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Have Bots of Fun

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Today, our My Mind’s Eye feature week brings us a card by designer Corri Garza that is “bots” of fun! It’s from the new collection “Boy Crazy” by My Mind’s Eye, the companion collection to the “My Girl” collection that we’ve been featuring the past few days.

A clean and simple style is perfect when designing for boys! On this color blocked design, the patterns do a lot of the work of creating movement. The diagonal stripes move the eye through the card from the sentiment to the robot. The offset blocks underneath the robot highlight the movement of the sticker.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Boy Crazy” (Word Play, Imagine). Stickers: My Mind’s Eye (Boy Crazy Layered Stickers). Stamps: Scrappy Moms. Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Broken China, Weathered Wood). Baker’s Twine: The Twinery.

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. To learn more about Corri, visit her 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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A Pretty Thank You!

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What a pretty way to say “thank you” to someone for something special! I’ve been in love with the cardmaking-friendly supplies that Pebbles has been putting out for awhile now, and designer Corri Garza shows them off here to their full beauty.

The Pebbles paper flower from the Walnut Grove collection was gorgeous but too small to serve as the focal point of the card all by itself. However, by layering it on top of the doily, it became a beautiful large centerpiece for the card’s design!

Small touches finish off this card perfectly. The sentiment in the upper left corner is balanced by the trio of the pearls in the lower right. With the large center element in the design, that is all this card needs to be complete!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Pebbles Basics Cardmaking Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Walnut Grove 3D Paper Flowers), Michaels Stores (Doily), Recollections by Michaels (Pearls). Stamp: Scrappy Moms (Mini Messages). Ink: Staz-on by Tsukineko (Jet Black), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Broken China).

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. To learn more about Corri, visit her blog.


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Holy Cow! Get Well Soon!

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This get well card will bring a smile to the recipient’s face! Designer Susie Moore used a digital stamp to pair an appropriate (and cheery!) cow with the sentiment “holy cow! get well soon!” She even added a bit of glitter (in the form of Stickles) to the angelic cow’s wings when she colored the image!

The blocks of patterned paper on the background is very simple but looks anything but plain with the bold patterns. What really makes this card is the die cut mat around the circular image block. That extra detail makes the focal point stand out from the patterned background more and enhances the fun design of the card.

Supplies | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned Paper: Pebbles. Image:  Bugaboo Stamps. Washi Tape: Michaels Stores. Dies: Spellbinders. Glitter Glue: Ranger Stickles. 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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L.O.V.E.

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What a fun way to say I Love You! Designer Corri Garza combined a bright fun color scheme – pink, white and black – with some trendy embellishments to send her message. Sometimes you don’t need a whole sentiment to get a message across. On this card, one single word says everything necessary!

The three pearls on the top left help, although small, balance out the visual weight of the Scrabble tiles on the lower right. And repeated elements can help tie a design together – the lace echoes the scallop around the heart die cut.

Supplies |  Cardstock: Recollections by Michaels. Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee (Secret Crush). Ink: Ranger TIm Holtz Distress (Worn Lipstick, Soot). Pearls: Kaisercraft. Cut File: Lori Whitlock (Scallop Heart). Other: lace & Scrabble tiles (unknown).

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. To learn more about Corri, visit her blog.


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More Than a Thousand Words

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Sometimes there are no words.  Whether it be love, loss, or just a note, some cards convey a message even without a sentiment.  This card is clearly an “I Love You” card but, because I’ve used so many familiar icons for Valentines and love (hearts, arrows, etc.) a sentiment is not necessary.

[Editor's Note: Britt used a lot of circles in this card - but can you find the visual triangle that she made in the middle of it?]

Supplies | Cardstock: DCWV (pink), American Crafts (red). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (chevron, glitter, corrugated). Stamp: Jillibean Soup for Hampton Art (arrow). Ink: Clearsnap (Fireberry), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Antique Linen). Buttons: Forever In Time. Twine: Hemptique. Die Cutting: Silhouette Cameo (hearts), Spellbinders (circles).

Designer: Britt Bass
Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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