Patriotic Decor

August 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Celebrate this Labor Day with American pride! Create this beautiful USA bunting and patriotic decor just in time for the holiday!

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Supplies:

The most difficult part of this project is making the rosettes. Start by searching rosette tutorials on Pinterest, you will find a ton! Make a few of these out of core’dinating cardstock. Adhere to banners, adding trim and other embellishments. Don’t forget to cut out the USA title from some Glitter Silk Cardstock.

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Next up, make the stars by doing some simple scoring. Scor from the back, fold and sand. The are super simple to make and we will need a few. Some for the frame itself and some for the buckets.

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Add bits and pieces of different embellishments and you have a great piece of home decor.

Shaunte Wadley

National Aviation Day

August 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

You can Imagine. Dream. Fly with us today!  Using a variety of Core’dinations products I was able to create this fun card to celebrate National Aviation Day.
Core’dinations Supplies:
 The card base is a standard A2 cardbase, my favorite size, made from Core’dinations Distress Collection.  Of course, I distressed the edges a bit with my Sand It Gadget!
 The background is an embossed piece of Core’dinations Kraft-Core.  I sanded the embossed image down quite a bit and ran my green ink over the embossed/sanded image, leaving some of the Kraft-Core peeking through.
To create my sentiment, I trimmed up a Smooth CoreTag to fit in the corner.  I always save the trimmed off part of my CoreTags to use on other projects.
Tip of the day: Core’dinations Cardstock makes a sturdy base for stickers.  On my card, I adhered the cute airplane sticker to a sanded piece of the same base cardstock and then trimmed around the sticker.
Design by Kate Nolan -Denham

Bon Voyage Card

August 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

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Supply List:
110lb White Smooth Core’dinations Cardstock
No.10 Cardstock from Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection
Core Tags Canvas Textured Tags Brights
Sand-Gadget
Dust Buddy
Technique Tuesday Stamps All Abound
Ranger Coffee Ink
Distress Inks Ripe Persimmon, Brushed Corduroy
Wooden Buttons
May Arts 1/4″ Twill Ribbon with Chevron Stripes Orange, Green
Sizzix TH Alterations Carte Postale embossing folder
Big Shot
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Make card from 110lb Smooth White Core. Emboss No.10 Cardstock from Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection to cover card front, sand using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Adhere to card. Sand edges of Core Tags Canvas Textured Tags Brights Tag, trim rectangle of 110lb White Smooth Core’dinations Cardstock to fit inside. Repeat stamp text using Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, ink edges with Brushed Corduroy, adhere to tag. Cut three pieces of twill ribbon, plait and thread through tag. Attach tag to card. Stamp ship onto cardstock, cut out and ink edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, adhere to tag using foam pads. Stamp sentiment onto 110lb Smooth White Core, ink edges with Brushed Corduroy and attach to card. Adhere buttons, to finish.
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School Layout with a Non-Traditional Color Scheme

August 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Back to school… A bitter sweet time of the year where we return to schedules and learning, leaving behind the laid back lazy days of summer. Typically we think of primary colors red, yellow and blue when we think of back to school thanks to pencils, school buses and composition note books. I didn’t want that for this layout so I’m breaking out of the norm and jazzing it up a bit!

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Nostalgic

Core Essentials

Core Impressions: Basic Grey; Whimsy

Ribbon – May Arts

Washi/clip – Freckled Fawn

Embossing Folders – Darice, Teresa Collins

Wood Veneer – Studio Calico

Punch – EK Success

Project Life Card – Becky Higgins

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I still have three of the primary colors in there but the pink background really gives the over all feel of the layout a more girly theme. One of the traditions in our house on the first day of school is a “back to school” sheet cake that they have to pose with before digging in for snack. Not sure how I’m going to do that with a middle schooler and one in elementary school!

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Fussy cut around your embossed images for something with a bit more dimension, it’s easy to do! Kraft Core leaves a wonderful brown core that really pops the images.

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Design By Suzanna Lee

Beach Inspired Home Decor

August 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

There is no place better than the beach! And not just during the summer, during those non-summer months, when it’s a little rougher to get to the beach due to the lack of time and return to regular routines.  Here is a great way to remind yourself of just how great the beach is and what’s around the corner!

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Shattered

Tim Holtz – Adirondack

Whitewash

Sand It Gadget

Die – EllenTina Cutting Dies/Tessler Crafts

Cut Files – Kolette Hall Studios (Design ID #43142 and #61944), Hero Arts (Design ID #40428)

Buy yourself a lovely weathered frame and dress it up with some Core’dinations cardstock cut with beachy dies and cut files!

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The Kraft Core Shattered collection adds that perfect weathered feel to a beach themed project. So too does sanding add a sand worn effect.

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Tucking things between the background and the frame adds a 3D dimension and some added depth to your project. Note how the texture of the Core’dinations cardstock really makes this sea star that much more realistic!

Design by Suzanna Lee

Starry Sky Tim Holtz Mini Canvas

July 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Mixed Media

You can really add some great texture to your mixed media projects using Core’dinations cardstock. By using embossing and tearing techniques you can really add a great tactile quality to your projects!

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Supplies: Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy, Darice – Stars embossing folder. Crafter’s Companion Embossalicious Chevron embossing folder, canvas 6×6, white pen, acrylic paints, star sequins, Hero Arts Typewriter letters stamps, Memento Luxe Wedding Dress Ink, Mod Podge, Big Shot, sewing machine, glow in the dark paint, distressing tool.

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1. Paint the canvas black using acrylic paint. Emboss some black (No.24-S) cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection using the stars embossing folder. Sand using the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy.
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2. Tear a piece of green cardstock (No.12-S) from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection and two pieces of (No.9) from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection to form the hills. Emboss using the chevron embossing folder. Distress straight edges using a distressing tool.
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3. Adhere pieces to star embossed square, machine stitch border and distress edges using a distressing tool.
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4. Cut come simple star shapes from the Kraft side of some cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, apply white acrylic paint. Once dry sand edges using Sand-It Gadget for a distressed effect.
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5. Adhere stars to square panel. Attach panel to canvas using Mod Podge, leave to dry.
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6. Cut some small rectangles of No.24 cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, write “follow”, “your” and “own” on each rectangle using a white pen. Stamp “star” using a white ink pad.
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7. Add a white paint wash to the hills to highlight. Adhere text to canvas using Mod Podge. Add glitter to large stars and adhere some sequin stars.
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8. Paint edges of canvas using blue acrylic paint and outline stars in blue. Outline text in white paint. Add some glow in the dark paint to the stars for a fun effect!
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