221 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 19

BUNNY GIFT Tags and a Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting to wrap up Christmas presents and I'm using the BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193 to make some really cute tags and a card.  For this first set of three tags I also used dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069 to cut out the stamped images and the background midnight blue oval.


  • BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193, acrylic blocks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white cardstock
  • STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069, one to cut out the stamped images and one cut from midnight blue cardstock
  • Memento Markers: Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves, Desert Sand, Lady Bug, Angel Pink, Pear Tart, London Fog
  • double-sided tape runner; hole punch; red/white dotted ribbon

For the second set of two tags, I used three of the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS dies from the set of 8 no. 30016.



  • BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193, acrylic blocks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white cardstock
  • STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS dies, set of 8, no. 30016, white cardstock (edged with Memento Lady Bug ink around the circles), Memory Box Cranberry Snow paper 
  • Prismacolor Pencils in browns, red, pink, dark green, and blue
  • Wink of Stella pens:  Clear, Red, Dark Green for a little extra shimmer on the stamped images
  • double-sided tape runner; hole punch; red/white-lined ribbon


For this notecard, I also used Prismacolor pencils (gray for the bunny this time) and the red Wink of Stella pen for his coat and the package ribbons.  I used two of the Stitched Ovals, one to cut out the stamped image on the white cardstock which I popped up on another oval cut from Memory Box Cranberry dot paper.  I then placed those onto a white notecard with a piece of the Cranberry Snow paper already adhered to it.  I added the little white bow as a finishing touch.

This stamp set and the shaped dies helped me create the perfect tags for gifts and a coordinating card this Christmas.  Happy Crafting!!!


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Mon 12

Snowglobe Wishes
by AnneThompson

For the cards I made for this post, I created a snowglobe scene using the SNOWGLOBE WISHES CLEAR STAMP SET no. CL5180.  I chose the little deer and two trees placed inside the snowglobe on a clear block and stamped that scene four times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock.  I colored the images with Memento pens:  Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand, Bamboo Leaves, and Pear Tart.  I then added snowflakes stamped in Hero Arts Cornflower blue ink, colored some of those in with a Memento Summer Sky Pen, and added a few extra dots with that pen to fill the sky and/or anchor the deer and trees.  I used Parchment notecards and added a strip of printed paper from my Christmas scrap box (some vintage Memory Box, some vintage Basic Grey) or some Key Lime dot paper to each one before tying a cream ribbon around the panel in a bow.  I pop-dotted the snowglobe on each background over the ribbon.  Then I added some sparkle using a clear Wink of Stella pen on the images. On three of the cards I stamped the "happy holidays" greeting from the SCRIBBLE CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET no. CL5181, again using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Four more cards ready to go!!!

Card #1:


(And aren't these the perfect props to go with the card?! )

Card #2:


Card #3:


Card #4:


The snowflakes are lighter on this one because I stamped it once on scrap paper before stamping it in the snowglobe for a more muted look and I didn't color them in.

And can you see the sparkle in this close-up?


Sooo cute!  Snow day tomorrow so I'm planning on finishing the rest of my Christmas cards so I can get them in the mail this week.  

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 05

Metallic Playful Merry Christmas
by Anne Thompson

The challenge for December on this blog is Marvelous Metallics.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE metallic papers.  Unfortunately, I had used up most of what I had in stock which gave me the perfect reason to GO SHOPPING!   I found a nice selection of gold metallic papers (at ACMoore) and got to work.

Card #1:


Materials Used

  • Parchment Notecard
  • wood-patterned gold metallic paper, cut strip and adhered to card front
  • chevron-patterned gold metallic paper for die cut
  • gold braid, adhered with Sookwang double-sided tape
  • small pearl to dot the "i"

There is soooo much shimmer and shine on this card, and I love these little squirrels perched on the lettering.

 Card #2:


Materials Used

  • Parchment notecard
  • wood-patterned gold metallic paper, cut strip and adhered to card front
  • chevron-patterned gold metallic paper for die cut
  • WARM WISHES BORDER die 99541
  • gold braid, adhered with Sookwang double-sided tape
  • small pearl to dot the "i"

Both of these cards went together very quickly and will be easy to mass produce.  I'd best get going--I sold most of the Christmas cards I'd made for this year at a craft fair before Thanksgiving, so I have a lot to do!

If you haven't yet participated in one of our monthly challenges, this might be a fun one for you to try.  Just scroll down to the December 1st post for all of the info.  Would love to see what you make!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 21

Kitchen Essentials Gift Tags
by Anne

It's almost time for Cookie Swap Season, so I've been going through cookbooks and holiday magazines reading cookie recipes.  I'm not much of a cookie baker, though--but I do know how to freeze those I buy during a Cookie Walk at the local church fair!  Because the packaging is important to me when giving food gifts, I made some tags featuring the KITCHEN ESSENTIALS die no. 99527.  

Materials Used:


  • KITCHEN ESSENTIALS die no. 99527 cut from silver mirror cardstock
  • STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES die set no. 30047, a center one cut from Cranberry Snow Memory Box patterned paper and a larger one from a heavy white cardstock
  • miniature bows (in a package of 6 from JoAnn's)
  • Black dots on white grosgrain ribbon
  • hole punch; double-sided tape/tape runner; glue dots

A Stack of Four Tags:


These are going to look soooo cute tied onto bags of cookies!  


I  know I will make another dozen or more of these tags to tie onto other food gifts from my kitchen (strawberry jam) and small loaves of breads.  Having the tags ready will help motivate me to get to work in the kitchen this December!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 14

Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve and Merry Christmas
by Anne

The SNOWFLAKE SCROLLWORK SLEEVE die no. 99551 is the perfect accent for the front of a Merry Christmas card, just the spot to tuck in a photograph, a gift card, movie tickets, a note...I think you get the idea.  

These are the basic materials I used to make three cards:


  • White notecard
  • Cranberry Snow Memory Box cardstock
  • White cardstock; dark green cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • "merry christmas" from the CL5181 SCRIBBLE CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET    
  • HOLLY LEAF TRIO die no. 99488
  • stylus; bone folder
  • ribbons from my collection; red sparkly gemstones for berries; red sequins

Card #1:


I stamped "merry christmas" on the ribbon and added the Holly Leaves and the gemstone berries at the top of the card.  You can see how the Scrollwork Sleeve pops out a bit from the card front to make it really easy to tuck in whatever you wish.

Because I cut the sleeve from a heavyweight cardstock, I did go over the embossed score line with a stylus and then used a bone folder to make a smooth fold.  In this photo you can see how the sleeve folds to the inside of the card:


Card #2:


Card #3:


Happy Crafting!!!

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Mon 07

Drifting Oak Leaves and Lovely Oak Thank You Notes
by Anne

At Thanksgiving, I usually send out thank you notes to friends and relatives, sort of  "thank you for being you" cards.  I made three cards to share in this post.  Here are the materials I used for the first two cards:


I began with the DRIFTING OAK LEAVES cling stamp CS2217J stamped on white cardstock with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink for the background, cut and mounted on a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I added a bouquet of oak leaves using the LOVELY OAK stencil 88607--I inked several leaves with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe and Butter Bar inks and then fussy-cut them out.  And I used two of the thank yous from the THANK YOU die set.

 Finished cards:



For the third card, I stenciled the Lovely Oak on white cardstock again using the Hero Arts Cup O' Joe and Butter Bar inks, stenciling extra leaves to cut out for an oak leaf bouquet.


Oak leaf bouquet, popped up with dimensional foam dots:


 The last thing I added to each card was a twine bow (and a few sequins on the first two).  These were fun cards to make combining a stamp, dies, and a stencil.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 17

Spooky Countryside Circle Haunted by Big and Small Spiders
by Anne

How about using the COUNTRYSIDE CIRCLE die no. 99579 along with the BIG AND SMALL SPIDERS die no. 99546 to create a spooky scene for a Halloween card?  I gathered these materials:


I made two cards using black and white cardstock and black and squash dotted papers.  For the "spooky" sentiment, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a long-retired SPOOKY COLLAGE stamp G1387 on white cardstock, trimmed it down, and secured it to a piece of the black dot paper.  

For this first card, I used black cardstock and made a top-folded card:


I used a tiny tiny piece of the squash dot paper for the house's window and punched a 1" circle moon for the night sky.  I pop-dotted the small spider onto the moon and added the large spider to the dot ribbon I tied at the top of the card.

The second card:


Similar to the first card, this one has the black dot paper covering the front of a white notecard.  The Countryside Circle was cut from a piece of black cardstock and then I tore the lower edge so more of the dot paper would be exposed on the card front.  I also added the sentiment on an angle near the bow and the large spider.

 Spooky enough?  I think so!!!

Happy crafting!

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Mon 10

Scribble Christmas for any Occasion
by Anne

I decided to use some of the stamps from the SCRIBBLE CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5181 to create some backgrounds for not only Christmas cards but for Halloween, fall, and birthday cards.  I auditioned the large and small solid circles first, stamping many of each and trying different ink colors on a variety of white and colored cardstock.  I then went back with the large and small scribble circles and added those lines around the stamped circles.  

I think this Halloween card is one of my favorite finished cards.  After stamping the black circles with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a sunflower yellow notecard, I used the largest scribble circle stamp and MementoLuxe Love Letter red ink to make halos around each of the black circles.  They looked like eyeballs to me so I just had to add an assortment of wiggly eyes to complete the look.  


I cut both the HARVEST PUMPKIN OVAL FRAME 99525 and the PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 from Mango dot paper and the Plump Pumpkin leaf from Key Lime dot paper.  By cutting the large pumpkin from its frame, I was able to pop dot it over the smaller one and adhere the oval in a slightly different orientation, tucking the snipped ends behind the pumpkins.  A little Hero Arts Cup O' Joe brown ink smudged on the pumpkins and some black ribbon tied in a bow at the top finished this card.


What about the large circle and the large scribble circle to make a moon?  I framed the black moon using the FOREST OVAL FRAME 99497 cut from black cardstock and pop-dotted on a large black cat (cut with an older Poppystamps die).  I then trimmed the image and mounted it on Licorice dotted paper already adhered to a white notecard.  (I actually made this card several times with different ink colors for the moon/sun--a deep yellow-orange and a fiery red.)


I think the most successful Christmas cards were the ones using the small circle and the large scribble circle stamped in MementoLuxe Love Letter red on a white notecard with dark green cardstock holly leaves cut from the HOLLY HOLIDAY CORNER 99590.   I added three sparkly red berries, brushed some green Wink of Stella on the leaves, and tied on some pretty red ribbon with a bow. The "happy holidays" sentiment stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink is from the same Scribble Christmas clear stamp set.


And for a birthday card?  How about white cardstock, Tide Pool ink (Hero Arts) and Pool dot paper with a little blue ribbon?  The sentiment is from the "Love and Laughter" set, a Memory Box STAMPtember clear stamp set SSS101668 available only through Simon Says Stamp.


So, take another look at your stamps and see how you might repurpose them for an occasion other than that for which they were intended.  Happy crafting!

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Mon 03

Playful Merry Christmas
by Anne

Squirrels...Playful Squirrels...Right now I'm feeding more squirrels than birds at the feeders as they stock up for winter and "squirrel" away whatever I put out there.   When I first saw the PLAYFUL MERRY CHRISTMAS die no. 99584 I knew I had to have it for this year's Christmas cards.   Those two squirrels are sooo cute perched on Merry Christmas!  

IMG_3081With Playful Merry Christmas as the focal image on  a parchment notecard, I added some of the PLAYFUL SQUIRRELS die no. 99382 cut from a darker brown cardstock.  And because this month's challenge is Sequins, I added a few coppery ones here and there.


I added a piece of brown/white ribbon tied in a bow to finish the card.   Not exactly traditional Christmas colors, but it works for me!


Happy Crafting!

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Mon 19

Graceful Cattails Thank You
by Anne

Welcome to our BLOG BLITZ!!!  All week we'll be showcasing the newest of the new products from Memory Box.  And there will be prizes to win by leaving comments on each blog post.  Yahoo!!

For this post I chose the GRACEFUL CATTAILS die 99574 and partnered it with "THANK YOU" from the THANK YOU set of 6 dies number 30084.


I cut both the Graceful Cattails and the Thank You in the front of a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I backed the cattails with a scrap of "vintage" Memory Box Halloween paper.  (I can't believe this is the last piece I have in my stash!)  I cut the cattails again in gold cardstock and layered in just the moon pieces.  I backed the Thank You with more of the gold paper and added in the tiny pieces for the centers of the A and the O.  


And because you know I never post just one card, I made a second thank you card that features the GRACEFUL STAG COLLAGE die 99604.  (Be sure to read Laura's post from this morning which also features this die--a comment on her post and you might win the Graceful Stag Collage!)  I cut the Graceful Stag Collage from black cardstock and mounted it to the front of the white notecard.  I then cut the Thank You into the card front and backed it with black cardstock, adding the white pieces for the centers of the A and O.


These are the perfect cards for outdoorsy folks, guys or gals!!!  Be sure to leave me a comment for your chance to win the GRACEFUL CATTAILS die!  You will have until 11:00 PM on Sunday the 25th.  Winners chosen from comments on each post will be announced on the blog on Monday the 26th.  And be sure to check back each day, twice a day, for more projects from this latest Memory Box release!

Happy Crafting!

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