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Technique Tuesday | One Day At A Time

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Welcome to the start of our new feature week on Card Annex! This week we will be featuring the new CHA Winter 2013 releases all week from one of my favorite stamp companies, Technique Tuesday.

Today, designer Susie Moore brings us a card made with the “Important Stuff” stamp set:

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In addition to having some designs that are perfect for the front of cards, this 4×6 set has a stamp for signing the back of cards, and a few designs that are perfect for using in your Project Life album, too!

Heat embossing the “1 Day at a time” design – which has thick bold lines – over the fine text print patterned paper creates fabulous contrast and still allows the detail of the pattern to show. Susie used pre-coordinated papers from the Stationery Noted collection by Teresa Collins to make matching her patterns quick and easy.

Banner elements can sometimes look like they are at loose ends – literally – so “fastening” them down visually with a pearl stud keeps them from flying away visually and draws the eye vertically.

Supplies | Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Important Stuff). Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins (Stationery Noted). Dies: Spellbinders, MFT Stamps (banner). Bling: 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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My Mind’s Eye | Life is Good with You Around

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The next installment in our My Mind’s Eye feature week comes from Card Annex designer Sharon Callis! Today, Sharon is highlighting part of the new Collectable collection that was introduced at CHA Winter 2013.

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 The lovely paper flowers were handmade by Sharon from paper scraps! It’s a great way to make custom embellishments that are just perfect for your card.

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Layering dark patterned paper behind the die-cut cutouts created a jeweled effect in the die cut! Sharon also emphasized the ede of her sentiment panel by inking the edges with a soft rose ink – Tim Holtz’a Tattered Rose Distress Ink. The sentiment panel is a 3×4 card cut from a patterned paper, but Sharon customized it by punching the corners.

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Supplies | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Collectable” (Charm, Pleasant, Journal, Tale). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, Glue Stick, Creative Station). Die: Spellbinders (A2 Floral Ribbon Threader Nestabilities). Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Tattered Rose).

Designer: Sharon Callis

Sharon Callis lives in Ireland and has been a crafter for over twenty years.  In 2011, Sharon was named ‘Cardmaker of the Year’ by Cardmaking and Papercraft/ Quick Cards made Easy’ Magazines in the UK. Sharon’s work has been featured in publications such as Creative Cardmaking, Papercraft Essential, Create and Craft TV, Cardmaking and Papercraft as well as on various craft companies Facebook pages and blogs. She currently designs for Xyron, gel-a-tins and Little Yellow Bicycle. In addition to her passion for papercrafts, Sharon also likes to do a wide variety of crafts: knit, sew, cross stitch, machine embroider, plastic canvas, costume design, woodcraft, dollshouse miniatures, sketching, home decor, model making and baking. To learn more about her,visit her blog.


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My Mind’s Eye Spotlight: Happy Birthday

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Welcome to day two of our feature week highlighting the new CHA Winter 2013 releases by My Mind’s Eye!

I simply LOVE this new My Mind’s Eye collection called “Collectable” by Jen Allyson.  This collection is split into four different color ways: Notable, Memorable, Remarkable, and Unforgettable.  This card features cardstock from “Memorable” which uses some of my favorite patterns and a pretty pink and green color scheme.  I used one of the “Memorable: Hello” papers to create my medallion by cutting the little doily images from it and stacking them with foam adhesive.  This type of brad embellishment is also available in a pre-made form from My Mind’s Eye but, since I didn’t have matching ones on hand, I improvised!  I love the result.

My Mind’s Eye papers just feel good in your hand, not to mention the beautiful colors and the something-for-everyone color variations found in each collection. “Collectable” by Jen Allyson is to die for and I loved playing with it!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Collectable: Memorable” (Friendly, Flawless, Details). Cardstock: DCWV (Olive). Stamp: Anna Griffin (sentiment). Punches: Fiskars (scallop border), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper scallop). Die: Spellbinders (Ribbon Banners). Chipboard: unknown (letters).

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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Forever Yours

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Designer Sharon Callis shows us on this absolutely beautiful card that using a lot of bling doesn’t have to mean creating a design that is flashy and in-your-face. Instead, it can be elegant and sophisticated, and even delicate.

Sharon created the softer effect with her bling in several ways. Using stone colors that created a tone-on-tone effect with the background paper helped, as did the choice of pearls for a large portion, since they are gentler on the eyes. Mixing rhinestones in with the pearls also creates a less flashy effect from the rhinestones than if they were used alone.

Another important element in this card is the edge detail. Everywhere you look, there are edges with intricate detail: the oval mat, the border and filigree die cuts, and even the flower appears to have edge detail because of the soft fabric. Echoing this edge detail with the pearl shape emphasizes it even more.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Trimcraft First Edition paper ‘J’Adore’ 12 x 12 Stack. Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, 150X, Glue Stick). Dies: Spellbinders (Shapeabilities ‘Antique Frame and Accents’ by Samantha Walker s5-083, Nestabilities ‘ Floral Ovals’ s4-356). Stones: Prima (‘Say it with Pearls’ #554163), docrafts (adhesive transparent stones #PMA351403). Flowers: Prima (‘Tasha Forest’ #556969). Topper: docrafts (Vintage Notes ‘Forever Yours’).

Designer: Sharon Callis

Sharon Callis lives in Ireland and has been a crafter for over twenty years.  In 2011, Sharon was named ‘Cardmaker of the Year’ by Cardmaking and Papercraft/ Quick Cards made Easy’ Magazines in the UK. Sharon’s work has been featured in publications such as Creative Cardmaking, Papercraft Essential, Create and Craft TV, Cardmaking and Papercraft as well as on various craft companies Facebook pages and blogs. She currently designs for Xyron, gel-a-tins and Little Yellow Bicycle. In addition to her passion for papercrafts, Sharon also likes to do a wide variety of crafts: knit, sew, cross stitch, machine embroider, plastic canvas, costume design, woodcraft, dollshouse miniatures, sketching, home decor, model making and baking. To learn more about her,visit her blog.


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Holy Cow! Get Well Soon!

Susie Moore - Get Well Soon

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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CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

It’s been a tough decision to make this time around…there were a few hard choices to make in narrowing it down…but it’s finally here: The CHA Winter 2013 Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks list!

The show was buzzing with excitement as we rang in 2013 in Anaheim. Attendees were very optimistic about the future. The Hot Picks definitely reflect that excitement over new directions and a new evolution happening in the industry.

So, in no particular order, here’s the Top Ten Hot Picks for CHA Winter 2013!

Becky Higgins’ Project Life

So let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Project Life was already hot, hot, hot with consumers before the announcement that it would be available wholesale starting at CHA Winter 2013, and in Anaheim, retailers flocked to the Project Life booth so that they can give their customers the latest trend they are asking for!

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