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31 posts from January 2022

Mon 31

A Valentine for a Special Fella
by Anne Thompson

I found a few pieces of brown plaid paper from the Woodsy Plaid paper pad that I think worked quite well to make a more masculine valentine for today's post.  (I apologize for the quality of the photos--not sure what is going on with my camera.)


to make this card

  • begin with a white notecard and add a piece of brown WOODSY PLAID PP1018 paper cut 4 X 5.25  Thumbnail
  • using the HEART FRAME BACKGROUND 94606 and KRAFT WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44003, cut out the house to use as a birdhouse with the heart as the opening; cut a few extra hearts--the die cuts both outlines and solid hearts


  • add the house to the card front; stack three of the heart outlines together and glue into the birdhouse opening; stack the three small hearts together and add to the lower left on the card front using a foam dot
  • die cut the body of the SERENE BIRD 94620 from one of the light brown papers in the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009 and its wing from one of the dark browns 


  • secure the wing to the bird with a Glue Dot; add foam dimensional dots behind the bird and add it to the card; add a tiny black gem for its eye
  • die cut the GENTLE PINE SPRIG 94597 from a dark brown plaid paper and again from the dark brown cardstock; layer them together with the plaid on top, and tuck under the bird with another Glue Dot


  • for the inside of the card die cut the letters LOVE using dies from WOODGRAIN ALPHA 94579 from both the dark brown cardstock and the dark brown plaid; layer them together with the plaid on top


When mailing a card that has lots of dimension on the front and/or gems, add a piece of cardstock or thin bubble wrap on top when placing the card in the envelope.  It will help to protect both the card front and the envelope.  Cards like this usually take more postage and may need to be hand-cancelled. 


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 30

Vellum "With Love"
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with a different kind of Valentine's Day card that I made for someone very special!  It's not quite a full size slimline card but slightly smaller at 3.25" wide and 7.5" long.  
I have a video showing how I made this card below and on YouTube.  If you prefer to watch it on YouTube, just click on the logo in the video below and it will take you right there.  And while you're there please consider subscribing to my channel so you won't miss any new content!

Here's closer look at my card:

I have a list of Memory Box supplies used below and also on my YouTube channel video.  
The flowers are heat embossed on vellum in a rose gold embossing powder and inserted into the die cut opening in the plaid paper.  The sentiment is from the "Reverse Big & Little Words" stamp set.
Here's one last look at my card:
I hope you enjoy the video and my card for today!  Be sure to stop by this blog every day for more inspiration from our whole team.
Thanks so much for stopping by!



Sat 29

Masculine Valentine's Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a masculine Valentine's card that is ocean themed featuring the Wave 3D embossing folder and Whale Family die.



Spray Distress Oxide Inks Gathered Twigs, Speckled Egg, and Tumbled Glass on Open Studio Watercolor paper. Lightly spritz with water to slightly blend and activate the Oxide ink.  Heat dry.  Add  gold glitter ink to one side of the Waves 3D embossing folder and emboss the background.  Trim to 4" x 51/4".   The picture does not capture the glitter gold as in real life.  it is spectacular.



Die cut hearts from the Neighborhood Heart Frame out of the dark gold Polished Foil paper pad.



Die cut the large whale from Whale Family die set from white card stock.  Color using the same Distress Oxide ink as the spray ink.  I added from Hickory Smoke to the bottom of the whale and white Pan Pastels.  With a fine tip black marker fill in the eye and blow hole. 



Stamp "Sending You Oceans of Love" from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set with Versa Fine Clair Fallen Leaves on a light blue from Fresh Aqua paper pad.  Trim down and add to a dark brown paper from Earth Neutrals pad.



Cut the same brown paper used in the sentiment to A2 panel.  Adhere the background to the center.  Adhere the panels to a A2 card, any color.  I used Kraft color card.   Adhere the whale to the lower center and the sentiment to the upper left.  Adhere 5 hearts coming out of the blow hole up to the top of the sentiment.


Sara (2)



Fri 28

Slim Pinpoint Heart Balloons by Jean Okimoto


Send special hugs with glittered pinpoint heart balloons on a Kraft Woodgrain slimline card.  It can be a Valentine - or a friendship card just to say hello.  Hi, Jean Okimoto  here with a basic design that could work for birthdays too.  Or Mother's Day.P1012525

Cut the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the top portion of the 
Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate.  Use a sponge or blending brush to color it with picked raspberry, abandoned coral and kitsch flamingo Distress Oxides.  Spritz it with a light mist of water to create some shadowy areas.  Heat-set the inks.  

Spritz it lightly with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Air-dry it for a few minutes then heat-set it.  

Diecut it with Balloon Bunch - place the die so there's a complete heart in the center balloon.  Leave the pieces in the die and tape them together on the backside.  It'll be a lot easier* to remove and attach the balloons and delicate outlines if they're intact.

Use dies from the Have a Heart set to cut a medium and 2 small hearts from a pink 6x6 in Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.

Tape white crochet thread or twine behind the balloon - cut the strands longer than necessary - it'll be easier* to trim them later.

Cut the BIG Hugs background from Kraft Woodgrain Paper (cardstock).  Pressure-emboss it with the delicate greeting to add dimension and make it easier* to attach the top layer.  Ink a scrap of watercolor paper with inks used for the balloons and diecut the top layer.

(*always looking for easier ways to do things!)


Attach the diecuts to a Kraft Woodgrain slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use doublestick tape to attach the greeting (not glue) and balloon strings.  Add the orange/copper Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Trim the ends of the crochet thread.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front if it'll be mailed.

Thanks for visiting  our blog - hope you'll have time to create a few cards this weekend!





Thu 27

Gentle Blossom Birthday Wishes Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a birthday card design using the new Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral die set. Using these new flower dies with colored paper pads make it easy to create flowers and leaves.



Die cut the bottom die of the new Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral die from white card stock.  Die cut the next layer from a light blue from the Stormy Blue paper pack.  Die cut the center from a orange and light yellow from Sunny Orange paper pad.  Glue the pieces together using the front of the packaging as a guide.  Shape with your fingers.



Die cut the leaves from Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral. The solid leaf from a dark tone green and die cut the other leaf die out of a light green from the Lush Green paper pad. I ran out of a dark tone green so I used the med tone and colored with Distress Rustic Wilderness ink.  



Stamp Sending Birthday Wishes from Signature Greetings stamp set with Versa Fine Clair black on white card stock.  Die cut with matching die.


Emboss a dark color card stock from Stormy Blue with the Ringoding 3D Embossing folder.  Trim to 4' x 5 1/4".



Adhere the background, centered, to a white A2 card.  Arrange the flowers and leaves to the right side of the card.  Tuck in the leaves around the flowers.  Adhere the sentiment to the upper left hand corner.  Add some matching gems from the Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones around the sentiment and to the center of 1 flower and 1 leaf.


Sara (2)






Wed 26

Hello Friend
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy card for you.

To make the card, I used a brayer to apply ink to the flat side of the Stunning Mandala 3D embossing folder.  I placed a piece of white cardstock in the embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine.


I mounted the embossed paper onto a blue foil cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the shadow of the Hello Friend Die from white cardstock and the words from blue foil cardstock.  I glued the words to the shadow background and adhered it to my card.

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To finish the card I added some Fairy Drops and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!





Tue 25

Slim Pinpoint Burst Valentine by Jean Okimoto

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Send big hugs with a glitzy, glittery pinpoint slimline design in a mix of neutrals and bright reds.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple, bold Valentine idea today.  

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Cut white cardstock with the 2.8" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate.  

Cut two strips of the dark brown Earth Neutral 6x6 sheet with the second-smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Attach the strips along the top and bottom edges of the rectangle.

Cut the red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet with the second-smallest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out die. 

Cut the bright red Polished Foil 6x6 with the smallest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out die.  Apply glue to the small heart and press it very firmly onto the glittered heart.  The pressure  and the glittered background produce a slightly textured surface - almost like hammered metal or rough concrete. 

Cut the BIG Hugs greeting from dark grayish Majestic Hues Glitter Pad 6x6. Cut the background from light kraft cardstock.  Pressure-emboss the backghround with the detailed greeting die.  Embossing adds texture and makes it easier to attach the top layer - just add tiny dots of glue and press it into the debossed areas.

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Attach the diecuts to a light kraft slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add dark brown Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front if you're mailing the card.

 I chose earthy neutrals for this guy-card - try it in shades of peach or pink with sparkly iridescent pastel Fairy Crystals for the gals. This basic design would also work as a vertical slimline.

Big thanks to everyone ordering my WINTER BLISS Cards Kit from Impress!  Hope you like the designs and techniques and are discovering ways to use your UFO supplies - unused, forgotten and/or overlooked!

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





Mon 24

Sending Love Valentine
by Anne Thompson

For the card I made today I repurposed the Contempo Poinsettia and the Pinpoint Daisy plate both from the Holiday 2021 collection to create a Sending Love valentine.


I began to create this card by using white cardstock with the PINPOINT DAISY BACKGROUND 94621.


I then took half of a red notecard and cut into it with the CONTEMPO POINSETTIA die 94607.


I pulled away the right hand cut part.IMG_3481-ink

Then I removed the five petals on that right side.


I chose another red notecard as the base for the card, trimmed the Pinpoint Daisy Background to 4X5.25 and adhered it to the front of the card using Scor-Tape.  Using more Scor-Tape I added the red Contempo Poinsettia panel on top.

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In my next step I added five small CLEAR FAIRY DROPS CLD101 to the flower center.

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I chose the SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT 94543 for the sentiment and cut it from white cardstock and glued it to the notecard.

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the finished card:

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This was a fun self-challenge to find and repurpose holiday supplies to use for a valentine.  What supplies do you already have on hand that might also be used to create valentines?  This particular design might also be used for a variety of other purposes just by changing the sentiment--hello, thinking of you, thank you, birthday, and more.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 23

Non Traditional Valentine's Day Card by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I don't know about you, but I love to send cards for Valentine's Day to my friends to let them know how much I care. I don't often like to use hearts and cupids, so a nice solution is to use Valentine colors and flowers to make my cards. I often use other items such as butterflies and animals for my cards. I think it is all about reminding people how much they mean to you.

To make my card, I cut out my flowers using light pink and red cardstock to create my layers. For the leaves, I used two shades of green.

The background uses one of Memory Box's 3-D embossing folders. The amount of detail you get from one of these folders is absolutely incredible. I always try to remind people to lightly mist your cardstock with water before putting it in the folder. It helps prevent your paper from cracking and also accentuates the pattern of your folder.

Here is a close up of the background:


To finish the card, I popped up the largest flower with some foam tape to add a bit of extra dimension. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!




Sat 22

Cottage Flower Thank You
by Trina Pham



Hello everyone.  I am sharing a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card today that I made for a crafty friend who helped me update my blog recently.  I used the Cottage Flower Stem die from the 2022 Valentine’s release and skipped the middle layer so I could do some die cut coloring.

The flower stem and flower center were die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock.  To give it strength, the flower stem was die cut from thick white cardstock, then adhered beneath the first one before some easy coloring with Copic markers.  Okay, maybe not so easy because I messed up on the stem/leaves. 😂  Another flower stem was then die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and the stem/leaves were re-colored.  I liked how the flower turned out on the first one, so it was cut off and pieced on top of the second one.  The resulting dimension was a nice unexpected surprise.




Next, a piece of Bristol paper was die cut with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and splatters added using diluted black gouache paint.  The Thank You Posh Script was die cut three times from white cardstock and once from black cardstock, then stacked for a floating effect.  For some shine, covered it with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it twice with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card onto a white card base and added clear shimmer to the flower to finish.



Kept it pretty simple so the Cottage Flower Stem could shine!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.