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Designer Annette Allen’s attention to detail on this card shows how much she values the recipient of this special greeting! Everywhere that you look, she’s added a little extra step to this design that makes it extra fabulous!

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The lovely border around the card was created with baker’s twine and an opaque pen. The white in both items ties them together very nicely but they don’t look repetitive since the textures are so different.

Detail is also key to making the turtle figure look finished and engaging. Stamping the stamp again on patterned paper and paper piecing the shell on top of the first turtle stamp made the shell stand out and look coordinated with the background as well. Putting Stickles on the turtle’s toenails really turns up the cute factor as well!

Finally, Annette’s liberal use of foam adhesive really makes this card work. First she used it to set the sentiment block apart from the background. Then she created a 2nd small layer of depth by using foam adhesive when adhering the patterned paper shell on the turtle. It looks more real, and also gives visual interest to the piece.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (white, desert storm). Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (Neapolitan 6×6). Stamps: Paper Smooches (Party Posse, Sentiment Sampler). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Twine: Timeless Twine (Olive Green). Glitter Glue: Ranger Stickles (Cotton Candy). Pen: Kuretake Zig Opaque Writer (Arctic White). Adhesives: Martha Stewart Crafts (All Purpose Gel), Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam adhesive).

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.


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A Cute I Love You!

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This card proves that a message of “I love you” doesn’t have to be all soft pinks and pretty flowers!

It’s easy to forget that stamping on patterned paper is an option for our cards. Designer Annette Allen took a sentiment stamp with lots of open area in the font and used it to easily create a custom embellishment for her card by stamping on patterned paper and then cutting it out.

I love you

Paired with more patterned paper – this time in die cuts – and a few other colorful embellishments, this card provides lots of colorful fun that makes its sentiment cheery and light, instead of overly serious. The stitched border around the white panel “anchors” it to the background, and the diagonally striped paper used underneath it and just barely sticking out creates a flow that moves around the outside edge of the card.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (white). Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts (5th&Frolic). Stamps: Paper Smooches (Word Up). Dies: Lil’inker Designs (Heart). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye (Winter Wonderland Enamel Dots). Adhesive: Scotch (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.


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CHA Winter 2013: Paper Smooches

Paper Smooches released new metal dies for Winter CHA 2013. In addition to the dies, they also have added some fun wood mounted stamps.

Each of the new dies is individually packed in super cute packaging:

Paper Smooches Dies

Paper Smooches also has a few new stamp sets that coordinate with the dies:

Paper Smooches Stamp Sets

The Paper Smooches booth showed off a fun way to store your dies:

Paper Smooches Dies

Here’s a look at just a few of many new wood mounted stamps that Paper Smooches has to offer:

Paper Smooches Wood Mount Stamps

Paper Smooches has many new stamps sets for CHA 2013. These are just a few:

Paper Smooches Clear Stamps

According to Paper Smooches, the entire CHA Winter 2013 release will be available for purchase on February 1st.


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CHA Winter 2013: Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn was a ray of sunshine at CHA Winter 2013 (and we needed one in the freezing cold in Anaheim). The booth was well-designed, bright and full of color, giving a summer feeling to the display.

New for CHA Winter 2013, Lawn Fawn now offers coordinating dies to some of their stamp sets. Combine this with their two new paper collections, three new Lawn Trimmings and some fun new stickers and their new introductions are sure to make customers very happy.

This is just a few of the coordinating dies that match the Lawn Fawn stamp sets, called Lawn Cuts:

Lawn Fawn

Anyone for a fortune cookie? How about a mason jar filled with some goodies?

Lawn Fawn

I was so excited to see more sizes in their clear stamping blocks. They have a great grip for your fingers.

Lawn Fawn

The new Lawn Fawn Trimmings are so refreshing: Lemon, Pink Lemonade and Lime.

Lawn Fawn

One of Lawn Fawn’s new paper collections for spring/summer is the Pink Lemonade collection:

Lawn Fawn

Another new Lawn Fawn collection is called Daphne’s Closet:

Lawn Fawn

All Lawn Fawn products are proudly made in the USA.


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CHA Winter 2013: Simple Stories

The Simple Stories booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with color and fun designs!  The booth was fun, inviting and offered all sorts of fun new ideas for scrapbookers and card makers. As a card maker, I was happy to see clear stamp sets and fun 6×6 paper pads filled with fun designs.

The clear stamps, stickers, and brads all coordinated. They are in different patterns that would capture the eye of any crafter and are great for many occasions. I spoke to Amber Crowell, Founder/Owner of Simple Stories, and her great vision shows in her product. Simple Stories is more then just for scrapbook pages – it is a must-have for card makers too.

Simple Stories

Here’s two of Simple Stories’ new clear stamp sets. Camera icons are a hot trend in papercrafting right now.

 Simple Stories

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Simple Stories’ new Vintage Bliss collection is a delight. Its fun patterns are not as bright as the typical Simple Stories collections have been:

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CHA Winter 2013: Hero Arts

Hero Arts booth is always filled with fun new stamps sets – and we can’t forget all those fun new dies too, that coordinate with the stamps.  Hero Arts offers Wood Mounted, Poly Clear and Cling Stamps. One of the new favorites is the Hero Arts Ink pads. The collection of colors keep growing and they now come in mini’s, as well.

The Hero Arts booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with fun samples and many customers. As a card maker, I was very pleased with the selection of stamp sets and dies. I have my eye on a few must haves.

Here’s some standout Frame Cuts sets:

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There’s also some great Coordinating Dies with Stamp Sets:

Hero Arts

New Hero Arts Mini ink pads come in a pack of four, and are color coordinated:

Hero Arts

Another new must have is the stamp set that make old mason jars!

Hero Arts

For those who love the wood mounted stamps, there are fun background stamps and great sentiments.

Hero Arts

Here are just a few of the Hero Arts Shadow Ink Hero Hues colors, showing off the beautiful pads.

Hero Arts


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