A Thing of Beauty

We hope you are ready for a fun week with our friends over at Petaloo and Xyron! We have teamed up with some of our favorite adhesive and flowers for a week full of inspiration and, of course, PRIZES! Please go to THIS post to see how you can enter to win this:

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Hello again, fellow Core lovers! It’s Gini, and today I have an upcycling project to share with you, using some of my favorite products. With a little help from Core’dinations, Xyron and Petaloo, I was able to transform a lowly Pringles Chip container into a dispenser for cosmetic cotton rounds.

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A Thing of Beauty Supply List:

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Step 1.  Measure around your container and cut paper to fit.

Step 2.  Draw a template for your opening on scrap cardstock. Cut in the center of the paper as well as the canister.

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Step 3.  Stamp decorative border at the top and bottom of the paper with watermark ink. Heat emboss with gold powder. Tip: Sometimes metallic embossing powders leave a residue.  Use the Dust Buddy after embossing to remove this powder.

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Step 4.  Run the paper through the Creative Station machine to apply adhesive. Carefully adhere to the canister, lining up the openings.

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Step 5.  Ink the back of the vellum quote with metallic gold.  Die cut a frame using the Glitter Silk cardstock.

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Step 6.  Use the small tape runner to apply adhesive to the back of the frame. Center quote and trim the excess.

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Step 7.  Cut a circle to match the top of the canister.  Add trim around the top and bottom of the canister and lid to hide the raw edges.

Step 8.  Spritz the flowers with gold and let dry and add the embellishments to the canister to finish as shown.

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So remember, look at your empty containers with a creative eye, before you take out your trash!  See you soon.

~Gini

 

Glitter Silk Gift Bag and Box

July 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Spellbinders, Xyron

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Supplies:
Box and bag
Helmer’s Craft Glue
Xyron 250
Glue Dots
Sookwang
Paper Studio pearl
Spellbinder’s Dies – foliage S4-328 and Aster Flower Topper S5-102
My Mind’s Eye Brad
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Debbie Stadard here with an easy step-by-step on how to create a festive gift bag and tag for the that next big day of yours! Don’t be afraid to emboss that Glitter Silk. It looks amazing!
1.  First off pick a little box – as you can see I have had this one awhile but that’s ok – I’m covering it. Using the wrong side of your paper mark the bottom of the box and the top of the box and cut out.  The great thing about Glitter Silk is that the back is white so it’s easy to make lines. Then cut a smaller piece to fit in the bottom of the box.
2.  Now glue all the pieces to the box.
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3. Measure around the box and the height of the bottom of the box and cut.  Glue to sides holding to get a tight fit.  If you have to cut a second strip it’s easier to cut one side and then piece it that way.
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4.  Do the same thing for the top of the box.
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5.  Now because I didn’t want my seam to show on to I used these pearls from Paper Studios.  They worked well on here because they are all attached in one long line so you can do an entire side at one time.
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6.  Then I used a Spellbinder’s die to cut my flower and leaves and embossed the them.  I used my Xyron 250 to run the leaves through and attach to the top of the box and then some Glue dots to add the flower after I added a brad.
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7.  Now to make my bag I used the rest of the turquoise sheet.  I embossed it (you don’t sand Glitter Silk due to the glitter finish) and attached it and another embossed purple strip.  Then I made a banner sentiment using the green and layering it with some turquoise and added a David Tutera Sentiment.
8.  Tie a festive bow to the top and you have a great gift set!
 

Spotted Cardstock Winner!

May 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders

We hope you had a great long weekend! First up, we have a winner from our giveaway.

Ruby H says:
May 23, 2014 at 7:42 am  (Edit)

Love this cardstock thanks for a chance to win !!

Ruby email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com to claim your prize by June 1st, 2014

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Next up we are showcasing Chocolate Box on the blog this week. What a sweet treat…
chocolate covered cardstock! 
Sand, tear and emboss it to reveal the yummy colors hidden beneath the texture. It is available in  12×12 assorted packs, 6×6 and Cut & Emboss. And don’t forget single sheets for those special projects, too. First up we have Kate Nolan Denham with a masculine layout filled with TONS of technique!

 

I wanted to create a very “boy” layout with the photos of my Grandson so I immediately grabbed my stock of Core’dinations Chocolate Box Cardstock.  I embossed, debossed, and die cut my way through the Chocolate Box on this layout!  Each piece of Chocolate Box was sanded to show the great core colors I chose to compliment Seth’s plaid shirt.

I used Spellbinder’s Sprightly Sprockets Dies to create all the fun gears on this page.   Just loving how once I sanded down gears they looked aged with all that red showing though the Chocolate Box.  I added a bit of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint to them make them pop just a bit more.
Core’dinations Supplies:
Chocolate Box Cardstock
Core Essentials Darks Pack
Vintage Collection
Sand It Gadget 
Dust Buddy 
Other Supplies:
Spellbinder’s Sprightly Sprockets
Darice Embossing Folder
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint
Elle’s Studio Tag
Misc Brads

Handmade birdhouses with Clare Buswell

April 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders

I mean..seriously?  How cute are these??!??!? Keep on reading on how to make these little cuties. They are perfect for Spring! And the button embossing folder is too perfect!
If you haven’t gotten a Fiskars Paper crimper yet then you better! Check out our Technique Videos HERE for more ideas and a video on Corrugating.
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Cut files from cardstock using Silhouettte Portrait. Use paper crimper on roofs and sand using Sand It Gadget. Emboss main sections of bird houses using the button box embossing folder, sand using Sand It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy.
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Assemble each bird house, thread ribbon through roof and glue roof in position. Roll piece of Core cardstock tightly to make peg for perch and place in position, to finish.

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And a close up:

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Supplies:
Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock – Fuchsia Fizz, Buttercup; Sand It Gadget; Dust Buddy.
Other: Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette cut files (#44005, #44006), Crafters Companion Embossalicious 8×8 Embossing Folder Button Box, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, pink grosgrain ribbon, paper crimper.

Introducing Clare Buswell!

Sorry we are a bit late today…things have been crazy around here the last few weeks. It’s all good though!
Before we introduce Clare to you today, we want to take this time to tell you about our Hard Core Crafter program!  You get  access to EXCLUSIVE videos,  giveaways AND sneak peeks that no one else does…AND it’s FREE. I am bringing this up now because in case you haven’t notice, we recently hit 10,000 likes on our Facebook page! ;) ;) So I would make sure you are an HCC member so you don’t miss out on anything.  So don’t waste anymore time and sign up HERE!
Now….on to the good stuff…..
Today we are saying hello  to Clare Buswell!
Here is a little bit about Clare:

Hi! My name is Clare Buswell. I live in the south-west of Ireland in the countryside with Niall and our lovely 5 year old daughter Isabelle.

I’ve always been creative in some form or another, I studied graphic design at art college. I only discovered the whole world of paper-crafting after the birth of my daughter when I had little time but longed to be creative again. Card-making was the perfect answer for me and is now my passion. I also really love to make 3D paper projects. I love stamping, quilling and making my own embellishments, especially paper flowers! I love trying out different techniques and coming up with my own. I also love to paint with acrylics and watercolors.

I’ve been lucky enough to have my work published in Paper Crafts, CARDS and CardMaker magazines in the US and I design regularly for Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine in the UK.

When I’m not paper-crafting I love to spend my time gardening, baking and with my family.

I’m really excited to be part of the Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock design team!

If you have been to Clare’s blog you will notice she isn’t a layout girl…her cards are incredible so she did her signature paper ruffles for us today! You will see more of this gorgeous, handmade technique in the future and if you want to learn how to do it yourself, check out Clare’s blog HERE.
You can get some really realistic looking paper ruffles using this simple technique. Once you get the hang of it you can apply your paper ruffles to your cards and layouts in lots of different ways.  Here is how she does it:
To make the ruffles I cut strips of Core’dinations cardstock approx 1 1/2″ deep, mist the back of the cardstock with water, leave for a minute and the cardstock becomes malleable and easy to form into ruffles. Just be careful not to wet it too much! Once you’ve shaped your ruffles, leave to dry and apply to your projects with double sided tape. For a detailed tutorial you can visit my blog.
For my first card I went for an ombre effect and layered tones of blue and turquoise ruffles on my card. When layering the ruffles always start at the bottom. You can enhance the edges of the ruffles by gently rubbing them with your Sand It Gadget for some added texture.
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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic, Tim Holtz Distress Collection, The Whitewash Collection, Sand it Gadget, Dust Buddy, Big Shot, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Sweet Sentiments stamp The Craft’s Meow, Onyx Black VersaFine Ink, Distress Ink – Antique Linen, teal satin ribbon, baker’s twine.
I think it is only fitting that we giveaway some of that fabulous Tim Holtz Kraft Core, don’t you?????
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 the winner of the Spotted cardstock from yesterday is…………
Kathy Wittlock says:

Cute layout – those little arrows get to the point!
love the spotted cardstock- would love to have some to try~

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Spring has almost Sprung!

April 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Spellbinders

As you may have noticed…we, okay me, LOL….have been really ready for Spring around here. My daffodils are almost ready to bloom which means it won’t be long now.

Today we have Designer Andrea Amu with an “Upcycled Spring Basket” using Core Pastels collection. This project also features  product  from  our friends over at May Arts ribbon and Spellbinders.

And nothing screams Spring like birds! This monogram door hanger was featured in August 2012 Cricut Magazine…isn’t it gorgeous??!?!?!?!?  Andrea works that Cricut for sure!

On here you will see some Vintage Core and Core Essentials and May Arts ribbon.

Love love all the glittery accents!

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