We {heart} Core Amour!

September 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co., Tim Holtz

Fall is here and we are all about scarves..sweaters..all things warm including coffee!  Well, Suzanna really made this layout in July and it’s of iced coffee but that’s okay ;)  That allows me to  point out the fact that she used her brown journal marker right on her Core Amour…it’s pre embossed but that’s okay! Don’t be afraid to embrace that texture and write right over it ;)

And can we just talk about the perspective of that photo? What a beautiful shot.

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Supplies:

Chocolate Box, Spotted, Core Amour

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And next up we have a layout using loads of Core’dinations and some Graphic45 papers & stickers. What else  screams fall but picking currants?  Designer Shaunte Wadley adds so much gorgeous detail to this layout using her Lifestyle Crafts dies and Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered cardstock. The Graphic 45 are the perfect touch to add vintage  elements to this project.

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And how about some Chocolate box for that title?

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Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions for the background.
Whitewash for the butterfly accents.
Chocolate Box for the title.
Core Essentials for the flowers and journaling tag.
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered for the leaf vines.

Graphic 45, stickers, patterned paper
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Vintage Cardstock and some The Crafter’s Workshop LOVE in here!

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives, Imaginisce, May Arts Ribbon

Today Ava Gavloski created an awesome tag that has a really masculine feel to it. I don’t know about you but I could really use more of these for those last minute gifts for the men in my life!

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Here I used the Ahoy Matey stamps from Inspired by Stamping and paired this stamp set with the Core’dinations Vintage Collection.  
You can really see how well the double sided Core’dinations Cardstock can stretch your options as a designer within the craft industry.  The blue and golden brown tones of this cardstock gives you the sand and sea effect co-ordinating well with the stamp set.   

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I used the Darice Birch embossing folder to give some weathered board texture and the tearing of the Core’dination cardstock gives the feel of waves rolling to shore.

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Supplies:
Vintage Collection Core’dination Cardstock
Darice, Birch 4.5×5.75 embossing folder
Sand It Set, Core’dinations
Imaginisce, Glam Rocks rhinestuds 002272 4mm
Imaginisce, I-rock heat setting tool
Inspired by Stamping, Ahoy, Matey
ClearSnap, Colorbox Black Ink
May Arts Ribbon
         Cuttlebug
Helmar Quick-fix Permanent Adhesive Runner & ZapDots
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I love that we have such a mix of styles on our team!   Designer Jill Lebbin really works the CAS look but don’t let that you fool you. There are some amazing details on this card. Jill used her Crafter’s Workshop stencil so keep reading on how she did it….
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I heat embossed the balloon using my Darice heat tool. I laid down the TCW stencil and used Ferro from Viva with a putty knife on top and smoothed it over … a technique I learned from CHA!  The ferro is charcoal color and I got it from Hobby Lobby.  I wish computers would allow you to touch the card bc the ferro makes the card 3d almost because it dries hard.  It’s like a putty paste . It seriously is THE COOLEST stuff!! 

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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Handmade Paper Roses with Clare Buswell

If this was Facebook we would need a LOVE button for this post!

Make card from cardstock. Layer spotted cardstock onto pink cardstock, sew border using sewing machine. Emboss border on Core Tag, stamp sentiment and adhere to panel with foam pads. Attach twine and adhere panel to card. Add sequins. Die-cut layers of flowers, shape petals using rounded end of pen on a foam mat. Sand tips of petals. Ink centers of layers with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, layer petals together and glue. Cut leaf shapes from green Kraft-Core, score line in middle and pinch vein lines with needle nosed tweezers. Sand with Sand-It Gadget. Attach leaves and flower to card.
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Don’t forget to stamp on our Smooth Core Tags!
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Supplies:
Other: Sewing Machine, Jet Black ink pad (Ranger), Baker’s Twine, Foam pads, sequins, Spellbinders Rose Creations dies, Big Shot, embossing folder Anna Griffin Rosa (border) Cuttlebug, Distress Inks – Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Cottage Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow.
And how about another one??!?!?!?
Make card from cardstock. Layer spotted cardstock onto yellow cardstock, sand surface and sew border using sewing machine. Emboss border on Core Tag, stamp sentiment and adhere to panel with foam pads. Attach twine and adhere panel to card. Add sequins. Die-cut layers of flowers, shape petals using rounded end of pen on a foam mat. Sand tips of petals. Ink centers of layers with Antique Linen Distress Ink, layer petals together and glue. Cut leaf shapes from green Kraft-Core, score line in middle and pinch vein lines with needle nosed tweezers. Sand with Sand-It Gadget. Attach leaves and flower to card. 

 

 

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Supplies:
Other: Sewing Machine, Jet Black ink pad (Ranger), Baker’s Twine, Foam pads, sequins, Spellbinders Rose Creations dies, Big Shot, embossing folder Anna Griffin Poppy (border) Cuttlebug, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Cottage Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow.

 

Last Day with Lawn Fawn!

September 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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Just because this is out last “official” day with Lawn Fawn doesn’t mean that you won’t be seeing these stamps  here again!

First up make sure you head over to Lawn Fawn for inspiration ever day! Our team loves loves loves loves their stamps so much..make sure you head over to their site to do some shopping, too.  From cards to layouts, we have it for you! Please make sure you head over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more inspiration AND their Facebook page as well. There is a stamp set up for grabs!

And don’t forget…we have a prize up for grabs this week! Some Fancy Pants Core Impressions!

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How about a super fun layout from Designer Suzanna Lee???

This layout was all about technique for me. I hand cut my own solid stamp, matching the outer edge of the strawberry. I colored the stamp with my Gelatos, misted it then printed the image onto a Core’dinations tag. I repeated this several times. I then stamped over that image with the actual Lawn Fawn stamp from Summertime Charm using black ink. Then I used the coordinating die to cut a few strawberries out. I love the little ants crawling around for those juicy strawberries!

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Supplies:
Kraft Core
Core Essentials: Crabgrass
Core Amour
Asparagus Alpha – Core Impressions Jenni Bowlin Vintage Brights
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
David Tuttera Celebrate tag
Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm and Happy Summer stamps
Ink = Colorbox
Rollerstamp = Glitz
Embossing Folder = Sizzix
Punch = EK Success
Washi = Bella Blvd, Prima
Twine = The Twinery
Faber Castell Gelatos
Mask = The Crafter’s Workshop

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IAnd how about these Chalkboard cards from Design Team Member Vivian Lee! ?!??!!? Chalkboard is ALL the rage so make sure grab your Black Magic because it makes it so eassy! All you have to do is sand and you have that cool chalkboard look…add some Lawn Fawn stamps and voila! I mean, you can’t tell the difference between the stamping and the sanding!

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And some close-ups….

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Gorgeous stamping on the Black Magic….

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Ahhhhh….look at all that gorgeous sanding!

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SUPPLIES:

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

Lawn Fawn – Flutter By Stamp Set, Interlocking Backdrops Stamp Set

Clearsnap – Frost White Pigment Ink
Viva Decor – Pearl Pens
Fiskars – Small Flower Punch
Martha Stewart – Punch Around the Page

Creating with Lawn Fawn Day Four!

September 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Day four means only one more day of this fun week..makes me sad!

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We are here all week long with Lawn Fawn! Our team loves loves loves loves their stamps so much..make sure you head over to their site to do some shopping! From cards to layouts, we have it for you! Please make sure you head over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more inspiration AND their Facebook page as well. There is a stamp set up for grabs!

And don’t forget…we have a prize up for grabs this week! Some Fancy Pants Core Impressions!

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First up today we have a gorgeous card from Designer Clare Buswell and here is how she did it:

Make card from cardstock. Cover top half of card with blue Core’dinations cardstock, sand edges using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Stamp sentiment. Stamp clouds onto Tillie dot cardstock, fussy cut and adhere to card. Stamp pinwheels, color with Distress Markers, fussy cut and attach to card. Repeat stamp flowers, color with Distress Markers, fussy cut, trim and adhere to card. Fold piece of green Core’dinations cardstock, fringe edge with scissors to create grass effect, emboss using Gridlock embossing folder, sand and adhere to card with foam tabs. Attach baker’s twine, to finish.

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Supplies:

Core Essentials Brights, Core Essentials Neutrals, Core Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack Collection, Core Spotted Tillie Dot, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Lawn Fawn – Sunny Skies and Cruising Through Life stamp sets.
Other: Embossing folder Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Gridlock, Jet Black Ink (Ranger), Distress Markers, Baker’s Twine, Big Shot die-cutting machine, Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.

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And a card from Designer Debbie Standard featuring loads of Core and some of the cool background stamps from Lawn Fawn.

Some Tim Holtz Kraft Core and the sharp backdrops:

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and using the interlocking backdrops  with some Chocolate Box…loooove the subtle look of this. Debbie added some May Arts ribbon to both of her cards and a David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system  sentiment. These are GREAT if  you don’t have  a sentiment stamp that fits your needs.

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Next up a funky cool layout from Designer Ava Gavloski. LOVE how she created a layout and used the So much to say You’ve Got Mail  sets in such a cool and unique way!

Those furry babies in our homes provide unconditional love at all times.  Just the brand name “Lawn Fawn” can conjure up visions of fur babies!
This layout features Coredinations Black Magic and Amour, Jenni Bowlin cardstock.  The addition of the Lawn Fawn stamps and pattern paper collection Dewey Decimal truly complements my photo so well.

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Supplies:
Jenni Bowlin Core Amour from  Core’dinations Cardstock
Black Magic from Core’dinations Cardstock
Sand It Set
Lawn Fawn, So much to say LF446, You’ve Got Mail LF385
Lawn Fawn, Dewey Decimal paper pack collection
Couture Creations, Doily die, Fantasia Collection Blossom
Imaginisce, I-rock heat setting tool, Glam rocks , Red 002988 2.5m 4 mm
The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils, Cell Theory & Chicken Wire Reversed
Clearsnap Ink, Blackbird, Pepper and Cherry Ice Smooch Spritz
Golden Gel medium
Staedtler, pigment liner pen, black 0.5
Cuttlebug

 

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