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Cards | Made with LOVE for Friends

Hi All… Card Annex Designer Deena Ziegler here to bring you some card inspiration today.

This week I got a couple uninterrupted hours to get creative in my craft room. I set out to create one “friendship” card for my post today, but, that turned in to a run away session of cutting, gluing and making a huge mess. I was in love with the super cute – just my style – papers from Bella Blvd that were sent to me last week. I love when all the creative planets align and designing projects I love becomes so easy!

While the Bella Blvd “Love and Marriage” line was meant to be for weddings, I think it’s also well suited for all girly occasions.

For this little 4×4 card, I layered up several layers of patterned paper and topped it off with a Thinlit die from Sizzix, called “For the Record 2 – Documented” from the new Echo Park collection. The sticker letters are so tiny and adorable, I love well designed products like these.

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I was especially excited to have a chance to design with the American Crafts card bases. Chevrons continue to be a hot trend in the industry, and I love this well sized gray version. I matted the paper with complimentary colored cardstock, and another Sizzix Thinlit (another Echo Park design called For the Record 2 Documented) acts as an anchor for the sentiment. Another design element I’ve been loving is multiple sentiments on one card, so I added a small sentiment from the “Love and Marriage” sticker sheet.

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And finally here’s the “friendship” card I set out to create! Again here’s the chevron pattern from the Love and Marriage Line, this time in a multi-colored scheme. I created a little nature scene using a tree cut from the Sizzix eclips, cloud patterned paper, and some tiny little flowers from American Crafts by Dear Lizzy. If you’re interested in creating the woodgrain I’ve shown here, you can download my PDF tutorial HERE. I  finished up this card with a couple of sentiments.

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Want to know one of my best time saving ideas? I made all these projects using die cuts I had on hand… create a die-cut or punch stash for yourself. Don’t throw away those pieces that didn’t make the project… just collect them and turn to your stash for some quick creating. Here’s a sneak peek at my stash!

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I hope you enjoy a creative weekend ahead!

Smiles, Deena

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd (Love and Marriage). Die cuts: Sizzix (For the Record 2 – Tailored, For the Record 2 Documented). Stickers: Bella Blvd (Love and Marriage). Flag Sentiments: Pebbles. Card Base: Pebbles (Basics). Flowers: American Crafts “Dear Lizzy”. Twine: Divine Twine. Pearls: Martha Stewart.

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4 Responses to Cards | Made with LOVE for Friends

  1. Yana Smakula May 18, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    these cards are adorable, Deena!

  2. Mary in IL May 18, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    I love these ideas and they all look so doable! TFS!

  3. Gayle Stauffacher May 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    The link to woodgrin technique does NOT work, but I’d like to see it. Thanks

  4. tiffany h. May 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Deena, as always, I love your cards!

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