84 posts categorized "2022 Spring"


Thu 24

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a Fall themed card for you featuring new products from the new 2023 Fall Release.  

I used the "Autumn Pumpkin" as a vase for my fall foliage arrangement.  The pumpkin was die cut from orange cardstock and the foliage from green, yellow and orange cardstock.  They were all inked with coordinating Distress Inks.


The background panel was dry embossed using the new "Fanciful Glided Frame" on aqua cardstock.  I inked the edges with Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks, and  adhered the panel to an Ivory cardstock card base.


Next, I used foam tape on the bottom portion of the pumpkin and adhered it to the background panel.  I tucked in all the foliage pieces and glued them in place. 

I spattered the background with gold ink.

The word "Hello" was gold foiled, die cut, and glued to the pumpkin.


To finish the card, I adhered some Autumn Fairy Crystals to add a little shine.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!







Sun 14

Just A Note with Backyard Wren
by Theary Chea

Hello! I hope that you're having a wonderful day. My name is Theary, and today, I will share a card I created using products from the Magnolia Collection.

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I started by die-cutting Magnolia Blossom Trios and Backyard Wren out of white cardstock. Then, I went in with inks and blended the die-cuts with a blending brush.

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I used the Curved Pinpoint Layers and die-cut the second to largest die to create the frame. I then used the third smallest frame and die-cut that from the Magnolia Grove paper pad pattern paper to create the background scene. Then, I went in with a brown shade of ink and blended the edges to create dimension.

I adhered everything down to the beautiful foil paper from the Magnolia Grove paper pad that I trimmed down to fit an A2 size card base. 

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And lastly, the sentiment is cut from Majestic Hues Glitter Pad using Just A Note Daily Script.

I love how everything came together, and I hope this card inspires you to get crafty. Until next time!

Have a wonderfully blessed day,
Theary Chea








Thu 13

Wren Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today's card features new products from the Memory Box, April 2023 release.  I love the Backyard Wren Die and I can see myself using it for numerous cards.

To create the card, I began by ink blending Distress Oxide Inks onto a white cardstock panel.  Next, I spattered the background with black ink, and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.


I die cut the "Backyard Wren" and the "Curved Magnolia Branch" from white cardstock and used Distress Inks and Copic Markers to add color to the images.




I glued the Magnolia Branch to the front of the card.  Next, I glued the wren and magnolia on top of the branch.

I stamped the sentiment in the bottom right hand corner of the card and added some Clear Fairy Drops for a little glitz.


That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the new release!








Thu 06

Happy Easter
by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone!  Today I have one more Easter post for you.

I began by die cutting the Bunny Egg Collage in the center of a white cardstock panel.  I added color to the die cut with Distress Oxide inks.  I also die cut the flowers and greenery from white cardstock and used the same Distress Oxide inks to color them.


I ink blended another piece of white cardstock with Distress ink and misted a stamp with plain water and stamped over the blended ink.  The water from the stamped image removes the ink and leaves a subtle print.


Next, I glued the die cut to the stamped background and mounted it to a kraft cardstock mat.  This was adhered to a white card base.

I glued the flowers and greenery under the bunny.

The sentiment was stamped on a strip of white cardstock, heat embossed with gold embossing powder, and a little pink ink was added to the edges of the stamped strip. I then used foam tape to adhere it to the card.


To finish the card, I added Gold Nuvo Drops to the flower centers and added some Clear Fairy Drops for some shine.

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Easter!







Fri 31

Happy Easter Treat Bag
by Donna Sledzik


Happy Friday everyone!  Today I have a cute Easter treat bag for you.

I started with a store bought treat bag and embellished it with some die cut images.

I die cut the Bunny Face from white cardstock and used Distress Oxide Inks to add color to the bunny.  The nose was drawn in with a black fine tip marker, I used black wire to make his glasses and some thread for his whiskers.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the center of the window on the bag.  


Next, I used 2 shades of green cardstock to die cut the Magnolia Wreath, and used Distress Ink to add some shading.  The flowers were cut from white cardstock.


I glued the darker green wreath around the window of the bag, the lighter green wreath I cut up and tucked the pieces in behind the dark wreath to make it a little fuller.  Next, I glued the white flowers around the wreath and added black fairy jewels for the flower centers.


On a strip of black cardstock, I white heat embossed the words happy Easter and used foam tape to adhere it to the bag.

To finish the bag I tied twine around the top of the bag to close it and added a bow to the bunny head.


That's it for today!  I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!






Sat 12

Fall Leaf Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a fall themed card using spring release dies and stamp set.  Just by changing up the colors of leave dies and stamp sets you can use it for fall time as well.  


Foiled Background:

Trim down light green from the Lush Green paper pad to A2 size.  Hot foil the Poppy Stamps Leaf Tendril Hot Foil Plate with a matching green foil on the Lush Green paper.  Trim down to 4" x 5 1/4".



Spray a piece of Memory Box Watercolor paper with water.  Then spray with Distress Oxide sprays in Squeezed Lemon Aid, Ripe Persimmon, and Mowed Lawn.  Let dry.  Die cut using the Exquisite Leaf Set.  



Stamp "Every moment Matters" from the Friends and Family stamp set with Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn on the lightest yellow from the Sunny Orange paper pad.  Die cut the sentiment with 4th smallest Rectangle Basics set.  Die cut the matching green from Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad with the next largest die.  Adhere the yellow on the mirror paper.



Trim the lightest yellow from the Sunny Orange paper pad to A2.  Trim the matching green from Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad 1/8" smaller than A2.  Adhere the yellow base to an A2 card, the mirror, then the hot foil background.  Centering them.  Add some double sided tape to the back of the sentiment.  Add the leaves around the sentiment.  Add foam tape to the back of the sentiment and leaves and adhere in the center os the card.







Wed 07

Fall Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone. I have a fall birthday card featuring the Exquisite Leaf set and Happy Birthday Posh Script dies from the spring release.  How easy it is to just change up the color scheme and go from spring to fall.



Spray Open Studio Watercolor paper with Distress Oxide sprays in Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, and Dried Marigold.  Let dry. Die cut 2 sets of the Exquisite Leaf set from the sprayed paper.

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Wood Panel:

Die cut white card stock using the Wood Grain Planks die.  Ink blend with Distress Oxide Walnut Stain on each plank.  Then lightly add some Distress Oxide Antique Linen to highlight the wood grain.   Cut a strip of scrap paper to 4” x 1 ½” and adhere the Wood Grain Plank die cuts.

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Die cut the bottom die of the Happy Birthday Posh Script die from ivory card stock.  Then die cut the top die from a matching red paper from the Berry Red paper pad.  Adhere together.


Die cut ivory card stock with the Pinpoint Leaf Plate.  Trim down to 4” x 5 ¼”.  Trim a dark brown paper from the Earth Neutral paper pad to 5 ½” x 4 ¼”.  Adhere the Pinpoint Leaf panel to the dark brown panel.


Adhere the background to an A2 ivory card.  Adhere the wood panel to the center of the background.  Do not add adhesive to the top or bottom of the panel to tuck the leaves behind the panel.  Adhere the sentiment to the center of the wood panel.  Arrange and adhere 1 sets of the leaves to the upper left side of the wood panel.  Adhere the 2nd set of leaves mirrors of the first set in the lower right side of the wood panel.


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Mon 15

Floral Photo Cards with Die Cut Flowers
by Anne Thompson

When I visited the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens recently I took nearly 100 photographs, mostly of stone walls and stone sculptures and fairy houses.  I did find three photographs of yellow flowers, however, and decided to use them on cards with coordinating die cut flowers, keeping with the yellow theme for this month's blog challenge.  First up, California Poppies with three Memory Box poppy dies--RUFFLED POPPY STEM 94667, SWEET POPPY STEM 94648, and GRACEFUL POPPY STEMS 94651.

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I trimmed the 3.5 X 5 photograph of the California Poppies and added it to the lower right corner of a white notecard.  I die cut the three poppy dies from one of the yellow cardstocks and one of the orange cardstocks in the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002.  I assembled the yellow flowers and used only the orange stamens for the flower centers.  I added the completed flowers to the left side of the notecard.  I cut the flowers again from one of the green cardstocks in the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 and added just the stems on top of the yellow ones.

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This time I mounted the photographs on green cardstocks from the Lush Green Collection and used another green for the TALL FRILLY LEAF STEMS 94615 which I added to the left edge of the photographs, three stems on each card.

For the flowers I used a yellow cardstock from the Sunny Orange Collection and the LAYERED PERIWINKLE die 94614.  I cut five for each card and assembled them with Glue Dots.  I used an orange marker to color the flower centers.  I added the flowers to the card using large Glue Dots for three and foam dimensional dots for two.

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I've used die cuts before with photographs on scrapbook pages but I think this is the first time I've used them with photographs on greeting cards.  I will definitely do this again!  It's actually a great way, too, to use less than great photographs where the die cuts can be used in empty-ish spots or to cover something up or to draw attention to a particular element in the photo.  

Happy Crafting!

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Fri 12

Embossed, Stencilled Butterfly Wishes by Jean Okimoto


Embossed, stencilled and diecut butterflies highlight a special moment.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a combo of butterfiles ready to celebrate in shimmery shades of turquoise, green and purple.



Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 3" x 4-¼" Basic Rectangles die.  Pressure-emboss it with Butterfly Coterie Collage.   

Stencil the embossed butterflies with the Butterfly Coterie Stencil and Distress Oxides - skip the two that will be hidden by the Ava Butterflies.  Ink colors used here - wilted violet, cracked pistachio and salvaged patina.

Blend the same inks - plus twisted citron - on a strip of watercolor paper.  Spritz and splatter it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry the ink for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  Cut it into 2 strips and lightly ink the edges with Cracked Pistachio.

Cut Ava Butterflies from the turquoise and purple 6x6 sheets in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  Attach them with foamdots.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Art Deco Birthday Greetings Clear Stamps - on watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Banner Sentiment Trio die.


Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") Cream Woodgrain Paper card - use foamdots for the greeting.

Add Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A-6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Butterflies are great for any occasion.  Emboss, stencil and diecut them in coordinating colors - or a lively mix of inks and papers.

Thanks for visiting our blog.  Have a great weekend!Jeansignature-3










Tue 02

Fresh Floral Chain by Jean Okimoto

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Sunny yellows, soft greens and crisp white create a simple summer design. Add Fairy Jewels and and it's ready to go!  Hi,

Jean Okimoto here with a floral slimline - and some August Yellow Card Challenge inspiration.   


Blend twisted citron, fossilized amber and squeezed lemonade Distress Oxides on a strip of Open Studio Watercolor paper.  Dry the inks, then lightly splatter it with Imagine's Gold Shimmer Spritz.  Set it aside to air-dry.

Cut Floral Chain from heavy white cardstock.  Stencil the centers with squeezed lemonade and fossilized amber - I punched a ⅜" circle from a scrap of vellum.  DIY vellum stencils are great - you can see what you're inking and have clean, crisp edges.

Cut Fresh Cut Stems from a light green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.  

Diecut the inked watercolor paper with the 1-½" wide Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Trim the short ends with one of the larger dies from the set to create a custom-sized slim rectangle for your card.

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Attach the Fresh Cut Stems (we're not using the other short stem) to the slim rectangle - trim the bottom of the big stem for the left side.  Attach the Floral Chain.  Add light green Christmas Fairy Jewels.

Congrats to the Cathy R, winner of the July Challenge!  Hope today's design inspires you to join our August Yellow Cards Challenge...good luck!

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Friday...