Reader Spotlight: 8 Cards by Denise Doan

Reader Denise Doan checked in with us to share how she made 8 cards for a variety of occasions…

1. Birthday Card


I started with a yellow card, then took two patterned papers, cut 4 rectangles 2×2 and 3/4 inches and glued them to the card. Then I cut out a decorative square from Spellbinders die set and shaded the outside edge with pink ink using an ink applicator pad using short strokes all the way around. I glued that in the middle of the card and put a Premise cupcake sticker on top!

2. Winter Themed Card

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This card was made by using just one tree stamp from Close to My Heart. First I hand-cut white glitter paper to make the snow drifts. I didn’t glue them to the card yet. I used white ink to stamp the trees and the ‘hello’ stamp. I placed the snow drifts trimming where necessary and used Impression Obsession dies to cut out the deer. I used Copic paint in opaque white to put the white dots on the fawn.

3. Just Because Card

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To start, I used a Spellbinders die by cutting out the patterned blue oval. Then, I used a pre-cut tag to stamp the mailbox and used Copic and Memento markers to color it. Using short strokes, I applied blur ink to shade the border with an ink applicator. I tied a piece of blue ribbon on the top and used double-sided tape to attach the tag to the blue background.

4. Warm Winter Wishes Card

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I started with a pre-embossed card, then cut a white piece of paper 3×4 inches and used a Tailored Expressions stamp to stamp the winter scene. I shaded the outer edge with blue ink using an ink applicator pad using short strokes. I used Memento and Copic markers to color it. I used the same stamp set for the sentiment. The stars are stickers. I used icicle stickles to make the scene appear to be snowing, and to make the snow on the ground sparkle.

5. Bridal Shower Card

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This card was made from mostly Fiskars punches! I used an embossing folder by Dative for the dotted background. I used two other embossing folders for the paper I later used to punch out the dress and hat. I used a heart punch for the dress, layering the hearts starting at the bottom. I used another punch for the hair–an oblong scalloped edge. Then, I used a Sizzix oval die for the brim of the hat and a round Fiskars punch for the top of the hat. I cut the arms out freehand. The flowers are from the Sizzix lilac flower and the green squiggles in the bouquet are the squiggle part of a Sizzix snail die. I used self-adhesive pearls for the middle of  the flowers and then finished the card with a Premise bow on the hat!

6. New Baby Card

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For this new baby card I used the Spellbinders shape abilities die to cut out the ducks and added fun craft wiggle eyes. ‘Congrats’ is cut out from Sizzix die.

7. Winter Scene Card

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I started with the blue background with snowflakes on it. The trees are from a die made by Tailored Expressions. I used white glitter paper for the ”snow”, and adhered the whole scene all to a pretty, color coordinating striped cardstock.

8. Nature Themed Card

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This card was made using 4 separate stamps. First, I stamped the mountain with an Impression Obsession rubber stamp. Next, I did the cabin and
surrounding trees with a Inkadinkado stamp, then the trees to the left (a Stamp Scape stamp used twice) and another Inkadinkado stamp
for the tree to the far right.

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Reader Spotlight: Inspirations and Creations by Karen Sessions

Reader Karen Sessions shares some of her beautiful layouts with Michigan Scrapbooker…

 Away We Go To Parenthood

This sunset sky paper is the perfect background to complement the photos celebrating my sister-in-laws baby bump. Since she is having a boy, I didn’t want the layout to be too feminine. I chose natural cork embellishments which were perfect for the expecting parents layout. Supplies: Paper House Productions 12×12 Family Vacation, 8×8 paper pad – Little Man, Paper House Cork’d Sticker embellishments, Paper House Snapshots Sticker embellishments, cord, star shaped brads

Karen Sessions -  Away We Go To Parenthood

With This Ring

I love the combination of the chalkboard and wedding theme together. As I didn’t want too many embellishments to distract from the photo, I only used two and a transparency overlay. Of course, no wedding layout is complete without a simple cluster of flowers.
Supplies: Paper House Productions 12×12 paper – To Have and To Hold, Paper House Wedding Embellishment Pack, ribbon, gems, flowers

Karen Sessions -  With This Ring

 Daddy’s Little Girl

The bright spring colors worked wonderfully for my Magical Forest Birthday Tea Party layout. I used 3×4 inch cards to create the look of a patchwork quilt with a “Project Life” style arrangement. Supplies: Paper House Productions 12×12 paper – Pink Floral & Mom Tags, 8×8 paper pad – Little Girl, Paper House Baby Girl Diecut Sticker Pack, Paper House Snapshots Sticker Embellishments, Paper House Little Princess 3D Stickers, mini pearls, white gel pen, flowers, ribbon, baker’s twine, scalloped circle punch

Karen Sessions - Daddy's Little Girl

Summer Family Portrait

A candid photo of children is the best kind of memory. I wanted to celebrate the joy these siblings shared by emphasizing the park setting and so I used natural materials like woodgrain paper and cork embellishments. By randomly punching circles from a sheet of paper that had a photolike wilderness scene, I created my own embellishments. Supplies: Paper House Productions 12×12 paper pad – Generations, Paper House Cork’d Sticker embellishments, Paper House Snapshots Sticker embellishments, Paper House Canvas Stickers, chipboard

Karen Sessions - Family Portrait

Little Monkey

I used 4 pages of 6×6 sheets and created the look of a blanket for the background. To give it the realistic look of a quilted blanket, I added hand stitched borders. Supplies: Paper House Productions 12×12 paper – Into the Wild, Paper House 6×6 paper pad – Little Animals, Paper House 3-D Sticker Embellishment – Little Monkey, embroidery floss

Karen Sessions - Little Monkey

 Smiles Begin with You

I created a fun layout using red and yellow to emphasize the carnival rides. I selected black and white photos and only one colored photo to draw the focus. I saved a bit of money by making my own embellishments. The bunting flags were made of washi tape and the pinwheels were also a handmade embellishments. Supplies: Paper House Productions 12×12 paper – Smiles Begins with You, Making Memories 12×12 paper – Believe, brads, washi tape, embroidery floss, Graphic 45 12×12 paper – By the Beautiful Sea, Studio Calico Wooden Embellishments, flair button

Karen Sessions - Smiles Begin With You

Thank Heavens

My little nephew Colin is the star of the page even though he is sleeping. I added hand stitching to the border to add a nice texture to the infant layout. Supplies: Paper House Productions 12×12 paper – Teal Chevron, Paper House 6×6 paper pad – Little Animals, Paper House Baby Boy Die cut Sticker Pack, embroidery floss, buttons

Karen Sessions - Thank Heavens

Wood You Be My Baby?

I love the weathered frame paper and knew it would make the perfect layout to display my nephew’s first month. I selected black and white photos and only one colored photo to draw the focus. Washi tape flags were a quick and easy embellishment around the main photo. Supplies: Paper House Productions 12×12 paper pad – Generations, ribbon, brads, metal charms, alphabet stickers, washi tape

Karen Sessions - Wood You Be My Baby

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On the Road: Exploring Our Local Scrapbook Stores-Debby’s Cut It Out Scrapbook Supplies in Paw Paw, MI & PRIZE GIVEAWAY

Debby’s Cut It Out Scrapbook Supplies

Interview with Debby Cole, Owner.

1) How many years have you been in business? How did your business get started?

Cut It Out Scrapbook Supplies was opened twelve years ago by an ex-Canadian league hockey player named Scott Chartier and his wife, Beckah, who was an art teacher and is now a vice principal. In December 2012, they decided to sell the store due to her promotion and he decided to return to the game as an instructor to teens.  I was sick when I heard they were closing the store, as I hated to see a business close in Paw Paw. I knew the store had a great following, so I decided to purchase the store and have my grand opening February 1st, 2013.  The store has now been here for 14 years.

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Welcome to Debby’s Cut It Out Scrapbook Supplies!

2) What makes your store unique?

What has always made the store unique is the custom-made laser cuts. There are many pre-made items all over the store, but customers can request their own titles and phrases. These can be done in the store on request (if we’re not too busy), or can be done later and mailed. I am often told by my customers that I have the best paper selections they have ever seen and they love the store layout because everything is so easy to find. I carry a large selection of EK punches and everyone loves the Disney and travel sections. I also have a customer loyalty reward card; one punch for every $5 spent with $10 off their purchase when the card is full.

Come see the great paper selection available at Debby's.

Come see the great paper selection available at Debby’s.

3) Do you offer classes, crops, weekend retreats, and other events?

I do have a crop area in the back of my store that accommodates about ten. There is a $5 charge which I will apply as a credit if purchases are made. I offer two page classes once a month for $13 and a card class for $10. I also hold two big open houses each year—one in February and the other in October. These are held at the Paw Paw Elks Lodge which is about three miles from my store. I also have other special events such as discount days, sidewalk sales and an outside “customers’ garage sale”. Once a month on Sundays, I hold an inside 5-hour store crop with lunch for $10.

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4) How do you promote your store?

I have a Facebook page and a newsletter that goes out by email and hard copy. I use in-store flyers and have attended several local crops with merchandise or provided a goodie bag with Michigan Scrapbooker in it. I advertise in the magazine and I also have a web site:

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From Disney themed to custom laser cuts, Debby’s has it all!

5) What is the biggest challenge that you face as an independent business owner?

I would have to say my biggest challenge is time. As I work my store myself, I have to do everything myself. I have to order, make the laser cuts, design and make pages and card samples, clean and learn, sell and promote. If I have to leave the store, I have two great daughters that fill in.

6) Contact information:

Debby’s Cut It Out Scrapbook Supplies
826 E Michigan Ave. Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone 269-657-4627
Fax 269-657-7828

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 3pm (5/1-10/1 Closed Sundays)
The nights I hold classes I am open later so it always pays to call the store!
Closed Mondays

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Gina Karas, our guest blogger, is a traditional scrapbooker with a passion for photography. She works full-time as a Sales Assistant in the construction industry, but spends her spare time crafting with her mom and crazy friends! “Scrapbooking keeps me sane!” she says. See her projects and posts about scrapping & crafting on her blog, California Scrappin’.


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