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!!

Chapstick Card

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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.

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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.

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And some close ups:

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Look at all that gorgeous Shattered cardstock!

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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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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!

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Stepping outside your comfort zone with Jennifer Edwardson

July 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Today we have some layouts from Design Team Member Jennifer Edwardson! She is working some circles and tags for you today so we hope you enjoy!
This was a step outside of the box layout for me.  I am very linear in my designing and usually shy away from circles since I can’t seem to keep them in a straight line ;))  I have been playing around with my Silhouette lately and found this super cute circle template so I cut it to 11 x 11″ using a piece of ‘Shattered’ cardstock. 
 
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I really wanted to use it twice on this layout so I layed it underneath my Kraft Core base and lightly sanded over top to have the image come through on top.  I added my photo first and then started embellishing around it …… I took the circle template and carefully cut it into several pieces and adhered them around the photo slightly overlapping in spots and laying off the edge of the layout in others.  
 
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To add some more color I chose 4 pieces from the Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection and punched a couple sizes of circles out.  I ran them through my Big Shot using a spotted embossing template and lightly sanded them to make the dots pop !!  I raised all these circles around the layout to appear like I am ‘juggling’ lots of balls in the air …. (read the journaling)
Supplies:
Tim Holtz  Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection – No. 24
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection – No. 9-S
White Wash – Picket Fence
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
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AND how about some Core Tags?  If you come around our blog a lot then you know how much we love love love  Core Tags! They come with a metal grommet and are perfect for any paper crafter….scrabookers…cardmakers…we all love them and Jennifer has a layout that just rocks them!
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Over the years I’ve seen adorable tag projects but have never takent the time to create one myself …. Until I got these fantastic Core’dinations tags – LOVE them !!!
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Of course like many of you I’m sure, I tend to take an absolute TON of pics of my kids and the stack I have of Alexander’s 1st soccer camp from a few summers back was crazy !!  Lots of them were taken from quite far away but the expressions on his face and his actions were so cute I wanted to capture them all but needed to crop the photos small to really focus on him.
 
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I started with a Spotted Jillian Dot base in French Roast and sanded off the top to show my fave big dots underneath.  I chose 4 colors in 2 sizes of tags to emboss and ran them through my Big Shot with different  Darice  embossing folders (LOVE the clouds) …..
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I adhere them to the outside edges of the base and then strung natural colored twine through the eyelets and tied them together …..
 
I cropped my photos and lightly sanded the edges to give me a nice white border and then rasied them onto 6 of the tags using 3D foam.  I typed my journaling onto Snowflake cardstock and trimmed it to fit throughout the layout ….. All that was left was to add a title with some mini alphas !!!
 
 
Supplies:
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice Embossing Folders – Stars, Stars Small, Cloudy Sky

 

Tuesday Tip with Debbie Standard

April 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Happy Tuesday!

Make sure you check out the wonderful tip from Designer Lydia Jackson that was on the blog yesterday on how to use up those Core scraps for a really cute card.

Today we have Design Team Member Debbie Standard sharing with us her Tuesday Tip usint Tim Holtz Collection.

First off I scored a frame around where I was going to focus my page – actually double scored it – two sets of lines.  As you score use your Sand it Gadget to sand over the scoring ridge while it’s still on the score ridge – much easier and cleaner than trying to sand it after you are done scoring.  Then I sanded down outside my scoring to really accent a frame look.  To create the red portion of the page I used a circle cutter I think was made by CK (OLD tool of mine) and sanded over it again and again moving it around behind my page – I really like how it came out.  We call this technique outlining. Then I used a strip of The Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions line with the stars.  I used some of the Tim Holtz Kraft and embossing it and cut out sections, also just tore a few pieces.  Added some of the Jenni Bowlin black/kraft piece and cut out circles of it. Oh and then I sanded and cut out my title from the letters on a sheet from the Jenni Bowlin line- ran then through the Xyron machine and put them on some black cardstock which I cut around the letters so when I put them on my page they popped a little more.

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