265 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 14

Dragonflies on Inner Stair Step Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards feature die cut dragonflies on pre-scored Inner Stair Step Cards, cards we'll be making at the local senior center this week.  I found several packages of these cards in my stash, but there are tutorials online for making stair step cards using an A2 notecard, a craft knife, and a scoring tool to cut and score the center panel.


I precut all of the dies from Memory Box Bluebird Gingham patterned paper.  I used these dies:


I used a glue pen to secure the pieces to the card, laying it out kind of flat, being careful to keep the glue away from the fold lines on the steps.  


Here's another one, this time using Memory Box Bubblegum Dots patterned paper, placing the die cuts in different spots.


And a third card where I used plain white cardstock and no cattails.  I also used a foam dot to pop up the dragonfly.


These cards do fold flat to put in an envelope for mailing.  Because some of the pieces stick up above the folded card, I will use a larger envelope than the typical A2 size (and probably extra postage).  I can also add a sentiment easily on the front center panel.  Another idea for this month's Insects/Butterflies/Dragonflies Challenge!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 07

Drifting Side Butterfly with Cheery Flower Collage Challenge Cards
by Anne Thompson

I have two fast and easy cards today that use the DRIFTING SIDE BUTTERFLY die 99900 and the CHEERY FLOWER COLLAGE die 99946 for this month's Insects/Butterflies/ Dragonflies Challenge.  Let's look at the blue one first.


I used a Memory Box notecard and Bluebird Distressed Dots paper along with some plaid papers from Lawn Fawn.  I die cut the Cheery Flower Collage into the front of the notecard and added large pearls in the flower centers.  I used a piece of Lawn Fawn plaid paper for the inside of the card where I can write or stamp a message that will either show through the opening or not.  I cut the solid butterfly from a different Lawn Fawn plaid and cut the outline butterfly from the dot paper.  I used a glue pen to adhere the two pieces and pop-dotted it onto the card front.  Easy peasy!

Here's a close-up of the butterfly.


Here's Card #2.


This time I used a raspberry notecard and double-sided patterned paper which I adhered behind the window and added another piece on the inside where I will write or stamp my message.  I added a narrow strip on the card front as well.  I used two complementary prints from the same collection to make the butterfly and inked its edges with Distress Spun Sugar.  I added two tiny pearls to the flower centers.

Have you submitted your work for this month's Challenge?  We always look forward to what you share with us!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 16

Bee Yourself Hexies Card
by Anne Thompson

Hexagons are everywhere on today's card--inside and out!  



  • To fill in the holes left from cutting the hexies, I cut two pieces of the squash dot paper 5 1/4" X 4", glued them together with the dot sides out, and then adhered them to the inside of the card front.  One dotted side filled in the hexies and the other dotted side lines the inside of the card front.

Here's the inside.  I love that there is a surprise when you open the card and find the bee inside!


  • For the righthand side of the notecard, I die cut a hexagon from the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 using more of the squash dot paper and glued it to the card.  
  • I die cut the INTRICATE BEE 99920 from black cardstock and adhered it to the hexagon.
  • I stamped "bee yourself" from the Bee Yourself Clear Stamp Set on one edge of the hexagon.


I still have plenty of room to write a message or I can add a white box for a longer message over the dot paper that lines the inside front.  

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 09

"happy spring" Easel Card
by Anne Thompson

Today's card is an easel card.  I'd never made one until last week.  I watched a bunch of you-tube videos and read some on-line tutorials before attempting my first one.  The one I'm posting is probably my fifth or sixth--I can't stop making them!


  • I started with a Powder (soft blue) Memory Box notecard.  I used a bone folder to get a really nice crease on the fold.  
  • Then I scored the front of the card halfway at 2 1/8, made that fold toward the inside of the card, and creased it sharply with the bone folder.
  • I took another Powder notecard and cut it close to the fold line to use as the card's front panel.
  • I cut a piece of Squash Dot Paper 4 X 5 1/4 and cut a strip of Key Lime Dot Paper 1/8 by 5 1/2.  I also cut a strip of white cardstock 1 X 5 1/2.

Next, I die cut all of the pieces I would need.


To put this card together:

  • Assemble the front panel.  Glue on the circle and use a large pop-dot to secure the bee.  Then add the Key Lime Painted Flower Stems, trimming the "hill" to fit.  At this point I added dimensional flowers purchased from Birch Press Design--three of the smallest Ainsely Flowers.
  • Set this panel aside and pick up the folded notecard.  On the largest flat area, add the Squash Dot Paper panel.
  • Next put adhesive (I used Scor-Tape) on the bottom folded part, being careful not to get any on the crease.  Line up the bottom of the finished panel with the bottom of this folded area and secure the panel to the notecard.  You'll see that your panel now wants to stand up, showing part of the base that is where the Squash  Dot Paper is.
  • Take the 1" white cardstock piece and add the 1/8" strip of Key Lime Dot Paper across the top.   I used Archival Jet Black Ink to stamp "happy spring" from the SPRING BUNNIES Clear Stamps Set CL5220 .
  • Add foam dimensional tape to the back of the stamped cardstock strip and adhere it to the card base where you want the panel to rest when it is standing up.  


As you untuck the panel from the base stopping strip, you'll see that the card will then lie flat for tucking into a standard A2 envelope.

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I hope you'll try making an easel card.  I can't wait to send mine off to a friend.  

Now I'm on a quest to try other types of interactive cards!  

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 02

by Anne Thompson

I have four cards to show you today that all use the BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME die 99993 along with a larger circle cut with one of the WRAPPED CIRCLES dies set 30114.  


I used a variety of accent papers from my stash as well as small doilies, bows, and flowers.  The tiny Opal Flowers are ones I found at Birch Press Design--where I bought a package of each kind they have, some tiny ones and other larger sizes!  Love them!!!

Let's take a closer look at the first card.


I used a Key Lime Memory Box  notecard as the base with a panel cut from a green tiny floral paper.  I added a 4" white doily in the center using Scor-Tape.  The Wrapped Circle was cut from an older 12X12 Memory Box paper that I've had for years and years--I just love the tiny trees.  I cut the Bird Branch Circle Frame from dark green cardstock and the birds from scraps of the same green floral print paper.  I edged the birds with Hero Arts Green Hills ink.  I secured the larger circle to the doily using Scor-Tape.  I used a glue pen on the branch circle and tiny pop-dots on the birds.  I added two silk leaves (found in the wedding decor section at ACMoore), a tiny cream pearl-centered bow (also from ACMoore), and five of the tiny Opal Flowers from Birch Press Design using glue dots. I've left the inside blank and will add the appropriate sentiment when I decide how I will use the card.  It may end up as an anniversary card.

Here's a look at the basic supplies.


Card Two:


This time I used a Bayou Memory Box notecard, a circle cut from a stash of Memory Box Pool clouds paper, the branch circle cut from dark green cardstock, and the birds were cut from a tiny scrap of watercolored paper.  The edging ink was Hero Arts Tide Pool.  I used a turquoise small doily, a pool/white dotted bow, and more of the little just right flowers from the same Opal Flowers Birch Press collection as I used previously.  

Card Three:


I started with a lavender notecard, a scrap of floral/stripey paper, a heart-shaped doily, lavender and dark green cardstocks, and birds cut from a scrap of watercolored paper.  I used Memento Elderberry ink for edging the die cuts.  The final touches were a purple bow and some white stamens at the bottom of the heart.

Card Four:


I used a Powder Memory Box notecard (a very soft blue), a scrap of floral paper, a circle cut from Bluebird Distressed Dots paper, a dark green cardstock branch circle frame, and tiny birds cut from a scrap of watercolored paper.  I used Memento Bahama Blue for edging the die cuts.  The only addition was a large light blue satin ribbon bow.

Happy Spring!!!

and Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Mon 19

Sweet Bunnies and Painted Flower Stems in Simple Garden Pots
by Anne Thompson

For a while now I've been wanting those beautiful oriental papers that Jean Okimoto uses in her posts here on Outside the Box.  And now we can all have them!  Birch Press Design is carrying a lovely selection of these gorgeous papers--25 patterns!-- on their website under the paper section with the heading "Handmade" !!!  Mine arrived recently and the cards for today feature Green Folia, Lavender Folia, and Pebble Gold papers.  AND I have a NEW die set,too--SIMPLE GARDEN POTS 99999.  There are two pots, one large and one small.  The neat thing about them is that the die cuts a slit in the rim of the pots so it's incredibly easy to tuck things into them!  

Here's the first card.


Here I tucked bunnies into the larger of the garden pots!  

  • I started with a purple notecard similar in color to the purple in the Green Folia paper.  I mounted the printed paper onto white cardstock using wide Scor-Tape.  Because this paper is similar in texture to mulberry paper, a tape runner just pulled off a thin off layer of the paper.  
  • I ran a strip of gold washi tape down the left side of the notecard.  I then added the panel to the front of the top-folded notecard.
  • I cut all of the Garden Pots from the Pebble Gold paper.  
  • I cut out three of the SWEET BUNNY 99905 images from white cardstock, taping a snippet of white cardstock with brown marker dots for eyes and pink for the nose behind each of the heads.  
  • As I tucked the bunnies into their pots, the one on the left is taped flat to the Green Folia paper, the one on the right has one layer of foam tape behind it, and the one in the center of the three has a double layer of foam adhesive.


  • I stacked up three of the small pots, tipping each one a bit, and taped them to the card front.
  • For the final large pot, I used a snippet of grass cut from a light green cardstock using the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924.  Looks like something sprouting!


For the second card, I started with the Lavender Folia paper and some silver sticky-backed glitter paper  for pots filled with silver PAINTED FLOWER STEMS 99942.


  • This side-fold card has the Lavender Folia paper on white cardstock on a light purple notecard and garden pots cut from a scrap of the same purple color notecard.
  • I cut the silver flowers apart and tucked the stems into the flower pots.  As I glued down the pots to the card front, I lined up the glittery stems on top of the purple stems in the printed paper.  The two largest flowers each got a large pot and the smallest flower is in the smaller pot.  I added purple gems to the flower centers.


I'm so happy with the way these cards turned out!  I know I'm going to enjoy growing lots of different flowers in these pots!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 12

Sweet Bunny Baskets with the Grass Stitched Circle Frame and half of the Cracked Up Egg
by Anne Thompson

I decided to create some Easter baskets for cards this week using the SWEET BUNNY die 99905, the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME die 99924, and the zig-zagged half of the CRACKED UP EGG die 99951.  I also used one of the ovals from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of eight dies 30069 and the HAPPY BIRTHDAY CURSIVE die 99949 for a "happy day" sentiment on  Key Lime notecards.



to make the first bunny basket card

  • Die cut the zig-zagged half of the Cracked Up Egg from Lawn Fawn plaid paper.
  • Die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame from Key Lime dot paper twice and again from a scrap of Key Lime notecard.  Glue the layers together, offsetting them a bit for showing more blades of grass.
  • Adhere the patterned half-egg on top of the grass circle, lining it up so the frame acts as a basket handle.
  • Die cut a large oval from the set of Stitched Oval Layers dies using white cardstock and adhere it to the Key Lime notecard.
  • Die cut the Sweet Bunny from off-white cardstock.  Mark a scrap of the same paper under his head where the eyes and nose are, color those spots using markers, then adhere it to the back of his head.
  • To attach the basket for some dimension, put two pop-dots or other foam adhesive in the center of the basket and tape or glue around the side and bottom edges before sticking onto the white oval layer.  This lets the basket bow out from the card front.
  • Tuck the bunny into the basket with tape or glue on his bottom half and a pop-dot behind his head.
  • Add a bow on the basket handle.
  • Die cut the Happy Birthday Cursive from more of the Key Lime dot paper.  Snip off the "day" to create the "happy day" sentiment at the top of the white oval.



The basket for this card is assembled in the same way using layers of the Key Lime dot paper.  The top half of the notecard is covered with Key Lime dot paper and the basket is adhered to a white paper doily on the notecard.


Here's a close-up of the first bunny basket:


Happy Crafting!  Remember that Easter is on April 1st this year so you still have plenty of time to create!

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Mon 05

Cracked Up Egg, Sweet Bunny, and Cheery Flower Stems
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting on cards for Easter using the CRACKED UP EGG 99951, SWEET BUNNY 99905, and CHEERY FLOWER STEMS 99947.  I have made two cards with flowers and/or bunnies tucked into the pocket created by the half shell placed on top of the egg.

Card 1:


  • Use a Key Lime notecard as the base.
  • Die cut the Cracked Up Egg from two different pieces of Lawn Fawn plaid paper.
  • Die cut a larger oval from white cardstock using one of the dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS 30069 that is a bit larger than the egg.
  • Attach the white oval to the front of the notecard.
  • Add the plaid oval in the center of the white one.
  • Die cut the Cheery Flower Stems from a scrap of a Key Lime notecard, Key Lime Dot paper, and Squash Dot paper.  Layer the Key Lime Dot stems on top of the solid stems, offsetting them a bit.  Snip off the Squash Dot flowers and and add them on top of the others.  Place pearls in the flower centers.
  • Shorten the stems so they won't stick out below the half shell.  Glue the stems onto the plaid egg.
  • Add the half shell on top of the flowers.
  • Die cut the Sweet Bunny from white cardstock.  Add a scrap of pink and a scrap of black behind his head for the nose and eyes.  Add a tiny bow at his neck.  Pop dot the bunny onto the egg.


Card 2:


  • Die cut the Cracked Up Egg and the larger oval as for the first card.
  • Die cut three of the Sweet Bunnies and attach them to the plaid egg, one flat, and two popped up.
  • Put adhesive around the outside edge of the half shell and place it over the bunnies so it curves out a bit over them. 
  • Add a tiny bow on the half shell.


These cards would be very quick to mass produce once the die cutting was done.

These were the supplies I used:


Can't wait to try tucking other die cuts into this egg shell pocket!  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 19

SWEET BUNNY card for Easter
by Anne Thompson

I have a Sweet Bunny card for you today that I will use for Easter.


prep work to make this card:

  • Select a Powder notecard--This pale blue is the perfect background.
  • Choose a white paper circle doily.
  • Using WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114, die cut a circle larger than the doily from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and one the same size as the solid center of the doily from a scrap of Powder notecard.
  • Die cut two of the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924 from more of the Key Lime Distressed Dots paper.  
  • Die cut the QUICK BUNNIES 99902 from white cardstock and glue on their little circle tails.
  • Die cut SWEET BUNNY 99905 from white cardstock.  Glue a scrap of pink cardstock behind the nose opening and a tiny strip of black cardstock over that and behind the eye openings.


 to assemble the card:

  • Glue the largest dot paper circle on the front of the notecard.
  • Glue the doily on top of that dot paper circle.
  • Add the powder circle to the center of the doily.
  • Secure one of the Grass Stitched Circle Frames on top of the powder circle.
  • Add the second Grass Stitched Circle Frame on top of the first one, setting it a bit askew so that more grass stems show.
  • Tuck in the little Quick Bunnies among the grass stems.
  • Pop dot the Sweet Bunny on the lower left edge of the doily/circle.
  • Tie a bow from some green dotted ribbon and glue it to the top right corner of the doily.

I left room at the bottom front of the notecard to add a handwritten or stamped sentiment later.  

And on the inside:

I added another piece of the dot paper cut 4 X 5 1/4.  On top of that I placed a piece of powder notecard scrap cut 3 X 4 1/4.  I added two of the Quick Bunnies, the small one in the upper left and the larger one in the lower right. Now I have plenty of room to write a message and elements from the card front are carried over to the inside which is something that I like to do.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 12

Double Stitched Hearts with Wrapped Stitch Frames
by Anne Thompson

I have one last valentine before Wednesday and it uses multiples of the DOUBLE STITCHED HEARTS 99929 and the WRAPPED STITCH FRAMES 30117.  


to make this card:

  • Start with a cream notecard.
  • Die cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Frame  4X5.2 from red cardstock and adhere both pieces--the frame and the inside rectangle--to the front of the notecard.
  • Die cut the next to the smallest Wrapped Stitch Frame 2.5X3.8 from cream cardstock and adhere both pieces--the frame and the inside rectangle--to the front of the notecard, placing it at an angle.
  • Die cut the Double Stitched Hearts (five hearts in different sizes) from red cardstock, Cranberry Distressed Dots paper, and Cranberry Gingham paper.  
  • Secure the hearts to the cream frame, placing some flat and raising some with pop-dots.  (I did not use all of the ones I had cut out.  I saved one for the inside and stowed the others away in the envelope with the die for another project.)


for the inside of the card:


  • Die cut the Wrapped Stitch Frame 2.5X3.8 from red cardstock.  Adhere on the inside of the notecard at the top.
  • Add a piece of the Cranberry Gingham paper underneath it.
  • Die cut the smallest Wrapped Stitch Frame 1.8X3 from cream cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment "you are so special" from the WIREWORKS HEART Clear Stamp Set CL5218 on the cream rectangle.   I used Archival Vermillion ink.
  • Adhere the cream frame and inner rectangle at an angle over the red one.  Add one of the Cranberry Gingham hearts to finish it.

Here are the materials I used:


Happy Valentines Day!!! and Happy Crafting!!!

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