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.
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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.
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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.

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And a close up:

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Supplies:
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.

Happy Easter Cards with Kate

April 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders

Today we have some cute Easter bunny cards for you from Kate Nolan Denham:
I am totally loving Core’dinations brand new Core Basics 110lb Cardstock!  It is the perfect smooth cardstock for stamping.  Today I am sharing two new Easter cards. Each card has some lovely bunnies stamped onto the 110lb Cardstock.

I stamped all the bunnies using Quick Quotes Chalk Ink.  The pretty stamped images totally pop on the 110lb Cardstock.

Each card also uses the pretty Pastels Collection.  By embossing and sanding the Pastels, I added just the perfect touch of texture to my simple Easter cards.

Core’dinations Supplies:
Core Basics: 110lb White Cardstock
Pastels Collection: 12″ x 12″
Neutrals Collection: 12″ x 12″
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Gel-A-Tins Stamps
Quick Quotes Chalk Ink
Ranger Archival Ink
Cart-Us Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Embossing Folder
FabScraps Pearls
Kaisercraft Rhinestones

Wishing you a hippity, hoppity good day!

~Kate

Seeing GREEN yet?

March 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Happy Saturday! We have a bonus post for you today. For some reason I missed this when doing our St Paddy’s day layouts but it is too fabulous not to share.

The great thing about our Cardstock, and I know I sound like a broken record, but you can create a monochromatic layout so easy with just some simple embossing like Kate Nolan-Denham did here:

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When you hear the saying “go green” I am sure you don’t think of creating a monochromatic layout using only cardstock, but I sure did! I went green with Envy Core’dinations Cardstock.  By using techniques such as embossing, crinkling, sanding and a little bit of paint, I was able to add interest and dimension to my layout without adding another color.

I chose Envy as my monochromatic color because it was the perfect match to the background in my picture of Lily and her friends. I cut and snipped the Envy cardstock in random sizes. Then I embossed & crinkled & sanded the cardstock pieces to give a patterned paper appearance.

I chose a large crinkled piece my cardstock in which to paint my sentiment.  I love how the plain white craft paint just pops on this green!

Don’t be afraid to “go green” on your next layout. Core’dinations Cardstock comes in every green imaginable, so I know there is one just perfect for you!  ~Kate

Other Supplies:
Darice Embossing Folder
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Embossing Plate
Um Wow Chipboard Hearts
American Crafts Thickers
Martha Steward Twine
Plaid Craft Paint

What does Spring mean to you?

COLOR and BUTTERFLIES and GIRAFFES, right??? Jennifer Edwardson is sharing her love of Core with us today. I just can’t get enough of all the sanding and embossing!
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I don’t know where my love of butterflies came from recently but I find myself gravitating towards them for embellishments these days, especially on cards !!
 
I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ white David Tutera Celebrate cards base and added the yellow cardstock that I embossed using a dotted embossing folder and a little light sanding …..

 

I chose a different embossing folder for the blue background (the sky :) for the butterflies …… Lightly sanding the top really made the pattern pop !!
 
I LOVE the colors in the Graphic 45 Lights collection so I used (6) for my butterfly punchies ….. I used (2) different sizes and styles of butterfly punches  - 2 of each color ….
 
I only adhered each of the punchies in the center so that I could fold up the wings.  I added little min pearls in the center to jazz them up a bit …. A ‘hello’ sentiment sticker and this card is ready to give.

 

Supplies:

 

 

While playing around on my Silhouette I cam across this sweet little giraffe cut file and knew I had these fun zoo pics from a few years back !!

 

I started with my ‘go to’ base – Spotted Tillie Dot in white (can’t get enough of this pre-embossed cardstock) …. Then I cut a piece of black and lightly sanded the edges and layered it on top.  I ran the yellow cardstock through my eBosser using a large honeycomb embossing folder (love this one) and layered it on top of the black.
 
For the (3) green-ish photo mats, I used the same embossing folder for each pieces and lightly sanded the top off to really show off the pattern.  This was perfect for these sweet pics of the giraffe :) )
 
I bordered these pieces with a piece of Spotted Jillian Dot in creme edges with a border punch –  love this one !!

 

 

I cut the little giraffe using some great Core Essentials and glued him together ….. The Gg is also a Silhouette cut file but I added some American Crafts Thickers and Jillibean Soup Alphabeans to complete my title …. Such a whimsical little layout for our trip to the zoo !!!

 

Good Luck Card Using Green Core Essentials Color Families and MORE!

March 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Who’s lucky?
Today we have cards for you that are all about Good Luck and GREEN!  If you go to our individual Core Essentials part of the website here, you will see that we have them all listed by color family for you. So when you are creating, it’s easy to find colors that match and fall into the same color family.  AND a great way for really who off those colors is to add texture like  Ava did today using all kinds of greens and textures for this festive Good Luck card.

Find some complementary colors that will blend well and try out different embossing folders for an interesting textural feel to the card.  A gentle sanding with your Sand it Gadget and a clean wipe with your Dust Buddy will result in some great looking faux washi tape.

Add some embellishments and you have a CAS card ready in your stash for any congratulatory event.

Core’dinations Supplies
Signature Series Graphic 45 Collection
Helmar Adhesive and Sizzix embossing Folders.

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And Suzanna Lee with a fun card for us,too!

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the one day a year where I can celebrate a holiday that doesn’t feel like a huge marketing scheme has overtaken the true meaning of the day.  We get to don our green shirts, eat either green foods (prepared by Mum) or corned beef and cabbage (prepared by Dad) and put a lot of stock in Luck.  And that’s where my craft comes in!
Today I have a card that I made for this special day in March and I’m here to share it with you!  It was dead easy using a cut file from the Silhouette store. It originally had a heart as the center shape but I removed that and inserted my own four leafed clover. I used the back side of the Black Magic and flipped it for the heart on the left and cut a kelly green clover for the right hand side! Pop the Black Magic bracket frame and viola!
Have fun this green day and don’t forget to pinch someone for me!!!!
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Loving how the gree “pops” through the Black Magic!
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Supplies
Black Magic
Spotted Jillian
Core Essentials – Crab Grass
Core Essentials, Brights
Letter Stickers: Studio Calico
Twine: The Twinery
Cut File (amended to clover by me): Silhouette Store Design #50081
Foam Adhesive: Imaginisce
Silhouette Cameo

 

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