T-minus TWO days until Halloween!

And we have some MUST haves for you scrapbooking.

First, our Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions shown here from Designer Debbie Standard:

I love when the season is one that works with Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions cardstock – it makes the page so easy to do.  For this page I started with sanding the entire sheet.  Then I inked the outside design and some of the words with Tim Holtz Ink.  Then I shielded the middle of the sheet and sprayed the edges again with Ranger Dylusions Pure Sunshine spray.  Then I embossed a sheet of Tim Holtz Adirondack cardstock and sanded it and layered it over a sheet of patterned paper from Graphic 45′s French County collection.
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Embossing folder – Tim Holtz/Sizzix
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Spellbinder’s Dies:  Rose Creations (S5-050) and Foliage (S4-328)
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Queen and Co. Ribbon
My Mind’s Eye tag
Glitz Puffy Words
Creative Charms – puffy words (parenthesis )
Queen and Co. Washi Tape
Reminisce chipboard Stickers
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Cardstock: Tim Holtz Seasonal and Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack collections
Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 French Country collection
Washi Tape:  Queen & Co.
Brads:  Queen & Co. and Creative Charms
Flowers and foam embellishments:   Creative Charms
Trim:  KI Memories
Cuttlebug embossing tool
Darice embossing folder
AND … we have another gorgeous gorgeous creation using our SECOND must have for Halloween projects…..BLACK MAGIC!
Chalkboard is all the rage currently and what better product than Core to create your own embellishments and layouts! Especially Black Magic!! For a “grungier” chalkboard look, that look as if the blackboard has been used, be sure to rub your chalk (yes, real chalk), lightly on the Nightfall cardstock before decorating. I have used 4 different chalkboard effects here to create this layout; 1.) white pencil on paper (my title, Carved), 2.) Die cut or punched objects with sanded edges (bat and numbers), 3.) white powder embossed stamps and 4.) embossed Black Magic which is sanded to show color for a pop of color.
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HOW COOL! Suzzana used some of her own chalk skills on here AND did some simple sanding on the star. SO COOL!
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Supplies:
Embossing Folder -  Cuttlebug
Stamps – Autumn Leaves, Inkadinkado, Recollections
Font – Toskanische, EgyptienneInitialen
Ink – VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Ranger
Die – Papertrey Ink
Punch – EK Success
Watercolor Pencil – Derwent
YES! Suzanna has a card for us, too. Happy Dance!!!
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Supplies:
Washi – Bella Blvd
Embossing Folder and powder – Tim Holtz & Ranger
Enamel Dots – My Minds Eye
Stamp – Papertrey Ink
Die – Sizzix, My Favorite Things
Foam Adhesive – Imaginisce

A Tablescape we can all be Thankful for!

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

I know we have been giving you all sorts of Halloween Inspiration but today we are switching gears to something to be thankful for!Some truly gorgeous pieces from Designer Jennifer Edwardson that will make your Thanksgiving truly memorable. Thanksgiving in Canada was a few weeks ago but due to our three blog swaps, we are a bit behind on the blog. You can never complain about not enough inspiration around here, that’s for sure!

Thanksgiving in Canada is only a few weeks away and I love creating fun little place holders for the dinner table.  I am loving my Silhouette more and more these days and I knew I wanted a tiny box to sit at each place setting.  I found this great cut file by Lori Whitlock and started cutting.  I used some brown cardstock for the base of several and also cut a few boxes using my fave white spotted cardstock too.
 
These were really easy to put together and I love the look of the embossed Core’dinations cardstock.  It adds some great depth to the project.
 
As cute as the boxes were, I wanted a sweet embellishment for the top so again using my Silhouette, I cut out an adorable mini sunflower !!  It was cut to be held together in the center by a brad but I wanted it a bit more 3 dimensional than that so I layered the two petal pieces with 3D foam and added a button with twine in the center.
 
I finished each box off with a mini tag from the David Tutera Celebrate collection.  These little tags are adorable and were the perfect size for everyone’s names.  I mixed white with a few of the pearl finish tags and tucked them under the ‘petal’ of the flowers. I am so excited to fill each box with a little note about what I am thankful for with each person…….what a nice little surprise at the Thanksgiving dinner table …… I wonder who is going to write in mine!

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Supplies:
White Jillian Dot Spotted Cardstock
White Tillie Dot Spotted Cardstock
Signature Series – Dark Cashmere
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection – No. 11-S (green)
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection – No. 6-S (yellow)
David Tutera Celebrate Mini Tags

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I have always loved the look of burlap on pretty much anything home décor and craft related so when I got a whole package of it from the David Tutera Wedding Collection I couldn’t wait to add it into my Core’dinations projects. This was a fun, quick and easy addition to the Fall / Thanksgiving décor I have been working on for the upcoming holiday (it’s on October 14th in Canada :)) …..
I cut a piece of burlap approx. 5 x 12″ and folded it in half.  I ran it through my sewing machine on each side INSIDE OUT and then turned it ‘right side out’ again. I pulled a few strand of the burlap off the top to fray it a bit and then tied it using natural colored twine.
The Core Tags are SUPER and something that everyone should have in hteir stash.  They come in several shapes and I love that I can just easily throw them into my typewriter to personalize them however I want.  I added a few die cut leaves to the tag and bag and it’s ready for some fun fall treats …..

 

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Supplies:
Fashion Tag Small Ivory
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection No. 7-S (orange)
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No. 6 (yellow)
Signature Series Darks Graphic 45 – Dark Cashmere (brown)
David Tutera Wedding Collection Burlap
David Tutera twine (comes in embellishment pkgs.)
Sand It Gadget
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And Jennifer created this Thankful Frame using TONS of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core!

Our family recently moved into a new/old home that we are slowly renovating and one of the first things I asked to be built was a new mantle.  I absolutely LOVE decorating a mantle for the different seasons and I needed a new Fall / Thanksgiving piece.
 
I took a basic white frame and removed the glass.  I added a piece of Jillian Vanilla Crème cardstock behind the white mat that the frame came with.
 
I put the frame and matting back together and worked on the piece so that I knew I had all the bits where I wanted them.  Using a piece of orange carstock from the Shattered Collection, I cut this phrase using my Silhouette. (love this)…..
 
I used (4) different pieces of cardstock to cut all these great leaves from my Silhouette as well. I used my embossing folders and Big Shot to add a bit of pattern to a couple of leaves and lightly sanded off the top to show a bit more interest !!
 
The David Tutera Wedding Collection has some AMAZING pieces and I am In absolute LOVE with this burlap.  I cut several strips and pulled the ‘string’s top and bottom so it frayed slightly.  Then I got out my hot glue gun and adhered it to the bottom edge of the frame.  I wanted to ruffle it up a bit so I could add a few more ‘fallen’ leaves …… I love how this all came toghether and can’t wait to add it to my new mantle as soon as it’s complete !!!

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You need to see these close-ups!

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Supplies:
Jillian Dot Spotted Cardstock Vanilla Crème
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection No. 7-S (orange)
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection No. 11-S (green)
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No. 6 (yellow)
Signature Series Darks Grphic 45 – Dark Cashmere (brown)
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
other: embossing folders
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We have a HUGE giveaway for you! How exciting is this?

All you need to do is LIKE both Core’dinations and Couture Creations on Facebook (giving our friends over there shout out would be nice, too ;) and then click HERE to enter to win! That’s it! We are giving away FOUR prizes of $50 FULL of products from both companies. You don’t want to miss this!

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David Tutera Celebrate Carmaking System goes Halloween!

October 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We are so excited about the BRAND NEW David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system embellishments!

Today our David Tutera Celebrate design team is creating some  Halloween cards for us!

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First up is Designer Margie Higuchi. Margie used the Glitter Silk Carstock base for her card. You don’t need much more than that to add sparkle and pizazz to your cards!

AND all THREE of the projects have FREE downloadable pdf’s so you can recreate these cards at home. How cool is that?  Just check out our How To page HERE.

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This first card is from Debbie Standard using only Step 3 embellishments! How cuuuute?

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And how fun is this card?  Debbie used some mists on her black Step 2 layer to match that orange layer. Clever, huh??? And these banners come PRE-CUT for you in the new embellishement packs. How cool is that? Just punch out and sand…easy as 1-2-3!

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We don’t forget about our HUGE giveaway!

All you need to do is LIKE both Core’dinations and Couture Creations on Facebook (giving our friends over there shout out would be nice, too ;) and then click HERE to enter to win! That’s it! We are giving away FOUR prizes of $50 FULL of products from both companies. You don’t want to miss this!

Core and Couture Creations Giveaway

It’s a THRILLING day to play with Core & Authentique!

October 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Queen & Co., Sizzix

All week long we are playing with Authentique papers! How awesome is that?

We are so excited for this week and trust me when I say our papers are a match made in heaven!  But seeing is believing, right? So make sure you stick around all week long for some inpsiration and a giveaway of course!

Make sure you check out the Authentique BLOG for more ideas and a giveaway  AND their complete lines of gorgeous papers HERE.

Today we have some THRILLING designs for you! {wink, wink}  First up is Tracy Gruber with a cool layout. Like Tracy, I am OBSESSED with the 12×12 Details Stickers. Tracy uses them to move your eye around  the page in addition to the pieces of patterned paper and Black Magic and Vintage Core’dinations.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations Black Magic
Core’dinations Vintage Collection
Core’dinations Neutrals paper pad (base)
Authentique Thrilling Collection pack
Tim Holtz & Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink
Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
Darice Circles embossing folder
May Arts Natural Twine String

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And next up Clare Busewell with a deliciously, thrilling card! This pumpkin is too cute to spook don’t you think?

Draw simple pumpkin shape, trace onto card base (excluding stem) and cut out. Trace pumpkin sections onto Superstition, Antidote and Mystic 12×12 papers from Thrilling Collection by Authentique. Emboss Vintage Collection cardstock, sand with Sand-It Gadget, wipe with Dust Buddy and trace pumpkin section onto it. Cut out sections from patterned papers and cardstock, ink edges with Distress inks and paper-piece onto card base. Trace stem onto Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection, sand edges and ink with Distress ink. Attach stem to top. Add sticker tag from “details” stickers from Thrilling Collection to piece of cardstock, cut out, ink edges and adhere to card with silicone glue. Add bow, to finish.

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Such a cute detail!And another shot of the side. LOVING that May Arts ribbon burlap bow!

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Supplies:
Core’dinations – Vintage Collection, Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Authentique: Thrilling Collection – Superstition, Antidote, Mystic 12×12 papers, details stickers.
Other: Distress inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo (Ranger), blending tool, silicone glue, embossing folder – Poppy by Anna Griffin (Cuttlebug), May Arts ribbon, Big Shot (Sizzix), card base.

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And next up, a quick tutorial on how I created a fun candle and card set using the new Smooth Bookmarks(Bright), Black Magic, David Tutera Cardmaking cardbase and a Darice embossing folder. This witch feet embossing folder is AWESOME!  OH..and some Thrilling papers, of course!  Honestly, Whamy from the Black Magic Collection is the BEST cardstock  to have for Halloween. The Core is purple!!! Oh and how much fun are the Queen & Co Rox rhinestones on her boots?

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Cut the little nub off:

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Then cut it in half. The to trick in making it look like it goes around the front is  cutting it in half and sticking each end under the journal spot on the front.  Don’t forget to emboss! Even though they are smooth you can still emboss them.

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And the back…you may be wondering why it doesn’t go all the way around but I wanted it that way since I punched the papers and used pints where they meet.  And I am not sure if you can tell but one side of the tag is embossed and the other is debossed . The twine is May Arts, of course!

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Holiday Inspiration with Authentique!

All week long we are playing with Authentique papers! How awesome is that?

We are so excited for this week and trust me when I say our papers are a match made in heaven!  But seeing is believing, right? So make sure you stick around all week long for some inpsiration and a giveaway of course!

Make sure you check out the Authentique BLOG for more ideas and a giveaway  AND their complete lines of gorgeous papers HERE. Today we are using the Seasons Autumn and the Tradition lines.

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Before we give you all the goods ;) PLEASE check out both companies on Pinterest and follow them for endless inspiration!

Authentique Paper- http://www.pinterest.com/beauthentique/
Core’dinations- http://www.pinterest.com/coredinations/
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First up we have Mary Pat Siehl with a layout using the Seasons Autumn layout. She really embraces the Autumn color palette with the rusts and reds and I love that touch of navy blue!

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I think is is the beautiful rich colors that are all around!  Core and Authentique are such a great pairing becuse of the beautful textures and colors that both companies have.  For today I made a fall layout with the new collection from Authentique and I paired it up with some Core Amour and Core Impressions Jillibean Soup.  The colors really mixed well and the texture it provided just made the layout!

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Supplies:
Paper, die cut stickers, tag and title- Authentique Seasons: Autumn
Cardstock- Core Impressions  Jillibean Soup and Core Amour
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Dust Buddy
pearls- Recollections
markers- Spectrum Noir
Twine and Ribbon- May Arts

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 Next how about a mini album all about Tradition from Ava Gavloski. SO MANY amazing details on this gorgeous project!
Authentique is one of my favorite pattern paper companies.  They have quality weight paper with a vintage feel to their pattern’s and color tones. 
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Add some Clearsnap ink for the edges of the pages and this album has a great look.  Heat set the May Arts ribbon and the album has a vintage  feel.

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You can see the beauty of the Core’dinations inner core with each page being embossed and sanded.  The Authentique pattern papers match perfectly with Core’dinations cardstock.

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This Authentic Tradition collection is truly a complete collection to allow for a finished album without the need to purchase additional supplies.

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The Authentique sticker elements embellished the album by bring back memories of our Christmas Eve Celebration.

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Notice on the red banner how you can make your own design by placing the cardstock over any textured surface and sand to reveal the pattern and inner core color.

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Supplies:
Authentique: Traditions Collection
Pattern Papers:  Rudolph, Customary, Medley
Elements stickers
Core’dinations
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered No. 16-S
Core Essentials Scarlet GX-CR-040
Sand it Gadget set
Want2Scrap Rhinestones
MayArts Ribbon
Maya Road chipboard album, mixed layered book
Clearsnap ColorBox ink, lipstick red
Helmar, Gem Stone and Craft Adhesive.
Embossing folders:
Spellbinders EL-021
Sizzix Texture Fades,Snow Flurries
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Playing with some Be(you)tiful papers and Core’dinations!

All week long we are playing with Authentique papers! How awesome is that? BUT first check out our Heidi Swapp Winners HERE!

We are so excited for this week and trust me when I say our papers are a match made in heaven!  But seeing is believing, right? So make sure you stick around all week long for some inpsiration and a giveaway of course!

Make sure you check out the Authentique BLOG for more ideas and a giveaway  AND you can find their complete lines of gorgeous papers HERE. Today  is all about cards, cards and more cards using the Authentique Be(you)tiful line.

First up Debbie Standard shows us how all you need is some Core Essentials and gorgeous patterned papers to make some quick and easy cards!  Love how Debbie mixes the hexagons with other prints using her embossing folders.

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Supplies:

Cardstock:  Core’dinations Darks Collection

Patterned Paper:  Authentique Be(you)tiful collection

Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder: Darice
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Queen & Co pearls

This card from Debbie showcases a great way to use those scraps! You can cut out shapes from your Core and save them for another project and use the negative space.

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Supplies:

Cardstock:  Core’dinations Brights Collection & David Tutera Sentiment

Patterned Paper:  Authentique Be(you)tiful collection
Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder: Darice 1215-59
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy


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Supplies:

Cardstock:  Core’dinations  Core Essentials

Patterned Paper:  Authentique Be(you)tiful collection
Adhesive:  Xyron Mega Runner
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts Hexagon
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy

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And next up we have Vivian Keh with some more cards…loving the Vintage Cardstock on this first one. Everyone LOVES a gray color palette and the Be(you)tiful is perfect for it!   I know gray has become my “go to” neutral.

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And a gorgeous close up:

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Hemp for cards is a favorite of mine because you can add a soft touch and it’s not too bulky:

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See how Core and Authentique match PERFECTLY???

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Get out those diec cuts and pop up dots!  Just some simple shapes cut out of cardstock, and of course sanded, not only add visual interest but it makes cardmaking easy!

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And another close up:

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SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Vintage Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Authentique – Be(you)tiful Collection

Fiskars – Edger Punch
EK Success – Flower Burst Border Punch
Momenta – Metal Embellishments
Xyron – X Tool, Mega Runner
Cuttlebug – Embossing Folder
Spellbinders – Layered Flowers Die

Ranger – Antique Linen Distress Ink

Hemptique – Hemp String

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