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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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I’ve Bean Missing You!

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Sometimes all it takes for a great card is the perfect die cut to go with a fun sentiment stamp! Designer Corri Garza used a My Mind’s Eye 6″x6″ paper pad to create a wonderfully coordinated splash of pattern on this fun card. It might be tempting to use shades of brown and black with a coffee-themed stamp and a coffee cup die cut, but the bright graphic patterns give a much happier tone to the card and its sentiment. The key is to mix the colors and size of the patterned paper. Corri contrasted the bold plaid with a more subtle geometric patterned paper.

Supplies | Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white). Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye Six by Six (A Mother’s Love). Stamps: Scrappy Moms (Freshly Brewed). Ink: Tsukineko StazOn (Jet Black), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Broken China). Digital Die Cutting File: Silhouette (Coffee Cup To  Go). Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon (Shimmer Satin). Embellishment: Recollections by Michaels (glitter heart).

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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Special Friend

 

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Designer Annette Allen’s attention to detail on this card shows how much she values the recipient of this special greeting! Everywhere that you look, she’s added a little extra step to this design that makes it extra fabulous!

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The lovely border around the card was created with baker’s twine and an opaque pen. The white in both items ties them together very nicely but they don’t look repetitive since the textures are so different.

Detail is also key to making the turtle figure look finished and engaging. Stamping the stamp again on patterned paper and paper piecing the shell on top of the first turtle stamp made the shell stand out and look coordinated with the background as well. Putting Stickles on the turtle’s toenails really turns up the cute factor as well!

Finally, Annette’s liberal use of foam adhesive really makes this card work. First she used it to set the sentiment block apart from the background. Then she created a 2nd small layer of depth by using foam adhesive when adhering the patterned paper shell on the turtle. It looks more real, and also gives visual interest to the piece.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (white, desert storm). Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (Neapolitan 6×6). Stamps: Paper Smooches (Party Posse, Sentiment Sampler). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Twine: Timeless Twine (Olive Green). Glitter Glue: Ranger Stickles (Cotton Candy). Pen: Kuretake Zig Opaque Writer (Arctic White). Adhesives: Martha Stewart Crafts (All Purpose Gel), Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam adhesive).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations.


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A Lollipop Girl Thank You!

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Designer Susie Moore added extra little details to this image made with a digital stamp that really stepped it up to the next level! Paper piecing the dress and bow added some pattern to the image. Then a touch of Stickles adds some glitter “pop!” to the dress and the lollipop.

Sometimes, even when all of your patterned papers are from the same collection (as these are) an additional element can still make them seem more coordinated. In this case, the papers are all orange but the base paper has blue in the pattern and the others don’t. Adding the blue rhinestone embellishments to the banners gave them a touch of blue to make them coordinate better with the base pattern.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Echo Park Paper Company Love Story (So Sweet), Lily Bee Design (Double Dutch 6×6 pad). Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Digital Stamp: By Lori Designs. Markers: Copic. Misc: Ranger Stickles, Rhinestones (unknown).

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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Designer Susie Moore is Card Annex’s resident digital stamp aficionado, and today she has made a happy and fun birthday card with one from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

The graphic block along with the two patterned paper areas create a very nice color blocked effect, and the rhinestones add some real sparkle to the colored stars. The round buttons create a visual triangle with the third round object on the card – the balloon – and add some curves to a card whose basic lines are all straight lines, softening them.

This shade of green was extremely prevalent in the new product lines at the CHA Winter 2013 show…I think we’ll be seeing a lot of it in 2013!

Supplies | Papers: Creative Memories. Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Markers: Copic. Image: Bugaboo Digi Stamps (Make It Snappy -Happy Birthday). Buttons: Papertrey Ink. Misc: Ranger (Glossy Accents) and rhinestones (unknown).

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! Surprise!

 

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Designer Britt Bass describes this fun birthday card as her “first really good experience with printable elements”. She attributes this partly to the image quality of the Elle’s Studio images, which printed “perfectly.” Also, Britt believes that using good quality, smooth, and most importantly bright white cardstock to print the elements really made a difference in the quality of the final result.  Using better cardstock also made these easier to cut out using a nice, sharp pair of scissors. The printable elements are more cost effective than their paper siblings (there’s no shipping, and the two-page set was only $3.99) and quicker (Britt had the printed elements in her hands in less than ten minutes from the moment she signed into the website).  Many companies like Elle’s Studio and Echo Park are offering collection-coordinated digitals, and they are definitely not just for digital scrapbookers. Hybrid crafting is awesome!  And, if you really love the collection you can print a digital element over and over – which is a great way to do some card mass-production without breaking the bank!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine “Noteworthy” Collection); Cardstock: DCWV (The Glitter Stack), The Paper Company (White); Paper Elements: Elle’s Studio ( “Everyday Greetings” Printables); Punches: Marvy (3″ Circle), Martha Stewart (Loopy Doily); Tools: Ranger (Ink Applicator), Fiskars (Scissors, Trimmer); Ink: Tim Holtz for Ranger (“Tea Dye” Distress Ink); Adhesive: Recollections (Foam Squares), Xyron (Mega Runner); Other: blue lace trim.

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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