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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Vivian Keh…a gorgeous mini AND a layout!

Hello, Core friends! Vivian Keh here with an accordion mini album that I made for one of my three closest high school friends, all of whom were able to visit me recently for an amazing reunion, just as we all hit the big Four Oh! I crafted this album to house small photos from our long weekend together, using a monochromatic palette, which is extra fun with all the lovely tones and tints of cardstock that Core’dinations has available! 

Check out the Core Essentials part of the website for color families so you can create your very own monochromatic look like this!

There’s some die-cutting, dry embossing, stamping, and of course my current favorite – tearing!

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A distressed crumpled look is so so easy with Core!

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Layer your scalloped edges for a “gingerbread” look! Ya know, like the roofs of gingerbread houses..cute, huh?!??!

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Worn Lipstick” from Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection
Jillian Dot Collection
Snowflake” White Cardstock
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Mariposa” bigz die, embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Fiskars – scallop edger punch, small butterfly punch
Tim Holtz – tiny attacher
EK Success – floral punch, circle punch
Memento – Dye ink
Gems
Decorative Brads

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Next up a layout….. How cool are those torn squares?!?!

Vivian Keh with a layout that’s about as clean as I go – lots of white space, featuring graphic design elements created entirely with torn Core and paper punched blossoms from Marvy Uchida.  I sanded the blossoms to reveal the embossing that simultaneously occurs when you punch these pretties.  I must say, this paper punch was a pleasure to handle, cutting cleanly and embossing with a single, very easy press of the palm.
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And yeah for the cool embossed punches from Marvy Uchida!!!  How cool are those torn squares?  First layer the torn paper on some scrap paper and adhere.  Then cut out any shape you like and you have your very own embellishment!
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SUPPLIES:
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Pastel Collection
Tim Holtz Distress Collection
“Snowflake” White Cardstock
“Heritage Kraft” from Graphic 45 Signature Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Sizzlit “Typeset” Alphabet Strip Die
The Paper Studio – Self-adhesive pearls

Fabulous Friday

…..with Vivian Keh!

In order to create the luxurious feeling in this card project, I turned to the beautiful pearlescent hues of our Gemstones collection.  While the sheen on the die-cut rosebuds showcases the elegance of the Gemstones cardstock as is, I dry embossed a bit of Sapphire colored cardstock, sanded  and distressed the raised surfaces with Distress Ink to infuse my card with a sense of nostalgia.

Ah…you can never have too many close-ups, right? Here is a shot of the inking on the embossed Gemstones cardstock.

Gemstones does NOT have a sandable finish like our Specialty collections so when you sand, you will lose the sheen. This is a GREAT alternative…sand it so you loose the smooth finish and your ink will be more intense.

SUPPLIES

Core’dinations:
Gemstones ColorCore (4.25 in x 5.5 in) – Sapphire,Rose Quartz, and Opal
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Sizzix - “Moroccan” Textured Impressions Embossing FolderFlower Bloom w/ Leaves 3-D Sizzlit, Big Shot Machine

Hampton Art – “Abundance” Stamp Set IC148
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen

Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Tsukineko – Stazon Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Metallic String Iridescent

And another card for you!

I love the organic patterns in every sheet of our “Shattered” Collection.  For this card, I kept a rustic, muted palette, creating very easy blooms by paper-punching and sanding petal shapes from a sheet of Shattered cardstock, taking advantage of the kraft backsides for some interesting variation in my blooms.

SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered; Colorcore in “Latte”

Sand-It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Martha Stewart – Ornament Punch

Recollections – Self-adhesive pearls

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Paper Ribbon   Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

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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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.

Hearts All Around!

April 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co.

We love some 8.5×11″ around here!

So for this layout, Melissa  embossed the cardstock FIRST and then sanded BEFORE  punching into heart shapes. This is much more Time efficient than individually embossing and sanding each punched shape. And if the shapes are tiny it’s a bit harder to sand those small pieces, too.

And that scored frame is just an easy way to create a focal point on your projects. Scor THE BACK of the cardstock and then sand the raised image on the front. It is THAT easy!

And, of course, the stitched circle is just the perfect detail to finish this cute layout.

Here is a close up of the Label technique we know and love here at Core. Melissa used her Label maker and then inked the raised letters so they pop off the cardstock. For more info on labeling check out our video here:

Journal strips are such a great way to accent your journaling. Again, Melissa used some Whitewash and sanded the edges…

Melissa used a variety of embossing folders from Sizzix, Darice and Provocraft in addition to some Queen & Co. bling.

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