Monochromatic Layouts and Cards

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Every month we challenge our designers with something fun and this month it was all about monochromatic color schemes.

Did you get the August newsletter?  Well if you did then you got a FREE downloadable PDF from Designer Mary Pat Siehl featuring a quick “how to” on how to create EASY monochromatic looks with just embossing!  Core makes scrapbooking easy, don’t you think? By being a Hard Core Crafter you are automatically signed up for our newsletter.

Our Design Team also did some for us today as well. As you can tell our team likes blue :)

First up Kate Nolan-Deham…Kate used a banner to really enhance her monochromatic color scheme. And how sweet is her Glitter Silk dress form that she embellished!

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And look at all this texture from Designer Gail Linder??!?! LOVE how she chose to use some yellow…a color I think a lot of scrappers struggle with:

A super simple card from Designer Ava Gavloski…monochromatic doesn’t need to be complicated….

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 and one last card from Designer Heather Kaesgan…LOVE how she mixed in some Gemstones for her monochromatic look for that bit of shimmer….

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Clare Buswell used our Core Amour Cardstock to create a unique monochromatic look:

And Tracy Gruber always creates the CUTEST cards….hippo-ray, LOL! So cuuuuute! And monochromatic doesn’t need to be the exact same color. Tracy used different hues of purple for hers and added some Gemstones as well.

And how about a Pink Monochromatic layout from Designer Ava Gavloski? Look at all that gorgeous detail!  Using the BasicGrey Core Impressions for her base and then just adding fabulous bits and pieces in pink and white….

Stepping outside your comfort zone with Jennifer Edwardson

July 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Today we have some layouts from Design Team Member Jennifer Edwardson! She is working some circles and tags for you today so we hope you enjoy!
This was a step outside of the box layout for me.  I am very linear in my designing and usually shy away from circles since I can’t seem to keep them in a straight line ;))  I have been playing around with my Silhouette lately and found this super cute circle template so I cut it to 11 x 11″ using a piece of ‘Shattered’ cardstock. 
 
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I really wanted to use it twice on this layout so I layed it underneath my Kraft Core base and lightly sanded over top to have the image come through on top.  I added my photo first and then started embellishing around it …… I took the circle template and carefully cut it into several pieces and adhered them around the photo slightly overlapping in spots and laying off the edge of the layout in others.  
 
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To add some more color I chose 4 pieces from the Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection and punched a couple sizes of circles out.  I ran them through my Big Shot using a spotted embossing template and lightly sanded them to make the dots pop !!  I raised all these circles around the layout to appear like I am ‘juggling’ lots of balls in the air …. (read the journaling)
Supplies:
Tim Holtz  Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection – No. 24
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection – No. 9-S
White Wash – Picket Fence
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
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AND how about some Core Tags?  If you come around our blog a lot then you know how much we love love love  Core Tags! They come with a metal grommet and are perfect for any paper crafter….scrabookers…cardmakers…we all love them and Jennifer has a layout that just rocks them!
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Over the years I’ve seen adorable tag projects but have never takent the time to create one myself …. Until I got these fantastic Core’dinations tags – LOVE them !!!
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Of course like many of you I’m sure, I tend to take an absolute TON of pics of my kids and the stack I have of Alexander’s 1st soccer camp from a few summers back was crazy !!  Lots of them were taken from quite far away but the expressions on his face and his actions were so cute I wanted to capture them all but needed to crop the photos small to really focus on him.
 
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I started with a Spotted Jillian Dot base in French Roast and sanded off the top to show my fave big dots underneath.  I chose 4 colors in 2 sizes of tags to emboss and ran them through my Big Shot with different  Darice  embossing folders (LOVE the clouds) …..
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I adhere them to the outside edges of the base and then strung natural colored twine through the eyelets and tied them together …..
 
I cropped my photos and lightly sanded the edges to give me a nice white border and then rasied them onto 6 of the tags using 3D foam.  I typed my journaling onto Snowflake cardstock and trimmed it to fit throughout the layout ….. All that was left was to add a title with some mini alphas !!!
 
 
Supplies:
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice Embossing Folders – Stars, Stars Small, Cloudy Sky

 

May Arts, Stampendous AND Core!

June 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Stampendous

Are you kidding?!  How cool is this?  We have an ENTIRE week of hopping with ALL THREE of our teams. RIBBON, STAMPS & CARDSTOCK all in once place?  It is going to knock your socks off.   You can win on all three manufacture blogs AND we have picked ONE special Design Team Member’s blog for a random winner as well. SO keep commenting all week long for your chance to win. Who doesn’t want some of this ribbon in their stash? So if you do keep reading.

You never know when we give out winners around here….I mean, over the last few weeks we gave away cardstock EVERY DAY! So stay close, have fun and get ready to get inspired.  And if you didn’t email us last week and you are a winner make sureyou check out our winners list HERE.

So now that you got to know  our DT over the last few weeks let’s see what they have done for you today!

May Arts:
Charlene Driggs http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/
Christina Colón http://www.thetwistedmuse.com/
DeeDee Catron http://umwowstudio.blogspot.com/

Stampendous
Kristine Reynolds:  http://stampingandscrapingincalifornia.blogspot.com/

Here are a some sneaks of what you might see along the way. Dry AND heat embossing…sanding…ribbon..what more can you ask for?

Oh …I spy some May Arts chevron ribbon…loooooove that stuff!

And another one….yes…that is heat embossing on Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered cardstock!

So to recap:

Hop along to each DT blog and the company blogs. There are chances to win all over the place! Each manufacturer’s blog has multiple prizes and we have a surprise DT blog that we will be picking a winner from as well.  I will be giving hints all week long as to whose blog it is. ;) Might be here…might be Facebook…

Core’dinations AND May Arts winners will receive a roll of May Arts ribbon of their choice AND some Core Tags (see below)!  (Colors of the tags may vary due to availability) AND Stampendous THREE prize packages that include a Jumbo Butterfuly Trio stamp set, Perfectly Clear Handle, some David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system goodies, a Sand It Gadget AND some May Arts ribbon…what??!?  All that is up for grabs this week!


A SHATTERING Tuesday Tutorial

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

Designer April Derrick has an awesome tutorial for us on this fine Tuesday featuring TONS of Tim Holtz Shattered cardstock. it is so versatile and this entire layout is cardstock!

First up, take your Crafter’s Workshop stencil and trace the template:

Next, using your craft knife, cut along the pencil lines:

You will already begin to see the gorgeous sunburst shape!

Now it is time to sew. Stitching on layotus never gets old! Layer the No. 7 Shattered cardstock on the No. 15 and you have a really great contrasting look.

And now for the final layout.  April added some embellishments and a Step Two layer from David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system. LOVE that postage stamp layer…it looks GREAT on layouts, too!

Birth Story Layout

April 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

April is all about things blooming and new life so it is a perfect time to share this beautiful layout from Design Team Memmber Lydia Jackson.  From the color combo to the journaling…it is just amazing! Lydia used Core Essentials on this layout with touches of patterned paper  and one of our NEW smooth tags!

For the complete journaling you can go to Lydia’s blog here.

Here is a close up of the tab for the pocket of the hidden journaling:

and the journaling printed directly on the Core’dinations Core Essentials:

Shattered Layout with some Core Tags

April 5, 2013 by  
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I have to say I am a little a LOT biased when it comes to this layout!  Which reminds me I need April to send me this photo! Isn’t it great?   We had so much fun working at CHA. YES..I said working, LOL!  Pinch me :) I never knew working could be so much fun!

I guess it is fitting that April used two of my favorite Core products on this layout. Okay, okay, you got me..they are all my Favorite but Tim Holtz  Shattered cardstock and Core Tags are a match made in heaven! Kind of like us in this photo…awwwww ;)

Wanna close-up of those awesome Core Tags??!?!?!?!?!!??!  Don’t you love that added gems that April put in the metal grommet?  As if the metal grommet detail wasn’t enough?  NEVER!

And another close up for you:

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