37 posts categorized "2020 Valentine's Collectionb"


Wed 24

Border Die Background
by Michelle Bala


Michelle here, sharing a card I created for my husband.  I wanted to create a lace pattern for the background. 

I used the Clementine Border Die and two pieces of cardstock. The cardstock can be any color/ colors you choose. I made 4 die cuts, 2 from teal paper and two from gray paper. 

I adhered the 2 teal die cuts directly to the center of the card base.  For each corner I adhered a piece at a time.  Cut the gray die cut paper in half and add glue to back of the die. You will have the extra hang over. Turn your card over and trim the excess from the back.

This is what the background pattern will look like. It resembles a delicate lace pattern. This will look so pretty in a white pattern on kraft paper.

Next, I die cut Love Airy Script sentiment from Twinkling Jewel Glitter Paper. I used one of the stamp sentiments from a Poppy Stamps Set, Friendship and Kindness.  I cut the stamp so I can piece the words in different positions. I embossed the words with white embossing powder.

I positioned the words and adhered them with foam tape. Before adhering the words I added some silver thread. 

Thanks for taking a peek!!

Have a great day!

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Sat 13

Embossed Vellum Sympathy Card
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I intended to create a get well card for a friend, but things took a turn quite quickly and after six long brave years of battling cancer, she unfortunately succumbed to the disease a couple of weeks ago.  With the pandemic, I was not able to visit or go to her funeral.  She leaves behind a wonderful husband and I wanted to honour both her and support him, so I made this clean and simple (CAS) sympathy card using a mix of products from the releases so far this year.

I started by placing a piece of vellum into the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) and ran it through my Big Shot machine.


I find dry embossing with vellum works better with thick vellum, but I’m out of it and only had medium weight vellum left.  So to make the design more prominent, I flipped the vellum over and dry embossed it with a stylus on a foam mat.  Had to be careful not to press too hard at the risk of tearing the vellum.


Next, a heart opening was die cut from a Bristol panel using Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  The embossed vellum was then adhered behind it and excess trimmed away.  A piece of green pattern paper from the Garden Folly paper pack backed the vellum to give some contrast.  For a little sparkle, clear shimmer was added onto the vellum.  Unfortunately, this warped it a bit... but it just adds more dimension and interest (I hope 😬).  


The sentiment is from Peony Garden Corner stamp set.  Heartfelt was masked off leaving HUGS to be inked with VersaMark and stamped onto black cardstock. It was heat embossed with white embossing powder then trimmed into a strip.  The opposite was done for heartfelt, except it was fussy cut out.  The butterflies from Butterfly Heart Frame were then die cut from white shimmer paper and mounted with foam tape.  Added a drop of Mint Frost glitter glue to the butterfly center to finish.


Anyway, that does it for me.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!







Tue 14

Thinking of You
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!

I hope everyone is well and finding some time to be creative during these uncertain times.

For today's card I started by making a background using stencils and texture paste.  I mixed the texture paste with a little orange paint and some glitter glue to give it some sparkle.  I then applied the mixture through a stencil using a palette knife.  I had enough mixture to make a couple backgrounds. I used one today and will keep one for another project.



After the texture paste dried I used a blending brush to apply some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to my background.  I also spattered the background with dark blue paint. I cut a strip of  glitter paper and glued it to the left side of the background.

Next I stamped several flowers from the Friendship Floral Heart clear stamp set onto watercolor paper and painted them using Zig Watercolor Markers.  I fussy cut the flowers and glued them to my card.

On a strip of black cardstock I white embossed the sentiment and glued this to the card.

To finish the card I added some Lemon Drop Glitter Glue to the center of the flowers.


Well that's it for today. Please stay safe and healthy!







Fri 10

Get Well Soon Loving Heart with Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cutouts
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone.  Vicki here today with a card that I seem to be needing a lot of these days; A Get Well Soon card.  

I wanted to use some of my pretty spring papers from Memory Box to pull a get well card together.  I also want to layer them up so I pulled out my Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cutout Dies because the shape is an exact match (Memory Box did that on purpose)  to the Get Well Soon Loving Heart Die.  

To begin I selected one of the Spring Plaids from the Springtime Bouquet Paper Pack.  Then I selected 3 additional sheets of paper from the Cottage Stripes and Dots Paper Pack in coordinating colors to the plaid.  In this case, that was pastel blue stripe, pastel pink stripe, and pastel lavender stripe.

I stacked the 4 papers together and put a bit of low tack tape on each side to keep them lined up.  Next, I took a wide piece of low tack tape and aligned the 4 Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart dies inside the other until I had all four of them centered.  First I cut the paid piece which would be my top layer.  

Next, I removed the largest die and cut my Pastel Pink Paper with the three remaining dies, using the first cutout to make sure I had it aligned the same.   Next, I removed the Plaid Paper and another die then used the pink cutout to line up my dies in the same spot and run it through my die cut machine. I did this until all four layers of the patterned paper were cut with a heart in the center.  This gives you the stacked look that you see in the photo.  At the bottom layer, I put a scrap of cardstock behind the smallest heart, so it appears that you actually have 5 layers.  This is one reason that I chose the text weight of the patterned paper versus using thick cardstock.  All of my cardstock is at least #110, so it would have been a lot hard to cut that many layers.  

For the Get Well Soon Loving Heart, I chose Gold Foiled cardstock.  I was also able to cut some really small hearts from the scraps of that gold paper to add to the font of the card.  I have a little group of dies that sits in a magnetic bowl on my desk that are all really tiny and I don't know the brand, but I love to use these little hearts on lots of cards, especially right now.  

Because there are so many layers, be sure to use a heavyweight cardstock #110 or higher) for your card base.  If you don't, it will just keep falling flat. 

You could also add foam tape between each layer, but because my card is actually going into the mailbox, I kept my layers flat.  

You could make some beautiful Easter Cards in this style.  I just happened to need a Get Well Soon card today.  I hope my design gives you ideas for creating your own version of whatever card you need today.  






Tue 17

Lucky To Know You
by Donna Sledzik


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Today I have a card for you that could be something other than a St. Patty's Day card. I have several birthdays in March and this card could easily be used for all of them.

To create this card I used apiece of Yupo paper to make an alcohol inked background for my shamrock to sit on.

I only used a few colors to create a very subtle color scheme for my card.


I used the new glitter paper to cut 3 hearts each, from the Double Stitch Loving Heart Die set and the Double Stitch Happy Heart Die set.  

I glued some thread to my card background and glued the heart die cuts on top of it. Using the same glitter paper I hand cut a stem for the shamrock and glued it in place on the card.

On a strip of black cardstock, I white embossed my sentiment and used foam adhesive tape to adhere it to the card.


To finish the card I adhered my card front to a black cardstock mat and used foam adhesive tape to glue it to my white card base.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Tue 11

Be Mine Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have one last Valentine's Day card for you.  It's a pretty simple design that you can make at the last minute.

I created this card by embossing white cardstock with the Pinpoint Leaf Plate die and adhered it to a red card base.

Next I created a blended background on white cardstock using Distress Oxide inks.  I die cut the Leafy Heart from that background and glued it to my card front.



I stamped the sentiment with Versa Ink and heat embossed it with red embossing powder. I trimmed the paper and glued it to a red cardstock mat. I used foam tape to adhere it to my card.


To finish the card I added a few clear epoxy dew drops.

I hope you have a great Valentine's Day! 

Thanks for stopping by today!






Mon 10

Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage, Bellflower Circle Wreath, Love Airy Script--one more valentine
by Anne Thompson

Only a few more days until Valentine's Day and I have one more valentine to show you.


There are so many things I love about this card.




  • I continued building the front panel, adding the Bellflower Wreath on top of the Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage using glue dots behind the three blossoms.  I then added the tiniest white pearls I had into the flower center holes.


  • I used dimensional foam tape behind this panel and adhered it to the front of a white notecard.  Using a glue pen, I added the Love Airy Script.


  • I thought the center needed something else.  I auditioned a variety of ribbons and flowers and settled on a small white satin ribbon bow.


I had one more piece of red foiled cardstock left so I made one more card, cutting the Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage in the front of a white notecard which I then backed with a square of the red foiled cardstock.  I used the other scraps I had to die cut the Bellflower Circle Wreath and the Love Airy Script.  A piece of shiny red twine finished the front.  I lined the inside of the notecard with red/white dotted papers.


I think I now have enough valentines to send out.  I will have to address and stamp envelopes later today.  If I do find I need more, I have two card-making workshops later this week for valentine procrastinators so I can whip up some then.  :-)

Happy Valentine's Day!  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage 94384

Love Airy Script 94326


Bellflower Circle Wreath 94369


Bubblegum Dots paper


Sat 08

Faux Cover Die
by Trina Pham


Hello there!  I am sharing a quick and easy card today inspired by cover dies.  I wanted to create the look of a cover die using regular dies.  I chose the Verdant Leaf die for my card, but many of the Memory Box dies (or even dies in your stash) would work beautifully.

Started off by die cutting a whole bunch of the leaf from Bristol paper and adhering them to a vellum panel.  A frame was then die cut with rectangle dies from Bristol paper and affixed on top, hence, completing the faux cover die.


To complete the card, the Hello Banner Script was die cut from Bristol paper and ombré coloured with Chipped Sapphire and Stormy Sky distress oxide inks using blender brushes.  For some sparkle (love my sparkle), it was inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  To make it stand out even more, hello was die cut from black cardstock and offset slightly.  Finished by white heat embossing the sentiment from Friendship Floral Heart stamp set on a black strip.


Well, that does it for today. So glad you dropped by.  Have a wonderful weekend.  





Thu 06

Double-Emboss the Scribble Rose Trio by Jean Okimoto

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Add dimension to the background of the Scribble Rose Trio by pressure-embossing and heat-embossing it to a glossy finish.  Add a Verdant Leaf for contrast, a Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out layer and a quick greeting from the Big and Little Valentines set.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with two techniques to extend the use of a favorite die from our 2020 Valentine's Collection.  I've used the Scribble Rose Trio for several cards here on the blog - and for classes at Impress.  Here's another technique to take advantage of this popular die set.

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Cut the solid Scribble Rose Trio background from Petunia cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed die.  Use a soft rubber brayer to ink the raised areas of the embossed pattern with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut Verdant Leaf from Flintstone cardstock.

Cut the largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out from Romance cardstock.    Pressure-emboss it with the set's second-largest die.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Trim it with a corner rounding punch.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamps Set - on a strip of Romance cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Attach the greeting with foam tape.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone again at the February 8th POPPYSTAMPS + BIRCH PRESS TOO! class at Impress.  We're using great designs from both companies - and Memory Box classics - on cards for any occasion.  

Thanks for visiting...be sure to enter our February Hearts Challengs!





Tue 04

by Michelle Bala

 Michelle here,  sharing a simple card for Valentine's Day.


I used Hugs Loving Heart craft die and Drifting Hearts Stencil.  I inked up the background with tattered rose and aged mahogany distress oxide inks.  I also splattered some white and gold paint.


After I die cut the heart, I used an embossing ink pad and just turned it upside down and directly inked the die cut with the sponge pad.  I sprinkled the top half with mayan glintz and the bottom half with metallic copper Wow embossing powders.  I die cut the heart 3 more times to stack them up. Adhere together and than to the card base.  Scatter some sequins! 

Hope you link up to the newest Memory Box Challenge...hearts!!!!


Thanks for stopping by!

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