291 posts categorized "Anne"

02/11/2019

Mon 11

Gift Boxes--Pretty in Pink (and a few red ones, too)
by Anne Thompson

I decided this past week to recycle some holiday gift boxes for packaging Valentine treats.

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I began by using Scor-Tape to mount pretty pink papers on the top and side edges of each of the boxes.  (These papers are from a Papertrey Ink collection.)

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For the top of this box, I added a WRAPPED CIRCLE 30114 cut from white cardstock with a pink cardstock heart cut using one of the dies from the HAVE A HEART set 30118.  I used foam dots to secure some flowers to the heart.  I also used a white grosgrain ribbon around the sides of the box top and added a light pink bow tie at the front.

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I started by papering this box with a shimmer pink cardstock.  I added a smaller piece of pink-white striped paper on the top of the box before placing a large white doily in the center.  I chose a die from the STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES set 30047 ( a set from 2015 no longer in stock--Don't have this die?  Use another Wrapped Circle, a heart, or a punched shape for the center!) and cut it from more of the striped paper, doing my best to line up the stripes when I glued it to the doily.  I used glue dots and foam dots for the white leaves and the pink flowers cluster on one edge of the scalloped circle.  I tucked in a small pink gingham bow and put a small white heart on each corner--these were left from cutting out the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from an earlier card project.  (I have a small yogurt cup on my work table holding lots of these little hearts in white, pink, and red.)

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For this little square box, I used a smaller doily and a smaller Stitched Scallop Circle in the center for the top.  What you don't see in this photo are all of the hearts glued on the box top edges, more leftovers from cutting out the Bright Hearts die.

Once I got started I could hardly stop!  Here are some of the red ones...

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Here I used the WOODLAND HEART FRAME 94121 on the top.  All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.

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This box has a white cardstock Wrapped Circle on the front with a red cardstock heart from the Have a Heart set of dies in the center.  Then there's the little HEART GIFT BOX 99954 on top of that with a smaller white heart to cover the window opening.  I glued on some red and white stamens and a small red rose before tucking a folded doily into the heart box.

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For this tall square box I used the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94106 on the top of the box, adding tiny pearls on the hearts, larger pearls at the ends of the spiral vines, and a cluster of flowers in the center. All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.

Now I'm thinking ahead to Easter gift boxes and looking at the newest Spring 2019 collection for inspiration!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

02/05/2019

Tue 05

3-D Valentines...Circle Frames, Hearts, and Flowers
by Anne Thompson

3-D Valentines for gift tags/home decor/ornaments...

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These were so much fun to put together!

I started with some papier mache-ish circle and heart ornament forms that I purchased ages ago at a local craft store.  The circles are about 3 3/4" in diameter and a little less than 1/2" thick, and they already have the gold cord attached for hanging them up.  The first thing I did was to color the edges and overlap a bit onto the front and back of each shape using a red Memento marker.  That way none of the kraft paper showed once I added the decorative papers and die cuts.

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Let's look at these two first, inspired by this month's pink and red challenge.

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I used the same dies for each of these:

For the one on the left, I covered both the front and the back of the circle form with white cardstock Wrapped Circles.  It was important to use Scor-Tape to attach the papers to the cardboard form.  On the front I used the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame cut from a nice red cardstock, attaching it with glue dots under each of the hearts.  I then added tiny pink roses between each of the hearts and popped up the central heart from the die cuts with three more tiny roses on it.  I added a pink bow and another rose at the top, on the edge near the gold cord loop.  

For the one on the right, I used a shimmery pink cardstock for the Wrapped Circles on the front and the back.   I added the red cardstock Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame, popped up the center heart, and added tiny red pearls at the ends of the vine spirals.  I tucked some red stamens and three tiny red roses under the center heart and  popped on two larger roses.  I then finished it with a large pink satin bow next to the gold loop at the top.

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For the one on the left, I cut Wrapped Circles from red/white dot paper.  I added the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94114 cut from white cardstock.  A cluster of flowers in the center, some small white pearls  on the frame, and a white satin bow finish this one.

For the one on the right, I cut Wrapped Circles from red cardstock for the front and back of the form.  I then cut the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from white cardstock before cutting it again with the Wrapped Circles die and then placed it on top of the red circle.  I used a few red pearls to emphasize the hearts and a larger one in the center before adding a few red stamens and a red/white polka dot bow at the top. 

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This heart-shaped one was a little different.  I didn't have a heart die that was exactly the right size or shape, so I traced the cardboard heart on the back of the red dot paper.  I cut it out a little bit smaller than what I traced to make it fit, one for the front and one for the back.  What did work really well with this shape was the center section of the NEIGHBORHOOD HEART FRAME 94102.  I cut it from white cardstock and added a cluster of white flowers, some red and white stamens, and a white satin bow on top of the gate.  Because I'd already used a bow, I decided to attach pearls around the outer edge, graduating them from largest to smallest on each side of the gold loop.

No forms to work with?  Die cut (or punch) circles or heart shapes from cardstock and layer them up to make a thick base.  Or use cardboard from cereal boxes or packing boxes or fun foam.  You can always cover the edges with narrow ribbon or cording. 

Valentines Day is coming soon!  Now if I can just stop eating the candy I've already purchased to go with these ... 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

01/21/2019

Mon 21

Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame Valentines
by Anne Thompson

I recently made several valentines using the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94114, another of my favorite dies from the Valentine's Collection 2019.

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These cards became quite three-dimensional when I started adding paper flowers.  Guess these will have to go into the gift bags with valentine goodies rather than mailing them!  

Card One:

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  • I began with a white side-folded notecard and covered the front with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame from white cardstock.
  • I used a glue pen to attach the heart circle first and then the pinpoint circle around it.
  • I added tiny pearls in the oval bases between the leaf shapes.
  • I then found a pink paper rose, some white stamens, and a pretty pink satin bow to add to the center of the circle.

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  • On the left panel inside the card I covered it with more of the gingham paper.  I used a glue pen to add the extra circle, one of the heart stems, and a single heart which all came from the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame die cuts.
  • On the righthand panel I added a piece of decorative paper and stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 clear stamps set.

Card Two:

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  • I used a pale pink textured paper for the die cutting.
  • For this card I added miniature pink paper roses between each of the hearts in the circle and a cluster of three in the very center. 
  • I then put tiny pearls in each of the hearts.

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  • On the left panel inside the card, you can see that I had some fun adding elements that cut from the die--the solid circle, both heart stems, and the six hearts.

Card Three:

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  • This time I made my card base from a textured pink paper and cut it  4 X 4 1/4.
  • I cut the die using a darker pink cardstock and placed the center heart circle on the front of the card.
  • I added some tiny pearls at the base of the design between each of the hearts, though they are hard to see because of so much foliage in the center.

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  • I added a rose print paper on the left panel and more of the gingham paper on the right.
  • To finish the inside I added the two heart stems in opposite corners.
  • This card could then be either a top-fold card or a side-fold card.

I love that the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame gives me spaces to add some paper flowers.  I have soooo many in my stash!  And they are the perfect touch, along with the pearls, for really sweet valentines.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

01/14/2019

Mon 14

Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame Valentine
by Anne Thompson

Here's a lovely valentine using the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame.

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  • I started with a standard A2 white card, side-folded.  I covered the front of the card and both inside panels with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94106 from white cardstock.

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  • I used glue dots under the hearts to secure that inner circle to the card front.
  • I then used a glue pen to add the larger pinpoint circle, touching the bases of the two circles.  I placed a bow at that spot.
  • I put tiny pearls at the ends of the spiral vines.
  • I stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 stamp set inside the circle using VersaClair Pine ink.

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Inside the card:

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  • I used a glue pen to add the plain circle from the die cuts to the right panel where I plan to write a message.
  • I put a foam dot on the back of the larger pinpoint heart (which cuts from the center of the circle) and overlapped the circle with it.

Simple, sweet card using one stamp and one die!  And the first card sample is ready for my class at the senior center next week!  With all of the new stamps and dies available in the latest release, making valentines is so much fun!  Have you started yours yet?

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

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01/08/2019

Tue 08

Sending Thanks with the Woodland Heart Frame
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to the second day of our Blog Blitz celebrating all things LOVE with the newest Memory Box Collection to kick off 2019.  

After the holidays in December, I find that I always need more thank you cards than I have prepared.  Luckily for me the 2019 valentines dies and clear stamps arrived just in time to create something new!  Today's cards features these dies and stamps.

  • WOODLAND HEART FRAME  4" square die 94121 (NEW from Memory Box)

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  • tiny "thanks" from BEST LIFE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5237 (NEW from Memory Box)

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  • "Sending" and "Love" from SENDING LOVE Clear Stamps Set CL8126 (from Birch Press Design)

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  • THANKS JOTTED SCRIPT dies 94011 (from Memory Box summer 2018)

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  • HEART SPRINKLES die 94112 (NEW from Memory Box)

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This first card is 4" X 4".  I cut down an A2 card to fit the 4" square die cut and the 4" square of Bubblegum Distressed Dot paper under it.
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I snipped the prongs off a pink glittery heart brad and attached it with a foam dot over the heart space in the trees.  I cut the background outline "thanks" from more of the Bubblegum paper and used a glue pen to add the narrower "thanks" from the same brown cardstock I used for the Woodland Heart Frame before gluing the sentiment over the trees circle.  

And then I did something different with the inside of the card using the Heart Sprinkles die.  IMG_1018

I thought it might be a fun twist to use this die to cut the inside of the card where I will write a message on more of the Bubblegum paper. I've often added die cuts to the inside of cards but this is the first time I actually cut a design into the inside of the card itself.

I used red and white dotted paper (single-sided) to back that panel (which then left white space on the back of the card for more room to write) and added a 4" square scrap patterned paper on the left panel.  I then stamped "Love" in VersaClair Pinecone ink.  I saved all of the tiny hearts that cut out and may enclose them as a kind of confetti inside the card when I mail it.

For this second card I used just the inside circle from the Woodland Heart Frame, cut from white cardstock, and mounted on a panel of Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  Again I added a pink glittery heart brad and the "thanks" sentiment cut from the two papers.

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Inside  I added more of the dot paper on the left and a rose-decorated scrap on the right before cutting that rose panel with the Heart Sprinkles die.  I placed more of the dot paper under the cut-out hearts and also covered the back of the card with it.  (note:  When I used this card to send to a friend, I added a smaller piece of light pink paper on top of the red dots paper on the inside left panel in order to write a longer message.)

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I had a little difficulty with this third card.  As I was poking out the last tiny pieces from the square frame I tore one of the corners.  Rather than sacrificing the whole thing, I cut the frame in half and glued it to the 4" X 5 1/4" Bubblegum dot paper panel.  I added the inner tree circle under it.  I had a white die cut  heart left from the last card which I colored with a hot pink Tombow marker  before gluing it into the heart space.  I added "Sending thanks" as the stamped sentiment using VersaClair Pinecone ink.  On the inside I layered a piece of Bubblegum dot paper onto more of the brown cardstock and stamped "Love" in the lower right corner.

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Once I photographed everything I sat down on New Year's Day to write my thank you notes in order to post them on the 2nd.  My next task is to design some valentine cards for a workshop later this month at my town's senior center.  With so many new stamps and dies in the valentines release, that will be fun!!!

Please leave your comments on this post and you could be the winner of the WOODLAND HEART FRAME DIE!  Comments close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019 and winners from each day of the Blog Blitz will be announced on Monday the 14th on the Outside the Box blog at 6 PM.  Be sure to check all of the posts this week and leave comments for chances to win prizes!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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12/17/2018

Mon 17

Decorative Gift Boxes
by Anne Thompson

I always keep a collection of gift boxes on hand, purchasing them when I find them on sale and stashing them away for when I need one.  In looking through what I had to use for Christmas gifts, I found these great kraft paper boxes with clear acetate circular windows that I thought would be perfect for holiday candies.  That sent me off looking through Memory Box dies for round ones that could frame that window.

These are the dies I selected.

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Let's look at the Poinsettia Circle Frame box first.

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  • The box is 4" square on the top and bottom and the sides are 1 1/2" X 4".  
  • I cut pieces of decorative paper 1/16" smaller than those dimensions--one large square for the top and four rectangles for the sides.  
  • In order to figure out how to cut the center circle to expose the acetate, I tried sitting several dies ( cutting side up) from the WRAPPED CIRCLES die set 30114 on the acetate until I found one just a bit smaller than the acetate circle.  I added two pieces of washi tape under the die, placed that sticky side up on top of the acetate circle and put my paper face down and stuck the die to the paper square where I wanted it to cut. IMG_0987
  • This size turned out to be perfect for the center of the three circle dies I chose for the boxes!
  • I used Scor-Tape to adhere the papers to the top and sides of the box.
  • I then used a glue pen to add the Poinsettia Circle Frame around the exposed acetate circle and the small poinsettia in the center of the acetate circle.
  • There's a small U-shaped cut-out in the front panel to make it easier to open the box.  I found a tiny circle punch and used that to make the half-circle U.
  • I then took some narrow Scor-Tape and ran it around the center of the side panels of the box and added a red ribbon over that which I tied in a bow at the front.  

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  • To finish the box I added some tiny white pearls in the centers of the poinsettias.

For the second box I chose the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame.

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  • I assembled this box in the same manner as the first one.
  • I used a wired red ribbon and red pearls in two sizes on the holly wreath and added the small holly curvy branch to the acetate circle.

For the third box I used the Hutton Wreath die with some small white pearls and a green-dotted red ribbon.  This die was actually from the 2018 Summer Collection but it works perfectly as a holiday wreath when cut from green cardstock.

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Three pretty boxes to fill with sweet treats for friends!

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I've found some kraft coffee bags with acetate windows that I can decorate in the same way.  And I have other boxes and bags that I can die cut circles into and add my own acetate windows before decorating them.  I love the sneak peek of the contents that the little acetate window provides!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

12/10/2018

Mon 10

Fifty Bookmarks
by Anne Thompson

Fifty bookmarks, all the same--thankfully I have a small Misti and it worked perfectly with Memory Box clear stamp sets!  Each year at my parents' church there are stockings hung for each family and everyone is encouraged to write a note or put a holiday card in each one.  I chose to make bookmarks this year--decorative on the front and room to write a note on the back.

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I chose "joy" and "peace" from the BOLD CHRISTMAS GREETINGS SET CL5233.

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To create the little scene at the bottom, I used elements from the SNOWGLOBE WISHES SET CL5180 from the 2016 Holiday Collection.  I just love that little sleeping deer!

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  • Each bookmark is 2" X 6", cut from off-white cardstock.  They tucked perfectly into the Misti up against the ruler on the right side.  
  • I started by stamping "joy" at the top of the bookmark and the little deer at the bottom, using VersaClair Pinecone ink.
  • I added the two little trees with VersaClair Rainforest ink.
  • I used Hero Arts Cornflower ink to stamp the small snowflake between the trees on each bookmark.  I stamped them all again, moving the snowflake to the left of the little tree.
  • I then stamped "peace" using theVersaClair Pinecone ink.
  • I felt I needed one more snowflake which I tucked up under the "p" on each bookmark.IMG_0982
  • What to do with the empty space between the two sentiment words?  I looked through all of my Memory Box clear stamp sets and found an ampersand in the discontinued Love and Laughter set that looked right and stamped it in the Pinecone ink.

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I colored a couple of the bookmarks using Prismacolor pencils but I'm not sure if I'll color the others or not.

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What do you think?  Color them or not?  Maybe with more shading?  Multiple greens and browns?  Markers rather than pencils?  I've got plenty of time to experiment with my knee elevated and iced.

I tend to resist making more than one of the exact same thing, but this was fun using the Misti stamping platform with the Memory Box clear stamp sets! 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

12/03/2018

Mon 03

Tags, Tags, Tags, Tags
by Anne Thompson

I've been making tags for holiday gifts using some of my favorite smaller dies from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection.

First up--the tags that feature the Fancy Deer Circle Frame.

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  • I started with kraft cardstock cut 3" X 6" and scored it at 3" to make the folded base.
  • I cut some holiday paper (a Memory Box favorite from ages ago--only had a few scraps left) 2 7/8" square and adhered it to the front of the tiny card.
  • I cut three of the Fancy Deer Circle from dark brown cardstock and used a glue pen to put each one on top of the decorative paper squares.
  • I punched a hole with my crop-a-dile in the upper left corner of each tag and threaded through some sheer off-white ribbon tied in double knots.
  • This is a great format--lots of room to write a message inside each tag.
  • Simple, easy, and perfect for gift tags for my dad, my nephew, and a guy friend on packages wrapped in kraft paper.

Next up--Joy Journal Frame tags

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  • I started with a 3" X 6" base again, this time cut from a light blue cardstock, scored at 3" and folded.
  • I cut the Joy Journal Frame from sticky-backed glitter paper which I stuck onto dark blue cardstock.
  • I then cut that with a scallop-edged square punch, added a small clear gemstone to dot the j and a big glittery gem in the upper left corner of each frame.
  • I threaded tinsel through the punched holes.
  • Perfect tags for Hanukkah gifts wrapped in glittery star-spangled paper!

Next, Winter Journal Frame tags

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  • I made these the same way as before, using white cardstock for the base.
  • I added squares cut from Blueberry Distressed Dots paper.
  • I cut the Winter Journal Frame three times from the white cardstock and added each to one of the squares.
  • I used the third separate snowflake to dot the i on each tag and added tiny white pearls in each snowflake center.
  • Each tag is tied with blue grosgrain ribbon.
  • Perfect for Winter Solstice or a late December birthday!

And last of all--a collection using all three dies in red and white

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  • This time I cut multiples of each image and stacked them to make a thicker detail on each tag--four of the Winter Journal Frame and three of the other two.
  • I used Memory Box Cranberry Snow paper for the squares and tiny white pearls to dot the i and add more interest. 
  • I tied up each tag with red-white dotted ribbon.
  • These look great on the red plaid Christmas paper packages!

These tags were a great way to use up both cardstock and decorative paper scraps from other projects.  If you're anything like me, there are always plenty of small leftover bits too good to throw away!

It's not even December 1st and I have all of my shopping done, all of my presents wrapped and many delivered, and only one more package to mail away.  Phew!  That's what can happen when one schedules knee replacement surgeries for Nov. 20th and Dec. 4th.  New knees is my present to myself this year!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

11/19/2018

Mon 19

Cool Cats Get Together by the Cottage Garden Gate
by Anne Thompson

I've been working on ideas for using the TOGETHER JOURNAL SCRIPT die on a Christmas card.  I decided that I wanted to create a scene featuring two of the COOL CAT 94087, the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082, and the TOGETHER JOURNAL SCRIPT 94096 as the sentiment.  I chose a Powder Notecard and used a dotted embossing folder to add some texture to the front.  And I framed the scene using the outermost part of the ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018.

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  • I die cut the elegant Holly Double Frame from heavy white cardstock and secured the outermost frame to the notecard using a glue pen.
  • I also cut the Cottage Garden Gate from the same white cardstock and popped it up with tiny foam adhesive squares inside the frame.
  • I cut two of the Cool Cats, one from Cranberry Gingham paper and one from Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  I added tiny pieces of green cardstock for their eyes.  I used pop dots to add the cats to the scene in front of the gate.
  •  I used the same green paper for the Together Journal Script which I placed above the frame.
  • The gate needed something more, so I die cut the POINSETTIA CIRCLE FRAME 94081 from more of the green cardstock.  I snipped off several of the poinsettias and layered them with the die's center pieces to create a wreath of sorts.  I added a sparkly red gem and used glue dots to hold it to the gate.

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These are the dies I used.

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This will be the perfect card for a couple who are able to spend this holiday together.

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I'll be back in early December with more ideas for the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving this week!!!

And Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

11/12/2018

Mon 12

Elegant Holly Double Frame Peace Card
by Anne Thompson

About a year ago I packed up all of my alcohol inks because I felt I'd run out of interesting things to do with them.  Since discovering Ranger's Alcohol Ink Paper and Yupo paper, I've unpacked them again and I'm getting inky all the time.  They're like this brand-new thing again!  I've been dropping ink spots on the alcohol ink papers and have been fascinated with the results.  And I love the way the images shine after die cutting.  

today's card

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materials used

  • ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018
  • PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017
  • bright yellow notecard 
  • glue pen, glue dots, plaid ribbon bow with gold pipe cleaner accent
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks in a variety of colors--reds, greens, yellows, orange--dropped in puddles on alcohol ink paper

This time when cutting the inked paper I let it dry for a really long time and then ran it through my Big Kick using the metal plate.  Everything popped out of the die easily.  I love that the Elegant Holly Double Frame has so many pieces to play with.  And "peace" just fit in the scrap I had leftover.

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I arranged and rearranged the three squares until I found a composition that I really liked.  Just tilting the middle plain square frame (which separates the double frames)  added so much more interest to the card.  I tried it first as a side-fold card before adding the branches, bow, and "peace"; but I liked the top-fold orientation better.

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A Christmas card with an unconventional color scheme--that works for me!  I had thought this would be a fall card even though it's holly, but by adding "peace" and the red plaid bow it now works for Christmas.

Off to the craft store to buy more alcohol ink paper and more Red Pepper alcohol ink.  There are so many more  on-line tutorials to watch and techniques to try!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature