Heidi Swapp Monday!

October 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Yep! We are at it again with Heidi Swapp this week! But before we get started just wanted to let you know that winners will be posted tomorrow. We have last week Xyron winners and our WCMD winner.

REMEMBER! You can still enter to win by participating in our challenge til NOON today! Details here:

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And don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE! We are cropping again!

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Some important links this week –> Heidi Swapp blog for TONS if inspiration AND Heidi Swapp Facebook page, too! I heard a rumour there are some giveaways going over there in addition so some amazing inspiration. If you have ever seen their design team’s projects….I mean INCREDIBLE!

Let’s get started with some Heidi Swapp Mixed Company projects with Suzanna Lee:

I wanted to match my Coredinations cardstock to the wonderful colors that Heidi used in this line and compliment the dots and circular textures used in the patterned papers. Though subtle, the top dotted punched border is made using some of Core’s spotted line to compliment the confetti of the background. Check out those letters!! My favorite part of this layout. First, cut out your title (I used Bebas font with my Silhouette). Then rub Distress stain on your embossing folder, place your letters in the folder and run it through your die cutting system. I do recommend waiting for the letters to dry and bit before removing them from the embossing folder so as not to “stretch” them.

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and some close ups…some embossed Core!

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So cool how cool those embossed letters are?!

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Supplies:
Coredinations Aegean
Coredinations Spotted Jillian Aqueduct
Coredinations Fuschia Fizz
Core Impressions Basic Grey
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Patterned Paper – Heidi Swapp Mixed Company
Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug
Ink – Martha Stewart
Tim Holtz Distress Stain
Letter stickers – October Afternoon
Die – Spellbinders
Thread – Guttermans
Date Stamp – American Crafts
Font – Bebas
Silhouette Cameo

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And next up Debbie Standard working that Heidi Swapp Mixed Company and Core’dinations Fancy Pants Core Impressions. It’s amazing how these color just work perfectly together!  Debbie used her Spellbinder’s dies to really work that patterned paper and Core’dinations and make her own unqiue embellishments. Then, she hand cut some of the gorgeous flowers found in the Mixed Media line. Don’t be afraid to mix and matc the flowers and graphic prints found in this gorgeous line for unique, one of a kind scrapbooking layouts and projects.

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And it wouldn’t be a week like this without a giveaway!  Heidi Swapp is giving away some goodies on their FACEBOOK page so head over there to win and we are giving away some of our Spotted Cardstock on our blog HERE!

Who is ready for day THREE of Xyron & Core?

October 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Provocraft, Sizzix, Tim Holtz, Xyron

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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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.

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!

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And another detail shot:

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Core’dinations Kraft Core; Nostalgic, Shattered, Seasonal Impressions
Core’dinations Deep Lagoon
Core’dinations Rustic
Core Tag
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Xyron MegaRunner
Xyron Create-A-Sticker 1.5 inch
Xyron 3/16 inch dots
Xyron Double sided tape
Twine – The Twinery
Glassine bag – Michaels
Tags – October Afternoon, Chic Tags
Punch – McGill
Letter Dies – Lifestyle Crafts
Decorative Scissors – Fiskars
Ribbons – May Arts
Pennant – October Afternoon
Stamp/dies – Lawn Fawn
Wood Veneer – Studio Calico
Misc craft supply – burlap, tulle

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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.

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Supplies:

-Core’dinations Neutrals Paper pad
-Core’dinations Tags
-Xyron Create A Sticker
-Xyron Mega Runner
-Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe
-Copic Markers: E23 and E25
-My Favorite Things Chevron die
-Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Sizzix Diamond embossing folder
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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.
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Just a fabulous color combo….Gail knows how to work yellow for sure!
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Supplies: 
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And don’t forget to comment all week long for a chance to win this on the blog and on FACEBOOK!
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AND this!
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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
Xyron adhesive

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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Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

September 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

EEEEEK! I love Halloween so much I can’t stand it! So over the next few weeks we will be showcasing some Halloween projects for you. First up we have Ava Gavloski working her Core magic Halloween style ;)

AND Ava totally works the Core Cuts. She used one of the diecuts from the Core Cuts pack, folded it in half and made a card out of it! BRILLIANT!

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Tis the season of pumpkins and witches! This card was such a treat (no pun intended) to design. The Core’dinations Shazam Black Magic inner core, jumps from the Black magic collection. PERFECT for all you Halloween projects. 
 
Take a close look at how crisp the sanded scrolls of  orange vibrantly pop from the matted black texture of the core’dinations cardstock.

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Now add a card base from the bold core cuts collection and you have a striking card to share with family and friends during this Halloween season.
 

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How magical are the Imaginisce glam rocks on this blackboard feel presentation? Top off your cards with a bit of May Arts ribbon and you have the upscale look of fashion on your cards.

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Supplies: 

Core Cuts, Core’dinations Cardstock

Shazam, Black Magic Core’dinations Cardstock

Sand It Set

Unity Stamp Co.,

May Arts Ribbon

Imaginisce, Glam Rocks rhinestuds 002272 4mm

Imaginisce, I-rock heat setting tool

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Darice, Scrolls embossing folder

Clearsnap colorbox ink, blackbird

 

Tis the season upon us and what better way to celebrate and encourage the spirit of Halloween with some Halloween pictures which showcase Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic cardstock collection.  This layout came together so easy with the Nostalgic cardstock collection.

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The colors are so festive.  Sanding this kraft core give so much texture to the layout.

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I have made a second page to complement the layout with a large pocket with tag’s, so that additional photo’s can be included.

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I added a bit of coloured raffia and some Authentique pattern papers to bring out some color from the photo and all the elements showcase the happiness of the photo so well.

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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Core Impressions Core’dinations collection
Tillie Dot  and Tan pearl Pearls Core’dinations cardstock
Be(you)tiful Statements Die Cuts and Wonder Curiosity  Authentique pattern paper collection
Sand it Set
Xyron Adhesive
Raffia

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
Queen & Co bling.

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