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Enjoy the Ride

Enjoy the Ride

Card Annex designer Annette Allen shows us today what you can do with just a 6×6 paper pad and a Silhouette machine!

Annette let her Cameo do all the work on this card, using a cut file called “4×6 Enjoy the Ride Heart Bike” by Loni Stevens that included both the title text and the large graphic for only $.99. Annette even used the interior spaces from the heart cut-outs in the various elements as a decorative element in the design. By doing this, the cut file basically carried the entire design! Continue Reading →

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My Mind’s Eye | Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye

Today, as part of our My Mind’s Eye feature week, we have another great example of a card highlighting their new “My Girl” collection from CHA Winter 2013. This card by designer Annette Allen combines a wealth of pattern with an exuberant message fit for everyday or a variety of occasions.

The patterned paper provides its own pre-printed sentiment block which makes a quick and easy base for the design. Annette added a unique element to the sentiment block – a half pinwheel, constructed with a die from Lil’inker designs. It adds dimension and flair without overwhelming the sentiment visually. The whole pinwheel would have been overwhelming.

Next, on the right side, Annette added a series of hand cut banners. The coordinated paper collection means the papers go together perfectly without fear of clashing. She “grounded” the banners with self-adhesive pearls from the “My Girl” collection.

For a final touch, a twine wrap around the card adds some touchable texture, and a line that goes vertically to offset the horizontal banner and sentiment block lines. And just that quick…the card is complete!

Supplies | My Mind’s Eye (My Girl). Embellishment: My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots (My Girl). Twine: May Arts (Burlap String). Cardstock: Neenah (white). Adhesive: Scotch 3M (ATG). Die: Lil’inker Designs (mini pen wheel die).

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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A Cute I Love You!

I Love You

This card proves that a message of “I love you” doesn’t have to be all soft pinks and pretty flowers!

It’s easy to forget that stamping on patterned paper is an option for our cards. Designer Annette Allen took a sentiment stamp with lots of open area in the font and used it to easily create a custom embellishment for her card by stamping on patterned paper and then cutting it out.

I love you

Paired with more patterned paper – this time in die cuts – and a few other colorful embellishments, this card provides lots of colorful fun that makes its sentiment cheery and light, instead of overly serious. The stitched border around the white panel “anchors” it to the background, and the diagonally striped paper used underneath it and just barely sticking out creates a flow that moves around the outside edge of the card.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (white). Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts (5th&Frolic). Stamps: Paper Smooches (Word Up). Dies: Lil’inker Designs (Heart). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye (Winter Wonderland Enamel Dots). Adhesive: Scotch (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.


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CHA Winter 2013: Paper Smooches

Paper Smooches released new metal dies for Winter CHA 2013. In addition to the dies, they also have added some fun wood mounted stamps.

Each of the new dies is individually packed in super cute packaging:

Paper Smooches Dies

Paper Smooches also has a few new stamp sets that coordinate with the dies:

Paper Smooches Stamp Sets

The Paper Smooches booth showed off a fun way to store your dies:

Paper Smooches Dies

Here’s a look at just a few of many new wood mounted stamps that Paper Smooches has to offer:

Paper Smooches Wood Mount Stamps

Paper Smooches has many new stamps sets for CHA 2013. These are just a few:

Paper Smooches Clear Stamps

According to Paper Smooches, the entire CHA Winter 2013 release will be available for purchase on February 1st.


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CHA Winter 2013: Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn was a ray of sunshine at CHA Winter 2013 (and we needed one in the freezing cold in Anaheim). The booth was well-designed, bright and full of color, giving a summer feeling to the display.

New for CHA Winter 2013, Lawn Fawn now offers coordinating dies to some of their stamp sets. Combine this with their two new paper collections, three new Lawn Trimmings and some fun new stickers and their new introductions are sure to make customers very happy.

This is just a few of the coordinating dies that match the Lawn Fawn stamp sets, called Lawn Cuts:

Lawn Fawn

Anyone for a fortune cookie? How about a mason jar filled with some goodies?

Lawn Fawn

I was so excited to see more sizes in their clear stamping blocks. They have a great grip for your fingers.

Lawn Fawn

The new Lawn Fawn Trimmings are so refreshing: Lemon, Pink Lemonade and Lime.

Lawn Fawn

One of Lawn Fawn’s new paper collections for spring/summer is the Pink Lemonade collection:

Lawn Fawn

Another new Lawn Fawn collection is called Daphne’s Closet:

Lawn Fawn

All Lawn Fawn products are proudly made in the USA.


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