How Do You Thank Your Teachers?

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Getting ready for the end of the school year means thanking those who have spent the year inspiring our little ones to learn.  Today Kate Nolan Denham is sharing a gift bag and card made with a variety Core’dinations Cardstock.
I decorated a simple kraft gift bag from Darice by creating a base designed to look similar to a chalk board.  The same base design was used for the thank you card.
The giant cardstock pencils on both the bag and card were scored, sanded and bent to give it the 3-D effect of a real pencil.
Core’dinations Cardstock:
Core Essentials: Lake
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Tim Holtz  Kraft Core
Black Magic Collection
Whitewash Collection
Graphic 45 Lights Collection
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Darice Kraft Gift Bag
Scor Pal

One embossing folder, five different colors

May 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Check out this great layout from Jennifer Edwardson using one embossing folder and five different colors from our Graphic45 Signature Series Lights collection pack.
This sweet pic of my girl, Emma, and one of her closest friends was taken this past summer and I was so excited that I could use this fun lace doily embossing folder on my Core’dinations cardstock as is matched with Mackenzie’s creme top .
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I chose several colors of Core’dinations  to pick up the colors in my pictures and used the same portion of the embossing folder on each one.  One of my fave things about Core cardstock is how well it picks up the tiniest details of the embossing folder like with this one when you sand it gently.   The lace pattern really stands out so beautifully!
And’t don’t forget about the new 110 lb premium cardstock. It is great for journaling right from you computer.
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I rounded the corners and cut my larger photo the same way.  For the smaller ring pictures, I cut the photo down to what I wanted to show and then cut it in half again to adhered it on 2 different mats.
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Supplies: Signature Series Graphic 45 Lights: Vintage Rose, Precious Pink, Lemon Chiffon, Spring Green, Blue Lagoon;
Premium Cardstock 110lb White; Spotted Jillian Dot Snowflake; Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Happy Birthday Box

May 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Today we have Jennifer Edwardson sharing a great alternative to a traditional birthday card.
I’ve seen these great pop up cards but had never tackled one until now and I love how it came together.  I used a Silhouette cut file and 4 spring colors of Core’dinations cardstock Graphic45 Signature Series.  One of the many great things about Core cardstock is how well it cuts through any die cutting machine.  This is an A2 size card so the cuts are very detailed and quite small and the cardstock cuts great!
Coredinations Birthday Box
Once I had the green, blue and red pieces cut, I ran them through my eBosser with a couple of embossing folders and then lightly sanded them each to make the patterns pop !! I loved adhering all the bits to the inside so when it is ‘opened’ the flowers open up too.  A little butterfly punch and a birthday sentiment and this card is ready for my Mom’s birthday.
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Supplies:  Signature Series Graphic 45 Lights: Lemon Chiffon, Vintage Rose, Robin’s Egg, Spring Green; Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy; David Tutera Celebrate Sentiment Stickers

Mother’s Day Inspiration

May 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have another amazing day of inspirational Mother’s Day projects for you today.

First up, Ava Gavloski with a classic black and white card for Mother’s Day…

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You can see how well the Core’dinations Core Essentials in Snowflake and the Graphic 45 Signature Series in Photogenic compliment each other. Both Cardstocks are my favorite! Add a sheer ribbon and some crystals by Zva Creative and your card is a classic that will make mom proud.
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Core’dinations Supplies:

G45 Signature Series, Photogenic
Core Essentials Snowflake
Sand It Set

 Other Supplies

Zva Creative Crystals
Unity Stamp Co.
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink
Sizzix Embossing folders
May Arts Ribbon
Tombow Mono Adhesive
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And next up, a Mother’s Day layout from Mary Pat Siehl:
I love using the Core Impressions!  It makes the most beautiful background paper.
1.) Sand the cardstock heavily around the edges.   Keeping the phot0s next to each other allowed me to show off the cool design of the BasicGrey Core Impressions.
2.) Next,use apiece of the Core Impressions in Chocolate Box  to mat the photos.
3.) Then,  dry emboss pink Core Essentials cardstock using a Darice embossing folder and lightly sand it.  Add some embellishments and a small splash of pattern paper to tie all the spring colors together.
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Supplies:
Bella Blvd paper, alphabet stickers, and fabric flowers
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
My Mind’s Eye enamel dots.
Darice embossing folder

What does Spring mean to you?

COLOR and BUTTERFLIES and GIRAFFES, right??? Jennifer Edwardson is sharing her love of Core with us today. I just can’t get enough of all the sanding and embossing!
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I don’t know where my love of butterflies came from recently but I find myself gravitating towards them for embellishments these days, especially on cards !!
 
I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ white David Tutera Celebrate cards base and added the yellow cardstock that I embossed using a dotted embossing folder and a little light sanding …..

 

I chose a different embossing folder for the blue background (the sky :) for the butterflies …… Lightly sanding the top really made the pattern pop !!
 
I LOVE the colors in the Graphic 45 Lights collection so I used (6) for my butterfly punchies ….. I used (2) different sizes and styles of butterfly punches  - 2 of each color ….
 
I only adhered each of the punchies in the center so that I could fold up the wings.  I added little min pearls in the center to jazz them up a bit …. A ‘hello’ sentiment sticker and this card is ready to give.

 

Supplies:

 

 

While playing around on my Silhouette I cam across this sweet little giraffe cut file and knew I had these fun zoo pics from a few years back !!

 

I started with my ‘go to’ base – Spotted Tillie Dot in white (can’t get enough of this pre-embossed cardstock) …. Then I cut a piece of black and lightly sanded the edges and layered it on top.  I ran the yellow cardstock through my eBosser using a large honeycomb embossing folder (love this one) and layered it on top of the black.
 
For the (3) green-ish photo mats, I used the same embossing folder for each pieces and lightly sanded the top off to really show off the pattern.  This was perfect for these sweet pics of the giraffe :))
 
I bordered these pieces with a piece of Spotted Jillian Dot in creme edges with a border punch –  love this one !!

 

 

I cut the little giraffe using some great Core Essentials and glued him together ….. The Gg is also a Silhouette cut file but I added some American Crafts Thickers and Jillibean Soup Alphabeans to complete my title …. Such a whimsical little layout for our trip to the zoo !!!

 

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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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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