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Archive | February 15, 2013

Dearest

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Wondering what to do with those leftover Valentine’s Day supplies now that the holiday is over? Designer Kathy Martin shows us today that you can use them any day of the year that share a message of love with someone special!

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Baker’s twine makes a great way to attach a charm to a card!

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A bit of stitching can add interest to a collage of stickers – and help hold the elements down.  Layering these elements in a dimensional way adds a whole new level of interest over simply adhering them down flat!

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah Paper (white). Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design (Lovebird Collection). Stickers: Doodlebug Design – Lovebird (This and That, Icons). Charm: Frost Creek Charms (key).

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 her on her blog, Card-Blanc.


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Trending: Feathers (Part 3) – DIY Feathers!

This is Ashley again this feathery Friday, with the third installment in Trending Feathers. Today we are going to look at all of the amazing ways you can make your own feathers! Don’t forget, at the end of this DIY Feather Round-Up, there is a chance to enter for a great give-away! 

When I first started looking at handmade feathers, I was amazed at the sheer artistry that goes into some of them. And I thought, there is seriously no way I can do this. But, the more I looked, the more I realized that for all of the artistry that goes into feathers (paper and real), that they are essentially quite basic. And then I thought, I can do basic.

As a simple shape, a feather is really just a somewhat curvy, kinda long and skinny type shape. As having pattern, it really just looks like there are lots of fine downward pointing lines running the length of the center spine. Basically: long + chevrons = feather. Then whatever else you want to add in is just details. A pointy bit at the bottom for the quill, maybe some texture up the sides for the notches that gives each feather its unique shape.

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Michaels Stores Names Ulta Salons’ Chuck Rubin As New CEO

Michaels Stores has announced that they are naming Chuck Rubin as their new Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. The company has been operating under an interim Office of the Chief Executive Officer since the departure of previous CEO John Menzer on medical leave in mid-April 2012.

Chuck Rubin is resigning the post of CEO and Board Member of Ulta Beauty, where he’s been since 2010, effective February 21st to take the post at Michaels Stores. Before joining Ulta, Rubin was at Office Depot for six years. From 2007 to 2010, Rubin was also a member of the executive committee of the National Retail Federation. Continue Reading →

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Thinking of You

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For this fairly straightforward and quick card, designer Terri Davenport utilized the brand new just-in-stores collection called Boy Crazy that My Mind’s Eye released at CHA Winter 2013.

One of the major design features of this card is the text in the sentiment. Terri used the center of the chipboard circle to take the place of the “o” in you. Also, she was running out of a few of the alpha rub-on letters, so she mixed two different sizes/styles and also turned a “z” on its side to create an “n”.

With the bold patterned paper, and the big text embellishments, this card didn’t need much else. Terri just finished it off with a quick wrap of baker’s twine, and that was the perfect finishing touch! The yellow striped twine repeated the yellow bands on the chipboard element, appearing perfectly “tied” together!

Supplies | Cardstock: Core’dinations. Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Boy Crazy” (Diamonds). Chipboard: My Mind’s Eye (Boy Crazy). Alphabet Stickers: Simple Stories. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs. Baker’s Twine: Twinery.

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 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.


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