Archive | January 13, 2013

CHA Winter 2013 | Elle’s Studio

Elle’s Studio released three new collections for CHA Winter 2013 featuring their signature tags, journaling cards, and stamps.

Each collection is jam-packed with on-trend, graphic tidbits that work equally well with pocket-style scrapbooking or with traditional pages.

New to this release that Elle’s Studio hasn’t done before are tabbed journaling cards, and a debut 12×12 paper set to coordinate with each colorway.

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Gallery Highlights | 1.13.2013

Welcome to another edition of gallery highlights! The galleries are just bursting with fun, bright colors as we all celebrate the new year and I have some beautiful layouts and a stunning card for you to enjoy. Let’s go take a look at this week’s finds and I hope you like them all as much as I do. Don’t forget – you can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

2012 Cover Page by anke

Anke is just finishing up her 2012 Project Life album and her cover page is simply gorgeous! She used 4 photos to represent the seasons and cropped them into thin rectangles that then blend into the date. She added a simple quote, an oversized bracket and some lightly textured brushes to finish it off and the result is simple and stunning!

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Digital Trends | Calendar Accents

Happy New Year! It’s time to welcome the new year with some updated date stamps and calendar accents for your 2013 pages. Let’s go take a look at some of the new ones I’ve found in the digi stores!


At Oscraps, Anna Aspnes has just released a collection of four sets of date strips with four different fonts, as well as brushes designed for circling and striking through the dates. Val C. Designs has released a set of postage-style date accents in both French and English, as well as blank postage stamps that are customizable for any project.

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Get Well Soon!

Get Well Soon by Corri Garza

 This get well card by designer Corri Garza is beautiful without being fancy. Elegant in its simplicity, it conveys its message without wearing out the recipient with overwhelming detail for the eye.

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 One of the subtle touches that makes this card really shine is the extra detail in the clouds. They are both embossed and glittered, giving them depth and texture, before being adhered with dimensional adhesive. To add glitter to the clouds, Corri found that it works best if you run the cloud through the Xyron first, sprinkle it with glitter and then emboss it.

Supplies | Cardstock: Recollections (white, kraft). Decorative Tape: KI Memories (Blue Skies Flashback). Punches: Fiskars (Large Cloud, Extra Large Cloud), unknown corner rounder. Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug (D’Vine Swirls). Glitter: Martha Stewart (Crystal Glitter – Coarse). Stamps: Scrappy Moms (Everyday Greetings). Adhesive: Xyron (X), 3M (ATG), unknown pop dots.

Designer: Corri Garza

Corri began paper crafting in 2009 when she purchased a Cricut at a Black Friday sale. She started following some blogs and immediately fell in love with card making. Recently, she added a Silhouette Cameo to her craft room and she loves working with die cuts to create cards, gift boxes and altered items. Corri lives just outside San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not in her craft room, she is watching her twins playing sports. They are involved in volleyball, baseball and softball, so there is always a game to watch!  Corri also enjoys photography, especially taking nature photos. Learn more about Corri by reading her blog.



CHA Winter 2013 | We R Memory Keepers

In addition to six new paper collections, We R Memory Keepers introduced their Albums Made Easy system, available to stores in March. In a sea of pocket page products and accoutrements at this show, several items in particular stood out.

The 3×4 rounded corner rectangle punch helps memory keepers punch their own pocket-sized journaling cards or photos in that ever-so-familiar, rounded style. It ships to stores in June and will cost $29.

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CHA Winter 2013: Hero Arts

Hero Arts booth is always filled with fun new stamps sets – and we can’t forget all those fun new dies too, that coordinate with the stamps.  Hero Arts offers Wood Mounted, Poly Clear and Cling Stamps. One of the new favorites is the Hero Arts Ink pads. The collection of colors keep growing and they now come in mini’s, as well.

The Hero Arts booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with fun samples and many customers. As a card maker, I was very pleased with the selection of stamp sets and dies. I have my eye on a few must haves.

Here’s some standout Frame Cuts sets:

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There’s also some great Coordinating Dies with Stamp Sets:

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New Hero Arts Mini ink pads come in a pack of four, and are color coordinated:

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Another new must have is the stamp set that make old mason jars!

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For those who love the wood mounted stamps, there are fun background stamps and great sentiments.

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Here are just a few of the Hero Arts Shadow Ink Hero Hues colors, showing off the beautiful pads.

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