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30 posts from June 2021

Wed 30

Diecut the Grand Tulip Shell from Recycled Paper by Jean Okimoto


Do you ever save paper because it's just too pretty to toss...like the cover of  the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad? Here's a way to use the glossy soft pastel-striped cover sheet - diecut the Grand Tulip Shell background, then top it with a delicate gold Polished Foil diecut.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with bit of up-cycling on a slimline friendship card.  My class kits are filled with Memory Box papers and cardstock.  I buy a lot of extras in addition to my Design Team supplies - and accumulate a lot of covers from the paper and cardstock packs.  Many are too pretty to throw into the recycle bin.  


I cut the soft rainbow pastels cover of the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad - the colors were perfect for the Grand Tulip Shell background.  Pressure-embossing with the detailed Grand Tulip Shell die added dimension - and made it easier to attach the detailed gold layer.  

Cut the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle from the creamy yellow sheet in the 6x6 Sunny Orange Collection.  Spritz the large center offcut with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

Color Clear Fairy Jewels with a dark yellow Sharpie or Copic Marker and set them aside to dry.

Stamp the greeting - from the Joyful Moments Clear Stamp Set - on a medium yellow sheet from the Sunny Orange Collection with Melon Impress Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach the diecuts and jewels to a pink slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

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You can also create a striped background of the Delicate Pastels with 1" wide strips of the actual 6x6 sheets and diecut it for a sparkly shell.  It would be a pretty card for a summer birthday celebration.

Thanks for visiting - keep cool and safe this weekend!




Tue 29

Shaped Flower Thank You Cards
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone! Creating custom thank you cards are such a good way to show how grateful you truly are.  Using the colored paper pad with the flower dies make it simple to create beautiful shaped flowers to accent any card.  Using them on a thank you card just give such special meaning to the recipient. 

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Flower Shaping: 

I started with bot the Layered Fresh Flowers and Layered Daisies and die cut them out of Vibrant Violet and Sunny Orange.  The 3 shades of the same color in 1 paper helps with creating depth to the flowers. For the Layered Fresh die cuts I added some white highlights with a Posca pen, flicking the pen from the center of the flower toward the middle of the petal.  I spritz the all the die cuts with water, this helps with holding the shape, then shape the flowers petals from the back then turn them over and press down in the center.  Some I layered 3 to 4 flowers other just 2 layers.  Adhering them together with liquid glue.  For the ones that are more shaped I held the flower together until the glue dried. for the Fresh Flowers I added Strawberry Ice glitter glue to the center.  For the Layered Daisies I used a light brown from the Earth Neutral paper pack. I also cut out some foliage from Layered Daisies from Lush Green paper and lightly shaped them as well.

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For the sentiment I used the 2nd smallest die from the Matinee Rectangle Layers and die cut out from the darkest in color in the colors used for the flowers. I stamped and heat embossed the Thank You sentiment from the Peony Garden Corner stamp set. I chose white embossing powder for the flowers from Vibrant Violets paper and gold for flowers from Sunny Orange paper pack.

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Card Base:

For the card base I used the new woodgrain paper and die cut it out using the Pinpoint Burst Plate to give it some organic texture. The Vibrant Violet colors I used white woodgrain paper and the Sunny Orange I used kraft woodgrain. I ink blended with making colors swirling out from the center out, going lighter the further away from center.  

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Assembly and Accents:

The card base is adhered to a A2 size card. I adhere the sentiment with foam tape over the center of the PinPoint Burst.  Then adhered the flowers around the sentiment.  For the Layered Daisies I added Layered Daisies foliage die cuts.  To bring in some sparkle I added Clear Jewels colored with alcohol markers to match the color scheme.

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Mon 28

Hearts and Flowers
by Anne Thompson

Hearts and Flowers...for any occasion any day of the year!


Materials Used


the dies


This is the first card I made:


my steps to make this card

  • die cut the Dreamy Freesia three times from green plaid paper
  • choose a coordinating green cardstock and cover the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Slim Pinpoint Heart Frame from the CreamWoodgrain Paper and trim it to fit the length of the card before adding it on top of the green cardstock
  • cut a bunch of hearts from Cream Woodgrain Paper using the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out dies
  • glue the freesia stems behind one of the hearts so that the flowers pop out of it and add a narrow strip of the same green cardstock behind the flowering heart then add to the card front
  • stack two of the smallest hearts and add to the narrow green strip


The other two cards are similar except that I added a coordinating large plaid heart behind the flower bouquet heart on each one.  The card on the left has three freesia stems and the red one on the right has only two with a small white heart "hidden" behind them.



Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 27

Heart Birthday Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this multiple heart die birthday card.  It's a clean and simple card using lots of dies and just a little stamping and heat embossing.
Here's another look:
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The biggest heart was made with the Memory Box Woodgrain Heart cut from Memory Box pink card stock. It's a wonderful heart die unlike your other heart dies.  But here's a tip, if you don't have this die you can get white or kraft woodgrain card stock from Memory Box and use it to cut any shape die you have and then ink it or color it with markers to make it any color you like!  The woodgrain papers from Memory Box come in white, ivory and kraft colors.
The next layer in my heart die stack is the inside of the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die, cut from pastel glitter card stock, also from Memory Box.  On top of that I added the Crystal Heart die also cut from pastel pink glitter paper.  On top of that I added a white cut out I made using the two smallest dies from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out die set cut from white card stock.
The sentiment is from Birch Press Design's Crystal Lingo stamp set, heat embossed in white on black card stock then cut with coordinating dies.  Here's one last look:
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I finished the card by adding clear Fairy Gems around the outside of the pink heart.
Hope you like my card inspiration for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!




Fri 25

Whale Love
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing some whale love! Here is a list of supplies I used:

Ocean Porthole Die

Whale Family Die

Coral and Kelp Ribbon Die

Woodgrain Paper Pack, Kraft

Sunny Orange 6x6 Paper Pack

Fresh Aqua 6x6 Paper Pack

Clear Jewels 

Whittle Sealife Sentiments from Poppy Stamps

My card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Here are the steps to create this card:

Trim a piece of blue paper from the Fresh Aqua Paper Pack to fit the card base. 

Trim the Woodgrain Kraft Paper to fit the card base.

Secure the Ocean Porthole Die to the center of the kraft paper and run thru a die machine.

Use the Ocean Porthole Die again and die cut a piece of yellow paper from the Sunny Orange Paper Pack.

Die cut the whale family and coral and color with Copic Markers.

I used shades B000, B01, B02, B04; C1, C3; YG21, YG25.

Using the same blue paper, stamp and trim the sentiments.

Adhere the layers, using foam tape to prop up the kraft paper, ocean porthole, whales and sentiments.

After assembling, scatter the clear jewels.


Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Fri 25

by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!

Today's card starts with a watercolor background I found in my stash of papers.  I often create various backgrounds and put them in a basket for future use.

I trimmed the watercolor background and mounted it onto a piece of blue cardstock. Next I adhered it to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the Bubble Border die from blue cardstock and only used the circles to create bubbles on the background. I sponged white ink over the circles to soften the color and spattered the background with white and orange inks.


Next, I die cut the jellyfish from watercolor paper and added color to them with orange distress inks. I used foam tape to glue them to the card.

To finish the card, I stamped the word "Hello" in the bottom right hand corner of the card.


That's it for today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!






Thu 24

Summer Hearts, Layered Daisies, Spritz and Sparkle by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a summer engagement, wedding or anniversary with layers of hearts and flowers.  The Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out set is perfect for any occasion.  Add soft, shimmery highlights to Memory Box Cream Woodgrain cardstock and a Berry Red Collection 6x6 for a custom, color-coordinated look.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer card using favorite designs from recent releases. Matching metallic papers and solid cardstock can be challenging among different brands, textures and colors.  Our 108 colors of 110# 6x6 papers - 9 collections of 12 colors each - make it so easy!  Just spritz, brayer, sponge or brush it with metallic inks for the perfect match or coordinating color.  

The Woodgrain 8.5x11" cardstock sheets are great on their own - or add shimmery highlights with metallic inks.  The 3 colors - white, cream and kraft - add subtle texture and dimension to any design.

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Cut Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out from Berry Red's dark coral 6x6 sheet.  Cut a coral plaid strip from the Madras Plaid Coral and Green pack using the 1.1 x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

Cut a horizontal grain Cream Woodgrain strip with the .9 x 5.9" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers Die - trim it to 5". Splatter it with just a few specks of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set the ink.  Brayer (or sponge) it with Pink Shimmer Delicata and heat-set it again.

Cut the Layered Daisies set twice from Berry Red's light coral 6x6 sheet.  Spritz one set with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry.  Layer the diecuts - alternating gold-spritzed and un-spritzed petals.  Add the center section.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 Cream Woodgrain card (6-¼ x 4-½").

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Color 5 of the clear Fairy Jewels with orange and dark pink markers.  I use Sharpies because I have a lot of them - Copic Markers work well too.  Custom-colored jewels are quick and easy with clear Fairy Jewels - 300 jewels per sheet!

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Thanks for visiting - keep cool, safe and hydrated this weekend!




Wed 23

Woodgrain Cardstock Technique
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to talk about incorporating the new 80 lb 8 1/2" x 11" woodgrain papers into your cardmaking. The papers come in white, cream, and kraft and have a woodgrain embossed texture on them. They take inks really well, but I decided to use sprays with my white paper.

This is what a close up of the woodgrain ridges:


I had thought about going the tradition route and coloring my paper with browns or greys, but I thought I would make an underwater scene that would have some interesting texture. When I sprayed my paper with a combination of Distress and Dylusions sprays in light blue, dark blue and green. This was the result:


Both sprays are reactive to water, so allowed the ink to dry a bit and then spritzed it with some plain water to give the impression of bubbles. I liked the combined effect of the splotches and the texture of the paper:


To finish the card, I cut out the solid paper of my nautilus with cream shimmer paper and then added the top detailed layer out of brown cardstock. I must admit, I had to Google a nautilus to remind myself what colors to use.  Memory Box has a fun clear set called "Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments" that would have worked really well with the card. I love puns! However, I decided to go with a more generic sentiment that can be used for a lot of different occasions.  As a final step, I added a few clear rhinestones that reminded me of bubbles under the sea.

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Tue 22

Backlit Under the Sea Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hello.  I have a card using the Pinpoint Burst Plate die cut over a acetate card so it shows the light through the back to create rays of light showing in the water scene. Such a easy way to create this effect.   



Die cut the Pinpoint Burst Plate from 110 card stock. Ink blend from the center of the Burts with Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and then Salty Ocean. Randomly add Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough with Salty Ocean and lightly blend together.  Then add Chipped Sapphire to the bottom and half way up the side of the panel.  Spray with water and let sit then damped off with a towel.  In the center add white Pan-pastel to mute out the yellow a little. Try to keep the backside of the card clean as it will show.



For the coral ink bland Distress Oxide Abandon Coral than Squeezed Lemonade on white card stock.  Die cut the coral from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Bubble Coral Collage.  For the kelp ink bland Distress Oxide Forest Moss √. Die cut the kelp from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Kelp Collage. For other plants ink bland Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio than Evergreen Bough on white card stock.  Die cut the plants from from the Deepwater Collage.  Glue them in plant round the bottom and halfway up the side with the plants pointing  towards the center point.



Die cut the mermaid from Mermaid Wonder Frame from dark brown card stock and then just the tail from a aqua paper from Polished Foil pack.  Fussy cut the tail and glue over the body.  Color the hair with a red alcohol marker and color the cuts in the hair with a black alcohol marker. Glue a shell sequin for the top to the mermaid.  Glue the mermaid to the center of the card.



Ink bland Distress Oxide Forest Moss on white card stock and die cut the base die from the Birthday Mail Posh Script die.  Die cut the top die out of the same aqua Polished Foil paper.  Glue the top die cut on the bottom die cut. Add mounting tape to the back of the sentiment die cut.


Create an A2 size card out of heavy acetate.  Add a thin line of glue on the  around the edge on the backside of the card base and adhere to the front of the acetate card.  Hold firm in place until dry.  For the inside die cut the larger die from Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set from white card stock. Add glue and adhere on the inside of the card to cover up the glue from the front panel.  To create to write a personal message, cut 2 small pieces of white, light weight ,card stock.  Adhere 1 to the inside of the card and the other to the back side to cover the adhesive that shows.  Adhere the sentiment to the front panel, center top.







Mon 21

Male Birthday Mail
by Anne Thompson

Today I made more guy cards, this time specifically for birthdays...Male Birthday Mail!


Materials Used

to make this card

  • cut the plaid paper to cover the front of the notecard
  • cut a smaller piece of red cardstock to use as a mat and add it to the front of the card
  • emboss the Toolshed image onto the cream woodgrain paper
  • lightly drag the ink pad over the top of the embossed image to add a bit of color to highlight the tools
  • trim this embossed image down to fit on the mat, leaving a narrow edge of the red exposed
  • cut the Birthday Mail background from a scrap of the red cardstock and the detailed letters from a scrap of the plaid...I found it helpful to add Scor-Tape on the back of the plaid paper to make it easier to place those letters on the background piece.
  • adhere the sentiment to the card front and add a tiny gem to dot the i

Here are the three cards I made...one using the cream woodgrain paper (shown above), one using the KRAFT WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44003, and one using the WHITE WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44002.


For the kraft paper card I used a larger piece of the woodgrain paper to cover the card front as well as embossing another piece with the toolshed folder.  I also used a brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009 as a mat for the embossed image and for the Birthday Mail background.


I love the texture of the woodgrain papers and the way the woodgrain highlights embossed images especially when I use ink direct-to-paper on the embossing.  Cool! 

Happy Crafting!

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