While the cats away the mice will play!

January 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Right?? Well, as of today, we are all off for  CHA in Anaheim for the Mega Show and busy as ever!  Don’t forget to stay close and keep coming back for some photos of the show and SNEAK PEEKS!

BUT…We thought it might be fun to have a challenge for you while we were gone!!! How does that sound?  Create a card or layout based on this sketch and link it to our Facebook Page or post a link ON THIS post for a chance to win. We will pick a winner when we return and get settled on January 25th so get those projects linked. Remember you must use a visible amount of Core and you know how we LOOOOOOOVE technique!

Mary Pat Siehl created this sketch, card AND video just for this challenge. ENJOY!

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Mary Pat used some Core Tags and the  Pastel Collection Pack  for this card….LOVING this color palatte!

AND Mary Pat has a video for us, too!

 

So what is up for grabs?  A PASTEL Collection Pack! Make sure you link to this post or our Facebook page!

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Ah…gorgeous Fall is here!

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft, Xyron

So who was cropping with us this weekend????? We are having so much fun make sure you come chat with us here :)

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Such a beautiful time of year and we are soaking it in on the Core Blog today with some fabulous Fall inspiration pieces!  If you were cropping with us then you saw this GORGEOUS card from Vivian Keh that is all about autumn colors! Make sure you check out her challenge and blog HERE for more amazing details!

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What screams autumn color tones better than our Chocolate Box and Vintage Cardstock?  Heather Anne Kaesgan used both on this card for us today.

Creating with Core is easy! For this card,  Heather embosed the word “Hello” along the bottom and then added circles and Marvy Uchida punched flowers in the middle.  Did you know these Marvy punches actually punch the flowers with embossed designs? SO COOL!   Finish of your card with some May Arts ribbon and you are done! It’s all about sanding, sanding, sanding! So get out that Sand It Gadget and have some fun.

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And next up a card from Tracy Gruber.  I LOVE how she mixed in some Black Magic for her fall themed card.

I love the fall season because there are so many gorgeous colors and fun fall activities!  Picking out the perfect pumpkin is always a great time, even when you are 23 ; )  I cut out the pumpkin on my card from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 inches.  I used card stock from the Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, Darks, and Pastels for it.  For my background, I used Black Magic with an orange background.  I sanded it with the Sand It Gadget to reveal the orange through the black.  I added some stitching and natural twine to complete my card!

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Supply List:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Darks, Pastels, and Brights paper pads
-Core’dinations Black Magic Collection
-Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium 6×6 paper pad
-My Craft Spot Happy Fall! stamp set
-May Arts twine
-Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Xyron Foam Tabs

Summer Challenge: Brights Collection Pack

July 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft

Every month we challenge our designers to try new things. It might be a collection pack, techniques…something different just to get those creative juices flowing.  So for July, we challenged our designers to use the Brights Collection pack and to do some fussy cutting for some added interest. Cut those stamps…cut those embossed images…you name it the sky is the limit!

 The Brights collection pack is the PERFECT color palette for all your summer layouts and projects! Don’t be afraid of those bright colors..embrace them!

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First up we have a tutorial from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham on how she cut out some stamped images from her Brights Cardstock. This is a super easy way to create your own embellishments, don’t you think?

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Stamp directly on the Core texture side. Looks awesome!

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LOVE that thick outlined image you get from the stamping…

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And since circles seem to be a theme for a lot of our team right now, we thought we would share a layout from Design Team Member Gail Linder using our Brights Collection pack for this very challenge as well! Here is a little bit about this layout from Gail:

I think that bright, fun photos call for bright colors! I couldn’t go past an awesome YELLOW background for this layout! 
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To create an interesting background, I cut a heap of “bubbles” out of the same color cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I arranged them over the background and once I was happy with where they were, I gave each bubble a slight sand before adhering them. I just love the tone-on-tone look my background has now! And by sanding the edges of each shape, it makes them stand out just a little bit more!
 
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I also used my Cameo to cut out the title and finally I added a cute banner up the top, adding a bit more color! You can see that I embossed and sanded each piece and I just love the look of the different textures all together. 
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I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some Core and create your own background just like this!
Supply List:
Core Brights – Tulip, Heartfelt
Core Neutrals – Chocolate Mocha
Core Pastels – Reflecting Pool, Scotch
Graphic 45 Signature Series – Precious Pink
Tim Holtz Distress Core – Spiced Marmalade
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
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Silhouette Cameo and cutting files
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Okay, well, Gail didn’t fussy cut her own details but you get the idea. We LOVE our Silhouette Cameo here at Core. There are so many amazing things you can do with it!

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And one from Design Team Member Debbie Standard. Debbie anchored her Brights Collection with some Whitewash. And how about all that embossing and sanding! Fabulous…every detail is just amazing!  Debbie combines multiple embossing folders form Darice, her Fiskars Paper crimper,  outlining on the layout base, die cuts….you name it!

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Stay tuned for tomorrow for some more fun in the sun layouts with our Brights Collection pack!

Summer Layouts and more with Tracy Gruber

Happy Wednesday! We hope you are enjoying your summer so far and today we want to start out with a super summery layout from Design Team Member Tracy Gruber.  I always struggle with white as a base for my layouts but Tracy makes it looks so easy! Plus…all  that embossing just makes me happy. :)

Nothing says summer like the Core’dinations Brights Card Stock paper pad!  The colors in this collection match the colors of the sunset almost perfectly.  I used a couple of different techniques on this layout including tearing, embossing, and sanding.  I also used Distress Inks and a water brush to make the water-colored looking circles.

 

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Brights and Neutrals paper pads
-Tim Holtz Distress Collection paper pad
-Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade
-Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies and Jessie’s ABC’s stamp sets
-Water Brush
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-1″ Fiskars circle punch
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots, Tiny Bubbles, Seeing Spots, Spots and Dots
-Sizzix Swirls Embossing Folder
-Thickers
-Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles
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I love to combine Core’dinations cardstock with stamps, especially when I am creating a “scene” on my card.  The tan card stock is perfect for sand, because when you tear it, it looks just like a beach!  I also used a piece of light blue card stock, which I embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then sanded with the Sand It Gadget.  It makes a perfect sky!
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Supplies:
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-Copics: E23, E25, YG61, YG63, YG67
-The Alley Way Stamps Sea Mates and Tropic Topic stamp sets
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Memory Box Puffy Clouds die
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One of my favorite types of Core’dinations paper is the Core Couture Glitter.  Why? Because I love glitter and this card stock has plenty of it!  I used the black Core Couture Glitter card stock as the background, along with a Core Tag to stamp the sentiment on.  I used a Cuttlebug die to cut out the 3-D flowers from the Core’dinations Pastels, Brights, and Darks paper pads.  I then sanded the edges of them to add some texture.
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Supplies:
-Cuttlebug Quilled Daisy Kit
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Avery Elle Winter Blend Sequins
-Paper Smooches Spiritual Sampler
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy

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