Pretty in Pink

May 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

Today we have some great cards from Debbie Standard that are just perfect for Graduation Day or any upcoming Birthday or Holiday you have. The great thing about Core’dinations is all you need is a little bit of embossing and you have a fabulous card that is quick AND easy!

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Some simple die cuts and a stamped sentiment add the perfec touch to this card:

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Pastels Collection Pack, Core Essentials Nightfall

Spellbinders Paper Arts die cuts

Sand it Set 

May Arts Ribbon

Queen & Co. Gems.

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!
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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

Remember the “core”sages?

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

 A few years ago at CHA we did a make-n-take of these “core”sages for everyone that stopped by our booth.  Seeing Clare Buswell’s tutorial on this made me think of how timeless Core’dinations really is!  Colorcore cardstock is so versatile. I mean, how many other cardstocks can look this cool torn and distressed?????
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Here’s the step-by-step photo tutorial for the torn edges spiral flower.:
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Draw a 4 1/2″ circle (makes a 2 1/4″ finished sized flower) onto the reverse side of some Wisteria Core. Draw a rough spiral shape inside the circle, this doesn’t have to be perfect. Tear along the pencil lines using one of your finger nails as a guide while tearing. It doesn’t matter if you go a little bit outside the lines.
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Turn over the spiral to the side with no pencil lines. Sand the torn edges with your Sand-It Gadget and wipe with your Dust Buddy. Starting from the outside, using a toothpick begin rolling the spiral flower towards the center. Once you’ve started off rolling you can remove the toothpick and roll the rest with your fingers.
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Roll all the way to the center, keeping the spiral tight. Release the spiral and adjust until you’re happy with the shape. Add a generous amount of craft glue to the base of the flower and press in position. Hold for a few moments until set. Once completely dry use a needle nosed tweezers to curl the edges of the flower outwards, as shown. You can vary the size of the cardstock circle to make different sized flowers for your paper-crafting projects.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations – Wisteria Core, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Toothpick, circle shape or compass, pencil, craft glue, needle nosed tweezers.

Now are you ready to see the amazing card Clare made to go with this flower?

Trim embossed and sanded Katydid Core cardstock to cover card base. Emboss RoseEmbroidery Core with Anna Griffin embossing folder, sand with Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Tear edges and machine stitch to panel. Tear strip of RoseEmbroidery Core, corrugate and sand. Machine stitch to panel. Add seam binding and lace. Adhere panel to card base. Tear leaf shapes from Katydid Core cardstock and attach to card. Add seam binding bow and twine bow to card. Draw  4 1/2″ diameter circle onto reverse side of Wisteria Core, draw spiral in center. Tear along pencil lines, lightly sand edges using Sand-It Gadget. Roll using toothpick to form a spiral flower. Glue base and leave to dry. Adhere to card, to finish.

 

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Supplies
Core’dinations – Pastels Collection, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Embossing folders Cuttlebug Anna Griffin (Rosa and Ogee Damask), Big Shot, sewing machine, corrugating tool, lace, twine, seam binding, corner rounder, black ink, sentiment stamp, card base.

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

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