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

There’s no horsing around when it comes to Core!

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

I couldn’t resist! If you follow Jennifer Edwardson’s blog then you will know her daughter shows horses competitively and she is INCREDIBLE!  Jennifer always does such a neat job capturing those special moments like she did for us today.
And of course she used ALL Core’dinations Cardstock! Who doesn’t love that???
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My studio is literally covered in red and pink and white for Valentine’s projects so I took a break and created a different kind of love layout using nothing but fab pieces of Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock !!!
I have endless pics of Em and her horses but her and Ginger are my fave to work with right now.  It’s not a secret that I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous mare !!
 
I started with a pre-embossed creme base and lightly sanded off the top.  I used several embossing folders on the other pieces.  I used a tiny polka dot folder for the blue and clocks for the brown (love this one :)) ……
I punched 2 different sizes of hearts from (5) different colors of Core and then embossed and sanded each one.  When I layered them onto my layout I adhered the bottom flat and then tucked a piece of 3D foam under the top to raise pit up a little for more dimension.
 
I ran a piece of Kraft Core cardstock through my Silhouette to cut the title ‘enjoy every moment’ …. I say things like this all the time at home – live every day ect … so this title was great for this layout of these everyday pics of my 2 fave girls :))

 

 I used my typewriter on a piece of creme cardstock for my journaling and then cut it up into a few pieces and rounded the inside edges …. adhered flat and this one is ready for Em’s album !!!
 
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Tag, You’re it!  Well, maybe not you, but this layout is chock full of Core’dinations Core Tags.  Core Tags are such a great way to accent a layout, journal, or frame a photo like I did in this layout.
I used several different technques on the tags.  Crinkling and distressing, debossing and distressing, paper tearing and distressing, embossing and distressing all can be done on the Core Tags, just like you would any Core’dinations Cardstock.    The title Core Tag was even die cut in my Silhouette.  Before you try sending a Core Tag through your Silhoutte, remember to remove the grommet first. I added mine back after die cutting.
By keeping the grommets in the Core Tags before applying any techniques to the tags, it allowed for the gromments to take on a grungy, smooshed look.
What do you do to your Core Tags?  We’d love to hear about it!
Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folders
Darice Embossing Folder

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!!!
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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

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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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Supplies
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

Snowball Treat Baskets with Jill Lebbin

January 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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Hello!! Jill from Every Day is an Occasion here to share a fun Kids Craft & Core  project with you! Do any of you have the winter blahs? This sweet little treat container can cheer anyone up!! It would be a fun gift to give or a favor for a winter birthday party!

Snowball Treat

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Steps:

1. Put gumballs into pail.

2. Wrap washi tape around pail.

3. Punch snowflakes out of white cardstock.

4. Punch a snowflake out of blue tag and adhere white cardstock behind. Use foam adhesive to pop snowflake up.

5. Sand snowflake with Sand It Gadget…my kids favorite part!!

6. Tie tag on pail

7. Enjoy!!

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Materials:

White 110 cardstock Core’dinations

Core  Tag

Core Sand it Gadget

Darice Washi Striped Tape http://www.darice.com/store/details/catalog/wholesale-memory-embellish-washi-paper-tape/1217-96

Marrvy Snowflake Punch

Gumballs http://www.darice.com/store/details/catalog/wholesale-party-gumballs-and-sixlets/sw15002

See Thru Pail with lid http://www.darice.com/store/details/catalog/wholesale-memory-scrapbooking-storage/1212-96

Foam Adhesive

Ribbon

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