Go ahead…stamp on it..it’s okay!

March 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi! Jill from Every Day is an Occasion  here to share a birthday card with you today! I used Core’dinations Gemstones paper, which is one of my favorite paper packs.

Birthday Card using Gemstones Core

IMG_6796 bTo make this card, I used Gemstones Core, Green 6×6 spotted core, and a little White Wash Core along with this Silhouette Card cut and this Silhouette Envelope Cut. But you don’t need a die cutting machine..any cardbase will do!

IMG_6797 bOnce I cut out all the shapes I sanded the Core flowers with my Sand-It tool! To add a little fun detail to this card I used my Sew Easy Tool from We R Memory Keepers to create the little tiny holes. I then sanded the holes with my Sand-It tool.

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I also used some of Heidi Swapp’s new stamps and ink. I stamped directly onto the Gemstones Core. The Gemstones Core just LOVED the ink! I just soaked it right up!

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What is your favorite Core’dinations paper pack?

Good Luck Card Using Green Core Essentials Color Families and MORE!

March 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Who’s lucky?
Today we have cards for you that are all about Good Luck and GREEN!  If you go to our individual Core Essentials part of the website here, you will see that we have them all listed by color family for you. So when you are creating, it’s easy to find colors that match and fall into the same color family.  AND a great way for really who off those colors is to add texture like  Ava did today using all kinds of greens and textures for this festive Good Luck card.

Find some complementary colors that will blend well and try out different embossing folders for an interesting textural feel to the card.  A gentle sanding with your Sand it Gadget and a clean wipe with your Dust Buddy will result in some great looking faux washi tape.

Add some embellishments and you have a CAS card ready in your stash for any congratulatory event.

Core’dinations Supplies
Signature Series Graphic 45 Collection
Helmar Adhesive and Sizzix embossing Folders.

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And Suzanna Lee with a fun card for us,too!

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the one day a year where I can celebrate a holiday that doesn’t feel like a huge marketing scheme has overtaken the true meaning of the day.  We get to don our green shirts, eat either green foods (prepared by Mum) or corned beef and cabbage (prepared by Dad) and put a lot of stock in Luck.  And that’s where my craft comes in!
Today I have a card that I made for this special day in March and I’m here to share it with you!  It was dead easy using a cut file from the Silhouette store. It originally had a heart as the center shape but I removed that and inserted my own four leafed clover. I used the back side of the Black Magic and flipped it for the heart on the left and cut a kelly green clover for the right hand side! Pop the Black Magic bracket frame and viola!
Have fun this green day and don’t forget to pinch someone for me!!!!
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Loving how the gree “pops” through the Black Magic!
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Supplies
Black Magic
Spotted Jillian
Core Essentials – Crab Grass
Core Essentials, Brights
Letter Stickers: Studio Calico
Twine: The Twinery
Cut File (amended to clover by me): Silhouette Store Design #50081
Foam Adhesive: Imaginisce
Silhouette Cameo

 

Celebrating St. Patty’s Day with Layouts

I know every day I feel lucky to have Core’dinations as a part of my life and when I saw this layout from Kate Nolan-Denham, I couldnt wait to share!

When we are lucky enough to have a good friend that will stand by us through thick and thin, we should celebrate it!  What better time of year to celebrate how lucky we are than St. Patrick’s Day?

My layout today is inspired by the lucky theme of St. Patrick’s Day and the colors we associate with this day, too. It is chock-full of glittery greens, golds and blacks found in Core’dinations Gemstone, Glitter Silk, and Core Couture Glitter Collections.  I bet you didn’t even realize there were so many fantastic glittery collections by Core’dinations!

I embossed the black Glitter Silk Cardstock and then lightly sanded it just so the embossing would pop.  The die cut doilies are also lightly sanded to show off the core.

The titlework was also cut out of the Glitter Silk Collection.  When using your Silhouette to cut the Glitter Silk, I recommend reversing your image and cutting it Glitter Silk side down.

 

Core’dinations Supplies:
Glitter Silk 6″ x 6″
Gemstone Collection 12″ x 12″
Core Couture Glitter Collection 12″ x 12″
Core Essentials: Brights 12″ x 12″
Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
LYB Patterned Paper
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
Maya Road Ribbon
EK Success Punch
CM stickers
Papertrey Ink Die
Lucky Me…Friend Silhouette Cut File

Wishing you much luck today! ~Kate

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And how about another fabulous layout from Suzanna Lee?!?!?!

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How awesome are these cuts Suzanna made with her Silhouette?

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And a close up

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And a close up of that Darice Shamrock embossing folder!

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Designing with Gail Linder

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

ONE amazing Monday and THREE incredible layouts from Gail Linder!

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Sweet Delight Layout

I have a secret to share today. Sometimes I scraplift my own layouts! Gasp!

Seriously, if you’re ever “stuck” for ideas, just choose an older layout of your own that you loved and scraplift it using new products or techniques!

That’s exactly what I did for today’s layout.

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I knew I wanted to create bright, fun blocks at the top of the layout and I wanted to use Core cardstock (of course) showing a couple of techniques.

I cut 10 squares of cardstock (in 6 different colours) that were 2″x2″. After finding the arrangement that I was happy with I simply when from square to square, embellishing slightly.

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Some of the techniques I used include:

  • Embossing (you could also try de-bossing)
  • Sanding and inking
  • Adding die cuts (some raised on pop dots)
  • Punching out a shape from the square, using the negative space
  • Punching a circle ‘notch’ from the corner to add in a circular embellishment

I kept them quite simple as I wanted to fabulous colours to stand out!

And take a look where my journaling is hidden in this one:

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The photo panel lifts up to reveal journaling underneath! I just folded a piece of white core cardstock to be the ‘flap’.

You can actually see the original layout that inspired this one on my blog here. I hope I’ve inspired you to look back at your older layouts for inspiration with fresh eyes!

Supply List – Gail January Project #2 – Sweet Delight Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion & Tulip (brights)
Sugar’n’spice (pastels)
Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters (Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
SSS, MFT & Avery Elle dies
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Silhouette Cameo
Feathers cutting file

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One Little Word Layout

Do you follow the One Little Word concept? Although I’m a little late sharing my One Little Word for 2014, I have had it chosen since the end of last year, or rather, it came to me as per usual! Give.

I decided to create a layout for my word, using a phone selfie of myself (it’s the only recent photo I could find of me!).

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I created the background to this layout by overlapping pieces of Core’dinations cardstock in pink and aqua with a few scraps of patterned paper. The card was cut at an angle (alternating directions) and I started from the bottom and worked my way up!

I gave all pieces of cardstock a quick sand to reveal a bit of the lighter core, for more dimension.

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A couple more things to note:

  • The title was cut using my Cameo. The word ‘give’ was cut out of Black Magic card (with a pink core) so when the edges had a light sand, they had a bit of pink showing to coordinate with the rest of the layout!
  • I didn’t think my photos and title stood out enough on the busier background so I again used my Cameo to cut the circle design out of simple white cardstock to layer beneath! I love that effect and think it’s something I’ll be doing again and again!

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I didn’t want to cover up any more of the background with a journaling blog and knew I had a bit to say about my OLW. An easy solution? I journalled on a white core tag, slipped it into a glassine bag and adhered it behind my photos. Love me some hidden journaling!

If you are interested in reading about why I chose this particular word, and more about my personal OLW journey, please visit my blog here!

I hope I’ve inspired you today!

 

Supplies:

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Reflecting Pool, Sugar’n’Spice & Scotch (pastels)
Tanzanite (Gemstones)
Hex (Black Magic)
Spring Green (G45 Signature Series)
Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
White Core Tag
Big Shot
Spellbinders ‘Asters & Poppies’ die
SSS heart die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script & Georgia fonts
Circle Background cutting file

Crazy Layout

Hello! I have another fun and colorful layout to share today! Can you tell I love putting together awesome color combinations with my Core’dinations cardstock? For this layout, I was inspired by a card I saw around the web that had strips of washi tape on the background. I tried to re-create the look with strips of embossed card.

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I wanted the colors to “pop” so I used the reverse of a Kraft Core cardstock for a neutral kraft background. Then I chose six bright colors for my strips and got to work adding some texture to each strip.

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You can see in the detail photos that a couple of strips are embossed and sanded to reveal the core. A few other strips I added some lines and borders simply using my Scor-Pal: a criss-cross, stripes and an outline.

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core (reverse side)
Core Essentials – Fuschia Fizz, St Valentino
Neutrals – Snowflake
Brights – Atoll, Aqua
Tillie Dot – Tulip
Distress – Tumbled Glass
Adirondack – Purple Twilight
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Scor-pal
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
PTI border die
Spellbinders speech bubble die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script font

More Valentine’s Day Inspiration

January 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Imaginisce, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

I mean, what doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day like glitter cardstock?  Well, Core’dinations has some amazing lines for you! Our Gemstones, Glitter Silk and Core Couture are the BEST glitter cardstocks out there. And don’t forget about Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions. There are sheets in there for all those major holidays.

Let’s check out some amazing projects from Suzanna Lee!

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Love is in the air! Actually love is amidst glittery and shimmering X’s and O’x on this tri-fold card! What better way to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day than with glitter and hearts?

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Supplies

Glitter Silk Princess Pink

Gemstones 6×6 Pad

Gemstones Onyx

Core Couture 6×6 Pad

Die: Sizzix/Stephanie Barnard

Stamp: Hampton Arts

Paperclip: Websters

Cut file created from Ali Edward’s brush

Silhouette Cameo

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That day of sweet notes and sweet treats is around the corner and today I have a layout to share with you showcasing the Valentine’s paper of the Seasonal Impressions collection. I love selectively sanding the words that work with and support my layout. It’s almost like having a piece of patterned paper for a background.

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Check out how cool the dots look along the letters:

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And look at all that texture!

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Supplies

Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions

Gemstones Collection

Spotted, Jillian, Snowflake

Core Essentials, Neutrals

Sand It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Cut Files; Layered Heart (#37620), Heart Clips (#53821, modified), Hugs, Kisses both created from Heidi Swapp brushes

Punches: Martha Stewart

Tag: Chic Tags

Twine: American Crafts

iRock and Hot Rocks: Imaginisce

Snow Day Layouts!

January 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

First up we want to wish everyone a very SAFE and HAPP New Year!  We could not have had such a successful year without YOU! OUr HARD CORE CRAFTERS! 
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I don’t know about you but a lot of team has been getting hit with snow in their respective states so why not share a little bit of that Snow Day love today?!

I hope this post finds you warm and cozy! Suzanna here from Life’s Trivialities  to share with you a winter layout created with left over scraps of Coredinations cardstock. Gather colors in the hues of a pleasing snowy palate, emboss a few and lay them out as you would a cozy warm quilt. In order to tie the paper into the theme of the layout, chose snow filled embossing folders. Fill in some holes with David Tutera tags and zig zag with your sewing machine (or use a pen for faux stitching). The layers of the layout in some places are as numerous as the layers you will need to be out in that winter wonderland. Voila! The base of your layout, it’s that easy!

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oooohhhh! aaaahhh! Core Tags!

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Gorgeous detail:

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This is a great way to use multiple embossing techniques and different cardstocks!

Supplies

Spotted Jillian; Aqueduct http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/spotted/spotted-12×12/

Glitter Silk 6×6; Glitter Girl http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/glitter-silk/

Gemstones Collection http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/specialty-collections/gemstones-collection/

Core Impressions; Fancy Pants Collection: Refreshed http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-impressions/fancy-pants-collection/

Core Tags; Smooth Tag; Gift Tag White http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-tags/

David Tuterra Tags

Embossing Folders: Darice, Stampin Up

Bling: Prima

Die: Memory Box, Avery Elle

Stamps: Avery Elle, Stampin Up

Ribbong: Tim Holtz

Paper Clip: Prima

Alpha Letters: American Crafts

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Happy Snow Day Core Fans!  Kate here, sharing a simple snow layout with you using lots of Core’dinations Spotted Tillie Dot cardstock.
I did lots of sanding with the Sand It Gadget in this layout to make it pop.

I cut the snowflakes out of Core’dinations Snowflake using my Silhoutte, painted the die cut with some glue and added some fine glitter.

Core’dinations Supplies:

12 x 12 Spotted Tillie Dot

12 x 12 Core Essentials Neutrals

Sand It Set

Other Supplies:

Fiskars Crimper

American Crafts Thickers

Helmar Adhesives

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