Archive | February, 2013

Make A Wish


 This fun and simple card by Card Annex designer Terri Davenport brings some hybrid elements to your card making!

Terri describes how she made the sentiment block:

To create the circle sentiment, I used the word “a” from the word brush set and layered it with a typed sentiment. I then printed it on photo paper and punched it with a circle punch.

The rest of the card is very simple (but effective), created with a block of patterned paper – the design echoes the round sentiment block – and a strip of themed patterned paper.

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper: American Crafts (dotted), Bella Blvd (candles). Digital Brush: Designer Digitals (Essential Words by Ali Edwards). Punch: Fiskars (circle). Font: Code Bold.

Designer: Terri Davenport

Terri Davenport has been paper crafting since 1995. She is currently a creative team member with Designer Digitals and Ta Da Creative Studios. Terri teaches digital scrapbooking classes locally at Owens Community College. She has also won several contests including Creating Keepsake’s Hall of Fame and Paper Crafts World Card Making Day contests. Terri lives in Toledo, OH with her husband, four sons and dog. Since even the dog is male, her blog is appropriately titled Outnumbered.


Thank You So Much




Wow, check out all the detail in this card by designer Kathy Martin! Kathy created a mini-collage using a variety of elements from her scrap supply stash. A design like this is perfect for using “leftovers” from other projects – a stray brad or button, a few strips of washi tape, a paper clip. A little ink sprayed across the finished piece makes the random pieces look tied together.

Also, can you find the visual triangle? Take a closer look at the brad, the button and the tiniest of the tags…see how they line up? They make a perfect triangle that frames the focal point sentiment!
Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah Paper (White). Patterned Paper: Unknown. Tags: unknown (white, manilla). Brad: Crate Paper. Button: Crate Paper. Tape: Bella Blvd. Wood  Accent: Studio Calico. Mini Paper Clip: Tim Holtz idea-ology. Jute: May Arts. Ink: unknown.

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. Read more about Kathy on her blog, Card-Blanc.


Hey There

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Today, designer Susie Moore shows us how a scrap of paper with a scene on it can become the foundation for a beautiful card!

The brown paper with the floral scene on it is from Prima’s “Engraver” collection. It’s pretty on its own, but lacks the punch to carry an entire card design. Susie stepped it up by adding some flower embellishments from the same Prima collection, to make the design 3D.

The white space in the scenic designed paper allows for the use of a large title block. To go along with the understated elegance of the paper design, a simple banner with a white logo and text is all that is needed. The contrast of the white against the black background really puts focus on the sentiment text.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Prima (The Engraver Collection). Stamps: Paper Smooches (Sentiment Sampler), American Crafts (Amy Tangerine Aspire). Die: MFT Stamps (Fishtail Banners). Embossing Powder: WOW! (Opaque Bright White). Flowers: Prima (The Engraver Collection).

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.


Pinterest Inspiration | Linens

When it comes to design, I am always drawn to clean lines and uncluttered layouts. When I stumbled upon these linens on Pinterest, I absolutely fell in love with them. Unfortunately, they are from the Netherlands so I probably won’t be purchasing them but I was inspired enough by them to make a scrapbook layout based on their colors and design.

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Happy Mail

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What a beautiful example of Copic coloring we have today from designer Annette Allen in this card meant for a hello through the mail!

Annette used un-themed papers from a Halloween paper pack by October Afternoon to border her card with bright pattern. It’s a great way to use up leftovers when the holiday is over!
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The foam adhesive behind the cut out figure creates depth, making it seem that the character is standing in front of the mailbox. Another nice detail is the stitching detail that is part of the background die and the banner die by Lil’Inker Designs. The stitching makes it seem that the elements are more grounded.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (White). Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (Witch Hazel 8×8 paper pad). Stamps: Tiddly Inks (Happy Mail Clear Stamp Set 3×4). Ink: Tsukineko (Memento Tuxedo Black). Markers: Copic Sketch (E35, E37, E39, Y15, Y17, YR02, YR04, YR07, E74, E77, R81, E00, E000, E0000, R24, W3, W5 AND C0). Dies: Lil’Inker Designs (Stitched Mats Squares, Stitched Sentiment Flag). Adhesive: Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam).

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. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


Forever Yours

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Designer Sharon Callis shows us on this absolutely beautiful card that using a lot of bling doesn’t have to mean creating a design that is flashy and in-your-face. Instead, it can be elegant and sophisticated, and even delicate.

Sharon created the softer effect with her bling in several ways. Using stone colors that created a tone-on-tone effect with the background paper helped, as did the choice of pearls for a large portion, since they are gentler on the eyes. Mixing rhinestones in with the pearls also creates a less flashy effect from the rhinestones than if they were used alone.

Another important element in this card is the edge detail. Everywhere you look, there are edges with intricate detail: the oval mat, the border and filigree die cuts, and even the flower appears to have edge detail because of the soft fabric. Echoing this edge detail with the pearl shape emphasizes it even more.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Trimcraft First Edition paper ‘J’Adore’ 12 x 12 Stack. Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, 150X, Glue Stick). Dies: Spellbinders (Shapeabilities ‘Antique Frame and Accents’ by Samantha Walker s5-083, Nestabilities ‘ Floral Ovals’ s4-356). Stones: Prima (‘Say it with Pearls’ #554163), docrafts (adhesive transparent stones #PMA351403). Flowers: Prima (‘Tasha Forest’ #556969). Topper: docrafts (Vintage Notes ‘Forever Yours’).

Designer: Sharon Callis

Sharon Callis lives in Ireland and has been a crafter for over twenty years.  In 2011, Sharon was named ‘Cardmaker of the Year’ by Cardmaking and Papercraft/ Quick Cards made Easy’ Magazines in the UK. Sharon’s work has been featured in publications such as Creative Cardmaking, Papercraft Essential, Create and Craft TV, Cardmaking and Papercraft as well as on various craft companies Facebook pages and blogs. She currently designs for Xyron, gel-a-tins and Little Yellow Bicycle. In addition to her passion for papercrafts, Sharon also likes to do a wide variety of crafts: knit, sew, cross stitch, machine embroider, plastic canvas, costume design, woodcraft, dollshouse miniatures, sketching, home decor, model making and baking. To learn more about her,visit her blog.