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 email@example.com 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!
We love some 8.5×11″ around here!
So for this layout, Melissa embossed the cardstock FIRST and then sanded BEFORE punching into heart shapes. This is much more Time efficient than individually embossing and sanding each punched shape. And if the shapes are tiny it’s a bit harder to sand those small pieces, too.
And that scored frame is just an easy way to create a focal point on your projects. Scor THE BACK of the cardstock and then sand the raised image on the front. It is THAT easy!
And, of course, the stitched circle is just the perfect detail to finish this cute layout.
Here is a close up of the Label technique we know and love here at Core. Melissa used her Label maker and then inked the raised letters so they pop off the cardstock. For more info on labeling check out our video here:
Journal strips are such a great way to accent your journaling. Again, Melissa used some Whitewash and sanded the edges…
Melissa used a variety of embossing folders from Sizzix, Darice and Provocraft in addition to some Queen & Co. bling.
So with Easter right around the corner, what do you think of? Um, CHOCOLATE CANDY! Not sure if you hang out with us on Facebook but I posted a question over there about the endless debate of what is the best Easter candy. So why not share some Chocolate with you today?
That is Chocolate Box cardstock!
And don’t forget about our Challenge for this month! How many embossed designs can you get on your layouts????
Check out DETAILS HERE!
And one more Chocolate Box cardstock for all you chocolate lovers out there:
This one is from Designer Shaunte Wadley. She used her Scor-Pal to create the border and the Scor-Buddy for the dots. Such a GREAT way to add a simple border. And don’t be afraid to mix and match the different Chocolate Box washes together. It’s just like mixing and matching patterned paper. For a video on how to Scor on your layouts click here.
We have been talking about our BRAN NEW Tim Holtz KRaft-Core Shattered line a lot lately and today Designer Melissa Oliveira has a super sweet layout for you. And she uses the No. 1 for her background. Make sure you check out the detail shots so you can get the idea of how great this cardstock looks up close.
So, even though inking it and embossing it is a lot of fun, you can still use it as your go to cardstock for backgrounds in lieu of patterned paper.
Some products from our partners: Lifestyle crafts: embossing folders (for banners beside photo) and doily die cut (to the left of photo),petaloo: paper flowers, Queen& Co: pearls and Fiskars: paper crimper and border punches
Welcome to the Hampton Arts Blog hop week! We have tons of chances to win from BOTH companies so don’t miss out. NOT to mention the amount of inspiration is ridiculous!
We have chosen one of the Core’dinations Design Team blog’s as the designated blog to pick a random winner from the comments. The catch is…we aren’t telling you who it is. SO make sure you comment all week long to win win win win!
Here is the list for the entire week in case you are just starting:
Hampton Art blog: http://blog.hamptonart.com/ START HERE
Core’dination’s blog: http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/cat…scrapbook-blog/ END HERE
In case you missed the line up for the week, we have it listed in its entirety below. But you have until Sunday night to complete the hop.
Monday: Adora Concepcion http://adoraconcepcion.blogspot.com/
Wednesday: Gretchen McElveen http://gretchenmac.blogspot.com/
Nina Yang http://waffleflower.com/
Lydia Jackson http://lidibids-scrapnotions.blogspot.com/ (Core)
Leica Forrest http://10-4livingoutloud.typepad.com/leica_forrest/ (Core)
Thursday: Gloria Stengel http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Dana Warren http://kraftpaperstamps.blogspot.com/
Debbie Standard http://debbiestandard.blogspot.com/ (Core)
Melissa Oliveira http://www.bzzyfingers.typepad.com/(Core)
Here is a sneak of what you will see on your hop…so pretty!
And you can win here, too!
AND while you are here..we have a few other things going on, too.
FIRST is our February Sketch Challenge! Lydia Jackson created an awesome sketch for us so check out all the details HERE. There is a Core prize package up for grabs!!! So ANOTHER chance to win…you have until the end of February for this.
AND we have ANOTHER giveaway from Scrapbook Trends HERE. You could win a ONE YEAR SUB!!!!!
We love these two lines so much AND after seeing everyone at CHA loving them, too, we thought it would be fun to share a layout using both collections.
Scoring, sanding, and embossing are SO much fun! Who needs patterned paper?
Here is a close up of the embossed letters. Just emboss and sand…that’s it!!!! The blue is the colored core coming through. Pretty, eh? And we are LOVING our Queen & Co. Washi tape here at Core!
Hope you had a GREAT weekend! We are back to our regularly scheduled blog posts. Between Holidays, flu, getting ready for CHA, Hard Core Crop prizes and more…we are busy busy!
Today we have Guest Designer Leeann Pearce with us again! Leeann is the queen of cool. Her layouts are always so awesome with layers and layers of texture and this color combo is just a classic. The gray tones that Leeann pairs together are just perfect and it’s so easy with Core’dinations Cardstock since everything “core’dinates”!
Here is a little bit about this layout from the lovely Leeann herself:
Our Fabulous Core Couture and Glitter Silk cardstock lines!
Did you know that not all of our cardstock has a sandable surface? I know, I know…can you believe it? But we do have some lines that have a beautiful shimmer and shine to them. Same GREAT Core…just a little different that if you sand it, that finish will go away BUT you can still cut it, emboss and do all the other great things you do with Core everyday.
Here are some designs from Design Team Member Debbie Standard:
And our Gorgeous Glitter Silk!!!
You will LOVE this…it barely sheds, cuts like butter…embosses beautifully! Take a close look..Debbie embossed it!
And some more Core Couture…as you can see the glitter picks up all sorts of colors. And is beautiful even in black.
Add some May Arts Ribbon and Queen & Co pearls and you have a gorgeous card.
See how it embosses??? LOVE it!
GOOD Morning! Thursday already??? That means only a few more days of Authentique.
If you haven’t seen their new Carefree Collection you are missing out! It is goooorgeous AND it looks FAB with Core!
AND…DID YOU SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE RECENTLY????? We have 5936 6035Likes. How cool is that? Thank you, Thank YOU so much for getting us over 6k! We gave away a bunch of cardstock yesterday to celebrate! I wasn’t kidding when I said we would give some good stuff away!
Stay close to our FB page so that when you have more chances to win. Sometimes we just do random giveaways over there!
Now lets get to the good stuff! We couldn’t be more excited than to do it this week with our friends over at Authentique.
So how can you STILL win this week:
1.) Comment on our blog all week long. So if you comment every day than it’s up to FIVE chances to win. We choose a random winner and post it the following Monday.
2.) Head over to the Authentique blog for chances to win, too! If you comment over on their blog, you can win some Authentique, too!!!!! Here is a link to their Facebook page, too. While you are over there make sure you tell them we said “HI”!
Now I said cards, right??? Let’s get to it! Our Design Team just LOVES this Carefree collection…can’t you tell?!
First up we have a card from Kim Jeffress. Don’t be afraid to sand and emboss that Vintage Cardstock!
Next up is a card from Shaunte Wadley…the sanding on the gray cardstock is gorgeous!
See you tomorrow with some more layouts!
Today we have a beautiful layout from Design Team Member Debbie Standard about her mother. This layout just captures the spirit of the celebration of mothers and all they mean to us.
Debbie used Tim Holtz Kraft-Core and sanded it and then smeared some ink as her background. Debbie always uses punches and such neat finishing touches to her layouts for amazing details.
Debbie also created a card that would be perfect for anyone in your life. The color combo is gorgeous and the mix of embossing folders rocks! Don’t be afraid to mix geometric patterns like Debbie did on this card …looks fabulous! Especially the pop of teal in the Vintage cardstock against the Core Essentials and how she matted each piece with red. See…it’s in the details!