Designing with Gail Linder

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

ONE amazing Monday and THREE incredible layouts from Gail Linder!

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Sweet Delight Layout

I have a secret to share today. Sometimes I scraplift my own layouts! Gasp!

Seriously, if you’re ever “stuck” for ideas, just choose an older layout of your own that you loved and scraplift it using new products or techniques!

That’s exactly what I did for today’s layout.

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I knew I wanted to create bright, fun blocks at the top of the layout and I wanted to use Core cardstock (of course) showing a couple of techniques.

I cut 10 squares of cardstock (in 6 different colours) that were 2″x2″. After finding the arrangement that I was happy with I simply when from square to square, embellishing slightly.

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Some of the techniques I used include:

  • Embossing (you could also try de-bossing)
  • Sanding and inking
  • Adding die cuts (some raised on pop dots)
  • Punching out a shape from the square, using the negative space
  • Punching a circle ‘notch’ from the corner to add in a circular embellishment

I kept them quite simple as I wanted to fabulous colours to stand out!

And take a look where my journaling is hidden in this one:

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The photo panel lifts up to reveal journaling underneath! I just folded a piece of white core cardstock to be the ‘flap’.

You can actually see the original layout that inspired this one on my blog here. I hope I’ve inspired you to look back at your older layouts for inspiration with fresh eyes!

Supply List – Gail January Project #2 – Sweet Delight Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion & Tulip (brights)
Sugar’n’spice (pastels)
Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters (Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
SSS, MFT & Avery Elle dies
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Silhouette Cameo
Feathers cutting file

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One Little Word Layout

Do you follow the One Little Word concept? Although I’m a little late sharing my One Little Word for 2014, I have had it chosen since the end of last year, or rather, it came to me as per usual! Give.

I decided to create a layout for my word, using a phone selfie of myself (it’s the only recent photo I could find of me!).

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I created the background to this layout by overlapping pieces of Core’dinations cardstock in pink and aqua with a few scraps of patterned paper. The card was cut at an angle (alternating directions) and I started from the bottom and worked my way up!

I gave all pieces of cardstock a quick sand to reveal a bit of the lighter core, for more dimension.

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A couple more things to note:

  • The title was cut using my Cameo. The word ‘give’ was cut out of Black Magic card (with a pink core) so when the edges had a light sand, they had a bit of pink showing to coordinate with the rest of the layout!
  • I didn’t think my photos and title stood out enough on the busier background so I again used my Cameo to cut the circle design out of simple white cardstock to layer beneath! I love that effect and think it’s something I’ll be doing again and again!

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I didn’t want to cover up any more of the background with a journaling blog and knew I had a bit to say about my OLW. An easy solution? I journalled on a white core tag, slipped it into a glassine bag and adhered it behind my photos. Love me some hidden journaling!

If you are interested in reading about why I chose this particular word, and more about my personal OLW journey, please visit my blog here!

I hope I’ve inspired you today!

 

Supplies:

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Reflecting Pool, Sugar’n’Spice & Scotch (pastels)
Tanzanite (Gemstones)
Hex (Black Magic)
Spring Green (G45 Signature Series)
Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
White Core Tag
Big Shot
Spellbinders ‘Asters & Poppies’ die
SSS heart die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script & Georgia fonts
Circle Background cutting file

Crazy Layout

Hello! I have another fun and colorful layout to share today! Can you tell I love putting together awesome color combinations with my Core’dinations cardstock? For this layout, I was inspired by a card I saw around the web that had strips of washi tape on the background. I tried to re-create the look with strips of embossed card.

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I wanted the colors to “pop” so I used the reverse of a Kraft Core cardstock for a neutral kraft background. Then I chose six bright colors for my strips and got to work adding some texture to each strip.

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You can see in the detail photos that a couple of strips are embossed and sanded to reveal the core. A few other strips I added some lines and borders simply using my Scor-Pal: a criss-cross, stripes and an outline.

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core (reverse side)
Core Essentials – Fuschia Fizz, St Valentino
Neutrals – Snowflake
Brights – Atoll, Aqua
Tillie Dot – Tulip
Distress – Tumbled Glass
Adirondack – Purple Twilight
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Scor-pal
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
PTI border die
Spellbinders speech bubble die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script font

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

Designing 8.5×11″ layouts with Suzanna Lee

Who loves 8.5×11″ layouts?  I DO I DO!  First up we have THE COOLEST layout from Designer Suzanna Lee!  I know I am going to try this for sure. She has a GREAT Tip for you today for our Tuesday Tip of the week.
Using embossed Core for a background is one of my favorite things to do with Core. It adds so much texture and visual interest to a layout. As I don’t have a larger die cut machine to run my folders through, I cut the paper then  run each half of the paper through my Big Shot. You can barely tell that it’s a sheet of paper cut into two pieces! The tone on tone chevrons create an interesting subtle background.
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Love this texture! This looks like the cardstock came this way, doesn’t it?
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Supply List:
Core Essentials Brights
Core Essentials Darks
Core Super Assortment So Mod! Vintage Collection
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Dies: Die-Namics, DoCrafts, Die-Versions
Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Ink: VersaFine
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
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And another layout with a much different color palette.  EEK! I love how Suzanna created the flab/banner at the top with the Jenni Bowlin Mini Calendar piece!  Is there any other company out there that has products like this that allow you the creativity to create such cool, one of a kind embellishments???
When pondering what to use for my layouts, I typically grab my colors from the colors in the picture. This picture of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France was taken in panoramic mode with my iPhone. It has a hints of red from the underside of the escalators that I wanted to make stand out a little bit so I chose the similar hues in both pre-embossed and “plain” cardstock. There is nothing plain about Core however!! The Kraft Core that I used to cut the title tied together the browns and reds perfectly!
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Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic
Core Tag
Core Essentials Neutrals
Core Essentials Darks
Core Impressions Mini’s; Jenni Bowlin Studio
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Darice
Dies: Die-namics
Stamps: October Afternoon, Technique Tuesday
Ink: QuickQuotes, VersaFine
Twine: The Twinery
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Project Life Card: American Crafts

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