Designing with Gail Linder

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

ONE amazing Monday and THREE incredible layouts from Gail Linder!

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Sweet Delight Layout

I have a secret to share today. Sometimes I scraplift my own layouts! Gasp!

Seriously, if you’re ever “stuck” for ideas, just choose an older layout of your own that you loved and scraplift it using new products or techniques!

That’s exactly what I did for today’s layout.

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I knew I wanted to create bright, fun blocks at the top of the layout and I wanted to use Core cardstock (of course) showing a couple of techniques.

I cut 10 squares of cardstock (in 6 different colours) that were 2″x2″. After finding the arrangement that I was happy with I simply when from square to square, embellishing slightly.

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Some of the techniques I used include:

  • Embossing (you could also try de-bossing)
  • Sanding and inking
  • Adding die cuts (some raised on pop dots)
  • Punching out a shape from the square, using the negative space
  • Punching a circle ‘notch’ from the corner to add in a circular embellishment

I kept them quite simple as I wanted to fabulous colours to stand out!

And take a look where my journaling is hidden in this one:

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The photo panel lifts up to reveal journaling underneath! I just folded a piece of white core cardstock to be the ‘flap’.

You can actually see the original layout that inspired this one on my blog here. I hope I’ve inspired you to look back at your older layouts for inspiration with fresh eyes!

Supply List – Gail January Project #2 – Sweet Delight Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion & Tulip (brights)
Sugar’n’spice (pastels)
Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters (Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
SSS, MFT & Avery Elle dies
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Silhouette Cameo
Feathers cutting file

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One Little Word Layout

Do you follow the One Little Word concept? Although I’m a little late sharing my One Little Word for 2014, I have had it chosen since the end of last year, or rather, it came to me as per usual! Give.

I decided to create a layout for my word, using a phone selfie of myself (it’s the only recent photo I could find of me!).

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I created the background to this layout by overlapping pieces of Core’dinations cardstock in pink and aqua with a few scraps of patterned paper. The card was cut at an angle (alternating directions) and I started from the bottom and worked my way up!

I gave all pieces of cardstock a quick sand to reveal a bit of the lighter core, for more dimension.

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A couple more things to note:

  • The title was cut using my Cameo. The word ‘give’ was cut out of Black Magic card (with a pink core) so when the edges had a light sand, they had a bit of pink showing to coordinate with the rest of the layout!
  • I didn’t think my photos and title stood out enough on the busier background so I again used my Cameo to cut the circle design out of simple white cardstock to layer beneath! I love that effect and think it’s something I’ll be doing again and again!

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I didn’t want to cover up any more of the background with a journaling blog and knew I had a bit to say about my OLW. An easy solution? I journalled on a white core tag, slipped it into a glassine bag and adhered it behind my photos. Love me some hidden journaling!

If you are interested in reading about why I chose this particular word, and more about my personal OLW journey, please visit my blog here!

I hope I’ve inspired you today!

 

Supplies:

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake (neutrals)
Reflecting Pool, Sugar’n’Spice & Scotch (pastels)
Tanzanite (Gemstones)
Hex (Black Magic)
Spring Green (G45 Signature Series)
Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
White Core Tag
Big Shot
Spellbinders ‘Asters & Poppies’ die
SSS heart die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script & Georgia fonts
Circle Background cutting file

Crazy Layout

Hello! I have another fun and colorful layout to share today! Can you tell I love putting together awesome color combinations with my Core’dinations cardstock? For this layout, I was inspired by a card I saw around the web that had strips of washi tape on the background. I tried to re-create the look with strips of embossed card.

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I wanted the colors to “pop” so I used the reverse of a Kraft Core cardstock for a neutral kraft background. Then I chose six bright colors for my strips and got to work adding some texture to each strip.

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You can see in the detail photos that a couple of strips are embossed and sanded to reveal the core. A few other strips I added some lines and borders simply using my Scor-Pal: a criss-cross, stripes and an outline.

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core (reverse side)
Core Essentials – Fuschia Fizz, St Valentino
Neutrals – Snowflake
Brights – Atoll, Aqua
Tillie Dot – Tulip
Distress – Tumbled Glass
Adirondack – Purple Twilight
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Scor-pal
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
PTI border die
Spellbinders speech bubble die
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script font

CUTE Baby Gift Idea with Gail Lindner

I love projects that just wow you and are totally out of the box! I know a lot of my friends that are having children now already have a lot of what they need and this idea is PERFECT for  that family!

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Hi Core Fans! Gail here and I recently attended a dear cousin’s baby shower. We know she is expecting a little girl in July and has gathered quite the collection of gorgeous baby girl clothes so I created a set of wardrobe dividers for her, to help keep the sizes organised!
 
I searched the Silhouette shop for a doorknob hanger shape and when I found the shape I was happy with, I set about cutting six in the shades of pink and green that the nursery is decorated in. To add more detail and prettiness to them, I then embossed the hangers with the flower embossing folder and sanded them to reveal the lighter core.
 
Each divider is decorated in the same way: a die cut white label (adhered with pop dots), size numbering and a paper bow. The numbers and the bows were cut with the Silhouette Cameo and I also embossed the numbers to match the actual hanger.
 
The verdict: my sweet cousin loved them and I can’t wait to see them in action next time I visit!
 
Oh yeah – after the photos were taken, I cut a slit in each divider so they could easily be popped over the clothes rod! 
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Supply List:
Core Essentials Sugar-N-Spice
Core Essentials Pistachio
Core Essentials Snowflake
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Silhouette Cameo
Papertrey Ink label die
My Mind’s Eye patterned paper

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And we have a layout from Gail today, too!

I have been dying to use some of the Shattered cardstock as it’s such a unique effect! When I printed these photos of my son’s first face paint I knew it was the perfect excuse! The majority of the background is the green shattered cardstock which I gave a light sand to bring out the effect a bit more.
 
I then built up a few layers with some patterned paper scraps and more cardstock white I have embossed and sanded to add even more dimension and texture.
 
I wanted to add a touch of yellow on the layout without it standing out too much. The perfect solution was to use yellow whitewash cardstock! Once I embossed and sanded it, it was just enough yellow! I think the whitewash is my new favourite collection!

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And a close up…LOVING that Whitewash embossed and sanded!

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For the finishing touch I built up three little clusters of embellishments using layers of Core, with bits and pieces from my stash. But the definite star of the show is that shattered cardstock! And of course my sweet boy in the photos!
 
Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered (green)
Tim Holtz Distress Collection (red)
Whitewash Collection – Butterchurn
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Big Shot
Simple Stories patterned paper
Greatest View flair
wood shapes, enamel dots, letter stickers

What a Wonderful Wednesday!

October 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have been hanging out with Heidi Swapp all week and let me tell you how inspired I am! Wow…their team is incredible. I love the attention to detail and the inspiration. Did you see Maridette’s interactive layout yesterday? I mean WOW! Definitely on my to do list to try.

On Wednesday’s Heidi takes over their blog so make sure you head over there today for some great ideas. I love her videos on the My Craft Channel. Today our team is working some more Mixed Company and some Believe Heidi Swapp projects.

First up Tracy Gruber!

I loved pairing the colors in the Heidi Swapp Mixed Company collection with the different Core’dinations cardstocks!  This confetti paper is so fun and really reminds me of the texture of Core’dinations with the dots so why not pair it with the  turquoise  cardstock from the Spotted Tillie Dot and the light pink from the Pastels paper pad?  Simply sand over both of them with your Sand It Gadget…it’s that easy!  I also cut 1 inch circles, embossed them with an embossing folder, and sanded them to create what looks like a scalloped border using the Navy from the Darks Collection pad.  I cut down the patterned paper to 11.5 x 11.5 inches and matted the whole thing with a piece of gray Core’dinations from the Neutrals paper pad. I like how this makes the Mixed Company patterned paper really “pop”.  To create the embellishments, I used my Spellbinder’s circles to cut the patterns from a piece the Mixed Company Good Life paper They look like premade embellishments!

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And a close up…

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Tracy does such a great job on this card by mixing and matching the stripes and dots and adding some of the fun Heidi Swapp Chipboard stickers. They are the perfect accent for any card or layout. Just put them on my wish list ;)

I thought it would be fun to create a card using the extra supplies from my layout!  I used the same turquoise Spotted Tillie Dot and some patterned paper from the Mixed Company Collection.  I added some stickers and crinkle ribbon to complete my card!

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals paper pad
-Core’dinations Spotted Tillie Dot paper pad
-Heidi Swapp Mixed Company 12×12 paper pad
-Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Small
-Heidi Swapp Stickers
-Crinkle Ribbon
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
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And guess what we have in store for you tomorrow and Friday? The gorgeous Heidi Swapp Believe Collection!

Here is a little  sneak of this collection from Clare Buswell…don’t go far, you will want to see more of this Holiday collection this week. Loving how Clare used the Jingle All the Way 12×12 sheet for her sentiment on this card. Who doesn’t love some chalkboard and this sheet makes it EASY! No stamping…no mess…just some scissors.

Make card from cardstock. Emboss Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection cardstock, sand with Sand-It gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Ink edges with Distress Ink and adhere to card front. Add lace, ribbon and ric rac. Layer sentiment panel onto patterned paper, ink edges and machine stitch border, adhere to card with foam pads. Attach holly, string and bells embellishments.

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And what amazing detail with the bells and holly!
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Supplies:
Core’dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Heidi Swapp 12×12 Paper Pad – Believe
Other: Foam pads, Distress Inks – Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, sewing machine, red velvet ribbon, crochet lace, gold bells, holly embellishment, paper string, gold ric rac, Mistletoe embossing folder Embossalicious, Big Shot.
AND DON’T MISS OUT!!!
And, starting today, comment to win some of our Spotted Cardstock!  Yes….today we want to hear how much you looooooove Heidi Swapp and Core’dinations. We are closing this giveaway THURSDAY October 10th! So don’t delay!
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Creating well-balanced layouts with Mary Pat Siehl

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Scor Pal

Today we have some really great layouts from Designer Mary Pat Siehl. She always creates really well-balanced layouts and mixes and matches her Core! For the first layout she creates balance bu using circles and her Silhouette. For the second layout….check out how she works those Core TAGS! You are going to love love it.

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One of my favorite things about Core Cardstock is that it cuts beautifully in the Silhouette. For my layout I cut out the background using the white in the Nuetral collection. I then took my 1 inch punch and cut out 81 circles to fill the negative spaces. Core cardstock has so many colors to coordinate with your pattern paper so I punched 63 circles using the Core cardstock (some were embossed and I lighty sanded them and some I left with their solid color) and only 18 with pattern paper. I then matted my photo using my Core Cardstock that I scored and lightly sanded to frame the photo. Finally I scored the 12×12 sheet to frame the circle background.

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Supplies:
Core:  Neutrals, Spotted, Tim Holtz Distress collection and Darks Collection pack
Core white tags
elle’s studio tags
paper- fancy pants
stickers- fancy pants
studio calico wood veneer and cork arrows
Scor Pal
sand it Gadget
Dust buddy

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Core Cardstock is really amazing because you can do so many things with it.  I used the Core Essentials Snowflake cardstock and scored it to give it a slight frame.  Next I misted it lightly just to add a hint of color.  I then also stamped directly on it.  The cardstock is awesome for all these “On Trend” techniques.  I then made a banner with the different Core Tags.  I just love the different sizes and here I embossed all the tags with different embossing folders and then lightly sanded them.

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supplies:
Cardstock – Core Essentials
paper- lily bee
die cut tags- elle’s studio
flair- a flair for buttons
mist- heidi swapp
stamps- studio calico and american crafts
ink hero arts
wood veneer- freckled fawn
stickers- jillibean soup and little yellow bicycle

Handmade Paper Roses with Clare Buswell

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Make card from cardstock. Layer spotted cardstock onto pink cardstock, sew border using sewing machine. Emboss border on Core Tag, stamp sentiment and adhere to panel with foam pads. Attach twine and adhere panel to card. Add sequins. Die-cut layers of flowers, shape petals using rounded end of pen on a foam mat. Sand tips of petals. Ink centers of layers with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, layer petals together and glue. Cut leaf shapes from green Kraft-Core, score line in middle and pinch vein lines with needle nosed tweezers. Sand with Sand-It Gadget. Attach leaves and flower to card.
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Swooooooooooooooon!
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Don’t forget to stamp on our Smooth Core Tags!
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Supplies:
Other: Sewing Machine, Jet Black ink pad (Ranger), Baker’s Twine, Foam pads, sequins, Spellbinders Rose Creations dies, Big Shot, embossing folder Anna Griffin Rosa (border) Cuttlebug, Distress Inks – Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Cottage Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow.
And how about another one??!?!?!?
Make card from cardstock. Layer spotted cardstock onto yellow cardstock, sand surface and sew border using sewing machine. Emboss border on Core Tag, stamp sentiment and adhere to panel with foam pads. Attach twine and adhere panel to card. Add sequins. Die-cut layers of flowers, shape petals using rounded end of pen on a foam mat. Sand tips of petals. Ink centers of layers with Antique Linen Distress Ink, layer petals together and glue. Cut leaf shapes from green Kraft-Core, score line in middle and pinch vein lines with needle nosed tweezers. Sand with Sand-It Gadget. Attach leaves and flower to card. 

 

 

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Supplies:
Other: Sewing Machine, Jet Black ink pad (Ranger), Baker’s Twine, Foam pads, sequins, Spellbinders Rose Creations dies, Big Shot, embossing folder Anna Griffin Poppy (border) Cuttlebug, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Cottage Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow.

 

Cards ..Cards…and more cards!

First up we have a gingerbread card from Designer Vivina Keh. Keep reading because this isn’t the gingerbread you were thinking of ;)

Vivian Keh here today to share with you a card which uses a technique I came up with awhile back which I call the “Gingerbread” technique.  Perhaps a Hard Core video tutorial is in store for you sharing this really easy technique!  In conjunction with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock that has been sanded, the patterns really pop off your papercrafted projects!

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LOOK at that GORGEOUS Marvy Uchida punch!

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Shabby Shutters” from Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Heritage Kraft” from Graphic 45 Signature Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Marvy Uchida – Floral Paper Punch
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Twine
ki Memories – Decorative Brad
Maya Road – Canvas Tag
Hampton Art – Stamp
Tombow – Stamp Runner
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Next up some cards from Designer Clare Buswell! She gives us some AWESOME step by step instructions:
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Make card from cardstock, round bottom corners. Ink edges with Distress Inks. Deboss cardstock, sand with Sand-It Gadget and ink surface, round bottom corners and adhere to card. Trim cardstock, sand and ink edges, stitch top and attach across card. Stamp flowers, fussy cut, color with Distress Markers and ink edges, attach to card with foam pads. Add twine. Stamp sentiment onto die-cut tag, ink edges, add brads and attach to card.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations: Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Core Impressions Jenni Bowlikn Collection, Core Amour Sable Collection Rendezvous,  Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other: Corner rounder, Spellbinders Grommet Tags, Big Shot, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, red twine, brads, foam pads, twine, Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, sewing machine, embossing folder Anna Griffin Poppy Cuttlebug, Distress Markers – Barn Door, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Broken China.
And one more from Clare!
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Make card from cardstock, round bottom corners. Ink edges with Distress Inks. Trim and sand Clocks cardstock. Ink edges with Distress Ink, adhere to card. Add burlap trim, pierce holes and add brads. Stamp sentiment onto die-cut tag, ink edges, add twine and attach to card. Stamp vintage clock, fussy cut, color details with Distress Markers and ink edges, attach to card with foam pads.
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Supplies:
Other: Corner rounder, Spellbinders Grommet Tags, Big Shot, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, burlap trim from May Arts, brads, foam pads, twine, Vintage Clocks stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Distress Marker Antique Linen and Scattered Straw.

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