Circles of Fun Photo Booth Backdrop

October 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Gifts & Party

Looking for a fun activity for your guests this holiday season?  Why not create a fun photo booth or photo wall with this simple backdrop.


Circles of Fun Photo Booth Backdrop Supplies:

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Step 1:  Select four colors of cardstock and cut large circles from two of each color.  I cut 16 circles from each 12×12 sheet of paper with my Cricut, but you could use a manual die cut machine, or even hand cut the shapes.  I ended up with a total of 128 circles which was more than enough to create a five foot wide backdrop.

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Step 2:  Mix all shapes together to form a random pattern.

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Step 3:  With sewing machine create garlands of eight to twelve circles by running machine with empty thread between each shape.  If you don’t want to sew, you could glue, tape, or even staple the circles onto cording.

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Step 4:  Tie garlands to cording using a simple knot across a cord.

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Step 5:  For a five foot backdrop I cut the cord to approximately 6 feet, giving me enough cording on the ends to tie to my structure or tape to the wall.


I chose to hang my backdrop from tent poles, but you could easily tape it to a blank wall in your home.  There are many software packages available to take the photo booth photos for you, or you can have someone man the camera.  Whatever you decide, your friends and family are sure to have a great time.




Handmade birdhouses with Clare Buswell

April 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders

I mean..seriously?  How cute are these??!??!? Keep on reading on how to make these little cuties. They are perfect for Spring! And the button embossing folder is too perfect!
If you haven’t gotten a Fiskars Paper crimper yet then you better! Check out our Technique Videos HERE for more ideas and a video on Corrugating.
Cut files from cardstock using Silhouettte Portrait. Use paper crimper on roofs and sand using Sand It Gadget. Emboss main sections of bird houses using the button box embossing folder, sand using Sand It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy.
Assemble each bird house, thread ribbon through roof and glue roof in position. Roll piece of Core cardstock tightly to make peg for perch and place in position, to finish.


And a close up:


Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock – Fuchsia Fizz, Buttercup; Sand It Gadget; Dust Buddy.
Other: Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette cut files (#44005, #44006), Crafters Companion Embossalicious 8×8 Embossing Folder Button Box, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, pink grosgrain ribbon, paper crimper.

It’s all about technique!

April 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Here at Core’dinations Cardstock we celebrate technique every day. If you haven’t checked out our Technique Videos yet, please do HERE.

Today, Kate Nolan Denham shares a great layout with us that uses FIVE different techniques.

1.) Distress It: crumple your cardstock and sand it with your Sand it Gadget.

2.) Label It: Run a strip of cardstock through your label maker and sand it for easy journaling and titles. OR, like Kate did on this layout, make flags out of them!

3.) Emboss It: Use a standard embossing machine and fold and then just sand. Don’t forget to wipe with your Dust Buddy!

4.) Corrugate it: Just take a paper crimper and run your cardstock through it and sand.

5.) Die Cut It:  Use a die cutting machine to cut shapes and titles and sand.

Kate Feb-March Challenge

Chevron, Core Tags, Spotted…

August 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Imaginisce, Jillibean Soup, May Arts Ribbon, Xyron

What else could you possible need?  Tracy Gruber is working colors, patterns and so much more today!

First up a very fun and festive card…but keep scrolling down…there’s a great layout, too!

I love to find new techniques to use with my Core!  For this card, I used a Studio Calico mask and put it behind my piece of Core card stock.  I then sanded with the Sand It Gadget until the design started to show.  Pretty cool, huh?  Then, I cut some stars and then added the  white shape with the Paper Smooches sentiment. Next up some May Arts ribbon and Imaginisce Glam Rocks finish off this card perfeclty!


Core’dinations Neutral and Dark paper pads
-May Arts Ribbon
-Imaginisce Glam Rocks and I-Rock
-Paper Smooches Word Salad
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Spellbinder’s Label 4 die
-Memory Box Cosmic Star Set
-Studio Calico Mask


The best part about scrapping with Core’dinations card stock is the ability to use different techniques to create unique layouts.  On the dark pink base, I simply used the Sand It Gadget to sand three different areas for a distress look.  It adds a different element to your layout that is really easy to do!  I then used a piece of light pink Spotted Tillie Dot and sanded it to make the polka dots “pop.”  The last technique I used was crumpling up a piece of White Wash card stock, flattening it out, and then sanding it.  This allows the Sand It Gadget to hit the creased spots and the background color to show through.


-Core’dinations Brights paper pad
Core’dinations Spotted Tillie Dot paper pad
Core’dinations Whitewash
-Studio Calico Star Wood Veneers
Core’dinations Tags
-May Arts Ribbon
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Jillibean Soup “hello” sticker
-My Mind’s Eye chipboard stickers
-The Twinery twine
-Xyron Mega Runner

Core on your cake? Yes, ma’am!

August 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Fancy Pants, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz

Well…as a cake topper!  Jill has some great birthday ideas for you today.

Hi everyone! Jill from Every Day is an Occasion back to share another project with you. Today I am sharing the cake topper I made for my son’s birthday. He turned four this year. He loves cooking and baking, so we decided we would make the cake together. He picked out the kind of cake he wanted, the frosting, and of course what he wanted on top of the cake. This summer we have spent a lot of time at our lake cottage. He absolutely loves it up there. One of the highlights for him is to look at all the animals while we are on the pontoon boat. He especially loves it when we find turtles. So this year we decided a turtle themed cake would be fun.

Turtle Themed Birthday Cake

Turtle Cake Topper

You may notice a random car in the picture…he painted that car and asked for it to be in the picturebecause he wanted to remember he painted that on his birthday.

I love Core’dinations Brights Paper Pack. I use it all.the.time! It is my second go to…my first go to favorite is Core’dinations white in the neutral pack…I know I’m weird! lol

Anyways, the turtles and waves were both made using the Brights pack. So go get yourself some and thank me later:)

Turtle Birthday Cake Topper

Core'dinations Brights Paper

Next up I’m sharing a project I made for my mom. I keep making cards for her that she absolutely adores and doesn’t want to throw away…this is where I blush and come up with a solution…..

Card Holder and Scalloped Card

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When I first got my Design Team box from Core’dinations, this SUPER CUTE Fancy Pants Core paper was inside. This paper was my mom’s absolute favorite! I knew when her birthday rolled around, what I would be using to create her card! She doesn’t like really fancy things. She is more of a clean and simple gal so I used the backside of the cardstock.

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Then when she said she needed a place to put all the cards I was making her, the Tim Holtz Kraft Core paper stuck out to me because on one side it is a kraft color and on the other side it is colored. I think it is so perfect because no matter which side you look at the paper it is beautiful! IMG_5700 b


Card Base: Fancy Pants Coredinations paper

Ribbon: May Arts

Silhouette Cameo

Card Holder: Tim Holtz Kraft Core 

For more details on how I created these two projects, come visit me at Every Day is an Occasion.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my project.

Every Day is an Occasion

Couture Creations Day FIVE!

We are here having fun this week with Couture Creations. It’s no secret that Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock looks fabulous with dies and embossing folder especially when you sand, sand, sand!  Couture Creations is  an Australian owneda & loved brand, Couture Creations is the culmination of 20 years experience in the scrapbooking industry. From its final inception in 2010, Couture Creations has been devoted to producing expertly designed, high quality products overseen by veteran designers & crafters for a result that is both simple and elegant.

Make sure you head over to their BLOG, PINTERESTFACEBOOK pages to find out all the other chances you can win. Here is a sneak of what is going on over there today.  Please keep in mind we are in two different time zones so in case we are off on our times bit please forgive us.   We are getting our coffee ready when they are getting ready for bed.

AND we want to thank you for your patience with our website. I would like to say this is going to be a quick fix for us but we are still  having are changing servers/hosting companies so it’s going to take some time to get it resolved.  If for any reason you come back and you can’t get on just head over to our Facebook page…we are posting there so you don’t miss anything!

And don’t forget to enter to win win win!  You guys have been SO PATIENT with us that we are offering another giveaway! Comment on THIS blog post for a chance to win this!


Please allow 3-4 weeks for shipping. Products may vary due to availability but winner will be notified to choose a substitute. Winners have two weeks from  date chosen to respond to claim their prizes. Must be 18 to win.

AND we have our Rafflecopter giveway, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 First up we have Designer Clare Buswell with some really fabulous cards. Clare add so much detail to her cards…it’s incredible!  For this first card, she did so much sanding. And she inked her yellow cardstock from the Pastel’s pack with some brown ink after she sanded the embossed design. It really shows of the embossing, don’t you think?


Supply List:
Core Essentials Pastels

Core Essentials Neutrals
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy Couture Creations – Smooch embossing folder, Tatted Lace Doily Die
Sentiment Sticker – SRM Press, Bling from Want2Scrap, Ribbon May Arts, Big Shot, Memento Desert Sand ink



Core Essentials Brights
Core Essentials Neutrals
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sentiment Sticker – SRM Press, Bling from Want2Scrap, Ribbon May Arts, Big Shot.


Designer Vivian Keh used a super cool technique on this layout. Yes, I am sure you have seen rolled paper before but check out how fun it looks with torn Core???  We will have more on this to come soon ;)And the pocket she created with the Fantasia doily die is brilliannt!


Core’dinations – “Snowflake” from Neutrals Collection, “Bordeaux” and “Antique Moss” from Graphic 45 Signature Series Collection, “Love Potion” from Brights Collection, Core Tags
Couture Creations – Doily Die
Hampton Art – Sentiment Stamp and Insect Stamps
Inkadinkado – Bird Stamp
Memento – Dye Inks
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Organza


And here is Designer Tracy Gruber with a super cute card. LOVE this color combo so much!


-Core’dinations Brights, Darks, and Neutrals paper pads
-Core’dinations Black Magic 6×6 card stock pack
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Couture Creations Dazzling Doily Die
-Couture Creations Super Powder Puff embossing folder
-Lawn Fawn On The Mend stamp set
-Copics: C1, C3, C5, Y06, V12, V15
-May Arts Ribbon
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

 And a few very fabulous layouts from Designer Suzanna Lee:  Loving the mix of patterns with the Fancy Pants Core Impressions as the base.


Supply List:
Coredinations Whitewash
Coredinations Essentials Bright and Neutrals
Coredintations Tags Pastel
Coredinations Tim Holtx & Ranger Distress
Core Impressions: Fancy Pants
Coredinations Sand it Gadget
Coredinations Dust Buddy
Couture Creations Dream Embossing Folder
Couture Creations Very Flint Embossing Folder
Couture Creations Celestial Doily Die
Couture Creations Double sided tape
Candi: Craftwork Cards
Patterned Paper: Elle’s Studio
Project Life cards
Chipboard: Fancy Pants
Twine: The Twinery
Silhouette Cameo


AND check this out! Suzanna embossed her flowers using the Dream Embossing folder and then cut them out and used them as embellishments on her layout. Clever AND CUTE..that’s what we love about this partnership. So many easy things you can do with Core and Couture Creations products.


Supply List:
Coredinations Vintage 6×6 and 12×12
Coredinations Spotted Tillie Dot
Coredinations Super Assortment So Mod
Coredinations David Tutera Tags
Coredinations Sand it Gadget
Coredinations Dust Buddy
Couture Creations Dream Embossing Folder
Couture Creations Celestial Doily Die
Couture Creations Double sided tape
Letter Die: QuicKutz
Dimesional Stickers: Jolee’s
Butterflies: Heidi Swapp
Stapler: Tim Holtz
Scor Pal


Jennifer Edwards is up next with a great layout using impressions of the Fantasia Doily does. An other GREAT color combo!!!

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White Wash  – Grandpa’s Trunk, Grandma’s Rocker
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutter, Tumbled Glass
Vintage Collection – Lemonade
Sand It Gadget

Dust Buddy
Naturals – Gibraltar, Nightfall
Couture Creations – ‘Irish Dreams’ Fantasia Collection, double sided tape 6mm x 50m


And a layout from me, Ellen Sosnoski. I sanded over the Heart Nesting dies for a fun background for this summer fun layout:



Brights Collection pack

Vintage Cardstock

Core Couture (blue and yellow)

Tim Holtz Kraft Core

Queen & Co Washi Tape

Couture Creations pearls and Nesting Dies

May Arts Ribbon


That about does it for us for this week! Again, we thank you for your patience. We, too, are at the mercy of technology sometimes!

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