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Cards | Enjoy the Ride

 

Enjoy the Ride

Enjoy the Ride

Card Annex designer Annette Allen shows us today what you can do with just a 6×6 paper pad and a Silhouette machine!

Annette let her Cameo do all the work on this card, using a cut file called “4×6 Enjoy the Ride Heart Bike” by Loni Stevens that included both the title text and the large graphic for only $.99. Annette even used the interior spaces from the heart cut-outs in the various elements as a decorative element in the design. By doing this, the cut file basically carried the entire design! Continue Reading →

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Cards | Celebrate

 

Celebrate

Celebrate

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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Cards | You Are Loved [Pebbles]

American Crafts

American CraftsAmerican Crafts

Wow, look at all that gorgeous pattern! This beautiful installment of our American Crafts feature week comes to Card Annex from resident designer Annette Allen.

Annette shows a great example here of the principle of letting the pattern do all the work in her design. This much pattern, if not carefully matched with color, scale, and type, could easily be overwhelming. But well-matched and planned, it can create a fabulous card with only a few simple elements making up the card’s construction.

The chevron design is very busy, even in the lighter gray tone, so it could easily overcome anything set on top of it. The dark color background and relatively small design of the dots on the heart die cut allow it to stand out and not clash with the chevron, but coordinate instead. The flower being another  polka dot, but a smaller one, provides contrast – but again, without becoming overly busy to the eye. The last pattern, the floral, is softer and multi colored, setting it off from the others.

The layered stickers create a design element that is bigger and more effective than using a single sticker by itself. When struggling with the size of an item not being large enough visually, don’t forget to consider using multiples!


Supplies |  Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Paper Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Country Picnic Layered Paper Flowers), American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” (Lucky Charm Flag and Label Stickers), Paper Accents (Chipboard Shapes Heart). Adhesive: 3M (ATG), American Crafts (foam).

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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Technique Tuesday | Keep Calm and Turn 29 Again

Technique Tuesday Birthday

Today’s Technique Tuesday feature highlights one of my favorite stamp sets from the CHA Winter 2013 release! I love the “Keep Calm and…” meme, and Technique Tuesday has done some really fun stamps with it recently. Designer Annette Allen got to work with the birthday set that they released at CHA Winter 2013, called Turn 29.

Technique Tuesday Keep Calm

Two sentiment options and whole ton of elements make this a set you can use over and over.

Technique Tuesday Birthday

Annette used another recent trend – neon – to brighten up her card and make it festive. Stamping some of the designs multiple times (like the presents and the banners) in multiple colors gives the appearance of the card having more elements than it actually does.

Washi tape makes a quick border that helps tie together some of the neon colors in the stamped elements.

Supplies | Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Turn 29). Cardstock: Neenah (white). Ink: Hero Arts (Neon Pink, Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Yellow and Neon Orange). Adhesive: Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam). Washi Tape: Recollections.

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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My Mind’s Eye | Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye

Today, as part of our My Mind’s Eye feature week, we have another great example of a card highlighting their new “My Girl” collection from CHA Winter 2013. This card by designer Annette Allen combines a wealth of pattern with an exuberant message fit for everyday or a variety of occasions.

The patterned paper provides its own pre-printed sentiment block which makes a quick and easy base for the design. Annette added a unique element to the sentiment block – a half pinwheel, constructed with a die from Lil’inker designs. It adds dimension and flair without overwhelming the sentiment visually. The whole pinwheel would have been overwhelming.

Next, on the right side, Annette added a series of hand cut banners. The coordinated paper collection means the papers go together perfectly without fear of clashing. She “grounded” the banners with self-adhesive pearls from the “My Girl” collection.

For a final touch, a twine wrap around the card adds some touchable texture, and a line that goes vertically to offset the horizontal banner and sentiment block lines. And just that quick…the card is complete!

Supplies | My Mind’s Eye (My Girl). Embellishment: My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots (My Girl). Twine: May Arts (Burlap String). Cardstock: Neenah (white). Adhesive: Scotch 3M (ATG). Die: Lil’inker Designs (mini pen wheel die).

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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