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32 posts from January 2019

Thu 31

Sending Hugs with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and Dies by Jean Okimoto


Create a row of happy hearts for someone special with the Have a Heart Clear Stamps and Dies.  Add a greeting with Sending Jotted Script and Best Life Typewriter Sentiments, then bling it with a glittery red heart and pale gold sequins .

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another Valentine design for you.  Here's a basic design that works in other colors too - try pale pink, fuchsia, peach or coral.  Or a combination of those pretty colors!


Diecut two sets of the double-hearts from red cardstock.   Stamp the small solid heart from the Have a Heart set with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Stamp the small heavy-bordered heart with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Stamp the other hearts with Nocturne, dry the ink, then cut them with the coordinating Have a Heart dies.  

Stamp "sending hugs" from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments set with Nocturne.  Dry the ink, then diecut around the "hugs" section.  Cut a black cardstock heart with the slightly larger die.

Cut Sending Jotted Script from black and white cardstock.  Leave the tiny black dot over the "i" in the die till you're ready to attach it.  It has a tendency to vanish.

Cut a white cardstock background with the 5" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut a heart from red glittered craft foam.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  Add pale gold sequins.


It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is just two weeks away!  Hope you're loving the Valentine's 2019 Collection as much as we are.  There are so many ways to use these very versatile designs for February 14th - and throughout the year.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday!








Wed 30

Double Embossing with Dies
by Trina Pham

Hi there!  This is Trina and I am back to share another CAS card using the Bright Hearts die from the Valentine’s Collection and a die technique I’ve had on my to-try-list for probably over two years.  😂   Better late than never, right?  I’ve seen it done throughout blogland, but I believe it originated from Jennifer McGuire.  Here’s my card.


This is a super easy technique combining both dry and heat embossing with dies.  I found darker cardstock looked best.  Started by prepping the cardstock with an anti static bag and then setting it in my die cutting machine to be dry embossed.  Placed the die with the cutting edge facing up, then gently inked only the raised cutting edge with VersaMark.  Carefully picked up the die and flipped it onto the cardstock.  Ran it through the die cutting machine to dry emboss it, then added white embossing powder.


The embossing powder sticks to the VersaMark embossed lines.  Heat embossed to complete the technique.  Even after using the anti-static bag, I found the powder strayed quite a bit.  I simply used a small brush to remove them before applying the heat.  


I wanted the image to stand out more, so I used a black Polychromos pencil to add some shading.  The sentiments from Best Life Typewriter stamp set were white heat embossed on hot pink cardstock and popped up with foam adhesive.  For some sparkle (wasn’t able to capture it in the photo), added clear shimmer to finish.

 Essentially this is like “turning your dies into stamps” and is a great way to stretch your dies.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!




Tue 29

Love Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha today with a love card using the new release to share. This release has a fun mix of gorgeous dainty frame dies and words.  I used the Pantone 2019 color of the year: Coral for my card.


I started by creating a white top fold square card. I then cut a white mat layer and sponged some distress oxide ink on it. Now I flicked some water and white paint for added dimension. Let this layer dry.

Die-cut the heart frame using white card stock and emboss it using gold glitter embossing powder. Die-cut a vellum circle of the same size as the heart frame and adhere it behind the frame. Adhere this piece to the mat layer.

Sponge the same distress oxide ink to a scrap piece of card stock and die-cut the outer layer of LOVE word. Die-cut the inner layer using white card stock and adhere this to the outer layer.

Stamp sentiment onto a stripe and assemble everything together.

Here is a close up


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






Mon 28

How to Use the Bright Hearts Die
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have seen a couple of people on Instagram ask about how the hearts were colored when you use the Bright Hearts die.  I thought I would break it down for you with some pictures.

First, cut out the Bright Hearts, which will leave you a circular area of hearts.  The die itself works great with the Bright Rays die, which will cut out various wedges of cardstock.  You don't have to have this die to place colors of cardstock behind the open heart circle, but it sure does make it easier!  For my card, I cut out the Bright Hearts from white cardstock and cut the Bright Rays six times so that I could have six different colors of pink:


You could place the wedges behind the open hearts so hat each row was the same color, or you could do as I did and split each heart in half with two colors of pink cardstock.  Here is the first wedge:


Notice how each heart is split in half.

Next, I added more wedges:


I only had six colors of pink paper, so I had to repeat the same colors again.  However, how great would it look if you had 12 different colors and could do a full ombre effect?  I think it would be fabulous!

To finish the card, I added the Love Jotted Script die and popped it up with some foam tape:


I hope this makes it a bit clearer.  Please let me know if you have any other questions!






Sun 27

Snow Much Love
by Trina Pham

Hello there!  This is Trina.  Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave such encouraging comments here, on my blog and on my IG account for my first DT post.  Not sure if you could tell, but I was a little nervous and those comments brought a smile to my face!  So my card today honoured that.  

Last year in September, I purchased the Snow Much Fun stamp set.  I think it’s just that - so much fun!  For some reason, it takes at least a month for my orders to arrive in Canada from this one US company.  This time, though, the waiting dragged to almost two months and then I received notification that my order had been returned because I had moved!  Huh, what?!?  (I may or may not have used more animated language here... just saying).  😂


Major postal service error since I never moved!  I ended up re-ordering it from a different US company, but that meant it would not arrive in time for the holiday season.  And rather than waiting till the end of this year, I used it to create this.


Love must be in the air because these two are no longer throwing snowballs at each other and are quite smitten.  😉   Started off by stamping the bunny images on X-press It cardstock with Copic friendly black ink.  Coloured them with Copics then die cut out with the matching dies.  The heart framed fence from Neighborhoid Heart Frame was then die cut three times from white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Adhered the bunnies behind the frame and trimmed off the overhangs.


On a 4”x5.25”panel cut from mixed media paper, the sentiment from Best Life Typewriter was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Next, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks were blended on with a mini blending tool.  The embossed sentiment resisted the ink.  Spritz it with a DIY shimmer spray created by mixing water with Perfect Pearls (couldn’t capture the shimmer in the photo).  Adhered the panel to a white card base and added a few sparkly clear sequins to finish.


I love stretching my supplies whever possible.  And the Neighborhoid Heart Frame set made this possible today.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful week.




Sat 26

Heart Board, Love Jotted Script and Bright Hearts by Jean Okimoto

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Watercolor a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer, add a light mist of gold spritz - then emboss it with Heart Board.  Add a Cozy Mug, glittered hearts and a bit of love with the layered Love Jotted Script.  Hi and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bright design to warm a cold winter day.  

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Press the Berry Blaze Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint watercolor paper with random, diluted layers of the vibrant inks.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with water.  Spritz it again with a light mist of Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it - heat it from both sides to  minimize curling.

Cut it with the 3-⅛" x 2-⅛" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer

Pressure-emboss it with the new Heart Board - use the plates and mats recommended by your machine's manufacturer.  Here's the sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, die face-up, watercolor paper face-down, tan rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

Cut pink glittered cardstock with a large heart from Bright Hearts and one each of the hearts from the Heart Board.

Cut a Cozy Mug from printed paper.  I used a bright contemporary leaf pattern from Shizen Design.  

Cut Love Jotted Script from a double layer of white cardstock and a portion of a Peony Notecard.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use slivers of foam tape for the handle.

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It's easy to overlook pressure-embossing with our stash of Memory Box dies.  The dies - personally designed by Dave Brethauer and made in the USA - create beautiful textured backgrounds and accents.  They're also great for simple cards - just emboss the front of the card, add a quick note and it's done!

Thanks for visiting - enjoy your weekend, see you again on Thursday...






Fri 25

Love You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a card to share that is perfect for sending just to let someone know you love them. It doesn't matter the time of year!


I started with the cute Bundle Hearts dies and cut them in a pink paper. I glued them to a white piece of paper and then using a ruler and a black pen, I sketched in the lines to create a grid around the hearts. Then I stamped the love you from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments stamp set and added in some heart gems to finish it off.

I love how the grid turned out, especially after I added in the gems, they really made it work. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by the blog!




Thu 24

Neighborhood Heart Frame and Best Life Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


Add dimension with a pressure-embossed Neighborhood Heart Frame - then highlight it with diecut elements and a simple greeting.  Shiny bikes and sparkly hearts make it extra-bright!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile card for Valentine's Day -  or a special anniversary.


Pressure-embossing is a great way to add a coordinating textured background for diecuts and greetings.  Use the plates and mats recommended for your machine.  Here's how I embossed the Neighborhood Heart Frame's square outer frame on my Platinum - 


Begin with the die face-up on the platform.  Add the cardstock (cut to 4-¼" x 11") face-down. Use the rubber embossing mat and embossing plate instead of the cutting plates. Emboss along the right edge of the cardstock.  Score and fold the cardstock in half to create a side-folded A-2 card.

Cut the inner heart from white cardstock.

Cut two of the little balloon hearts from red glittered cardstock and trim the bottoms.

Attach black and red duct tape to lightweight cardstock or scrapbook paper and cut two bikes.  I ran ran the die through the machine several times to cut completely through the tape.  The tape adds a glossy enameled look and really stands out against the neutral Kraft and white backgrounds.

Prep black cardstock with embossing powder tool. Stamp the greeting from the   Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to the card -  use foam dots for the greeting.


Get the most from your Memory Box frames  by pressure-embossing and diecutting.  There are so many great frames to chose from for holidays and everyday greetings!

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress!  And thanks for the great snacks and treats Jenny and Jan - you're spoiling us!  Thanks too - Ann, Lynne and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.

Save the date - this Saturday, January 26th - for the special Valentine Event at both Impress stores. Enjoy inspiring samples, great displays, demos (from 10:00-12:00 noon*) and the latest collections of Valentine dies, stamps, papers and embellishments. *Be there for a chance to win prizes from 10:00-Noon too  - customers must be present to receive a prize.  Take your  wishlist of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs  products you've been admiring - and have a great time shopping!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday...





Wed 23

Butterfly Heart Frame
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday friends! Today I have another fun die from the new release to share. I used the Butterfly Heart Frame to make a square card filled with bling.


I die cut the frame in two different colors of purple paper. I then covered each piece with Clear Wink of Stella to create the glittery look on the paper. I pieced the hearts back together on the square card by alternating the purple colors.

I finished it off with pearls in the centers of the biggest flowers. Since I cut it out in two colors I also had pieces to make a second card in opposite colors. I love when you can make more than one card with the same supplies. Have a wonderful day!




Tue 22

Smile Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha today with a fun and fresh color themed square card using the ink sponging technique. I am really enjoying our new valentine collection. This die below is so delicate and pretty, don't you agree?


I started by creating a white top fold square card. I then cut a white mat layer and sponged some distress oxide ink on it. Now I flicked some water and white paint for added dimension. Let this layer dry.

Die-cut the heart and butterfly using white cardstock. Add some glitter embossing powder to the heart and emboss. Emboss the butterfly using teal and the center using black embossing powder.

Assemble everything together. Finally, to finish stamp the sentiment and adhere to the card.

Here is a close up


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