How Do You Thank Your Teachers?

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Getting ready for the end of the school year means thanking those who have spent the year inspiring our little ones to learn.  Today Kate Nolan Denham is sharing a gift bag and card made with a variety Core’dinations Cardstock.
I decorated a simple kraft gift bag from Darice by creating a base designed to look similar to a chalk board.  The same base design was used for the thank you card.
The giant cardstock pencils on both the bag and card were scored, sanded and bent to give it the 3-D effect of a real pencil.
Core’dinations Cardstock:
Core Essentials: Lake
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Tim Holtz  Kraft Core
Black Magic Collection
Whitewash Collection
Graphic 45 Lights Collection
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Darice Kraft Gift Bag
Scor Pal

Core’dinations layouts are “snow” much fun!

February 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Yep, you guessed it! We have some SNOW inspiration for you because I am sure a lot of us in the States have TONS and TONS of snow layouts. Even those of us who never get snow!

Kim Moreno has too amazing layouts for us today. Kim has a way with Core! She scors, tears, sands, embosses like no other!

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To look at this page just makes me smile. I wanted to just get a quick picture of all the kids in their redneck snow gear and somehow it turned into them all pelting me with snowballs and then taking off running laughing all the way! Oh the turds conspired against me! lol I laid my photos out in the series of the raid going down. By the way these pictures were all taken and edited on my iphone!
I backed the photos with red cardstock and tore along the bottom edge to reveal the color core of the red cardstock. I then backed that with the Whitewash cardstock. I used my ScorPal to dry emboss the lines across the top and sanded it slightly to reveal the dark blue core. I then adhere the Whitewash cardstock along the bottom of the red mat and tore along the edge. I did this three times to give a bit of a snowpile sort of look. I then added die cut snowflakes, gems, and a chipboard title to complete my layout.
Snowball Raid (1)
Supplies:
Core’dinations- Vintage Collection, Core Essentials (scaret, snowflake), Whitewash collection
Core’dinations Dust Buddy
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Doodlebug ges
Basic Grey chipboard letters
ScorPal tool
And another layout from Kim….
I was going through some old pictures and ran across these cuties of Makenna when we lived in Arizona and she was just a little bitty… man time flies way too fast! She’s in middle school now.. sigh. I printed them right out and couldn’t wait to use them on my layout. Snow in Arizona wasn’t the usual so the kids were extra excited to see it, as you can tell my her sweet little face!
I used my scorpal tool to create the double lines around the edge of the Whitewash cardstock and sanded it slightly to reveal the pink core. I then cut strips of the pastel cardstock and used the border punch along the edge and then ran each through my Cuttlebug to give each an embossed design and then sanded each strip. I layered them next to my matted photo and added snowflakes, jewels, title and a little journaling to complete my layout!
Lil Snow Cutie (1)
Supplies:
Core’dinations- Whitewash Collection, Core Essentials Pastels Collection
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Core’dinations Dust Buddy
Basic Grey chipboard letters
Doodlebug gems
Martha Stewart border punches
ScorPal tool
Cuttlebug embossing folders and machine

Chalkboard Projects with Black Magic

Happy Tuesday! We had some website issues so we are redoing yesterday’s chalkboard post. Unfortunately, I deleted the information from my computer yesterday as well so we don’t have some of the supply lists for these projects. BUT the main thing you need to know is that creating Chalkboard projets is SO EASY with Black Magic Cardstock!

Not sure if you saw our Chalkboard Tips and Tricks post HERE. We did that in conjuction with one of our newsletters. If you don’t get our HCC emails SIGN UP HERE to get access to exclusive content like videos, downloadable project sheets and more!

First up we have Clare Buswell creating a Thanksgiving card for us. Clare combines some hand written details, stamping and chalks. Clare uses her The Cat’s Meow stamps for a lot of her projects and they are so amazing!   This Autumn Borders looks so great stamped in the white embossing ink against the black. A neat break from traditional Thanksgiving and Fall cards.

And a close up of how cool the doodling, stamping and chalks look:

And now for some layouts. First up Kate Nolan-Denham working her chalkboard skills with a city scape. this really has a cool grungey feel to it. That is the great thing about distressing…anything goes!

KateChalkboardChallenge

Next up scor scor scor!!!!!!! Debbie Standard uses some random scored lines for her background and, of course, her signature hand made flowers from her Spellbinders dies.

Creating with Black Magic with the new rage for Chalkboard projects is just perfect.  What could be better than black cardstock with different colored bases to do this with.  You can use several different sheets of Black Magic and one you have cut them and sanded them they look and adhered them to your page you can’t even see that you were using different papers!  I started this page buy using a sheet of Black Magic with the Blue base – I scored it randomly, sanding over my scoring lines. Hint when you do this it’s much cleaner to sand over the ridges WHILE you have it on your score machine rather than scoring and then sanding afterwards.  Then I used some of the 6 X 6 Black magic pads and cut some leaves and flowers and punched some edges and strips.  Then I sanded them to show the underlying color.  I also used a Crafter’s Workshop template and painted over it to add some random dots to my background.  I also used a white pen and made some random circles.  Then I adhered it all and made some flowers.  I used a Spellbinder’s die to cut my flowers, then I curled them over my piercer and sprayed them with some Maya Road mist – let them dry and added a My Mind’s Eye Brad.  I also used a couple of petaloo flowers which I might add match the Core’dination’s cardstock perfectly!  The photos are some that I luckily caught of my daughter when she didn’t know I was taking pictures!
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Supply List:
Black Magic
Spellbinder’s Die -Rose Creations
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Score It
Cameo
Petaloo Flowers
My Mind’s Eye Brads and tag
Crafter’s Workshop Template
Jillibean Soup frame (just used the today from it)
Letter Stickers:  October Afternoon
Martha Stewart Punch

 

Let’s say Hello to….Gail Linder!

May 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Scor Pal

Only TWO days left of our Design Team introductions! Time flies, doesn’t it?

Before we get started today, we wanted to let you know about ANOTHER fun week next week filled with MORE inspiration, MORE fun and MORE giveaways!!!  So don’t go far. If you love Core, stamps and ribbon come back Monday.

Today we are introducing Gail Linder!

My name is Gail Lindner and I live in sunny Queensland, Australia. I have a wonderful, hardworking husband, a beautiful (and energetic) 5 year old daughter and gorgeous 20 month old baby boy.I’ve been scrapbooking for over 12 years now and I can’t imagine my life without it! I started scrapbooking in 1999 on a trip to the USA. I picked up a scrapbooking magazine and the rest is history! I immediately knew it was the hobby for me as it encompasses everything I love – memories, photos, memorabilia and (let’s face it) pretty things! I’m mostly inspired by my photos and the stories I want to tell. I love the idea of conveying my thoughts and experiences in my scrapbooking for my daughter to read in the future. I like to keep my layouts fairly uncluttered and balanced, with the photos the main focus. My style includes lots of distressing, inking, layering and sewing. Apart from scrapbooking I enjoy blogging, organising and shopping (all related to scrapbooking of course!)

Check out her blog here for more fabulous inspiration!

Now, let’s chat about this layout for a second…see those stripes?  NOT patterned paper. Nope..those are sanded strips of Black Magic! How cool is that?   Here is a little bit about this layout from Gail:

The idea for my layout came from the “currently” lists that I’ve seen floating around the internet. I recently celebrated my birthday and took a self portrait with my iphone on that day so I thought the two tied together nicely!
I wanted quite a bold, look for my layout and of course I wanted to incorporate my favourite colors! I ended up creating my own background by cutting strips of the black cardstock and adhering them to my white background, in diagonal stripes. I love that by sanding the edges of the black strips they seemed to “blend” into the background a bit more. I was then able to add accents in watermelon pink, aqua and that gorgeous chartreuse green!
For a fun photo mat, I used my Scor-Pal to score a simple border around the cardstock mat that my photo was layered on. I was aiming for a polaroid-type feel!
When I was almost finished my layout, I thought it was looking a bit flat so at the last minute I tucked a white core tag in behind the photo mat and tied a big ribbon bow. Finishes it off nicely!
I think I’m addicted to creating striped backgrounds with cardstock now!

Those stripes in the Black Magic are brilliant!

Supply List:
Core’dinations cardstock: Pastels, Neutrals, Brights
White Core Tag
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice embossing folder
EK Success border punch
Big Shot

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AND…since we have been all about the Black Magic on Gail’s layout…why don’t we give some away today!

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 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.
If you have been following us  make sure you check our WINNER page HERE to see if you won!

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And our winner of the Tim Holtz Kraft Core from yesterday is………………..

Kim Hovinga says:
May 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

Hi Clare, gotta say I love the paper ruffles on your card. And love the colors in this collection as well. Don’t think I have seen any paper packs I did not like

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Tuesday Tip–Chalkboard layouts!

Chalkboard is all the rage these days and did you know that Black Magic is perfect for it?  For this layout, Designer Leica Forrest used a few diffferent kind of Black Magic with a blue and pink core. This layout was in our booth at CHA and everyone LOVED it. The texture is just amazing!

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 kraft mat and then sand over. You can check out the Technique Video HERE. Leica used this technqiue for the “Family”  title.

Tip 2.) Sand punched pieces and layer them on your layout base 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.

Tip 3.)  Use your white gel pen or marker on the Black Magic just as you would with any other cardstock. Highlight the title…add some journaling….doodle…add some Queen & Co. bling…whatever you want! Looks awesome, don’t you think?

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