We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long! We hope you have been having fun so far!
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Let’s start today off with festive layout from Tim Holz Seasonal Kraft Core with Designer Suzanna Lee:
For those of you who have followed my blog, you’ve already heard my rave review of the Xyron MegaRunner. You can read all about it here. Having had the chance to use my MegaRunenr A LOT more since that review, I am still a big fan! The cartridges are so easy to just drop in and get scrapping. You don’t have to rely on that one friend who threads it for you, nor do you have to keep re-threading. Big bonuses! The Create-A-Sticker “X” has been sitting on my desk for AGES. I think it’s the one adhesive that still remains from early, early days. It’s the tried and true work horse for letters (like the title on this layout) and smaller embellishements (like the pumpkins, ribbon and burlap). New “wows” that I got to play with in the making of this layout with are the 3/16 inch dots and 1/2 inch double sided tape, each with their own environmentally friendly dispenser. The double sided tape is fantastic when you’re using Core’dinations products in that sometimes the sanded Core, no matter how clean that Dust Buddy gets it, can be a little more resistant to stick and bond to more Core. Not the case with Xyron’s double sided tape! Thanks Xyron for some innovative, earth friendly and reliable adhesives!
And how about a super cute card from Designer Tracy Gruber? Love her play on geometric shapes and of course that CUTE stamp! The create-a-sticker is perfect for the chevron shapes along the side of the card.
And next up we have a Designer Gail Linder with a GREAT layout featuring the Xyron Mega Runner.
Inspired by an advert I saw online, I wanted to create a background with even strips of cardstock. Once I chose my colors and cut my strips, it was so quick and easy to adhere them to a background cardstock using the Xyron Mega Runner!
To add interest and texture, one of my strips is the gorgeous Tillie Dot embossed cardstock. Before all the strips were adhered, I gave them all a slight sand to reveal a bit of their core with my Sand it Gadget.Finally, I wanted to add a large ’2′ to my background but didn’t want to detract from my strips so I simply hand-stitched the outline of the number.
Just a fabulous color combo….Gail knows how to work yellow for sure!
Today we have two layouts from Designer Suzanna Lee using our Core Impressions. The great thing about these lines is that you can sand them or not sand them. So we thought we would give you to examples of each. The first one uses the BasicGrey Core Impression Whimsy collectionnot sanded.
The fun thing about Core is you can sand some …and not sand others ..all in the same layout like Suzanna did here. She sanded the tone on tone stars and scallop shape in red to make them pop off of each other and then left her Core Impressions as is. Don’t forget to get out your Sand it Gadget when you decide to sand It’s repositional sand paper pieces make it so easy to use!
Patterned paper-less (or primarily cardstock) layouts are so easy to create with Core’dinations! Especially when you throw some Core Impressions in the mix – the printed design and embossed images really add some fine detail to the layout. Just because the cardstock is embossed, it doesn’t mean you have to sand it. I like the subtle texture of the unsanded Core.
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Washi: unknown (Japanese)
Twine: The Twinery
Brads: American Crafts
Letter Stickers: Simple Stories SNAP!
The Sanded Layout:
Next up we have a layout from Suzanna where did quite a bit of sanding on the BasicGrey Core Impressions. We LOVE the look of BOTH and are happy we can give you that creative option!
Core’dinations looks great cut in your Silhouette or any die cutting machine!
Love the bits of sanding….
Just because you have the ability to sand it, tear it and emboss it, doesn’t mean you have to. Sometimes, less is more. That’s the highlight of this layout. Pure, simple unadulterated Core! LOL!! Okay, I did sand the Core Impressions, but of the 5 types of Core I used, it’s the only one I “did” something to. One teeny tiny strip of patterned paper, that’s all! And a few embellishments.
We have some fun projects for you today. Hope this weekend is a scrappy one! But first we want to make sure we see you back here Monday!
First a card from Designer Gail Linder:
My just-turned-two year old son is obsessed with trucks at the moment so I had to create a truck card for his birthday!
Using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, I cut out the truck in three core colors so I could mix and match it when I put it together on the card! I think I must say this all the time, but it is truly awesome how just a little sand can add so much dimension and definition to simple shapes like these!
And of course, what good is a dump truck without a pile of dirt? Torn, embossed and sanded Chocolate Box cardstock was the perfect, rough dirt for this (I have to say) cute little dump truck!
One of the things I love about Core’dinations Cardstock, besides the colored core, is that there are so many fantastic colors of cardstock. Color can evoke a feeling in a layout, it can help support the theme of a layout or it can just compliment the photos. It is awesome that Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock has so many colors that it makes it so easy to do of these things! When creating this “All Boy” layout, I wanted to use what I consider “all boy” colors. Core’dinations Cardstock did not fail me!
To pop the ColorCore on the green background paper, orange arrows and brown titlework I simply distressed the cardstock with the Core’dinations Sandit Gadget and Dust Buddy.
I stamped some fun boy adjectives after adding a bit of Distress Paint to a Core’dinations Core’Tag. These sturdy, smooth tags are awesome for adding wet mediums. Stamping on the textured ColorCore Cardstock has such a great effect, too, as you can see on the “guareneed trouble” spot.
Sorry we are a bit late today…things have been crazy around here the last few weeks. It’s all good though!
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
AND the winner of the Spotted cardstock from yesterday is…………
Hello, I am from the Great Lakes of Ontario Canada. Scrapbooking started out for me a few years ago, lots of classes from great instructors and here I am looking at mixed media as my new challenge for 2013. As for my scrapping style… well, that is ….TBA. I create using products that feel good to me. I am inspired by talented designers and experiment with new techniques, so spikes of different styles will be noted above the radar!
I tend to scrap in 3 styles : Eclectic/Freestyle, Romantic/Shabby Chic and Multimedia.
And to see more of her work check out her blog HERE!
Here is a little bit about this layout from Ava: Costa: Ocean Waters calm my Soul
Have you tried this technique water misting yet? Let me share my layout with you that features water misting and hot glue application.
The lace border trim around the photo was created using the Martha Stewart punch, by misting the border punched trim with a water mister. Once the water has soaked in like 1 minute, fold like a fan the strip of paper and shape to the desired shape and let the border rest (dry) somewhat and like magic, you have a full textured element for your page. I misted my flower as well to get the curled look to the petals.
Now, you can see how much fun embossing Core essential papers are from this layout, which I made exclusively with Core’dinations cardstock. All my embellishments are made from Core’dinations cardstock as well. The vine, tags, border circle trim, medallions and flower….all CORE!
Now let’s check out the glossy water ripples on this layout. Fellow Core team designer Vivian Keh, is known as is an educator of this technique. I am one of her followers and thought I had better give this a try on this layout. You can get lots of technique videos from Vivian at her blog. Using the hot glue on this layout is fast and very effective for a water scene to get the ripple effect. Be sure to get some practice before you make an attempt on a final art project because your paper may ripple a bit from the hot glue. So, this is a layout about me; water’s edge has a magical calming effect on my inner self.
What a beautiful layout…and GREAT journaling! love it.
And…today we are giving away some Chocolate Box cardstock!!! Comment here to win and we will pick a winner tomorrow morning. We are giving away cardstock this week..next week and the following week! How cool is that?! So if you don’t win today..there’s still a chance so keep coming back.
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 email@example.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.