What makes a well designed and well balanced layout?

November 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Personally, I would ask Debbie Standard. She always creations beautiful layouts that not only showcase Core but they are full of amazing details, beautiful photos and over all well designed elements. What do you say we check out a few?

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Supplies:
BasicGrey Core Impressions
Flowers:  Reminisce, Prima, Petaloo
Bling:  Recollections; Prima, Queen & Co.
Word Stickers:  Little Yellow BIcycle
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Tags:  My Mind’s Eye
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Tags:  My Mind’s Eye
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And next up another amazing layout. Check out the placement of the photos and just how balanced this amazing layout is!  The flowers move our eye around and  the hand cut details….
I have lways been a huge fan of the Core Amour Line and this Teresa Collins line in pink – for princess – was just perfect for wedding photos.  Such a photogenic couple too!  I love these new David Tutera tags, stickers and dies – make cards and layouts so easy. The leaves were made with the Spellbinder’s Foliage die and then run through my Xyron so that I could sand them before putting them on the page.  Using your Xyron for this makes it so much easier to sand those delicate things.  
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Supplies:
Teresa Collins Core Amour Princess Collection
Flowers:  Recollections
Spellbinders Die -Foliage and Rose Collection
Cuttlebug
Martha Stewart Punch
Recollections Letter Stickers

And don’t forget we are still cropping away! TONS of time to get things done . Check out details Here:

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Looking for some BOO-tiful table decorations?

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Today Heather Kaesgan created the most AWESOME tablescape for us that is Halloween themed.

Did you see Jennifer’s Thankful-themed decorations the other day? If you LOVE burlap like I do you should check it out here. It’s amazing!

Heather really focused on the Tim Holtz Tea Dyed cardstock and some Black Magic for her table decorations.

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And here aer some close ups:
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It is AMAZING what embossing can do for your projects!
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And how clever…using a black martini glass for candy!
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Of course Heather is using some May Arts Ribbon!
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Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress – Tea Dye
Core’dinations Card Stock – Black Magic Nightfall
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Darice Embossing Folders
Darice Gems
Darice Ribbon
Martha Stewart Spider Web Punch
Martha Stewart Chipboard Stickers
Marvy Uchida Punches
Sand It Tool
Xyron Mega Runner

Authentique & Core’dinations….4th of July!

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

All week long we are playing with Authentique papers! How awesome is that?

We have been busy this October for sure but before we get started a few things.  First up..winners from last week will be posted HERE torrow so please check back to see if you won. AND, next up, SAVE the date! In a few weeks we will be cropping ALL WEE LONG! Rules will be posted on October 28th so check back then for more details but challenges will be posted that first week in November.

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Now on to this weeks festivities. First up we have Shaunte Wadley working some Pride layouts. I don’t know about you but I JUST got my summer photos printed so I am going to be reaching for this paper pack for sure.  I just love how Shaunte works the 12×12 sticker sheet here with all the little bits you can make with them.  She creates her own little embellies al over the page with the tags and banners.  Layouts are easy with Core’dinations  and Authentique!

And when you are done here make sure you head over to the Authentique blog for inspiration and a giveaway, too!

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Supplies:
Base is Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions French Label

Rosette are Core Essentials

Stars is  Glittersilk

Star Border is cut from Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions  cardstock

Twine by David Tutera Celebrate

And nothing goes better with 4th of July projects than Tim Holtz Core Seasonal Impressions!  Again, Shaunte used the cardstock stickers for fun little elements all over the page

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Title letters/journaling base is Core Essentials

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And another Pride layout from Suzanna Lee:
Wanting to stick with the Independence day theme of the Authentique papers that I received, I wanted to create a coordinating background using Coredinations. I traced a Crafters Workshop stencil/mask with an embossing stylus on a piercing mat then sanded the raised “self embossed” pattern.
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Supplies:

Core Impressions My Mind’s Eye (the little red cutout in the tip right corner)
Patterned Paper, stickers: Authentique Pride
Embossing Stylus
Dies: Spellbinders

 

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You know it wouldn’t it be October and Halloween with out some Black Magic, right??? Comment all week long to win win win!
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We are giving some away so comment here to win!

Looking for Holiday Layout Inspiration?

October 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz, Xyron

Well look  no further! Our team is using the Believe line from Heidi Swapp again today. It doesn’t get much more festive than this! Please make sure you head over to Heidi’s blog for more amazing ideas!

Don’t forget about our GIVEAWAY on FACEBOOK !!!!!

So are we ready for some layouts? Love how Kim Moreno went the chalkboard look on this layout using her Black Magic and the Heidi Swapp Believe collection. The Peppermint Stix paper with the chalkboard words is perfect for this and all the papers are dobule sided so endless options! And can we talk about that cute little house made of Core’dinations Chocolate Box and Heidie Swapp papers? And it’s layered on the Core Tag?  Eeeeeek! How clever is that!?

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Supplies:

Core Tags, Black Magic Core’dinations, Chocolate Box Core’dinations, Heidi Swapp Believe patterned papers, May Arts ribbon, American Crafts Thickers.

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And another layout from Kate Nolan Denham! These snowflakes are the perfect accent for the Believe collection and I just LOVE  how Kate plays with the angle on this layout!

Kate here, bringing you some snow a little bit early this year!  It was so easy to share our Christmas snow with you by using lots of Core’dinations Cardstock paired with Heidi Swapp’s Believe Collection. 
 
The snowflakes were cut out of Snowflake Core’dinatins Cardstock (perfectly named) using my Cameo.  I painted them with some Gemstone Glue and sprinkled Shaved Ice onto the snowflakes. Core’dinations Cardstock is so sturdy that is the the perfect base for this technique!

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Love how Kate worked the Merry & Bright paper:

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Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x 12 Brights Core Essentials Cardstock
12 x 12 Neutrals Core Essentials Cardstock
White Assorted Core Tags
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Heidi Swapp 12 x12 Believe Paper Pad
May Arts Ribbon
Die-namics Dies
Stampendous Shaved Ice
Silhoutte Cameo
Helmar and Xyron Adhesives

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One more layout from Jennifer Edwardson!

When I opened my box of goodies for this product trade with Heidi Swapp I got sooooo excited !!  I absolutely LOVE this holiday paper and went straight to my ‘Seasonal Core Impressions’ for the base for this layout.  I lightly sanded my Core cardstock to allow the kraft core show through – makes the words completely stand out !!
 
I mixed my fave patterns from the Heidi Swapp ‘Believe’ collection with a piece of scarlet ’tillie dot’ cardstock for a base to my photo.  I also wanted to have a little layer underneath a few of the cut outs so I ran a piece of ‘peeled paint’ cardstock through my Big Shot using the ‘wire fence’ embossing folder by Darice.  LOVE this folder ……
 
I used a light pattern for my journaling and put it in my typewriter – this is my fave way to add journaling to my layouts. and done !

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Supply List:
Heidi Swapp ‘Believe‘ patterned paper
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions
Spotted Tillie Dot – Scarlet
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – peeled paint
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other: twine, gems

Last Day with Xryon and Core…

October 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Xyron

Before we get started we wanted to let you know we have a super fun day planned tomorrow for WCMD!
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Did you have fun this week?????  We sure hope we inspired you to go out and get a Sticker Maker or Xyron Mega Runner to use with your Core’dinations.

AND GUESS WHAT???  Xyron added ANOTHER giveaway on their FACEBOOK page HERE for another chance to win! What an awesome week of inspo and prizes, don’t you think?  We have a giveaway for our Facebook Fans, too! So CLICK HERE to enter to win over there.

First up we have some cards from Design Team Member Debbie Standard. The Mega Runner is perfect for cards!

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Cardstock:  Core Essentials Dark Collection
Patterned paper:  Authentique Be(you)tiful collection
Sentiment: David Tutera Celebrate
Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder:  Darice 1215-59
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy

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Cardstock:  Core Essentials Dark Collection
Patterned Paper:  Authentique Be(you)tiful collection
Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder:  Darice1218-28
Sand it Gadget & Dust Buddy

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Cardstock:  Core’dinations Tim Holtz 6 X 6 Shattered Collection –> PERFECT for cards!

Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Tag:  David Tutera Celebrate
Stamp:  Lawn Fawn
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts Hexagon
Sand it Gadget & Dust Buddy

A gorgeous card from Designer Kim Moreno:

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Supplies:

Core’dinations: CoreEssentials, Core Tags, Core Vintage Collection
Chipboard: Crate Paper
Ribbon: Offray
Punch: Martha Stewart
Embossing: Cuttlebug folder and machine
Adhesive: Xyron Mega Runner, 150 Machine
Stamp: Stamps of Life
Ink: Clearsnap

And last but not least a layout from Ellen Sosnoski using tons of distressing!

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A close up of the scoring. Remember to scor from the back with your Scor Pal so you can send the raised image.

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Distressing is sooooooooooooooo much fun with Core! AND you need a good adhesive to adhere 4 layers of cardstock. And something new that I tried….I put my rubons on first and then sanded over them so they got a bit distressed, too.

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Tim Holtz Adirondack and Distress Collections, Core Essentials Snowflake and Xyron Mega Runner, Simple Stories Journal Spot, EK Success Punch, Sand it Gadget and Dust Buddy

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And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration!

And don’t forget to comment all week long for a chance to win this:
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AND this!
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