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CHA Sneak Peek Highlights – Part 1

The sneak peeks are starting to trickle out (due to the way the holidays occur this year, don’t expect the avalanche until probably the week of January 6th). Despite the fact that relatively few are out yet, there are still some really great ones worth putting on your wish list already!

Amy Tangerine has knocked it out of the park – AGAIN – with her new “Plus One” collection. It coordinates with her previous collections, continuing the same palette and style while still somehow looking fresh. A plethora of small patterns makes this perhaps the most usable of all the Amy Tangerine collections to date.

Several items stand out from the collection. These flair badges are particularly appealing, very versatile and so workable for a huge amount of applications: Plus One Flair Continue Reading →

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Cards | Made with LOVE for Friends

Hi All… Card Annex Designer Deena Ziegler here to bring you some card inspiration today.

This week I got a couple uninterrupted hours to get creative in my craft room. I set out to create one “friendship” card for my post today, but, that turned in to a run away session of cutting, gluing and making a huge mess. I was in love with the super cute – just my style – papers from Bella Blvd that were sent to me last week. I love when all the creative planets align and designing projects I love becomes so easy!

While the Bella Blvd “Love and Marriage” line was meant to be for weddings, I think it’s also well suited for all girly occasions.

For this little 4×4 card, I layered up several layers of patterned paper and topped it off with a Thinlit die from Sizzix, called “For the Record 2 – Documented” from the new Echo Park collection. The sticker letters are so tiny and adorable, I love well designed products like these.

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Cards | Celebrate…Happy Birthday

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Designer Deena Ziegler is here today with a card that shows blocking taken to a whole new level!

Deena used blocking on this card to create distinct areas for two different sentiment phrases on the front of the card, allowing them to co-exist in the design without seeming to compete with each other. The longer sentiment got a larger, more elaborate mounting block, while the simpler sentiment (happy birthday) got a smaller, simpler background block. This also helped the card’s balance by giving the eye someplace to rest that wasn’t too busy.

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Die Cuts: Sizzix. Stamp: Stampin’ Up!. Twine: May Arts. Patterned Paper: October Afternoon. Rhinestones & buttons: unknown. Pen: EK Success. Ink: Ranger.

Designer: Deena Ziegler

Deena Ziegler has been a crafter for as long as she can remember. Her Mom, Grandma, and Aunts were always crafting up some project and they were happy to teach her everything they knew. Baking, sewing, needlework, you name it, they did it! As a young mom Deena became a professional crafter, and now she works at Sizzix as a Craft Designer, teaches card making classes, teaches online at My Creative Classroom, and owns and operates a small card kit business – and she blogs all about it. Deena enjoys finding ways to be creative in daily life by repurposing, giving handmade and creating with her daughters.


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A Friendly Bird

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Cards are a great chance to use those paper scraps that you’ve been saving, or those really old papers that you’ve been hoarding! Here, designer Deena Ziegler used a black patterned paper from scrapbooking company Scenic Route, which closed several years ago, along with several other papers that she pulled from her stash.

Scraps are also great for making small die cuts that are perfectly sized for cards. Some card makers even cut their scraps into die cut shapes and save them that way, ready to use.

Using scraps and stash can be a great way to find inspiration – dig through your papers and pull out different random things you find and you might be surprised how you make them work together!

Supplies | Patterned Papers: Scenic Route, unknown.  Dies: Sizzix. Ribbon: Offray. Stamp: Anna Griffin. Cardstock: Bazzill.

Designer: Deena Ziegler

Deena Ziegler has been a crafter for as long as she can remember. Her Mom, Grandma, and Aunts were always crafting up some project and they were happy to teach her everything they knew. Baking, sewing, needlework, you name it, they did it! As a young mom Deena became a professional crafter, and now she works at Sizzix as a Craft Designer, teaches card making classes, teaches online at My Creative Classroom, and owns and operates a small card kit business – and she bloga all about it. Deena enjoys finding ways to be creative in daily life by repurposing, giving handmade and creating with her daughters.


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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”.
Happy Birthday by Corri Garza detail

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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Events | 2012 Stampin’ Up! Convention

Editor’s Note: The annual Stampin’ Up! convention is one of the largest events of its kind in the industry, but since it is a private event, little is usually heard about it in the mainstream scrapbook media. This year, freelance writer Connie Myers was invited to attend by Stampin’ Up!, and she offered to share her experience with Scrapbook Update’s readers. Her report below provides a fascinating window into the company culture that has created the success of Stampin’ Up! as an organization, as well as an informative look at the company’s latest new products and marketing focus. — Nancy

Thousands of women cheered as the doors opened for the first General Session of the 2012 Stampin’ Up! Convention, held July 18th-21st, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Stampin' Up Convention Doors Opening

Inside, as lights flashed and party music played, 3500 demonstrators walked, ran and danced through a gauntlet of 500 Stampin’ Up! employees offering applause, hugs, and high fives. Continue Reading →

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