Fabulous Friday

…..with Vivian Keh!

In order to create the luxurious feeling in this card project, I turned to the beautiful pearlescent hues of our Gemstones collection.  While the sheen on the die-cut rosebuds showcases the elegance of the Gemstones cardstock as is, I dry embossed a bit of Sapphire colored cardstock, sanded  and distressed the raised surfaces with Distress Ink to infuse my card with a sense of nostalgia.

Ah…you can never have too many close-ups, right? Here is a shot of the inking on the embossed Gemstones cardstock.

Gemstones does NOT have a sandable finish like our Specialty collections so when you sand, you will lose the sheen. This is a GREAT alternative…sand it so you loose the smooth finish and your ink will be more intense.

SUPPLIES

Core’dinations:
Gemstones ColorCore (4.25 in x 5.5 in) – Sapphire,Rose Quartz, and Opal
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Sizzix - “Moroccan” Textured Impressions Embossing FolderFlower Bloom w/ Leaves 3-D Sizzlit, Big Shot Machine

Hampton Art – “Abundance” Stamp Set IC148
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen

Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Tsukineko – Stazon Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Metallic String Iridescent

And another card for you!

I love the organic patterns in every sheet of our “Shattered” Collection.  For this card, I kept a rustic, muted palette, creating very easy blooms by paper-punching and sanding petal shapes from a sheet of Shattered cardstock, taking advantage of the kraft backsides for some interesting variation in my blooms.

SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered; Colorcore in “Latte”

Sand-It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Martha Stewart – Ornament Punch

Recollections – Self-adhesive pearls

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Paper Ribbon   Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Introducing Jennifer Edwardson!

May 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Can you believe it is our last day of the 2013-2014 intros????

Don’t forget 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!

Let’s say howdy to Jennifer Edwardson!

Hey everyone, i’m Jennifer Edwardson and like most, I began scrapbooking shortly after the birth of my daughter in 2000 and never looked back. I’ve been creative my whole life and loved back to school shopping the most….all the paper and crayons and color – love, love loved it !!

Shortly after my 2nd child was born …. (like REALLY shortly – he was just 9 mos. old – CRAZY !!!) …. I decided it’d be cool to open a business, so I did…….and have had my own successful LSS since 2006.

I am so fortunate to get to do what I love every day …… I have extensive instruction and design experience that has allowed me to travel and share my passion with many. My work has been featured on manufacturers blogs as a Guest Designer, i’ve created projects for CHA, have been a member of the Bella Blvd. Design Team for the past 2 years, am on the David Tutera Celebrate Design Team, am an American Crafts Certified Instructor and now cannot wait to share my creativity with you during my time on the new Core’dinations Design Team (yep – super EXCITED !!)

When I am not running the day to day operations of my business or designing a fun new workshop, you can find me spending time with my husband, Scott, children Emma and Alex, our 2 crazy puppies and our horses on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada !!

Check out my blog here: http://www.3dfoamandasandingblock.blogspot.com

What better way to celebrate yourself then a wedding layout! Here is a little bit about Jennifer’s layout:

I punched out several hearts and then embossed a few using some of my fave Darice embossing folders.  I LOVE the Core Couture Glitter cardstock and added in some pearl Gemstones behind the photo, too! The red embossed border along the left of the layout was cut from the Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions – LOVE it ……
I even added a few bits from the David Tutera Celebrate Card Making System by Core’dinations.  A white border along the top of the photo mat, the small silver heart, red gem and the twine, too!

Supplies:
Spotted Tillie Dot – Nightfall
Gemstones – Pearl
Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection – No. 3
Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions – Valentines No. 3
Core Essentials – Duchess Rose
Core Essentials – Cardinal
Core Couture – Black Tie
Core Couture – White Gloves
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
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And our winner of the Black Magic Cardstock is………….
Patricia Meadows says:

Welcome Gail, Love the stripes .Just found the blog today. Really think am going to love it, so many ideas. I too like clean pages not alot of clutter. I purchase cor’dinations at JoAnn’s by the sheet,had no idea there was so much to choose from! Again welcome. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Today’s giveaway is…………..
Tillie Spotted Cardstock! Did you love it in Jennifer’s layout? Now is your chance to win it!
Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. Winner this today will be posted on Monday to the  weekend. 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.

Introducing Jill Lebbin!

May 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

Who’s having fun this week???

Today we are welcoming Jill Lebbin!  If you have been with us the last week or so make sure you check out the winner list HERE. You might see your name there and don’t want to miss out on your Core Prize pack.

Here is a little bit about Jill:

Hello! My name is Jill and I share my crafts on my blog Every Day is an Occasion. I am so ecstatic to be on Core’dination’s Design Team! I absolutely LOVE designing and creating projects! Within the last five years I have learned that I am happiest if I am able to carve out a little bit of time to live creatively every day, whether it is by decorating my house, making a card, or working on a scrapbook. I guess I could say, it is in blood…I attribute all my craftiness to my mother.

Most of my time is spent with my loving family. I have a wonderful husband who is very supportive of my endeavors and two sweet and spunky kids whom I get to spend my days with. I am so blessed!! We enjoy traveling together, whether it is to zoos, museums, or lakes…but our very favorite spot to travel to is The Cayman Islands.

When I’m not spending time with the fam or crafting I am working on my fundraiser that I created and direct called Craft for a Cause. We raise money to help buy Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s they help restart a heart).

Here is the inside scoop in Jill’s layout:

I chose a picture of my family as the focal point in my layout because they are my main focus. They are my life. Everything revolves around them and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is a picture of the four of us at a zoo. My son absolutely LOVES zoos, so we have been to 7 different zoos around the country within the last year.

Core'dinations Design Team Layout

When crafting, I like to make things fun and interactive. So, I hid the Core Tag behind the photo. If you pull the ribbon, the tag will come out and I wrote where we were and the kids’ ages on the tag.

Core'dinations Design Team

I love sanding Core’dinations paper! It’s become a serious love! I mean really isn’t it fun?!
Core'dinations Design Team  Sanding Picture

Supply List

Main turquoise cardstock piece: Core Impressions: Fancy Pants

White Core’dinations Cardstock: David Tutera -Lace Doily Assortment

Purple Tag: Core’dinations Tags-Brights Assortment

Ribbon: May Arts

Photo Corners: Martha Stewart Crafts

Thickers: American Crafts

Flowers: Paper Studio-Spare Parts

Thanks for stopping by and learning a bit about me!

To find out all the latest with me, we can stay in touch by Blog Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram

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Anyone up for a WINNER from yesterday’s Brights collection pack??????????

Lynda says:
May 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

The Brights collection have such bright & cheery colors! I’d love to try them!

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And today we have a pack of the gorgeous Neutrals Cardstock! Every single crafter MUST HAVE this in their stash! Same great Core but in a neutral color palette.


Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. We will pick a random winner the following morning (or Monday if it is the weekend) to 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.

Introducing Heather Kaesgen

Happy Monday!  Did you have a great weekend? We sure did!

Make sure you check out the full list of winners HERE. We are back for another fun week of intros and giveaways!

First up we have our winner from Friday of the Tim Holtz Kraft Core….

Tami McDaniel says:
May 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Very cute L/O. I love the added layers and the feather. Thanks for the chance to win. tfs Tami

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Today we are introducing Heather Kaesgen!

My name is Heather Kaesgen; I am a proud stay at home mom of 2 boys Parker (13) & Hayden (8). They keep me very busy with all of their activities. You can find us at a baseball field 6 nights a week from April – August. Thank God I love baseball! I have been married almost 15 years to the greatest husband and father I could have ever of wished for. I am very blessed to be able to stay at home and play in my craft room daily.  I am always making something. Whether it is for a party, a card, for the house or scrapbooking, I always have a project in the works. My passion is scrapbooking; there is nothing more precious than to see your family on a beautifully decorated page. We LOVE to travel as a family.  We spent 3 weeks in Europe last summer – can you imagine those pictures!? My favorite place in the world is Paris (and the Outer Banks and Disney and Out West, get it LOVE to travel). We are starting a lofty goal of visiting every Major League Ballpark, all 32 of them, in the next 5 years! Did I mention we LOVE baseball. I can’t wait to start that scrapbook!

And about Heather’s layout…she is passionate about traveling so that is what she created for you today! A layout about her travels:

I loved picking one thing that I totally love and doing an entire page on it!  As it says I am obsessed with the Eiffel Tower. I have been to the top, spent hours up there and have many, many pictures of it. I used hues of brown with a hint of blue. Very French! My personality is a lot like my crafting, some days it is Classic, Timeless and Simple. Other days it is Colorful, Sassy and Crazy. Obviously you see what mood I was in, how could you not… it is PARIS.  Every piece of paper used was Core’dinations. It is so versatile! I love to emboss and then sand. I can’t get enough of it! Enjoy and Au revoir.

Core’dinations Cardstock:
Neutrals Core Esssentials Pack
Vanilla Cream
Tranquil Blue
Spotted Tillie Dot
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress, Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Shattered
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice Embossing Folder
DaisyD Flowers
ColorBox brads & gems
Darice Basic Expressions Ribbon
Cricut
Xyron Mega Runner
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Today we are giving away some Pastel Cardstock! The colors in this pack are gorgeous, don’t you think?

Introducing Suzanna Lee

May 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Happy Thursday! Are you having fun yet?

We sure are!

This  we began a TWO THREE WEEK event introducing our BRAND NEW Design Team!    Each member created a layout just for their day on the blog so from today, May 13th -May 31st we will  introduce a team member to you. Isn’t that fun??!?!?!

AND TO CELEBRATE THIS EVENT WE ARE GIVING AWAY A PACK OF CARDSTOCK EVERY DAY! Tomorrow morning I will announce today’s random winner…just leave a comment on THIS POST. And then come back and comment the next day. We will be doing this  every week day until the end of May so don’t go far!!!

Today’s winner will receive a pack of……

GLITTER SILK!


Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. We will pick a random winner the following morning (or Monday if it is the weekend) to 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.

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So curious to see who is our winner from yesterday??????????

Tona says:

Omgosh! That is the most amazing layout!!! I just love the colors and all of that texture!

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Today we have new Design Team Member…… Suzanna Lee!

Check out more about Suzanna and her projects on her blog HERE. Here is a little bit about her:

What can I say? I’m just a woman who is obsessed with her husband, her 2 kids, her camera (a Nikon!), living life to the fullest and preserving our memories as we go! Michael and I have been happily married for 14 years. Together we are raising two amazing children—Nikolas, 10, and Mia,almost 7.

I am very diverse when it comes to styles and techniques. I can’t claim any one as a main stay in my projects. I range from clean and simple to layered and packed with little details. The paper and photographs speak to me and I do what feels right. New styles, techniques, products, etc. are some of the major things that offer me inspiration. I am always excited to try new things and new opportunities, in life and with paper crafting.

When I’m not hiding behind my camera or cutting and creating both mess and beauty, I’m a physical therapist. I love what I do and love that it helps fund my hobby and collection! Who needs purses and shoes when you can have paper and embellishments?!

And how much do you loooooove the color combo of this layout??? I just love learning all these random bits about Suzanna.

And some close ups:

Ohhhhhh…embossing! :) Our 6×6 pads are a great way to add small deatils to layouts….they aren’t just for cards!

Now a little bit about Suzanna’s layout:

Every now and again, I try to do a page about myself. My kids love pouring through the albums and love seeing themselves but I know there will come a time when they will wish there was more of Mum and Dad. I know I love learning the little details of my parents’ lives. This layout served that purpose as well as sharing a little bit about myself with you. Random bits about Suzanna Lee. I literally wrote the first 5 thoughts that came to mind. I did say random! I also wanted to showcase how amazing core is! There is one piece of patterned paper on this page, the majority of the paper is Core of one type or another. All those different lines come together as a cohesive whole! Amazing!

Supply List:
Vintage Collection 6×6 and 12×12
Whitewash 6X6
Black Magic 6X6
Spotted: Tillie Dot 6X6
Core Impressions: Cosmo Cricket
Core Essentials Dark
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Embossing Folders: Tim Holtz, Cuttlebug, Lifestyle Crafts
Patterned Paper and Journal Spot: Fancy Pants
Brads: American Crafts
Tag: Chic Tags
Misc: vellum
Font: Billabong

GORGEOUS Mother’s Day Cardstock Bouquet

May 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Ever wonder what you can create with our 6×6 and Cut & Emboss collection packs?
KEEP READING!
Design Team Member Jennifer Edwardson created this gorgeous handmade flower basket for her mother for Mother’s Day.
Here is a little bit about this project from Jennifer:
Mom’s always love to get a handmade gift for Mother’s Day so why not a bouquet of ‘flowers’ ….. Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock flowers to be exact :)
First, I adhered brown Shattered Cardstock to the outside of my ‘flower box’  and then added the ribbon around the outside top edge of the box and added a bow.  I stamped my sentiment on a white Core Tag and then ran it through my die cutting maching using a flourish embossing folder and then used a blue Core Bookmark and did the same thing but with a different pattern.  To make them work well together I cut the bottom off of the blue one and rounded the corners. I added a couple of punched leaves just under a twine tied button before adhereing this to the center of my bow .
Using some of my fave Core cardstock textures and colors I set to work punching all shapes and sizes of flowers before running them through my die cut machine with several different embossing folders !!  I sanded and adhered them all together keeping some flat and adding 3D foam to several as well.  I tied twine into some fun buttons and adhered them to the center of the flowers ….. I even got a few butterflies into the mix and added some adhesive backed pearls too.
I adhered each flower to a thin wooden kabob stick.  Once my ‘bouquet’ was complete, I added a styrofoam ball to the bottom inside and covered it with white crinkle cut paper.  Then I was able to gently push my flower ‘stems’ into the styrofoam and have them stand where I wanted them.
And another shot of all that embossing”
I love how this came together and now my mom can enjoy this pretty ‘bouquet’ all year long without ever having to think about watering it!
Supplies: Glitter Silk 6×6, Vintage Collection 6×6, Spotted Jillian Dot 6×6, Spotted Tillie Dot 6×6, Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection 6×6, Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection 4.25 x 5.5, Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection 4.25 x 5.5, The Whitewash Collection 4.25 x 5.5, Gemstones Pearlescent Finish 4.25 x 5.5, Core Bookmarks, Core Tags

Tools: Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy, Embossing Folders

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