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Fri 29


Today I am taking the new Valise papers on a Journey with this mini book.  Since "Valise" is the French word for a small piece of hand luggage, how appropriate to make a small book of travel memories. Come along!


The lovely scallop border is a cinch to make with the new "Classic Scallop" die cut.  I find myself cutting tons of these scallop borders in different patterned and solid card stock papers---they're so versatile!

Spiral Bound Mini Book -Graphic 45

Classic Scallop Die Cut

Rustic 12x12 Valise- 

Keepsake 12x12 Valise- 

Journey Collage G1733 

IMG_2005Love, Love, Love these papers...they mix and match so well.  The green ticket holder is from the "Fancy Pocket" die cut.   

Papers: Valise Collecion 6x6 package

Keepsake 12x12 paper

City Tree B1724

Hybrid Car A1728

Bitsy Car A1729

Bitsy Truck A1730

On the Road Again B976

Fancy Pocket Die Cut

IMG_2006 The new Woven Circle die cut was just perfect for my "Fun in the Sun" embellishment.

Woven Circle Die Cut

Vintage Record Sheet G1712

Valise Papers


I couldn't resist the "Tickets Please" 12x12 paper with vintage looking tickets in all sizes and orientations.

Bauble 12x12 paper

Keepsake 12x12 paper

Eiffel Tower D1723

Spring Branch D1363


Fine Fern Print G1719

Valise Papers

Scalloped Buttons Die Cut

Notice the cute scalloped buttons?  Yep, they are from die cuts too!  I know you will have just as much fun with them as I have---check your local store for all the new Valise papers and make a mini journal book with your travel memories.

Happy Friday!




Thu 28

Baby Birds and Carriages

P1010265 The new stamps from At The Zoo Collection are adorable and lend themselves to making baby cards. I paired the sweet Baby Carriage C1752 with the baby bird from Mama and Baby Combo C1736 to create a baby card.


  1. Die cut circle from watercolor paper. Stamp Carriage using black archival ink.  Color with watercolor markers and waterbrush.
  2. Accent wheels with red Jewels.
  3. Cut Pool Dots Paper and distress edges with Ranger Distressing tool and add white acrylic paint to soften color.
  4. Stamp Baby Sentiment using Versamark and heat emboss with white embossing powder. 
  5. Stamp baby bird using black archival ink. Color with watercolor markers and waterbrush. Accent bird with white gel pen. Cut out.
  6. Layer and assemble all pieces and accent with white silk ribbon and red polka dot ribbon.

Have a wonderful day!


Wed 27

A Little Monkey Mania!


When the new dies arrived I couldn't wait to try the sock monkey! Ok, maybe it's not really called the sock monkey die, but, hey Dave, it should've been! *lol* It's actually titled Monkey Mania, but if you color it grey with touches of red it definitely looks like a sock monkey!


If you haven't tried the new  Mempry Box dies you really, really need to!! They work great in either the Big Shot or the Cuttlebug!

Next came the banner - this was made by stamping the Big Banner on four different colored papers.  Working with the Bold Baby stamp and inking one letter at a time while masking the remaining letters, each was individually stamped in the middle of a banner. After trimming the banners they were threaded onto a "clothesline" created with a piece of black DMC embroidery thread.  This line of banners was then attached to a 3" x 8.5" section of Cranberry Dotted paper that was layered onto the base card. Each banner was attached with foam tape, leaving enough space between the last two letters so that adorable sock monkey can hang by his tail from the line. Foam tape also adds dimension to him.

Thansk for visiting!



Stamps: Big Banner (D1708), Hanging Monkey (C1753), Bold Baby (C1754)

Paper: Key Lime Distress Dot (77897), Mango (77908), Squash (77916), Thistle (77920), Cranberry Distress Dot (77863), Kraft paper, Neenah white.

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Other:Monkey Mania die (98112); Copic markers W2 and R29; Black DMC thread; Foam tape

Tue 26

Valise Mini Bloom

Today I had so much fun playing with the new papers in the Valise Collection.  These are must have papers...especially for those of us who love the distressed look.

Valise Mini Bloom 
It's just been so cloudy and rainy here in the midwest!   It was really hard to get a nice photo with no sunshine!   I wish the wonderful blues and greens would show better in this card.  Combined with a sprinkling of rust and peach....I just love it!

Oh, and don't be too critical of the sewing!  This was the very first time I sewed on a card...using my grandma's Singer from the 60's no less!  She would be so ashamed of my lack of sewing skills!


  • Cut papers
    • Valise Rustic paper 5 1/8 X 3 7/8
    • Valise Bauble paper 2 1/2 X 3 3/4
    • Rust print paper from Valise 6 X 6 paper pack 1 X 5 1/4
    • white card stock 5 1/4 X 4; 1 1/8 X 5 1/4; 2 5/8 X 3 7/8
    • Key Lime Gingham paper 3/4 X 2 3/4
  • Distress all papers with paper distresser or scissors edge and then blend on Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • Adhere Rustic paper to larger piece of white card stock
    • be sure to only add adhesive toward the center if you're going to sew around the card.  You don't want to "gum" up the needle. 
  • Sew around this piece about 1/8" from the edge and attach to the front of a Kraft note card
  • Adhere the piece of rust print paper to the strip of of white card stock and add to front of card about 1" from the bottom
  • Adhere Bauble paper to white card stock; again if you're going to sew this piece, add adhesive only toward the center
  • Sew around this piece about 1/8" from the edge and add to front of card using foam tape
  • Stamp Gorgeous Mini Bloom B1761 three times on white card stock using Rich Cocoa Memento Dye Ink.  Color each bloom in using Copic Markers Y32, YR00, and YR02.
  • Cut out the entire first bloom, cut off the outer petals of the second bloom, and cut just the center petals for the third bloom
  • I used the paper distresser on these flowers and a bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink as well to give them a weathered look. 
  • I added a bit of Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the top of the flowers.  You might be able to see the shimmer a little better if you double click the photo to expand it.
  • Once the Rock Candy Stickles were dry, I layered the petals with foam tape but didn't attach to my card yet.
  • Stamp Makes Me Smile B1765 with Rich Cocoa Memento Dye Ink on the Lime Green Gingham paper and cut into a flag shape and then adhere to card front.
  • Adhere flower to the left side of the sentiment
  • Add three buttons to front of card

Let's hope we get some sunshine soon!!!!

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Mon 25

A Is For . . .

I was moving a stack of lidded baskets the other day and peeked into each one to see what I had hidden there.  The bottom one was full of paper crafting supplies I hadn't seen for ages!  In that basket were a number of large white chipboard letters that I had picked up on clearance when a local stamp store went out of business several years ago.  I decided to decorate the A (for Anne) and put it on the shelf above my desk.



  • Memory Box 12X12 Fennel
  • Memory Box 6X6 paper scraps from my scrap box

Memory Box Stamps:

  • G1718 Orchid Branch Print
  • C1714 Cocoa Bean Butterfly
  • D1325 Leafy Shoot
  • A1743 Spiral Flower


  • Memory Box Frost Blue
  • Memory Box Daffodil
  • Black (source unknown)


  • Archival Jet Black


  • Trace letter onto Fennel paper.  Cut out.
  • Adhere to white chipboard letter.  (I used double-sided tape.)
  • Sand the edges of the paper if you like that look.
  • Stamp G1718 Orchid Branch Print three times on printed scrap papers. Cut out.
  • Add a bit more color to the center of each orchid with colored pencils and a Frost Blue Pearl.
  • Adhere the largest flower on each stem to the top of the letter.  (I used Glue Dots.) 100_1371
  • Stamp D1325 Leafy Shoot three times on scrap papers. 
  • Add a Daffodil Pearl to each where the leaves meet.  
  • Cut them out leaving a small border around each part of the design.
  • Adhere two of them in one area of the letter and the other near the orchids. (I used Glue Dots and glued only the stem ends so I could bend them out a bit from the letter for more dimension.)
  • Stamp A1743 Spiral Flower multiple times on scrap papers.  Cut out.
  • Add a Daffodil Pearl to the center of each flower. (I also added some light green with a colored pencil to each blossom.)
  • Adhere these flowers in a cluster, pop-dotting several of them above the others.
  • Stamp C1714 Cocoa Bean Butterfly on scrap paper. Cut out.
  • Add Black Pearls to the body of the butterfly.
  • Pop-dot the butterfly onto the letter.


You could do this with any letter or large chipboard shape.  A little paper, some stamped and cut-out images, a few simple embellishments and you'll have a piece of home decor in no time!  How cute would it be to decorate all of the letters in a child's name for his/her room!

Happy Stamping!

Sun 24

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from almost sunny San Diego!

Today I wanted to share with you a card Laura Fisher one of our teachers here at The Stamp Addict will be teaching here in May.

First she cut a sheet of the shimmer Azalea in to two pieces of 5 1/4" x 4".  She then got the Gorgeous Mini Bloom(B1761) and the Gorgeous Bloom (E1760) and a VersaMark ink pad, and Ultra Detail White Embossing Powder.  She stamped the Gorgeous Mini Bloom on one of the pieces of Azalea in rows to cover the whole piece, and the Gorgeous Bloom on the other one, and then embossed both.


She then cut a piece of white cardstock at 5 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/2" to create an A2 Card. Next she cut each of the pieces of Azalea into 1" x 5 1/4" strips, then took 2 from each of the pieces and alternated them on the white card. (Piece with Mini Gorgeous Bloom, Piece with Gorgeous Bloom, Piece with Mini Gorgeous Bloom, Piece with Gorgeous Bloom)

She cut another piece of white to 2 1/2" x 1" Stamped Miracles of Springtime (B1766) on it in hot pink.  She attached it with Foam tape to the bottom right corner of the card. 


Hope everyone is having a relaxing holiday with your family!


Sat 23

Easter Greeting


I thought this stamp was especially fitting for the holiest day of the year - Easter.

SUPPLIES: Cold press watercolor paper; Memory Box papers; Memory Box Hope Collage stamp (G1732); Memento ink; Twinkling H20's; Copic markers; Prismacolor pencil; Memory Box jewel stickers; pop-dots

Have a blessed Easter!


Thu 21

A Memory Box Getaway

At least 3 times a year my girlfriend Jude and I go to the Pocono mountains in Pa. Jude has a vacation house right on the lake and it is the perfect spot to spend a weekend being creative and crafty.


Usually I try to bring my entire studio with me, but this time I stuck to 2 sets of ink pads and all my Memory Box stamps and papers. 

I had lots of class work to do. Here is the baby cards I made for an upcoming class at One Little Spark in NJ.


I got to use lots of the new papers from Memory Box with this card.

You need a piece of aqua card stock cut to 5X5 1/2 inches and scored.


Next you need to cut he following papers. The papers that look pink really are white- bad photo.



Put them together and stamp the baby carriage C1752, bold baby C1754 and either tinkled pink or boy oh boy from Memory Box's new baby collection.



Stamp the baby carriage on the thistle moroccan paper and cut out and adhere to card.



Here is the finished card.


Here is the baby girl version.


Gotta love girl weekends! Lots of good food, chick flicks, laughs and of course great crafting!!


Thu 21

Shabby rose Valise

After some technical difficulties here's today's card. 

Gorgeous Bloom

This card is definitely not my usual style but it was fun to create.  The new Valise papers have so much depth to them and were a joy to use.  The project kind of took on a life of its own.  I kept adding elements and inks until I was happy with the results.  There was some repurposing - paper towel - it added a great texture to the butterfly, unbleached coffee filter - it gave the butterfly almost a vellum look.  Also, I had never before tried coloring over a colored ribbon with a Copic marker - it works.  Here are the steps.  It looks involved but it really wasn't, but just go with the flow and have fun creating!


  • Kraft – 8-1/2x11
  • Valise – 6x6
  • Valise – 12x12 Tickets Please
  • Bubblegum Moroccan 8-1/2x11
  • Gorgeous Mini Bloom – B1761
  • Gorgeous Bloom – E1760
  • Silhouette Branch – F1231
  • Verdi Flourish – C987
  • Happy Birthday Candle – C1373
  • VersaColor Pinecone, clear embossing powder, Doily, Burlap texture plate, Seam binding, button, twine, Distress Tea Dye, Distress Brushed Corduroy, Liquid pearls, Pebbles pearlescent chalks, miscellaneous Copics, glimmer mist. Butterfly punch

Make 5x5 card base from Kraft cardstock.  Cut Definition print from 6x6 Valise pack to 5x5 and cut 4” square from center  creating a frame. 

Cut 6x6 flower piece to 4-1/2” square and stamp Silhouette Branch and Verdi Flourish with Pinecone ink. 

Stamp Gorgeous Bloom twice on Bubblegum Moroccan and Gorgeous Mini Bloom once with Pinecone ink.  Emboss with clear embossing powder.  Color with pearlescent chalks (I used my finger to apply).  Cut out larger bloom – once the entire flower and once a smaller layer, Cut out mini bloom. 

Texturize flowers with Burlap texture plate and sponge with Tea Dye ink

Cut out tag from 12x12 Valise Tickets Please and ink Birthday only with Pinecone ink and also candle (from end of stamp).  Cut out tag and sponge edges with Brushed Corduroy

Now it’s time to get a little messy – spray doily, paper towel and unbleached coffee filter with glimmer mist or perfect pearls/water/reinker mix and dry with heat gun.  It is easier to punch through the paper towel and coffee filter if you wrap it with a scrap of copy paper weight paper. 

Assemble card using foam tape to raise frame and layers of flower.  Apply liquid pearls as desired.  Add messy bow and button.  Bodies of butterflies were scraps from an eyelet lace border punch.  (The seam binding was originally light mint green – I colored it with an R32 copic marker and spritzed it with water to crinkle it.)

Hope you're able to see the new Valise papers in person soon and the new dies are so detailed and beautiful - I received some of them in the mail today and can't wait to use them on a project - they cut beautifully. 

Happy Easter!

Wed 20



A big thank you to everyone who took my Memory Box and Poppystamps classes at The Paper Garden in Sacramento last weekend.  I enjoyed meeting you and sharing ideas and techniques with you!  Special thanks too - to Stephanie, Ken, Miles and Kelly - for your wonderful hospitality and a chance to teach at your beautiful boutique.

Here's a project reflecting a father's pride in his firstborn, accented by vintage and contemporary elements.  Our just-released At the Zoo Collection of whimsical animals and greetings, the new Valise 6x6" and 12x12" papers,  and the new Memory Box Dies colorfully welcome Baby Nicholas, son of Jenny and Art.

I thought it would be fun to die cut Key Lime Distressed Dots with Pristine Border (98131) to create a leafy  "jungle-pod"  accent for Running Monkey (B1734), Cute Giraffe (C1738) and Bubba Elephant (D1741).  The Round Buttons (98135)  match the Button Border (98137) die. And Bubba has his own die!

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Here are the instructions for this project:

Memory Box Products

  • Cute Giraffe C1738
  • Running Monkey B1734
  • Bubba Elephant D1741 
  • Bold Baby C1754
  • Boy oh Boy B1748
  • Pristine Border Die 98131
  • Round Buttons Die 98135
  • Valise 6x6 Set
  • Rustic 12x12
  • Bayou Cardstock
  • Key Lime Distressed Dots
  • Pool Distressed Dots
  • Soiree Lagoon Shimmer Cardstock

Other Supplies

  • ColorBox Fluid Chalk Blackbird Inkpad
  • ColorBox Fluid Chalk Chestnut Roan Inkpad
  • Cuttlebug and A, B and C Plates
  • Scrap Cardboard
  • Twine
  • Copic Markers - Chamois, Aqua, Yellow Green, Rose Red
  • Stamp Positioner
  • Foam Dots


  • Stamp Cute Giraffe, Running Monkey and Bubba Elephant on the Valise prints with Blackbird
  • Heat-set the ink, then color the animals with the markers
  • Trim the cardstock and ink the edges with the matching markers
  • Using a stamp positioner, stamp Bold Baby and Boy oh Boy on Pool Distressed Dots with Chestnut Roan
  • Trim the cardstock and ink the edges with the Aqua marker
  • Diecut the buttons from the Valise print, then diecut another set of buttons from cardboard
  • Attach the cardboard buttons behind the Valise buttons for dimension and tie twine through the holes
  • Diecut Pristine Border from Key Lime Distressed Dots, then diecut another border from cardboard
  • Attach the Key Lime border to the cardboard border 
  • Cut an 8-1/2" square of the Rustic 12x12
  • Attach the Valise brown text sheet to the Rustic square
  • Trim the photo to 4-1/8" x 3-3/4" and  mat it with Soiree Lagoon  Shimmer Cardstock
  • Attach the pieces to the background, using foam dots for the BABY block

Hope your Retailer has ordered the great new items featured on this project.  You'll love the wonderful stamps, papers and dies!