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

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

CUTE Baby Gift Idea with Gail Lindner

I love projects that just wow you and are totally out of the box! I know a lot of my friends that are having children now already have a lot of what they need and this idea is PERFECT for  that family!

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Hi Core Fans! Gail here and I recently attended a dear cousin’s baby shower. We know she is expecting a little girl in July and has gathered quite the collection of gorgeous baby girl clothes so I created a set of wardrobe dividers for her, to help keep the sizes organised!
 
I searched the Silhouette shop for a doorknob hanger shape and when I found the shape I was happy with, I set about cutting six in the shades of pink and green that the nursery is decorated in. To add more detail and prettiness to them, I then embossed the hangers with the flower embossing folder and sanded them to reveal the lighter core.
 
Each divider is decorated in the same way: a die cut white label (adhered with pop dots), size numbering and a paper bow. The numbers and the bows were cut with the Silhouette Cameo and I also embossed the numbers to match the actual hanger.
 
The verdict: my sweet cousin loved them and I can’t wait to see them in action next time I visit!
 
Oh yeah – after the photos were taken, I cut a slit in each divider so they could easily be popped over the clothes rod! 
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Supply List:
Core Essentials Sugar-N-Spice
Core Essentials Pistachio
Core Essentials Snowflake
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Silhouette Cameo
Papertrey Ink label die
My Mind’s Eye patterned paper

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And we have a layout from Gail today, too!

I have been dying to use some of the Shattered cardstock as it’s such a unique effect! When I printed these photos of my son’s first face paint I knew it was the perfect excuse! The majority of the background is the green shattered cardstock which I gave a light sand to bring out the effect a bit more.
 
I then built up a few layers with some patterned paper scraps and more cardstock white I have embossed and sanded to add even more dimension and texture.
 
I wanted to add a touch of yellow on the layout without it standing out too much. The perfect solution was to use yellow whitewash cardstock! Once I embossed and sanded it, it was just enough yellow! I think the whitewash is my new favourite collection!

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And a close up…LOVING that Whitewash embossed and sanded!

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For the finishing touch I built up three little clusters of embellishments using layers of Core, with bits and pieces from my stash. But the definite star of the show is that shattered cardstock! And of course my sweet boy in the photos!
 
Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered (green)
Tim Holtz Distress Collection (red)
Whitewash Collection – Butterchurn
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Simple Stories patterned paper
Greatest View flair
wood shapes, enamel dots, letter stickers

New Year’s Eve Banner with Tracy Gruber

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Tim Holtz

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The countdown has begun…having a New Year’s Eve party?  Then you came to the right place!
We have a great New Year’s  Banner from Designer Tracy Gruber:
Every celebration needs a fun banner and New Year’s Eve is no exception!  Starte by cutting 4×4″ squares from black Core card stock from the Neutrals Collection.  Next, cut 3×3″ squares from gray Core card stock, also from the Neutrals collection.  Then use a corner rounder to round all of the corners of both the black and gray squares.  Sand the edges of all of the black squares with the Sand It Gadget.  Cut out the letters using the Alphalicious Cricut cartridge at 2 1/4.”  Next, Cut out the bottles from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 1/2″ each.  Emboss and then sand the “liquid” in side of the bottle with the Swiss Dots embossing folder to make it look like bubbles!  Attach them to the banner with Tombow 3D foam tabs.
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And some close ups:
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How cute are the sequins for the bubbles???
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Supplies:
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Alphalicious Cricut cartridge
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-We R Memory Keepers Corner Rounder
-Diamond Stickles
-Sequins

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Whenever I think of New Year’s Eve, I think of glitter and confetti.  So for my New Year’s card, I got out my Glitter Silk paper!  It is so fun and sparkly….perfect for for my card.  Simply cut three strips (I used the Princess Pink and Copper Shimmer) and adhere them to a white card base.  I cut the larger strip at 1 1/4″ and the two smaller at 1/4.”  The champagne glass is from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge and is cut at 4 3/4.”  I embossed and sanded the “liquid” inside of the glass to make it look bubbly!

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Supplies:
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Lawn Fawn Harold’s ABC’s stamp set
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs and Mono Multi Glue
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

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