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37 posts from February 2012

Tue 28

The Road.....



I was a day late and a dollar short when Dave came out with the Country Landscape #98239 over the holidays. Everyone was using it and making amazing cards with it.

So you know how happy I was when Dave released Modern Landscape # 98257 in the new year. I ordered it right away!! 

The card above is just one of the ways I used this versatile die. I used a variety of Memory Box papers from my stash. I die cut an oval in the middle of a basic A2 size card. I die cut the landscape on green paper and flipped it over and attached it behind the oval. I die cut the landscape again on the distress dot paper and attached it to the inside of the card with foam tape. I adhered a yellow circle for the sun behind the inside landscape. Lastly, I hand wrote the saying outside and inside the card. This saying would make a great stamped saying- hint hint Dave!!


Hope you enjoyed my use of the Modern Landscape die. Head over to my blog, the Creative Studio at thecre8tive studio.blogspot.com.







Tue 28

Posie Thank You


This is the card for my March Memory Box Die-Mania class at Ink About It.  This time I am featuring the Scalloped Posie die (98269). Although as you can see, I actually used several dies on this card.  I must admit, I have quickly become very addicted to the dies!

I started with a new Aloe notecard, cream cardstock, blueberry distressed dot paper and cream crepe paper.  Along with these stamps:


Leafy Branch Globe E1850                     Thank you combo B1751
Leafy Branch Globe                           Thank You Combo

        (E1850)                                            (B1751)


And these dies:


Also, notice the quilling tool. This is so handy for making the posies.

I cut my scalloped circle and stamped the Leafy Branch Globe with Momento Cocoa ink. I colored the leaves with a Spectrum Green Copic marker (G02). I stamped the Thank you sentiment with Denim Distress ink. I also used this ink to edge the scalloped circle and to brush over pieces of cream crepe paper before cutting the posies. Because of the ridges in the crepe paper, the ink only colored the high points, leaving a striped look. I love the texture of the flowers cut from crepe paper.  After forming the flowers with my quilling tool, I pushed down on them with my thumb - squishing them inward so the petals would open up and curl over a bit.  I added them to the card with mini glue dots.

Here's a close-up on the flowers:


Next, I cut the Macarena Corner (98291) and the Fringe Border (98266) dies from Blueberry distressed dot paper. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I slightly curled the bottom edges of the Fringe Border before adhering it to the card so it has a little dimension rather than lying flat. There is a strip of gray velour ribbon (May Arts) along the top of the Fringe Border.

If you want to see a truly amazing project using the posie dies - check out Dave's post 100 Paper Rose Topiary.  It's incredible!

Have a great week.


Mon 27

Remember Stampbord???

I've been cleaning up my workroom this past week and going through boxes I haven't looked into for ages. I found a whole pile of Stampbord, a clay surface masonite-like board, each piece 3 1/2" X 5". The idea in using this material is to ink it up with several layers of color, stamp on an image, and then use a scratching tool to remove some of the ink to highlight areas of the stamp.

After I cleared off a workspace on my desk, I gathered up the supplies I needed:


  • Distress Inks:  Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, and Forest Moss
  • Ink Blending Tools with foam designated for each color
  • Scratching Tool (www.ampersandart.com)
  • Stampbord (www.ampersandart.com) (I placed it on a piece of black cardstock for the photo.)

I used Memory Box's G1352 Inspire Butterfly Collage as my stamped image. I think that any of the collage stamps would work well for this project. Here's what I did:



  • Begin with the lightest color ink and apply it to the Stampbord using the Blending Tool. Work from the edge toward the center, rotating the tile as you go.
  • Add the second ink, again working from the edge toward the center, but leave a lighter area in the center with more depth of ink around the edges.
  • Continue to add inks and blend them in, leaving the center a bit lighter and edges darker with more concentrated color.
  • Ink up G1352 Inspire Butterfly Collage (or one of the other collage stamps) and stamp it onto the Stampbord. I used Jet Black Archival Ink.
  • Use the scratching tool to outline the details in the butterfly and to add some dimension to the word "inspire". I also added three lines on the left of the image using a ruler and the scratching tool.

The only thing I have left to do is to ink up the edges with VersaMark and emboss the edges using a colored embossing powder. I'm thinking I'll probably use black, or maybe antique gold or copper. Hmmm...And then I'll add a magnet to the back of it and add it to the cookie sheet inspiration board above my desk.

No Stampbord?  I think you could get a similar effect using Distress Inks on white cardstock, the stamped image and a Uniball Signo White pen to outline the details you want to highlight.  

I've packed up the rest of the Stampboard, a pile of Distress Inks and Blending Tools as well as Scratching Tools for my class on Monday. And I'm taking ALL of the Memory Box collage stamps! It will be fun to see what people create!

Happy Stamping!

Sun 26

Distressed Ink Spring Time!

Hello Everyone,

Today I am sharing with you a card Laura Fisher, one of the teacher's here at The Stamp Addict taught last week.


First she stamped Fresh Spring Wreath (E1845) on the purple cardstock in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then She assembeled the back half of the card. The Purple you stamped on a brown matt on a orange card.  Next she stamped Distressed Garden Record (G1848) in Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink on a white peice of card stock.  Then She Stamped Dift Flowers (D1841) in the center of the white in Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  She used a dauber and inked over the white cardstock with the Gathered Twigs to give it more of a distressed look.  Then she used foam tape and attached it to the center of her card. 

Hope you enjoyed!

Sat 25

Feel Better Elephant

It's great that the collections mesh so well together.  Here's a card that could be adapted for a baby shower card with a few changes:

The background looks blue but it is really the new Slate notecard.  This is an easy card to make.  Who wouldn't be cheered by a floating elephant with a polka dotted umbrella.  If you left the clouds white and changed the sentiment, this could be a baby shower invitation.  (I like versatility.)  The umbrella die cut has cut outs to easily make it look dimensional. 

Details:  Stamp Bubba elephant on gray designer paper.  Line up template and cut out elephant with Bubba die.  Color tongue and toe nails with Copic R21 and chalk cheeks and inner ear.  Cut umbrella from Squash dotted card stock.  The sentiment is computer generated and layered on black card stock.  Separate cloud die into three pieces and tape in desired postion onto Bluebird distressed dots rectangle.  Run through die cutting machine.  Place die cut Bluebird rectangle over textured white cardstock rectangle.  Lightly trace clouds with pencil.  Chalk clouds with shades of gray until they look the way you want them to look.  Erase pencil marks and chalk the edges of clouds that were removed when you erased the pencil.  Pop dot elephant on the blue background.  Place foam tape in sections of umbrella, to add dimension.  Layer all on slate notecard.  (My son dubbed the elephant Dumbo Poppins.)  I was going to add grass under his feet but I thought floating was a better option. 


  • Slate note card
  • Squash Dots card stock (umbrella)
  • Bluebird Distressed Dots (background)
  • 6x6 Pixie paper pack (elephant)
  • D1741 Bubba Elephant stamp
  • 98133 Bubba Elephant die
  • 98296 Petite Umbrella die

Hope you've been able to see and play with the new collection.  Enjoy your weekend and Happy Stamping!

Thu 23

Thank You


A very quick and easy Thank You card. I could see creating a set of these to give to someone in very little time.


  1. Die cut white cardstock using the beautiful Debutante Frame. Score and fold in half. (A beautiful and elegant card shape)
  2. Die cut the Poppy Breezy Wreath and Poppy Nestled Bird from white cardstock.
  3. Stamp thank you in center of card using black ink.
  4. Stamp Vintage Record Sheet using black ink onto bird.
  5. Sponge bird using brown die ink. Add eye using black fine tip pen.
  6. Sponge wreath using green and brown dye ink. Accent with Memory Box Pearls.
  7. Die seam binding with coordinating green ink and attach to card.

Sweet and simple!

Have a fabulous weekend. They are calling for four to six inches of snow here tonight!  Perfect time to stay in and play with the stamps & dies!



Wed 22

Big Yellow Flower


Sometimes a big yellow flower helps brighten a cold winter day...let's hope it works this time because there are so many ways to mix, match and layer Memory Box Dies.  I love to diecut felt that's  a blend of wool and synthetic materials, like this color called...Yellow.  


The Scalloped Circle 98109, Small Scalloped Circle 98204, Fringe Circle 98268 and Small Pinwheel Posie 98271 were perfect for layering.  The Small Pinwheel Posie - usually twirled into a dimensional flower - is just curled to flex the cardstock a bit, then adhered to the center of the flower.  Estate Fence 98285 was diecut from watercolor paper with the addition of the Metal Adapter Plate.

Distressed Garden Record G1848 creates a soft background with ColorBox Limited Edition Guacamole and Parsley Cardstock.   A simple Thank You B1751 of clear-embossed ColorBox Black on Key Lime Gingham  finishes it off.  The 5.5" square card is cut and folded from Slate, one of our new colors.  View the What's in the Box release here.  




Tue 21

Mercer Rose Wreath

Hi, everyone.  So sorry for the late blog post today!

I love the stamps and dies that go together like today's feature, the Mercer Rose Wreath.  It's so delicate and beautiful.

Of course, I had to make it grungy.  I guess that just shows how versatile Memory Box stamps and dies are!

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  1. I inked up the Mercer Rose Wreath stamp (D1840) using Memento markers directly on the stamp.  I then "huffed" on the stamp to re-moisten it (I know it sounds disgusting but it works) and stamped on white card stock. 
  2. Die cut the image with the Mercer Rose Wreath die (98322) and set aside.
  3. Stamp Distressed Garden Record (g1848) onto white card stock and trim.  Then distress with Distress Inks.  I used Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, and Dusty Concord.  Attach this piece to the new Slate card stock.
  4. I die cut a piece of white card stock with the Charlotte Border Die (98242) and distressed it with Brushed Corduroy.  I cut a small strip of Slate card stock and a small strip of Wildbloom pattern paper and attached them over the strip and then attached all to the front of a Sweet Corn Note Card.
  5. I attached the Distressed Garden Record with Foam Tape and the Mercer Rose Wreath with foam tape on top of that.
  6. Stamp Something Special Combo onto a small piece of white card stock and attach to the front of the card.

I hope you have a great day!

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Mon 20

Flutter by, Butterfly!

After watching Dave's Ombre Glitter Heart Card Video, which you can view at http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/stampcolorcreate/video-tutorials/, I made my own version and then started looking through my dies to see what else I could glitter up in a similar fashion.  Voila!

Card butterfly

  • 98264 Darla Butterfly 
  • 98265 Vivienne Butterfly

How To

  • Cut one Darla Butterfly 98264 from pink Mulberry paper and set aside.
  • Cut one Vivienne Butterfly and Body 98265 from Bubblegum Moroccan cardstock. Poke out the little pieces from the intricate wing design and set these detailed wings and the body aside.
  • Take the cutout frame and put clear packing tape on the back to cover the opening in the frame.
  • Turn this frame over. Adhere the Vivienne Butterfly intricate wings to the packing tape in the opening of the frame.
  • Add glitter, tamping it into the tape with your fingers.  I used Stampendous Pink Ultrafine and Tourmaline and Sterling from Martha Stewart Crafts.
  • Carefully cut around the edges of the butterfly.  Layer the glittered wings onto the Darla Butterfly cut from the pink Mulberry paper.  Use a glue dot or a drop of white glue (I like Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive or my Coccoina glue stick) to join the two butterflies and to add the body on top.
  • Cut a strip of Bubblegum Moroccan cardstock and adhere it to the front of a Velvet Rose notecard.
  • Tie a pale pink organdy ribbon around the card, centered over the print paper.
  • Add three little white pearls in the upper left.
  • Pop dot the butterfly onto the lower right of the card front.

 This card has so many potential uses--birthday, thank you, wedding/engagement, sympathy, and more--by just varying the sentiment inside.  

Happy Stamping!


Sun 19

Drift Flowers

Hello, everybody!

Today's card features a blend of old and new products. I love how easily Memory Box collections and dies mix and match, don't you? This card can be used for a variety of purposes - just stamp in the sentiment of your choice above the ribbon buckle: Thanks, Happy Birthday, Sympathy, Get Well Soon, Just a Note, you name it!


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Drift Flowers Cardstock: (Dill, Eggshell, Antique Gold Soiree Shimmer) Memory BoxPatterned Paper: (Minuet collection) Memory BoxRubber stamps: (Drift Flowers, Distressed Garden Record) Memory BoxDye inks: (Frayed Burlap) Ranger Industries (Vintage Sepia) VersaFinePens: SharpieAccents: (gems) K & Company, (diamond stickers) Memory Box Fibers: (adhesive ribbon) K & IDies: (Simple Buckles, Blank Ticket) Memory Box; Tools: (Vagabond) Sizzix


  1. Make card from cardstock.
  2. Cut paper panels and adhere to card.
  3. Stamp Distressed Garden Record and Drift Flowers on cardstock, die cut, and adhere to card. 
  4. Die cut buckle, thread with ribbon and adhere both to card.
  5. Color gems with Sharpie and adhere.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!