Off the page Holiday inspiration in here!

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have some amazing projects from Gail Lindner for you today! If these don’t inspire you to get that Core and take if off the page onto some Holiday home decor projects than I don’t know what will!

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I have officially started creating projects for Christmas!  You might recall I created a cute Christmas countdown a little while back (see it here). Well . . . I loved using the embroidery hoop as my “frame” and have been wanting to do more to create a cluster on my wall for Christmas. A trip to the craft store was in order and I purchased a few different sized hoops.

Here’s my next one:

 

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This is a great project for using up scraps of Core’dinations! I dug through to find a few colours to work together, cut strips and started assembling my “tree”!

Of course, this being Core cardstock, I couldn’t leave it plain! I had to emboss and sand the strips in various designs to add even more interest.

 

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The background is from the fabulous Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions collection. Instant Christmas!

The starts were die cut from Core Couture Glitter Cardstock for a bit of sparkle!  This little tree was so easy and fun to make – here are a couple more ideas:

  • For the front of your Christmas cards! These will be easy to mass-produce.
  • Get the kids involved – maybe adding the stars or other embellishments to the pre-made trees. 

Thanks for popping by and please pop by my blog for more inspiration!

 

Supply List:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions: Holiday No 14
Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack: Pool
Chocolate Box: Cool Mint Truffle
Core Essentials: Sugar’n’Spice
Graphic 45: Lemon Chiffon, Spring Green
Core Couture Glitter: White Gloves, Oscar
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Darice & Cuttlebug embossing folders
Fiskars star punch, SSS star die

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It’s just typical of me to be creating Christmas projects so close to the actual day! But my decor items get brought out each year so I know they will get plenty of attention in the long run!

Inspired by an image I saw online, I wanted to create a sort of looped wire wreath, accented with stars. Sorry about the vague description! How about I just show you my project so you know what I mean?

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I decided to create mine on a smaller scale and pop it into a shadow box frame. Honestly, I was really wanting to use the kraft coloured Seasonal Impressions cardstock! Isn’t it a fantastic, subtle background???

I chose three shades of Gemstones cardstock for the stars, so they would have a slight sheen, and scattered them around my wire wreath.

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Simple but cute! I can honestly see me creating more of these for different occassions such as Valentines or new babies. Just think of the color combinations and die cut shapes you could use!

 Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core – Seasonal Impressions No 23
Gemstones Collection - Peridot, Yellow Topaz, Red Ruby
Silhouette Cameo
Christmas Tree Cutting File (star only)

Reindeer Centerpiece with Ava Gavloski

Today we have some amazing projects from Ava Gavloski for all of your Holiday Home Decor needs! From centerpieces to ornaments, we have got it for you today!

Also…please note:  we will be announcing our winners from the Tim Holtz Kraft Core giveaway by Friday at the latest so stay close to those emails.  

AND, one more thing…ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!!! This time it is over at Canadian Scrapbooker!

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Okay..now here’s that inspo!!!!

Ava here to share with you a cute little Christmas Decor item that you can make using the Core’dinations Cardstock Neutral collection.  Snip a few pieces of greenery from outdoors and you have a great table center piece or home decor item.

Search the internet images for pattern’s or check out Coats and Clark for this great reindeer pattern.

Emboss, sand and cut out two pieces of each pattern for each of the reindeer.  You need a front and back which is glued together.

And a close up:

See how nice the inner core of the Core’dinations Cardstock matches so well with the paper pieced antler color of the Core’dinations Neutral collection?

Have some fun creating your own home decor items from the Core’dinations Cardstock Neutral Collection.  Decor items can be so vogue with sanded matching color tones.

Supplies
Core’dination Cardstock Neutral Collection
Core’dination Sand it Set
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Coats and Clark pattern template
Helmar Adhesive
Fresh greenery
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AND Ava has a bonus project for us today, too! Some Ornaments!
If you need a quick table centre piece this is something you can make with supplies on hand.  Three different sized Christmas ornaments.
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Emboss a strip of paper approximately 2.5 “, tape some christmas washi tape to the backside sand the front to reveal the core and trim your paper strips to the width and size of your choice.  Add a rolled stem and some ribbon and you are good to go.

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Supplies:

Core’dinations Cardstock
Sand it Set
Helmar, Premium Craft Glue
Darice, 12” Lace embossing folder and Washi Tape
Cuttlebug

 

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Giveaway!

December 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Hot Topics

 

We have a fun treat for you!  Merry Christmas! Happy New year!  

How much do you love Kraft-Core? 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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How about some inspiration from our Design Team using this fabulous line of Core’dinations!

First up we have a layout from Kate Nolan-Denham.Looks so cool, doesn’t it?  Loving the red and green she used here for a cute Christmas layout:

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And next up some projects from Debbie Standard using the Shattered cardstock.  Love how she used the doilies on this layout and all that embossing and sanding is INCREDIBLE! You can use your Kraft-Core as is or play with it…sky is the limit.

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And it works GREAT for cards, too!  Debbeie added a touch of stamping with one of our Smooth Tags (they are SO great for stamping).

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More Thanksgiving Projects AND a Video!

November 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

Today we have more inspiration for you during this amazing time of year. Looking for a beautiful frame for your mantel or your wall?  This would also make a really fabulous gift for the host of your Thanksgiving Day celebration. You can get inexpensive frames at your local craft store or maybe you have an old one your stash and have been waiting to be inspired. Now is the time! You can’t get this kind of the at Pier 1 Imports now can you?

Here is a little bit about these projects from Mary Pat Siehl from Siehled with a Kiss:

I love to decorate my house for fall and Thanksgiving.  My mantle was missing something this year so I decided to make asome fall/Thanksgiving framed art.  I started with some yummy Shattered Core’dinations from Tim Holtz.  To me these colors just scream fall with the beautiful hues.  Then I  used my Silhouette to cut out my design (item #46560 and #13696).  After framing it using an old 8×10 frame that I had on hand, I placed it on my mantel with my other home decor.  I made a video for you to see how it came together so scroll down!

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And a close up:

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And check out how to create this wonderful piece with Mary Pat in her video  below:

Supplies:
Core Essentials
Core’dinations Tim Holtz Shattered Cardstock
Tattered Angels mist
Silhouette images #46560 and #13696 (Falling back into school and thankful)

And we aren’t done yet! How about a super cute Turkey Card from Mary Pat?  I don’t care how old you are…turkeys are too cute and never get old when it comes to Thanksgiving. I can’t imagine this card not sanded..it is the perfect  touch to any project!

I love making shaped cards because they are just so much fun and just so adorable.  For my project I created a shaped card using my Silhouette ( item # 34152) and I used all Core Essential pieces.  Once I cut out and sanded each layer around the edges to give it a distressed look, I just adhered it!   I think it turned out so cute!  

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Supply list:
Core Essentials Darks
Silhouette Shape #34152 (Turkey Card)
Sand it
Dust Buddy

Looking for some BOO-tiful table decorations?

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Today Heather Kaesgan created the most AWESOME tablescape for us that is Halloween themed.

Did you see Jennifer’s Thankful-themed decorations the other day? If you LOVE burlap like I do you should check it out here. It’s amazing!

Heather really focused on the Tim Holtz Tea Dyed cardstock and some Black Magic for her table decorations.

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And here aer some close ups:
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It is AMAZING what embossing can do for your projects!
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And how clever…using a black martini glass for candy!
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Of course Heather is using some May Arts Ribbon!
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Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress – Tea Dye
Core’dinations Card Stock – Black Magic Nightfall
Core  Tags
Darice Embossing Folders
Darice Gems
Darice Ribbon
Martha Stewart Spider Web Punch
Martha Stewart Chipboard Stickers
Marvy Uchida Punches
Sand It Tool
Xyron Mega Runner

T-minus TWO days until Halloween!

And we have some MUST haves for you scrapbooking.

First, our Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions shown here from Designer Debbie Standard:

I love when the season is one that works with Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions cardstock – it makes the page so easy to do.  For this page I started with sanding the entire sheet.  Then I inked the outside design and some of the words with Tim Holtz Ink.  Then I shielded the middle of the sheet and sprayed the edges again with Ranger Dylusions Pure Sunshine spray.  Then I embossed a sheet of Tim Holtz Adirondack cardstock and sanded it and layered it over a sheet of patterned paper from Graphic 45′s French County collection.
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Embossing folder – Tim Holtz/Sizzix
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Spellbinder’s Dies:  Rose Creations (S5-050) and Foliage (S4-328)
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Queen and Co. Ribbon
My Mind’s Eye tag
Glitz Puffy Words
Creative Charms – puffy words (parenthesis )
Queen and Co. Washi Tape
Reminisce chipboard Stickers
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Cardstock: Tim Holtz Seasonal and Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack collections
Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 French Country collection
Washi Tape:  Queen & Co.
Brads:  Queen & Co. and Creative Charms
Flowers and foam embellishments:   Creative Charms
Trim:  KI Memories
Cuttlebug embossing tool
Darice embossing folder
AND … we have another gorgeous gorgeous creation using our SECOND must have for Halloween projects…..BLACK MAGIC!
Chalkboard is all the rage currently and what better product than Core to create your own embellishments and layouts! Especially Black Magic!! For a “grungier” chalkboard look, that look as if the blackboard has been used, be sure to rub your chalk (yes, real chalk), lightly on the Nightfall cardstock before decorating. I have used 4 different chalkboard effects here to create this layout; 1.) white pencil on paper (my title, Carved), 2.) Die cut or punched objects with sanded edges (bat and numbers), 3.) white powder embossed stamps and 4.) embossed Black Magic which is sanded to show color for a pop of color.
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HOW COOL! Suzzana used some of her own chalk skills on here AND did some simple sanding on the star. SO COOL!
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Supplies:
Embossing Folder -  Cuttlebug
Stamps – Autumn Leaves, Inkadinkado, Recollections
Font – Toskanische, EgyptienneInitialen
Ink – VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Ranger
Die – Papertrey Ink
Punch – EK Success
Watercolor Pencil – Derwent
YES! Suzanna has a card for us, too. Happy Dance!!!
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Supplies:
Washi – Bella Blvd
Embossing Folder and powder – Tim Holtz & Ranger
Enamel Dots – My Minds Eye
Stamp – Papertrey Ink
Die – Sizzix, My Favorite Things
Foam Adhesive – Imaginisce

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