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32 posts from February 2017

Tue 28

Windswept and Magnificent Mum
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning everyone!  I have another card from a class earlier this month at Simple Pleasures Stamp and Scrapbooking.


The card base was stamped with a large background stamp in a light yellow.  The strip of decorative paper was matted with dark brown paper and adhered to the card base.  The magnificient mum die was layered on top of the Windswept Stems to fill in more of the space on the panel.


The Magnificent mum background was cut from yellow Bo Bunny paper to add additional color to the mums.  Stamp your favorite sentiment and voila, a card ready to go.  This card also lends itself to a masculine card.  Change up the background stamp to a masculine stamp, add a couple of more windswept stems instead of a mum and you have a perfect masculine card.

Thanks for swinging by a visit.  Hope rest of your week is wonderful!



Mon 27

by Sherry Hester

Good morning all! Spring is on its way, and today's card is just that, Springy, using one of the latest dies from the Floral Harmony collection. I've been itching to play with this one, and play I did! I won't lie ... this one was a little more labor intensive than a lot of my cards, and because it's so 3-D, it's one that I would recommend handing to a recipient rather than mailing it. 

Imagine - 1

I created a top folding green A2 card base. I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75", sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Distressed Grid stencil, and then splattered on some Black Soot Distress Ink. You might notice on the picture below that it looks like two pieces of card stock were used ... and you'd be right, but it wasn't my original plan. I had first mounted this piece to a white card base, but it looked too plain, so since it was already glued down ... and I didn't want to start over on this piece ... I had to cut off the borders to size it down before adhering it with foam tape to the green card base.

Imagine - 2a

I next cut another piece of white card stock to 2.5" x 3.5", and sponged on Peeled Paint, keeping it lighter on the right side and intensifying it on the left. I cut two of the full Antilles Floral Bouquet die, and snipped off the flowers and leaves from one of them. I then made two more cuts of only the flowers, which is easily done by sandwiching just the flowers between the cutting plates instead of the entire die.  I used a Forest Moss marker to color the stems, and water colored Peeled Paint onto the leaves of the full bouquet cut, as well as the three leaves snipped from the other full bouquet. I then adhered thee leaves over the corresponding leaves of the first full die cut for dimension. 

I inked an acrylic block with Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade, spritzed with water, and used a paint brush to pick up the color and apply it to all of the flowers. I kind of "plopped" on the color rather than painting it on solidly. I used only a little of the Squeezed Lemonade, and added more of the Dried Marigold.  I next sprayed some water onto the backs of the loose flowers, and used the narrow end of a stylus on a foam pad to distress each petal. Using a wider end of a stylus, I depressed the centers, then turned each one over and depressed again, this time more firmly, to cause the flowers to cup up nicely. While still damp, I squeezed the petals of the flowers for added shape, then let them all dry.

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I then layered two of the loose flowers to each of the base flowers, offsetting each layer. I also colored the little "star" and circle buds on the stem with Dried Marigold. Once this was done, I added some black gems to the flower centers, and then adhered the entire assembled bouquet to the right side of the sponged piece. I die cut the Sketchbook Imagine from black card stock and adhered it along the left side of this piece, as shown. This was then adhered to the card front with foam tape. I decided to add another two-layered flower to the bottom o f the piece as shown.

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I honestly had so  much fun making these little flowers. If you  haven't done this before, you'll see what I mean when you give it a try. It's not easy to stop! As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!!!



Sun 26

Happy Easter
by Penny Ward


Hello friends.... Penny here today with a die cut frame sitting on top of paper that has been airbrushed. Easter is just around the corner...better hop to it! 

It just doesn't get any easier!!!!

Follow along with me:


Start with a 4.25 x 5.50 inch White cardstock panel. Spritz it with an eBrush and Copic markers. (This would also be beautiful with liquid sprays you might have on hand).



Die cut the Easter Eggstravagaza Frame from White cardstock. Die cut Grand Happy Easter from White and Black cardstocks.

Slightly offset the black and white "happy" and glue together. Trim away all excess cardstock. Adhere this panel to to eBrushed card base.

Adhere two tiny strips of Black cardstock across the letters and bottom of card.



Adhere the Easter Eggstravaganza Frame to top portion of card, trimming just below the eggs as shown.

eBrush the cut off section and adhere to White cardstock, trim to make a bookmark/tag.


It's a twofer with one diecut...LOVE it!


Happy Crafting,


Sat 25

Upcoming Memory Box Classes

Save the date if you are near Orange, CA.  Memory Box designer Jenny Griffiths will be teaching two classes at Stamp Fever on April 1st.  Her Spring-themed classes use many of the latest release of dies and stamps.



Or, are you near Seattle?  How about some classes from Memory Box designer Jean Okimoto?  She will be teaching at Impress in Tukwila, WA – 120 Andover Park East – Phone  206 901.9101

HEY THANKS!  Sat, Mar 4     10:30am-12:30pm

Great dies, stamps, inks & Jean’s techniques create 6 cool, colorful thank you cards.   Enjoy the wonderful products featured at Impress and create a stash of cards to express your appreciation.  Saying “thanks” has never been easier  - or more creative!  Please bring a waterbrush, small paper trimmer and adhesives.  $35


SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE  Sat, Mar 18    10:30am-12:30pm

Celebrate our great city and welcome Spring with pretty cards and fresh colors!  Perky umbrellas, glossy rainboots, local icons, bunnies and blossoms add up to unique greetings to celebrate Easter and the new season.  Make 5 cards - and wrap a sweet little Easter treat.  Please bring a waterbrush, small paper trimmer and adhesives. $35


ASIAN DESIGN…SIMPLY STATED  Sat, March 25  1:00pm-3:00pm

Cool classy and unique…Jean’s cards are easy to spot and designed to get the most from your stash and wishlist.  Beautiful silkscreened artpapers and Asian-inspired dies – including new designs from Memory Box and Poppystamps – add artsy elegance, texture and dimension to 7 great greetings.  Please bring a waterbrush, small paper trimmer and adhesives. $39


Fri 24

Pastel Easter Cards
by Dave Brethauer

Welcome! I am excited to share a video with you today featuring some delightful pastel Easter cards. Adding color to a background with a sponging technique is one of my favorite papercrafting techniques and so it was easy to come up with a variety of projects to share.



In the video I show you two different ways to use the Easter Eggstravaganza Frame by simply changing the areas where color is applied. I spent a lot of time designing this particular frame - making sure that there were plenty of intricate details for cutting and embossing. The easy sponging technique takes it to a new level and the projects turn out stunning!


The frame embosses nicely - simply send the frame through the machine with cardstock, then put your embossing pad on the die (leave the die cut in the die) and run it through again. All of those little flowers and details emboss and create a terrific effect. I even added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops in a soft shade of pink called Rosewater to complete the pastel look!


I switched things up with the alternative card in the video - this time covering the sponged areas with the frame, but the color peeks through, revealing a rainbow of gorgeous pastel shades. It was fun to discover that even if my sponging wasn't perfect, the frame hid the imperfections because you were only seeing bits of the color popping through. You will love the result!

The Happy Easter die is the same on both - but you will notice that on one of the cards I stacked and glued the words, so that they really stand out (and included a few tips in the video for doing this).


The Pristine Egg from Memory Box is designed to be used with the Half a Dozen Eggs set from our Open Studio line and I created a project that made it look as if the egg was dipped and decorated for Easter. Any pastel colors will work so I have chosen inks in soft blue, pink, violet and yellow for my palette. And those tiny clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh are the perfect addition!

I've created a frame for the egg using the Tag You're It set - one of our older designs, but one that I use a lot because it is such a good basic.Stills--8

Speaking of tags - why not use the eggs as a tag? I got carried away making my pastel paper eggs and before I knew it I had created more than I needed. So I got out one of our Clear Stamp Sets - CL425 Cupcake Party from poppystamps - and embellished them with a bunny from the set. These are super quick and you'll have a nice stash of gift tags on hand for spring!


And just when I thought I was finished, I decided to play with the Happy Easter Egg and Stitched Egg Medley from poppystamps - the combination of shimmer from a clear Wink of Stella pen along with the pastel inks led me to this card. I stacked up the Happy Easter egg die cuts to create a thick focal point on the card and then had fun "decorating" with my little eggs! For the background I combined two Fresh Ink colors, Chamomile and Celery, with Distress Ink Spun Sugar (a great combination for springtime!) - just add these colors to a background piece (I used the Pinpoint Rectangle set for the layer - and the pinpoints create fun detail along the edge). Isn't that shimmer on the egg wonderful? As a bonus, the Happy Easter Egg coordinates with the Half a Dozen Eggs set from Open Studio! Check out the video for all of the details.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Please check your favorite local craft stores for Memory Box and Poppystamps products - some items are linked in the description of the video!

Fri 24

Best of Luck
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday friends! Today I have a fun card for St. Patrick's Day or just to send to someone who could use some good luck wishes. Let's get started.


For this card I started by making a fun splatter background using the metallic watercolor set that you can find in the Birch Press shop. They are so fun to play with. I painted some on the background and then I loaded my brush up with watercolor to create the splatters.


I die cut the Pot of Gold in black and gold and used foam tape to glue it to the card. Then I die cut the best of luck in black and attached it to the card. To add just a bit more gold I finished the card off with some sequins. 

Thanks for stopping by I hope your weekend is filled with lots of good luck!




Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom with the Morning Garden Butterflies
by Jean Okimoto


 Wondering what the other designs from the Morning Garden Butterflies look like?  Here they are - with their matching Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with more butterflies from my stash of Kaleidacolor-ed watercolor papers.

I like being able to really, really use my all of my supplies and help you do the same.  Let's  see what we can do with the three other butterflies (six in total) from these two great die sets.  


Cut the three Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds from watercolored paper.  Cut the detailed matching Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock.  Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from aqua glittered cardstock.  Assemble the butterflies - attach the overlay just along the center so they'll lift and flutter upwards.

Cut a 2-½" square of watercolored paper with the Square Basics die.  

If your cardstock is heavily-textured, place a side-folded 5-½" x 4-⅛" card between two sheets of printer paper and run it through your diecut machine with the cutting plates to smooth it out a bit for stamping.   The card is a bit shorter than the usual 4-¼" to let the butterfly's wing extend beyond the edge  - but have the card fit into a standard A-2 envelope.  Details, details!

Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom set with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card and add medium and small clear iridescent sequins.

Love butterflies - but just can't decide which Memory Box butterflies to buy?  The Morning Garden Butterflies and Butterfly Ensemble sets are the perfect choice.  Mix, match and layer these great designs for beautiful cards for any occasion!


Save the date - Saturday, February 25th is Memory Box Catalog Day at Impress!  New catalogs are arriving and will be free with your Memory Box purchase while supplies last.  Enjoy 10% off all Memory Box and Poppystamps dies too!  

Thanks for visiting.  See you again next week - or at the HEY THANKS class at Impress on Saturday March 4th.




Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto



A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.


I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.


Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!


Wed 22

Thinking of You
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Wednesday! 

I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, using the Backyard Tree die. Spring is looking like it's right around the corner where I live, and the thought of buds on the tree sounds lovely to me! 


I began with a panel of water color paper, and embossed one of the layering circles from the Pinpoint Circle Layers set. You will have to check how your particular die cut machine does dry embossing! After the circle was impressed, I applied blue ink in a circle motion. 


To create the tree, I die cut it twice from water color paper, and left it in the cardstock. I then applied brown ink to one, and green to the other. I then began the process of adhering the green leaves to the brown die cut tree. It took forever, no lie. BUT, I figured it was therapy and I wasn't doing dishes. ;0) The best tip I have is be patient, turn on some music, get your tweezers, and a sticky tool to help pick up the little pieces. Once it was complete, I adhered it to the center of the panel with foam tape, and stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things to Love stamp set. I then adhered a few clear embellishments, and popped it up onto a Kraft card.


Thank you so much for stopping by! So, what is the most tedious card you've created? How long did it take you? I would love to know! 



Tue 21

Dragonfly and Antilles
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your long weekend was a good one and found time to play in your craft place.  We had a wonderful Memory Box class last week at Simple Pleasures Stamp and Scrapbooking classes.  This is one of the cards everyone made!


I love the new Color Burst colors especially Cerulean Blue.  I decided to use the Color Burst as a watercolor "paint" for today's card.  Mix the Cerulean Blue with water so the crystals are dissolved.  I also mixed the Chartreuse in a different palette until the crystals were dissolved.  Wet the paper to create a wet on wet technique.  Randomly brush the colors on the paper and spritz lightly with water to have the colors run in a random pattern!  Makes for a fast and easy watercolored design to die cut.


I die cut the small Antilles Florals right corner from the watercolored paper and adhered into the right corner of the white paper cut from the Stitched Rectangle frame.  The Dragonfly was cut from the same sheet of watercolored paper.  Fun and easy card to put together with wonderfully bright spring colors!

Thanks for swinging by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fabulous