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32 posts from June 2012

Fri 29

Tie-Dye Butterfly

The result of this technique reminds me of a tie-dye shirt from the past.  The basic idea has been showing up on lots of blogs lately, so I thought I would give it a try and pair it with the new Vivienne (98265) and Darla (98264) Butterfly dies. Here's how I started:

I gathered several water-based markers. I like the new Distress Markers from Tim Holtz. They really hold their color - even when spritzed with water - the colors stay vibrant.  Next, I took a 4x6 acrylic block and colored randomly all over the block with the markers. I spritzed the block with water, laid my paper down over it and rubbed gently, to absorb the marker colors. I let it dry a few minutes before die cutting the Darla butterfly. I cut the Vivienne Butterfly from navy shimmer paper for the overlay, and added the sentiment Just A Note combo (B1852) to finish the card.

I've used this idea in the past by putting color - whether markers, ink pads, or paints - onto my craft sheet and laying paper over it to get the color. For some reason, I found the acrylic block gave me a different look. You will get varied outcomes based on the paper you use, the amount of water used, and the markers you choose. SO, play around with it and find the look you like best.

Have a great weekend.



Thu 28

Butterfly Tag


A lovely tag made with the beautiful new Viola paper along with papers from previous collections. I had created the circle with the border awhile ago.  I pulled it out and  finished it off a quick and easy tag by adding two layers of butterflies a flower and a tag.

The butterflies (Tristan, Darla) are die cut from the papers and the edges sponged with purple dye ink.

The background is sponged with white acrylic paint. The little tag (Classic Tags) is die cut and stamped with the you are so sweet sentiment. The edges are sponged with the purple dye ink.

Add a little ribbon and a hole punch and you have a lovely tag to hand on a gift box or bag.

Have a sweet one!


Wed 27

Triple Thanks...Tickled Pink!


Hi - Jean Okimoto here, with another quick inky background card.  "Tickled Pink" is just a girlie way of saying "thank you, thank you, thank you" - but that would be way too long for the little sign!

Here's a link to an earlier post featuring this process  - I made a bunch of extra backgrounds so they'd be ready for days like this. It's my favorite, unpredictable, spritzy ColorBox Pigment Inkpad background technique.

Stamp the new Whisper Print Wildflower E1865 with Rose Coral, Orchid Pastel and Olive Pastel ColorBox Chalk Inkpads.  Trim the watercolor paper, round the top corners and ink the top and sides with Olive Pastel.  

Diecut the Woodrow Rosette 98250 strip and trim it to 5.5" x .75"  Stamp Tickled pink diagonally on Key Lime Gingham with Orchid Pastel.  

Trim it, round the corners and edge it with Olive Pastel.  Snip the tips off a toothpick and attach it to the back of the greeting.  Cut, score and fold a 5.5" square card of Peony Cardstock.  Assemble the card, using foam dots to attach the greeting.


Hope you're loving the new Whisper Prints as much as we are.  If you don't already have all four of the beautiful botanical prints - take advantage of Impress' great 15% OFF Online-Only Special (code:  Hello Summer) running thru till July 1, 2012.  It's a great time to shop for all of the Memory Box and Poppystamps products you need!


Tue 26

A Delicate Whisper

As you can probably tell, many of us on the MB Design Team REALLY like the new Whisper Print stamps that Dave has designed.   I'm no exception.   It was the first item from the new collection that I was drawn too.  Here's what I came up with featuring the Whisper Print Leaf and Whisper Print Geranium.

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  • Ink up Whisper Print Leaf stamp with Versamark and randomly stamp the front of Begonia Note Card.  Add clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Color Whisper Print Geranium using Distress Markers.  I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Barn Door on the bloom and added Wild Honey to center. On stem/leaves, I used Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.
  • You can either huff on the stamp or spritz the stamp with water 2-3 times (make sure you hold stamp level) then stamp onto white card stock.  You can do a second stamping right after the first to make another card!
  • Dry with heat gun then adhere to Licorice Mat and set aside.
  • I added some scrap ribbon and adhered it to the left side of the card front.  Then attached the image to the front of the card. 
  • Stamp sentiment in black ink onto small white card stock and adhere to Licorice cardstock then use pop up tape to attach to front of card.

Memory Box Supplies:  Begonia Note Card, Licorice paper, White Paper, Whisper Print Leaf G1862, Whisper Print Geranium G1864

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Mon 25

Puttin’ on The Glitter-Ritz

Hello from Sunny San Diego!

The weather has been soooo beautiful here this past week it has been hard to find time to time to craft.  Pat Holcomb, one our our teachers here at The Stamp Addict came up with this glittered butterfly card to teach in July!


Pat used Memory Box's Selena Buttlerfly (98159) and Marribelle Butterfly (98156) with her favorite micro fine glitters to create this stunning summertime butterfly.  For the background she used Memory Box's Birch Branch Print (G1720) and Drift Flowers (D1841) stamps. 

Pat will be teaching this as a Technique Tuesday (a 1 hour class costing $5) here at The Stamp Addict on July 10th.  Call 619-667-5060 for more details or to reserve your seat in the class!

Until then, enjoy these summer days!


Fri 22

Honey Blossoms

One of the first dies I played with from the new Summer collection was the Honey Blossom Sprig---isn't it delightful!


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This die is so versatile, it could be just perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy, get well...you name it...and it's easily adapted to someone's favorite color scheme...

I ran this die through my die cut machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, etc) several times using different patterned papers then selected parts from each paper die cut to layer the flowers.  The black background creates a striking contrast and this clean and simple card is finished in just minutes.  

Here's hoping the recipient's day is just a little brighter!  Hmmmm...a set of these cards would make a great gift wouldn't it!


#98333 Honey Blossom Sprig Die

B1853 Wishing You Combo Stamp


Happy Friday! 


Thu 21

A Special Birthday


A special birthday card using the striking color combination of yellow and gray.


  1. Die cut two strips of white cardstock using the Tessatina Border Die. (Keep the pieces that fall out of the center of the die.
  2. Cut a piece of the dots - squash paper. Sponge with white acrylic paint.
  3. Die cut Flutter Vine (3) from white cardstock.  Sponge with yellow dye ink. Stamp over with Vintage Record Sheet using gray ink. Sponge edges with gray dye ink.
  4. Take Tattered Angels Frame. Paint with white acrylic paint. Sponge with gray dye ink after dry.
  5. Die cut Vivienne butterfly from white cardstock. Sponge with dark gray ink.
  6. Spritz seam binding with yellow glimmer mist.
  7. Stamp sentiment (Something Special) using gray ink on yellow paper.
  8. Cut border in half and to fit onto front of cardbase.
  9. Attach pattern paper to card base.
  10. Attach half of tessatina border to bottom edge of card. Attach middle pieces of die back into the cnter of border. trim off excess.
  11. Attach border to top half of paper and repeat process of adding center pieces back to the border.
  12. Cut white cardstock to fit behind frame. Sponge with white acrylic paint. Stamp Vintage Record Sheet over white background using soft gray ink. Tie ribbon through frame. Attach cardstock back to frame. Attach Frame to cardfront.
  13. Accessorize. 

Have a great weekend!



Tue 19

Silver Anniversary



Twenty five years ago on one of the hottest days I can remember for May, my husband, George and I married. Both the wedding and the reception were outside, needless to say we were all sweating. The cold and bubbly champagne went down way to easy. 

Silver anniversary, wow!! Who knew?!!

Dave's serene bird #841 fit the bill for a special card to George. I die cut one bird out of silver glitter paper and then I turned the paper over and die cut a second bird. This way I had two silver birds facing each other. I mounted them on a piece of embossed card stock and punched a heart from distressed dots current #77893 and added some baker's twine and I had a special card for a special guy!!

So here's to you George and to another great 25 years!!





Mon 18

Combining Memory Box and PoppyStamps Dies

During today's class at Your Maine Stamper, we will be combining die cuts using Memory Box and PoppyStamps dies on each of the cards we create.  

Birch tree

  • Memory Box 98336 Tall Birch
  • PoppyStamps 840 Lorelai Leaf Outline

To make this simple card, die cut Memory Box 98336 Tall Birch from birch print paper.  I've had a stack of this really thin paper for a long time, but I've also made my own birch print paper by color copying scraps of birch bark I've found on the ground. (Please do not peel bark from living trees.) Adhere tree to a Memory Box Kraft notecard.

Overlay PoppyStamps 840 Lorelai Leaf Outline die cut from Grass Shimmer Memory Box paper.

This card is now ready for an appropriate sentiment and note inside.  Easy peasy!

Happy Paper Crafting!

Sun 17


Happy Father's Day!

Today's card puts the focus on the Viola collection of patterned papers! It's a simple design (my favorite kind) and can be changed to fit any occasion by switching out the sentiment. It's also a good way to use up scraps! (NOTE: I've seen this particular design idea about 50 times online, and I have no idea who came up with it first, so this is the best I can do to give the original designer credit for the idea!)


S U P P L I E S:

Paper: Memory Box card (water), Viola patterned papers; stamps: Memory Box Congratulations; Inks: VersaFine (Black Onyx); Fibers: ribbon (Offray); gems (Hero Arts) Tools: FIskers Upper Crest border punch  

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

  1. Border punch five or six patterned papers.
  2. Layer and adhere the papers to the card except for the top one.
  3. Wrap the top layer with ribbon and tie a bow before adhering to the card.
  4. Stamp sentiment. 
  5. Adhere gems.

Have a blessed day!