Tuesday Tutorial with Andrea Amu

We have a fun tutorial for you today from Design Team Member Andrea Amu!
But first up we need a winner from last week from our week with May Arts!
Judy Webb says:

Cannot get enough Core!!! Loving this week.

Winners email ellen_sosnoski@coredinations.com with the subject line reading the contest you won, For Example: March Color Challenge Winner. Also include in the body of the email your name, address, and phone number (only if international). We will send you a confirmation back that we received your email so you know your prize will be on it’s way soon! We ship prizes to our lucky winners twice a month once we receive all prize winner’s information.


Now let’s get to the this cool tutorial on how to make this!
Here is a little bit from Andrea herself:
Today I wanted to share with you a technique for making a pretty textural ribbon flower that can be used on a variety of projects.
I created my ribbon flower by covering panels of cardstock with rows of adhesive backed ribbon and then die cut and layering a variety of different sized floral shapes from the ribbon panels.
Here’s a list of supplies needed:
Choice of Core’dinations Cardstock (I used Jillian Spotted Cardstock)
Choice of coordinating ribbon  (I used May Arts Silky Crush ribbon in brown and teal)
Choice of metal dies (I used Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies, Classic Scalloped Circles)
Die cutting/Embossing machine (I used my Cuttlebug)
Xyron 15 Adhesive and Applicator
Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
Decorative Brad
Okay, to get started you will want to cut various scraps of light colored cardstock into panels and then cut several strips of the ribbon.
You will want to add adhesive to the backs of the ribbons strips.  I have found that the easiest method of doing this is to run ribbon strips through a Xyron Adhesive Applicator.
Once you apply the adhesive to the ribbon, you can begin to cover the surface of the cardstock scrap panels, alternating strips of color as I have done, or  you can cover a panel using strips of one color.
Once all the panels are covered entirely with the ribbon strips you can now die cut your desired shapes from the panels using various sizes of dies.  To create my layered flower, I have die cut my shapes using scalloped circles dies from Spellbinder’s Nestabilities dies.  To give more visual contrast and texture, I have also die cut some embossed cardstock shapes to be layered into my flower as well.  I used a Sand It Gadget, which is a sanding block by Core’dinations, to sand over the embossed dots of the cardstock.
For the next step, you will want to take each die cut shape and crinkle it up in your hands… don’t be afraid to crinkle them up tightly… the more crinkle the better!   Now take each piece and flatten them back out, and  you’ve just created even more lovely texture and dimension to the pieces.
To form the flower, simply layer each shape center to center forming a stack from largest to smallest.  You will want to punch a hole in the centers of each and then attach the stack together using a decorative brad.  Before attaching my brad here I also rolled up a small piece of extra ribbon and coiled it around the center punched hole.  Once you attach the brad fluff up the layers to give dimension.
Now you can have fun embellishing your projects with beautiful ribbon flowers that you’ve made on your own!

April Grand Prize Giveaway!

April 6, 2012 by  
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{Make sure you scroll down to the post below for our weekend Giveaway. Chance to win a pack  of  Fancy Pants Core Impressions}

CHECK out this! HURRY, you only have through April! Winners will be chosen April 30th.


Welcome to day ONE of the Core’dinations and Spellbinders Blog Swap

September 26, 2011 by  
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Welcome to our week long inspirational blog swap with Spellbinders! We are super excited and both teams have been working diligently to inspire you.

Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders™ die templates #1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders unique triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil through the die template for unlimited possibilities. The Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ die templates cut and emboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow Spellbinders on FacebookTwitter and the Spellbinders Blog!

AND Core’dinations  ColorCore Cardstock will be giving away FOUR paper packs in total!!!

Here is how you can win:
1. Visit the Core’dinations blog and leave a comment every day, Monday the 26th through Friday the 30th. We will give away two packs to TWO lucky winners.
2. Like us on Facebook and comment to win a paper pack.
3. Visit the Core’dinations Designer’s blogs and leave a comment. We will be linking them up on the Core’dinations blog throughout the week and will choose one random designer’s blog to pick a winner.


Make sure you visit the Spellbinders blog for more details on how to win some of their awesome dies AND for some amazing projects from their Design Team.

Remember for additional chances to win, visit our designers blog and leave comment.

Andrea’s Blog

Ellen’s Blog

Melissa’s Blog

Now are you ready for some inspiration!? OH..one quick thing…make sure you check out the DT blogs linked here…they might just have additional projects posted on their blogs in addition to the chance to win 😉

First up we have some fabulous cards…

Design Team Member Andrea Amu created this beautiful card using the Spellbinders Impressabilities Pebbles template.

Design Team Member Ellen Sosnoski Created this card using some Vintage Cardstock and the Large Scalloped circles to create the window.

AND…..

Design Team Member Lydia Jackson created these cute cute cute cute bags for us today.  WANT TO SEE MORE?

She has another sneak of it on her blog. There are so many awesome details to this fun project.

Besides some Core Essentials , Melissa used the Nested Lacey Pennants s5-028.

DON’T FORGET TO COME BACK TOMORROW!

Tuesday Tutorial: Xyron

April 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Xyron

Good Tuesday Morning!

We have the CoolEst Tutorial for you today from Design Team Member  Lydia Jackson. She created these awesome corrugated alphas for her layout.  If you have been to our blog before you know how much we love our Fiskars Paper Crimper! And pair it with the Xyron and you have  the perfect match.

This is a great technique for any papercrafting project…cards…layouts…mini albums… you name it!

Check out this Texture!!!

And here is the layout! Make sure you check out the additional details on  this layout. There is so much to look at like all the additional scoring along the edge of the layout and the punched strip along the top. Lydia used FIVE different colors of Core Essentials, too!

Have a GREAT week. Again, the Team is working on the Design Team Call as we speak. Stay tuned this

week for some more details.  Thanks for your patience!

Easter Tutorial Tuesday

April 19, 2011 by  
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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today’s Tutorial comes from Design Team Member Char Dobson. Char made the cutest Easter Treat Bags using Core’dinations Vintage Cardstock and is sharing them with us today.

Step 1: Cut a 4” x 12” piece of Core’dinations cardstock. Using the back side of your cardstock; score at 4.5”, 6.5” and 11”.

Step 2: Using your scoring tool, make a grid line pattern on the 4” x 4.5” section.

Step 3: Fold along 4.5”, 6.5” and 11” scored lines. Turn cardstock over and sand with your Sand It Gadet.

Step 4: Cut a window into the grid section using your Nestabilities, Coluzzle or other cutting tool. The window should be slightly closer to the fold line.

Step 5: If desired, add an alternate piece of 2” x 4” cardstock on the 1” end flap. This is what your treat bag should look like so far:

Step 6: Line up cardstock and punch holes through the 4” x 4.5” grid section and 2” flap. Embellish. I used my Cricut to cut out tiny egg shapes, and ran them through my Xyron sticker maker.

Step 7: Place treats in a small plastic or cellophane bag. Staple on to the inside of the 4” x 6.5” section.

Step 8: Fold treat bag together and place the flap over top. Run a cute ribbon through and you’re finished!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Trying to Keep all Your Eggs in One Basket?

April 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Xyron

Well we have a solution for you!  XYRON adhesive! Nothing’s falling out of this basket with this great adhesive.

Not sure how to you use your Xyron products? Well, check out these great videos on their site for tips and project ideas.

AND they have a great Facebook Page where they post ideas, projects AND tons of give-a-ways.

For  this super cute Easter project, Design Team Member Hera Frei used her Xyron Mounting tape, Core Couture Cardstock (the eggs) and NEW Pearls cardstock (card base).  Perfect for all of  your Easter projects!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!!  WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOUR EASTER PROJECTS.

Don’t forget to link us up on our Facebook Page!

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