61 posts categorized "2023 Spring"


Sat 16

Violet Sparkle Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a quick and simple card but using Memory Box glitter papers it makes it shine.



Die cut the Fanciful Gilded Frame from a purple/red glitter paper from eh Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  Trim a lighter matching paper from the Vibrant Violet pad to A2.  Ink blend the edges with Black Soot Distress ink. Adhere the frame die cut on the paper.



Die cut the top Happy Birthday Tender Scrip  die from the same Graceful Garden Glitter paper. Die cut the bottom Happy Birthday Tender Scrip die from the same Vibrant Violet paper and a heavy weight card stock.  Adhere the 2 together for more depth. Ink blend around the outside edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.  Adhere the top die cut.



Adhere the background on a side folder white A2 size card.  Adhere the sentiment in the center.






Sat 15

Garden Scene Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a garden scene card using various dies.  All the die cuts were cut using colored card stock and then ink blended with Distress Oxide Ink in a darker color to add some depth.  This is a longer project but worth it when it all comes together.


Back ground:

Trim a light blue paper from Ocean Blue paper pad to 5" x 5".  Ink blend with Salty Ocean from the top to 1/3 down. Die cut Wild Grass Board from green card stock twice.  Trim the card stock to 5" wide and have the 1 of the strips have a 1" base and the 2nd 1/2" base.  Ink blend the 1" base lightly from the bottom up with Pine Needle and the 1/2" base heavily.  Die cut the greenery for the tree using the bottom portion of the Cloudy Sun Collage from green paper.  Trim the green paper to 5" wide and 2 1/" tall.  Position the bottom cloud portion of the die along the bottom  and side of the paper, die cutting several times, to create the greenery. Die cut another greenery that is shorter.  Ink blend the larger greenery heavily with Mowed Lawn and the smaller greenery lighter. Die cut the Woodgrain Tree Trunk from brown card stock.  Ink blend the sides and knots with Walnut Stain.  Die cut Woodgrain Fence Pickets form cream card stock.  Trim 2 strips of the cream card sock to 5" x 1/4".  Ink blend with Antique Linen and the sides with Gathered Twiggs.  Adhere the fence post to the 2 strips, starting at adhere the to fence post to either end and then in the center.  Then fill in the rest spacing it evenly.  Adhere to taller grass boarder to the bottom of the blue sky background.  Adhere the fence on the grass.  Adhere the darker tree greenery to the upper left of the background.  Adhere the tree to the left side then adhere the smaller greenery and the other grass boarder.  Trim off any excess paper.



Die cut the greenery from Layered Star Flowers from a yellow green paper 3 times.  Ink blend the leaves with Cracked Pistachio.  Die but the 2 smallest flowers from Layered Impatiens form light orange paper.  Ink blend from the center out using Spiced Marmalade.  Use a white paint pen and color the tips of the petals and blend with your finger into the center. Die cut the stems from Fresh Cut Stems from 2 different green paper.  Ink blend one with Pine Needle and the other Rustic Wilderness.  Die but the thin flower from Fresh Cut Stems from light yellow paper. Ink blend with Gathered Straw fully on the larger of the flowers and just at the bottom of the smaller flower. Adhere the smaller flower on the larger one.  Die cut the flowers from Willow Gate from light pink card stock.  Ink blend with Victorian Velvet from the tips of the petals to the center.  Use a white paint pen to color the center and the cuts in the paper.  Shape all the flowers using a small ball roller from the backside of the petals.  Turn flowers over and push with the ball roller in the center. Adhere the yellow flowers to the darker green stems and the pink flowers to the other stems.  



Adhere the taller flowers behind the top layer of grass around the tree and heavier on the right side.  Adhere the light green foliage under the tree on top of the grass to form a bush.  Fill in by adhering the orange flowers.  Trim off any excess hanging off the bottom.  The sides can stay as this is design to go into a standard 5"x7" envelop.  Die cut Tilted Thanks from the light blue paper from Ocean Blue pad.  Adhere to the bottom right hand corner.








Thu 06

Just For You
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today's card features products from the new Gracious Floral release.  I love the stamp, layering stencils and die combination for the floral image.

I began by stamping and die cutting the Gracious Floral image.  Next, I used small blending brushes, dye inks and the layering stencils to color in the image.


I used white cardstock and the Ringadings 3D Embossing folder to create the background for the card.  I adhered the embossed background to a gold metallic cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.

I created the gold frame behind the floral image by hot foiling one of the Rectangle Double Border Hot Foil Frames.  I die cut the frame using the Rectangle Frames Die Set.  I glued this to the embossed card background and used foam tape to adhere the floral image.


I stamped the sentiment with Versa Mark ink and gold heat embossed it.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

I hope you have a great day and that's for stopping by!






Sun 18

by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Happy Father’s Day to all the fabulous fathers / father figures celebrating today.  Since losing my dad a couple years ago, I have stopped making Father’s Day specific cards, but masculine cards are always handy to have.  I am using the Toolbox 3D embossing folder (EF) with coordinating dies from the 2023 Spring collection to create a simple masculine card good for many occasions.  

The toolbox was created from Kraft woodgrain paper.  The back base layer is 3”x1.5” and the two boards are 3”x0.75”.  Inked and shaded them with Kraft dye ink and/or Gathered Twigs distress ink.  For the handle, started with a 3”x1” piece and die cut with the smallest A2 Rectangle Frames die.  When assembling it, left a small space in between the boards.  Used a circle hole punch to punch from brown cardstock for the nails.


The tools were die cut from silver Pastel Mirror paper and various color cardstock using the coordinating EF dies.  Ran all the pieces through the die cutting machine in the EF to give them details and dimension.  I think next time instead of die cutting fromin different color cardstock, I would just die cut from white and color the necessary parts in with Copic markers.  The background panel is white woodgrain paper dry embossed with the Toolshed 3D EF.  White heat embossed the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout on black cardstock, then assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.  


That does it for my card today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.





Thu 15

Thanks Dad Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy Father's Day card for you.

I started by creating an ink blended background and embossed it using the Toolbox 3D embossing folder. 


I inked the flat side of the embossing folder with black dye ink before running the blended background through the die cutting machine.

I cut the background at an angle and mounted it on black cardstock. I trimmed the cardstock leaving a border around the background and glued it to a white card base.

I die cut the word thanks once from black cardstock and once from gold foil cardstock.  I glued the gold foil slightly to the right of the black die cut to give it a slight shadow.

Next, I die cut the shadow for the word dad from black cardstock and the letters from gold cardstock.  I glued the gold letters to the shadow die cuts and adhered the word Dad to the card.  I glued the word thanks above the word Dad.


That's it for today!  Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's and have a great day!







Sun 04

Simple Mixed Media Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a quick and simple mixed media look for the background, featuring the Magnolia Blooms 3D Embossing Folder. 



Take a medium hue violet paper form the Vibrant Violet pad and add Ranger texture passed all over the back ground.  Take darker matching foil sheet and adhere to the top of the paper.  Let dry.  Emboss using the Magnolia Blooms 3D Embossing Folder.  Trim down to 4 x 5 1/4".  Use sand paper and randomly rough the surfaces, being heavy handed on the higher surfaces.  Lightly rub a white pigment ink pad on the top the image making sure the top surfaces are completely covered. Add white paint splatters.  I use white calligraphy ink.  



Die cut the word birthday from the Happy Birthday Tender Script die set and the word wishes form the Best Wishes Tender Script die set.  The bottom is die cut from white card stock and the top from the dark hue from the Vibrant Violet paper pad, twice.  Adhere together.


Adhere the background panel to a side folding white card base.  Adhere the sentiment to the center. Add some Clear Fairy Drops around the sentiment.








Wed 31

Magnolia Wreath Birthday Card
by Sara Cook


Hi everyone.  I have a birthday card with a wreath using the Curved Magnolia Branch die set.



Die cut the Curved Magnolia Branch Twice, Magnolia Bud Trio, and the top die of the Plumed Gypsy Butterfly from heavy weight white card stock.  Ink blend using Distress Ink Victoria Velvet, Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo.  Adhere to die cuts together with blue, using the envelope image as a guide.  It is pretty easy to follow.  Die cut the bottom die of the Plumed Gypsy Butterfly from mirror gold paper form the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad and adhere together.  Splatter images with gold metallic paint.



Die cut a circle using the Circle Basics Set from the upper center of a heavy weight white A2 side card base. Ink blend all over with Distress Ink Victorian Velvet then Vintage photo.  Heavier ink around the outside edge and toward the center more randomly.  Take Ground Espresso and edge the paper with the darker ink.  Splatter with Vintage Photo and a metal gold paint.  After drying add foam tape to the back of the panel.


Adhere the dark brown with gold wave paper from the Magnolia Grove Paper pad to a A2 top folding card base.  Trim off excess.  Adhere the background panel on top.  For the sentiment gold hot foil on cream card stock Posh Birthday Wishes.  Die cut with matching die.  Adhere to the center opening.  Adhere the Curved Mangolia Branches around the opening.  Adhere the Plumed Gypsy Butterfly in upper righthand corner, and adhere the flowers and leaves around the wreath.  








Thu 25

Hello Magnolia Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have another Magnolia card for you featuring a stenciled background for the Magnolia die cut to lay on.

The first thing I did was use a low tack tape to mask off a rectangle in the center of the card panel.


I placed the Leafy Row Stencil over the masked background, then used a blender brush and Distress Inks to add color through the stencil.  I removed the stencil and before I removed the tape I used what ink was left on my brushes to blend in some color to the background.


I die cut the Magnolia Floral Stem from white cardstock and used Distress Inks and Blender brushes to add color to the flower and leaves.  I used Saltwater Taffy and Picked Raspberry for the flower, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss for the leaves, and Gathered Twigs for the stem. 

I glued the flower and leaves together and then adhered them to the card front.

Next, I die cut the word Hello from gold foil paper and glued that to the card.


To finish the card, I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base, and that's it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a great weekend!







Wed 24

Pink and Grey Happy Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a quick and simple birthday card featuring the new Happy Birthday Tender Script layered die.  The Tender Script dies are the right size to add over background panel.  Add some Fairy Jewels and you have a pretty card. With the Mirror paper pads and Fairy Jewels makes it easy got change up the color then to match the recipient of the card.  


Background panel:

White heat emboss the geometric stamp from the Birth Press Design Crystal Lingo stamp set on A2 sized heavy white card panel.  Stamp heat emboss in the center of the card panel first then to each side.  Ink blend from opposite corners meeting in the middle using Distress Oxide Ink Ketch Flamingo to Spun Sugar and Lost Shadow to Black Shoot. Trim down to 4" x 5 1/4".



Die cut the Happy Birthday Tender Script top die from the pink mirror paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.  Die cut the bottom die from a matching grey card stock.  Adhere the pink die cut to the bottom.



Adhere an A2 panel from the same grey card stock used for the sentiment to a white top folding A2 size card.  Adhere the background panel to the center using foam tape.  Adhere the sentiment to the center of the card. Add pink gems from the Pastel Jewel pack.  







Thu 18

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone!  For today's card, I used a new 3D Embossing Folder from the April 2023  Magnolia Release.

On the flat side of the embossing folder (the flower are pressed in), I applied Distress Oxides Ink directly to the folder.  I misted the inked folder with plain water and placed my white cardstock into the folder and ran it through my die cut machine.


This is what the background looks like when it comes out of the folder.


Next, I used a small brayer and picked up the same ink colors and lightly applied ink to the top of the embossed images. This helps define the flowers.  


I spattered the background with white and blue inks.

Next, I applied Stormy Sky Distress Oxide Ink to a piece of white cardstock and die cut the words "Happy Birthday" from the inked paper.  The shadow for the words was die cut 3 times from white cardstock and stacked.

I glued this to the card and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.


To finish the card, I added some Clear Fairy Drops to add some shine.

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