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19 posts from November 2011

Wed 30

A Trio of Pears

Pear Sketch Trio C1796 - on an water-spritzed background - is a quick design that's unique each time. The water disperses and blends the inks - making each card an original.  It's a process we've been doing in classes for several years, with results that are always unexpected, and beyond control!

Memory Box Products featured here:
Pear Sketch Trio C1796
We Wish B1808
Tinsel 6x6 Set
Pastry Labels Die 98107
Key Lime Cardstock
Parsley Cardstock
Dill Cardstock

Press the Citrus Splash ColorBox Pigment Inkpad firmly onto an acrylic block - then spritz it lightly with water.  Wait a few seconds as the inks begin blending, then press the inked block onto watercolor paper.

Quickly rotate the block 180 degrees, then press any residual inks onto the watercolor paper.  Dry the paper.

Spray the acrylic block with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz - then spray it lightly with water.  Press the block firmly onto the inked watercolor paper.  Dry the inks.

Stamp Pear Sketch Trio with Blackbird ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink and dry the ink.  Trim the cardstock and ink the edges with Olive Pastel ColorBox Fluid Chalk.

Diecut Pastry Labels from Key Lime Cardstock. Stamp We Wish onto the label, using a stamp positioner, with Berrylicious ColorBox Fluid Chalk.  Cut an extra label of Dill Cardstock and layer it (slightly offset to the top left) behind the stamped label.  Cut a 2-7/8" x 3-1/2" piece of the text print from the Tinsel 6x6 Set and ink the edges with Olive Pastel.  Cut a 3" x 3-1/2" piece of Parsley Cardstock and ink the edges with Olive Pastel.  Cut, score and fold a 5"x7" card of Dill Cardstock.   Assemble the card and attach the labels with copper mini-brads.  

Hope you like the project - have fun playing with the water and inks.  Make a bunch of extra backgrounds - they'll be ready whenever you need to create a quick card.

If your holiday cards are done (or even if they're not!) - join us for the Winter Bliss class at the Tukwila Impress on Saturday December 10th.  We'll make 4 all un-holiday cards - including photowheel-style and stairstep designs - perfect for birthdays, thank-yous, or any occasion.

Be sure to visit the Poppystamps site and Poppystamps Blog too - Dave, Wanda and I are adding more holiday projects to the blog every week.


Tue 29

Winter Village Scenes

This card is featured in my upcoming Memory Box Die-Mania class on Thurs, Dec 1st at Ink About It. 

The dies, Country Landscape (98239) and Star Of Wonder (98167) were cut from white glitter paper and placed on a muted grey paper (from my scrap box). This was layered onto black cardstock and adhered to a Cotton Candy note card. The lovely sentiment, All Is Calm (B1301), is stamped in black on white cardstock, cut with an oval punch and adhered with foam tape.

Here's another idea for the Country Landscape die:

This card features the die cut from white cardstock and then cut into three sections. I layered the pieces to create a snowy village with rolling hills. I added crystal glitter to the trees and house rooftops. Silver glitter ribbon rests under the village and is embellished with the new Woven Circle die cut from silver glossy paper with the sentiment stamped in Ranger's Denim Adirondack ink onto a white cicle.

If you are in our area, consider taking this fun class. We'd love to have you, and you will get this awesome Memory Box die to take home! So fun!


Sat 26

An Ornament Card for Christmas

Greetings, Stampers!

Did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? Eat a ton of turkey and goodies? Burn it all off dashing through the mall the next day? If you're looking for a little R&R and a no-pressure crative opportunity, look no further - I got one for you.

Today's card is easy to make, simple, and clean-lined. It features the new Snowflake Ornament die (98231) working with the Classic Ornament die (98211).


S U P P L I E S:

Memory Box papers: 6x6 Yuletide patterned paper, card stock (Eggshell), Soire Shimmer (Silver); stamps: Merry Christmas (B897); ink: VersaFine (Onyx); bling: silver balls (Michael's) gems (Memory Box); other: silk ribbon, pop-dots 

I N S T R U C T I O N S:

  1. Make card base (4.25" x 5.5") from eggshell card stock.
  2. Cut patterned paper panel (4" x 5.25") and wrap with silk ribbon.
  3. Tie ribbon into bow, then adhere panel to card.
  4. Adhere line of silver balls to form ornament chain.
  5. Cut ornament from Eggshell card stock using Classic Ornament die (98211).
  6. Cut ornament overlay from Soiree Shimmer paper using Snowflake Ornament die (98231).
  7. Adhere overlay to ornament.
  8. Adhere gems to ornament overlay.
  9. Stamp sentiment.
  10. Adhere ornament to card with pop-dots.

These two dies, when used together, can create countless different combinations, so go have fun with them! Let's see your take on our Flickr Group Page

TFL and have a blessed day!!!


Thu 24


Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. friends!  Blessings and Joy to everyone!


  1. Cut Yuletide Paper for rosettes using Memory Box die. Cut three sets of the rosette. Trim 1/2" off the bottom on two of the strips.
  2. Fold rosettes and assemble.
  3. Cut circles for center of the rosettes from kraft cardstock. Sponge on white acrylic paint. Stamp Jingle Bells Music onto circles.
  4. Stamp Memory Box Joy onto kraft cardstock. Stamp Jingle Bells music over letters. Cut out letters and attach to circles on medallions.
  5. Cut banners from Yuletide paper. Frame in kraft cardstock. Distress with white acrylic paint and brown dye ink.
  6. Background is created with white cardstock. Embossing with snowflakes embossing folder. Sponge on white and pink acrylic paint. Wait until dry. Distress with brown dye ink. Stamp music background using brown ink on embossed surfaces.
  7. Mount everything on kraft cardstock and accent with ribbon and buttons.

Have a wonderful day!


Tue 22

Santa Globe

How many of you have fallen in love with the "globe" stamps and coordinating Grand Snow Globe die 98228?   I know I have.  I bought ever single one of the snow globe stamps.  Let's see...there's the Polar Bear Globe D1823, the Cottage Globe D1822, the Santa Globe D1821, and the Pinecone Globe D1824.  They're all adorable.  We had a lot of fun playing with them at my recent class at The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington, IL.  

Here's one of the cards we made featuring the Santa Globe.

MB Post 11-22


  1. Ink up globe stamp of your choice (I used Santa Globe) with Black Archival Ink and stamp on white card stock.
  2. Using Grand Globe Die, die cut this image leaving about 1/8” of white all around.
  3. Color image with medium of your choice.  I used Prismacolor pencils 
  4. I used a Copic BG10 marker to just line a little bit of the snow at the horizon.
  5. I used a Spica marker to make small dots all over the black area of the image.  You can barely see them, but I wanted "stars" in my sky.
  6. Cover entire image with Versamark using direct to paper technique and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Apply a second layer of Versamark and clear embossing powder and heat set again.
  7. Cut a strip of Licorice card stock using the bottom part of the Grand Globe Die and attach to bottom of the stamped image.  Set aside.
  8. Die cut the white strip of paper using the Charlotte Border Die.  Distress a little bit with Antique Linen and finger dauber.  Attach behind strip of Licorice Dots paper and attach to the left side of Holly Berry Note card
  9. Attach Snow globe to center of card using foam tape.
  10. Stamp We Wish on small piece of white card stock.  Lightly distress with Antique Linen and finger dauber and adhere to small piece of black card stock and attach to lower right of card.

For another "globe card", check out Dave's video here.

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Mon 21

Layered Tags for the Holidays

One can never have too many holiday tags! I use them for gifts, to "hide" gift cards (taped on the back),on card fronts, tucked in card pockets, on journal/scrapbook pages, and in many more ways. During today's class at Your Maine Stamper we made several layered holiday tags stamping on white card stock using the three new Distress Inks--Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, and Festive Berries. Here are three tags that you can make!

TAG #1

  • G1797 Vintage Christmas Words in Iced Spruce; trim close to words; mount on black card stock slightly larger so there's a border around the words
  • E1771 Museum Tag in Festive Berries; trim close to image or cut out with die 98145; punch hole and thread with red ribbon; layer on top of the Vintage Christmas Words
  • D1773 Holly Sprig in Evergreen Bough; color with Prismacolor pencils in two reds, two greens; trim close or cut out with die 98206; pop dot on top of Museum Tag

G1797 E1771 D1773

TAG #2

  • G1780 Blank Ticket in Iced Spruce; trim close to image or cut out with die 98213; mount on black card stock and trim close; orient Blank Ticket horizontally
  • D1814 Holiday Decor Birds in Archival Jet Black stamped near top of Blank Ticket; color with Memento Markers
  • B1808 We Wish in Archival Jet Black stamped on the ticket under the loop of lights between the two birds

G1780 D1814 B1808


TAG #3

  • G1781 Index Card in Iced Spruce; trim close or cut out with die 98214; mount on black card stock and trim close; orient horizontally
  • C1813 Skating Sheep and/or C1812 Puffy Sheep in Archival Jet Black stamped directly on the Index Card; color legs black and hat and scarf red using Prismacolor pencils or Memento Markers; use a white Uni-ball Signo pen or glue with Polar White Flower Soft or glitter for the hat trims
  • B1815 Fleece Navidad in Festive Berries stamped directly on the Index Card

G1781 C1813 C1812 B1815

Happy Stamping!

Sun 20

Inside Looking Out



Windows really gnaw at my creative bone. When I saw the Grand Madison window die #815 from Dave's kid's company Poppy Stamps I had to have it.

You can look out a window or you can look in a window. The ideas are boundless.

For this card I cut the window from kraft paper and textured it with my cuttle bug. I lightly sponged brown ink to the ridges to make them stand out. I stamped an oldie but goodie stamp Tree Silhouette E1302 onto paper from the new Yultetide collection using markers. I cut a piece of acetate and stamped snow flakes from the stamp Snow Day B1378 with white Stazon ink. I adhered the acetate to the back of the window. I glued the tree silhouette onto a red panel from the Yuletide collection too. Using foam tape I mounted the window over the tree panel. If you look closely at the card you can see a 3-D effect from the snowflakes on the window. I finished the card with a embossed white saying from the Christmas Cheer Block #E1299 and a few snow flake gems.

What ideas do you see with this wonderful die?

Have a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving everyone!




Sat 19

Multi-Purpose Dies

Thought I'd show you a way to use a die as a stamp. 

Here are the supplies I used:

To make the "patterned paper" , first cut the die from fun foam.  I cut it twice so that I didn't ink the wood block when stamping.  Glue your "stamp" to a scrap wood block.  (I photographed the stamp before I cleaned it so that you could more easily see it.)  Stamp with Fired Brick ink on Parchment card stock.  Sponge with Wild Honey and Scattered Straw.  Cut strip of "patterned paper" and attach a strip of Truffle card stock to edge. 

For the glittered piece:  Cut a piece of cardstock the size you want for your image.  Cut a piece of Sookwang tape the same size and attach to cardstock.  Peel off top release paper and cut a fern with the Meadow Leaf die.  Place the die cut fern on the cardstock covered with sookwang tape.  Pour on Harvest Gold glitter and remove excess (burnish with your fingers also).  Remove fern die cut with tweezers.  Pour on Burnt Sienna glitter and burnish with your finger.  Die Cut Distressed Tag from Truffle card stock.  Add ribbon and mount tag on card with foam tape. 

  • 98244 Distressed Tag
  • 806 Meadow Leaf (Poppy Stamps)
  • Crimson Note card
  • Parchment card stock, Truffle card stock
  • Glitter Ritz glitter
  • Sookwang Tape, fun foam, ribbon, Distress inks

Hope this gives you ideas for using your dies in a little different way!  If you have any questions, I'd be glad to help if I can. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and thanks so much for looking!

Fri 18

Coasters Anyone?

Hello from San Diego,

Today I am going to share with you two Coasters that Laura Fisher one of our teachers here at The Stamp Addict made in her class on Wednesday. 



She used Tile from Home Depot, and inked them with Staz-On Sunflower Yellow and Mustard. In between the two colors she used a layer of Glaz-On (A sealer made to work with Staz-On inks). The she stamped Dill Print (F1365) on it in Staz-On Timber Brown then added another layer of the Glaz-On to seal it. 




This coaster was made using the Brillant Tree (F1332) Stamp in Staz-On Timber Brown. Then a layer of Glaz-On to seal it! Fun, easy and they make great gifts for the holiday season!


Hope you enjoyed!

Thu 17

Hanging Art

No stamping today... I feel guilty saying that!

Instead my project today features the beautiful bird cage die and the wonderful Memory Box Papers.

I started with four pieces of the lovely Yuletide paper and die cut them using the bird cage die. I distressed them with white acrylic paint. and folded each one in half with the pattern paper facing inwards.

I taped the white side of the birdcage and matched the edges. I did this all the way around and created a three dimensional birdcage.  This would have worked much better to put the pattern paper on a double sided sheet of tape and cut it out and put them together.

I then added glue to the outside and sprinkled chunky crystal glitter all over my birdhouses.


I found a nice branch trimmed from outside by my DH.  I added a coating of chunky glitter to the top of my branch too!

I had some lovely shimmer birds from my holiday decorations who fit perfectly with my theme. Added a few clumps of pine cones and I have a lovely hanging art. It was difficult to get a good picture. (Hence the sheet held up by my son. hee hee)  But it looks gorgeous handing over the table from the fan. 

Here is another angle on the birdcages:


Have a wonderful weekend!