A Thing of Beauty

We hope you are ready for a fun week with our friends over at Petaloo and Xyron! We have teamed up with some of our favorite adhesive and flowers for a week full of inspiration and, of course, PRIZES! Please go to THIS post to see how you can enter to win this:

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Hello again, fellow Core lovers! It’s Gini, and today I have an upcycling project to share with you, using some of my favorite products. With a little help from Core’dinations, Xyron and Petaloo, I was able to transform a lowly Pringles Chip container into a dispenser for cosmetic cotton rounds.

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A Thing of Beauty Supply List:

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Step 1.  Measure around your container and cut paper to fit.

Step 2.  Draw a template for your opening on scrap cardstock. Cut in the center of the paper as well as the canister.

Cut Outs

Step 3.  Stamp decorative border at the top and bottom of the paper with watermark ink. Heat emboss with gold powder. Tip: Sometimes metallic embossing powders leave a residue.  Use the Dust Buddy after embossing to remove this powder.

DustBuddy

Step 4.  Run the paper through the Creative Station machine to apply adhesive. Carefully adhere to the canister, lining up the openings.

CreativeStation

Step 5.  Ink the back of the vellum quote with metallic gold.  Die cut a frame using the Glitter Silk cardstock.

Label

Step 6.  Use the small tape runner to apply adhesive to the back of the frame. Center quote and trim the excess.

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Step 7.  Cut a circle to match the top of the canister.  Add trim around the top and bottom of the canister and lid to hide the raw edges.

Step 8.  Spritz the flowers with gold and let dry and add the embellishments to the canister to finish as shown.

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So remember, look at your empty containers with a creative eye, before you take out your trash!  See you soon.

~Gini

 

Happy Birthday Card with Fall Flowers

September 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog, Core Projects, Petaloo

Create an easy birthday card with layers and a simple stamped sentiment for that special someone this Fall. Adding a touch of burlap and some  Petaloo flowers is the perfect touch to show someone you care without having to spend a lot of time.
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Supply List:
Here’s a video on how to re-create this card:

Grateful Card with Core Essentials Darks

September 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects

Today I have a card that focuses on the Darks Collection, specifically using the  Core Tags.  Antiqued a Darks Collection Tag, embellish it and then add the tag to a card base.  It’s that easy! My inspiration for this tag is the famous “Bird of Paradise” flower from the tropics.
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Supplies:

 

Step 1.  Spray tag with water and glycerin mixture of 16.1, crumble tag, dry, sand and iron flat.

Step 2. Punch out butterflies and flourish die cuts, sand and dust using the Dust Buddy.

Step 3.  Stamp image, sentiment onto tag and Ink ribbon and tie onto tags.
Step 4.  Add glitter to chipboard and flourish
Step 5.  Assemble and adhere elements onto card base.
tag sentiment

Ava Gavloski

Cards for the men in your life

July 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tombow Adhesive

Hello, Ava here  to share a Congratulations Card for a young man who recently got a new full time job.
Supplies:
Tombow Adhesive
Clearsnap Embossing Products
Tip:  Practice making this card using 8.5 x 11″ regular copy paper before you start with your favorite Core’dinations Cardstock to figure out all the folds.
Step # 1   Score lines on your suit cardstock base, sand and dust using your Core’dinations Dust Buddy. Tent fold the card and then freehand the rounded edges for the shoulder.
Step # 2  Spray your custom size card base Core’dinations Cardstock with a mixture of water and glycerin (16 to 1 parts)  roll cardstock suit lapels while cardstock is still damp.
Step # 3  Create your pocket embellishment, adhere to card, add brads and shirt to finish off your card.

At first glance this card appears to have a strip of twine across the front of the card.  After a closer look, you can see that Core’dinations Cardstock has been scored, which reveals the inner colored core that creates this “faux twine look”.
Supplies:
Clearsnap Embossing Products
Tombow Adhesive
Step # 1  Scor front panel of cardstock, sand and dust using Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy. Tip: the closer together the scored lines are, the more it lookslike twine.
Step # 2  Stamp and heat emboss sentiment onto card front.
Step # 3  Die cut star’s, sand, layer and adhere onto card.

Cards, cards and more cards!

April 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Spellbinders, Xyron

Today we have some cards from Debbie Standard for Mother’s Day.

I love using my Xyron adhesive runner for these delicate swirls so that I can sand them. Simply cut your swirl from your die cutting machine and then run it through your Xyron adhesive runner. Before you take it off the paper you can sand it without risking tearing it apart.

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Supplies:
Core Basics Snowflake
Core Essentials Darks
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders: Darice, Cuttlebug
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Spellbinder’s Die: Rose Creations and Daisy Heads
Mister Huey Mist – Shine
My Mind’s Eye Brad
Dynamics Rose Die cut, scallop die cut
David Tutera tag
Smooches Stamp
Suink Ink
Sewing Machine
Queen & Co. Rhinestones
American Crafts Tiny flowers
Ribbon: Stash
David Tutera Sentiment Tag
Xyron Adhesive
Fiskars tool
Silhouette Die Cutting Machine

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I love using  Silhouette cuts for quick and easy cards like this one.Add a little pink under the die cut out sentiment to make it pop.

After cutting the flowers from a Spellbinder’s die, I curled them over a Fiskar’s tool and sprayed them with Mister Huey’s shine mist.

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Supplies:
Core Essentials Pastels
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders: Darice
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Spellbinder’s Die: Rose Creations
Mister Huey Mist – Shine
My Mind’s Eye Bradd
Queen & Co. Twine
Xyron Adhesive
Fiskars tool
Silhouette Die Cutting Machine

All you need is two kinds of cardstock for this card and lots of layers! Embossing, sanding and die cuts make it looks so easy!

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And a close up of that detail:

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Pastels
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders: Darice
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
TomBow Foam Tabs
Spellbinder’s Die: Rose Creations
Mister Huey Mist – Shine
My Mind’s Eye Brad
Queen & Co. Rhinestones
Embossing Folders: Cuttlebug
David Tutera Sentiment Tag
Spellbinder’s Die Cut: Fancy Tags Three
Sewing Machine
Xyron Adhesive
Fiskars tool
Silhouette Die Cutting Machine

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!
TracyHelloFlowerCard
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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

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