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Butterflies Cutting Dies

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Butteflies Dies Card 3

Butteflies Dies Card 2

Hello, everyone! Today’s card has a fun, fluttery, delicate look. And, did I mention bling? You might not have though of using pearls and rhinestones together, but I think it does work on this card. The 6×6 Rosemary & Thyme Paper Pack works beautifully with the cutting dies, and I love all the petite patterns. I think I just like little things in general. Good things come in small packages! These Butterflies dies are awesome, and you can use them in so many ways! I used 3 out of the 5 dies on this card, and blinged up the large center butterfly for a big impact! I hope you all enjoy!

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National Scrapbooking Day Page

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The product bundle is up and ready! (link) Yay! (updated 4/30, 2:12PM EST)

Sorry for the delay, everyone! By the way, if you haven’t checked it out yet, please go see the Week of Webisodes going on this week–it’s called “Ann’s First Look” and Paulette and Gail showcase projects that I made (many hours of hard work went into those!)–I hope you like them! If you missed a day or two, all of them are available if you click on the Webisode & Gallery Archive.

Okay, back to today…it’s the end of April now, and coming up on May 3rd is National Scrapbooking Day! Just another excuse to pull out the craft stash and make something pretty! I’m using the “Susan’s Flowers” Color Me Ebony Paper Pack (6 papers included), Mother’s Day Dazzles, and Design Tool Kit #5. The colored cardstock is from the Pearlescent Cardstock pack. To color the background, I used the Blue Set of the (amazing, awesome) Gelatos. So Lovely. See how easy these are to use! I love ‘em so much I bought the full 28-color Gelatos Gift Set (a fabulous gift idea for anyone even mildly artistic. Or yourself). Alright, enough typing, here’s the video!

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Mother’s Day Card

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This week I’m making a Mother’s Day card, although you don’t need a national holiday to send your mother (or a mother you know) a card! I am excited to share with you a special inking technique using embossing folders–it really is beautiful (you might have noticed I have twice as many photos up as normal–the last 3 are photos of the inside of the card, which uses the reverse technique of the front!). I just got carried away trying to convey the fantastic color and dimension that this technique creates! I love the Simply Susan’s papers, they are just up my alley, especially the color combos (and how awesome that Aquamarine Fluid Chalk ink happens to match perfectly?). I hope you are as excited about experimenting with this newfound technique as I am! Or maybe you’ve already discovered it yourself. Either way, whoever you send this card to is sure to be impressed! (Congratulations if you caught that pun) :) Get ready to have some embossing folder fun!

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Carousel Stamp Set

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I’m “Sending Smiles” today with a cute and fun shaped card. Isn’t this stamp set so cute? I think this card would be fun for little ones. The shape of this card is super easy to create, thanks to the Design Tool Kit #6. All the Design Tool Kits (by Hot Off The Press) are awesome, and this one is no exception. I only use one of the pieces in the kit, but it’s so versatile, I’m sure I’ll use it again soon. The stamp is colored in by Spectrum Noir pens, which are alcohol-based, and blend wonderfully. I show you how in the video. Also, if you’re not familiar with using Jewel Dazzles, stay tuned–I give a fool-proof way to apply the tiniest of stickers. I hope you enjoy this simple (but cute!) card, and thanks for tuning in to Simply Ann!

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Birthday Cheer Stamp Set

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Another birthday card today–this time, I’m showcasing a beautiful stamp set called Birthday Cheer. All the greetings stamps are nice and large (measuring about 1 1/2 to 3 inches), and the best thing is, they make it super simple to make your card! The words are designed beautifully and are super detailed. I love ‘em. The other fun thing I did with this card is I made my own checkered background! It’s easy to do, and I hope you try it with other paper packs as well! I love the effect it creates. Oh, and I show you how I make bows to go across the whole card–I use this technique often. The black ribbon has dots on one side only, so it’s bit trickier to make it so that the dots end up on the correct side (I hope you’re able to understand what I did in the video). Anyway, just another tip to share with you all! Enjoy, and have a sunshine-y day!

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Oval Doilies Cutting Dies

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Oval Doilies Card 4

Today’s card is dainty looking with a flashy touch of…Holographic Ripple Paper! The main item I showcase here though, is the “2 Oval Doilies and Mats” Cutting Dies. They cut perfectly, and did I mention out detailed the shapes are? Amazing what cutting dies can do. I loved the idea of “hanging” a banner of lacy flags across my card, so that’s exactly what I did! I think the Robin’s Red Paper Pack goes perfectly with these colors. This card is truly “quick and easy” so you can make several for your stash! Hope you all have some crafty fun with this one! Oh, and don’t forget to check out the bundle of savings! Thanks for watching!

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Chick Dazzles Easter Treat Box

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Today’s project is a quick and easy one–a cute little treat box! I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Sara’s Surfaces line of products, but it includes all sorts of blank, ready-to-decorate boxes, albums, cd folders, envelopes, and more (link). In this video, I show you how to decorate a fry box. These cute boxes are perfect for gifting small gifts or goodies for Easter or any occasion! I like the idea of filling a small clear cellophane bag with yummy sweets (caramel corn? jelly beans? chocolate covered espresso beans? I could go on…), tying with a bow and slipping it into the fry box for a fabulous (but easy!) presentation. Have fun with this one!

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Butterfly Garden Artful Card Kit

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Today’s card is made with the lovely and fluttery Butterfly Garden Artful Card Kit. I love the springtime hues of teal, green, yellow and white–gearing up for the upcoming season (I know most of the country is still in the cold weather) which we are all looking forward to! I enjoyed playing with all of the 99 pieces of the kit, but of course I had to add my own touch–today, in the form of Liquid Pearls! You’ll have to watch the video (or look at the photos) to see how I made this! Thanks for being a fan, and have a great week!!

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Floral Zen Color Me Card Toppers

St. Patrick's Day Card 1

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St. Patrick's Day Card 3

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NOTE: In the bundle I show 2 sets of Card Toppers, Floral Zen and Chalkboard Greetings but you’re ALSO getting a third set called Feathers (it’s beautiful, check out the product page here). Sorry I missed out on showing that to you in the video!

Hi everyone! Today’s card is…a St. Patrick’s Day card! I’m doing a monochromatic green scheme (of course), with tons of gold bling (of course)! I had a lot of fun using the Spectrum Noir pens on the Ebony Color Me Card Toppers (there are THREE DIFFERENT SETS of them in today’s bundle! Not just two as I showed in the video). Sooo as a woman of not too many words, I’ll stop right here and let you enjoy the show!

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Fantastic Folded Cards & Boxes DVD

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This week’s card is a unique one with a fun opening! It may look tricky at first, but it is really simple to make. I love that Teresa’s Fantastic Folded Cards & Boxes DVD is so easy to follow and that there are 100 card ideas to choose from! It really makes creativity a cinch. I took her “Checkerboard Card” idea and made it my own, using the Simple Roses Embossing Folder, some pretty specialty papers, and the beautiful Lacy Flowers Dazzles. I also used a fun and versatile product (available here) called Spectrum Noir. Come check it out!

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