Archive | January 17, 2013

CHA Winter 2013: Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn was a ray of sunshine at CHA Winter 2013 (and we needed one in the freezing cold in Anaheim). The booth was well-designed, bright and full of color, giving a summer feeling to the display.

New for CHA Winter 2013, Lawn Fawn now offers coordinating dies to some of their stamp sets. Combine this with their two new paper collections, three new Lawn Trimmings and some fun new stickers and their new introductions are sure to make customers very happy.

This is just a few of the coordinating dies that match the Lawn Fawn stamp sets, called Lawn Cuts:

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Anyone for a fortune cookie? How about a mason jar filled with some goodies?

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I was so excited to see more sizes in their clear stamping blocks. They have a great grip for your fingers.

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The new Lawn Fawn Trimmings are so refreshing: Lemon, Pink Lemonade and Lime.

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One of Lawn Fawn’s new paper collections for spring/summer is the Pink Lemonade collection:

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Another new Lawn Fawn collection is called Daphne’s Closet:

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All Lawn Fawn products are proudly made in the USA.


CHA Winter 2013: Simple Stories

The Simple Stories booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with color and fun designs!  The booth was fun, inviting and offered all sorts of fun new ideas for scrapbookers and card makers. As a card maker, I was happy to see clear stamp sets and fun 6×6 paper pads filled with fun designs.

The clear stamps, stickers, and brads all coordinated. They are in different patterns that would capture the eye of any crafter and are great for many occasions. I spoke to Amber Crowell, Founder/Owner of Simple Stories, and her great vision shows in her product. Simple Stories is more then just for scrapbook pages – it is a must-have for card makers too.

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Here’s two of Simple Stories’ new clear stamp sets. Camera icons are a hot trend in papercrafting right now.

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Simple Stories’ new Vintage Bliss collection is a delight. Its fun patterns are not as bright as the typical Simple Stories collections have been:

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Love is Black & White


 My usual mojo escaped me for this card so I turned to a favorite (and often free!) tool that I’ve been using since I first started making cards: card sketches.  I used the latest from one of my favorite challenge websites, Deconstructing Jen.  Sketches are great for jump starting creativity and, if you often find your cards lack balance or flow, following sketches can help strengthen your design sense.  I find that the more I see good design the more I use good design.

If you need some great resources for card sketches, try Mojo Monday, Pagemaps, and Cardabilities.


Also, I used a non-traditional color pallet for this Valentine because the craft-o-verse can get red and pink CRAZY this time of year.  I like to make a few Valentines that a husband or boyfriend wouldn’t be embarrassed to open at work!  These colors are pretty muted, so it’s important to give the layers some dimension so the card still feels dynamic and interesting.

Supplies | Patterned Paper, Cardstock Elements, Letters: Fancy Pants Designs (Country Boutique). Cardstock: The Paper Company (Black), DCWV (Cream). Washi Tape: Queen & Co. (Black and White Stripe), Martha Stewart (Gold). Die Cutting: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur, A2 Matting Basics A).  Sketch: The Deconstructed Sketch (No.84).

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.