Summer Layouts and more with Tracy Gruber

Happy Wednesday! We hope you are enjoying your summer so far and today we want to start out with a super summery layout from Design Team Member Tracy Gruber.  I always struggle with white as a base for my layouts but Tracy makes it looks so easy! Plus…all  that embossing just makes me happy. :)

Nothing says summer like the Core’dinations Brights Card Stock paper pad!  The colors in this collection match the colors of the sunset almost perfectly.  I used a couple of different techniques on this layout including tearing, embossing, and sanding.  I also used Distress Inks and a water brush to make the water-colored looking circles.

 

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Brights and Neutrals paper pads
-Tim Holtz Distress Collection paper pad
-Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade
-Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies and Jessie’s ABC’s stamp sets
-Water Brush
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-1″ Fiskars circle punch
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots, Tiny Bubbles, Seeing Spots, Spots and Dots
-Sizzix Swirls Embossing Folder
-Thickers
-Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Turtley Awesome
I love to combine Core’dinations cardstock with stamps, especially when I am creating a “scene” on my card.  The tan card stock is perfect for sand, because when you tear it, it looks just like a beach!  I also used a piece of light blue card stock, which I embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then sanded with the Sand It Gadget.  It makes a perfect sky!
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Supplies:
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-Copics: E23, E25, YG61, YG63, YG67
-The Alley Way Stamps Sea Mates and Tropic Topic stamp sets
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Memory Box Puffy Clouds die
God Bless Card
 
One of my favorite types of Core’dinations paper is the Core Couture Glitter.  Why? Because I love glitter and this card stock has plenty of it!  I used the black Core Couture Glitter card stock as the background, along with a Core Tag to stamp the sentiment on.  I used a Cuttlebug die to cut out the 3-D flowers from the Core’dinations Pastels, Brights, and Darks paper pads.  I then sanded the edges of them to add some texture.
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Supplies:
-Cuttlebug Quilled Daisy Kit
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Avery Elle Winter Blend Sequins
-Paper Smooches Spiritual Sampler
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy

Designer Mary Pat Siehl is working her Core magic today!

Hope you are ready for a GREAT weekend! Today we have some great layouts from Designer Mary Pat Siehl.  Here is a littl bit about these projects from Mary herself.

 

I love trying new techniques and Core Cardstock is just so perfect for everything. I love how it handles the different types of medium. For my project I first sanded the Spotted Cardstock. I then applied a light amount of paint. I then tore the cardstock to expose the Core. I then cut several embellishments using my Silhouette out of the Core and I lightly sanded them. ( I don’t know about you but I love making my own embellies!). Finally I added some of the new Smooth Core Tags. I am really addicted them right now!

 

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Supply list:
Cardstock- Tim Hotlz Distress Collection, Spotted 12×12
Tags- Core Smooth Tags
paper- Fancy Pants
Die Cut Tags- Elle’s Studio
wood veneer- freckled fawn
Misc. Paint
Sewing Machine
Silhouette
Sand It
Dust Buddy

And another layout working that Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions….

One of the things I love about Core Cardstock is that no matter what type of  Core cardstock you are using they all work together so nicely.  In this layout I used some of the Core Impressions mixed with some Core that I embossed myself.  I love how it looks all sanded.  The cardstock is so perfect for the base and main focus of your layout!

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 Supply list:

Cardstock- Core Impressions (Jillibean Soup), Cosmo Cricket Cream Woodgrain, Core Essentials Cardstock Pastels
Tags- Core’dinations Smooth Tags
paper- American Crafts, Elle’s Studio
Vellum – American Crafts
flair- a flair for buttons
twine- the stringery
wood veneer- studio calico and freckled fawn
alphabet stickers- jillibean soup and Glitz
Silhouette
Embossing folder- cuttlebug
Sand it
Dust Buddy

 

 

 

Designing with Vivian Keh…card…layouts…something for Everyone!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today we have some gorgeous gorgeous creations from Designer Vivian Keh. She creates the most gorgeous rolled flowers! And then there is a layout…some Chocolate Box cardstock from the Fancy Pants Core Impressions line ….something for EVERYONE today!
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And a detail of that flower…SWOOOOOON!
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Hello Core’dinations fans!  Vivian here today to share with you an elegant floral card using a muted palette of Core’dinations Cardstock.  I used a warm beige from the Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin “Everyday” Collection for my card base, sanding the decorative leaf pattern already conveniently pre-embossed in this cardstock.  I layered an elegant grey from the Neutral Collection that I had embossed with a great Sizzix embossing folder.  For the blossom, I die-cut and sanded the pieces for nice shabby appeal, piercing with a simple brad to hold the bloom together.  To finish, I added a bit of distress ink on all pieces, some bling and pretty seam binding.  
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Hope you enjoyed my project today, and thanks for looking!  For more of my inspirations, please visit me on my blog!

Supplies:

Core’dinations – Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions “Everyday” Collection, Neutrals Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – “English Botanical” Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding

Teresa Collins – Decorative Brad

Spellbinders – Floral Die

My Mind’s Eye – Gems

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Need a wedding card?  Look no further!

I love the aqua/ chocolate brown color pairing in just about everything, from papercrafts to home decor – both fresh and comforting.  For today’s project, I used Core’dinations Fancy Pants Designs”Refreshed” Collection, which delivers that comforting chocolate embossed in a variety of designs as well as your pick of pretty pastels that are also pre-embossed. This makes for great papercrafted projects in a variety of themes. 
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I sanded all the layers and die-cuts and added distress ink to the edges. The sentiment was stamped using watermark ink and then heat embossed with embossing powder.  Just a little bit of embellishment and this card was done.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations – Fancy Pants Core Impressions “Refreshed” Collection, Venetian Lace (Cream Color) Cardstock, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Bigz Die “Butterflies and Labels”
Hampton Art – “Happily Ever After” Clear Stamp Set
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Fiskars – Floral Punch
Stampendous – “Champagne” Embossing Powder
Versamark – Watermark Ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Lace
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And nothing finishes up better than a layout, don’t you agree?
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 I chose several bold colors from Core’dinations Darks Collection, which have great grounding colors that are perfect for masculine projects.  As you can see in the detail shot, there is so much easy interest one can create with Core – die-cut it, paper-punch it, sand it, tear it, emboss it, crimp it, distress it, stamp it.  All of these were used in this layout. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!  
VivianKehCoredinationsLayout_BThe story of how my husband and I met is really special.  And both of us still can’t believe how serendipitous our meeting truly was.  Hence, the “when pigs fly” stamping on my background, using the great kraft side of our Tim Holtz Kraft Core Cardstock with a simple black ink. His smile, and humorous personality brought levity to the rather challenging moment in our lives captured here on film. I simply layered a bunch of Core elements on top of a piece of old book paper, topping off with a little bling and some scrunched up mulberry paper that I had misted.  

Supplies:
Core’dinations – Darks Collection, Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Venetian Lace (Cream Color), Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Darice – Dominoes Embossing Folder
Sizzix – Chip Block Alphabet Strip Die, Washer Border Strip Die
Fiskars – Crimper, Hexagon Punches, Floral Punch
Bo Bunny – Gems
Hampton Art – Art Warehouse “Speckle Background” Woodblock Stamp, Graphic 45 “Olde Curiousity Shoppe One” Cling Stamp Set
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Memento – Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Mist
Old book paper
Mulberry Paper

 

Gettin’ Krafty with Kate & Clare!

Today we have a super “krafty” layout from designer Kate Nolan-Denham.

I am having a great love of all things Kraft lately and I find myself reaching for the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core all the time . The sweet layout of my grandson I am sharing today is chock-full of this line!


I sanded the background cardstock, Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No.10, using my Sand it Gadget to give it a bit of an aged look.  To create the rulered mat, I embossed a piece of Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No.6, with Darice 12″ ruler embossing folders. After fussy cutting out each ruler, I inked them with Distress Ink and added them to a 9″x 8″ mat of Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No. 23.


The title work is die cut from Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No.21 and distressed a bit with the Sandit Gadget.  Of course, I always use the Dust Buddy everytime I sand.  The photo mat and die punched hearts are made from scraps of Core’dinations papers I had in my stash.  Got to love stash!

Core’dinations Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection

Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection

Sandit Gadget

Dust Buddy

Other Supplies:

Darice Ruler Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Pebbles Paper

EK Success Punches

Dienamic Dies

Want2Scrap Bling

Helmar ZapDots & Premium Craft Glue

And ..the GREAT thing about Kraft Core is you can use a little or a lot!  Check out Clare Buswell’s card here using all kinds of Core’dinations Cardstock including a paper ruffle flower from Kraft Core.  You can mix & match Core beautifully, don’t you think? Add some of the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress collection, too!

Check out more of Clare’s paper ruffles HERE. Gorgeous!

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 And just love love how she stamped on the Whitewash Cardstock.

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Fabulous Friday

…..with Vivian Keh!

In order to create the luxurious feeling in this card project, I turned to the beautiful pearlescent hues of our Gemstones collection.  While the sheen on the die-cut rosebuds showcases the elegance of the Gemstones cardstock as is, I dry embossed a bit of Sapphire colored cardstock, sanded  and distressed the raised surfaces with Distress Ink to infuse my card with a sense of nostalgia.

Ah…you can never have too many close-ups, right? Here is a shot of the inking on the embossed Gemstones cardstock.

Gemstones does NOT have a sandable finish like our Specialty collections so when you sand, you will lose the sheen. This is a GREAT alternative…sand it so you loose the smooth finish and your ink will be more intense.

SUPPLIES

Core’dinations:
Gemstones ColorCore (4.25 in x 5.5 in) – Sapphire,Rose Quartz, and Opal
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Sizzix - “Moroccan” Textured Impressions Embossing FolderFlower Bloom w/ Leaves 3-D Sizzlit, Big Shot Machine

Hampton Art – “Abundance” Stamp Set IC148
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen

Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Tsukineko – Stazon Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Metallic String Iridescent

And another card for you!

I love the organic patterns in every sheet of our “Shattered” Collection.  For this card, I kept a rustic, muted palette, creating very easy blooms by paper-punching and sanding petal shapes from a sheet of Shattered cardstock, taking advantage of the kraft backsides for some interesting variation in my blooms.

SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered; Colorcore in “Latte”

Sand-It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Martha Stewart – Ornament Punch

Recollections – Self-adhesive pearls

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Paper Ribbon   Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

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