Thursday, July 19, 2012

It's time to take a step back into my scrapbooks. I really miss creating pages. These past few years have been busy and busy and I really need to make the time for me to have some creative time, for myself. So I joined the Core'dinations Hard Core Online Crop Challenge.  The master list of challenges is here: Master List

The one requirement was that we had to use Core'dinations Color Core Cardstock on each project. This is awesome cardstock that has a color core in it so if you like sanding and tearing and distressing techniques, this is the cardstock to have. I didn't have any of this cardstock until the end of April when I just happened to win a Core'dinations and Spellbinders prize pack from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine online (facebook) contest.

The Cardstock paper packs I have used here from Core'dinations are  Tim Holtz&Ranger Distress Collection and  Core Impressions Fancy Pants Refresh Collection. Thanks again Core'dinations for these great cardstock papers!

So you see, this crop came about and I had the perfect reason to get creative and share my Thanks to Core'dinations by joining their online Crop!  (If I happen to win some more Core Paper for participating in this online crop, then I will get to keep on having fun with these wonderful cardstock lines! It's a bonus!)

I got so excited as the challenges were posted. I pulled out some photos and got busy!

1. Ad Inspiration Challenge- The ad had lots of hexagon shapes with icons inside relating to the theme of the ad. I wanted to add some images and words about my son's High School, but as I was trying to cut them out of his handbook, I could not get them into hexagon images. So I changed it to rectangles!

2. Trendy Things (banners, arrows, chevron -used ric rac, a poor womans chevron pattern) - My first attempt at a banner (handmade one too). I used my cricut to cut out the letters.

3. Antiquing (crumple and sand) - I misted the cardstock with a bit of water first, it really helps when crumpling such a large piece of cardstock. It also helps to flatten it back out again, I rolled it with my rolling pin between a couple of paper towels while still damp to help dry and flatten for scrapping with without loosing all those lovely distressed crumpling lines for sanding. Wait until dry to sand though or you really take of the top layer of the cardstock!  I hand cut and embossed the sun too.

close up of hand cut and embossed sun

 4. Cardstock Only - Used my Cricut and Live Simply for these diecuts and title.

 5. Strip It- add paper strips to project

6. Handmade Embellishment - Hand cut Suckers

Close up of the suckers,
Stickles added for that glossy shine!

7. Die Cut Challenge with pop, dimensional adhesives - Again used my cricut for the easter basket and eggs and the title. Rabbit is a sticker I coated the back with baby powder so I could use it like a diecut and add the dimensional adhesive squares to make it pop off the page too.

Easter Basket cut with cricut, embossed, sanded, chalked and pop dots for dimension.

Yes, that is 8 pages, 7 challenges done! There are 6 more challenges listed for this online crop and I have two more days to fit them in. I challenged myself to TRY to get at least one entry for each challenge done, if I have the supplies I need on hand. So far, so good! Half way through the crop event and half way done the challenges. Yeah for Me!


  1. You sure have been super busy with the crop already! Definitely Hard Core! :)
    Congrats on your Core and Spellbinders win... and so glad to see you putting all the wonderful Core to good use!

    All of these pages are terrific! Love the sucker embellies and that wayy cute Easter basket and eggs... they atr darling and I like all the techniques you used for them :)

  2. Wow, Amazing, Look at you go!! If I had to pick a favorite, I think that it would be the antiquing challenge, love that blue back ground and the combo with the orange!!

    1. Thank you Lydia. I like that one too. I've used that combo for my son's stuff alot and now his school colors are orange and blue, hence the ad challenge for his highschool photo. The left over core cardstock came in handy to do the cousin's page for him. The antique process with the blue made me think of denim, and all the kids were wearing denim, so it worked for me!

  3. That's amazing! You've done an awesome job with all the challenges for Day 1! Wow!!

  4. Look at you go! All of your projects are lovely. And of course I love love love what you did with my antiquing challenge. Good on you for being brave enough to do an entire background. Looks great!!! Thanks so much for joining us for Core'dinations very first online Hard Core Crop!

  5. gosh what an amazing job you have done to get them all done FABULOUS!!!!!

  6. WOWSERS you did an awesome job with all the challenges and done so quickly!Thanks for playing along with us for the crop!

  7. Wowzers ! And here I am, trying to figure out what I can do in the next 36 hours....but I do have all my cards cut and scored, and all my card fronts cut, and 4 different sizes of Core to work I need someon to stand on top of me (after my nap) to get something done. YOU have done an amazing job !

  8. Wow, you were busy! Lots of fab layouts, my favorite is Beach Babe, such pretty colours.

  9. you've been a busy lady, playing with all that Core'!! great work :)


Projects and Things To Do

  • Make time to Scrapbook and then DO IT
  • Decorate Marilee's Room with new Shelves
  • Repaint Shelves for Marilee's Room