We are lucky (in love) with these cards from Tracy!

March 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Tracy Lucky Card:
I’m getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by making a few cards! Green is my favorite color, so naturally I had a blast making these green-filled cards. My first card used a bit of embossing, sanding, coloring, and die-cutting. Start with a piece of green card stock from the Darks Essentials pad and emboss it with the Plaid Darice embossing folder. Then, sand over the embossed part with the Sand-It Gadget. Next, use the different colored green card stocks from the Vintage Collection, Brights Essentials pad, and Pastels Essentials Collection. Use the Lawn Fawn dies to die cut the letters out of the light green piece. Then, emboss that piece with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and sand over it with the Sand It Gadget. Behind the embossed letters, attach a small piece of Copper Shimmer Glitter Silk card stock. Adhere all of those layers together. Lastly, stamp and color the Paper Smooches image on a piece of the 110 lb. white card stock.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Brights, Darks, and Pastels Essentials paper pads
-Core’dinations Vintage Collection
-Core’dinations Glitter Silk paper pad
-Core’dinations 110 lb. white card stock
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Darice Plaid Background embossing folder
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-American Crafts Knock-Out border punch
-May Arts Natural twine
-Paper Smooches A Magical Spring stamp set
-Copic Markers: T8, E08, Y38, E00, G19
-Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABC’s dies

Tracy Lucky To Know You Card:
Start off with an A2 sized card base made with a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft Core. Usually I stray away from using a black card base, because you can’t write on the inside of the card easily, but by using the Kraft Core card stock, the inside is now kraft. Next, emboss a piece of gray card stock with the chevron embossing folder and sand it with the Sand It Gadget. Cut the shamrock from the A Child’s Year Cricut cartridge at 2.5.” Emboss that with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and sand it with the Sand It Gadget. Then, use a piece of light green card stock from the Pastels Essentials pad and stamp the sentiment with black ink in the lower right hand corner. Use green chevron ribbon to tie a bow and attach the shamrock with Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Darks, and Lights Essentials paper pads
-Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core
-Darice Chevron embossing folder
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-May Arts Ribbon
-Paper Smooches A Magical Spring stamp set
-American Crafts Knock-Outs border punch
-A Child’s Year Cricut cartridge

Tracy Shaker Rainbow Card:
Shaker cards are one of my most favorite cards to make. I had the perfect idea to make a cool shaker card for St. Patrick’s Day with a pot of gold.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Lights, and Darks Essentials paper pad
-Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection
-Darice Stars Asst. embossing folder
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Small
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Gold Stickles

And we are so lucky because Tracy has a video for us today!!!!!

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

Let’s warm up today with some SUNNY layouts

January 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

Suzanna here to share with you a layout of those distant yet approaching warmer, summer days! We all need a bit of sunshine right now to cheer us up.

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Have you noticed the increase of projects on an angle lately? I thought the slight tilt to this layout was only fitting for these pictures of the kids at the water park as they slipped and slid through the slides. The embossed cardstock adds to the water park feel.

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Stamping on the textured cardstock can be tricky but don’t worry, Core’dinations has just the solution for that; 110 pound smooth cardstock! Just perfect for stamping on AND better yet for those stamped images that have a corresponding die like these letters from Lawn Fawn!

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Not all of your cardstock needs to be self embossed. I mixed Spotted, Core Impressions and Core Essentials that I embossed myself and left just as it is. Check out the “rolled” edge that running the 110 pound cardstock with a die through your die cutting machine leaves. It’s not that abrupt ending of the edge.

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I created a sketch of this layout for you so you can adapt it for your own scrapping pleasures! If you create something based on my layout and/or sketch, please do share! I would love to see what you were inspired to do!

Supplies

Core Impressions, BasicGrey Whimsy

Core Essentials, Darks

Vintage, Oasis

Spotted Jillian, Aqueduct

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic, No 10

Sand It Gadget

Dust BuddyLetter Stamp and coordinating die: Lawn Fawn

Ink: Momenta

Enamel shape: My Minds Eye

Sticker: Jillibean

Die: Lifestyle Crafts

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And Kate Nolan -Denham has an awesome two page layout today with some amazing photos. LOOK at all that green grass!!! Here is a little bit about this layout from Kate:

Sharing my love of Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Cardstock today!  I used nothing but Kraft-Core for paper in this double-page layout.

It is so easy to add interest to a layout chock full of cardstock only by using simple techniques like embossing and sanding.  You can see where I sanded the papers and the Kraft-Core pops through.

Die cutting is another great way add interest on a cardstock only page.  The picture wheel and heart die cuts are focal points for the title work.  Check out the hearts…they are embossed and debossed with the same paper.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folders
EK Success Punch
Sizzix Dies
American Crafts Thickers

Stepper Cards with Clare Buswell

January 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

Happy New Year!   Hard to believe we are working our way into January already! Let’s get this month started off right with some Stepper Cards from designer Clare Buswell. Now, I have seen these kinds of cards a lot but never make them.  They are gorgeous and it amazes me how much detail you can get with ehse kinds of layers! So….I headed off to Pinterest and searched “stepper cards” and found a TON!  None of them are as gorgeous as Clare’s cards ;) but you will be able to find a simple tutorial on how to make them like this one here. You pretty much just make folds where you want layers.   SO COOL!
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 Deer Birthday Card
Make stepper card from cardstock. Emboss Kraft-Core using Anna Griffin embossing folder, ink edges and adhere panels to facing sections. Add strip of embossed Kraft-Core across facing back panel. Die cut labels, stamp trees on large label and ink edges. Stamp trees, frame and sentiment on small label. Attach large label to back. Add seam binding to front section and add small label. Cut deer and trees using silhouette machine. Add trees to background using silicone glue. Add deer and smaller trees using silicone glue to front section, to finish.
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Supplies:
Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Circular Grid embossing folder, Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five, Big Shot, Waltzingmouse Stamps – (Vintage Labels 25, Man of the Hour), Marianne Design Eline’s Huis stamps Jingle Bells, Distress Inks – (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain), StazOn Jet Black Ink, silicone glue, seam binding, Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette files #22748, #23251, #14718.
 
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 Cardinal and Iine cones
Make stepper card from cardstock. Emboss Kraft-Core using mistletoe embossing folder,  ink edges and adhere panels to facing sections. Add strip of embossed Kraft-Core across facing back panel. Die cut label, stamp foliage on back label, ink edges and adhere with silicone glue. Die cut oval label, stamp frame and ink edges. Add ribbon and attach oval. Die cut foliage and adhere with silicone glue. Cut cardinal using silhouette machine, sand edges and attach to card using silicone glue, to finish.
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Supplies:
Crafter’s Companion embossing folders – (Mistletoe, Snowflakes), Big Shot, Spellbinders – (Decorative Labels One, Classic Ovals Large, Fall Foliage)Waltzingmouse Stamps – (Ovals Classic Frames, Festive Foliage), Distress Inks – (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain), silicone glue, satin ribbon, Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette file #13950.

New Year’s Eve Banner with Tracy Gruber

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Tim Holtz

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The countdown has begun…having a New Year’s Eve party?  Then you came to the right place!
We have a great New Year’s  Banner from Designer Tracy Gruber:
Every celebration needs a fun banner and New Year’s Eve is no exception!  Starte by cutting 4×4″ squares from black Core card stock from the Neutrals Collection.  Next, cut 3×3″ squares from gray Core card stock, also from the Neutrals collection.  Then use a corner rounder to round all of the corners of both the black and gray squares.  Sand the edges of all of the black squares with the Sand It Gadget.  Cut out the letters using the Alphalicious Cricut cartridge at 2 1/4.”  Next, Cut out the bottles from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 1/2″ each.  Emboss and then sand the “liquid” in side of the bottle with the Swiss Dots embossing folder to make it look like bubbles!  Attach them to the banner with Tombow 3D foam tabs.
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And some close ups:
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How cute are the sequins for the bubbles???
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Supplies:
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Alphalicious Cricut cartridge
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-We R Memory Keepers Corner Rounder
-Diamond Stickles
-Sequins

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Whenever I think of New Year’s Eve, I think of glitter and confetti.  So for my New Year’s card, I got out my Glitter Silk paper!  It is so fun and sparkly….perfect for for my card.  Simply cut three strips (I used the Princess Pink and Copper Shimmer) and adhere them to a white card base.  I cut the larger strip at 1 1/4″ and the two smaller at 1/4.”  The champagne glass is from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge and is cut at 4 3/4.”  I embossed and sanded the “liquid” inside of the glass to make it look bubbly!

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Supplies:
-Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
-Lawn Fawn Harold’s ABC’s stamp set
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs and Mono Multi Glue
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

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