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My Mind’s Eye Spotlight: Happy Birthday

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Welcome to day two of our feature week highlighting the new CHA Winter 2013 releases by My Mind’s Eye!

I simply LOVE this new My Mind’s Eye collection called “Collectable” by Jen Allyson.  This collection is split into four different color ways: Notable, Memorable, Remarkable, and Unforgettable.  This card features cardstock from “Memorable” which uses some of my favorite patterns and a pretty pink and green color scheme.  I used one of the “Memorable: Hello” papers to create my medallion by cutting the little doily images from it and stacking them with foam adhesive.  This type of brad embellishment is also available in a pre-made form from My Mind’s Eye but, since I didn’t have matching ones on hand, I improvised!  I love the result.

My Mind’s Eye papers just feel good in your hand, not to mention the beautiful colors and the something-for-everyone color variations found in each collection. “Collectable” by Jen Allyson is to die for and I loved playing with it!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Collectable: Memorable” (Friendly, Flawless, Details). Cardstock: DCWV (Olive). Stamp: Anna Griffin (sentiment). Punches: Fiskars (scallop border), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper scallop). Die: Spellbinders (Ribbon Banners). Chipboard: unknown (letters).

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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More Than a Thousand Words

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Sometimes there are no words.  Whether it be love, loss, or just a note, some cards convey a message even without a sentiment.  This card is clearly an “I Love You” card but, because I’ve used so many familiar icons for Valentines and love (hearts, arrows, etc.) a sentiment is not necessary.

[Editor's Note: Britt used a lot of circles in this card - but can you find the visual triangle that she made in the middle of it?]

Supplies | Cardstock: DCWV (pink), American Crafts (red). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (chevron, glitter, corrugated). Stamp: Jillibean Soup for Hampton Art (arrow). Ink: Clearsnap (Fireberry), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Antique Linen). Buttons: Forever In Time. Twine: Hemptique. Die Cutting: Silhouette Cameo (hearts), Spellbinders (circles).

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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Thank You Sew Much

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Sometimes you can take your design inspiration from your sentiment stamp. Designer Sharon Callis’s sentiment stamp for this card provided not only an obvious theme but also a style as well for the card.

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The vintage look of the sentiment set the tone for the materials, and then Sharon carried the theme through with basic elements that create a unified look: the paper with stitching on it, machine stitching, and buttons. It only took a few elements to establish the theme, and the card maintains a simple elegance.

Supplies | Card Blank: docrafts (6×6). Patterned Paper: DCWV (Home Spun Stack). Punch: EK Success (Round Flower Layering). Adhesive: Xyron (150 X). Stamp: Cardmaking & Papercraft (Sew Pretty). Buttons: unknown. Thread: Gutterman (green, brown).

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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A Pastel Birthday Celebration

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This card has such an explosion of fun pattern on it, but in small pieces and from a coordinated collection, the effect is bright and happy instead of chaotic. The ribbon “bundles” the pattern pieces together and forces their visual movement to be vertical.

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The round buttons soften the hard lines of the paper strips, and lead the eye across the card and up to the sentiment as well.

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Using the white Signo Uni-ball gel pen to add stitching detail to the card’s elements is simple, and yet it is the all-important detail that pulls the card together and finishes it.

Supplies | Cardstock: Core’dinations (Pastel Lemon 12×12). Patterned Paper: DCWV (Spring Stack 4.5″ x 6.5″). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, Glue Stick). Buttons: docrafts (Capsule Collection). Sentiment: docrafts (Lucy Cromwell). Floss: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy (Bubblegum, Little Boy Blue, Granny Smith, Avalanche). Pen: Signo Uni-ball (white gel). Ribbon: May Arts (White Satin). Card Blank: 6×6 (unknown).

 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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Love is Black & White

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 My usual mojo escaped me for this card so I turned to a favorite (and often free!) tool that I’ve been using since I first started making cards: card sketches.  I used the latest from one of my favorite challenge websites, Deconstructing Jen.  Sketches are great for jump starting creativity and, if you often find your cards lack balance or flow, following sketches can help strengthen your design sense.  I find that the more I see good design the more I use good design.

If you need some great resources for card sketches, try Mojo Monday, Pagemaps, and Cardabilities.

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Also, I used a non-traditional color pallet for this Valentine because the craft-o-verse can get red and pink CRAZY this time of year.  I like to make a few Valentines that a husband or boyfriend wouldn’t be embarrassed to open at work!  These colors are pretty muted, so it’s important to give the layers some dimension so the card still feels dynamic and interesting.

Supplies | Patterned Paper, Cardstock Elements, Letters: Fancy Pants Designs (Country Boutique). Cardstock: The Paper Company (Black), DCWV (Cream). Washi Tape: Queen & Co. (Black and White Stripe), Martha Stewart (Gold). Die Cutting: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur, A2 Matting Basics A).  Sketch: The Deconstructed Sketch (No.84).

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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Noteworthy | 6.22.2012

This week I’ve got some designer news, some hot products, and some new calls to bring to you….and of course, as always, some great links.

The Gaylord Opryland convention center in Nashville, TN, which will host a CK Convention on Aug. 24th-25th, was the site of a large mechanical explosion on Tuesday that evacuated the hotel for several hours. The explosion did an estimated $750,000 in damage, but Gaylord officials told the Tennessean that the damage was limited to a relatively small 4,000 square foot area and the damage should be repaired by June 30th. Officials also told the Tennessean that they did not expect the damage to interfere with events at the property.

Fans of Hambly will be happy to hear that Allison Kreft isn’t going away…Echo Park announced this week that it will be releasing a collection she designed, called Everyday Eclectic!

Allison’s style is easily visible in Everyday Eclectic – and it’s a perfect fit for Echo Park as well. This collection will make both Hambly and Echo Park fans happy! Continue Reading →

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