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28 posts from July 2022

Sun 31

Glossy Glittered Greetings by Jean Okimoto


Here's a quick and easy way to add gloss+glitter - and attach - delicate diecuts.  We'll even create extra greetings for another card because we're using just the Twiggy Thank You offcuts here.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with simple summer slimline for you.

Cut Twiggy Thank You on white cardstock.  Save the tall triangle in the A and the oval in the O.  Trim the greeting with the second-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.

Cut a 5-½ " x 3" piece of smooth white cardstock.  Ink it with loose, overlapping layers of distress oxides.  Picked raspberry and abandoned coral were used here.  Dry the inks.  Cover the inked cardstock with Scor-tape (save the tape liner), then trim it  slightly larger than the greeting. Attach it behind the greeting.  Attach the saved pieces inside the A and O -  then brush Imagine Iridescent Glitter onto the exposed adhesive in the cutouts.  Tap the excess off the greeting, then heat-set it.

It'll be a bright, glossy, glittered greeting - and it's securely and completely attached!

Cut the small Ava Butterfly from the pink Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Cut several of the Intricate Mini Butterflies from the pink and coral sheets in the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  


Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝ x 8-½") - use foamdots for the big pink butterfly.  

Add the copper-colored Autumn Fairy Jewels.

There it is...glittered, glossy, ready to be shared!


Thanks for visiting our blog - see you next week!



Sat 30

You Are Special to Me With Sweet Poppy Stem
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with Hello card made with the new "Sweet Poppy Stem" dies released this past May.  Here's a closer look at my card:

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Here's how I made my card:

1)  I die cut the Sweet Poppy Stem dies and colored them with Zig Clean Color markers

2)  I took a piece of plaid paper from the Spring Slim paper pad and cut it to mini slimline size 3" by 6".

3)  I added flower after putting it together and added a few "Lavender Bouquet" dies cut from black in the bottom left corner.

4)  The sentiment is from Birch Press Design's Crystal Lingo stamp and die set and heat embossed in white on black card stock.

Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my card for today!  I had so much fun creating it!  Be sure to check out all the new Memory Box goodies on their website HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Fri 29

Leaves and Butterfly
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card that really highlights the new Tropical Leaves embossing folder with coordinating dies. I absolutely love the detail and texture you get with these items!

To create my leaves, I first cut out my leaves using a die cutting machine and green cardstock. Next, I lightly spritzed my leaves with water and placed them into my embossing folder and ran it through the die cut machine once again to add detail to the leaves. The light misting of water will give you better results. Here is a closeup of the leaf when it is just cut out next to the same leaf that has then been embossed. You can really see the detail you get:


Next, I ran my white cardstock through my die cut machine using the pinpoint leaf plate. I love the soft detail it gives you for a background because it doesn't detract from anything you layer on top of it:


As a final step, I added my butterfly on top of the leaves. I decided to leave off a sentiment because I want to have it as a generic blank card to add to my emergency card stash. Do you have one of those as well?

Thanks for stopping by!






Thu 28

Soft Monochrmatic Floral Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Monochromatic cards are one of my favorite looks. They often lend themselves to a clean and simple look. To make the card, I first started by creating my soft blue background.

For the background, I used my favorite Distress Ink color, which is Tumbled Glass. I like how it is a lighter blue that you can also easily build up the color. I find that if you start lightly applying the ink in the center and then slowly working your way out from the center in larger and larger circles, you are less likely to get lines from your sponge transferred onto your paper. I repeated this process four times until the ink was the color I wanted and all the splotchy areas were replaced by smooth coverage. As a final step, I lightly spritzed the paper with water to give the background a mottled look. Here is  a close up:


For the next step, I diecut my flowers out of white cardstock and lightly colored the stamens with a very pale Copic marker (YG0000). I wanted there to be just a hint of color. As a final step, I added my sentiment and a few clear jewels.

Thanks so much for stopping by today? What is your go-to monochromatic color you use a lot on cards? Do you have one?






Wed 27

Mixed Media Encouragement Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a  quick mixed media background card today using the new Curling Waves stencil. 3D embossing folder, and matching dies.



Clear heat emboss the bubble stamp from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set on Memory Box watercolor paper.  Smoosh some Distress Ink Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers on a glass mat.  Spritz with water and dap the watercolor paper into each color, covering most of the paper.  Take a wet, square paint brush and apply more ink in waving motion randomly across the paper.  Heat set dry.  Use a water brush and add water inside the bubbles and then take a paper towel to dab up the water.  2nd generation stamp the schools of fish from the Blue Ocean stamp set with Blue Bell VersaFine Clair ink randomly in the background.  Take some white gesso and thin down with water the splatter on the background.  Let dry. Cut down to 4'X5 1/4" panel.



Die cut the Ocean Porthole 3 times from black card stock and adhere together.  Rub in Distress Crayon Tarnished Brass all over the front of the die cut.  Die cut the kelp from the Kelp Collage die set from the green Festive Glitter paper pad. Trim the longer kelp into 1 short piece leaving a longer piece.  Stencil the Curling Waves with Distress Oxide Ink Blue Print Sketch and Salvaged Patina.  Die cut with matching dies and then embossing with the matching Curling Waves 3D embossing folder.  Add some white texture paste and then Distress Grit paste to the top of the waves.


White heat emboss the Refuse to Sink sentiment from the You Anchor Me stamp set on black paper.  Fussy cut out the sentiment.  I am horrible at fussy cutting and already on my 2nd sentiment when I decided to use sandpaper to even out the sides.  This worked perfectly.  This might be an old trick I never learned but it really does help even out the sharp points are uneven cuts.


Adhere the background to a A2 size black card.  Adhere the waves to the lower right hand side, weaving them around the portal.  Adhere to the center of the card.  Add the kelp die cuts to the inside right of the portal.  Adhere the sentiment with foam adhesive.  




Tue 26

Seagrass Underwater Scene by Jean Okimoto


Create a seagrass background for some Ocean Fish with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder.  Just rotate the embossed cardstock for a swirly, grassy underwater scene, then highlight the details with heat embossing.  Freestyle Hello from Poppystamps is perfect for a quick greeting. It looks like the small fish is the spokesperson leading the group today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer slimline design for you.

Cut a 5-½" x 2-¾" strip of a teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Spritz both sides lightly with water, then emboss it with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder.  Place it on a hard, flat surface and brayer the raised areas with VersaMark - use a clean, well-inked inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Here's a tip - I usually ink and/or heat-emboss both sides of the 3D-embossed cardstock just to see which side I prefer.  You'll be surprised at the difference!


Diecut the fish - from the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies Set - on heavy white cardstock.  Lightly spritz the fish, then place them (one at a time) in the folder and pressure-emboss them.  Stencil them with the coordinating Ocean Fish Stencils and Distress Oxides.  Colors used here are wild honey, mowed lawn, dried marigold, iced spruce, twisted citron and salvaged patina.  Dot the eyes with a marker.

Cut the Poppystamps Freestyle Hello from a mustard 6x6 in the Sunny Orange Collection and heavy white cardstock.  

Another tip...cut the delicate top layer of the greeting - leave the diecut in the die.  Remove the little pieces in the e, l's and o.  Place a piece of lined doublestick tape behind the diecut (still in the die) and run it through the machine again to create a self-adhesive hello.  Keep it in the die - remove the tape liner and little oval offcuts.  Press it onto the mustard background and use a piercing tool to help release it from the die.  


Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add the amber jewels from the Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - have fun picking your favorite colors for the Ocean Fish!









Mon 25

Atlantis? Or in an Aquarium?
by Anne Thompson

I got caught up in the idea of fish swimming in and out of the windows in an underwater castle.  Is this Atlantis?  Or is this in an aquarium?


I started with a piece of cardstock from the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005, the CURLING WAVES STENCIL 88624, VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze ink, and a fingertip dauber to make some waves for a background which I then splattered with watered down white watercolor paint.


I chose a light brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRALS COLLECTION SP1009 to die cut the STONE KEEP CASTLE COLLAGE 94512 which I then inked with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink using a fingertip dauber.


I cut the castle away from the background and added it to the waves background.


I chose a bright green cardstock from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION  SP1003 to cut out the SCHOOL OF FISH 94570.


I inked up the fish a bit with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane ink and a fingertip dauber.


I added some of the fish to the panel which I had trimmed to 4 X 5 1/4 and then secured that panel to the front of a top-fold white notecard.


Here are the cardstock paper pads I used...


...and the two dies.


And here's one more card with fewer fish.


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 24

Lavender Bouquet Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a CAS (clean and simple) mini slimline birthday card to share today featuring the Lavender Bouquet dies from the 2022 May release.  

Started by die cutting the lavender flowers from scraps of Bristol paper.  Using a foam blending tool, added Shaded Lilac distress oxide ink (DOx) to the flower sections.  Used the direct-to-paper method to add Shabby Shutters distress ink (DI) to the stems.  A dark purple Tombow alcohol marker was then used to give it some texture and dimension.  Created the vase by die cutting from alcohol marker friendly paper using a Nested Globes die then trimming off the rounded end to get a flat edge.  Added shading to it with Copic Sketch markers C1, C0 and C00.  


The white card base and the background panel were trimmed to 3.25”x6.25” from heavy weight white cardstock next.  On the panel, stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout with Shaded Lilac DOx ink and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  Masked off the left side and bottom, then ink blended Blueprint Sketch DI.  Splattered with white and black gouache paint for some texture.  Assembled to finish.

That does it from me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day. 




Sat 23

Ocean Adventure Awaits Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have another quick ocean themed card for today.  This one features my favorite 3d embossing folder, Waves. DEB5770F-1D7E-419B-8499-9E3C1B6170BB_1_201_a


Ink up the Waves 3D embossing folder with Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch ink and ink emboss a blue paper from Stormy Blue pad.  Trim down to 4" x 5 1/4".  Run Distress Oxide Salvage Patina ink on the waves and blend with finger.  Add white ink to top of waves with a brayer.  


Fussy cut an island out of tan card stock.  Splatter with Distress ink, Gathered Twigs. Antique Linen, and Walnut Stain.  Ink blend with Vintage photo.  Fussy cut a surf board from white card stock. Use sandpaper along to smooth the sides down.  Trim down a strip of red card stock and adhere in the center and then trim off the ends around the surf board.  Die cut the palm trees from Nativity House Frame die set from Kraft Woodgrain Paper, making sure the woodgrain is horizontal.  Ink blend with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  Die cut the tops of the palm tree out of white card stock and ink blend with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  Adhere the tops of the trees to the trunk.



Stamp Adventure Awaits from the You Anchor Me stamp set on a 1" strip of white card stock with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink.  Trim down to the sentiment is towards the right side and 4" wide.


Adhere the background to a white A2 size card.  Adhere the sentiment to the top of the card.  Then Adhere the island, surf board, and palm trees to the lower right side.







Fri 22

Butterfly Garden Slimline Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a pretty butterfly garden birthday card with using the House Frame die sets has a bird house.  These matching die sets are so versatile.  I also have an idea to create a beach house with the palm trees from the Nativity House Frame die set with the House Frame Background. 


Bird House:

Die cut the House Frame Background die from white Woodgrain paper.  Die cut the fence from the house Frame die set 2 times from white Woodgrain paper.  Adhere together.  Ink blend the edges of the white woodgrain paper with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. Die cut the circle die in the center of the house.  Keep the outline circle and discard the center.  Then die cut the circle die from Kraft Woodgrain Paper 1 times for the outline circle. Die cut again but from plan Kraft paper and just save all pieces. Adhere all 3 outline circles together with the Kraft Woodgrain paper on top.  Die the just the roof portion of the House Frame die set from same Kraft Woodgrain Paper 3 times.  Trim off any excess of the sides. Adhere together   Die cut the smallest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die set from Kraft Woodgrain Paper 2 times.  Adhere together.  Ink blend just the edges of all Kraft color die cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 



Die cut all the foliage from the Tall Frilly Leaf Stems, Fresh Cut Stems, and Lavender Bouquet from various shades of green from the Lush Green paper pack.  Lightly ink blend the different foliage with Distress ink Rustic Wilderness and Old Paper.  for ht Tall Frilly Leaf Stems use Olive Green Zig to color just the stem. Die cut the flower portion of the Lavender Bouquet from Twilight Purple paper, trim off the stem and adhere to the green die cuts.  Die cut the flower port of Fresh Cut Stems from light Stormy Blue paper, trim off stems, and adhere to the green portion.   Retain the loose flowers to adhere at assembly.



Die cut the Intricate Mini Butterflies from both the same purple Twilight paper and light Stormy Blue paper.  bend in half and shape the larger butterfly wings with your fingers.

Slimline Card and Frame:

Die cut the largest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers set 2 times from white card stock.  Score 1 of the pieces from the back side at 1/4" from the top of the paper.  Add double sided adhesive to the scored section.  At this time it is easiest to add a sentiment on the inside of the card.  Adhere to the other panel so the card folds from the back panel.  Die cut a frame by using the largest and 2nd largest frames and cut out of Kraft Woodgrain Paper.  Die cut 3 times and adhere together.  Ink blend the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Adhere the frame to the front of the card.



Trim down the bird house pole to 3" tall.  Use the other end to cut down and adhere to the back of the bird house to prop it up.  Adhere the pole to the bottom center of the card.  Adhere the roof to the bird house and then adhere to the top center of the pole.  Adhere the circle outline in the cutout then adhere the center.  Adhere the fence to the bottom of the bird house.  Arrange the flowers and foliage at the bottom of the bird house.  Adhere the Tall Frilly Leaf Stems down first, in back of the bird house.  Then adhere Lavender Bouquest next, adhering them to the top of the birdhouse. Then add the Fresh Cut Stems, adhering towards the bottom of the card.  Adhere the butterflies around the house and garden.  Stamp Sending Birthday Wishes from he Signature Greetings stamp set using purple ink.  Die cut with the matching die.  Adhere to the top center of the card with foam tape.