Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Core'dinations Design Team Call

Ask me what my favorite cardstock is...Go ahead, ask!  Well, that's easy!  I really LOVE Core'dinations Cardstock!  I love that it comes in a TON of colors!  I love that it textured!  But most of all, I LOVE THE COLOR CORE!  I can tear this paper and see a coordinating color inside.  I can also emboss and sand it too (or just sand, for a distressed look).  And I can't forget my most favorite thing to do with Core'dinations papers is to cut them in my Silhouette Cameo digital die cut machine.  All of their beautiful papers cut like butter in the Silhouette!

All these reasons came to mind when I saw that Core'dinations is having a Design Team Call!  I was recently chosen to be a part of the Craft Warehouse Design Team and I think that being a part of the Core'dinations team would be the perfect match for me.  I use Core'dinations papers on almost all my scrapbook layouts and papercrafting projects.  I can't imagine a project that wouldn't look a little nicer with some textured cardstock that has a fun colored core!

So, here I go...Core'dinations asked to see three projects featuring their amazing papers.  These projects are  some that I think show you lots of options for using Core'dinations papers and ones I think you'll enjoy seeing.  As always, I use a lot of color in my projects, along with some fun cuts from my Silhouette.  I hope you like them!

For this layout, the kids jumping in the pool reminded me of a clothesline.
I found the Loads of Fun die cut shape from Samantha Walker and altered it to fit my vision.
I added the flower & number 12 to the shirts and then I wanted to find a fun girls' swimsuit for
my clothesline, I found the Bikini by Sarah Bailey.  It was perfect with the addition of tiny holes for polka dots.  I love the way the Silhouette Cameo cuts such intricate shapes into the
Core'dinations papers!  Next, I used some tiny sanding tools to add a little texture to
my die cuts.  Distressing my little clothes lets you see the coordinating color inside the textured
cardstock and gives this layout that extra 'something'! 

Here are some close ups of this fun summer layout:

Next, I want to share a card I made this week with my favorite collection from Core'dinations,
the Vintage Collection.  I LOVE the Vintage Collection because you can see both colors of the paper in the texture without tearing or embossing it!  The Vintage papers give every layout an added color and texture without me doing a thing! My most favorite of all the hundreds of Core'dinations papers is Kisses from the Vintage Collection.  Kisses is the most perfect red for all my projects and, of course, its texture and colors give my projects and added depth I can't get with any other cardstock.

But back to my project!
I found this rainbow quote and the design of this card just popped right into my mind.
I used my Silhouette Software to design my own rainbow.
(I can explain how I did this, just let me know if you're interested in a post on it in the comments!)
I cut the entire rainbow out of each of the six yummy sheets of Core'dinations Vintage Collection papers.

Then I chose one of each color (in different sizes) and laid them together on my embossing folder.
This one is from Lifestyle Crafts.

After embossing the pieces, I used a sander to sand over the textured sections.  In this photo, the red and purple pieces have been completely sanded, while the blue piece has only been sanded on the right half.
You can see how much the design 'jumps' out of the Core'dinations papers when they are sanded
to reveal the inside core color of the paper.

I found this banner in my Silhouette library.  I used a Silhouette Sketch Pen and my own handwriting font to print the quote onto my banner.  Then, I cut the center of the banner.  The paper for the center of the banner is from the Core'dinations Whitewash Collection, and is called Washboard.
I cut the ends of the banner from metallic gold paper to symbolize the gold at the end of the rainbow.

I was very happy with the way the Silhouette Sketch Pens worked perfectly with the textured
Core'dinations paper!

For my last project, I want to share a double page spread layout I created to showcase
my daughter's birthday photos.
On this layout, I tore and sanded to reveal the coordinating bright colors inside the cardstock.
I love the way this paper adds just a little extra flair to my page!

 Here are some close ups of the Core'dinations papers at work!

I hope you enjoyed my projects featuring Core'dinations papers!

I also want to let you know that I'm in the middle of redesigning by blog and moving it over to juliechats.com
All of this should be finished by next week!
Stop over and LIKE my Facebook page for last minute details in case this site is down and 
the new on isn't quite ready yet!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Announcement: Craft Warehouse Design Team

Hi everyone!

I'm SO EXCITED to announce that I've been chosen to be a part of the Craft Warehouse 2014 Design Team!  I'll be sharing my scrapbook creations soon on the Craft Warehouse Blog.  I have all sorts of project photos that I've been waiting to post because I'm also moving my blog to JulieChats.com.  If you visit me at JulieChats.com, you'll be redirected here for the time being.  I'm still figuring out all this website stuff. :)

But for now, I wanted to share my news and say YIPPEE!  I am SO HAPPY to be a part of such a great group and get a chance to share my creations with all of you!  I'll be back next week with some fun projects!  Please let me know if you have any specific questions or things you'd like to learn about scrapbooking and papercrafting.  I'd be happy to return your comments and/or create a post to answer your questions.

Here's a little about me:

I've been creating scrapbooks for 21 years.  (Not including my pseudo-SMASH books from the 80's!)  I worked for my local scrapbook store for 8 years, doing marketing, social media, designing samples and make & takes and teaching at workshops and events.  It was such a great time and I love all the wonderful, crafty friends I've made over the years.

Now, I'm ready to put my designs and creations out to a larger audience.  And I'm really excited that you are a part of my new chapter.  I hope you join me here on my blog (you might want to bookmark JulieChats.com) over on my Instagram, where I've met tons of super creative people from all over the world, I'm @juliechatsblog over there.  My blog also has a Facebook page.  OH, and if you're looking for more creative inspiration, head over and check out my Pinterest boards.  I can't say enough about how much fun it is to find papercrafting projects and share them with you on Pinterest.  I have 132 boards over there, but you'll probably be most interested in my Scrapbooking, Card Design Ideas, Project Life & Pocket Style Scrapbooking boards.  But you might also enjoy my Craft Studio Ideas, Craft Ideas & Silhouette boards too!  Just look around & see which boards inspire you!

It's SO NICE to meet you!  I'm excited to share my projects with you and to see what you've been making too!

I can't wait to see what fun, crafty things are in store this year, as I join the Craft Warehouse Design Team!

I'll be posting my projects and answering your questions here on my blog and over on my JulieChats Facebook page!

As soon as I finish last year's December Daily (Yep!  10 days left!) I'll share it!  It's one of my favorite mini albums ever! 

See you soon on the Craft Warehouse Blog!

:) Julie


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