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Wow, check out all the detail in this card by designer Kathy Martin! Kathy created a mini-collage using a variety of elements from her scrap supply stash. A design like this is perfect for using “leftovers” from other projects – a stray brad or button, a few strips of washi tape, a paper clip. A little ink sprayed across the finished piece makes the random pieces look tied together.

Also, can you find the visual triangle? Take a closer look at the brad, the button and the tiniest of the tags…see how they line up? They make a perfect triangle that frames the focal point sentiment!
Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah Paper (White). Patterned Paper: Unknown. Tags: unknown (white, manilla). Brad: Crate Paper. Button: Crate Paper. Tape: Bella Blvd. Wood  Accent: Studio Calico. Mini Paper Clip: Tim Holtz idea-ology. Jute: May Arts. Ink: unknown.

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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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home by Sharon Callis

This card by designer Sharon Callis is full of touchable detail!

Sharon took a patterned paper scene and stepped it up by adding texture to it with Flower Soft mini flowers. The Flower Soft gives the foliage depth, texture and realistic touchable detail. It also adds a touch of luxury to a card that has an otherwise “down home” style.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Hunkydory Crafts (Celebrations Home). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner), unknown (foam dots). Ribbon: May Arts. Other: Flower Soft (Lavender, Polar White, Baby Pink, & Spring).

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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A Pastel Birthday Celebration

Celebrate in style

This card has such an explosion of fun pattern on it, but in small pieces and from a coordinated collection, the effect is bright and happy instead of chaotic. The ribbon “bundles” the pattern pieces together and forces their visual movement to be vertical.

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The round buttons soften the hard lines of the paper strips, and lead the eye across the card and up to the sentiment as well.

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Using the white Signo Uni-ball gel pen to add stitching detail to the card’s elements is simple, and yet it is the all-important detail that pulls the card together and finishes it.

Supplies | Cardstock: Core’dinations (Pastel Lemon 12×12). Patterned Paper: DCWV (Spring Stack 4.5″ x 6.5″). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, Glue Stick). Buttons: docrafts (Capsule Collection). Sentiment: docrafts (Lucy Cromwell). Floss: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy (Bubblegum, Little Boy Blue, Granny Smith, Avalanche). Pen: Signo Uni-ball (white gel). Ribbon: May Arts (White Satin). Card Blank: 6×6 (unknown).

 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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Teddy Bear: My Heart Sings

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 This dynamic card by designer Carrie Walz will deliver your message of love with a smile!

The patterned papers are selected and coordinated by color and scale of the pattern. The single color, from the same collection, makes them all cohesive. The scale of the patterns is varied, making them work together well. There’s one very small print, one medium print, and one larger one. This keeps the design balanced.

All of the design elements are flat paper, so the bow and stick pin add an important element of dimension and a needed soft touch to the design, making it feel really finished and pulled together.

Supplies | Cardstock: We R Memory Keepers (Black Widow Potion, Crazy for You White). Patterned Paper: Ruby Rock-It Bella Fundamentals (Pink Fusion Weave, Pink Fusion Reel, Pink Fusion Thread). Ribbon: May Arts. Embellishments: Ruby Rock-It (Narratives, DIY Decoupage), Momenta (Black Tie Embossed Message, Clear Layered Black and White Flower Stickers), Little Yellow Bicycle (Clothesline Flower Stick Pins).

Designer: Carrie Walz

Carrie Walz is a stay at home mom of two wonderful children who are the inspiration for her scrapbooking. She is currently designing for Ruby Rock-It, We R Memory Keepers and Paper Issues. She has been scrapbooking for many years and loves seeing the world a different way from the art of scrapbooking and cardmaking, and loves seeing the joy in peoples’ eyes when they receive a handmade card or when they are turning the pages of her scrapbooks.

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