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Annette Allen is here today with another great card showing off some beautiful Dear Lizzy products from American Crafts! What’s not to love about the combination of beautiful colors and trendy elements like feathers and burlap?

In Annette’s own words, here’s a bit about her design:

I just love the 5th and Frolic collection by Dear Lizzy from American Crafts! This collection is full of fun designs and great embellishments. I love the already added buttons and gems not to mention the different fabric textures. This collection really wowed me and I enjoyed putting this card together!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic). Embellishments:  Dear Lizzy (5th and Frolic). Stamps:  Papertrey Ink  (Fillable Frames #5). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Adhesives:  3M (Scotch Advanced Tape Glider), American Crafts (foam adhesives). 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. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.



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Graphic 45 | It’s Your Day

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Designer Yana Smakula is here today to show off some fabulous Graphic45 from their Secret Garden collection!

The beautiful intricate pattern of the lavender paper makes the large expanse of pattern appear lush and full, instead of feeling like white space since the paper is the only element. The curving arc across the top of the patterned paper – cut with a Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One die –  is the perfect soft way to top the block of pattern off. A straight line would have been too harsh and graphic to match well with the other design elements.

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This card also has a design element that could serve double duty. The seed packet cards are tucked into a pocket created behind the patterned paper element – that pocket could also serve to hold a gift like a gift card or tickets.

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 “Secret Garden” (Sun Kissed). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur). Dies: Spellbinders (A2 Curved Borders One). Stamp: Technique Tuesday (Wildflowers). Ink: Tsukineko. Gems: Dovecraft. Adhesive: Dovecraft. Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile (Corner Chomper).

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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Technique Tuesday | Be Brave

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For today’s exploration of the Technique Tuesday releases from CHA Winter 2013, we bring you designer Sharon Callis! Sharon worked with a design block set called “Woodland Inspirations“, showing it off with her frilly and feminine style.

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The obvious usage for block sets like these is to use all the blocks together in a grid design of some sort. But as Sharon proves, the small blocks can stand alone as well if they are integrated into a larger element like the die cut elements that Sharon layered them with to give them more visual weight.

It’s the small details in this card that really tie it together. The bird in the stamped design echoes the small bird in the background paper . The die cuts also create repetition because they coordinate – the swirl in the leaves matches the swirl in the border, and the cut-out designs coordinate between the border and the oval.

Supplies | Stamp: Technique Tuesday (Woodland Inspirations). Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint), Tsukineko Staz-On (Black). Patterned Paper: Trimcraft (Birdsong 12×12 stack), docrafts (pink A5 vellum). Dies: Crafter’s Companion Die’sire (Roses Small, Lace Border 5, Leaf 2, Ornamental Oval Frame, Tags 1). Gems: docrafts. Adhesives: Xyron (Mega Runner, 5″ Creative Station). Other: Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon recycled from Costume Jewelry.

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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Technique Tuesday | Thinking of You

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Welcome back to Technique Tuesday week on Card Annex! Thanks for joining us as we feature the latest product releases from Technique Tuesday at CHA Winter 2013!

Designer Yana Smakula brings us a card that is a great reminder to remember to make use of those sentiments that are often “add on” elements in a stamp set. We often forget they are there, but they can be the primary reason to reach for a stamp set if you remember that they are there! This sentiment is from the new “Wildflowers” stamp set:

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 The sentiment is slightly small for the die cut that Yana wanted to use it on, so she added pearls on either side of it to both fill the space and highlight the text.

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Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Graphic45 (Secret Garden). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur). Dies: Spellbinders (Gold Corners One, 5×7 Detailed Scallops, A2 Bracket Borders One). Stamp: Technique Tuesday (Wildflowers). Ink: Tsukineko. Gems and pearls: Hero Arts. Sewing machine: Dragonfly. Adhesive: Dovecraft Foam Dots. Ribbon: Dovecraft. Sugar Pick: Jillibean Soup (Red/Brown)

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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Happy Mail

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What a beautiful example of Copic coloring we have today from designer Annette Allen in this card meant for a hello through the mail!

Annette used un-themed papers from a Halloween paper pack by October Afternoon to border her card with bright pattern. It’s a great way to use up leftovers when the holiday is over!
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The foam adhesive behind the cut out figure creates depth, making it seem that the character is standing in front of the mailbox. Another nice detail is the stitching detail that is part of the background die and the banner die by Lil’Inker Designs. The stitching makes it seem that the elements are more grounded.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (White). Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (Witch Hazel 8×8 paper pad). Stamps: Tiddly Inks (Happy Mail Clear Stamp Set 3×4). Ink: Tsukineko (Memento Tuxedo Black). Markers: Copic Sketch (E35, E37, E39, Y15, Y17, YR02, YR04, YR07, E74, E77, R81, E00, E000, E0000, R24, W3, W5 AND C0). Dies: Lil’Inker Designs (Stitched Mats Squares, Stitched Sentiment Flag). Adhesive: Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam).

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. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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A Pretty Thank You!

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What a pretty way to say “thank you” to someone for something special! I’ve been in love with the cardmaking-friendly supplies that Pebbles has been putting out for awhile now, and designer Corri Garza shows them off here to their full beauty.

The Pebbles paper flower from the Walnut Grove collection was gorgeous but too small to serve as the focal point of the card all by itself. However, by layering it on top of the doily, it became a beautiful large centerpiece for the card’s design!

Small touches finish off this card perfectly. The sentiment in the upper left corner is balanced by the trio of the pearls in the lower right. With the large center element in the design, that is all this card needs to be complete!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Pebbles Basics Cardmaking Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Walnut Grove 3D Paper Flowers), Michaels Stores (Doily), Recollections by Michaels (Pearls). Stamp: Scrappy Moms (Mini Messages). Ink: Staz-on by Tsukineko (Jet Black), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Broken China).

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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Have A Great Day

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Think a simple black stamped image is boring? Designer Sharon Callis proves that it doesn’t have to be! It’s all about the background here when Sharon stamped her Mini stamp on a funky yellow pattern from Authentique’s Blissful collection. The pattern and bold color, contrasted with the black graphic, bring a fun retro vibe to this greeting!

With its gray and yellow color scheme, and the car graphic, this card would be great to send to a man – but is still fine for a woman with retro taste, too. The sentiment can be adapted with a note inside when sending it to fit a special day like a birthday, as well as just being for everyday. It’s always a great idea to have some flexible, general purpose cards like this tucked away in your card stash so you are never left without a card for an occasion.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper 6×6 pad (Blissful). Stamp: docrafts (Nostalgia Classic Cars by John Byars). Ink: Tsukineko StazOn (Jet Black). Ribbon: unknown. Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner).

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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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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