Wed 22

Stylish Rose Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I’m taking a detour from hearts today to share a floral birthday card made with new and previous released products.  I have a bunch of birthdays coming up and needed to build up my stash. 

Bristol and silver foil paper were used for my card.  The silver hexagon Stylish Frame from the previous Holiday release was die cut from the center of the silver panel matte behind the Pinpoint Leaf piece.  I didn’t see any point in using more silver foil paper when most of it was not being used and getting covered up.  Another hexagon frame was then die cut from white pearlescent paper to be inlaid with the silver one.


The Scribble Rose Trio was die cut twice next and stacked.  Blue ink was added to its shadow then covered with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout stamp set with silver embossing powder.  Before assembling the card, blue splatters were added.



I apologize if this seemed short.  It’s been a rough week dealing with a plumbing leak and today is the first day out of our home for about month while restoration occurs.  Keeping my fingers crossed there are no delays.  And that does it for me today.  Thank you for dropping by.  





Mon 20

Love- I Can't Get Enough
by Michelle Bala


Michelle here! Sharing a card for Valentine's Day or if you're feeling love in general {lol}. I totally love any word die and glittery paper!!!  And, I have a little tip to share with you.

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If you're like me, you probably fell for one of those computerized cutting machines. Well, I have a ton of glitter vinyl paper that is useless because I no longer use that machine! If you adhere a piece of the glitter vinyl paper to regular cardstock it cuts perfectly with your word dies!!!!                                        10                                               

I inked up my background with Drifting Hearts Stencil and distress oxide inks in shades dried marigold, ripe persimmon, and picked raspberry.  I splattered some gold and black paint and set aside to dry.  I die cut some flowers using Single Rose Stem craft die and Single Daisy Stem craft die. I used the same distress oxide inks to color the background of the flowers. 


I embossed the sentiment from the stamp set Big and Little Valentines in gold embossing powder. I trimmed the cardstock and layered all the die cuts and a piece of gold tread onto the stenciled background. I embellished with some clear stickles glitter glue and some pink gems.

I hope you give this a try! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Mon 20

Tiny Gift Bags with the Pinpoint Leaf Heart and the Love Airy Script
by Anne Thompson

How about a cute little red gift bag--or three-- adorned with the PINPOINT LEAF HEART  94390 and the LOVE AIRY SCRIPT 94326?!!!

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I found the cute little bags in a bundle at Michaels and thought they'd be perfect for valentine table favors.  When I got them home I auditioned a number of dies, finally settling on the Pinpoint Leaf Heart and the Love Airy Script which I cut from gold foiled cardstock.   I used a tape runner for the heart and a glue pen for "love" to adhere the die cuts to the bags.  I still had the box of Christmas ribbons out so I grabbed some narrow red satin ribbon, shiny red curling ribbon, gold tinsel twine, and narrow gold wired ribbon and tied some on the handles.  Easy peasy and adorable!


I just love the look of the Pinpoint Leaf Heart so I cut as many as I could from all of the gold foiled cardstock I had.  I wasn't sure how I'd use them until I found a dozen little red heart-shaped boxes.  A perfect fit!


Sometimes when I know that I'm going to be decorating bags or boxes and have a particular die or stamp in mind as the feature image, I will often take a die cut or stamped sample with me to the store to see if I can find the bag or box that is the perfect size.  Most often, though, I work in the reverse order--I buy the bags and boxes and then figure out what I have that will work the best like I did for these.  Filled with chocolates and other little treats, these are going to look so pretty on our Valentine's Day table.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Pinpoint Leaf Heart 94390

Love Airy Script 94326



Sun 19

Vellum Hugs
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been seeing so many cards with stripes lately that I was inspired to make my own.  For my card, I went through my scrap bin and cut pink and red cardstock into 1/4" strips.  I tried to use lots of different shades as well as a few metallic papers for interest.

Next, I lined up the strips onto another piece of cardstock and glued them all down.  Gluing them onto another piece of cardstock allowed me to cut the top and the bottom of all of the strips using my paper cutter so that they would all line up.

Here is a close up of the center:


For the central part of the card, I cut out the hugs sentiment using black cardstock and a vellum heart using one of the Double Stitch Loving Heart dies.  Both the Hugs die (in black) and the Double Stitch die (in vellum) are meant to coordinate with each other, so it makes layering the two quite easy.  The vellum is completely optional, but it adds a bit of interest to the card and it makes the word "hugs" easy to read over the stripes.

You could use this card for Valentine's Day, but the design allows you to use different colors and send the card year-round to someone who just needs a hug.

Have a fantastic Sunday!





Sat 18

Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  I have several cards for you today featuring the Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection.  You know how much I love to use gold on my cards and so of course, I have a few of those.  I also have some cards that don't use gold and where I used the Drifting Hearts Stencil with some Glitz Glitter Gel on colored cardstock to make my own backgrounds.  I know - it's a shocker!  I definitely have a signature style for a lot of things but I also work really hard to bring you fresh ideas and content.

The first three cards I have for you today do feature gilded paper and gold foil die-cuts as well as some heat embossing.  I started with my foiled background paper and die cut it with the Rectangle Basics in the 2nd to the largest size. Once I had that cut, I used the largest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Dies in the largest size with an embossing sandwich to put the impression into the background panel.

Next, I die cut the Verdant Leaf Loving Heart Die from Gold Foiled Cardstock and Sweet Blush Cardstock.  I carefully glued the Gold Outline to the background panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Then using the leaves from the pink cardstock, I inlaid them into the frame and glued them down.

I got super close to the card in these next two images so that you can see that detail impressed into the paper.  This makes a natural impression so that it's easy to line up your die cut with the impression.

Can you see the little scallop detail that's impressed in the background panel?  Next, using the leftovers from the pink cardstock, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamp Set.  I added that to a foil mat cut just a bit larger.  I used a paper trimmer to do this, so nothing fancy.  You could also use a pair of scissors if you have some with a long blade.  I attached the finished card panel to a Rose Gold Shimmer Cardstock top-folding card base.

This card uses another sheet of those papers from the same kit.  It doesn't say which company the papers are from, so I'm no help there.  This time I wanted to use the Berry Branch Loving Heart.  Again, I impressed the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Die to emboss the detail into the background panel.

For this card, I die cut two of the Berry Branch Loving Hearts from plain gold cardstock and then added a layer of the gold foiled cardstock for the top layer.

It's very cloudy on the day I am taking pictures so I have several for you as I feel it was hard to get an accurate color representation.  The card base for this card is Ink to Paper's Rustic White.  There are very faint words in the background lin columns like you would see in a dictionary and then the more prominent gold foiled leaf and branch and images.

I used lots of gems and pearls to add that special touch to this card.  The Pearls are from Little Things from Lucy's cards in Glossy Eggshell.  The gems are some I've had around for ages and I have no idea if they are available anymore.  I'm pretty sure these were from Close To My Heart.

I heat embossed the"Valentine's Day" sentiment from the Big and Little Valentines and die cut the Love Airy Script word from Gold Foil Cardstock.

Next up, I have this beautiful Gilded Tree Paper.  These papers all came from a kit I got from Simon Says Stamp over a year ago.  For this one, I did not make the Scallop Pinpoint Heart impression as I thought you wouldn't really see it with all of the tree branches or the die-cut Leafy Heart. I know it is hard to see on the others as well.

I used one of the scraps to heat emboss my sentiment and matted that in gold foiled cardstock as well.  All of these cards were very simple to make because I used golded papers and added gold die cuts.  It's also fun to add heat embossed sentiments to the printed papers as long as the pattern is small enough to use.

I thought this would be a nice, not too girly card to send to my father-in-law for Valentine's day so he'll know we're thinking about him, but it's not too lovey-dovey for him.

Next up, I have a couple of cards featuring the Drifting Hearts Stencil.  For my first card, I used Scarlet Jewel Cardstock with the stencil and a palette knife to apply some Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel in White.  I carefully removed the stencil once I had the glitter gel applied and set that aside to dry. You want to clean your stencil off at this point before the paste dries.

Once I had it cleaned and dried it off, I repeated the process on a piece of Sweet Blush Cardstock using Bubblegum Pink Glitz Glitter Gel.  It seems like it only took about 15 minutes for these to dry and I did some die cutting while I was waiting, so I don't know for sure how long it took.


I actually had some Magenta Foiled Cardstock and Glitter Paper.  I even embossed the Sentiment using Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder and added a triple-stacked layer of the Magenta Foil Hugs Loving Heart as one did not seem sufficient.  I have to say, this is my least favorite of the group.  It looks like a sugary pink confection that I'll send to my grandaughters for Valentine's Day.  They will love it!  It's cute, but I prefer a more elegant and sophisticated color palette for sure. 




Thu 16

Create a Love Airy Script Heart and Add the Scribble Rose Trio by Jean Okimoto

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Transform the Hugs Loving Heart into a Love Airy Script heart with a quick trim.  It's an easy way to create custom designs with your favorite greeting dies.  Add a glittered Scribble Rose Trio and your Valentine card is ready to go.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a snip-and-go technique for great greetings.

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Cut Hugs Loving Heart from red cardstock.  Remove "hugs" with three quick snips - save it for another project.  Cut Love Airy Script from the same red cardstock.

Cut the pale gray dotted print from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 set with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  Attach the Loving Heart outline and Love Airy Script to the gray heart background.

Cut the Scribble Rose Trio outline from white cardstock.  Cut the triple background from red glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded gray A-2 card.  Add pale gold gem stickers.

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I think it's great when we can alter our diecuts and create something new.  Try this technique with some of the words from our Jotted designs too!  

Special thanks to everyone from last week's BIRTHDAYS HAPPEN class at Impress!   Thanks to Jan, Jenny, Robin and Jacky for the great snacks too.  Thanks again Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their baskets with the latest papers, tools and toys.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for a new class this Saturday.  We're using the great dies and stamps from the Valentine 2020 Collection and making cards with a hearts-and-hugs theme. Make cool cards to  celebrate friendship, send a hug or remember someone special on Valentine's Day.

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, see you again next week!







Wed 15

All My Love
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  This quick and simple Valentine’s card was intended for my hubby, but he came by and saw it just as I was finishing up... <grrr>😂  Guess it’s back to the drawing board. 

Anyway, I started by die cutting the Butterfly Heart Frame from Bristol paper.  It was adhered to velum trimmed to the same size, then to an A2 sized gray panel.


I wanted to add dimension only to the heart, so used scraps of Bristol paper to die cut just the heart portion twice. Trimmed away unwanted parts to get the heart ring.


I thought about ink blending the heart cut-out, but saved myself some time and die cut another heart from a scrap of red cardstock.  The sentiments from Big and Little Valentine’s stamp set were white heat embossed on it, then black soot distress ink was sponged around the edges for some dimension.  Spritz the whole card with a shimmer spray for some sparkle to finish.


And that was it!  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!





Tue 14

by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a cute Valentine's Day card for you featuring many new products.

To make this card I started with red cardstock and placed the Drifting Hearts Stencil over the paper and sponged Versa Mark ink over the stencil.  I removed the stencil and applied clear embossing powder over the stenciled image and heat embossed it.  This gave the hearts a nice glossy shine.  To make the hearts stand out a little more, I sponged Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress ink over the embossed hearts. Buff the paper with a tissue to remove any ink that might be on the embossed hearts.

I die cut the heart using one of the new Double Stitched Loving Heart dies. From the heart I die cut the Banded Heart Locket Die.

I die cut the branch and used twine to tie the heart to the branch.

I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and adhered it to the back of the heart opening. 


Using foam tape I glued the card front to my white card base.  I did not put adhesive behind the bunny so that I could put the hanging heart behind the bunny.  I glued the branch and hanging heart to the card front and then placed foam tape behind the bunny to adhere it to the card.

To finish the card I stamped and white heat embossed the XOXO.  Then I used foam tape to glue it to the card.


That's it for today!  I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.





Mon 13

Berry Branch Loving Heart and Hello Banner Script Winter Cards for Friends
by Anne Thompson

Here are a couple of winter cards I made to send to friends later this month.  An inspiration perhaps for this month's Memory Box Challenge?


Materials Used:

While I had the die out I cut a few more of the Berry Branch hearts from foiled cardstock to use for valentines.


I cut even more from gold foiled cardstock, dot papers, and other print papers so I have a large supply for my valentines class later this week.  I will have a stack of white notecards, a variety of background papers, pearls and gems in many colors, and my ribbon box so we'll have plenty of choices for our cards.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Berry Branch Loving Heart 94374


Hello Banner Script 94392


Friendship Floral Heart CL 5250