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31 posts from January 2022

Fri 21

Slimline Paper-Pieced Valentine by Jean Okimoto

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Hi everyone,  Jean Okimoto here with a Valentine design that's a bit wonky and unusual - but I hope you like it!  Do you save offcuts and bits and pieces "for future projects" but forget to use them?  Here's a design using the gold foil Ring Stack and 2 sets of offcuts (red and white).

Cut white cardstock with the second-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with the Ring Stack - we're using the white offcuts here too.

Cut gold Polished Foil 6x6 with Ring Stack - save the gold offcuts for that elusive "future project."

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Here's an easy way to build a smooth inlaid background.  Place the rectangle face-down on a non-stick surface (used a plastic embossing plate here).  Attach ⅛"  (3mm) strips of lined doublestick tape to the reverse side of the diecut rectangle.  Skinny strips of tape instead of an entire adhesive-covered area provide a little wiggle-room for paper-piecing.

Flip it over and place the gold foil Ring Stack into the adhesive-backed cutouts.  Attach the white oval offcuts.

Cut a bright red 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection. Tape pairs of red ovals to form 3 hearts in graduated sizes.  Attach the hearts with foamtape.

Cut Love Airy Script from the bright red Festive Glitter 6x6  sheet.

Cut black cardstock with Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  You can cut 4 sets of GROWS at once.  Use a stack of 3 or 4 Post-It notes as a straight edge guide to attach the letters.

Add the dark yellow/orange Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!




Thu 20

Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with another slimline card using the newly released "Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral" die.  Here's a closer look at my card:

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I dry embossed 2 pieces of dark gray card stock from the "Earth Neutral" paper pack with the "Ringadings 3D Embossing Folder."   I  added both of them them to another larger piece of white card stock (8.5" by 3.5") that was also embossed with the same folder.  To create more texture, I did not line up gray and white the embossed circles.  Above you can see the texture details from that wonderful embossing folder.

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I heat embossed the sentiment, from "Big and Little Words" stamp set, and put it right where the two gray embossed gray pieces met in the center.  Next I got busy die cutting the parts of the flowers and leaves.  Here's a list of what I used to cut each part of the leaves:

Main flower and small circular flower center:  White glitter paper from "Majestic Hues Glitter" pack

Large center piece:  Light blue glitter paper from "Pastel Glitter" pack

Leaves & tiny flower center:  Some from green card stock from "Twinkling Jewel Glitter" pack and some green from "Lush Green Glitter" pack

Here's another look at the flowers:

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One thing I really like about these dies is there is not a right or wrong way to assemble the leaves or place them on your card.  You can face them either way and can layer them with whatever paper you like and they look great!

Lastly I added some "Bright Fairy Jewels" in a pretty blue randomly to the card front.

I hope you like my card for today!  I had so much fun creating it!




Wed 19

Thinking of You
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today's card features one of the new dies from the 2022 Valentine's Day release.  I decided to try a mini slimline card for todays project.

Lets make the card:

  • I began by cutting a piece of white cardstock, 7" x 6 ", scored on the 7" side, at 3 1/2".  The final card size is 3 1/2" x 6".
  • The background panel is an ink blended background on white cardstock, then dry embossed using a 3D embossing folder.
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  • Lightly rub over the embossed paper with a gold inkpad and spatter it with gold ink.  Adhere the background to the card base.
  • Die cut the flower and leaves from white cardstock and use Distress Oxide inks to color them.  I used foam tape adhesive to glue the flower to the card front and glued the leaves in place.
  • The sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip and glued to the card.


To finish the card, I glued some Clear Fairy Drops to the background.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!





Tue 18

Snowy Big Bear Hugs by Jean Okimoto


Send warm winter hugs with a plush felt polar bear, a snowy background and Berry Red heart garlands.  It can be a Valentine card - for anyone, any age.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here turning favorite fall and winter dies into heartfelt greetings for the special people in your life.


Diecut layers of white, red and Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape on a dark gray background create a dimensional forest scene.  Cut Snowglobe Backer from white cardstock.  Cut Heart Streamer Globe from a red 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Cut Winter Wood Done Layer from white cardstock.

Attach Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape to the Earth Neutral dark gray 6x6. Save the outer diecut for another project - we're using the inner offcut (inside offcut?) here.

Trim the globe and dome dies just below the first scoreline at the base.  Attach the diecuts in the order show above.  Tie the layers together with silver cord and curl the ends using the edge of a bonefolder or a plastic burnishing tool.  Follow the curve of the cord for best results.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white felt. It stablizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Define the eyes with a very fine-tipped screwpunch.  Attach black cardstock behind the face for the eyes and nose.

Cut the BIG Hugs background from pale gray cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the BIG Hugs die using the embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine. Cut the greeting from a red 6x6 in the Festive Glitter Pad.  Assemble the layered greeting.

Attach adhesive label paper to red felt and diecut a heart with the 5-heart die included in the Heart Streamer Globe set.  Attach it to the bear.

Attach the diecuts to a pale gray A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Add clear Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A6-sized sheet of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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If polar bears aren't common in your neighborhood - add a pair of lovebirds to your card instead.  Or a puppy!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and have a great weekend!




Mon 17

Watercolor Floral Thank You Notes
by Anne Thompson

There are two new dies in the Valentines 2022 Collection that I featured in today's thank you notes:  Cottage Flower Stem and Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral.


Let's look at this one first:  IMG_3476-ink

materials used

to make this card

  • trim cardstock 4X5.25 and adhere to the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Woodgrain Heart from a darker cardstock and add to the notecard front
  • die cut the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral pieces from Watercolor Paper and paint with watercolor paints
  • assemble the blossom and leaves on the heart and add three of the Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones in the center of the blossom


And here is the card using the other floral die:


For this card I used a red cardstock on a red notecard, a yellow cardstock for the Woodgrain Heart, and both cardstocks for the Thank You.  The watercolored floral is the COTTAGE FLOWER STEM 94611.  I added a few CHRISTMAS FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY102 for a little extra sparkle.

These would make lovely valentines by changing the sentiment on each design.  

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 16

Blossom Birthday Wishes
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Sunday, everyone.  I have a simple birthday card to share today featuring the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral die from the 2022 Valentine’s collection.

The flower layers were die cut from Bristol paper and two shades of the Vibrant Violet paper.  The leaves were die cut from two shades of the Lush Green paper.  Added clear shimmer to the entire flower for some sparkle.


Next, white woodgrain paper was trimmed to 4.25”x5.5” (A2 size) and the Double Stitch Loving Heart was die cut from it.  Die cut the heart again this time from the same color paper as the flower center. Ran this heart cutout through the die cutting machine with the Pinpoint Burst Plate to give it the burst detail before inlaying it into the woodgrain panel opening.  The sentiment from Birthday Blowout stamp set by Poppy Stamps was initially white heat embossed directly on the heart, but the pinpoint detailing made it look splotchy… so it was heat embossed on the same plain color paper, fussy cut out and adhered over top. 



A few clear Fairy drops finished off the card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week. 





Sat 15

Hello Friend Blue Bird Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have an any occasion card using the new Cottage Flower Stem and the Hello Friend Posh Script dies.  I used a blue color scheme but you can use any color you or the recipient of the card like.  Using the new flower die and the colored paper packs make it easier to create the color you want.




Die cut the base of the Cottage Flower Stem die from white card stock 3 times.  Trim the stem off the flower. Die cut the 2nd layer from a light tone blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad 3 times.  Die cut the center of the flower out of a light yellow from the Sunny Orange paper pad. Glue the 3 pieces together using the picture on the front of the packaging.  Shape the flowers 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.  



Die cut the bird base from a dark blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  Die cut the wing 2 time one with the med tone blue than the same light tone blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  Die cut the beak out of orange from the Sunny Orange paper pad. Fussy cut the light blue die cut wing, cutting just the top of the wing.  Glue the pieces together.



Die cut the bottom of the Hello Friend Posh Scrip from the same dark blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad as the bird.  Die cut the top die from white card stock.  Glue together.


Tree Branch:

Die cut, Forest Pine Branch, 2 times, a med tone brown from the Earth Neutral paper pad.  Trim off the pine needles from both die cuts.  Adhere 1 branch just after the second brach, curving the branch downward.  Trim off the access from the first branch.



Use Open Studio Watercolor paper and spray inks to create a deep blue background.  I used Distress Oxide Broken China, Dylusions Periwinkle Blue and White Linen.  Heat dry.  Emboss using the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing folder.  Trim down to 4"x5 1/4" panel.



Adhere the background to the center of a A2 card base.  Adhere the branches to the upper half of the card.  Adhere the bird right above the branch to make it looks like it is sitting.  Adhere the flowers to the branch and then tuck in the leaves.  Adhere the sentiment to the bottom right hand side.


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Fri 14

DIY Cottage Flower Stem Stencil by Jean Okimoto



Looking for versatile dies? The new Cottage Flower Stem set cuts a freeform layered blossom - and it's great for cutting a stencil too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design for a new floral die from our latest collection.



Cut Cottage Flower Stem from a plastic stencil sheet for a durable, long-lasting stencils- or from printer paper or vellum for disposable stencils.

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Stencil the design onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Distress Oxide colors used (in sequence) here are kitsch flamingo, worn lipstick and mowed lawn.  Mask the top of the stem and stencil the flower.  Mask the bottom of the flower and stencil the stem and leaves.  Heat-set the stenciled areas then stencil the darker pink overlay.  Dry the inks.

Sponge or brush wild honey Distress Oxide onto a scrap of the watercolor paper and cut the small dotted center section.  

Trim the watercolor paper with the 7.2" long Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die, then trim the short edge.  

Cut the pale pink/coral/green Madras Plaid Coral and Green 6x6 with the 5.9" long Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on natural cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the set's matching die.  Trim the short ends.


Attach everything to a Cream Woodgrain Paper (cardstock) slimline card (8-½" x 3-⅝").  Use foamtape for the greeting.

Attach yellow Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones. It's easy to see the actual colors of the Fairy Gemstones from the reverse side.

Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to cover and protect the card front for mailing.

Make the most of your Memory Box dies - use them to cut stencils and pressure-emboss too.  There are so many great designs to chose from - and so many ways to use them.

Thanks for visiting - enjoy your weekend!







Thu 13

Hello Friend
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today's card mixes some old and new products.  I felt like coloring, so I used an older stamp set and colored pencils.  

I watched a Gina K Designs video on Monday night, and she demonstrated a partial die cutting technique which inspired me to try.  

I stamped the floral image on the front of a white top folding card base and die cut only the bottom portion of the image.  There are many videos on the technique and I urge you to look them up.


Next, I picked my color palette and colored in the image.  I used Gamsol to blend my colored pencil.  This gives your colored pencil a nice soft look.  


I die cut the new Hello Friend die # 94586, from white cardstock (the shadow) and black cardstock (the words) and glued them together.  I used foam adhesive to adhere it to the front of the card.

I wanted the die cut edge to stand out more so I added a black cardstock layer to the inside of the card.


To finish the card, I spattered it with gold ink.  That's it for today!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!






Wed 12

A Woodsy Plaid Valentine Garland
by Anne Thompson

Here's something different for Valentine's Day:  a garland using the Woodsy Plaid brown papers, the smallest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die, and twine.


materials used


to make the garland

  • cut the paper strips, fold in half (I used fifteen strips.)
  • place the die on top of the folded paper to cut through both layers using washi tape to hold the die in place while cutting  (Save the little plaid hearts for other projects.)


  • place Scor-Tape inside each folded paper piece, one piece near the fold and one near the bottom edge
  • leave a tail of twine about 18" long and place the first heart-punched strip over the twine, remove the Scor-Tape backing, and press the two sections together to secure in place 
  • add other heart-punched papers about 4" apart along the twine
  • leave another long 18" tail at the end
  • knot the tail ends and the garland is ready to hang


This garland is the perfect thing for around a window or doorway or above the fireplace in my old farmhouse.  The browns are just right with my decor.  If you make a garland, choose papers that compliment the colors in your home.  A valentine garland does not need to be red and white.

Need valentine supplies?  Check the 2022 Valentines Collection here.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature