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Archive | March 22, 2013

Cards | Hello [American Crafts]

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Welcome back to our American Crafts feature week! This lovely card is by Card Annex designer Evgenia Petzer, featuring a wide variety of American Crafts in her signature layering style.

It’s interesting to note the selection of collections that Evgenia has pulled from to create this card. She’s combined supplies from Amy Tangerine, Crate Paper, Pebbles, and Dear Lizzy – all of whom have very distinct signature styles that would not be considered naturally compatible at first glance. But by carefully picking and choosing specific elements, and centering on a color scheme, Evgenia has melded these very different items into a cohesive creation.

Evgenia’s eye for detail is always evident in her designs – even in finding supplies that others might throw away and turning them into beautiful pieces of her design!

When looking at the wonderful cut off strips of American Craft brand papers I can never throw them away, as they can give you some really nice extra touches. Like on this card – the sentiment hello and the mail stripe in the left of the card are these cut offs.

I really love to make cards and often compare it to puzzle making. I just absolutely love the moment when all the pieces come together in a way that makes my eye happy! In this card I also incorporated lots of little bits and pieces, and really hope you will enjoy it!

Supplies | Patterned Papers: American Crafts “My Girl” (Sunny Savannah), Amy Tangerine “Yes, Please” (Share, Consistent). Stamps: Amy Tangerine (Hey There). Brads: Crate Paper (Party Day). Flair: Dear Lizzy (Lucky Charm). Stickers: Amy Tangerine (Yes Please 3D stickers), Pebbles (Walnut Grove Masking Tape stickers). Ink: Colorbox. Other: Sewing Machine, Seam Binding.

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.


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Cards | You Are Loved [Pebbles]

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Wow, look at all that gorgeous pattern! This beautiful installment of our American Crafts feature week comes to Card Annex from resident designer Annette Allen.

Annette shows a great example here of the principle of letting the pattern do all the work in her design. This much pattern, if not carefully matched with color, scale, and type, could easily be overwhelming. But well-matched and planned, it can create a fabulous card with only a few simple elements making up the card’s construction.

The chevron design is very busy, even in the lighter gray tone, so it could easily overcome anything set on top of it. The dark color background and relatively small design of the dots on the heart die cut allow it to stand out and not clash with the chevron, but coordinate instead. The flower being another  polka dot, but a smaller one, provides contrast – but again, without becoming overly busy to the eye. The last pattern, the floral, is softer and multi colored, setting it off from the others.

The layered stickers create a design element that is bigger and more effective than using a single sticker by itself. When struggling with the size of an item not being large enough visually, don’t forget to consider using multiples!


Supplies |  Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Paper Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Country Picnic Layered Paper Flowers), American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” (Lucky Charm Flag and Label Stickers), Paper Accents (Chipboard Shapes Heart). Adhesive: 3M (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.


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