Happy Thursday! Are you having fun yet?
We sure are!
This we began a TWO THREE WEEK event introducing our BRAND NEW Design Team! Each member created a layout just for their day on the blog so from today, May 13th -May 31st we will introduce a team member to you. Isn’t that fun??!?!?!
AND TO CELEBRATE THIS EVENT WE ARE GIVING AWAY A PACK OF CARDSTOCK EVERY DAY! Tomorrow morning I will announce today’s random winner…just leave a comment on THIS POST. And then come back and comment the next day. We will be doing this every week day until the end of May so don’t go far!!!
Today’s winner will receive a pack of……
Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. We will pick a random winner the following morning (or Monday if it is the weekend) to win a pack of Core’dinations Cardstock. The cardstock pack may vary due to availability. Winners must email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7 to claim their prizes with the cardstock they won in the subject line. Please include address and phone number in the email.
So curious to see who is our winner from yesterday??????????
Omgosh! That is the most amazing layout!!! I just love the colors and all of that texture!
Today we have new Design Team Member…… Suzanna Lee!
Check out more about Suzanna and her projects on her blog HERE. Here is a little bit about her:
What can I say? I’m just a woman who is obsessed with her husband, her 2 kids, her camera (a Nikon!), living life to the fullest and preserving our memories as we go! Michael and I have been happily married for 14 years. Together we are raising two amazing children—Nikolas, 10, and Mia,almost 7.
I am very diverse when it comes to styles and techniques. I can’t claim any one as a main stay in my projects. I range from clean and simple to layered and packed with little details. The paper and photographs speak to me and I do what feels right. New styles, techniques, products, etc. are some of the major things that offer me inspiration. I am always excited to try new things and new opportunities, in life and with paper crafting.
When I’m not hiding behind my camera or cutting and creating both mess and beauty, I’m a physical therapist. I love what I do and love that it helps fund my hobby and collection! Who needs purses and shoes when you can have paper and embellishments?!
And how much do you loooooove the color combo of this layout??? I just love learning all these random bits about Suzanna.
And some close ups:
Ohhhhhh…embossing! Our 6×6 pads are a great way to add small deatils to layouts….they aren’t just for cards!
Now a little bit about Suzanna’s layout:
Every now and again, I try to do a page about myself. My kids love pouring through the albums and love seeing themselves but I know there will come a time when they will wish there was more of Mum and Dad. I know I love learning the little details of my parents’ lives. This layout served that purpose as well as sharing a little bit about myself with you. Random bits about Suzanna Lee. I literally wrote the first 5 thoughts that came to mind. I did say random! I also wanted to showcase how amazing core is! There is one piece of patterned paper on this page, the majority of the paper is Core of one type or another. All those different lines come together as a cohesive whole! Amazing!
Cannot get enough Core!!! Loving this week.
Winners email email@example.com with the subject line reading the contest you won, For Example: March Color Challenge Winner. Also include in the body of the email your name, address, and phone number (only if international). We will send you a confirmation back that we received your email so you know your prize will be on it’s way soon! We ship prizes to our lucky winners twice a month once we receive all prize winner’s information.
Design Team Member Kim Jeffress is here today with an awesome tutorial for us. Here is a little bit about the project in her own words.
The Space Stick
My eldest who is 4 is learning to write. He has had trouble remembering to put spaces in between each word as he writes. I decided to make a space stick out of some Core’dinations cardstock, a pop stick and some other bits and pieces.
Step 1 punch two circles out of some cardstock. I have used a sheet of Vintage Cardstock.
Step 2 Emboss your circles using an embossing folder. I have used a circle embossing folder which i Thought looked like craters for me space theme.
Step 3 Sand your circles to reveal the core underneath.
Step 4 Grab a coloured pop stick and glue it to the back of one of the circles. Now glue the other circle on top.
Step 5 Finish off your Space stick by inking the edge to add difinition and adding stickers and other bits and pieces suitable to your theme.
Step 6 Now your Space stick is ready to use!
The answer is….
IT’S NEVER TOO MUCH!!!
Every month we challenge our designers to create something special and this month it was to emboss!
You know how much we love to emboss and sand here. And if you need some tips make sure you check out our videos here.
Design Team Member Lydia Jackson ran with this challenge and created this cool layout that uses
30 DIFFERENT EMBOSSING FOLDERS!!! Can you beat that? We would love to see you try!
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!