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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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Have you ever considered using a layout as inspiration for a card? Designer Yana Smakula’s card was inspired by this layout by Kelly Goree!

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This quick and easy card features a wonderful die set from Spellbinders and Becky Fleck called Say What?.

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By adhering the speech bubbles using different heights – 1mm and 2mm foam dots –  of dimensional adhesive, as well as leaving some flat, it created more depth and interest on the card.

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Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Echo Park (So Happy Together 6×6 pad). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur). Dies: Spellbinders (Say What?). Pearls: Hero Arts (Light Green). Alphabets: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye White, Amy Tangerine Foam Journal White). Adhesive: Dovecraft. Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers 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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CHA Winter 2013: Hampton Art

The Hampton Art booth was bursting at the seams with new stamps!

In addition to the usual Graphic 45 and 7 Gypsies stamps, Hampton Art released clear stamps for their newly-purchased Jillibean Soup brand:

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Take a closer look at the Jillibean Soup stamp release on the Jillibean Soup blog.

Hampton Art also had new cling stamps for several new collections from Bella Blvd (Kiss Me, Love & Marriage, and Sand & Surf):

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However, my favorites were clear stamps made to match the newest Echo Park collections, Oh Snap! and Bundle of Joy:

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Another new product that caught my eye was the new rub on dispenser called Decorunner. It looks like such a fun product to use on cards!

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My Valentine

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Doesn’t the texture on this card make you just want to reach out and run your fingers over it? Designer Yana Smakula used a brand-new-not-yet-available-in-stores M-Bossabilities embossing folder from Spellbinders called “Dotted Flower” to create this beautifully embossed background. Even without any color added to it, the texture is so stunning that it provides plenty of interest to the eye.

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With the opulent texture on the card, only a few light touches are needed to decorate it. Yana choose another brand new Spellbinders product, this time one of their new Shapeabilities dies, to create a label frame to anchor her sentiment sticker and heart embellishment with. A few light touches of pink in the floss and pearls some on pins) are all that is needed to finish this off!

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Sometimes less is more in card design, especially when you have a strong element like the embossed background on this one. Elements like this should be highlighted, no buried!

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Pattern Paper: Trimcraft (First Edition Rose Garden 12×12 pad). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders Paper Arts (Grand Calibur). Embossing Folder: Spellbinders Paper Arts (M-Bossabilities Dotted Flowers). Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (Framed Tags 1 Shapeabilities). Floss: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy. Pearls: Dovecraft. Stick Pin: Pebbles. Sticker: Making Memories. Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper). Adhesive: Dovecraft (Foam Squares).

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.


CHA Winter 2013: Stampendous [video]

Since I am on the Stampendous blog team, I was excited to visit their booth at CHA. Their booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with lots of beautiful cards and other creative projects from their design team. Stampendous introduced several new stamp designs (clear, cling and wood mounted), new glitter colours and other fun stuff for CHA Winter 2013.

One of my favorites in the booth was the mirror displays on their wall – each mirror was decorated differently by their design team member and featured the use of their stamps, glitter, mica and color fragments.

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Here’s a closer look at some of the mirrors’ details:

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Stampendous also showcased their super fine glitters. I could not resist the urge to touch it – it’s almost like velvet!

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My absolute favorites in the Stampendous booth were Fran’s Encrusted Jewels Kits. There are so many different ways you can use them! And I had no idea you can emboss from the back side! Here’s a quick video I took at the show:


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CHA Winter 2013: Carta Bella

At Winter CHA 2013, Carta Bella Paper introduced several new collections including So Noted, Well Travelled and Cool Summer.

While most of their products are best suited for scrapbookers, their newly-launched 4″x6″ Card Packs really caught my eye as I think they would be a perfect place to start a quick card.

The new Card Packs will only be available as a part of the So Noted and Well Travelled collections, and will include 15 double-sided cards that measure 4″ by 6 “.

Here are a few photos of the Carta Bella Paper booth and a close up on one of the Card Packs:

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The So Noted and the Well Travelled collections will be shipping in February, while the Cool Summer will begin shipping early March.


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