Happy Monday Morning!

June 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

Hope you had a fantabulous weekend!

We sure did! We are gearing up for some fun summer events here on the Core Blog and Facebook so we hope you will be around for some awesome inspiration this summer!

Speaking of awesome inspo….did you have fun last week with Peachy Keen????  WOW! Is all I can say…stamping and Core = perfection!  Whether it is our Core Foundations smooth cardstock or the Core Essentials textured…you can stamp your heart out.

It was our first time using Rafflecopter and it was cool! We did have a glitch for a bit and got it fixed so thank you for your patience with that.  You are able to manually add entries so I will do that for those of you who posted in the comments section so I need to do that today and we will  post a winner tomorrow. I want to make sure we get everyone!

Today we have a layout featuring some gorgeous Whitewash from Design Team Member Kim Jeffress. Kim took her Sand It Gadget and sanded the entire sheet of Whitewash. Look closely so you can see the beautiful yellow core coming through the white surface.

Here is a close-up…see all that awesome texture? {sigh} LOVE IT! That is no ordinary cardstock…just so unique and can accent any of your paper crafting projects perfectly!

Tuesday Tutorial with Andrea Amu

We have a fun tutorial for you today from Design Team Member Andrea Amu!
But first up we need a winner from last week from our week with May Arts!
Judy Webb says:

Cannot get enough Core!!! Loving this week.

Winners email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with the subject line reading the contest you won, For Example: March Color Challenge Winner. Also include in the body of the email your name, address, and phone number (only if international). We will send you a confirmation back that we received your email so you know your prize will be on it’s way soon! We ship prizes to our lucky winners twice a month once we receive all prize winner’s information.


Now let’s get to the this cool tutorial on how to make this!
Here is a little bit from Andrea herself:
Today I wanted to share with you a technique for making a pretty textural ribbon flower that can be used on a variety of projects.
I created my ribbon flower by covering panels of cardstock with rows of adhesive backed ribbon and then die cut and layering a variety of different sized floral shapes from the ribbon panels.
Here’s a list of supplies needed:
Choice of Core’dinations Cardstock (I used Jillian Spotted Cardstock)
Choice of coordinating ribbon  (I used May Arts Silky Crush ribbon in brown and teal)
Choice of metal dies (I used Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies, Classic Scalloped Circles)
Die cutting/Embossing machine (I used my Cuttlebug)
Xyron 15 Adhesive and Applicator
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Decorative Brad
Okay, to get started you will want to cut various scraps of light colored cardstock into panels and then cut several strips of the ribbon.
You will want to add adhesive to the backs of the ribbons strips.  I have found that the easiest method of doing this is to run ribbon strips through a Xyron Adhesive Applicator.
Once you apply the adhesive to the ribbon, you can begin to cover the surface of the cardstock scrap panels, alternating strips of color as I have done, or  you can cover a panel using strips of one color.
Once all the panels are covered entirely with the ribbon strips you can now die cut your desired shapes from the panels using various sizes of dies.  To create my layered flower, I have die cut my shapes using scalloped circles dies from Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies.  To give more visual contrast and texture, I have also die cut some embossed cardstock shapes to be layered into my flower as well.  I used a Sand It Gadget, which is a sanding block by Core’dinations, to sand over the embossed dots of the cardstock.
For the next step, you will want to take each die cut shape and crinkle it up in your hands… don’t be afraid to crinkle them up tightly… the more crinkle the better!   Now take each piece and flatten them back out, and  you’ve just created even more lovely texture and dimension to the pieces.
To form the flower, simply layer each shape center to center forming a stack from largest to smallest.  You will want to punch a hole in the centers of each and then attach the stack together using a decorative brad.  Before attaching my brad here I also rolled up a small piece of extra ribbon and coiled it around the center punched hole.  Once you attach the brad fluff up the layers to give dimension.
Now you can have fun embellishing your projects with beautiful ribbon flowers that you’ve made on your own!

More Layouts with Core and Authentique!

Happy Wednesday!

We are here with a super fun week with Authentique. If you have been here before for our blog swap weeks, you know the drill. Comment ALL WEEK LONG for a chance to win some Core’dinations! If you post every day, that is five chances to WIN!

AND…DID YOU SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE RECENTLY????? We have 5936 5946 5988 Likes. How cool is that?  We are less than 70 60 15 away from 6K and we want to make that happen this week. SO PLEASE help us get there!  Shout it from the roof tops, tell you friends…SHARE  this Core & Authentique badge with your friends. 6k or Bust!

We couldn’t be more excited than to do it this week with our friends over at Authentique?!?!?!

We have a some Tim Holtz Kraft Core up for grabs. Who wants some????  If we get to 6k this week will give some away and it COULD BE YOU! Just help us on Facebook ..it’s that easy!

So how can you win this week:

1.) Comment on our blog all week long.

2.) Help us get to 6k of Facebook by sharing with your friends, shouting from the rooftops how much you LOVE Core and Authentique, doing a dance…just kidding  with that last part but we would still love to see it ;)

3.) Head over to the Authentique blog for chances to win, too! If  you comment over on their blog, you can win some Authentique, too!!!!! Here is a link to their Facebook page, too. While you are on Facebook helping us get to 6000 likes, stop by and say “HI!”

YES! Even the Whitewash looks awesome with the Authentique Carefree Collection!!! Love how Kim Jeffress paired it with the Authentique Carefree  elements.

and a close up…loving that black splatter against the Whitewash! Don’t be afraid to get out that Sand It Gadget and really sand that Whitewash to get that color core to come through like Kim did here.

And Melissa Oliveira…the stitching is perfection…and the touch of May Arts ribbon and the Posie Cardstock from Jenni Bowlin is so sweet with this layout!

And Lydia Jackson uses the touch of Graphic45 Core Impressions along with top of this layout…

Check out the awesome details…Lydia used her Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder on this layout and then inked over top of it for a really fabulous distressed feel. The sanded parts of the Core really pick up the inking.  Lydia also used her Spellbinder’s Label Die and printed her journaling directly on it. LOVE the tone on tone…fabulous!  OOOH and some May Arts Ribbon :)

Easter Bunny Bow Ties

April 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, My Mind's Eye

Happy Tutorial Tuesday!
We have a fun tut today from Design Team Member Kim Jeffress. Kim created these SUPER cute bow ties for those fun Easter candy treats you get on a stick. AdorAble!
BOW TIES
1 Start with your choice of Core’dinations cardstock (Kim used My Mind’s Eye Core Impressions), Sand it Gadget and  a Dust buddy.
2 On a piece of scrap 12 inch cardstock draw this design- basically think of it as two fish kissing. Mine is approx 2 inches wide.
3 Cut it out and then trace around it onto your core cardstock and cut out.
4 Using your sanding block sand the embossed pattern of your cardstock. Remember to wipe off the excess dust with your dust buddy.
5 Take your scissors and cut a slit in the indented end (cut half way through), now turn your cardstock 180 degrees and repeat at the other end but make sure it’s on the opposite side.
6 Now comes the tricky part, twist your cardstock over and join each slit cut into the cardstock
7 You should now have something that looks like this.
8 Push down on the centre of the loop as shown.
9 Staple through all the layers to hold it together.
10 Cut a strip approx 1 inch wide of a coordinating pattern paperand wrap around the middle of your bow and glue into place.
11 Now take your chocolate bunny on a stick and using strong adhesive, adhere the back of your bow to the stick as shown. Allow to dry.
12 Your bunny is complete
CUTE!

Kids Crafts and Core!

March 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Hot Topics

Welcome to our Kids Crafts  and Core Series!

Our awesome design team has put together a few tutorials that you will be seeing here on the blog that are designed JUST for you and your family. We had our first series from Design Team Member Char Dobson over Valentines Day here with some great Cricut tips.

Today we have Design Team Member Kim Jeffress and her son with a fun tutorial using Core’dinations cardstock, punches and other found items around the house. Here is a little bit about this project from Kim herself and a sneak peek of what they created together:

My 5 year old son in completely obsessed with all things Space. He spends all day everyday, reading Space books, drawing Space pictures and playing with his space toys.
He is also a BIG lover of craft just like his mum and I have to hide away all my precious Scrapbooking papers and goodies for fear he will cut them up.
Today we decided to create a Space picture using  some of my Coredinations scraps.
Step 1 We gathered a bunch of Coredinations cardstock scraps, scissors, glue, crayons and a pencil.
Step 2 To create the planet Mars he chose a piece of pre embossed Pink Paislee cardstock cut it into the desired shape then used the side of a crayon to shade over the bumps…”Look mummy a pattern” he shouted!
Step 3 He then used some containers to trace circles for other planets and cut them out! He also used the different coloured cardstock to cut out a rocket which he sanded and a sun…Glitter cardstock for a shiny sun!
Step 4 I helped him to cut out the rings for Saturn but he insisted on using my sanding block to sand the rings himself!
Step 5 My punches are definitely a favourite and he raced up stairs to get my star punch to create some stars.
Step 6 He wanted some craters on Mars so I suggested he use the kraft core to tear the top, he then drew and cut out the rest.
Step 7 He then went ahead and assembled his picture.
Step 8 Finally he wrote a simple story about his picture, he couldnt wait to read it to his daddy!
And here is the finished project! SO CUTE! And FUN!

Taking Core off the page..

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket

And onto the Wall!

Yes, you heard us right…today we have a fun project for you that takes Core’dinations off the page and will help you stay organized. It doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

Design Team Member Char Dobson created this wipe board using  loads of Core, including one of my favorites, the Cosmo Cricket neutrals collection pack. The teal in this collection is such a gorgeous color and you can never have too many circles!

Don’t forget your Sand It Gadget to get that perfect sanded look.  We hope you are inspired to take your Core off the page!

What a great way to stay organized AND it looks awesome, too!

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