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22 posts from January 2012

Wed 18



How about an all white wedding card?  I was inspired by the lovely Cupid Heart and Serafina Heart. After I had cut them out and saw how beautiful the white overlay on the white heart looked I decided to create an all white card.

The next step was to nestle to of the Poppy Stamps Nested birds into the flowers on the heart as my love birds.  After that it was a very simple stamping of the Love sentiment using versamark and heat embossing with white embossing powder.

The remainder of the layers are embossed using an embossing folder. I added a few accents with ribbon, lace, flowers, and pearls.

The hardest part of the card was getting a photograph. I had to put a piece of blue cardstock behind it and take it outside for a picture.

Happy Thursday!




Tue 17

Welcome Spring


We are having a rare cold day here in Pennsylvania for this winter and all I can think of is when is it going to be spring!

I took some time off from my school work and made this card, with the hope it would usher spring in sooner.

I used the new stamp chrysanthemum frame G1857 from the love and kindness collection. I stamped just one half of the stamp with Ranger's  Distress ink Gathered Twigs. 


Next, I stamped the frame with a stamp positioner.


I positioned the stamp positioner so the chrysanthemum was in the opposite corner, and I inked half the stamp again  and stamped the image.





I colored the image with copic markers stamped the saying Miracles of Springtime B1766, cut the image out and sponged the edges with the same gathered twig ink. I layered this panel with foam tape onto distressed squash paper 77913. Using a circle punch I punched just half the corners out to create the ticket look. I wrapped the yellow panel with brown bakers twine and layered onto a kraft card.

With brown card stock, I die cut the kaleidoscope butterfly 98261. I then cut the body using paper from the Pixie collection 10118 with the moonlight butterfly 98260. I layered them together and attached to the card with foam tape.

I hope this card inspires you and inspires spring to come.

Back to the books!

Tue 17

Waste not, want not!

That's an old saying that came to mind when I happened to notice the "waste" from cutting the new Gothic Rosette die (98249).

Above is what the die looks like after you create the petals for lovely rosette, but before that - you start with this:

You fold the top half of this picture to make the rosette, OR take the bottom piece, aka the waste, and use it to embellish your card as I did for this card.


Also used on this card is the new Classic Heart stamp (G1856) inked with Brilliance Coral and cut using the new Cupid Heart die (98281). Silk ribbon is laced through a tag from the Pastry Labels die set (98107) and tied around the heart. The tag is embellished with the Love and Hearts stamp and White Opal Liquid Pearls from Ranger. The card base is Bubblegum Distressed Dots.

Try using the die to cut silver or gold mirror papers, glitter papers or glossy. You would have something similar to expensive German Scrap for embellishing all sorts of projects.  Sooo... always take a second look at what is left behind when you cut a die. It may be equally interesting!


Sat 14

Deerly Beloved and Butterfly

Are you looking for a quick and easy valentine idea for your "deer" one?  This one's for you.  (Sorry for the puns)  This card has little stamping and would be quick to throw together.  The new Grand Heart die makes it so simple to cut a frame.  Doesn't the doe look stylish with her crystal choker?   

Here are the details - Cut a rectangle from Cranberry Dots card stock.  Die cut the Grand Heart from the center to make a frame.  Cut deer from Mocha cardstock.  Turn Latte Distressed Dots paper upside down and cut a deer from it.  (So the deer will face each other.)  Cut antlers from dark brown cardstock.  Cut Pastry Labels from Parchment cardstock.  Using stamp positioner, stamp love on label with Festive Berries ink.  Using frame as a guide, attach doe to a Parchment notecard.  Next place buck a little higher than the doe.  (Don't apply adhesive to top of buck's head so you can slip antlers behind later.)  Attach dotted frame with foam tape for dimension.  Tuck antlers behind buck's head.  Attach love label at the bottom.  Add cherry red jewel stickers for choker (cut strip of 5 jewels). 


  • 98150 Antler
  • 98152 Graceful Deer
  • 98254 Grand Heart
  • 98107 Pastry Labels
  • Cardstock - Cranberry Dots, Latte Distressed Dots, Mocha, Parchment & Parchment note card

Okay, hope you can stand another one, I couldn't stop playing with the Love and Kindness dies.  This one has one of the butterflies I love so much.  

Couldn't get the colors to photograph quite right so you'll have to use your imagination.  This one has no stamping at all.  With the temps here below hovering around 20 degrees, I needed a splash of spring.  

Here's how it's made.  Cut a Darla butterfly and a Vivienne butterfly from Parchment cardstock.  Cut the body from a scrap of mocha cardstock.  Cut a Madeira Corner from Parchment cardstock also.  Using your favorite colors apply color to Darla (solid) butterfly.  (I did some direct to paper with shades of blue/green and softened with a sponge.)  Carefully sponge color on the Madeira Corner.  (I used Shabby Shutters and highlighted with Peeled Paint.)  Attach elements to an Eggshell note card. Add flowers and pearls.  (The flowers were felt flowers from my stash - not sure of the maker.)  Only apply glue to center of Vivienne die and slightly bend wings.  (The butterflies are so detailed.) 


  • 98265 Vivienne Butterfly
  • 98264 Darla Butterfly
  • 98237 Madeira Corner
  • Cardstock - Parchment, Mocha, Eggshell note card

Keep warm wherever you are, and thanks for stopping by!

Wed 11

Love-ly Bloomer

I worry a bit (okay...a LOT!) whenever I deconstruct a die or stamp that Dave's so artfully and carefully designed.  Sorry, Dave. Did it again here - with the Primula Bloom Die 98149 - I removed some of it and glued hearts from the new Heart Delights Die 98280 all over it.  I like it, hope you do too...wonder what Dave's thinking?


My addiction to Memory Box Dies is getting serious...we need our own support group, and weekly meetings.  Thank goodness for classes and great Retailers who feature all of the Memory Box stamps, dies and papers! View the entire collection of dies, and the Retailers carrying the Love and Kindness Collection here.  

If you love these great toys too,  join us for an added LoveNotes class (above) at the Bellevue Square Impress (phone 425 453.2748) on Saturday January 14th.  You can make either 8 cards - or a chipboard book of the 8 designs - featuring the great new Love and Kindness Collection of dies and stamps, and many of our favorite stamps, papers and dies from previous releases too.


Then - on Sunday January 15th at the Tukwila Impress (phone 206 901.9101) - it's Valentines by Design. We'll make four collagey, artsy cards with a lot of tricks and techniques to add texture and dimension to cards of distinction. 



Tue 10

Cherish Border

I am so loving the new Love and Kindness Collection from Memory Box.  I just keep going back and playing with all the goodie.  The dies Dave designed for this collection are simply beautiful.  I debated which of the plethora of cards I created lately to blog about today.  Plethora...that's my word for the day.  :) 

I ended up deciding on this card.  I love that it showcases the Cherish Border and the Kaleidoscope/Moonlight Butterfly dies.

Cherish Border


  1. Adhere Licorice mat and Mars Shimmer Soiree mat to Begonia Note Card
  2. Die cut Cherish Border (98282) from pattern paper.  Here I used the Pink Hex paper from My Mind's Eye Love Collection.  Adhere to front of card.
  3. Cut a 1/4" strip from print paper and adhere to lower part of border.  I used Rose Blossom paper from Echo Park Yours Truly collection.
  4. Die cut Moonlight Butterfly (98260) from print paper and Kaleidoscope Butterfly (98261) from Licorice paper.  Lightly distress the Moonlight Butterfly with Victorian Velvet Distress Inks using a finger dauber.
  5. Adhere Kaleidoscope Butterfly on top of Moonlight Butterfly with just a touch of liquid glue at the center.  Then adhere to front of card.
  6. Add rhinestones randomly to the Cherish Border.

I'll  be at The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington, IL on Sunday, January 22.  Call the store at (309) 585-0409 to reserve your spot.

I'll also be teaching totally different cards at The Scrapadoodle in Peoria, IL on Tuesday, January 24.  Call the store at 309-691-5152 to reserve your spot.

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Mon 09

Love is in the Air


Laura Fisher, one of our teacher's here at The Stamp Addict in San Diego. She fell in love with the new Valentine's Stamps and Dies and will be teaching a class using them in February.  Below is one of the cards she will be teaching. 

She used the Heart Delights (98280) for the border, Cupid Heart (98281) for the heart background and Serafina Heart (98278).  She also used a double sided sticky sheet to attach the Serafina Heart to the Cupid Heart and then covered the rest in a transparent glitter. 


Hope you enjoy! If you want to take the class give us a call at (619) 667-5060 to reserve your spot!

Sun 08

Love over the rainbow!

I've been having a lot of fun with this new die, Heart Chain Border (98277).

Heart chain die

For some reason, my first thought was to cut several strips, then cut the strips into smaller sections. I also had a vision of coloring the hearts in a rainbow fashion. Here's what I came up with:


I started with an eggshell card that I cut from the Catillion die (98245)

Cotillion die_blog
to add some interest to the card base.  Using the Classic Flourish image and Spun Sugar Distress ink, I stamped some color in three of the corners. I used shimmering pastel chalks to give the rainbow effect on the heart strips, then I cut them into smaller sections before adhering them to the card in rows.  I tied lavendar Divine Twine at the top and added a small tag from the Pastry Labels die set (98107).

Pastry labels_blog

On the tag I stamped LOVE from the Love and Hearts image (B1423) with Victorian Rose Distress ink. Lastly, I added a small gold heart brad to the tag. The tag hangs loosely over the front, but you could secure it with foam tape if you prefer.

Another fun thing I discovered is the Heart Chain Border fits nicely through the label in the Pastry set above - like a ribbon slide. Check this out:


It's a little hard to see, but notice the texture on the hearts? I sent the strip of hearts through a Cuttlebug embossing folder and rubbed ink over the top to highlight the raised areas. Just another twist for your Heart Chain Border die. This one simple die can lead to many interesting projects! 

Happy crafting!



Sat 07

Flutterbye Dies

My daughter, like many children, thinks that "Flutterby" is a much more accurate name for "butterfly" (and I have to admit I agree). We have some new dies at Memory Box that are truly delightful, so I highly recommend you check them out!


S U P P L I E S: Cardstock: kraft, Soiree Shimmer Antique Gold (Memory Box); Vellum: gold (generic); Patterned Paper: Sheet Music from Minuet Collection (Memory Box); Memory Box Stamps: Damask Heart (G1855), Congratulations Script (B1021); Inks: Walnut Stain, Iced Spruce (Ranger Distress), Blue Grotto (Fresco); Fibers: lace, gold ribbon (unknown) Embellishments: pearls (Recollections); Chalks: Pebbles; Other: pop-dots

T O O L S: Memory Box Dies: Moonlight Butterfly (98260) and Kaleidoscope Butterfly (98261); Vagabond die cut machine; McGill punch; Foam ink applicator 

See instructions.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!


Fri 06

Love Note

With the new Memory Box dies arriving in stores now I want to show you a card that is perfect for an anniversary or Valentine.  I have always loved the color combination of slate gray with pinks and aquas so here is a flat card with that theme in mind.


  • Die cut Arabian frame from Slate Shimmer paper
  • Randomly stamp small circle using Brilliance Moonlight White ink.
  • Die cut one Charlotte Border and one Heart chain border. Layer borders and adhere to mid point on card.
  • Die cut one Kaleidoscope and one Moonlight Butterfly.  Layer and adhere to card.
  • Die cut Classic tags and stamp with word LOVE using slate gray ink.

Create Cabbage rose:

  1. Die cut 8 tissue paper layers with the small Scallop circle. Wrinkle each layer into a ball, then unfold and press flat with your hands. 
  2. Ink the scalloped edges with Spun Sugar distress ink. Stack all the layers and fold into quarters.
  3. Cut off the pointed tip through all layers.
  4. Apply glossy accents or white glue to bottom of flower stack around the opening.  Adhere to scrap circle base.  
  5. With your fingers, pinch the layers together to close the hole and form a slightly raised flower center. Let dry. Trim down the base circle so it doesn't show.
  6. Add pearls to the center and "fluff" to arrange the tissue layers--tighter in the center, looser towards the edges. 

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  • Attach tissue paper rose to card; add white seam binding bow and tie on Love tag with bakers twine.  
  • Slide into an A7 envelope.



Arabian 98246

Classic Tags 98105

Charlotte Border 98242

Heart Chain Border 98277

Kaleidoscope Butterfly 98261

Moonlight Butterfly 98260

Small Scallop Circle 98204


Love and Hearts B1423

3/4 inch Circle B229


Slate Shimmer w/ A7 Envelope

Bubblegum Gingham 77891

Blue Poppy 44001

Be sure to check out Dave's latest tuitorial using more of the newest stamps and dies from the Love & Kindness Collection...here


 Thanks for stopping by, Happy Friday!