Interlocking Lace Heart Notecards with Matching Envelopes

February 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft

Who is ready for some Valentines Inspo?  We are gearing up for week FULL of amazing projects from our Design Team just for YOU!
These are all quick and easy ideas that you can do in no time for that sweet someone in your life! Let’s start it off with Clare Buswell….
Interlocking Lace Heart Notecards with matching envelopes
Cut Silhouette files from Fuchsia Fizz and white Core. Emboss envelopes with Rosa folder, sand using Sand-It Gadget. Assemble and stamp sentiment and hearts. Add baker’s twine as closure for envelopes.
How cute are those interlocking hearts?
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Core’dinations – Fuchsia Fizz, Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Silhouette files – Card Interlocking Lace Heart and Envelope Set #53860, Silhouette Portrait, Cutttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folder Rosa, Big Shot, Memento Luxe Love Letter, Waltzingmouse Stamps – My Heart, Nordic Winter stamp sets, baker’s twine.
And Clare isn’t done yet!
Card – Pop-Up Heart Valentine
Make card from cardstock. Cover front with Core white cardstock. Cut square of Pastels cardstock, emboss, sand using Sand-It Gadget and machine stitch border. Adhere to card front. Using Silhouette cut hearts and sentiment from Fuchsia Fizz, lightly sand and attach to card. For the inside,    using Silhouette cut Pop Up Heart insert from Fuchsia Fizz and layer onto light green cardstock, adhere to inside of card. Stamp hearts and sentiment. Cut heart borders using Silhouette and adhere to card to finish.

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Core’dinations – Fuchsia Fizz, Core Essentials – Pastels, Core Essentials – Neutrals, Sand It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Silhouette files – (Border Hearts #24381, Hearts and Words #53851, Card Pop Up Love #6766), Silhouette Portrait, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Rosa embossing folder, Big Shot, My Heart stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps, Memento Luxe Love Letter, sewing machine, silicone glue, Jet Black Ranger archival ink.

Ah…gorgeous Fall is here!

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft, Xyron

So who was cropping with us this weekend????? We are having so much fun make sure you come chat with us here 🙂


Such a beautiful time of year and we are soaking it in on the Core Blog today with some fabulous Fall inspiration pieces!  If you were cropping with us then you saw this GORGEOUS card from Vivian Keh that is all about autumn colors! Make sure you check out her challenge and blog HERE for more amazing details!


What screams autumn color tones better than our Chocolate Box and Vintage Cardstock?  Heather Anne Kaesgan used both on this card for us today.

Creating with Core is easy! For this card,  Heather embosed the word “Hello” along the bottom and then added circles and Marvy Uchida punched flowers in the middle.  Did you know these Marvy punches actually punch the flowers with embossed designs? SO COOL!   Finish of your card with some May Arts ribbon and you are done! It’s all about sanding, sanding, sanding! So get out that Sand It Gadget and have some fun.


And next up a card from Tracy Gruber.  I LOVE how she mixed in some Black Magic for her fall themed card.

I love the fall season because there are so many gorgeous colors and fun fall activities!  Picking out the perfect pumpkin is always a great time, even when you are 23 ; )  I cut out the pumpkin on my card from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 inches.  I used card stock from the Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, Darks, and Pastels for it.  For my background, I used Black Magic with an orange background.  I sanded it with the Sand It Gadget to reveal the orange through the black.  I added some stitching and natural twine to complete my card!


Supply List:
Core’dinations Neutrals, Darks, Pastels, and Brights paper pads
Core’dinations Black Magic Collection
-Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium 6×6 paper pad
-My Craft Spot Happy Fall! stamp set
-May Arts twine
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Xyron Foam Tabs

Who is ready for day THREE of Xyron & Core?

October 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Provocraft, Sizzix, Tim Holtz, Xyron

We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long!  We hope you have been having fun so far!

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And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway!  AND we have a giveaway for our Facebook Fans, too! CLICK HERE to enter to win over there and keep reading on how to win on our blog, too.

Let’s start today off with festive layout from Tim Holz Seasonal Kraft Core with Designer Suzanna Lee:

For those of you who have followed my blog, you’ve already heard my rave review of the Xyron MegaRunner. You can read all about it here. Having had the chance to use my MegaRunenr A LOT more since that review, I am still a big fan! The cartridges are so easy to just drop in and get scrapping. You don’t have to rely on that one friend who threads it for you, nor do you have to keep re-threading. Big bonuses! The Create-A-Sticker “X” has been sitting on my desk for AGES. I think it’s the one adhesive that still remains from early, early days. It’s the tried and true work horse for letters (like the title on this layout) and smaller embellishements (like the pumpkins, ribbon and burlap). New “wows” that I got to play with in the making of this layout with are the 3/16 inch dots and 1/2 inch double sided tape, each with their own environmentally friendly dispenser. The double sided tape is fantastic when you’re using Core’dinations products in that sometimes the sanded Core, no matter how clean that Dust Buddy gets it, can be a little more resistant to stick and bond to more Core. Not the case with Xyron’s double sided tape! Thanks Xyron for some innovative, earth friendly and reliable adhesives!



And another detail shot:


Core’dinations Kraft Core; Nostalgic, Shattered, Seasonal Impressions
Core’dinations Deep Lagoon
Core’dinations Rustic
Core Tag
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Xyron MegaRunner
Xyron Create-A-Sticker 1.5 inch
Xyron 3/16 inch dots
Xyron Double sided tape
Twine – The Twinery
Glassine bag – Michaels
Tags – October Afternoon, Chic Tags
Punch – McGill
Letter Dies – Lifestyle Crafts
Decorative Scissors – Fiskars
Ribbons – May Arts
Pennant – October Afternoon
Stamp/dies – Lawn Fawn
Wood Veneer – Studio Calico
Misc craft supply – burlap, tulle


And how about a super cute card from Designer Tracy Gruber? Love her play on geometric shapes and of course that CUTE stamp! The create-a-sticker is perfect for the chevron shapes along the side of the card.



Core’dinations Neutrals Paper pad
Core’dinations Tags
Xyron Create A Sticker
Xyron Mega Runner
-Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe
-Copic Markers: E23 and E25
-My Favorite Things Chevron die
-Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Sizzix Diamond embossing folder
And next up we have a Designer Gail Linder with a GREAT layout featuring the Xyron Mega Runner.

Inspired by an advert I saw online, I wanted to create a background with even strips of cardstock. Once I chose my colors and cut my strips, it was so quick and easy to adhere them to a background cardstock using the Xyron Mega Runner!
To add interest and texture, one of my strips is the gorgeous Tillie Dot embossed cardstock. Before all the strips were adhered, I gave them all a slight sand to reveal a bit of their core with my Sand it Gadget.Finally, I wanted to add a large ‘2’ to my background but didn’t want to detract from my strips so I simply hand-stitched the outline of the number.
Just a fabulous color combo….Gail knows how to work yellow for sure!
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And don’t forget to comment all week long for a chance to win this on the blog and on FACEBOOK!
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AND this!

Designing with Debbie Standard

We have three gorgeous layouts from the amazing Debbie Standard!

Debbie creates the most amazing projects…so much detail and SO MUCH CORE!  She really demonstrates the entire concept of, ahem, not needing any patterned paper.  You can do it!

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I love using the White Wash collection – there’s just so many uses for it.  For my page here I  sanded over the entire sheet so some of the blue tones would come through and then up under the title area I put a piece of cloud chipboard and sanded over it in several different places to simulate the sky and clouds in that area of my page.  Then I had two small embossing folders and I used some of the bright cardstock which perfectly matched the little dress and embossed and sanded two small squares.  I then used the same paper and scored it around the area of my embossed piece to create little frames.  To make the embossed piece stand out I backed it with white.  The leaves were all created on my Silhouette machine.  As long as you can run these through your Xyron you can sand these delicate pieces before taking them off the backing and applying them to your page.  The flowers are all cut with Spellbinder’s Dies.  Then I  lightly sanded them – you have to be really careful doing this as they are delicate – I find it works best to put my finger in the middle of the flower and then lightly sand the edges of the petals.  The larger the flower the easier it is to sand.  Then I rolled the petals over my paper piercer and sprayed them with some Maya Road mist.  I continued to encourage the edges to curl after misting.  After they were dry I added some My Mind’s Eye brads.  This adorable little subject is my sister’s bff’s granddaughter, Bridgette.

Supply List:
Whitewash cardstock
Core Brights
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette Cameo
Spellbinders Dies – Rose Creations
Embossing Folders:  Sizzix, Cuttlebug
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Scor it
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers

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I just love the dotted collection – both of them – one has larger dots and one smaller.  It even comes in the 6 X 6 too!  For this I started with a sheet of the blue in the Jillian collection.  First I scored a frame around the entire sheet and then I sanded only inside my frame.  Then I cut a piece from the Tillie collection in a lighter shade of blue and attached it to top of my page.  I then used a sheet of Core Impressions Fancy Pants collection which I sanded and then just cut out the frame from.  I made my clouds using a die cut and then cutting it from a sheet of White Wash – these make the best clouds – you can sand them letting the blue come through and they really look like clouds!  Then using some of the smooth tags I used one for my title tying a May Arts ribbon around it and another for my journaling.  The adorable little subject is my daughter’s bff’s baby – so love that she got these monthly stickers so she can record a picture every month for me!

Supply List:
WhiteWash Collection
Jillian Dots Collection
Tillie Dots Collection
Core Pastels collection
Core Impressions Fancy Pants collection
Core Smooth tags
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Martha Stewart Punch
Tags:  October Afternoon, My Mind’s Eye
Chipboard:  Basic Grey
Hellicopter:  Best Creations
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers
Ribbon:  May Arts

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I saw this wedding photo and immediately knew I would be jumping into my Core Amour collection for this one.  I also used some of the Core Pastels which were the colors of her wedding.  This particular Amour sheet only requires that you sand across the works.  Then I misted it.  I used my  Silhouette to cut some swirls which I layered down the side of the page.  I then used a Martha Stewart punch and placed a small pink ribbon over it.  The photo itself I first matted with black, then with pink and then which yellow white I tore around .  The flowers and butterfly all came from die cuts which I cut, sanded and then sprayed with Maya Road spray.  I let them dry and then put them together and attached to my page.  I added some little tiny die cut tags and some prima leaves.  

Supply List:
Core Onyx Amour Collection
Core Pastels collection
Spellbinder’s Rose Creations Die, and tags CD003
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Maya Road Mist
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette Cameo
Ribbon:  Stash
Envelope:  Stash
Bling:  Queen & Co.
Leaves:  Prima

Summer Layouts and more with Tracy Gruber

Happy Wednesday! We hope you are enjoying your summer so far and today we want to start out with a super summery layout from Design Team Member Tracy Gruber.  I always struggle with white as a base for my layouts but Tracy makes it looks so easy! Plus…all  that embossing just makes me happy. 🙂

Nothing says summer like the Core’dinations Brights Card Stock paper pad!  The colors in this collection match the colors of the sunset almost perfectly.  I used a couple of different techniques on this layout including tearing, embossing, and sanding.  I also used Distress Inks and a water brush to make the water-colored looking circles.



Core’dinations Brights and Neutrals paper pads
Tim Holtz Distress Collection paper pad
-Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade
-Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies and Jessie’s ABC’s stamp sets
-Water Brush
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-1″ Fiskars circle punch
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots, Tiny Bubbles, Seeing Spots, Spots and Dots
-Sizzix Swirls Embossing Folder
-Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Turtley Awesome
I love to combine Core’dinations cardstock with stamps, especially when I am creating a “scene” on my card.  The tan card stock is perfect for sand, because when you tear it, it looks just like a beach!  I also used a piece of light blue card stock, which I embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then sanded with the Sand It Gadget.  It makes a perfect sky!
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-Copics: E23, E25, YG61, YG63, YG67
-The Alley Way Stamps Sea Mates and Tropic Topic stamp sets
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Memory Box Puffy Clouds die
God Bless Card
One of my favorite types of Core’dinations paper is the Core Couture Glitter.  Why? Because I love glitter and this card stock has plenty of it!  I used the black Core Couture Glitter card stock as the background, along with a Core Tag to stamp the sentiment on.  I used a Cuttlebug die to cut out the 3-D flowers from the Core’dinations Pastels, Brights, and Darks paper pads.  I then sanded the edges of them to add some texture.
-Cuttlebug Quilled Daisy Kit
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Avery Elle Winter Blend Sequins
-Paper Smooches Spiritual Sampler
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy

Designer Mary Pat Siehl is working her Core magic today!

Hope you are ready for a GREAT weekend! Today we have some great layouts from Designer Mary Pat Siehl.  Here is a littl bit about these projects from Mary herself.


I love trying new techniques and Core Cardstock is just so perfect for everything. I love how it handles the different types of medium. For my project I first sanded the Spotted Cardstock. I then applied a light amount of paint. I then tore the cardstock to expose the Core. I then cut several embellishments using my Silhouette out of the Core and I lightly sanded them. ( I don’t know about you but I love making my own embellies!). Finally I added some of the new Smooth Core Tags. I am really addicted them right now!



Supply list:
Cardstock- Tim Hotlz Distress Collection, Spotted 12×12
Tags- Core Smooth Tags
paper- Fancy Pants
Die Cut Tags- Elle’s Studio
wood veneer- freckled fawn
Misc. Paint
Sewing Machine
Sand It
Dust Buddy

And another layout working that Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions….

One of the things I love about Core Cardstock is that no matter what type of  Core cardstock you are using they all work together so nicely.  In this layout I used some of the Core Impressions mixed with some Core that I embossed myself.  I love how it looks all sanded.  The cardstock is so perfect for the base and main focus of your layout!



 Supply list:

Cardstock- Core Impressions (Jillibean Soup), Cosmo Cricket Cream Woodgrain, Core Essentials Cardstock Pastels
Tags- Core’dinations Smooth Tags
paper- American Crafts, Elle’s Studio
Vellum – American Crafts
flair- a flair for buttons
twine- the stringery
wood veneer- studio calico and freckled fawn
alphabet stickers- jillibean soup and Glitz
Embossing folder- cuttlebug
Sand it
Dust Buddy




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