Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Core’dinations Design Team Call

Well, my daughter is finally a happily married girl and after 6 weeks of wedding planning momma is finally back online and getting back to a regular routine. My craft area is cleaned, school books are ordered and organized and I am finally back to the gym. "Normal" feels SO good! Part of being back to normal also includes finding my way back to crafting. While playing with flowers, burlap and tulle were a nice change of pace I have to say I'm ready to get back to paper (and a little mixed media and sewing just for fun!). So, I was taking a lunch break today and scrolling through Facebook. When there in my feed I saw that today is the final day for the Core'dinations design team call. I think I actually saw it before but was in total zoned out wedding mode and really didn't think much about it. So, while back in "paper" mode I went and took a look a the call info. Honestly, I have dropped pretty much all designing work except Sizzix due to the time constraints of editing and school. But I have been thinking about adding something new to my agenda for a few months and continued to consider this design team call. I took some time to look back at my past projects. One thing I noticed with my projects, beyond being a clean and simple style, is a strong mix of not only Sizzix but Core'dinations cardstock. Honestly, they make a good pair. So, I pulled three of my favorite projects and decided to apply. Now, first off, I have to say when I first saw Core'dinations years ago I was designing for a cardstock company that I loved and I didn't look into their products a lot because I thought it was simply black cardstock that had to be sanded. But, over the past few years, I have used it more and become familiar with all they have to offer. I quickly realized it's WAY more than black cardstock that gets sanded. There are LOTS of colors, textures and styles to choose from at this point! To prove that point, here are 3 cards that I have created which will give you just a small sampling of what Core'dinations has to offer:

First up, you'll see a mix of pastel colors used in one of my Sizzix tutorials. You rarley see pastel colors in my work. I am normally drawn to colors that are really bright or really dark. But, I was very pleased at how this one turned out. Notice the design on the gray panel. It draws the eye around the card from the flower and highlights the sentiment in the center. That panel was embossed with a simple border style embossing folder and sanded giving it interest and accenting the simple pattern. The flowers were all die-cut and layered. Notice that both the flowers and the blue panel still look great without any sanding and have a nice texture to them when left as is.

Next, I have a card using one of the great kraft core cardstocks. This card represents my usual clean and simple style. I created a card base from the cardstock placing the kraft side on the inside for a smooth area to write the greeting. I embossed the bottom edge of the card front with an embossing folder. I sanded both the embossed and unembossed areas of the card front for vintage look. The sentiment banner you see was created from the same cardstock. I simply flipped it over and stamped my sentiment on the smooth kraft side of the cardstock. Tie on some twine and you have a quick and easy card that can be tailored to any occasion.

This card has quite a few more layers than my usual and is a bit less "clean and simple" than my typical style. I chose this card to show you some of the awesome bright colors of Core'dinations that I love using. Notice the scored lines accenting the panels. These were created using my Scor-Pal scoring board and simply sanded so the lines were more prominent. Even though the sentiment was stamped onto the textured side of the cardstock for this card it still came out quite crisp and clean. Notice as well that the die-cut tag and punched circle show no white edges. That is because Core'dinations cardstock has no white core, a feature that makes it great for both distressed and crisp clean designs and accents. 

So, there you have it. Just of the few great things that Core'dinations cardstock can do...and my (very last minute) design team application ;)

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Your Day Card

A quick and easy card today on the Sizzix blog. 
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sizzix Blog Hop featuring Marisa Pawelko

This Sizzix Blog Hop is totally spectacular! Are you ready for some really rad projects? Hop with us today to check out who has been making what with Marisa Pawelko's line of unique and snazzy Sizzix dies from The Modern Surrealist collection! Her designs will put a little sparkle and extra pizzazz into your day. With the versatile Sizzix Originals dies and the Sizzix SophistiCut Machine you can make fun and easy jewelry, add some perk to your fashion, brighten up your space with a little lively d├ęcor- and whatever other exuberant crafts you can imagine up!

For my project, I thought, sure the Fashion Cuff die is perfect for making jewelry but what ELSE can I make?  My daughter is getting married in less than 3 weeks so I have been in full wedding decor mode for a few weeks now. So, the first thing that came to mind was a candle wrap!

I used the Sizzix SophistiCut Machine, for this complete project. 
I looking like a handbag. Seriously, how cute is that!?

Simply open the sides and there you have it--a die cut machine!

Next, layer together the plates, Fashion Cuff die and cardstock  and run through the machine.

You then have this great rounded corner shape with holes in each end.

Next add your desired stickers, die-cuts, stamps etc.

Fold end over end and secure in place with mini brads.

Slip it over a small candle, add some twine and it's done!! Cute and easy. You can easily adapt this idea to any season. Spell out Merry Christmas, your name, Happy Birthday or anything you want to celebrate. 

 Want to add a little fun to your decor? Follow the same process and pair the fashion cuff with one of the coordinating dies such as this zebra print for a totally rad decor addition!

Another great thing about this project is that you can get help from kids of all ages because the machine is easy to use and the shapes are perfect every time. No measuring or scissors needed!! Make this fun gift with them to give as gifts during the holidays.


Now head on over and hang out with these designers, see what awesomeness they've made:
·  Margot Potter @margotpotter
·  Jonathan Fong @jonathanfongstyle
·  Hilary Kanwischer @hilaryscraps
·  Anna-Karin Evaldsson @layersofink
·  Tami Mayberry @tamimayberry
·  Karin Jordan @leighlaurelstudios
·  Laura Russell @makelifelovely
·  Jennifer Priest @hydrangeahippo
·  Tiffany Johnson @iheartart
·  Tanner Bell @alittlecraftinyourday
·  Courtney Chambers @alittlecraftinyourday
·  Kathy Cano-Murillo @craftychica
·  Jade Harrington @jaderbomb

For this Sizzix Blog Hop featuring the Marisa Pawelko line of Sizzix products, The Modern Surrealist, Sizzix will ALSO be giving away this scandalous prize of over $150 retail value! It includes these phenomenal items: Sizzix SophistiCut MachineTrucker Cap Mini CardBig CityFashion Cuff,Cheetah OverlayLush LipsSunglasses

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Some Quick and Easy Cards

I have a couple quick and easy cards to share with you today on the Sizzix blog
Perfect for those short on time!! 
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