157 posts categorized "Patterned Papers"


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!!!


Anne Signature





Wed 23

Mini Snowman Collage and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


Like father, like son...here's the Mini Snowman Collage on another quick holiday card!  Junior's the little guy here - in a role-reversal of big snowflakes, small snowboy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a variation of the previous Snowman Collage card.


Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the Mini Snowman Collage.  Cut textured white cardstock with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layers die.  Layer the pieces to create the snowman.  Trim the short ends of the white cardstock evenly with the Pool Distressed Dots.

Diecut a 1.6" x 2.6" Stitched Rectangle of red cardstock.  Cut Delicate Stitched Snowflakes from textured white cardstock.

Attach a scrap of adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) behind black felt and cut the hat.  Cut the hatband from black glittered craft foam.  Cut the scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the nose from orange cardstock.  Cut the heart from red glittered craft foam.

Punch tiny dots for the eyes and buttons and back them with black cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a Pool Notecard.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.



Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating tomorrow - we're thankful for your support, inspiration and friendship!  Enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.

See you at Impress for the MERRY & QUICK cards class on Saturday the 26th. We're making 7 (yes, I've added an extra card) deceptively quick cards designed to impress everyone on your list.

Thanks for visiting - join us again for  Jenny's great project tomorrow!



Wed 23

Build a Snowman Collage
by Jean Okimoto




Want to build a quick Snowman Collage for a quick holiday card?  Here’s an easy way to do just that!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with a Christmas design in some unexpectedly cool holiday colors.  I’ve been seeing – and loving – great combinations of black, white, bright and blingy holiday inspiration in stores, catalogs and magazines.


Cut a reverse-snowman from Licorice Distressed Dots.  The die surprised me by cutting the background portion on the right - that makes it so easy to assemble the design.  Cut the 2-3/4” x 4” Stitched Rectangle Trimming from textured white cardstock.  It's the perfect size and shape for him!


Attach a piece of adhesive label paper or sticker sheet to black felt and orange felt and cut the hat and carrot-nose. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps delicate pieces intact.   Cut the hatband from black glittered craft foam and trim it so it’s a bit narrower.

Cut the scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the heart from red glittered craft foam.  Punch holes for his eyes and buttons. Back the holes with scraps of black cardstock.  The Snowman Collage die set includes little dots for eyes and buttons - just looking for a shortcut here. 

 Cut Snow Burst from gold mirror cardstock.  Attach everything to a Licorice Notecard.  There's your card!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening...


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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!!!

Anne Signature



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!

Anne Signature


Wed 28

Snowflake Ring, Stitched Circle Layers and Love and Laughter for STAMPtember
by Jean Okimoto


The little iceskater from STAMPtember's Love and Laughter glides across the lake, framed by the delicate Snowflake Ring.  How can you not love such a sweet guy?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another STAMPtember card featuring the Memory Box holiday set for Simon Says Stamp.


Diecut the 3.2" Stitched Circle Layer from the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Maybe I'm just imagining it - but it seems like diecutting it before stamping compresses the paper and smooths it out and preps it for stamping.  Cover your cutting plate with printer paper if the plate is scratched.  

Stamp the bunny and the greeting with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Color it with Peerless Watercolors.  

Diecut Snowflake Ring from watercolor paper.  Cut strips of Pool and Licorice Distressed Dots.  Attach everything to a Pool Notecard.  Add pale aqua sequins.


For the inside of the card...paint scraps of watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and dry them.  Stamp and emboss the greetings and diecut them with the Stitched Circle Layer.  Run a waterbrush along the edges of the circles - the colors will build up in the stitches and highlight them.  Just a little trick!

Stamp and emboss the ampersand, then attach the circles.

Hope you like this sweet little card.  Bunny's a bit hidden by the delicate snowflakes - partly because he's shy,  but mostly because I'm just not an advanced color-er like the rest of my Design Team.  I'm happy just to stay  (mostly) inside the lines.

Time to start prepping for my Fall Classes at Impress.  First up is TRICKS, TREATS AND GREETS on October 8th - five Halloween cards and a quick little folded treat holder.  That's also the day of Impress' Holiday Open House - an annual celebration of great products, demos,displays and design inspiration.  See you there!

Thanks for visiting...




Thu 14

Watercolor Sprigs
by Lindsay

Happy Friday! 

Spring is finally here in Northeastern Ohio, and I couldn't be more happy about that! I just love seeing the green peeking from the dirt, and the flowers coming through to meet the sun. I know I use watercolors a lot for my projects, but I love the effect, and the freedom they give me. I used them here for my Spring card, today.


I started by using the Adelaide Stem die, running it through my Big Shot with water color paper. I then took Peerless watercolors, and colored them in. As they were drying, I created a wash of blue onto a piece of watercolor paper. I let it dry, and then ran it through my die cut machine in between paper to flatten it out.


I adhered a little strip of black and white patterned paper to the side of my panel, adhered the flower stem, and then ran the Happy Birthday Tiles die through, only using the Happy and Day words for my project. To finish it off, I adhered a few black pearls.

Thank you so much for joining me today. Have a great one!




Sat 26

Half a Dozen Eggs and Sketch Bunny Backgrounds
by Jean Okimoto


Half a Dozen Eggs topped with felt Sketch Bunny Backgrounds - what could be easier for quick Easter basket fillers?  Or maybe placecards for a special brunch or dinner!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a last-minute idea for those who celebrate Easter.  Easter is my favorite holiday - I love the pretty colors, and it's also a candy-holiday.  Two key factors when selecting a favorite holiday.

Today's project was inspired by Jenny's great card in jellybean colors.  A craving for dark chocolate was also an incentive.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to felt and diecut Sketch Bunny.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking thru.  Set them aside - don't forget to save the poufy little tails too!

Score 3"x 8.25" pieces of Memory Box Signature Patterns at 4-⅛", 4-¼" and 4-⅜".  Fold it on the 4-¼" scoreline.  Place the folded edge about ¼" above the bottom cutting edge of the egg die.   Cut the folded eggs.  Crease them along the other two scored lines.  

Signature Patterns are perfect for diecutting, backgrounds and party favors.  Used here are - Mango Distressed Dots, Key Lime Dots, Pool Dots, Squash Gingham, Bubblegum Distressed Dots and Key Lime Distressed Dots.

Attach the felt bunnies and their sweet little tails in colorful combinations for a bright pop of spring color.  You could also add some optional diecut felt flowers, leaves and names or initials - but hey, it's already Easter eve!


Fold the wider edge of the wrapper behind, then attach a Peppermint Patty egg with doublestick tape.  Punch a hole through the tops.  I used a vintage (1990's !!) handheld oval punch - but a ¼" circle works just fine.  Yes, it would be easier to punch the holes first...smile!

Tie the tops with tulle -  10-11" strips of 6" wide tulle make it easy.  Fold the ends into lengthwise layers and trim them in a deep, narrow  "V-shape."


Thanks for stopping by on this busy spring weekend...see you again next week!






Mon 18

Small Billow Flowers
by Anne Thompson

When I get a new Memory Box die that I know I will want to use again and again, I have a die cutting session and cut multiples of it in lots of different Memory Box dot papers and solid cardstock colors.  I did that with the SMALL BILLOW FLOWER 99368 and the SMALL BILLOW FLOWER BACKGROUND 99371.  Then I took SWIRLING STITCHES 99315  and cut it into the fronts of a number of Memory Box white notecards, placing it in different positions on each one.   

Below is a SMALL BILLOW FLOWER anchored with a pop-dot on one of the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS 30069 placed in the upper right of a top-folded card:


I added a sentiment from the SPRINGTIME BUNNIES CLEAR STAMP SET CL5169 (stamped in Hero Arts Cornflower Blue ink).  Now I have the perfect card for any occasion! 



And because I can never make just one card, here's another top-folded card:


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Wed 16

Divine Dahlia Snowflake Tag
by Jean Okimoto


The Divine Dahlia,  Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes and  Tanglewood Frame become a merry trio on today's card.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a just-in-time design for another holiday card.  Or a Christmas thank-you card. 

I've been admiring the beautiful holiday florals on dresses, scarves and giftwrap paper - and decided to combine some Memory Box and Open Studio dies and see what I come up with.  I think the Divine Dahlia - cut in rich red felt - resembles a winter camellia.  Hope you agree!


Cut the medium Tag You're It Rectangle and Tanglewood Frame from chartreuse cardstock.  Attach the Tanglewood Frame to lime green cardstock, then cut it with the tag die again.  Wondering why not just attach it to the lime green background?  It's sturdier and easier to cut when it's attached to the cardstock before it's cut and it's a lot easier to handle that way.  Trust me.

Cut the bow - from the Truly Gifted Set - from Key Lime Distressed Dots.  Assemble the bow and attach it to the tag, then attach the tag to a side-folded A2 card of lime green cardstock.  

Cut the Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes from glittered white craft foam.  Here's a tip - instead of pulling the delicate diecut snowflakes out of the surrounding craft foam, pull the excess foam away from the snowflakes to release them.  

Attach adhesive label paper to red and moss green wool-blend felt and cut the sold and detailed Divine Dahlias and the leaves.  The paper stabilizes the felt - especially helpful for the detailed dies - and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking through the felt.    Attach the dahlia, leaves and snowflakes to the card.

Hope you like my Memory Box version of the popular holiday florals out there this year!


Special thanks to everyone who joined us for the Winter Bliss class at Impress last weekend.  It was my last class of 2015...and now I can't wait to start designing class cards with the 2016 release.   Extra special thanks to Linnell for her surprise holiday/last-class-of-the-year/birthday (shared with Jan!)  lunch - what a delicious and truly special occasion that was.  Loved the party favors and sweet treats from Chris and Jan too and birthday thanks to Robin, Deanna and Thalia too!

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow.