Designing with Cari Locken

April 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Queen & Co.

Today we are sharing some fabulous designs from one of our Special Projects gals. Cari Locken is a leading designer in the industry that has been with Core for years now. She creates special projects for us and she uses Core in her day-to-day creations,  too!

Today we have some layouts to share with you from her that have been featured in leading publications within the industry. She really has an eye for color and really knows how to use Core. From scoring to embossing….you’ll see it here today! Cari really knows how to use that Core Essentials as is or add that perfect pop of technique.

How cool is this masking?  Core and ink go great together! And again…that scoring detail is just perfect.

And one more….

For this layout Cari took the BasicGrey Core Impressions and turned it on its side! Love that kind of detail!

Wednesday WOW…Embossing… A LOT!

March 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Sizzix, Spellbinders

Happy Wednesday!

Don’t forget about our Design Team call going on now. You don not want to miss out on being a part of this awesome team! And you could find yourself wearing this badge.

We have a WOW of a Wednesday for you today from Design Team Member Debbie Standard. How many diffferent embossed patterns can you get on a layout?

Now I count SIX on this layout.  Now actually it could be SEVEN because Debbie’s flowers are embossed, too!  Oh no, EIGHT because she has two different kinds of embossed flowers from her Spellbinder’s dies. Now..here is the catch?!?!?!  Think you can do more?!?! Well, let’s see if you can!

WE CHALLENGE YOU TO GET AS MANY EMBOSSED PATTERNS ON LAYOUT AS YOU CAN! You have until the end of this month, March 31st,  to link your layout to THIS blog post or on our Facebook page. You must use Core’dinations cardstock on your project. It can be any kind…you can emboss it yourself or use our Core Impression lines so the sky is the limit!

Happy Creating!

Tuesday Tip …

March 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Glue Arts, Maya Road

Good Tuesday Morning!

First up we have our CardMaps winner…………….

Donna Idlet says:
March 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

What a great giveaway! I just found out about Cardmaps and would love to win this magazine!

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And we have our Sketch Winner, too!  Kerrie Gurney come on down! We have a Core prize pack for you!

Donna & Kerrie..email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with your name, address and phone number by March 15th to claim your prize.

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So how about Tuesday’s tip? I created this layout about our yearly St Patty’s Day parade. We go every year and just love, love it. It’s in a small town near us and it is CrAzY! The boys love it…they love the  necklaces and the candy they get. I, of course, love the bagpipes.   For this layout I used some Core Cuts, Core Couture, Spotted, Brights, Stacy Julian Core Impressions and Whimsy Core Impressions from BasicGrey.

I know we have said this a gazillion times before but it is amazing how EASILY our collection packs Core’dinate!

So what is the tip?   I have a few for you today :)

1.) After distressing your edges, use a dark contrasting color to ink like I did here with black. I love the way it looks against the pink Core Couture cardstock.

2.) Use pre-embossed cardstock,  like our Core Impressions lines or Step two layers from David Tutera Celebrate, for your die cuts. It is so so easy! It is just one less step then embossing them yourself.

I used Lifestyle Crafts dies for this layout.

And my last tip is…..

3.) Use of the large tags from Step 3 David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system for a journaling tag. One of our smaller tags wasn’t big enough for what I wanted to say so I reached for one of these. Plus the cardstock is smooth.

Please note the Stacy Julian Cardstock is no longer available as it has been discontinued. Stamps are Lawn Fawn, Ink by Memento, tickets are Maya Road and  misc buttons from my stash, Glue Arts adhesive.

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AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR DESIGN TEAM CALL HERE!!!!!!!! ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO ENTER!!!!

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Didn’t win this time? Don’t forget about about our $100 David Tutera giveway HERE!

Day THREE with Scor-Pal

December 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Queen & Co., Scor Pal

Wow, this week is just flying by, isn’t it?

First up we have important giveaway information. We are sponsoring DAY THREE of  Scrapbook & Cards today’s 12 Days of giveaways. You have until NOON Dec 22nd 2012 to post on their blog HERE to win ONE EACH of our 6×6 collection packs!

If you were here earlier then you know we are having a super fun week with SCOR PAL. Do you have one of these?  Well, if you are a paper craft you better. AND if you love Core, then  you BETTER! Scoring, then sanding with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock is the only way to go.

Scoring raises the cardstock so you can sand it and release that inner Core. It’s gorgeous AND both design teams are going to show you easy and fabulous ways the Scor Pal products and Core’dinations can add interested to your papercrafting projects.

Did you know we have a Scoring Video?   Check out our Technique videos for some awesome ideas on what you can do with Core, including the scoring video.

PLEASE make sure you check out the Scor Pal blog for some INCREDIBLE designs this week (I think there might be a prize over there ;) ). They SIMPLY rockYou know we always have something up our sleeve for you when we do these fun blog events so keep commenting for a chance to win some great Core’dinations Cardstock!

Today we have some gorgeous designs from Designer Shaunte Wadley. She created this beautiful flower on the card just by using some simple scoring. The flower is a Lifestyle Crafts die so you could really do this with any flower.

See how Shaunte scores from the back?  That is important so the raised line is on the front of the cardstock. Especially when you are sanding.

And a close-up of it on the card. Keep in mind sanding the Gemstones will take off the shine so you may not want to sand it.

AND Shaunte  created her frame on this card by scoring and using the VERY FUN Scor Bug Embosser!!! It makes these fun dots that look so great sanded.

AND she scored the woodgrain on the branch using some Vintage Cardstock. So you can see all the really amazing details you can get on your projects just by scoring and sanding. The base of the card is Whitewash.

And another card for you from Shaunte using Core Essentials and loads of scoring.

Bling is from Queen & Co and Ribbon is from May Arts.


We Sand, We Tear…

December 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Scor Pal

We shoot….

WE SCOR!

Oh gosh, sorry. I might have been typing this during Sunday night football! But you know how we get excited about Core’dinations here and when there are tools out there that enhance all the great things you can do with it, I gotta shout it from the rooftops!

So, I guess the cat is out of the bag and you know we are having a super fun week with SCOR PAL. Do you have one of these?  Well, if you are a paper craft you better. AND if you love Core, then  you BETTER! Scoring, then sanding with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock is the only way to go.

Scoring raises the cardstock so you can sand it and release that inner Core. It’s gorgeous AND both design teams are going to show you easy and fabulous ways the Scor Pal products and Core’dinations can add interested to your papercrafting projects.

Did you know we have a Scoring Video?   Check out our Technique videos for some awesome ideas on what you can do with Core, including the scoring video.

PLEASE make sure you check out the Scor Pal blog for some iNcReDiBle designs this week (I think there might be a prize over there ;) ). They SIMPLY rockYou know we always have something up our sleeve for you when we do these fun blog events so keep commenting for a chance to win some great Core’dinations Cardstock!

So let’s see what Designer Char Dobson has in store for us today…

Start by cutting a piece of cardstock 8.5″ x 4.5″. Scor at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″ (these are what the dots on your Scor-Pal are for). You can make gate fold cards in any size you want, just gauge them by the pre-measured lines on the Scor-Pal.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is the older version of the Scor Pal and that the newer one has 1/4″ score marks and 1/8″ marks at each end.

I like bling, so I added a little sparkle to my already shimmery Gemstones cardstock by inking and glittering my embossing folder before running the paper through my Cuttlebug. This is a little messy – but the end product is gorgeous! Nothing a little soap and water can’t handle, right?
Glitter is from  Stampendous and ink is ColorBox.
Now emboss it and the ink and glitter will adhere to the card.
And the inside is super easy. Just add your own sentiment, stamping..whatever you want to include…it’s that easy!
Simply adhere some chipboard and finish off with a little bit of bling there as well!
And want to see the magic of creating your own patterns with the Scor -Pal and Core’dinations? It’s so easy!
Remember…you have to start from the BACK so the raised part of the carstock is on the front.
So…Scor…Sand…and you can have THIS!
Designer Debbie Standard with will have more designs for us tomorrow!
Loving this sentiment tag???  It’s from David Tutera!! So easy and elegant, don’t you think?

Stay tuned later today for our Hard Core Crop WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Day FIVE with Simple Stories!

We are here with Day FIVE of our week with Simple Stories!

Edited: So did anyone notice Day THREE was  missing??? UGh, thanks to my awesome team for letting me know! It is now fixed so PLEASE PLEASE go check out Wednesdays post. Our team worked really hard on these projects and we LOVE our Simple Stories around here!!!

So…I guess we should make it up to you, right?  WELL..here is what you do…go to December 5th’s post (the one that wasn’t there but is now) and leave a comment. Then come back to this post and let me know you did and what Core’dinations line you would like to win.  Of course, other comments are welcome too, for example how much you love Core and Simple Stories. :):):)  Yep..YOUR CHOICE of one of cardstock packs! Of course, it needs to be in stock . You have until Monday morning when we post the crop winners and I will announce the winner then, too.

Make sure you head over to the Simple Stories blog to check out the gorgeous projects their team created for this week. We have

been working with the Harvest Lane and Handmade Holiday collections this week. You will LOVE them and you MUST check them out HERE!  First up we have a layout from Shaunte Wadley. I think you get the idea how much we LOVE the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core with Harvest Lane.

And April Derrick used more Kraft Core here AND some Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions.

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