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Now that my new creative space is finally completed and functional (photos coming soon), I’m able to create much more again! The first thing I whipped out in my new space was this layout, inspired by both the precious photo and the fabulous new Park Bench collection from Fancy Pants Designs. Also, I wanted to take my new Silhouette Portrait out for another run. I love my new toy!

We Are Family by Nancy Nally

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Smile…Girls Rock

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 This explosion of color will be sure to put a smile on any young girl’s face! Designer Kathy Martin used the brand new “My Girl” collection from My Mind’s Eye to craft a cheery greeting that is great for a multitude of occasions.

Kathy’s card shows how quickly and beautifully a design can come together with coordinated elements and pre-made embellishments. Since all her major elements are from the “My Girl” collection, they are guaranteed to work together perfectly. The layered stickers make for quick embellishing of the design, but their layers make them appear anything but simple.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “My Girl” (Genuine, Playful, Rainbow). Stickers: My Mind’s Eye (My Girl Layered). Baker’s Twine: Doodlebug Design (Beetle Black). Clothespin: Canvas Corp. Button: Fancy Pants (Mingled).

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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Make a WISH, Birthday Girl!

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The two easiest and most effective principles of design – in my humble opinion – are repetition and unity.  You don’t have to have a working knowledge of design to know that “repetition” means repeating things, and “unity” means grouping things by theme or idea.

In this card I used a few different types of repetition.  The simplest was choosing a background paper with a flower pattern and a card with a scallop at the bottom – both of these provided me with repetition that I didn’t have to create myself.  I took inspiration from the polk-a-dotted lining in the envelope and decided to carry on using rounded shapes in my design.  I die cut and punched my papers with circles and scallops, which tied back to the dots and the card’s decorative edge.  And finally, since my round sentiment sticker already had a dotted border I decided to repeat that detail around the larger circle with a marker to unite my two main embellishments.  This card came together very quickly because my main focus was on creating repetition and unity in my design.

Supplies | Card Base & Envelope: Doodlebug Design. Cardstock: Core’dinations (Yellow Glitter, Green), The Paper Company (White). Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (flower), SRM Stickers (sentiment). Pearls: Doodlebug Design. Twine (Hemptique). Marker: Pentel (Black).

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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Thinking of You

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For this fairly straightforward and quick card, designer Terri Davenport utilized the brand new just-in-stores collection called Boy Crazy that My Mind’s Eye released at CHA Winter 2013.

One of the major design features of this card is the text in the sentiment. Terri used the center of the chipboard circle to take the place of the “o” in you. Also, she was running out of a few of the alpha rub-on letters, so she mixed two different sizes/styles and also turned a “z” on its side to create an “n”.

With the bold patterned paper, and the big text embellishments, this card didn’t need much else. Terri just finished it off with a quick wrap of baker’s twine, and that was the perfect finishing touch! The yellow striped twine repeated the yellow bands on the chipboard element, appearing perfectly “tied” together!

Supplies | Cardstock: Core’dinations. Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Boy Crazy” (Diamonds). Chipboard: My Mind’s Eye (Boy Crazy). Alphabet Stickers: Simple Stories. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs. Baker’s Twine: Twinery.

Designer: Terri Davenport

Terri Davenport has been paper crafting since 1995. She is currently a creative team member with Designer Digitals and Ta Da Creative Studios. Terri teaches digital scrapbooking classes locally at Owens Community College She has won several contests including Creating Keepsake’s Hall of Fame and Paper Crafts World Card Making Day contests. Terri lives in Toledo, OH with her husband, four sons and dog. Since even the dog is male, her blog is appropriately titled Outnumbered.


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Valentine’s Day Lovebirds

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How about not one but two Valentine’s Days cards from designer Kathy Martin? Kathy brilliantly demonstrates the current trend of layering with the multitude of elements on these cards – and it all works because she utilized coordinates from Doodlebug Design’s new Lovebirds collection!

121228-February-14-Key One key element to successful layering is dimension. Kathy used a lot of here, using dimensional adhesive to create space between the various layers. This creates visual separation that keeps the layers from melding together into one visually confusing and overwhelming mess. 121228-February-14-Details

The problem with using a lot of paper or cardstock layers is that it is easy for them to look “hard” with all the precise edges, and dull because there is no change in texture. Kathy solved that problem here with a few simple details that make all the difference.

121228-SweetheartThe stitching – on both cards – offers just a small change in textural depth, a softer edge, and some movement. The Doodle Twine offers even more softness and movement to the design, falling randomly down the middle of the card from the bow. Two hard elements also provide depth in different ways. The mini clothespin makes for a big chunky element to contrast with the flatter ones. The small jewels have big visual impact because they reflect light so much differently than the matte finish cardstock they sit on, attracting a lot of attention for their size. 121228-Sweetheart-Phrase


Supplies | All supplies from the new Lovebirds collection from Doodlebug Design.

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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From Trend to Staple | Decorative Tape and Baker’s Twine

Trends have come and gone ever since the advent of modern scrapbooking, but sometimes a trend sticks around long enough to move out of the fad stage and become a staple. We’ve seen it happen with many supplies and motifs over the years (clouds, woodgrain, and bling are just a few examples). Thinking back to what I saw at CHA Winter 2012, it’s apparent two more once trendy supplies have firmly cemented their staplehood: baker’s twine and decorative or washi tape. These two items were found in many, many booths on the CHA Winter 2012 show floor and will be plentiful this season on store shelves.

You know an item has become a staple when We R Memory Keepers adds it to their lineup of basic embellishments. This season both tape and twine join the ranks of brads and other staple items on We R’s rainbow wall of embellishments.

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