Tuesday Tutorial with Andrea Amu

We have a fun tutorial for you today from Design Team Member Andrea Amu!
But first up we need a winner from last week from our week with May Arts!
Judy Webb says:

Cannot get enough Core!!! Loving this week.

Winners email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with the subject line reading the contest you won, For Example: March Color Challenge Winner. Also include in the body of the email your name, address, and phone number (only if international). We will send you a confirmation back that we received your email so you know your prize will be on it’s way soon! We ship prizes to our lucky winners twice a month once we receive all prize winner’s information.


Now let’s get to the this cool tutorial on how to make this!
Here is a little bit from Andrea herself:
Today I wanted to share with you a technique for making a pretty textural ribbon flower that can be used on a variety of projects.
I created my ribbon flower by covering panels of cardstock with rows of adhesive backed ribbon and then die cut and layering a variety of different sized floral shapes from the ribbon panels.
Here’s a list of supplies needed:
Choice of Core’dinations Cardstock (I used Jillian Spotted Cardstock)
Choice of coordinating ribbon  (I used May Arts Silky Crush ribbon in brown and teal)
Choice of metal dies (I used Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies, Classic Scalloped Circles)
Die cutting/Embossing machine (I used my Cuttlebug)
Xyron 15 Adhesive and Applicator
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Decorative Brad
Okay, to get started you will want to cut various scraps of light colored cardstock into panels and then cut several strips of the ribbon.
You will want to add adhesive to the backs of the ribbons strips.  I have found that the easiest method of doing this is to run ribbon strips through a Xyron Adhesive Applicator.
Once you apply the adhesive to the ribbon, you can begin to cover the surface of the cardstock scrap panels, alternating strips of color as I have done, or  you can cover a panel using strips of one color.
Once all the panels are covered entirely with the ribbon strips you can now die cut your desired shapes from the panels using various sizes of dies.  To create my layered flower, I have die cut my shapes using scalloped circles dies from Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies.  To give more visual contrast and texture, I have also die cut some embossed cardstock shapes to be layered into my flower as well.  I used a Sand It Gadget, which is a sanding block by Core’dinations, to sand over the embossed dots of the cardstock.
For the next step, you will want to take each die cut shape and crinkle it up in your hands… don’t be afraid to crinkle them up tightly… the more crinkle the better!   Now take each piece and flatten them back out, and  you’ve just created even more lovely texture and dimension to the pieces.
To form the flower, simply layer each shape center to center forming a stack from largest to smallest.  You will want to punch a hole in the centers of each and then attach the stack together using a decorative brad.  Before attaching my brad here I also rolled up a small piece of extra ribbon and coiled it around the center punched hole.  Once you attach the brad fluff up the layers to give dimension.
Now you can have fun embellishing your projects with beautiful ribbon flowers that you’ve made on your own!

More Layouts with Core and Authentique!

Happy Wednesday!

We are here with a super fun week with Authentique. If you have been here before for our blog swap weeks, you know the drill. Comment ALL WEEK LONG for a chance to win some Core’dinations! If you post every day, that is five chances to WIN!

AND…DID YOU SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE RECENTLY????? We have 5936 5946 5988 Likes. How cool is that?  We are less than 70 60 15 away from 6K and we want to make that happen this week. SO PLEASE help us get there!  Shout it from the roof tops, tell you friends…SHARE  this Core & Authentique badge with your friends. 6k or Bust!

We couldn’t be more excited than to do it this week with our friends over at Authentique?!?!?!

We have a some Tim Holtz Kraft Core up for grabs. Who wants some????  If we get to 6k this week will give some away and it COULD BE YOU! Just help us on Facebook ..it’s that easy!

So how can you win this week:

1.) Comment on our blog all week long.

2.) Help us get to 6k of Facebook by sharing with your friends, shouting from the rooftops how much you LOVE Core and Authentique, doing a dance…just kidding  with that last part but we would still love to see it ;)

3.) Head over to the Authentique blog for chances to win, too! If  you comment over on their blog, you can win some Authentique, too!!!!! Here is a link to their Facebook page, too. While you are on Facebook helping us get to 6000 likes, stop by and say “HI!”

YES! Even the Whitewash looks awesome with the Authentique Carefree Collection!!! Love how Kim Jeffress paired it with the Authentique Carefree  elements.

and a close up…loving that black splatter against the Whitewash! Don’t be afraid to get out that Sand It Gadget and really sand that Whitewash to get that color core to come through like Kim did here.

And Melissa Oliveira…the stitching is perfection…and the touch of May Arts ribbon and the Posie Cardstock from Jenni Bowlin is so sweet with this layout!

And Lydia Jackson uses the touch of Graphic45 Core Impressions along with top of this layout…

Check out the awesome details…Lydia used her Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder on this layout and then inked over top of it for a really fabulous distressed feel. The sanded parts of the Core really pick up the inking.  Lydia also used her Spellbinder’s Label Die and printed her journaling directly on it. LOVE the tone on tone…fabulous!  OOOH and some May Arts Ribbon :)

Easter Photos

May 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders

I don’t know about you but I don’t get a chance to scrap Easter (or Holiday photos) until after the Holidays.  It seems as if then all they  hype is over and I we have moved on to the next Holiday for inspiration. Well not here! ;)  Today we have some inspo for you to get out those Easter shots from a few weeks ago and scrap them. Don’t wait until next year….if you are like me you will behind schedule ;)

Design Team Member Lydia Jackson created this layout with a beautiful mix  of Core. She used Pink Paislee Core Impressions (honeycomb and dots) and then she used her Spellbinders die to make the impression on the neutral cardstock found in our NEW Neutrals Collection packs.

And here is a detail of that impression with Spellbinder’s die. LOVE it!!

Monthly Colour Lover’s Inspiration

First up we have some Winners to announce from last week’s Blog Swap with Sweet Stamp Shop! Did you check out their blog? Save it in your faves?  Check out their Facebook page? You will not be disappointed!

Our Blog Winner is:

Caryn S. says:
April 17, 2012 at 8:28 am

I do so love that little raccoon! Great “tough girl” card too!

And our Facebook Winner is:

Love the Sugar and Spice layout on the blog!
April 18 at 9:05pm

Winners email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with the subject line reading the contest you won, For Example: Sweet Stamp Shop giveaway Winner. Also include in the body of the email your name, address, and phone number (only if international). We will send you a confirmation back that we received your email so you know your prize will be on it’s way soon! We ship prizes to our lucky winners twice a month once we receive all prize winner’s information.


So are you ready for some inspo????

Who LOVES Pinterest??? Well make sure you check out our Colour Lover’s Board and the other boards we have are FAB as well ;)  We love spending time on there pinning all the Core we find and the color palettes that inspire our team.

This one from Anthropolgie caught our fancy this month:

And here is what Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira came up with….a gorgeous combination of Tim Holtz Kraft Core and Adirondack lines. Remember…when using Core most of our lines “core’dinate” with each other so we make it easy for you  to mix and match colors!

I also wanted to post about a prize for our Colour Lover’s Monthly Inspiration. For the past few months we have issued a challenge around our Pinterest board called Colour Lover’s. Sorry for the confusion but we are not offering a prize for this challenge at this time due to our GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY going on right now. It’s HUGE…a value of over $700!!!! So make sure you enter today AND tell your friends! {when you enter it will give you the chance to send emails to your friends and  share on Facebook) The MORE we get signed up, the bigger and more frequent we giveaway prizes!

And don’t forget to REFER Your FRIENDS! If they win so do you!

She Shoots….

March 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jillibean Soup, Petaloo, Spellbinders

SHE SCORS!

Well…not the scoring you might see at a football game…but the FUN kind of SCORING! We highlighted scoring yesterday on the blog and I just happen to come across a few more amazing examples of how to SCOR with CORE ;)

We love love to scor here at Core. If you haven’t scor’d before than PLEASE check out our Technique Videos here. LOADS of inspiration and REMEMBER to scor from the BACK of your Core so when you sand the front with your Sand It Gadget, that gorgeous core shines through.

First up we have a layout from Design Team Member Lydia Jackson. Lydia created her own design here just by scoring! You can create a patchwork design like this and the outline around the layout to frame it, too. SO easy yet SO much impact.

Lydia used Tim Holtz Kraft Core as her base and some Core Essentials and added some great details from Jillibean Soup.

And design Team Member Melissa Oliveira used this month’s Colour Lover’s Inspiration palette for this layout. See how Melissa used scoring to frame the layers of the layout? Gorgeous gorgeous! I cannot  tell you how easy this technique is and how much impact it can have on your layouts with Core’dinatons Colorcore Cardstock!

Here is a little about scoring from Melissa, “Scoring is my favorite way to add some extra visual interest without added bulk or additional layers.”  I AGREE, do you?

And Melissa used her Petaloo flowers that match Core PERFECTLY!!!!!!!!

And a Spellbinder’s Die for the shape…

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