October 27, 2010 by  
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Check out the Elmer’s Facebook page…our very own Lydia Jackson one their crafting contest and got to donate $1000 to her favorite charity, the  Diabetes Scholars Foundation.

You can check out more details on her blog here. Lydia used the NEW Stacy Julian Core Impressions line.

Lydia offered step by step directions on here blog. Here are a few close-ups.

congrats, Lydia!!!!

Don’t forget to check out the Core’dinations Facebook page. We are giving away 10 PACKS OF BLACK MAGIC!!!!

Who is ready for a Winner???

October 11, 2010 by  
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WE ARE!    First off we wanted to tell you how much we loved reading all the comments about color and what it means to you.  Here are a few of the posts that really inspired us:

Su C. says: Awesome layouts! Life is all about colors. Colors tell my story, set the tone and mood.

We SO agree about living your through the colors around us….

AnnieB says: Can you even imagine a world without color??? My favorites are blues, greens and purples!

No,  Annie we can’t, that’s for sure!!!

Sherry says: There is something about bold and bright colors that just make you smile when you see them and then putting combinations together to see what you can create can be such fun!

Creating with color is the BEST!

And, without further ado, here is our random Winner of the Stacy Julian Core Impressions pack….

Simply stated….  melanie says:

I love bright colours, they always make me happy!

Congrats Melanie…we sent you an email so make sure you get back to us ASAP! And another HUGE thank you for such a fun and inspiring week.

And we will leave you with another fun layout from our very own Mind Ayers using some Stacy Julian of course! 🙂

Happy Weekend!

October 1, 2010 by  
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I know we said that we would have a week of Stacy Julian but we have so many wonderful things to share with your regarding this collaboration that we will be sharing MORE Design Team projects next week, too.  And, of course, we always have bits and pieces of all of our wonderful collections on the blog throughout the week.

Before I share with you another post from Stacy Julian, I wanted to announce our winner from the myStamp BOX blog swap from last week….

The random winner is…..KS Derby! I sent you an email so make sure you get back to me ASAP so we can get your goodies to you.

Remember to leave a comment here if you want to win some Stacy Julian Core Impressions Cardstock!

Without further ado, we share with you some more colorful inspiration from Stacy Julian….

“We are all born with a basic, sensual instinct for strong color.”

Susan Sargent

I sincerely believe this.

In fact, it’s proven that as children we an insatiable desire for color. As we grow we are taught to be conservative, to use color that will not offend or look to faddish or childish—we are taught that it’s smart to tone it down and play it safe.


I’m with Greta Smedal (a Norwegian color theorist) who insists that …

“Colour should involve and engage people if it is to increase the quality of life.”

As scrapbookers we are engaged in a creative process with the goal of improving the quality of our memories. We are essentially saying, “I care enough about this person, or this place or this moment in time that I want to call it out, make it last—honor it with time and reflection.”

This is not to say that every page that I create features my Happy Colors in their most vivid form. Earlier this week, I took my eldest son Clark out for a senior photo shoot. I can still use my Happy Colors on a more mature layout—all I have to do is use them with a neutral background and apply distressing ink, to lend a masculine feel. Rather than build my page around these colors, I use them as descriptive accents that direct your eye to Clark.

I’m telling you, color is the ticket to eye-catching design.

And the only rule you need to know is use what makes you happy!

What Color Means to us…

September 29, 2010 by  
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Beauty without colour seems somehow to belong to another world. ~Murasaki Shikibu~

Today we are here showcasing how our  Design Team was inspired by color using Stacy Julian’s Core Impression line.  Make sure you check back on Friday for some cards (okay, okay and maybe a few more layouts 😉


We will announce a winner Monday.

You can sand the words lightly so the jump off the page…

Hera Frei:

Sarah Hodginkson:

Cari Locken:

Linda Beeson:

Debbie Standard:

OR you could leave the Cardstock as is like Paula Gilarde did here:

and Lydia Jackson did on the background sheet:

You can also check out Scrapbook and Cards Today blog for some more color inspiration from Stacy here.

A few other notes, we will announce the winner of the from the myStamp BOX blog swap Friday so stay tuned!

It’s a Colorful Monday!

September 27, 2010 by  
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Here at the Core blog and we couldn’t be happier than to share this week with Stacy Julian! One of our new Core Impressions lines features Stacy’s amazing work. She has an eye for color that will just light up your day.

She put a blog post together for us today, too! We are going to be celebrating color and the Stacy Julian Core Impressions pack ALL WEEK LONG! Here she is in her own words:

I LOVE color! I love playing with colorful scrapbooking products, I love planning a colorful meal, I love surrounding myself with color at home—I even like to dress in a colorful way. Science tells us that there are approximately six million hues that are discernable to the human eye. Among these millions of colors there are a handful that consistently catch my heart. I ALWAYS respond to them in a positive way. They make me the happiest. I find that I am drawn to my “happy colors” regardless of where I find them.

For example, I love this green loveseat …

and I adore raspberry red, even when it’s not a raspberry…

I think orange Gerbera daisies are fabulous, but I love orange balloons and popsicles too.

This car (but mostly this color) makes me incredibly happy! My new office is painted this color.

The interesting thing is. I could walk into my creative studio right now and pull a dozen or more sheets of pattern paper that feature my happy colors—these that I’ve shared here, and others.

Once you know what your happy colors are, the process of purchasing, sorting and organizing Scrapbooking products is greatly simplified. I can more easily avoid purchasing items I don’t really love (even when they are on sale!) Depending on my mood and the needs of my page or project I can use my happy colors in combination with black, white or other neutrals or I can use them in combination with each other. As a bonus, the look and feel of my finished scrapbooks is unified as these colors are woven throughout!

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you don’t know what your happy colors are, start paying attention—owning and loving and using your happiest colors is a wonderful way to celebrate your perspective and your life.

I’m absolutely thrilled that Core’dinations has created a collection pack with me—and I’ll be here all week to share color tips and tricks and perhaps even a few techniques.

Until tomorrow, I hope you’ll leave me a comment and share one or more of your happiest colors—I’m so curious to know!

Stacy Julian

Need a Make and Take?

August 8, 2010 by  
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Today Sarah Hodgkinson is sharing a great tutorial on how simple yet creative you can be with the new Core Impressions lines that debuted at CHA.

Summer CHA provided us Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock fans with a new collection of Core Impressions by Stacy Julian. The collection features a bulk pack (20 sheets) of Happy Colours. Six of the sheets from the collection have been made into single sheet packages for stores as well (20 sheets per package). The bookmark below features the yellow pre-embossed sheet. Each single sheet comes with text boxes which are identical so this make and take is very cost effective for store owners who want to promote Core’dinations in their stores or at an event. Feel free to use this bookmark as a template if you are a store owner looking for a technique-rich card.

Core’dinations Ingredients:
– Stacy Julian yellow embossed paper (9 bookmarks per sheet)
– 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Snowflake white cardstock
– 3″ x 6″ piece of Marine blue cardstock (8 per sheet)
– two half-punched flowers (two sizes) from Cottage Porch Whitewash cardstock (EK Success punches used)
– one scalloped circle from Danelion yellow cardstock (EK Success punch used)
– one circle from Autumn Vintage cardstock (EK Success punch used)
– one punched butterfly from Ruby Vintage cardstock (Marvy embossing punch used)
– one punched small heart from Ruby Vintage cardstock (EK Success punched used)

Also needed:
– sanding block or sand paper
– adhesives
– layering tape (for behind butterfly wings and small cloud)


1. Trim pre-embossed text box to measure 2 1/2″ x 4″. Sand text to reveal coordinating coloured core.

2. Sand edge of clouds, butterfly, and edge of Danelion yellow circle.

3. Assemble as shown above, being sure to adhere layering tape behind small cloud and butterfly wings. Fold up wings gently to prevent bookmark from falling into the book.


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