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33 posts from February 2016

Sun 28

Sparkling Butterflies
by your Lindsay


March is just around the corner, and with it will come Spring! I can't wait! For my card today, I brought out every aspect of Spring I could.


I started with a piece of white card stock, and using the Rylan Butterfly Stem, die cut it on the left hand side. I the took my Copic Markers, and colored the butterflies, as well as the stem. Taking a piece of thin card stock, I attached double sided adhesive, and placed it on the backside of the die cut panel. I then inlaid the frame, along with the colored butterflies. 


I then poured glitter over the open areas, and stamped my sentiment, from the Thoughtful Bunny set, in black ink. Before I adhered it to my card base, I ran the edges along my Versamark pad, and heat embossed a shimmery yellow embossing powder.


I then took a piece of foam, glued it to the back of my panel, and added that to my card base. I finished it off with a few black pearls. 

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope its crafty!


Sun 28

Happy, happy!
by Penny


Hi Memory Box fans. Penny here today with my most favorite color combo. Love, love, love Lime Green and Navy!!!!

Easy peasy to put together and makes a great "manly" card. The tag is really quite simple to make as Memory Box has virtually done the work for you.


For the card I used a White base and started building from there with Navy and then an embossed Lime card stock. Die cut the Paintbrush Happy from Navy and the Breezy Waves from all three card stock colors. Add to card as shown and finish with a stamped sentiment from the Birthday Bunnies set and a few sparkling sequins.


For the tag I die cut the Stitched Happy Birthday Rectangle from White card stock, then colored the separate areas with Copic markers. Make shaker from a page protector and We R Memories Fuse tool. (Don't forget to add Shaker filler before closing...ask me how I know?!? ) Adhere to back of the Stitched Happy Birthday Rectangle.


Die cut the smallest of the Stitched Octagon Layers, color and fold in half and attach to the shaker. Punch hole and add matching ribbons.


So...what is your favorite color combo? We would love to see what you are creating with the Stitched Happy Birthday Rectangle on our Facebook page.


Happy Crafting,




Sat 27

Happy Easter
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

I have another Easter card today using the left over "Easter" die cut from my last post.  This is a great way to use your extra pieces from a previous die cut instead of throwing them away.

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To create this card, spatter a Kraft card base with gold and white ink.  From scrap paper cut two banners and adhere these to the left side of the card.  Glue the word "Easter" to the bottom right of your card base.  Stamp the word "Happy" with black ink over the Easter.  Die cut the egg from white cardstock.  For the egg outline,  sponge gold ink over it and glue it to the card.  Spatter the solid egg shape with gold ink and glue inside the egg outline.  Cut the chick from black cardstock and sponge the edges with gold ink.  Tie a bow with twine and glue that to the middle of the egg.   Using foam adhesive adhere the chick over the twine.  Embellish with a little bling.  


I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by.


Fri 26

Springtime Bunnies Shaped Card
by Melissa Rusk

I hope you are having a fabulous Friday! I have a fun, shaped Easter card to share with you all this afternoon.



First, I die cut two of the largest oval from the Studio Oval Layers set for the base of my card. Then I stamped the eggs from the super cute Springtime Bunnies stamp set to create my background. I stamped the three largest eggs first and then filled in the empty spaces with the smaller eggs. Using my Copic markers to color in the eggs.



Die cut another small oval in white to stamp the bunny and color him in. Lastly, I die cut the Grosgrain Ribbon from pink card stock (I also cut a larger pink oval) and stamped Happy Easter before gluing it to the card. To put the card together, score the front of the card at 1/2 inch from the top and glue that 1/2 section to the second large oval you cut out. Then you have a shaped card with plenty of room for an Easter message on the inside.

Happy weekend everyone!





Fri 26

Bunny Bag
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

  Today I'm sharing a different approach to the traditional easter basket ---this "Bunny Bag" is a gift to my grandkids and friends this year.  It's the perfect packaging for my usual batch of "Bunny Bait".  Ever heard of it?  I'll include the recipe below.  

  I created the Easter scene by die cutting the pieces from felt then hand stitching around the edges and leaves.  I left the top of the pink zig-zag layer open so a name tag or small gift could be tucked inside.  Bunny Bag

Once complete, I used double sided tape to attach the felt egg to the paper bag, tied a bow to the handle and added another felt flower.  If the bag doesn't hold up under heavy use (hunting eggs) then the felt egg can be removed and saved.  A bunch of candy eggs or a chocolate bunny will fit perfectly inside (I know, I tried it out). 

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But I know the kids will be looking for their favorite treat...."Bunny Bait" and here's the recipe, as promised:

Bunny Bait


1 bag popcorn, popped (I used Tender White)
6 oz. white chocolate candy coating
1 bag Easter M&Ms
pretzel sticks, broken into small pieces
colorful sprinkles, if desired

Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl with the broken up pretzels and M&Ms. Heat the candy coating in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until melted and smooth.

Drizzle the candy coating over the popcorn mixture and stir to coat. The pretzels and M&Ms will sink to the bottom, so make sure to get those stirred in and coated with the rest of the popcorn.

Spread out on a large piece of wax paper, top with a few sprinkles (if desired) and let cool. Break into pieces and serve in a large bowl.



 It's always nice to create a special handmade bag or container for any treat or occasion---I hope they like this one!

As always, thank you for stopping by today--hope you try out the dies and felt together.

 Happy Friday!Jennysig

Thu 25

Daisies and Butterflies
By Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! Hope your week is going wonderfully! My card today features one of my favorite dies, Sketch Daisy, from the latest release. I have made so many cards using this die and all of its parts! 

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I started with a white piece of card stock cut 5" x 3.75".  Using the "smooshing" technique, I used Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a very tiny bit of Scattered Straw here and there for the background. If you haven't "smooshed", there are a number of You Tube videos that show how this technique works! I love it because this kind of background can be created in less than a minute!

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I cut three of the Sketch Daisy from white card stock, and used the negative space as a stencil. I laid the daisies out first to see where I wanted to place them, then used this as a guide for the daisy backgrounds. I positioned the stencil under the flower, removed the die cut, and sponged first with Hickory Smoke. After offsetting the stencil, I sponged Stampin' Up Berry Bliss, offset once again, and lightly sponged another layer of Berry Bliss. I did this for each flower. I slightly curved the leaves and flower of the full die cut flowers, and glued down just the stems, placing them so that the flowers were directly over the sponged daisies, giving it a dimensional look.

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I stamped the "Time to Appreciate" cling stamp onto the piece in the upper left corner.  I cut one set of butterflies from the Mini Butterflies die, sponging some with Berry Bliss and others with Hickory Smoke, and placed them as shown.  I added a little bling before adhering this piece to the A2 card base with foam tape.  Using different sentiments, I think this card would work for just about any occasion. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Wed 24

Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame and the Starlit Breeze
by Jean Okimoto


Let the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame and Starlit Breeze come to  the rescue when you need a quick card!  Amidst the sweet prettiness of Easter and spring cards I almost forget about The Husband's birthday tomorrow.  

Thank goodness the Memory Box collection of dies includes some great designs for the guys.  I love how quickly this worked out - and it would be great in just about any color combination.

Cut Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from purple cardstock.  Cut the Stitched Circle Layers background from yellow-green cardstock.  Attach turquoise duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and diecut Starlit Breeze.  It's as easy as cutting plain cardstock and adds shiny texture to any design.  

Cut the two stars - included with the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame - from mirror cardstock.  Cut the smallest Stitched Star Layers star from mirror cardstock too.  Attach everything to a 5-½" square card of green cardstock - use foam dots for the silver stars.  No sequins here!


That's it - a guy's card in record time!

Thanks for stopping by this evening.  Please join us again tomorrow - Sherry Hester has another great design for you!




Wed 24

Stitched Tulips and Springtime Bunnies
by Jean Okimoto


Here's someone - from the Springtime Bunnies set - who's been patiently awaiting the arrival of Spring.  The Stitched Tulips behind him help welcome the new season in a burst of glitter.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with some last-minute pink inspiration for our February Think Pink Challenge.  


Spritz watercolor paper lightly with water.  Spritz it with Pear Tart, Tangelo and Lilac Posies Fireworks!  Let the colors blend and air-dry for a few minutes, then spritz it with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Set it aside to dry while you stamp and diecut.

Stamp the bunny from the Springtime Bunnies Clear Stamp Set on watertcolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss "happy spring" from the set too.  Color the bunny's ears and nose with pink Peerless Watercolors.

Cut the bunny with the matching die from the Springtime Bunnies Dies Set.  Cut the watercolored background and greeting strip  with  Stitched Rectangle Layers.  Use the inner edge of larger rectangle dies to trim off the excess cardstock.   Cut two sets of tulips from peach glittered cardstock.  Attach a tiny pompom for the bunny's tail.


Cut a strip of green cardstock and attach it behind the watercolored rectangle.  Attach everything to a pink notecard.  Attach clear pink sequins.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening.






Tue 23

Happy Easter Card
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy Easter card for you.  

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To create the background for the card, I sponged ripe persimmon and picked raspberry distress inks onto white cardstock.  Mist lightly with water to blend the colors.  Once this is dry, adhere the prepared cardstock to a white card base.  Die cut the Grand Happy Easter from white cardstock,  and glue it to the prepared card front.  I cut the chick from white cardstock using the Chick and Egg die. Color the chick using squeezed lemonade and ripe persimmon distress inks. 


Adhere the chick to the card front with foam adhesive.  To finish the card, embellish with sequins.

Easter will be here before you know it!  Thanks for stopping by today.


Mon 22

"Happy Easter" Egg Pockets
by Anne Thompson

I've been eager to start on Easter projects and to sew the PLUSH EASTER EGG POCKET die no. 99393.  The picture on the envelope shows it done up in lovely pastel felt.  Almost all of my felt is Christmas red and green with the exception of one piece of pink with white polka dots and a few small scraps of purple and dark green left from a project completed long long ago.  I die cut it with what I had and sewed it up with white perle cotton thread, sewing on some purple flowers with green leaves that also cut with the same die.


I then die cut the HAPPY EASTER EGG die no. 99342 from purple cardstock, glued it onto white cardstock and cut around the outside egg edge.  I punched a hole in the top and tied on a pretty ribbon and the popped it into the pocket.  Cute!!! 


At every holiday I make a dozen or more gift containers of one kind or another and tuck in treats for some elderly folks in our community.  I thought these egg pockets would be perfect.  Without much appropriately colored felt on hand,  I turned to my paper stash.  I have a lot of MEMORY BOX VIOLET DISTRESSED DOTS paper so I die cut 24 of the eggs and 12 of their cracked egg pockets.  IMG_2550

For a half dozen of  these pocket eggs, I die cut the HAPPY EASTER EGG from white cardstock that I had mounted to sticky sheets so I could just peel-and-stick them to the violet dotted eggs before assembling them.  They sewed up really quickly, much faster than the felt one actually.  I put two of the eggs back-to-back (right sides out) and centered a cracked egg on the bottom front egg.  Using a large-eyed needle and perle cotton (you could use embroidery thread, yarn, or string), I used a simple running stitch, going around the egg twice so that the spaces between every hole were filled.  (There are lots of stitching You Tube videos if you aren't sure how to stitch these things together.  I particularly like Jennifer McGuire's for both the Christmas and Easter/spring projects.  She even shows you how to stitch these pocket eggs!)  All I have to do now is trim off the extra threads on the back of each one.  (I tied my beginning thread tail and my ending one together on the back when I finished stitching.)  And then I need to find the perfect something to tuck into each pocket.  For several people I may just tuck a note into the pocket and use the egg as a tag to attach to a larger present.

Don't be afraid to sew paper!  The punched holes make this a cinch no matter what kind of stitches you use to hold the pieces together.

Happy Crafting!

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