We are lucky (in love) with these cards from Tracy!

March 6, 2014 by  
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Tracy Lucky Card:
I’m getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by making a few cards! Green is my favorite color, so naturally I had a blast making these green-filled cards. My first card used a bit of embossing, sanding, coloring, and die-cutting. Start with a piece of green card stock from the Darks Essentials pad and emboss it with the Plaid Darice embossing folder. Then, sand over the embossed part with the Sand-It Gadget. Next, use the different colored green card stocks from the Vintage Collection, Brights Essentials pad, and Pastels Essentials Collection. Use the Lawn Fawn dies to die cut the letters out of the light green piece. Then, emboss that piece with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and sand over it with the Sand It Gadget. Behind the embossed letters, attach a small piece of Copper Shimmer Glitter Silk card stock. Adhere all of those layers together. Lastly, stamp and color the Paper Smooches image on a piece of the 110 lb. white card stock.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Brights, Darks, and Pastels Essentials paper pads
-Core’dinations Vintage Collection
-Core’dinations Glitter Silk paper pad
-Core’dinations 110 lb. white card stock
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Darice Plaid Background embossing folder
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-American Crafts Knock-Out border punch
-May Arts Natural twine
-Paper Smooches A Magical Spring stamp set
-Copic Markers: T8, E08, Y38, E00, G19
-Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABC’s dies

Tracy Lucky To Know You Card:
Start off with an A2 sized card base made with a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft Core. Usually I stray away from using a black card base, because you can’t write on the inside of the card easily, but by using the Kraft Core card stock, the inside is now kraft. Next, emboss a piece of gray card stock with the chevron embossing folder and sand it with the Sand It Gadget. Cut the shamrock from the A Child’s Year Cricut cartridge at 2.5.” Emboss that with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and sand it with the Sand It Gadget. Then, use a piece of light green card stock from the Pastels Essentials pad and stamp the sentiment with black ink in the lower right hand corner. Use green chevron ribbon to tie a bow and attach the shamrock with Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Darks, and Lights Essentials paper pads
-Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core
-Darice Chevron embossing folder
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-May Arts Ribbon
-Paper Smooches A Magical Spring stamp set
-American Crafts Knock-Outs border punch
-A Child’s Year Cricut cartridge

Tracy Shaker Rainbow Card:
Shaker cards are one of my most favorite cards to make. I had the perfect idea to make a cool shaker card for St. Patrick’s Day with a pot of gold.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Lights, and Darks Essentials paper pad
-Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection
-Darice Stars Asst. embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Small
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Gold Stickles

And we are so lucky because Tracy has a video for us today!!!!!

There’s no horsing around when it comes to Core!

February 28, 2014 by  
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I couldn’t resist! If you follow Jennifer Edwardson’s blog then you will know her daughter shows horses competitively and she is INCREDIBLE!  Jennifer always does such a neat job capturing those special moments like she did for us today.
And of course she used ALL Core’dinations Cardstock! Who doesn’t love that???
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My studio is literally covered in red and pink and white for Valentine’s projects so I took a break and created a different kind of love layout using nothing but fab pieces of Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock !!!
I have endless pics of Em and her horses but her and Ginger are my fave to work with right now.  It’s not a secret that I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous mare !!
 
I started with a pre-embossed creme base and lightly sanded off the top.  I used several embossing folders on the other pieces.  I used a tiny polka dot folder for the blue and clocks for the brown (love this one :)) ……
I punched 2 different sizes of hearts from (5) different colors of Core and then embossed and sanded each one.  When I layered them onto my layout I adhered the bottom flat and then tucked a piece of 3D foam under the top to raise pit up a little for more dimension.
 
I ran a piece of Kraft Core cardstock through my Silhouette to cut the title ‘enjoy every moment’ …. I say things like this all the time at home – live every day ect … so this title was great for this layout of these everyday pics of my 2 fave girls :))

 

 I used my typewriter on a piece of creme cardstock for my journaling and then cut it up into a few pieces and rounded the inside edges …. adhered flat and this one is ready for Em’s album !!!
 
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Tag, You’re it!  Well, maybe not you, but this layout is chock full of Core’dinations Core Tags.  Core Tags are such a great way to accent a layout, journal, or frame a photo like I did in this layout.
I used several different technques on the tags.  Crinkling and distressing, debossing and distressing, paper tearing and distressing, embossing and distressing all can be done on the Core Tags, just like you would any Core’dinations Cardstock.    The title Core Tag was even die cut in my Silhouette.  Before you try sending a Core Tag through your Silhoutte, remember to remove the grommet first. I added mine back after die cutting.
By keeping the grommets in the Core Tags before applying any techniques to the tags, it allowed for the gromments to take on a grungy, smooshed look.
What do you do to your Core Tags?  We’d love to hear about it!
Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folders
Darice Embossing Folder

Tearing Core’dinations Cardstock

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Did you know that we have a series of Technique videos that explain the basic techniques you can use with Core’dinations?  Check them out HERE. AND we also have our Hard Core Crafter emails that come monthly with EXCLUSIVE content! You don’t want to miss out on exclusive videos, how to’s, giveaways and more!!!
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Hello Core’dinations Fans!  Kate here today.  Not sure if you have noticed, but my style is pretty simple and colorful.  Just one of the things I love about Core’dinations Cardstock is the color core.  I love to use simple techniques to showcase the color core making my layouts so very colorful.

For this layout I had initially chosen a neutral pallete, but knew it was missing a pop of color.  I started by pulling in color through alternating layers of cardstock which I paper tore to show the colored core. I loved the pop of yellow from tearing the Black Magic so I found the perfect match of yellow in the Core Essentials Brights Collection and used that as my background paper.

Next time you need a pop of color in your paper project, try tearing your Core’dinations!

Core’dinations Supplies:

Core Essentials: Brights Collection

Core Essentials: Neutrals Collection

Black Magic Collection

Core Tags: Assorted White

Other Supplies:

May Arts Ribbon

Jillibean Soup Alphas

Misc. Eyelets

American Crafts Jute

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And Kim Moreno just uses a touch of tearing on her layout below. She does a great job mixing embossing, tearing, scoring ANd outlining on here. Again…don’t be afraid to check out our technique videos for more ideas!

During the holidays I was finally able to my sisters kids and mine together for a group picture… it wasn’t easy to get them all to smile and look at the camera but I managed to get one good shot in and just love it! I couldn’t wait to print and scrap it!
I used my ScorPal tool to create the embossed lines around the edge of my layout. I like doing this because I feel like it frames my layouts well and I like the look.
I then placed a large chipboard star behind my layout where I wanted it and using my Sand It Gadget sanded over the top of the cardstock to reveal the star image below the cardsock. I trimmed different sized stars from cardstock and embossed and sanded them each and attached to my layout using pop dots to a few of them to give them more dimension. I used the star embossing folder to emboss a strip of gray cardstock and sanded it to reveal the lighter gray core the tore the edge of some green cardstock and made banners of each and adhered to my layout. I added the title to finish my layout.
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Supplies
Core’dinations- Core Essentials (navy, scarlet, snowflake, Cityscape, and parsley)
Core’dination Dust Buddy
Coredinations Sand It Gadget
Cuttlebug embossing folder and machine.
Marvy Uchida star punch
ScorPal tool

Core Essentials Collection Packs

February 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Not into buy tons of sheets of the same color?  Have a hard time matching color tones and families? Let us help you!!! Our Core Essentials packs come with like colors that match each other for certain themes and when you are needing colors that just go together.

For Example, Kate Nolan Denham used her Core Essentials Darks pack for a Christmas layout. The dark blues, greens and reds are perfect for this!

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Core’dinations Supplies:
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folders
ScorPal
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Want2Scrap Bling

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And Kate Nolan Denham is working the Pastel’s collection here! A great way to mix up the colors is to emboss different patterns and make your own shapes like Kate did here:
This particular layout will be framed in a white wooden frame and hung.  I love creating layouts for this purpose and when I do them for framing, I keep them pretty simple using texture through embossing and debossing. This allows for the appearance of dimension without adding too many layers.
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Core’dinations Supplies:
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
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And Tracy Gruber uses just the Neutrals collection pack for this layout:
Usually when I create, I like to mix and match papers from different Essentials collections.  I wanted to challenge myself though and use papers from only one collection.  I decided to use the Neutrals Essential pack to scrapbook a photo of my cat (or my baby)!  Start by cutting down a dark brown piece of card stock to 8″x8.”  Then score the edges with two lines and sand over them with the Sand It Gadget.  Next, cut down four squares to 4″x4″ and emboss them with two different embossing folders.  Use a Cricut to cut the letters out at 1 3/4.”  Finally, add your favorite embellishments to complete the page!
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Supplies:
-Studio Calico Wood Veneers
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cricut Alphalicious Cartridge
-The Twinery Twine
-Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
-Darice Circle Embossing Folder
-Cuttlebug Love Triangle Embossing Folder

Designing with Tracy Gruber

February 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Tracy Gruber has some amazing projects for us today. ENJOY!

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Winter cards are so fun to make with Core’dinations card stock because you can rip the paper to look just like snow! Start with a white card base that measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (A2 size). Next cut a light blue mat that measures 4″ x 5 1/4.” Then cut a piece of White Wash card stock with a blue background to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and then emboss it with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder and sand it with the Sand It Gadget. Rip two strips of white card stock from the Neutrals Essentials pad to fit along the bottom of the embossed snowflake piece. Stamp the sentiment from Lawn Fawn on top of the white card stock. Next, cut out the snowman image from the Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge at 3 1/4.” I used the white and brown card stock from the Neutrals paper pad, the teal, lime green, and orange card stock from the Brights paper pad, and the light pink from the Pastels paper pad. I attached that to the card base with Tombow 3D Foam Tabs. Finish the card by adding twine from The Twinery.

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Supplies:
-Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge
-Lawn Fawn Let It Snow stamp set
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, and Pastels Essentials paper pads
-The Twinery twine
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
-Core’dinations White Wash paper pad
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Snowflakes Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Creating Winter Layouts is even more fun when there is glitter involved! For my layout, I pulled out my Core Couture card stock and got to work! I used the white, navy blue, and light blue Core Couture and punched them out with a 1.5″ circle punch from Fiskars. Next, emboss each of the circles with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and sand them with the Sand It Gadget. Arrange them onto a piece of gray card stock from the Neutrals Essentials paper pad. Emboss three lines around the edge of the gray card stock and sand it with the Sand It Gadget. Finish the layout by adding a title, snowflakes, and branches.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals and Darks Essentials paper pads
-Core’dinations Couture Collection
-Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection
-Cricut Alphalicious cartridge – letters cut at 1 1/2″
-Diamond Stickles
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-Fiskars 1.5″ circle punch
-My Favorite Things snowflake dies
-Martha Stewart branch punch
-May Arts Natural twine
-October Afternoon letter stickers

I love to use the White Wash Collection on my layouts! Start with a 12×12 piece of White Wash card stock that has a kraft/brown background and emboss two lines on easy edge. Sand over them to make the color show through. Next, cut a piece of light blue card stock from the Pastels paper pad to 10″ x 10.” Adhere that down to the 12×12 piece. Cut three squares of White Wash card stock with a blue backing to 3” x 3,” emboss them with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, and sand them with the Sand It Gadget. Cut the title at 1 1/4″ from the Alphalicious Cricut cartridge. Sand the top and the bottom of each letter so the blue shows through and leaves the middle white. It creates a cool ombre effect. Add snowflakes, buttons, twine, and sequins to complete the layout.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations White Wash Collection
-Core’dinations Pastels and Darks Essentials paper pads
-Dust Buddy
-Sand It Gadget
-Cricut Alphalicious cartridge
-Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder
-My Favorite Things snowflake dies
-May Arts Natural twine
-Sequins
-Antique Linen Distress Ink

Designing with Gail Linder

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

ONE amazing Monday and THREE incredible layouts from Gail Linder!

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Sweet Delight Layout

I have a secret to share today. Sometimes I scraplift my own layouts! Gasp!

Seriously, if you’re ever “stuck” for ideas, just choose an older layout of your own that you loved and scraplift it using new products or techniques!

That’s exactly what I did for today’s layout.

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I knew I wanted to create bright, fun blocks at the top of the layout and I wanted to use Core cardstock (of course) showing a couple of techniques.

I cut 10 squares of cardstock (in 6 different colours) that were 2″x2″. After finding the arrangement that I was happy with I simply when from square to square, embellishing slightly.

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Some of the techniques I used include:

  • Embossing (you could also try de-bossing)
  • Sanding and inking
  • Adding die cuts (some raised on pop dots)
  • Punching out a shape from the square, using the negative space
  • Punching a circle ‘notch’ from the corner to add in a circular embellishment

I kept them quite simple as I wanted to fabulous colours to stand out!

And take a look where my journaling is hidden in this one:

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The photo panel lifts up to reveal journaling underneath! I just folded a piece of white core cardstock to be the ‘flap’.

You can actually see the original layout that inspired this one on my blog here. I hope I’ve inspired you to look back at your older layouts for inspiration with fresh eyes!

Supply List – Gail January Project #2 – Sweet Delight Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion & Tulip (brights)
Sugar’n’spice (pastels)
Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters (Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
SSS, MFT & Avery Elle dies
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Silhouette Cameo
Feathers cutting file

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One Little Word Layout

Do you follow the One Little Word concept? Although I’m a little late sharing my One Little Word for 2014, I have had it chosen since the end of last year, or rather, it came to me as per usual! Give.

I decided to create a layout for my word, using a phone selfie of myself (it’s the only recent photo I could find of me!).

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I created the background to this layout by overlapping pieces of Core’dinations cardstock in pink and aqua with a few scraps of patterned paper. The card was cut at an angle (alternating directions) and I started from the bottom and worked my way up!

I gave all pieces of cardstock a quick sand to reveal a bit of the lighter core, for more dimension.

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A couple more things to note:

  • The title was cut using my Cameo. The word ‘give’ was cut out of Black Magic card (with a pink core) so when the edges had a light sand, they had a bit of pink showing to coordinate with the rest of the layout!
  • I didn’t think my photos and title stood out enough on the busier background so I again used my Cameo to cut the circle design out of simple white cardstock to layer beneath! I love that effect and think it’s something I’ll be doing again and again!

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I didn’t want to cover up any more of the background with a journaling blog and knew I had a bit to say about my OLW. An easy solution? I journalled on a white core tag, slipped it into a glassine bag and adhered it behind my photos. Love me some hidden journaling!

If you are interested in reading about why I chose this particular word, and more about my personal OLW journey, please visit my blog here!

I hope I’ve inspired you today!

 

Supplies:

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Reflecting Pool, Sugar’n’Spice & Scotch (pastels)
Tanzanite (Gemstones)
Hex (Black Magic)
Spring Green (G45 Signature Series)
Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
White Core Tag
Big Shot
Spellbinders ‘Asters & Poppies’ die
SSS heart die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script & Georgia fonts
Circle Background cutting file

Crazy Layout

Hello! I have another fun and colorful layout to share today! Can you tell I love putting together awesome color combinations with my Core’dinations cardstock? For this layout, I was inspired by a card I saw around the web that had strips of washi tape on the background. I tried to re-create the look with strips of embossed card.

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I wanted the colors to “pop” so I used the reverse of a Kraft Core cardstock for a neutral kraft background. Then I chose six bright colors for my strips and got to work adding some texture to each strip.

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You can see in the detail photos that a couple of strips are embossed and sanded to reveal the core. A few other strips I added some lines and borders simply using my Scor-Pal: a criss-cross, stripes and an outline.

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core (reverse side)
Core Essentials – Fuschia Fizz, St Valentino
Neutrals – Snowflake
Brights – Atoll, Aqua
Tillie Dot – Tulip
Distress – Tumbled Glass
Adirondack – Purple Twilight
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Scor-pal
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
PTI border die
Spellbinders speech bubble die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script font

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