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

Working it on Wednesday with Helmar

Happy Wednesday!

We are here with Helmar this week and couldn’t be more excited! We have gorgeous projects all week long for you.

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… comment here on the Core blog 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 Five Easy Cards from Design Team Member Char Dobson! Don’t have a lot of time? With Christmas just around the corner, things seem to just get busier and busier.  Keep reading to see how you can make a few cards in no time at all. Here are the supplies she used:

Core Cards, Core Cut & Emboss Series 4.25″x5.5″ (various)

Helmar: 3D Zapdots, Quickfix Adhesive Runner

Preferred partners: Helmar, May Arts ribbon, Queen&Co. rhinestones

Other supplies: Cricut Teresa Collins December 25 cartridge, Tim Holtz Christmas muse tokens, Embossing folders (various)
Here is a little bit about this project from Char:
Today we’re going to make five easy cards in about an hour. Using the Core’dinations Cut & Emboss series, Core cards, a few minor embellishments and Helmar adhesives you can throw together some adorable die-cut cards in a snap.
The thing I love about the Cut&Emboss series is that not only are these sizes perfect for card bases and embossing, but they are great to use with your Cricut or other die-cut machine. I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I have only a smaller design to cut into a precious piece of 12″x12″ piece cardstock. With Cut&Emboss I can put all the colours I want on one mat.
Already, you can see how quick these cards are going to come together. All I have to do is emboss, adhere and add embellishments.
And we’re done! How quick was that!? How about some close-ups:

And our Jenni Bowlin  MINI Calendar Cards look so awesome on cards!

We Are Going RED here at Core!

August 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Core’dinations has gone RED.

If you didn’t see our previous post click here.

The Design Team and Core family has found a cause near and dear to their hearts.

Each one of us has been affected by heart disease in some way….a friend, a family member, even ourselves.

Click here for more information from the Go Red site. Share emails with your friends for FREE heart health kits.

Help us by making it YOUR mission, too, to fight heart disease in women.

Sign up at GO RED to stay informed. It could save your life or the life of someone you love.

AND of course we were inspired! From time to time we will be sharing our GO RED projects with you.

Today’s project is from Design Team Member Kim Jefress.

Kim used some fabulous Jenni Bowlin mini Calendar sheets.

These are SO perfect for cards!!! If you haven’t seen them you must, you must, you must!

Just gorgeous….

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