336 posts categorized "Anne"

03/23/2020

Mon 23

Happy Easter Card with Little Bunny Trio in a Springtime Bouquet Papers Pocket
by Anne Thompson

My friend Donna showed me a neat paper folding technique to create a pocket of sorts and I made one to highlight the die cut bunnies for this card.  

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I began by choosing double-sided papers from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 6X6 pad.  I used two pieces, a striped one and a floral that coordinated.  I cut the striped paper 4X5.25 and taped that to a white notecard and set it aside.  With the floral piece of paper I cut a 4" square and a 2" square.  I set the 2" square aside.

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I took the 4" square and folded it in half, keeping the floral side on the outside, opened it up and folded it in half again to make the four quarters.   

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I placed the square flat  with the inside yellow print facing up and folded each of the floral points in to the center.  Then I folded each point back to the outside edge.

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I used Scor-Tape to attach this pocket to the front of the notecard.  (I put it down on an angle but you could line it up square for a different look.)

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I added the 2" square of the floral paper in the center opening of the pocket.

I die cut the LITTLE BUNNY TRIO 94455 from a scrap of pink glitter paper from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001.  I used foam dots behind the two larger bunnies and a mini Glue Dot behind the smaller one as I added them inside the pocket.

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I chose the "Happy Easter" sentiment from the Poppystamps SPRINGTIME FUN CL491 set and stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black ink in the lower righthand corner of the card directly on the striped paper.

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Another look at the finished card...

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And because you know I usually make at least two, here's another.

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For this card I used two pieces of the same paper from the COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 6X6 pad--leafy corner on one side and leaves on the other.  I assembled this card in the same manner as the first, but added "Happy Easter" from the Memory Box/Open Studio BIG AND LITTLE SPRING CL5254 clear stamp set.  I think I like this one best because of the papers I chose and my paper folding was a little more precise.

I love these little pockets.  I'm going to try them with squares in other sizes and with other die cuts in the centers.  You could also use dimensional stickers (like butterflies) in the pockets.  They fold pretty flat for mailing but pop up a bit once out of the envelope.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!


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03/16/2020

Mon 16

Twiggy Nest, Small Clutch of Eggs, Little Bunny Trio, Matinee Rectangle Layers, and lots of Glitter Paper
by Anne Thompson

How about that Little Bunny Trio robbing the Twiggy Nest of its glittery Small Clutch of Eggs?!  That's the Easter Bunny scenario I had in my mind as I pulled out dies and papers to create this card.   That Easter bunny has to get his eggs somewhere!

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To begin, I used one of the larger dies in the MATINEE RECTANGLE LAYERS 94438 to cut one of the lighter glitter papers from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001.  I adhered this to a Meadow notecard with Scor-Tape.  I then cut a smaller rectangle from the Matinee Rectangle Layers using Key Lime Dots paper.  I attached that to the glitter rectangle using more Scor-Tape.

Next I die cut the TWIGGY NEST 94424 using a bright green glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003.  I used a little glue to stick the bottom of the nest onto the Key Lime paper.

I cut lots of eggs from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad with the SMALL CLUTCH OF EGGS die 94456.  This die cuts three large and three small eggs each time.  I used Glue Dots on the backs of the eggs to tuck them into the nest among the twigs which also helped to secure the top of the nest to the card panel.

I used a pink glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad to cut out the LITTLE BUNNY TRIO 94455.  I put a foam dot on the back of the largest bunny and added him to the Key Lime rectangle.

To finish the front of the card I tied some lime dotted ribbon in a bow.  On the inside I added another of the larger Matinee Rectangle Layers cut from Key Lime dot paper with a smaller white cardstock one on top where I can write my message.

 

the second card

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This time I used a Birch Press Design Persimmon notecard and one of the printed papers from the COTTAGE MEADOW PAPERS PP1003 for the card base layer.  I tucked a glitter paper Matinee Rectangle in the upper right corner so I wouldn't cover up too many of the corner flowers.  I assembled the nest and its eggs in the same way as before and this time used all three glittery bunnies at the bottom of the card.  I added a large pink satin ribbon bow to the edge of the nest to finish this card.

I have a good start now on crafting Easter cards.  There are sooo many great products to use from the Spring 2020 Collection!!!  What have you been doing with the new glitter papers and glitter glues?  Post your creations in this month's challenge!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

 

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Twiggy Nest 94424

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Small Clutch of Eggs 94456


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Matinee Rectangle Layers 94438
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Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad GP1003
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Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad GP1001
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Key Lime Dots 77898
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Little Bunny Trio 94455

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Cottage Meadow PP1003


 

03/09/2020

Mon 09

Two More Ideas for Using Fairy Sugar Glitter Glues
by Anne Thompson

I'm not usually a glitter person but I am becoming one thanks to Memory Box and the new glitter paper pads and the Fairy Sugar glitter glues.  I've been trying out lots of ways to combine some of the 2020 Spring Collection products with the Fairy Sugars.  Here are a couple of ideas I've been playing with this month.

One

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I started with a Sweet Corn notecard and some orange dot/striped paper from the COTTAGE STRIPES AND DOTS 6X6 paper pad PP1004.  I cut the paper 4 X 5.25 and then cut it half, taping down the dots on the left and flipping the paper over and adding the stripes on the right. 

I die cut the PRETTY BLOSSOM STEM 94422  using green and yellow glitter papers from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003.  I snipped off the yellow blossoms and used Glue Dots to secure them on top of the green ones.  I used a glue pen to anchor the stem on the center line between the two papers.

Then I got out the Fairy Sugar in Sour Apple Sparkle 40121 and Goldfinch 40118.   I added a line of the Sour Apple Sparkle beneath the flower for the ground and to anchor it, and I put tiny drops of Goldfinch Fairy Sugar on top of some of the dots on the dotted paper as well as in the blossom centers.

Idea:  Try adding dots of Fairy Sugar on top of dots on any dotted paper for a little extra sparkle.  Practice drawing lines with the Fairy Sugars to add details to striped papers or for grass/ground under die cut flowers.  Add dots of Fairy Sugar to flower centers.

 

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I started with a Persimmon notecard and added a piece of paper cut 4 X 5.25 from the COTTAGE MEADOW 6X6 PAPER PAD PP1003 to the front.  I then added Fairy Sugar glitter glue to some of the flowers on the paper, smearing the drops with my finger to add sparkle to their centers.  I used Lemon Drop 40116 on the white flowers, Goldfinch 40118 on the orange ones, and Pansy 40114 on the pink ones.  I cut some blossoms from scrap pieces of orange and pink glitter papers using the Pretty Blossom Stem die.  I put the small one on top of the larger one using Glue Dots and then used foam dots to add them to the card front.  I added Fairy Sugar centers to them, Goldfinch on the orange one and Strawberry Ice 40109 on the two pink ones.

Inside I added double-sided bright orange paper from the Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pad, stripes side up on the left and dots side up on the right.  I had a strip of the flower paper left from the front which I placed on top of the dots and added more of the glitter glues to the flower centers.  When that was dry I attached a white cardstock square where I will write my message.  I cut out some CHERRY BLOSSOM BRANCHES 94434 from a glitter paper scrap, added Goldfinch Fairy Sugar centers, and put one of them on the message square.

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Idea:  Try adding dots and dabs of Fairy Sugar to highlight images on printed papers.

I can't wait to see what you post on this month's Challenge.  I'm sure you have lots more ideas than I do for using these yummy Fairy Sugar glitter glues!

Happy Crafting!

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Pretty Blossom Stem 94422
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Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad GP1003
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Sour Apple Sparkle 40121
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Goldfinch 40118
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Lemon Drop 40116
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Cherry blossom Branches 94434
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Cottage Stripes and Dots PP 1004
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Cottage Meadow PP 1003

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Pansy 40114
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Strawberry Ice 40109

03/02/2020

Mon 02

Fairy Sugar with the Leafy Jumble Stencil Background
by Anne Thompson

The challenge for the month of March is to use glitter paper or glitter glue in some way.  Memory Box has lots of new Fairy Sugar glitter glues in the Spring 2020 collection.  I decided to use one of the new stencils and some Fairy Sugar to create a background for a spring card along with some die cuts using the new glitter paper.

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I started with a yellowy-green cardstock 4 X 5.25 which I taped to my work surface and then taped the LEAFY JUMBLE STENCIL 88613 down on top of that using more washi tape.  I chose Sour Apple Sparkle  40121 and Mint Frost 40106 Fairy Sugars to use with the stencil.

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I squirted some Fairy Sugar onto each of the leaf cutout areas.

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I then used my finger to spread the Fairy Sugar onto each of the leaves.
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I removed the stencil and set this panel aside to dry.
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I used a bright green glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003 and die cut the middle-sized rectangle from the STYLISH RECTANGLE TRIO 94416.  I used more of that same paper to cut the PRETTY BLOSSOM STEM 94422.  I had a small scrap of a light almost white glitter paper from another project and cut the Pretty Blossom Stem again.  I snipped off those two blooms to adhere them over the green ones.

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I assembled the card front using lots of Scor-Tape on the back of the stenciled panel as I put it onto a Meadow notecard.  I added the Stylish Rectangle using a Glue Pen.  I used Glue Dots on the back of the green blossoms and leaves to secure the Pretty Blossom Stem to the panel and on the back of the whitish blossoms that I popped on top of the green ones.

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I added Lemon Drop Fairy Sugar 40116 in the flower centers and used my finger to spread it over the blossoms.  Then I used a drop of Goldfinch Fairy Sugar 40118 for each blossom center.

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This card really sparkles and shines. 

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Have you tried the new Fairy Sugars?  The new glitter papers?  Do you have an interesting technique for using them to share?  Submit your work for this month's Challenge!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Leafy Jumble Stencil 88613
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Mint Frost Fairy Sugar 40106
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Sour Apple Sparkle Fairy Sugar 40121
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Stylish Rectangle Trio 94416
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Pretty Blossom Stem 94422
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Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad GP1003
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Goldfinch Fairy Sugar 40118
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Lemon Drop Fairy Sugar 40116

02/19/2020

Wed 19

Springtime Birthday Wishes with Cherry Blossom Frame and Cherry Blossom Branches
by Anne Thompson

It's Day Three of the 2020 Spring Release Blog Blitz!  All week, through Sunday February 23rd, we on the Design Team will be featuring some of the newest products and offering some up as prizes.  Just comment on each post to be eligible to win that day's give-away.

When I think of spring I remember the cherry blossoms one year long ago in Washington, DC.  Once they begin to bloom each year  I know that spring in Maine can't be far behind.  I was happy to see so many cherry blossom dies in the 2020 Spring Release--Cherry Blossom Frame, Cherry Blossom Wreath, Cherry Blossom Elements, Cherry Blossom Bracket, and Cherry Blossom Branches.  There's even a Cherry Blossom Wreath clear stamps and coordinating dies set!  You can see them all here.

For today's Birthday Wishes card I chose to combine the Cherry Blossom Frame and the Cherry Blossom Branches with some pale pink glitter paper and Bubblegum Dots paper.

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  • CHERRY BLOSSOM FRAME 94427  the separate large frame cut from pale pink glitter paper--I used only the center rectangle and saved the narrow frame for another project.

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  • DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001, one sheet of pale pink glitter paper
  • I used Scor-Tape 1/8" to adhere the frame to the glitter paper and a tape runner to secure the panel to the papered notecard.
  • You can see in the photo below on the left where I tucked in one of the Cherry Blossom Branches behind the one in the frame, held in place with a Glue Dot.

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  • "birthday wishes" from CHERRY BLOSSOM WREATH CLEAR STAMP AND DIE SET CL5256-D
  • stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne black ink on white cardstock, added to the papered inside of the notecard with the other Cherry Blossom branch; added some pearls to the blossom centers 

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Then I went to the front of the card and added pearls on those blossoms as well.  You can really see the shimmer of the glitter paper in this next photo.

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This is a card design that can be used for many occasions just by changing up the sentiment inside or on the front panel.

This second card uses "greetings" from the same stamp/die set, stamped in black ink on white cardstock, mounted on a scrap of Bubblegum Dots paper, and placed inside the Cherry Blossom Frame.  I used Scor-Tape to secure it to the glitter paper.  I raised up the frame panel with dimensional foam tape and secured the Cherry Blossom Branches behind it using Glue Dots.  Again I papered the inside of the card with more of the Bubblegum Dots paper and added a white cardstock panel 3 X 4.25 where I will write my message.

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Want your own CHERRY BLOSSOM FRAME die?  Leave a comment for me about this post before 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 24th at 6pm EST.  Good luck! 

Happy crafting!

Anne Signature

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Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad GP1001


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Cherry Blossom Frame 94427


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Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set CL 5256-D


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Bubblegum Dots Paper 77890


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Cherry Blossom Branches 94434

02/10/2020

Mon 10

Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage, Bellflower Circle Wreath, Love Airy Script--one more valentine
by Anne Thompson

Only a few more days until Valentine's Day and I have one more valentine to show you.

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There are so many things I love about this card.


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  • I continued building the front panel, adding the Bellflower Wreath on top of the Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage using glue dots behind the three blossoms.  I then added the tiniest white pearls I had into the flower center holes.

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  • I used dimensional foam tape behind this panel and adhered it to the front of a white notecard.  Using a glue pen, I added the Love Airy Script.

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  • I thought the center needed something else.  I auditioned a variety of ribbons and flowers and settled on a small white satin ribbon bow.

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I had one more piece of red foiled cardstock left so I made one more card, cutting the Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage in the front of a white notecard which I then backed with a square of the red foiled cardstock.  I used the other scraps I had to die cut the Bellflower Circle Wreath and the Love Airy Script.  A piece of shiny red twine finished the front.  I lined the inside of the notecard with red/white dotted papers.

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I think I now have enough valentines to send out.  I will have to address and stamp envelopes later today.  If I do find I need more, I have two card-making workshops later this week for valentine procrastinators so I can whip up some then.  :-)

Happy Valentine's Day!  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage 94384
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Love Airy Script 94326


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Bellflower Circle Wreath 94369

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Bubblegum Dots paper

02/03/2020

Mon 03

"hugs and kisses"
by Anne Thompson

This month it's all about hearts on our blog challenge and on our greeting cards.  I made a card for today that uses the DRIFTING HEARTS STENCIL 88614 to create a soft background.

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I began by taping the stencil to a piece of white cardstock with washi tape.  I applied the ink with a brush, varying the amount of ink applied and not covering all of the hearts in the stencil.

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Once I trimmed the paper down I brushed more ink on the edges before mounting it to a scrap of raspberry notecard and then onto a white notecard.  I added raspberry ribbon tied in a bow next to the fold.

I die cut the Big Huge Premiere die twice from more of the scrap raspberry notecard, layered it with a glue pen, and adhered it to the front panel.

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I wanted to add a large heart to the panel so I chose the center one from the Gilded Heart Circle.

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I put foam dots on the back to pop it up off the panel a bit.

I took the phrase "hugs and kisses" from the Big and Little Valentines stamp set, cut off the word "hugs", inked it with the Raspberry Jam ink, and stamped it just below the panel.

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And because I can hardly ever make just one, I made two more even simpler cards.  This time I made larger heart stenciled panels which I adhered directly to colored notecards.  Just a simple rinse of the stencil under warm water and I was ready to change colors.

For this one I used Memento Rose Bud ink with a raspberry notecard and ribbon.  This time I applied the ink directly to the paper through the stencil using the raindrop-shaped ink pad.

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And this for this one I used Memento Lady Bug ink (applied with a round foam ink dauber), a Holly red notecard, and a satin red white-dotted ribbon.

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I love this stencil and know I will use it a lot to make more valentines before the 14th.  I have many more red and pink inks to try!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Big and Little Valentines CL5252


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Gilded Heart Circle 94388

 

01/20/2020

Mon 20

Tiny Gift Bags with the Pinpoint Leaf Heart and the Love Airy Script
by Anne Thompson

How about a cute little red gift bag--or three-- adorned with the PINPOINT LEAF HEART  94390 and the LOVE AIRY SCRIPT 94326?!!!

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I found the cute little bags in a bundle at Michaels and thought they'd be perfect for valentine table favors.  When I got them home I auditioned a number of dies, finally settling on the Pinpoint Leaf Heart and the Love Airy Script which I cut from gold foiled cardstock.   I used a tape runner for the heart and a glue pen for "love" to adhere the die cuts to the bags.  I still had the box of Christmas ribbons out so I grabbed some narrow red satin ribbon, shiny red curling ribbon, gold tinsel twine, and narrow gold wired ribbon and tied some on the handles.  Easy peasy and adorable!

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I just love the look of the Pinpoint Leaf Heart so I cut as many as I could from all of the gold foiled cardstock I had.  I wasn't sure how I'd use them until I found a dozen little red heart-shaped boxes.  A perfect fit!

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Sometimes when I know that I'm going to be decorating bags or boxes and have a particular die or stamp in mind as the feature image, I will often take a die cut or stamped sample with me to the store to see if I can find the bag or box that is the perfect size.  Most often, though, I work in the reverse order--I buy the bags and boxes and then figure out what I have that will work the best like I did for these.  Filled with chocolates and other little treats, these are going to look so pretty on our Valentine's Day table.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Pinpoint Leaf Heart 94390
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Love Airy Script 94326

 

 

01/13/2020

Mon 13

Berry Branch Loving Heart and Hello Banner Script Winter Cards for Friends
by Anne Thompson

Here are a couple of winter cards I made to send to friends later this month.  An inspiration perhaps for this month's Memory Box Challenge?

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While I had the die out I cut a few more of the Berry Branch hearts from foiled cardstock to use for valentines.

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I cut even more from gold foiled cardstock, dot papers, and other print papers so I have a large supply for my valentines class later this week.  I will have a stack of white notecards, a variety of background papers, pearls and gems in many colors, and my ribbon box so we'll have plenty of choices for our cards.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Berry Branch Loving Heart 94374

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Hello Banner Script 94392

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Friendship Floral Heart CL 5250

01/06/2020

Mon 06

Single Rose Stem, Love Airy Script Quick Card
by Anne Thompson

Sometimes you just need a card in a hurry, something that goes together quickly but still looks fabulous.  Today's quick and fabulous cards feature two of the newest dies from Memory Box.

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I love the simplicity of the SINGLE ROSE STEM 94397 combined with the LOVE AIRY SCRIPT 94326.  

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To keep the cards simple and quick to assemble I cut all of the pieces for each card at once from a nice white cardstock and added the die cuts to the patterned papers using a glue pen.  I used my Corner Chomper to round the corners of the patterned papers and the white notecards.  One of the things I loved about using the Single Rose Stem for these cards was that separate die that cut the petal background as one large piece so I didn't have to piece in all the little cut-outs from the outline die.  And the impressions on that larger piece made lining up the outline overlay super easy.

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This card in red and white would be perfect for a valentine, a winter birthday, a thinking-of-you note to a friend, or for many other occasions.  Want to dress the cards up a bit?  Add ribbon!

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This is one of the cards my group at the Senior Center will make later this month during our valentines extravaganza.  It feels like I've barely finished my holiday cards and now I'm working like crazy to make a lot of valentines.  :-)  There are so many wonderful stamps and dies to choose from in the newest release from Memory Box.  And a new stencil!  And an embossing folder!  Have you started on valentines yet???

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Single Rose Stem 94397
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Love Airy Script 94326