Designing with Tracy Gruber

February 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Tracy Gruber has some amazing projects for us today. ENJOY!

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Winter cards are so fun to make with Core’dinations card stock because you can rip the paper to look just like snow! Start with a white card base that measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (A2 size). Next cut a light blue mat that measures 4″ x 5 1/4.” Then cut a piece of White Wash card stock with a blue background to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and then emboss it with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder and sand it with the Sand It Gadget. Rip two strips of white card stock from the Neutrals Essentials pad to fit along the bottom of the embossed snowflake piece. Stamp the sentiment from Lawn Fawn on top of the white card stock. Next, cut out the snowman image from the Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge at 3 1/4.” I used the white and brown card stock from the Neutrals paper pad, the teal, lime green, and orange card stock from the Brights paper pad, and the light pink from the Pastels paper pad. I attached that to the card base with Tombow 3D Foam Tabs. Finish the card by adding twine from The Twinery.

TracyLetItSnowCard

Supplies:
-Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge
-Lawn Fawn Let It Snow stamp set
-Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, and Pastels Essentials paper pads
-The Twinery twine
-Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
-Core’dinations White Wash paper pad
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
-Snowflakes Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Creating Winter Layouts is even more fun when there is glitter involved! For my layout, I pulled out my Core Couture card stock and got to work! I used the white, navy blue, and light blue Core Couture and punched them out with a 1.5″ circle punch from Fiskars. Next, emboss each of the circles with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and sand them with the Sand It Gadget. Arrange them onto a piece of gray card stock from the Neutrals Essentials paper pad. Emboss three lines around the edge of the gray card stock and sand it with the Sand It Gadget. Finish the layout by adding a title, snowflakes, and branches.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations Neutrals and Darks Essentials paper pads
-Core’dinations Couture Collection
-Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection
-Cricut Alphalicious cartridge – letters cut at 1 1/2″
-Diamond Stickles
-Sand It Gadget
-Dust Buddy
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
-Fiskars 1.5″ circle punch
-My Favorite Things snowflake dies
-Martha Stewart branch punch
-May Arts Natural twine
-October Afternoon letter stickers

I love to use the White Wash Collection on my layouts! Start with a 12×12 piece of White Wash card stock that has a kraft/brown background and emboss two lines on easy edge. Sand over them to make the color show through. Next, cut a piece of light blue card stock from the Pastels paper pad to 10″ x 10.” Adhere that down to the 12×12 piece. Cut three squares of White Wash card stock with a blue backing to 3” x 3,” emboss them with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, and sand them with the Sand It Gadget. Cut the title at 1 1/4″ from the Alphalicious Cricut cartridge. Sand the top and the bottom of each letter so the blue shows through and leaves the middle white. It creates a cool ombre effect. Add snowflakes, buttons, twine, and sequins to complete the layout.

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Supplies:
-Core’dinations White Wash Collection
-Core’dinations Pastels and Darks Essentials paper pads
-Dust Buddy
-Sand It Gadget
-Cricut Alphalicious cartridge
-Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder
-My Favorite Things snowflake dies
-May Arts Natural twine
-Sequins
-Antique Linen Distress Ink

Core’dinations layouts are “snow” much fun!

February 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Yep, you guessed it! We have some SNOW inspiration for you because I am sure a lot of us in the States have TONS and TONS of snow layouts. Even those of us who never get snow!

Kim Moreno has too amazing layouts for us today. Kim has a way with Core! She scors, tears, sands, embosses like no other!

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To look at this page just makes me smile. I wanted to just get a quick picture of all the kids in their redneck snow gear and somehow it turned into them all pelting me with snowballs and then taking off running laughing all the way! Oh the turds conspired against me! lol I laid my photos out in the series of the raid going down. By the way these pictures were all taken and edited on my iphone!
I backed the photos with red cardstock and tore along the bottom edge to reveal the color core of the red cardstock. I then backed that with the Whitewash cardstock. I used my ScorPal to dry emboss the lines across the top and sanded it slightly to reveal the dark blue core. I then adhere the Whitewash cardstock along the bottom of the red mat and tore along the edge. I did this three times to give a bit of a snowpile sort of look. I then added die cut snowflakes, gems, and a chipboard title to complete my layout.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations- Vintage Collection, Core Essentials (scaret, snowflake), Whitewash collection
Core’dinations Dust Buddy
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Doodlebug ges
Basic Grey chipboard letters
ScorPal tool
And another layout from Kim….
I was going through some old pictures and ran across these cuties of Makenna when we lived in Arizona and she was just a little bitty… man time flies way too fast! She’s in middle school now.. sigh. I printed them right out and couldn’t wait to use them on my layout. Snow in Arizona wasn’t the usual so the kids were extra excited to see it, as you can tell my her sweet little face!
I used my scorpal tool to create the double lines around the edge of the Whitewash cardstock and sanded it slightly to reveal the pink core. I then cut strips of the pastel cardstock and used the border punch along the edge and then ran each through my Cuttlebug to give each an embossed design and then sanded each strip. I layered them next to my matted photo and added snowflakes, jewels, title and a little journaling to complete my layout!
Lil Snow Cutie (1)
Supplies:
Core’dinations- Whitewash Collection, Core Essentials Pastels Collection
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Core’dinations Dust Buddy
Basic Grey chipboard letters
Doodlebug gems
Martha Stewart border punches
ScorPal tool
Cuttlebug embossing folders and machine

How do you do ONE sketch TWO ways with Core?

January 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

EMBOSSING AND DEBOSSING! 

Don’t forget about our sketch challenge! You  only have until January 25th so there is still  time to enter. Create a card or a layout based on the sketch below and link it to THIS blog post or our Facebook page for a chance to win a Pastels Collection pack! Don’t forget to use some Core’dinations and you know how much we love technique. Don’t  forget to tear it, sand it, emboss it and LOVE it!

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So how do you do ONE sketch TWO ways….emboss it and then deboss it! It’s that easy with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.

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Yes, it is that easy. Just flip your cardstock over (or the folder) and run it through your machine to get the same pattern but the REVERSE embossed image. SO COOL and a GREAT way to spruce up those folders. If you are new to embossing and debossing and would like more information check out our technique videos HERE. Here is more about these cards from Gail Lindner:

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Recently we were given a fun card sketch and to put my spin on it, I decided to create two cards, using the same colors and design but showing a variation on a technique.

Can you spot the difference with the two cards below?

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We all know that Core cardstock is PERFECT for embossing as a light sand after embossing reveals the pattern even more.

Sometimes even I forget that a flip of the cardstock, to emboss on the reverse side is debossing and you get the opposite (but equally as effective) effect.

The card below was embossed right side up.

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This next card was debossed (reverse side up).

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Don’t you love the effect of debossing on Whitewash Cardstock?

Another advantage of using the Whitewash Collection is that you can use the back of the card to matt with and the color matches perfectly! Love it!

Thanks for visiting and I hope I’ve inspired you to get double the use out of your embossing folders!

 Supplies:

 Whitewash Collection – Wicker Chair, Washboard, Grandma’s Rocker
Graphic 45 Collection – Creme Brulee
Tim Holtz Adirondack Collection – Lake Mist
Core Basics 110 lb. Premium White Cardstock
Big Shot
Darice & Cuttlebug embossing folders
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy

 

Keeping it cool with layouts

January 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects

Today we have some layouts from Mary Pat Siehl that are all about SNOW! Most of us here in the states are getting a lot of it. Regardless of what the them is that you are scrapping, you can get some great ideas from Mary Pat today. She always has well balanced layouts that really work that Core’dinations Cardstock!
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Once again for my layout I started with the a Core’dinations Essentials Dark background.  I scored the edges and lightly sanded them to create a border around my layout.  Next, I embossed a piece of the White Wash collection using a Couture Creations embossing folder.  I sanded it to expose the red core!  Next, I cut my title using Core Essentials cardstock.  I also used my Marvy punch to create the snowflakes.  This punch ROCKS becuase it also gives it a light embossed look as well.  Finally I added in some pattern paper along with a homemade Core Essentials tag.
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Supply list
Core’dinations Essentials (Darks and Neutrals)
Core Couture Glitter
Core’dinations White Wash Collection
stickers and paper- Echo Park
Signo Gel Pen
Marvy punch
Silhouette
The Twinery twine
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Using the Silhouette with Core’dinations cardstock is just so darn fun because it cuts BEAUTIUFLLY!  I was a bit unsure about using the the Core Couture Glitter collection with the Silhouette but it cut like BUTTA!  I was so excited.  For my layout I cut the snowflakes using the glitter Core.  You always need a bit of sparkle on a winter layout.  Right????  I then cut my title using the Core Essentials Neutrals.  Once I had those items taken care of it was time to play with and form the layout.  I started with the Core Essentials Darks and then layered the wonderful Jillibean Soup Core Impressions paper. Next, I took some red from the Core Essentials and ran it through my paper crimper and lightly sanded it.  Finally, I added in some pattern paper and arranged my snowflake embellishments and title.  So perfect!
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Supply list
Core’dinations Essentials (Darks, Neutrals)
Core Couture glitter
Core’dinations Jillibean Soup Core Impressions
paper- Echo Park
sticker- Echo Park
Silhouette

Walking in a Winter Wonderland…

January 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

With Design Team Member Debbie Standard!

Core’dination’s has so many wonderful collections to choose from it makes creating easy!  I love this Pink Paisley Impression’s collection.  I picked pink for my page and sanded it with my Sand it Gadget so that the embossing would stand out more.  Then I used my Dust Buddy to collect the extra dust from the sanding.  Next I chose a piece of the Spotted Jillian collection – attached it with my Xyron mega runner and stitched on it.  I added some of the pastel Core’dination’s tags and layered it.  I added a David Tutera tag on which I stamped.  Then using some of the Glitter Silk collection I punched out some snowflakes and topped them with pearls and pom poms from Queen & Co.  I created a little film strip along the bottom of my photos of more of the photos from the day.

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Supply List:
Pink Paislee CoreImpressions
Spotted Jillian Collection
David Tutera white tag
Core’dination’s pastel tags
Glitter Silk white
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Queen & Co. Pearl, Pom Poms
My Mind’s Eye tags and brads
Ribbon:  Stash
Clear works:  Heidi Swapp
Stamp:  Ellie’s Studio
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And Whitewash Cardstock is the PERFECT accent for all those snow photos!
I love the White Wash Collection.  There’s just so many fun things to do with it.  For this page I started out scoring around the page.  Then I opened up a Cuttlebug Embossing folder of snowflakes and laid it open behind my cardstock and sanded over it.  It didn’t come out  in sharp detail but gave the background a different look.  Then I also just sanded  with my Sand It Gadget around the entire outside edge of the page.  Once I finished I dusted it all off with my Dust Buddy and added some stenciling and stamping.  I added some Darice Washi tape along the top and bottom of my page and then added my papers, tags and photo.  I wrapped the top photo layer with some Queen & Co. twine (love this stuff).  I wanted some sparkly snowflakes so I took a sheet of the David Tutura Step two Edge Silver Metalic pack and punched out my snowflakes.  Then I just added some rhinestones from Queen & Co. You can see more on my blog:  
http://debbiestandard.blogspot.com/

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Supplies: 
WhiteWash collection
Core’dination’s Dark Collection – midnight
David Tuture Step Two Edge Silver Metalic
Core’dination’s Smooth White Cardstock
Pebbles cardstock
Tags:  My Mind’s Eye, Core’dination’s Dark tags, DCWV collection, October Afternoon, Lilybee design
Enamel Dots:  My Mind’s Eye
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch
Score It
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Darice Washi Tape (1217-96)
Tickets: Noel Mignon kit
Wood veneer:  Noel Mignon kit

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