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16 posts from May 2012

Thu 31

Let's Catch Up

Don't you wish you were sitting out on that lake enjoying some beautiful weather?  I thought this card would be perfect for a dad or male friend that you haven't spoken to for awhile.

Stamp the image (On the Lake)  using black ink on white cardstock. The image was colored with watercolor pencils and waterbrush. Cover the surface with versamark and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Repeat a second time to give a nice glossy finish.  This will also enhance the colors.

Stamp the sentiment and sponge the edges using blue and brown dye ink. Cut and mount everything on brown cardstock.  The pattern paper is from the Viola 6 x 6 collection.

Have a lovely day!


Wed 30

Stamp a Quick Card with Layered Inks


Quick-drying layered inks - and Memory Box stamps - are the perfect solution for the "I need a card RIGHT NOW!" moment.  Stamp a subtle background with Vintage Dreams G1838 and frame it with Leaf Canopy F1430.  Add Crafty Birds D1431 - and a felt diecut of Perched Reedbird 98160.  Send a greeting with Very Best B1359.  That's it!

I love how Memory Box products - classic favorites and recently-released - work together so well.  Add some great diecuts, and you'll have a set of basic, timeless design elements for any occasion.





Mon 28

Bringing back some of your favorites!



Laura Fisher, one of our teachers here at The Stamp Addict, was tryign to figure out a way to use some of her favorite older Memory Box stamps, she decided to decorate a collection of candles using some of those stamps

She stamps the images on tissue paper, then wraps the tissue paper around the candle, covers it with wax paper, then heats it with the heat gun until the tissue paper has been melted into the candle.



She used Memory Boxes "Dogwood Branch" (F1847) for this candle.



This candle is created with Memory Box's "Meadow Birds" (D1376)


For this candle Laura used "Crafty Birds" D1431


For this candle she uses "Brillant Tree" (F1332)


Hope you enjoy!

Fri 25

It's A Two 'Fer

Today's 'Thank You' cards feature the versatility of one metal die using both the "positive" and the "negative" cuts.  Make two cards quickly and easily and there's no waste!


Squeeze several drops of alcohol ink (3-4 colors) onto a non-stick craft mat. Spritz water onto colors to dilute their intensity then drag a 1 1/2 x 5 1/2" glossy card stock strip through the ink until entire strip is covered and colors are blended.  This ink will dry in just a few seconds. Die cut using the Script Thanks.

  • Create the "fish-tail" cut by inserting the strip at an angle into a square punch.  
  • Elevate the "Thanks" on both cards using mounting tape.
  • Use embossing folders to create a textured background on the white note cards.

    Die cut the poppies and adhere to both cards.  Add a ribbon to the top fold and round lower corners.These cards can be completed in 15-20 minutes.


    Script Thanks #98240

    Prim Poppy #98310

    Viola Patterned Cardstock

    Key Lime Distressed Dots #77897

    Alcohol Inks- Various

    Embossing Folders

    Hope you enjoyed today's cards--Happy Friday!


    Wed 23

    "Die-ing" to Thank You!


    I continue to have fun with my Memory Box dies and sometimes I challenge myself to see how many dies I can use on just one card.  This time it was four dies.  Not a record, but I was pleased.

    The base card is Holly Berry. The side border and the butterfly are cut from squash moroccan paper. I used these four dies:

    Tessatina Border 98302         Cocoa Bean Butterfly 98148


    Blank Ticket  98213                 Script Thanks 98240




    Stamps used:

    Cocoa Bean Butterfly          Chrysanthemum Frame

    C1714                                        G1857



    I stamped the butterfly a few times in the background, directly onto the card base with Chocolate Brilliance. I layered the moroccan paper on the left side and added the Tessatina Border die that I cut from cream paper.  I colored it by using a sponge applicator tool and Chocolate Brilliance ink.  I used Vintage Photo distress ink to stamp the Chrysanthemum Frame onto cream cardstock and cut it out with the Blank Ticket die.  The image was colored with shimmering chalks and given a few highlights with Glossy Accents for the flower centers. The layered Cocoa Bean butterfly has Glossy Accents on the body and is attached to the ticket with a glue dot. The ticket is attached with foam tape to give just a little dimension. The Script Thanks die was used with chocolate paper and adhered to the card with a Quickie Glue pen.

    Happy Spring!



    Mon 21

    Ticket Accordion Book



    Boy, did I have fun making this card! I was channeling my inner Suzz!! This is out of my comfort zone, the whole distress vintagey (is that a word?) look.

    I was in the Pocono mountains having a girly crafting weekend and brought a plethora of Memory Box stamps, papers and dies with me to play with. I think I used them all on this card!

    Using a stamp positioner I stamped blank ticket G1780 four times next to each other and cut out and scored and accordion folded. I distessed the card with antique linen stain from Ranger. Using distessed inks in peeled paint and bundled sage stamp leaf canopy F1430 throughout the card. Stamp parts of vintage dreams G1838 with distressed walnut stain ink on each panel. Die cut fancy blossoms 98312  with the new viola papers 10155. Adhere to card. Die cut meridian border 98134 with white card stock and distress with antique linen stain from Ranger. Adhere to card. Die cut nestled bird 817 sponge with inks in browns and red. Stamp sayings makes me smile B1765 and very best B1359. Embellish with pearls.

    It seems like a bit of work but think of all the things you can do with the base of the Ticket accordion book.



    Sat 19

    Whimsy Blossom Birthday


    The intricate Whimsy Circle 98154 - cut twice - blossoms into a bright red flower with the Brioche 6x6 print.  The Delicate Vine 98120 - cut in half - creates a stem.


    They're just two of the hundreds of ways to use your Memory Box Dies.  Sometimes they're circles and vines...sometimes they're a flower on a birthday card!


    And here's another trick to make life easier - stamp a greeting diagonally on Gingham Cardstock.  It'll always look straight and be easy to trim into a strip.  My family thinks I spend way too much time trying to save time, but if it saves all of us a few seconds it adds up to many minutes!



    Fri 18

    Nice and Simple

    Hello everyone,

    Today I want to share with you a card tht Laura Fisher, one of the teachers here at The Stamp Addict, taught in her card-a-palooza class.


    She stamped the "Mercer Rose Background' (G1842), in Versamark on a white shimmer cardstock just bigger then the stamp, then she used green and pink mica powders and stippled them over the versamark which works as an adhesive for them.  Next she wiped the whole thing off with a swifer wipe to pick up the excess powders.  She then assembeled it on a pink shimmer card using pink and white shimmer matts under the image. 

    I hope you enjoy!

    Thu 17

    Spring Tags

    I decided to create a few spring tags using the standard ATC size (3 1/2" x 2 1/2")  as my starting point.



    1. Stamp Distressed Tag using ink on white cardstock. Die Cut and trim to 3 /14".
    2. Stamp Dogwood Branch along right side of tag.
    3. Stamp Dreams Definition on white cardstock two times.
    4. Stamp over Dreams definition with butterfly and dogwood.
    5. Color with pink and green watercolor pencils and waterbrush on all images. 
    6. stamp sentiment over dreams definition. Cut to size.
    7. Use waterbrush and watercolor pencil to apply color to seam binding. Spritz with water, scrunch and repeat until color desired.  Use same method to apply color to flower.

    I wish I could say it took me ten minutes to create the tags. :) But it took me a little longer to figure out the design and elements.  After I figured it out on the first tag the second tag took a very short time to create. :)

    Have a lovely Thursday!



    Sun 13

    Wishing You a Happy (Viola) Day

    Happy Sunday, Everyone!

    The Viola collection of patterned papers is so pretty - I love the mixture of all those purples with some green and light blue thrown in for good measure!

    My card:


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    (Memory Box unless otherwise stated.) Cardstock: Concord Grape, Lavender, Peapod; Soiree Shimmer Paper: Silver; Patterned Paper: 6x6 Viola; Stamps: Mail Definition (G1839), Wishing You a Happy Day (B1853); Ink: Peeled Paint (Ranger Distress), DeVinci Violet (Fresco), Black Onyx (VersaFine); Accents: gems, flower (Prima), button (Junkitz); Die: Seville Buckle (98217); Tools: Vagabond    


    1. Make card base.
    2. Cut and adhere lavender background panel.
    3. Stamp Mail Definition with Peeled Paint ink on Peapod panel and adhere.
    4. Cut and adhere patterned paper panel.
    5. Die cut Seville Buckle from Silver and adhere.
    6. Ink flower and adhere.
    7. Thread button and adhere.
    8. Adhere gems.
    9. Stamp sentiment. 

    Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!