Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy

Hello Friends!!

The other day I was looking for a piece of cardstock to use with a card I was making when I came across a couple pieces of Core'dinations Tim Holtz Adirondack  ColorCore stock that I had purchased from my local scrapbook store before it closed.  Next thing you know I was online searching for Core'dinations and came across their website and blog.  Imagine my surprise and excitement!!.... when I saw that they were holding a Design Team Call (how could I have missed them out in blog land I ask you???).
 So Tuesday morning after I got the kiddos off to school, I ran out to my local Joanns and was able to purchase some Tim Holtz Distressed Cardstock,  Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Core'dinations cardstock,  and  Tim Holtz Nostalgic Sizzix pack collections
I will warn you, this is a long post, so grab your favorite beverage and a snack!  I also did a tutorial for my First Project, you can see it in this blog post here (just imagine how long this post would of been with the tutorial in it...sorry I didn't have time for a video),

You know how I love to alter and create my own digital images...and what would go better with them than CORE'DINATIONS ColorCore Cardstock???  
I feel I would be a good fit for the DT because I love that Core'dinations card stock comes in beautiful colors, textures and sizes. It is like starting out with a "Beautiful blank Canvas."  I love to alter things, and love that I can use this cardstock and make it what ever style I want.  I would really enjoy playing with it and sharing new ideas and techniques with you!  I think my strengths are Card making, journals and  making unique creations.  I love doing tutorials, I feel I am good at taking something that looks challenging and making it look easy.  I can do layouts, but getting good photos of teenage boys is not that   

First Project
First up is a paperbag mini album.
I just love how it turned out, It looks like an old vintage book.
(all details of what was used is in my tutorial here).
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I used pieces of Core'dinations cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic, Tim Holtz Distress and Tim Holtz /Sizzix pack collections on all of my projects (that is the only cardstock in this project).  I LOVE it!
All kinds of yummy colors and texture!
I used one of my hand carved stamps on the silk ribbon from
Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The techniques I used through out this album are:  sanding, embossing (wet and dry) and distressing.  I used Utee on the frames, bird amd flower.  I used Gold embossing powder on the book cover.  I feel it gives it an "old rich feel."
Now to the inside, no photos yet, waiting for Easter dinner, figure I will have a chance to get some great photos of the family.

I love using the circles as mats, I starting sanding them when I realized they would be covered with You will notice that there are three pockets for top tags, and 8 pockets for side tags.  You can see this in the tutorial.
I love how the brown looks like old leather.
Last set of pages.  I will add some embellies after I add the photos!
You can see all the side tags peeking out the side pockets.  I used a Martha Stewart punch.
On to the tags!
I used many cuttlebug and sizzix dies and embossing folders on the Core'dinations card stock!  All stamps through out are ones that I drew and carved myself.
I used some of the edges embossing folders, you can see them above.  You can tell in the photo on the left the sanding and inking with vintage photo.
One more set.
The blue and kraft core is my fav color combo!!
Now a look at the top tags...only three :0)
Again, I used some ribbons from RRR, and I have them listed in the tutorial.
Now a look at the back of the album.
I just love holding this little book.

Project Two
Spring Sparkles Easel Card.
I used some Pink Core'dinations card stock, which I embossed and then sanded.  I used a darker pink Core'dinations cardstock and used a scallop die that was slightly larger than the Digital image I created in GIMP (GIMP tutorials here) using images from Gecko Galz!  I used pop dots to elevate my image from the circle die.  
Close up of the bottom.  I love the pink/blue/green Core'dination combo!  Gorgeous!!
I have some of my favorite Moss green leaves and teal baker's twine from RRR.

Project Three
Faux Toilet Paper Spring Mini album
This time I used  Green, yellow, pink and lavender Core'dinations color core cardstocks.  I embossed, sanded and inked them with Ranger's Vintage photo.  I thought I would just create my own "Toilet Paper Rolls" out of cardstock..LOL.  I am glad I did, because the ended up looking like little vintage clutch purses.
The little images that I used as "Fancy buttons" on my purses are from a collage sheet that I created.  I added some UTEE to them, so they look really Fab!  Drop pearls dresses it up...but I wanted to keep embellies to a minimum..because the cardstock is so lovely! I also used the Yellow Pom Pom trimPink Swirls ribbonlight green sparkling ribbon and natural crochet lace to accent my album.
I used my Black Cat Cougar to cut out my tags and die cuts that I created using GIMP and Inkscape.  There is a butterfly, Garden Statue, red rose and yellow rose tags.  Images were from the graphic fairy.
I used a Martha Stewart punch for all the little flowers that are on the journal spots, which I designed in inkscape and cut out with my 
Black Cat Cougar Digital Cutter(I call her Miss. Vintage).
My hubby says this project is his favorite :0)  Here is the last page.
Now the yummy Vintage tags!
The fronts are slightly different than the backs.
I just love them!
The Core'dinations color core cardstocks really make this album dreamy!
 Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today!
I hope you have been inspired to treat yourself to some 
Core'dinations Cardstock and start Creating!!

I will be sharing with
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  1. What beautiful projects - each one is unique and gorgeous! Best of luck - you really worked the Core'dination's here!

  2. Wow, Heather, this is stunning! Such attention to detail too! ~Diane

  3. These are all great!
    I love coordinations paper! I'm hording a bunch of it! LOL
    I see a couple of embossing folders I need to find! Heehee
    BOLB Hugs!

  4. You really have a knack for details!
    These projects are gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing and best of luck!

  5. All your projects are just fantastic Heather, I love all the textures and colours and fabulous designs..wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  6. Stunning project Heather.. Visited from MIM...Loz

  7. Wow is all I can say!!! Saw you on MIM and came on over for a closer look and jolly glad I did too. Watched your awesome videos too. hugs Mrs A.

  8. WOW - some amazing projects! I love your first one - no one can resist the vintage beauty of it! Love the shiny look you've given the bird and the frame, and the glitter is such a nice touch! Your second card is really elegant - love the colors. And I was really impressed by your tags too - love the ones with the roses. I'm SO glad I hopped over from MIM to have a closer look!

  9. What fabulous projects... my first time to visit and so happy I did. I came over from MIM.

  10. Stunning project! I love all the embossing and distress ink details. I'm glad I popped over from MIM.

  11. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are: #4, #207, #213, and #236.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and My Art... Healing The Soul.




Thanks for Visiting my blog today! Hope you found some inspiration...Have a great day! Hugs....Heather