I was browsing Pinterest this week and found a photo that I couldn’t get out of my mind. This dress is not something I would typically be drawn towards but I really wanted to work with these colors. It’s out of my box and that’s sometimes a good place to start with an inspiration piece.
Operation Write Home was at CHA Winter 2013 educating industry members about their efforts to provide packages of handmade cards to U.S. military units overseas, to be used to write home to their loved ones.
In addition to their education efforts, Operation Write Home was also offering a “Make and Give” in the booth. Visitors to the booth could take part in making cards that would then be sent in Operation Write Home boxes overseas to military units.
To learn more about Operation Write Home, and how to take part in their efforts, visit their website!
Cards are a great chance to use those paper scraps that you’ve been saving, or those really old papers that you’ve been hoarding! Here, designer Deena Ziegler used a black patterned paper from scrapbooking company Scenic Route, which closed several years ago, along with several other papers that she pulled from her stash.
Scraps are also great for making small die cuts that are perfectly sized for cards. Some card makers even cut their scraps into die cut shapes and save them that way, ready to use.
Using scraps and stash can be a great way to find inspiration – dig through your papers and pull out different random things you find and you might be surprised how you make them work together!
Supplies | Patterned Papers: Scenic Route, unknown. Dies: Sizzix. Ribbon: Offray. Stamp: Anna Griffin. Cardstock: Bazzill.
Designer: Deena Ziegler
Deena Ziegler has been a crafter for as long as she can remember. Her Mom, Grandma, and Aunts were always crafting up some project and they were happy to teach her everything they knew. Baking, sewing, needlework, you name it, they did it! As a young mom Deena became a professional crafter, and now she works at Sizzix as a Craft Designer, teaches card making classes, teaches online at My Creative Classroom, and owns and operates a small card kit business – and she bloga all about it. Deena enjoys finding ways to be creative in daily life by repurposing, giving handmade and creating with her daughters.
Designer Susie Moore got artsy with her two tone digital stamp on this “get well” card!
The digital stamp on the card has some heavy black areas on the graphic, and Susie carried that through with the black mat and card base.
Coloring doesn’t have to look like a photograph! Susie created a somewhat artsy graphic effect for this card by coloring the graphic all one color and then carried that color through to the background pattern. Thinking outside the box can have beautiful results!
Supplies | Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Design (Double Dutch). Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Digital Stamp: Bugaboo Digi Stamps (Dandelions & Butterflies). Markers: Copic.
Designer: Susie Moore
Susie Cannon Moore is married to her soulmate Randall, and between them they have five grown children – four boys and one girl – and five wonderful grandchildren. They live in a small country town called Maypearl, Texas. Susie has been paper crafting all her life, but started scrapbooking seriously in 1998. She has been published in Paper Crafts and Just Steampunk, and also have been on HGTVʼ’s Crafterʼ’s Coast to Coast. Susie loves to scrapbook her family, and do mini books (mostly as gifts). Card making is also a passion she has embraced for years. As a computer nerd, she especially enjoys using digis. In May of 2011, Susie, who has been a dieaholic from the early Sizzix days, started a website devoted to crafting with dies. You can visit her website at The Dies Have It.