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27 posts from February 2018

Wed 28

Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Poppy Stitched Circle Frame celebrates friendship - and the approach of spring - in fresh  greens and purples.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple card for a special friend.  


Cut Poppy Stitched Circle Frame from green cardstock.  Cut a yellow-green background circle with a Circle Basics die - then cut the background into concentric circles.  

Press a Kaleidacolor Riviera inkpad onto an acrylic block to create a palette of inks.  Paint watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green, teal and purple.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut the poppy section and the additional layer - from the watercolored paper. Attach the watercolored poppy over the green poppy.  Attach a scrap of cardstock behind the poppy, then attach it to the background.  The piece of cardstock gives the poppy a bit of dimension without the thickness of a foam dot.

Cut Little Dragonflies from the watercolored paper.

Stamp a top-folded white A-2 card with the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - using the new VersaFine Warm Breeze inkpad.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add silver gem stickers.


Memory Box frame diecuts look great over contrasting or matching backgrounds.  They also  create quick and easy cards when layered directly over a contrasting card front.  Mix and match them with one of the "Basics" dies for a collage-y look with minimal effort.  Suspend them on a window card for an interactive greeting.  There are so many ways to use these great designs!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Hope you're enjoying our Asian classes - and the origami!    Special thanks also to Ann and Erin for helping everyone find the perfect stamps, inks and papers for their Spring and Easter projects.

No classes for me this weekend. It's time to  start prepping for the March 10 SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress.  We'll make 5 cards and a sweet little Easter candy holder - pretty colors, glitter and nature-inspired cards to welcome the new season! 

Thanks for stopping by...








Tue 27

Just a Note
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Spring is just round the corner and I can't help but think of all the pretty flowers, Easter and crisp air :) So, I decided to use some of the new spring theme products to create this fun and bright card.


I started with creating the cardbase. Here I sponged distress oxide inks and flick some water over it. Let dry. I then flicked some gold and pink mist.

Now I die-cut the Painted Flower Stems once using white cardstock and 2nd. time using an orange glitter paper. I then adhered the white piece onto the orange, slightly offset. Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto the cardbase and adhered the die-cut to the cardbase using 3D foam.

Here is a closeup to see the dimension.


Hope you enjoyed this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!







Mon 26

Sea you Soon
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Today's card is a reminder that beach days are soon to come.  


To create this card I die cut the new Underwater Sealife die in the center of a piece of white cardstock.  I used distress oxide inks to color the die cut and spattered the cardstock with distress ink.  I also die cut the Under the Sea Collage from white cardstock and used only the fish from that die cut.  I cut another piece of white cardstock the same size as the die cut card layer and sponged distress oxide inks on it.  I stamped the sentiment on the bottom right corner of the card front and then used foam tape to adhere it to the inked background. 


I glued the card front to a white cardstock mat, which was then adhered to a sky notecard.  To finish the card I glued a few epoxy embellishments to the front.


Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great week!





Sun 25

by Penny Ward



Hello, hello Memory Box friends.  We are still in February, so I went with Red and White, yet by changing the color scheme, this could be an anytime of the year card. The entire card was die cut which means it took no time at all to assemble.


As always, start with a White cardstock base.




Die cut the base of the Drifting Side Butterfly and the two of the Glorious Floral Stem from Red cardstock. 

Die cut the intricate wings of the Butterfly and the Glorious Floral Stem from White cardstock.




Assemble card as shown using Red and White cardstock layers. Wrap twine (or not). Snip a couple of the Red Floral Stems and add to card with foam adhesive.

Die cut Calligraphy Pop Congrats and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Add Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to butterfly and flowers.


Happy Crafting,







Fri 23

Floral Butterfly Birthday
by Sharon Harnist

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Happy Saturday, crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a birthday card made for my dear, sweet husband's aunt who turned 94 years young this week!  It came together quickly and easily, by using these fabulous dies:  Fresh Picked Flowers, Primavera Butterfly, Adora Butterfly, Sentimental Happy Birthday.

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I started by die cutting the solid Primavera Butterfly from white cardstock, then the Adora Butterfly die cut from gold metallic cardstock and placed on top.  I love that this gives the look of gold metallic embossing, but a lot easier and less mess!  The butterfly was mounted to a kraft card base with foam tape on the top right wing, to give it some dimension.  The beautiful Fresh Picked Flowers die was cut from white cardstock and then colored with Copic markers G20, G21, and R20.  It was also mounted to the card using foam tape behind the leaves and glue dots behind the flower centers, to create more dimension.  The flower that was originally behind the butterfly was cut off the stem and added with foam tape to the top of the lower right flower.

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Finally, the pretty Sentimental Happy Birthday was die cut from gold metallic and white cardstocks then layered together, offset, to create a shadow effect.  To finish the card, clear sequins were scattered on the background and white Nuvo drops added to the flower centers.

Thanks for checking in today . . . I hope you enjoy your weekend!




Fri 23

Painted Flower Stems
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! It has been so gloomy and rainy here all week that I needed some bright sunshine. I decided to make it myself with the colors on my card today. I don't know about you but I am ready for Spring!


 started with my pretty yellow card and some of the plaid paper from Lawn Fawn in a bright blue. Then I die cut the Painted Flower Stems in white and glued all of the layers to the card.



Then I die cut the Sentimental Happy Birthday in a navy paper and glued it to a piece of vellum before adding it to my card. I finished it off with some gems in the center of the flowers. This card is sure to brighten anyones day!





Thu 22

Welcome Spring…Simple Chicks and Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto


It's snowing here - but Simple Chicks and the Glorious Floral Stem are ready to welcome spring today!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping spring arrives soon.  Till then, I hope these great diecuts, bright pastels and pink gem stickers will brighten your day.


Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the larger Simple Chick near the bottom right corner.  Cut the small chick - slightly overlapping.  You'll end up with chick cutouts on the rectangle - and two little pairs of chick-feet.

Cut Simple Chicks from yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind to diecuts to create beaks. Glue them into the cutouts on the rectangle background.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green and pink cardstock.  Trim the pink flowers.  Attach the diecuts to the background.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts.  Add pink gem stickers.


Big Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the new dies and VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Special thanks too - Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with the latest and greatest supplies.

See you again at SIMPLY ASIAN class on the 24th - 6 cards, an origami butterfly, lots of diecuts and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by...






Wed 21

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another spring birthday card for you.  We had 6" of snow over the weekend, but today is a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the high 60s!  I am happy to say the snow is gone!  So today's card was inspired by spring colors and flowers.


I started this card by sponging the white cardstock layer with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  I misted it lightly with plain water and dried it with a heat tool.  Then I used Heidi Swapp's gold ink to spatter the background.

Next I die cut the Jumbo Peony and Fine Cut Leaves twice from watercolor paper which had double sided tape applied to the back of the paper.  I did this to keep all the tiny parts of the flowers and leaves inside the die cut, since I wanted them to be a solid image.


To color the flowers and the leaves I used Distress Oxide inks and Claritystamp brushes to apply the ink.  I like using the brushes to achieve a nice soft color.  Once I was done coloring the die cuts I glued them to the card front.  

I die cut the Happy Birthday from watercolor paper and adhered it to the card front.


To finish the card, I glued the card front to a white cardstock layer which was then adhered to a Peony notecard using foam tape.  I glued on a few epoxy embellishments to complete the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!





Tue 20

Just a Note
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Spring is just round the corner and I can't help but think of all the pretty flowers, Easter and crisp air :) So, I decided to use some of the new spring theme products to create this spring theme card.



I started by creating the mat layer for my card, for this I die-cut a watercolor paper using Wrapped Stitch Frames die. I used the inside rectangle piece of it. I also die-cut a blue panel using the same die to use the frame.

For the background, I  used distress ink and smooshing technique to the watercolor panel and let it dry. I then die-cut the Woven basket (Love the embossed details), colored it using various copic markers. I adhered this to the watercolor panel. 

Next, I die-cut the Bunny and colored him using copic markers. I then die-cut the Devonshire Wreath and snipped parts of it to use as flowers and leaves. I colored these using copics and adhered everything onto the panel. I then adhered this watercolor panel to the cardbase and stamped the sentiment. 

Finally, I adhered the frame to the card using 3d foam adhesive. To finiah, I added some Nuvo drops in the flower centers and the bunny's eyes and nose.

Here is a look at the embossed effect in close-up



Hope you enjoyed this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!






Mon 19

SWEET BUNNY card for Easter
by Anne Thompson

I have a Sweet Bunny card for you today that I will use for Easter.


prep work to make this card:

  • Select a Powder notecard--This pale blue is the perfect background.
  • Choose a white paper circle doily.
  • Using WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114, die cut a circle larger than the doily from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and one the same size as the solid center of the doily from a scrap of Powder notecard.
  • Die cut two of the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924 from more of the Key Lime Distressed Dots paper.  
  • Die cut the QUICK BUNNIES 99902 from white cardstock and glue on their little circle tails.
  • Die cut SWEET BUNNY 99905 from white cardstock.  Glue a scrap of pink cardstock behind the nose opening and a tiny strip of black cardstock over that and behind the eye openings.


 to assemble the card:

  • Glue the largest dot paper circle on the front of the notecard.
  • Glue the doily on top of that dot paper circle.
  • Add the powder circle to the center of the doily.
  • Secure one of the Grass Stitched Circle Frames on top of the powder circle.
  • Add the second Grass Stitched Circle Frame on top of the first one, setting it a bit askew so that more grass stems show.
  • Tuck in the little Quick Bunnies among the grass stems.
  • Pop dot the Sweet Bunny on the lower left edge of the doily/circle.
  • Tie a bow from some green dotted ribbon and glue it to the top right corner of the doily.

I left room at the bottom front of the notecard to add a handwritten or stamped sentiment later.  

And on the inside:

I added another piece of the dot paper cut 4 X 5 1/4.  On top of that I placed a piece of powder notecard scrap cut 3 X 4 1/4.  I added two of the Quick Bunnies, the small one in the upper left and the larger one in the lower right. Now I have plenty of room to write a message and elements from the card front are carried over to the inside which is something that I like to do.  

Happy Crafting!

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