Archive | April, 2013

Cards | Happy Mother’s Day


Designer Susie Moore joins us today to show us her Mother’s Day card made only with scraps!

Check out what she had to say about making it:

This card was created with only scraps right out of my scrap drawer! I had bits and pieces of this and that which I layered until I had enough for a card.

But as Susie says, “the real stars of the show are the large and small butterfly brads from Eyelet Outlet.” These realistic-looking brads are a soft feminine touch perfect for Mother’s Day!

Supplies | Paper: scraps. Brads: Eyelet outlet (butterflies). Dies:  Spellbinders (rectangle and scalloped rectangle). Font: LD Typeset.

Designer: Susie Moore

Susie Cannon Moore is married to her soulmate Randall, and between them they have five grown children – four boys and one girl – and five wonderful grandchildren. They live in a small country town called Maypearl, Texas. Susie has been paper crafting all her life, but started scrapbooking seriously in 1998. She  has been published in Paper Crafts and Just Steampunk, and also have been on HGTVʼ’s Crafterʼ’s Coast to Coast. Susie loves to scrapbook her family, and do mini books (mostly as gifts). Card making is also a passion she has embraced for years. As a computer nerd, she especially enjoys using digis. In May of 2011, Susie, who has been a dieaholic from the early Sizzix days, started a website devoted to crafting with dies. You can visit her website at The Dies Have It.


Using Maps On Your Scrapbook Pages

I love maps. I love to look at maps. I love to decorate with maps. Physical maps, topographical maps, road maps, satellite maps – I love them all.

I don’t know what the allure is, but if there is a map or a globe in the room, I have to walk over and investigate. I like to see to see the spatial distance between two places, how far they are from each other, judging how to get from point A to point B and perhaps the most fun of all, pointing to a place I have never been and imagining visiting.

So I’m sure it won’t be a shock that I also like to include maps on my scrapbook pages!

I have scrapbooked maps I have saved from trips, like I did on this London Page.

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Cards | Visit Soon

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Have a bunch of travel supplies and no travel pictures to scrapbook? Why not create a unique take on a “missing you” card like designer Sharon Callis?

Sharon has combined some very trendy travel elements into this card. Red and white airmail stripes seem to be everywhere right now, and so do paperclip flags – this embellishment by docrafts combines them! Postmarks are also a hot design element. Who would have thought they’d be good for more than the envelope of a card? This one from docrafts’ “All Aboard” stamp collection, along with the other postage themed stamps from the set, are perfect for the card’s theme.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: docrafts (All Aboard). Stamps: docrafts (All Aboard). Embellishment: docrafts (All Aboard Ribbon Clips). Ink: Clearsnap (Black, Red and Gray). 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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Cards | A Handmade Nest for Mom


Designer Terri Davenport is here today with a unique take on Mother’s Day greetings! We often use the word “nest” in connection with moms and their role in our life…why not put a handmade one on a Mother’s Day card?

In Terri’s own words, here’s her handy technique for making this cute embellishment!

1. Create nest by adhering jute to cardstock. Start in the center and wrap in a spiral. When the nest is the correct size, wrap a few strands upwards to add depth. Tuck the end of the jute under the edge. To note: It may be good to start with a piece of cardstock larger than what’s actually needed. If the nest is off center, it’s easy to trim the edges of the cardstock and center the nest.

2. The eggs are created from buttons. Punch holes in white sticker paper and add dots to the eggs. This gives the eggs their spotted design as well as covering the button holes.

3. Add ribbon, patterned paper and nest/egg accent to card. Finish card with sticker letters.

Supplies | Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white). Ribbon: Offray. Patterned Paper: American Crafts. Letter Stickers: Simple Stories. Other: jute, buttons, sticker paper.

Designer: Terri Davenport

Terri Davenport has been paper crafting since 1995. She is currently a creative team member with Designer Digitals and Ta Da Creative Studios. Terri teaches digital scrapbooking classes locally at Owens Community College She has won several contests including Creating Keepsake’s Hall of Fame and Paper Crafts World Card Making Day contests. Terri lives in Toledo, OH with her husband, four sons and dog. Since even the dog is male, her blog is appropriately titled Outnumbered.


Mom, I Love You

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To create this Mother Day card, I used supplies from Lori Whitlock’s Sweet Girl collection that was released by Echo Park at CHA Winter 2013. I especially like the oversized butterfly with the alphabet design. It’s an adhesive-back chipboard die cut, which I attached using foam dots for extra dimension. To take the stickiness away I sprinkled Martha Stewart glitter on the back of the die cut making it a bit more interesting and fun. You can see some of it from the back of the card (as shown in the bottom photo).

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Sweet Girl Collection Kit). Chipboard and sticker: Echo Park (Sweet Girl). Brad: We R Memory Keepers (Travel Light Fabric Brads). Letter Stickers: American Crafts. Adhesive: Dovecraft. Glitter: Martha Stewart.

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.