A Scraphappy Southernbelle

Friday, April 8, 2011

My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy

Happy Friday Everyone! How are you on this beautiful day?! I hope you are doing well and I am so excited to share my blog post with you today!!! This blog post is all about one of my absolute FAVORITE cardstock brands...Core'dinations!!! Since the first day I discovered this amazing product, I have been in love and use it on a regular basis. You can sand it, you can tear it, you can leave it as is...no matter how you work it, it is fabulous on any scrapbooking medium!!

AND GUESS WHAT?!!! Core'dinations is hosting their DT Call!!! Yea!!! If you are interested in trying out, go HERE for all of the scrappy details!!! I hope you all will try out with me! We don't know until we try, right?! So I just decided to go for it. And good luck to you as well!

Now, for my 3 projects, I focused on the following Core'dinations stacks:

Jillibean Soup Core Impressions
 Gemstones Collection
 Whitewash Collection
 "Hello" Card
Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup, Lilybee Design
Flowers: Prima Marketing
Bling: Glitz
Brads: The Paper Studio
Buttons: American Crafts, The Paper Studio
Alphabet Stickers: Jillibean Soup
Tool: sanding block
Electronic Cutter, Cartrides: Cricut (Provo Craft), Home Decor'

Well if you know me, you know that I love easel cards! So I started out making this easel card. My inspiration for this card came from the coordinating Jillibean Soup Core'dinations cardstock and patterned paper I had in my scrappy stash. I cut the Core'dinations cardstock to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". I then took my sanding block and sanded lightly to reveal the design that is in the paper. I really loved the grid design it had to it. I then flipped over the same piece of paper and used a circle template to draw a circle. Next, using my glass mat and craft knife, I cut the inside of my circle so that when I flipped the cardstock back over I could fold it out and create a star burst effect. This also helped me to show how even the backside of the Core'dinations cardstock is perfect for any project. I used brads to secure the pieces of my star burst 'flaps' and then I added buttons for extra dimension. I matted this star burst paper onto the coordinating patterned paper from Jillibean soup. I then added a floral embellishment to the center. Last, I designed the bottom of the card using my die cutting machine and alphabet stickers. To keep the easel card in the open position, I added 2 buttons stacked on top of one another. Here is my finished project:
 See how this Core'dinations cardstock sands beautifully? I believe sanding is my favorite thing to do with this product! It's also a great way to relieve any frustrations! LOL
 Up close of my flower...
 I sanded the same cardstock I used on the card face for the die cut piece I added my letters to.
 "Beach Lovebirds" Layout
Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts, Kaisercraft
Flowers: Prima Marketing
Twine: Divine Twine
Bling: Queen & Co.
Thread: Coats & Clark
Tool: sewing machine
Electronic Cutter, Cartridges: Cricut (Provo Craft), Plantin' Schoolbook

For this layout, I started out with a base of Core'dinations Gemstone cardstock. I loved the way the shimmery effect is has matched my glittery patterned paper. This page really sparkles when the light hits it. I  then layered some Core'dinations Core Essentials cardstock and Core'dinations Jillibean Soup Collection cardstock over that. This time, I decided not to sand the embossed Core'dinations Jillibean Soup piece of paper. I wanted the embossing to be a more subtle effect. Next, I cut a 9" circle out using my die cutting machine and a piece of the Core'dinations Whitewash Collection pink cardstock. After cutting, I took the cardstock and crumpled it up into a ball several times until I had the distressed effect I was going for. I love crumpling up the Whitewash Collection cardstock. You can get the sanded effect without actually sanding because the folds on the paper expose the core color. After adhering everything down, I did a bit of stitching and added various embellishments. This layout features my wonderful sister in law, Caressa, and my nephew, Carter.
 See how crumpling the pink Whitewash Collection cardstock shows the pink center? Love it!
 I popped up these flowers for added dimension. I also like how the texture in the petals of these flowers resembles the embossed pattern in the brown Jillibean Soup cardstock.
 My alphas...
 I cut this bird tag out of a piece of My Mind's Eye patterned paper and tied some twine around it.
 More of that awesome Core'dinations action up close so you can see...
 "Gandy" Altered Picture Frame for the 4th of July
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Alphabet: Jillibean Soup
Brads: The Paper Studio
Pearls/Bling: Queen & Co
Tool: sanding block
Embossing Machine, Folders: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Stars
Punch: Imaginisce (it's the I-Top punch)
Electronic Cutter: Cricut (Provo Craft)
Electronic Cutting Software, Font: Sure Cuts A Lot (Craft Edge), French Script

I created this altered frame to hang on our front door for the month of July. 'Gandy' is my last name and that is what the large 'G' in the background is for. This project features Core'dinations cardstock from the Jillibean Soup Collection, the Gemstone Collection, and the Whitewash Collection. I started with a basic frame I picked up at a local dollar store. I then created my flag background by tearing red and white strips of paper. The red paper is the star embossed paper from the Jillibean Collection and the creamy white paper is from the Whitewash Collection. I really loved the creamy white because when you tear into it, it reveals a darker cream colored core. It inspired the vintage feel I tried to go for on this project. The tearing also helps define each of the strips of the background. For the blue part in the corner, I used a piece of blue paper from the Gemstones Collection. Once torn, I embossed this with the Cuttlebug 'Stars' folder and sanded it to bring out the stars. I then added a rhinestone to each of the center of the stars for added pop. Next, I cut out the big 'G' for the background and added the alphabet letters. I popped those up using my Helmar Zap Dots. Last I used a mixture of the Imaginisce I-Top punches to create dimensional flowers, all cut with various Core'dinations cardstock. I popped those up in layers with my Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots. And finally, I added blue ribbon as a hanger. Here is my finished project:


 Can you see how the red cardstock strips are embossed? I love that the stars on them helps bring out my patriotic theme.
Now, is that not the longest blog post ever?! LOL! I don't think I've ever typed so much, but I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog and take a peek! Remember to try out for the Core'dinations DT Call!!!! Best of luck to all who apply!

As always, Happy Scrappin'!!!
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Anonymous said...

Oh wow such beautiful projects... I love them all.

Kray said...

Aymee....you outdid yourself again! These are so pretty!

And I am going to have to get these papers now! Such an enabler you are!!! LOL.

Just love your work and good luck....well....I don't think you need the luck as you do beautiful work.....fingers and toes crossed!!!

By Shawna Rae said...

Love these projects... will kept notes on the card and will have to try this one. Thanks for the inspriation.
Shawna Rae

Liz said...

Good luck Aymee..... I am keeping everything crossed for you GF.

Leah (*BeeCherryLady*) said...

AMAZING projects!
I actually have only got my first papers from them and have even not had the chance to play yet. However I can certainly see the reasons why to love it so much!
This, is so right up your alley! Good luck!

Lydia said...

Absolutely fantastic, I lve your submission, you really rocked the core, your framed project is sensational. Good luck!!

Scrappin Hard said...

WOW! Those are amazing projects. The card is my Favorite, very creative.
I love your blog, very inspiring.