243 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 16

You are a Blessing in my Life
by Anne Thompson

Today's card features a couple of folds, Memory Box dots papers, kraft and other cardstocks, STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, the Chinese Lanterns from GARDEN SKETCHES Clear Stamps Set CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204, EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL5214, and BLESSING PERKY SCRIPT die 99864.  I owe a big "THANKS" to my friend Connie for showing me this card format with two folds.

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I really love this flip flop card!  (...even though you can see my foam dots from this angle!) 

Here are the directions for the way I constructed this card.

Start by cutting, scoring, and folding all of the cardstock first.  I used kraft cardstock for this.

  • 7 3/4" X 4 3/4", scored at 3" from the right end of the longer edge and fold in from the right side
  • 7 1/2" X 3 3/4", scored at 3 3/4", thus folded in half

Then cut the papers.

  • One 4 1/2" square
  • Two 3 1/2" squares--I cut one of these squares from cream cardstock for the sentiment
  • Two 2 3/4" X 4 1/2" rectangles

Adhere the papers to the kraft cardstock.


I added Latte Distressed Dots to the inside of the larger card base and


Squash Dots paper on the front of the small square card and the outside right flap of the larger card.  I added the cream cardstock inside the small square card.

To assemble this card, I glued the small square card in the center of the larger brown dot square.  The flap on the right then folds over the cream sentiment square and the top square flap closes over that.

Then decorate the card surfaces.  On the front of the square, I added the Picket Fence cut from white cardstock and a collection of Stitched Farm Pumpkins cut from Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps.

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On the flap that tucks under the pumpkins I added two of the Chinese Lanterns, making sure that they wouldn't show when the pumpkin flap was closed.  (I stamped them in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils in three different oranges before die cutting them.)


On the other side of that flap I added three more Chinese Lantern sprigs. And on the cream sentiment square I added a double-layered "blessing" cut from more of the Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps and stamped words from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set (in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink).  I then added a pumpkin and one more sprig of Chinese Lanterns.


The final touch?  An amber gem to dot the "i".



I'm already thinking of ways to use this format for Christmas cards.  Don't you just love cards that open in different ways and give you lots of surfaces to embellish?!!!Happy Crafting!

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Mon 09

Three October Cards
by Anne Thompson

Fall in all its glory is here in Maine!  The colors on the trees are spectacular! And I've created three cards for today that celebrate autumn.  The key component on each card is an image of a plant called Chinese Lanterns from the new Studio Clear Stamps Set GARDEN SKETCHES CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204.

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For this card I stamped the Chinese Lanterns three times on cream cardstock and colored them with orange Prismacolor pencils before die cutting them.  I used small pop dots behind each "lantern"and arranged the three stems in an arc near the top edge of a top-folded Concord Grape notecard.  I then cut the STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882 once from a dark orange cardstock and again from Mango Distressed Dots paper and layered them together.  I glued the medium-sized ones to the notecard and popped on the larger and smaller pumpkins.  I cut AUTUMN GREETINGS 99880 twice using scraps from a Jack O' Lantern notecard and glued them together before adding them to complete the design.  

Card Two:


For this card I used the same dies but arranged the images differently. Because I used a Jack O' Lantern notecard as the base, I put the sentiment on a strip of mango distressed dot paper before adding the Chinese Lanterns and the pumpkins.

Card Three:  For this card I added the CIRCLE WEB COLLAGE 99881 cut out within a larger circle from the CIRCLE LAYERS DIE SET.  And I wrapped the Chinese Lanterns around the left side of the web.


This is my favorite season of the year and I love making cards in my favorite fall colors.  I can use these cards for a number of purposes--thank you notes, birthday cards, thinking of you messages, and more.  These cards have got me thinking about using these images for Halloween treat bags and tags.  So it's back to work!!!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 02

Autumn Greetings
by Anne Thompson

It certainly hasn't felt like fall here in Maine where the temperature has been in the 80s for days now.  Looking forward to more of the leaves changing color in the next week or so when the weather cools and it will look and feel more like fall!


Card One:

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I love the colors in this card:  a squash notecard, squash and mango distressed dots papers, brown and pumpkin orange cardstocks.  
And these are the dies I used:


I cut the largest of the Curved Stitched Hilltops on an angle (with the hill curving down to the left) and the Cat Tail Sunrise from the brown cardstock and adhered them together.  Before securing them to the notecard, I added a squash dot circle using one of the small dies from the Studio Circle Layers die set.  I used a glue pen on the back of the cat tails to hold it in place inside the brown circle outline, and then used a tape runner to glue the panel to the notecard.

I like the more substantial look of the greeting doubled up.  Using a glue pen made this super easy to do.


I also doubled up the pumpkins and sponged Wild Honey and Frayed Burlap Distress inks on the edges and stems.  I used glue dots and pop dots to achieve a layered/stacked look.

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Card Two:


I put this card together in the same way except for cutting the hill to curve down to the right.  These are perfect cards for welcoming fall, celebrating an October/November event or birthday, or even for Halloween.  


Happy Crafting!

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Tue 19

Halloween Blog Blitz Day Two
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to Day Two of the Halloween Blog Blitz!  If you missed Laura's introductory post yesterday, just scroll down to see her cute Halloween scene.  As we highlight the latest Memory Box release this week September 18-22 there will be lots of new ideas shared by the Design Team and chances to win prizes each day.

How many of the newest dies can one use on a card?  It turns out that one can use quite a few!  


 Today's Halloween scene incorporates five of the dies from the 2017 Fall Collection::  CIRCLE WEB COLLAGE 99881, PLAYFUL BOO 99875, CURVED STITCHED HILLTOPS 99871, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, and HOUSE TRIO 99877!!!!!  (Plus a circle from the Studio Circle Layers ! and a 1" punch.)


I made the web first by cutting the Circle Web Collage from black cardstock and then trimmed it down using one of the dies from the Studio Circle Layers die set 30016.  I then cut the Playful Boo from silver paper and adhered it to the center of the web using a glue pen.

Next I cut the largest of the Curved Stitched Hilltops from brown striped paper.  I cut the Curved Picket Fence twice, once from white cardstock and again from black cardstock; and I glued them together with the black on top and just a smidgen of the white showing on the edges of the fence posts before gluing it to the hilltop.

Then I made the little House Trio.  I cut them from black cardstock first.  I ran the die through my Big Shot again using gold cardstock and the plate stack for embossing metal stencils.  I used my detail scissors to cut out the embossed houses, trimming just a tad off each one (so the gold wouldn't show under the house edges) before assembling the houses on top.  I decided to leave the doors off so more of the gold "light" would show.

To put it all together, I first adhered the hilltop/fence to the bottom of a Jack O' Lantern notecard.  I tucked the houses just a little bit behind the hilltop.  I used a foam pop dot to secure the web in the upper right.  And then I added a moon from the same gold cardstock, using a 1" circle punch.


 Want a chance to win the Circle Web Collage die?  All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 PM EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win this new die!

Keep checking back this week for more spook-tacular Halloween-y goodies!!!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 11

Playtime Elves in the Snow by Anne Thompson

It's time for the Playtime Elves (and their polar bear) to have some more fun sliding in the snow! Today's cards feature the PLAYTIME ELVES Clear Stamp Set CL5216, the coordinating PLAYTIME ELVES dies set 32216, SLIDER GROOVES dies 99840, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866.

Card One:


Here the elves are sliding on their tummies, racing each other down the hills.  When I die cut the two slider grooves from light blue cardstock, I saved the two pieces, covered them with adhesive and sprinkled on some glitter before adhering them below each of the slider grooves. I colored the two elves with Prismacolor Colored Pencils after stamping them with Archival Jet Black Ink and die cutting them.  I used the penny method so the elves would slide in the grooves.  I added the Piccolo Snowflakes cut from dark blue cardstock and I put a small blue pearl in the center of each one.  To finish the card I added "let it snow" cut from the same dark blue cardstock and I used a pearl to dot the i.  I attached this panel to a notecard of the same color with thick foam adhesive strips.

Card Two:


This time, the two elves are chasing each other over the hills which I again made by glittering three pieces of cardstock that had been cut out of the slider grooves.  I left a lot of space at the top to add a die cut sentiment or some snowflakes later, as well as the names of the two children who will receive this card.

Card Three:


I love this elf careening at top speed down the steep hill!  He really spins, often ending upside down at the end!  I cut the slider groove first then lined up a piece of white cardstock with the discarded piece and created a bigger hill.  I covered it with a large piece of sticky-backed adhesive and then sprinkled on lots of fine white glitter.  

Card Four:


Whee!  The elf is hitching a ride from his polar bear!  This bonus card doesn't use a slider groove, although it could.  I wanted to see if I could find a way to have the polar bear pull the elf on the sled.  So I made a harness for the bear from some thin twine, tying it around the bear's head and securing the twine with tape on the back of the die cut.  I attached it to the elf's hands by punching tiny holes with an awl and looping the twine through, attaching it with tape on the back of the elf.

Now I'm thinking that I have to make a series of slider cards featuring the polar bear(s) playing on the hills.  I might even put an elf hat on him or perch him on the sled.  And maybe an elf (or two!) has to ride on his back down a hill.  So many possibilities!  Kids are going to LOVE these cards!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 04

Embossed Leaf Collage Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards feature the LEAF COLLAGE die 99800, both as an embossed image on a card front and as die cuts adhered on top of the embossing.  I had never tried embossing a regular die until I had this idea today.  Easy Peasy!

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I followed the directions with my Big Shot for embossing with a metal stencil, using a piece of red plumbers rubber since I didn't have a silicone rubber mat.  This is my sandwich from the bottom up:  Tab 1, plastic plate, rubber, cardstock, die face down, plastic plate.  I love the way the embossing came out, particularly when I used metallic papers as in the photo below.


 Card No. 1:  embossed Leaf Collage on gold metallic paper, die cut brown leaves adhered with popdots over the embossed image, tiny gold pearls on the leaves and in the lower right corner; this piece layered over more of the brown cardstock and aligned with the right edge of a top-fold cream notecard; black/metallic washi tape added on the left edge; three more leaves inside card and some more washi tape and stamped message from the EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL 5214:  "THANKFUL FOR EVERY blessing" in Archival Jet Black ink.


Card No. 2:  embossed Leaf Collage on brown cardstock, die cut leaves from Mango Distressed Dots Paper; stamped "THANKFUL FOR EVERY" from Each Day is a Blessing Clear Stamp Set in VersaMark ink and gold-embossed; die cut BLESSING die 99864 from more of the Mango dots paper; four small amber gemstones; this panel adhered to a piece of Mango dots paper that covers the front of the cream top-fold notecard; more mango dots paper inside for the message.

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Card No. 3:  embossed Leaf Collage on copper metallic paper , die cut leaves from mango and red cardstocks, panel adhered to Mango Distressed Dots Paper and then onto a red side-fold notecard... IMG_0021 (1)

...more Mango dots paper inside, a red leaf, and "THANKFUL FOR EVERY blessing" stamped with Archival Jet Black ink.

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These will be some of the cards I send at Thanksgiving this year, and I plan to make more.  I love how the look of each one changes with the papers I select.   I have soooo much paper--more experimenting ahead!

Happy Crafting!

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Sat 02

Leaf Collage
by Anne Thompson

LEAF COLLAGE die 99800 is my choice for a card perfect for this month's blog challenge: Falling for Fall Autumn Cards.  

(Sorry about the line that shows on the card front...must have scratched my camera lens.)


This is a quick and easy card!  I started with a piece of black cardstock 8 1/2" X 5 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4" to make a top-folded A2 card.  I placed the Leaf Collage die on the card front and ran it through my Big Shot, saving the black leaves to use on the envelope and inside the card.  I went through my pre-painted watercolor papers and found one with lots of orange tones and cut it to 5 1/4" X 4" and adhered it to the inside cover of the card.  Voila!  Autumn leaves!!!  

The sparkly bits are amber-toned gems in two sizes adhered in the oval leaves as leaf veins.  

On the inside message part of the card, I added a piece of white cardstock cut 5 1/4" X 4" and glued on some of the smaller black maple leaves in opposite corners.  I added one of the black oak leaves to the envelope.

To finish the card I added three more of the amber gems to the front.


It's always fun to see what you do with the monthly challenge!  Hope you'll join in this month and create your own Falling for Fall Autumn Card.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 21

Let It Snow: Snowflake Swell, Snowflake Wire, Piccolo Snowflakes
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my personal challenge to create as many holiday/winter cards as I can this month.  Today's post features two "merry Christmas" cards and three "let it snow" cards.  

I used the SNOWFLAKE SWELL 99828, SNOWFLAKE WIRE 99809, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and either the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS clear stamp set CL5212 or the LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866 to make the five cards.


First up--Christmas:


I cut the Snowflake Swell from a light blue cardstock and trimmed it down for the front of a white notecard.  I had some fun experimenting with the placement of the die--above you'll see the Swell curving left on one card and to the right on the other.  I then cut the Snowflake Wire and the Piccolo Snowflakes from navy blue cardstock.  I anchored the larger snowflake on the Wire loop to the center of the middle snowflake on the card front with a little glue.  I then used dots of glue in the centers to add the three navy snowflakes on top of the light blue ones.  This left me the option of pulling up the "legs" of the snowflakes to add more dimension to the card fronts.  I stamped "merry Christmas" in Achival Jet Black ink.  I used pearls in several sizes for the centers of the snowflakes, the little circles on the Snowflake Wire, and to accent some of the light blue open space.

Here's a close-up:




I constructed these cards in the same manner, just changed the orientation of the Snowflake Swell (one side-fold, two top-fold cards), the cardstock colors, and the color of the base notecards.   For the card on the left, I cut the Snowflake Wire, Piccolo Snowflakes and the word "snow" from white cardstock.  For the one on the top right, I used the same color cardstock as the base notecard.  For the one on the bottom right, I cut the "let it snow" from the same dark green as the Snowflake Swell and tucked the words in along that channel.

I think it's time to replenish my stock of white pearls.  I particularly love the tiniest ones and I'm almost out. I do love a little bling!  When I'm mailing cards like these with lots of pearls or other dimensionals, I like to add a tiny piece of bubble wrap over the card front when tucking it into the envelope. Other things I like to do--add something from the card front to the inside of the card.  Each of these cards gets an extra Piccolo Snowflake inside.  And I always decorate the envelopes to coordinate and hint at what might be inside.  For these, I'll use the small snowflake stamp on the B2007 Joyful Combo wood-mounted stamp with Hero Arts Cornflower Blue ink on the white envelopes.

 Happy Crafting!

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Mon 14

Snowy Pine Oval with Poinsettia Blooms
by Anne thompson

I'm on a roll creating Christmas cards.  There are sooo many wonderful dies and stamps in the Holiday Release that make this an easy and fun task!  Today's cards feature the SNOWY PINE OVAL die 99831 and the POINSETTIA BLOOMS set of five dies 30093.  Each notecard base is a different green--using up what I have for single cards in my green basket.   


Here's the first card I made:


To start this card, I cut the Snowy Pine Oval as well as the stamens from the Poinsettia Blooms in white cardstock.  I then cut the poinsettia blooms from both red and dark green cardstocks--I set the largest green ones aside to use as leaves.  I secured the oval to a green notecard, just putting glue on the oval outline.  I then decided that I needed green trees behind the white ones for more dimension and definition, so I cut the Snowy Pine Oval from dark green cardstock, snipped off the trees, and slid them behind the white trees.  A few dots of glue secured the two layers together.  I assembled the Poinsettia Blooms with a glue dot between each layer, added two of the green leaves to the base of the flower, white stamens and a white pearl in the center and secured it to the card with a dimensional foam square.  I chose the "merry Christmas" from the Merry Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set CL5212 and curved it a bit on an acrylic block before stamping it in Archival Jet Black ink in the upper left.  I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some glittery goodness to the trees and the poinsettia.  Here's a closeup from one of the cards.


I made a second card in the same manner, using a white poinsettia with a green gem center.


For the third card, I offset a dark green Snowy Pine Oval underneath a white one which was definitely the easiest and quickest layering strategy and I curved the sentiment a bit more to fit closer around the oval's edge.  This is the design that I will reproduce multiple times.


For the bonus card, I used the TALL PINE OVAL 99845 cut from white cardstock and the TALL PINE 99848 cut from dark green cardstock layered underneath the white with the sticking-out bits snipped off.  I added a Poinsettia Bloom cut from metallic gold cardstock and some brown pearls.  Love the gold!


I really like the look of the dark green branches under the white trees.  And the Wink of Stella adds just enough sparkle!  

These layered trees would also make great "Let it snow!" cards for this winter.  (Planning ahead...)  Happy Crafting!

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Mon 07

Soaring Bird, Decorative Poinsettia Oval, and Pinecone Collage Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's holiday cards feature the SOARING BIRD  die 99837 perched on the pinecone branch from the PINECONE COLLAGE die 99793 nestled within the DECORATIVE POINSETTIA OVAL die 99859.  

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I began with silver cardstock to cut the Soaring Bird once and the Decorative Poinsettia Oval which I cut twice in order to make a fuller poinsettia.  I also added silver stamens from the POINSETTIA BLOOMS set of 5 dies 30093.  I love that the poinsettia is not attached to the oval so I can place the finished bloom anywhere I choose on the card front.

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I glued the silver bird onto dark green cardstock and fussy cut around it.  I also cut the poinsettia oval again from the same dark green cardstock and used the largest flower to create leaves to tuck under the layered silver poinsettia, adding the silver stamens and a silver gem to the flower center.   I then cut the Pinecone Collage branch twice, once from silver and once from the dark green.  

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I glued the bird's feet to the double-layered branch.  To assemble the card, I glued the oval to the front of a pale blue notecard, pop-dotted the bird into the center, and added the poinsettia in the upper left.  


I completed the second card in the same way, this time using metallic gold cardstock, dark brown cardstock, and lighter brown distressed dots paper on a kraft notecard with a dark brown pearl in the center of the poinsettia.  

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For the third card I used bright white and red cardstocks and a white pearl for the poinsettia center on a black notecard.

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I'm not sure which combination is my favorite, although I do love that metallic gold paper. And I love the tiny black gems I found that fit perfectly in the eye holes.  There are more color combinations I want to try, especially since I found my stash of metallic copper paper after I'd made these three.  

Happy Crafting!  Have you started making your holiday cards yet?  There are some fantastic dies and stamps in this newest holiday release to help you get started! 

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