Xyron and Core’dinations inspiration in HERE!

October 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Xyron

We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long.

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And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway! AND we have a giveaway for our Facebook Fans, too! CLICK HERE to enter to win over there and keep reading on how to win on our blog, too.I heard a rumour that it might be a sticker maker?!??!?! So day TWO…hmmmm….how about some cards and a treat bag today?

Designer Clare Buswell worked her Xyron adhesive with a card and treat bag. I just loooooove me some Halloween projects and these are so awesome!  You can do a lot with some Core, Authentique and a Xyron Mega runner.

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Halloween Card:

Cover card base with black Core’dinations Color Core cardstock, sand edges with Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Trim patterned paper, round corners, ink edges with Distress Inks and machine stitch border. Adhere to card using Xyron Mega Runner. Cut spider’s web file from Core using Silhouette, attach to card and trim edges. Wrap seam binding around card and tie bow. Die cut labels from Core’dinations Color Core cardstock, stamp sentiment, ink edges and adhere to card using Xyron Mega Runner, to finish.

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Supplies: Core Essentials Neutrals, Core Essentials Darks, Core Couture Glitter, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Xyron – Mega Runner
Other: Authentique Papers – Thrilling Collection, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen, Fancy Tags Two, Big Shot, sewing machine, Silhouette file – Spider Webs, Silhouette Portrait,  sentiment stamp from Hocus Pocus from Waltzingmouse Stamps, seam binding, Jet Black Ink (Ranger), Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo (Ranger), card base, corner rounder.
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Halloween Bag:
Cut spider’s web file from Core using Silhouette, use as a mask to ink spider’s webs onto Kraft bag. Trim patterned papers, ink edges and layer onto bag using Xyron Mega Runner. Cut Trick or Treat file from black Core using Silhouette and adhere to piece of orange Core, emboss with stars embossing folder, ink edges and stitch border. Add glossy accents to text. Adhere panel to bag using Xyron Mega Runner. Punch two holes at top of bag and add seam binding, to finish. 
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And check out this amazing detail!
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Supplies: 
Core Essentials Neutrals, Core Essentials DarksSand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Xyron – Mega Runner
Other: Authentique Papers – Thrilling Collection, Big Shot, sewing machine, Silhouette file – Spider Webs and Trick or Treat, Silhouette Portrait, seam binding, Jet Black Ink (Ranger), Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo (Ranger), Kraft bag, hole punch, embossing folder Starry Night (Craft Concepts), Glossy Accents (Ranger).
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Next up we have Designer Kate Nolan Denham with the cutest little boy card! First up Kate stamped on one of our Smooth Tags.  The she created her own fauz washi tape pieces out of some embossed scraps of  Core. So CUTE!
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Here are some detailed shots oh how Kate made those cute little washi tape looking strips using her 1.5 Sticker maker.  We use these 24/7 around here. No more sticky hands from that wet adhesive and small paper bits!
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
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Layer it all on some Spotted Cardstock and then a Vintage Cardstock base and you are good to go!
And don’t forget to comment all week long for a chance to win this:
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AND this!
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Core’dinations and Xyron all week long!

September 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Imaginisce, Sizzix, Xyron

We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long.

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And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway! I heard a rumour that it might be a sticker maker?!??!?!

Designer Shaunte Wadley is up first with some mixing and matching of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Season Impressions, Kraft-Core and Fancy Pants Core Impressions. And see that super cool strip of pumpkins? Shante used her 2.5 Sticker maker so keep scrolling to check out easy it is to adhere that with Xyron tools.

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How is easy is that???

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It’s like magic…it’s sticky and NO MESS!

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Here’s a close up of it finished with the die cut layers:

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THEN after you sand with your Sand it Gadget, take your chalks and apply desired color for a really cool look! Not sure if you saw Friday’s post but Designer Kate Nolan Denham did that on her layout, too, but with some Black Magic..super cool!

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And next up is Designer Vivian Keh working the Black Magic!  Just love how she chose Black Magic for her Thanksgiving card. For some step by step photos check out her blog HERE.

For this card, I used cardstock from our fantastic “Black Magic” Collection.  Since I started playing with this stuff a month or so ago, I literally have not been able to stop crafting with it.  The results are always interesting and unique.  I sanded both my dry embossed background and my paper punched leaves, following that by applying a little pigment ink over the raised areas in a variety of autumn leaf tones.  I used the Xyron 1.5 in Create-A-Sticker machine to adhere the leaves – totally nuts about this tool because it is incredibly fast and convenient for adhering tiny pieces, like die-cut alphas or these leaves, to papercrafted projects.  No sticky, messy, glue-y fingers!  I used the Xyron Mega Runner to adhere the card front to a slightly larger card base – nice strong hold.
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Some details:
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And how amazing is this detail and all this color!? Very same concept as Shaunte using chalks but you can use ink, too!

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SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – “Black Magic” Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – Fancy & Floral Frames Embossing Folder Set #657197, Brenda Walton “Gift Tags” Bigz die #658730

Inkadinkado – Sentiment Stamp
TPC Studios – Flourish Stamp
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Clearsnap – PetalPoint Ink Pad Collection in “Provence,” Frost White Pigment Ink

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And don’t forget to comment to win because we have some awesome prizes up for grabs for commenting this week. How about some Core AND a Xyron Mega runner? We have more in store for prizes this week so STAY CLOSE!

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If you love Halloween, you came to the right place!

September 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft

 
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First up we have a layout from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham:
Halloween is one of my favorite times of year!  Definitely a time to for me to be imaginative and have fun.  The Halloween layout I am sharing today shows a fun way to use Core’dinations Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions as a fantastic background.
To make the words POP on the background, I not-so-gently sanded all the words on the Halloween Seasonal Impressions Cardstock and theen added some chalk.  I really wanted the Kraft-Core to absorb the color in the orange and blue Chalking Inks so giving it a good sanding is the key.

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The title work was super easy!  I cut the title out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Black Magic with my Cricut and then sanded it like crazy so the blue background would play on the title.

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Next time you are creating a seasonal layout grab some of the Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions!
Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x12 Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions 
4.25 x 5.5 Black Magic
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Quick Quotes Chalking Ink
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American Crafts Thickers
Making Memories & October Afternoon Brads
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And next up we have card from Designer Clare Buswell:

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Love this card?  Here is how Clare did it:

Make cardbase from cardstock. Emboss Black Magic cardstock, sand using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Ink edges using Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, adhere to card and round bottom corners. Add patterned paper (Authentique Thrilling Collection) panel and adhere sticker stitches. Add ribbon, bow and twine. Adhere Authentique Thrilling Collection stickers to cardstock, ink edges and fussy cut, attach to card using foam pads. Adhere flower, enamel dot and broom, to finish. 

SuppliesCore Black Magic (Warlock), Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Authentique Thrilling Collection, Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw), SRM Stickers – Sticker Stitches, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Reflected Damask, Big Shot, flower from Wild Orchid Crafts, black seam binding, tinsel twine, broom embellishment, corner rounder, enamel dot, foam pads.
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And next up we have a super simple card from Debbie Standard. All she did was emboss two colors of cardstock with two different folders and then added an EK Success sticker. And don’t forget  that May Arts ribbon…it’s actually cord that is PERFECT for Halloween with the black, orange and purple!
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Core’dinations – Darks and Brights collections
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Emossing Folder:  Lifestyle Crafts

Using Black Magic Cardstock for your Chalkboard Projects

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

Our Hot Topics feature the  greatest tips about using Core and all the latest news about contests and giveaways. If you are here today then you must be receiving our BRAND NEW Hard Core Crafter newsletter. We are hope you are enjoying it so far!

So what is the tip this month?  CHALKBOARD!

Chalkboard projects are all  the rage so keep reading to discover how you can use our Black Magic cardstock to add interest to these projects like this layout from Special Projects Team Member Leica Forrest:

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Tip 1.) Make it look like it’s really chalk by using the Outlining technique. New to outlining? All you do is take some removable adhesive and put your chipboard letters on your craft mat and then sand over it. You can check out the Technique Video HERE.  Lecia used this technique for the “FAMILY” title and then outlined it with her white marker.

Tip 2.) Sand punched pieces and layer them on your layout base so it looks like it is chalk. See that scalloped piece above the Family tile?  Leica punched first, sanded and then adhered it. It looks just like a colored piece of chalkboard! She used the same technique for the banner along the bottom of the photo.  The yellow and blue look JUST like chalk but all she did was and the cardstock so the colored Core comes through. It’s that easy!

Tip 3.)  Use your white gel pen or marker on the Black Magic Cardstock just as you would with any other cardstock. Highlight the title…add some journaling….doodle…whatever you want! Looks awesome, don’t you think?  Lecia used this technique along the right hand side of the layout for her journaling.

Tip 4.) Use white embossing powders on your Black Magic Cardstock.  The white embossing powder looks just like writing on the chalkboard itself. Clare then sanded the remaining parts of the card to really emphasize the look and feel of a real chalkboard.

Tip 5.) Find stamps and other products to core’dinate with your Black Magic, like our team members have done below, to maximize it’s potential. White or opaque heat embossing is a GREAT idea. With Core’s heavy weight it stands up to heat embossing beautifully.

Tip 6.) Don’t be afraid to keep is simple. Yes, the above layout has a lot of detail. You don’t always need to do all of those layers. Designer Tracy Gruber’s example below is a sample. Just some stamping and then background sanding is all you need.

The key is  sanding with the Sand it Gadget.

And we have MORE examples for you.  First up we have Designer Vivian Keh. P.S. Don’t forget ALL of our speciality collections come in 6×6 packs which are PERFECT for cardmaking! Vivian used a mix of stamping with her Hampton Art stamps, embossing and sanding:

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And a close up:  see how the sanding looks like chalk with the colored core?  BRILLIANT!

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Debbie Standard did a TON of sanding on her card and looks fabulous! She used the outlining technique (sanding OVER chipboard) for the title and then used her white gel  pen to outline the letters so they could really stand out like Tip 3.

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Tracy Gruber created a simple card for our next example as we referenced in Tip 6 — keeping it simple.  She used some cute Lawn Fawn Stamps, (heat) embossed, added the scored frame and then did some sanding in the background as well. Easy BUT it looks like much, much more.

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And next is a card created by Design Team Member Clare Buswell. Clare did many of the same techniques that the other designers  some White (heat) embossing with this super cute stamp from The Craft’s Meow then sanded the areas of the cut out.

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See how Clare used some of the Black Magic with the purple base  (Whammy) and then used some Black Magic with the White Core where she stamped and then sanded (Abracadabra)? That adds to the element of different colored chalks.

Follow The Craft’s Meow on Facebook for more cool ideas with stamps!

We hope you enjoyed these Core Tips and look forward to see what you can do with your Black Magic cardstock!

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Vivian Keh…a gorgeous mini AND a layout!

Hello, Core friends! Vivian Keh here with an accordion mini album that I made for one of my three closest high school friends, all of whom were able to visit me recently for an amazing reunion, just as we all hit the big Four Oh! I crafted this album to house small photos from our long weekend together, using a monochromatic palette, which is extra fun with all the lovely tones and tints of cardstock that Core’dinations has available! 

Check out the Core Essentials part of the website for color families so you can create your very own monochromatic look like this!

There’s some die-cutting, dry embossing, stamping, and of course my current favorite – tearing!

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A distressed crumpled look is so so easy with Core!

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Layer your scalloped edges for a “gingerbread” look! Ya know, like the roofs of gingerbread houses..cute, huh?!??!

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SUPPLIES:
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“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Worn Lipstick” from Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection
Jillian Dot Collection
Snowflake” White Cardstock
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Mariposa” bigz die, embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Fiskars – scallop edger punch, small butterfly punch
Tim Holtz – tiny attacher
EK Success – floral punch, circle punch
Memento – Dye ink
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Decorative Brads

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Next up a layout….. How cool are those torn squares?!?!

Vivian Keh with a layout that’s about as clean as I go – lots of white space, featuring graphic design elements created entirely with torn Core and paper punched blossoms from Marvy Uchida.  I sanded the blossoms to reveal the embossing that simultaneously occurs when you punch these pretties.  I must say, this paper punch was a pleasure to handle, cutting cleanly and embossing with a single, very easy press of the palm.
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And yeah for the cool embossed punches from Marvy Uchida!!!  How cool are those torn squares?  First layer the torn paper on some scrap paper and adhere.  Then cut out any shape you like and you have your very own embellishment!
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SUPPLIES:
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Pastel Collection
Tim Holtz Distress Collection
“Snowflake” White Cardstock
“Heritage Kraft” from Graphic 45 Signature Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Sizzlit “Typeset” Alphabet Strip Die
The Paper Studio – Self-adhesive pearls

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