Create Your Own Clipboard with Chocolate Box

July 30, 2014 by  
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Gail Lindner here with a fun way to create your own clipboard embellishment to showcase your child’s homework or artwork for your next project:

My oldest is in the first grade this year and we have seen such a leap in her reading and writing skills! These days she is always writing in a notebook and I really want to remember her “newbie” writing!

I created the layout below with a photo from the first day of school and a special spot to add some samples of her writing that I find!

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Supplies:

Core’dinations Whitewash Collection – Grandma’s Locker
Vintage Collection – Rivulet
Pastel Collection - Reflecting Pool
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection – Dried Marigold
Core Essentials Buttercup and Chocolate Box cardstock

Darice washi Tape
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Scor-Pal
Big Shot
Avery Elle & My Favorite Things Dies
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsty Script font

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I created my own background from some Whitewash Cardstock which I simply scored some lines across using my Scor-Pal. A quick sand revealed the yellow core and gave the subtle effect of lined notebook paper!

With some Chocolate Box, I was  able to create a “clipboard” on my layout which is the perfect spot to add samples of my daughter’s writing! I simply cut it to size, rounded the corners and added a clip at the top! Just sand the edges a bit to give it that worn look.

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I love this idea and think I’ll be re-creating it often on other projects!

1st Day of School Layout and Video

July 28, 2014 by  
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Mary Pat Siehl here with you today and I am excited to share a new Back to School layout using some  Core’dinations cardstock.

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Supplies:
Cardstock-Core’dinations (Core Impressions Jillibean SoupGraphic 45 Signature SeriesCore Essentials110lb. smooth)
Canvas Embellishments- Little Yellow Bicycle
Scoring Board
Spectrum Noir markers
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Lawn Fawn dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder

1. I love to layer my cardstock and so I decided to layer grey on top of light blue. I wanted to create a light chalkboard effect with the grey so I scored my grey cardstock with a scoring board and scored at the 1/2 inch line all around the paper. Then just sanded the paper pretty heavily to really expose the lighter inner core.

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2. Next, I took a piece of Core Essentials and laid it on an embossing folder to create a very light embossed look to the paper strip again sanding  pretty heavily to give it a very distressed look.

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3. I then took a piece of the Core’dinations Jillibean Soup Impression paper and sanded it and placed that on top of the blue piece. If you don’t have Core Impressions you could easily emboss another sheet.
4. Next I added a small strip of yellow and added that on top. (Again, I LOVE to layer my paper with different textures and designs.)
5. Add  photos.
6. Make a star embellishments using die cuts, embossing them using an embossing folder, and lightly sanded them.

I also have this video for you on how this layout came together.

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Creating Cards with Tim Holtz Core’dinations

Core’dinations has a sea of colored-core cardstock to create the perfect ocean scene for any card or layout!  Today I am sharing an ocean themed baby card made with Core’dinations Graphic 45 Lights and Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack Collection.
Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Darcie’s Haert & Home Rubber STamps
Scor-Pal
Ranger Versa Mark & Archival Ink & Super Fine Embossing Powder
Stamping on Core’dinations Cardstock is so fantastic because you get a sharp image and texture!

 

Technique Tip:  When heat embossing with clear embossing powder on Core’dinations Cardstock, be sure to sand and dust the cardstock before stamping the image with Versa Mark.  This allows for the colored core to show through clear embossing.  I did this on the waves and I love that it gives different hues to the waves, just like you would see at the ocean!
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I am sure you are never late sending a birthday card, but I always am!  My sister is the lucky recipient of this fun belated birthday card made with Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic and Shattered Collections.
To create this card:
1) Emboss a 4.25″x 5.5″ card base made with Core’dinations Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 15.
2) Sand embossed cardbase with Sand It Gadget and dust with Dust Buddy.
3) Round bottom corners of card base with corner rounder punch.
3) Cut a 4.25″ x 1″ and 4.25″ x 2.5″ of Core’dinations Kraft-Core Shattered No. 20s, corner rounding the 1″ piece.
4) Using the backside of the 2.5″ piece you cut in step 3 (Kraft side), stamp your sentiment on the right lower side of this piece.
5) Glue down the stamped Kraft piece and the 1″ piece (with the Shattered side showing) 1/2 inch from bottom of card).

5) Stamp the critter image two times, once on Core’dinations Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23 and once on Kraft-Core Shattered No. 20s. Stamp the tree stump onto the Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23. ***

***Tip: Be sure to sand & dust both of these pieces before stamping your image.  By sanding and dusting before stamping, you get a sharper image and keep dust particles off of the stamp.

6) Fussy cut out both images stamped on the Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23.  Cut out the tail, belly and nose from the critter image stamped on the Shattered No. 20s and layer onto the critter image you cut out in Step 7.

7) Using double-sided foam tape, adhere the tree trunk and critter to the right side of the card, next to the stamped sentiment.

Core’dinations Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered No. 20s
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 15 and No. 23
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Darcie’s Heart & Home Rubber Stamps
Spellbinders Embossing Folder
Ranger Archival Ink
WRMK Crop-A-Dile

What Screams Summer?

July 11, 2014 by  
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CAMPING!

It is almost time for our annual trip “upta camp”  so it is the perfect time to share a layout of one of the fun camp games we played last year.  Core’dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distressed Collection was all the cardstock needed to create an earth-toned camp layout!

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 Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Scor-Pal
Fiskars Crimper
Spellbinders Embossing Folder
Imaginisce Patterned Paper & Sticker
Alphas: American Crafts & Fancy Pants Designs
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I used some basic techniques to give this layout dimension and show off the color-core.  The Chipped Sapphire was embossed, sanded and dusted to make the giant blue banner in the background.

The Vintage Photo Cardstock was crimped, sanded and dusted to make the photo mat.  For tips on crimping, check out the Technique Video HERE.

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I scored, sanded and dusted the two ends of the banner made with the Dried Apricot Cardstock.  This gave it a bit of texture that was needed for a finished look.
Tip:  When making banners, you do not need to have a die cut. Just gently fold the cardstock in half (do not fold so much that there is a crease) and snip from the end into the center at an angle.
Kate Nolan Denham 

Outlining with Core’dinations

July 9, 2014 by  
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Sanding is key when using Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock! Sanding isn’t just about letting the ColorCore show, it is about showing off the ColorCore to add dimension and design.
There obvious areas I sanded with my Sand It Gadget but the splashes at the top of my layout are the most unique! This technique is called outlining. All it is, is sanding over some chipboard or other embellishment so when you are done sanding…you have the “outline” of the image! You can check out a video on it here.
Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Darice Sequins
Sizzix Dies
Cart-Us Embossing Folder
Elle’s Studio Tags
American Crafts Sticker
EK Success & Epiphany Crafts Punches
Jillibean Soup Alphas
The not-so-obvious areas I sanded were the arrows and waves.  Sanding these elements helped give a 3-D effect without adding height.

 After sanding your Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock, don’t forget to dust with your Dust Buddy!  It really does clean up the dust and keep the colors true.

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