Time for a little LOVE connection!

First up we have Designer Vivian Keh with a few cards that are all about LOVE just in time for that very special Valentine’s Day coming up this week!

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Hello, friends! Vivian Keh here today to share with you Valentine’s Day cards that whip up really fast and are great if you have some mass producing to do for this special holiday.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_AThese small cards were die-cut using the lovely Core’dinations’ Core Impressions Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection. These pretty pastels are pre-embossed with feminine patterns, so all you have to do to reveal the texture is swipe the surface with your Sand-It Gadget.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_CThe pretty scalloped edges and perfect cuts are thanks to the Sizzix “Card, Mini Heart” #658478 Bigz Die. One pass cut out the card base as well as all the pretty shapes. Since the die is of the sturdy Bigz type, you can cut several sheets of your Core with one pass of your manual die-cut machine and save loads of time!

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_BA little distress ink accentuated the pretty edges, and the cards were finished off with some pearl and button embellishments.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_DThank you for visiting with me here on the Core’dinations blog. Hope my project has inspired your Valentine’s crafting!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Core Impressions Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection, Vanilla Creme Core Essentials, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Card, Mini Heart” #658478 Bigz Die
Viva Decor – pearl pen
Ranger – Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Prima Marketing – wooden buttons
Hemptique – fine hemp string

Vivian Keh here again to share with you a bit of my love for the softer and subtler Coredinations hues – creams, greys, neutrals – we have such a beautiful and abundant range of these colors available. I’ve been experimenting with our unique color core, sanding and layering pieces of a single hue to create interesting patterns and textures.

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For my card project today, I first die-cut beautiful hearts using Core’dinations “Pumice Stone” from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection and a Sizzix “Hearts, True Affections”#658923 die. Sanding the edges of the die-cut pieces brought out the pretty curves in these hearts and added interest to my background.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_2I paper punched and sanded several pretty blossoms using my favorite Fiskars floral punch with “Spun Sugar,” also from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection. These were all glued to another piece from the same Sizzix die-cut.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_3Little dots of liquid pearls added a special touch.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_AThis one will be for my guy.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_BI love how the mini heart wreath turned out!

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_CJust in case you were curious,”Per sempre,” means forever in Italian.

Thanks so much for visiting with me here at the Core’dinations blog.

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – “Pumice Stone” and “Spun Sugar,” Tim Holtz Distress Collection; Vanilla Cream Core Essentials, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Hearts, True Affections”#658923 die
Xyron – X Sticker Machine
Viva Decor – pearl penMemento – Espresso dye ink
Studio G – Alphabet stamps

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And we aren’t done yet!!!!! Designer Kim Moreno always makes the CUTEST  A1 size cards!

I used my ScorPal to create the frame around my card. I then punched several hearts in a variety of Valentines colors and slightly sanded each to reveal the colored core. I then strung them along the twine across the top of my card. I added jewels and chipboard to complete this quick and easy Valentines card. Would be fun to drop in the kids lunch or leave for the hubby!
XO card
Supplies:
Core’dinations- Core Essentials (scarlet, wisteria, love potion, rose embroidery)
ScorPal tool
Glitz gems
Basic Grey chipboard
Martha Stewart punch
Twinery twine

Tag You’re It, Christmas Tags!

November 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Sizzix

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We are back with more Core Tags! This time we have moved on to the Christmas theme because you can never have too many tags this time of year, right?

First up we have some Tags from Kate Nolan-Denham. I looove all the details that Kate gets on her tags! Grab those embossing folders…don’t be nervous! You can pop out that metal gromment and run it through your embossing machine or you can just put the folder right below it like Kate did on this first tag:

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And our Smooth tags are PERFECT for stamping!

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Supplies:

Core’dinations CoreTags – Brights
Core’dinations CoreTags – Creative Sm Ivory
Core’dinations CoreTags – Oval Tag White
Core’dinations Cut & Emboss 4.25 x 5.5

Stampin’ Up Stamps
Gel-A-Tins Stamps
Sizzix Dies & Embosssing Folder
EKSucess Border Punch
Ranger Archival Ink & Stickles
Queen & Co Bling

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And Heather Kaesgan has some great tags for us today, too!  And for this first tag, Heather used her scallop bunch along the bottom.  There are SO many things you can do with our tags…sky is the limit!

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How cute is Rudolph in the brown with his red nose bling?

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Supply list for Heather’s Tags:

Tree 

Core’dinations Core Tags – Dark

Core’dinations Color Cardstock – Chocolate Mocha

Anna Griffin Embossing Folder

Silhouette – tree # 50884

Darice Ribbon

Darice Pearls

Sand It Gadget

Snowflake

Core’dinations Core Tags – Dark

Darice Embossing Folder

Darice Pearls

Darice Ribbon

David Tutera Sticker

Sand It Gadget

Rudolph

Core’dinations Core Tags – Dark

Core’dinations Color Cardstock - Red Rose

Sizzix Embossing Folder

“Merry Christmas” Silhouette File # 4347

Darice Pearls

Darice Ribbon

Darice Embossing Folder

 

Say Hello too….Vivian Keh!

For the past two weeks we have been giving away prizes EVERY DAY while we introduce our brand new 2013-2014 Design Team and today we are introducing Vivan Keh!

Here is a little bit about Vivian:
Vivian, (aka contadinak on youtube and social media) loves all art and craft, nature and the garden, hangin’ with her husband, frolicking with the dogs, good food, occasional pretty drinks, and all things that keep her PRESENT. She currently designs for Sizzix, Hampton Art, Scraps of Darkness kit club, PaperHaus Magazine, and will be guesting with Donna Salazar Designs in September. She has been published in The Stamper’s Sampler, Scrap 365, PaperHaus Magazine, and Papercrafts Magazine. She is very excited to join the talent on the Core’dinations 2013 team and looks forward to sharing many inspirations and techniques with you!
I’m so very excited to meet all you fellow Core fans today!  My name is Vivian Keh and with this layout I’d like to share with you a few things about me!

I go completely bonkers about nature and the garden, hence my nickname on various social media platforms – Contadina K. The pooches and I are happiest when we are hangin’ out in the garden.  And when inspiration in the craft studio lags, all I need to do is step out back and stroll around.

While growing up, I dreamed about having a sizable plot in which to cultivate produce and flowers, and since recently moving to San Jose with my husband and our furry family, I’ve spent every free minute out in the yard, cultivating the mediocre the soil, and starting a bunch of plants from seed.  These are just a few plants that are currently growing in the back.  I’m hoping that in a few years, we’ll be able to harvest most of our produce from our own yard!
In this layout, I’ve dry embossed, die-cut, sanded, and distressed some vibrant shades of Core to create interest, and once it was all done, I said to myself, “Oh my word!  It’s nearly flat!”  My papercrafted projects are most often very dimensional.  That is one of the great characteristics of Core – you can create so much texture so easily and still have an easily mailable card or an easily sleeved layout.
My love of papercraft was born at the tail end of a career teaching adults ESL in Los Angeles.  At the time, I couldn’t afford to buy a decent gift for a dear friend.  So I made her a card.  I was surprised to see how deeply happy it made her, and I know she carried that card with her for months so she could look at it when she needed a pick me up.  That is when my love of cardmaking was born.  My interest in cards has drawn me into layouts, art journaling, and a profound love of mixed media.  Please stop by my blog to see more of my art and craft at:
http://contadinak.wordpress.com/

This year on the Design Team, I’m looking forward to working with even more of the beautiful hues and rich textures of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.  Nothing would make me happier than being able to inspire you along the way!

Supplies:

Core’dinations:

Pastels Core Essentials
Brights Core Essentials
Graphic 45 Signature Series
Sand It Tool
Dust Buddy
“Chip Block” #656917 Decorative Strip Alphabet Die
“Decorative Flourishes” #656538 Sizzlit Die Set
“Doily & Doily Border” #658947 Thinlits Die Set
“Bubble & Honeycomb” #657846 Texture Fades Embossing Folder Set
“Postage Stamp Frame” Bigz Die
Martha Stewart – Butterfly Punch
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Tombow – Mono Multi Glue
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – PITT Artist Pen S in Black

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So who’s up for yesterday’s Brights Collection pack winner????

Rachel Middleton says:
May 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Wonderful layout of your family! I am just in love with ColorCore paper!

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And today we are giving away a pack of our Darks Collection pack. You will love love love love love the rich colors in this collection pack…it’s gorgeous!

Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. We will pick a random winner the following morning (or Monday if it is the weekend) to 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.

Fabulous Friday Finds

First up..don’t forget to check out our June Challenge!!!

All you need to do is journal and show us a fun Hard Core technique and you can get up to TWO chances to win!!

Check out details here.

Today we have some GORGEOUS creations to share with you from some of our Hard Core fans! We love love love seeing Core in action and these layouts are no exception.

First up we have a layout from Ann Sigga using Basic Grey Core Impressions.  Here is a little bit about the layout from Anna,

“My older girl making her first cairn (rock pile) at
Laufskálavarda with the help of her grandma.When passing
Laufskálavarda for the first time, legend has it that if you add to a
rock pile then you are blessed with luck on the journey.

And some details about the techniques from Anna,

“Core’diantions cardstock is one of my favesand I absolutely
love the embossed CS.  You can really make a layout pop using those
beautiful patterns – and the sanding part is kinda fun. (We totally agree!) :)
I wanted to be able to transfer the texture of the lave rocks onto the
layout without losing that pink flowery feel. And the Basic Grey
Core’dinations cardstock was just perfect. I sanded the CS lightly
with my sanding block and voila – my background was perfectly pretty!”

And next up we have a layout from Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here are a few details that Anna-Karin shared with us about the techniques on this layout,

“A sheet of Core’dinations cardstock was cut into squares, embossed with patterns that worked well with the theme of the layout and sanded. They were adhered to black cardstock and then stitched together. I really like the tone on tone and textured effect. Two of the flowers were also dry embossed and then inked. The flower, alphabet and quote were white embossed on vellum. I had some fun with shrink plastic and stamped the little man, the telephone and the number strip on white shrink plastic. I also used a normal sized impression of the phone (symbolising that he can talk to his Godparents any time). The title was stamped with Distress Ink on sticky back canvas. The journaling is on the tag behind the photo and is about my sister and her DH being godparents to our little boy, and what that means, for instance that they will always listen and try to help. The Dymo text translates: ‘Always there for you’.

Supplies:

Supply list: Core’dinations cardstock; Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders; Hero Arts stamps: Vintage,  Plaid Person, Playful letters; Darkroom Door quote stamp; Stamper’s Anonymous flower and alphabet stamp; Stazon Black ink; Ranger Distress Ink Pumice Stone and Seafoam White Embossing powder; Paperbag Studios number stamp; Dymo tape; BasicGrey patterned paper; Prima flowers; vellum; Tim Holtz Sizzix tag die; Panduro velvet hearts; Reprint trim; lace; mini stapler; tiny button.

Thank you so much for sharing your creations with us!!! We love to see what our Hard Core fans are doing with Core’dinations.

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