Bonus Saturday Post! Happy Turkey Day Cards

November 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tombow Adhesive

We have had so many great design ideas from our team this Thanksgiving that we have a bonus post for you this Saturday! Here’s a little bit about these projects from Tracy Gruber!

There is nothing like a good clean and simple card. First, stamp the leaves onto 3 different colors from the Core’dinations Darks Collection pack. Next, fussy cut them out, emboss them, sand them with the Sand It Gadget, and then attach them to the Core’dinations 110 lb. white card base. Use a Tombow 3D Foam Tabs to attach the yellow leaf. Finally, stamp the sentiment and attach a May Arts Natural twine bow.

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Supplies:
-Coredinations Essentials – Darks
-Core’dinations 110 lb. White Card stock
-Dust Buddy
-Sand It Gadget
-The Alley Way Stamps “It’s Fall About You”
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-May Arts Natural Twine
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs

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I love polka dots! I wanted to create a fall card with lots of polka dots and navy blue. First, punch some 1″ and 1 1/2″ circles from the Core’dinations Darks Collection pack using a Fiskars punch. Next, emboss, sand, and attach them to a white card front. The turkey is stamped on some Core’dinations 110 lb. white card stock (this is perfect for coloring with Copics!) and colored in with Copics. Finally, attach the turkey and the sentiment with Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Darks Collection pack
-Core’dinations Neutrals Collection pack
-Core’dinations 110 lb. white card stock
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
-The Alley Way Stamps “It’s Fall About You”
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Copic Markers: R05, YR68, E25, Y15, B37
-Simon Says Stamp Speech Bubble dies
-Fiskars 1″ and 1 1/2″ circle punches

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Don’t you think that sanding on the turkey just adds so much texture and dimension? SO CUTE!

Do you have a turkey for your traditional Thanksgiving meal? We have both turkey and ham! Since I didn’t have a ham image on my Cricut, I had to settle with the turkey cut from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge. First, cut it at 2 3/4″ and emboss the light brown pieces with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then, sand them and the dark brown piece, since turkeys are not one perfect shade of brown ;) The “greenery” is Parsley Core’dinations card stock and the light blue “plate” is from the Core’dinations Essentials Pastels Pack. Next, use the gray card stock from the Core’dinations Essentials Neutrals pack and the orange piece from the Core’dinations Essentials Darks Pack. Finish the card by adding a May Arts Natural twine bow.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Pastels, and Darks Essentials packs
-Core’dinations Parsley cardstock
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
-Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
-May Arts Natural Twine
-My Craft Spot “Happy Fall!”

Check in here for cardmaking inspiration!

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

If you like cards you came to the right place, just sayin’! Today we have some gorgeous cards for you from our very talented design team member, . But first… we wanted to say Thank YOU for an awesome week and weekend of Cropping Hard Core style!

We will post winners as SOON as we can. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Seeing Core’dinations in action is always amazing and I learn so much and see so many new things.  So stay close!

Now here are Tracy Grubers two CUTE cards. She always stamps beautifully, don’t you think?

There is no question that I love to stamp and color with Copics.  The awesome part?  I can stamp on my Core Tags and then color them.  They are made with a really heavy card stock, which allows you to color and shade your images without the ink bleeding.  I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set to make this cute baby card.  The background is made with Spotted Jillian Dot and Vintage Core’dinations papers.

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Supply List:
Core Tags
Lawn Fawn Plus One stamp set
Core’dinations Spotted Jillian Dot
Core’dinations Vintage Collection
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Copics: V15, E31, E33, C1, C3,C5
Studio Calico Wood Veneer
Lilac twine from The Twinery

The Chocolate Box Collection has some really cool card stock!  I love how one side is brown and the other side has a variety of colors that can be revealed when sanded.  I used one of this card that was a tan backing to keep with the “animal/jungle” theme.  I paper pieced the leaves with green card stock from the Darks paper pad.

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Supply List:
Core’dinations The Chocolate Box Collection
Core’dinations Neutrals and Darks paper pads
Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Small
Copics: YG61, YG63, YG67
Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2
May Arts twine
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
DCWV Safari Chic Matstack
Tombow 3D Foam Tabs

Ah…gorgeous Fall is here!

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft, Xyron

So who was cropping with us this weekend????? We are having so much fun make sure you come chat with us here :)

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Such a beautiful time of year and we are soaking it in on the Core Blog today with some fabulous Fall inspiration pieces!  If you were cropping with us then you saw this GORGEOUS card from Vivian Keh that is all about autumn colors! Make sure you check out her challenge and blog HERE for more amazing details!

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What screams autumn color tones better than our Chocolate Box and Vintage Cardstock?  Heather Anne Kaesgan used both on this card for us today.

Creating with Core is easy! For this card,  Heather embosed the word “Hello” along the bottom and then added circles and Marvy Uchida punched flowers in the middle.  Did you know these Marvy punches actually punch the flowers with embossed designs? SO COOL!   Finish of your card with some May Arts ribbon and you are done! It’s all about sanding, sanding, sanding! So get out that Sand It Gadget and have some fun.

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And next up a card from Tracy Gruber.  I LOVE how she mixed in some Black Magic for her fall themed card.

I love the fall season because there are so many gorgeous colors and fun fall activities!  Picking out the perfect pumpkin is always a great time, even when you are 23 ; )  I cut out the pumpkin on my card from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 inches.  I used card stock from the Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, Darks, and Pastels for it.  For my background, I used Black Magic with an orange background.  I sanded it with the Sand It Gadget to reveal the orange through the black.  I added some stitching and natural twine to complete my card!

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Supply List:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Darks, Pastels, and Brights paper pads
-Core’dinations Black Magic Collection
-Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium 6×6 paper pad
-My Craft Spot Happy Fall! stamp set
-May Arts twine
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Xyron Foam Tabs

Looking for Holiday Layout Inspiration?

October 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz, Xyron

Well look  no further! Our team is using the Believe line from Heidi Swapp again today. It doesn’t get much more festive than this! Please make sure you head over to Heidi’s blog for more amazing ideas!

Don’t forget about our GIVEAWAY on FACEBOOK !!!!!

So are we ready for some layouts? Love how Kim Moreno went the chalkboard look on this layout using her Black Magic and the Heidi Swapp Believe collection. The Peppermint Stix paper with the chalkboard words is perfect for this and all the papers are dobule sided so endless options! And can we talk about that cute little house made of Core’dinations Chocolate Box and Heidie Swapp papers? And it’s layered on the Core Tag?  Eeeeeek! How clever is that!?

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Supplies:

Core Tags, Black Magic Core’dinations, Chocolate Box Core’dinations, Heidi Swapp Believe patterned papers, May Arts ribbon, American Crafts Thickers.

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And another layout from Kate Nolan Denham! These snowflakes are the perfect accent for the Believe collection and I just LOVE  how Kate plays with the angle on this layout!

Kate here, bringing you some snow a little bit early this year!  It was so easy to share our Christmas snow with you by using lots of Core’dinations Cardstock paired with Heidi Swapp’s Believe Collection. 
 
The snowflakes were cut out of Snowflake Core’dinatins Cardstock (perfectly named) using my Cameo.  I painted them with some Gemstone Glue and sprinkled Shaved Ice onto the snowflakes. Core’dinations Cardstock is so sturdy that is the the perfect base for this technique!

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Love how Kate worked the Merry & Bright paper:

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Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x 12 Brights Core Essentials Cardstock
12 x 12 Neutrals Core Essentials Cardstock
White Assorted Core Tags
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Heidi Swapp 12 x12 Believe Paper Pad
May Arts Ribbon
Die-namics Dies
Stampendous Shaved Ice
Silhoutte Cameo
Helmar and Xyron Adhesives

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One more layout from Jennifer Edwardson!

When I opened my box of goodies for this product trade with Heidi Swapp I got sooooo excited !!  I absolutely LOVE this holiday paper and went straight to my ‘Seasonal Core Impressions’ for the base for this layout.  I lightly sanded my Core cardstock to allow the kraft core show through – makes the words completely stand out !!
 
I mixed my fave patterns from the Heidi Swapp ‘Believe’ collection with a piece of scarlet ’tillie dot’ cardstock for a base to my photo.  I also wanted to have a little layer underneath a few of the cut outs so I ran a piece of ‘peeled paint’ cardstock through my Big Shot using the ‘wire fence’ embossing folder by Darice.  LOVE this folder ……
 
I used a light pattern for my journaling and put it in my typewriter – this is my fave way to add journaling to my layouts. and done !

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Supply List:
Heidi Swapp ‘Believe‘ patterned paper
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions
Spotted Tillie Dot – Scarlet
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – peeled paint
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other: twine, gems

What a Wonderful Wednesday!

October 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have been hanging out with Heidi Swapp all week and let me tell you how inspired I am! Wow…their team is incredible. I love the attention to detail and the inspiration. Did you see Maridette’s interactive layout yesterday? I mean WOW! Definitely on my to do list to try.

On Wednesday’s Heidi takes over their blog so make sure you head over there today for some great ideas. I love her videos on the My Craft Channel. Today our team is working some more Mixed Company and some Believe Heidi Swapp projects.

First up Tracy Gruber!

I loved pairing the colors in the Heidi Swapp Mixed Company collection with the different Core’dinations cardstocks!  This confetti paper is so fun and really reminds me of the texture of Core’dinations with the dots so why not pair it with the  turquoise  cardstock from the Spotted Tillie Dot and the light pink from the Pastels paper pad?  Simply sand over both of them with your Sand It Gadget…it’s that easy!  I also cut 1 inch circles, embossed them with an embossing folder, and sanded them to create what looks like a scalloped border using the Navy from the Darks Collection pad.  I cut down the patterned paper to 11.5 x 11.5 inches and matted the whole thing with a piece of gray Core’dinations from the Neutrals paper pad. I like how this makes the Mixed Company patterned paper really “pop”.  To create the embellishments, I used my Spellbinder’s circles to cut the patterns from a piece the Mixed Company Good Life paper They look like premade embellishments!

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And a close up…

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Tracy does such a great job on this card by mixing and matching the stripes and dots and adding some of the fun Heidi Swapp Chipboard stickers. They are the perfect accent for any card or layout. Just put them on my wish list ;)

I thought it would be fun to create a card using the extra supplies from my layout!  I used the same turquoise Spotted Tillie Dot and some patterned paper from the Mixed Company Collection.  I added some stickers and crinkle ribbon to complete my card!

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals paper pad
-Core’dinations Spotted Tillie Dot paper pad
-Heidi Swapp Mixed Company 12×12 paper pad
-Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Small
-Heidi Swapp Stickers
-Crinkle Ribbon
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
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And guess what we have in store for you tomorrow and Friday? The gorgeous Heidi Swapp Believe Collection!

Here is a little  sneak of this collection from Clare Buswell…don’t go far, you will want to see more of this Holiday collection this week. Loving how Clare used the Jingle All the Way 12×12 sheet for her sentiment on this card. Who doesn’t love some chalkboard and this sheet makes it EASY! No stamping…no mess…just some scissors.

Make card from cardstock. Emboss Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection cardstock, sand with Sand-It gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Ink edges with Distress Ink and adhere to card front. Add lace, ribbon and ric rac. Layer sentiment panel onto patterned paper, ink edges and machine stitch border, adhere to card with foam pads. Attach holly, string and bells embellishments.

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And what amazing detail with the bells and holly!
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Supplies:
Core’dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Heidi Swapp 12×12 Paper Pad – Believe
Other: Foam pads, Distress Inks – Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, sewing machine, red velvet ribbon, crochet lace, gold bells, holly embellishment, paper string, gold ric rac, Mistletoe embossing folder Embossalicious, Big Shot.
AND DON’T MISS OUT!!!
And, starting today, comment to win some of our Spotted Cardstock!  Yes….today we want to hear how much you looooooove Heidi Swapp and Core’dinations. We are closing this giveaway THURSDAY October 10th! So don’t delay!
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Who is ready for day THREE of Xyron & Core?

October 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Provocraft, Sizzix, Tim Holtz, Xyron

We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long!  We hope you have been having fun so far!

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And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway!  AND we have a giveaway for our Facebook Fans, too! CLICK HERE to enter to win over there and keep reading on how to win on our blog, too.

Let’s start today off with festive layout from Tim Holz Seasonal Kraft Core with Designer Suzanna Lee:

For those of you who have followed my blog, you’ve already heard my rave review of the Xyron MegaRunner. You can read all about it here. Having had the chance to use my MegaRunenr A LOT more since that review, I am still a big fan! The cartridges are so easy to just drop in and get scrapping. You don’t have to rely on that one friend who threads it for you, nor do you have to keep re-threading. Big bonuses! The Create-A-Sticker “X” has been sitting on my desk for AGES. I think it’s the one adhesive that still remains from early, early days. It’s the tried and true work horse for letters (like the title on this layout) and smaller embellishements (like the pumpkins, ribbon and burlap). New “wows” that I got to play with in the making of this layout with are the 3/16 inch dots and 1/2 inch double sided tape, each with their own environmentally friendly dispenser. The double sided tape is fantastic when you’re using Core’dinations products in that sometimes the sanded Core, no matter how clean that Dust Buddy gets it, can be a little more resistant to stick and bond to more Core. Not the case with Xyron’s double sided tape! Thanks Xyron for some innovative, earth friendly and reliable adhesives!

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And another detail shot:

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Core’dinations Kraft Core; Nostalgic, Shattered, Seasonal Impressions
Core’dinations Deep Lagoon
Core’dinations Rustic
Core Tag
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Xyron MegaRunner
Xyron Create-A-Sticker 1.5 inch
Xyron 3/16 inch dots
Xyron Double sided tape
Twine – The Twinery
Glassine bag – Michaels
Tags – October Afternoon, Chic Tags
Punch – McGill
Letter Dies – Lifestyle Crafts
Decorative Scissors – Fiskars
Ribbons – May Arts
Pennant – October Afternoon
Stamp/dies – Lawn Fawn
Wood Veneer – Studio Calico
Misc craft supply – burlap, tulle

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And how about a super cute card from Designer Tracy Gruber? Love her play on geometric shapes and of course that CUTE stamp! The create-a-sticker is perfect for the chevron shapes along the side of the card.

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Supplies:

-Core’dinations Neutrals Paper pad
-Core’dinations Tags
-Xyron Create A Sticker
-Xyron Mega Runner
-Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe
-Copic Markers: E23 and E25
-My Favorite Things Chevron die
-Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Sizzix Diamond embossing folder
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And next up we have a Designer Gail Linder with a GREAT layout featuring the Xyron Mega Runner.

Inspired by an advert I saw online, I wanted to create a background with even strips of cardstock. Once I chose my colors and cut my strips, it was so quick and easy to adhere them to a background cardstock using the Xyron Mega Runner!
To add interest and texture, one of my strips is the gorgeous Tillie Dot embossed cardstock. Before all the strips were adhered, I gave them all a slight sand to reveal a bit of their core with my Sand it Gadget.Finally, I wanted to add a large ’2′ to my background but didn’t want to detract from my strips so I simply hand-stitched the outline of the number.
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Just a fabulous color combo….Gail knows how to work yellow for sure!
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Supplies: 
Big Shot

 

And don’t forget to comment all week long for a chance to win this on the blog and on FACEBOOK!
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AND this!
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