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Archive | September 5, 2012

You Are My Sunshine

Although my first card from the Paper Crafts Magazine Card Design Handbook was created by using the Handbook to guide me through general concepts, the design advice in the Handbook can be interpreted more literally if you would like. The card below is an interpretation I made of the card by Veronica Zalis that appears on page 55, in the texture section of the Balance topic:

Sunshine card

Supplies | Card: DCWV. 6×6 Paper Pads: My Mind’s Eye (Stella & Rose: Mabel, Miss Caroline: Dolled Up). Die: Sizzix Movers & Shapers (Mini Ornamental). Stamp: Hero Arts (Circle Lace). Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pad. Embossing Powder: Stampin’ Up! (Winter White). Brads: My Mind’s Eye (Follow Your Heart), Echo Park (This & That). Stickers: Martha Stewart (Pom Pom Layered Flowers). Fiber: Doodlebug Design Doodle Twine (Gray).

The background of the card is a very literal interpretation, just with a change of color from blue to brown for the wood paper. But after that I got a bit more interpretive. I changed the paper doily to a stamped one, traded ribbon for baker’s twine, and added a few more embellishments than were on the original.

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Thank You

I made a couple of cards this week with the aid of the Card Design Handbook. For the first card, I used the Handbook to guide me in trying to improve my work with specific techniques that I struggle with. I referred to the “Balance” principle sections on “Repetition” (p. 59) and “Quiet Space” (p.47) in designing a card that stretched my skills. These are two design principles that I have always struggled with. They never look right to me when I try to execute them. The result was this “Thank You” card:

Thank You card

Supplies | card: DCWV. Patterned paper: Echo Park Sweet Day (6×6 paper pad). Cardstock: Ranger Inkssentials (Specialty Stamping Paper). Embellishments: Pebbles Hip Hip Hooray (Stitched Dimensional Circles). Ink: Tim Holtz Distress (Picked Raspberry – Summer 2012 Seasonal). Stamps: Hero Arts (Everyday Sayings). Fiber: Doodlebug Design Doodle Twine (Bright Assortment). Other: sewing machine, thread.

I used the Pebbles stitched circles to play with the concept of repetition, and balanced that heavily embellished area with a large area of quiet space.

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Digital Trends | Buttons

Buttons have long been a staple in the scrapbooking world – both for traditional scrapbookers and digital scrapbookers. And right now, they are a hot item in the digi world. I’m starting to see entire button collections popping up, and they are beautiful. Let’s go take a look at just a few of the recent releases.

Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Adrienne Looman has an entire collection of button packs – available in four beautiful colors including strawberry, grape, pine and harvest. Each button pack includes 28 buttons in varied hues, shapes, and sizes.

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