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29 posts from April 2020

Tue 28

Happy Birthday Wishes
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. Hope you are all safe and well and hopefully enjoying down time and craft time! I've been playing around with the new Twinkling Jewel and Delicate Pastel glitter paper pads. The colors are so vibrant it makes we yearn for spring and summer flowers!


I used the Double Stitch Rectangle Dies to cut a frame from the glitter paper.  I chose the first and fourth die cut frame ( starting from the largest as shown above) and secured them to the glitter paper. 

The glitter paper pads pair perfectly ( say that 10 times fast!) with Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pads!!! I used the sentiment from the stamp set  Friendship and Kindness, Poppy Stamps. I trimmed the pattern paper to fit just behind the frame. Than I adhered them together and to the card base.

I die cut some butterflies using the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Background Dies and glitter paper. For a finishing touch I scattered some sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek! Hope you give this a try!

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Tue 28

by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a mixed media type of card for you.  I used washi tape to create the flowers and the leaves for the card and a piece of patterned paper for the vase. So let's begin.

The first thing I did was to adhere a piece of the Rose Bouquet wide washi tape to white cardstock. Next I picked the flowers and the leaves I wanted to use and cut them out.


Next I chose a piece of patterned paper that I wanted to use for the vase and die cut it from the rectangle die set.  

I used a piece of the new watercolor paper for my background and laid out my design. 


I made a light pencil line for my table and proceded to watercolor the background.  I wanted a very fluid look for the watercolor so I watered down my paint. 


Once I was happy with the background I used matt medium to glue down my vase, leaves and flowers.

I used copic markers to add some shading to the flowers and leaves.  Next I used a fine black marker to outline the leaves and flowers to define them. Then I used a white marker to add a higlight to the vase.  

Next I used a stencil and sponged Tumbled Glass Distress ink to add some interest to the table and the background. I used a light touch for this.  I only wanted a hint of color.


The next thing I did was spatter the background with several colors of paint and some gold ink. I might of got a little carried away with the spatters.


To finish the card I die cut the word Love from gold metallic cardstock and glued that to my card front.  I used foam tape to adhere this to a white cardbase.

I hope you enjoyed this card today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!








Mon 27

Fun Folded Double Card
by Anne Thompson

I am continuing to play with interesting folds and remembered this fun folded double card, a form I had used in the past for holiday cards.  This particular card within a card provided lots of surfaces for colored cardstock and pretty patterned papers.  It opens first from the right with the smaller flap and then opens from the left with the larger flap.  Once both flaps are open the small sentiment panel is exposed.  


Technically you are building two cards and then attaching them together.  Let's start with the larger base panel card first. 

For the base on this card I used white cardstock cut 4 1/4 X 8 1/4, scored at 5 1/2.  When folded, the shorter flap is on the left.

I found it easier to make a list of all the sizes and kinds of paper I needed for the base, and then I cut and assembled each panel before adding them.

  • colored cardstock:  one piece 4 X 5 1/4; 4 X 2 1/2 , two of those--I used a medium blue cardstock.
  • printed papers: one piece 3 3/4 X 5; 3 3/4 X 2 1/4, two of those--I used the butterfly paper from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 paper pad.


Once the butterflies paper was adhered to the blue cardstock, I added each panel to the white base--the largest piece on the inside, one of the vertical panels on the left on the inside of the flap, and the other on the outside of the flap.


For the smaller card, I cut a piece of white cardstock 3 X 6 and scored it at 3.

I cut three blue cardstock pieces 2 3/4 X 2 3/4, two butterflies paper 2 1/2 X 2 1/2, and a white cardstock square 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 for the center sentiment panel. I glued the papers to the panels and then arranged them to go on the small white card base.  Remember that this card opens from the right, so one of the butterflies panels goes on the outside of the righthand fold and one on the inside of that fold, and the white panel goes on the inside on the left and this is the one that gets glued down to the base card.  

This is what it should look like...


Then I had to decide how to decorate that white square.  In retrospect I should have done my stamping before adhering the white square because I peeled it off and cut another white cardstock square to stamp.  I chose the single bloom from the WILD ROSE STEM CL5258 clear stamp set and stamped it using hero Arts Cornflower blue ink.  I added more of that ink around the edges of the square direct-to-paper from the pad.  I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for the sentiment "GRATEFUL for our friendship" from that same stamp set.  Then I added it to the card.


Here's another look at the opened card.


This makes quite a bulky card with all of those cardstock layers, so I made another one using blue cardstock as the base layers and another of the printed papers from the Springtime Bouquet 6 X 6 paper pad for a single layer  added directly to the base to create a thinner card.


Both of these fun folded double cards will go out in the mail today.   In looking at both of these cards I can see lots of options for using different papers, more stamping on the multiple surfaces, using other Memory Box stamps or adding die cut images, coloring with a variety of mediums even using watercolors on Memory Box watercolor paper for the sentiment square, glitter glue, and more.   You could even create some kind of a tab to keep the card closed.  The ideas just keep coming!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 26

Emboss and Gloss the Magnificent Sunflower by Jean Okimoto


Highlight the dimension of the Magnificent Sunflower 3D Embossing Folder for a glossy, glazed look in fresh greens and yellows.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with spring-into-summer design today.


Sponge or brush squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn and twisted citron Distress Oxides onto the smoother side of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Give it a light spritz of water and blend the inks with the inky sponges or brushes.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with the largest Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  Splatter a few dots of gold ink onto the inner portion and heat-set it.

Emboss it with the Magnificent Sunflower folder.  Place the rectangle on a hard, flat surface and apply a light layer of VersaMark with a 4" brayer.  Emboss it with detail clear powder

Stamp the greeting - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Die Set - on black cardstock with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail white powder.  

Attach everything to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam dots for the greeting.  Punch ¼" circles from the green Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad cardstock.  


Hope you'll give this a try.  Using the hard rubber brayer lets you apply VersaMark to the highest embossed layer without smudging.  It's great for large backgrounds too.  

Thanks for stopping by - take care and keep healthy!




Sat 25

Sketch Inspired
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know what you have been doing to stay creatively inspired during these trying times, but lately some friends and I have been crafting together using Zoom as well as participating in weekly challenges.  For my challenge, I proposed a sketch challenge.  There are lots of sites out there that provide wonderful sketch ideas and often have weekly/monthly challenges.  It is a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

I was inspired by this sketch from The Paper Players challenge blog:


I decided to go quite literally with the design because when I did so, it encouraged me to separate the leaves from the sunflowers, which is something I would normally never do.  Sometimes it is a good idea to step "Outside the Box."

To make the card, I stamped and die cut my flowers/leaves using Neenah Classic Crest paper and black Memento ink.  Next, I colored them with various Copic markers:

Sunflower petals: Y04, Y13, Y17

Sunflower centers: Y21, Y28

Sunflower leaves: YG01, YG03, YG25

To finish the card, I added some of the new Memory Box patterned paper as well as some of the new glitter paper for bling.

How about you?  How are you staying connected to your crafting world?





Fri 24

Using Stencils to Create a Focal Image and Card Base
by Vicki Finger


Today I have a quick and easy card for you using Stencils to create a decorative card base and focal image.  Then I have a quick update for you on my watercoloring progress.  

I cut a 4 x 4-inch piece of cardstock to use for my focal image.  I lined up my Bright Blossoms Stencil from Poppy Stamps (a Memory Box Company) so that just one flower would show up on my piece of cardstock.  You can use a post-it note or masking paper to cover up any parts that you don't want to get ink on, but I was just very careful.  I used Picket Fence Studio's Life Changing Blender Brushes to ink up the various colors on my bloom.  I used Apple Mint for the leaves and Lovely Lavender for the outer petals of the flower.  Then I used Innocent Pink for the center end of the larger petals and the flower center.  

Once I had the areas inked up, I added some very simple detailing using my Polychromos.  I don't have a lot of those - about 30 in total.  I seem to always have the ones I need since I bought based on the primary colors I seem to use for pretty much everything.  I don't use them often enough to justify buying a bigger set.  


For my card base, I wanted to use the bold Stripes Stencil from Birch PressDesign (another Memory Box Company) with Lovely Lavender Ink and did it all the way the full length of the card base so that it would be striped all the way.  I placed the stencil on the diagonal and moved it as I moved down the length of the cardstock.  

I cut a mat for the focal image that was 1/8th inch bigger all the way around, which gives it a skinny border.  I felt the upper right-hand corner of that image was bare, so I chose a smaller sentiment that would fit the area. 

Now, I wanted to show you what some practice will do once you learn how to watercolor.  You might remember this card from a few weeks ago.  


I'm sure no one will notice all the things that are wrong with this card, but I wanted to get this stamp set out this week and give it another go now that I've had a lot more practice.  Don't get me wrong, this "controlled" method of watercolor is not easy for me, but I want to be able to do it, so I keep working and practicing it.  Here is the card I watercolored yesterday using the beautiful Birthday Rose Corner Stamp.  


My contrast and shadows are getting better each time I practice!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and are staying safe and well.  We had tornadoes late yesterday to make "Sheltering in Place" a little more exciting.  There are no basements in Texas but we do have a four-foot-tall crawl space.   We got all of our necessary papers and medicines ready to go down that rabbit hole if needed but we never had to go down there.  YAY!!  




Thu 23

Color the Wild Rose Stem with Stenciled Distress Oxides by Jean Okimoto

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The bold, beautiful Wild Rose Stem is easy to watercolor - and even easier to stencil for a watercolored look.  Chose your favorite Distress Oxides and stencil them onto the stamped and embossed image for a super-quick and easy design.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple technique card for spring.

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Stamp the flowers - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on the smoother side of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut medium or heavyweight vellum with the matching die.  Vellum retains a crisp edge and doesn't absorb the stenciled inks.

Stencil the image with Distress Oxides - worn lipstick, mowed lawn, bundled sage and squeezed lemonade.  Blend the inks with a damp paintbrush or waterbrush - make it look less stenciled, more watercolored!  Heat-set it, then diecut it. 

Cut a 5-3/4" x 2-¾"  strip of the pale green Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots 6x6 paper.  Score, cut and fold a 6-¼" x 3-½" card of Berry Blush cardstock.  

Paint the smoother side of Memory Box watercolor paper with a light layer of worn lipstick Distress Oxide. Dry the ink. Stamp the greeting - also from the Wild Rose Stem set - with Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it.

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Trim the top and bottom right corners of the card and green striped piece and  greeting strip wih a corner rounder  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Accent the flowers with dots of Open Studio Buttercup Glitter Glue.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!





Wed 22

Glittery Thanks
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I was recently surprised with happy mail that made my day!  I wanted to return the favor and show my appreciation by sending her a thank you card made with a few goodies from the latest Spring collection.  Unfortunately, she would not have received it before this post. 😔 

So isn’t the Delicate Pastel Glitter paper just gorgeous!?  I couldn’t resist and had to use as many of the colours in the pack as I possibly can and do some color blocking with them. 😂   Each strip is one inch thick and was adhered to an A2 sized Bristol panel.  The Splendid Poppy Stems was die cut three times from Bristol paper as well and stacked for dimension.


Seaside Thanks was die cut next from black cardstock and adhered to a scrap of Bristol paper, then fussy cut out.  With all that glittery goodness, a white heat embossed sentiment from Big and Little Words on a black cardstock strip finished off the card.


I hope my crafty friend will be as pleasantly surprised as I was when she receives this!  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.  Stay home and craft on!





Tue 21

by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  I hope you are all doing well and finding some time to create.

For today's card I used a double embossing technique to create my card background.  

First I stamped several images with Versa Ink onto a piece of light blue striped patterned paper from the new 6"x 6" Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots paper pad.  Next I heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder.  I sponged the paper using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.  I used a dry tissue to remove any ink from the embossed images.  You need to completely dry the paper before you move on to the next step. Next I stamped another image onto my background and heat embossed this with clear powder.  I sponged Broken China Distress Oxide ink over the background and used a dry tissue to romove the excess ink.


When the ink was dry I spattered the background with white ink.  I used foam tape to adhere this to a white cardbase.

Next I die cut the Verdant Leaf loving Heart from white cardstock and glued this to my card. I glued a few of the leaves back into the die cut.


To finish the card I stamped the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed it.  I used foam tape to glue it to my card and added a few clear epoxy dots to add some texture.

That's it for today!  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.



Mon 20

Spring Card with a Pocket
by Anne Thompson

I've been trying out different kinds of folds using both cardstock and printed papers to change up the forms of cards I've made this last week.   For today's post I created a card with a sentiment panel tucked into a pocket which with just two simple folds provided several surfaces for showcasing a bunch of coordinated papers from both SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 and SPRINGTIME BOUQUET STRIPES AND DOTS PP1007 6X6 paper pads.  

This is what this card looks like with the flap closed and held in place by the tab.


And this is what you see when you open the top flap.


materials used and procedures

  • cut white cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • score it at 2 1/2 and 6 1/2; use a bone folder to get a nice crease on each fold line; the wider flap is at the top
  • cut and adhere printed paper for the top flap 5 1/4 X 2 1/4, one for the outside and another for the inside of the flap
  • cut and adhere printed paper for the outside of the bottom flap 5 1/4 X 1 3/4 
  • for the inside of the card between the fold lines, cut and adhere patterned paper 5 1/4 X 3 3/4
  • with the card opened flat, attach Score-Tape or another sturdy adhesive to the side edges of the bottom flap and fold it up to create the pocket
  • to make the tab that holds the pocket card closed, cut white cardstock and printed papers using two sizes from the MATINEE RECTANGLE LAYERS 94438 and attach it on the back only at the very bottom edge of the larger rectangle with Scor-Tape or another sturdy adhesive
  • for the sentiment panel that tucks into the pocket, cut white cardstock 4 1/2 X 3 1/4
  • stamp "Spring is a time..." sentiment from Poppystamps SPRINGTIME FUN CL 491 using Versafine Tuxedo Black ink
  • cut PRETTY BLOSSOM STEM 94422 from bright yellow glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003 and adhere it using glue dots or glue next to the sentiment; trim it to fit


You might add paper to the sentiment panel before stamping and decorating it.  You might also add another sentiment or a die cut to the tab on the front of the card.  Or you could omit the tab and add other stamped or die cut images on the flaps.  You could use other color combinations and different floral die cuts or butterflies.  I could go on and on with suggestions because I think there are so many possible ways to decorate this card inside and out.

Happy Crafting!

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