It’s the Luck of the Irish

March 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin, Tim Holtz

Here on the Core blog this week!

We have  a special treat from Core Teacher Vicki Boutin for you today!

What a way to to show off all the amazing colors and textures of Core’dinations cardstock. Our color families core’dinate in each line so you can mix and match them easily.

Here is a little bit about this layout from Vicki:

“We love St Patrick’s Day around here.  Not for the traditional reasons as much as the fact that it is my son Riley’s birthday!!!  We wear the green, get the Shamrock shakes from McDonalds and enjoy celebrating a “green” birthday.  So when I received a box of new Core’dinations I knew I wanted to put something together for a St Paddy’s Day layout.
I cut out a large shamrock shape for a base.  I then proceeded to punch a bunch of circles from Core Couture , Gemstones, Vintage, Spotted Jillian and Tillie and Core Essentials.  I layered the circles from the bottom of the shamrock up.
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Love how this turned out!!!  I used the back of Tim Holtz Kraft Core and a sheet of Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions for the base.
Hope you get into the St Patrick’s Day fun and make something special to commemorate the day!”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jillibean Soup

What better way to celebrate a day of love with a fabulous class???

Speaking of classes! OUR BRAND NEW CORE TEACHER PAGE is up! How cool is that? Make sure you check it out because we have an amazing team of teachers that will design classes just for you!  What is a Core Teacher exactly?  Well, they can design classes just for you! If you are a retailer wanting to do a Core Class but not sure how to get started or just need an idea this fabulous team is just for YOU.  Stay tuned for more projects from them on our site under the

We have a special treat for you today from Design Team Member Lydia Jackson. Lydia is teaching a class at Scrapbookin’ Adventures in Canada as a Guest Designer on February 22!  Here are some sneaks for the class! I spy hearts….Tim Holtz Kraft Core….Jillibean Soup = L.O.V.E!

If you are in the area make sure you sign up. Limited seats are being offered!

Day Eleven of our Design Team’s Favorite Things

December 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog

WOW….these past few weeks have been a blast.   We are coming to an end of our Design Team Favorite things only two more days.

From now until Christmas Eve we are showcasing our Design Team’s Favorite cardstock. Each designer picked a few of their favorite lines and created some gorgeous projects for you showcasing why they love it so much.

Then, on that day, just by commenting on that post, you have the chance to win! AND some days we might be showcasing more than one line so you need come back often.

Here is how it works:

1.) We post every day. The following day we pick a winner and then start over so keep coming back!

2.) You have all day and night to post. Yes, you heard me! You can win up until the next day when I pick a winner when I get up. We want our international fans to be able to win and they are normally sleeping now ;)

3.) Want additional chances to win?  Comment on Facebook and share the excitement on your blogs! If you share on your blog, come back here and link us up. Remember, you can do it every day for more chances to win!

WE LOVE our FACEBOOK FANS! And we do LOADS of giveaways over there, too. Make sure you like us to be able to win ;)

4.) Please note: we will not be shipping to winners until the January due to the Holidays. Winners must email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with your name, address, phone number if international to claim prizes.

Now who wants some winners???? We have TWO winners to announce from yesterday.

The MME Core Impressions winner is………….

Denise says:
December 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

What an adorable card! I’d love to get that or give it! (mostly get!!!) Thanks for the chance to win!

The BasicGrey Whimsy Core Impressions is ………………………..

Maryann W. says:

December 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Great inspiration for using great product lines.

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Before we get started with today’s inspiration…..I wanted to point something out. Did you know we have a Hot Topics section?

We post projects here that we don’t put on the blog or Facebook including our Core Teachers series! So make sure you check that part of our website out, too!

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So today is all about our Vintage Cardstock.  Seriously, our Vintage Cardstock is gorgeous…gorgeous. It is unlike any other cardstock!

Design Team Member Shaunte Wadley is up again with a gorgeous project for you today.

After seeing this layout I can’t imagine you not running to your local retailer asking for some of this! And the stars add the perfect touch of glam for this rockstar, don’t you think?  Shaunte used our Core Couture cardstock for them. Perfect!

Dies used in this layout are from Lifestyle Crafts.

Core Teacher Thursday With Cari Locken

November 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Design Teams, Graphic 45, Hot Topics

Did you know that Core’dinations has three amazing teachers? This wonderful team of industry leading designers will be creating quarterly classes JUST for the Core blog and your inspiration!

We are working on an exclusive section of our website just for them so stay tuned for more details on that SOON!

Today have a gorgeous candle created by Core Teacher Cari Locken. For more of Cari’s projects check out her blog here. This would make a gorgeous housewarming present over the holidays. You can use this color palette or even change it up with some reds and greens for Christmas or an color palette for that special occasion.

Instructions for “Fall is in the Air” Candle Decoration

Supplies needed:

Core’dination Colorcore cardstock:

Graphic 45 Signature Series – Heritage Kraft GX-3100-09

Brownie 1440 CD040

Coconut Cream 1380 C020

Cardinal 420 OG020

Tank 430 OG030

Autumn VC440

Other tools:

Paper trimmer

Stylus (or scoring board)

Paper crimper

Sand it Gadget

Dust Buddy cloth

Twine

Dymo labeler

Cricut Expressions or die-cut machine

Mickey & Friends & Stretch Your Imagination cartridges

Candle

Adhesives (tape runner, double sided tape, pop dots)

Step 1: Base

1. Cut a piece of Heritage Kraft to 2 1/2”x 10”.  Run the cardstock through your Fiskars paper crimper so that the lines are going vertical when it is put on the candle.

2.  Gently sand the cardstock with the Sand It Gadget over the corrugated lines. Clean off with the Dust Buddy.

3. Wrap around the candle and adhere it place (the ends will overlap slighty).

Step 2: Label strips

1. Cut two small strips of Brownie to approx. 3/8” x 12”.

2. Place a strip of cardstock through the Dymo Labeler and “type” the words that you want on your strips of cardstock.  Repeat this process with the other strip of cardstock.

3. Gently sand the words with the Sand it Gadget and clean off with the Dust Buddy.

4. Adhere one strip along the top edge of the base and the other strip along the bottom edge of the base. Trim ends as necessary

Step 3: Creating the leaves and acorns

1. Using the Cricut Expression (or other die-cut machine) and the Mickey Mouse & Friends cartridge cut leaves like this:

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Cardinal 2 times.

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Tank 2 times.3.

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Autumn 2 times.

<Squirl> Layers @ 1 1/2” from Coconut Cream and then again from Brownie.

and repeat again two more times at 1” from Coconut Cream & Brownie.

2. Now cut the acorns using Stretch Your Imagination cartridge:

3. Take the leaves and use a stylus and the cutting channel of your paper trimmer (or a scoreboard) and make some scored lines on the backside of the cardstock resembling the “veins” on the leaves.

4. Carefully sand the embossed lines with a Sand it Gadget and clean off with the Dust Buddy.

Step 4: Assembly
1. Cluster the leaves together in groups of 3 and adhere to the base of the candle. One near the top and one cluster near the bottom edge.
2. Tie some string around the upper edge of the base cardstock (just below the word strip).

3. Adhere the acorns in a cluster in the center of the leaves and use a pop dot to adhere the larger one.

And one more shot of the finished project…

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