Spring has sprung!

April 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi Everyone! Tracy Gruber here! Hopefully it’s starting to feel like spring where you are!  I decided to create my own beautiful flowers out of Core’dinations card stock to get me in the mood for spring and summer.  Start out by cutting the hydrangea from the Walk In My Garden Cricut cartridge at 4 inches.  Next, emboss a piece of White Wash card stock with the Cloudy Sky embossing folder from Darice.  I de-embossed it and sanded it so the clouds stayed white and the sky became blue.  Then, tear two strips of brown card stock to create the “dirt” at the bottom on the card.  Use the Fiskar’s grass border punch and Kraft Core card stock to create the grass that is behind the dirt.  Die cut the clouds from white card stock and stamp the sentiment on the medium cloud.  Adhere everything together for a fun card!
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Supplies:
-Whitewash Card stock
-Kraft Core Card Stock
-Neutrals Card Stock
-Lights Card Stock
-Darks Card stock
-Cricut Walk In My Garden cartridge
-Fiskars Grass Border Punch
-Memory Box Puffy Clouds die
-Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me stamp set
-Darice embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
Happy Spring Card:
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I love to create 3D flowers with my Core card stock.  After a little sanding, they start to look real!  Die cut the flowers using the Spellbinder’s Rose Creations die.  Bend each flower petal and then sand each one with the Sand It Gadget.  I like to attach each flower layer together with a brad, but you could use whatever you want. For the card base, layer together a piece of yellow and dark purple card stock.  Sand the purple card stock to give it a distress look.  Attach a white Core Tag to the card base and stamp the sentiment.  Lastly, attach each flower and the leaves onto the card front.
Supplies:
-Tim Holtz Distress Collection
-Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core
-Darks Card Stock
-Kraft Core Card Stock
-Lights Card Stock
-Neutrals Card Stock
-Core Tags
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
- Lawn Fawn Jessie’s ABC’s stamp set
Welcome Card:
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The ombre trend is hot right now and I love to use my Core card stock to create ombre backgrounds.  We have been having gorgeous sunsets lately, so I was inspired to create a card with a sunset that looks like it’s on fire!  I tore strips of red, orange, and yellow card stock and attached them to a white card base.  I die cut the sky line with a Memory Box die and used Glitter Silk for the buildings windows.  The windows look like they are really lit up because of all of the sparkle from the Glitter Silk card stock!  I used the speech bubble die from Simon Says Stamp and stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment on it.
Supplies:
-Tim Holtz Distress Collection
-Vintage Card Stock
-Darks Card Stock
-Brights Card Stock
-Glitter Silk card stock
-Neutrals Card Stock
110 lb Smooth Cardstock
-Memory Box Cityscape Nightline
-Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2 die
-Paper Smooches Word Salad stamp set

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog

March 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi Everyone! We have a special treat this week…we are sponsoring the Cupcake Inspiration blog so if you are looking to win a Core’dinations prize pack head over there for you chance to not only be inspired but win some core!

Make sure you check out their RULES section here.  You only have one week to participate so hurry!

We have more inspiration for you from our team!

Suzanna Lee:

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Tracy Gruber:

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Mary Pat Siehl:

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Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog

March 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi Everyone! We have a special treat this week…we are sponsoring the Cupcake Inspiration blog so if you are looking to win a Core’dinations prize pack head over there for you chance to not only be inspired but win some core!

Make sure you check out their RULES section here.  You only have one week to participate so hurry!

Our Design Team was busy, too!

Kate Nolan-Denham

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Ava Gavloski

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Do you LOVE David Tutera Celebrate?

February 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

WE DO!

And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, what better way to get ready in a flash then David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking system. You can put these cards together a quickly and easily as 1-2-3. So if you are last minute, like me, then this system is perfect for you!

Designer Trine Brandt-Lassen created these for cards and tags in a flash!

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Trined used the BACK of the Step 2 Silver embossed layer so it looks debossed.

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And these are some of the brand new embellishments. Just pop these little postage stamp die cuts, sand and adhere!

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How do you do ONE sketch TWO ways with Core?

January 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

EMBOSSING AND DEBOSSING! 

Don’t forget about our sketch challenge! You  only have until January 25th so there is still  time to enter. Create a card or a layout based on the sketch below and link it to THIS blog post or our Facebook page for a chance to win a Pastels Collection pack! Don’t forget to use some Core’dinations and you know how much we love technique. Don’t  forget to tear it, sand it, emboss it and LOVE it!

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So how do you do ONE sketch TWO ways….emboss it and then deboss it! It’s that easy with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.

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Yes, it is that easy. Just flip your cardstock over (or the folder) and run it through your machine to get the same pattern but the REVERSE embossed image. SO COOL and a GREAT way to spruce up those folders. If you are new to embossing and debossing and would like more information check out our technique videos HERE. Here is more about these cards from Gail Lindner:

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Recently we were given a fun card sketch and to put my spin on it, I decided to create two cards, using the same colors and design but showing a variation on a technique.

Can you spot the difference with the two cards below?

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We all know that Core cardstock is PERFECT for embossing as a light sand after embossing reveals the pattern even more.

Sometimes even I forget that a flip of the cardstock, to emboss on the reverse side is debossing and you get the opposite (but equally as effective) effect.

The card below was embossed right side up.

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This next card was debossed (reverse side up).

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Don’t you love the effect of debossing on Whitewash Cardstock?

Another advantage of using the Whitewash Collection is that you can use the back of the card to matt with and the color matches perfectly! Love it!

Thanks for visiting and I hope I’ve inspired you to get double the use out of your embossing folders!

 Supplies:

 Whitewash Collection – Wicker Chair, Washboard, Grandma’s Rocker
Graphic 45 Collection – Creme Brulee
Tim Holtz Adirondack Collection – Lake Mist
Core Basics 110 lb. Premium White Cardstock
Big Shot
Darice & Cuttlebug embossing folders
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy

 

Stepper Cards with Clare Buswell

January 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

Happy New Year!   Hard to believe we are working our way into January already! Let’s get this month started off right with some Stepper Cards from designer Clare Buswell. Now, I have seen these kinds of cards a lot but never make them.  They are gorgeous and it amazes me how much detail you can get with ehse kinds of layers! So….I headed off to Pinterest and searched “stepper cards” and found a TON!  None of them are as gorgeous as Clare’s cards ;) but you will be able to find a simple tutorial on how to make them like this one here. You pretty much just make folds where you want layers.   SO COOL!
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 Deer Birthday Card
Make stepper card from cardstock. Emboss Kraft-Core using Anna Griffin embossing folder, ink edges and adhere panels to facing sections. Add strip of embossed Kraft-Core across facing back panel. Die cut labels, stamp trees on large label and ink edges. Stamp trees, frame and sentiment on small label. Attach large label to back. Add seam binding to front section and add small label. Cut deer and trees using silhouette machine. Add trees to background using silicone glue. Add deer and smaller trees using silicone glue to front section, to finish.
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Supplies:
Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Circular Grid embossing folder, Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five, Big Shot, Waltzingmouse Stamps – (Vintage Labels 25, Man of the Hour), Marianne Design Eline’s Huis stamps Jingle Bells, Distress Inks – (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain), StazOn Jet Black Ink, silicone glue, seam binding, Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette files #22748, #23251, #14718.
 
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 Cardinal and Iine cones
Make stepper card from cardstock. Emboss Kraft-Core using mistletoe embossing folder,  ink edges and adhere panels to facing sections. Add strip of embossed Kraft-Core across facing back panel. Die cut label, stamp foliage on back label, ink edges and adhere with silicone glue. Die cut oval label, stamp frame and ink edges. Add ribbon and attach oval. Die cut foliage and adhere with silicone glue. Cut cardinal using silhouette machine, sand edges and attach to card using silicone glue, to finish.
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Supplies:
Crafter’s Companion embossing folders – (Mistletoe, Snowflakes), Big Shot, Spellbinders – (Decorative Labels One, Classic Ovals Large, Fall Foliage)Waltzingmouse Stamps – (Ovals Classic Frames, Festive Foliage), Distress Inks – (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain), silicone glue, satin ribbon, Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette file #13950.

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