393 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 21

Male Birthday Mail
by Anne Thompson

Today I made more guy cards, this time specifically for birthdays...Male Birthday Mail!


Materials Used

to make this card

  • cut the plaid paper to cover the front of the notecard
  • cut a smaller piece of red cardstock to use as a mat and add it to the front of the card
  • emboss the Toolshed image onto the cream woodgrain paper
  • lightly drag the ink pad over the top of the embossed image to add a bit of color to highlight the tools
  • trim this embossed image down to fit on the mat, leaving a narrow edge of the red exposed
  • cut the Birthday Mail background from a scrap of the red cardstock and the detailed letters from a scrap of the plaid...I found it helpful to add Scor-Tape on the back of the plaid paper to make it easier to place those letters on the background piece.
  • adhere the sentiment to the card front and add a tiny gem to dot the i

Here are the three cards I made...one using the cream woodgrain paper (shown above), one using the KRAFT WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44003, and one using the WHITE WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44002.


For the kraft paper card I used a larger piece of the woodgrain paper to cover the card front as well as embossing another piece with the toolshed folder.  I also used a brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009 as a mat for the embossed image and for the Birthday Mail background.


I love the texture of the woodgrain papers and the way the woodgrain highlights embossed images especially when I use ink direct-to-paper on the embossing.  Cool! 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 14

Sailing on the Ocean Blues
by Anne Thompson

For today's cards I started with the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005 6X6 cardstock papers, the PUT-IT-IN-GEAR EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1018, a curly rope from the END OF MY ROPE SET 94546, and the MARINA SAILBOATS 94575.


I imagined that each of the large gears was actually a compass rose and would thus make a perfect background for the sailboats.  After embossing the Ocean Blue cardstocks I used a sanding block to remove some of the color on the gears/compass roses before attaching each panel to a white notecard.  I backed white cardstock with Scor-Tape before cutting the sailboats which made placing them easy-peasy. The piece of nautical rope also cut from white cardstock added that important third element for the design.

In the photo below are the three cards I made using different blues for the background design.

And because Monday June 14th is Flag Day I was inspired to make a sort-of-nautical-flaglike fourth card: background red cardstock from the BERRY RED COLLECTION SP1001 die cut with the VERTICAL LINE COLLAGE 94553 and applied to a white notecard with the two MARINA SAILBOATS 94575 added on top of the stripes along with a piece of rope from the END OF MY ROPE SET 94546.

Fun cards for summer!  And great cards to send to guys!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 07

The Blooming Sweet Pea Blues
by Anne Thompson

I spent some time on this hot steamy day playing with the Blooming Sweet Pea Embossing Folder EF 1020, using watercolors, using colored pencils, and using patterned papers.  This is one of the watercolor cards:


For this card I embossed the image on some of the Memory Box White Woodgrain Paper SH44001 and painted it with the lightest blue in my Kuretake watercolor paints.  Starting with a white notecard and Scor-Tape, I layered on a panel of light blue cardstock from the Stormy Blue Collection SP1006, then added a smaller panel of light blue plaid paper before securing the floral panel on top.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this embossing folder!


So then I went a little crazy experimenting with more embossed images, first with a more diluted overall watercolor on watercolor paper:


Then I used Prismacolor pencils:


and I tried the embossing folder on several printed papers:


I haven't decided which of the Memory Box floral dies I might use on top of the embossed flowers or whether I will use them as they are or which stamped sentiments I might add to the front or inside of each card.  I love that this embossed image can be used for so many different occasions and I am happy to have these on hand for whatever comes up.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 24

Waves-tossed Grand Tulip Shell
by Anne Thompson

Continuing with this month's water theme I made a card that features a Waves-tossed Grand Tulip shell.


To make this card I began with a Pool notecard and a sheet of aqua cardstock from the FRESH AQUA COLLECTION SP1004 which I embossed using the WAVES EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1013.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the waves to the card front after trimming it to 4 X 5 1/4.


Next I used two pieces of the Open Studio WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 and my small set of Kuretake watercolors to create the papers I needed for the shell.  I did refer to the GRAND TULIP SHELL outline die as I painted one of the papers so that I would have a darker area in the shell opening which is at the bottom right.  I used the GRAND TULIP SHELL dies 94566 to cut the outline from one of the papers and the solid shell from the other.



I used a glue pen to attach the outline to the solid shell layer and Scor-Tape to secure the shell to the waves paper.  I then added three small blue Fairy Jewels to complete the card.


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 17

Graceful Jellyfish Underwater
by Anne Thompson

There is another new embossing folder in the Under the Sea Collection that I chose to use as the backdrop for Graceful Jellyfish on today's cards--UNDERWATER EMBOSSING FOLDER F1012.

Card One


For all of the cards I made for this post (and I made a lot of them!) I used the same embossing folder and the Graceful Jellyfish set of dies.


  • I began with a stack of papers that I chose for using with the UNDERWATER EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1012.  Some of the papers were pale green dots, a muted blue plaid, and the new White Woodgrain. 
  • I just kept making embossed panels, trimming some to 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 and some 5 1/4 X 4.
  • I chose VersaFine Clair inks in Shady Lane (an olive-y green), Warm Breeze (blue) and Green Oasis and I applied the ink to the embossed panels by rubbing the ink pads directly across the raised images.
  • Next I started making a bunch of the GRACEFUL JELLYFISH 94574 using scraps of glitter papers, foil papers, solid cardstocks, stripes and dots papers, and plaids.  I mixed and matched until I had jellyfish that coordinated with the inked embossed panels.
  • I used white notecards and added the embossed panels and jellyfish with Scor-Tape.  On a couple of the cards I added a plaid paper behind the embossed panel as well.

Cards One, Two, and Three


Cards Four, Five, and Six


These cards will be great for lots of different occasions this summer.  I can easily add a stamped sentiment inside with my handwritten message.  Or a selection of them with envelopes and stamps would make a lovely gift for a summer birthday or as a thank you to someone special.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 10

Tool Shed Guy Cards
by Anne Thompson

I need a lot of cards to send out to guys this month and the new TOOL SHED EMBOSSING FOLDER EF 1019 is perfect!  


materials used


I still have quite a lot of Christmas Plaid paper left from the holidays because I love the plaids and bought so many pads of it.  I took plaids that I thought worked well with the embossed charcoal paper and that had a masculine feel to them.  

I chose one of the darkest colors in the Earth Neutral Collection to use with the Tool Shed Embossing Folder.  Using a sanding block on the embossed image reveals bits of white which adds interest and highlights details on the various tools.

The simplest card has the red plaid paper behind the embossed panel.

The next one has a green/black/thin red stripe plaid behind the embossed panel with a ribbon tied around the folded edge.

The most involved card has the black and white check background behind the embossed panel with another strip of the plaid on top, finished with a gingham bow and some black pearls.


To change things up a bit on a few more cards, I used the new WHITE WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44001 with the Tool Shed embossing folder.


These all-occasion cards are just what I need for my card stash in May.  And leftovers can be used for Father's Day cards in June!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 03

Stripes, Dots, Christmas Plaids, Waves, and Swimming Creatures in Bubble Coral Collages
by Anne Thompson

I had a lot of fun creating these little underwater Bubble Coral Collage scene cards:IMG_3121-ink

I began with four white notecards and these paper pads:



I selected papers that I thought would look interesting when embossed with the Waves folder and made quite a few. Then I selected colors of Stripes and Dots that I thought would look like good underwater colors and cut several of the Bubble Coral Collages and the separate coral pieces in that set.

The next step was to choose solid cardstocks from these two pads:

and then I cut multiples of the SCHOOL OF FISH 94570 and SEA CREATURES 94564 from the three colors I chose.


The fun part was mixing up the various elements to create the four cards, assembling the larger paper layers with Scor-Tape, using Glue Dots to attach the single coral pieces, and adhering the swimmers with Glue Dots and dimensional foam dots.



Who would have thought that Christmas Plaids would make such cool waves?!  To finish each card I added just a few FAIRY JEWELS in brights, pastels, or clear that coordinated best with the colors in each card and placed them in the tiniest bubbles.

I'm thinking these will make great Father's Day cards or cards to send to guy friends for any occasion...just add an appropriate sentiment to each one before signing and popping into an envelope.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 26

Wave-tossed Grand Spiral Shell
by Anne Thompson

This month's challenge is to use paint in some way and I just got a new box of Kuretake watercolors.  So...


I started with Memory Box watercolor paper, a cup of water, my favorite brushes, and the Kuretake watercolor paints.


I used the GRAND SPIRAL SHELL 94567 dies and cut the painted paper with the detailed shell design.  I then looked through the cardstock papers in the BERRY RED COLLECTION SP1001 and chose a color for cutting the solid shell.


My next step was to choose a piece of foil paper from the POLISHED FOIL PAD FP1001 and emboss it using the WAVES EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1013.    


To assemble the card

  • I added another paper from the Berry Red Collection cut to cover the front of a white notecard.
  • I used Scor-Tape to attach the foil waves paper which I had cut to 4 X 5 1/4.
  • I used a Glue Pen to bond the detailed shell outline to the solid piece and then secured it to the foil layer with more Scor-Tape.


These are the papers I used.

This card can be oriented as a side-fold or top-fold card.  And once I decide how to use it I can add a sentiment to the front or the inside.

And because I couldn't make just one...


I hope you love the new Under the Sea Collection as much as I do.  That Waves embossing folder!  All those beautiful shells!  Sea creatures!  And more!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 19

UNDER THE SEA new release Today!
by Anne Thompson

Hooray!!!  Today is the day that we can begin to share projects made with the newest Memory Box release.  UNDER THE SEA is the theme and you are going to LOVE everything about this collection!  I immediately fell in love with the jellyfish so you will see them featured on the cards I made for today.


There are three layers I added to each white notecard--embossed waves, a kelp collage, and two jellyfish.

For the WAVES layer...


The first layer features the new embossing folder WAVES EF1013.  For the card on the left I used a lovely blue paper from the FRESH AQUA COLLECTION SP1004 which I trimmed to 5 1/4 X 4.  For the card on the right I used one of the blue plaids from MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014 and trimmed the paper to cover the entire front of the notecard.

For the KELP COLLAGE layer...


I cut the KELP COLLAGE 94561 from coordinating blue plaids from the Madras papers, trimmed them down a bit, and added them over the waves using Scor-Tape.

For the JELLYFISH layer...


I made lots of jellyfish using the GRACEFUL JELLYFISH die 94574, cutting  them first from a variety of blue plaids from the Madras Plaid papers and then from several blue papers in the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003.  I cut their "caps" from several blue foil papers in the POLISHED FOIL PAD FP1001 which I attached with Scor-Tape.  I selected two for each card securing them with foam dots and weaving their tendrils among the kelp fronds.

Here's another look at the two cards:


And then for something in another colorway...


I think there will be jellyfish popping up on a lot of my summer cards!

I can't wait to see what others on the Design Team share in the coming days!  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 12

Nested Globes + Seed Stems/Layered Daisies + Glade Butterfly = 2 Just a Note Cards
by Anne Thompson

I ended up with two Just a Note cards for this post that each began with plaid papers and Nested Globes cut from watercolored papers, plaid papers, foil papers, and glitter papers and accented with Glade Butterflies and Seed Stems or Layered Daisies.


Without a design in mind for a finished card, I started with two pieces of Memory Box Open Studio WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 and watercolor pencils in shades of green and blue.  I oriented one paper vertically and the other horizontally, painting blue "sky" and green "grass".  Using the set of NESTED GLOBES 94532 I cut globes of different sizes from each of those papers.

My next step was to cut more globes in a variety of sizes from a variety of papers--a blue/green plaid from MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014, blue foil from POLISHED FOIL PAD FP1001, light green glitter paper from GRACEFUL GARDEN GLITTER PAD GP1002, and bright blue glitter paper from TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003.

I then cut one of the small SEED STEMS 94534 from a scrap of the paper I had watercolored and two more from some scrap plaid paper.  I cut the detailed GLADE BUTTERFLY 94578 from another watercolor leftover piece and from some of the light green glitter paper and cut the solid one from blue foil paper. And I made several of the LAYERED DAISIES 94472 from plaid paper scraps.

Then I was ready to start to put a card or two together from the bits I had assembled in a pile on my work table.

Card One


  • For this card I started with a white notecard and covered the front with a piece of plaid paper. 
  • Then I added these paper layers--a large globe from my vertical watercolored paper, a smaller blue foil globe, a smaller plaid globe, and an even smaller globe from my horizontal watercolored paper. 
  • Next I added the Seed Stems, gluing down just the stems with colored gems in the seedy centers. 
  • I used a Glue Dot to secure the detailed painted butterfly to the foil one underneath and added a gem to its center.  I used another Glue Dot to attach it to the card.
  • I die cut the base for JUST A NOTE POSH SCRIPT 94527 from more of the blue foil and the detailed lettering from a plaid paper scrap.

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Card Two


  • Again I started with a white notecard and covered the front with plaid paper.
  • I chose two of the large glitter paper globes, one light green and one blue, and inverted them before stacking them on the front of the card, using Scor-Tape to secure them in place.
  • I added two of the LAYERED DAISIES 94472 on the left edge of the blue globe and adhered blue plaid gems in their centers.
  • I used a Glue Dot to attach the Glade Butterfly and put a blue gem on its body and pulled the wings up a bit for added dimension.
  • I cut the base for Just a Note from a scrap of the green glitter paper and the detailed words from a scrap of the card background plaid paper.


This was very much a "let's see what I can make from this pile of stuff" process of card-making.  Starting out I knew I wanted to watercolor with my watercolor pencils and I wanted to do something with the Nested Globes, but I did not have a clear vision beyond that.  And in the end I really like these cards.  The foil paper and gems on the first card and the glitter paper on the second really pop.  Do you always start with a clear idea in mind or do you collect a bunch of stuff and see what happens?

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature