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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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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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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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Home Sweet Home

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This card by designer Sharon Callis is full of touchable detail!

Sharon took a patterned paper scene and stepped it up by adding texture to it with Flower Soft mini flowers. The Flower Soft gives the foliage depth, texture and realistic touchable detail. It also adds a touch of luxury to a card that has an otherwise “down home” style.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Hunkydory Crafts (Celebrations Home). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner), unknown (foam dots). Ribbon: May Arts. Other: Flower Soft (Lavender, Polar White, Baby Pink, & Spring).

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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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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Especially For You

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A patterned paper with a design that isn’t “all over” can serve as an excellent base for a quick card! Designer Sharon Callis demonstrates that technique perfectly here using a paper from Prima’s Rondelle A4 paper pad. The bird and flower design become key elements in the scene she created in the corner of her card simply through her placement and cutting of the paper.

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Also, Sharon provides a great reminder that just because you use a “pre-made” embellishment doesn’t mean you have to consider that element finished or untouchable when using it. Here, she added crystals to the Prima flowers to tie them in with the background and the crystals she put on it.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Prima Marketing (Rondelle A4 pad). Flowers: Prima Marketing (Tasha Frost). Crystals: Prima Marketing Say It In Crystals (Romance Novel), Imaginisce I-Rock (Pink Black & Clear). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, Glue Stick).

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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