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16 posts from November 2012

Fri 30

Holiday Tags

Here are two tags we created for a multi-store event happening here in San Diego this weekend. This first one uses the stamps Snow Day (B1378) and Snowy Pine Landscape (F1900) plus the dies DISTRESSED TAG (98244) and Beaded Snowflake (98396). We cut the base tag out of a dark blue cardstock then stamped the Snowy Pine Landscape in ColorBox Frost White ink at the bottom of the tag, filling in the unstamped area below the trees with our white ink. Then we embossed it with our Turquoise Irridescent Super Sparkle Embossing powder. Next we took the Snow Day stamp and stamped in the Frost white the words then used the 3 snowflakes on the side of the stamp randomly on the rest of the tag front and on the back. Before attaching the snowflake to the card we also embossed it with the Turquoise Irridescent Super Sparkle Embossing powder to give it some extra shimmer and bling...hard to see in the photo but it looks great in person! We added a fun frilly white ribbon and voila! A great holiday tag!


For the 2nd tag we used the Memory Box To and From (B1826) stamp and the Penne Frame (98387) Die on a cut out rectangle of decorative Christmas paper with a fancy corner punch used to dress it up! Add a few Bling gems and some red and white twine and you have a wonderful tag to put on any present you are giving this year!


I hope you enjoy making the tags as much as I did, we will be making them all weekend here at The Stamp Addict in San Diego!


Thu 29

Silver Birches


A pair of Tall Birch 98336 diecuts in silver mirror cardstock - and a glittered Perched Reedbird 98160 - create a simple holiday card in just a few minutes.  Heaven Sings B1385 seems like the perfect greeting for this wintry forest scene.

Pine and Fireberry ColorBox Archival Dye Inkpads provide the perfect colors for this design.


Combine your Memory Box dies, stamps and cardstock and make a bunch of these cards.  If your Christmas cards are signed, sealed and sent - use Distressed Garden Record G1848 for the background and add a thank-you message instead.


If you like birds and trees in Christmasy scenes - here's an InKollage card featuring more great Memory Box dies, stamps and papers -   http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/inkollage/2012/11/santa-bird.html.




Mon 26

Pink Polar Bear Pretties

Did y'all have a happy Thanksgiving?

Now that the Christmas season is officially upon us, I wanted to share a card and tag combo that are quick and easy to make. If you prefer more traditional color combinations, switching out is a cinch! I made the card a few weeks before I made the tag, and I'm planning on adding a few snowflakes for the extra umph!


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  1. Stamp Snowy Pine Landscape (F1900) and Simply Wonderful (B1870) on Water cardstock panel; mat with Licorice cardstock and adhere to Currant card. 
  2. Stamp Fredward Bear (D1833) on white cardstock and cut with matching die (D98235).  
  3. Use brush end of a black marker to ink outer edges and color outline space around Fredward. 
  4. Stamp Fredward Bear (D1833) on pink plaid patterned paper from Pixie collection, and cut out scarf.
  5. Use brush end of a black marker to ink outer edges of scarf.
  6. Adhere scarf to Fredward with pop-dots.
  7. Adhere Frewdard to card with pop-dots.  


Inking the edge of your die-cut images with a black marker brush makes for a cleaner and more finished look. Make sure the BACK of the image is facing the marker brush. This way, if your hand slips and the marker strays off the edge and onto the die cut, it will not mar the side that is stamped. 


(All products are from Memory Box unless otherwise noted.) Cardstock: Currant, Licorice, Water, White; Patterned Paper: Pixie 6x6; Stamps: Fredward Bear (D1833), Simply Wonderful (B1870), Snowy Pine Landscape (F1900); Dies: Fredward Bear (D98235); Ink: Tuxedo Black pad and marker (Memento), Adhesives: pop-dots   


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  1. Die cut Water cardstock with Distressed Tag (98244).  
  2. Stamp Snowy Pine Landscape (F1900) and Stamp To and From (B1826) on tag; adhere to Currant cardstock and trim to about a 1/4" border.
  3. Follow Steps 2-7 above.
  4. Die cut snowflakes from white cardstock using Retro Border (98170) or Crystalline Border (98179).
  5. Dot snowflakes with Diamond Stickles and let dry.
  6. Adhere snowflakes to tag.
  7. Adhere pink studs to center of snowflakes.
  8. Punch hole in center of tag and thread with black ribbon.  


If you can't find metal studs that match your cardstock, color silver studs with Copics or Sharpies. Coat them with Glossy Accents if you want some extra shine! 


(All products are from Memory Box unless otherwise noted.) Cardstock: Currant, Licorice, Water, White; Patterned Paper: Pixie 6x6; Stamps: Fredward Bear (D1833), Snowy Pine Landscape (F1900), To and From (B1826); Dies: Distressed Tag (98244), Fredward Bear (D98235), Retro Border (98170); Ink: Tuxedo Black pad and marker (Memento); Accents: metal studs (Mark Richards); Adhesives: Diamond Stickles, Glossy Accents, pop-dots   

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Sun 25

Winter Tree

Winter treesHello Everyone!

I hope you all had a very nice Thanksgiving. Now that the Christmas season has officially begun, I have a quick and easy card that is perfect for the holidays.

Memory Box supplies used:

  1. Debutante Frame Die #98297
  2. Flowering Winterberry Die #98391
  3. Simply Wonderful Stamp # B1870
  4. Mail Definitions Background Stamp #G1839
  5. Eggshell and Vanilla Bean Cardstock


  • Using the Debutante Frame die, cut two frames from Eggshell cardstock.
  • Using the Flowering Winterberry die, cut branch from Vanilla Bean cardstock.
  • Stamp one of the frames with the Mail Definitions Background. Tear two pieces from the bottom of the stamped frame for the ground area.
  • Punch a 1" circle to use as a mask for the moon.  Place in the right hand corner and ink the die cut. (I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink.) Remove mask and Glue Branch in place.
  • Ink the torn pieces and glue to bottom of the frame. 
  • Stamp sentiment with black ink. 
  • Glue red rhinestones to the branches and add snow dots with a white pen.
  • Glue die cut layer to an Eggshell Note Card.

Enjoy the Holiday Season!!


Fri 23

Sparkly Holiday Ornament

I just can't resist glitter--and lots of it, especially during the holidays.  So with 3 beautifull Memory Box dies, one stamp and a little glitter, here are the results...

Sparkly Holiday Ornament


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To create the colored glitter holly leaves:

  1. Apply one side of the sticky sheet to white card stock (2" x 2 1/2"); partially peel back liner on remaining side of sticky sheet and stamp holly image directly onto sticky surface using Staz-On ink.  Sounds crazy I know, trust me. 


2.  Holding onto the attached liner, dip stamped sticky portion into microfine highlight glitter.  By partially peeling back the liner you still have an area to handle the card without touching the sticky paper with your fingers--smart. Once the glitter covers the sticky portion, remove the liner completely and dip again covering the entire card with glitter.  

 Rub the glitter firmly to burnish it into the adhesive. This makes the glitter super sparkly and keeps any loose glitter from shedding.

3. Align the holly die cut with the stamped image (use registration points on die) and cut the holly out.

4. Use your favorite markers to color the holly right on top of the glitter!  It takes a little while to dry so be careful not to smear the ink.

 Set holly piece aside and create the ornament:

  1. Place Sook Wang tape onto a 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" scrap of white cardstock. Place the Drop Ornament die onto the card stock side (not the release paper side) and run it through your die cut machine. Remove the cut piece, peel off the liner and dip the sticky side into gold glitter.  Burnish the glitter.
  2. Cut the Emma Ornament from a second piece of white card stock (using a metal shim helps cut all the fine details easily).
  3. Use a fine tip glue bottle to carefully apply dots of glue onto the reverse side of the Emma ornament and adhere onto the glittered ornament.  
  4. Add small gold pearls to snowflakes, attach the glittered holly leaves then add a green silk bow.  

Attach (use foam dots to elevate) the beautiful ornament to your card layered with gold metallic and red suede paper.

When working with  glitter, if you don't end up wearing some of it...then you're not doing it right! (just kidding)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have many things to be thankful for...here are two of mine...

As a mother and grandmother I am so blessed~

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Thu 22

Happy Thanksgiving!

  Thanksgiving poem pocket

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Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

This is an impromptu post…I just wanted to wish you ALL, a very “Happy Thanksgiving”…I am grateful for this magnificent “hobby” of us and for all of you out there reading and following these posts…keep on crafting and be always grateful for all what you have…

The card that I am sharing today, was a card that we did at a class and can hold inside that “Zipper” pocket a little thanksgiving poem or a menu or something that you would like to say…(not shown in picture)

One of the poems says:

"The funny thing about Thanksgiving, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching. Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it takes four hours to clean it up.  ~Ted Allen"

I am including other ones for you to print here… Download Poems Thanksgiving

And may this day be full of good things…

Thank You!


Mon 19

Simple pleasures...

Don't you just LOVE this tree!  I really like how the Signo white pen on the berries makes them pop against the brown and look three-dimensional.  


  • Memory Box stamp JOY Outline A1379
  • Memory Box stamp Berry Tree F1890
  • PoppyStamps die Sitting Cat 860
  • Distress Ink Gathering Twigs
  • Distress Marker Antique Linen
  • Signo White gel pen
  • Neenah Desert Storm and scrap of black cardstocks
  • Memory Box Chestnut note card

When I found this sentiment, I knew I had to create a scene for the inside of the card.  How perfect that the die cut cat on the front has become the stamped cat by the chair!

  • Memory Box stamp Cat and Lamp D1268
  • Memory Box stamp Cozy Chair D1184
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Distress Markers Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Faded Jeans
  • Memory Box Moroccan Vanilla Bean
  • black fine point pen for handwritten sentiment

This may be the holiday card I send to book-loving friends this year.  It could also be  a card that I send any time throughout the year.  I've made several, changing up the Memory Box papers on the chairs and the colors of the lampshades and tea cups.  

Happy Crafting!

Thu 15

Tiny Cottage

Snowy cottage
Hi everyone,

I hope you are all getting ready for the holidays.  I have a card to help get you started on your Christmas cards.


  • Ink the Tiny Cottage stamp with black ink and stamp on Eggshell cardstock.  Stamp the tiny cottage on a post-it-note and cut the image to use as a mask. Place mask over image and ink the Snowy Pine Landscape with green ink.  Stamp image over the cottage.  Remove mask.
  • Punch a 3/4" circle from another post-it-note and place in sky area.  Ink edges and sky area of image with Vintage Photo Ink.  Remove mask and stamp Reindeer Run with black ink.
  • Color image as desired.
  • Apply Liquid Applique' to cottage roof and hills.  Sprinkle with glitter. Heat set.
  • Use a white pen to add snow dots.
  • Stamp Happy Holidays on Dill cardstock layer.
  • Mount image on a Crimson cardstock layer
  • Glue a paper napkin to cardstock and cut a 1 1/2" wide strip. Layer that on piece of Crimson cardstock.
  • Adhere layers to a Kraft note card
  • Ink as edges with Vintage Photo Ink.
  • Glue a bow on the top left hand corner of card.

Memory Box Products Used:

  1. Tiny Cottage Stamp #B1895
  2. Snowy Pine Landscape Stamp #F1900
  3. Happy Holidays Stamp B1115
  4. Dill Cardstock
  5. Crimson Cardstock
  6. Eggshell Cardstock
  7. Kraft Cardstock

Have a great day!


Wed 14

Trio of Ornaments


A big THANKS  to everyone who took my Memory Box and Asian Holiday Greetings classes at Impress over the weekend. Prepping for the classes was a die-cutting marthon because we have so many great dies to chose from!


Here's a combination of dies from the 2011 and 2012 Holiday Collections.  The four on the left - Classic Ornament 98211, Snowflake Ornament 98231 and the Crisp Bows Set 98197 are favorites from last year's release.  The delicate Star of Wonder Set 98167 is quickly becoming a new favorite this year.

The ColorBox Royal Purple Premium Dye Inkpad is a great match for the papers from the Viola Collection.  The collection recently sold out and is no longer in stock at Memory Box - but perhaps your favorite retailer (or your personal paper stash!) has some.



Tue 13

I Can't Decide....Colette, Emma, LaRue?!?!

Some of my favorite dies this year are the Ornaments. Let's see, there's the Drop Ornament...and then add on one of the beautiful patterned ornaments to go on top.  You can choose from Colette, Emma or LaRue...

Colette Ornament 98379       Emma Ornament 98411    LaRue Ornament 98377
How can you resist any of them??!!  I know I couldn't.  I had to buy all three.   Here's my card design and then I switched things up and made it with all three ornaments.  I really like the way it turned out.

Colette Ornament blog


  • Die cut Drop Ornament from Cranberry Distressed Dots paper
  • Die cut Collette, Emma, or LaRue Ornament from whitepaper.   Apply Versamark ink over the entire decorative ornament making sure have you the entire piece covered.  Then heat emoss with Holographic Embossing powder.  Run this through a Xyron machine.  Remove the sticker backing and attach it to the Drop Ornament. 
  • Die cut the Ornament top (attached to the Drop Ornament) from Licorice paper and attach to the top of the ornament.
  • Adhere Thistle Moroccan paper to the top portion of a Licorice mat.
  • Die cut a border from Cranberry Distressed Dots and add to lower section of Licorice mat.
  • I dyed a piece of seam binding ribbon using Distress Inks (Evergreen Bough and Brushed Corduroy).  Cut about a 6" piece of the ribbon and wrap around the Licorice paper to cover the seam between the border and the Thistle Moroccan paper.   Then attach this all to Cranberry Note Card.
  • Adhere a small piece of Poinsettia paper to Licorice paper and attach to card front.
  • Attach Ornament with foam tape
  • Make a bow out of remaining dyed ribbon and tie with a button/twine.  Attach to the front of your card with glue dot.

Thanks for stopping by today!