Creating well-balanced layouts with Mary Pat Siehl

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Scor Pal

Today we have some really great layouts from Designer Mary Pat Siehl. She always creates really well-balanced layouts and mixes and matches her Core! For the first layout she creates balance bu using circles and her Silhouette. For the second layout….check out how she works those Core TAGS! You are going to love love it.

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One of my favorite things about Core Cardstock is that it cuts beautifully in the Silhouette. For my layout I cut out the background using the white in the Nuetral collection. I then took my 1 inch punch and cut out 81 circles to fill the negative spaces. Core cardstock has so many colors to coordinate with your pattern paper so I punched 63 circles using the Core cardstock (some were embossed and I lighty sanded them and some I left with their solid color) and only 18 with pattern paper. I then matted my photo using my Core Cardstock that I scored and lightly sanded to frame the photo. Finally I scored the 12×12 sheet to frame the circle background.

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Supplies:
Core:  Neutrals, Spotted, Tim Holtz Distress collection and Darks Collection pack
Core white tags
elle’s studio tags
paper- fancy pants
stickers- fancy pants
studio calico wood veneer and cork arrows
Scor Pal
sand it Gadget
Dust buddy

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Core Cardstock is really amazing because you can do so many things with it.  I used the Core Essentials Snowflake cardstock and scored it to give it a slight frame.  Next I misted it lightly just to add a hint of color.  I then also stamped directly on it.  The cardstock is awesome for all these “On Trend” techniques.  I then made a banner with the different Core Tags.  I just love the different sizes and here I embossed all the tags with different embossing folders and then lightly sanded them.

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supplies:
Cardstock – Core Essentials
paper- lily bee
die cut tags- elle’s studio
flair- a flair for buttons
mist- heidi swapp
stamps- studio calico and american crafts
ink hero arts
wood veneer- freckled fawn
stickers- jillibean soup and little yellow bicycle

Chevron, Core Tags, Spotted…

August 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Imaginisce, Jillibean Soup, May Arts Ribbon, Xyron

What else could you possible need?  Tracy Gruber is working colors, patterns and so much more today!

First up a very fun and festive card…but keep scrolling down…there’s a great layout, too!

I love to find new techniques to use with my Core!  For this card, I used a Studio Calico mask and put it behind my piece of Core card stock.  I then sanded with the Sand It Gadget until the design started to show.  Pretty cool, huh?  Then, I cut some stars and then added the  white shape with the Paper Smooches sentiment. Next up some May Arts ribbon and Imaginisce Glam Rocks finish off this card perfeclty!

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutral and Dark paper pads
-May Arts Ribbon
-Imaginisce Glam Rocks and I-Rock
-Paper Smooches Word Salad
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Spellbinder’s Label 4 die
-Memory Box Cosmic Star Set
-Studio Calico Mask

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The best part about scrapping with Core’dinations card stock is the ability to use different techniques to create unique layouts.  On the dark pink base, I simply used the Sand It Gadget to sand three different areas for a distress look.  It adds a different element to your layout that is really easy to do!  I then used a piece of light pink Spotted Tillie Dot and sanded it to make the polka dots “pop.”  The last technique I used was crumpling up a piece of White Wash card stock, flattening it out, and then sanding it.  This allows the Sand It Gadget to hit the creased spots and the background color to show through.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Brights paper pad
-Core’dinations Spotted Tillie Dot paper pad
-Core’dinations Whitewash
-Studio Calico Star Wood Veneers
-Core’dinations Tags
-May Arts Ribbon
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Jillibean Soup “hello” sticker
-My Mind’s Eye chipboard stickers
-The Twinery twine
-Xyron Mega Runner

Kate’s Cards & More!

August 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives

Who’s up for some cute cards today?  Well we have some cute cards from Kate Nolan-Denham for you today that include some stamping and, of course, Core!

One of ourfavorite things to do on Core’dinations Cardstock is stamp!  Kate does that on this first card…love all the tiny accents on this card, too. And don’t forget to use the 6×6 packs for your cards!

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And here is a card where Kate stamped  on Glitter Silk!!!!
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Core’dinations Supplies:
Core’dinations Essentials – Darks, Neutrals & Brights
Glitter Silk 6×6
Tillie Dot Assorted Pack 6×6
Other Supplies:
Sizzix & Hero Arts Framelits
Ranger Archival Ink
Dymo
Helmar Adhesives
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How about a layout?

Kate was totally going for clean lines designed with neutral and earthy tones on this layout today to pull off a masculine feel. Such an easy thing to do with all the great Core’dinations Cardstock Colors!     The vertical title work really move your eye around as well.
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Kate layered and sewed the cardstock matted photos on a piece of Kraft-Core Shattered Collection. Then tore the bottom off of the Kraft-Core letting lots of the core show. Isn’t that such a simple, yet fantastic effect?  To add some texture to the CoreTags, I crinkled, sanded and dusted them.  I think added jounaling to one and date stamps to the other.
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Core’dinations Supplies:
Kraft-Core Shattered Collection
Core Essentials Cardstock – Darks
Core Essentials Cardstock -Neutrals
CoreTags – Darks Assorted Sandable
Sand It Set
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
American Crafts Alphas
Quick Quotes Chalking Ink
Helmare Adhesives

HCC Craft Tip of the Month — Ombre Layouts

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

 Welcome to the Core Tip of the Month! 

If you are here then you are receiving our BRAND NEW Hard Core Crafter newseltter! We hope you are enjoying it so far. Not on the list?  Sign up HERE !

This month we want to share some tips with you about designing  Ombre.

 It’s so EASY with our Core Essentials color families like this layout using the Cobalt Blues.  From dark to the light the colors are:
Klondlike Blue, Evening Sky, Celestial and Blue Lilac. We sell all of our Core Essentials cardstock in open stock so ask your favorite retailer to get some of your favorite colors. And we have some in 8.5×11 as well!

Just emboss different patterns, add hand cut or punch embellishments and sand using your Sand It Gadget to create  texture.

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Here is a layout from Tracy Gruber using the yellows from our Core Essentials Collection pads. They come in 12×12″ pads or 6×6″ pads.

Tracy only used three colors in her layout.  The darkest is from the Darks Collection pad, the middle one is from Brights Collection pad, and the lightest is from the Pastels paper pad.  She embossed each of the 1 inch circles with the Darice Circles embossing folder and sanded them with the Sand It Gadget.

 

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Then, just add different embellishments from your stash and you are good  to go!

 

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 Darks Collection pack

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Pastels Collection pack

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Brights Collection Pack

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Day TWO: Tombow and Core’dinations

August 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We are here hopping again all week long! So if you didn’t see your name on our winner list last week, you still have a chance to win. Just comment on the Designer blogs from both companies for a chance to win.

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Here is the Lineup for Tuesday:

Melissa
Tracy Gruber
Suzanna Lee 
Jill Lebbin 

If you get lost just come back here or head over to the Tombow blog.

And a look at what is up for grabs from Core (win this by commenting on the Core blogs.)

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Subject to availability. Winner will be notified if we are out of stock of anything.

And from Tombow you can win (win this by commenting on Tombow blog and designer blogs)

Tombow prize will include:
· New Power Tabs 
· New Foam Tabs
· New Fastener Tabs 
· Mono Glue Pen

If you missed yesterday here you go. Hurry up because we will be picking winners Friday the 16th!

Monday
Tombow: http://blog.tombowusa.com/
Debbie
Clare Buswell
Gail Lindner 
Core’dinations

And Today we have a project for from Designer Jennifer Edwardson:

I have been a HUGE Tombow adhesive fan for a very long time, so naturally I was excited to show off my love of this glue for the Core’dinations / Tombow Blog Hop !!
One of my fave Tombow adhesives is the Glue Pen.  It truly is the best for adhereing tiny little pieces without having any excess glue sneak out the sides :))
 
I started this card using a piece of Core’dinations cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection (No. 28 – LOVE the kraft core) …… I cut a 12 x 12″ sheet down to 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 and then folded it in half to open like a tent.  I then put the front of the card base into the Darice Woodgrain embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  I lightly sanded off the top layer and got a super effect for the front of the card
 
Using several different pieces of cardstock from the 6 x 6″ pkgs, I cut the branch, owls and hearts using my Silhouette.  Because this cutting tool is so precise, you can get teeny tiny little pieces of cardstock.  This is why I love the Tombow Glue Pen.  It was so easy for me to ‘draw’ my glue onto the back of all these little bits and they adhered perfectly where I wanted them ….. 
 
To finish it off I adhered a sentiment sticker from the David Tutera Celebrate Card Making system using 3D foam ….. Too cute !!
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And check out these tiny pieces…you DEFINITELY need a tool like the Tombow Glue pen to get in those details and not make a mess.

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Supplies:

Mixing and Matching with Suzanna Lee

One of the great things about Core is that you can mix and match ALL of our lines together SEAMLESSLY!  This first card by Designer Suzanna Lee mixes Core’dinations lines and the David Tutera Celebrate layers to make the CUTEST card! Please, two different sized googley eyes?  How ca-ute is that?!???!?!
Here are some tidbits from Suzanna regarding these projects:
One of the many amazing things about Coredinations is the texture you can create.The embossability of Core made it possible to create a whole beach scene; the waves below from Glitter Silk, the sunny sky from David Tutera layers and the clouds from good ol Snowflake. The Glitter Silk creates a lovely glimmer of sun reflecting off the waves! I prefer to stamp on a solid cardstock and find that the tags are the perfect size for that very purpose.
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Supply List:

Coredinations Nightfall cardstock
Coredinations Glitter Silk 6×6 pad
David Tutera Celebrate A2/A6 Layers

Embossing Folder: Darice

Stamps: Rubbersoul, Papertrey Ink, EK Success
Ink: StazOn
Punches: Fiskars
Twine: The Twinery
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And next up a black and yellow card…one of my FAVE color combos!!! AND the Darice honeycomb/hexagon embosing folder is too perfect for this theme.
This card is inspired by the bee stamp. Browsing the aisles of the store, this stamp caught my eye and screamed, take me home with you! (Ever have that happen to you?!). Emboss some Core for a subtle hive for her to buzz around and you have an adorable card!
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Supply List:

Nightfall cardstock
CoreCards – Brights
Core Essentials – Dark

Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Darice
Stamp: Recollections
Ink: VersaFine
Font: AltlastGreeting
Ribbon: May Arts
Vellum: PaperSource
Twine: The Twinery
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And a layout using some super cool techniques! Paper tearing…inking the Spotted Cardstock..Suzanna really works it here!
One of the tag lines for Core-dinations is Tear it and that’s what I challenged myself to do with this layout. I have a tearing phobia… I like things nice and neat and clean. There is nothing neat about tearing… I get in a quiet panic just at the thought of tearing. Sound familiar? Well, take a deep breath and do as I did, remind yourself that you have a thousand more pieces of paper in your stash and it’s okay of you “mess it up”. Though if you think about it, you can’t really mess it up. Tearing is tearing and it’s supposed to look that way! Right? Another nifty little thing I did with this layout is paint. Actually I used a brayer to roll paint onto the Spotted Jillian dot for a multi-color effect. Amazing what you can do with Core!!!
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Here is  close up of that inking on the white Spotted Cardstock!
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And some lovely embossing details….
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Supply List:
Spotted Jillian Dot
Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress
Whitewash
Core Impressions; Basic Grey Whimsy
Core Impressions; Cardinal Buttercup
Core Tag Pastel
Core Essentials Pastel
Core Impressions Mini’s; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Labels Collection
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Die: Memory Box
Twine: The Twinery
Chipboard, Stickers and Washi: My Mind’s Eye
Decorative Bag: Fancy Pants
Punches: Martha Stewart/EK Success
Letter Stickers: American Crafts

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