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Technique Tuesday | Let’s Party

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Today, designer Britt Bass is here for the next installment of our Technique Tuesday feature week to showcase the new “Party Lights” set from their CHA Winter 2013 releases!

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Using just ink and paper, Britt’s card is a great example of a “single layer” design. With the right stamp set, using just these elements can be very effective! The high contrast color and bold graphic elements carry the card without a lot of extra accessories.

Britt was excited about her experience using this stamp set:

I love this stamp set! The sentiments are so versatile and the impression of the stamps are nice and clean.  It can sometimes be very hard to find acrylic stamps that make a crisp impression, but these are some of the best ones I’ve used!

Supplies | Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday (Party Lights). Cardstock: The Paper Company (White). Ink: TPC Studio (Black, Gold), Fiskars (Red).

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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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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A Monster of a Valentine’s Wish!

Here’s a valentine that your favorite little boy might appreciate more than the traditional pink hearts and lace. It’s full of monster love!

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Would you like to make your own valentine’s monster? It’s easier than it looks – here’s how:

Instructions:

1. Cut grasshopper cardstock to 4×9.

2. Create a trifold card with folds at the 2.5 and 6.5 inch marks. Adhere the edges of the bottom fold to the side of the card to create a pocket.

3. Print sentiment on white paper. Add patterned paper and sentiment to pocket.

4.  Punch circles of differing sizes from raven and white cardstock to create eyes. Hand cut ears from patterned paper and teeth from white cardstock. (Don’t worry about matching. Imperfections will only add to the monster’s charm.

5. Adhere pieces to card to create the face.

When you are done, fill the pocket with candy, gum, or a gift card.

This monster isn’t just for Valentine’s Day! The sentiment could also be changed to make it appropriate for a birthday or lots of other uses.

Supplies | Cardstock: Coredinations (Grasshopper), Bazzill Basics (Raven) and Papertrey Ink (white). Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd (Birthday Boy collection). Circle punches (Fiskars).

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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Get Well Soon!

Get Well Soon by Corri Garza

 This get well card by designer Corri Garza is beautiful without being fancy. Elegant in its simplicity, it conveys its message without wearing out the recipient with overwhelming detail for the eye.

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 One of the subtle touches that makes this card really shine is the extra detail in the clouds. They are both embossed and glittered, giving them depth and texture, before being adhered with dimensional adhesive. To add glitter to the clouds, Corri found that it works best if you run the cloud through the Xyron first, sprinkle it with glitter and then emboss it.

Supplies | Cardstock: Recollections (white, kraft). Decorative Tape: KI Memories (Blue Skies Flashback). Punches: Fiskars (Large Cloud, Extra Large Cloud), unknown corner rounder. Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug (D’Vine Swirls). Glitter: Martha Stewart (Crystal Glitter – Coarse). Stamps: Scrappy Moms (Everyday Greetings). Adhesive: Xyron (X), 3M (ATG), unknown pop dots.

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. Learn more about Corri by reading her blog.

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Happy Birthday! Surprise!

 

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Designer Britt Bass describes this fun birthday card as her “first really good experience with printable elements”. She attributes this partly to the image quality of the Elle’s Studio images, which printed “perfectly.” Also, Britt believes that using good quality, smooth, and most importantly bright white cardstock to print the elements really made a difference in the quality of the final result.  Using better cardstock also made these easier to cut out using a nice, sharp pair of scissors. The printable elements are more cost effective than their paper siblings (there’s no shipping, and the two-page set was only $3.99) and quicker (Britt had the printed elements in her hands in less than ten minutes from the moment she signed into the website).  Many companies like Elle’s Studio and Echo Park are offering collection-coordinated digitals, and they are definitely not just for digital scrapbookers. Hybrid crafting is awesome!  And, if you really love the collection you can print a digital element over and over – which is a great way to do some card mass-production without breaking the bank!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine “Noteworthy” Collection); Cardstock: DCWV (The Glitter Stack), The Paper Company (White); Paper Elements: Elle’s Studio ( “Everyday Greetings” Printables); Punches: Marvy (3″ Circle), Martha Stewart (Loopy Doily); Tools: Ranger (Ink Applicator), Fiskars (Scissors, Trimmer); Ink: Tim Holtz for Ranger (“Tea Dye” Distress Ink); Adhesive: Recollections (Foam Squares), Xyron (Mega Runner); Other: blue lace trim.

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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It’s a banner “Happy Birthday”!

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Our designers just love to make cards from coordinates! Here’s another card created from patterned paper that was pre-coordinated in a collection, this time from docrafts’ Papermania brand.

And there’s plenty of space on this card for the eye to rest, but it is still anything but boring. The combination of designer Sharon Callis’s simple design and the light airy feeling patterned papers make this card easy on the eyes. It can be tempting to load cards up with embellishments to make them feel finished, but sometimes just a bit is enough.

Because even though this card is simple, it’s far from plain. The thoughtful details give plenty of interest to look at. The dual border of the banner paper and the Webster’s Pages Bloomers creates horizontal movement, and the rounded corners and decorative border are subtle but really step the design up a notch.

Supplies | Collection Kit: docrafts Papermania (Happy Birthday to You). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner). Specialty Paper: American Crafts (Specialty Foil). Trim: Websters Pages (Bloomers). Decorative Scissors: Fiskars Paper Edgers (Corner Rounder, Victorian Edger).

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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