Archive | January 21, 2013

i love you. i love you. i love you.


This card by designer Kathy Martin is so full of bright pattern that it deceives the eye into thinking there are more elements on the card than there really are.


It would be easy for a design with this much pattern to get overwhelming to the eye, but the cool expanse of white that serves as the card’s base balances the busy patterns nicely. It also helps that the elements are all from one coordinating collection – Bella Blvd’s Kiss Me – so the elements have a soothing unity despite all the pattern and color.

The green chevron tape shows here how perfect the scale of most washi tape is as an element for cardmaking. Just rip off a strip and stick it down and you have a super-quick element!


The card doesn’t just have color – it has dimension too! Layering the chipboard elements gives the card a lot of dimension, first from the depth of the elements themselves and then the depth that comes from stacking them.

Supplies | All products used to create this card are from the Bella Blvd collection Kiss Me. (Ciao Chip, Miniatures Stickers and Designer Tape).

Designer: Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin resides in North Carolina with her husband Dan and her son Christopher. She’s been paper crafting since 2001, and is currently on design teams for Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Designs, Love My Tapes, and Pebbles. When she’s not playing with paper she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, antiquing, crochet and cat naps.


You Knock My Socks Off!

You Knock My Socks Off card

This card from designer Corri Garza really shows the value of thinking outside the box with your dies and digital cutting files!

Corri’s design has a really offbeat take on a love theme, which is unique in itself, but if you look hard at her supply list you see another twist. The socks that make up the central themed element for the card come from a Silhouette digital cutting file called “Christmas Stockings” by Sophie Gallo. It looks like this:

Christmas Stockings


Take the sock on the left, leave off the top cuff and the snowflake, and use some non-seasonal colors…and you’ve got a pair of socks good for any occasion!  What occasion could you use a good pair of socks for?

Supplies | Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white). Patterned Paper: Echo Park Paper (Love Story). Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon (Diamond Stain Metal Grey). Ink: Tsukineko Staz-On (Jet Black). Rhinestones: Recollections by Michaels. Electronic Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo. Digital Cutting Files: Silhouette (Christmas Stockings, 5 Bracket Labels with Shadows).

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. To learn more about Corri, visit her blog.