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

Monochromatic Layouts and Cards

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Every month we challenge our designers with something fun and this month it was all about monochromatic color schemes.

Did you get the August newsletter?  Well if you did then you got a FREE downloadable PDF from Designer Mary Pat Siehl featuring a quick “how to” on how to create EASY monochromatic looks with just embossing!  Core makes scrapbooking easy, don’t you think? By being a Hard Core Crafter you are automatically signed up for our newsletter.

Our Design Team also did some for us today as well. As you can tell our team likes blue :)

First up Kate Nolan-Deham…Kate used a banner to really enhance her monochromatic color scheme. And how sweet is her Glitter Silk dress form that she embellished!

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And look at all this texture from Designer Gail Linder??!?! LOVE how she chose to use some yellow…a color I think a lot of scrappers struggle with:

A super simple card from Designer Ava Gavloski…monochromatic doesn’t need to be complicated….

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 and one last card from Designer Heather Kaesgan…LOVE how she mixed in some Gemstones for her monochromatic look for that bit of shimmer….

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Clare Buswell used our Core Amour Cardstock to create a unique monochromatic look:

And Tracy Gruber always creates the CUTEST cards….hippo-ray, LOL! So cuuuuute! And monochromatic doesn’t need to be the exact same color. Tracy used different hues of purple for hers and added some Gemstones as well.

And how about a Pink Monochromatic layout from Designer Ava Gavloski? Look at all that gorgeous detail!  Using the BasicGrey Core Impressions for her base and then just adding fabulous bits and pieces in pink and white….

Day THREE with Scor-Pal

December 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Queen & Co., Scor Pal

Wow, this week is just flying by, isn’t it?

First up we have important giveaway information. We are sponsoring DAY THREE of  Scrapbook & Cards today’s 12 Days of giveaways. You have until NOON Dec 22nd 2012 to post on their blog HERE to win ONE EACH of our 6×6 collection packs!

If you were here earlier then you know we are having a super fun week with SCOR PAL. Do you have one of these?  Well, if you are a paper craft you better. AND if you love Core, then  you BETTER! Scoring, then sanding with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock is the only way to go.

Scoring raises the cardstock so you can sand it and release that inner Core. It’s gorgeous AND both design teams are going to show you easy and fabulous ways the Scor Pal products and Core’dinations can add interested to your papercrafting projects.

Did you know we have a Scoring Video?   Check out our Technique videos for some awesome ideas on what you can do with Core, including the scoring video.

PLEASE make sure you check out the Scor Pal blog for some INCREDIBLE designs this week (I think there might be a prize over there ;) ). They SIMPLY rockYou know we always have something up our sleeve for you when we do these fun blog events so keep commenting for a chance to win some great Core’dinations Cardstock!

Today we have some gorgeous designs from Designer Shaunte Wadley. She created this beautiful flower on the card just by using some simple scoring. The flower is a Lifestyle Crafts die so you could really do this with any flower.

See how Shaunte scores from the back?  That is important so the raised line is on the front of the cardstock. Especially when you are sanding.

And a close-up of it on the card. Keep in mind sanding the Gemstones will take off the shine so you may not want to sand it.

AND Shaunte  created her frame on this card by scoring and using the VERY FUN Scor Bug Embosser!!! It makes these fun dots that look so great sanded.

AND she scored the woodgrain on the branch using some Vintage Cardstock. So you can see all the really amazing details you can get on your projects just by scoring and sanding. The base of the card is Whitewash.

And another card for you from Shaunte using Core Essentials and loads of scoring.

Bling is from Queen & Co and Ribbon is from May Arts.


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