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Archive | January 25, 2013

CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Totes by We R Memory Keepers & Everything Mary

Scrapbook totes were not as numerous at CHA Winter 2013 as they were in past years, but at least two manufacturers presented pretty and practical solutions for crafters to store their stashes.

We R Memory Keepers

We R Memory Keepers offered a new “360” spinner wheeled bag and a coordinating shoulder bag.  The teal patterned two-piece set makes a beautiful, classically stylish statement for scrapbookers and other crafters on the go.

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CHA Winter 2013 | Graphic 45

Fans of Graphic 45′s distinctive vintage style will be happy to see the two new lines introduced at CHA Winter 2013: French Country and Secret Garden. The images in the French Country line are an array of sunflowers, roosters, and petite patterns in reds and blacks and blues and yellows, all evocative of the French countryside.

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CHA Winter 2013 | Faber-Castell

Materials for mixed media were everywhere at CHA Winter 2013. Faber-Castell, perhaps best known for its fine art materials, offers a line ideal for mixed-media artists under the label Design Memory Craft. Artists who enjoy the popular Gelato colors will want to check out the two new color sets: Tropical and 50’s Diner.

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CHA Winter 2013: Stampendous [video]

Since I am on the Stampendous blog team, I was excited to visit their booth at CHA. Their booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with lots of beautiful cards and other creative projects from their design team. Stampendous introduced several new stamp designs (clear, cling and wood mounted), new glitter colours and other fun stuff for CHA Winter 2013.

One of my favorites in the booth was the mirror displays on their wall – each mirror was decorated differently by their design team member and featured the use of their stamps, glitter, mica and color fragments.

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Here’s a closer look at some of the mirrors’ details:

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Stampendous also showcased their super fine glitters. I could not resist the urge to touch it – it’s almost like velvet!

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My absolute favorites in the Stampendous booth were Fran’s Encrusted Jewels Kits. There are so many different ways you can use them! And I had no idea you can emboss from the back side! Here’s a quick video I took at the show:


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Gallery Highlights | 1.24.2013

Welcome to another edition of gallery highlights! I was so excited to see a lot of colorful cards in the galleries this week so I’ve included a fun selection for you today. And, of course, there’s also a couple of layouts that I couldn’t pass up. 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.

I love & miss you by kellyras

I first saw Kelly’s card a couple of weeks ago and have been drooling over it ever since. First, I love the color scheme. Red, white and blue is such a classic color scheme but Kelly’s use of light blue hues in her card brings a bit of modern sophistication to the color scheme. It’s an absolutely beautiful combination and I can’t wait to see more of Kelly’s work.

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Designer Annette Allen’s attention to detail on this card shows how much she values the recipient of this special greeting! Everywhere that you look, she’s added a little extra step to this design that makes it extra fabulous!

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The lovely border around the card was created with baker’s twine and an opaque pen. The white in both items ties them together very nicely but they don’t look repetitive since the textures are so different.

Detail is also key to making the turtle figure look finished and engaging. Stamping the stamp again on patterned paper and paper piecing the shell on top of the first turtle stamp made the shell stand out and look coordinated with the background as well. Putting Stickles on the turtle’s toenails really turns up the cute factor as well!

Finally, Annette’s liberal use of foam adhesive really makes this card work. First she used it to set the sentiment block apart from the background. Then she created a 2nd small layer of depth by using foam adhesive when adhering the patterned paper shell on the turtle. It looks more real, and also gives visual interest to the piece.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (white, desert storm). Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (Neapolitan 6×6). Stamps: Paper Smooches (Party Posse, Sentiment Sampler). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Twine: Timeless Twine (Olive Green). Glitter Glue: Ranger Stickles (Cotton Candy). Pen: Kuretake Zig Opaque Writer (Arctic White). Adhesives: Martha Stewart Crafts (All Purpose Gel), Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam adhesive).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations.


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