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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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Cards | Thinking of You

We finish off today with Card Annex team designer Yana Smakula. She brings you this hello that is full of sunshine (something we haven’t seen all week here in the so-called “sunshine state”) with help from some fabulous Pebbles products!

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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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Cards | Celebrate

 

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Annette Allen is here today with another great card showing off some beautiful Dear Lizzy products from American Crafts! What’s not to love about the combination of beautiful colors and trendy elements like feathers and burlap?

In Annette’s own words, here’s a bit about her design:

I just love the 5th and Frolic collection by Dear Lizzy from American Crafts! This collection is full of fun designs and great embellishments. I love the already added buttons and gems not to mention the different fabric textures. This collection really wowed me and I enjoyed putting this card together!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic). Embellishments:  Dear Lizzy (5th and Frolic). Stamps:  Papertrey Ink  (Fillable Frames #5). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Adhesives:  3M (Scotch Advanced Tape Glider), American Crafts (foam adhesives). 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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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 | 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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