Archive | March 21, 2013

Gallery Highlights | 3.21.2013

Welcome to another edition of gallery highlights!  I have been drawn to bright, colorful layouts for weeks and weeks now – it must be because Mother Nature seems to have forgotten to bring spring to the midwest and we are still shivering with dark skies and snow almost constantly. So it’s a good thing the galleries have layouts that brighten my day and cheer me up just a bit. I found some more fun and colorful layouts to share this week – even some digital templates that use color beautifully. 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.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by blinks14

I love the background Jessica used in this first layout. She used patterned paper to create little bricks that she laid out in rows across the middle of her page. She gave them dimension so that she could also layer digital stamps and brushes underneath as well. I also really like the way she framed her photo – she outlined it multiple times to give the impression of a frame without really framing it. This is a colorful, fun layout with a lot of interesting design ideas.

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American Crafts | Enjoy the Little Things




This week we had some fabulous goodies to work with from the American Crafts umbrella of products.  There is something for everyone at the American Crafts family of brands, from the sweetness of Pebbles to the bright cheerfulness of the American Crafts’ house brand, their products are fun, cute, and high quality.  What I didn’t realize before now, is how easy it is to combine elements from the different brands under the umbrella!  On this card I combined Masking Tape Stickers and Layered Paper Flowers from Pebbles, Crate Paper and American Crafts Elements brads, and a Dear Lizzy Die Cut card to create this look.  I was pleasantly surprised that the elements worked so well together!  I think the success of this design comes from the minimal embellishment.  I chose to cluster my embellishments in one little spot on the card, which allowed my die-cut piece to act as “white space” even though the pattern has a lot going on. The eye is further drawn in by the dictionary-print sticker placed horizontally along the design.

Here is a tip: When positioning an element across your entire card, try making that element just a bit shorter than the actual card.  This will allow that element to help lead the eye in, toward the main focus of the card, instead of leading the eye away and off the card completely.If it helps, imagine the edge of the card as a “frame”  and leave just a tiny bit of space around for the design to breath.

And, always remember the most important cardmaking tip: Have fun!

Suuplies | Card: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Pad 2). Die Cut: American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” (Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards). Brads: Crate Paper, American Crafts (Elements).  Stickers: Pebbles “Walnut Grove” (Masking Tape Stickers, Layered Paper Flowers). Adhesive: American Crafts (This to That Tape Runner).

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.


American Crafts | A Laugh Is A Smile…




Welcome back to our feature week for the American Crafts family of brands on Card Annex!

The Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards by Dear Lizzy sure are popular with our card designers here at Card Annex! (In case you missed it, check out Susie Moore’s card from earlier in the week!) And it’s easy to see why – designer Kathy Martin’s card comes together so quickly with the die cut card as the base for it!

Pre-made embellishments are a great shortcut for making quick cards. Pebbles is one of my personal favorite brands to reach for to do this. They have a seemingly never-ending supply of fabulous layered elements like this 3D flower element from the Walnut Grove collection, or the flower used by Sharon Callis on her “thank you” card. I know when I’m stuck that I can almost always find the perfect element for a card in my Pebbles stash!

The mini Remarks chevron stickers are small by themselves, but grouped together they make a heavier element that balances out the large 3D element and directs the eye to it. The rest of the card’s coloring is fairly neutral, so the bright color pop of the stickers doesn’t clash.

Supplies | Die Cut: American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” (Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards). Flowers: Pebbles “Walnut Grove” (3D Flowers). Stickers: American Crafts Amy Tangerine “Yes Please” Matte Puffy Stickers.

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.