Creative punch work with Vivian Keh

April 4, 2014 by  
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Don’t forget only ONE more day to create your card for the Cupcake Challenge Blog! We have one more piece of inspiration for you today from Vivian:

Hi there, Core fans.  Vivian Keh here to share with you some easy techniques to craft the delicate butterflies on this pair of cards.  Paper punches were used extensively for the major element – the twiggy strips and the butterflies. Within seconds, Core’dinations Cardstock plus the right paper punches provide us with spectacular embellishments, don’t you agree?  For the trio of butterflies in the focal image, I used an EK Success Butterfly Layering Punch.  Talk about compact – love that thing.  A flat solid butterfly was punched for the base layer, and a more intricate punch option was utilitized for the top layer.  I haven’t used my Crackle Accents in ages, and I’m glad I picked it up for these projects.  To achieve this delicate glossy texture, simply apply the Crackle Accents and set aside to dry.  Once dry, gently fold the wings upward and adhere to the base layer with a line of glue. I think this little bit of effort here pays off in the end, adding that special something which draws your recipient in for close ups and perhaps a few “ooh”s and “ahh”s.

How cool are these butterflies?

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And a close-up!

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Introducing Clare Buswell!

Sorry we are a bit late today…things have been crazy around here the last few weeks. It’s all good though!
Before we introduce Clare to you today, we want to take this time to tell you about our Hard Core Crafter program!  You get  access to EXCLUSIVE videos,  giveaways AND sneak peeks that no one else does…AND it’s FREE. I am bringing this up now because in case you haven’t notice, we recently hit 10,000 likes on our Facebook page! ;) ;) So I would make sure you are an HCC member so you don’t miss out on anything.  So don’t waste anymore time and sign up HERE!
Now….on to the good stuff…..
Today we are saying hello  to Clare Buswell!
Here is a little bit about Clare:

Hi! My name is Clare Buswell. I live in the south-west of Ireland in the countryside with Niall and our lovely 5 year old daughter Isabelle.

I’ve always been creative in some form or another, I studied graphic design at art college. I only discovered the whole world of paper-crafting after the birth of my daughter when I had little time but longed to be creative again. Card-making was the perfect answer for me and is now my passion. I also really love to make 3D paper projects. I love stamping, quilling and making my own embellishments, especially paper flowers! I love trying out different techniques and coming up with my own. I also love to paint with acrylics and watercolors.

I’ve been lucky enough to have my work published in Paper Crafts, CARDS and CardMaker magazines in the US and I design regularly for Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine in the UK.

When I’m not paper-crafting I love to spend my time gardening, baking and with my family.

I’m really excited to be part of the Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock design team!

If you have been to Clare’s blog you will notice she isn’t a layout girl…her cards are incredible so she did her signature paper ruffles for us today! You will see more of this gorgeous, handmade technique in the future and if you want to learn how to do it yourself, check out Clare’s blog HERE.
You can get some really realistic looking paper ruffles using this simple technique. Once you get the hang of it you can apply your paper ruffles to your cards and layouts in lots of different ways.  Here is how she does it:
To make the ruffles I cut strips of Core’dinations cardstock approx 1 1/2″ deep, mist the back of the cardstock with water, leave for a minute and the cardstock becomes malleable and easy to form into ruffles. Just be careful not to wet it too much! Once you’ve shaped your ruffles, leave to dry and apply to your projects with double sided tape. For a detailed tutorial you can visit my blog.
For my first card I went for an ombre effect and layered tones of blue and turquoise ruffles on my card. When layering the ruffles always start at the bottom. You can enhance the edges of the ruffles by gently rubbing them with your Sand It Gadget for some added texture.
Swoooooooooooooon!
Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic, Tim Holtz Distress Collection, The Whitewash Collection, Sand it Gadget, Dust Buddy, Big Shot, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Sweet Sentiments stamp The Craft’s Meow, Onyx Black VersaFine Ink, Distress Ink – Antique Linen, teal satin ribbon, baker’s twine.
I think it is only fitting that we giveaway some of that fabulous Tim Holtz Kraft Core, don’t you?????
Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. Winner this weekend will be posted on Tuesday due to the holiday weekend here in the States. Winner will 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.
If you have been following us  make sure you check our WINNER page HERE to see if you won!
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AND the winner of the Spotted cardstock from yesterday is…………
Kathy Wittlock says:

Cute layout – those little arrows get to the point!
love the spotted cardstock- would love to have some to try~

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MORE Tim Holtz Shattered in here!

Some more Tim Holtz Shattered Collection layouts!  This line was a HUGE hit at CHA…you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

A layout from Designer April Derrick:

Check out the fun folded card we learned from Guest Designer Leeann Pearce AND see that cool  postage stamp layer in the Kraft?  YEP…that is from the David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system Step two. We LOVE mixing and matching these collections!

And another postage stamp layer from the David Tutera line. Told ya we liked ‘em! :)

On this layout, Designer April Derrick  used her Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Chipped Saphire by Ranger and inked the Shattered cardstock. See how the stain just soaks up in the cracks and turned blue??!?!?!?  HOW COOL IS THAT??? And she embossed some of it too (the layer under the photo). So many possibilities!

Stay tuned for more ideas on is BRAND NEW Line that we debuted at CHA 2013 featuring Tim Holtz-Kraft Core!

Guest Designer Leeann Pearce!

Monday Monday!

Hope you had a GREAT weekend! We are back to our regularly scheduled blog posts. Between Holidays, flu, getting ready for CHA, Hard Core Crop prizes and more…we are busy busy!

Today we have Guest Designer Leeann Pearce with us again! Leeann is the queen of cool. Her layouts are always so awesome with layers and layers of texture and this color combo is just a classic.  The gray tones that Leeann pairs together are just perfect and it’s so easy with Core’dinations Cardstock since everything “core’dinates”!

Here is a little bit about this layout from the lovely Leeann herself:

Hello and Happy New Year Core fan… Today I am sharing a quick page. I am a lover of solid colours and shapes. I created a chevron background by cutting 3” x 3” squares into triangles. I wanted to add just small pops of colour as you can see. I did add some texture to the bright yellow triangle using my embossing folder and Sizzix Big Shotz machine. I used a Core tag and have this hiding in small paper bag.
Materials Used: Cardstock Neutrals, Tim Holtz  Ranger Distress collection, pack all white  Core tags, Crate paper border stickers, a flair for buttons, Epiphany crafts round 14 tool and bubble cap, Amy Tangerine rosette, Heidi Swapp buzz words, twine.

Bonus Day with Scor-Pal

This is the last day of our week with SCOR PAL. Do you have one of these?  Well, if you are a paper craft you better. AND if you love Core, then  you BETTER! Scoring, then sanding with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock is the only way to go. We hope that you have found some new and exciting ways use your Scor-Pal.

Scoring raises the cardstock so you can sand it and release that inner Core. It’s gorgeous AND both design teams are going to show you easy and fabulous ways the Scor Pal products and Core’dinations can add interested to your papercrafting projects.

Did you know we have a Scoring Video?   Check out our Technique videos for some awesome ideas on what you can do with Core, including the scoring video.

PLEASE make sure you check out the Scor Pal blog for some iNcReDiBle designs this week (I think there might be a prize over there ;) ). They SIMPLY rockYou know we always have something up our sleeve for you when we do these fun blog events so keep commenting for a chance to win some great Core’dinations Cardstock!

Design Team Member April Derrick created this cool envelope for her layout to keep Core Tags with her journaling and some photos. Brilliant!

Don’t forget your Scor Tape!\

EEEEK! May Arts Ribbon!

Some more scoring….


Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Graphic 45 Signature Collection, Core Tags,  Queen & Co twinkle Goosebumps, May Arts Ribbon, Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray

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