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29 posts from November 2018

Mon 19

Cool Cats Get Together by the Cottage Garden Gate
by Anne Thompson

I've been working on ideas for using the TOGETHER JOURNAL SCRIPT die on a Christmas card.  I decided that I wanted to create a scene featuring two of the COOL CAT 94087, the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082, and the TOGETHER JOURNAL SCRIPT 94096 as the sentiment.  I chose a Powder Notecard and used a dotted embossing folder to add some texture to the front.  And I framed the scene using the outermost part of the ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018.


  • I die cut the elegant Holly Double Frame from heavy white cardstock and secured the outermost frame to the notecard using a glue pen.
  • I also cut the Cottage Garden Gate from the same white cardstock and popped it up with tiny foam adhesive squares inside the frame.
  • I cut two of the Cool Cats, one from Cranberry Gingham paper and one from Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  I added tiny pieces of green cardstock for their eyes.  I used pop dots to add the cats to the scene in front of the gate.
  •  I used the same green paper for the Together Journal Script which I placed above the frame.
  • The gate needed something more, so I die cut the POINSETTIA CIRCLE FRAME 94081 from more of the green cardstock.  I snipped off several of the poinsettias and layered them with the die's center pieces to create a wreath of sorts.  I added a sparkly red gem and used glue dots to hold it to the gate.


These are the dies I used.


This will be the perfect card for a couple who are able to spend this holiday together.


I'll be back in early December with more ideas for the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving this week!!!

And Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 18

by Penny Ward



Hello friends.  Penny here today with a fun and elegant card using some of the newest goodies from Memory Box. It's a shiny time of year and Holiday cards need a little something, something...don't you think?


Let me show you:


I always start with a White cardstock base, then start adding from there.




Add Red Metallic cardstock to base. Then a small narrow strip of White cardstock is stamped with Typewriter Holiday Elements, heat embossed and inked with Spectrum Noir Red Berry. Add this to the right side of the card front.


Cut White cardstock 4 x 5.5 inches. Make a 1 inch slit along the right side of card as shown. Fold from the slit to both corners. Using a Red pen, make dashed lines.




Foiling is all the rage right now, and I couldn't be left out. I foiled a large scrap of White cardstock with the Gemini Foilpress, then die cut it with Poinsettia Circle Frame.

Cut the Poinsettia Circle in half and adhere to card front as shown.




Adhere Poinsettia, then make and adhere notched sentiment from the Bold Christmas Greetings set.


Happy Holiday Crafting,






Sat 17

Birthday Wish
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to take a break from holiday cards and focus on a birthday card.  After all, I am always in need of birthday cards!

To make this card, I cut out the Wish Journal Frame out of a square of kraft cardstock, white cardstock and blue cardstock to later piece everything together:


As you can see, the die cut left an open square out of the kraft cardstock.  I saved the kraft wish rainbow cutout for another card.  I wanted to embed my white cardstock "wish," so I placed a piece of really strong tape behind the open square and stuck the white piece on top.  I added the blue cardstock pieces around the rainbow and sentiment and sprinkled glitter over the rainbow.  The die cuts out the pieces of the rainbow, so I colored each piece with Copic markers.


I decided the rainbow pieces were darker than I wanted, so I glued them behind the glitter (on the backside of the kraft cardstock).  I liked the muted look of rainbow once the pieces were behind the glitter:


To finish the card, I added the "birthday" diecut over the rainbow and added some sequins for extra bling:


I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!







Thu 15

by Melissa Rusk

We are getting into that busy season of the year where time to make things seems to disappear. Today I have quick and easy card that you can make in minutes.


I started with some navy patterned Christmas paper and made a rectangle to put on my white card. Then I die cut the beautiful Starlit Nativity Scene die in a gold mirror card paper. I kept all of the pieces of the die together and glued it to the card. I love the way this die just shines on the gold paper.

To finish it off I stamped the word noel from the Typewriter Holiday Elements stamp set. This card is easy to create for a last minute gift or if you have a lot of cards to make and want something simple.

Have a fabulous day!




Thu 15

Bold Christmas Greetings and Holly Collage by Jean Okimoto



Watercolor a background for the Holly Collage and add a bright message from the Bold Christmas Greeting Clear Stamp Set.  Add the look of washi tape with a stamped strip from the greeting set too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for your busy schedule.

Create a palette of inks by pressing the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor  inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint a square of watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green.  Let the inks mix and mingle for a few minutes - then heat-set them.  

Cut white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Leaf Collage.  Cut a 2-¾"  x 4" piece of the watercolored paper and attach it behind the collage.

Stamp the striped strip with VersaFine Smokey Gray and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it using the long edge of one of big Rectangle Basics dies.  It'll have nice edges - and it's easier than cutting a skinny strip w/ a paper trimmer.


Stamp the greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings Die Set with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink and quickly emboss it.  Cut the words with the coordinating dies from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps. Cut an extra set of the greetings and layer it behind the stamped pieces for extra dimension.  I keep many of my die sets on shower curtain hooks for easy access and organization.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6  (4-½" x 6-¼") textured white card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.


 If you're in the Seattle and like the clean, simple look of Asian designs - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN - HOLIDAY CARDS class at Impress on November 17th.  Make an easy origami starburst and  tree for your cards - and use the latest Birch Press Design dies and stamps too.  We're loving the new triangles and stamp patterns!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next Wednesday...






Wed 14

Merry Christmas Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha and today, I want to share a Christmas card using the new release products. I am enjoying the triangle stamps to use on my Christmas cards. There are so many various shapes and designs to choose from.



I started by cutting a white mat layer and flicked some red, green and black splatters to it. Let it dry. In the meantime die-cut the Poinsettia Circle Frame from white cardstock, cut the base a little and adhere to the mat layer.

I then stamped the sentiment and cut the stripe.

Finally, I stamped, embossed the triangles using platinum sparkle embossing powder and die-cut them using the co-ordinating dies.

Adhered the trees using 3d foam and adhere the sentiment stripe. This card was easy to make and looks really festive with all the glitter and shine from the embossing powder.

Here is a close up


Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!






Tue 13

Typewriter Holiday Elements, Bold Christmas Greetings and Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto


Stamp the Typewriter Holiday Elements text block and trim it to create the perfect background for the Delicate Pine Frame.  Add a trio of glittered birds - also from the Delicate Pine Frame set - and a greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings set for a classic  holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce for everyone on your card list.  The "'twas the night before Christmas" text block is about 5-½" square and generously-sized for backgrounds.  It's easy to diecut two 2-½" x 3-¾" rectangles for this design.

Stamp the text block on white cardstock with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Dry  the ink and cut it with a Rectangle Basics die.  Sponge the text very lightly with Delicata Shimmer Silver.  

Cut the Delicate Pine Frame from green cardstock.  Cut the birds from red glittered carstock.  

 Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Christmas Greetings set - with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Cut it with the coordinating dies of the Bold  Christmas Greetings set. Cut an extra set of the words and layer it for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 card of white textured cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.


Special thanks to everyone from Monday's MERRY + QUICK cards class t Impress.  It was fun meeting new students and catching up with my loyal Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press fans too.  We used the just-released Birch Press Design triangle die sets and loved them.  Thanks Ann and Shari for helping everyone find the great products and supplies on their wishlists - and ordering more of the best-sellers!

Thanks for visiting...







Mon 12

Elegant Holly Double Frame Peace Card
by Anne Thompson

About a year ago I packed up all of my alcohol inks because I felt I'd run out of interesting things to do with them.  Since discovering Ranger's Alcohol Ink Paper and Yupo paper, I've unpacked them again and I'm getting inky all the time.  They're like this brand-new thing again!  I've been dropping ink spots on the alcohol ink papers and have been fascinated with the results.  And I love the way the images shine after die cutting.  

today's card


materials used

  • bright yellow notecard 
  • glue pen, glue dots, plaid ribbon bow with gold pipe cleaner accent
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks in a variety of colors--reds, greens, yellows, orange--dropped in puddles on alcohol ink paper

This time when cutting the inked paper I let it dry for a really long time and then ran it through my Big Kick using the metal plate.  Everything popped out of the die easily.  I love that the Elegant Holly Double Frame has so many pieces to play with.  And "peace" just fit in the scrap I had leftover.


I arranged and rearranged the three squares until I found a composition that I really liked.  Just tilting the middle plain square frame (which separates the double frames)  added so much more interest to the card.  I tried it first as a side-fold card before adding the branches, bow, and "peace"; but I liked the top-fold orientation better.


A Christmas card with an unconventional color scheme--that works for me!  I had thought this would be a fall card even though it's holly, but by adding "peace" and the red plaid bow it now works for Christmas.

Off to the craft store to buy more alcohol ink paper and more Red Pepper alcohol ink.  There are so many more  on-line tutorials to watch and techniques to try!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 11

by Penny Ward



Hi there. Penny here today with another fantastic holiday card for anyone on your list. These new Triangle stamps and matching dies will be useful all year long.

Yes, Please!!!


Here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded. Add a couple of small strips of Navy to top and bottom of base card.


Trim a panel of White cardstock 4.25 x 5 inches. Emboss with a pretty embossing folder.




Die cut the Equal Triangle set several times from pattern paper, plain cardstock and metallic cardstocks.

Adhere as shown straight to the card front making sure a couple of the triangles are popped up with foam adhesive.




Stamp and die cut sentiment from the Bold Christmas set. Adhere with foam adhesive to a strip of Silver Metallic cardstock that has been notched at each end.

Wrap the left end with some matching twine, then adhere to card front.


So quick and easy...the hard part is deciding on which cardstocks to use.  :)


Happy Holiday crafting,





Sat 10

Gingerbread Cookie
by Melissa Rusk


Today I have a fun stamped card that I want to share with you all. For the background of my card I did some partial stamping with the background stamp from the Typewriter Holiday Elements stamp set. You can see a picture of how it stamped below.

For the red paper I took one of the triangles from the Equal Triangle stamp set and used a red ink in the same color as my paper to create the tone on tone look for my patterned paper. I alternated the triangles as you can see below and I love how it turned out. It's so much fun to stamp your own patterned papers, I hope you give it a try!


For the cute Gingerbread Cookie, I cut him out in white paper 4 times and glued them all together, it makes it look like a thicker embellishment. Then I colored him in with Copic markers and used some enamel accents in red and green to create the look of frosting.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, have a great day!