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This card by designer Kathy Martin is so full of bright pattern that it deceives the eye into thinking there are more elements on the card than there really are.

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It would be easy for a design with this much pattern to get overwhelming to the eye, but the cool expanse of white that serves as the card’s base balances the busy patterns nicely. It also helps that the elements are all from one coordinating collection – Bella Blvd’s Kiss Me – so the elements have a soothing unity despite all the pattern and color.

The green chevron tape shows here how perfect the scale of most washi tape is as an element for cardmaking. Just rip off a strip and stick it down and you have a super-quick element!

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The card doesn’t just have color – it has dimension too! Layering the chipboard elements gives the card a lot of dimension, first from the depth of the elements themselves and then the depth that comes from stacking them.

Supplies | All products used to create this card are from the Bella Blvd collection Kiss Me. (Ciao Chip, Miniatures Stickers and Designer Tape).

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.


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Noteworthy | 10.23.2012 – New Releases!

There’s lots of new mid-releases being announced, as we hit that magical time between shows where CHA releases are so “yesterday” already! Here’s a look around the industry at what will be coming to a scrapbook store near you soon:

BasicGrey has two new collections that will be available starting in November exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Fact & Fiction” is full of very usable vintage gorgeousness that will be sure to be a hit for the two companies.

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Noteworthy | 8.21.2012

Today there’s a Noteworthy product sneak, a new event announcement, some great statistics, and some fun links!

[Editor's Note: Welcome to the new iteration of Noteworthy on Scrapbook Update! Instead of bringing a huge round-up to you once a week on Fridays, I'm going to start bringing Noteworthy to you in smaller pieces more frequntly. Scrapbook Update's readers will receive more news faster that way, and in more manageable chunks. I hope that you like this latest effort to improve Scrapbook Update's offerings to its readership! --Nancy]

Carina Gardner let Carta Bella fans in on a sneak peek at the company’s October 2012 release when she showed a project in progress on her blog the other day:

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Noteworthy | 6.29.2012

This week, there’s a bunch of noteworthy sales, some great links, and a few CHA-related announcements (of course!)

Nikki Sivils made an announcement this week that will be disappointing to her many fans. Not only is she choosing for her company to not exhibit at CHA Summer 2012 in Chicago, but she has chosen to not design any products for this development cycle. Nikki attributed the decision to stress from several recent family crisises, including her father’s cancer diagnosis, her brother’s long recovery from an accident that left him with serious burns, and her grandmother’s passing away.

I, personally, will miss seeing Nikki (and her husband Dan) and her unique design brand in Chicago. I wish Nikki and her family all the best and look forward to seeing her and her company in Anaheim in January!

Elle’s Studio made a couple of big announcements this week. First, they announced they are exhibiting at their first CHA show, with a booth in Chicago at CHA Summer 2012. They plan to release three lines – everyday, Halloween, and Christmas – along with some new stamps at the show.

Their second announcement was that to make room for the new CHA releases, they are having a Grab Bag and Tag Retirement sale. The grab bags are sold out, but there are still plenty of retiring tags left at a huge discount with the coupon code from the Elle’s Studio blog! Get them while they last, because although the sale lasts until Sunday night, they are going to go fast! Continue Reading →

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