School Layout with a Non-Traditional Color Scheme

August 5, 2014 by  
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Back to school… A bitter sweet time of the year where we return to schedules and learning, leaving behind the laid back lazy days of summer. Typically we think of primary colors red, yellow and blue when we think of back to school thanks to pencils, school buses and composition note books. I didn’t want that for this layout so I’m breaking out of the norm and jazzing it up a bit!

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Nostalgic

Core Essentials

Core Impressions: Basic Grey; Whimsy

Ribbon – May Arts

Washi/clip – Freckled Fawn

Embossing Folders – Darice, Teresa Collins

Wood Veneer – Studio Calico

Punch – EK Success

Project Life Card – Becky Higgins

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I still have three of the primary colors in there but the pink background really gives the over all feel of the layout a more girly theme. One of the traditions in our house on the first day of school is a “back to school” sheet cake that they have to pose with before digging in for snack. Not sure how I’m going to do that with a middle schooler and one in elementary school!

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Fussy cut around your embossed images for something with a bit more dimension, it’s easy to do! Kraft Core leaves a wonderful brown core that really pops the images.

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Design By Suzanna Lee

Core Tags Treat Bags

July 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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Supplies:

Core Tags (your choice of color, shown is Love Potion)

Matching Core’dinations cardstock (your choice of color, shown is Love Potion)

Adhesive
Marvy Uchida Punch
How To:
1.) Choose two Core Tags that are the same size. Shown is the medium sized tag. Select a matching piece of Core’dinations cardstock. The great thing about Core’dinations is that the cardstock is a perfect match to the tags- it makes it very easy to mass produce treat holders!
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2.) Score the bottoms of the Core tags at 1″.
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3.) Fold the tags inward, and adhere bottoms, overlapping each other.
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4.) From the matching piece of Core’dinations cardstock, cut 2 (two) 1″ x 2″ strips. Score strips on each end at 1/2″.  Fold strips inward.

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7.) Using strong adhesive, adhere folded strips inside tags.

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8.) Embellish treat holder as desired. Tie top of treat holders together through the grommets in the tags. I used a Marvy Uchida  punch that embosses as it punches so all you need to do is sand!

This size treat holder is perfect for Ghirardelli chocolate squares, or Hershey’s Nuggets.

Design By Shaunte Wadley

Back to School Teacher Gift Bag

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

It’s time to start thinking of back to school and I have a cute, but simple gift bag idea. 

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Cardstock

Tillie Spotted cardstock

Darice White Gift Bag

Darice Lines Thin Embossing Folder

Locker Talk Cricut Cartridge

The Alley Way Stamps Gotta Bug stamp set

Hero Arts Soft Granite ink

Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Tuxedo Black Memento ink

May Arts ribbon

Sand It Gadget

Dust Buddy

How To:

1.  Start with a white gift bag from Darice.  Cut a piece of Tillie Spottedcardstock to 8” x 6”. Sand over the embossed dots with the Sand It Gadget. 

2. Cut a piece of Lime Green cardstock and emboss it with the Darice Lines Thin embossing folder.  Sand over that with the Sand It Gadget

3. Attach both of these pieces to the gift bag. 

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4.  Cut the apple from the Locker Talk Cricut cartridge at 4.”  Attach that to the gift bag with foam squares. 

5. Stamp the mason jar on a piece of whitecardstock with black ink and the cover with gray ink.   Punch a hole in the top, thread ribbon through it, and tie a bow. Core Tip: Make any stamped image your tag. Tags don’t have to be traditional looking, they can be any design you want!

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6.  Glue sequins to the bag for added sparkle

Design by Tracy Gruber

1st Day of School Layout and Video

July 28, 2014 by  
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Mary Pat Siehl here with you today and I am excited to share a new Back to School layout using some  Core’dinations cardstock.

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Supplies:
Cardstock-Core’dinations (Core Impressions Jillibean SoupGraphic 45 Signature SeriesCore Essentials110lb. smooth)
Canvas Embellishments- Little Yellow Bicycle
Scoring Board
Spectrum Noir markers
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Lawn Fawn dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder

1. I love to layer my cardstock and so I decided to layer grey on top of light blue. I wanted to create a light chalkboard effect with the grey so I scored my grey cardstock with a scoring board and scored at the 1/2 inch line all around the paper. Then just sanded the paper pretty heavily to really expose the lighter inner core.

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2. Next, I took a piece of Core Essentials and laid it on an embossing folder to create a very light embossed look to the paper strip again sanding  pretty heavily to give it a very distressed look.

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3. I then took a piece of the Core’dinations Jillibean Soup Impression paper and sanded it and placed that on top of the blue piece. If you don’t have Core Impressions you could easily emboss another sheet.
4. Next I added a small strip of yellow and added that on top. (Again, I LOVE to layer my paper with different textures and designs.)
5. Add  photos.
6. Make a star embellishments using die cuts, embossing them using an embossing folder, and lightly sanded them.

I also have this video for you on how this layout came together.

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Teacher Cards Two Different Ways

July 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have  some teacher cards for you today since Back-to-School is right around the corner!

First up, a great shaped card by Mary Pat Siehl that showcase how sanding does most of the work for you:

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Supplies: Core Essentials Cardstock, Silhouette Cameo, Alley Way Stamps, Memento Ink pads, Sand it Gadget and Dust Buddy

1. Start with a Silhouette image to create this fun shaped pencil card (Design ID #30675).
2. Using a Sand It,  sand each and every piece of the card to give it that distressed look. I don’t know about you but my kids totally beat up their pencils and this makes it look realistic.
3. Adhere the pieces to the card base.
4. Stamp your sentimen usingthe Alley Way Stamps.

AND here is a quick video for you to create this card for yourself:

 

 

Next up we have a card from Gail Linder. Teacher cards don’t have to be primary colors and all things chalkboards and school supplies. They can be feminine and pretty, too! Gail Linder shows us her take on this theme next:

All you need is a border punch and Scor-Pal to score lines to make this sheet of Whitewash look like a sheet torn from a notebook!

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Whitewash Collection – Washboard
Core Essentials – St Valentino, Buttercup, French Roast
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice Washi Tape
Scor-Pal
Big Shot
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Dymo Label Maker
Fiskars border punch

Did you know that you can cut a thin strip of Core cardstock and thread it through your old style labelmaker to emboss words and phrases? So easy – no more looking for the perfect sticker or stamped sentiment! Just give the the strip a sand to reveal the core and make the letters stand out! For a video on labeling making with Core click HERE:

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A couple of punched flowers and die cut letters complete the card!

 

 

To Sand or Not To Sand….

July 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

That is the question! Should I sand my Core or not?  Today I have a great layout that focuses on some sanded Core and unsanded. The BEST thing about Core is the ability to be able to do BOTH.

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This is a close-up of Core embossed but not sanded. I love the look of both but for this one, the Core was pink and I was going for a monochromatic feel for this layout so I didn’t sand.

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The bowtie is from our Whitewash cardstock and it is sanded so the black core comes through when you use your Sand it Gadget. Don’t forget your Dust Buddy when using Core especially our Whitewash collection.

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