There’s no horsing around when it comes to Core!

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

I couldn’t resist! If you follow Jennifer Edwardson’s blog then you will know her daughter shows horses competitively and she is INCREDIBLE!  Jennifer always does such a neat job capturing those special moments like she did for us today.
And of course she used ALL Core’dinations Cardstock! Who doesn’t love that???
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My studio is literally covered in red and pink and white for Valentine’s projects so I took a break and created a different kind of love layout using nothing but fab pieces of Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock !!!
I have endless pics of Em and her horses but her and Ginger are my fave to work with right now.  It’s not a secret that I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous mare !!
 
I started with a pre-embossed creme base and lightly sanded off the top.  I used several embossing folders on the other pieces.  I used a tiny polka dot folder for the blue and clocks for the brown (love this one :) ) ……
I punched 2 different sizes of hearts from (5) different colors of Core and then embossed and sanded each one.  When I layered them onto my layout I adhered the bottom flat and then tucked a piece of 3D foam under the top to raise pit up a little for more dimension.
 
I ran a piece of Kraft Core cardstock through my Silhouette to cut the title ‘enjoy every moment’ …. I say things like this all the time at home – live every day ect … so this title was great for this layout of these everyday pics of my 2 fave girls :) )

 

 I used my typewriter on a piece of creme cardstock for my journaling and then cut it up into a few pieces and rounded the inside edges …. adhered flat and this one is ready for Em’s album !!!
 
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Tag, You’re it!  Well, maybe not you, but this layout is chock full of Core’dinations Core Tags.  Core Tags are such a great way to accent a layout, journal, or frame a photo like I did in this layout.
I used several different technques on the tags.  Crinkling and distressing, debossing and distressing, paper tearing and distressing, embossing and distressing all can be done on the Core Tags, just like you would any Core’dinations Cardstock.    The title Core Tag was even die cut in my Silhouette.  Before you try sending a Core Tag through your Silhoutte, remember to remove the grommet first. I added mine back after die cutting.
By keeping the grommets in the Core Tags before applying any techniques to the tags, it allowed for the gromments to take on a grungy, smooshed look.
What do you do to your Core Tags?  We’d love to hear about it!
Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folders
Darice Embossing Folder

Day Four with Xyron and Core! Who’s having fun yet?!

October 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Xyron

Before we get started today we have some dates for you that you need to put on your calendars! We are having our THIRD  online crop in less than a month so make sure you save the dates! We have SO MUCH fun..we have tons of challenges all weekend long and then you have an entire WEEK to create.
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So if you have been with us this week then you have been seeing loads of Xyron and Core ALL week long. And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway over there, too. AND we have a giveaway for our Facebook Fans, too! CLICK HERE to enter to win.

We love our mega runners and today that is what we are working here on the Core blog!

And don’t forget to comment all week long for a chance to win this:
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AND this!
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Speaking of Fancy Pants Core Impressions….Jill Lebbin used hers for this cute mini album page:

Hi! I’m Jill from Every Day is an Occasion here to share a project I made using the Xyron mega runner and Core’dinations Fancy Pants Core Impressions and pink Vintage cardstock. I also used some Authentique patterned paper. My daughter turned two recently and so we got her two year old pictures taken. I just adored this one and had to create a mini album page layout.

Mini Album Two Year Old Layout

 

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Fancy Pants Details

As mentioned before, I used the Xyron Mega tape runner. Even though it is called a “mega” tape runner it isn’t so mega that it is obtrusive to your crafting. Actually, I love the size of the mega tape runner. I also love the refill system, so simple and quick! Thank you Xyron!!!

In this layout I used the Fancy Pants Core impression paper for the photo frame, and then I sanded it. The pick accents are the Core’dinations Vintage Collection. I cut out the accents using my Silhouette Cameo.

Materials:

Fancy Pants Core Impressions, Vintage Core’dinations, Authentique Patterned paper, Vintage sequins from stash (the were my great grandmother’s), flower, Xyron mega tape runner, Sand it Gadget and Dust Buddy.

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And next up Designer Ava Gavloski with an amazing project for us today, too!

Party Favors have truly taken center stage at parties and has given the cake a nudge. So, today, I would like the two too share the spot light together.
Lets start with quality Xyron Adhesive and the best cardstock on the market…Coredinations! 

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You need some GREAT adhesive for this. Have you ever made a project like this and then the next day it’s all popped apart?  Not with Xyron. This beauty is still going strong!

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Now, look at how lovely the Couture Creations Embossing folder showcases the Core’dinations inner colored cardstock.

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Adding some Graphic 45 papers to the top of the cake was a delight. To complete the bridal presentation I made a card and decorated a candle holder to match the festive occasion.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations:
“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Old Paper” from Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Xyron:
Mega runner tape adhesive
1.5 Create a Sticker
Glue Stick for corners
May Arts Ribbon
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Couture Creations – Embossing Folder: Smooch, from Fresh & Fun Collection,
Graphic 45- Once a upon a springtime pattern paper
Marvy Uchida – Floral Paper Punch
Marvy Uchida-Poppy punch
Imaginisce-Glam Rocks

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And a layout from Designer Kim Moreno!

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Here’s how Kim created this layout:

 I used my ScorPal again to create the border around the edge of my layout and then sanded it slightly. I then sanded and cut out the ledger cardstock and adhered it to the center of the black cardstock. I matted my photo with the red cardstock and tore it along the bottom to reveal the colored core of the red cardstock. I cut out the clocks and sanded each of them to reveal the kraft core.  Then layered my photos and embellishments to finish my layout.

Supplies:

Cardstock: Core Essentials (Nightfll, Scarlet), Core Impressions (Jenni Bowlin, Graphic 45)
Stickers: Jillibean Soup (yellow “joy”)
Sand it Gadget and Dust Buddy
Letter Sticker: American Crafts (yellow), Doodlebug (black glitter)
Embellishments: Simple Stories
Flag Pins: Maya Road
Tool: ScorPal
Xyron mega tape runner

Cards ..Cards…and more cards!

First up we have a gingerbread card from Designer Vivina Keh. Keep reading because this isn’t the gingerbread you were thinking of ;)

Vivian Keh here today to share with you a card which uses a technique I came up with awhile back which I call the “Gingerbread” technique.  Perhaps a Hard Core video tutorial is in store for you sharing this really easy technique!  In conjunction with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock that has been sanded, the patterns really pop off your papercrafted projects!

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LOOK at that GORGEOUS Marvy Uchida punch!

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Shabby Shutters” from Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Heritage Kraft” from Graphic 45 Signature Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Marvy Uchida – Floral Paper Punch
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Twine
ki Memories – Decorative Brad
Maya Road – Canvas Tag
Hampton Art – Stamp
Tombow – Stamp Runner
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Next up some cards from Designer Clare Buswell! She gives us some AWESOME step by step instructions:
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Make card from cardstock, round bottom corners. Ink edges with Distress Inks. Deboss cardstock, sand with Sand-It Gadget and ink surface, round bottom corners and adhere to card. Trim cardstock, sand and ink edges, stitch top and attach across card. Stamp flowers, fussy cut, color with Distress Markers and ink edges, attach to card with foam pads. Add twine. Stamp sentiment onto die-cut tag, ink edges, add brads and attach to card.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations: Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Core Impressions Jenni Bowlikn Collection, Core Amour Sable Collection Rendezvous,  Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other: Corner rounder, Spellbinders Grommet Tags, Big Shot, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, red twine, brads, foam pads, twine, Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, sewing machine, embossing folder Anna Griffin Poppy Cuttlebug, Distress Markers – Barn Door, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Broken China.
And one more from Clare!
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Make card from cardstock, round bottom corners. Ink edges with Distress Inks. Trim and sand Clocks cardstock. Ink edges with Distress Ink, adhere to card. Add burlap trim, pierce holes and add brads. Stamp sentiment onto die-cut tag, ink edges, add twine and attach to card. Stamp vintage clock, fussy cut, color details with Distress Markers and ink edges, attach to card with foam pads.
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Supplies:
Other: Corner rounder, Spellbinders Grommet Tags, Big Shot, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, burlap trim from May Arts, brads, foam pads, twine, Vintage Clocks stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Distress Marker Antique Linen and Scattered Straw.

Say Hello too….Vivian Keh!

For the past two weeks we have been giving away prizes EVERY DAY while we introduce our brand new 2013-2014 Design Team and today we are introducing Vivan Keh!

Here is a little bit about Vivian:
Vivian, (aka contadinak on youtube and social media) loves all art and craft, nature and the garden, hangin’ with her husband, frolicking with the dogs, good food, occasional pretty drinks, and all things that keep her PRESENT. She currently designs for Sizzix, Hampton Art, Scraps of Darkness kit club, PaperHaus Magazine, and will be guesting with Donna Salazar Designs in September. She has been published in The Stamper’s Sampler, Scrap 365, PaperHaus Magazine, and Papercrafts Magazine. She is very excited to join the talent on the Core’dinations 2013 team and looks forward to sharing many inspirations and techniques with you!
I’m so very excited to meet all you fellow Core fans today!  My name is Vivian Keh and with this layout I’d like to share with you a few things about me!

I go completely bonkers about nature and the garden, hence my nickname on various social media platforms – Contadina K. The pooches and I are happiest when we are hangin’ out in the garden.  And when inspiration in the craft studio lags, all I need to do is step out back and stroll around.

While growing up, I dreamed about having a sizable plot in which to cultivate produce and flowers, and since recently moving to San Jose with my husband and our furry family, I’ve spent every free minute out in the yard, cultivating the mediocre the soil, and starting a bunch of plants from seed.  These are just a few plants that are currently growing in the back.  I’m hoping that in a few years, we’ll be able to harvest most of our produce from our own yard!
In this layout, I’ve dry embossed, die-cut, sanded, and distressed some vibrant shades of Core to create interest, and once it was all done, I said to myself, “Oh my word!  It’s nearly flat!”  My papercrafted projects are most often very dimensional.  That is one of the great characteristics of Core – you can create so much texture so easily and still have an easily mailable card or an easily sleeved layout.
My love of papercraft was born at the tail end of a career teaching adults ESL in Los Angeles.  At the time, I couldn’t afford to buy a decent gift for a dear friend.  So I made her a card.  I was surprised to see how deeply happy it made her, and I know she carried that card with her for months so she could look at it when she needed a pick me up.  That is when my love of cardmaking was born.  My interest in cards has drawn me into layouts, art journaling, and a profound love of mixed media.  Please stop by my blog to see more of my art and craft at:
http://contadinak.wordpress.com/

This year on the Design Team, I’m looking forward to working with even more of the beautiful hues and rich textures of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.  Nothing would make me happier than being able to inspire you along the way!

Supplies:

Core’dinations:

Pastels Core Essentials
Brights Core Essentials
Graphic 45 Signature Series
Sand It Tool
Dust Buddy
“Chip Block” #656917 Decorative Strip Alphabet Die
“Decorative Flourishes” #656538 Sizzlit Die Set
“Doily & Doily Border” #658947 Thinlits Die Set
“Bubble & Honeycomb” #657846 Texture Fades Embossing Folder Set
“Postage Stamp Frame” Bigz Die
Martha Stewart – Butterfly Punch
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Tombow – Mono Multi Glue
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – PITT Artist Pen S in Black

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So who’s up for yesterday’s Brights Collection pack winner????

Rachel Middleton says:
May 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Wonderful layout of your family! I am just in love with ColorCore paper!

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And today we are giving away a pack of our Darks Collection pack. You will love love love love love the rich colors in this collection pack…it’s gorgeous!

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 ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com 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.

Hanging with Helmar All Week Long!

We are here with Helmar this week and couldn’t be more excited!  We have partnered with them previously and it has been great so we hope you enjoy yourself this week and stick around ;) Sit back with your cup of coffee and be ready to be inspired.

Also, make sure you say “hi” from us over on the Helmar Facebook page AND they have some awesome boards over on Pinterest, too!  And…you know how it goes here… post all week long for a chance to WIN some FAB Core’dinations goodies all for yourself. Comment every day for more chances to win!!! And, of course…check in over at the Helmar Blog for more inspiration.

Today we have some gorgeous designs from Design Team Member Debbie Standard. For this first layout, Debbie adds pops of colors against the black Graphic 45 Core Impressions. And you need great adhesive to adhere that May Arts ribbon down, don’t you?  Well grab that Helmar Quickfix adhesive tape runner ..it’s the perfect size for ribbon! And the 450 Helmar Quick Dry adhesive works really well for those little bits like the green flowers Debbie cut using her Spellbinders dies. You can dab some of the Quick dry on and you are good to go..and fast! No drying time needed ;)

I know Halloween was last week but we just had to share this fun layout with you using some of the  newly released Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions. These are so fun!!!!!!!  Pre-embossed sheets for all your favorite Holidays. Seriously..did I say how fun these are? It’s like magic when you start sanding and all the color starts to come through.

Remember to use that Dust Buddy after you sand so that adhesive sticks better.

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