Designing with Debbie Standard

I don’t know how she does it but Debbie Standard creats layout after layout and they are ALL amazing AND they showcase Core like no other…ENJOY!
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When I saw these adorable pictures of little Gavin reading I immediately thought of the Cosmo Cricket Neutral collection for my background papers. Gavin adores books and will hunt them out to sit and read and be read to.  I added some Darice Washi tape to create a frame and also along the top of my page. I created the worm and books with a die cut from my Silhouette. I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Stain on my background and some Galatos to create the dribbles on the page.
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Supplies:
Cosmo Cricket Neutral Collection
Basic Core – Red
Darice Washi tape
Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye, Graphic 45
Gelatos:  Faber-Castell
Embellishments:  Graphic 45, Recollections, Heidi Swapp (arrow)
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Stains
Hangers:  Tim Holtz
String & Washi Tape:  Queen & Co.
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette

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Got these adorable photos of my daughter’s bff’s baby, Gavin and decided to scrap them in a grid design using only the colors in his clothes.  I Cut a border and then cut inside the border to form the outside of my frame.  Then cut strips 1/4″ wide to use as the center strips in my grid.  Then I chose two colors that matched his clothes and embossed them with different embossing folders.  I attached some ribbon around the top one and then used my scraps (I’m all about using scraps!) to make the flowers and hearts to embellish the embossed sections.  I sprayed the flowers and spin using the Mister Huey’s mist before added the brads.
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Supplies:
Core Essentials:  GX-08040-12 (navy); GX-FG010-12 (leapfrog); GX-AB010-12 (harborside); GX-FB010(snowflake)
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders:  Darice (hearts), Lifestyle Crafts
Spellbinder’s Die:  Aster Flower Topper (S5-102)Spectacular Spin (S5-114)
Martha Stewart heart punch
Brads:  My Mind’s Eye
Mister Huey’s Mists – Blizzard
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I loved this picture of my son, Jason, and his girlfriend, Maria, taken during an outing to Fredericksburg.  They love having me scrap pages and are getting where they are constantly sending me pictures to scrap (gotta love that after fighting to get pictures of this boy for years!!!)   I went for the 6 X 6 packs to create this and picked out colors from both the Darks and the Neutrals packages.  I first used a die cut to cut out the hexagons and then used different embossing folders to emboss each one with.  Then I sanded them and dusted them off and adhered them to my page.  Then I used my Silhouette to cut some swirls and the hearts and some Spellbinder’s die’s to cut the flowers and the leaves.  As I’ve said before when you cut something delicate like leaves or swirls – run it through your Xyron machine and while it’s still on the wax paper – sand it – it’s alot easier not to tear it that way.
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Supplies:
Core Essential – Snowflake (GX-FB010)
Core Essentials Darks 6 X 6 collection, GX – 3000-06
Core Essentials Neutrals 6 X 6 – GX-3000-05
Tim Holtz Kraft Core 2.25-12 – GX-1920-26
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing folders:  Darice, Lifestyle Crafts, Cuttlebug
Silhouette Die Cuts
Spellbinder’s Die Cuts:  Aster Flower Topper (S5-102), Foliage (S44-328); Rose CreationsS5-050)
Mister Huey’s Mist – Blizzard
My Mind’s Eye brads
Queen & Co Pearls

 

What does Spring mean to you?

COLOR and BUTTERFLIES and GIRAFFES, right??? Jennifer Edwardson is sharing her love of Core with us today. I just can’t get enough of all the sanding and embossing!
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I don’t know where my love of butterflies came from recently but I find myself gravitating towards them for embellishments these days, especially on cards !!
 
I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ white David Tutera Celebrate cards base and added the yellow cardstock that I embossed using a dotted embossing folder and a little light sanding …..

 

I chose a different embossing folder for the blue background (the sky :) for the butterflies …… Lightly sanding the top really made the pattern pop !!
 
I LOVE the colors in the Graphic 45 Lights collection so I used (6) for my butterfly punchies ….. I used (2) different sizes and styles of butterfly punches  - 2 of each color ….
 
I only adhered each of the punchies in the center so that I could fold up the wings.  I added little min pearls in the center to jazz them up a bit …. A ‘hello’ sentiment sticker and this card is ready to give.

 

Supplies:

 

 

While playing around on my Silhouette I cam across this sweet little giraffe cut file and knew I had these fun zoo pics from a few years back !!

 

I started with my ‘go to’ base – Spotted Tillie Dot in white (can’t get enough of this pre-embossed cardstock) …. Then I cut a piece of black and lightly sanded the edges and layered it on top.  I ran the yellow cardstock through my eBosser using a large honeycomb embossing folder (love this one) and layered it on top of the black.
 
For the (3) green-ish photo mats, I used the same embossing folder for each pieces and lightly sanded the top off to really show off the pattern.  This was perfect for these sweet pics of the giraffe :) )
 
I bordered these pieces with a piece of Spotted Jillian Dot in creme edges with a border punch –  love this one !!

 

 

I cut the little giraffe using some great Core Essentials and glued him together ….. The Gg is also a Silhouette cut file but I added some American Crafts Thickers and Jillibean Soup Alphabeans to complete my title …. Such a whimsical little layout for our trip to the zoo !!!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2014 by  
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Hi there, Core fans! Vivian Keh here with a bit of St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for you. My roots are Korean, and so I’ve not been one to celebrate this day much in the past. But the little I do know of Irish culture is fascinating to me and I wish I knew more. At the very least, I know that the clover is significant. In the garden, whenever I find clover growing anywhere, four leaved or not, there are always lots of earthworms in the soil just beneath, which is true good fortune for this devoted gardener. I may even steal a few of the “brown gold” makers from this spot and place them in areas where the soil really needs their good work!

Today I have a card for you that uses Core’dinations Cardstock from a few of my beloved collections.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_1For my focal image, I used a green hue from the Core’dinations “Vintage Collection” to die-cut these delicate clovers on my Silhouette, using file #32596 by Patty Young Designs. For a soft background, I used our Tim Holtz “Shattered” Kraft Core Collection.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_2I added distress inks, spritzes of water and colored mists to make my background just a little bit grungier.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_CPersonally, I adore greens and purples together, so I set the focal image atop a purple banner piece cut from our Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection. There is a beautiful muted green hue that’s already pre-embossed in our Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection which I used for my background piece, sanding to reveal the pretty doily shapes.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_BA strip of natural looking fiber added some textural interest, as well as a few dots of pearls.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_AI hope you enjoyed my St. Patrick’s Day inspiration! Thanks so much for visiting with me today on the Core blog!

-Vivian

Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection, Basic Grey Ornate  Collection , Sand-It Gadget, Dust BuddySilhouette: File #32596 by Patty Young Designs
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Ranger – Distress Inks
May Arts – fibers

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And Jennifer Edwardson is working that Core today, too! We LOVE using our backsides with our Specialty lines…keep reading to learn how….

With St. Patricks Day here I got out all my fave green cardstock and started making 4 leaf clovers :) )
 
It’s no secret that I love my Silhouette and when I saw this super cute little swirly clover I knew it had to end up on this ‘so lucky’ card.

 

I started with a David Tutera Celebrate A2 white card base and ran it through my eBosser using my fave dotted embossing folder.
 
Then I took a piece of The Chocolate Box cardstock with the green back and flipped it over and embossed it the same to create a mat.
 
I cut the clover cut file using both sides of the same piece of cardstock so that I could use 3D foam and layer the clovers !!  Between the layering and the flourish I am in LOVE with this clover :) )
 
I added  Step 3 chip shape from the DT123 embellishment packs for my sentiment and some fab polka dot ribbon with a big ol’ bow to complete !!

 

Supplies:

  • The Chocolate Box – Key Lime
  • David Tutera Celebrate White A2 Card Base
  • David Tutera Celebrate Step 3 Chip Shape Sentiment
  • Misc: American Crafts Ribbon

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

March 6, 2014 by  
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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

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