations, then add a layer of black Pearls cardstock (from our Cardmaker series) and a slightly smaller piece of red embossed Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions. Add black photo corners for a bit more detail. Trim a piece of green May Arts ribbon and adhere to the card with a snowflake cut from a piece of May Arts trim, embellish with a rhinestone from Queen & Co. Die cut a bracket shape onto a piece of Black Magic, and punch a scalloped circle form a gold piece of Glitter Silk, mounting with foam squares to the center of the card. Finish by stamping a Cats Life Press “christmas time” image onto a piece of Snowflake Core Essentials and punching into a circle shape.

Some details of the sanding:

Owl Party and Banner

Want to see how Design Team Member Char Dobson created all these fun party decorations?! Seriously, Pink Owls, party favors, banners…what could be better?!?!?!?!!?

Keep reading!!!

Check out a close up of this cutie!

And some treat bags!


Core: Essentials, Whitewash, Black Magic

Preferred partners: Queen&Co. Rhinestones, Spellbinders Labels One and Circle dies, Helmar 3D Zapdots, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Tape
Other supplies:  Cricut Hoot & Holler cartridge, Tonic heart punch

Helmar Day Two…It’s Magical Don’t You Think?

November 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives

Like Black Magical?! Yep, that’s  a real phrase ’round here at Core’dinations.

We are here with Helmar this week and couldn’t be more excited! We have gorgeous projects all week long for you.

Make sure you say “hi” from us over on the Helmar Facebook page AND they have some awesome boards over on Pinterest, too!  And…you know how it goes here… comment here on the Core blog all week long for a chance to WIN some FAB Core’dinations goodies all for yourself. Comment every day for more chances to win!!! And, of course…check in over at the Helmar Blog for more inspiration.

Today we have Designer Shaunte Wadley creating for us using one of our favorites, Black Magic Cardstock. Get out that Sand it Set because sanding Black Magic is F-U-N!

Here is a little bit about  this layout from Shaunte: ” I used Black Magic for everything but the journaling and the Flowers. Those are Whitewash (journaling) and Core Essentials (flowers.) I think it is pretty cool how well the colors matched between collections.
The title letters were a fun technique!  I distressed them–the letters were too narrow for pop-dots–I would have had to cut them down a lot,  so the Liquid Scrap Dots worked great! The end result looks like crumpled chipboard because of the dimension the Scrap Dots gave the letters.
I used the 450 Quick Dry adhesive as a base for glitter to stick to, to give a sort-of custom brad look to my side border on the photo.

Brilliant! Enjoy!

Close up of the liquid Scrap Dots:

And some of the 450 Quick Dry Adhesive:

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