Monday, December 16, 2013

Core'dination Cardstock Christmas Decor

I am  here to share with you a cute little Christmas Decor item that you can make using the Core'dinations Cardstock Neutral collection.  Snip a few pieces of greenery from outdoors and you have a great table center piece or home decor item.

Search the internet images for pattern's or check out Coats and Clark for this great reindeer pattern.
Emboss, sand and cut out two pieces of each pattern for each of the reindeer.  You need a front and back which is glued together.
See how nice the inner core of the Core'dinations Cardstock matches so well with the paper pieced antler color of the Core'dinations Neutral collection.
Have some fun creating your own home decor items from the Core'dinations Cardstock Neutral Collection.  Decor items can be so vogue with sanded matching color tones.

Core'dination Cardstock Neutral Collection
Core'dination Sand it Set
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Coats and Clark pattern template
Helmar Adhesive
Fresh greenery

Monday, December 9, 2013

C'est Magnifique - December Kit

Owner Leslie always shares the love of her beautifully composed monthly kits.  Stop by C'est Magnifique and become a member of the community.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tombow and Core'dinations Cardstock Vintage Christmas Card

                           Welcome to Day 4 and the final day of our  Holiday Hop with Tombow.

Have you ever come across some vintage cards from days gone by?  Well I wanted to create a card today with a vintage feel.  Core'dinations Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft-Core is the perfect cardstock collection to achieve this look.  The Shattered look to the cardstock takes you back to days gone by.

Photographing the card with some vintage crochet doilies really does make this card vintage looking.

Here I have started out by using the Tombow mono glue on the back of the die cut tree allowing the glue to dry semi-transparent.  This re-positionable option is my favorite.
Next step, is sanding and inking the Shattered Cardstock which created the weathered vintage feel that I was trying to achieve for my card.

The next step was to ink and tear the Shattered cardstock.  The ink embeds into the cracked pattern of the cardstock giving the cardstock a weathered feel.

Add some twine, ribbon and rhinestones and you have found your vintage card to mail to someone who will truly hold the card in their hands and think back to a Christmas from the past.

Some days, we get side tracked and while making this card, looking for my supplies, I got side tracked. 
 Look what I discovered....
A wonderful use for the Tombow adhesive tabs.

 Apply the soft side of the tab to the backside of the sponge pad.
Apply the coarse side of the tab to the back of your stamp pad.

Gently, press the sponge pad to hook the two sides of the tabs together to help organize your supplies.

Whenever you want to use your ink, your sponge is on the back of your stamp pad making it easy to attach to your blending tool.  Think of how convenient this will be whenever you need to ink a project.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know you were here for a visit to play along with the teams.

Here is the hop line-up for to-day.  Hope you enjoyed our week of inspiration with the Tombow and Core'dinations Cardstock team.   ---that is me

Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft-Core Cardstock
Other supplies
Tombow Mono Adhesive Glue
Tombow Hook and Loop Tabs
Tombow tape runner
Clearsnap Colorbox embossing, embossing powder & ink
Want2Scrap Rhinestones
Spellbinder die

Monday, December 2, 2013

Helmar Adhesive Wintertime

Welcome to the season of Skating, Snowflakes and Hot Coco.  To-day, I would like to share a pin inspired project showcasing the perfect glue for this fun project.  Helmar Craft and Hobby PVA glue is the perfect glue for making fun glitter snowflakes that you can hang in the windows as a home decor item.

If you missed team mate Sandee's  fabulous Helmar project on October 30th, check it out HERE.  Sandee's Halloween project really impressed me so much, I wanted to try out her techniques for my WINTER project.

The first step to this project is finding a snowflake sketch or template.  I choose to search Google Images for a snowflake template to print.  Sized a few different templates, printed and taped my parchment paper over the printed templates.

Be sure that you look at your glued snowflake skeleton and see that the branches of your snowflake are full and plump.  Skinny glue branches on your snowflake result in a failed project, so look closely before you apply the glitter.
I tested the project and I found that the Helmar Craft and  Hobby PVA glue was the best choice for achieving a continuous thick line of glue for a sturdy skeleton snowflake after the glitter was applied and dried over night.

Apply your favorite glitter, dry (overnight) and gently peel away the snowflake skeleton from the parchment paper.

 After testing the peel away step, i found if you roll the parchment paper away from the dried glued skeleton snowflake, it came off easily.  Spray outside, the Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish to hold the glitter.

This project would be great for a SNOW DAY, to keep the kids busy.  A bonding  project for grandparents and grandchildren.

Imagine the possibilities of this Helmar Craft and Hobby PVA glue.  Each season you could come up with a craft for each themed event.  ie:  New Year, Valentines, St. Patrick, Easter, its endless and all from the best glue-- Helmar, Craft and Hobby PVA glue .

Add Helmar Craft and Hobby Glue to someone's Christmas stocking this year  !!!
Possible snowflake decorating suggestions.
Gift embellishment
Mirror embellishment
Tree decorations

Helmar   Craft and Hobby PVA glue 
Helmar  Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish
Glitter    Parchment paper
Snowflake template

Monday, November 25, 2013

CHA Canada

CHA Canada (Craft & Hobby Association of Canada)  hosted an accreditation retreat in Barrie Ontario the weekend of November 22-23-24, 2013.  This event was to collectively gather artist and suppliers from across Canada to discuss, support and mentor a team of professionals within the Craft industry.

Suppliers who attended this weekend were.

Brother, Scan-n-Cut Machine
Red Heart  - Coats and Clark Canada

Please visit these leaders within our industry and see for yourself, what they have to offer and how you can become a member of their community.

Thank you for showcasing your products to the CHA Canada conference attendee's in Barrie, Ontario.

Core'dinations Blog Hop

Mark your calendars and join me next week for a fun filled week of inspiration.  The Coredinations team will be sharing lots of projects with everyone.

The hop starts Dec 2nd  and my card will  be featured on Thursday Dec 5th.  So visit Core'dinations Blog and mark them as a favorite and be sure to visit.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Coredinations Blog Post

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Happy to finally share a project I created using the Core'dinations Shattered Kraft Core Cardstock.

Here is a peak of my project, so go an visit the blog and share some love with all the Core'dinations team.

Sand It Set
Helmar, 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Ranger Distress Ink, Ripe Persimmon
Procraft cuttlebug, Leaves die 37-1214
Thrift store:  candle, tray and candle holder

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thanksgiving Day Cards

Thanksgiving a magical time of year.  Watching the leaves turn from green to a harvest of rich color tones.  Visit the Core'dinations Blog for some cards and layouts, that are sure to inspire many to add Core'dinations Cardstock to your Christmas Wish List.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hard Core Crop Winner

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Altered Gift Bag Challenge! Thanks for taking the time to join in! Your creations using Core'dinations cardstock were all fabulous!

The WINNER of my Altered Gift Bag Challenge is  Elizabeth Parham.  Congratulations Elizabeth! You'll be receiving a fabulous 12x12 pack of  the Vintage Collection of cardstock.

 Please email with your full name, address and phone number with the challenge you won in the email title (Ava's Challenge). You have ONE week from the day the winners are posted on the Core Blog to claim your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping and processing.

Thanks again to everyone that participated and left a comment!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Helmar Adhesive

Hi , today I wold like to  share a very significant date with all of you.  November 11 was chosen as the official date for Veterans Day in reference to the ending of World War I.  Families with members who have served in the military appreciate a day of remembrance that can be share with all of us.  We must always remember and demonstrate to the young the gratitude we have for those that have served in the military.
 To-day, I am sharing a couple of cards, which truly showcase the vibrate red of the poppy in remembrance of
Veterans Day.  

Visit Helmar's Blog for full details on this project.

Leading to my completed cards, I have gathered my supplies of Helmar Decoupage & Craft Paste and Clearsnap Ink along with my stamps.
Poppy zapdots

Poppy westcott

I love the red jewel tone of the mulberry paper.

  Poppy full
This side view of the card, shows how well the Helmar Decoupage paste dries clear and crisp to match the additional petals of the poppy.  
  Poppy full side
The second card showcases the small poppies and both cards have words from ScrapMatts chipboard that have been inked with Clearsnap.
  Poppy forget not
Please remember your Veterans on November 11th.

Helmar Adhesive

Clearsnap, Black Surfacez, Pepper, Scarlet, Colorbox, Smooch cherry spritz,
Unity Stamp Co.
ScrapMatts chipboard words
WestcottBrand Scissors, Hobby knife
Mulberry paper, Seed beads, Modelling Paste

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hard Core On-Line Crop

UPDATE:  Winner of the Altered Gift Bag challenge is :  Elizabeth Parham.  Elizabeth, checkout the Core'dinations Blog for all the details for claiming your prize.  Thanks for joining us for the Hard Core Crop.

 Welcome to Core'dinations Hard Core Crop! Make sure you grab your blinkie and wear it proudly ALL WEEK LONG! Core'dinations is offering a prize to the person using it as their Facebook profile photo so grab it HERE and head over to the Facebook event page and let them know.

 If you have joined us before the rules work pretty much the same. Whether this is your first time or you are a returning Hard Core Cropper PLEASE make sure you head over to the Core blog for a full list of rules HERE. They are pretty straight must use Core visibly on your projects, upload using the linky at the bottom of this post by midnight November 10th EST, and follow my challenge rules but please make sure you follow the rules and check them out on the Core blog. BUT the most important to CREATE AND HAVE FUN! smile.gif

If you would like to see a full list of the challenges head over the Core blog HERE for a list that will be updated continually throughout the weekend.

Now who wants to get crafty?

The season is upon us where we are visiting and sharing good times with family and friends.  I know that a few of you for sure will be needing a wine bottle gift bag to wrap up someone's favorite bottle of wine.

For this challenge I would like you to get out some Core'dinations cardstock and add some embellishments to an existing GIFT bag to really create a WOW factor to your gift presentation.

Pick out a new or up-cycle an existing GIFT  bag from your stash and add some Core'dinations cardstock to your pretty.  If wine is not your choice of beverage, how about a gift bag for your hostess or special recipient.

Here I have used embossed Core'dinations card stock and die cut some flourishes as well as some  leaves to embellish my gift bag with a  Core'dinations border at the base of the wine bag.  I was super happy to have up-cycled this clear gift bag, which allowed for some fun transparency mirror like embellishments.

 Add a bow, tulle, leaves and any embellishment to express the occasion for the gift giving.  This can be a quick up-scaled gift giving presentation.  Have fun being creative and see how much enjoyment you will bring to your host.

Neutrals, Chocolate Mocha, Creme
Sand it Set
Gems, Earth, Pearls, Brown,  Gem 12” strip Black, Washi Tape, Doily Lace
Darice:  Embossing folder, 12”
David Tutera, Burlap Flowers

Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
My Favorite Things Die,  Leaf filled flourish

So, get out your Core'dinations Cardstock.............

Find that special  GIFT  bag........

Get that Core'dinations cardstock adhered to your GIFT bag and see how happy you will make the receiver of your gift!!!!

One lucky winner will win this awesome pack of Core'dinations Cardstock!