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29 posts from March 2022

Thu 31

Enchanting Poppy Flower Card
by Sara Cook

Hi Everyone.  I have a small card using the new Enchanting Poppy Stem flower die set and the Friends and Family stamp set.  It is the perfect size to send a small note to someone to brighten their day. You can also make several of these in different colors and give them as a gift.  


Poppy Flowers:

Die cut the Enchanting Poppy Flower die set from 80 lb white card stock.  Ink blend the flowers from the bottom 3/4" of the way up with Distress Oxide Ink Villainous Potion, creating a gradient of color.  Take white Pan Pastel and blend white from the tips of the petals to 1/3" way down.  Add adhere the petals together, use the front of the envelope as a guide, using foam tape at the tops of the petals and glue at the base of the flower.  This will create dimensional flowers.  Ink blend the stems with  Distress Oxide Ink Lucky Clover then Pine Needles.  Glue to the base of the flowers.  Ink blend the larger of the leaves die cut first with Distress Oxide Ink Old Paper than Lucky Clover and Pine Needles.  Add some Black Soot for some shadows on one edge.  For the small leave die cut ink blend with just Old Paper and lightly with Lucky Clover.  Adhere the leaves together using the envelope as a guide.



Stamp and white emboss Just a note from the Friends and Family stamp set on a dark purple paper from the Twilight Purple pad.  Fussy cut around the sentiment.  Use the Distress Oxide Villainous Potion ink pad to color the edge of the paper purple.



Die cut the center frame from the Double Scalloped Stitched Frame die from Poppy Stamps out of mirror purple paper from Rainbow Reflections Mirror pad.  The die will cut 2 frames. Only use the larger of the frames.



Cut the same dark purple paper as the sentiment from the Twilight Purple pad to 5" x 3".  Use the Distress Oxide Villainous Potion ink pad to color the edge of the paper purple. Cut white card stock to 4 3/4" x 2 3/4" and adhere to the center of the Pinpoint Daisy Background die and run through a die cutting machine.  



Cute white card stock to 6" x 5".  Score at 3" on the longer side to create a side folding card.  Adhere the Twilight purple paper panel then the Pinpoint Daisy panel to the card.  Adhere the frame to the upper center of the card.  Adhere the Enchanting Poppy flowers and leaves inside the frame.  Add dark purple gems from the Autumn Fairy Jewels to the corners of the frame.  Adhere the sentiment to the lower right hand side of the card front.  





Wed 30

Hello You Are Special To Me
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this mini slimline card inspired by my teammate Laura. She had recently shared a gorgeous card with an inked background and white die cuts and it sparked an idea to combine dies from the latest release with stem dies from previous releases.  I especially wanted to use the "Seed Stems" die and add jewels to the seeds so that's what I did.

Here's a close up look at my card:


I used the following dies to create the bottom of my card. On some of the dies, I just used a leaf or two, or a shortened piece of one of the stems to fill in open spaces on my design.

94615 Tall Frilly Leaf Stems
94654 Fresh Cut Stems
94537 Wildflower Stems
94535 Lavender Stems
94534 Seed Stems
94538 Daisy Stems

And for my sentiment I used the Birch Press Design CL8155 Crystal Lingo

All of the stems and dies were cut from watercolor card stock, also from Memory Box.

To make the background I cut a piece of card stock 3" by 6" and ink blended the following Distress Oxide Inks: Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, and Dried Marigold.  Then I spritzed it with my water sprayer for some more texture.
Once it was dry, I splatted it with black paint, then began to assembly my card.

Often while making this card I stopped to take pictures of where I put the stems and then I'd re-arrange them and take another picture. By looking at the pictures on my phone, it helps me see what layouts I like and which look odd to me. I do this a lot when I design cards because it really helps to step back and look at it that way. Next, I added the inked panel to a 6.5" by 7" (score this side at 3.5") card base with foam tape.


Lastly I added lots of Fairy Jewels, also from Memory Box. I love the gems and jewels from Memory Box as they come in so many variety of colors in one pack and they also have clear ones too.

Here's one last look at my card:


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

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Tue 29

Hello Friend
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a simple card with a spring theme.

I started by creating a ink blended background on white cardstock as my base. 


Allow background to dry completely before going on to stamping.  Once dry, I inked my stamp with Versa Mark Ink and white heat embossed the image.

Next, I inked a sentiment stamp with Versa Mark Ink and randomly stamped the background to give it some dimension.  I used Wilted Violet embossing glaze to heat emboss the random words.  I spattered the background with white ink.

I die cut the words "Hello Friend" from white cardstock and the shadow background from glossy black cardstock.  I glued the white words to the shadow background and used foam tape to adhere it to the card.  Next, I white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and glued it to my card.


I glued the background to a black cardstock mat and then adhered it to a white card card base.

To finish the card I added some clear fairy dots.  That's it for today's card!

Have a great and creative week!






Mon 28

Fresh Cut Stems Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing to create birthday cards this month for upcoming April birthdays.  For today's card I made a sort of flower garden using the FRESH CUT STEMS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY POSH SCRPT from Memory Box with a grass border cut using the poppystamps LITTLE BIT OF TURF two dies.


papers used

  • LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 6X6 cardstock
  • MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014 6X6 doublesided papers


dies used

  • from Poppy Stamps:  LITTLE BIT OF TURF 2342


to make this card

  • start with a white notecard
  • cut one of the light blue/green plaid papers 4 X 5 1/4 from the Madras Plaids and add it to the front of the notecard
  • line up the two dies side-by-side from Little Bit of Turf (poppystamps) on a piece of lime-y green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection; when cut the top edge will look like blades of grass sticking up
  • trim to fit and add the grass piece to the front of the card securing the bottom and two side edges but leave the top grassy edge unglued
  • die cut the Fresh Cut Stems from several shades of green cardstock in the Lush Green Collection
  • die cut the Fresh Cut Stems from one of the Madras blue plaids, trim off the stems and secure the blossoms on top of the green stem ones; add tiny pearls in the flower centers
  • glue the stems behind the grassy edge to create the flower garden


  • die cut the background Happy Birthday Posh Script from a scrap of the plaid background paper
  • die cut the detailed Happy Birthday from a scrap of one of the green cardstock papers; glue it onto the plaid background; add to the grass on the front of the card


This is one of those designs that can be recreated in many different color combinations and for many different occasions just by changing the sentiment.  The Lush Green Collection SP1003 offers so many options for grass and stems that I've stockpiled several pads.  There are lots of options for coordinating blossoms and backgrounds in the 6X6 paper pads--Madras Plaid Coral and Green PP1013, Madras Plaid Blue and Violet PP1014, Woodsy Plaid PP1018, Garden Folly PP1005, Spring Plaid 1012, and Garland 1010.  And there are even more options if you prefer Mirror, Polished Foil, or Glitter papers for extra shimmer and sparkle.  Have fun creating your own flower garden!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sat 26

Flowering Trail Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a simple spring birthday card I created for a crafty friend whose birthday is next month.

The background panel is Bristol paper embossed with the Geometric Crystal 3D embossing folder.  The Happy Birthday posh script sentiment was die cut once from gold Rainbow Reflections mirror paper and twice from white cardstock, then stacked for dimension.  To make it work for my card design, the happy part was cut off.  These two items were actually from my leftover bits bag.  Stretched the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set and stamped “wishes” from it with white pigment ink on Bristol paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.



Next, the Layered Impatiens die was used to die cut the flowers from scraps of white cardstock and Twilight Purple papers.  Used BV Copic markers to shade and flick details on them for some interest.  The butterfly back layer was die cut from a smooshed Villainous Potion distress ink piece also from my stash.  The butterfly outline top layer was die cut from black glossy paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then for some sparkle, added clear shimmer to the butterfly/flowers and clear jewels to the flower centers to finish.


And that is it for my birthday card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Fri 25

White and Bright Slimline Design by Jean Okimoto


Are you ready for another floral slimline design?  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with more March Challenge inspiration for you.  It's a mix of Memory Box and Birch Press Design - and the reverse of my usual bright flowers on a white background.  

Enjoy the versatility of our latest release - mix and match the diecuts, rotate them for a new look or layer them for extra dimension.  


Blend twisted citron, salvaged patina and wilted violet Distress Oxides on smooth white cardstock.  Dry the inks, then add a quick spritz of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Let it dry, then cut it with the 1-⅞" x 6-⅞" Slim Basic Rectangles die.

Cut Daisy Blossom Stem from heavy white cardstock.  Cut the Birch Press Design Star Flowers Contour Layers too.

Cut the mint and turquoise Star Flowers centers from the new Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  Cut a chartreuse center for the Daisy Blossom too.  Love how Rainbow Reflections colors match the Distress Oxides - the greeting too!

Assemble the flowers.  The top layer of the Daisy Blossom is used upside-down to create a rounder flower.

Cut the Miss You Posh Script background from heavy white cardstock.  Cut the delicate greeting from the violet sheet in the Rainbow Reflections set.


Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  That's it!

Chose your favorite colors and create a stash of ink-blended backgrounds for your favorite Memory Box, Birch Press Design and Poppystamps designs.  Diecut a bunch of blossoms, leaves and stems too - to save some time when you need a quick card.

Thanks very much for visiting our blog - have a great weekend!




Thu 24

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features a fun technique called Bokeh Technique.  You begin by creating a blended ink background on white cardstock and use circle stencils with white pigment ink or white acrylic paint to create the Bokeh effect.

I used several circle punches to create my stencils.  You could use the Circle Basics Die Set instead. 


I created my dye ink blended background and dried it completely before using white acrylic paint to do my circles. You're blending doesn't have to be perfect for this technique.


I used a foam blending tool and a light touch to apply the paint to the background.


I started with the larger circles first and then filled in with other sizes.  Once I was done with the circles and the paint was dry, I used my ink blending brushes to go over the colors to soften the white paint.  I also spattered the background with gold ink.

Next, I die cut the balloons and the shadow for the Happy Birthday from white cardstock.  I used gold foil paper for the Happy Birthday and glued it to the white shadow die cut.  

I glued the balloon die cut to the card and used a white pen to draw in the strings.  Next, I used foam tape to adhere the Happy Birthday die cut to the card.  


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To finish the card, I glued the card front to a gold metallic mat and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

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

P.S. I just realized the dot for the "i" in the word birthday feel off.  😢






Wed 23

Watercolor 2-Ways
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I made two watercolor backgrounds that I used for die-cutting and I thought I would share both of them with you.

For the first background, I used Colorburst watercolor powders and watercolor paper. This is what the background looked like before I cut it:


To make the background, I sprinkled blue and green watercolor powders onto a non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed the powders with water. I placed my watercolor paper on top of the wet powders and smooshed it into the puddles of color. I set the paper aside to dry. Once it was dry, I sprayed the paper lightly with water to get little droplets on the paper. I like the splotchy look you get by doing that. I then cut out the leafy frame using this paper. I like all the variegation of color you get from this background.

For the flowers, I did a second watercolor technique. This is what the finished paper looked like:


For this background, I took watercolor paper, wet it with water and then randomly colored it with red, orange and yellow watercolor paint. While the paper was still wet, I placed a piece of bubble wrap on top of the paint. I let the whole thing dry and then removed the bubble wrap. Next, I cut out all my little flowers.

Here is a close up of the frame and flowers:


To finish the card, I cut out the background for the sentiment from the same green background and added the yellow letter layer on top. For the flowers, I popped up the center (yellowish) flower up with some foam tape and added orange rhinestones to the centers of all the flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Tue 22

Tickled Pink and Paisley Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of Memory Box and Poppystamps designs - including a friendly big pig.  A glossy black Paisley Bloom Leaf Arch - layered over a Knotted Circle - creates a frame for the happy pig.

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Cut the Paisley Bloom Leaf Arches from the new Black Glossy Paper Pack sheet.  The heavyweight cardstock emphasizes the great details on the leaves.  Cut the largest Knotted Circle from matte black cardstock.

Cut the Poppystamps Grand Whittle Pig from the pearly pink Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Cut the snout again from a pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Cut the pig again from black cardstock and layer it - slightly ofset to the left - for dimension.

Cut the flowers - also from the Paisley Bloom Leaf Arch Set - from different shades of pink.  Cut two more of the largest flower.  Assemble the flowers.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments set - on white cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

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Attach the diecuts to a gray slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add pale pink jewels from the Pastel Fairy Jewels set.

The new Black Glossy and pink Vintage Pastel Mirror cardstock capture the details on the Grand Whittle Pig and Paisley Bloom Leaf Arch.  Pink jeweled flower centers add dimension and visual weight to balance the very Grand Whittle Pig.

Thanks for visiting - have fun with this design!




Mon 21

Daisy Blossom Stem Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

I need a lot of birthday cards for the month of April.  This first one uses the Daisy Blossom Stem and the Happy Birthday Posh Script dies, watercolors, and Memory Box papers.


to make this card

  • start with a red notecard
  • add the striped paper from GARDEN FOLLY PP1005, cut 5 1/4 X 4
  • add a lime-y green paper from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003, cut 4 1/4 X 3


  • cut the DAISY BLOSSOM STEM 94616 from watercolor paper; remove the dies but leave the images in place on the background
  • use whatever watercolors you like to paint the flowers and stems--I used a set of Staedtler watercolors
  • once the paint is dry, remove the pieces from the background and add three tiny orange gems from AUTUMN FAIRY JEWELS JWL004 to the large daisy blossom center


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  • add the flowers and stems to the right side of the green panel
  • die cut the background for the HAPPY BIRTHDAY POSH SCRIPT from the leftover piece of the striped paper and add it to the notecard panel
  • die cut the detailed Happy Birthday from the leftover piece of lime-y green cardstock; add it to the background piece
  • add five more of the orange Fairy Jewels along the right edge of the stems


the dies used to make this card


One down and several more to go!  And I've got to get going on Easter cards...I've started pulling dies and papers and thinking of ways to combine them.  Take another look at the Memory Box catalog here and keep checking back on our Outside the Box blog for more inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature