Handmade Topiary with Core’dinations Cardstock

July 10, 2014 by  
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Jennifer Edwardson here with you today with this little Darice paper mâché flower pot that has been calling my name for a while now!  I LOVE the shimmer of the Gemstones cardstock and decided to create this entirely with all the fun colors I could. Plus, this is a GREAT way to use up scraps.

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Supplies:

 Gemstones Cardstock: Opal, Moonstone, Tanzanite, Yellow Topaz, Quartz, Amethyst, Peridot, Garnet

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core

Misc flower punches and 1 1/2″ circle punch

Buttons and twine

1.) Start by punching out MANY 1 1/2″ circle of the Opal color and stared overlapping them all over the base of the pot using Mod Podge. I cut several in half for the rim as well.

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2.) Put a styrofoam ball inside and covered it with kraft cut paper pieces that you can make on your own or buy at a local craft store.

3.) Punch multiple flowers using several colors and create flower picks using cut down wooden skewers.

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4.) Add buttons tied with twine and your flower pot is complete.

 

 

Outlining with Core’dinations

July 9, 2014 by  
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Sanding is key when using Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock! Sanding isn’t just about letting the ColorCore show, it is about showing off the ColorCore to add dimension and design.
There obvious areas I sanded with my Sand It Gadget but the splashes at the top of my layout are the most unique! This technique is called outlining. All it is, is sanding over some chipboard or other embellishment so when you are done sanding…you have the “outline” of the image! You can check out a video on it here.
Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Darice Sequins
Sizzix Dies
Cart-Us Embossing Folder
Elle’s Studio Tags
American Crafts Sticker
EK Success & Epiphany Crafts Punches
Jillibean Soup Alphas
The not-so-obvious areas I sanded were the arrows and waves.  Sanding these elements helped give a 3-D effect without adding height.

 After sanding your Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock, don’t forget to dust with your Dust Buddy!  It really does clean up the dust and keep the colors true.

Clean and Simple Spring Cards

April 25, 2014 by  
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Hi! Jill from Every Day is an Occasion  here to share some Clean and Simple Spring Cards with you. These cards are so beautiful and yet so simple!!

Clean and Simple Spring Cards

Clean and Simple Spring Cards by Every Day is an Occasion

To make these cards, I used this Silhouette Cut. Then I used all different colors from the Gemstones Pack, Green Spotted Core, Whitewash Core, and the 110 lb White Core. The best way I have found to make a bunch of cards is to use the cut on several different colors but only one color at a time and then mix and match the colors.

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I just love sanding the tips of the Whitewash Core. The color shows through so vividly.

Clean and Simple Card 3 by Every Day is an Occasion

I used the Green Spotted Core for the leaves. It is really fun to sand and really gives the card that pop.

Envelopes and liners by Every Day is an Occasion

I made envelopes and liners with each card. I used a Pastels, 110 lb White Core, and this Silhouette Cut to make envelopes and liners.

Green Clean and Simple Card by Every Day is an Occasion

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my Clean and Simple Spring Cards!

Monochromatic projects using tearing and sanding

April 23, 2014 by  
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A little goes a long way with Core’dinations! it is amazing how easy you can make monochromatic projects with just a few sheets of cardstock!

 

Vivian Keh has so many small yet incredible details on this card.

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Gemstones

Sizzix – Floral Die

Ranger – Crackle Accents

Viva Decor – Pearl Pen

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A great way to add interest to your projects is to cut an image from the same color cardstock as your layout or card base.  It is visually interesting and, in some instances, even looks like faux embossing! Plus…I am a sucker for fur baby layouts!

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Hi there, Core’dinations friends! Vivian Keh here to share a layout of one of our furry babies, Jujubee. This past Christmas Eve, sadly, we lost her to cancer so I wanted to honor her in a layout.

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Here are a few close ups of the details:

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I die-cut these pretty birds using Core’dinations Core Essentials in Burgundy, sanding the edges for an elegant, subtle effect. For a bit of dimension, I propped the birds’ wings up on a small pop dot.

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The pretty flourishes were crafted the same way, creating nice movement without being distracting.

To soften the horizontal lines of the composition, I added some Sizzix die-cut branches in a softer hue, “Concerto,” and paper punched some dainty blossoms in “Snowflake.”

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This butterfly in the softest tint, “Rose Embroidery,” was dry embossed and sanded to further the natural theme of this layout.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Thanks so much for visiting with me here on the Core blog. Looking forward to next time!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Core Essentials in Burgundy, Concerto, Rose Embroidery, and Snowflake, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Dies and Embossing Folders
Fiskars – Small Floral Punch
My Mind’s Eye – Patterned Paper
Prima – Self-adhesive Gems

110 lb smooth cardstock and no stamping?

April 9, 2014 by  
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Mary Pat Siehl is sharing a fun Easter themed card for us today featuring some stamping and our BRAND NEW 110 cardstock. But guess what? She isn’t just stamping on it, she embosses it and stamps on her Core Essentials, too!
1.  Start with Core 110 lb smooth cardstock and emboss it using a Darice embossing folder.
2. Stamp  bunny and carrot on 110lb Smooth Cardstock and color with Spectrum Noir Markers.
TIP: Want that sanded look from your ColorCore Cardstock on stamped images?   Sand your cardstock first using your Sand it Gadget from Core’dinations.
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Clean the surface of your paper and then stamp your image. Making sure you clean your surface with a Dust buddy is SO important! Your image will stamp much much cleaner!
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I stamped my eggs and then fussy cut them out.  Now they have a bit of a soft distress feel to them even though they were in the bright collection! Last but not least I cut some grass out using the Gemstone collection and my Silhouette and here is what I came up with!
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Supplies:
Core’dinations- Essentials Brights, 110lb smooth cardstock, Gemstones
Stamps- The Alley Aay stamps
ink- Memento, Hero arts
Spectrum noir markers
Silhouette
Darice embossing folder
 Cuttlebug
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy

Spring has sprung!

April 8, 2014 by  
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Hi Everyone! Tracy Gruber here! Hopefully it’s starting to feel like spring where you are!  I decided to create my own beautiful flowers out of Core’dinations card stock to get me in the mood for spring and summer.  Start out by cutting the hydrangea from the Walk In My Garden Cricut cartridge at 4 inches.  Next, emboss a piece of White Wash card stock with the Cloudy Sky embossing folder from Darice.  I de-embossed it and sanded it so the clouds stayed white and the sky became blue.  Then, tear two strips of brown card stock to create the “dirt” at the bottom on the card.  Use the Fiskar’s grass border punch and Kraft Core card stock to create the grass that is behind the dirt.  Die cut the clouds from white card stock and stamp the sentiment on the medium cloud.  Adhere everything together for a fun card!
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Supplies:
-Whitewash Card stock
-Kraft Core Card Stock
-Neutrals Card Stock
-Lights Card Stock
-Darks Card stock
-Cricut Walk In My Garden cartridge
-Fiskars Grass Border Punch
-Memory Box Puffy Clouds die
-Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me stamp set
-Darice embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
Happy Spring Card:
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I love to create 3D flowers with my Core card stock.  After a little sanding, they start to look real!  Die cut the flowers using the Spellbinder’s Rose Creations die.  Bend each flower petal and then sand each one with the Sand It Gadget.  I like to attach each flower layer together with a brad, but you could use whatever you want. For the card base, layer together a piece of yellow and dark purple card stock.  Sand the purple card stock to give it a distress look.  Attach a white Core Tag to the card base and stamp the sentiment.  Lastly, attach each flower and the leaves onto the card front.
Supplies:
-Tim Holtz Distress Collection
-Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core
-Darks Card Stock
-Kraft Core Card Stock
-Lights Card Stock
-Neutrals Card Stock
-Core Tags
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
- Lawn Fawn Jessie’s ABC’s stamp set
Welcome Card:
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The ombre trend is hot right now and I love to use my Core card stock to create ombre backgrounds.  We have been having gorgeous sunsets lately, so I was inspired to create a card with a sunset that looks like it’s on fire!  I tore strips of red, orange, and yellow card stock and attached them to a white card base.  I die cut the sky line with a Memory Box die and used Glitter Silk for the buildings windows.  The windows look like they are really lit up because of all of the sparkle from the Glitter Silk card stock!  I used the speech bubble die from Simon Says Stamp and stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment on it.
Supplies:
-Tim Holtz Distress Collection
-Vintage Card Stock
-Darks Card Stock
-Brights Card Stock
-Glitter Silk card stock
-Neutrals Card Stock
110 lb Smooth Cardstock
-Memory Box Cityscape Nightline
-Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2 die
-Paper Smooches Word Salad stamp set

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