349 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 06

Framed! December Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

Framed! is the Memory Box Challenge for July.  My personal challenge every July is to get a head start on creating my holiday cards.  For today's post I am combining both challenges to make two sparkly December holiday cards, repurposing dies from both the Spring 2020 and Garden Party Collections to work as holiday images.


materials used:

Magnolia Wreath card


When I first looked at these dies I thought they would work for a holiday wreath, sort of poinsettia-like.  I cut both the Magnolia Wreath and the Magnolia Double Arch from the light green glitter paper.  Using tiny Glue Dots under each flower, I placed the arch with the largest flower on the left of the card front, added the wreath on top of that and then added the other arch piece on top of the wreath.  

For the sentiment label, I chose the two smallest rectangles from the Matinee Rectangle Layers set.  I cut the larger one from the same light green glitter paper and the smaller one from white cardstock.  I layered them together with Scor-Tape and then added the Joy Airy Script cut from more of the light green glitter paper.  I attached the label with foam dots, tucking it inside the wreath a bit and overlapping the right edge.

On the inside I added a piece of dot paper topped with a white cardstock rectangle and used Glue Dots to attach another one of the Magnolia arches.

Bubbles Circles Joy card


The Bubbles Circles remind me both of the wreaths that my dad makes and the pretty balls that he uses to decorate them.  I cut all three of the Bubble Circles from the light green glitter paper and stacked them on the top-fold card front, snugging them together in the lower left corner.  

For the sentiment label, I chose the two smallest rectangles from the Matinee Rectangle Layers set.  I cut the larger one from the same light green glitter paper and the smaller one from white cardstock.  I layered them together with Scor-Tape and then added the Joy Airy Script cut from more of the light green glitter paper.  I attached the label with foam dots in the upper right corner.  I added a white satin bow in the lower left where the three circles meet.

On the inside I attached a piece of the green dots paper centered with a white cardstock panel.  I used Glue Dots to attach one of the Magnolia Arches in the upper right corner.

Do you work on holiday cards in July as well?  What Memory Box dies and stamps in your stash could be used for them?  Take another look at what you have and how you might repurpose those dies and stamps for holiday greetings.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Mon 29

Leafy Tree Frame Best Wishes
by Anne Thompson

It's Sunday night as I write up this post and almost everything that could go wrong in this process has gone wrong.  Ever have one of those days?!  The computer has been acting up and the camera died after three photos.  So I'm just going to have to work with what I have because this goes live at 3:01 AM.

I've spent the month of June making birthday cards to replenish my dwindling supply.  Today's card with the sentiment "best wishes" could be used for a birthday card or for any occasion when you want to send best wishes.  I used watercolor paper, two dies, and two pieces of the same dot/stripe paper on a white notecard.

I started with a piece of Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 and green paints from my Kuretake watercolors.  I wet the paper first with a wide brush and clear water and then dabbed on various shades of green paint with a smaller brush and let the water move the colors to blend them. 


After the painted paper was dry I cut it using the LEAFY TREE FRAME 94420 and the BEST WISHES BANNER SCRIPT 94394.


I cut two pieces of the same double-sided dot/stripe paper 5 1/4 X 4, placing the dots on the front of the notecard and the stripes on the inside.  This paper is from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET STRIPES AND DOTS PAPER PAD PP1007I used very narrow Scor-Tape and a glue pen to add the die cut pieces to the dotted paper on the card front.  I found a sticky-back green gem to dot the i.

I like the way the Leafy Tree Frame embosses the leaves on the tree and lines on the frame, giving it a lovely texture.  Perhaps I could have gotten even more dimension if I had die cut the image while it was still damp.  I find that even lightly misted paper often gives a better impression than really dry paper.

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That's it!


I'm really ready for a new challenge, a new theme.  I wonder what July will bring...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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Mon 22

Tulip Trio Frame Birthday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm still making birthday cards this month to replenish my supply.  I like to have a variety on hand to choose from when I need one.   Here's a bright, sparkly new one to add to my stash.


From the front you could imagine this card could be for any occasion.  But when you look inside...


...there's the birthday message!

This was a very simple card to make.  I chose two coordinating prints from the GARDEN FOLLY 6X6 paper pad PP1005 and some white cardstock to make the paper layers on the white notecard.  I added pieces from the TULIP TRIO FRAME 94440 cut using a piece of bright red glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL 6X6 glitter paper pad GP1003 as the focal image for the card front.  There is plenty of room on the white cardstock to add a name or other stamped or handwritten message once I know where this card is going.


On the inside of the card I layered more of the red plaid paper and white cardstock as a backdrop for the BIRTHDAY CURSIVE SCRIPT CIRCLE 94396 and two solid candles from TALL BIRTHDAY CANDLES 94395, both cut from more of the same red glitter paper.


That's it!  Easy peasy.


Want to submit your birthday card in this month's challenge?  Check out how to here.  We would love to see what you've been making!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Mon 15

Sunflower Best Wishes
by Anne Thompson

I chose to work with sunflowers this week.  This card features the MAGNIFICENT SUNFLOWER 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1008 from the Spring Collection.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this embossing folder!


I embossed the image on a piece of 6X6 paper from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET paper pad PP1006.  I used a sanding block over the image to highlight it even more by exposing some of the white underneath.  I trimmed it to 5 1/4 X 4, mounted it on a piece of white cardstock just a tiny bit larger, and then placed that panel on a Meadow notecard.

I added BEST WISHES BANNER SCRIPT 94394 cut from a piece of Meadow notecard.


On the inside I used a striped paper also from the Springtime Bouquet paper pad.  I stamped the single sunflower and two leaves from the SUNFLOWER WREATH clear stamp and die set CL5253-D on more of the Meadow notecard scraps using VersaFine Clair Rain Forest green ink.  I die cut the sunflower using the coordinating die but fussy cut the leaves.  Using the same ink I stamped the sentiment "you are the sunshine in my life" from the same stamp/die set directly onto the striped paper before adding the flower/leaves cluster.


I made another card using the same sentiments on the front and on the inside, this time using the FLORAL CORNER 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1007 for the cover design.  Again I distressed the image using a sanding block before layering it on white cardstock and then the Meadow notecard.  The papers I used for this card are from the GARDEN FOLLY 6X6 paper pad PP1005.


As I was making each card I was thinking birthday, but these cards could also work for other occasions as well.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature








Mon 08

"happy birthday to you" with Garden Folly papers on an embossed Chrysanthemum Field
by Anne Thompson

Today I have a birthday card with lots of pretty layers using coordinating papers from the Garden Folly 6 X 6 paper pad, the Chrysanthemum Field embossing folder, and several dies from the Garden Party Collection.


I started with choosing papers from the GARDEN FOLLY PAPER PAD PP1005.  I selected a narrow stripe to use with the Spring 2020 CHRYSANTHEMUM FIELD EMBOSSING FOLDER EF 1001.


I used a sanding block over the raised images to add even more distress and expose more of the white under layer.


I trimmed that piece to 5 X 4 1/4 and adhered it to a white notecard.  I then cut some coordinating papers into flags--1 1/2 X 5 and 1 X 4 with vees snipped on the bottom edges--to use with a piece of white paper doily on the card front.


Next I made the layered square card piece with a white 2 1/2" square on the bottom and the successive squares each smaller by 1/4".  I stamped "happy birthday to you" from the BEST LIFE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS clear stamp set CL5237 in VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on the center white square after cutting the words apart to fit on a small square acrylic block.  I added the smallest of the BUBBLE CIRCLES 94439 (cut from a scrap of the striped paper) around the sentiment and also included a white cardstock GIULIA BORDE R 94411  on the left edge.


On the inside, I added a piece of Garden Folly paper 5 1/4 X 4 and a white rectangle 4 3/4 X 3 1/2.  I cut two candles from more of the striped paper using the TALL BIRTHDAY CANDLES die 94395 and added those on the bottom left.


Another look at the finished card...


Have you come up with an idea for this month's birthday card challenge?  There are so many products in the Garden Party Collection that are perfect for sending birthday wishes.  You can enter the challenge here.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 25

Garden Party Pocket Card
by Anne Thompson

Here's a pocket card with a panel insert that uses several coordinating papers from the new Garden Folly 6X6 paper pack PP1005 and stamps and their coordinating dies from the Peony Garden Corner clear stamps and dies set  CL5255-D.


To construct the pocket:

  • Start with a basic notecard 5 1/2 X 4 1/4.
  • On the front mark 1" in from the top left and up 1" from the bottom right.  Open the card flat and cut the diagonal line between the two points.


  • Discard the triangle slice.  
  • The next step is to paper the inside of the notecard with a piece of decorative paper 4 X 5 1/4.
  • Then you can add adhesive to the inside of the card front on the 1" piece at the top, along the bottom edge, and up the other 1" side.  I used really narrow Scor-Tape.


  • Remove the adhesive tape backing and press it against the inside of the card to seal it and create the pocket.
  • Add a coordinating piece of decorative paper to the front.  I began with a piece 4 X 5 1/4, measured in 3/4" from the top left edge and up 3/4" from the bottom right corner, then cut the diagonal line between the two points.


To create the panel that tucks into the pocket:

  • Start with a piece of white cardstock cut 3 X 4 1/2.
  • Add another coordinating decorative paper piece cut 2 3/4 X 4 1/4.


Stamping and die cutting:

  • I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink and stamped directly onto the insert panel, a butterfly and three blossoms and "THANK YOU" from the Peony Garden Corner set.
  • I also stamped another butterfly and three blossoms on white cardstock and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.
  • I used glue dots to adhere the die cuts to the front of the card pocket.


Once the panel is tucked into the pocket, only the butterfly is visible.  There is plenty of room on the back of the panel to add a note.

When I'm stamping on a card, I often use the same images on the envelope to hint at the contents within.  So I did that as well.


I hope you are getting some crafting time in and have been able to secure some of the newest goodies.  This Garden Party Collection is absolutely lovely!

Happy Crafting!


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Mon 18

Peonies from the New Garden Party Collection
by Anne Thompson

There are so many lovely items in the new Garden Party Collection that I had a difficult time trying to decide which things to focus on for this post.  I finally chose the PEONY GARDEN CORNER Clear Stamp and Dies Set CL5255-D, along with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink, Kuretake watercolors, and paper from the GARDEN FOLLY paper pad to make this card.


I used Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 and stamped and painted five of the single blossom and five of the largest bud/leaf, using different reds for each peony and two or three greens on the leaves.  I then cut them out using the coordinating dies.



I looked through the new 6X6 paper pad GARDEN FOLLY PP1005 to find a coordinating paper and chose a red plaid which I cut 5 1/4 X 4 and added to the front of a white notecard.  I used three peonies each with a leaf cluster on the front of the card.


I used the leftover paper strip inside the notecard, added one of the peonies and two leaf clusters (the second one covers an ink smudge) and stamped "thank you" from the same stamp set.  



And because I had everything out on the table I decided to try stamping on glitter paper which I had not done before.   I used the same stamps and ink and two papers from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001 to stamp and die cut more peonies and bud/leaf clusters.  I like how the black ink looked more gray on the pastel glitter papers.  (I did try stamping the bud/leaf on a brighter green scrap from the Jewel pad but the ink didn't really show up.)


I used a pretty green paper from the Garden Folly pad and added it to a top-fold notecard.  I placed three blooms and leaf clusters on the front.

And I added the other two blossoms/leaves on the strip of leftover paper, placed that inside the notecard, and stamped "thank you" to finish it up.

Check out this stamp/dies set...sentiments for so many occasions and beautiful flowers suitable for many many different techniques.  There's even a butterfly!


Be sure to look at all of the products here to see everything in the Garden Party Collection!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 11

Glittery Small Clutch of Eggs in a Glittery Twiggy Nest on Floral Papers
by Anne Thompson

The last few days we have seen warm weather, sunshine, a polar vortex snowstorm, and heavy winds.  In spite of these extremes, there has been a lot of activity at the bird feeders and in the house.  Dad (97) built and painted two more birdhouses and Mom (91) has been watching the orange marmalade feeder for the return of the Baltimore orioles who always show up on Mother's Day or a few days before.  I've been leaving nesting materials outside--bits of twine and the snippings from giving Mom a haircut.  So with all three of us focusing on birds I thought it appropriate to make a spring card featuring a nest with a clutch of eggs.


I used a nice pink cardstock to make the card base and papered the front and the two inside panels with prints from the COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 6X6 paper pad.


I chose pink and pale green glitter papers from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001 for die cutting the TWIGGY NEST 94424 and the SMALL CLUTCH OF EGGS 94456.

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I placed the nest on the card front using glue dots to secure it and the eggs in place.


I added a white cardstock panel over the darker printed paper on the inside and put three more eggs in the lower right corner.


The only thing left to do is to stamp an appropriate sentiment once I know where the card is going and for what occasion.

I love the way the die cut nest and its eggs work against the floral paper.  


It won't be long before our birdhouses all have residents sitting on nests filled with eggs.  Happy spring!

As businesses begin to reopen, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and stay safe.  I'm still planning to stay home as much as possible, avoid the big box stores, and wait for my online orders to arrive. 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 04

Cherry Blossom Branches Thank You Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my pursuit of finding interesting folded cards, and I have a fun and easy one for today's post.


I used medium blue double-sided striped and dotted papers from COTTAGE STRIPES AND DOTS PP1004, a bright blue glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003, and white cardstock to make the layers in this card.  The blue glitter paper embellishments are multiple CHERRY BLOSSOM BRANCHES 94434 with tiny white pearls in the centers of the blossoms.


  • Start with a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 X 11.  I used white, but you could use any color that coordinates with whatever printed papers you choose to use.
  • Cut it at 4 1/4.
  • Score the 4 1/4 X 11 piece of cardstock at 5 1/2.
  • Cut off 2 3/4 from the front.  Save the piece that you cut off because that will become the horizontal front panel on top of the now smaller card front.  


  • Cut all of your printed papers to go on the various panels.  One piece at 5 1/4 X 4 will be the inside of the card.  Cut two pieces each 2 1/2 X 4 for the outside and inside of the front of the card.


  • Layer the papers on the white card base.
  • Take that piece that you cut off in the fourth step.  Add a printed paper panel 2 1/2 X 4 and a white cardstock panel 2 1/4 X 3 3/4 on top of that.  You might want to do any stamping before gluing down the white panel.
  • Remember when you add this to the card to put adhesive only on the part of the panel that attaches to the card front.


  • Add one more white cardstock piece inside the card 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.  Snug it up near the fold so it will be hidden by the front flap.  Again you might want to do any stamping before gluing down the white panel.


At this point stamping and decorating can be anything you want it to be.  I used die cuts of Cherry Blossom Branches but any of the Memory Box floral dies would work.  I chose stamps from the WILD ROSE STEM CL5258 for the sentiments inside and out on this card, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I should mention here that the Wild Rose Stem clear stamp set also comes with coordinating dies if you order CL5258-D.



I had an extra Cherry Blossom Branch which I added on the back of the large tab.  (I should probably admit that I did that to cover an ink smudge which I was able to hide under one of the blossoms.  "Mistakes" are good excuses for using more embellishments!)


I know that this is a card my mom will take for her stash.  She celebrated her 91st birthday on Saturday and has used up most of the thank you cards I had made before this one.   

We are still staying home except for occasional trips to the small local grocery store and the self-serve farm stand though many more businesses in other towns near us are beginning to open.  Hope that wherever you are you're staying safe and finding time to make things.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Mon 27

Fun Folded Double Card
by Anne Thompson

I am continuing to play with interesting folds and remembered this fun folded double card, a form I had used in the past for holiday cards.  This particular card within a card provided lots of surfaces for colored cardstock and pretty patterned papers.  It opens first from the right with the smaller flap and then opens from the left with the larger flap.  Once both flaps are open the small sentiment panel is exposed.  


Technically you are building two cards and then attaching them together.  Let's start with the larger base panel card first. 

For the base on this card I used white cardstock cut 4 1/4 X 8 1/4, scored at 5 1/2.  When folded, the shorter flap is on the left.

I found it easier to make a list of all the sizes and kinds of paper I needed for the base, and then I cut and assembled each panel before adding them.

  • colored cardstock:  one piece 4 X 5 1/4; 4 X 2 1/2 , two of those--I used a medium blue cardstock.
  • printed papers: one piece 3 3/4 X 5; 3 3/4 X 2 1/4, two of those--I used the butterfly paper from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 paper pad.


Once the butterflies paper was adhered to the blue cardstock, I added each panel to the white base--the largest piece on the inside, one of the vertical panels on the left on the inside of the flap, and the other on the outside of the flap.


For the smaller card, I cut a piece of white cardstock 3 X 6 and scored it at 3.

I cut three blue cardstock pieces 2 3/4 X 2 3/4, two butterflies paper 2 1/2 X 2 1/2, and a white cardstock square 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 for the center sentiment panel. I glued the papers to the panels and then arranged them to go on the small white card base.  Remember that this card opens from the right, so one of the butterflies panels goes on the outside of the righthand fold and one on the inside of that fold, and the white panel goes on the inside on the left and this is the one that gets glued down to the base card.  

This is what it should look like...


Then I had to decide how to decorate that white square.  In retrospect I should have done my stamping before adhering the white square because I peeled it off and cut another white cardstock square to stamp.  I chose the single bloom from the WILD ROSE STEM CL5258 clear stamp set and stamped it using hero Arts Cornflower blue ink.  I added more of that ink around the edges of the square direct-to-paper from the pad.  I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for the sentiment "GRATEFUL for our friendship" from that same stamp set.  Then I added it to the card.


Here's another look at the opened card.


This makes quite a bulky card with all of those cardstock layers, so I made another one using blue cardstock as the base layers and another of the printed papers from the Springtime Bouquet 6 X 6 paper pad for a single layer  added directly to the base to create a thinner card.


Both of these fun folded double cards will go out in the mail today.   In looking at both of these cards I can see lots of options for using different papers, more stamping on the multiple surfaces, using other Memory Box stamps or adding die cut images, coloring with a variety of mediums even using watercolors on Memory Box watercolor paper for the sentiment square, glitter glue, and more.   You could even create some kind of a tab to keep the card closed.  The ideas just keep coming!

Happy Crafting!

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