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My Mind's Eye

Today, as part of our My Mind’s Eye feature week, we have another great example of a card highlighting their new “My Girl” collection from CHA Winter 2013. This card by designer Annette Allen combines a wealth of pattern with an exuberant message fit for everyday or a variety of occasions.

The patterned paper provides its own pre-printed sentiment block which makes a quick and easy base for the design. Annette added a unique element to the sentiment block – a half pinwheel, constructed with a die from Lil’inker designs. It adds dimension and flair without overwhelming the sentiment visually. The whole pinwheel would have been overwhelming.

Next, on the right side, Annette added a series of hand cut banners. The coordinated paper collection means the papers go together perfectly without fear of clashing. She “grounded” the banners with self-adhesive pearls from the “My Girl” collection.

For a final touch, a twine wrap around the card adds some touchable texture, and a line that goes vertically to offset the horizontal banner and sentiment block lines. And just that quick…the card is complete!

Supplies | My Mind’s Eye (My Girl). Embellishment: My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots (My Girl). Twine: May Arts (Burlap String). Cardstock: Neenah (white). Adhesive: Scotch 3M (ATG). Die: Lil’inker Designs (mini pen wheel die).

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. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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Happy Mail

Happy Mail

What a beautiful example of Copic coloring we have today from designer Annette Allen in this card meant for a hello through the mail!

Annette used un-themed papers from a Halloween paper pack by October Afternoon to border her card with bright pattern. It’s a great way to use up leftovers when the holiday is over!
Happy Mail

The foam adhesive behind the cut out figure creates depth, making it seem that the character is standing in front of the mailbox. Another nice detail is the stitching detail that is part of the background die and the banner die by Lil’Inker Designs. The stitching makes it seem that the elements are more grounded.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (White). Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (Witch Hazel 8×8 paper pad). Stamps: Tiddly Inks (Happy Mail Clear Stamp Set 3×4). Ink: Tsukineko (Memento Tuxedo Black). Markers: Copic Sketch (E35, E37, E39, Y15, Y17, YR02, YR04, YR07, E74, E77, R81, E00, E000, E0000, R24, W3, W5 AND C0). Dies: Lil’Inker Designs (Stitched Mats Squares, Stitched Sentiment Flag). 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. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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I’m Here For You

For You

Two things were key to achieving the look of designer Annette Allen’s card today: paper piecing and foam adhesive.

Using foam adhesive behind several of her elements – some of the banners and the block that holds the focal point graphic – gives the front of this card movement and depth, instead of it being boring and flat. It also keeps some of the busier patterns a little separated visually, making them easier on the eyes.

For You

Stamps are perfect for making quick and easy paper pieced images like Annette did here. Simply stamp the image on each of the papers that you want to piece with, cut out the pieces like a puzzle, and assemble them! For this image, Annette pieced the clothing and umbrella, and then finished by coloring the skin and shoes. As she said, “The paper did all the work!”

Supplies | Pattern Paper: Echo Park (Everyday Eclectic 6×6 pad). Stamps: Lil’inker Designs (Rain Boy by Sugar Kissed Cottage). Markers: Copic Sketch (E39, E000, E00, E0000, R83 and R81). Baker’s Twine: Timeless Twine (Kraft Brown). 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. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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A Cute I Love You!

I Love You

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.

I love you

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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