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Mother’s Day with Tim Holtz Distress Color of the Month!

[Disclaimer: Some Ranger products used in this project were received as promotional samples. Ranger had no control over how, when or even if they appeared on this website. I only use products that I love to make things that I love to share with my readers.]
Mother’s Day is coming! Greeting card industry statistics show that it is the third most popular holiday of the year to send cards for (after Christmas and Valentine’s Day). Today’s project will help you get ready to send your good wishes to the special mom in your life. As a bonus, I got to play with some of the latest Tim Holtz products from Ranger, Stamper’s Anonymous and Tim Holtz idea-ology along the way – including all three of the Distress Color of the Month products to hit shelves so far in 2015!

I started with Ranger’s 4.25 by 5.5-Inch Watercolor Cardstock, with about one half inch cut off of the top and side. My first element for the card was stamping with Tim’s new Flower Garden stamp set from Stamper’s Anonymous. As soon as I saw that set in the CHA preview I knew I’d be buying it! The beautiful flowers are perfect for so many projects.

It was important to use Archival Ink for stamping the flower and stem because the image needed to be water safe for the steps that happen later.

The next step was to color in the flower with the new Abandoned Coral Distress Marker – the February 2015 Distress Color of the Month! I put pigment in each area of the flower but didn’t go to the edges of the areas, leaving a white border. I did the same thing with the Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker (the January 2015 Distress Color of the Month) for the flower stem.

stamped image to watercolorWith the pigment in place, I grabbed my Fine Detailer Ranger Waterbrush and began spreading it to the edges of each area of the flower. The water diluted it, and let it spread, until it looked like this: Continue Reading →


Cards | Happy Mother’s Day

Today, we’re making a big announcement for National Scrapbook Day!

Please welcome to Scrapbook Update the Card Annex design team! The Card Annex team was founded late last year as part of another Nally Studios property, and is now taking up permanent residence at Scrapbook Update to strengthen our creative offerings here.

Our ten card designers will be bringing you content several times per week to highlight products and teach techniques. Today, you’ll be getting their first three posts for Scrapbook Update, but if you would like to see more, you can visit the Card Annex archives on our site.

First up today, Scrapbook Update’s Card Annex team designer Corri Garza is bringing us a card featuring the products of designer Lori Whitlock, but from two different companies!

The beautiful pink papers on this card are from the Valentine’s Day collection called “Love Story” that Lori designed for Echo Park Paper Company. Who said that you have to put away your seasonal products when the season is over? Lori’s beautiful feminine pink designs in “Love Story” are perfect for Mother’s Day, and would also do well for other occasions like birthdays and baby girls.


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Cards | A Handmade Nest for Mom


Designer Terri Davenport is here today with a unique take on Mother’s Day greetings! We often use the word “nest” in connection with moms and their role in our life…why not put a handmade one on a Mother’s Day card?

In Terri’s own words, here’s her handy technique for making this cute embellishment!

1. Create nest by adhering jute to cardstock. Start in the center and wrap in a spiral. When the nest is the correct size, wrap a few strands upwards to add depth. Tuck the end of the jute under the edge. To note: It may be good to start with a piece of cardstock larger than what’s actually needed. If the nest is off center, it’s easy to trim the edges of the cardstock and center the nest.

2. The eggs are created from buttons. Punch holes in white sticker paper and add dots to the eggs. This gives the eggs their spotted design as well as covering the button holes.

3. Add ribbon, patterned paper and nest/egg accent to card. Finish card with sticker letters.

Supplies | Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white). Ribbon: Offray. Patterned Paper: American Crafts. Letter Stickers: Simple Stories. Other: jute, buttons, sticker paper.

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.


Mom, I Love You

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To create this Mother Day card, I used supplies from Lori Whitlock’s Sweet Girl collection that was released by Echo Park at CHA Winter 2013. I especially like the oversized butterfly with the alphabet design. It’s an adhesive-back chipboard die cut, which I attached using foam dots for extra dimension. To take the stickiness away I sprinkled Martha Stewart glitter on the back of the die cut making it a bit more interesting and fun. You can see some of it from the back of the card (as shown in the bottom photo).

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Sweet Girl Collection Kit). Chipboard and sticker: Echo Park (Sweet Girl). Brad: We R Memory Keepers (Travel Light Fabric Brads). Letter Stickers: American Crafts. Adhesive: Dovecraft. Glitter: Martha Stewart.

Designer: Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!). To learn more about Yana, visit her website.