235 posts categorized "Anne"

08/14/2017

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.   

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Here's the first card I made:

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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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08/07/2017

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.  

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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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07/18/2017

Tue 18

Merry Christmas From the Pine Tree State
by Anne Thompson

Greetings from Maine, the Pine Tree State!  And welcome to Day Two of our Design Team Blog Blitz!!!  We'll be focused this week on sharing our ideas for using the newest dies just released from Memory Box.  Remember that leaving comments on the blog posts enters you to win some of the new fabulous goodies!  Be sure to leave your comments by Sunday July 23 at 11:59 PM EST.  We love to hear from you!

Because Maine's state flower is the pine cone and tassel, our state bird is the chickadee, and I live in the Pine Tree State, I just had to use some of the new dies to make a Maine-themed Christmas card.  I used the PINECONE COLLAGE Die 99793, the SNOWY PINE Die 99835, the LARGE SENTIMENTAL MERRY CHRISTMAS Die 99804 and one of the birds from the BIRD SANCTUARY Clear Stamps Set CL5201 and the coordinating die from the BIRD SANCTUARY Die Set 32201.

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To make this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into a piece of kraft cardstock and then backed it with a darker brown cardstock.  I used one of the rectangles from the Rectangles Basic Set to cut out both layers before adhering this piece to a cream notecard.  I then cut a Snowy Pine from dark green cardstock, painted it with diluted white Reeves watercolor paint, and lined it up along the side of the pinecone piece and glued it both to the pinecone piece and the notecard front.  I then stamped the bird on the branch from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink on watercolor paper.  I colored the bird using very diluted Reeves watercolors and then cut it out using the coordinating die.  I used foam dimensional dots to place the bird just above the pinecone tassel.  I cut the Merry Christmas from the same dark green cardstock I used for the tree and glued it to the card front.  I added a green enamel dot on the "i".

Because you know that I never just make one card, I decided to make a set of cards that I can package up as a gift for a friend.  I used the TALL PINE die 99848 along with the Pinecone Collage, the same small bird from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps set and the coordinating die from the Bird Sanctuary die set.

Card 1:

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Here I used the same techniques as on the Christmas card, using the Tall Pine as the tree cut from dark green cardstock.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set.  

Card 2:

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For this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into the front of the notecard and then backed that with dark brown cardstock.  I saved the tassel piece that punched out and watercolored it placing it behind the pop-dotted watercolored bird.

Card 3:

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Here I die cut the Pinecone Collage from the same dark green paper as the Tall pine, cut it with one of the Stitched Ovals, leaving the green tassel in place and backed it with a textured brown paper cut with the same oval die.  I used foam dots to pop it onto the card.  One pop-dot behind the bird's wing and some glue behind his head kept him level.  

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For this last card, I stamped the bird onto the card front using Archival Jet Black Ink and colored it with Memento markers, Desert Sand and London Fog.  I cut the Pinecone Collage twice, once in dark brown cardstock and once in dark green.  I cut the Pinecone Collage and Kraft cardstock oval of the same size using one of the Stitched Ovals dies.  I glued the two layers together a bit off and inlaid just the green tassel.  

The more I look at these cards, the more ideas I get!  I'm thinking about Dave's glitter technique and some sparkly copper glitter behind the pinecone cut-outs for my next card. What would you do with these dies?

Please leave comments for me below and you could win the Pinecone Collage die!!!  Scroll down to see Laura's introductory post from Monday and check back each day for more from the Design Team.  Happy Crafting!

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07/10/2017

Mon 10

Sentimental Iris Clusters in Watercolor
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I used the SENTIMENTAL IRIS Clear Stamp Set CL 5202 and my Kuretake watercolors.  

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Remember last Monday when I told you that I had cut my iris stamp to separate it from the leaves?  I did that because I wanted to create clusters of iris blossoms without stems getting in the way.  And because I layered irises I also created some masks by stamping two of the irises on regular cardstock and cut them out with my small detail scissors.  

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I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on watercolor paper.  You can tell from the photo above that I used the masks again and again as I stamped the clusters of blooms.  Then I added a few stems where I thought they fit best.  Once I finished painting I set them aside to dry.  Then I used a variety of shape dies to cut them out and to cut dot papers shapes just a wee bit larger to mount them on: squares from the Studio Square Layers dies 30021; rectangles from the Rectangle Basic Set 30086; and ovals from the Stitched Oval Layers dies 30069.

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Once the irises were attached to their dot papers I looked through my cards and chose colors that I felt would highlight the flowers--yellow Sweet Corn, a lovely lavender, a soft blue, and yellow-green Lettuce.

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The irises in my yard have gone by already but I couldn't resist taking a picture of the cards on the stone bench by my gardens on a sunny summer afternoon.   Have you gotten your Sentimental Iris stamps and dies yet?  I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine!!!

Happy Crafting!

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07/03/2017

Mon 03

Sentimental Iris Three Ways
by Anne Thompson

New stamp sets from Memory Box!  Happy Happy July!!  For the next couple of weeks we will be showcasing the newest stamp sets from Memory Box.  You are going to LOVE them all!!!

For the three cards I made for this post I used the iris stamp from the SENTIMENTAL IRIS CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5202 and a small dots stamp from the BIRD SANCTUARY CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5201.   I stamped the images in approximately the same place on all three card panels and used the same or similar colors in three different mediums--colored pencil, markers, and watercolor (left to right in the photo below).

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First up--colored pencils:

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Before I stamped my first image, I cut the iris to separate the bloom from its stem/leaves/bud. (I did this because I wanted the flexibility of using the blossoms in a cluster without the stems/leaves/buds getting in the way--look for those cards next week!)  I then stamped the leaf section in Memento Cottage Ivy Ink three times, once in the upper left, and twice in the upper right on white cardstock.  I used Archival Deep Purple Ink for the bloom outlines, and then added the Cottage Ivy leaf section to each of those.  I colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils, layering colors to achieve a mottled and blended look.  I used more of the Cottage Ivy ink and the small dots stamp to fill in some of the white space.  I stamped the sentiment (one from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set) "just a note" in Cottage Ivy ink as well.  I adhered this panel (same size as the A2 card) to the front of a green notecard.

Second--markers:

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For this card I used a watercolor paper panel with the images stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I like the way the markers worked on the watercolor paper.  (I had tried this on regular cardstock first and was much happier with the watercolor paper coloring test.)  I used a combination of colors similar to those of the colored pencils, choosing Memento and Tombow markers, again layering colors.  For the small dots, I used a Cottage Ivy Memento marker to color the stamp for each impression.  I adhered this panel to a blue notecard.

Third--watercolors:

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Again I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on watercolor paper.  I used my Kuretake watercolors, again blending colors that were similar to what I had used on the other two cards.  Instead of using the small dots stamp on this card, I spattered the card with watery green paint once the flowers were dry.  I attached this panel to a green notecard.

Three beautiful cards, three different mediums!  Give it a try!!

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Happy Crafting!

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06/19/2017

Mon 19

Spring Lilacs Tag
by Anne Thompson

I know it is almost officially summer, but I couldn't resist one last Spring Lilacs tag!  I've been revisiting my Distress Inks and reviewing techniques I learned years ago.  This tag features four stamps from the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and a Distress Ink Spritz & Flick technique.

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To make a tag like this, ink up a large manila tag with ink blending foam tools inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  Start from off the edge of the tag on a non-stick craft sheet or piece of  scrap paper larger than the tag, working inward with a circular motion.  Repeat until the entire surface of the tag is inked, adding layers on layers.  For the water mark effect, spritz water into your hand (I just poured some from a bottle into my palm) and flick it over the tag.  Let it sit for just a few seconds, maybe ten.  Then blot the tag with a paper towel to create a color-lifted effect.  (You may want to use a heat tool at this point if your tag is pretty wet and you don't want to wait for it to dry on its own.)

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Next stamp the large lilac bunch from the Spring Lilacs set using VersaMark Embossing Ink.  Sprinkle liberally with Opaque White Embossing Powder, tapping the back of the tag to release extra powder.  (I sometimes use a small paintbrush to remove any excess embossing powder that is close to the image.)  For this tag I stamped the image three times, adding embossing powder after each impression.  Then use your heat tool to set the embossing powder, turning it shiny white.

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I then stamped the sentiments--FOR A SPECIAL friend; EVERYTHING YOU DO IS SIMPLY amazing; and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes--using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on white cardstock.  I punched them out using two different sized punches, and then punched some additional circles from a nice green cardstock that coordinated with the ribbon I chose.  I layered the sentiments and placed them strategically to hide any imperfections in my embossing.  I'd been saving this piece of wired ribbon and it was perfect for this tag tied in a pretty bow. 

 

Happy Crafting!

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06/12/2017

Mon 12

Chantilly Butterfly Three Ways
by Anne Thompson

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chantilly Butterfly dies: CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY 99777, CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY BACKGROUND 99783, and CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY COLLAGE 99781. And I particularly like these three dies used in combination with the LEAFY RING 99780! I have become so enamored of Dave's glitter technique using Scor-Tape sheets and glitter that I had to purchase more glitter last week!

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On this first card I began by die cutting the Leafy Ring into the front of a white notecard. I added a circle cut from olive green cardstock behind it. I then cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background twice, once from yellow cardstock and once from Scor-Tape. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly once from the same yellow cardstock. I carefully peeled off the Scor-Tape backing from the Chantilly Butterfly Background and aligned it with the Chantilly Butterfly, exposing tape in all the little butterfly segments that I then filled in with different glitters. Next I peeled off the other protective layer on the back of the glittered butterfly, placed the righthand wing adhesive side down onto the front of the notecard. Then I cut one half of the butterfly from the yellow cardstock Chantilly Butterfly background and adhered it on the left side of the butterfly, bending that wing up off the card front. I stamped "TODAY IS A beautiful day" from the BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209 in the center of the Leafy Ring with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I found some lime green gems in a variety of sizes and added some to the butterfly center and some on the notecard.

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The second card is similar only this time I used a circle die along with the Leafy Ring and cut them from purple cardstock at the same time and cut another circle from key lime distressed dots paper for underneath. I made the butterfly in the same manner, except I used purple cardstock on the back of the entire glittered butterfly and used glue dots in its center to secure it to the Leafy Ring so I could bend up its wings. I used another sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and pink gem stones to finish this one.

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The third card is just a little bit different. This time I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Collage into the front of a white notecard. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background from Scor-Tape, peeled off one layer of protective paper and adhered it behind the butterfly, exposing glue under the little parts of the wings so I could glitter it up. I cut another Chantilly Butterfly Background from white cardstock, peeled off the protective layer under the glitter, and stuck it on. Then I inset the Leafy Ring cut again from purple cardstock along with a circle die and with a key lime distressed dots circle underneath the opening made by the Chantilly Butterfly Collage. I used another piece of cardstock 4 X 5 1/4 on the inside of the notecard to secure everything in place. I added a sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and gemstones in two shades of pink to finish the card.

These cards were so much fun to make!  I love this technique for adding glitter that stays where you put it.  You can watch Dave's video here: http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2017/03/glitter-inlay-technique.html

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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06/05/2017

Mon 05

Pinpoint Circle Frame and Pinpoint Double Frame Happy Birthday Cards by Anne Thompson

In keeping with this month's challenge, I made two birthday cards to share today.  For one I used the PINPOINT CIRCLE FRAME 99760 and for the other I used the PINPOINT DOUBLE FRAME 99765, each cut into the front of a green notecard.  On both cards I chose the PERKY HAPPY BIRTHDAY 99761 as the sentiment which I cut from black cardstock.

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Let's look at the Pinpoint Double Frame Card first.

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I began by cutting the Pinpoint Double Frame into the front of the notecard, saving the center rectangle which popped out.  Using two dies from the Rectangle Layers set 30086, I cut two rectangles from doublesided leaf/dot printed paper, one a bit larger than the popped out rectangle and one a bit smaller.  I adhered the larger rectangle inside the opening, leafy side out.  I then layered the popped out green rectangle and the smaller leafy rectangle on top of the dotty one on the inside of the card front. 

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On a scrap of white cardstock, I stamped the small flowery heart from the So Many Things to Love stamp set CL5196 using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.   I colored it in using Memento pens--Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Pistachio, Rose Bud, Lilac Posies, and Lady Bug.  I cut it out carefully and popped it on the card front using dimensional foam tape.  A black sparkly gem dotted the i.

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Now let's look at the Pinpoint Circle Frame card.

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I began by cutting the Pinpoint Circle Frame into the front of the notecard, saving the center circle which popped out.  Using the two dies from the Studio Circle Layers set 30016, I cut two circles from doublesided leaf/dot printed paper, one a bit larger than the popped out circle and one a bit smaller.  I adhered the larger circle inside the opening, leafy side out.  I then layered the popped out green circle and the smaller leafy circle on top of the dotty one on the inside of the card front.  The next step was to die cut the Perky Happy Birthday from black cardstock and the Petite Flower Bunch 99654 from both dark green and gold cardstocks.  I snipped off the gold flowers and glue-dotted them on top of the green ones in the bouquet.  I then used a glue pen to add the Happy Birthday sentiment to the front of the card at a bit of an angle below the circle frame.  I secured the flowers using more glue dots.  Adding a yellow gingham bow and some tiny pearls finished off this one.

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Two birthday cards ready for summer celebrations!  I'll be looking for your creations for this month's challenge!!!  Happy Crafting!

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05/15/2017

Mon 15

Today is a beautiful day for Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I'm going to show you three cards I made featuring the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL 5199 and BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209.  The first card is a matchbook card, 11 1/2" X 4 1/4" and scored at 4 3/4" from one end and 1 1/4" from the other end so that it folds down from the top and the shorter piece folds up from the bottom to make the shape with the top edge then tucking behind the smaller flap.  The finished folded size is the same as an A2 card!

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Now for a little bit about how I made this and the other two cards.

These are the materials I used:

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  • Beautiful Day Sentiments Clear Stamp Set CL5209
  • Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set CL5199
  • Spring Lilacs Die Set 32199
  • one medium-sized oval from the Stitched Oval Layers Die Set 30069
  • Deep Purple Archival Ink
  • Forever Green Hero Arts Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink; Memento Dandelion Ink
  • Memento Markers:  Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa
  • clear acrylic blocks, ribbon, twine, and sparkly gems from my stash
  • white cardstock and envelopes; dark purple cardstock

I started by doing all of my stamping and coloring first on one sheet of white cardstock.  You'll notice that I colored outside the lines.  I did that on purpose so that the color would extend to the edge of the image once it was cut out.  It also made it really easy to color in broad strokes.  You can see where I tested out some colors on and around the imperfectly stamped images I wasn't going to use.

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I used Washi tape to secure the dies over the lilacs and leaves before running them through the die cutting machine.  I attached two leaves to the back of each lilac stem using glue dots.  I then used foam dots to attach the lilacs to a purple cardstock stitched oval layer already taped onto the card front.  Because the lilacs were popped up it was easy to tie twine around the stem and secure it with a glue dot under the knot.  I then stamped the sentiment, adding the little sun stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink and stamped again with Memento Dandelion Ink.  I finished up with a few black sparkly gems.  

I used standard A2 cards for the other two, adding a white ribbon tied in a bow on one and purple gems on the other.  

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Don't forget about the envelope!  I added the small cluster of lilacs from the Spring Lilacs stamp set and one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set.

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I can't wait for the lilacs to blossom and fill the air with their beautiful scent.  Happy Crafting!

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05/08/2017

Mon 08

Leafy Ring with Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

Good afternoon!  It's the first day of our Blog Blitz here at Outside the Box.  Scroll down to see Laura's post from this morning.  It's just the beginning of a week full of goodness!  I'm so excited to share with you some of the newest dies and stamps from the just-released May 2017 collection!  

From where I sit at my computer I can see our lilac bushes just beginning to leaf out and sprout buds.  So I just had to use the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and the SPRING LILACS Die Set 32199 for this post.  Because I chose to use the smaller blossom clusters, I featured the LEAFY RING  Die 99780 in my card designs.

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Once I got started I couldn't stop!  Here are the dies I used.

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I used two of the circles from the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS set30016, one that the leafy ring fit tightly inside of and the next largest circle.  The three smaller dies are for the two leaf shapes and the blossom cluster from the Spring Lilacs Die Set.

These are the rest of the supplies:

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Let's look at the purple cards first to see what I did.

Card 1:

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I die cut the Leafy Ring from white cardstock.  I put some purple/white washi tape across the center of the Leafy Ring, then cut a larger dark green circle which I adhered under the Leafy Ring.  The next step was to die cut the small Spring Lilac blossoms bunch twice from light purple cardstock and stamp the blossoms in Archival Ink Deep Purple before cutting the two leaves from the Spring Lilacs set from the same dark green cardstock and stamping the leaf patterns with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I used a Pear Tart Memento marker to color the flower centers.  I used Glue Dots to hold the bunch together (two flower clusters, two leaves) and used foam dots to adhere it to the Leafy Ring.  I stamped "Happy Spring" from the Spring Lilacs stamp set using the VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I added a simply knotted purple/white ribbon to complete the card.

Card 2:

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I began by stamping the individual lilac blossoms (I grouped them on one clear block and kept rotating them as I stamped) from the Spring Lilacs stamp set onto the card front using the Archival Deep Purple ink and colored the flower centers with the Pear Tart marker.  I lined up the Leafy Ring and the larger circle as shown in the photo above to cut that shape from white cardstock.  I cut dark green cardstock with the smaller circle and adhered it underneath the Leafy Ring.  I used the same process as on the first card to create the flower bunch from lighter purple cardstock, adding the green leaves and popping it up from the ring's center.

Then I made two different green cards.

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Here I cut the Leafy Ring from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and backed it with a lighter green cardstock.  I cut the flower blossoms from white cardstock and colored them using a Pear Tart memento marker for the centers and layers of a Lulu Lavender Memento marker for the flowers.  (This month's Challenge is using markers.  Have you posted your project yet?)  I used four clusters of flowers and two leaves for the center bouquet.  And I found a piece of lime green twine to tie around the card in a bow.

The last card:

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The only real difference here was placing the Leafy Ring directly on top of a Meadow notecard using foam dots.  I did use a more olive-y green for the leaves and stamped the outline with Hero Arts Forever Green ink.  And I used two shades of purple cardstock for the flower bunches.   I thought I was finished until I found the cute little bow to add.

Remember to leave comments for me about this post and on all of the others from the Design Team this week.  You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday May 14th to post your comments for a chance to win one of the new stamp sets or one of the new dies.  Someone who comments on this post will win the Leafy Ring die!

Happy Crafting!

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