318 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 14

Blog Blitz Day Two-- Peaceful Snowy Cabin Circle with Antique Holly Label
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to Day Two of the Holiday Blog Blitz.  I am beyond excited about the 2019 Holiday release from Memory Box.  There's PAPER!  And WASHI TAPE!  Lots of new DIES!  And STAMPS!  See the entire 2019 Holiday release here.  Throughout the week members of the Design Team will share some ideas using the newest products.  And you will have a chance to win prizes, too.

I chose to combine the SNOWY CABIN CIRCLE 94332, the ANTIQUE HOLLY LABEL 94334, and the word "PEACE" from the MINI VINTAGE VARSITY PEACE 94338 for this holiday card.  I also incorporated a gray snowy paper from DASHING HOLIDAY PP1001 collection and both dark green distressed dots paper and one with light and dark brown stripes from DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS PP1002.


I started by cutting the gray snowy paper 4 X 5.25 and then adhered it to the front of a Juniper notecard. 

I die cut the Snowy Cabin Circle two times--once from heavy white cardstock and once from the brown striped paper.  I just popped out the three white pieces and inserted the brown stripey ones to create my log cabin.


Next I cut the Antique Holly Label from the dark green distressed dots paper.  I LOVE the label dies from Memory Box!  


Before assembling the card I decided to add yellow windows to the cabin but cutting that area of the die with yellow cardstock so I could pop out the white window panes and insert yellow ones.

I used some Scor-Tape behind the snow and a glue pen on  parts of the cabin to adhere it in the upper right of the card front.  I used a glue pen then to add the brown striped cabin logs, door, and the yellow window panes.  I placed the Antique Holly Label so that it overlapped the cabin scene, gluing down the outline first and then adding the label strip and the holly leaves.


For the final step I cut "PEACE" from the scrap of gray snowy paper and used the glue pen to place the tiny letters in the label space.


Want to win your own SNOWY CABIN CIRCLE craft die?  Leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.  One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the die.  Visit the blog from Monday, Oct 14th- Sunday, October 20th to see more of the new release and for a chance to win a prize each day.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 21st at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Snowy Cabin Circle 94332


Antique Holly Label 94334

Mini Vintage Varsity Peace 94338


Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1001


Dashing Holiday PP1002


Mon 07

Harvest Branch Corner Frame with Harvest Double Arch...Falling Leaves Challenge?
by Anne Thompson

Here's a card that might spark an idea for the Falling Leaves Challenge this month.

My cast iron squirrel is peeking out from this card which features the HARVEST BRANCH CORNER FRAME 94301 and the two branches from the HARVEST DOUBLE ARCH 94394.

I began by cutting each of the dies from heavy watercolor paper.  (I used Canson Cold Press 140 lb. weight.)



I used a waterbrush and my Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor raised dye ink pad, picking the color up from the ink pad with the waterbrush and scribbling the extra color off onto scrap paper when I changed colors.  This has become one of my favorite ways to paint lately, just using a waterbrush and dye ink pads.  I also find it easier to leave the die cut image in its background while painting and then pop it out when it is dry.


Once everything was dry, well almost dry, I auditioned background paper and colored notecards to find a combination that was pleasing to me.


I decided to use Mango Distressed Dots Paper cut 4 X 5.25 and I attached it to a Jack O'Lantern notecard.  I also lined the inside of the notecard, both panels, with more of the Mango paper.  

I used 1/8" Scor-Tape to adhere the frame to the front of the notecard and Glue Dots for the Double Arch pieces attached in the upper righthand corner.  I really like the look and the dimension that I got when attaching the stems only at their ends in the corner.  I chose a pretty white-dotted orange bow to finish it off.


Do you have an idea that might turn into a project you could submit for the Falling Leaves Challenge?  I'd love to see what you create during my favorite month of the year!


Anne Signature


Harvest branch Corner Frame 94301

Harvest Double Arch 94304



Mon 23

Snowy Pine Needle Oval Frame and Pine Tree Hill
by Anne Thompson

Living in Maine, the Pine Tree State, I was drawn to  both the PINE NEEDLE OVAL FRAME 94283 and the PINE TREE HILL 94295 for my winter and holiday cards.

I was trying to think of a way to put some snow on the die cut branches and its oval as well as on the pine trees.  Why not try VersaMark direct to the paper and heat set white embossing powder over it?  I tried it on the needles first.  And it worked! I got just what I was hoping for.  


And then I added a little bit to the oval.


Now to try the trees.  After die cutting the Pine Tree Hill, I left the die in place and pounced the VersaMark pad on top of the die to leave sticky stuff in the openings and around the base of the trees.  Those are the darker shiny spots you see in the photos below.



After carefully removing the die (and washing it with warm water and dish soap), I sprinkled on opaque white embossing powder and heat set it.



The next thing was to remove the die cut from the extra paper.  I used sharp scissors to cut from the edge to the slit by the trees on the left and right.  Then I trimmed the bottom edge straight using my paper trimmer.


I used foam tape along the base and the bottoms of the three trees and adhered this strip to a piece of blue dotted paper cut 4 X 5.25.  I snipped off the edges that overhung the paper.  Using a tape runner, I attached this panel to the front of a top-folded A2 notecard.IMG_1780

I chose "enjoy the beauty of the season" for the sentiment from the MISTLETOE SWAG Clear Stamps Set CL5247.  I stamped it in VersaMark on a scrap of the same green paper and embossed it with opaque white embossing powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it on the card using foam tape.

Here's the finished card.


Now I just have to go back to the Pine Needle Oval Frame and make a card with that!

Happy Crafting!





Anne Signature

Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Pine Tree Hill die 94295

Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamp Set CL5247




Mon 16

Grateful Autumn Leaves and Acorns
by Anne Thompson

 As soon as the 2019 Holiday images were released I knew that one of my first cards would incorporate the leaves and acorns from the GRATEFUL AUTUMN clear stamp set CL5243.

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I began by stamping the large leaves on a piece of off-white cardstock using VersaMark ink, added gold tinsel embossing powder, and heat set it.

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To color in the leaves I used a water brush and Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, and Gathered Twigs.  Because this image is stamped on cardstock, the water brush works fine because it doesn't saturate the paper.  I just picked up the color from the ink pad using the water brush and cleaned the brush between colors by scribbling the tip on scrap paper.  When the leaves were dry I cut the panel to 4 X 5.25.


Next I stamped and embossed the two acorns, painted them using the water brush and the same colors as the leaves, and fussy cut them out.  I used the water brush and more of the Gathered Twigs ink to color the cut edges.  Then I stamped the sentiment "begin each day with a grateful heart" with more VersaMark ink and used the gold tinsel embossing powder.  There are so many wonderful words in this stamp set that it was hard to choose which to use.

I used a round foam pad ink blending tool to add color to the edges of the leaf and sentiment panels. And then I went direct-to-paper with the ink pad to add a fine dark line on the edges.


To assemble everything, I used a tape runner to secure the leaf panel to a lightly-colored kraft notecard.  I added the sentiment strip using foam tape for more dimension.  I put foam dots behind the acorns to raise them to the height of the sentiment strip .


This is definitely a card for my September class this week at the local Senior Center.  They will love this!  I think you will love this stamp set, too!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Grateful Autumn

Clear Stamps Set




Mon 09

Autumn Winter Tree Oval Frame
by Anne Thompson

Because I make a few Halloween cards and a lot of fall ones, I made this card that features the WINTER TREE OVAL FRAME 94309 as a fall scene/Halloween card.


To make this card, I began with a black notecard and adhered a piece of Halloween decorative paper cut 4 X 5.25.  (Remember this Memory Box paper from years ago?  I'm finally parting with more papers in my stash.)


Next I die cut the WINTER TREE OVAL FRAME 94309 twice, once from black cardstock and once from gold.


I used a glue pen to secure the large oval to the front of the notecard, leaving some of the bats outside the frame.


I used a tape runner to add the black tree/hill oval inside the larger oval frame.


I carefully removed the gold background pieces from that die cut and used glue to place them up against the black tree.


I chose the word "autumn" from the GRATEFUL AUTUMN CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5243 and stamped it in VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink on a scrap of the Halloween paper.  I taped that to a scrap of black cardstock, and adhered the panel to the lower right on the card front.


I added more printed papers to the inside of the notecard.


And...I even papered the inside of the envelope!  I just traced around the envelope from the flap down on a piece of  Halloween 6 X 6 paper, trimmed the sides just a wee bit smaller, added double-sided tape over the glue line on the flap, and snugged the paper in.  

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I'm thinking of so many ways to change the background behind the tree for fall and winter.  I think you will find that you have lots of ideas for using this die!  


Happy Crafting!

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CL5243                     94309


Fri 06

Grapevine Wreath with Bittersweet using one of the Stylish Frame Trio and Silverdale Branch
by Anne Thompson

When I saw the STYLISH FRAME TRIO 94308 and the SILVERDALE BRANCH 94306 next to each other on my desk, I wondered if I could create a grapevine wreath using the middle-sized frame and add bittersweet to it using the Silverdale Branch.  This was the end result.


I actually started this card by working with the Silverdale Branch first.  I cut it from watercolor paper and used a variety of Distress inks in fall colors to paint it with a waterbrush.  I left it in the background to make it easier to paint.  


Once I removed it from the background I added more of the Crushed Olive ink along any white edges and added more of the Gathered Twigs ink on the berries.


 I cut the middle-sized frame from the Stylish Frame Trio set of dies three times using dark brown cardstock.


Next I added papers to the front of a kraft notecard--Vanilla Bean Gingham and Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots.  Then I used a glue pen to stack the three dies, rotating each one a bit to give me that grapevine wreath look I was after.


I adhered the painted Silverdale Branch to the card with foam dots, nestling it against the upper left inner edge of the frame.  


What do you think?  I love the look!  I papered the inside of the card with a panel of each of the patterned papers and lined the envelope as well.


I may use this as a Thanksgiving card or for a fall birthday,  This would work well as a guy card, too.  And it works for this month's "Framed!" challenge.


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 94308 Stylish Frame Trio
 94308 Stylish Frame Trio
 94308 Stylish Frame Trio
 94308 Stylish Frame Trio



Thu 29

Holiday Blog Blitz Day 4: Winter Tree Frame in Autumn
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to another Blog Blitz day!  What fun we're having with the new 2019 Holiday release from Memory Box!  You can find a link to the entire release here--great stamps and dies for fall and winter to celebrate the holidays and every day.  There are new idea books as well, one for Halloween and one for Christmas, and they are full of inspiration for creating your own cards.  The Design Team members are showing you some of their new samples each day this week Monday the 26th through Sunday  the 1st and offering up prizes in exchange for comments.  Join the fun!

How about using the Winter Tree Frame to make an autumn card?!  Combined with some stamps from the Grateful Autumn clear stamps set, this makes a great card for my favorite season of the year.


I started with a white notecard, a pile of Distress Inks in fall colors--Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, and Gathered Twigs--and a round foam padded ink blending tool to create a soft background.  You can see in the picture how I started my blending tool on the scrap paper before moving it to the cardstock using a circular motion.


I die cut the WINTER TREE FRAME 94303 from dark brown cardstock.


I used 1/8" Scor-Tape to secure the large frame to the top two thirds of the notecard.  I used more of that tape to then add the smaller tree frame inside, bringing it close to the left lower corner of the larger frame.  (The color really changed in this photograph with different lighting.)


I wanted a bit more color on the bottom third of the card so I chose two small maple leaves from the GRATEFUL
AUTUMN Clear Stamps Set CL5243 and inked them up with Wild Honey Distress ink and stamped them randomly in the open space.  I chose "autumn" from the same stamp set, inked it with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink, and nestled it among the leaves.


I added squash dot papers to the inside of the card and lined an envelope with it.


That's it!


This will be a great card to replicate for fall in other colors like reds and oranges with maple leaves or in browns and golds with oak leaves.  And because there's so much space in the square frames, other background techniques and decorative papers will be fun to try.  Perhaps I'll even make it into a winter/holiday card!

Want a chance to win the Winter Tree Frame?  Just leave me a comment on this post any time before Sunday, Sept. 1 at 11:59 PM.  One comment will be selected at random to win it!  All contest winners for the week will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, Sept. 2 at 6 PM EST.  Good luck!  


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


94303              CL5243


Mon 19

Sketch Flower Spray on a Stripey Alcohol Ink Background
by Anne Thompson

I've been experimenting again with alcohol inks to create different backgrounds for die cut images.  Today's technique is a lot of fun to do and sort of looks like finger painting though it is done with a brush.  


I started with Alcohol Ink Cardstock and Ranger Alcohol Pearl inks in Sublime (lime green) and Tranquil (blue), just dropping blots of ink onto the coated paper.


I then added drops of blending solution using a brush to spatter it onto the paper.  I do have a cheap paintbrush that I dedicate to using only with blending solution and alcohol inks and keep it in the box with those bottles.


This started the ink moving around and blending the blue and green together.  I wet the brush with more of the blending solution and started drawing lines on the paper.  And look what happened!


Next I auditioned some die cuts to see what I might like against this  stripey background.  I chose the SKETCH FLOWER SPRAY 94248.  I cut it from a linen-textured white cardstock and tried it against the bright green inky background.


I liked this orientation so I chose a white top-folded notecard, cut the inked paper to 4 X 5.25, and adhered it to the notecard using Scor-Tape.  I decided that I wanted color on the blossoms so I popped the flowers out of the spray and inked them with Dandelion and Lady Bug Memento inks.  I glued the leafy spray outline to the background and used Glue Dots to secure the flowers in place.  I then added some white pearls to the flower centers.


Because alcohol inks dry so quickly, this card came together in no time.


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 12

Perched Bird on a Painterly Alcohol Ink Background
by Anne Thompson

I used a painterly alcohol ink technique to create a background for the PERCHED BIRD 94244 on today's card.

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how I created the background

  • I started with a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock (Tim Holtz for Ranger).
  • I added some drops of Alcohol Blending Solution (Tim Holtz for Ranger) on the top third or so of the paper.
  • Then I added drops of alcohol ink on top of the blending solution (Tim Holtz for Ranger).  I started with Aquamarine.
  • I used a paintbrush to move the ink around into horizontal lines of color.  (I have one dedicated for use with alcohol inks only.)  I had to work really quickly and still had some blotchy spots which I kind of liked.  Alcohol inks dry really fast!  

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  • Continuing to work down the paper, I added more blending solution and Stream ink, overlapping the Aquamarine. 
  • For the next section, I added more blending solution and Pesto ink, blending it into the blue layer.
  • For the bottom I used Sepia ink blended into the green.
  • I added a few more drops of ink where I thought more color was needed and blended it in with the paintbrush.

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  • Alcohol inks dry very quickly, in just seconds.  And this technique is not as messy as some...only one blue blotch on my thumb!
  • I chose a light blue notecard and used Scor-tape to adhere the trimmed 4 X 5.25 panel to it.

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For the Perched Bird, I chose another notecard in the same color to die cut it.  I chose not to use the dotted rayed background because I wanted more of the inky colors to show.  I used some white glue to attach it to the alcohol ink background.

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All in all, this was a pretty quick card to put together.  Another day when I have a bit more time and more alcohol ink cardstock I plan to make a pile of these backgrounds in a variety of colors to have on hand.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 05

Some Like It Hot Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

Some Like It Hot is the name of this month's Memory Box Challenge with a focus on red, orange, and yellow.  You can find the information so you can participate here.  I decided to play along, using the Rose Bouquet stamp and die and some Distress Inks.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper and Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Ripe Persimmon.  I used the smoosh technique-- I just smooshed some of each color onto the watercolor paper and spritzed with water.  I reused a gold shimmer mist bottle so there is some sheen to the dried inks.


I stamped the Rose Bouquet on the inked paper using VersaFine Clair Pinecone Ink.


I took the outline die and placed it over the image and ran it through my die cutting machine.


 I placed the die cut on top of a yellow notecard and aligned the cut edges with the top folded edge and the right edge.


I snipped off the pieces that hung over the edges of the notecard.  Then I used a waterbrush and Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed Distress Inks to fill in the unpainted leaves.

To finish the card I added a crisp orange satin ribbon tied in a simple bow.


Join the Challenge!  I look forward to seeing what you will create!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature