Hi Everyone, Suzanna Lee here today and just thinking about those lazy summer days… What a I wouldn’t give for a sunset surf today. As spring wraps to a close and summer draws near, my patience wears thin… Just a good soak of the toes in the lake and the serenity of the sun slipping behind the horizon would do me some good right about now! Anybody with me?
Whitewash – Cottage Porch
Tim Holtz – Distress Collection Pack
Tim Holtz – Adirondack Collection Pack
Core Essentials – Bright Collection, Pastel Collection, French Roast
Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Nostalgic
Core’dinations Canvas Textured Tag – Bright
Distress Stickles – Tim Holtz
Wood Veneer – Studio Calico
Twine – The Twinery
Die – Lifestyle Crafts
Mist – Heidi Swapp
For those of you who know me and follow my work, I didn’t tear paper until I found Core’dinations Cardstock. Nope! Not ME. I did on this layout and I absolutely LOVE the finished effect. I won’t lie, it did freak me out a little bit. I mean, come on, how does a Type A, highlighted, bolded and underlined person rip paper without freaking out? Tearing paper is not something you can control, trust me. Until I realized that you don’t want a controlled tear. Go for it! You CAN do it! If I can, I know you can!
See…the more asymmetrical and uneven the BETTER because you can see more CORE!
I flicked a little gold mist along the top layer to add to a layer of depth to the sky, seperating it from the water below.
That tag contains hidden journaling, you can pull it out for the pocket I created in the layers of paper. I loved the clean look of the layout and didn’t want my journaling to disturb that serene look I created. There is nothing private about the journaling, it’s hidden so as not to be a distraction. Did you see the Distress Stickles along the torn edges for some more dimension to the layout?
Getting ready for the end of the school year means thanking those who have spent the year inspiring our little ones to learn. Today Kate Nolan Denham is sharing a gift bag and card made with a variety Core’dinations Cardstock.
I decorated a simple kraft gift bag from Darice by creating a base designed to look similar to a chalk board. The same base design was used for the thank you card.
The giant cardstock pencils on both the bag and card were scored, sanded and bent to give it the 3-D effect of a real pencil.
Darice Kraft Gift Bag
A little goes a long way with Core’dinations! it is amazing how easy you can make monochromatic projects with just a few sheets of cardstock!
Vivian Keh has so many small yet incredible details on this card.
Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Gemstones
Sizzix – Floral Die
Ranger – Crackle Accents
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
A great way to add interest to your projects is to cut an image from the same color cardstock as your layout or card base. It is visually interesting and, in some instances, even looks like faux embossing! Plus…I am a sucker for fur baby layouts!
Hi there, Core’dinations friends! Vivian Keh here to share a layout of one of our furry babies, Jujubee. This past Christmas Eve, sadly, we lost her to cancer so I wanted to honor her in a layout.
Here are a few close ups of the details:
I die-cut these pretty birds using Core’dinations Core Essentials in Burgundy, sanding the edges for an elegant, subtle effect. For a bit of dimension, I propped the birds’ wings up on a small pop dot.
The pretty flourishes were crafted the same way, creating nice movement without being distracting.
To soften the horizontal lines of the composition, I added some Sizzix die-cut branches in a softer hue, “Concerto,” and paper punched some dainty blossoms in “Snowflake.”
This butterfly in the softest tint, “Rose Embroidery,” was dry embossed and sanded to further the natural theme of this layout.
I hope you enjoyed my project today. Thanks so much for visiting with me here on the Core blog. Looking forward to next time!
Core’dinations – Core Essentials in Burgundy, Concerto, Rose Embroidery, and Snowflake, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Dies and Embossing Folders
Fiskars – Small Floral Punch
My Mind’s Eye – Patterned Paper
Prima – Self-adhesive Gems
I don’t know how she does it but Debbie Standard uses ALL Core’dinations on her layouts. The amount of detail is amazing and how she mixes and matches our different lines of Core is incredible! Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and get ready to be inspired!
I loved this sketch over at Page Drafts and knew exactly what picture I wanted to use with it. Love how the Tim Holtz Shattered collection gives you such great background even if you don’t do anything to it – it already has a great look. Love that I can do a layout and never touch any patterned paper.
American Craft Chipboard letters
Number Stickers: Crate Paper
Button (seriously) Crate Paper
Chipboard Speech Bubble: October Afternoon
Rub On: October Afternoon
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders: Darice, Cuttlebug
Letter Stickers: Jenni Bowlin
Adhesive: Sookwang, Tombow Foam tabs and Glue Dots
Die Cuts” Spellbinder’s circle die
Sand It Gadget
Start with a Core Impressions base so you don’t have to emboss it on your own. Then use the Tim Holtz/Sizzix 12X 2 strips and emboss. The Core tags are so easy to use and add to your page.
I created the flower with Spellbinder’s dies and some Mr Huey’s spritz. I love how the flowers look when they have been sanded and sprayed – my new favorite thing to do!
Cuttlebug Embossing machine
Embossing Folders: Cuttlebug- Anna Griffin, Cuttlebug
Spellbinder’s Dies: Rose dies, Foliage Dies, Aster Flowers
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Sand It Gadget
Brads: My Mind’s Eye
Letter Stickers: Tim Holtz
Mist: Mister Hueys Shine
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Silhouette Cameo Die for title
Photo by Inbloom photography
Next up a layout using tons of Core and a few embellishments:
Darice Washi Tape
Sand It Gadget
Silhouette Cameo Die for title
Bo Bunny Stickers
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Wood Veneer: Gossamer Blue
Photos by: Inbloom photograph
I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection
No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic
Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw), Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.
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