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Happy Birthday With Love

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It’s Evgenia, back with more of Card Annex’s feature week of My Mind’s Eye! This card is from My Mind’s Eye’s new “Collectable” collection.

When I work with bright papers I prefer to focus on using not more then 3 main colors. It is always much easier to work with one collection, where the designers do all the hard work for you and the papers match perfectly.

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Don’t forget about playing with your sewing machine, with using colorful threads you can add more fun to your project!
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By using dies like this butterfly,  you can make your card more dimensional and appealing. Felt is a great way to add texture to a die.

Supplies | Patterned Papers: My Mind’s Eye “Collectable” (Unforgettable:New, Unforgettable:Fresh, Unforgettable:Remember). Tags: Chic Tags (Love Note Artist, Love Note Phrases). Washi Tape: Freckled Fawn. Brads: My Mind’s Eye (Sunny Day). Dies: Papertrey Ink. Felt: Papertrey Ink. Pearls: Wild Orchid Crafts.

Designer: Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer is from Russia. She describes South Africa, where she moved about 2 years ago, as “the most beautiful country that I have ever seen” where she can enjoy the sun almost every day. Evgenia has a 4 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.


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Oh Snap! I Forgot Your Birthday!

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Welcome to day one of our My Mind’s Eye feature week! All this week we’ll be sharing projects from our design team showcasing the new product lines from My Mind’s Eye at CHA Winter 2013.

Today, designer Susie Moore shows off the “My Girl” collection with her retro-infused belated birthday card! The trendy polaroid camera chipboard piece provides the perfect (and fun) focal point for the card, and a great companion for the card’s fun (pun) apology: “Oh snap! I forgot your birthday.” Using foam adhesive to lift the sentiment banner off the background highlights it and helps keep it from getting lost in the busy patterned background.

Matching bold and busy patterns like these can be challenging, but when you use patterns from the same collection, a lot of the work is already done for you. The patterns are already color and style coordinated so all you really need to worry about is scale. Here, Susie choose the smaller kite pattern and matched it with the larger plaid pattern for balance.

Supplies | Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “My Girl” (Bouquet, Kite Strings). Chipboard: My Mind’s Eye (My Girl). Bling: My Mind’s Eye (My Girl). Misc: Ranger Glossy Accents.

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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Happy Birthday

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Evgenia Petzer’s lovely vintage style is the perfect showcase for showing the beauty of tone-on-tone embellishing!  This blue and white patterned paper is so pale that  it mostly appears white to the eye. Layering the white embellishments on top of it gives a subtle effect of texture without being overwhelming. What you see instead is the detail of the embellishments, without being assaulted by their color.

The absence of color for the most part makes the single dark large flower an extra powerful focal point because of the sharp contrast it makes to the rest of the design.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances (Classic Elegance). Vellum Envelope: Melissa Frances. Button: Melissa Frances. Flower: Prima. Die: Papertrey Ink (Doily), Marianne Design (leaves). Font: B52.

Designer: Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer is from Russia. She describes South Africa, where she moved about 2 years ago, as “the most beautiful country that I have ever seen” where she can enjoy the sun almost every day. Evgenia has a 4 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.


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So Sweet Baby Girl

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 When you are delivering a card in person and don’t have to worry about fitting it in an envelope and mailing it, you can really get creative – and dimensional! Designer Evgenia Petzer likes to add details to her cards, and this one has a lot of them hiding in her collage of embellishments.

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The little bottle filled with beads mimics a baby rattle. The various layers of paper background are held in place (or appear to be, at least) by several different kinds of stitching. Gesso was used on one of the buttons to create a textured faux finish. And the distressed edges of the background papers adds just a bit of character to the whole arrangement.

Collage isn’t just for wall hangings or layouts…take it out for a try on a card!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep). Chipboard: Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep). Brads: Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep). Buttons: unknown. Beads: unknown. Felt: Papertrey Ink. Dies: Papertrey Ink (hearts, Parisian Doily). Glass Bottle: Melissa Frances. Rhinestones: Bo Bunny (Isabella). Other: Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio (White Gesso).

Designer: Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer is from Russia. She describes South Africa, where she moved about 2 years ago, as “the most beautiful country that I have ever seen” where she can enjoy the sun almost every day. Evgenia has a 4 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.


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A Monster of a Valentine’s Wish!

Here’s a valentine that your favorite little boy might appreciate more than the traditional pink hearts and lace. It’s full of monster love!

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Would you like to make your own valentine’s monster? It’s easier than it looks – here’s how:

Instructions:

1. Cut grasshopper cardstock to 4×9.

2. Create a trifold card with folds at the 2.5 and 6.5 inch marks. Adhere the edges of the bottom fold to the side of the card to create a pocket.

3. Print sentiment on white paper. Add patterned paper and sentiment to pocket.

4.  Punch circles of differing sizes from raven and white cardstock to create eyes. Hand cut ears from patterned paper and teeth from white cardstock. (Don’t worry about matching. Imperfections will only add to the monster’s charm.

5. Adhere pieces to card to create the face.

When you are done, fill the pocket with candy, gum, or a gift card.

This monster isn’t just for Valentine’s Day! The sentiment could also be changed to make it appropriate for a birthday or lots of other uses.

Supplies | Cardstock: Coredinations (Grasshopper), Bazzill Basics (Raven) and Papertrey Ink (white). Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd (Birthday Boy collection). Circle punches (Fiskars).

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.


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Get Well Soon

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Designer Susie Moore got artsy with her two tone digital stamp on this “get well” card!

The digital stamp on the card has some heavy black areas on the graphic, and Susie carried that through with the black mat and card base.

Coloring doesn’t have to look like a photograph! Susie created a somewhat artsy graphic effect for this card by coloring the graphic all one color and then carried that color through to the background pattern. Thinking outside the box can have beautiful results!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Design (Double Dutch). Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Digital Stamp: Bugaboo Digi Stamps (Dandelions & Butterflies). Markers: Copic.

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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