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24 posts from August 2011

Tue 30

Fall Leaf Trio

Okay, so I can't take credit for today's post....I "cased" this card design from fellow MB Design Team Member, Debbie Fitch.  See her original card here.

I used the same card design and made a fall card featuring the Fall Leaf Trio stamp (F1776) and coordinating die (98208); along with Vintage Halloween Words (G1802).

Fall Leaf Trio for web 

  • Ink up Vintage Halloween words with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and stamp on Parchment card stock.  Stamp a second time below to fill the entire piece.  Distress this piece with Tea Dye Distress Inks.  Attach this piece to the right side of a Licorice mat.
  • Cut a piece of Woodland Path paper and attach to the left side of Licorice mat.
  • Attach this piece to front of Wassail note card.
  • For the leaves, I took a piece of Neenah Classic Cream card stock and just randomly colored with Copic markers.  I used Copics that end in 0-3 in fall colors and just used feather flicking strokes over the entire card stock making sure to blend the colors so there are no lines. 
  • Then I inked up the Fall Leaf Trio with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and stamp over this paper and cut out the leaves.
  • I die cut a piece of cream card stock using the Fall Leaf Trio die and adhered the stamped image to the die cut image and finally attached it to the front of the card with foam tape.

Hope you enjoy.

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Mon 29

Late Summer Cards

As Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene settles down on Maine this Sunday morning, I am writing this post and hoping that the power doesn't go out until I'm finished.  There's thunder booming in the distance and rain pounding down.  It's the winds we are more worried about that will hit us this afternoon and evening. Hope all of you in its path are safe.

I decided this morning to make two cards using Memory Box dies and a new product I discovered this last week--core'dinations Adhesive Cardstock which I found at a JoAnn's store.  I've been using Sticky Back Canvas a lot lately and when I found this adhesive-backed cardstock I thought it might be just the thing for cutting out and adhering intricately cut Memory Box dies. This solid-dyed cardstock really is "the perfect adhesive backed cardstock to use with your electronic die cut machine" (quoted from the packaging, but I agree).  

Card #1 


  • Die:  98123 Catalina Border
  • Stamp:  B1765 Makes Me Smile; Ink:  Jet Black Archival
  • Card:  Memory Box Key Lime
  • Papers:  Memory Box Cherry Picnic 12X12 from the Jubilee Collection; Memory Box Squash Distressed Dots; core'dinations Adhesive Cardstock, green from the Mother Nature Collection
  • Ribbon:  bright green, source unknown

Begin by cutting the adhesive-backed cardstock with the 98123 Catalina Border die.  Remember to place the cardstock face down on top of the die.  Use a sharp paper piercer to remove any parts of the die cut that didn't fall out on their own.  Peel off the white paper backing and stick the Catalina Border to a piece of Squash Distressed Dots paper.  Trim close to the die cut.

Stamp the sentiment B1765 Makes Me Smile on a scrap of the adhesive-backed cardstock, trim it, and stick it onto a piece of the Squash Distressed Dots paper.  Trim.

Cut a piece of the Cherry Picnic paper 4X5 and adhere to the front of the Key Lime Card. Attach the piece with the Catalina Border to the left side of the card front.  Add pop-dots to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the right in the middle of the card front.  Tie a piece of bright green ribbon around the front of the card and finish it with a bow.

Card #2


  • Die:  98191 Grapevine Wreath
  • Stamp:  B1423 Love & Hearts; Ink:  Jet Black Archival
  • Card:  Memory Box Sweet Corn
  • Papers:  Memory Box Cherry Picnic 12X12 from the Jubilee Collection; core'dinations Adhesive Cardstock, green from the Mother Nature Collection
  • Ribbon:  narrow velvet, soft green, source unknown
  • Punch:  Heart, red, EKSuccess Paper Shapers

Begin by cutting and adhering a piece of the Cherry Picnic paper to the front of the card.  

Next, cut the adhesive-backed cardstock with the 98191 Grapevine Wreath die.  Remember to place the cardstock face down on top of the die.  Use a sharp paper piercer to remove the image from the die and any parts of the die cut that didn't fall out on their own.  Remove the white paper backing and stick the Grapevine Wreath to the front of the card.

Stamp the word "love" from the B1423 Love & Hearts stamp onto a scrap of the adhesive-backed cardstock.  Punch it out using the heart-shaped punch.  Remove the backing and stick this in the center of the Grapevine Wreath.

Tie a piece of soft green velvet ribbon around the front of the card and finish it with a bow.

I will probably use these two cards for upcoming birthdays, but they really would be suitable for almost any occasion.

Happy Stamping!

Sat 27

Vertical Merry Christmas

Happy Saturday, Readers!

I made a card today using news stamps with some patterned paper from last year's Mistletoe 6"x6" collection. (It just so happens that I LOVE this particular patterned paper and wish Dave would bring this one out in 12" x 12" because it's like my favorite shade of blue-green, and it's distressed, and it's simple, and the pattern allows for interest without distraction, and it's just plain cool!) 



Memory Box papers: Soiree Shimmer card stock (Antique Gold, Jupiter), 6"x6" Mistletoe collection patterned paper; Memory Box stamps: Poinsettia Stem (G1790) and Vertical Merry Christmas (D1806); Ranger Distress embossing ink and gold embossing powder; Memory Box pearl stickers; PrismaColor pencils 

Instructions can be found on my blog.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Fri 26

Cards for a Cure


Today I want to share with you a class Laura Fisher one of the teachers here at The Stamp Addict is teaching on September 3rd, all proceeds are being donated to the Jerry Lewis Telethon on Labor Day. There are still a few spots in the class, call the store at 619-667-5060 to sign up.  



Laura used the Jupiter Shimmer Cardstock for the base of the card, then a matt of Frost Shimmer Card Stock.  She cut a 3 1/2" square of the Frost Shimmer Cardstock and stamped Vintage Christmas Words (G1797) in Versamark and embosssed with a Clear Embossing Powder.  Next she stippled over the embossed image with Ranger's Archival Ink- Vermillion.  She then wiped off the embossed words with a paper towl to show the white thru the clear embossing powder.   She popped the square on the left side of the card, and then used Viva Decor Glitter Liner - Emerald for accents. 

Have a good day!


Wed 24


Here's a card combining our "old" favorite Spooky Collage G1387 - and this year's new Harvest Moon G1804.  They're a perfect pair, and so easy to align you don't even need a stamp positioner. Dave  - as an artist/designer/stamper/engineer - creates stamps and dies that work effortlessly well together.  And that's one reason we love being on the Memory Box Design Team!

Attaching intricate diecuts can be challenging - but I've just placed some foam dots and the moon over sections of the Elegant Scrollwork 98153.  A few tiny dots of liquid adhesive where the "big" section meets the "tail" secures the center.

Here's another Memory Box Halloween card - it's part of the Clearsnap/Scor-Pal Summer Fun Blog Hop that began yesterday - find the details here:  


The dies are now such a key element in my projects - I rarely design a card without Memory Box stamps AND papers AND dies.  If you love this combination too, here are some cards featured in the Up IN THE AIR class at the Tukwila Impress on Sunday:


Have fun with your summer projects - or, if you're an early bird, your holiday creations!




Tue 23

Clearly Autumn




Today you can almost sense autumn in the air. After all the heavy rains we had yesterday, I woke up to a crystal clear 70 degree day.

It's clear- autumn is coming. 

Time to get out the new Memory Box fall stamps. I cut a panel of acetate that I stamped with "autumn tree landscape E1805" using Stazon white ink. I sandwiched this panel between white card stock.

On the inside I cut a kraft panel and layered fall colored circles and ovals to represent the foliage.



I finished it by embellishing the card with a scallop border on the top, some twine, and  I stamped the word autumn from "autumn leaf collage G1795".  A few adhesive accents and you are done.

I hope you wherever you are from you might be experiencing a whiff of autumn.

Mon 22

Happy Fall


A quick and easy fall card using the beautiful Valise papers and Soiree Black Cardstock.

Stamp Maple Leaf using black ink on Valise Paper. Cut out and distress edges. Sponge with Rusty Hinge and Vintage photo. 

Stamp Happy Fall using black ink on Valise Paper. Cut out and distress edges. Sponge with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo. Add a touch of watercolor pencil on leaf.

Stamp Vintage Record Sheet onto reverse side of Valise Paper using Rusty Hinge. Stamp Happy Fall using black ink over background. Stamp repeating leaves using rusty hinge edged with vintage photo. Repeat on large piece of kraft background.

Distress edges of all different pieces of paper and cardstock. Accent with twine and charm.

Have a Wonderful Week!


Sat 20

Falling Leaves

Well, maybe not yet, but soon.  Hope you've had a chance to try out some of the new dies.  This card uses two of the new dies and the slightly older Round Buttons die.  By layering thin metallic paper on thick cardstock or thin chipboard, you are able to make a very realistic looking button.  You are also able to customize buttons for any of your projects.  The next material I'm anxious to try is cutting felt or canvas.  Here's the card:

Doesn't the button look like a real button.  I love the dimension on it.  Here are the supplies I used for the button:


Stamp Fall Leaf Trio with Stazon on glossy paper and sponge on color with Distress inks.  Cut out with matching die and sponge edges with Brushed Corduroy.  Next stamp Index Card with Chocolate ink on Moroccan Latte paper and cut with die.  Cut rectangle of Woodland Paths designer paper and round corners.  Create the button by first adhering thin weight variegated metallic paper to thicker weight brown cardstock with Xyron.  Then cut with Round Buttons die.  Wrap ribbon around index card panel and tie on button with thin twine. 


  • Mocha Note Card
  • Woodland Path 12x12 designer paper
  • 98214 Index Card Die
  • 98208 Fall Leaf Trio Die
  • 98135 Round Buttons Die
  • G1781 Index Card stamp
  • F1776 Fall Leaf Trio stamp
  • Inks:  Distress Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy
  • Stazon Jet Black, Ancient Page Chocolate

Other:  Glossy white, thick brown cardstock, thin metallic paper, ribbon, twine

I'll be teaching this card and three others at a class on September 10th at Baas Junction - sorry, the class is full.  Hope you make some time soon for a crafty adventure.  Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Fri 19

Christmas Sparkle

   If you're like me, you just can't get enough of the wonderful Memory Box dies.   I just returned from teaching a Memory Box class last night where everyone had a great time using many of the new die cuts and became very adept at working with them.  They're a cinch! 

  Here is a card we will be making in the next class and features 4 different dies---it's not the traditional red and green color scheme so I hope everyone likes it!

    Glitter and sparkle are the essence of Christmas so let's bring it on with a pale blue scallop circle completely covered in crystal glitter.  (Click on the photo to enlarge) To get even coverage run the scallop circle paper through a Xyron machine then dunk it into a "glitter bath".  I always keep my crystal glitter in a flat tub and either spoon it onto my project or shuffle the card into the tub, tapping any excess back into the container.  

  All the papers on this card are from the Yuletide designer paper collection--it's hard to decide which ones to use first!

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One of my favorite parts of this card is the sentiment using the Christmas Sparkles stamp and coordinating die called Essex Label. 


With a little creative snipping I layered the the cream colored piece on top of an identical truffle brown piece.  Here's what the actual die cut and stamp look like:

98207  B1775

And here's a list of the stamps and dies used on this card:


Scalloped Circle #98109

Essex Label #98207

Woodland Branch #98187

Perched Bird #98160


Christmas Sparkles B1775

Hope your weekend is fun, relaxing yet productive and most of all sparkling!

Happy Friday!

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Thu 18

Feathery soft Wreath

P1010078 The lovely Flurry Wreath is so delicate and beautiful and makes the perfect focal point for a Christmas card. 

I stamped the wreath using Versamark watermark ink on acetate and heat embossed using silver embossing powder. I then cut it out and accented with the lovely purple MB gems.

The wreath was pop dotted to give it depth and a layer of white feathers added.

The background is stamped using the Vintage Christmas Words in a soft gray dye ink repeatedly on teh background.  Mounted on the wonderful black Memory Box cardstock.  The bird is colored with a touch of green.

The embellishments include ribbon died with purple ink, snowflake earring, and a glittery snowflake ornament pieces.

Have a lovely weekend!