Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy

I have been on a creating frenzy lately using Core'dinations Cardstock! The first time I ever had the chance to use Core'dinations Cardstock was when I did a Cuttlebug demo for my LSS. The owner gave me some of the cardstock to run through the machine to introduce the new embossing plus folders. The very first time I ran the cardstock through and sanded it I knew I was in love with Core'dinations. Fast forward now to several weeks ago and my parents coming for a visit. When my mom arrived she handed me 3 packs of cardstock and too my delite I found that she had just handed me my all time favorite Core'dinations Cardstock in the Black Magic Hocus Pocus, White Wash and Chocolate Box collections. I knew there were some fun crafing times ahead for me. Since then, I have created these using some of each collection and want to share them. One of the things I love the most about Core'dinations is that it likes what I like-tearing, embossing, sanding and distressing. You can do those things and so much more to this cardstock which creates a whole new level of fun in crafting!
One of my favorite times of year is Halloween. Recently I had my spider web embossing folder laying on my craft table since it hadn't gotten put back in the box I keep them in and my new cardstock calling for me so I grabbed them both and created this treat bag. I like to emboss Core'dinations and then bring out the inner core by sanding it. It just breathes life into the embossing. I know it's a little early for Halloween, but like I said it's one of my favorite times so I make things when the ideas hit me and just pull them out when fall arrives.
Recently, I was at Joann's and found these cute little plastic flowers for $1.00 a box. Well, I can't pass up a bargain like that so I took what they had left. When I checked out they rang up at only 50 cents a box to my delite. The little acetate boxes they came in were too hard to store on my craft table so I picked up this little paper mache box and painted it. It was too plain and just didn't fit in with things on my table so I used my White Wash Core'dinations to add the diamond pattern by cutting 1" squares and sanding them. The edge of the lid was still too empty so I cut a strip of White Wash and started sanding away to reveal the gorgeous pink underneath and added it to the edge. I knew even though it would sit on my table I would never remember what was inside so I added a couple of the flowers and now the box was complete. I know without using the White Wash cardstock on it, this box would still be just a plain little box that I wouldn't be happy with, but by adding the cardstock it just made the whole thing pop.
This box is one of my favorite projects. I found the instructions for this cute little box at Splitcoaststampers and printed them out, but have had them sitting here for quite a long time. I realized that I had the perfect cardstock for this project. It was my Core'dinations Chocolate Box collection. One thing I like is old things and I wanted this box to have that old feel and look to it. The more I sanded it the more it took on that old look I was hoping for. The intention for this box is to hold cards and envelopes. I have been wanting to make a card using this cardstock so thought this was the perfect time to do it. I wanted the aged look for the cards, too. I gave the cardbase a quick sanding to reveal the gorgeous color underneath and then went about distressing the edges. I was on cloud 9 doing this! The more I distressed the better and rougher look it got on the edges. Yea! I added the patterned paper and then chose some of the cardstock to run through my cuttlebug and embossing plus folder for the sentiment. I gave it a good sanding which gave it that old, distressed look to match the card and the box!
I don't often fall "in love" with products, but I can say that I have definitely fallen head over heals for Core'dinations Cardstock. I can say it is the best and most fun to use for all kinds of projects. There will always be some on my craft table that's for sure!
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  1. Great projects, thanks for sharing them! I'm with you on the cardstock, I just bought 2 packages of the stuff. It's great!!

  2. Really pretty work!

  3. Fabulous work, I love the happy birthday card great techniques