Archive | February, 2013

A Pretty Thank You!


What a pretty way to say “thank you” to someone for something special! I’ve been in love with the cardmaking-friendly supplies that Pebbles has been putting out for awhile now, and designer Corri Garza shows them off here to their full beauty.

The Pebbles paper flower from the Walnut Grove collection was gorgeous but too small to serve as the focal point of the card all by itself. However, by layering it on top of the doily, it became a beautiful large centerpiece for the card’s design!

Small touches finish off this card perfectly. The sentiment in the upper left corner is balanced by the trio of the pearls in the lower right. With the large center element in the design, that is all this card needs to be complete!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Pebbles Basics Cardmaking Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Walnut Grove 3D Paper Flowers), Michaels Stores (Doily), Recollections by Michaels (Pearls). Stamp: Scrappy Moms (Mini Messages). Ink: Staz-on by Tsukineko (Jet Black), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Broken China).

Designer: Corri Garza

Corri began paper crafting in 2009 when she purchased a Cricut at a Black Friday sale. She started following some blogs and immediately fell in love with card making. Recently, she added a Silhouette Cameo to her craft room and she loves working with die cuts to create cards, gift boxes and altered items. Corri lives just outside San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not in her craft room, she is watching her twins playing sports. They are involved in volleyball, baseball and softball, so there is always a game to watch!  Corri also enjoys photography, especially taking nature photos. To learn more about Corri, visit her blog.


Make a WISH, Birthday Girl!

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The two easiest and most effective principles of design – in my humble opinion – are repetition and unity.  You don’t have to have a working knowledge of design to know that “repetition” means repeating things, and “unity” means grouping things by theme or idea.

In this card I used a few different types of repetition.  The simplest was choosing a background paper with a flower pattern and a card with a scallop at the bottom – both of these provided me with repetition that I didn’t have to create myself.  I took inspiration from the polk-a-dotted lining in the envelope and decided to carry on using rounded shapes in my design.  I die cut and punched my papers with circles and scallops, which tied back to the dots and the card’s decorative edge.  And finally, since my round sentiment sticker already had a dotted border I decided to repeat that detail around the larger circle with a marker to unite my two main embellishments.  This card came together very quickly because my main focus was on creating repetition and unity in my design.

Supplies | Card Base & Envelope: Doodlebug Design. Cardstock: Core’dinations (Yellow Glitter, Green), The Paper Company (White). Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (flower), SRM Stickers (sentiment). Pearls: Doodlebug Design. Twine (Hemptique). Marker: Pentel (Black).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


Gallery Highlights | 2.22.2013

Welcome to another edition of gallery highlights! This week’s layouts are wonderful examples of how to use  pattern and color to add energy and movement to a design. Let’s go take a look 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.

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I love this first layout for so many reasons but primarily because it has such a happy feel to it. The photos show happy, smiling faces and the way Jess has gathered all of them in the middle of the page and then layered fun and bright colors around the edges adds a lot of energy to the page. The little wood veneer shapes and arrow epoxy bring energy and movement to the layout, too. What a great, fun-filled photo collage!

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Make a Quick & Easy Page, then Step It Up!

I recently challenged myself to complete a layout in 20 minutes — just to see if I could. When life gets busy and there is precious little down time, the only way I can fit in my paper crafting is to finish it quickly. And since I’m not the fastest scapbooker in the world, this was truly a challenge for me.

Today, I am sharing my 20-minute page and a few bonus details I added later that helped me step up the design.


I knew I was going to use the Echo Park Eclectic collection for this layout. I looked for a subtle print to use in the background, but couldn’t find anything that worked from this collection. Keeping my 20 minute goal in mind, instead of looking through my collection of pattern paper, I grabbed a sheet of kraft cardstock and misted the background with white Mister Huey. The mist gave me the subtle texture I was looking for.

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Happy Birthday


Evgenia Petzer’s lovely vintage style is the perfect showcase for showing the beauty of tone-on-tone embellishing!  This blue and white patterned paper is so pale that  it mostly appears white to the eye. Layering the white embellishments on top of it gives a subtle effect of texture without being overwhelming. What you see instead is the detail of the embellishments, without being assaulted by their color.

The absence of color for the most part makes the single dark large flower an extra powerful focal point because of the sharp contrast it makes to the rest of the design.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances (Classic Elegance). Vellum Envelope: Melissa Frances. Button: Melissa Frances. Flower: Prima. Die: Papertrey Ink (Doily), Marianne Design (leaves). Font: B52.

Designer: Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer is from Russia. She describes South Africa, where she moved about 2 years ago, as “the most beautiful country that I have ever seen” where she can enjoy the sun almost every day. Evgenia has a 4 year old son, that is her inspiration. She started as a scrapbooker, but now mainly creates cards in her signature  detailed, romantic style. Currently, Evgenia designs for Melissa Frances, Tattered Angels, Bo Bunny Designs, OUAS blog and a SOE kit club, and also works part time as a child & family photographer. To learn more about her, check out her personal blog.


Digital Trends | Project Life Journaling Cards, Part II

Many of the digital scrapbooking stores have monthly releases of Project Life-compatible journaling cards. I introduced some of them last month – Project Life Journaling Cards – and I wanted to bring you some more this week. There are so many that it would be impossible to stay caught up with all of them so I highly recommend that you spend some time looking around on your own but let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found!

Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Just Jaimee has two new releases including a set of soft and whimsical cards and a second set of cards with a vintage feel. Baers Garten Designs has also released a new set of journaling cards in soft shades of grey and pink. They are themed for February but versatile enough to use all year.

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I’m Here For You

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Two things were key to achieving the look of designer Annette Allen’s card today: paper piecing and foam adhesive.

Using foam adhesive behind several of her elements – some of the banners and the block that holds the focal point graphic – gives the front of this card movement and depth, instead of it being boring and flat. It also keeps some of the busier patterns a little separated visually, making them easier on the eyes.

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Stamps are perfect for making quick and easy paper pieced images like Annette did here. Simply stamp the image on each of the papers that you want to piece with, cut out the pieces like a puzzle, and assemble them! For this image, Annette pieced the clothing and umbrella, and then finished by coloring the skin and shoes. As she said, “The paper did all the work!”

Supplies | Pattern Paper: Echo Park (Everyday Eclectic 6×6 pad). Stamps: Lil’inker Designs (Rain Boy by Sugar Kissed Cottage). Markers: Copic Sketch (E39, E000, E00, E0000, R83 and R81). Baker’s Twine: Timeless Twine (Kraft Brown). 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.


Enjoy The Little Things

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Designer Sharon Callis shows a great example here of how cutting off part of your card can create an elegant design feature! She cut off a strip of the front panel of her card, creating a “peek a boo” effect to the inside of her card, which she decorated with coordinating patterned paper. It creates a very lush, upmarket effect for the card’s design.

But Sharon then took the effect a step further, by creating the focal point medallion with the die cuts that overlaps the edge of the front panel. This ties the front panel and the inside section together even more visually, and gives the card an even more luxurious feel.

Supplies | Patterned Paper & Die Cuts: docrafts Persimmon Collection ‘Bygone Era’ by Tina Higgins. Decorative Scissors: Fiskars Paper Edgers (Victorian). Ink: Ranger Tim Holz Distress (Frayed Burlap). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner).

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.