What a Wonderful Wednesday!

October 9, 2013 by  
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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.

Joy to the World
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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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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

 

Say Hello too….Vivian Keh!

For the past two weeks we have been giving away prizes EVERY DAY while we introduce our brand new 2013-2014 Design Team and today we are introducing Vivan Keh!

Here is a little bit about Vivian:
Vivian, (aka contadinak on youtube and social media) loves all art and craft, nature and the garden, hangin’ with her husband, frolicking with the dogs, good food, occasional pretty drinks, and all things that keep her PRESENT. She currently designs for Sizzix, Hampton Art, Scraps of Darkness kit club, PaperHaus Magazine, and will be guesting with Donna Salazar Designs in September. She has been published in The Stamper’s Sampler, Scrap 365, PaperHaus Magazine, and Papercrafts Magazine. She is very excited to join the talent on the Core’dinations 2013 team and looks forward to sharing many inspirations and techniques with you!
I’m so very excited to meet all you fellow Core fans today!  My name is Vivian Keh and with this layout I’d like to share with you a few things about me!

I go completely bonkers about nature and the garden, hence my nickname on various social media platforms – Contadina K. The pooches and I are happiest when we are hangin’ out in the garden.  And when inspiration in the craft studio lags, all I need to do is step out back and stroll around.

While growing up, I dreamed about having a sizable plot in which to cultivate produce and flowers, and since recently moving to San Jose with my husband and our furry family, I’ve spent every free minute out in the yard, cultivating the mediocre the soil, and starting a bunch of plants from seed.  These are just a few plants that are currently growing in the back.  I’m hoping that in a few years, we’ll be able to harvest most of our produce from our own yard!
In this layout, I’ve dry embossed, die-cut, sanded, and distressed some vibrant shades of Core to create interest, and once it was all done, I said to myself, “Oh my word!  It’s nearly flat!”  My papercrafted projects are most often very dimensional.  That is one of the great characteristics of Core – you can create so much texture so easily and still have an easily mailable card or an easily sleeved layout.
My love of papercraft was born at the tail end of a career teaching adults ESL in Los Angeles.  At the time, I couldn’t afford to buy a decent gift for a dear friend.  So I made her a card.  I was surprised to see how deeply happy it made her, and I know she carried that card with her for months so she could look at it when she needed a pick me up.  That is when my love of cardmaking was born.  My interest in cards has drawn me into layouts, art journaling, and a profound love of mixed media.  Please stop by my blog to see more of my art and craft at:
http://contadinak.wordpress.com/

This year on the Design Team, I’m looking forward to working with even more of the beautiful hues and rich textures of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.  Nothing would make me happier than being able to inspire you along the way!

Supplies:

Core’dinations:

Pastels Core Essentials
Brights Core Essentials
Graphic 45 Signature Series
Sand It Tool
Dust Buddy
“Chip Block” #656917 Decorative Strip Alphabet Die
“Decorative Flourishes” #656538 Sizzlit Die Set
“Doily & Doily Border” #658947 Thinlits Die Set
“Bubble & Honeycomb” #657846 Texture Fades Embossing Folder Set
“Postage Stamp Frame” Bigz Die
Martha Stewart – Butterfly Punch
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Tombow – Mono Multi Glue
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – PITT Artist Pen S in Black

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So who’s up for yesterday’s Brights Collection pack winner????

Rachel Middleton says:
May 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Wonderful layout of your family! I am just in love with ColorCore paper!

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And today we are giving away a pack of our Darks Collection pack. You will love love love love love the rich colors in this collection pack…it’s gorgeous!

Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. We will pick a random winner the following morning (or Monday if it is the weekend) to 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.

Pinterest Colour Inspiration

Do you LOVE Pinterest?

We sure do!  And our Tuesday Tip is to head over there when you are needing some inspiration AND make sure you follow us here and check out our Color Lover’s board. We just love color here at Core. AND, for the second part of our Tuesday Tip, we make it easy by core’dinating our different lines so color matching is easy for you.

This month’s inspiration piece is from the gorgeous pottery from Anthropolgy (who doesn’t love these??!?!?!)

And here is Design Team Member Kim Jeffress’s take on the inspiration piece. Kim used the BRAND NEW and SHIPPING NOW 12″ Cut and Emboss strips in the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Distress and Adirondack on her layout with a very cool 12″ embossing folder from Darice. And see that fun tag in the upper right hand corner from our Core Tags collection?  It Core’dinates perfectly with the 12″ strip so your colour matching is easy!

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