Spring Decor with Kate Nolan Denham

May 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

It was a long, white winter here in Maine and sand we are craving spring so I decided to bring a bit of it inside with some pretty spring decor created with Core’dinations Jillian Spotted, Tillie Spotted Cardstock and Whitewash Collections.
Cutting titlework out of Core’dinations Cardstock is always a plus when looking to compliment your layout, project or card perfectly.  I cut the “Hello Spring” out of Core’dinations Whitewash Collection using my Silhoutte.
When working with Core’dinations Cardstock for my titlework, I like to use the following process:
1) Run the cut title through a Xyron Create-a-Sticker, making sure to rub and peel before you pull the plastic off.

2) Keeping the titlework on the adhesive backing, sand the Core’dinations Cardstock with Sand It Gadget until the color core shows.

3) Using your Dust Buddy, dust the sanded titlework.

4) Add any liquid you may use to enhance the color core to your title work before taking the titlework off the adhesive backing.

The pinwheels are cut out of Core’dinations Jillian Spotted Collection.  This fun dotted collection is just perfect for the whimsical pinwheels.

Being one not to waste good negatives, I made two cards out of the titlework negatives.

Core’dinations Supplies:
Tillie Dot Spotted Collection
Jillian Dot Spotted Collection
Whitewash Collection 6×6
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Viva Decor Lila Perle Pen
JilliBean Patterened Paper
Crate Paper Patterned Paper
Dymo
Silhoutte “Pinwheel”

Creating a Lego inspired layout with Suzanna Lee

April 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog

With Core’dinations, it’s all about the technique! The beauty of Core’dinations IS, the core. The core of the paper, getting to the core of the matter. You can do so much with it!

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Emboss it, crimp it, sand it and run it through your label machine it! These are the things I have done on this layout. If you haven’t already visited, be sure to check out the technique videos on the Core blog. There are many more techniques to see there too!

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Crimp it! Running your Core’dinations cardstock through a crimper with some sanding provides not only a neat texture but a striped effect depending upon the color core you reveal with your sanding.

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Sand it! I used the Spotted Tillie cardstock to create my own Lego bricks! Cut each brick to size using your paper trimmer and sand! Dead easy!!

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Label it! I created the sub title of my layout by running an appropriate sized strip of cardstock through my label maker and sanded it! Simple yet so effective!

What goes perfectly with Easter?

April 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Chocolate, right?  Well we have the next bext thing today… Chocolate Box cardstock!

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Mary Pat here with a fun layout all about corrugating! For a video on how to do this technique with your paper crimper click HERE to view our Technique videos.

Playing with the Chocolate Box collection is really fun!  Just take the Chocolate Box and run it through a paper crimper.  When you lightly sand the paper the blue core comes through  and it is just amazing!
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Next, tear the bottom in order to really expose more of the colored core.  Continue to add layers like the Spotted Core Cardstock  and sand.  Add a photo, some sewing and fun embellishments  and you have a great layout.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations ( Chocolate Box, Core Impressions JIllibean Soup, Spotted Cardstock)
Pattern paper- Imaginisce
Stickers – Imaginisce
enamel dots- Glitz
Lawn Fawn Star Dies
Sewing Machine

 

And we have Ava Gavloski  here with a  cute little shaped card for Easter.

Sometimes it’s a refreshing change to make a shaped card.  Here I used the Core’dinations Core Essential’s Pastel Collection. Just Emboss and sand the card to show the inner core.

I embellished my card with a die cut from Spellbinders, May Arts Ribbon and ScrapFX chipboard to give the card some layers and texture.  The Core’dinations Pastel collection colors core’dinate so well with each other!

Core’dinations Supplies:

Core Essentials Pastels Collection
Sand It Set
Other Supplies
May Arts Ribbon
Spellbinders Die
ScrapFX chipboard
Unity Stamp Co.
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink
Tombow Adhesive, Liquid Mono and Foam Tabs

Accordian Easter card by Suzanna Lee

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Designer Suzanna Lee here today with an Easter project for you.

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Using an accordian card die from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I created this fun Easter home decor. Each of the backgrounds is not only a different color but a different cardstock as well. I used some Core Essentials cardstock  and some Core Impressions in various designs. See my supply list for more details.

The oval of each panel is cut using white cardstock and individually decorated using more die cut cardstock and some stamps.

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Emboss bits and pieces of the panel for added texture like I did here with the tulip. Then shade it with Gelatos for a hint of ombre color and shading. Scor the outer edge of this panel and sand to frame the letters.

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 Embellish each oval shape and make a quick nest out of some twine like I did below:

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Supplies:

Spotted Jillian

Core Impressions, Basic Grey, Whimsy

Core Impressions, Fancy Pants

Core Essentials, Neutrals

Core Essentials, Pastels

Core Couture Glitter

Core Basics, 110lb white

Sand It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Twine – The Twinery

Stamps – Stampendous, October Afternoon

Dies – Memory Box, Avery Elle, Die-namics, Lifestyle Crafts, Elizabeth Craft Designs

Ink – Heidi Swapp, VersaFine

Button – American Crafts

Baby Ribbons for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Another project I wanted to complete before the baby was born are some pin-on ribbons to give the the new big sister and brother when they come to visit in hospital! Core’dinations cardstock was perfect as it’s sturdy enough for the project, as I *hope* to add these to their scrapbook albums eventually.

First up: for the big sister and of course it had to be pink!

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Lots of layers! Some were punched, some were cut with my Cameo electonic cutting machine and the “ribbons” hanging down the bottom were simply handcut.

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You can see I varied the textures, using some Jillian Dot embossed cardstock and for the heart, I couldn’t go past the subtle glitter of the Core Couture cardstock.

I used the heavy weight 110lb smooth white cardstock to print the labels and cut them into the banner shape.

And here is big brother’s.I kept to the same design but switched the colors:

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You can see the dimension in the bottom layer in the close up photo below. For this I simply cut some strips and folded them before adhering them, alternating the colours.

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I snapped this photo on quickly while I was assembling the ribbons, just to give you an idea of the different layers and how they all came together.

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Finally, I adhered a pin back (bought from my local craft supply store) to the back of the ribbon so they can wear them proudly!

Supply List :

Core Cardstock:
Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)
Stiletto, Blue Diamonds (Core Couture Glitter)
Aqueduct, Jaybird (Jillian Dot Spotted)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Spellbinders dies: Standard Circles Sml & Big Scalloped Circles
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Prize Ribbons and Heart

What does Spring mean to you?

COLOR and BUTTERFLIES and GIRAFFES, right??? Jennifer Edwardson is sharing her love of Core with us today. I just can’t get enough of all the sanding and embossing!
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I don’t know where my love of butterflies came from recently but I find myself gravitating towards them for embellishments these days, especially on cards !!
 
I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ white David Tutera Celebrate cards base and added the yellow cardstock that I embossed using a dotted embossing folder and a little light sanding …..

 

I chose a different embossing folder for the blue background (the sky :) for the butterflies …… Lightly sanding the top really made the pattern pop !!
 
I LOVE the colors in the Graphic 45 Lights collection so I used (6) for my butterfly punchies ….. I used (2) different sizes and styles of butterfly punches  - 2 of each color ….
 
I only adhered each of the punchies in the center so that I could fold up the wings.  I added little min pearls in the center to jazz them up a bit …. A ‘hello’ sentiment sticker and this card is ready to give.

 

Supplies:

 

 

While playing around on my Silhouette I cam across this sweet little giraffe cut file and knew I had these fun zoo pics from a few years back !!

 

I started with my ‘go to’ base – Spotted Tillie Dot in white (can’t get enough of this pre-embossed cardstock) …. Then I cut a piece of black and lightly sanded the edges and layered it on top.  I ran the yellow cardstock through my eBosser using a large honeycomb embossing folder (love this one) and layered it on top of the black.
 
For the (3) green-ish photo mats, I used the same embossing folder for each pieces and lightly sanded the top off to really show off the pattern.  This was perfect for these sweet pics of the giraffe :))
 
I bordered these pieces with a piece of Spotted Jillian Dot in creme edges with a border punch –  love this one !!

 

 

I cut the little giraffe using some great Core Essentials and glued him together ….. The Gg is also a Silhouette cut file but I added some American Crafts Thickers and Jillibean Soup Alphabeans to complete my title …. Such a whimsical little layout for our trip to the zoo !!!

 

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