Saturday, March 16, 2013

“My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy”

Hi. So, I haven't posted on the blog since August, when I turned 40.
Here is a funny- I forgot my blogger log-in. Took me three tries to get in here!

I guess part of getting old, is that your kids get old too.
I find myself with less and less free time, and when I do get an hour or two to myself, you know what I will do with it?
Every. Time.
One of these days I will get back to updating my life on this thing.

Today, I wanted to share some projects I made for the Core'dinations cardstock design team call. I have been on the team for a while, and if they have room for me on the team again, I would be a happy girl.
I think I will end up dying with cardstock scraps in my lap.
I made a Mother's Day layout.
This project features their Jillian Dot cardstock. It is the pretty polka dot paper you can see. It comes pre-embossed in 12x12 sheets, all you have to do is sand it. It is usually my go-to cardstock, mainly because I love the bright colors.
Just a little reminder here, if your eyes are getting bad, like mine, or if you want to be nosy, like me, and read the journaling- you can click on any of the photos, and they will pop up bigger.
You could even steal the image, and photo-shop your face on it.
I don't mind.
The frame on the page is from the Core'dinations Core Cuts collection. This paper pad has pre-embossed AND pre-die-cut pages. Really easy to just punch out elements and crank out pages. Speedy layouts leave more time for naps, I always say.
Here is a close-up of the sanded cardstock, and also the cute ladybug.
The "frame" of the page, was adhered to the background to make a shadowbox look. I like dimension in my layouts. Until I try to shove the layouts into a page protector, and need a shoe-horn.
Does anyone remember shoe-horns?
My grandpa used one.
Referencing that word might be dating me, a tad.
More close-ups:
The yellow pennants are cut from glittery Core'dinations Core Couture.
You either like glitter...or you are wrong.

And the last detail shot shows that even the clouds are embossed. The purple flowers are cut from Core'dinations Vintage Collection. This collection looks like worn jeans. I love it. Lots of texture.
Next up, a couple of cards.
I was in an owl-ey mood, apparently.

You can see how nicely the cardstock works with embossing folders. The brown card was made from Core'dinations Chocolate Box Collection. Shades of brown, with colored paper core. 

The other card was made with Core'dinations Black Magic. A collection of black cardstock with colored core. I tore the hole the owl is peeking through. You can see the gray core of the cardstock pretty good in this close-up.

My last project was harder than heck to photograph.
Bear with these next craptastic pictures.
I have a "gallery wall" in my family room. This is a fancy way of saying "display wall of thrifted crap."
In the middle of the wall, I have a frame inside a frame.
Hey-pinterest said it was cool.
I wanted to have a pennant banner to hang over the family photo.

Another view:

I made the banner with cardstock. Black Magic for the bases. One sheet of it- and six different embossing folders! Gives the cardstock a whole lot of variety, no?
Then I made some time consuming rosettes out of pearly vellum.
I have no idea where I got the vellum. When you have been crafting as long as me, sometimes you pull unexpected treasures out of your stash.
Then, I cut letters, and embellished them with a mixture of all of the glitter cardstocks Core'dinations makes.
I love glitter with a love that is true and deep.

Here is a close-up:
That glitter is good stuff.
Glitter silk cardstock is for serious glitter addicts only.
So that it is.
Core'dinations is having their design team call, right now. If you are slightly crafty, you should give it a go! They are a really great company with awesome product. Win/win.