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Mon 05

Heart-y Valentines
by Anne Thompson

I have two quick and easy valentines for you today using three dies and red and white cardstocks.


  • Cut the red cardstock at 4 X 5 1/4.
  • Die cut the Dibble Heart Border on an angle, sort of in the center from lower left to upper right.  Save all of the little hearts that cut out for another project.  (I usually tuck them into the envelope where I store the die.)
  • Secure this panel to the front of a side-fold white notecard.
  • Die cut Ribbon Hearts from white cardstock.
  • Secure the Ribbon Hearts to the red panel with a glue dot.
  • Adhere a small patch of Scor-Tape on the back of a scrap of white cardstock and then die cut the Sentimental Be Mine.  This makes sticking on the little letters and tiny heart "dot" really easy.
  • Add the Sentimental Be Mine  just above the Dibble Heart Border.


For this top-fold notecard:

  •  Cut the red cardstock 4 X 5 1/2.

  • Die cut the Dibble Heart Border  near the top edge on the longest side of the panel.

  • Secure this panel to the front of a top-fold white notecard. 
  • Die cut the Ribbon Hearts from white cardstock.
  • Secure the Ribbon Hearts to the red panel with a glue dot.
  • Adhere a small patch of Scor-Tape on the back of a scrap of white cardstock and then die cut the Sentimental Be Mine.
  • Add the Sentimental Be Mine on the bottom left of the red panel. 

Here's a photo of the three dies:


I really like the simplicity of just the two colors.  By anchoring the Ribbon Hearts with a glue dot, the string of hearts is left dangling to cast interesting shadows on the card front.  Remember those little hearts that punched out of the Dibble Heart Border?  I bet they'd look cute scattered about inside this card!  These dies also work perfectly for this month's blog challenge theme of Hearts.  Have you submitted an entry yet?

Happy Crafting!

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Tue 30

Heart Gift Box
by Anne Thompson

One of my favorite dies from the latest Memory Box release is the HEART GIFT BOX 99954.  It is the perfect size for a small gift or candy treats for your valentine.  I used it on the front of a notecard and on a tag.  

First, the card.



  • Assembling the box is easy since all of the fold lines  are pre-scored during the die-cutting process.  
  • I decided to add a small piece of acetate to the box window.  I glued it in place and trimmed off the extra.  
  • I then added a piece of skinny Scor-Tape to the outermost flap on the printed paper side.


  • All I had to do next was remove the covering over the tape, fold everything (be sure to tuck in the tiny tab at the bottom), and secure the flap under the front side of the box top.


  • I added some Scor-Tape to the back of the heart gift box and stuck it in the center of the heart on the notecard.  
  • I found some pretty tissue paper and tucked a couple of small pieces into the box.  
  • A white satin bow was the last thing I added to the front.
  • Remember the small heart that cut out to leave the window?  I added it inside the notecard.


I will give this card to my mother on Valentines Day with a cute little crystal sun catcher tucked into the Heart Gift Box.

Here's the tag.


  • I assembled the box in the same way I did before.
  • I used a large white tag and I added a strip of Cranberry Gingham paper down the center.
  • I used Scor-Tape to secure the heart box to the tag, lining up the edge of the box with the edge of the tag.
  • I threaded a pretty red and white striped ribbon through the hole in the tag and tied a bow.

I plan to attach the tag to a valentine basket for my Secret Pal.  I have the perfect little pin to tuck in the heart gift box for her.

I have started making up more of these little boxes to fill with candies (in tiny food-safe bags) to use as table favors/place cards for an early February luncheon.  Wouldn't these be sweet for a bridal shower?!  A sweet sixteen party?!  A wedding?!  I can think of so many more ways to use these little boxes.  Do you have your Heart Gift Box die yet???  You are going to want one!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 22

"Love Clippings" Layered Paper Valentines with Have a Heart and Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame Dies
by Anne Thompson

I made three valentines today using layers of paper from the "Love Clippings" 6X6 Collection Kit that I purchased awhile ago from Birch Press Design.  (I noticed when I began typing this up that this particular collection appears to be sold out on their website.  Either the St. Tropez papers or the Wild & Free collection would also work or any of the Memory Box patterned papers like the Bubblegum or Cranberry  collections.)   I love the tones in these papers--sort of victorian vintage-y browns and pinks with interesting peeled paint textures.  There are 24 double-sided papers as well as one alphabet sticker sheet, one type and tab sticker sheet, and one journaling card sheet.  I used a variety of the papers and fussy cut some of the smaller images for added details.  I used the HAVE A HEART set of 5 craft dies 30118 to cut hearts in three sizes from this paper collection and from a rich deep red cardstock.  I also cut the HONEYCOMB STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99923 from the same papers and from Bubblegum Gingham paper to use as accents like one might use doilies.  The only other embellishment I used was some gold washi tape.

This is the first card I made.


Creating this card was really improvisational.  I just chose pieces from a pile on my table and started layering them together on a white notecard.  I did use one piece first to cover the entire front of the notecard and then started adding bits where I felt I needed more color or a design element.  I love the use of the Honeycomb for a lacey effect as well.

When I finished the first card, this is some of what I had left on the table in addition to more 6X6 pages I hadn't cut into.


I took another white notecard, covered the front with one piece of paper and started layering.  


I added the largest heart at the top on a Wobble so it moves when you flick it.

There were still more than enough pieces for a third card.


To finish all three cards, I took more sheets of paper from the collection that had large open areas for message writing and added them inside each one.


These cards came together easily because I had done lots of precutting in advance and had a huge pile of paper and die cuts to choose from.  These are quite different from what I usually do for greeting cards which tend to be more designed or planned before I start.  I do love improvisational work, though, and make art collages in this manner.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 15

Be Mine Valentines with Cheery Flower Collage and Cheery Flower Stems
by Anne Thompson

I have two valentines today, my first attempts at using fun foam from the dollar store to create dimensional openings.  This first card was going to be a shaker card until I glued on the foam before adding the clear acetate window.  Oops!


I started by stacking up these items:

  • two pieces of sticky-back foam stuck together and cut 3 3/8 X 5
  • CHEERY FLOWER COLLAGE die 99946 face up (to cut into the cardstock I'd add in a second) and centered near the top
  • a circle from the CIRCLE BASICS die set 30087 just a bit larger than and placed around the Cheery Flower Collage die and placed face down on the foam to cut into the foam
  • a piece of pink cardstock cut 4 X 51/4 and centered face down on top of the other items

I ran this stack through my Big Shot.  I then adhered the fun foam to the back of the pink cardstock piece--big mistake because I intended this to be a shaker card.  But then I had other options for finishing the card, so all was not lost. 

I selected a pink notecard and covered the front of it with Candy Buttons paper from Lawn Fawn.  I glued the stacked piece on top.

Next I die cut the CHEERY FLOWER STEMS 99947 from Key Lime Gingham paper once and from Bubblegum Dot paper twice.  I glued the green pieces on top of the flowers in the Cheery Flower Collage and snipped off the pink blossoms and added those on top.  I love how these flowers and stems fit exactly on top of those in the collage die.  I added small pearls to the centers of the flowers.

I made a sentiment block, stacking up scraps from the die cutting, adding one of the flowers and SENTIMENTAL BE MINE 99927 cut from more of the Key Lime Gingham paper.  I glued that block in the lower left, overlapping the longest flower stem.

 Here are the dies I used:


The second card:


This time I remembered the acetate! (I used an overhead projector transparency from an office supply store for the acetate, left over from my teaching days.)  I used purple cardstock and a soft purple notecard.  The background paper that shows through the window is from Lawn Fawn's Gotta Have Gingham collection.  The sequins are FAIRY SPARKLE available from Birch Press Design.  I used leftover scraps of the Candy Buttons paper for the flowers and Memory Box Violet Distressed Dots paper for the stems, Be Mine, and the sentiment block background.  I love how the sequin colors coordinate with the plaid flowers!  I used small gray pearls for the flower centers.

These were my first attempts ever at making shaker cards.  I liked using the fun foam because it made a nice even background for the top card layer and I found it to be quite inexpensive at the dollar store--5 sheets for $1. I bought more over the weekend and will continue to perfect my technique.  Have you tried shaker cards?  Check out Penny's Blue Valentine from yesterday and other past posts from the Design Team for more ideas.  

Happy Crafting!

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Tue 09

Blog Blitz: BEE MINE
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to the second day of our Blog Blitz!  Members of the Design Team will be showcasing a wide variety of the new stamps and dies this week--just in time for Valentine's Day and with the hope for an early spring.  Those of you who have been in the deep freeze for days on end will really appreciate the lovely spring images and the opportunity to think spring!  You can see the entire release here.

I have two similar valentines to show you today.



The four dies I used on this card are


  • I chose a light pink notecard as my base.  
  • I die cut the 3.4X3.7 heart from a deep red cardstock and adhered it to the card.
  • I cut the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame from some sticky-backed gold glitter paper and added it to the heart.  I saved some of the punched-out honey cells to add later to the card front for more sparkle.
  • I die cut Be Mine twice from the same gold glitter paper.  I added an "e" from the second set to spell out "bee" for "bee mine".  And I love the little heart that makes the dot for the "i"!  I added those to the card.
  • I die cut the bee from black cardstock and glued the body onto more of the gold glitter paper which I had already adhered to a scrap of black cardstock.  I then used detail scissors to trim around the wings and tail section, carefully lifting up the four legs to cut as close to the body as I could.  I used foam dots to pop the bee on top the card.



  • This time I used a top-folded notecard in another shade of pink and a silvery-gold glitter paper.
  • I added "bee mine" along the left side of the heart and then placed the honeycomb on the right side, trimming off the piece that extended beyond the heart.  
  • I then adhered the finished heart to the notecard using double-sided tape.  
  • I made the bee the same way as before and popped it on, lining it up with the heart's edge.
  • Again I added a few of the honey cells for more sparkle.  


Want a chance to win the INTRICATE BEE?  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 14 by 11:59 PM EST.  One winner will be chosen at random from these posts to win the bee!  Be sure to stop by each day through Friday as the Design Team members share their ideas for using the newest Memory Box products.  A prize will be offered each day to a lucky commenter.  Will that be you?  Winners will be posted on the blog on Monday afternoon the 15th.  I can't wait to read your comments!

Happy Crafting!

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Tue 19

Faux Letterpress Merry Christmas
by Anne Thompson

I needed just a few more Christmas cards and I wanted a bit of a challenge, so I looked online for techniques I hadn't tried.  This faux letterpress technique was featured on a Jennifer McGuire video.  It is similar to inking up an embossing folder to get a colored impression.  The difference is that you layer up two or three die cuts and add a bottom layer of the same design cut from vellum.  Then you ink up the vellum, place the stacked images on watercolor paper, and run it through your die cut machine using the embossing stack of plates.  The process leaves the inked words deeply etched in the watercolor paper.  This was my first attempt:

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I used the LARGE SENTIMENTAL MERRY CHRISTMAS die 99804.  I cut it three times from thin white cardstock and once from vellum.  I stacked up the images right side up using a glue pen with the vellum layer on the bottom.  I inked up the vellum with Lady Bug Memento dye ink.  (Everything I read about this technique suggested that dye ink is the best for this purpose.)  I carefully placed the words ink side down on a piece of watercolor paper and set up my die cut machine plates for embossing.  After running this through the machine, I peeled off the die cut stack revealing the words pressed into the paper.  I trimmed it a bit smaller than the notecard and added strips of washi tape before adhering it to the notecard.  I added a red gem to dot the "i".

I re-inked the words using Ancient Page Aegean Blue dye ink for a second card.  (The word stack is reusable.  I made two more cards after these two and the stack is still good to use more times.)


I was curious to see how this technique would work with other images.  I used the DECORATIVE POINSETTIA TRIMMING die 99865 (two layers of cardstock with one vellum layer) with Festive Berries Distress Ink.


And then--TALL PINE die 99848 and Distress Evergreen Bough ink.  


 Because these images were more detailed, and they tore when removing them, I wasn't able to get multiple impressions from each stack.  I think that if I lightly misted the paper with water I might get a different result with a deeper, smoother, and inkier image with less stress on the paper.  Think you might try this technique?  I'm already thinking ahead to valentines and hearts...

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 11

Cabin Circle, Snowy Tree Circle, and Wrapped Circles Ornament
by Anne Thompson

Dave's Ornament Video  the other day got me thinking about ornaments I might make from supplies on hand and using some of the newest dies.  This is what I came up with.

Side One


Side Two


Now let's look at how I put this ornament together.  I started with a kraft papier mache dimensional disk, about 3/8" thick. (For a class last year I purchased all I could find at Michaels for $1 each and still have a huge pile of them.)  I used a gold leafing pen to color the outside edge of the circle, overlapping a bit onto the front and back so none of the kraft would show once the circles were added.  


Side One:  I cut the CABIN CIRCLE 99884 for the focal image using heavy white cardstock.   I then cut around that using the 3.7" die from the WRAPPED CIRCLES die set 30114.  This was then the perfect size for the front of the disk.  I cut another circle that same size from distressed dot paper and another from white cardstock.  I cut the cabin part of the die from some brown striped paper, added the white roof, and glued some gold paper behind the window openings.  

This is how it all went together:  plain white circle adhered to the disk, dot paper on top of that, Cabin Circle next, then the cabin itself and I glued in the white door.  It looked like it needed something more, so I cut the SNOWY TREE CIRCLE 99887 from white cardstock, snipped off the tree, and added it to the scene.


Side Two:  I cut the Snowy Tree Circle from white cardstock and cut around it using the 3.7" Wrapped Circles die.  I also cut two more 3.7" circles, one white and one from decorative paper. This side went together quickly--white circle adhered to the disk, decorative paper circle, and the Snowy Tree Circle.


I think I may add some sequins to the Snowy Tree side.  My friend Cathy would tell me it needs glitter, so that may happen as well.  I can see that I definitely need to make more of these for our Christmas tree.  Cards go out in the mail tomorrow morning and then I need to get to the craft store for fun foam so I can try Dave's shaker ornaments!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 04

Classic Ice Skates Gatefold Card
by Anne Thompson

Holiday Greetings!  That's the Memory Box Challenge, #31, for this month. Have you submitted an entry yet?  Maybe my gatefold card today will provide some inspiration.


  • I began with a pre-scored gatefold notecard where the two side panels close to meet in the center on the front of the card.  I added a 2" wide strip of Blueberry Distressed Dots paper to each of those side panels and I added a 4" wide piece on the inside center.
  •  I die cut two 3.7" circles from white cardstock using the new WRAPPED CIRCLES DIE 30114 and one from the Blueberry Distressed Dots paper 3.1" in diameter.  This is a great set of 6 circle dies with interesting stitching on the edges.
  • I cut the CLASSIC ICE SKATES 99889 from white cardstock.  I adhered them to the smaller dot paper circle and then used a tape runner to add that to one of the larger white circles.
  • I then used the tape runner on the left half of the assembled circle piece and secured it to the left panel of the card front.  I added a small blue gem to the center of the bow.

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Now for the inside:


  • On the inside of the card, I added the other white circle lined up with the front one.
  • I then die cut the three PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850 from more of the dots paper.  I stacked them up using glue dots and used another glue dot to secure it to the white circle.  I added a small white adhesive-backed dot to the center.
  • I stamped "merry Christmas" from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5212using Blueberry Sky dye ink (Papertrey Ink).


I like the way this card stands slightly open to give at hint at what's inside. And I like that it opens in a way that is different from most holiday cards. 

The next challenge for me is to write messages in all of the cards I've made, address and stamp the envelopes, and get them to the post office.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 20

Cabin Circle and Snowy Tree Circle Combinations
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards combine elements from two of the NEW dies:  SNOWY TREE CIRCLE 99887 and CABIN CIRCLE 99884 .  I've also used Memory Box papers that are available from Birch Press Design:  Pool Gingham , Pool Snow, and Cranberry Snow.  I used a large circle die from CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 to cut out each of the other circles.  The sentiment is from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMPS SET CL 5212.

Card One:


steps to create this card

  • Using white cardstock, place the Cabin Circle die inside a large circle die and run it through your die cutting machine.  Save the white roof for this card and the other pieces for later.
  • Cut a circle from the Cranberry Snow paper and adhere it behind the Cabin Circle.
  • Make a little stack of red gingham paper, red cardstock, and woodgrain paper under the cabin part of the die and cut it out.  Save the two cabins and the red door for this card and any other usable pieces for later.
  • Take a small piece of yellowy gold cardstock and glue it behind the log cabin house to fill the windows.  Trim extra paper off.
  • Line up the red gingham house under the lit-windowed log cabin and adhere them together.  Snip off the brown chimney to expose the "brick" one.
  • Add the white roof and the red door.
  • Glue the cabin into the notched place in the snow.
  • Run the Snowy Tree Circle die four times through your machine, twice with white cardstock and twice with dark green cardstock.  Snip off the trees.  (You can save the rest of the Snowy Tree Circles for other projects--perhaps for use with polar bears or elves!)
  • Glue the green trees on top of the white ones exposing some of the white along the tops of the boughs to look like snow.  Then secure them to the scene.
  • Cut another piece of Cranberry Snow paper slightly smaller than your white notecard and adhere it to the front.  Add the completed Cabin Circle on top.
  • Stamp the "merry Christmas" sentiment inside.

Card Two


Here's what's different:

  • Start with a white notecard and cover the front completely with Pool Gingham paper.
  • Die cut the Snowy Tree Circle from white cardstock nestled inside a slightly larger Circle Basics die.  Cut it again from dark green cardstock, snip off the tree and put it on top of the white one.
  • Cut a circle from the Pool Snow paper and adhere it behind the tree scene.
  • Make the cabin using the Cabin Circle die with brown paper and a scrap of yellow behind it for window lights.  Add a white roof and a door cut from the woodgrain paper.  Place the cabin in the scene nestled in the snow to the right of the tree.
  • Pop dot the Snowy Tree Circle onto the card front.
  • Stamp the "merry Christmas" sentiment using Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

I'm pretty sure that you can think of lots more ways to use these two dies alone and together.  I'll use mine as Christmas cards.  But I can imagine changing up the background paper and notecard colors for each season and for many occasions.

Happy Crafting!

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Wed 15

Mountain Village Houses Fabric Mini-Quilt/Ornament
by Anne Thompson

More new dies from Memory Box!  I'm so excited!!!  Some of them are new DEEP EDGE dies which will cut up to six (yes, 6!) layers of fabric at once!  I knew when I saw the MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOUSES 30106 that I would create a mini-quilt that could also be used as a tree ornament.

The finished project:


Materials used:



  • Choose a batik square for the background sky.  Die cut the Stitched Mountains from a green batik and the snow caps from white.  Glue the snow caps onto the mountains with fabric glue and glue the base of the mountains to the sky fabric.
  • Die cut the Evergreen Hillside Slope from a darker green batik.  Glue it to the mountains.
  • Die cut one of the Gentle Stitched Landscapes from a large piece of snowy batik fabric and glue it over the bottom of the Evergreen Hillside Slope.  This piece has to be large enough for all of the houses you will use.
  • Die cut a bunch of houses and their roofs from a variety of batiks.  Place them where you'd like them. (I even flipped some of my houses.)  Use a little fabric glue to hold them in place. (I decided not to add all of the little windows and doors for this project.)
  • Even up the edges of your panel and place it on a piece of felt a little bit larger all around.  Use your sewing machine to quilt it.  I used a blanket stitch all the way around the outside edges first and then went back and used a straight stitch to make all of the vertical lines.  Then I sewed all of the horizontal lines.  This stitching really secures all of the small pieces.
  • To finish, add a ribbon to serve as the hanger.
  • The final dimensions of my piece:  5 1/4" W X 7 1/4" L.


This second one is actually the prototype I started first.


The base is gray felt with mountains, snow (which is almost completely covered by the houses) and trees also from felt.  The green trees really shredded because I used an inexpensive craft felt instead of a good quality felt.  The houses and roofs are cut from a variety of cottons and homespun. I used fabric glue to put it together and then set it aside to work on the other one.  I think I like it better now that it is quilted even though the green trees are wonky.  

Because I cut so many houses and roofs at once, I have lots more to mix and match for another fabric project!  All of these new dies can also be used with paper and I can't wait to craft some cards using these same dies to make more mountain villages.

Want a chance to win your own deep edge die?  Leave a comment to this post as well as the other designer posts through Friday, November 17th.  Three people at random will be chosen from all the comments to win the deep edge die of their choice.  The more days you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day).  Good luck!

and ... Happy Crafting!

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