Special Friend



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!

Special Friend

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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25 Responses to Special Friend

  1. Debbie Crowder January 25, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Very sweet card! Annette is amazing! Always creates the sweetest cards.

  2. Laurel S January 25, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    What an adorable card!

  3. Timeless Twine January 25, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Aaadorable card! Love that lil’ turtle!!!!

  4. Virginia L. January 25, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    So darn cute! I love the pattern paper, white pen borders and use of twines! Awesome work, Annette!

  5. Tracey McNeely January 25, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Annette your card is sooo cute. I love the way you placed the bakers twine around the frame and that paper is stunning.

  6. Annette Witherspoon January 25, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Annette, this is so cute! I love how you added the cute polka dotted paper to her shell and tied it in with the patterned background paper. I called your turtle a “her” because it looks like she’s wearing some cute sparkly nail polish!! Love that!!

  7. Judith January 25, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Super cute! And again the little detail: twine (-:

  8. Melissa Shea January 25, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Adorable! I love all the little touches! I love your style :)

  9. Katy D January 25, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Super cute! I love the pink glitter and the papers you used! :)

  10. ConnieM January 25, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    so adorable! love the twine used like that!!!

  11. Rea January 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Very cute, Annette does a great job with her CAS cards. Adorable details.

  12. Rachel Parys January 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Get out of town! That is so darn cute! I love that turtle, and the papers you used are perfect! Great job!

  13. Lai-Yoke January 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Great job, Annette! Adorable card and love the tiny details such as the pinky nail polish!

  14. Lalo January 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Totally adorable card from Annette!!!

  15. Rea January 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Adorable card, Annette does such a great job with her CAS cards.

  16. Mary J January 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Super sweet Annette!

  17. vanessa b January 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    what a darling card! i just love that only his shell is dp. too cute! :)

  18. Misty B. January 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    You made this turtle so cute. I love the soft pastel colors. WTG!

  19. Noelle McAdams January 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    This is so cute! Congrats on having your card featured, friend! You deserve it! :) *hugs*

  20. alexandra sirugue-macleod January 27, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    Annette always delivers!
    I adore her unique cute and clever style and I’m constantly inspired by both her talent and her sunny disposition!

    Thank You so much for having her on!

  21. Angi January 28, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    That turtle is oh so sweet!

  22. Jocelyn Olson January 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    So stinkin’ cute! I love the nails on the turtle and the borders. Fabulous card, Annette!

  23. Cheryl (Shestamps) January 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    So stinkin’ CUTE!

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