Back to School Layout with Petaloo

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Petaloo

This week we are hanging with our friends from Petaloo with Back To School projects. And you know there are prizes up for grabs during these fun weeks!
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How to win:
Leave a comment on the Core blog all week long.
Head over to Petaloo blog, check out their inspiration and comment to win.
Check out our Facebook page and let us know how much fun you are having!
Winners will be announced on the blog Monday August 18th.
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Supply list:
Whitewash Cardstock
Petaloo flowers, mixed and matched
Silhouette cut files – Miss Kate Cuttables
Die – Lifestyle Crafts
Pin – Bella Blvd
Punch – Fiskars
Bling – Doodlebug
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Suzanna Lee here and over the months that I have designed for Core’dinations, I have shared with you many of the plus’ of working with Core’dinations cardstock. With the design team call announced (yes, you TOO could design for Core, see more about the call here) you know that this term is winding down for us and I have one last plus to share with you; no matter which manufacturer you put along side Core’dinations, there is always a WIDE assortment of coordinating Core’dinations cardstock to work with.
I have yet to find a company who I can’t coordinate Core’dinations cardstock with. Today we are partnering with Petaloo and just look at how amazing this Graphic 45 Dark’s collection pairs up with the Petaloo flowers! I was sent an assortment of different flowers that I mixed and matched to grow my garden with – a lovely bed of flowers indeed!
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And of course it cuts wonderfully in my Silhouette:
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And a close-up:
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Multi-Media Summer Canvas

August 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We love the beach and are so spoiled to live only 45 minutes from the ocean.  To me, the ocean is a place of freedom & relaxtion.  The thought of it inspired today’s beach-themed mini canvas created with lots of Core’dinations Cardstock.
To create this 4″ x 4″ mini-canvas:
1) Cut, sand and dust a 3.75″ x 3.75″ piece of Spotted Jillian Aquaduct.  Adhere to the canvas with craft paste .  I used Helmar’s Decoupage.

2) Ink the edges of the canvas and paper with a color that matches the cardstock background. Let the ink dry thoroughly before moving onto next step.  You could even heat set the ink.
3) Place another layer of craft paste over the canvas.  Set aside to dry while doing the next step.
4) Tear, sand and dust three 3.75″ wide pieces of Core’dinations Whitewash Cottage Porch. Layer & glue these pieces onto to the center of the canvas so the tearing is shows on each layer. This creates the beachy waves. Mix craft glue & chucky clear.  Paint this mixture onto the “waves.”
5) Tear, sand and dust one 3.75″ inch piece of Core’dinations Whitewash Grandpa’s Trunk.  Heat emboss a bit of gold embossing glitter to this piece. This gives it a textured beach sand look.   Glue the “beach sand” to the bottom of the canvas, overlapping the waves.

6)  Punch out a starfish from Core’dinations Neutrals.  Sand & Dust starfish before adding a bit of ink along the edges.  Glue onto the right bottom of the canvas.
7)  Add another layer of craft paste over whole canvas (sides included).  Let this try thoroughly.

8) Freehand paint the quote on the canvas using white craft paint.   Paint over the quote with another layer of white to make the quote really pop.
Core Tip: Use Core’dinations Cardstock for any multi-media canvas!  It is the only textured cardstock I have found that will not warp with multiple applications of craft paste, paint, embossing, inks and glues.  
Other Supplies:
Martha Stewart Starfish Punch & Glitter
Helmar Decoupage & Craft Glue
Quick Quote Chalking Ink

Create Your Own Clipboard with Chocolate Box

July 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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  
Filed under Core Blog

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  
Filed under Core Blog

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

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