Creating Layouts with School Colors

There are a lot of High School graduations going on right now and  Kate Nolan Denham has a great layout to share with us today using school colors. With such a variety of different colors and kinds of cardstock to choose from, Core’dinations Cardstock can be your go to paper for any occasion!
On this layout, Kate does a great job working around that issue we always find when using Core and embossing folders….”how do I only use a 5×7″ folder on a 12″ layout?” She balances it perfectly with a 5×7″ photo and then, of course, sands!
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Kate here today with a graduation layout that sports school colors from Core’dinations Vintage Collection.  It is one of my favorite collections!
I did a lot of sanding with my Sand It Gadget.  I wanted the color core to really pop on the edges of the mats  where I embossed and scored.  It allowed me to add dimension without having to add more layers.
You can see how awesome the Core’dinations Color Core looks in this up close photo!
Other Supplies:
Fiskars Crimper
Scor-Pal
Spellbinders Nested Pennant Dies
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Jenni Bowlin Date Tag
Creative Memories Circle System
Stampin Up! Paper Shapers
American Crafts Thickers
Queen & Co. Pearls

Thank You Teacher Ideas

May 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

I don’t know about you but the end of school is right around the corner for us and I am looking for some ideas for my children’s teachers. If you are, to0, then this is the place for you!

Today we have a cute gift bag and mini card from Shaunte Wadley.

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Instructions for the Gift Bag:
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Using an electronic cutting machine, cut a scalloped border medallion shape from yellow cardstock. Fold and glue shape. Adhere to small kraft gift bag.

Using a 2 3/4″ circle punch, cut a circle from blue cardstock. Emboss with swirls embossing folder. Sand. Adhere to center of yellow medallion.

Using an electronic cutting machine, cut four (4) 2″ apple shapes from red cardstock. Fold each apple in half. Adhere apples back to back, and attach to center of blue cardstock circle. Add brown cardstock stem. Using a craft punch, create two leaves from green cardstock. Fold in half. Sand. Adhere to apple top.

Tie small tag to stem of apple. Hand write sentiment on tag.
Instructions for card:
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Using a craft punch, create scalloped circle from yellow cardstock. Adhere to center of label shaped mini card. Using a craft punch, create a circle from blue cardstock. Sand. Adhere to center of yellow circle. Computer generate sentiment. Trim ends into pennant shape. Adhere to bottom of circle. Using a craft punch, create apple from red cardtstock. Add to top of circle. Using a craft punch, create leaves from green cardstock. Add to apple. Adhere red gems to bottom of circle.

Supplies:

Core Essentials in Dandelion (yellow)

Core Essentials in Marine Blue (blue) embossed with Swirls embossing folder

Vintage in Ruby (red)

Jillian Spotted in Parsley (green)

David Tutera Mini Card (Label Shape)

Masking with our NEW 110lb Smooth Cardstock

May 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Get out those stencils! We are working them today with Suzanna Lee and our 110 lb White Cardstock found in our Core Basics line.

If you’re into mixed media and/or stamping and are looking for THE cardstock to use on your layouts or cards that doesn’t warp, look no further! Core’dinations NEW 110lb premium cardstock is JUST what you’re looking for! It is my go to cardstock!

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The Tim Holtz floral mask was the perfect compliment to my Chinese New Year layout. I rubbed my VersaMark ink pad over the stencil and cardstock then liberally sprinkled clear embossing powder. After heat setting the powder, I layed down laters of color with my Gelatos. A spritz or two of water here and there, a finger that dragged the color around and the above is the finished effort. And most importantly, my paper stayed flat! Even with the heat gun! Amazing!

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That little guy was also stamped on Core’dinations 110 lb white cardstock! Hand colored and fussy cut before being adhered to his life long background!

Supplies

Core Basics – 110lb Smooth White Cardstock

Black Magic

Vintage

Stamps – Stampendous, Hero Arts, All Night Media

Font – AR Berkley

Mask – Tim Holtz

Gelatos – Faber Castell

Die – Lifestyle Crafts

Vintage doesn’t necessarily mean old…

March 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Sizzix

Hello, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today with a journal inspired by Spring, crafted using upcycled corrugate as a base, and Core’dinations Vintage  Collection for all the patchworked pieces and die-cut embellishments. I’m definitely itching for the spring blossoms to start making a show. How about you?

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_AFor both the cover and the back, I dry embossed several colors of Core’dinations Cardstock from the “Vintage” Collection, making great use of my stash of embossing folders. These were cut into smaller pieces and stitched together to form a pleasing background.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_BSizzix has a fantastic Bigz die “Flowers & Leaves” #658480, which I used for the pretty leaf details on the back.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_DAnd the floral detail on the front. As you can see, sanding the edges of my die-cut pieces creates subtle variations in tone. Sanding the dry embossed pieces reveals bold patterns and textures that I so love!

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Tearing of the Core’dinations Cardstock added a nice punch of interest to the inside cover.

VivianKehVintageCoreJournal_EThanks so much for visiting with me today!

-VivianSUPPLIES:

Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix: “Flowers & Leaves” #658480 Bigz Die
Embossing Folders: Sizzix, Darice, Cuttlebug
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam binding, twine
Buttons
Upcycled Corrugate

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi there, Core fans! Vivian Keh here with a bit of St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for you. My roots are Korean, and so I’ve not been one to celebrate this day much in the past. But the little I do know of Irish culture is fascinating to me and I wish I knew more. At the very least, I know that the clover is significant. In the garden, whenever I find clover growing anywhere, four leaved or not, there are always lots of earthworms in the soil just beneath, which is true good fortune for this devoted gardener. I may even steal a few of the “brown gold” makers from this spot and place them in areas where the soil really needs their good work!

Today I have a card for you that uses Core’dinations Cardstock from a few of my beloved collections.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_1For my focal image, I used a green hue from the Core’dinations “Vintage Collection” to die-cut these delicate clovers on my Silhouette, using file #32596 by Patty Young Designs. For a soft background, I used our Tim Holtz “Shattered” Kraft Core Collection.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_2I added distress inks, spritzes of water and colored mists to make my background just a little bit grungier.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_CPersonally, I adore greens and purples together, so I set the focal image atop a purple banner piece cut from our Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection. There is a beautiful muted green hue that’s already pre-embossed in our Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection which I used for my background piece, sanding to reveal the pretty doily shapes.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_BA strip of natural looking fiber added some textural interest, as well as a few dots of pearls.

VivianKehCoreStPattysCard_AI hope you enjoyed my St. Patrick’s Day inspiration! Thanks so much for visiting with me today on the Core blog!

-Vivian

Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection, Basic Grey Ornate  Collection , Sand-It Gadget, Dust BuddySilhouette: File #32596 by Patty Young Designs
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Ranger – Distress Inks
May Arts – fibers

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And Jennifer Edwardson is working that Core today, too! We LOVE using our backsides with our Specialty lines…keep reading to learn how….

With St. Patricks Day here I got out all my fave green cardstock and started making 4 leaf clovers :) )
 
It’s no secret that I love my Silhouette and when I saw this super cute little swirly clover I knew it had to end up on this ‘so lucky’ card.

 

I started with a David Tutera Celebrate A2 white card base and ran it through my eBosser using my fave dotted embossing folder.
 
Then I took a piece of The Chocolate Box cardstock with the green back and flipped it over and embossed it the same to create a mat.
 
I cut the clover cut file using both sides of the same piece of cardstock so that I could use 3D foam and layer the clovers !!  Between the layering and the flourish I am in LOVE with this clover :) )
 
I added  Step 3 chip shape from the DT123 embellishment packs for my sentiment and some fab polka dot ribbon with a big ol’ bow to complete !!

 

Supplies:

  • The Chocolate Box – Key Lime
  • David Tutera Celebrate White A2 Card Base
  • David Tutera Celebrate Step 3 Chip Shape Sentiment
  • Misc: American Crafts Ribbon

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