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!

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And another detail shot:

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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

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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.

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Supplies:

-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
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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.
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Just a fabulous color combo….Gail knows how to work yellow for sure!
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Supplies: 
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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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If you love Halloween, you came to the right place!

September 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft

 
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First up we have a layout from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham:
Halloween is one of my favorite times of year!  Definitely a time to for me to be imaginative and have fun.  The Halloween layout I am sharing today shows a fun way to use Core’dinations Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions as a fantastic background.
To make the words POP on the background, I not-so-gently sanded all the words on the Halloween Seasonal Impressions Cardstock and theen added some chalk.  I really wanted the Kraft-Core to absorb the color in the orange and blue Chalking Inks so giving it a good sanding is the key.

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The title work was super easy!  I cut the title out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Black Magic with my Cricut and then sanded it like crazy so the blue background would play on the title.

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Next time you are creating a seasonal layout grab some of the Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions!
Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x12 Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions 
4.25 x 5.5 Black Magic
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Quick Quotes Chalking Ink
Dymo
American Crafts Thickers
Making Memories & October Afternoon Brads
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And next up we have card from Designer Clare Buswell:

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Love this card?  Here is how Clare did it:

Make cardbase from cardstock. Emboss Black Magic cardstock, sand using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Ink edges using Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, adhere to card and round bottom corners. Add patterned paper (Authentique Thrilling Collection) panel and adhere sticker stitches. Add ribbon, bow and twine. Adhere Authentique Thrilling Collection stickers to cardstock, ink edges and fussy cut, attach to card using foam pads. Adhere flower, enamel dot and broom, to finish. 

SuppliesCore Black Magic (Warlock), Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Authentique Thrilling Collection, Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw), SRM Stickers – Sticker Stitches, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Reflected Damask, Big Shot, flower from Wild Orchid Crafts, black seam binding, tinsel twine, broom embellishment, corner rounder, enamel dot, foam pads.
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And next up we have a super simple card from Debbie Standard. All she did was emboss two colors of cardstock with two different folders and then added an EK Success sticker. And don’t forget  that May Arts ribbon…it’s actually cord that is PERFECT for Halloween with the black, orange and purple!
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Core’dinations – Darks and Brights collections
Cuttlebug Embossing machine
EK Success Sticker
Emossing Folder:  Lifestyle Crafts

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
Cuttlebug
Silhouette Cameo
Spellbinders Dies – Rose Creations
Embossing Folders:  Sizzix, Cuttlebug
Xyron
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
Xyron
Ribbon:  Stash
Envelope:  Stash
Bling:  Queen & Co.
Leaves:  Prima

Marvy Embossing Punches

July 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, SRM Stickers

Okay, so when we first saw these punches at CHA last year we fell in major love! And that is an understatement.

Marvy Uchida has the most gorgeous punches that emboss AND punch at the SAME time! WOW!  They are called Silhoutte and Embossing craft punches.  So…you know the embossed images look so great sanded with our Core Cardstock. See those red areas?  That is where the embossed area is so you can sand it. So what are you waiting for??? Order yours NOW!

Here are a few projects highlighting these punches. I have to say walk RUN to your favorite retailer and ask them to get some of these. You won’t stop using yours!

These next two cards are from Clare Buswell using the Button Punch and Poppy punch. Keep in mind  for this first one Clare used the Gemstones cardstock so she didn’t sand but take a good look at the dimension JUST from a punch. So cool! Add an SRM Sticker and you are finished. How easy is that?

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Look how gorgeous!

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Supplies:
Cardstock: Core Tim Holtz and Ranger Adirondack Collection, Core Couture Glitter, Core Essentials Neutrals
Marvy Punches: Poppy and Buttons
Embossing Folder: Darice Diagonal Stripe Background
Other: Die cutting machine, white twill ribbon, spotty brads, SRM Stickers (sentiment).

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For this card Clare used the Poppy punch:

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And a close up:

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Supplies:
 
Cardstock: Core Spotted Tillie Dot, Core Essentials Neutrals, Core Tim Holtz and Ranger Adirondack Collection
Marvy Punches: Poppy
Embossing Folder: Darice Paisley Background
Other: Die cutting machine, white cotton lace, gemstone brads, SRM Stickers (sentiment), baker’s twine, Sand It Gadget.

 

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This next card is from Designer Suzanna Lee:

Quick simple yet fun card to welcome a new baby. The Marvy punches make it so easy as they not only punch but emboss too, adding that special little touch. The small detail that make the button more visually appealing. It’s the small things that matter!

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Supply list:

Core’dinations Spotted Jillian Dot 6×6 pad
Core’dinations Graphic 45 Lights Signature Series
Core’dinations Whitewash 6×6 pad
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Punch: Marvy
Stamps: Hampton Arts
Ink: QuickQuotes
Twine: The Twinery
Label: Kesi’art

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.

 

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Supplies:
-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
-Thickers
-Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles
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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!
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Supplies:
-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.
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Supplies:
-Cuttlebug Quilled Daisy Kit
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Avery Elle Winter Blend Sequins
-Paper Smooches Spiritual Sampler
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy

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