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A Happy Birthday cupcake!

Happy Birthday by Corri Garza

With this festive (and yummy looking) birthday card, designer Corri Garza shows the ease of pulling together a perfectly coordinated card from a collection kit. The stickers and patterned paper are all from the Cakewalk collection by October Afternoon, immediately creating a perfectly put together look for these birthday wishes!

This card’s true delight, however, is in the subtle texture and detail of the cupcake focal element. The use of embossing folders to add texture to the die cut element is a quick and easy step that takes the cupcake from simple to amazing. The diamonds on the bottom create a more realistic cupcake look, and the swirls on the top give movement and depth to the patterned paper “frosting”.
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As a last special treat, Corri gave the card some sparkle by applying glitter over the heart area on the cupcake’s bottom wrapper. To make the application of the glitter less messy, Corri ran the base layer of the cupcake through the Xyron, applied the layers together and then sprinkled the heart area with coarse glitter.

Supplies | Cardstock: Recollections by Michaels (Kraft). Patterned Paper & Stickers: October Afternoon (Cakewalk Collection Kit). Glitter: Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter (Crystal). Digital Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo. Digital Cutting Files: Silhouette (Lori Whitlock CupcakeLori Whitlock Tab). Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Worn LipstickSpun Sugar), Tsukineko Staz-On (Jet Black). Adhesive: Xyron (Create-a-Sticker Machine), Scotch ATG applicator, foam dots (unknown). Embossing Folders: Provo Craft Cuttlebug (D’vine Swirls), Sizzix (Diamond & Snow Cap). Stamps: Scrappy Moms (Mini Messages).

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.


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Happy New Year 2013!

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Happy New Year 2013 to everyone from Card Annex!

This card by Susie Moore is a great example of the usefulness of electronic die cut machines for card making. A specialty cut like “2013″ is something that you’d never buy a manual die for because of the expense and the limited “shelf life” of the image. But the much lower price point of an electronic cut file makes it perfect for limited use specialty projects like this one.

Susie also shows how you can give your patterned paper new life in your cards by using the “B” sides of the papers. Who would have guessed that this card is made from October Afternoon’s woodland themed collection? Through carefully selecting and combining several of the “B” side patterns, Susie created an entirely different theme with the papers.

This card didn’t just give new life to paper – the die cut “happy” is from a digital cut file that originally said “Happy Father’s Day.”

Supplies| Patterned Papers:  October Afternoon (Woodland Park: Bunny Tail Trail, Old Mill Bridge). Cardstock:  PaperTrey Ink. Digital Cut Files:  Silhouette  (Curlicue 2013, Happy Father’s Day). Bling: unknown. Dies: Spellbinders (Square), PaperTrey Ink (Pinking Shears Border).

Designer: Susie Moore

Susie Cannon Moore is married to her soulmate Randall, and between them they have five grown children – four boys and one girl – and five wonderful grandchildren. They live in a small country town called Maypearl, Texas. Susie has been paper crafting all her life, but started scrapbooking seriously in 1998. She  has been published in Paper Crafts and Just Steampunk, and also have been on HGTVʼ’s Crafterʼ’s Coast to Coast. Susie loves to scrapbook her family, and do mini books (mostly as gifts). Card making is also a passion she has embraced for years. As a computer nerd, she especially enjoys using digis. In May of 2011, Susie, who has been a dieaholic from the early Sizzix days, started a website devoted to crafting with dies. You can visit her website at The Dies Have It.


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Noteworthy | 9.10.2012

To kick the week off this week with Noteworthy, we’ve got some big announcements from some industry favorites, and some design team news, too!

Ranger is having their annual warehouse sale again! The sale is this Saturday, September 15th, 2012, from 9am-2pm at Ranger’s Tinton, NJ headquarters. Discontinued or imperfect products will be sold at prices up to 75% off of wholesale pricing. Sales will be made by cash or check only, no credit card sales. For more information and directions to the sale, see Ranger’s 2012 warehouse sale announcement.

Heidi Swapp has a new digital shop! She’s selling her past release paper lines, and digital elements (including SVG cutting files) that coordinate with her products.

Heidi Swapp No Limits Digital Word Stickers

 To celebrate the opening of the new digital store at HeidiSwapp.com, all products are 25% off through Friday, Sept. 14th if you use coupon code HEIDI. Continue Reading →

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From Trend to Staple | Decorative Tape and Baker’s Twine

Trends have come and gone ever since the advent of modern scrapbooking, but sometimes a trend sticks around long enough to move out of the fad stage and become a staple. We’ve seen it happen with many supplies and motifs over the years (clouds, woodgrain, and bling are just a few examples). Thinking back to what I saw at CHA Winter 2012, it’s apparent two more once trendy supplies have firmly cemented their staplehood: baker’s twine and decorative or washi tape. These two items were found in many, many booths on the CHA Winter 2012 show floor and will be plentiful this season on store shelves.

You know an item has become a staple when We R Memory Keepers adds it to their lineup of basic embellishments. This season both tape and twine join the ranks of brads and other staple items on We R’s rainbow wall of embellishments.

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