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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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Cards | Hello

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Susie Moore is back again today with a digital card of a different kind this time! This time she’s showing us some more of her work with one of her favorite cardmaking tools – digital stamps. Susie shows time and again how a great digital image, a workhorse die, and some fun patterned paper can make a wonderful greeting!

The twine is a great touch with this image – the fiber texture makes it extra easy to almost “feel” the sock monkey in the digital image. The line provided by the twine also “grounds” the monkey because it provides something visually for him to appear to be standing on.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Pebbles. Cardstock: PaperTrey Ink. Digital Image: Bugaboo Stamps. Twine: The Twinery. Dies: Spellbinders. Brad: American Crafts (Gold Sparkle).

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.


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Cards | Happy Birthday

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Think your electronic die cut machine is only for cutting? Designer Susie Moore is here today to show you what else you can do with it!

Sketching with pens is an oft-overlooked feature of many die cut machines. Susie used pens from Cri-Kut with her Silhouette machine to make all the embellishment designs on this card! The sentiment and stitching were done with a glitter pen for a little extra “pop” in those elements.

The only actual 3D elements on the card are the gems that Susie added inside the flowers and then off to the side a bit. The shine and dimension are just the right touch!

Supplies | Patterned paper: Crate Paper (Little Boy Blue 6×6 paper pad). Cardstock:  PaperTrey Ink. Digital File: Silhouette (Sketch Flower).
Pens: Cri-Kits. Gems: Queen & Co.

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.


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Cards | Love This

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Feathers are hot, and as designer Yana Smakula illustrates in this card, they have a ton of uses! Here, Yana used them as a design substitute for a floral element. Feathers can substitute almost anywhere that you would use a flower!

Yana also used the dies to create negative space on this design. Instead of cutting out the dies and adhering the shapes, she took the front panel of her card and used the dies to cut the shapes out of it. The negative space then allows the card base to show through.

The rule of threes was used well here – the pearls and the large shapes all are present in threes, and there are even three sub-panels of patterned paper that make up the front panel of the card. It provides balance and flow to the eye.

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic 6×6 pad). Chipboard: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic). Pearls: Dovecraft (Tea Party). Adhesive: Dovecraft (foam squares, foam tape, clear squares). Die: Spellbinders Paper Arts (On The Edge, Say What).

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 | Celebrate…Happy Birthday

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Designer Deena Ziegler is here today with a card that shows blocking taken to a whole new level!

Deena used blocking on this card to create distinct areas for two different sentiment phrases on the front of the card, allowing them to co-exist in the design without seeming to compete with each other. The longer sentiment got a larger, more elaborate mounting block, while the simpler sentiment (happy birthday) got a smaller, simpler background block. This also helped the card’s balance by giving the eye someplace to rest that wasn’t too busy.

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Die Cuts: Sizzix. Stamp: Stampin’ Up!. Twine: May Arts. Patterned Paper: October Afternoon. Rhinestones & buttons: unknown. Pen: EK Success. Ink: Ranger.

Designer: Deena Ziegler

Deena Ziegler has been a crafter for as long as she can remember. Her Mom, Grandma, and Aunts were always crafting up some project and they were happy to teach her everything they knew. Baking, sewing, needlework, you name it, they did it! As a young mom Deena became a professional crafter, and now she works at Sizzix as a Craft Designer, teaches card making classes, teaches online at My Creative Classroom, and owns and operates a small card kit business – and she blogs all about it. Deena enjoys finding ways to be creative in daily life by repurposing, giving handmade and creating with her daughters.


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Graphic 45 | It’s Your Day

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Designer Yana Smakula is here today to show off some fabulous Graphic45 from their Secret Garden collection!

The beautiful intricate pattern of the lavender paper makes the large expanse of pattern appear lush and full, instead of feeling like white space since the paper is the only element. The curving arc across the top of the patterned paper – cut with a Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One die –  is the perfect soft way to top the block of pattern off. A straight line would have been too harsh and graphic to match well with the other design elements.

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This card also has a design element that could serve double duty. The seed packet cards are tucked into a pocket created behind the patterned paper element – that pocket could also serve to hold a gift like a gift card or tickets.

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 “Secret Garden” (Sun Kissed). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur). Dies: Spellbinders (A2 Curved Borders One). Stamp: Technique Tuesday (Wildflowers). Ink: Tsukineko. Gems: Dovecraft. Adhesive: Dovecraft. Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile (Corner Chomper).

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 | Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

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Today we have designer Carrie Walz joining us! Her exuberant card shows us a great example of letting pattern be the focus of your card’s design.

Carrie made the pattern the focus of this design in two ways. First, she picked something bold to work with. The black and white polka dot is a bold graphic, and the high contrast color scheme draws even more attention to it.

Second, by repeating the same pattern in several design elements – the paper, and the ribbon – Carrie placed more focus on it and made the design more cohesive. The inclusion of several circular elements like the stick pins and bling also echoed the polka dots and emphasized the design theme.

Supplies | Card: American Crafts. Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Pad 2). Sticker: Pebbles (Walnut Grove Masking Tape stickers). Ribbon: May Arts. Bling: Bella!

Designer: Carrie Walz

Carrie Walz is a stay at home mom of two wonderful children who are the inspiration for her scrapbooking. She is currently designing for Ruby Rock-It, We R Memory Keepers and Paper Issues. She has been scrapbooking for many years and loves seeing the world a different way from the art of scrapbooking and cardmaking, and loves seeing the joy in peoples’ eyes when they receive a handmade card or when they are turning the pages of her scrapbooks. To learn more about Carrie, visit her blog, Everyday Moments.


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Cards | Thinking of You [Pebbles]

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To close out Card Annex’s American Crafts brands feature week, we have a great card from designer Sharon Callis! Today we are focusing on Pebbles again!

This card highlights two of the best cardmaking Basics from the Pebbles brand – Cardmaking Pads and Card Sentiment Phrases stickers. These quick and easy basics make whipping up a card on demand problem-free!

Pairing the simple basics with some bling is the perfect way to quickly create a jazzy card. Sharon used a lot of bling paired with a strip of ribbon to create a visual block. With that level of detail and shine, that is all that is needed for a beautiful card!

Another thing to note about this card is that Sharon’s color palette establishes a tone for the message. The gray and blue gray palette sets a more serious tone for the sentiment of the card than if “thinking of you” was accompanied by bright pink or a cheery yellow. Sometimes an exuberant color palette isn’t appropriate to the reason for the card. This card’s palette is sensitive to those occasions.

Supplies | Card: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Pad 1). Stickers: Pebbles Card Sentiment Phrases (Thinking of You). Ribbon: Webster’s Pages. Gems: Habico. 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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