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.

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.

110 Smooth Cardstock is HERE!

February 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We are SO excited to introduce you to this amazing cardstock that is SO PERFECT for cardmakers that looove to color with markers. It  blends beautifully and is a nice heavy duty cardstock. 
Hi Everyone! Mary Pat Siehl here! I LOVE to make winter cards and with Core’dinations cardstock they are just so easy and so darn cute!
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For this card I started with some Core Essentials Pastels and embossed it and then lightly sanded it.  I love making snow banks and with this card I wanted a little bling so I tore some Core Couture Glitter.  I stamped my sentiment directly on the cardstock.  I then stamped my winter image on the 110 lb. smooth Core’dinations cardstock and colored the image using my Spectrum Noir markers.  This new cardstock is so PERFECT for stamping and coloring!  I pop dotted the image on the snow banks.
Supplies:
cardstock- Core’dinations 110 smooth Cardstock and Core Essentials and Core Couture
stamps- Some Odd Girl
markers- Spectrum Noir
Sizzix embossing folders
Sand it
Dust Buddy
ink- Hero Arts. Memento
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For this card I started with my Core’dinations cardstock and embossed it.  I then added some Perfect Pearls dots to add just a hint more snow.  I used the Core’dinations Neutral cardstock to make my tree and snow banks. For my tree I cut the cardstock using the Silhouette and then sanded it just to give it that distressed look.  I stamped my bird image on the 110 lb. smooth Core cardstock and cut it out and pop dotted it on a branch.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment.
Supplies:
cardstock- Core’dinations Core Essentials
stamps- Paper Smooches
markers- Spectrum Noir
Sizzix embossing folders
Sand it
Dust Buddy
ink- Hero Arts. Memento
Perfect Pearls
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Once again I started with some Core’dinations Pastel cardstock.  I heat embossed various snowflakes and then added some Perfect Pearls dots as well.  I created the snow banks using the Core Essentials.  I tore the cardstock to give it that great look.  I then stamped, colored and cut out some snowmen using the 110 lb. smooth cardstock. I have to say this cardstock totally ROCKS if you are a stamper and alcohol marker user!
Supplies:
cardstock- Core’dinations 110 Smooth Cardstock and Pastels Core Essentials 
stamps- The Alley Way Stamps
markers- Spectrum Noir
Sand it
Dust Buddy
ink- Hero Arts. Memento
Perfect Pearls

 

Core’dinations layouts are “snow” much fun!

February 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Yep, you guessed it! We have some SNOW inspiration for you because I am sure a lot of us in the States have TONS and TONS of snow layouts. Even those of us who never get snow!

Kim Moreno has too amazing layouts for us today. Kim has a way with Core! She scors, tears, sands, embosses like no other!

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To look at this page just makes me smile. I wanted to just get a quick picture of all the kids in their redneck snow gear and somehow it turned into them all pelting me with snowballs and then taking off running laughing all the way! Oh the turds conspired against me! lol I laid my photos out in the series of the raid going down. By the way these pictures were all taken and edited on my iphone!
I backed the photos with red cardstock and tore along the bottom edge to reveal the color core of the red cardstock. I then backed that with the Whitewash cardstock. I used my ScorPal to dry emboss the lines across the top and sanded it slightly to reveal the dark blue core. I then adhere the Whitewash cardstock along the bottom of the red mat and tore along the edge. I did this three times to give a bit of a snowpile sort of look. I then added die cut snowflakes, gems, and a chipboard title to complete my layout.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations- Vintage Collection, Core Essentials (scaret, snowflake), Whitewash collection
Core’dinations Dust Buddy
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Doodlebug ges
Basic Grey chipboard letters
ScorPal tool
And another layout from Kim….
I was going through some old pictures and ran across these cuties of Makenna when we lived in Arizona and she was just a little bitty… man time flies way too fast! She’s in middle school now.. sigh. I printed them right out and couldn’t wait to use them on my layout. Snow in Arizona wasn’t the usual so the kids were extra excited to see it, as you can tell my her sweet little face!
I used my scorpal tool to create the double lines around the edge of the Whitewash cardstock and sanded it slightly to reveal the pink core. I then cut strips of the pastel cardstock and used the border punch along the edge and then ran each through my Cuttlebug to give each an embossed design and then sanded each strip. I layered them next to my matted photo and added snowflakes, jewels, title and a little journaling to complete my layout!
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Supplies:
Core’dinations- Whitewash Collection, Core Essentials Pastels Collection
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Core’dinations Dust Buddy
Basic Grey chipboard letters
Doodlebug gems
Martha Stewart border punches
ScorPal tool
Cuttlebug embossing folders and machine

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!”

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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