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30 posts from September 2020

Wed 30

Bats in the Jack o Lantern Bucket by Jean Okimoto


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Glittery bats flying out of a candy bucket, a repurposed easel card and lacy fall foliage...are you ready for Halloween?  The Poppystamps Adriana Pop Up Easel Set - turned sideways - creates a leafy background for this fall scene.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a fun fall design.

Cut the Jack o Lantern Bucket face and handle from light orange cardstock.  Cut the plain semi-circle from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the bats - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set - from the black sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pack.  

Prep the leafy background die from the Poppystamps Adriana Pop Up Easel Set by rubbing it briskly with a sheet of scrunched waxed paper.  It'll help release the delicate diecut and little offcuts.  Cut it from dark orange cardstock.

Cut the card front and easel sections from dark gray cardstock.  Crease the easel's tab backwards to support the card front and leafy diecut.  Attach the card front, bucket and bats.  

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Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on light gray cardstock with Habanero VersaFine.  Dry the the ink and cut the greeting with the coordinating die.

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Add simple designs - like the Jack o Lantern Bucket and bats - to a detailed background to balance the design elements.  The shaped card is actually designed to stand vertically, with a diecut piece serving as a "stopper" to keep the card upright.  Try that deisgn with the Jack o Lantern Bucket and these bats too!

Thanks for visiting!





Tue 29

Autumn Slimline Card
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  If you like coloring, this card is for you!  I used Copic Markers for my card but colored pencils or watercolor would work just as well.

I stared by stamping my image, then colored it with Copic Markers and die cut it with the matching die.  I like to color my image first and then figure out my background. 

The Copic Marker colors I used are: BG34, BG32, BG11, YG97, YG95, YG63, R27, YR07, YR04, Y35, C00, and C1.


I picked an aqua colored cardstock to match the berries in the stamped image, then sponged the edges of the cardstock with Broken China Distress Ink.  Next I stamped my sentiment using black ink and spattered the background with gold ink.  I also spattered my stamped image with the same ink.


To finish the card, I layered the background to a kraft cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.  I used foam tape to adhere the stamped image to the card.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!





Mon 28

Spirit of Christmas Cardinals and Holly
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting to build up my supply of holiday cards for December featuring great images and sentiments from the SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Clear Stamps and Dies set CL5261-D.  (The stamps are available by themselves, CL5261, if you don't want the dies.)  I particularly like the the cardinal and the holly/berries branch and used them against plaid paper for this first card, stamping the images on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink before coloring them with my Prismacolor pencils and then die cutting them.  I also added Ruby Crystal Fairy Sugar/glitter glue to the berries for some extra sparkle.

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I started with a dark green cardstock notecard with the plaid paper attached to white cardstock and trimmed really closely before adhering that panel to the card front.  I used dimensional foam tape to attach the cardinal at an angle and secured the holly branch and glittered berries to its body with Glue Dots.  I even added the tiniest black gem I could find in the center of its eye.

Because the inside of the card was dark green, I added a white panel and the leftover strip of the plaid paper.  I stamped "Wishing You A MERRY CHRISTMAS" on a scrap of white cardstock and mounted it to a piece of the same green cardstock as the notecard, leaving plenty of room for a brief note and signature.


The second card I made is similar...stamped and colored and die cut cardinal and holly branch against plaid paper with just a tiny bit of Goldfinch Fairy Dust/glitter glue added to the berries and a tiny black gem eye.


I used a complementary plaid on the inside and the same sentiment on a white panel.


And because I've been stamping a dozen or more pumpkins on printed papers this last week  I tried that technique on this third card.  I used an orange-y/red plaid for the cardinal and a dark green plaid for the holly, red pearls for the berries and another tiny gem eye on the bird.  I love that bird!


This time I layered the front and back patterns of one of the papers from the GARLAND 6X6 paper pad PP1010 on a Holly red notecard and added "WARMEST WISHES".  On the inside I used one of the dotted papers and a different piece from the Garland pad and added "MERRY CHRISTMAS" along the bottom edge.


materials used on the three cards

  • SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Clear Stamps and Dies set CL5261-D


  • papers from CHRISTMAS PLAID 6X6 paper pack PP1009
  • papers from GARLAND 6X6 paper pad PP1010
  • dark green dotted paper from GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS 6X6 paper pack PP1011
  • dark green and white cardstocks
  • white and Holly Red notecards
  • VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink
  • a variety of Prismacolor colored pencils in reds, oranges, and greens

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 27

Halloween Box Card
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  Halloween is not very big here in Canada, so I don’t make Halloween cards, but I made an exception today. 😂  With so many great Halloween products in the Christmas collection, I wanted to have some fun and make my very first box card!  This is a modified version without the flaps.  There are dies available, but with some simple cutting and scoring, you can save money and make a box card to whatever size you want.

I started by creating the box card base.  Two strips of black cardstock were trimmed to 1.5” x 6”.  Scored each strip along the long side at 1.5” and 5.5”.  Add strong adhesive to the 0.5” tab and attach them to form a 1.5”W x4”L rectangle.


Adhere a 4.25”x4” black piece to the back of the rectangle box to complete the base.


The strips inside the box to which elements attach to are 1”x 4-15/16” pieces and scored at 0.5” from both ends.  I initially had them straight, but switched them out to a Wild Grass border to give it some interest.

Next, a piece of Bristol paper was trimmed to 4”x3.75”.  A circle mask for the moon was adhered to it and Willted Violet and Dusty Durango distress inks (DI) were blended on with blender brushes.  Removed the mask and blended Shaded Lilac DI to cover the moon.  Flicked on some water and dabbed off with a paper towel to give texture to this background.


Another piece of Bristol paper was then trimmed to 1.25”x3.75”.  Applied Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn DIs to it with blender brushes.  Stamped the sentiment from Halloween Pumpkin in Archival Black ink. 


The pumpkins were die cut from white card stock and colored with Copic Sketch markers. The rest of the die-cuts were die cut from black and/or dark gray cardstock.   Yellow cardstock backed the house to show light through the windows.  A strip of acetate was used to suspended the front large bat.  All supplies are listed below.  The finished box card size is 4” Wx1.5”Dx4.25H.  When collapsed, it fits easily into an A2 sized envelope.  When mailing it, I suggest placing a piece of cardstock on top to protect it.


I think I’m going to send this to my 5-year old nephew and surprise him.  He seems to appreciate the cards I give him. *lol*😂   Anyway, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.





Sat 26

Christmas Berry Wreath
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome! I have two cards for you today made with just one of the large beautiful wreaths from Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" stamp set. My first card above used a larger portion of the wreath and my second card used the left over piece for a more clean and simple look.

I stamped the wreath on an oversized piece of black card stock then embossed it in gold. Here's a look at the nine colored pencils I used:


On the leaves and berries I left the darkest parts black, adding the darkest shades of green/red, progressively getting lighter toward the ends of the leaves and to one side of the berries. After laying down a little color from dark to light, I went back over each area where the colors met and blend them a little. You can also color light to dark as shown below on the right side:


I added white colored pencil to the lightest areas. Here's the complete colored wreath: 


To create cards, I cut the wreath with the second largest "Wrapped Stitched Rectangle" die and matted it on the largest die from the same set, cut from white card stock. 

I heat embossed the sentiment from "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set on vellum and cut it with "Stitched Circle Layers" die, cutting a 2nd circle from white for the mat.
With tiny dots of glue on the back of the vellum under the letters, you can't see the adhesive from the front.  For a finishing touch I added Glossy Accents to the berries.
Here's another look at the card:


Here's my second card that I made with the left over portion of the wreath:


There was a thin left over black strip from the wreath to use on my 2nd card.  Using my Misti, I lined up the wreath with the gold embossing so I could re-stamp the wreath on white card stock. After lining it up I closed the lid on my Misti, removed the black piece and stamped the whole wreath on the white card base.


Then all I had to do was line the black strip up with the white part of the stamp and adhere it to the card. I used the same sentiment and circle dies for this card.

The wreath stamp from the "Berry Wreath"stamp is large and I love that you can get several Christmas cards from one stamp!  So many possibilities with this stamp...maybe divide the wreath however you like, or use just half of the wreath on each card - so many options!

I hope you like my idea of splitting the large stamp into several different Christmas cards and hope I've inspired you to try something new!

Happy crafting and thanks so much for stopping by!





Thu 24

Spooky Cute Haunted House
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a hauntingly cute card! I used two of the newest layer dies, Haunted Entrance Dome Layer Die and Haunted House Dome Layer Die.  I die cut the dome layers with Copic friendly paper and colored the scene with Copic Markers. 


When assembling the dome layers, fold the scored edges so the flap of the top scene folds back and the flap of the back scene folds forward.  Adhere together at the bottom flaps and at the top of the dome.  Set aside to dry.  When dry, I tied a bow with bakers twine through the top slot.


I trimmed a piece of gray cardstock and adhered to a card base than inked up the edges with chipped sapphire distress oxide ink. Than I added a few splatters of black paint. Allow to dry. Trim a piece of vellum paper and stamp the sentiment. I used the stamp set Halloween Pumpkin. 

Copic shades: E25, E27, E29; V15, V17, V09, BV08; C1, C4, C6; YG17, YG95; YR04, YR07, R08


I assembled the card and finished it off with a few scattered sequins.

Thanks for peeking!!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thu 24

Share the Spirit of Christmas by Jean Okimoto

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The Garland 6x6 prints are uniquely pretty - and perfect with the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Dies too.  Add a diecut greeting and frosty white Poppystamps berries too.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday design for you.

Stamp the poinsettia on orangey-pink cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair, emboss it with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the leaves on matching green cardstock.  Cut both images with the coordinating dies from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Die Set.  The stamps are bold and perfect for watercoloring...but I'll leave that for Dave and the coloring experts on our Design Team!

Stamp the greeting - also from the set - on white with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the oval die from the set.  

Cut two berry sprigs from the Poppystamps Garden Leaves and Berries set from the white sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad.

Cut the corner floral print from the beautiful (and new favorite!) Garland 6x6 set with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut white vellum with the 3-¾" x 2-½" die.

Attach the poinsettia, leaves and berries to the vellum with doublestick tape - liquid adhesives may curl some types of vellum.  Adhere doublestick tape behind the vellum where it'll be concealed by the diecuts.  Attach the vellum to the Garland print.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.

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Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Shake the new Open Studio Sunlight Gold Glitter Glue to blend the contents then squirt some onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer or toothpick to glitter the poinsettia and set it aside to dry.

The Garland 6x6 coordinates beautifully with many of the Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Mix and match them and create unique holiday cards for everyone on your list!

Thanks for visiting...




Wed 23

Thankful Pumpkin
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  it’s a shocker, but I am sharing a fall themed thank you card today! *lol*😂  I needed to get in some coloring therapy and the Halloween Pumpkin stamp from the Christmas collection fits the bill.  This was not quick because of the coloring, but it’s an easy one so this will be a short post.

The leaves on top of the pumpkin were stamped along the bottom edge of an A2 sized alcohol ink-friendly panel using the masking technique.  Stamped the pumpkin image, removed the masks, then colored in with Copic Sketch markers and Polychromos color pencils.


The sentiment from Harvest Love and Kindness stamp set was heat embossed on black cardstock with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Assembled the panel onto a white card base and added highlights with a white gel pen to finish. 


And that was it!  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Tue 22

Boo Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a clean and simple Halloween card for you. I took several elements from the new dome dies to create this simple card.

To begin, I used gray cardstock and die cut only the haunted house from the Haunted House Dome Layer Die. Next I die cut the Winter Wood Dome from black cardstock and glued the haunted house behind it.  After I glued the die cut to white cardstock, I adhered the card front to a gray cardstock mat.  The matted card front was then mounted to a white card base. 


To finish the card I die cut the pumpkin from orange cardstock and glued that to my card. Next I used black cardstock and white embossed the word Boo. I used a 1" circle punch to cut out the word and glued it to the top of the dome.


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





Mon 21

Going Batty in the Woods
by Anne Thompson

I don't make many Halloween cards, so today's work was a good challenge for me.  I don't like to see bats up close and flying around my head here in the woods even though they eat mosquitoes, but these black glitter ones are pretty cute!  I also love the glitter paper woodland layers against that black/white/gold plaid!


To start I went through my dies to see what could be used to create a Halloween card, and I pulled these.


I actually made a practice card first before the final glittery one so I could try out an idea I had about putting the domed layers together.


I like this first gray/black/browns card but felt I needed more color on the front in addition to the glitter papers on the next one.

So I added a piece of plaid paper from the CHRISTMAS PLAID 6X6 PACK PP1009 to a Licorice (black) notecard.  Then I die cut everything using black and two different gold glitter papers from the FROSTED GLITTER PAD GP1004 and the HOLIDAY GLITTER PAD GP1005.  


Here's an explanation of the something different way I layered the dies together.  I put the Snowglobe Backer piece down first, then the darker gold Winter Wood Dome Layer, dropping the top of that piece to snug up against the the inside of the first arch.  I used glue on the pieces that attached to the plaid paper and Scor-Tape that adhered to the glitter paper layer behind it.


I added the black glitter Haunted House Entrance Dome Layer in the same way.


Next I added the tiny bats inside the domes against the plaid paper.  I placed a larger Cave Bat in the upper right.  I stamped "Boo" from the HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN CLEAR STAMP SET CL5264 on a scrap of the plaid paper using VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink, mounted it on a scrap of gold glitter paper, and mounted that onto a scrap of the black glitter paper.  To add it at the bottom center, I used a skinny piece of foam tape at the bottom edge of the sentiment piece so it would lay flat against the glitter paper layers nearer the top of the sentiment.


On the inside of the card I added a piece of black and white checked paper from the same paper pad and another large Cave Bat.  I stamped "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" from the same stamp set using the same ink.


I think these two cards will go in the Halloween box I send to my grandsons next month.  Happy Halloween!


Happy Crafting!

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