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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.


Wedding Wishes



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.




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.


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!

Basic GreyKissing Booth

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.





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



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






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.




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






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.



“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.




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


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





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





“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.






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





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.





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









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.




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



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





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.




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



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



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!




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.






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:


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.


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.


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 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.