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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

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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.


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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.


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Cards | Happy Mother’s Day

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What better to use for a Mother’s Day card than the lush femininity of Melissa Frances? Any mom would be thrilled to get this gorgeous card designed by Evgenia Petzer with Melissa Frances’ “Classic Elegance” collection.

By layering a lot of soft, delicate elements, Evgenia created a card that has a collage look but without being heavy visually. There’s a lot of tone-on-tone cream color that adds to this effect with the layered elements.

The beautiful flower on the card is handmade. Evgenia made it with Melissa Frances ribbon:

When you make a card for your one and only mom, it’s always nice to make it truly unique. In this case I decided to make a handmade flower. I used the ribbon from Melissa Frances and the hot glue gun and put the sparklet in the centre. Its a focal point of my card!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances (Classic Elegance). Chipboard: Wycinanka (Polish manufacturer). Flower: handmade (Melissa Frances ribbon).
Die: Papertrey Ink. Pearls: Melissa Frances.

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 | Happier By Your Side

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Designer Sharon Callis is here today to show us an important element of the vintage style that is her signature – rich color.

This royal burgundy is a great example of the rich, saturated colors that can give a sophisticated air to vintage style design. Paired with the contrast of the detail of crochet ribbon, like Sharon did, it provides an especially lush look.

Tone on tone is a great way to use damask without the pattern being overwhelming. Here, the burgundy damask provides visual texture and enhances the theme while still remaining subtle.

Supplies | Kaisercraft ‘Flora Delight’ Papers and Stickers, docrafts Vintage notes crochet ribbon, 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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