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33 posts from January 2021

Sun 31

Dots & Stripes Backgrounds
by Angie Cimbalo

Both stripes

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with some fun cards using strips of dotted and striped patterned paper.  I used the "Garland Stripes and Dots" paper which I just love because on each sheet, one side has the dots and the reverse side has the stripes in the same color.

Above are the two cards I made with the striped side of the paper and below are the two I made with the dotted side of the paper.

Both dots

I wanted to make some heart cards with thin strips of patterned papers for the background, so I took the  paper  and cut both the stripe and the dotted sides of every color, into 1/2"strips. I glued them to a piece of white card stock and then trimmed each panel to 4.25" by 5.5" . The photo below shows the panels I made.

Preparing panels

I took the "Double Stitch Loving Heart Cutout" set and with the largest die from the set, I cut a heart from each panel. I used each of those hearts to make two clean and simple heart birthday cards.
Here's the first one made with the striped heart background.

Striped bday

Here's a closer up of the birthday card with the striped background.

Striped bday close

The word die is "Birthday Jotted Script" die and the heat embossed strip was stamped with the "Big & Little Words" stamp set. Here's the 2nd birthday card with the dotted heart background.

Dots bay

And here is a close up of the dotted background birthday card:

Dots bday close

For the two other card, I used the left over piece with the missing heart and added a piece of white card stock behind the opening. Inside the heart I added a black heart cut out made with the two largest heart die from "Double Stitch Loving Heart Cutout", and the "Sending Love Posh Script" die, cut 4 times and layered for dimension. Here's a look at the one made with the striped background.

Stripes Sending

And here's a close up of the striped one.  I just love how that heart dies leaves a double stitched edge.

Stripes Sending close

The next card was made exactly the same with the dotted background.

Dots Sending

And here's a close up of the dotted "Sending Love" card.

Dots Sending close

I hope you like my cards for today - I love it when you can get two for one when making cards.
Using the heart for one card and the rest of the panel for a 2nd card, really helps build your card stash!

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Sat 30

Sending Love Along the Way by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a Valentine's scene card.  This can be for any loved one on Valentine's Day.

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Card Base:

The card base will be A2 size out of white card stock.  Cut light blue and light pick card stock to 4"x51/4".  Die cut the 2nd largest Double Stitch Loving Heart out of the light pink card stock, centering the die in the lower half of the paper.  


Die cut Woodland Heart Frame tree die out of cream card stock.  Color the edges of the trees with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  Drag some of the color across the trees randomly to create the bark of the birch tree.


Die cut Wild Grass Border out of green card stock.  From the Neighborhood Heart Frame, die cut the bicycle from red card stock and balloon hearts from red and pink paper.  Use a black ink pen to color the tires on the bicycle.  Add Ruby Crystal glitter glue to the red hearts and Berry Mist glitter glue to the pink hearts.


Glue the birch tree to the blue background paper, making sure it is centered to the heart cut out in the pink paper. Glue the grass on top of the tree die cut.  Glue the glitter heart balloons on the grass and then glue the bicycle.  Always making sure the die cuts can be seen through the heart window in the pink paper. 

Add double sided tape to the back of the pink card stock and place on top of the blue card stock, centering the heart over the scene.  Adhere to the white card base leaving the 1/8" boarder.


Die cut the Sending Love out of red card stock and add Rubber Crystal glue on top.  Once the glitter glue is dried adhere to the top portion of the card.

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Thu 28

Be Mine
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a simple design for Valentine's Day that can be given to a male or female. 

I used the Crystal Heart Die, Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out Die, Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamp, Holiday Glitter Pad and Polished Foil Pad.


I die cut the Crystal Heart two times. Once each using glitter and foil paper in the champagne shade. I glued the foil heart on top of the glitter heart.

I adhered the layered Crystal Heart onto a piece of foam tape. I used a foam sheet for this step.  I added the geometric shapes back into the Crystal Heart, alternating between glitter and foil. Than I trimmed the excess foam sheet.


The next steps are shown above. I trimmed a piece of gray cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I die cut the window using the Double Stitch Loving Heart Die. Stamp the sentiment. Turn the panel over and add foam adhesive. Adhere the gray panel onto a white card base. 


Last, peel off the back of the foam sheet from the Crystal Heart and adhere the heart in the center of the heart window. 

What do you think? I hope you liked it!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thu 28

Double-Emboss a Watercolored Crystal Heart by Jean Okimoto

Add a double layer of texture to a watercolored Crystal Heart with pressure- and heat-embossing.  It's an easy way to add dimension to a detailed design...without paper-piecing.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die from our 2021 Valentine Collection.

Cut the second-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of picked raspberry, worn lipstick and ripe persimmon Distress Oxides.  Heat-set the inks.

Pressure emboss it with the Crystal Heart die using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Leave the diecut in the die and sponge it with VersaMark.  Remove the die.  Heat-emboss the VersaMark-ed sections with detail gold powder - the watercolor paper adds texture to the embossing.  Clean both sides of the VersaMark-ed die with a damp washcloth, then dry it with a paper towel.

Cut Crystal Heart again from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Punch a tiny hole near the top center of the watercolored heart.  Tie the hearts together with gold cord.  Curl the cord ends with the side of a bone folder or the plastic flower burnishing tool. P1002843

Press worn lipstick ink onto a large acrylic stamp block then brush the ink onto the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut the paper with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A-2 card.

Shake Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to blend the contents.  Use the bottom of the tube to splatter the painted background with a specks of gold.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentine Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of the watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Heat-emboss it with clear powder. Trim it and add it to the card.


Hope you enjoy the versatility of Memory Box dies as much as I do.  They're great for pressure-embossing, cutting stencils and as the actual stencil as we've used Crystal Heart here.  

Thanks for visiting...




Wed 27

Love You
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone, today I have a simple card using a combination of new and old products. 

I began by die cutting the Woodgrain Heart from white cardstock and used Distress Oxide Inks to add color to the heart.


Next, I created the background using a blender brush to apply ink through a stencil.


There was ink left on the stencil, so I spritzed it with water and placed it ink side down on anther piece of cardstock. I placed a dry paper towel over the stencil and pressed it into the paper. This way you get two backgrounds.


I intended to use the first background for my card, but I liked the second one better for this project.

Next, I glued the heart to the left side of the background and trimmed off the excess. Then I adhered the background to a black cardstock layer and used foam tape to glue it to a white card base.

I die cut the word love from black cardstock and glued it to my card. Next, I stamped the word "you" on a strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed it. Then I adhered it to my card front.


To finish the card I added a few sequins and that's it.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!





Tue 26

Be Mine Slim Line Card by Sara Cook

I have a mixed media slim line card today.  A soft mixed media background, featuring the new Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate die.

Be mine full image


The card stock is a extra heavy white card stock.  Ink smoosh Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, and Shaded Lilac on a glass mat and spritz with water.  Tap the card in the inks, turning the card each time adding more ink.  Heat set the card and repeat.  Blended Spun Sugar and Wilted Violet on the dried card stock.  To mute the background smoosh Hero Arts Unicorn all over the card stock.  Heat set.  Take a large wet brush and brush water across the card to continue to blend colors together.  Heat set again.

Die cut the paper with the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate die.

Be mine background

Randomly place the scripted stamped from the Peony Garden Corner set on a plastic sheet. Ink with Shaded Lilac Distress ink and randomly stamp the background card, turning the plastic sheet in-between impressions.  This should be random so the sentiment cannot be fully read.

Be mine word background

Focal Image:

Use the 2nd largest heart die from the double Stitch Loving Heart die set and cut out of a light purple card stock.  Center the die cut in the upper middle of the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate die and secure in place.  Run it through the die cut.  Ink around the outside of the heart die cut with Shaded Lilac Distress ink.  Add double sided foam tape foam tape the the backside of the heart and then align on the ground. Stamp be mine from the Big and Little Valentines stamp set on white card stock with Shaded Lilac ink.  Cut out each word separately.  Swipe the side of the stamped image directly into Shaded Lilac ink to create a boarder.  Lightly blend Shaded Lilac on the stamped image to tone down the white background.  Glue in the center of the heart.

Be mine heart


From Big and Little Valentines stamp happy Valentine's Day in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink on while card stock. Cut each word out.  Make the boarder the same way as the be mine words.  Glue on the background.  Too high light the sentiments take a white gel pen and outline around the paper.

Card Base

Cut 2 pieces of white card stock to 3 3/4"x8 3/4".  Score 1/2" from top of card and fold.  This will be the bottom base.  Add g to just the 1/2" scored section of the bottom base and place the top card base on top.  Then glue the background card on the top card centering for a white boarder. To embellish die cut Scribble Leafy Branch Outline die from white card stock and Scribble Leafy Branch background from Vellum.  Arrange 3 pcs at the bottom right of the heart and 2 pcs at the top left of the heart.

Be mine upclose

Sara Signature




Mon 25

Valentine Treat Pouches
by Anne Thompson

I made some cute little valentine treat pouches using the Christmas Plaid papers and several of the dies from the Valentines 2021 collection.  Each pouch is made from one 6x6 double-sided piece of paper--perfect for using any of the Memory Box 6x6 paper pads. 

You use a simple diaper fold to create the pouches--there are lots of tutorials and videos online and examples on pinterest.  I followed the instructions on the Splitcoast Stampers blog:  Fold your paper in half on the diagonal to make a triangle.  You then take one of the lower corners of the triangle and fold it over to the middle of the other triangle side.  Take the other lower corner of your triangle and fold it over to the middle of the opposite side.  Take one layer of your top corner and fold it down to create your pouch.

I found it was helpful to use a bone folder on the creases.  Sometimes the paper did split a little (and shhh... I just covered those spots with hearts).  I also secured down the folded over pieces with double-sided tape.  The heavier paper makes for very sturdy pouches.  

The fun part is then decorating and filling each pouch.  I made four for this post.


materials used


Whatever hearts I cut from plaid papers I also cut from white or off-white cardstock and off-set the plaid papers on top.  I made a bunch of hearts this way first, using some of the same papers on the pouches and adding in some other plaids that coordinated well.  Then I attached those doubled-up hearts to the pouches using Glue Dots or double-sided tape, at least one larger one inside the pouch peeking out and several on the outside.  I added ribbon bows and pearls or red gems to some of the hearts.  I die cut the sentiments "Sending LOVE" and "HUGS" from white cardstock and used a glue pen to adhere them to more of the plaid paper scraps which I then mounted on another layer of white cardstock before tucking them into the pouches.  For the "BIG Hugs" one, I just attached the sentiment to the large heart tucked in the pouch.  I added some foil-wrapped chocolate hearts to each pouch to finish up.



Think I will make more of the small ones for candy treats or tea and some bigger ones using larger squares for holding other treats like hot chocolate, s'mores fixings, microwave popcorn...so many possibilities!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Sun 24

Sweet Bay Collage on a Garland Background by Jean Okimoto

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The new Sweet Bay Collage creates the perfect window for a floral background from the Garland 6x6 print.  Stitched bold Vintage Varsity Alphabets match the slender Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out.  Add sparkle with glittered diecuts and punched circles.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design for Valentine's Day - or any day. 

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Trim white cardstock to 8-½" x 10-⅞".  Score it at 3-⅝" and 7-¼" for the front and back panels.  The remaining panel will be folded to the inside later to cover the back of the collage.

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Cut the center panel with Sweet Bay Collage - keep the two small leaf offcuts.

Cut the Garland floral print with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Tape it behind the Sweet Bay Collage.  Fold and adhere the third panel. Attach the two small white leaf offcuts.  Cut the two leaves again from the pale peach Delicate Pastels glitter sheet.  Attach them over the small white leaf offcuts.

Cut L, V and E from pale peach cardstock with the Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  Cut the second-smallest heart from the Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out.  Cut the center out with the smallest die from the heart set and replace it with a pale peach glittered heart.

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  

Punch ¼" dots from the lime green Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.

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Brighten a winter day with floral prints from the Garden Folly, Springtime Bouquet and Garland 6x6 prints.  Coordinate them with their matching Stripes and Dots 6x6 packs.  They're great for holiday thank-yous, Valentine and birthday cards .  

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday!





Sat 23

Embossed Toilet Paper Butterflies
by Trina Pham


Happy weekend everyone.  So in contrast to my last post with bright cheery rainbow colors, I am sharing a soft color palette card today featuring a super easy technique called embossed toilet paper.  A year ago when the pandemic first started, I would have never dared to waste this hot commodity. 😂 

To start, layers of toilet paper were spritz with water on each side and stacked on top of each other.  Even though the toilet paper is 2-ply, it’s not very thick, so I ended up with 10 layers.  The Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Background die was then used to die cut two butterflies from it.


Next, placed the butterflies into the Chrysanthemum Field 3D embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine according to the machine’s recommendations.  Set them aside to dry completely, resulting in something similar to handmade paper.


I’ve only seen this technique used as  backgrounds, but I modified it to create card elements.  Here’s a large background piece that shows the handmade characteristics better. 


To complete my card, the Twiggy Hugs was die cut from black cardstock and three times from Bristol paper.  Ink blended the top layer with Wilted Violet and Milled Lavender distress inks (DI), then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder for some shine.  Stacked them for dimension.


The Pinpoint Leaf Plate was then die cut from Bristol paper.  Ink smooshed Wilted Violet DI and added black splatters in the bottom right corner before assembling the card to finish.  I wished I didn’t add Milled Lavender DI to the top butterfly.


And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend. 





Fri 22

Sending Love
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone! Today I have a Valentine's Day card for you which features new products from the 2021 Valentines release.


I started by die cutting the Sprinkle Heart Collage from red cardstock and glued it to a strip of patterned paper. Save the little hearts that came out of the die cut for later use. I trimmed the strip and adhered it to a white card base.

Next, I die cut a heart from the same patterned paper I used behind the heart border. From that heart I die cut a smaller heart. I glued the large heart to the card and used foam tape to adhere the smaller heart.  

The Sending Love sentiment was die cut from red cardstock and glued to the small heart.


To finish the card I glued my leftover hearts to the front of the card. That's it!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!