Designing 8.5×11″ layouts with Suzanna Lee

Who loves 8.5×11″ layouts?  I DO I DO!  First up we have THE COOLEST layout from Designer Suzanna Lee!  I know I am going to try this for sure. She has a GREAT Tip for you today for our Tuesday Tip of the week.
Using embossed Core for a background is one of my favorite things to do with Core. It adds so much texture and visual interest to a layout. As I don’t have a larger die cut machine to run my folders through, I cut the paper then  run each half of the paper through my Big Shot. You can barely tell that it’s a sheet of paper cut into two pieces! The tone on tone chevrons create an interesting subtle background.
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Love this texture! This looks like the cardstock came this way, doesn’t it?
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Supply List:
Core Essentials Brights
Core Essentials Darks
Core Super Assortment So Mod! Vintage Collection
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Dies: Die-Namics, DoCrafts, Die-Versions
Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Ink: VersaFine
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
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And another layout with a much different color palette.  EEK! I love how Suzanna created the flab/banner at the top with the Jenni Bowlin Mini Calendar piece!  Is there any other company out there that has products like this that allow you the creativity to create such cool, one of a kind embellishments???
When pondering what to use for my layouts, I typically grab my colors from the colors in the picture. This picture of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France was taken in panoramic mode with my iPhone. It has a hints of red from the underside of the escalators that I wanted to make stand out a little bit so I chose the similar hues in both pre-embossed and “plain” cardstock. There is nothing plain about Core however!! The Kraft Core that I used to cut the title tied together the browns and reds perfectly!
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Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic
Core Tag
Core Essentials Neutrals
Core Essentials Darks
Core Impressions Mini’s; Jenni Bowlin Studio
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Darice
Dies: Die-namics
Stamps: October Afternoon, Technique Tuesday
Ink: QuickQuotes, VersaFine
Twine: The Twinery
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Project Life Card: American Crafts

Layout with David Tutera Celebrate Card Making System

April 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Yes, you heard me right….

A layout with the David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking System!  Trine  always does beautiful work and this layout is no exception. She mixed and matched some Jenni Bowlin Everyday Core Impressions with bits and pieces of the Steps 2 Lace Doily Assortment and Die Cut Label Assortments and  Steps 3.

Isn’t it gorgeous?   And the little banner from the  Flower and Heart Seals and the Wedding Shapes. This line is so versatile and makes even layouts easy and beautiful!

Someone pointed out about the little envelope…I don’t know how we missed this the first time around. That is one of our Step 3 Bookmarks! Trine just folded it to make it look like a cute little envie!

And just to keep you updated…the new Design Team members have been notified via email. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of the amazing applications.

Valentine’s Day Inspiration Day FOUR!

February 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin

We sure hope you are feeling the LOVE this week!  We sure are. And we have a fun way to kick off this weekend, too! A SUPER HUGE MEGA AWESOME giveaway for you!   We are proud to partner with Scrapbook  Trends for some exciting things to celebrate their 15th Anniversary.

Now…if you want win the party for your friends (some of those goodies include Core’dinations cardstock!!!!) CLICK HERE.

And if you want to win the YEAR subscription just do a few things for us here…the more you do the more chances to win! Did you know we are on Twitter?  AND Pinterest?

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Now how about some Valentine’s Day inspiration????

Design Team Member Debbie Standard has a fun card for us today. Nothing screams Valentine’s Day hearts and glitter, don’t you think?  I love the pink and gray combo.

AND we aren’t done yet! Guest Designer Leeann Pearce is here with us again with just the coolest layout! If you are familiar with Leeann’s work she always has uber amounts of texture and depth to her projects and this one is no exceptioan!  All I have to say is that kebab sticks aren’t just for grillin’  Here is a little bit about this layout from her:

Hello core fans…. I hope you are all well after another successful CHA. I hope you are all ready to share the LOVE this month. I am, that’s why today I get to share another fabulous page with you featuring none other than CORE!!!!
I created this page using jenni Bowlin core collection – I used the wallpaper print, as a matt and background. I didn’t sand it I really love the natural embossed texture. Plus I wanted to let you all know how I made my heart embellishment.
How too heart paper softie:
1: cut out oversize heart shape and sand
2: punch holes in one heart
3: hand stitched to heart shapes together
4: leave small opening and stuff with plastic bags (tissue paper or batting would work here, too)
5: make arrow and thread thru before stitching closed
6: embellished and glue to page.
Tip: Stuff your heart with chocolates and give to LOVED ones.
Material: Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions, Heidi Swapp buzz words, prima vines, epiphany crafts vintage settings and bubble caps, kebab stick and feathers.

What are your Christmas Traditions?

December 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz

Well, Monday is Christmas Eve so this will  be our last post for awhile we spend some  time with our families, celebrate old traditions and create new ones of our own.

Be Safe, be Happy and be Merry!

We leave you today with a layout from Designer Char Dobson that celebrates all of these things:

Char used some Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions and paired it with some Jenni Bowlin Vintage Brights.

Love all the May Arts Ribbon Char added, too! Looks like a candy cane.

Guest Designer Rebecca Keppel

December 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin

First up we want to announce last week’s winner! We had such an amazing time with Scor-Pal! We hope that you did, too. Their products and Core’dinations go hand in hand. Scoring+Sanding = FUN FUN FUN!

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) says:
December 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

wow…These are Beautiful. I really need a score-buddy so I can do these. Those papers are gorgeous too. Wonderful job.

Amy, please email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with your name, address and phone number ASAP so we can get your Core prize out to you! Please note, we are gathering Hard Core Crop winners and addresses and shipping those right now so your prize many not go out until after the Holiday.  Thanks!

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So who wants a layout? ME! ME! ME!

Due to our Hard Core Crop and blog swaps we ran out of time to get Rebecca’s last Guest Designer layout out up on the blog so we are doing it today. Such a HUGE thank you to her and beautiful, out of the box designs that show off Core’dinations Cardstock. Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions was our very  first line of Core Impressions and it is still a favorite around here. It is so versatile…just like how Rebecca used it for a Christmas layout. The Red is perfect!

Sand first and then add some paint or stamping details for that perfect accent:

We are Hard Core Cropping…

November 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin, May Arts Ribbon, Queen & Co.

Are you? Don’t forget you have until Sunday night to get the challenges done! That is a ton of time!

Challenges are listed here and Rules are posted here.

Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira created this gorgeous card for Debbie Standard’s ribbon challenge.  Here is how she did it:

Begin by sanding the edges of a dark green card base from Core’dinations, then add a layer of black Pearls cardstock (from our Cardmaker series) and a slightly smaller piece of red embossed Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions. Add black photo corners for a bit more detail. Trim a piece of green May Arts ribbon and adhere to the card with a snowflake cut from a piece of May Arts trim, embellish with a rhinestone from Queen & Co. Die cut a bracket shape onto a piece of Black Magic, and punch a scalloped circle form a gold piece of Glitter Silk, mounting with foam squares to the center of the card. Finish by stamping a Cats Life Press “christmas time” image onto a piece of Snowflake Core Essentials and punching into a circle shape.

Some details of the sanding:

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