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Archive | January 12, 2013

CHA Winter 2013 | Project Life by Becky Higgins

Becky Higgins has been shaking up the industry for a while with her Project Life products, now available through American Crafts and being shown to retailers for the first time at CHA Winter 2013.

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I caught up with Becky for a few minutes and she told me how happy she is that this partnership will free up her time for designing new products. Retailers at the booth seemed equally excited for the opportunity to carry these popular products in their stores. Continue Reading →

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CHA Winter 2013 | Studio Calico

Studio Calico released four new collections at CHA Winter 2013: Here + there, Snippets, Sundrifter, and Darling Dear.

There’s definitely a few standouts among the latest Studio Calico products.

The speech bubble mask, chipboard stars and arrows in a variety of sizes (spot-on with the latest trends!), punctuation wood veneers (including a trendy geotag symbol), chalkboard-style chipboard alphabet stickers, and The Handbook — Studio Calico’s own answer to the popular Project Life way of scrapbooking – are all sure to be popular with paper crafters.

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CHA Winter 2013 | Amy Tangerine

Amy Tangerine’s colorful new “Yes, Please” release is sure to live up to its name. Here’s a few highlights:

There are plenty of Thickers in a rainbow of hues, Slick Writers in colors that coordinate with the line, and two of Amy’s personal favorite new items – a stitching kit and calendar stamp.

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CHA | Hero Arts Workshop

I was one of the lucky cardmakers who made it to the Hero Arts “It’s a Card Fest” workshop on the Friday education day at CHA Winter 2013 in Anaheim, CA.

During the two hour workshop we all got to play with some of the new stamps that are coming out this winter, and try some fun techniques with them. By the end, each of us had four beautiful clean and simple cards to take home.

Here are the stamps we used:



I was able to take some pictures as we worked. (I also made a video, but its going to take some time to process it and upload, so you’ll have to wait for that!)

Here’s a look at what we did!

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The new background wood stamp is just perfect for making cards! I can see it being used on so many projects! For the first card we stamped this pattern in white ink on white paper – it gives such a cool effect.
cha-day-1-hero-arts-2There’s also a few new flower wood stamps, which are also great for creating backgrounds or stamping and cutting out and using as an embellishment (shown in another card we did during the workshop). These flowers were stamped on top of the white stamped pattern and turned out just great!
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Here’s the look at finished card #1:

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For the second card, we used clear stamps as well as the large background stamp:
cha-day-1-hero-arts-5For the third card, we used a printed card and turned it inside out so the printed portion ended up being on the inside and white paper on the outside. So fun!

As we worked on the last card I managed to take some photos of the process to show you the basics of how the card came together.
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Everything for the card was pre-cut and ready to be stamped on:
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It was definitely a fun class to attend, and I can see myself using these stamps over and over again on many cards for different occasions!

Reporting: 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.


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Happy Birthday! Surprise!

 

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Designer Britt Bass describes this fun birthday card as her “first really good experience with printable elements”. She attributes this partly to the image quality of the Elle’s Studio images, which printed “perfectly.” Also, Britt believes that using good quality, smooth, and most importantly bright white cardstock to print the elements really made a difference in the quality of the final result.  Using better cardstock also made these easier to cut out using a nice, sharp pair of scissors. The printable elements are more cost effective than their paper siblings (there’s no shipping, and the two-page set was only $3.99) and quicker (Britt had the printed elements in her hands in less than ten minutes from the moment she signed into the website).  Many companies like Elle’s Studio and Echo Park are offering collection-coordinated digitals, and they are definitely not just for digital scrapbookers. Hybrid crafting is awesome!  And, if you really love the collection you can print a digital element over and over – which is a great way to do some card mass-production without breaking the bank!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine “Noteworthy” Collection); Cardstock: DCWV (The Glitter Stack), The Paper Company (White); Paper Elements: Elle’s Studio ( “Everyday Greetings” Printables); Punches: Marvy (3″ Circle), Martha Stewart (Loopy Doily); Tools: Ranger (Ink Applicator), Fiskars (Scissors, Trimmer); Ink: Tim Holtz for Ranger (“Tea Dye” Distress Ink); Adhesive: Recollections (Foam Squares), Xyron (Mega Runner); Other: blue lace trim.

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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