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Archive | March, 2013

Cards | Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

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Today we have designer Carrie Walz joining us! Her exuberant card shows us a great example of letting pattern be the focus of your card’s design.

Carrie made the pattern the focus of this design in two ways. First, she picked something bold to work with. The black and white polka dot is a bold graphic, and the high contrast color scheme draws even more attention to it.

Second, by repeating the same pattern in several design elements – the paper, and the ribbon – Carrie placed more focus on it and made the design more cohesive. The inclusion of several circular elements like the stick pins and bling also echoed the polka dots and emphasized the design theme.

Supplies | Card: American Crafts. Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Pad 2). Sticker: Pebbles (Walnut Grove Masking Tape stickers). Ribbon: May Arts. Bling: Bella!

Designer: Carrie Walz

Carrie Walz is a stay at home mom of two wonderful children who are the inspiration for her scrapbooking. She is currently designing for Ruby Rock-It, We R Memory Keepers and Paper Issues. She has been scrapbooking for many years and loves seeing the world a different way from the art of scrapbooking and cardmaking, and loves seeing the joy in peoples’ eyes when they receive a handmade card or when they are turning the pages of her scrapbooks. To learn more about Carrie, visit her blog, Everyday Moments.


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5 Ideas To Help You Create A Layout Faster

Whether the kids’ activities have gone into high gear, you’re tackling that big reorganizing project, or life is just crazy in general,  there are times when we can get stretched too thin and our crafting time takes a back seat.

So how can you make the most of the creative time you do have? Give yourself a head start! Here’s my five favorite quick and easy ways to create layouts faster:

  1. Don’t recreate the wheel. Take a quick peek through your own gallery or pull one of your albums off the shelf. Find 3-5 favorite page designs and make a quick sketch of each one. The next time you sit down to scrapbook, use one of these pages for inspiration. You’ve already created the design once, so the time consuming design decisions have already been made.
  2. Start at the end. The next time you have a stack of scraps on your table from a project, grab a piece of cardstock or subtle background paper and create a Starting Point layout (a concept created by Shimelle Laine). Trim your scraps into different sized boxes or strips and arrange them to create a versatile background. Leave your Starting Point layout on your desk and the next time you want to scrapbook, you will already have a page just waiting to be finished with photos, embellishments and journaling. Continue Reading →
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Cards | Thinking of You [Pebbles]

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To close out Card Annex’s American Crafts brands feature week, we have a great card from designer Sharon Callis! Today we are focusing on Pebbles again!

This card highlights two of the best cardmaking Basics from the Pebbles brand – Cardmaking Pads and Card Sentiment Phrases stickers. These quick and easy basics make whipping up a card on demand problem-free!

Pairing the simple basics with some bling is the perfect way to quickly create a jazzy card. Sharon used a lot of bling paired with a strip of ribbon to create a visual block. With that level of detail and shine, that is all that is needed for a beautiful card!

Another thing to note about this card is that Sharon’s color palette establishes a tone for the message. The gray and blue gray palette sets a more serious tone for the sentiment of the card than if “thinking of you” was accompanied by bright pink or a cheery yellow. Sometimes an exuberant color palette isn’t appropriate to the reason for the card. This card’s palette is sensitive to those occasions.

Supplies | Card: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Pad 1). Stickers: Pebbles Card Sentiment Phrases (Thinking of You). Ribbon: Webster’s Pages. Gems: Habico. 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.


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Graphic 45 | Congratulations On Your Special Day

 

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What a beautiful way to say congratulations! With the help of the vintage beauty of Graphic45, designer Sharon Callis is showing us today an elegant and sophisticated way to extend congratulations to someone special. This card could be appropriate for a wedding, birthday, or other special honor such as a retirement or winning an award – the sort of out of ordinary occasion that we don’t tend to have cards in our stashes pre-made for to grab when they arise.

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No matter the setting – home decor, party planning, or crafting – a profusion of flowers is a great way to create a feeling of luxury. This card’s elegance is enhanced by the explosion of flowers, some of them extra fancy with glitter highlights.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 (Place in Time, French Country). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, Glue Stick). Flowers: docrafts , Petaloo International. Ribbon: Unknown. Gems: Unknown.

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.


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Cards | Life Is Better In Flip Flops [Pebbles]

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The card designed by Corri Garza for today’s American Crafts feature is perfect for life here in Florida, where flip-flops are considered office wear at many companies!

When is a card not a card? Corri used the Pebbles Basics Cardmaking Pad as patterned paper, cutting some of the sheets up to create the blocks that are the main elements of her design. The icon sticker stands out from the background with the pop of green in its border that appears nowhere else on the card. The buttons help draw the eye up to the sentiment, which is slightly small to compete with the visual weight of the bold patterns. With the buttons next to it, the visual text is enlarged and highlighted, making it more of a focus.

Supplies | Card: American Crafts Cards (Pool). Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Basics Card Cardmaking Pad). Sticker: Pebbles (Party Pool Round Stickers). Stamp: Scrappy Moms Stamps (Sun Kissed). Button: Unknown.

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.



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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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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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