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!

Teacher Cards Two Different Ways

July 25, 2014 by  
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We have  some teacher cards for you today since Back-to-School is right around the corner!

First up, a great shaped card by Mary Pat Siehl that showcase how sanding does most of the work for you:

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Supplies: Core Essentials Cardstock, Silhouette Cameo, Alley Way Stamps, Memento Ink pads, Sand it Gadget and Dust Buddy

1. Start with a Silhouette image to create this fun shaped pencil card (Design ID #30675).
2. Using a Sand It,  sand each and every piece of the card to give it that distressed look. I don’t know about you but my kids totally beat up their pencils and this makes it look realistic.
3. Adhere the pieces to the card base.
4. Stamp your sentimen usingthe Alley Way Stamps.

AND here is a quick video for you to create this card for yourself:

 

 

Next up we have a card from Gail Linder. Teacher cards don’t have to be primary colors and all things chalkboards and school supplies. They can be feminine and pretty, too! Gail Linder shows us her take on this theme next:

All you need is a border punch and Scor-Pal to score lines to make this sheet of Whitewash look like a sheet torn from a notebook!

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Whitewash Collection – Washboard
Core Essentials – St Valentino, Buttercup, French Roast
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Darice Washi Tape
Scor-Pal
Big Shot
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Dymo Label Maker
Fiskars border punch

Did you know that you can cut a thin strip of Core cardstock and thread it through your old style labelmaker to emboss words and phrases? So easy – no more looking for the perfect sticker or stamped sentiment! Just give the the strip a sand to reveal the core and make the letters stand out! For a video on labeling making with Core click HERE:

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A couple of punched flowers and die cut letters complete the card!

 

 

Capturing Those Lazy Summer Days

June 3, 2014 by  
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Hi Everyone, Suzanna Lee here today and just thinking about those lazy summer days… What a I wouldn’t give for a sunset surf today. As spring wraps to a close and summer draws near, my patience wears thin… Just a good soak of the toes in the lake and the serenity of the sun slipping behind the horizon would do me some good right about now! Anybody with me?

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Supplies:

Whitewash – Cottage Porch
Tim Holtz – Distress Collection Pack

Tim Holtz – Adirondack Collection Pack

Core Essentials – Bright Collection, Pastel Collection, French Roast
Tim Holtz – Kraft Core – Nostalgic

Core’dinations Canvas Textured Tag – Bright

Distress Stickles – Tim Holtz

Wood Veneer – Studio Calico

Twine – The Twinery

Die – Lifestyle Crafts

Mist – Heidi Swapp

 

For those of you who know me and follow my work, I didn’t tear paper until I found Core’dinations Cardstock. Nope! Not ME. I did on this layout and I absolutely LOVE the finished effect. I won’t lie, it did freak me out a little bit. I mean, come on, how does a Type A, highlighted, bolded and underlined person rip paper without freaking out? Tearing paper is not something you can control, trust me. Until I realized that you don’t want a controlled tear.  Go for it! You CAN do it! If I can, I know you can!

See…the more asymmetrical and uneven the  BETTER because you can see more CORE!

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I flicked a little gold mist along the top layer to add to a layer of depth to the sky, seperating it from the water below.

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That tag contains hidden journaling, you can pull it out for the pocket I created in the layers of paper. I loved the clean look of the layout and didn’t want my journaling to disturb that serene look I created. There is nothing private about the journaling, it’s hidden so as not to be a distraction. Did you see the Distress Stickles along the torn edges for some more dimension to the layout?

How Do You Thank Your Teachers?

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Getting ready for the end of the school year means thanking those who have spent the year inspiring our little ones to learn.  Today Kate Nolan Denham is sharing a gift bag and card made with a variety Core’dinations Cardstock.
I decorated a simple kraft gift bag from Darice by creating a base designed to look similar to a chalk board.  The same base design was used for the thank you card.
The giant cardstock pencils on both the bag and card were scored, sanded and bent to give it the 3-D effect of a real pencil.
Core’dinations Cardstock:
Core Essentials: Lake
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Tim Holtz  Kraft Core
Black Magic Collection
Whitewash Collection
Graphic 45 Lights Collection
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Darice Kraft Gift Bag
Scor Pal

Spring Decor with Kate Nolan Denham

May 5, 2014 by  
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It was a long, white winter here in Maine and sand we are craving spring so I decided to bring a bit of it inside with some pretty spring decor created with Core’dinations Jillian Spotted, Tillie Spotted Cardstock and Whitewash Collections.
Cutting titlework out of Core’dinations Cardstock is always a plus when looking to compliment your layout, project or card perfectly.  I cut the “Hello Spring” out of Core’dinations Whitewash Collection using my Silhoutte.
When working with Core’dinations Cardstock for my titlework, I like to use the following process:
1) Run the cut title through a Xyron Create-a-Sticker, making sure to rub and peel before you pull the plastic off.

2) Keeping the titlework on the adhesive backing, sand the Core’dinations Cardstock with Sand It Gadget until the color core shows.

3) Using your Dust Buddy, dust the sanded titlework.

4) Add any liquid you may use to enhance the color core to your title work before taking the titlework off the adhesive backing.

The pinwheels are cut out of Core’dinations Jillian Spotted Collection.  This fun dotted collection is just perfect for the whimsical pinwheels.

Being one not to waste good negatives, I made two cards out of the titlework negatives.

Core’dinations Supplies:
Tillie Dot Spotted Collection
Jillian Dot Spotted Collection
Whitewash Collection 6×6
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Viva Decor Lila Perle Pen
JilliBean Patterened Paper
Crate Paper Patterned Paper
Dymo
Silhoutte “Pinwheel”

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