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!
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!