Archive | March 14, 2013

Technique Tuesday | Be Brave

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For today’s exploration of the Technique Tuesday releases from CHA Winter 2013, we bring you designer Sharon Callis! Sharon worked with a design block set called “Woodland Inspirations“, showing it off with her frilly and feminine style.



The obvious usage for block sets like these is to use all the blocks together in a grid design of some sort. But as Sharon proves, the small blocks can stand alone as well if they are integrated into a larger element like the die cut elements that Sharon layered them with to give them more visual weight.

It’s the small details in this card that really tie it together. The bird in the stamped design echoes the small bird in the background paper . The die cuts also create repetition because they coordinate – the swirl in the leaves matches the swirl in the border, and the cut-out designs coordinate between the border and the oval.

Supplies | Stamp: Technique Tuesday (Woodland Inspirations). Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint), Tsukineko Staz-On (Black). Patterned Paper: Trimcraft (Birdsong 12×12 stack), docrafts (pink A5 vellum). Dies: Crafter’s Companion Die’sire (Roses Small, Lace Border 5, Leaf 2, Ornamental Oval Frame, Tags 1). Gems: docrafts. Adhesives: Xyron (Mega Runner, 5″ Creative Station). Other: Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon recycled from Costume Jewelry.

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.


Technique Tuesday | It’s Your Day

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Designer Yana Smakula brings us the next project for our Technique Tuesday feature week that concludes today! It features a new set called “Wildflowers” that is perfect for creating layered images or cards! (Yana also created a “Thinking of You” card earlier in the week using a sentiment from this set.)


Chalkboard effects are currently very trendy in paper crafting. For this card, Yana created a chalkboard effect by stamping a shadow stamping technique using white ink on black cardstock. A little ink distressing of the sentiment block with the white ink completes the faux chalkboard effect.

Yana also used another technique – she took two small stamps, the “hello” text and the butterfly, and stamped them repeatedly to create a design block that carries much more weight in the design than those two tiny elements would without the repetition.

Supplies | Stamp: Technique Tuesday (Wildflowers).Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Authentique. Ink: ClearSnap (Color Box Pigment – Frost White 15080, ColorBox Cat’s Eye Chalk: Queue – Primary Elements 71704). Floss: We R Memory Keepers (Sew Easy Floss – Pink).  Adhesive: Dovecraft Foam Dots. Button: Dovecraft. Pencil: Marco. Punch: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (Corner Rounder).

Designer: Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!). To learn more about Yana, visit her website.


Court Orders Spellbinders to Pay Over $500k in Attorney’s Fees

In twin orders issued by US District Judge Neil V. Wake on March 4th, Spellbinders has been ordered to pay a total of over $500,000 in attorney’s fees to QuicKutz and Lifestyle Crafts as a result of Spellbinders’ recently dismissed patent infringement cases against the two companies.

QuicKutz was awarded reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs in the amount of $449,788.73, and Lifestyle Crafts was awarded  $62,239.85. Amounts were determined based on itemized bills submitted to the court.

Spellbinders is appealing the dismissal of the patent infringement cases and has not yet indicated whether they plan to appeal the award of attorney’s fees in the case. The company declined comment to Scrapbook Update.