4th of July Cards

June 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Authentique, Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Xyron

Happy 4th Card by Suzanna Lee



Black MagicCore EssentialsCore Basics - 110lb White,  Bust Buddy , Sand It Gadget

David Tutera: White Smooth Cards & Envelopes – Size A2; DT-GX-7500-05

Darice Embossing “masks”, Die – Lifestyle Crafts, Embossing Folder – Tim Holtz

Patterened Paper – Pebbles Inc, Letter Roller Stamp – Pebbles Inc, Buttons – Michael’s

Stickles – Tim Holtz

 I used Darice’s embossing folder “mask” to create this special cut out instead of using one of your sandwich plates, you can select areas that you don’t emboss.


To the left is the sandwich (minus the paper) and to your right is the resulting effect. I chose to “fill” the hole with another piece of embossed BlackMagic that I cut using the embossing mask to trace the oval. The result is less raised as you put embossed cardstock on flat cardstock (as opposed to two layers of embossed paper).


There is a lot of depth to this card with the fireworks really coming at you! I only adhered the center of the die cut firework sprays thus enabling me to use my finger nail to curl out the “arms”. A little Stickles adds to festivities!



Happy 4th card by Debbie Standard
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Core Brights – Navy and Red
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Darice Embossing Folders
DieNamics Hexagon Die
May Arts Twine
Authentique sticker
Stickabilities sticker
Making Memories rub on letters
Xyron 250
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1.  Start by cutting hexagons with your hexagon die cut and your embossing machine.
2.  Take your hexagons and using about three different embossing folders emboss your hexagons.  Then you will sand them with your Sand It Gadget and dust them off with your Dust Buddy.
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3.  Run all your hexagons through your Xyron machine and place on your white card base.
4.  Tie ribbon below your hexagons and add a tag with your sentiment.

Core Essentials Brights & Authentique Flourish Cards

June 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Authentique, Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

Hi Everyone. Clare Buswell here sharing a tip on how easy it is to mix and match Core’dinatons Cardstock with your favorite patterned paper. Today I am using Authentique Flourish collection with some Core’dinations Brights Cardstock. It matches perfectly!


 It’s Your Special Day
Supplies: David Tutera Kraft Smooth Cards and Kraft Envelopes, Core Essentials Cardstock Brights, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy, Core Smooth Tags. Other: Authentique Flourish Collection, May Arts Ribbon, buttons, embossing folder swiss dots, Darice embossing folder Diagonal stripe, flowers Wild Orchid Crafts, SRM Stickers (Sentiment Happy Birthday, We’ve Got Your Border Baby Boy), Big Shot.
Trim rectangle of cardstock from Core Essentials Cardstock Brights, emboss with Swiss Dots, sand using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Add panel of Authentique Flourish Collection patterned paper. Trim Core Tag and attach, add Flourish Collection banner sticker and staple. Add strip of ribbon and adhere panel to a David Tutera Kraft Smooth Card base. Cut two leaf shapes from  Core Essentials Cardstock Brights, emboss with Diagonal stripe embossing folder and sand lightly using Sand-It Gadget. Attach flowers and leaves to card. Add sentiment sticker. Adhere washi tape sticker from Authentique Flourish Collection and ric-rac border sticker. Add buttons, to finish.
 Hello Friend
SuppliesDavid Tutera Kraft Smooth Cards and Kraft Envelopes, Core Essentials Cardstock BrightsSand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy. Other: Authentique Flourish Collection, May Arts Ribbon, buttons, vellum, embossing folder Darice Stars, flowers Wild Orchid Crafts, SRM Stickers (Sentiment  Thinking of you, We’ve Got Your Border Valentine), Big Shot.
Trim rectangle of cardstock from Core Essentials Cardstock Brights, emboss with Stars, using debossed side sand using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Add panel of Authentique Flourish Collection patterned paper. Adhere ribbon and Flourish Collection banner sticker. Trim piece of vellum and adhere behind panel, add sentiment sticker. Add rectangle of Authentique Flourish Collection pink paper to a David Tutera Kraft Smooth Card base. Add panel to card base. Adhere washi tape sticker from Authentique Flourish Collection and ric-rac border sticker. Add flowers and buttons, to finish.


Be Happy Home Decor

June 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You… is one of those sayings that makes me smile.  Kate Nolan Denham here and  I thought it was perfectly fitting to use Core’dinations Core Essentials Brights Collection to present this saying to one of my  friends for her birthday.

Core’dinations Supplies
Other Supplies:
Silhoutte “Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You” Subway Art File
Darice Embossing Folder
Cart-Us Embossing Folder
We R Memory Keepers Crop A Dile II
EK Success Punch
Viva Decor Pearl Pen
I matted the purple and pink cardstock from the Brights Collection for the background of my framed saying.  The saying is  cut from my Silhoutte..don’t forget to use the negative images of your cuts.  The orange and yellw cardstock behind “be bright” is embossed with whimsical patterns and then sanded to show the Core.
To show a pop of the bright purple cardstock I punched holes in “be you.” The sweet butterflies are double layered and sanded with a touch of pearl pen for sheen.

Quick and easy Thank You cards with Gail Lindner

Hi Everyone! Gail Lindner here…. I had a simple design in mind using ONLY Core’dinations cardstock and looked to Pinterest for some fun color combinations! I came up with four combinatons and made several of each in one big creating session!


I cut the sentiment “Thanks” out using my Silhouette Cameo but wanted it to stand out from the background. I saw the trick of cutting out several and layering them during some blog hopping and it really was a quick way of adding dimension that you can see in the following close up photo.


Because the writing is quite detailed and fine, using pop dots would not only be time consuming but would also not be sturdy enough. I simply cut multiple words out of a full sheet of white cardstock and ended up adhering four layers to give it enough dimension.

I’ve also used techniques such as embossing, sanding, distressing and folding to add interest and dimension.



It sure feels good to have a nice collection of thank you cards handy again!

Supply List – Gail February Project #3 – Thank You Cards

Core Cardstock:
Pool, Lemonade, Stonewashed, Sunset Orange (Tim Holtz Adirondack)
Snowflake, Cityscape (Neutrals)
Navy (Darks)
Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz Distress)
Spring Green (Graphic 45)
Aruba (Pastels)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsy Script Font


It’s Gail here again!  I’m putting some creative energy to work to create some layouts and things for our sweet baby #3. Here’s a layout documenting some thoughts on late pregnancy, using one of my favourite color combinations of Core cardstock!


For this layout, I started with the idea of placing different colored squares of Core’dinations cardstock over my background, varying the size and texture of each one.

I started by just cutting some squares in various sizes and playing with the placement. You can see I’ve created a few visual triangles to balance the layout – mainly with the three squares of the navy and light pink cardstock.


You can see a couple of fun embossing folders that I’ve used on the squares! As usual, a quick sand to reveal the core brings them to life!


For the title and accents on my layout, I put my Silhouette Cameo cutter to good use and cut a variety of hearts and arrows in the same colours as the squares and scattered them, raising some on pop dots.

My title was also cut with the Cameo using my favorite font: Thirsty Script. You’ll find it works wonderfully with the Core cardstock!

Supply List – Gail February Project #1 – Almost Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake, French Roast (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion (brights)
Spun Sugar (Tim Holtz &Ranger Distress cardstock)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Cuttlebug & Darice embossing folders
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Arrows, 8 Thin Arrows, Echo Park Heart
Thirsty Script font

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!!!
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


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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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

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!
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.
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
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.
cardstock- Core’dinations Core Essentials
stamps- Paper Smooches
markers- Spectrum Noir
Sizzix embossing folders
Sand it
Dust Buddy
ink- Hero Arts. Memento
Perfect Pearls
Let’s Chill
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!
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


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