Tuesday Tutorial

March 1, 2011 by  
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Today’s Tutorial comes from Linda Beeson. Remember the gorgeous house she created with Tim Holtz Core’dinations Cardstock, stamps, inks and other goodies? Well, Linda put together a wonderful tutorial for you today including the dimensions needed for your own house!

This is a little bird house made of cardstock.  It can be created from a 12” x 12” piece of cardstock (right click and save  the image below to your computer then print out. You will need to recreate the dimensions on a 9 1/2 x 11″ piece of cardstock) .  For my bird house, I cut out a circle in the front and lined that with a piece of acetate this way it can hold a little gift of candy and the window shows you the treats inside.

Here is the pattern for the base created from a 9 ½” x 11” piece of cardstock.  Note: This pattern can be altered though to make the house in the size you want.  Keep the 11” side the same, just adjust the size of the middle and/or top sections to make the house taller or shorter.

I wanted my bird house to be created from embossed cardstock but the Cuttlebug or Sizzix embossing folders are not big enough for the entire bird house at once, so I created a base bird house with plain cardstock and then embossed pieces to glue to the sides of the bird house and then additional pieces to create my little roof.

Score on the score lines and crease those folds with a bone folder.  Here is a photo of what all of the folds and cuts will look like.

When all of the lines are scored and creased, the paper folds to form a box.  Glue along the edge of the extra tab.  Here you can see how the roof should come together.  You can give the roof folds scored lines too or use your fingers to give the correct creases.

I used my Coluzzle circle cutter to cut my hole in the front of the house.  Then, I cut a piece of acetate and glued that to the inside of the house.  This is optional.  I filled my house with candy. If you aren’t going to do that, the top can be stapled or glued together and use some kind of a paper clip so that it can be easily opened.

Now, I measured each of my sections and cut embossed pieces of cardstock and glued those in place.

Remember if you need tips on embossing to check out our videos here.

Here is another view:

We hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. A HUGE thank you to Linda for putting this together. It’s gorgeous!!! We would love to see yours if you create one so make sure you link us up.  Have a great week!

Need Some Date Night Ideas?

February 15, 2011 by  
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Tuesday’s Tip comes from Design Team Member Char Dobson who created these gorgeous wraps for her wine bottles.  Now I know these have a bit of a festive Holiday theme but you could easily make these for any Holiday or special occasion you may have.  So Today’s tip is to alter! Don’t be afraid to take ordinary, every day items you see around your house and add your own personal touch to them.

Remember our 12 Days of Techniques in December? Well this project features debossing. Such a fun and easy way to add a little spice to your projects. If you need a refresher or missed our 12 Days of Techniques, please check out the video here.  For this project, Char used cardstock from the Whitewash Collection. Can you see the core color on the backside of the Whitewash through the bottle? SO COOL!

And a close up of this great technique:

Other Supplies used from our preferred partners:

EK Success snowflake border punch and Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve altered? We’d love to hear!

Day FOUR of the 12 Days of Techniques

December 16, 2010 by  
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Welcome to our First Ever 12 Days of Techniques. We are excited to share with you some of our favorite techniques using our unique color core cardstock. Each day a Design Team member is going to share a project featuring a technique with Core’dinations cardstock. We have TWELVE unique and amazing days lined up for you leading right into Christmas Eve Day.

In case you are just joining us today here is what we covered so far:

Day One: Sanding

Day Two: Tearing

Day Three: Embossing

Each day we will be giving away a great selection of Core’dinations ! Each prize will also receive a Dust Buddy and our NEW Sand It Gadget! And today we have one of our favorite sponsors and they have a prize for you in addition to the Core’dinations prize pack!

CAN YOU GUESS TODAY’S SPONSOR ?????

Anyone know what this cute little  green machine is????

Yup, you guessed it! Todays Winner will also receive this CUTTLEBUG! PLEASE make sure you head over to the Cuttlebug Facebook Page and tell them how much you appreciate their support of the 12 Days of Techniques! We really need to let our sponsors know we appreciate them, it’ll only take a second. The Cuttlebug is so popular it has it’s own Facebook Page!

So what do you need to do to win?????   Watch the Debossing Video here leave us a comment and tell us if you have ever debossed on a project before and promise us if you win that Cuttlebug you will share with us what you created!

Today’s inspirational project comes from Linda Beeson. Doesn’t the Core Essentials neutral cardstock look beautiful against the Gemstone Cardstock?  Such a gorgeous example of how debossing  can add that special to touch to any project.

So anyone want to know who won yesterdays prize pack featuring Core’dinations Cardstock, a Dust Buddy and our NEW Sand It Gadget AND the Sizzix Texture Boutique???


Did someone say……WINNER!!??!!!?!?!?

Yesterday’s winner is………………….

Tona says:

December 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I love all of these cards!
My favorite line to emboss is Reminisce from the Vintage collection.


Congrats Tona!!!! We cannot wait to see what you create with your Core’dinations and Provocraft goodies.

Come Back tomorrow for more winners and another BIG give-a-way!!! You won’t want to miss this one. Don’t forget to watch the Video here all about how to deboss.

What is Halloween without Monsters???

October 25, 2010 by  
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Charlotte created THE cutest monsters! Aren’t these guys adorable? They are colorful, full of texture and down right festive!  Char used her Cricut and the Mini Monster cartridge to create these little guys.  Next, she ran them through her Cuttlebug with various embossing folders to create the cool textures.   Just add a little sanding and some googley eyes and you have the perfect project for Halloween. (P.S. Make sure you scroll down for our Facebook contest we announced today)

Here they are individually. SO CUTE!

Core’dinations used: Vintage Cardstock, Core Essentials and Black Magic

TRICK OR TREAT!!!!

AND MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE! WE ARE DOING A HUUUUUUUGE GIVE-A-WAY FOR HALLOWEEN.

Fabulous Friday Finds

April 2, 2010 by  
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Happy Easter Weekend everyone!

Today we wanted to share with you an adorable Easter card from Rebecca Keppel. she used a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to create this great pattern and then just added a touch of sanding. Just a perfect way to end the week and begin a wonderful Holiday weekend.

We Hope that everyone has a safe and happy Holiday weekend!

Core’dinations and the Cuttlebug

November 19, 2009 by  
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Core’dinations is sponsoring the Cuttlebug Challenge blog this week for their Festival of Lights celebration so please hop over there and take part in the festivities.

As part of their celebration, we have joined forces and are featuring some of the Cuttlebug Challenge blog Design Team creations here today AND you can check out their blog for some of the fabulous creations the Core’dination’s Team has made utilizing their Cuttlebugs.

Today June Houck is showing us this how to make this wonderful recycled tin. What a great way to start off the holiday season by creating this great project. Here is a little but about her project in her own words:

This is a busy time of year for everyone, and paper crafters are no exception! Hand-made gifts are the best types of gifts, but quite often a lot of time and effort is spent preparing them. I have a few quick ideas that I hope will inspire you.


Supplies:
paint can (local craft store), tin canister, and 16oz. jar
Cuttlebug embossing folder (Candy Cane), Scor-it, glue gun
Designer paper and coordinating Core’dinations papers
Punches: 1/2″ circle, 2″ circle, small & large ovals, word window
Dies: QuicKutz Revolution flourish, QuicKutz Vixen, CTMH circles and Nestibilities circles

(Picture 2)
I created toppers for each container using various dies. The “You’re Sweet” is computer-generated and “You’re My Cup of Tea” is an Impression Obsession stamp. The “lights” on the paint can are CTMH stickers. I wrapped both of these with paper from Carol Wilson Fine Arts, Inc. What is inside? I have tea biscuits in the paint can and mint tea in the tin…perfect for a chilly winter day.

(Picture 3)
I found recipes for both food and non-food items by doing a Google search for “gifts in a jar”. There are recipes for lots of things from sweets to bath salts! Many of these items are for 1 quart containers (4 cups). My jar is a recycled pickle or mayonnaise jar, which is only 2 cups. I adjusted my recipe accordingly.

So before you toss a jar into the recycle bin, think of the possibilities for gifts for good neighbors, teachers, and friends!

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