378 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 22

Just a Note Cards with Layered Flowers in Coral Madras Plaids
by Anne Thompson

Today I have three Just a Note cards in layers of Coral Madras Plaids with layered Coral Madras Plaids flowers using three of the newest die sets: LAYERED DAISIES 94472; LAYERED FRESH FLOWERS 94474; and LAYERED COSMOS 94473. 


I used many of the different coral plaids from the MADRAS PLAIDS CORAL AND GREEN 6X6 pad PP1013 for both layering the card fronts and for die cutting the layered flowers.  I added JUST A NOTE POSH SCRIPT 94527, just the words and not the background, cut in gold foil paper from POLISHED FOIL PAD PP1001. And I added just the leaves from DAISY STEMS 94538 cut from orange cardstock in the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION 6X6 pad SP1002.








I die cut an extra flower from each set and used it inside the corresponding card.  These cards are perfect to send anytime and would also make a great gift packaged up with envelopes, stamps, and a pretty pen.  Think I need to make more using some of the other madras plaids papers!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 15

Mixed Floral Bouquets
by Anne Thompson

I made two cards for today's post using several of the new floral dies and plaids and solid color cardstocks from the new 6X6 pads to create some mixed floral bouquets.


materials used on the Lavender Stems card

  • SEED STEMS 94534
  • "Thank You" stamp from JOYFUL MOMENTS CL5266
  • Green Oasis VersaFine Clair Ink
  • white notecard
  • purple gems
  • green satin ribbon bow


If you look at this card closely and the photo below you will notice that I forgot to add something to my photo.  Got it?  I used green cardstocks from the Lush Greens cardstock pad to die cut the SEED STEMS.


the second card, oranges


and the materials used

  • DAISY STEMS 94538
  • SEED STEMS 94534
  • white notecard
  • orange satin ribbon bow


I love the look of the various plaid papers for the flower blossoms and the wide variety of greens from the Lush Green Collection for stems and leaves.  Using different but complementary plaids for the backgrounds adds even more texture and interest to each card.  I can see making many of these cards for all sorts of occasions.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature







Mon 08

It's Time for a New Memory Box Collection!
by Anne Thompson

Yes, it's time for a new Memory Box Collection!  Today is the day that the newest of the new for SPRING 2021 products are here!!!  Clear Stamp Sets.  Dies.  An Embossing Folder.  Products for Slimline Cards including dies and slimline PAPER.  And, speaking of paper, there are new glitter papers, plaid papers, and tons of solids all in 6X6 pads.  

I chose a small floral cluster stamp from ALL THE HAPPINESS CL5265-D for the focal image on the cards I made for today.  


materials used

  • white notecards
  • green cardstock from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003...this paper pad has 48 6X6 sheets of 110# cardstock, 4 each of 12 shades of green!
  • plaid paper from SPRING PLAID PP1012
  • VersaFine Clair green inks, Shady Lane and Green Oasis
  • the smaller floral cluster stamp and matching die from ALL THE HAPPINESS CL5262-D
  • "Thank You" stamp from JOYFUL MOMENTS CL5266
  • THANK YOU POSH SCRIPT (2 dies) 94529
  • Prismacolor pencils in shades of pink and green


To make these cards, I first stamped the floral image on the plaid paper and cut it out with the matching die.  I added some color to the flower petals and leaves using colored pencils.  I attached a whole bunch of white pearls in tiny/small sizes for the berries and larger clear fancy gems for the flower centers.


I used several of the green cardstock papers for backgrounds against the white notecards.  On one of the cards I stamped "Thank You" and on the other two I used the Thank You Posh Script with a plaid background and either glitter paper or green cardstock for "Thank You" on top.


These were so much fun to do that I finished three more playing with other plaids and colored pencil accents.  I love stamping on printed papers and adding bits of color like this.

I know I can't wait to see what other folks on the Design Team will feature.  Check this blog every day!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature







Mon 25

Valentine Treat Pouches
by Anne Thompson

I made some cute little valentine treat pouches using the Christmas Plaid papers and several of the dies from the Valentines 2021 collection.  Each pouch is made from one 6x6 double-sided piece of paper--perfect for using any of the Memory Box 6x6 paper pads. 

You use a simple diaper fold to create the pouches--there are lots of tutorials and videos online and examples on pinterest.  I followed the instructions on the Splitcoast Stampers blog:  Fold your paper in half on the diagonal to make a triangle.  You then take one of the lower corners of the triangle and fold it over to the middle of the other triangle side.  Take the other lower corner of your triangle and fold it over to the middle of the opposite side.  Take one layer of your top corner and fold it down to create your pouch.

I found it was helpful to use a bone folder on the creases.  Sometimes the paper did split a little (and shhh... I just covered those spots with hearts).  I also secured down the folded over pieces with double-sided tape.  The heavier paper makes for very sturdy pouches.  

The fun part is then decorating and filling each pouch.  I made four for this post.


materials used


Whatever hearts I cut from plaid papers I also cut from white or off-white cardstock and off-set the plaid papers on top.  I made a bunch of hearts this way first, using some of the same papers on the pouches and adding in some other plaids that coordinated well.  Then I attached those doubled-up hearts to the pouches using Glue Dots or double-sided tape, at least one larger one inside the pouch peeking out and several on the outside.  I added ribbon bows and pearls or red gems to some of the hearts.  I die cut the sentiments "Sending LOVE" and "HUGS" from white cardstock and used a glue pen to adhere them to more of the plaid paper scraps which I then mounted on another layer of white cardstock before tucking them into the pouches.  For the "BIG Hugs" one, I just attached the sentiment to the large heart tucked in the pouch.  I added some foil-wrapped chocolate hearts to each pouch to finish up.



Think I will make more of the small ones for candy treats or tea and some bigger ones using larger squares for holding other treats like hot chocolate, s'mores fixings, microwave popcorn...so many possibilities!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Mon 18

Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out Chocolate Hearts Cards
by Anne Thompson

I need a bunch of thank you cards, I've got all of these great new dies from Memory Box Valentines 2021, and there are two bags of chocolate hearts in the cupboard.  Hmmm... 


materials used


I added plaid papers to the fronts of the three notecards.  I figured out how many chocolate hearts I wanted on each card and chose dies the right size from the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out dies set, placed them on top of the plaid papers and cut right through the card fronts.  Then I used large glue dots to secure the hearts into the openings.  I used the punched out pieces to decorate an envelope for each card.  I cut the sentiments from an extra notecard and added them with glue onto the card fronts.

And that's it!  Easy peasy!  I'm going to gently secure all the chocolate hearts to enough cards so that I won't be tempted to eat them myself.  Mom and I can use them for thank you notes to her caregivers and tuck them into valentine baskets for friends and neighbors.  Guess we will hand-deliver these unless I include them in boxes to send to relatives and friends we may not see before Valentine's Day.


I like how the hearts pop up from the inside of the card, and there is still plenty of room to write a message as well.  You could also use the same idea to make tags that could be attached to valentine packages.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Mon 11

Sending Love Cards
by Anne Thompson

I decided this week to make some valentines that use products from the Valentines 2021 new collection as well as some favorites from the Christmas 2020 release.  I love that so many of the holiday 6X6 papers are perfect for valentines and a lot of the dies can be used beyond Christmas as well.  I made three cards that all use the same dies with different paper combinations.  The WOODGRAIN HEART 94552 is the centerpiece on each one.

Card One


Card Two


additional materials used

Card Three


additional materials used

So even though we've moved into a new year and a focus on upcoming holidays, don't forget to look at some of what you have left from past projects to see how things might be repurposed.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 04

Blog Blitz! Valentines!
by Anne Thompson

Hello!  Welcome to the Valentines 2021 Collection Blog Blitz!  We are so excited to have new dies to work with and a focus on love-ly cards.  Even our monthly blog challenge is all hearts!  We have so many products and samples to share with you!  Be sure to leave comments on the blog posts each day this week (Monday, January4th-Friday, January 8th). You might just win one of the new dies!

For my three cards today I used the VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE 94525, CRYSTAL HEART 94517, and SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT 94543 with Christmas Plaids and foil papers.

Card One


  • 5 X 7 cream notecard, top-fold
  • VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE 94525,  cut from cream/maroon/light green/gold CHRISTMAS PLAID PP1009 and trimmed to fit; glued on the left
  • CRYSTAL HEART 94517, cut from the same plaid and backed with Scor-Tape to make it easy to adhere the outline shape on the right
  • another scrap of the plaid placed above the heart with three flat cream discs
  • SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT 94543 cut from gold POLISHED FOIL PAPER FP1001, also backed with Scor-Tape and tucked into the bottom of the leafy rectangle
  • a brown satin ribbon bow attached to the stem at the top of the leaves

the three new dies I used



Card Two


  • A2 Juniper notecard, top-fold
  • VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE cut into the front of the notecard
  • VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE cut from blue-green foil paper with the snipped leafy branch layered and glued behind the one on the notecard
  • a piece of gray snowy paper glued behind the Verdant Leaf Collage 
  • CRYSTAL HEART and SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT both cut from more of the same Scor-Tape-backed foil and added to the card front
  • a tiny pearl to dot the i and three larger ones in the lower right 


Card Three


  • A2 Holly Berry red notecard, top-fold
  • VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE, CRYSTAL HEART, and SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT all cut from red/white/gold CHRISTMAS PLAID and layered onto white cardstock and trimmed to fit the front of the notecard
  • a scrap of the plaid added above the heart with three white pearls

For each of these cards I have also papered the inside and lined their envelopes with the same or coordinating Christmas Plaid papers.  I love that I can use so many of the patterns for valentines and other occasions throughout the year.

Want to have the VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE for your own?  Just leave a comment before 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 10th for a chance to win. One comment will be selected at random to win the die, and all winners will be posted on the blog on Monday, January 11th at 5pm EST.  Don't forget to enter your designs in our monthly challenge and keep checking back each day to see what the Design Team has to show you!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Mon 28

Shiny Foil Pinpoint Burst and Bubble Circles to Celebrate the New Year
by Anne Thompson

I spent some time going through my Memory Box supplies to find dies I could use to create some cards for the New Year, something that looked celebratory.  I decided to use the PINPOINT BURST PLATE 94514 cut from foil paper as the background for some BUBBLE CIRCLES 94439.

Card One


I used silvery foil from the POLISHED FOIL PACK FP1001 and used the full size of the Pinpoint Burst Plate to cover the front of a white A2 notecard.  I added Bubble Circles cut from a green plaid from the CHRISTMAS PLAID  6X6 pad PP1009.  I'm still looking for my CELEBRATE CURSIVE SCRIPT die 94393 which I know is here somewhere and will be the perfect sentiment to add to the front of this card.

Card Two


For this one I trimmed a little bit off each edge of the blue foil Pinpoint Burst design to expose a border of the white notecard.  I added silver foil Bubble Circles.  I also put a single silver foil candle in the center of the Burst using the TALL BIRTHDAY CANDLES 94395 die.  

I made two more similar cards and found a discontinued clear stamp set from Poppystamps that I cut apart to make the two sentiments.


Happy New Year!  I'm sure we are all looking forward to whatever 2021 has in store for us!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Mon 14

Plush Big Penguin Pocket Pet
by Anne Thompson

I'm working with a penguin theme for my grandsons' Christmas gifts this year--large quilted stuffed penguins, penguin pajamas, and penguin fabric for art smocks I'm sewing for them.  In looking through Memory Box products featuring penguins, thinking I would make cards and gift tags, I decided to first sew the boys some penguin pocket pets using the PLUSH BIG PENGUIN 94403 die set.


I tried several kinds of felt and found that the stiffer craft felt gave me the best cuts with holes that didn't tear while sewing.  (I could have added a fusible stabilizer to the softer felt and that would have worked well too.)   I used my sewing machine and a zigzag stitch to add the white face/tummy to one of the two black body pieces.  I used some fabric glue to attach the eyes and nose to the face and to attach the feet between the two black layers.  I used six strands of black embroidery floss and a large-eyed needle and just did a running stitch in the holes around the edge to join the front and back, pausing every once in awhile to tuck in a bit of stuffing.  


One finished and another cut out and ready to sew.  This penguin is just the right size to be a perfect pocket pet.  In fact, I think they will end up tucked into the pockets of the art smocks when I mail their gifts this week.

Plush Big Penguins would also make cute package tie-ons or Christmas tree ornaments, with or without stuffing them.  Don't have felt or sewing supplies?  Cut some single layer penguins from black and white and orange cardstock to add to cards or for gift tags.   I'll be making Plush Big Penguin tags for the boys' presents with their names and "Love from Nanne" written on the tummies.  Cute!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 07

Collar Technique Masculine Plaids Winter Cards
by Anne Thompson

The Collar Technique is another one I had never tried, so I paired that method with darker plaids, dots and stripes, and cardstocks to create some masculine cards that could be sent any time this winter.  By adding the shirts to a side-folded card I got a less shirt-like look and had some fun accessorizing.  When I'm ready to send them out, all I will need to do is choose an appropriate sentiment to add to the coordinating paper inside.


how to make a card using the Collar Technique

  • Start with an A2 notecard...I used white ones.
  • Add a mat paper layer 5 1/4 X 4...I used dots papers.
  • Add another layer 5 X 3 3/4... I used a plaid or stripes.
  • Cut plaid paper that coordinates with the layer above and cut it the same size, 5 X 3 3/4.
  • Turn the paper to the 5" side and mark it at 2 1/2 then cut a slit from that mark down 1 1/2".
  • Use a ruler and a scoring tool to make a line that goes from the ends of the slit at 1 1/2" to the corners on the 5" sides and carefully fold back on that line...that will bring the back side of the paper up onto the front like shirt collars.
  • Use small dimensional foam pieces behind the collars so that they roll over a bit onto the shirt.
  • Add this piece onto the mat layer of the same size.

Instead of making this a top fold card so that it really looks like a shirt, I used a side-fold card and turned the shirt on its side for a different look.  Let's see what I did to accessorize each of the cards from this point.


  • I added a popped up circle cut using the CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 and a light gray dot paper.
  • I cut the LARGE VINTAGE SLED 94496 from black cardstock and placed it flat on the circle and added a foam dot under the steering bar of the sled which is on the flat paper panel in order to keep it level.
  • I glued some POINTY PINE NEEDLE SPRIGS 94467 on the body of the sled and topped the sprigs with a dotted gray bow.


  • I cut a circle from the same paper I used for the shirt and collars and popped it up between the collars.
  • I added a black cardstock wreath, the medium-sized one from KNOTTED CIRCLE WREATHS 94482.
  • I cut more Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs using black cardstock and added them and a black bow to the wreath.


  • Because of the white stripe in the plaid on the collars I used white cardstock for the added elements on the plaid circle--a white Knotted Circle Wreath, Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs, and a tiny satin bow.

The papers I used are from PP1009 CHRISTMAS PLAID and PP1011 GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS.

One can never have too many guy cards on hand.  And these are so fun!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature