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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 | 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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Special Friend

 

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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.

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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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