224 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 16

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Here's Another Basket
by Anne Thompson

I just love using the GIFT BASKET OVAL die 99649!  Last week I filled it with hearts, and today I've filled it with ASTERS!  


 I created a bouquet for my basket using four of the new dies, cutting the GIFT BASKET OVAL  from copper cardstock to hold the florals.


To create the bouquet, I cut two of the STITCHED ASTER CORNER 99644 from medium-green cardstock.  I then cut it again twice from the Squash Dots Paper and snipped the blossoms from the stems.  I cut SPROUTING VINE 99643 from two shades of green cardstock.   Then I made a pile of STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS 99672 from more of the Squash Dots Paper.


 I placed the snipped-off squash-colored flowers on top of the green STITCHED ASTER CORNERS.  I layered the STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS on top of the two largest flowers.  I used Glue Dots on the front lower edge of each of the completed Stitched Aster Corners to secure them to the inside of the lower front edge of the basket, twisting them around so that some of the flowers would spill over the edge of the basket.  I added in  several of the SPROUTING VINE to fill in the bouquet, some over and some under the basket handle. 


Before anchoring the basket to the yellow card front with dimensional dots, I added a strip of Squash Dots Paper layered with a narrower piece of a light green cardstock.  Three tiny pearls on that strip and more for the flower centers were the finishing touches.  There's room enough to add a stamped sentiment on the green strip.  And there's another aster on the inside!  This will make a lovely card for almost any occasion.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 09

Gift Basket Oval filled with the Classic Stitched Heart Collection
by Anne Thompson

I've been using the GIFT BASKET OVAL 99649 for days now and filling it with die cuts from the newest release.  For today's card, I filled the basket with a variety of hearts from the CLASSIC STITCHED HEART COLLECTION 99637.  This particular die cuts five separate stitched hearts in a variety of sizes.  I got a bit carried away cutting hearts from papers in my pinks scrap bin!  


I cut the GIFT BASKET OVAL 99649 from heavy white cardstock and a slightly larger pink glitter paper oval using one of the dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069.  

I got out a roll of Glue Dots and began assembling my hearts bouquet. I found it easiest if I put a Glue Dot on the front of each heart on the tip to adhere it to either the back of the basket or the back of another heart.


Once I had the basket filled, I assembled the card using double-sided tape to hold the pink glitter oval onto a light pink notecard.  I used dimensional dots to attach the basket on top of the glittery oval and then added a small pink bow to the basket handle.  I also added a few hearts spilled out of the basket.


To add some interest inside and to carry the design through, I added three hearts and stamped (in Hero Arts Raspberry Jam ink) the sentiment "sending love" from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE Clear Stamp Set CL5196.  On the front of the envelope in the lower left corner I stamped (in Memento Tuxedo Black ink) the small heart with leaves and "thinking of you" from the same stamp set.  I colored in the image with red and green Wink of Stella pens.


I love this valentine!And I know just who to send it to!

I hope you enjoyed last week's BlogBlitz as much as I did and that you got some ideas for your own projects.  There are so many more items that we weren't able to feature, so I hope you'll keep watching the blog as we continue to show you ways to use the newest dies and stamp set.  Thanks for all of your comments last week and congratulations to the winners!  

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 02

So Many New Products to Love!
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to Day One of the Memory Box Design Team Blog Blitz!  We'll be showcasing many of the newest products from the January 2017 Spring Collection today through January 8th.  Happy New Year!!!  There are indeed so many new products to love!  And there are many chances for you to win prizes if you leave comments for us for each blog post.  We look forward to reading what you have to say about our ideas and the new dies and stamp set.  

Today I'm sharing with you a card I made using black cardstock as the base and metallic gold paper for the die cuts.  


This is a very fast and simple card to create.  The dies I used are HEART WIRE 99634 and HEART PARTY BORDER 99706.  I attached the Heart Wire with glue dots and used a tape runner on the base of the Heart Party Border.

And there's a surprise on the inside!


I cut a piece of the metallic gold paper with one of the dies from the RECTANGLE BASICS SET 30086.  I stamped "sending love" from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE stamp set CL5196 and embossed it with clear powder. (I used a black dye-based ink which seemed to disappear when heat set, leaving the words looking like they were pressed into the paper.)  I attached this with a tape runner inside the card.  I then die cut the PEMBROKE HEART 99613 from more of the same gold paper , placing it on top of the rectangle with a glue dot under the flowers stem so that half of the heart is gold.

Four dies plus one stamp set:


I'll use a gold pen to write a brief message inside and to sign the card.  Elegant!


So what do you think?  Do you have favorites from this release already?  When you leave me a comment, you are automatically entered to win HEART PARTY BORDER 99706!  You have until 11:59pm EST on January 8th to leave your comment.  One comment at random will be chosen to win the new die.  Good luck.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




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!

Anne Signature


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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