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Designer Sharon Callis is here today to show us an important element of the vintage style that is her signature – rich color.

This royal burgundy is a great example of the rich, saturated colors that can give a sophisticated air to vintage style design. Paired with the contrast of the detail of crochet ribbon, like Sharon did, it provides an especially lush look.

Tone on tone is a great way to use damask without the pattern being overwhelming. Here, the burgundy damask provides visual texture and enhances the theme while still remaining subtle.

Supplies | Kaisercraft ‘Flora Delight’ Papers and Stickers, docrafts Vintage notes crochet ribbon, 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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Wedding Wishes

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A few large design elements, paired with a plethora of small touches, makes this card a beautiful way to send wedding wishes! Designer Evgenia Petzer shows here how a three step layering process can produce a beautiful card.

The first step is the patterned paper background. Two designs of patterned paper were blocked together to make the background, with a few touches of distressing and a stitched border.

The second step is to place the large design elements: the butterflies and flower, and the sentiment. The butterflies were “fussy cut” out of patterned paper from the same Inkido collection that the background was created from.

And finally, the small touches are added. The various different gems and rhinestone elements that are scattered around the card’s front add the finishing touch to the design and make it look really put together.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Inkido (Beautiful Memories). Butterflies: Handcut from patterned paper (Inkido). Flowers: Prima (Bel Canto), unknown. Gems: Kaisercraft, Inkido. Font: B52.

Designer: Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer is from Russia. She describes South Africa, where she moved about two years ago, as “the most beautiful country that I have ever seen” where she can enjoy the sun almost every day. Evgenia has a four year old son, that is her inspiration. She started as a scrapbooker, but now mainly creates cards in her signature  detailed, romantic style. Currently, Evgenia designs for Melissa Frances, Tattered Angels, Bo Bunny Designs, OUAS blog and a SOE kit club, and also works part time as a child & family photographer. To learn more about her, check out her personal blog.


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L.O.V.E.

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What a fun way to say I Love You! Designer Corri Garza combined a bright fun color scheme – pink, white and black – with some trendy embellishments to send her message. Sometimes you don’t need a whole sentiment to get a message across. On this card, one single word says everything necessary!

The three pearls on the top left help, although small, balance out the visual weight of the Scrabble tiles on the lower right. And repeated elements can help tie a design together – the lace echoes the scallop around the heart die cut.

Supplies |  Cardstock: Recollections by Michaels. Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee (Secret Crush). Ink: Ranger TIm Holtz Distress (Worn Lipstick, Soot). Pearls: Kaisercraft. Cut File: Lori Whitlock (Scallop Heart). Other: lace & Scrabble tiles (unknown).

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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Valentine’s Day Scrapbooking Paper Lines Roundup

The scrapbooking world is emerging from a barrage of Christmas projects just in time to start crafting for the next holiday: Valentine’s Day! Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about what paper line(s) you’re going to use for your Valentine’s Day cards, since the big day of all things pink, hearted, and mushy is a mere six weeks away! Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to shop for your supplies and make your cards without feeling rushed.

After my roundup of Christmas scrapbooking lines went live here on Scrapbook Update, I received many, many requests to do a similar article for each holiday. I can’t promise that I’ll do one for every special day on the calendar (there just aren’t that many paper lines for Talk Like a Pirate Day, you know?), but when there are enough themed lines to warrant a roundup, I’ll be sure to post them to keep you all informed!

As with the Christmas roundup, I’m listing all the Valentine’s Day paper lines that were released either at or after CHA Summer 2011 and have scoured the vastness of the interwebs to bring you representative photos of each. They’re listed in alphabetical order, and, since there aren’t nearly so many of them as there were Christmas lines, I’ll also give a little commentary on each.

Ready to start seeing pink? Let’s get going!

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Kissing Booth is a mix of basic patterns (I spy doilies and herringbone in the mix) and sweet watercolor images. This line uses brown as a contrast color and is one of the few cream-based collections in the roundup.

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CHA Summer 2011 | KaiserCraft, Nikki Sivils, and Maya Road

Are you starting to get an idea of just how huge the CHA show floor is?! The summer show is traditionally much smaller than winter, and the Scrapbook Update team still managed to visit enough booths and take enough photos to keep bringing you new goodies for more than a week! Today we’re continuing our booth tours with visits to see what KaiserCraft, Nikki Sivils, and Maya Road have in store for this release.

Australian company KaiserCraft debuted several new lines at the show. As a member of the sales staff said while we were in the booth, their new “13th Hour” collection doesn’t “scream Halloween,” but with its deep purples and golden oranges it could be used for both Halloween or general Fall photos alike.

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In contrast, KaiserCraft’s new “Bonjour” line is filled with soft pastels and sports a Parisian garden theme.

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The “Miss Nelly” line is filled with bright floral prints in punchy colors.

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KaiserCraft is another company that elected to release two Christmas lines this year. “December 25th” is their more traditional offering and is filled with vintage-style holiday imagery.

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“Silly Season” (I absolutely love that name) is the brighter of the two Christmas lines and features snappy pinks, reds, and greens.

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Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker unveiled five new collections featuring Nikki’s darling illustrations. “School is Cool” is Nikki’s back-to-school line, and it contains all the fun primary colors associated with the season.

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“My Little Monster” has some of the cutest little scary guys you could ever hope to meet! It’s great for everyday photos and could be used for Halloween, as well.

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How cute are these corduroy brads and burlap buttons? I just love embellishments like these that are so versatile.

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“Gingerbread Lane,” with its sweet blue and pink color palette and small army of gingerbread men, is Nikki Sivils’ Christmas release.

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Nikki has partnered with Unity Stamps to produce coordinating rubber stamps for many of her lines.

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“Get Well Soon” was the most popular item in Nikki’s booth this CHA. It was the only “get well” themed release that I spotted at the show and fills a niche that’s quite empty in the industry right now.

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Nikki Sivils’ last release, “You’re a Hoot,” features a family of adorable owls.

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Maya Road, known for innovative embellishments and chipboard products, had a strong offering at the CHA Summer 2011 show. Those little chipboard banner ribbons (called “Wavy Layerable Banners”) were on my pre-show picks list, and a member of the booth staff told me that “Home Tweet Home” and “When Skies Are Grey” were popular items, as well.

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Maya Road introduced several new chipboard albums at this show including “Film Strip”, “Wellies Boot”, “Soar” (the butterfly), and a new tab book.

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Wood embellishments are a hot item at this CHA show, and Maya Road debuted several new items in this category including wood doilies, snowflakes, and spools.

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They also introduced two new sizes of bottle caps and several new shades of Maya Mists.

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May Road’s new trims are simply spectacular – so frilly and lush!

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Maya Road made several additions to their kraft line, as well. Clocks, mini tags, mini tickets, snowflakes, and a 2012 calendar set are all new with this release.

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Transparent mini tickets, snowflakes, and ledgers are also new for Summer 2011.

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Maya Road also debuted several new styles of their popular clear stamps.

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And of course, there are new canvas embellishments and albums as well – one of the hottest items in the booth according to their sales staff!

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Maya Road’s design team did a spectacular job with all the booth samples, so we’ll round out this portion of our CHA tour with a closer look at some of them.

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Stay tuned to Scrapbook Update – we have more CHA Summer 2011 booth coverage yet to come!

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Manufacturers Call For Designers

The lull between shows is a great time for manufacturers to refresh their design teams and several manufacturers have calls out right now for new design teams! Here’s a summary of the calls, arranged by due dates:

Stampavie

French-based stamp company Stampavie is looking for four designers for their design team. Design team applicants must have a blog, be willing to supply a minimum of four projects per month to Stampavie, and also be willing to provide physical projects for use in trade show booths and for other purposes. Team members are not restricted from doing other design team work. Stampavie will provide its team members its future collections for free.

Applying for the team is simple – applicants are requested to post a link to their blog in the comments of the Stampavie design team call page. The deadline for applying is midnight GMT on April 9th.

Core’dinations

The company known for their textured cardstock is looking for 8-10 members for their design team. The call is for a one year term on the team, to begin in May 2011.

Core’dinations Design Team members will receive free Core’dinations products, and payment for publications and trade show/catalogue work. The design team’s required work includes providing 3 projects/month for the company’s blog, submitting projects for publication and promoting the company on the designer’s personal blog, and completing projects for exchanges with Core’dinations partner companies.

To apply for the Core’dinations team, applicants need to create a post on their personal blog that includes three projects focusing on Core’dinations products, and supply the link to that post to Core’dinations. The application deadline is April 15th at 4pm EST. For more information and full application instructions, visit the Core’dinations design team application page.

Fiskars

This is the first time that Fiskars has held an open call for its Craft Design Team. They are asking for papercrafters, sewers and quilters with excellent writing and photography skills. The call is hiring designers for a one year term on the team that begins June 1st, 2011. Successful applicants will be required to “Refrain from participating on other design teams or work for any other tool manufacturer that is in direct competition with Fiskars Brands, Inc.” Specifics of compensation will only be revealed to finalists for the team.

The call is requesting a complex application, including the submission of 3 projects. One project is to be accompanied by a step-out, one is to be accompanied by an article of explanation, and one sample project is supposed to be an example of a “unique and innovative” tool use.

The deadline for applying is April 19th at noon CST. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the Fiskars Design Team application page.

Kaisercraft

Kaisercraft is looking for  for a large number of people – 12 contributing design team members and 3 community team members. The term of service is for a year, beginning in July 2011. Design team members will receive Kaisercraft product, and compensation for published projects. Kaisercraft is seeking design team members that can create a wide range of papercrafting projects, and that have solid writing and photography skills, and the ability to create step-outs and materials lists.

To apply, designers need to post an entry on their personal blog containing at least 8 projects containing Kaisercraft products. From these applications, 25 finalists will be chosen to move to a 2nd round of the selection process. The deadline for applying is midnight AEST on May 1st, 2011. For more information and application instructions, visit the Kaisercraft design team application page.

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Kaisercraft Feels Effects of Australian Floods

Leading Australian manufacturer Kaisercraft is feeling the effects of the massive floods that are currently devastating the state of Queensland.

Although the company’s offices are based in Victoria, they have two factory outlet stores in Queensland areas that are affected by flooding. Kaisercraft’s outlet stores do not sell current product lines. Instead the outlets sell outdated product stock, samples, and seconds. Proceeds from the sales of the samples and seconds go to support children’s charities overseas, including kindergartens in Fiji and children’s homes in Sri Lanka and the Phillipines.

One of the Queensland outlets is located in Toowoomba, the town that had an “inland tsunami” go through it, flooding the whole town of 130,000 people in only a matter of minutes. Kaisercraft’s media representative, Alison Wood, tells Scrapbook Update that the store in Toowoomba is closed because the whole town is flooded and she reports that unfortunately the outlet has water trickling in the door.

Kaisercraft’s other Queensland outlet is in Browns Plain. That outlet is also currently closed, according to Wood, because closed roads are making the store inaccessible to staff.

The company hopes to reopen the outlet stores sometime next week, depending on the safety of local road conditionss.

Each of the outlet stores has four staff members. Wood told Scrapbook Update that unfortunately at least some of their staff members have experienced varying amounts of personal property damage in the flooding.

Kaisercraft will be exhibiting at the Craft & Hobby Association show in Los Angeles at the end of the month in booth #3014. Sneak peeks have not yet been shown of the company’s new products.

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Review: KaiserCraft ‘Beyond The Page’ [Giveaway]

KaiserCraft is a company based in Australia that has quickly become one of my favorite imports from the land down under. They make great scrapbooking and paper crafting products, and I always look forward to see what they’ll do next. I don’t spend a lot of time on altered projects. Instead, most of my time and energy goes into scrapbook layouts. That said, I really do like the idea of altered projects, and I love a good product that can help me be creative and save time. It’s for these reasons that I have really grown to love KaiserCraft and their ‘Beyond The Page’ line of products.

shown above: Holly Wreath, Stocking Garland, and Love Monologue

The wood items are easily covered, painted, or otherwise decorated. All come with a small photo of the finished item, but instructions are not included. For some projects it has taken me a bit of time to work out the best way to put it together, but for the most part the pieces I’ve selected are simple enough that it is immediately clear what to do to assemble them.

What I really do enjoy with these projects is that I can choose how easy or hard, how detailed or simple, I want to make them. To start off with, I decorated this tree.

To cover the wood, I used green cardstock (and a light coat of liquid adhesive). Then I cut it apart, and used the KaiserCraft Be Merry elements and their ’Tis The Season’ acrylic holly leaf stamp. Very soon, I had tied this tree together and was ready to hang it up! I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Distress Embossing Powder (with the holly stamp) as well as edging this piece in Distress Ink.

A few items I’d recommend when working with this line include a good adhesive/sealant such as PPA by USArt Quest, sanding tools such as the Basic Grey sanding tool set, and plenty of patience. Whether you’re painting, misting, or paper covering (or some of each) your piece, you’ll want to allow it to dry thoroughly in between sessions to ensure the best possible final product. Whenever I rush I end up with smears, mistakes, and other problems. I also recommend using adhesive all the way to the outer edges when covering with paper so that the edges won’t lift away from the base.

All of that advice is really true for any altered project, and while the tree above only took two sessions, the one below took quite a bit longer than that.

This tree took a number of hours (over a few weeks), but it’s actually a simple enough project. I used paints, mists, and everything else I could think of to make this ultra colorful tree – which is soon to be centerpiece on my buffet.

key supplies used in making of this tree:
KaiserCraft Large Flourish Tree
Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks
Acrylic Paint (KaiserCraft or other brand)
Glitter Glues (Stickles, or other brand)
Making Memories red brads and rhinestones
Distress Crackle Paint in Tarnished Brass
Fiskars squeeze punch (bird wings)
PPA by US Art Quest (adhesive/sealant)
Liquitex irridescent/pearlescent medium

I have seen this particular tree done very simply (and beautifully) in a single paint color, glittered, or otherwise done a lot quicker than I have here. However, I really just wanted to play and have fun. I kept painting on layers of color, testing different products, and if I didn’t like something I simply covered it (once dry) with a new layer. So much fun!

My best advice when working with a large project like this is to frequently take breaks so you don’t burn out or get sloppy. Just relax and enjoy yourself! I chose to work with paints, inks, and other similar mediums so that I could easily layer over color and change things as I went. I didn’t apply the white paint edging to this piece, or the glitter glue, until I was very comfortable with my nearly finished piece.

I have been having so much fun with these pieces that I have found myself looking over the current selection available and thinking about purchasing more items to play with! I recommend the pieces, like these two above, that are very simple in design and have only a few pieces at the most. They are the easiest to use, sturdiest, and the most fun in my opinion. I count the many mini-book options among these. They are exceptionally sturdy books in all shapes and sizes that could be oh-so-fun to customize.

That said, I’ve also enjoyed some of the more intricate pieces available. Above is a screen shot from the KaiserCraft website of their advent calendar. I really appreciate how many projects and images they share both on their blog and the website itself.

The Advent Calendar has a lot of pieces – so expect to spend some time cutting apart and securing all the bits and pieces. What I love most about this piece is that it has a large center area that you can decorate, and also use as a shelf to add little trinkets and holiday cheer.

I chose to paint mine, and decorate the center portion (on the back/base) BEFORE adding all the cubbies and such. I felt this made for much easier decorating, and I didn’t have any pesky paint lines at edges because I was able to work with the individual pieces vs a pre-made piece.

As you can see, I still have some work to do on this project, but I wanted to share these “in progress” photos with you. I am using Crafty Power Tape (by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) to hold the chipboard boxes in place and also on the paper that I’m adhering to them. A strong double sided tape works great to both hold the boxes together and secure the paper.

In this project, I am using one of KaiserCraft’s two holiday lines (Tis the Season) for my Advent calendar and WOW! I sure do love this line. It’s so full of damask, holly, sheet music, and vintage Santas – it’s just my thing. I’m looking forward to using it a lot in my holiday crafting.

I look forward to utilizing a lot more KaiserCraft wood alterable items in the future – for both home decor and paper crafting projects. The prices are reasonable and the results are great every time. I have had a lot of fun sharing a bit about these projects with you and I hope they’ve got you in the mood to put your scrapbooking stash to work “beyond the page”!

We have a giveaway to share here today as well – KaiserCraft has generously provided a box full of goodies from both of their holiday lines as well as a Funky Wreath that one lucky Scrapbook Update winner will win.

How To Enter: All you have to do to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Wednesday night, November 24th. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. U.S. mailing addresses only please.

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