Off the page Holiday inspiration in here!

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have some amazing projects from Gail Lindner for you today! If these don’t inspire you to get that Core and take if off the page onto some Holiday home decor projects than I don’t know what will!

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I have officially started creating projects for Christmas!  You might recall I created a cute Christmas countdown a little while back (see it here). Well . . . I loved using the embroidery hoop as my “frame” and have been wanting to do more to create a cluster on my wall for Christmas. A trip to the craft store was in order and I purchased a few different sized hoops.

Here’s my next one:

 

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This is a great project for using up scraps of Core’dinations! I dug through to find a few colours to work together, cut strips and started assembling my “tree”!

Of course, this being Core cardstock, I couldn’t leave it plain! I had to emboss and sand the strips in various designs to add even more interest.

 

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The background is from the fabulous Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions collection. Instant Christmas!

The starts were die cut from Core Couture Glitter Cardstock for a bit of sparkle!  This little tree was so easy and fun to make – here are a couple more ideas:

  • For the front of your Christmas cards! These will be easy to mass-produce.
  • Get the kids involved – maybe adding the stars or other embellishments to the pre-made trees. 

Thanks for popping by and please pop by my blog for more inspiration!

 

Supply List:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions: Holiday No 14
Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack: Pool
Chocolate Box: Cool Mint Truffle
Core Essentials: Sugar’n’Spice
Graphic 45: Lemon Chiffon, Spring Green
Core Couture Glitter: White Gloves, Oscar
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Darice & Cuttlebug embossing folders
Fiskars star punch, SSS star die

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It’s just typical of me to be creating Christmas projects so close to the actual day! But my decor items get brought out each year so I know they will get plenty of attention in the long run!

Inspired by an image I saw online, I wanted to create a sort of looped wire wreath, accented with stars. Sorry about the vague description! How about I just show you my project so you know what I mean?

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I decided to create mine on a smaller scale and pop it into a shadow box frame. Honestly, I was really wanting to use the kraft coloured Seasonal Impressions cardstock! Isn’t it a fantastic, subtle background???

I chose three shades of Gemstones cardstock for the stars, so they would have a slight sheen, and scattered them around my wire wreath.

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Simple but cute! I can honestly see me creating more of these for different occassions such as Valentines or new babies. Just think of the color combinations and die cut shapes you could use!

 Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core – Seasonal Impressions No 23
Gemstones Collection - Peridot, Yellow Topaz, Red Ruby
Silhouette Cameo
Christmas Tree Cutting File (star only)

December Daily with Vivian Keh and Tim Holtz Kraft Core

December 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Authentique, Core Blog, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

We are celebrating the Holidays with some TIM HOLTZ KRAFT-CORE! Did you know that KRaft-Core comes in TWO collections?  Both the Nostaglic collection and the Shattered Collection. Both come in 12″ and 6″ assorted packs, so perfect for any paper crafter.

We have a giveaway for you, too! Want your very own SIGNED copy from Tim Holtz himself???

 Well we have a treat for YOU…HURRY you only have until Sunday. Click on the image and then enter to WIN!

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Today we have designer Vivian Keh working her Tim Holtz magic!

Hello Core fans! Vivian Keh here to share with you a new adventure for me in papercrafting. I’ve never done a December Daily before, mostly because what I’ve seen online has very much revolved around kids’ experiences of this very special month, and our “kids” are only of the furry type. But my friend, Gwen, encouraged me to do one. So here I am today to share a bit of my project with you and hopefully inspire your Core crafting! Mine is going to be a gift for my man, and it’s going to be a collection of everyday bits in the cherished life we share, featuring details that others might perceive as mundane, but which are quite precious to us.

Since it’s a gift for hubbie, I decided to keep the palette masculine, using primarily Core’dinations cardstock from our Tim Holtz “Shattered” and “Seasonal Impressions” Collections. For this effect, I embossed pieces of various sizes with a number of Sizzix embossing folders, and also used Core pieces that were already embossed straight out of the package. After sanding and distressing the pieces, they were stitched into a patchwork.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_1This is a detail of the front patchwork, which was stitched onto a piece of printer paper so as not to add bulk, and then mod-podged as one piece onto chipboard.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_2 And the back. On occasion, I will reach for the shimmery stuff, and this Christmas I have been doing quite a lot of it. But initially, I wasn’t inclined to glitz up this project. My crafting buddy, Gwen, threw some Core’dinations Glitter Silk bells on top. Lo and behold, it totally worked and infused this project with holiday cheer!

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_EI adhered several gold fibers to carry the gold throughout the composition, and added a bit of cream to contrast the more deeply hued palette.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_BThe completed front…

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_AAnd the back…

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_CIf you are interested, I have a few pages to share today as well! The inside cover has my little dedication.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_InsideCoverCore’dinations’ Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions have a lovely variety of typography already embossed into the cardstock. I sanded to reveal the beautiful patterns, added a bit of distress ink on the edges, and a few embellishments.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec1December 1st was all about getting the house ready for my in-laws who are all visiting on Christmas Day. Folks, the house isn’t furnished yet! So we have been busy “swatching,” painting, IKEA-ing, and sneaking meals in between. This page features Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Collection, which in my opinion is perfect for holiday crafting!

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This is my page for December 3rd. A new habit the two of us have picked up is doing the crossword mornings when hubbie doesn’t have to rush off. Each of us have different strengths, which makes collaborating on the more difficult puzzles so much fun. Many of these crossword squares were cut from scraps of pieces I had used for the covers.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec3JournalingThe journaling is on a canvas texture Core tag that is pinned and removable.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec4Usually we walk the pooches in the morning together, unless my guy has an early morning meeting. December 4th was such a day, so I took a longer route, allowed the dogs to linger and sniff some more, picked up some lovely acorns that are all falling from the trees right now. We’ve got grey squirrels here, and black ones, too. The squirrelys go nuts for the nuts and the dogs go nuts over the squirrels lol! I die-cut these using my Silhouette Cameo and File #11205 from Hero Arts, placing patches of textured Core and patterned paper to fill in the negative space.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec4JournalingI hope you enjoyed my December Daily share today! I will be posting more of it as December barrels ahead on my blog!

Happy Holidays!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection
Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions Collection
Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Collection
Core Tags
Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – all dies and Embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Ranger – distress ink, Stickles
Memento – dye ink
Authentique – patterned paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon – fibers
Little Yellow Bicycle – Alphas
Silhouette – cutting file #11205 from Hero Arts
Martha Stewart – Snowflake edger punch
EK Success – Notebook edger punch
Fiskars – small heart punch

Chapstick card..perfect for Holiday gifts!

December 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

We are celebrating the Holidays with some TIM HOLTZ KRAFT-CORE! Did you know that KRaft-Core comes in TWO collections?  Both the Nostaglic collection and the Shattered Collection. Both come in 12″ and 6″ assorted packs, so perfect for any paper crafter.

We have a giveaway for you, too! Want your very own SIGNED copy from Tim Holtz himself???

 Well we have a treat for YOU…HURRY you only have until Sunday. Click on the image and then enter to WIN!

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Now some projects from our Design Team ….

Hi everyone! Jill from Every Day is an Occasion here to share a kids craft with you today!!! I made this chapstick card. This “kids” craft is great because it can be made by little kids for their teachers or by teenagers for friends! I think it is a great little something for anyone actually!!

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To create this card I used Core’dinations’ Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection, 110 lb white coredinations paper, this silhoutte cut, and some Hemptique cord.

Thanks! Have a Great day!!! Smiles, Jill

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And next up we have a card from Designer Clare Buswell using more of that Gorgeous Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered cardstock! Clare really adds some great distressing details with inks and stamps. This cardstock is so great because you can use it “as is” or add your own touches to it!

Clare Tim Holtz Card

Holiday Cards with Vivian Keh

We are celebrating Tim Holtz this week and his Kraft-Core collection! Both the Nostaglia AND Shattered are perfect for ANY project AND we have a HUGE surprise coming up this week so STAY CLOSE!

To start of this awesome week we have some inspiration for you, too! First up is Vivian Keh working her magic with some Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered cardstock and Holiday cards. I love that she chose  non-traditional color palette for these!

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Hello, friends! Vivian here with a pair of holiday cards that celebrates a deep love of Tim Holtz. Did you know that Core’dinations has several collections designed by Tim Holtz? I have been going through his Kraft Core “Shattered” Collection with great enthusiasm, so much so that I’ve just about used up my entire assortment of it. The cards below use the “Shattered” Collection in conjunction with quite a few Sizzix dies that have also been designed by Tim Holtz.

VivianKehShatteredChristmasPair_AFor the Christmas Tree card with the background of festive boughs, I chose my colors based on the color wheel. When lacking in crafty mojo, I will often turn to the color wheel as I choose hues with which to craft, and I highly recommend doing so when you’re having trouble getting started in your crafting session. Since blues lie directly across from oranges, they just about always make a fantastic pairing, even when the tints are not what you would consider pure blues or oranges. In this case, we have a soothing greyish blue and a burnt siena which has a warm orange cast. I think they set each other off nicely.

VivianKehShatteredBoughsThe boughs on this card were die cut in one pass using a strip of Shattered Core’dinations Cardstock and a Sizzix “Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland.” The boughs were further embellished using a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

VivianKehShatteredBoughs_AIn order to preserve the pretty background, I kept the focal image small – a sweet pair of stamped and easily fussy cut trees from a Jillibean Soup holiday stamp set.

VivianKehShatteredBoughs_BFor the Wreath card, I die-cut the cutest wreath from a Sizzix Mini Wreath Movers and Shapers Die Set studding the pretty wreath with little balls also created with more pearls.

VivianKehShatteredChristmasWreathIn this close-up of the wreath, you can see the lovely texture inherent in every sheet of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock!

VivianKehShatteredChristmasWreath_AThe banner was embellished with the left-over die-cuts from the first card.

VivianKehShatteredChristmasWreath_BShattered Core looks great when dry-embossed and sanded to reveal the Kraft Core. There is something about kraft that is so comforting, and I often turn to it when crafting Christmas cards.

VivianKehShatteredChristmasWreath_CFinally, I added some seam binding and just a few Tim Holtz Ideology clips for variety in texture. Thanks so much for visiting with me here today, folks. Best of luck in your holiday papercrafting!

-Vivian Keh

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations: Kraft Core “Shattered” Collection, Creme Brulee ColorCore Cardstock, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix: Holly Beaded & Snowflake Garland Decorative Strip Die, Mini Wreath and Bow Movers & Shapers Die Set, “Elegant” Embossing Folder Set
Tim Holtz Ideology: Paper Clips
Jillibean Soup – Stamp Set
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Ranger – Avocado Liquid Pearls, Distress Ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding
Memento – Rich Cocoa Dye Ink

Fall Home Decor Ideas in here!

Get that “Pin It” button ready! We have some AH-mazing Thanksgiving/Fall inspired table decor for you today featuring our Tim Holtz Shattered cardstock.

First up Designer Ava Gavloski created this amazing tablescape. How cool will this look on your Thanksgiving Day Table?

Autumn is a bouquet of colors which truly is magical to watch as you stroll down the country side roads and city parks.   The fresh cool air of autumn brings memories to warm everyone’s heart. Designing with the Core’dinations Tim Holtz Shattered collection during this sunny day of Autumn has set the ambiance   for a thankful Thanksgiving.

dinner table AVA

Below you will see all the leaves that I distressed. 

a) This line you see the green leaves cut out straight up from the paper. B) this side presents the harvest orange, crumbled and sanded leaves green leaves were made by first crumbling the cardstock, sanding and then die cutting the leaves out. C) this line of leaves shows the differences from inked and die cut to crumbled and sanded before die cutting the leaves. D) this sample is taking the cherry bright cardstock , crumbled, sanded before die cutting.

all leaves comparison

And some close ups:

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Look at all that gorgeous Shattered cardstock!

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dinner glass

And one more of the distressed, crumpled leaves:

golden red collection leaves

Supplies

Tim Holtz Shattered Collection Kraft Core, Sand It Set, Helmar, 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Ranger Distress Ink, Ripe Persimmon , Procraft cuttlebug, Leaves die 37-1214, Thrift store:  candle, tray and candle holder

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Next a Fall themed topiary from Designer Shaunte Wadley! The large flower is just a scalloped shape piece of cardstock (you can use a die for this or a cutting machine) and then scored and folded.  For a similar project that I did for Christmas check out Debbie’s Dares blog for more!

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These are pretty easy to make. Just take 4 circles and cut off the bottoms to make a straight line (this is how they will stand up on their own). Scor down the middle and fold. Then adhere them back to back around a stick (I use kabob skewers that I cut down) to make the little pumpkings. Ink the edges so they really pop.

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A Tablescape we can all be Thankful for!

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

I know we have been giving you all sorts of Halloween Inspiration but today we are switching gears to something to be thankful for!Some truly gorgeous pieces from Designer Jennifer Edwardson that will make your Thanksgiving truly memorable. Thanksgiving in Canada was a few weeks ago but due to our three blog swaps, we are a bit behind on the blog. You can never complain about not enough inspiration around here, that’s for sure!

Thanksgiving in Canada is only a few weeks away and I love creating fun little place holders for the dinner table.  I am loving my Silhouette more and more these days and I knew I wanted a tiny box to sit at each place setting.  I found this great cut file by Lori Whitlock and started cutting.  I used some brown cardstock for the base of several and also cut a few boxes using my fave white spotted cardstock too.
 
These were really easy to put together and I love the look of the embossed Core’dinations cardstock.  It adds some great depth to the project.
 
As cute as the boxes were, I wanted a sweet embellishment for the top so again using my Silhouette, I cut out an adorable mini sunflower !!  It was cut to be held together in the center by a brad but I wanted it a bit more 3 dimensional than that so I layered the two petal pieces with 3D foam and added a button with twine in the center.
 
I finished each box off with a mini tag from the David Tutera Celebrate collection.  These little tags are adorable and were the perfect size for everyone’s names.  I mixed white with a few of the pearl finish tags and tucked them under the ‘petal’ of the flowers. I am so excited to fill each box with a little note about what I am thankful for with each person…….what a nice little surprise at the Thanksgiving dinner table …… I wonder who is going to write in mine!

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Supplies:
White Jillian Dot Spotted Cardstock
White Tillie Dot Spotted Cardstock
Signature Series – Dark Cashmere
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection – No. 11-S (green)
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Collection – No. 6-S (yellow)
David Tutera Celebrate Mini Tags

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I have always loved the look of burlap on pretty much anything home décor and craft related so when I got a whole package of it from the David Tutera Wedding Collection I couldn’t wait to add it into my Core’dinations projects. This was a fun, quick and easy addition to the Fall / Thanksgiving décor I have been working on for the upcoming holiday (it’s on October 14th in Canada :)) …..
I cut a piece of burlap approx. 5 x 12″ and folded it in half.  I ran it through my sewing machine on each side INSIDE OUT and then turned it ‘right side out’ again. I pulled a few strand of the burlap off the top to fray it a bit and then tied it using natural colored twine.
The Core Tags are SUPER and something that everyone should have in hteir stash.  They come in several shapes and I love that I can just easily throw them into my typewriter to personalize them however I want.  I added a few die cut leaves to the tag and bag and it’s ready for some fun fall treats …..

 

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Supplies:
Fashion Tag Small Ivory
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection No. 7-S (orange)
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No. 6 (yellow)
Signature Series Darks Graphic 45 – Dark Cashmere (brown)
David Tutera Wedding Collection Burlap
David Tutera twine (comes in embellishment pkgs.)
Sand It Gadget
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And Jennifer created this Thankful Frame using TONS of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core!

Our family recently moved into a new/old home that we are slowly renovating and one of the first things I asked to be built was a new mantle.  I absolutely LOVE decorating a mantle for the different seasons and I needed a new Fall / Thanksgiving piece.
 
I took a basic white frame and removed the glass.  I added a piece of Jillian Vanilla Crème cardstock behind the white mat that the frame came with.
 
I put the frame and matting back together and worked on the piece so that I knew I had all the bits where I wanted them.  Using a piece of orange carstock from the Shattered Collection, I cut this phrase using my Silhouette. (love this)…..
 
I used (4) different pieces of cardstock to cut all these great leaves from my Silhouette as well. I used my embossing folders and Big Shot to add a bit of pattern to a couple of leaves and lightly sanded off the top to show a bit more interest !!
 
The David Tutera Wedding Collection has some AMAZING pieces and I am In absolute LOVE with this burlap.  I cut several strips and pulled the ‘string’s top and bottom so it frayed slightly.  Then I got out my hot glue gun and adhered it to the bottom edge of the frame.  I wanted to ruffle it up a bit so I could add a few more ‘fallen’ leaves …… I love how this all came toghether and can’t wait to add it to my new mantle as soon as it’s complete !!!

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You need to see these close-ups!

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Supplies:
Jillian Dot Spotted Cardstock Vanilla Crème
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection No. 7-S (orange)
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection No. 11-S (green)
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No. 6 (yellow)
Signature Series Darks Grphic 45 – Dark Cashmere (brown)
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
other: embossing folders
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We have a HUGE giveaway for you! How exciting is this?

All you need to do is LIKE both Core’dinations and Couture Creations on Facebook (giving our friends over there shout out would be nice, too ;) and then click HERE to enter to win! That’s it! We are giving away FOUR prizes of $50 FULL of products from both companies. You don’t want to miss this!

Core and Couture Creations Giveaway

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