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Best Wishes To The Mr. and Mrs.

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 When it comes to weddings these days, your average young couple wants their wedding to be hip, trendy, and personal, but with just the right amount of class and elegance as a nod to the traditional.  You might find it difficult to combine traditionally opposing ideas like “trendy” and “elegant” in order to create cards (and gift items) for newlyweds on their big day. I consider this card cute and trendy, but still elegant and fit for a wedding.

Here are some tips to help you along:

1: Consider keeping the color scheme simple.  You might want to use mounds of flowers and lace (and if that fits your bride and groom – have at it!) but, you can effortlessly infuse a little classic elegance into almost any design by sticking to a few traditional colors.

2: Let the iconography make a statement.  Using cute bird and cloud images stamped in classic black and white, I was able to add a sweet and trendy feeling to the card.

3: Keep the design focused.  When it comes to big occasions – like weddings – everything is super embellished to make a statement. On my card, I used very specific, coordinating colors and stamps to convey my message.  In a sea of forgettable white cards printed with flowers and frills a clean and straightforward design could be a bold stand-out.

Supplies | Cardstock: American Crafts (Red), The Paper Company (White).  Cardbase: David Tutera (Celebrate, Cardmaking System). Stamps: Hampton Art (For Bella Blvd and Art Warehouse). Inks: Clearsnap (Pigment White, Black). Die cutting: Silhouette Cameo (heart). Punch: EK Success (corner rounder)


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American Crafts | Enjoy the Little Things

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This week we had some fabulous goodies to work with from the American Crafts umbrella of products.  There is something for everyone at the American Crafts family of brands, from the sweetness of Pebbles to the bright cheerfulness of the American Crafts’ house brand, their products are fun, cute, and high quality.  What I didn’t realize before now, is how easy it is to combine elements from the different brands under the umbrella!  On this card I combined Masking Tape Stickers and Layered Paper Flowers from Pebbles, Crate Paper and American Crafts Elements brads, and a Dear Lizzy Die Cut card to create this look.  I was pleasantly surprised that the elements worked so well together!  I think the success of this design comes from the minimal embellishment.  I chose to cluster my embellishments in one little spot on the card, which allowed my die-cut piece to act as “white space” even though the pattern has a lot going on. The eye is further drawn in by the dictionary-print sticker placed horizontally along the design.

Here is a tip: When positioning an element across your entire card, try making that element just a bit shorter than the actual card.  This will allow that element to help lead the eye in, toward the main focus of the card, instead of leading the eye away and off the card completely.If it helps, imagine the edge of the card as a “frame”  and leave just a tiny bit of space around for the design to breath.

And, always remember the most important cardmaking tip: Have fun!

Suuplies | Card: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Pad 2). Die Cut: American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” (Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards). Brads: Crate Paper, American Crafts (Elements).  Stickers: Pebbles “Walnut Grove” (Masking Tape Stickers, Layered Paper Flowers). Adhesive: American Crafts (This to That Tape Runner).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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My Mind’s Eye Spotlight: Happy Birthday

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Welcome to day two of our feature week highlighting the new CHA Winter 2013 releases by My Mind’s Eye!

I simply LOVE this new My Mind’s Eye collection called “Collectable” by Jen Allyson.  This collection is split into four different color ways: Notable, Memorable, Remarkable, and Unforgettable.  This card features cardstock from “Memorable” which uses some of my favorite patterns and a pretty pink and green color scheme.  I used one of the “Memorable: Hello” papers to create my medallion by cutting the little doily images from it and stacking them with foam adhesive.  This type of brad embellishment is also available in a pre-made form from My Mind’s Eye but, since I didn’t have matching ones on hand, I improvised!  I love the result.

My Mind’s Eye papers just feel good in your hand, not to mention the beautiful colors and the something-for-everyone color variations found in each collection. “Collectable” by Jen Allyson is to die for and I loved playing with it!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Collectable: Memorable” (Friendly, Flawless, Details). Cardstock: DCWV (Olive). Stamp: Anna Griffin (sentiment). Punches: Fiskars (scallop border), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper scallop). Die: Spellbinders (Ribbon Banners). Chipboard: unknown (letters).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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Way to Go! Congrats!

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It’s Britt, here today with a fun way to say “congratulations” to someone special!

In this card I mixed brightly colored, trendy embellishments with a monochromatic embossing technique.  I really like the contrast these items give, not only in color, but in style.

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I usually associate the white-on-white embossing with more elegant, sophisticated designs, but by choosing a bold, graphic embossing folder and pairing it with more fun and hip embellishments I was able to give this technique a more fresh and funky life.

Supplies | Cardstock: The Paper Company. Twine: Divine Twine (Teal). Sentiment Banners: Elle’s Studio Digital (Everyday Greetings). Rosette: American Crafts. Embossing Folder: QuicKutz (Rings).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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Make a WISH, Birthday Girl!

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The two easiest and most effective principles of design – in my humble opinion – are repetition and unity.  You don’t have to have a working knowledge of design to know that “repetition” means repeating things, and “unity” means grouping things by theme or idea.

In this card I used a few different types of repetition.  The simplest was choosing a background paper with a flower pattern and a card with a scallop at the bottom – both of these provided me with repetition that I didn’t have to create myself.  I took inspiration from the polk-a-dotted lining in the envelope and decided to carry on using rounded shapes in my design.  I die cut and punched my papers with circles and scallops, which tied back to the dots and the card’s decorative edge.  And finally, since my round sentiment sticker already had a dotted border I decided to repeat that detail around the larger circle with a marker to unite my two main embellishments.  This card came together very quickly because my main focus was on creating repetition and unity in my design.

Supplies | Card Base & Envelope: Doodlebug Design. Cardstock: Core’dinations (Yellow Glitter, Green), The Paper Company (White). Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (flower), SRM Stickers (sentiment). Pearls: Doodlebug Design. Twine (Hemptique). Marker: Pentel (Black).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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More Than a Thousand Words

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Sometimes there are no words.  Whether it be love, loss, or just a note, some cards convey a message even without a sentiment.  This card is clearly an “I Love You” card but, because I’ve used so many familiar icons for Valentines and love (hearts, arrows, etc.) a sentiment is not necessary.

[Editor's Note: Britt used a lot of circles in this card - but can you find the visual triangle that she made in the middle of it?]

Supplies | Cardstock: DCWV (pink), American Crafts (red). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (chevron, glitter, corrugated). Stamp: Jillibean Soup for Hampton Art (arrow). Ink: Clearsnap (Fireberry), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Antique Linen). Buttons: Forever In Time. Twine: Hemptique. Die Cutting: Silhouette Cameo (hearts), Spellbinders (circles).

Designer: Britt Bass
Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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