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COLOR and BUTTERFLIES and GIRAFFES, right??? Jennifer Edwardson is sharing her love of Core with us today. I just can’t get enough of all the sanding and embossing!
I don’t know where my love of butterflies came from recently but I find myself gravitating towards them for embellishments these days, especially on cards !!
I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ white David Tutera Celebrate cards base and added the yellow cardstock that I embossed using a dotted embossing folder and a little light sanding …..


I chose a different embossing folder for the blue background (the sky 🙂 for the butterflies …… Lightly sanding the top really made the pattern pop !!
I LOVE the colors in the Graphic 45 Lights collection so I used (6) for my butterfly punchies ….. I used (2) different sizes and styles of butterfly punches  – 2 of each color ….
I only adhered each of the punchies in the center so that I could fold up the wings.  I added little min pearls in the center to jazz them up a bit …. A ‘hello’ sentiment sticker and this card is ready to give.





While playing around on my Silhouette I cam across this sweet little giraffe cut file and knew I had these fun zoo pics from a few years back !!


I started with my ‘go to’ base – Spotted Tillie Dot in white (can’t get enough of this pre-embossed cardstock) …. Then I cut a piece of black and lightly sanded the edges and layered it on top.  I ran the yellow cardstock through my eBosser using a large honeycomb embossing folder (love this one) and layered it on top of the black.
For the (3) green-ish photo mats, I used the same embossing folder for each pieces and lightly sanded the top off to really show off the pattern.  This was perfect for these sweet pics of the giraffe :))
I bordered these pieces with a piece of Spotted Jillian Dot in creme edges with a border punch –  love this one !!



I cut the little giraffe using some great Core Essentials and glued him together ….. The Gg is also a Silhouette cut file but I added some American Crafts Thickers and Jillibean Soup Alphabeans to complete my title …. Such a whimsical little layout for our trip to the zoo !!!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2014 by  
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Hi there, Core fans! Vivian Keh here with a bit of St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for you. My roots are Korean, and so I’ve not been one to celebrate this day much in the past. But the little I do know of Irish culture is fascinating to me and I wish I knew more. At the very least, I know that the clover is significant. In the garden, whenever I find clover growing anywhere, four leaved or not, there are always lots of earthworms in the soil just beneath, which is true good fortune for this devoted gardener. I may even steal a few of the “brown gold” makers from this spot and place them in areas where the soil really needs their good work!

Today I have a card for you that uses Core’dinations Cardstock from a few of my beloved collections.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_1For my focal image, I used a green hue from the Core’dinations “Vintage Collection” to die-cut these delicate clovers on my Silhouette, using file #32596 by Patty Young Designs. For a soft background, I used our Tim Holtz “Shattered” Kraft Core Collection.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_2I added distress inks, spritzes of water and colored mists to make my background just a little bit grungier.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_CPersonally, I adore greens and purples together, so I set the focal image atop a purple banner piece cut from our Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection. There is a beautiful muted green hue that’s already pre-embossed in our Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection which I used for my background piece, sanding to reveal the pretty doily shapes.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_BA strip of natural looking fiber added some textural interest, as well as a few dots of pearls.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_AI hope you enjoyed my St. Patrick’s Day inspiration! Thanks so much for visiting with me today on the Core blog!


Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection, Basic Grey Ornate  Collection , Sand-It Gadget, Dust BuddySilhouette: File #32596 by Patty Young Designs
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Ranger – Distress Inks
May Arts – fibers


And Jennifer Edwardson is working that Core today, too! We LOVE using our backsides with our Specialty lines…keep reading to learn how….

With St. Patricks Day here I got out all my fave green cardstock and started making 4 leaf clovers :))
It’s no secret that I love my Silhouette and when I saw this super cute little swirly clover I knew it had to end up on this ‘so lucky’ card.


I started with a David Tutera Celebrate A2 white card base and ran it through my eBosser using my fave dotted embossing folder.
Then I took a piece of The Chocolate Box cardstock with the green back and flipped it over and embossed it the same to create a mat.
I cut the clover cut file using both sides of the same piece of cardstock so that I could use 3D foam and layer the clovers !!  Between the layering and the flourish I am in LOVE with this clover :))
I added  Step 3 chip shape from the DT123 embellishment packs for my sentiment and some fab polka dot ribbon with a big ol’ bow to complete !!



  • The Chocolate Box – Key Lime
  • David Tutera Celebrate White A2 Card Base
  • David Tutera Celebrate Step 3 Chip Shape Sentiment
  • Misc: American Crafts Ribbon

Lucky Earrings featuring Glitter Silk and Modge Podge

March 12, 2014 by  
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Shaunte Wadley has some cute custom holiday earrings with Glittersilk and some Mod Podge, for us today!
Here is the step-out tutorial:

Using a craft punch, die-cut or electronic cutting machine- cut four small shamrock shapes. Two of the shamrocks should be cut in the opposite directions so the four shapes can be sandwiched together front to back.


Using your Xyron adhesive, adhere the shapes together.

2 3

Using a small hole punch, or a needle, create a hole where you would like the shamrock to hang.


Lay the (double sided) shamrock flat, and apply Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to entire surface of shamrock. Allow to dry fully.

Flip shamrocks over, and apply Dimensional Magic to entire surface of reverse side.
Using a needle, go through holes again (to clear out Dimensional Magic) , and insert a small jump ring into hole.  Attach earring hook to jump ring.

Finished earrings! (Attached to David Tutera Step mini card- cute gift giving idea!


The DImensional Magic gives the finished earring stability and the look of enamel. They are very sturdy, and do not look like paper at all .A great way to make cute seasonal earrings for every holiday for pennies.

Do you LOVE David Tutera Celebrate?

February 13, 2014 by  
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And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, what better way to get ready in a flash then David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking system. You can put these cards together a quickly and easily as 1-2-3. So if you are last minute, like me, then this system is perfect for you!

Designer Trine Brandt-Lassen created these for cards and tags in a flash!

Trine_Valentine's tag

Trined used the BACK of the Step 2 Silver embossed layer so it looks debossed.

Trine_Amour card

And these are some of the brand new embellishments. Just pop these little postage stamp die cuts, sand and adhere!

Trine_Love Love Love card

Trine_Silver love card

Holiday Cards with David Tutera Celebrate

December 22, 2013 by  
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Happy Holidays! Today we have some quick and easy David Tutera Cards for all of your Holiday needs. Please check out the entire line, including Steps 1-2-3 HERE. You will love what you see! Trine Brandt-Lassen created these cards for us in NO TIME at all!

SERIOUSLY! They are as easy as ONE-TWO-THREE…

Happy Holidays card 


DT-GX-7400-02 Over the rainbow bright cards (red)

DT-GX-7200-04 Edge Stamp Assortment (green)

DT-GX-7200-15 Edge Lace Assortment (white)

GX-7300-54 Embellishment kit Holiday


Look how the silver layers play with the light! Gorgeous…this is the same card just two different look depending on how the light hits it.

 Pre-made cardbases are so fun…don’t be afraid to alter them like Trine did here. She used her snowflake punch and came down from the top of the card and punched it. Don’t forget to save that punch for another project!

Trine_Holiday Greetings snowflakes card

Trine_Holiday Greetings snowflake card (1)

Holiday Greetings snowflake card

DT-GX-7400-01 White decorative edge ass smooth cards

DT-GX-7200-15 Edge snowflake Ass. (used to punch snowflake)

 DT-GX-7300-39 Black/white Sentiment Stickers

Snowflake punches


Merry and Bright card

Trine_Merry and Bright card

DT-GX-7400-10 Metal Embosses Ass. cards

GX-7300-54 Embellishment kit Holiday

GX-7300-51 Embellishment kit Happy Birthday


Winter wishes card

Trine_Winter wishes card

DT-GX-7400-07 Vintage Paper Ass. Canvas Cards (green)

GX-7300-54 Embellishment kit Holiday

Snowflake punch, white card stock and bling


David Tutera Quick and Easy Mini Album

November 30, 2013 by  
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Let’s Celebrate Saturday…with David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system!!!
The David Tutera Card Making system is fantastic for quick, easy and beautiful cards, but it is also perfect to create mini albums too! Designer Jennifer Edwardson created a super cute and FUN mini album for us today…ENJOY!
I chose several pieces to put this fun birthday mini together.  The ‘cover’ to my album is a 5 1/2″ card base and the pages are (2) A7 (5 x 7″) white card bases.  I layered these together and then used my Crop A Dile to punch 2 holes in the spine to thread my twine through.
To embellish the cover I used tags, ballons, twine and a layered sentiment sticker from Step 3 of this system.  The bits to embellish with are so cute and together with some Bella Blvd. alphas they were perfect !!
Once I had my album bound together I started to create all the pockets and photos onto my pages. I added A2 and A1 cards to the main pages to create more spots for photos and cut the edges of a few for ‘hidden’ journaling spots.  I left these space blank as Alex wants to write his memories of his special day in this album (LOVE this 🙂
I love how it all came together and this shows that by taking great basics and putting them together, you can create amazing ‘step outside the box’ projects !!!
Jennifer Mini copy

5 1/2″ Prince Asst. Smooth Cards
A7 White Smooth Cards & Envelopes
A7 Neutral Smooth Cards & Envelopes
A1 Vintage Paper Asst. Canvas Cards & Envelopes
Asst. Tags Deco Edge White
Asst. Tags Neutral
Happy Birthday 2 Sentiments
Balloon Shapes
Tillie Dot Cardstock
Other – Bella Blvd. Birthday Boy collection

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