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Thinking of You

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For this fairly straightforward and quick card, designer Terri Davenport utilized the brand new just-in-stores collection called Boy Crazy that My Mind’s Eye released at CHA Winter 2013.

One of the major design features of this card is the text in the sentiment. Terri used the center of the chipboard circle to take the place of the “o” in you. Also, she was running out of a few of the alpha rub-on letters, so she mixed two different sizes/styles and also turned a “z” on its side to create an “n”.

With the bold patterned paper, and the big text embellishments, this card didn’t need much else. Terri just finished it off with a quick wrap of baker’s twine, and that was the perfect finishing touch! The yellow striped twine repeated the yellow bands on the chipboard element, appearing perfectly “tied” together!

Supplies | Cardstock: Core’dinations. Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Boy Crazy” (Diamonds). Chipboard: My Mind’s Eye (Boy Crazy). Alphabet Stickers: Simple Stories. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs. Baker’s Twine: Twinery.

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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CHA Winter 2013: Simple Stories

The Simple Stories booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with color and fun designs!  The booth was fun, inviting and offered all sorts of fun new ideas for scrapbookers and card makers. As a card maker, I was happy to see clear stamp sets and fun 6×6 paper pads filled with fun designs.

The clear stamps, stickers, and brads all coordinated. They are in different patterns that would capture the eye of any crafter and are great for many occasions. I spoke to Amber Crowell, Founder/Owner of Simple Stories, and her great vision shows in her product. Simple Stories is more then just for scrapbook pages – it is a must-have for card makers too.

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Here’s two of Simple Stories’ new clear stamp sets. Camera icons are a hot trend in papercrafting right now.

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Simple Stories’ new Vintage Bliss collection is a delight. Its fun patterns are not as bright as the typical Simple Stories collections have been:

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A Summer Fresh Thank You!

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Doesn’t this card make you just want to run outside and have a picnic in the sunshine? Designer Evgenia Petzer’s thank you card is a fabulous example of the ease and convenience of working with coordinates to create a flawlessly put-together card. Besides the Simple Stories coordinates, the only other supplies needed to complete this card were a sentiment stamp and some ink. If you have collection kits sitting around half-used, this should inspire you to pull them out and use them up!

Once you have coordinates to work with as the base of your design, a few details can go a long way in creating a finished piece. For this card, Evgenia pulled out a tool that is a staple for many card makers: her sewing machine. A few stitched borders and a single row of decorative zig zag stitching turn this card into a pulled-together work of art. The red stitching fits the country theme perfectly.

Supplies | Patterned Papers & Stickers: Simple Stories (Summer Fresh). Stamps: SP & Company. Ink: Tsukineko Versafine, Papertrey Ink. Other: Sewing Machine and thread.

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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CHA Summer 2012 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

Some shows there’s so much buzz about specific products that the Hot Picks practically write themselves. This show, however, the standouts were more difficult to pick out from a solid field of offerings at a quiet show in Chicago. But after much consideration, and some difficult decisions about some eliminations to get the list to only ten, here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks List for CHA Summer 2012:

Martha Stewart Adhesive Silk Screens by Plaid

I knew as soon as I saw (and tried) this product that it would be a hot pick! These silkscreens are an extension of Plaid’s fabulous line of Martha Stewart acrylic paints and adhesive stencils – and the silkscreens really impress.

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Noteworthy | 4.06.2012

Welcome to the first edition of Noteworthy by Nancy! May has decided to retire her Noteworthy hat, so I’m taking over to make sure that Scrapbook Update still brings you all the highlights of the scrapbook industry happenings each week.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been long enough since CHA in January that we are starting to see announcements about mid-release collections. This week brought a whole new stack of releases that will be hitting store shelves soon, as well as a few other fun bits and pieces!

Teresa Collins made several big announcements this week! The first announcement was a mid-release line for spring called Sweet Afternoon. In contrast to the bold colors in most of her recent lines, this new release is created in delicate pastels.

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Paperclipping Roundtable # 91: Scrapbooking The Military

This week we were joined at the table by military wives Stephanie Howell and Elizabeth Dillow, to talk about military scrapbooking and scrapbooking while your loved one is far away.

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