420 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 24

Sending Love Valentine
by Anne Thompson

For the card I made today I repurposed the Contempo Poinsettia and the Pinpoint Daisy plate both from the Holiday 2021 collection to create a Sending Love valentine.


I began to create this card by using white cardstock with the PINPOINT DAISY BACKGROUND 94621.


I then took half of a red notecard and cut into it with the CONTEMPO POINSETTIA die 94607.


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Then I removed the five petals on that right side.


I chose another red notecard as the base for the card, trimmed the Pinpoint Daisy Background to 4X5.25 and adhered it to the front of the card using Scor-Tape.  Using more Scor-Tape I added the red Contempo Poinsettia panel on top.

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In my next step I added five small CLEAR FAIRY DROPS CLD101 to the flower center.

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I chose the SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT 94543 for the sentiment and cut it from white cardstock and glued it to the notecard.

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the finished card:

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This was a fun self-challenge to find and repurpose holiday supplies to use for a valentine.  What supplies do you already have on hand that might also be used to create valentines?  This particular design might also be used for a variety of other purposes just by changing the sentiment--hello, thinking of you, thank you, birthday, and more.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 17

Watercolor Floral Thank You Notes
by Anne Thompson

There are two new dies in the Valentines 2022 Collection that I featured in today's thank you notes:  Cottage Flower Stem and Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral.


Let's look at this one first:  IMG_3476-ink

materials used

to make this card

  • trim cardstock 4X5.25 and adhere to the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Woodgrain Heart from a darker cardstock and add to the notecard front
  • die cut the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral pieces from Watercolor Paper and paint with watercolor paints
  • assemble the blossom and leaves on the heart and add three of the Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones in the center of the blossom


And here is the card using the other floral die:


For this card I used a red cardstock on a red notecard, a yellow cardstock for the Woodgrain Heart, and both cardstocks for the Thank You.  The watercolored floral is the COTTAGE FLOWER STEM 94611.  I added a few CHRISTMAS FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY102 for a little extra sparkle.

These would make lovely valentines by changing the sentiment on each design.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Wed 12

A Woodsy Plaid Valentine Garland
by Anne Thompson

Here's something different for Valentine's Day:  a garland using the Woodsy Plaid brown papers, the smallest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die, and twine.


materials used


to make the garland

  • cut the paper strips, fold in half (I used fifteen strips.)
  • place the die on top of the folded paper to cut through both layers using washi tape to hold the die in place while cutting  (Save the little plaid hearts for other projects.)


  • place Scor-Tape inside each folded paper piece, one piece near the fold and one near the bottom edge
  • leave a tail of twine about 18" long and place the first heart-punched strip over the twine, remove the Scor-Tape backing, and press the two sections together to secure in place 
  • add other heart-punched papers about 4" apart along the twine
  • leave another long 18" tail at the end
  • knot the tail ends and the garland is ready to hang


This garland is the perfect thing for around a window or doorway or above the fireplace in my old farmhouse.  The browns are just right with my decor.  If you make a garland, choose papers that compliment the colors in your home.  A valentine garland does not need to be red and white.

Need valentine supplies?  Check the 2022 Valentines Collection here.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 03

Heart Streamer Globe Hugs Quintet
by Anne Thompson

I spent some time this past week going through my collection of Memory Box dies to see what I might use for designing some valentine cards.  The Heart Streamer Globe from Spring 2021 has always been a favorite so I decided to make some cards featuring that image.  Here are four that also use Cottage Meadow papers, the Twiggy HUGS die, and some tiny hearts cut using the Double Stitch Loving Hearts dies set.


materials used on these four cards

  • white notecards
  • white cardstock, red cardstock
  • COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 papers
  • TWIGGY HUGS 94519
  • DOUBLE STITCH LOVING HEART CUT OUT 94359, the smallest heart


The  fifth card (which was the first card I made, actually) used the last piece of paper I had left from SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006.


to make these cards

  • cut a pretty background paper 4X5.25 and adhere to the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Heart Streamer Globe from cardstock and attach it to the card front with glue on the outside frame
  • add Fairy Jewels to the tiny hearts on the streamers and three more to cover the hole at the top 
  • die cut two tiny hearts and glue them under the streamers area on the card front
  • die cut the Twiggy Hugs from white cardstock or scraps of the printed papers; sneak some of the letters behind and/or over the lowest streamer
  • add more of the die cut tiny hearts inside with a message

Valentines Day will be here before you know it!  Happy Crafting!

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Mon 27

Woodgrain Heart Poinsettia Thank You Cards
by Anne Thompson

It's time to send out those after Christmas thank you notes, and mine are both a nod to Christmas and to the upcoming Valentine's Day.  When I was going through my supplies from the 2021 Valentine Collection thinking about valentines, I found the Woodgrain Heart that I thought would be the perfect background for a Layered Poinsettia thank-you-for-my-Christmas-gift card.


materials used

  • white notecards
  • white cardstock
  • cardstock from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • cardstock from the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005
  • plaid papers from WOODSY PLAID PP1018
  • white pearls


to make this card design


  • Trim plaid paper or cardstock to 4X5.25 and adhere to the front of a white notecard.
  • Die cut the Woodgrain Heart from cardstock and add it to the front--I used Scor-Tape to anchor mine.  In the photo below you can see the beautiful detail in the heart.


  • Next die cut the Layered Poinsettia from a cardstock that coordinates with the plaid or cardstock background and heart.  I assembled mine using Glue Dots and another in the center back to hold it onto the heart.
  • Die cut the Thank You Streamlined Script from white cardstock and use glue to add it to either the heart or the background on the card.
  • The last step is to add Christmas Fairy Jewels and Christmas Fairy Crystals to the flower centers and the card background.

This may also give you an idea for those valentines you will need to start making soon.  Just change up the flowers and the sentiment for a lovely valentine!  Need some supplies?  Check out the 2021 Valentine Collection here.

Happy Crafting!  See you again in 2022!

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Wed 22

Last Minute Merry Christmas Cards
by Anne Thompson

On Sunday evening I realized that I needed eight more Merry Christmas cards for Monday morning.  What to do?!  Watercolor Forest Washi Tape, two dies, and some pearls to the rescue!


materials used

  • white notecards
  • WT500 WATERCOLOR FOREST GREENERY WIDE WASHI TAPE, 4.5 inches wide by 11 yards roll
  • white cardstock
  • small white pearls

to make these cards


  • Cover white notecards with the Washi Tape, smoothing out the tape as you go so there are no wrinkles. Because the tape is wider than an A2 notecard, trim the extra.  
  • Die cut the background for the Merry Christmas Posh Script from one of the brown plaid papers.  Because of the length of this sentiment, I reoriented the cards with the fold at the top edge before adhering it to the card front.  I used a glue pen for this.
  • Die cut the detailed words from white cardstock and glue them to the background piece.
  • Die cut the Curled Holly Branch from one of the green plaid papers and use Glue Dots behind some of the leaves to add one to each card.
  • Add the white pearls on the berry circles on the holly branches.


Phew!  All my cards are made and on their way, including some Winter Solstice cards to celebrate the turning of the seasons.  I am so looking forward to the returning of the light as the days grow longer little bit by little bit.  

May the New Year bring you joy.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 13

A Quartet of Snowmen Let It Snow Cards
by Anne Thompson

I continued to focus on this month's Snow Challenge and created a quartet of cards that feature the Oval Snowman Collage and a variety of backgrounds.

Card One


white on white on white

  • white notecard
  • white cardstock
  • SLIM CONFETTI PLATE 94551 cut from white cardstock and trimmed 4X5.25 and added to the card front
  • OVAL SNOWMAN COLLAGE 94608 cut from white cardstock and trimmed 4X5.25 and placed over the confetti piece
  • LET IT SNOW POSH SCRIPT 94583 with the solid background cut from a scrap of light blue plaid paper from the PP1018 WOODSY PLAID 6X6 paper pad and the script detailed letters cut from white cardstock, adhered together with a glue pen and added to the lower right 


Card Two


  • Same as the first card except that I added a layer of blue plaid paper behind the confetti.

Card Three


  • For this card I used a darker blue plaid paper as the first layer and added dots of DEWDROP FAIRY SUGAR 40125 glitter glue to the light blue squares in the plaid paper  pattern.
  • I also used Prismacolor pencils on the brown twig arms and the orange carrot nose.

Card Four


  • Here I covered the front of the notecard with a darker blue plaid papaer.
  • I used a 4X5.25 section of an embossed paper made with RINGADINGS  3D EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1015 for the layer under the snowman piece.

There is a lovely sentiment from the YULETIDE MOMENTS CL5274 clear stamp set to add to  the inside of each card:  May Peace, Love & Joy surround you like the first Snow.  

What snow we had yesterday went away with the rain overnight, so I'm still waiting for that first significant storm when I can build a snowman in the yard.  Then I will also pop these cards into the mail!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 06

Let It Snow Florentina Wreath Trio
by Anne Thompson

In keeping with Snow Cards as this month's Challenge theme on the Outside the Box Blog, I  have a trio of Let It Snow cards today that feature the Florentina Wreath.


This design is another example of one that can be made easily in multiples.

For the first card on the left I used a Pool notecard.  The second is a white notecard covered with bright red cardstock from the BERRY RED COLLECTION SP1001.  The third is a white notecard covered with the darkest blue cardstock from the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005.

I thinned out some white watercolor paint and splattered it on the front of each notecard and set them aside to dry while cutting out everything else.  I used white cardstock for multiples of the FLORENTINA WREATH 94592 and the two parts of LET IT SNOW POSH SCRIPT 934583.


I used a glue pen to layer two of the wreaths together for each card and to adhere them to the card fronts.  The glue pen came in handy again to put the two layers of the Let It Snow sentiment together which I added to the card fronts with dimensional foam dots.


The finishing touch for each card was to add CHRISTMAS FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY102.


These are cards I can send anytime in December and throughout the winter--which in Maine can last through April!  And they will work as Christmas cards, too.  Gotta get my envelopes addressed and stamped and cards in the mail soon!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature






Mon 29

Joy and Cheer Large Pine Cone Greetings
by Anne Thompson

In line with this month's blog challenge to use circle and ovals, today's card uses another plaid stitched circle to anchor the sort of oval-ish (okay, that's a bit of a stretch) Large Pine Cone.


These are the supplies I used:

  • white notecard
  • brown and green plaid papers from PP1018 WOODSY PLAID
  • large die from STITCHED CIRCLE LAYERS 30036
  • Uni-Ball Signo white pen
  • Prismacolor pencils, Metallic Copper and medium brown
  • white cardstock
  • JOY AND CHEER 94590


  • I started this card by covering the front of a white notecard with a dark brown plaid.
  • I added a large circle from Stitched Circle Layers cut from a light brown plaid.
  • I cut the Large Pine Cone from the Kraft Woodgrain Paper and used the Metallic Copper pencil to color in the lower edge sections of each pine cone part and added the medium brown on the radiating lines.  I assembled the pine cone using Glue Dots on each section.
  • I die cut two of the gentle Pine Needle Sprig from green plaid paper and the Pine Needle Trio from a different green plaid.  I used the white Signo pen to paint the tips of each for a snowy effect.  I added those to the top of the pine cone.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the pine cone and needles to the circle.

I think this photo below shows best the lovely glimmer that the metallic copper pencil added to the pine cone.


  • For the sentiment I used just the detailed lettering from JOY AND CHEER 94590 cut from white cardstock and applied with a glue pen.  I liked the white cardstock lettering with the white-tipped pine needles and the white lines in the plaid circle.


A dusting of snow here yesterday morning...just enough to encourage me to get out the holiday decorations and start planning what will go where this year.  Have a few more cards to make still and more stamps and dies from the Holiday 2021 Collection that I haven't used yet.  With colder weather coming I'm looking forward to more indoor crafting time.  

Happy Crafting to you!

Anne Signature




Mon 22

A Circle, An Oval, A Poinsettia, Joy...Festive Holiday Greetings!
by AnneThompson

This month's challenge on the Outside the Box blog is to use circles and ovals in one's card designs.  For the two cards today I used die-cut circles, the oval with holly stamp from FESTIVE HOLIDAY GREETINGS and its coordinating die, JOY POSH SCRIPT, LAYERED POINSETTIA, and Memory Box cardstocks as well as more of the WOODSY PLAID papers.

Card One

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materials and process

  • white notecard; cover with one of the papers from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • die cut a circle from one of the green plaids from PP1018 WOODSY PLAID and add it to the front of the card
  • stamp the oval with holly leaves from FESTIVE HOLIDAY GREETING CL5273D on Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 using VersaMark ink; sprinkle with Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set
  • watercolor the image using a fine point brush; I used my set of Kuretake paints
  • die cut the image once the paint is dry using the coordinating die and attach it to the plaid circle
  • die cut the LAYERED POINSETTIA 94605 and the background JOY POSH SCRIPT 94591 from red cardstock (I used a Holly notecard)
  • die cut the detailed lettering JOY POSH SCRIPT from a scrap of the background green cardstock
  • assemble the poinsettia using Glue Dots; add three yellow Fairy Jewels to the center; use foam dimensional dots to secure it to the painted oval
  • use a glue pen to attach the lettering to the background and to add it to the notecard



Card Two


This one ended up as a top-fold card with the plaid paper covering the notecard and a dark blue cardstock circle (OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005) under the detailed center design.

Two more cards to add to my growing collection of holiday cards I will mail this year...I even bought lots of holiday postage stamps this week so I can start addressing and stamping envelopes while watching Christmas movies this weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who are celebrating this Thursday!

Happy Crafting!

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