Design Team Member Spotlight: Catherine Scanlon

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Catherine Scanlon
Name: Catherine Scanlon

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

The first cards I ever made were Christmas cards for my family when I was in college and on a pretty tight budget. I folded watercolor paper to make blank card panels, cut Christmas motifs on potatoes and made red and green potato print cards. I remember being so proud of them, but I’m sure they weren’t that great. I’m sure my Mom saved the one I gave her somewhere. Fast-forward to many years later and I went to my first Stampin’ Up party when I lived in Washington; it was love at first sight and I’ve been making cards, scrapbooking and crafting ever since.

Here are a few of Catherine’s favorite cards she’s created:

Card #1
I love this card so much. It uses one of my stamps from Art Gone Wild and I hand-lettered the sentiment and the border. I loved it so much I scanned it and had it reproduced to sell at a local gift shop. Everything just came together perfectly for this card.

Card #2
I like this card because it doesn’t look like a stamped and colored card. It looks hand-drawn and painted and I love that. Plus, I really love the butterflies and how whimsical and colorful they are.

Card #3
The hand-lettered sentiment really turned out nice on this card. I love the softness and delicate feel.

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is Humpty Dumpty BBQ Potato Chips.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to an Art Retreat in Bali.

The one word that best describes me is funny.

If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be my Grandmother—she died when I was 13.

My favorite movie/television show is Outlander.

I’d love to learn how to play the ukulele.

The best concert I’ve ever attended was an outdoor concert with James Taylor in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

I’m never without a sketchbook, a pencil, an eraser and my bag of black pens.

The best super power to have would be to be able to move objects.

This summer, I plan to make lots of art.

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Design Team Member Spotlight: Nancy Damiano

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Nancy Damiano
Name:  Nancy Damiano

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

I’ve been crafting with paper for 10+ years. I started with scrapbooking, then Project Life and DIY home decor. My latest love is card making. I love working with color and design so it’s a natural fit. I find painting, coloring and creating on a small card canvas the best form of therapy!

I live in New Jersey with my husband, son and a gaggle of nieces and nephews that I adore. I have a passion for the color aqua, Disney World and anything paper and craft. I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember. I learned long ago that the best things are handmade.

Here are a few of Nancy’s favorite cards she’s created:

Heart Card
Creating texture is one of my favorite techniques. This heart card was created with rows of punched hearts. It’s an easy way to create a bold impact!

Washi Card
In this washi card, the technique is kept simple with rows of colorful, bold washi tape.

Cactus Cards
The Dream Is Real card
Lastly, the cactus cards are based on a lace cutout background and a watercolored die-cut title that give the cards a punch of color and texture.

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is Peanut M&Ms.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to Hawaii. It’s where we are headed this summer!

The one word that best describes me is laughter.

I’d love to learn how to sing. But I’m pretty sure I’m tone deaf, so that’s going to be a tough one.

I’m never without a pencil and sketchbook. I never know when an idea will hit.

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Design Team Member Spotlight: Sean Fetterman

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Sean Fetterman
Name: Sean Fetterman

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

My name is Sean Fetterman. I live in Maplewood, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul) with my husband Jim and our two dogs and three cats. During the day, I work in the field of Human Resources at Best Buy’s headquarters. I love working with people and helping them to learn, develop and grow, so my work in Human Resources and the card-making world mesh well together at times since I have friends that work in both worlds. When we are not geeking out about HR, we are talking about crafting!

I have been making cards since 2010. I did not think I was creative in any way, shape or form. Also, I had no idea what Jo-Ann or Michaels stores were for other than my aunt used to go there for sewing supplies. In June, my best friend, who happened to be my mom, passed away unexpectedly. This was the worst thing that could have happened to me. I found myself at a place where I needed an outlet of some kind to escape. My neighbor asked me to join her in a card-making class. I said that I was not interested and she simply said, “You’re going!”

Needless to say, I was hooked! After the class (and buying a TON of product), I started to search the Internet for videos on card making. That’s when I found Gina K. and StampTV. I quickly found myself escaping in Gina’s videos and my world started to get brighter and the smile returned to my face. She opened this whole new world to me filled with fun, creativity, support, encouragement and friendship. I quickly found myself involved in the stamping community and landed a job as a Moderator and Design Team Member at Gina K Designs. Today, I am the Design Team Coordinator and Designer with Gina K Designs.

Here are a few of Sean’s favorite cards he’s created:

Hello Friend
This is my favorite because one of my favorite colors is red. I also wanted to see if I could emboss with an embossing folder and heat emboss well on this shiny glimmer paper. It turned out to be a really fun card!

It Has Been Too Long
This is my favorite card because one of my favorite cardstock colors is kraft. Kraft is definitely a must in my paper collection. I think this card makes me feel like a bright fall day. As you can tell, I love CAS cards.

Thankful for You
This is one of my all-time favorite cards! I love the fall and everything about it. The crispness in the air, the colors of the trees, the fun outdoor activities and the outdoor nights by the fire.

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is pizza. 

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to London.

The one word that best describes me is kind.

If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be my mother.

My favorite movie/television show is Sleepy Hollow.

I’d love to learn how to be a quality colorist.

The best concert I’ve ever attended was Janet Jackson.

I’m never without iPhone.

The best super power to have would be to work at warp speed so that I can get everything done quickly so I can have the rest of the day to craft and make cards.

This summer, I plan to go and visit Gina K’s new store Village Paper & Ink and finish getting my house organized.



Card Challenge Corner: Wide Markers

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Hello Sunshine
You might think that wide-tip markers are only intended to be used for coloring large areas. However, Copic® expert Colleen Schaan is sharing several ways these handy coloring tools can be used for creating backgrounds for cards in our summer issue. We’re challenging you this week to create a colorful background for a card using only wide-tip markers. Have fun!

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Design Team Member Spotlight: Jeanne Streiff

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Designer Jeanne Streiff was a member of our team a couple of years ago and we are so glad to have her back sharing her amazing talent with us!

Jeanne Streiff
Name: Jeanne Streiff

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

Ever since my Grandma gave me my own little art drawer full of crayons, I’ve been busy coloring, drawing and making things. I found my niche when I went to a rubber stamp home party in 2005. Shortly after that I found—a website full of challenges, wonderful rubber stampers and tons of ideas. I’ve been making cards just about every day since.

Here are a few of Jeanne’s favorite cards she’s created:

Watercolor Smile
I love colors and this one just made me happy to make with the muted yet bright colors.

Fox Card
I enjoy taking a shaped die cut and making it into a card. It’s a fun way to use your die cuts in other ways.

Fun Facts:

The one word that best describes me is artistic.

If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be my Grandmother.

My favorite movie/television show is Princess Bride.

I’d love to learn how to fuse glass.

The best concert I’ve ever attended was The Eagles (with Joe Walsh).

The best super power to have would be the ability to read people.

This summer, I plan to build a new chicken coop.


Design Team Member Spotlight: Kelly Gettelfinger

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Kelly Gettelfinger
Name: Kelly Gettelfinger

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

Here are a few of Kelly’s favorite projects she’s created:

Time to Chill
This is one of my fave cards of all times because *I* first discovered and shared “The Twisted Card” now seen pretty much wherever a card-making enthusiast exists. I am so very happy to have been able to develop something that has offered creative spirits fun, inspiration and encouragement.

Bible Journaling
This is one of my latest Bible journaling entries and is a fave because I enjoy Bible journaling with all my heart. It’s such a refreshing way to study the Scriptures and truly connect with God. It’s not about the art. It’s about the HEart, but somehow it all seems to be one in the same, if you really think about it.


Design Team Member Spotlight: Juliana Michaels

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Juliana Michaels
Name: Juliana Michaels

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

I grew up in a creative household loving art, design, and making things with my hands. I give all the credit for my creativity to my multi-talented Mom who loved to paint, sew and draw. My Mom also photographed our daily lives and kept all of these photos stored and displayed in photo albums. Nearly 15 years ago, I found my true passion in paper crafting and scrapbooking. I have been a project designer in the paper craft/scrapbook industry since 2007 and I’ve been fortunate to work for many top manufacturers including: BoBunny, Bella Blvd, Elle’s Studio, SRM Stickers, Provo Craft, Pebbles, Therm O Web and Jillibean Soup. My projects have been published in a variety of magazines and idea books and I’ve had projects displayed at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show. Most recently I started a new journey in my creative career and fulfilled a lifelong dream to create graphics and product design as a graphic artist for Jillibean Soup. I’m married to Danny, my best friend and the love of my life. I’m also mom to two Golden Retrievers named Lincoln and Shirley and an American Paint Horse named Woody. I have a fondness for coffee, Mexican food, turtles and antiquing. In my spare time I love crafting, card making, scrapbooking, playing with Lincoln and Shirley, enjoying the outdoors, and reading science and historical fiction.

Here are a few of Juliana’s favorite cards she’s created:

Bubble Over
I love this card because it combines some of my favorite paper-crafting techniques: die-cutting, foiling and stamping.

Have a Sunshiny Day
This card is one of my recent favorites because of the fun summer-themed stamps and I love coloring with my Zig Real Brush Clean Color Markers.

The watercolor bleach technique with Distress Inks is super fun and makes this Hello card another one of my favorite recent card designs.

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is Reese’s Pieces, especially the Reese’s Pieces Eggs that come out for Easter.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to Rome and Assisi Italy.

I’d love to learn how to kayak and I’m hoping to do that this summer as well.

I’m never without coffee. I only need coffee on days ending in “Y!”

The best super power to have would be flying so I could easily visit my mom/dad and my sister and her family.

This summer, I plan to go on vacation to one of our favorite places—Kiawah Island.



Autumn CardMaker Preview

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CardMaker Autumn 2016

Have you seen our Autumn issue yet? It’s not on newsstands until July 19th, but we’re giving you a peek inside today! And, if you just can’t wait to get your hands on it, click here to buy a digital copy and get instant access to the entire issue!


Grateful for You by Lisa Silver

Floral Gift Set

Floral Thank You by Lisa Silver


Enjoy Your Special Day by Linda Beeson


Awesomeness by Sara Naumann

Halloween Critters

Cute Critters Circle Surprise Cards by Robin Arnold

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New CardMaker Design Team!

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Today, we’re kicking off the second half of the year with a brand-new design team! We are excited to announce the new members! Are you ready?!?

Please say hello to …

Catherine Scanlon

Catherine Scanlon,

Daniela Dobson

Daniela Dobson,

Jeanne Streiff

Jeanne Streiff,

Juliana Michaels

Juliana Michaels,

Kelly Gettelfinger

Kelly Gettelfinger,

Nancy Damiano

Nancy Damiano,

Sean Fetterman

and our very first gentleman on the team, Sean Fetterman!

This group of inspiring artists will be sharing paper-crafting ideas, tips and techniques with us over the next six months. We’ll also be spotlighting each one of them over the next couple of weeks so you can get to know them a little better.

A huge thank you to Carisa Zglobicki, Dawn Lusk, Kim Klinkovsky, Linda Beeson, Lisa Silver and Pamela Haskin for sharing their talents with us the last six months! Make sure to continue checking out their blogs for lots of fun ideas!


Card Challenge Corner: Angles & Triangles

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Angles and geometric designs are everywhere these days so it’s only natural to use them in card making. In our summer issue, designer Kimber McGray shares her tips for using angles and triangles on handcrafted cards. You’ll be surprised at the many different options available. Create your own geometric card design this week! Share your design with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner! Pick up a copy of our summer issue here!

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