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18 posts from April 2012

Thu 12

The Miracles of Springtime


I was playing with some inks and watercolors and created this multi-layered card. 


  1. Smear dye inks onto craft mat and spritz with water to create a watery ink mixture. Smear the white cardstock through the ink. Repeat with each color to add different layers of color.  Pick up some of the water on fingertips and splatter on the white cardstock.
  2. Cut panels from inked up background after dry. Distress with distressing tool.
  3. Stamp Dream definition along left side of two panels using light blue dye ink.
  4. Stamp Birch Branch Print along left side using black ink on two panels.
  5. Stamp First Flight using Salmon ink over branches on smaller panel.
  6. Stamp sentiment (Miracles of Springtime) on scrap of inked background.

Happy Spring!



Wed 11

Tulip Garden



Here's a card I am teaching  in a class at Ink About It on Tues, Apr 17th from 10am-noon.  I'm calling the class Flip-n-Fold cards.  As you can see from my sample, this one is a step fold design. 

I used a variety of Memory Box dies to create the Tulip Garden scene. First, you can make your own step fold card - directions are plentiful online - or you can sometimes purchase pre-scored cards from your local craft store.

Using the Dancing Tulips die (98295) with Distressed Key Lime paper, I cut several flowers. You can always cut the flower heads from a different color and glue them over the original, or in this case, I just inked over the key lime with Versacolor Violet ink to make purple tulips. While the ink dried, I cut the Estate Fence (98285) in black paper. I used a piece of a boysenberry notecard to cut the Script Thanks (98240).

I wanted a soft pattern paper to accent the white step card, so I dug through my scrap stash and found some lovely sheets from the Gossamer paper pack.  If you don't have any of this lying around, anything similar will do. You could choose one of the prints from the Viola paper pack, too.

FInally, with all the die pieces cut, I create the scene.  Glue down the pattern paper along the two front edges and the bottom step. Arrange and glue the flowers, the leaves, and the gate.  I used a Quickie Glue pen for all of it. When I put down the fence, I firmly laid my palm over it and held for a few seconds, letting my warm hand set the glue.

The last step is to add the Script Thanks across the bottom front edge. This card fits into a standard envelope and is ready to send!

If you're in the area, check out my class of Flip-n-Fold cards

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Mon 09

A Quick and Easy Card for Any Occasion

This is the bare bones sample for one of the cards we will make in today's class at Your Maine Stamper. I will provide lots of other papers, ribbon, pearls/jewels, and other embellishments as well as a variety of sentiment stamps so that class participants can personalize their cards. It's always fun to see how each card turns out differently even though everyone uses the same basic materials.


  • Leafy Branch Die 98292
  • Perched Reedbird Die 98160
  • Vanilla Bean Distressed Dot paper
  • Kraft cardstock for the Reedbird
  • papers from the Viola 6X6 pack for the Leafy Branch
  • Sweet Corn Notecard


  • Score the front of the notecard at 2 1/8"
  • Fold the card inside out--You will want to see the yellow folded back for the front of this Z-fold card and for the inside
  • Add patterned paper for the inside and as a flap on the front of the Z-fold; when the card is laid flat, this flap will cover any message added to the inside panel of the card
  • Die cut the Leafy Branch from one of the Viola papers and the Reedbird from Kraft cardstock
  • On the front flap, adhere the Leafy Branch and the Reedbird
  • Embellish as you wish!

Changing up the sentiment, papers, ribbon, and other embellishments gives you lots of options for how to use this basic card!

Happy Paper Crafting!

Thu 05

Easter Joy


I love Easter. I love the colors- pink, green, lilac, soft blue. I love it symbolizes spring and regrowth.

And I love Easter baskets filled with all kinds of stuff, especially Easter eggs.

This card features Dave's Easter egg dies: Classic Egg (98305) and Filagree Egg (98306).

Here is the same card with a blue color scheme.


Wishing all of you a Happy Easter!!!

Thu 05

Spring Tag

Happy Spring! We have had some beautiful spring weather and plenty birds hopping around the yard looking for seeds.


  1. Create tag from white cardstock. Stamp over background using Mail Definitions in black ink.
  2. Sponge background with blue and orange dye ink. Distress edges using distressing tool.
  3. Die cut white cardstock. Cut to size. Stamp Vintage Scroll using brown ink. Repeat until the frame is covered. Sponge over surface with orange dye ink.
  4. Glimmer mist flowers to coordinate with colors.
  5. Die cut Leafy Branch Die. Stamp with Mail Definitions over the branch using black ink. Sponge with brown dye ink.
  6. Stamp Miracles of Springtime sentiment onto tissue paper using brown dye ink. Rip edges and sponge with brown dye ink.
  7. Stamp Heart Bird Keepsake using blue dye ink. Cut out bird. Sponge edges with brown dye ink.
  8. Assemble and accent with lace and ribbon.

Have a lovely Thursday!



Wed 04

Sweet Spring Treats


Celebrate Spring with sweet little treat-totes made and decorated with Memory Box dies, stamps and papers. The Distressed Tag Die 98244 is the perfect size to wrap around a little polybag of jellybeans, chocolate eggs or cookies.  


Just diecut two tags for each bag, score and fold them 3/4" from the bottom, then overlap the folded areas and glue them together.  Fill a little bag (about 2" x 4") with treats, trim it a bit shorter than the folded tags, and punch a hole thru the holes on the tags.  Tie it with tulle and snip the ends at a sharp angle.


Make the treat-totes from Pool Dots, Bubblegum Distressed Dots, Snapdragon Dots, Squash Moroccan and Key Lime Gingham. Use the Metal Adapter Plate in addition to the plates used with thin metal dies when cutting the intricate dies and the felt Perched Reedbird. Here are the directions, from left to right:

  • Diecut Poppystamps Grassland Border 825 from Parsley,trim it to fit.  Diecut Classic Egg 98305 from the Viola 6x6 print.  Attach Scor-Tape to a scrap of purple cardstock and cut Filigree Egg 98306.  Press Grape Fizz Glitter onto the adhesive, then attach it to the egg.  Stamp Easter Joy B1763 on Key Lime with Golf Course .
  • Diecut Spring Border 98115 from Parsley, trim it to fit.  Diecut Fancy Blossoms 98312 twice from Mango Dots.  Layer the flowers for dimension and attach them to the border.  Attach Scor-Tape to orange cardstock and brush Sweet Orange Glitter onto the adhesive.  Punch three 1/4' circles and attach them to the flowers.  Attach Scor-Tape to yellow cardstock, then attach yellow felt to the tape.   Diecut Perched Reedbird 98160 and remove the tail and trim his feet.   Color his beak, eye and feet with Sharpie markers. Stamp Miracles of Springtime on Sunflower with Grasshopper.
  • Diecut Grassland Border from Parsley and trim it to fit.  Diecut Classic Egg from the Viola 6x6 print.  Attach Scor-Tape to green cardstock and diecut Filigree Egg.  Press Peridot Glitter onto the adhesive and attach it to the egg.  Stamp Easter Joy on Wisteria with Grape Slushy.
  • Diecut Amana Circle 98215 twice from Pool Distressed Dots.  Punch a 1" circle of Mango Dots and attach it between the two Amana Circles, offsetting the Amana Circles.  Attach Scor-Tape to a scrap of orange cardstock and press Sweet Orange Glitter onto the adhesive.  Punch a 5/8 circle of the glittered cardstock.  Stamp the greeting, from the bottom section of Springtime Wishes Block E1335, on Key Lime with Golf Course.
  • Diecut Poppystamps Gentle Leaf 807 twice from Parsley Cardstock.  Diecut Scalloped Posie 98269 from purple felt.  Starting at the outer tip - and using tweezers or a chalk applicator tool - twirl the felt into a loose circle.  Secure the posie by gluing the rolled edges onto the center circle. Stamp Miracles of Springtime on Wisteria with Golf Course.

Have fun with this project - lots of details here - but it's easier than it sounds!

I've added the spring and early summer classes that Theresa Laurent, Memory Box Design Editor, and I will be teaching at Impress - view them here.





Tue 03

Wondrous Allium

I had never heard of allium until I moved to Northern Illinois and there were lots of flower gardens with this really interesting huge purple flower!  I instantly fell in love.  It's such a cool flower.  I really just like the unique look of it.  So, needless to say, I was excited to see that Dave featured the flower in the What's in the Box 2012 collection.

Here's my version of a card with the Reverse Allium stamp (E1834).

Reverse Allium Peoria

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  • Ink up Reverse Allium stamp with Versamark and stamp onto purple/white polka dot paper from Viola 6 X 6 paper pack.  Purple&white polka
  • Heat emboss using white embossing powder. Trim this piece around the white.
  • Using a finger dauber, color the allium with dusty concord ink and the stems with Shabby Shutters.  Wipe off any excess with a tissue.  The embossed area acts as a resist!
  • Adhere to lavender card stock and set aside.
  • Die cut Tessatina Border 98302 from dark purple paper (also from Viola 6 X 6 paper pack).

Dk purple&black

  • You'll cut this border in half.  Here's a pic showing where to cut.

Tessatina border 002

  • Attach each half to the top and bottom of the lavender paper.  You may have to trim a bit off.  Attach to the front of a Sweet Corn Note Card using foam tape.
  • Die cut Darla Butterfly (solid butterfly) 98264 from purple/white polka dot paper and the Vivienne Butterfly-98265 from the dark purple paper.  Attach the Vivienne Butterfly to the Darla Butterfly  with some Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi-Medium just to the center of the butterfly.  Attach the body of the butterfly with Multi-Medium and attach to front of card also with Multi-Medium.

Soon the allium will be blooming and the butterflies flocking to them!  Can't wait!

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Sun 01

Love Birds

I enjoyed making today's card so much! I'm sending it to my nephew who just got married... Dan and Didi, this is for y'all!


Cardstock: (Silver, Chocolate Soiree Shimmer) Memory Box; Patterned Paper: (Mistletoe collection) Memory Box; Rubber stamps: (Love & Hearts) Memory Box; Dye inks: (Onyx) VersaFine; Pens: Sharpies; Accents: (flower) Prima, (pearls) Mark Richards, (gems) International Greetings; Fibers: (silk ribbon) unknown; Felt: (Wasabi) Giant Dwarf; Other: Pop-dots; Dies: (Carousel Bird Cage, Twigs & Berries, Nestled Bird) Memory Box; Tools: (Vagabond) Sizzix


  1. Make card base.
  2. Cut Mistletoe panel, stamp Love, and adhere to card.
  3. Die cut birds from felt, branch from Chocolate Soiree Shimmer, and birdcage from Silver Soiree Shimmer.
  4. Use Sharpie to create birds' eyes.
  5. Tie ribbon around birdcage and adhere pearls and gems.
  6. Layer and adhere branch, birds and cage to card. (Using pop-dots for the birdcage is optional.)
  7. Adhere flower with pearl. 

And there you have it!

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!