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Archive | January, 2013

Digital Trend | Project Life Journaling Cards

The digi stores are absolutely bursting with new Project Life journaling cards in both 3×4 and 4×6 sizes. Let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found! They are so numerous I will probably be back with even more in the next week or so.

Designer Digitals

At Designer Digitals, Katie Pertiet, Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske all have brand-new journal cards. Katie’s two sets include a fun and bright set of eight travel-themed cards and a gorgeous krafty set of weekly journalers. Cathy’s cards feature grids and diagonals and phrases in a mustard/gray color set. Ali’s cards are heart and love themed and some include her signature handwriting.

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A Monster of a Valentine’s Wish!

Here’s a valentine that your favorite little boy might appreciate more than the traditional pink hearts and lace. It’s full of monster love!

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Would you like to make your own valentine’s monster? It’s easier than it looks – here’s how:

Instructions:

1. Cut grasshopper cardstock to 4×9.

2. Create a trifold card with folds at the 2.5 and 6.5 inch marks. Adhere the edges of the bottom fold to the side of the card to create a pocket.

3. Print sentiment on white paper. Add patterned paper and sentiment to pocket.

4.  Punch circles of differing sizes from raven and white cardstock to create eyes. Hand cut ears from patterned paper and teeth from white cardstock. (Don’t worry about matching. Imperfections will only add to the monster’s charm.

5. Adhere pieces to card to create the face.

When you are done, fill the pocket with candy, gum, or a gift card.

This monster isn’t just for Valentine’s Day! The sentiment could also be changed to make it appropriate for a birthday or lots of other uses.

Supplies | Cardstock: Coredinations (Grasshopper), Bazzill Basics (Raven) and Papertrey Ink (white). Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd (Birthday Boy collection). Circle punches (Fiskars).

Designer: Terri Davenport

Terri Davenport has been paper crafting since 1995. She is currently a creative team member with Designer Digitals and Ta Da Creative Studios. Terri teaches digital scrapbooking classes locally at Owens Community College She has won several contests including Creating Keepsake’s Hall of Fame and Paper Crafts World Card Making Day contests. Terri lives in Toledo, OH with her husband, four sons and dog. Since even the dog is male, her blog is appropriately titled Outnumbered.


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CHA Winter 2013: Operation Write Home

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Operation Write Home was at CHA Winter 2013 educating industry members about their efforts to provide packages of handmade cards to U.S. military units overseas, to be used to write home to their loved ones.

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In addition to their education efforts, Operation Write Home was also offering a “Make and Give” in the booth. Visitors to the booth could take part in making cards that would then be sent in Operation Write Home boxes overseas to military units.

To learn more about Operation Write Home, and how to take part in their efforts, visit their website!

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A Friendly Bird

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Cards are a great chance to use those paper scraps that you’ve been saving, or those really old papers that you’ve been hoarding! Here, designer Deena Ziegler used a black patterned paper from scrapbooking company Scenic Route, which closed several years ago, along with several other papers that she pulled from her stash.

Scraps are also great for making small die cuts that are perfectly sized for cards. Some card makers even cut their scraps into die cut shapes and save them that way, ready to use.

Using scraps and stash can be a great way to find inspiration – dig through your papers and pull out different random things you find and you might be surprised how you make them work together!

Supplies | Patterned Papers: Scenic Route, unknown.  Dies: Sizzix. Ribbon: Offray. Stamp: Anna Griffin. Cardstock: Bazzill.

Designer: Deena Ziegler

Deena Ziegler has been a crafter for as long as she can remember. Her Mom, Grandma, and Aunts were always crafting up some project and they were happy to teach her everything they knew. Baking, sewing, needlework, you name it, they did it! As a young mom Deena became a professional crafter, and now she works at Sizzix as a Craft Designer, teaches card making classes, teaches online at My Creative Classroom, and owns and operates a small card kit business – and she bloga all about it. Deena enjoys finding ways to be creative in daily life by repurposing, giving handmade and creating with her daughters.


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Get Well Soon

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Designer Susie Moore got artsy with her two tone digital stamp on this “get well” card!

The digital stamp on the card has some heavy black areas on the graphic, and Susie carried that through with the black mat and card base.

Coloring doesn’t have to look like a photograph! Susie created a somewhat artsy graphic effect for this card by coloring the graphic all one color and then carried that color through to the background pattern. Thinking outside the box can have beautiful results!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Design (Double Dutch). Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Digital Stamp: Bugaboo Digi Stamps (Dandelions & Butterflies). Markers: Copic.

Designer: Susie Moore

Susie Cannon Moore is married to her soulmate Randall, and between them they have five grown children – four boys and one girl – and five wonderful grandchildren. They live in a small country town called Maypearl, Texas. Susie has been paper crafting all her life, but started scrapbooking seriously in 1998. She  has been published in Paper Crafts and Just Steampunk, and also have been on HGTVʼ’s Crafterʼ’s Coast to Coast. Susie loves to scrapbook her family, and do mini books (mostly as gifts). Card making is also a passion she has embraced for years. As a computer nerd, she especially enjoys using digis. In May of 2011, Susie, who has been a dieaholic from the early Sizzix days, started a website devoted to crafting with dies. You can visit her website at The Dies Have It.


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Especially For You

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A patterned paper with a design that isn’t “all over” can serve as an excellent base for a quick card! Designer Sharon Callis demonstrates that technique perfectly here using a paper from Prima’s Rondelle A4 paper pad. The bird and flower design become key elements in the scene she created in the corner of her card simply through her placement and cutting of the paper.

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Also, Sharon provides a great reminder that just because you use a “pre-made” embellishment doesn’t mean you have to consider that element finished or untouchable when using it. Here, she added crystals to the Prima flowers to tie them in with the background and the crystals she put on it.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Prima Marketing (Rondelle A4 pad). Flowers: Prima Marketing (Tasha Frost). Crystals: Prima Marketing Say It In Crystals (Romance Novel), Imaginisce I-Rock (Pink Black & Clear). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, Glue Stick).

Designer: Sharon Callis

Sharon Callis lives in Ireland and has been a crafter for over twenty years.  In 2011, Sharon was named ‘Cardmaker of the Year’ by Cardmaking and Papercraft/ Quick Cards made Easy’ Magazines in the UK. Sharon’s work has been featured in publications such as Creative Cardmaking, Papercraft Essential, Create and Craft TV, Cardmaking and Papercraft as well as on various craft companies Facebook pages and blogs. She currently designs for Xyron, gel-a-tins and Little Yellow Bicycle. In addition to her passion for papercrafts, Sharon also likes to do a wide variety of crafts: knit, sew, cross stitch, machine embroider, plastic canvas, costume design, woodcraft, dollshouse miniatures, sketching, home decor, model making and baking. To learn more about her,visit her blog.


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My Valentine

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Doesn’t the texture on this card make you just want to reach out and run your fingers over it? Designer Yana Smakula used a brand-new-not-yet-available-in-stores M-Bossabilities embossing folder from Spellbinders called “Dotted Flower” to create this beautifully embossed background. Even without any color added to it, the texture is so stunning that it provides plenty of interest to the eye.

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With the opulent texture on the card, only a few light touches are needed to decorate it. Yana choose another brand new Spellbinders product, this time one of their new Shapeabilities dies, to create a label frame to anchor her sentiment sticker and heart embellishment with. A few light touches of pink in the floss and pearls some on pins) are all that is needed to finish this off!

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Sometimes less is more in card design, especially when you have a strong element like the embossed background on this one. Elements like this should be highlighted, no buried!

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Pattern Paper: Trimcraft (First Edition Rose Garden 12×12 pad). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders Paper Arts (Grand Calibur). Embossing Folder: Spellbinders Paper Arts (M-Bossabilities Dotted Flowers). Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (Framed Tags 1 Shapeabilities). Floss: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy. Pearls: Dovecraft. Stick Pin: Pebbles. Sticker: Making Memories. Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper). Adhesive: Dovecraft (Foam Squares).

Designer: Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!). To learn more about Yana, visit her website.