56 posts categorized "2019 Spring Collection"


Mon 20

Seashell Circle Frame with an Elegant Shorebird
by Anne Thompson

Here's a card made with leftovers!  Often when I'm die cutting I won't use all of what I cut for that current project.  I usually tuck the leftovers into the paper envelopes with the dies.  This card uses an extra Seashell Circle Frame and an extra bird from the set of  four Elegant Shorebirds, both already cut from white cardstock.


materials used:


Coloring the images was easy using a waterbrush and these Distress inks.


  • Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, and Gathered Twigs on the shells
  • Peeled Paint on the seaweed stalks
  • Salty Ocean on the inner and outer circles
  • Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean on the shorebird


By using the waterbrush directly onto the ink pads I was able to lift color, test it on scrap white cardstock, and lighten it out as I wanted without oversaturating the cardstock.  I started with the darkest color in the center of the shells and worked lighter colors to the outer edges of each one before painting the seaweed and the inner and outer circles.  I used Peeled Paint to outline the bird, filling it in with a wash of the Salty Ocean blue.

As the paints were drying I looked for a notecard color and some patterned paper that would go well with the painted images.  I chose an orangey jack o'lantern notecard and some mango distressed dots paper from my stash.  I rounded the corners of the patterned paper before sticking it to the notecard.  (I'll use more of this paper on the inside of the notecard with a white box for writing a message.)  I tested the painted circle against the mango paper and decided to add some Gathered Twigs on the outermost edge of each shell so they would show up better sitting against the colored dot paper.

Once the watercolors were dry I assembled the card, peeling the Scor-Tape backing behind the shells and using that to stick the Seashell Circle Frame to the patterned paper already adhered to the notecard.  I used a glue pen on the bird's leg and tucked it behind the inner circle.  I used two small foam dots on its body to give it some dimension in the center of the circle.  The finishing touch was adding light blue pearls in opposite corners.


Keeping extra die cuts on hand speeds up crafting time!  This can be especially helpful when you need a card in a hurry.  I keep thinking that I'll set aside a day and just cut images and file them away for future use, but I haven't gone that far yet.  :-)  So I am often surprised when I go to an envelope to pull out a die and find pre-cuts ready and waiting for me.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 18

Combine Picture Perfect Flower and the Butterfly Meadow by Jean Okimoto


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Create a dimensional card with the new Picture Perfect Flower peeking through Butterfly Meadow grasses.  Brighten it with glittery butterflies, then add a thoughtful greeting.  Hi - happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring something "old" with something new.  The quick pace of the papercrafts industry makes it feel as though a product introduced a few months ago is already old - but it's perfect for the Garden Bouquet Collection.  

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Diecut a top-folded Limeade A-2 card with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Cut Picture Perfect Flower and Butterfly Meadow from green cardstock.  Save the Picture Perfect Flower offcut and tape it back into the delicate blossom outline.

Cut peach cardstock with the blossom portion and the extra blossom from the Picture Perfect Flower.  Layer them - slightly offset for dimension - over the green blossom and outline. 

Cut the flower center from black cardstock.

Attach Butterfly Meadow to the card front.  Align and attach Picture Perfect Flower inside the card.

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Cut white glitter cardstock butterflies with the die included in the Butterfly Meadow set.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smooth side of limeade cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.

Attach the butterflies.  "Sandwich" a few strands of the meadow grass between two butterflies to add dimension and cover the adhesive behind the butterfly.

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Hope you're enjoying our new collection as much as we love sharing our ideas with you!  The botanical designs are great for summer cards - and they'll continue to be favorites throughout the year.  Flowers and greenery are classic design elements -  think of all the ways you can combine them with items from your stash!

Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!





Wed 15

"sending oceans of love" with the Seashell Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

It's me again this week with another card that uses alcohol pearl inks to create a background, this time for the Seashell Circle Frame.

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materials used:

  • Key Lime  top-fold notecard
  • blue-dotted lime paper
  • white cardstock
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
  • Ranger Alcohol Pearl Inks--Tranquil (blue) and Sublime (green)
  • Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
  • "sending oceans of love" from the OCEANSIDE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamps Set CL5240
  • Hero Arts inks--Green Hills and Tide Pool
  • a plain circle die, straw, waterbrush, glue pen, Scor-Tape, pop dots, blue and green gemstones

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  • On a piece of the Alcohol Ink Cardstock, add drops of the Alcohol Pearl inks and then drops of the Blending Solution. 
  • Use the straw to blow the inks around.  Continue adding inks and blending solution, blowing the inks around, until you like what you've got.
  • Spatter the paper with a paintbrush soaked in Blending Solution. 
  • Use a circle die a bit larger than the center of the Seashell Circle Frame to cut this inky paper once it's dry.

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  • Die cut the SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225 from white cardstock.
  • Using a water brush, add some of the Green Hills ink to the seaweed fronds and the outer circle of the die cut.  Add more of the Green Hills ink to the outer circle using the ink pad directly onto the paper.
  • Edge the three shells with more of the Green Hills ink directly onto the paper.
  • Use a glue pen to anchor the inner circle of the frame to the circular inky piece.
  • Put Scor-Tape on the back of that inky circle and adhere the piece to the front of the notecard which has been covered with the dotted paper.
  • Pop the three shells up in the center of the circle and add a few blue and green gemstones.

That finishes the front of the notecard.  Let's look at what I did on the inside.

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  • Die cut a smaller circle from the dotted paper.  Here I used a die from the WRAPPED CIRCLES set 30114.
  • Die cut the center shells from the Seashell Circle Frame using a scrap of white cardstock.  
  • Edge the shells with the Green Hills ink, direct to the paper images.
  • Glue the two smallest shells onto the circle and add some blue gemstones. 
  • Stamp "sending oceans of love" from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments stamps set using the Tide Pool ink.
  • Add the third shell just above that.

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Another all-occasion card finished!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 13

"expect miracles", Sofia Butterfly, and Cottage Flower Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

Today's card got me playing with pearlized alcohol inks, blending solution and alcohol ink cardstock.


materials used:

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To start I put drops of the alcohol inks onto the alcohol ink cardstock followed by drops of the blending solution.  Because these are pearl inks I had to shake the bottles a bit first to mix in the pearlized material.  I used a straw held close to the paper and blew the inks around a bit.  I kept adding ink and blending solution, blowing it around with the straw, until I liked the way it looked.


Then I used the paintbrush soaked with blending solution to spatter the design.  This added interesting little drops and more texture.


From this panel I die cut the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and adhered it to the front of the top-fold notecard.


You can see in this closeup photo where I added the extra flower sprig to the inside right-hand side of the circle frame and used tiny pearls for the flower centers.

I repeated the inks and blending solution process to make another panel for cutting out the Sofia Butterfly.


I stamped "expect miracles" in the lower left corner after popping the butterfly on the upper left.  I rounded the bottom corners of the card and added a small white bow with a pearl in its center.  Done!  Another card ready for almost any occasion.


I wish photos could show more easily the shine on these die cut pieces.  The pearlized inks glisten on the alcohol ink cardstock and look almost like enamel.  I also love the way that two colors of ink blend to create more colors.  I can tell that I'm going to need a larger supply of alcohol ink cardstock for future projects!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Sat 04

Happy Octopus Two Ways
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  I’m playing with the Happy Octopus die from the 2019 Spring Collection today and sharing two cards. For some reason, both cards gave me a bit of grief.


First up is a clean and simple (CAS) card and it was super easy since the background panel was a leftover piece I didn’t end up using for another card.  I had done some ink smooshing with a blue (can’t remember which one) distress oxide (DOx) ink and a piece of acetate.  I find picking up the ink with acetate gives me a little more control, which is helpful in preserving white space on CAS cards  


The octopus was die cut from watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a water brush.  Black cardstock was added behind the eyes.  Clear shimmer was applied all over for some sparkle.  Wasn’t able to capture it in the photo.  The sentiment from Oceanside Typewriter stamp set was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The panel was popped up onto a white card base with fun foam to finish. So how did this give me grief?  Normally I use top folding card bases, but this time I thought I'd switch things up and use a side folding one.  Well, I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally mounted the panel to the backside!  Aargh!  I guess I had a left-handed recipient in mind. 😂*lol*  


My next card is a clean and layered tunnel card.  And this time I went back to a top folding card base.  😂*lol  


The top folding card base was created from Bristol paper.  Next, two A2 size panels were trimmed from Bristol paper as well.  Chose two circle sizes from the Circle Basics set, then took the larger die and die cut a circle opening in one of the panels to create the top layer.  Placed this layer over the other panel and used it as a guide to die cut the inner circle opening with the smaller die.  Blended Mermaid Lagoon, Gathered Twigs, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass DOx inks on the layers and card base, then spritz with water.  


The fish and seaweed/coral are from the Underwater Scene die.  Just like the octopus, they were die cut from watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a water brush.  Used an archival black pen to draw in the the fish eyes.


Assembled the card by popping each layer up with foam mounting tape.  White heat embossed the sentiment from Oceanside Typewriter stamp set on a black strip to finish.  The grief on this one?  Darn ink smears... luckily I was able to hide them with one of the fish and the sentiment strip. 😉 


And that does it for me today.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.  







Fri 03

Lily of the Valley "Happy Birthday"
by Anne Thompson

As I write this we've been celebrating my mother's 90th birthday all day.  Since Lily of the Valley is one of her favorite flowers, I made this card for her.

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materials used


to make this card

  • Die cut the Lily of the Valley images from watercolor paper.
  • Smoosh (that's a technical term!) Mowed Lawn ink onto a craft sheet and spritz with water.
  • Lay the die cut pieces onto the ink and move them around to pick up the color.  Add more ink and water as needed.
  • Use a waterbrush to pick up ink still left on the craft sheet and add it to the images.
  • For more intense color, use the waterbrush to pick up ink directly from the ink pad to add to the images.
  • Set these pieces aside to dry.
  • Adhere a green print paper to the front of the Key Lime notecard and two more pieces to the inside panels.
  • Stamp "happy birthday" in black ink (VersaFine Clair Nocturne) onto a scrap of one of the green print papers and mount it on a scrap of white cardstock.
  • Use a glue pen to adhere the frame to the front of the notecard at the top of the print paper.  Then add the inner circle of flowers inside the frame.  You'll notice that I decided to use only the outlines of the leaves.
  • Place the sentiment in the space below the flower frame.
  • On the inside of the card, place the smaller Lily of the Valley Sprigs Circle on the righthand panel.


This is a design that could easily be reproduced in multiples and could be used for many occasions just by changing the sentiment.  I'm thinking this may be my go-to card for the spring.  


Happy Crafting!  



Tue 30

Shaker Card Fun
by Melissa Rusk

Hi friends! Today I have a fun take on a shaker card using one of my favorite dies from the Spring release, the Underwater Scene die.


To switch things up on this card I cut out a circle on the front of my card that was a little bit bigger than the Underwater Scene die and then I glued my shaker to the inside of the card. Such a fun change!

I die cut everything in white and then colored the background circle in a deep teal color with a blending brush and some ink. I sprayed it with a mist of water to create some droplets of lighter color. This can be done with most dye inks.

I built the shaker by gluing the Underwater Scene to a piece of acetate. Then I added two layers of foam tape around the edge of the frame and then put in some sequins. I sealed it up with the teal circle and then glued it to the inside of the card.

The birthday fishes sentiment from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments set finishes it off!

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





Mon 29

Birthday Fishes
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you which features a fun technique using a Gelli Plate.


The circle background on the card is the piece I created with the Gelli Plate.  

To begin with, I die cut the fish on a piece of white cardstock to make a stencil.  


I placed my stencil on the Gelli Plate and sponged Pan Pastels over the stencil. 


Next, I removed the fish stencil and placed a piece of mesh (it came from a bag of onions) over the Gelli Plate and added some blue Pan Pastels in the background. 


Once I finished my background, I brayered  a thin layer of white acrylic paint over the plate and then pressed a piece of white cardstock onto the Gelli Plate to make a print. Next I die cut a circle shape from the print.  I also stamped, colored and die cut some fish and seaweed to add to the card.  I stamped the striped border and trimmed it to fit the card.

IMG_5309To assemble the card, I spattered a piece of white cardstock with black ink and glued the striped border to the card front.  

Next I glued the circle to right side of the card front. I let it hang off the side and trimmed away the excess.  

Then I glued the fish to the circle and added the seaweed.

I stamped the sentiment onto a white cardstock strip and glued it to the card.

To finish up the card I added some clear dots. 


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!






Fri 26

Oceans of Love
by Melissa Rusk

Hello friends! Today I have a watercolored card to share with you. I have been rediscovering my love of watercoloring lately and I decided to make it work for this ocean scene today.


I die cut the Sailboat Frame die in watercolor paper and then got to work playing with my new watercolor set. I painted the water with two blue colors and then set it aside to dry. For the sunset I started at the bottom with pink and then added more colors to get the look I wanted. I blended them together with water and I just love how it turned out.

Then I painted the boat and clouds with just some simple colors to make the sunset stand out. Once everything was dry I was able to glue it all to the card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments set and then added a few sequins to finish the card.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!






Thu 25

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

Today I have a card for you which features dry embossing with a die.  Instead of cutting the paper, you emboss it with the die.


I used this technique for the background behind the Wildflower Circle.  I used the embossing sandwich for my die cutting machine so that the die would not cut through the paper but emboss it instead.  (All die cutting machines have their own instructions for embossing)


I masked off half of the circle with post-it-notes and sponged distress inks over the embossed circle.  Next I masked off the part I just inked and applied ink over the bottom portion. 



I die cut the Wildflower Circle in the center of my card front.  I glued the inked background behind the die cut circle and then glued my flower circle back in place on top of the background.   I die cut a second Wildflower Circle and cut away the flowers and used only the frame portion of the die cut.  I inked that with Distress Ink and glued it in place.

I die cut the word "wishing" from white cardstock and the shadow portion of the die from black cardstock and glued that to my card front.  

Next I stamped my sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and used foam tape to adhere that to my card.


To finish I added some epoxy dots to the flower centers and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!