Archive | January 2, 2013

Art Anthology Purchases Basically Bare

Art Anthology has announced that they have purchased Basically Bare from founders Angela Pruitt and Carol Jackson.

Basically Bare, known for their chipboard and cardboard albums and die cuts, was founded in 2010 and was based in Georgia. Operations are being moved to Huntington Beach, CA as part of the sale. Pruitt will remain with the company as Basically Bare’s design specialist after the move.
Basically Bare Mini Album

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Top Ten Scrapbook News Stories Of 2012

The new year makes us look back on the events of the past year as well as looking forward to the new one. In case you missed any of them, here’s a look back at the top news stories of 2012 on Scrapbook Update:

American Crafts, Becky Higgins to Partner on Project Life Production, Distribution: This blockbuster announcement will bring Project Life to store shelves everywhere, with the support of the American Crafts operation behind it.

Hobby Lobby Sues Obama Administration over ACA Mandate: Hobby Lobby made national news outside the crafts industry when it decided to become the first non-religious business to take the Obama administration to court over the birth control coverage mandate in the ACA bill. The company was recently denied a stay in court that would have allowed them to avoid the mandate while their legal fight runs its course.

Meredith Corp Announces Scrapbooks Etc to Cease Publication: Perhaps the most shocking story of 2012 was when publisher Meredith Corp. announced that it was pulling the plug on Scrapbooks Etc. magazine despite it being the most-read magazine in the industry.

Spellbinders Lawsuit Against QuicKutz Dismissed: After a long nasty legal fight, QuicKutz won a summary judgement in the lawsuit that Spellbinders had been pursuing against them for patent infringement. Due to similar legal issues, Lifestyle Crafts was also granted summary judgement shortly afterward in the case filed against them by Spellbinders over the same patent. That didn’t end the matter, however – Spellbinders has filed appeals in both cases in U.S. appellate court. Continue Reading →


Be Mine Forever

Be My Valentine

A tag with a hole in it needs some kind of fiber to look finished, but then we can be left wondering what to “do” with the hanging fiber. Sharon Callis solved that dilemma very creatively on her beautiful monochromatic valentine’s card!

Sharon used the fiber from the tag to echo the swirl designs in her patterned paper. She also did the same with a piece of craft wire, and some rhinestone embellishments, adding a wide variety of texture to the design.

This card also shows how scraps left over from larger projects can be assembled into lovely cards. There are a lot of embellishments used on this card, but only small quantities used of any of them. These are the sort of leftovers that we often have from other projects – one last brad, half a piece of bling. Next time you finish up a scrapbook project, look around your table at your scraps before you put them away. Can you whip a quick card up out of the already coordinated items in front of you, some of which may even be headed for the trash?

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Trimcraft (Love Letters stack). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner), Foam (unknown). Fibres: docrafts. Embellishments: Dovecraft (adhesive gems), We R Memory Keepers (Spring Designer Gromlets). Wire: Unknown.

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.


Vintage Girl: Be Mine


Coordinated embellishments and paper from Authentique’s “Lovely” collection emphasize the vintage style of the image on this card by designer Susie Moore.

The adorable little girl with the Valentines is a digital image that has been colored with Copic markers – except for her dress. The dress is paper pieced with the same red dot paper used for the background of the card, to create an image that is perfectly coordinated with the other elements from the Lovely collection. This look is easy to achieve with a digital or stamped image – simply print/stamp the image again on the patterned paper and cut it out!


Supplies | Papers: Authentique (Lovely). Cardstock: PaperTrey Ink. Embellishment: Authentique (Lovely Bundle Pack). Dies: Spellbinders (Oval, mat).  Markers: Copic. Image:  Digi Darla (Cutie Pie).

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.