Sunday, September 7, 2014

Birthday Cardmaking Mode!

Hello!  I know it has been a while.  My blog and crafting has taken a back seat to soccer, family gatherings and editing senior photos.  August, September and October are the months in which we have the busiest schedule and the months when we celebrate quite a few birthdays.  So, I have been in card making mode when I do have time to craft.

Today I am sharing two cards I made last month for Lily's girlfriends. They are twins, but sport two totally different personalities and styles.

I had lots of fun using Ranger Stickles with Crafter's Workshop Stencils and lots of Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create my first card.  Next time I try this out, I may add some sequins or pearls to add dimension.  

This layered card is chock-full of Amy Tangerine's Cut & Paste Line.  I stamped on the chipboard with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Love the look of that!  

I am hoping to have some more cards to share with you this week!  ~Kate

Monday, September 1, 2014

Reusable Gift Tags

Happy Labor Day!  These quick and easy gift bags with usable tags were posted on the Core'dinations Blog last week. I didn't want to forget to share them with you!  

I created a simple bag tag for these cute mini-bags from Darice.

To create this removable tag:
1) Crimp a large Core'dinations Sandable CoreTag using a Fiskars Crimper. 

2) Punch a 1" circle in the middle of a small Core'dinations Sandable CoreTag. 
I used a CM Circle Punch and trim the bottom of the tag for a banner effect.

3) Sand and dust both tags.  
4) Stamp your sentiment on a 1.25" x 1.25" inch piece of Core'dinations Core Basic 110lb Smooth Cardstock and place behind the circle on the small CoreTag. 

5) Layer and adhere the tags together.
6) Punch holes in the bag where the grommets to match up with the holes on the layered tags. Now tie the tags onto the bag with some tulle. 
7) To add this tag to card, just untie the tags from the gift bag and attach to a card base.

The same tag attached onto a card:  

Super cute idea, isn't it?  
Here is another example of how I reused a gift bag tag for a card...

***Tip of the Day: When using two CoreTags layered on top of eachother (like in my Thank You Tag above), just pop out the grommets from both tags before layering and then add just put one of the grommets back in.  These grommets remove easily!  

Core'dinations Supplies:

Other Supplies: 
Darice Mini Gift Bags
Darice Embossing Folder
Fiskars Crimper
CM Circle Punch
Papertrey Ink Stamp
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
Sizzix Stamp & Die Set

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

National Aviation Day!

You can Imagine.Dream. Fly with us today!  It is National Avation Day!   Using a variety of Core'dinaitons products I was able to create this fun card to celebrate.    

 The card base is 4.5" x 6" (my favorite size) made from Core'dinations Distress Collection.  Of course, I distressed the edges a bit with my Sand It Gadget! 

 The background is an embossed piece of Core'dinations Kraft-Core.  I sanded the embossed image down quite a bit and ran my green ink over the embossed/sanded image, leaving some of the Kraft-Core peeking through.  

To create my sentiment, I trimmed up a Smooth CoreTag to fit in the corner.  I always save the trimmed off part of my CoreTags to use on other projects.  

Tip of the day: Core'dinations Cardstock makes a sturdy base for stickers.  On my card, I adhered the cute airplane sticker to a sanded piece of the same base cardstock and then trimmed around the sticker.  

Core'dinations Supplies:
Dust Buddy

Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
Ranger Archival Ink & Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Unity Stamp Co.
Fiskars Border Punch
Echo Park Sticker

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Core'dinations & Petaloo Go Back To School!

Happy Tuesday!  This week Core'dinations and Petaloo are pairing up to bring you cool back to school projects and fabulous prizes. Today my altered notebook is up! Hop on over to the Core'dinations Blog for more details on my notebook and how to win some Core'dinations and Petaloo products.

Core'dinations Supplies:

Petaloo Supplies:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Beach Mini Canvas

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: Beach.  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 dry 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.  

Core'dinations Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Martha Stewart Starfish Punch & Glitter
Helmar Decoupage & Craft Glue
Quick Quote Chalking Ink