Fall Medallion Wreath

It’s fall! I can’t help but decorate my little heart out when it comes to fall. I love fall colors but I always seem to add a little twist to it. A heathery aqua mixed in with all the other fall colors just speaks perfection to me, so when I started designing this wreath, it ended up with a mix of non-traditional aqua and tried-and-true yellow. And the juxtaposition doesn’t end there. A mix of somewhat predictable leaves combined with stylish medallions makes this wreath modern and straighforward–my favorite look. No matter what colors you choose for your wreath, you’ll love how easy it is to create.

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Fall Medallion Wreath Supplies

Step 1: Wrap burlap ribbon around wreath form, securing the beginning and ends with straight pins.

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Step 2: To make medallions, cut strips of card stock 1.5″ x 12″ and score every 1/2″.

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Step 3: Fold the card stock accordion style, and sand the edges of the folded card stock.

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Step 4: Adhere ends of each card stock strip together to form a ring, and let dry. With the ring on a flat surface, press the top edges inward to create a medallion, and glue the medallion to a scrap of card stock to secure.

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Step 5: Secure leaves and medallions to the wreath using straight pins.

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Step 6: Secure a piece of ribbon to the back of the wreath using straight pins as a hanger.

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And just like that you have a striking wreath. Hang it up and enjoy your creation.

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~Lisa

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

We want to wish you all an amazing Independence Day! We are celebrating our freedom on the Core blog today with a layout featuring Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions.

 I love using the Tim Holtz papers!  These pre-embossed papers make a layout so easy!  Add a few things and the page will simply fall into place. I had these adorable photos of my grandson waving and playing with the flags down on the beach.
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Supplies:
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Darice star embossing folder
Scor Pal
Spellbinder’s Die Cuts- S4-110 (Classic Ovals) and S4-111 (Classic Scalloped Ovals)
Jillibean Soup letter stickers
DieNamics – Cloud die cut
1.  Start with your selected sheet of Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions.  Sand it thoroughly with your Sand It Gadget to let the kraft base show through and then dust it off with your Dust Buddy.
2.  Take a sheet of the dark red.  Using a star embossing folder emboss it.  You will need to use the embossing folder approximately three times to cover the entire length of your sheet.  Again sand it down with your Sand It Gadget and dust it off with your Dust Buddy and attach it to your page.
3.  Mat your photos with white cardstock.  Cut an oval out of white cardstock using a Spellbinder’s die cut.  Then using a scallped Spellbinder’s oval die cut a navy piece.  Adhere together and then to the layout for placing your title.
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4.  Taking a sheet of red cut out a star.  Using a Score Pal score it so that you can fold it to pop up.  This involved scoring it first on the top from point to point.  I sand my scored lines while they are still on the Score Pal so that they are sharp.  Then turn it over and score it again from the inner points.
5.  To create the clouds use a DieNamics Cloud die and cut your clouds out of the blue based White Wash papers.  Sand them to show some of the blue through.
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Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations

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!
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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.
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NOTE:  Here’s the video tutorial I used for the Faux Leather technique and here’s the video tutorial for the page inserts/bookbinding.
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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.
Supplies:
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.

Baby Ribbons for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Another project I wanted to complete before the baby was born are some pin-on ribbons to give the the new big sister and brother when they come to visit in hospital! Core’dinations cardstock was perfect as it’s sturdy enough for the project, as I *hope* to add these to their scrapbook albums eventually.

First up: for the big sister and of course it had to be pink!

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Lots of layers! Some were punched, some were cut with my Cameo electonic cutting machine and the “ribbons” hanging down the bottom were simply handcut.

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You can see I varied the textures, using some Jillian Dot embossed cardstock and for the heart, I couldn’t go past the subtle glitter of the Core Couture cardstock.

I used the heavy weight 110lb smooth white cardstock to print the labels and cut them into the banner shape.

And here is big brother’s.I kept to the same design but switched the colors:

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You can see the dimension in the bottom layer in the close up photo below. For this I simply cut some strips and folded them before adhering them, alternating the colours.

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I snapped this photo on quickly while I was assembling the ribbons, just to give you an idea of the different layers and how they all came together.

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Finally, I adhered a pin back (bought from my local craft supply store) to the back of the ribbon so they can wear them proudly!

Supply List :

Core Cardstock:
Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)
Stiletto, Blue Diamonds (Core Couture Glitter)
Aqueduct, Jaybird (Jillian Dot Spotted)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Spellbinders dies: Standard Circles Sml & Big Scalloped Circles
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Prize Ribbons and Heart

Quick and easy Thank You cards with Gail Lindner

Hi Everyone! Gail Lindner here…. I had a simple design in mind using ONLY Core’dinations cardstock and looked to Pinterest for some fun color combinations! I came up with four combinatons and made several of each in one big creating session!

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I cut the sentiment “Thanks” out using my Silhouette Cameo but wanted it to stand out from the background. I saw the trick of cutting out several and layering them during some blog hopping and it really was a quick way of adding dimension that you can see in the following close up photo.

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Because the writing is quite detailed and fine, using pop dots would not only be time consuming but would also not be sturdy enough. I simply cut multiple words out of a full sheet of white cardstock and ended up adhering four layers to give it enough dimension.

I’ve also used techniques such as embossing, sanding, distressing and folding to add interest and dimension.

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It sure feels good to have a nice collection of thank you cards handy again!

Supply List – Gail February Project #3 – Thank You Cards

Core Cardstock:
Pool, Lemonade, Stonewashed, Sunset Orange (Tim Holtz Adirondack)
Snowflake, Cityscape (Neutrals)
Navy (Darks)
Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz Distress)
Spring Green (Graphic 45)
Aruba (Pastels)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsy Script Font

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It’s Gail here again!  I’m putting some creative energy to work to create some layouts and things for our sweet baby #3. Here’s a layout documenting some thoughts on late pregnancy, using one of my favourite color combinations of Core cardstock!

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For this layout, I started with the idea of placing different colored squares of Core’dinations cardstock over my background, varying the size and texture of each one.

I started by just cutting some squares in various sizes and playing with the placement. You can see I’ve created a few visual triangles to balance the layout – mainly with the three squares of the navy and light pink cardstock.

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You can see a couple of fun embossing folders that I’ve used on the squares! As usual, a quick sand to reveal the core brings them to life!

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For the title and accents on my layout, I put my Silhouette Cameo cutter to good use and cut a variety of hearts and arrows in the same colours as the squares and scattered them, raising some on pop dots.

My title was also cut with the Cameo using my favorite font: Thirsty Script. You’ll find it works wonderfully with the Core cardstock!

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Core Cardstock:
Snowflake, French Roast (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion (brights)
Spun Sugar (Tim Holtz &Ranger Distress cardstock)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Cuttlebug & Darice embossing folders
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Arrows, 8 Thin Arrows, Echo Park Heart
Thirsty Script font

Tim Holtz Shattered Cardstock–embossed!

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45, Tim Holtz

Hello, Core’dinations fans! I hope you are having a great week. Vivian Keh here today to share with you a card that I recently crafted while daydreaming about spring. I used my Core’dinations Cardstock exclusively on all my handmade flowers for several wreaths I made to decorate the house for Christmas, and the love of Core is now continuing on my handmade flowers for the spring.

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_AFor the flowers, I used “Creme Brulee” from Core’dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series. die-cutting them with a Sizzix “Flower, Dogwood” #658405 Die Set.

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_CTo achieve the soft veining in the leaves, I used a stylus on the backside of my die-cut pieces to press vein lines into the leaves, sanded off the ridges with my Sand-it Gadget, and lightly misted. The mist absorbed along the sanded areas to create a very soft look that I love!

VivianKehCoreDogwoodCard_BThe pretty embossed pattern was achieved using a Sizzix “Flowers and Perfume” #658969 Embossing Folder Set and a soft neutral hue from Core’dinations’ Tim Holtz Kraft-Core “Shattered” Collection.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! Hope spring reaches you soon if it hasn’t already!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – “Creme Brulee” from Core’dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series, Core’dinations’ Tim Holtz Kraft-Core “Shattered” Collection, Sand-it Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Flower, Dogwood” #658405 Die Set, “Flowers and Perfume” #658969 Embossing Folder Set
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Cream Lace
Viva Decor – pearl pen
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – “Curiouser Chartreuse” mist
Ranger – Vintage Photo Distress Ink

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And we have some Graphic45 cards for you today as well! Clare Buswell is the card queen!

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Make card from cardstock, emboss using Argyle embossing folder. Add patterned paper border and seam binding. Trim image from Graphic45 paper, layer onto red cardstock and stitch border. Adhere to card. Fussy cut lady from second piece of Graphic45 paper and layer using foam pads. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock, ink edges and attach with foam pads to card. Add bow.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations: Core Signature Series Graphic45, Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Other: Graphic45 French Country Collection, foam pads, seam binding, sewing machine, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo, Jet Black archival ink pad (Ranger), Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder Crafter’s Companion.

 

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Make card from cardstock, emboss using Argyle embossing folder. Add seam binding. Trim image from Graphic45 paper and stitch border. Adhere to card. Fussy cut pears from second piece of Graphic45 paper and layer using foam pads. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock, ink edges and attach with foam pads to card. Add bow.

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Supplies: Core’dinations: Core Signature Series Graphic45, Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Other: Graphic45 French Country Collection, foam pads, seam binding, sewing machine, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo, Jet Black archival ink pad (Ranger), Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder Crafter’s Companion.

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