Summer Fun Gift Bag and Tag

July 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

It’s Gail Linder here with you today to share a fun summer project using a variety of Core’dinations Cardstock!

Where I live in Queensland (Australia) we have a very long and hot summer. Needless to say my kids get invited to lots of pool parties over these months! Below I’ve created a fun bag and tag set that is sure to suit the feel (and color scheme) of any pool party!

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Pastel Collection – Reflecting Pool
Core Essentials Brights Collection – Atoll Aqua, Tulip
Graphic 45 Signature Series – Creme Brulee, Gala Gold
Spotted Jillian Dot - Heartfelt
Core Tags - Pastel
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice gift bag

May Arts ribbon
paper crimper
Big Shot
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
My Favorite Things & Simon Says Stamp Dies
Silhouette Cameo
Wave Border Set cut file

To create the look of waves for the front of the bag, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut six wave strips out of light aqua card which I then backed in a darker blue color to make them really stand out.

To add even more texture to the waves, I ran the strips through my paper crimper before adhering them behind. A quick sand to reveal the lighter core and I LOVE the effect! Check our Corrugate It video here on how to do this.

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A few fun embellishments and a colorful banner across the top completed my decorated gift bag front!

Since I have the waves and water, all we needed was some sunshine so I created a tag to go with it, inspired by the sun!

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To create this bright 3-D sun, I simply cut strips from different shades of yellow cardstock to fold over and layer. You can see that I ran some strips through my paper crimper also for even more texture, and also to tie in with the bag!

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CSI: Color…Stories…Inspiration

June 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We are one of the main sponsors over at CSI: Color….Stories…Inspiration this month and we couldn’t be more excited!  Every Friday there is a new color palette introduced called a Case File. This week it’s Case File No. 126.

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LOVE how not only is there the “scene” which is the color palette but there is “evidence” and “testimony” that give you prompts to create as well! We will be sponsoring all month long so make sure you stay close  this month for a few more chances to win some Core. All images you create must be posted over on the CSI site.

Today we have a layout from Debbie Standard using this gorgeous Case File focusing on the Chevron pattern from the Evidence using our Core Impressions cardstock.

Supplies: Core Essentials, Spotted Cardstock

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Make sure you head over the CSI Facebook page for more amazing inspiration!

Capturing Those Lazy Summer Days

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi Everyone, Suzanna Lee here today and just thinking about those lazy summer days… What a I wouldn’t give for a sunset surf today. As spring wraps to a close and summer draws near, my patience wears thin… Just a good soak of the toes in the lake and the serenity of the sun slipping behind the horizon would do me some good right about now! Anybody with me?

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Supplies:

Whitewash – Cottage Porch
Tim Holtz – Distress Collection Pack

Tim Holtz – Adirondack Collection Pack

Core Essentials – Bright Collection, Pastel Collection, French Roast
Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Nostalgic

Core’dinations Canvas Textured Tag – Bright

Distress Stickles – Tim Holtz

Wood Veneer – Studio Calico

Twine – The Twinery

Die – Lifestyle Crafts

Mist – Heidi Swapp

 

For those of you who know me and follow my work, I didn’t tear paper until I found Core’dinations Cardstock. Nope! Not ME. I did on this layout and I absolutely LOVE the finished effect. I won’t lie, it did freak me out a little bit. I mean, come on, how does a Type A, highlighted, bolded and underlined person rip paper without freaking out? Tearing paper is not something you can control, trust me. Until I realized that you don’t want a controlled tear.  Go for it! You CAN do it! If I can, I know you can!

See…the more asymmetrical and uneven the  BETTER because you can see more CORE!

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I flicked a little gold mist along the top layer to add to a layer of depth to the sky, seperating it from the water below.

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That tag contains hidden journaling, you can pull it out for the pocket I created in the layers of paper. I loved the clean look of the layout and didn’t want my journaling to disturb that serene look I created. There is nothing private about the journaling, it’s hidden so as not to be a distraction. Did you see the Distress Stickles along the torn edges for some more dimension to the layout?

Mixed Media Tags with Vivian Keh

Hi there, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today excited to share with you a pair of mixed media tags crafted on Core’dinations’ 110 lb Smooth Cardstock.

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I really love this stuff – it holds up to a lot of media work, as you will see in my stepped out tutorial today.

VivianKehCoreMixedMediaTags_1Step 1: Pour a bit of mist onto the Core’dinations 110 lb cardstock. While it is wet, blow onto the media through a straw. This will create the dramatic streaks above on your project.

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Step 2: Once the streaks are dry, mist your cardstock with water, then pour or spritz your choice of mists. Spritzing onto a surface pre-moistened with water allows your colors to blend freely and spontaneously with each other.

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Step 3: While the surface is wet, unscrew the cap to an intensely hued mist, and tap the color into the puddle. Instead of creating the typical splatter of mist which happens when you work on a dry surface, the colors will move a bit and create a watercolor effect something like Stained Glass.

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Step 4: Add some stamping using Distress Inks. Lightly mist your stamping with water to further the feeling you are looking through the softening lens of stained glass.

VivianKehCoreMixedMediaTags_AStep 5: Add die-cuts, text, and other desired embellishments. To complete my organic look, I added my vascular hot glue effects (for which I have many videos available on my youtube channel). To make the die-cuts pop, you can use a marker along the edges – while still wet, blend in the pigment with decoupage medium.

Thanks so much for visiting with me here on the Core blog today!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – 11o lb Smooth Cardstock
Sizzix: Asian Dragonfly Thinlits Set #658801, Tag & Bookplates Die L Die #656938, Bigz Mariposa Die #658530
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Mists
Hampton Art – nature stamps
Inkadinkado – bird stamp
Ranger – distress inks
Clearsnap – Mix’d Media Inx
Hot Glue
Hemp twine

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

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