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Changes At Spellbinders

According to a statement issued by Spellbinders, the company has taken on Pennsylvania-based private equity firm RAF Industries as a “partner”.

RAF Industries is a privately-held private equity fund based in Pennsylvania that specializes in buying successful companies from the entrepreneurs that founded them and then keeping the founder on in the company post-acquisition to continue to provide the vision and drive that made the company successful.

As part of the new relationship with RAF, Jeffrey Caron’s position as Spellbinders CEO has been discontinued. He is now serving in what the company calls a “consulting role”. Dan Simonson is now fulfilling the role of COO at Spellbinders. Simonson joined Spellbinders as Director of Finance in late 2010 after serving as a consultant to the company for two and a half years, giving him almost six years experience with the company.

“Jeff and I are excited to partner with a world-class organization such as RAF Industries. Working with RAF Industries will allow for future growth.  It is an affirmation of our continued commitment to bring the most innovative products to the global marketplace,” Stacey Caron says of the new partnership. Continue Reading →

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Cards | Thinking of You

We finish off today with Card Annex team designer Yana Smakula. She brings you this hello that is full of sunshine (something we haven’t seen all week here in the so-called “sunshine state”) with help from some fabulous Pebbles products!

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I fell in love with the Pebbles Basics Pads the moment I saw them, and patterns like this yellow chevron are the reason why! They are so quick and easy – just grab a sheet and fold it to make a card! Continue Reading →

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Cards | Happy Mother’s Day

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Designer Susie Moore joins us today to show us her Mother’s Day card made only with scraps!

Check out what she had to say about making it:

This card was created with only scraps right out of my scrap drawer! I had bits and pieces of this and that which I layered until I had enough for a card.

But as Susie says, “the real stars of the show are the large and small butterfly brads from Eyelet Outlet.” These realistic-looking brads are a soft feminine touch perfect for Mother’s Day!

Supplies | Paper: scraps. Brads: Eyelet outlet (butterflies). Dies:  Spellbinders (rectangle and scalloped rectangle). Font: LD Typeset.

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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Cards | Hello

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Susie Moore is back again today with a digital card of a different kind this time! This time she’s showing us some more of her work with one of her favorite cardmaking tools – digital stamps. Susie shows time and again how a great digital image, a workhorse die, and some fun patterned paper can make a wonderful greeting!

The twine is a great touch with this image – the fiber texture makes it extra easy to almost “feel” the sock monkey in the digital image. The line provided by the twine also “grounds” the monkey because it provides something visually for him to appear to be standing on.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Pebbles. Cardstock: PaperTrey Ink. Digital Image: Bugaboo Stamps. Twine: The Twinery. Dies: Spellbinders. Brad: American Crafts (Gold Sparkle).

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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Cards | Love This

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Feathers are hot, and as designer Yana Smakula illustrates in this card, they have a ton of uses! Here, Yana used them as a design substitute for a floral element. Feathers can substitute almost anywhere that you would use a flower!

Yana also used the dies to create negative space on this design. Instead of cutting out the dies and adhering the shapes, she took the front panel of her card and used the dies to cut the shapes out of it. The negative space then allows the card base to show through.

The rule of threes was used well here – the pearls and the large shapes all are present in threes, and there are even three sub-panels of patterned paper that make up the front panel of the card. It provides balance and flow to the eye.

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic 6×6 pad). Chipboard: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic). Pearls: Dovecraft (Tea Party). Adhesive: Dovecraft (foam squares, foam tape, clear squares). Die: Spellbinders Paper Arts (On The Edge, Say What).

Designer: Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!). To learn more about Yana, visit her website.


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