Time for a little LOVE connection!

First up we have Designer Vivian Keh with a few cards that are all about LOVE just in time for that very special Valentine’s Day coming up this week!

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Hello, friends! Vivian Keh here today to share with you Valentine’s Day cards that whip up really fast and are great if you have some mass producing to do for this special holiday.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_AThese small cards were die-cut using the lovely Core’dinations’ Core Impressions Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection. These pretty pastels are pre-embossed with feminine patterns, so all you have to do to reveal the texture is swipe the surface with your Sand-It Gadget.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_CThe pretty scalloped edges and perfect cuts are thanks to the Sizzix “Card, Mini Heart” #658478 Bigz Die. One pass cut out the card base as well as all the pretty shapes. Since the die is of the sturdy Bigz type, you can cut several sheets of your Core with one pass of your manual die-cut machine and save loads of time!

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_BA little distress ink accentuated the pretty edges, and the cards were finished off with some pearl and button embellishments.

VivianKehCoreValentineCards_DThank you for visiting with me here on the Core’dinations blog. Hope my project has inspired your Valentine’s crafting!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Core Impressions Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection, Vanilla Creme Core Essentials, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Card, Mini Heart” #658478 Bigz Die
Viva Decor – pearl pen
Ranger – Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Prima Marketing – wooden buttons
Hemptique – fine hemp string

Vivian Keh here again to share with you a bit of my love for the softer and subtler Coredinations hues – creams, greys, neutrals – we have such a beautiful and abundant range of these colors available. I’ve been experimenting with our unique color core, sanding and layering pieces of a single hue to create interesting patterns and textures.

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For my card project today, I first die-cut beautiful hearts using Core’dinations “Pumice Stone” from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection and a Sizzix “Hearts, True Affections”#658923 die. Sanding the edges of the die-cut pieces brought out the pretty curves in these hearts and added interest to my background.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_2I paper punched and sanded several pretty blossoms using my favorite Fiskars floral punch with “Spun Sugar,” also from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection. These were all glued to another piece from the same Sizzix die-cut.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_3Little dots of liquid pearls added a special touch.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_AThis one will be for my guy.

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_BI love how the mini heart wreath turned out!

VivianKehCoreFloralHeartCard_CJust in case you were curious,”Per sempre,” means forever in Italian.

Thanks so much for visiting with me here at the Core’dinations blog.

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – “Pumice Stone” and “Spun Sugar,” Tim Holtz Distress Collection; Vanilla Cream Core Essentials, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Hearts, True Affections”#658923 die
Xyron – X Sticker Machine
Viva Decor – pearl penMemento – Espresso dye ink
Studio G – Alphabet stamps

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And we aren’t done yet!!!!! Designer Kim Moreno always makes the CUTEST  A1 size cards!

I used my ScorPal to create the frame around my card. I then punched several hearts in a variety of Valentines colors and slightly sanded each to reveal the colored core. I then strung them along the twine across the top of my card. I added jewels and chipboard to complete this quick and easy Valentines card. Would be fun to drop in the kids lunch or leave for the hubby!
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Supplies:
Core’dinations- Core Essentials (scarlet, wisteria, love potion, rose embroidery)
ScorPal tool
Glitz gems
Basic Grey chipboard
Martha Stewart punch
Twinery twine

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Tim Holtz

From the Core’dinations Cardstock family we wish you the merriest of Christmases! Be safe and happy today. Enjoy your friends and families on this blessed day!

But of course we have some inspiration for you from Designer Suzanna Lee:

R U Merry?  Suzanna here to share with you a card that will be sure to get your recipient ready for the festivities ahead!

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Black Magic as a card base is a fantastic way to create a black background for your card yet have a colored cardstock on the inside for writing that important message. Sanded Seasonal Impressions is just like having a patterned paper for the the second layer of your background.

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Aren’t the layers of that tree fun? Just pleat some paper a little haphazardly and cut in a triangular shape. Back with a slightly darker shade and adorn with some May Arts garland and sequins ornaments! The tree trunk and white lace are also from May Arts. No Christmas tree is complete without presents underneath so just stamp on some of the amazing 110 pound white cardstock, handcolor and fussy cut for your gifting pleasures.

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Top the tree with a Glitter star and hang a banner to convery your greeting!

Supplies:

Core’dinations Black Magic (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/specialty-collections/black-magic-collection/)

Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impression (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/tim-holtz/kraft-core/kraft-core-seasonal-impression/)

Core Essentials Crabgrass (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-essentials/)

Core Essentials Forest (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-essentials/)

Glitter Silk 6×6 (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/glitter-silk/)

Sand It Gadget (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/tools/sand-it-gadget/)

Dust Buddy (http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/tools/dust-buddy/)

Ribbons: May Arts

Sequins: Hobby Lobby

Stamps: October Afternoon, Kaiser Crafts

Ink: VersaFine

Pens: Faber Castell

Star Punch: Marvy Uchida

December Daily with Vivian Keh and Tim Holtz Kraft Core

December 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Authentique, Core Blog, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

We are celebrating the Holidays with some TIM HOLTZ KRAFT-CORE! Did you know that KRaft-Core comes in TWO collections?  Both the Nostaglic collection and the Shattered Collection. Both come in 12″ and 6″ assorted packs, so perfect for any paper crafter.

We have a giveaway for you, too! Want your very own SIGNED copy from Tim Holtz himself???

 Well we have a treat for YOU…HURRY you only have until Sunday. Click on the image and then enter to WIN!

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Today we have designer Vivian Keh working her Tim Holtz magic!

Hello Core fans! Vivian Keh here to share with you a new adventure for me in papercrafting. I’ve never done a December Daily before, mostly because what I’ve seen online has very much revolved around kids’ experiences of this very special month, and our “kids” are only of the furry type. But my friend, Gwen, encouraged me to do one. So here I am today to share a bit of my project with you and hopefully inspire your Core crafting! Mine is going to be a gift for my man, and it’s going to be a collection of everyday bits in the cherished life we share, featuring details that others might perceive as mundane, but which are quite precious to us.

Since it’s a gift for hubbie, I decided to keep the palette masculine, using primarily Core’dinations cardstock from our Tim Holtz “Shattered” and “Seasonal Impressions” Collections. For this effect, I embossed pieces of various sizes with a number of Sizzix embossing folders, and also used Core pieces that were already embossed straight out of the package. After sanding and distressing the pieces, they were stitched into a patchwork.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_1This is a detail of the front patchwork, which was stitched onto a piece of printer paper so as not to add bulk, and then mod-podged as one piece onto chipboard.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_2 And the back. On occasion, I will reach for the shimmery stuff, and this Christmas I have been doing quite a lot of it. But initially, I wasn’t inclined to glitz up this project. My crafting buddy, Gwen, threw some Core’dinations Glitter Silk bells on top. Lo and behold, it totally worked and infused this project with holiday cheer!

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_EI adhered several gold fibers to carry the gold throughout the composition, and added a bit of cream to contrast the more deeply hued palette.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_BThe completed front…

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_AAnd the back…

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_CIf you are interested, I have a few pages to share today as well! The inside cover has my little dedication.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_InsideCoverCore’dinations’ Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions have a lovely variety of typography already embossed into the cardstock. I sanded to reveal the beautiful patterns, added a bit of distress ink on the edges, and a few embellishments.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec1December 1st was all about getting the house ready for my in-laws who are all visiting on Christmas Day. Folks, the house isn’t furnished yet! So we have been busy “swatching,” painting, IKEA-ing, and sneaking meals in between. This page features Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Collection, which in my opinion is perfect for holiday crafting!

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This is my page for December 3rd. A new habit the two of us have picked up is doing the crossword mornings when hubbie doesn’t have to rush off. Each of us have different strengths, which makes collaborating on the more difficult puzzles so much fun. Many of these crossword squares were cut from scraps of pieces I had used for the covers.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec3JournalingThe journaling is on a canvas texture Core tag that is pinned and removable.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec4Usually we walk the pooches in the morning together, unless my guy has an early morning meeting. December 4th was such a day, so I took a longer route, allowed the dogs to linger and sniff some more, picked up some lovely acorns that are all falling from the trees right now. We’ve got grey squirrels here, and black ones, too. The squirrelys go nuts for the nuts and the dogs go nuts over the squirrels lol! I die-cut these using my Silhouette Cameo and File #11205 from Hero Arts, placing patches of textured Core and patterned paper to fill in the negative space.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec4JournalingI hope you enjoyed my December Daily share today! I will be posting more of it as December barrels ahead on my blog!

Happy Holidays!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection
Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions Collection
Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Collection
Core Tags
Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – all dies and Embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Ranger – distress ink, Stickles
Memento – dye ink
Authentique – patterned paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon – fibers
Little Yellow Bicycle – Alphas
Silhouette – cutting file #11205 from Hero Arts
Martha Stewart – Snowflake edger punch
EK Success – Notebook edger punch
Fiskars – small heart punch

Pink for Halloween? You betcha!

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Helmar Adhesives, Xyron

 How fun is it to take a different perspective on things? I love how Designer Ava Gavloski does it…see that  hand-stamped image that Ava cut out?  It’s a witch! How cool is that?  Ava just layers and layers and layers…it’s amazing!!!

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Supplies:
Core’dinations Cardstock
Helmar, Zap Dots, Acid Free, Super Tac glue
Sizzix, Embossing, Medallion
Clearsnap  Chunky Glitter, Surfacez, Berry Colorbox Ink
Zva Creative Crystals
Gina K Stamps
May Arts Ribbon
Cuttlebug
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And since we are living in color today…we have some gorgeous creations from designer Kate Nolan Denham, too!

Bright & colorful is always a fun way to go when making birthday cards.  The card I am sharing today shows how easy it is to make a bright birthday card with several different Core’dinations Cardstock lines, not just the Brights Collection (which is pretty cool in itself). 
 
To create my card, I started by embossing a Brights Core Tag.  These tags are textured and sandable! I then took a piece of the Whitewash Collection die the word “LIVE” out with my Cricut. After sanding this focal point down so the Core color shined through, I added the rest of my sentiment with stickers and brads.  The tag and sentiment were then added to a sanded background from the Vintage Collection and then the card base, which is in the Brights Collection.  
 
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Next time you are making a bright card, don’t be afraid to pull out all kinds of Core’dinations Cardstock.  You are sure to find the perfect colors! 

Supply list:
Core’dinations Cardstock: Brights 12×12
Core’dinations Cardstock: Vintage 6×6
Core’dinations Cardstock: WhiteWash 4.25 x 5.5
Core’dinations Cardstock: Core Tags-Brights
Core’dinations Sandit Gadget & Dust Buddy
Darice Embossing Folder
We R Memory Keepers Corner Punch
Jillibean Soup Alpha Stickers
Xyron & Helmar Adhesives
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And how about some Spotted on Dotted? Well..kind of! Kate mixes and matches our Spotted Carstock with some Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions! I am LOVING those arrows…

I love colors that are bold!  Today I have a layout in which the colors in the tags dictated what fantastic bold colors of Core’dinations Cardstock I used.  Throw in a bit of dotted texture and it was the perfect blend of bold and beautiful!  The bit of Black Magic and Neutral Core’dinations I used for this layout was just to balance the bold colors I used.  

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And don’t forget! We are cropping FRIDAY! Check out the RULES HERE!

Designing with Debbie Standard

We have three gorgeous layouts from the amazing Debbie Standard!

Debbie creates the most amazing projects…so much detail and SO MUCH CORE!  She really demonstrates the entire concept of, ahem, not needing any patterned paper.  You can do it!

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I love using the White Wash collection – there’s just so many uses for it.  For my page here I  sanded over the entire sheet so some of the blue tones would come through and then up under the title area I put a piece of cloud chipboard and sanded over it in several different places to simulate the sky and clouds in that area of my page.  Then I had two small embossing folders and I used some of the bright cardstock which perfectly matched the little dress and embossed and sanded two small squares.  I then used the same paper and scored it around the area of my embossed piece to create little frames.  To make the embossed piece stand out I backed it with white.  The leaves were all created on my Silhouette machine.  As long as you can run these through your Xyron you can sand these delicate pieces before taking them off the backing and applying them to your page.  The flowers are all cut with Spellbinder’s Dies.  Then I  lightly sanded them – you have to be really careful doing this as they are delicate – I find it works best to put my finger in the middle of the flower and then lightly sand the edges of the petals.  The larger the flower the easier it is to sand.  Then I rolled the petals over my paper piercer and sprayed them with some Maya Road mist.  I continued to encourage the edges to curl after misting.  After they were dry I added some My Mind’s Eye brads.  This adorable little subject is my sister’s bff’s granddaughter, Bridgette.

Supply List:
Whitewash cardstock
Core Brights
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Silhouette Cameo
Spellbinders Dies – Rose Creations
Embossing Folders:  Sizzix, Cuttlebug
Xyron
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Scor it
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers

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I just love the dotted collection – both of them – one has larger dots and one smaller.  It even comes in the 6 X 6 too!  For this I started with a sheet of the blue in the Jillian collection.  First I scored a frame around the entire sheet and then I sanded only inside my frame.  Then I cut a piece from the Tillie collection in a lighter shade of blue and attached it to top of my page.  I then used a sheet of Core Impressions Fancy Pants collection which I sanded and then just cut out the frame from.  I made my clouds using a die cut and then cutting it from a sheet of White Wash – these make the best clouds – you can sand them letting the blue come through and they really look like clouds!  Then using some of the smooth tags I used one for my title tying a May Arts ribbon around it and another for my journaling.  The adorable little subject is my daughter’s bff’s baby – so love that she got these monthly stickers so she can record a picture every month for me!

Supply List:
WhiteWash Collection
Jillian Dots Collection
Tillie Dots Collection
Core Pastels collection
Core Impressions Fancy Pants collection
Core Smooth tags
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Martha Stewart Punch
Tags:  October Afternoon, My Mind’s Eye
Chipboard:  Basic Grey
Hellicopter:  Best Creations
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers
Ribbon:  May Arts

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I saw this wedding photo and immediately knew I would be jumping into my Core Amour collection for this one.  I also used some of the Core Pastels which were the colors of her wedding.  This particular Amour sheet only requires that you sand across the works.  Then I misted it.  I used my  Silhouette to cut some swirls which I layered down the side of the page.  I then used a Martha Stewart punch and placed a small pink ribbon over it.  The photo itself I first matted with black, then with pink and then which yellow white I tore around .  The flowers and butterfly all came from die cuts which I cut, sanded and then sprayed with Maya Road spray.  I let them dry and then put them together and attached to my page.  I added some little tiny die cut tags and some prima leaves.  

Supply List:
Core Onyx Amour Collection
Core Pastels collection
Spellbinder’s Rose Creations Die, and tags CD003
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Maya Road Mist
D’eja Views Clear Word Stickers
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette Cameo
Xyron
Ribbon:  Stash
Envelope:  Stash
Bling:  Queen & Co.
Leaves:  Prima

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