Introducing Clare Buswell!

Sorry we are a bit late today…things have been crazy around here the last few weeks. It’s all good though!
Before we introduce Clare to you today, we want to take this time to tell you about our Hard Core Crafter program!  You get  access to EXCLUSIVE videos,  giveaways AND sneak peeks that no one else does…AND it’s FREE. I am bringing this up now because in case you haven’t notice, we recently hit 10,000 likes on our Facebook page! ;) ;) So I would make sure you are an HCC member so you don’t miss out on anything.  So don’t waste anymore time and sign up HERE!
Now….on to the good stuff…..
Today we are saying hello  to Clare Buswell!
Here is a little bit about Clare:

Hi! My name is Clare Buswell. I live in the south-west of Ireland in the countryside with Niall and our lovely 5 year old daughter Isabelle.

I’ve always been creative in some form or another, I studied graphic design at art college. I only discovered the whole world of paper-crafting after the birth of my daughter when I had little time but longed to be creative again. Card-making was the perfect answer for me and is now my passion. I also really love to make 3D paper projects. I love stamping, quilling and making my own embellishments, especially paper flowers! I love trying out different techniques and coming up with my own. I also love to paint with acrylics and watercolors.

I’ve been lucky enough to have my work published in Paper Crafts, CARDS and CardMaker magazines in the US and I design regularly for Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine in the UK.

When I’m not paper-crafting I love to spend my time gardening, baking and with my family.

I’m really excited to be part of the Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock design team!

If you have been to Clare’s blog you will notice she isn’t a layout girl…her cards are incredible so she did her signature paper ruffles for us today! You will see more of this gorgeous, handmade technique in the future and if you want to learn how to do it yourself, check out Clare’s blog HERE.
You can get some really realistic looking paper ruffles using this simple technique. Once you get the hang of it you can apply your paper ruffles to your cards and layouts in lots of different ways.  Here is how she does it:
To make the ruffles I cut strips of Core’dinations cardstock approx 1 1/2″ deep, mist the back of the cardstock with water, leave for a minute and the cardstock becomes malleable and easy to form into ruffles. Just be careful not to wet it too much! Once you’ve shaped your ruffles, leave to dry and apply to your projects with double sided tape. For a detailed tutorial you can visit my blog.
For my first card I went for an ombre effect and layered tones of blue and turquoise ruffles on my card. When layering the ruffles always start at the bottom. You can enhance the edges of the ruffles by gently rubbing them with your Sand It Gadget for some added texture.
Swoooooooooooooon!
Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic, Tim Holtz Distress Collection, The Whitewash Collection, Sand it Gadget, Dust Buddy, Big Shot, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder ProvoCraft, Sweet Sentiments stamp The Craft’s Meow, Onyx Black VersaFine Ink, Distress Ink – Antique Linen, teal satin ribbon, baker’s twine.
I think it is only fitting that we giveaway some of that fabulous Tim Holtz Kraft Core, don’t you?????
Please note we will only be posting Monday through Friday. Winner this weekend will be posted on Tuesday due to the holiday weekend here in the States. Winner will win a pack of Core’dinations Cardstock. The cardstock pack may vary due to availability. Winners must email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com by June 7  to claim their prizes with the cardstock they won in the subject line.  Please include address and phone number in the email.
If you have been following us  make sure you check our WINNER page HERE to see if you won!
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AND the winner of the Spotted cardstock from yesterday is…………
Kathy Wittlock says:

Cute layout – those little arrows get to the point!
love the spotted cardstock- would love to have some to try~

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Hearts All Around!

April 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co.

We love some 8.5×11″ around here!

So for this layout, Melissa  embossed the cardstock FIRST and then sanded BEFORE  punching into heart shapes. This is much more Time efficient than individually embossing and sanding each punched shape. And if the shapes are tiny it’s a bit harder to sand those small pieces, too.

And that scored frame is just an easy way to create a focal point on your projects. Scor THE BACK of the cardstock and then sand the raised image on the front. It is THAT easy!

And, of course, the stitched circle is just the perfect detail to finish this cute layout.

Here is a close up of the Label technique we know and love here at Core. Melissa used her Label maker and then inked the raised letters so they pop off the cardstock. For more info on labeling check out our video here:

Journal strips are such a great way to accent your journaling. Again, Melissa used some Whitewash and sanded the edges…

Melissa used a variety of embossing folders from Sizzix, Darice and Provocraft in addition to some Queen & Co. bling.

Workin’ it Wednesday!

March 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Fancy Pants, Spellbinders

Before we get started today we have a quick update on the Northrige winners. They have been picked and emails will go out shortly! So  stay close to your inbox and we will post names soon, too.

Today we have a layout from Designer Debbie Standard featuring some Core Amour.  Sand the white wash and the black core comes through…it’s so cool! Debbie accented it with blues and yellows from the Spotted Collection. Love that pop of color, don’t you?

And how about pairing that Spotted Cardstock with some Fancy Pants Core Impressions? Mixing and matching our different collections is so much fun!  Add some of your own embossing like Debbie did here with the Whitewash strip and who needs patterned paper?

Stampendous Day Five!

October 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co., Stampendous

Welcome to our Fifth Day of our week with Stampendous! We couldn’t be more excited than to share gorgeous projects with you featuring Core’dinations and Stampendous products all week long!

We love Stampendous and their products so make sure you do a few things for us while you are here this week.

1.) Like them on Facebook. AND  2.)  Follow them on Pinterest. Oh and if you tweat, 3.) Follow them on Twitter here.

And we have a blog hop for you, too!

Here is a list to hop along…make sure you do as we are giving away prizes ALL WEEK LONG for those that are commenting and having fun.

Stampendous Blog

Char Dobson

April Derrick

Core’dinations Blog (pssst that’s us!)

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Rhea Weigand

And for inspiration here today, we have a project from Design team Member Melissa Oliveira.

For this layout, I used the Cling Decorative Grate CRR145 stamp from Stampendous. I stamped it onto Snowflake core, stamping the image twice with each inking, creating one dark image and one lighter image. I trimmed the images from the cardstock and layered two light and one dark image onto a piece of whitewash cardstock. Lines were scored around the stamped layers creating a “window pane” type of effect.

The trio of rosettes was created by punching large scalloped circles, sanding them and tearing them in a spiral shape, then twisting them around the end of a stylus and adhering with a glue dot. A turquoise pearl from Queen&Co. was used in the center of each rosette to mimic the baby’s headband in the photo.

I created the banner by punching a border along the edge of a strip of Chocolate Box cardstock then trimming 1 inch strips up the border design. Alphabet stickers were added and the pieces were adhered over bakers twine. Journaling was done on a lightly sanded piece of Whitewash using a typewriter. I used a pink die cut square layer that I cute from a die from Lifestyle Crafts and the cardstock is from the 6×6 Spotted collection.

And a close up of those gorgeous flowers!!! Add some May Arts Ribbon and other details and you have a great layout.


Stampendous Day Two!

October 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Queen & Co., Stampendous

Welcome to our Second Day of our week with Stampendous! We couldn’t be more excited than to share gorgeous projects with you featuring Core’dinations and Stamendous products all week long!

We love Stampendous and their products so make sure you do a few things for us while you are here this week.

1.) Like them on Facebook. AND  2.)  Follow them on Pinterest. Oh and if you tweat, 3.) Follow them on Twitter here.

And we have a blog hop for you, too!

Here is a list to hop along…make sure you do as we are giving away prizes ALL WEEK LONG for those that are commenting and having fun. There are chances to win every day on one of these blogs from BOTH companies!

Stampendous

Impressions Blog

Core’dinations Blog

Ellen Sosnoski

April Derrick

Annette Witherspoon

Suzanne Czosek

Sorry about the technical difficulties with Lydia Jackson’s blog yesterday. That was my fault SO we are letting you comment on her blog again today for a chance to win to make up for it…hope that works!!!

And for inspiration here today, we have a project from Design team Member Melissa Oliveira. You MUST check out the details on this layout. I know we were going for a bit of a fall theme here this week but Melissa just couldn’t stop and had to pull out her favorite Stampendous stamp, the Stampendous Jumbo Magnolia cling stamp.

Here is a little bit about this layout from Melissa: To create the pieced flower, I stamped the flower image three times; twice on a lightly sanded piece of whitewash and once on a piece of core’dinating Gemstones Cardstock. One of the Whitewash stamped images was embossed using an embossing folder, and the other was trimmed and used as the base for the flower embellishment. Petals were cut from the embossed and Gemstone stamped flowers and layered over the matching petals on the base flower. I added some Queen&Co. pearls to the center of the layered flower for added interest and texture. Leaves were stamped onto a piece of BasicGrey Core impressions and layered beneath the completed flower.

How about that for some stamping?!  Gorgeous. Gorgeous!

And a close up…

See you tomorrow!

Words on Wednesday!

September 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Each of our designers have a really unique style. People always ask what companies are looking for when it comes to teams and I think one of them is diversity.

Speaking of teams………..we are going to be announcing the names of our BRAND NEW Card Design Team any day now! Everyone has officially said, “yes” so we are ready to go. Exciting stuff!!!!

Design Team Member April Derrick not can not only work the Core but she has a unique style AND she always has the neatest titles on her projects. I don’t know about you but titles can be the hardest part of a layout. I recently scrapped some photos of our trip to New York City and all three layouts had the same title, “NYC”!

So today is all about words, ie, titles!

How fun is this title?  Makes me smile because this is something we can all relate to for sure.

And take a look at the bottom blue strip…April embossed and layered some mists on it. Love that texture!

And next up …another fun from April. Check all the cool details…first up I notice the sanding of the Whitewash right away and then April does a lot of tone on tone in her layouts. Then to whave her title stand out, she outlines them with marker.

We hope that we inspired you to get creative with those layouts and titles!

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