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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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American Crafts | A Laugh Is A Smile…

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Welcome back to our feature week for the American Crafts family of brands on Card Annex!

The Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards by Dear Lizzy sure are popular with our card designers here at Card Annex! (In case you missed it, check out Susie Moore’s card from earlier in the week!) And it’s easy to see why – designer Kathy Martin’s card comes together so quickly with the die cut card as the base for it!

Pre-made embellishments are a great shortcut for making quick cards. Pebbles is one of my personal favorite brands to reach for to do this. They have a seemingly never-ending supply of fabulous layered elements like this 3D flower element from the Walnut Grove collection, or the flower used by Sharon Callis on her “thank you” card. I know when I’m stuck that I can almost always find the perfect element for a card in my Pebbles stash!

The mini Remarks chevron stickers are small by themselves, but grouped together they make a heavier element that balances out the large 3D element and directs the eye to it. The rest of the card’s coloring is fairly neutral, so the bright color pop of the stickers doesn’t clash.

Supplies | Die Cut: American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” (Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards). Flowers: Pebbles “Walnut Grove” (3D Flowers). Stickers: American Crafts Amy Tangerine “Yes Please” Matte Puffy Stickers.

Designer: Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin resides in North Carolina with her husband Dan and her son Christopher. She’s been paper crafting since 2001, and is currently on design teams for Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Designs, Love My Tapes, and Pebbles. When she’s not playing with paper she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, antiquing, crochet and cat naps. Read more about Kathy on her blog, Card-Blanc.


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Pebbles | Hello Friend

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Designer Sharon Callis is back again today for our American Crafts family feature week with another card project using more of the same fabulous Pebbles and Dear Lizzy products that she showed us yesterday.

Whereas yesterday Sharon showed a cute country styled look, todays look – although created from virtually identical products with just a few changes – is much more vintage, even Art Deco in style. This is a great example of how products can be versatile!

With 36 sheets in the Pebbles Basics Cardmaking Paper Pad, Sharon was able to use one of them to make a coordinated die cut for her card.

If you’ve got jewelry that is broken or that you’ve outgrown style-wise, have you ever considered upcycling it for your crafts projects? Metal is coming back for use in papercrafting, but it can seem expensive to use on a disposable project like a card. Recycling may be the answer, as Sharon did on this card. The result is money-saving, unique art!

Supplies | Card: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Paper Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Walnut Grove TagsCountry Picnic Layered Paper Flowers), American Crafts ‘Dear Lizzy’ Lucky Charm (Flag and Label Stickers). Die: Spellbinders ‘Nestabilities’ (A2 Filigree Delight). Gems: Habico. Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner). Jewelry: unknown (upcycled).

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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Pebbles | Many Thanks

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Designer Sharon Callis is here today to continue our week featuring the American Crafts family of brands. Today the focus is on Pebbles, with a supporting role by Flag and Label Stickers from the new Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” collection!

The card foundation is the new Basics Cardmaking Paper Pad 1 from Pebbles. They’re so fun and so convenient to work with – they provide ready-made coordinated card bases that work with Pebbles collections! (Retail is $6.99 for a pad that makes 36 cards – that’s less than 20 cents per card)

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With the foundation in place, the pre-made embellishments by Pebbles and Dear Lizzy layer beautifully on top and are perfectly coordinated. The American Crafts specialty paper with it’s detailed texture turns the die cut into a grounding element for the smaller embellishments.

Supplies | Card: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Paper Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Walnut Grove Tags, Country Picnic Layered Paper Flowers), American Crafts ‘Dear Lizzy’ Lucky Charm (Flag and Label Stickers). Specialty Paper: American Crafts. Die: Spellbinders Shapeabilities (Persian Motifs). 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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American Crafts | I Love You To The Stars

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Today we’re starting a new feature week! This week we will be featuring a variety of the products that make up the American Crafts family of brands!

Designer Susie Moore is here to kick it off with some Dear Lizzy! She set to work creating with the 4×6 Die Cut Cards from the new Lucky Charms collection. In a pack of ten with a variety of designs and sayings on them, they are perfect for card making!

With the die cut card as a foundation, the card comes together pretty simply. Star embellishments are an absolute must with this sentiment, and Susie used two types for variety – die cuts and some bling. Using the same color cardstock for the layer behind the card and some of the star die cuts makes the pieces all look tied together.

Supplies | Cardstock: American Crafts. Die Cuts: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards), MFT Stamps (Star). Bling: unknown.

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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Technique Tuesday | Hi

 

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Ready for some more Technique Tuesday fun? Today, designer Corri Garza brings us a fun card for everyday notes, with a trendy twist!

Flair is a trendy embellishment right now and the new “With Flair” stamp set from Technique Tuesday means that you can have an endless supply of it in any color and design. This set is perfect for card making and for Project Life! For today’s card, Corri stamped the “hi” flair on white in a shade of blue ink that coordinated with her patterned paper.

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Corri’s card has another fun feature – it is actually a two part die-cut with a removable flower pot that can hide your greeting! The multi-part digital cutting file for Silhouette by Lori Whitlock has a few pieces to assemble, but the finished product is fun, fun, fun!

Supplies | Stamps: Technique Tuesday (With Flair). Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Faded Jeans). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” (Starlight, Wild Hearts, Stargazers, Float Away, Dreamcatcher). Button: October Afternoon (Cakewalk). Twine: The Twinery (Strawberry). Hemp Cord: Hemptique. Digital Cutting Files: Silhouette (Card Kit Flower Pot by Lori Whitlock, 6 Bracket Labels with Shadow by Lori Whitlock).

Designer: Corri Garza

Corri began paper crafting in 2009 when she purchased a Cricut at a Black Friday sale. She started following some blogs and immediately fell in love with card making. Recently, she added a Silhouette Cameo to her craft room and she loves working with die cuts to create cards, gift boxes and altered items. Corri lives just outside San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not in her craft room, she is watching her twins playing sports. They are involved in volleyball, baseball and softball, so there is always a game to watch!  Corri also enjoys photography, especially taking nature photos. To learn more about Corri, visit her blog.


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