110 Smooth Cardstock is HERE!

February 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We are SO excited to introduce you to this amazing cardstock that is SO PERFECT for cardmakers that looove to color with markers. It  blends beautifully and is a nice heavy duty cardstock. 
Hi Everyone! Mary Pat Siehl here! I LOVE to make winter cards and with Core’dinations cardstock they are just so easy and so darn cute!
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For this card I started with some Core Essentials Pastels and embossed it and then lightly sanded it.  I love making snow banks and with this card I wanted a little bling so I tore some Core Couture Glitter.  I stamped my sentiment directly on the cardstock.  I then stamped my winter image on the 110 lb. smooth Core’dinations cardstock and colored the image using my Spectrum Noir markers.  This new cardstock is so PERFECT for stamping and coloring!  I pop dotted the image on the snow banks.
Supplies:
cardstock- Core’dinations 110 smooth Cardstock and Core Essentials and Core Couture
stamps- Some Odd Girl
markers- Spectrum Noir
Sizzix embossing folders
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Dust Buddy
ink- Hero Arts. Memento
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For this card I started with my Core’dinations cardstock and embossed it.  I then added some Perfect Pearls dots to add just a hint more snow.  I used the Core’dinations Neutral cardstock to make my tree and snow banks. For my tree I cut the cardstock using the Silhouette and then sanded it just to give it that distressed look.  I stamped my bird image on the 110 lb. smooth Core cardstock and cut it out and pop dotted it on a branch.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment.
Supplies:
cardstock- Core’dinations Core Essentials
stamps- Paper Smooches
markers- Spectrum Noir
Sizzix embossing folders
Sand it
Dust Buddy
ink- Hero Arts. Memento
Perfect Pearls
Let’s Chill
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Once again I started with some Core’dinations Pastel cardstock.  I heat embossed various snowflakes and then added some Perfect Pearls dots as well.  I created the snow banks using the Core Essentials.  I tore the cardstock to give it that great look.  I then stamped, colored and cut out some snowmen using the 110 lb. smooth cardstock. I have to say this cardstock totally ROCKS if you are a stamper and alcohol marker user!
Supplies:
cardstock- Core’dinations 110 Smooth Cardstock and Pastels Core Essentials 
stamps- The Alley Way Stamps
markers- Spectrum Noir
Sand it
Dust Buddy
ink- Hero Arts. Memento
Perfect Pearls

 

Make an impression with Core’dinations

….that is with our CORE IMPRESSIONS! Debbie Standard is rocking the layouts for us today. ENJOY!!!!

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Creating with the Core Impressions line is SO MUCH fun! For this page I wanted an embossed background in a soft color so I chose a sheet from the Pink Paisley collection as my base which I sanded with my Sand It Gadget and then dusted with my Dust Buddy. Then I just went through my scraps (and yes I keep all reusable Core’dination’s scraps) and picked colors from the basic core colors that went with my photo and background paper.  To tie them all together I used a neutral beige to back each square.  I embossed each square with Darice embossing folders, sanded them and then matted them with the Neutral beige.  I added my title and some embellishments both hand made and pre-made to compete the page. The beautiful girls are my daughter (left) and her bff.

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Supply List:
Pink Paislee Core Impressions
Core Basic Colors – a variety
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Darice Embossing folders:  1218-28, 1215-62, 1215-61, 1216-68, 1216-64, 1217-59, 1215-60
Spellbinder’s Die:  S4-328 Foliage,S5-050 Rose Creations, andS5-114 Spectacular Spin

AND another layout from Debbie Standard working that Core Impressions…this time the Cosmo Cricket Woodgrain cardstock.  Debbie uses these for her CSI case files. The colors are always amazing!

The cool thing about Core Impressions, in addition to the fact they come embossed, is that you can add layers and layers of sanding and inking and sewing like Debbie did here:

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Cosmo Cricket Neutrals Core Impressions
Ink:  Tim Holtz
Stamps:  Fancy Pants, Cornish Heritage Farms
Flowers:  Prima
Papers:  Webster’s Pages
Lace:  Webster’s Pages
Brads:  My Mind’s Eye
Rubons:  Basic Grey
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Creating with the Impressions lines is SO MUCH fun!  There are some really cool textures in these lines.  This is one of the My Mind’s Eye Impressions lines. This photo is of my daughter, Brandy, with her bff since College, Megan.  The cardstock is pre-embossed so all you have to do is sand it to create this fabulous background.

Supply List: 
My Mind’s Eye Impressions
Core’dinations Basics – white

Core’dination’s Smooth 110 cardstock
Patterned paper:  3 bugs in a rug
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Clock:  Tim Holtz
Flowers:  Prima, Recollections
Martha Stewart Punch
Letters:  Heidi Swapp
Ribbon:  Stash
My Mind’s Eye tags

Home Decor Valentine’s Day Projects

February 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have some fun and festive Valentine’s Day home decor projects for you from Designer Mary Pat Siehl to share with you today that you are going to LOVE! Pun intended ;)

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I love Valentine’s Day and I love to decorate my house to fit this holiday.  Core is really perfect for making all your home decor needs.  For my first project I made a message board.  In my kitchen I have an 8×10 photo frame and the glass functions as a dry erase board.  I love to leave messages to my kids and also make to do lists.  For my Valentine’s Day message board I started off with a base of the Core Gemstones in Opal.  I then cut out 3 hears in ruby red and pink diamond.  I then ran them through my Cuttlebug embossing folders just to give them an embossed look.  I then cut out the xo in onyx cardstock.

 

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Supplies:
Core’dinations Gemstone Cardstock
Silhouette – basic heart, pacifico font
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My next project is perfect for my mantel.  I found this frame on sale and thought it would be so fun to make my own journaling cards style photo frame.  I really got to have fun with my core for this project and really got to sand the cardstock.  I love the blackboard effect and made on box using the Core essentials Nightfall and sanded it to give the blackboard look. One of my favorite things about Core’dinations is that no matter what collection you use they all work together so well.  For this project I used papers from the Essentials, Tim Holtz Adirondack collection, and Glitter Silk!
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Supplies: 
Core’dinations Cardstock: Glitter Silk, Black Magic, Core Essentials
Silhouette- Arial font, basic arrow, basic heartt
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you have fun making your own home decor items!  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Time for a little LOVE connection!

First up we have Designer Vivian Keh with a few cards that are all about LOVE just in time for that very special Valentine’s Day coming up this week!

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Hello, friends! Vivian Keh here today to share with you Valentine’s Day cards that whip up really fast and are great if you have some mass producing to do for this special holiday.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_AThese small cards were die-cut using the lovely Core’dinations’ Core Impressions Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection. These pretty pastels are pre-embossed with feminine patterns, so all you have to do to reveal the texture is swipe the surface with your Sand-It Gadget.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_CThe pretty scalloped edges and perfect cuts are thanks to the Sizzix “Card, Mini Heart” #658478 Bigz Die. One pass cut out the card base as well as all the pretty shapes. Since the die is of the sturdy Bigz type, you can cut several sheets of your Core with one pass of your manual die-cut machine and save loads of time!

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_BA little distress ink accentuated the pretty edges, and the cards were finished off with some pearl and button embellishments.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_DThank you for visiting with me here on the Core’dinations blog. Hope my project has inspired your Valentine’s crafting!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Core Impressions Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection, Vanilla Creme Core Essentials, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Card, Mini Heart” #658478 Bigz Die
Viva Decor – pearl pen
Ranger – Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Prima Marketing – wooden buttons
Hemptique – fine hemp string

Vivian Keh here again to share with you a bit of my love for the softer and subtler Coredinations hues – creams, greys, neutrals – we have such a beautiful and abundant range of these colors available. I’ve been experimenting with our unique color core, sanding and layering pieces of a single hue to create interesting patterns and textures.

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For my card project today, I first die-cut beautiful hearts using Core’dinations “Pumice Stone” from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection and a Sizzix “Hearts, True Affections”#658923 die. Sanding the edges of the die-cut pieces brought out the pretty curves in these hearts and added interest to my background.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_2I paper punched and sanded several pretty blossoms using my favorite Fiskars floral punch with “Spun Sugar,” also from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection. These were all glued to another piece from the same Sizzix die-cut.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_3Little dots of liquid pearls added a special touch.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_AThis one will be for my guy.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_BI love how the mini heart wreath turned out!

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_CJust in case you were curious,”Per sempre,” means forever in Italian.

Thanks so much for visiting with me here at the Core’dinations blog.

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – “Pumice Stone” and “Spun Sugar,” Tim Holtz Distress Collection; Vanilla Cream Core Essentials, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Hearts, True Affections”#658923 die
Xyron – X Sticker Machine
Viva Decor – pearl penMemento – Espresso dye ink
Studio G – Alphabet stamps

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And we aren’t done yet!!!!! Designer Kim Moreno always makes the CUTEST  A1 size cards!

I used my ScorPal to create the frame around my card. I then punched several hearts in a variety of Valentines colors and slightly sanded each to reveal the colored core. I then strung them along the twine across the top of my card. I added jewels and chipboard to complete this quick and easy Valentines card. Would be fun to drop in the kids lunch or leave for the hubby!
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Supplies:
Core’dinations- Core Essentials (scarlet, wisteria, love potion, rose embroidery)
ScorPal tool
Glitz gems
Basic Grey chipboard
Martha Stewart punch
Twinery twine

Designer Layouts with Kim Moreno

December 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket

Can you belive Christmas is over and in two days it will be 2014?  We thought it would be a cool idea to show you some layouts that focus on important days we celebrated in 2013 today. Kim Moreno has some layouts focusing on her kids and some milestones they celebrated this year. ENJOY!

 

With the rough background in this picture I knew the woodgrain Core Impression paper would be perfect for this layout. I chose the purple and navy to coordinate with the colors from the photo and then purple is their favorite color so I had to add that in there somehow! I wanted to keep the layout fairly simple to focus on this awesome photo of the two of them!
I sanded the background woodgrain paper to bring out the lighter color core of the paper. I then chose border punches that not only cut but had an embossed image as well and sanded them slightly and layered them for a fun look. I used an embossing folder to create the dots on the cut out heart.
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Coredinations: Cosmo Cricket Core Impression, Core Essentials (Dahlia, Navy, French Roast), GlitterSilk (silver)
Heidi Swapp letters
Pink Paislee chipboard arrows
Martha Stewart border punches
Cuttlebug machine and embossing folders
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EEEEK! I looove this big HUGE star!
This photo of my oldest son at the Texas State 7on7 tournament just pulls at my heart, this was the all seniors photo we took at the end of the tournament. Seriously, how can I have a senior already? He would say he loves this photo because it’s during the summer and he’s allowed to have to super, awesome, manly beard! ha!
I used my trusty Scor Pal (do y’all see a theme to my layouts? they feel naked without a border to me!) to create the lines around the edge of my layout and then sanded the Black Magic to reveal the orange color core. I love this pop of color! I then traced the big star from the orange cardstock and cut and punched the green stars and sanded the edges to give them some character and reveal the color core. I tore the edge of my orange cardstock and the edge of the tag to reveal the colored core as well. Notice printing directly onto the cardstock comes out awesome as well!
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Core’dinations: Black Magic (Shazam), Core Essentials (Orange, Parsley, Snowflake)
Core Tag (orange)
American Crafts letter stickers
Marvy Uchida star punch
Crate paper dots
Jillibean Soup “friends” sticker

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