407 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 18

Curled Holly Branches and Serene Birds Perch on Old Lamp Posts on Joy and Cheer Cards
by Anne Thompson

The Serene Birds are back this week and they've flown over to perch on Old Lamp Posts that have been decorated with Curled Holly Branches for three more holiday cards!


Let's look at one of the cards close up since all three are made following the same steps to create the design.


  • I started with a blank white notecard and added a piece of plaid paper to cover the front, 5.5X4.25.
  • I die cut the lamp and post pieces from a solid color cardstock that coordinates with the plaid paper.
  • I die cut just the lamp die again, this time from a light yellow cardstock and saved the center strips to simulate light from the lamp.
  • To assemble the lamp and post, I started with the post and put a strip of Scor-Tape on the back and added the cross piece before adhering both to the notecard.  I placed the bottom of the post on the lower edge of the card and used the plaid to help make sure the post was straight.
  • I then put Scor-Tape on the back of the lamp outline and placed the yellow pieces against the exposed tape before peeling off the backing and adding the lamp atop the post.
  • Using more Scor-Tape I attached the cap on top of the lamp.
  • Next I die cut three of the Curled Holly Branch from another coordinating plaid, stuck them together with Glue-Dots and used another Glue-Dot to place the bundle on the cap at the top of the lamp.
  • I then die cut the Serene Bird body from solid cardstock and its wing from a plaid scrap and used a Glue-Dot to put the wing on the bird and used foam dots to place the bird on the post cross-piece.
  • For the final touch I added Fairy Jewels to some of the berries on the holly branches.

Cards Two and Three


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So where is the JOY AND CHEER sentiment?  On the inside of each card on the strip of paper left from cutting the paper I needed for the card front!


Hmmm...I wonder where the birds will perch next Monday???

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Mon 11

Warm Wishes with a Bird, Its House, and Seasonal Greenery
by Anne Thompson

I love looking for ways I can combine dies to create multi-layer images for my holiday cards this year.  For the two cards I made for this post, I started with the HOUSE FRAME BACKGROUND 94606 to create a birdhouse, added some seasonal greenery cut with the GENTLE PINE NEEDLE SPRIG 94597 and the HOLLY BUNDLE 94610, and popped on a bird from the SERENE BIRD AND BRANCH 94620.  And of course I used Memory Box cardstocks and more lovely plaids from the WOODSY PLAID 6X6 paper pad PP1018.


Card One, Blues


  • Starting with a white notecard, I covered the front with a light blue cardstock from the STORMY BLUE COLLECTION SP1006.
  • I cut the House Frame Background three times, twice from dark blue cardstock also from the Stormy Blue pack and once from a dark blue plaid.  I used the circle die in that set to cut the birdhouse opening on the plaid house and cut another from a brown paper scrap for the inset ring.  I put the layers together and added it to the card front.
  • I cut the Gentle Pine Needle Sprig three times from plaid scraps and secured them to the peak of the birdhouse roof.
  • I cut the Holly Bundle from another blue plaid and used pop dots to add them on top of the pine branches.  I then added two of the blue CHRISTMAS FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY102 on the leaves.
  • I cut the bird body from a scrap of blue cardstock from the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005 and glued on the bird wing cut from another blue plaid scrap.  I used foam tape to add the bird to the card.
  • The sentiment is from the clear stamp set FESTIVE CHRISTMAS GREETINGS CL5273.  I used the largest banner from the BANNER SENTIMENT TRIO94580, stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink, added Detail Gold embossing powder and heat set it.

Card Two, Browns and Greens


  • I followed the same steps as above to make this card and I used brown cardstocks from the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009.
  • I used a red "berry" from the Christmas Fairy Crystals and a black "eye" from the AUTUMN FAIRY JEWELS JWL004.

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Though I had Christmas in mind as I made these cards, I think they could be sent anytime and not just for the holidays.  Think about what papers you might choose and the kind of greenery as well as the color story and create cards using this basic design for any season.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 04

Florentina Wreath with Serene Bird and Branch and Curled Holly Branch Holiday Joy Cards
by Anne Thompson

I am loving the newest release from Memory Box--2021 Holiday--and I am totally inspired to start making my holiday cards!  I think my favorite item is the 6X6 WOODSY PLAID paper pad PP1018.  I used up almost all of one pack this past week and have three more ordered already!  I have tried many of the new dies with these papers and settled on a card design for this post that uses the FLORENTINA WREATH 94592, SERENE BIRD AND BRANCH 94620, CURLED HOLLY BRANCH 94599, and JOY POSH SCRIPT 94591.  With so many beautiful plaids to choose from in the Woodsy Plaid paper pad I made cards in three colorways--green, blue, and brown.


I made the blue card first and it is the simplest one with two layers of coordinating plaids for the wreath, and three layers each of the Branch that comes with the bird die set and the Curled Holly Branch.  I used a light blue cardstock from the FRESH AQUA COLLECTION SP1004 to cover the front of a white notecard. I chose a darker blue for the bird and its wing as well as for the background Joy piece.  I cut "Joy" from a scrap of one of the blue plaids.  The bird's eye is one of the small black gems from the new AUTUMN FAIRY JEWELS JWL004.  


For the brown card I chose a light brown plaid paper to cover the front of a white notecard.  I selected other brown plaids for two layers of the wreath and the bird's branch and for three layers of the holly branch.  I used  two shades of brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009 for the bird's body and wing.  I cut the Joy background from one of the cardstock scraps and "Joy" from one of the plaid paper scraps.  The eye is a gold gem from the Autumn Fairy Jewels.


For the green card I cut a light green plaid 4X5.25 and added it to the front of a white notecard.  I used three layers of three different plaids for the wreath, the bird's branch and the holly branch.  Lots of dimension!  I also chose a soft green cardstock from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 for the bird's body and the Joy background; and the wing and "Joy" are cut from scraps from one of the green plaids.  The bird's eye is a black gem from the Autumn Fairy Jewels.


I did secure the branches to the backs of the birds with Glue Dots before using dimensional foam to attach the birds and branches to the wreaths.

Dies Used:

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Papers Used:


You can view the 2021 Holiday Collection here!  There are so many things to love--new papers, embossing folders, crystals-gems-dewdrops-jewels, stamps and dies.  Anda those windows!  And glitter papers!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 26

Into the Archives for Halloween Cards
by Anne Thompson

I had to go into the archives for the Halloween cards I made for this post.  Remember using stencils, sponge daubers, and ink to create card backgrounds?  I went to the Memory Box online catalog and found that there was still a spider web stencil available that I could use to create some great card backgrounds--HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610, first released for the 2016 Holiday Collection.  And from the Holiday Happenings Collection in 2018 I chose the HANGING LANTERN FRAME 94078 as the central image to place on top of the stenciled card.  I also found that I had a stack of black envelopes that were perfect to address with a white pen for cards that I can be sent anytime in October.


These cards were so simple to make.  

For the first card I used the notecard oriented with a top fold.  

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In this next photo are two side folded cards and for one of them I added a small scrap of yellow cardstock behind the lantern to suggest a lit lantern.


For the last two cards I chose the letters B and O from the 2021 WOODEN ALPHA DIES SET 94579 to spell out BOO in black cardstock.


I think the lanterns were originally intended for Christmas but in black against the webs they make interesting Halloween card images.  Look through your dies, stamps, and other supplies to see what you have that could be repurposed for Halloween.  And don't forget that stencils make awesome backgrounds!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Tue 21

Something Blue
by Anne Thompson

I've been making so many cards lately with oranges and golds and browns that I needed a major change. So I went looking through my Memory Box paper collections and found two pieces of a great blue plaid left in my Spring Plaid 6X6 pad PP1012 and a coordinating pale blue cardstock from the Stormy Blue Collection SP1006 which inspired me to make two sweet hello cards to send to friends this week.


  • For each card I cut the plaid paper 5.5 X 4.25 and covered the fronts of white notecards.
  • From the pale blue cardstock I die cut three sets of each of the flowers--Layered Fresh Flowers 94474 for the left card and Layered Daisies 94472 for the right card.
  • I put the flowers together with Glue Dots.  These flatter cards will be less expensive to mail and there is still lots of dimension to them.
  • Also from the pale blue cardstock I cut two of the Hello Cursive Script Circle 94521 and used a glue pen to adhere them to the card fronts.


Easy peasy! 

Do you find yourself in a color rut using the same combinations again and again?  Look through all of your papers and find yourself a color challenge!  For me it was thinking about what to do with that blue plaid paper that got me looking for coordinating cardstock and then I spent a lot of time looking through my dies to choose something I thought might work,  auditioning and discarding several before settling on the layered flowers and that hello circle sentiment.  



Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 12

Two Very Different "You Anchor Me" Cards for Guys
by Anne Thompson

I knew that I wanted to use the "You Anchor Me" clear stamps and dies set this week to create some cards for guys that could be used for a variety of occasions.  This is the first card I made:


  • I started with a white notecard and covered the front with brown dot paper from the Garland Stripes and Dots paper pad PP1011.
  • I used VersaMark ink to stamp the anchor from the You Anchor Me stamps and dies set CL5269D on white cardstock, embossed it with Detail Gold embossing powder, and cut it out with the corresponding die.
  • I used a scrap of the dot paper and stamped the sentiment "knowing you are always there anchors me" on the stripe side of that paper with VersaMark ink and embossed it in gold, trimmed it down and mounted it on a scrap of dark brown cardstock from the Earth Neutral Collection SP1009.
  • I cut the swirly rope from the End of My Rope dies set 94546 from more of the dark brown cardstock.
  • To complete the card, I adhered the sentiment block in the upper righthand corner and then threaded the rope through the hole in the anchor and secured both to the card front using glue dots.

For the second card, I wanted to play with the idea of stripes which is this month's blog challenge.  I used glitter paper to cut out lots of swirly ropes and those became my stripes.


  • I had one piece of turquoise plaid paper left from the Dashing Holiday paper pad PP1001 which I used to cover the front of a white notecard.
  • I used five of the swirly ropes as stripes across the front of the notecard.
  • I added three Marina Sailboats 94575 cut from white and turquoise cardstock scraps that I backed first with Scor-Tape.
  • Inside I added another rope, a silver-embossed anchor, and the sentiment "drop Anchor where your heart is".


These are very versatile stamps and dies that can be combined in any number of ways.  


Happy Crafting!!!

Anne Signature





Sun 05

The Secret is Outside the Box...our Memory Box STAMPtember Collaboration with Simon Says Stamp is Here!
by Anne Thompson

Happy STAMPtember from Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp!!! We are celebrating today with a beautiful exclusive stamp and die set by Memory Box in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp.  The TRUE FRIEND stamp and die sets went live at 12:01 AM today, September 5th, and are available from SimonSaysStamp.com for a limited time while supplies last.  

So what have I been creating in secret with my TRUE FRIEND stamp set in preparation for this event?  A notecard and coordinating envelope...


...with some additional stamping inside including several of the small flowers and three of the sentiments from the set around my handwritten message:  "hello, friend"; "friendship is made up of a million little things"; and "thanks for being a true friend".

materials used

  • white notecard and envelope
  • white cardstock for the stamped image
  • TRUE FRIEND clear stamp set
  • VersaFine Clair Shady Lane ink
  • orange plaid paper from Memory Box's Christmas Plaid 6X6 pad PP1009
  • orangey-red cardstock from Memory Box's Sunny Orange 6X6 cardstock pad SP1002
  • colored pencils


There's a lot going on with social media this week regarding this STAMPtember collaboration.  This is the 12th Anniversary of STAMPtember and it's bigger and better than ever!  There will be a Simon Says Stamp live chat Friday at noon ET on Facebook to chat about all things STAMPtember and Memory Box.  There will be more samples from Memory Box Design Team members on our Memory Box instagram stories.  Steph at Simon Says Stamp will also be posting to their newsletter and social media accounts.  Who knows where and when more ideas will pop up!  And...don't forget to get your True Friend set before they are all gone!


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature






Mon 23

White Focal Point Floral Chain Thinking of You Cards
by Anne Thompson

This month's challenge on the Outside the Box blog is to use a white focal point so I challenged myself to make three such cards using the FLORAL CHAIN die 94542 for that white focal point image.


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Let's look at one card close up to see the steps I took to make it.


I started with a white notecard and added a piece of black/white checked paper from the Christmas Plaid pack trimmed 4 X 5.25.

I cut the Floral Chain twice, once from white cardstock and once from a dark gray from the Earth Neutrals pack.  I used Glue Dots on the gray flower centers and adhered the white flowers on top set off just a bit for a gray shadow.  I used more Glue Dots to attach the chain to the card front at an angle.

I cut two of the medium-sized banners, one from white cardstock and one from the dark gray.  I used the VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink to stamp the "Thinking of You" sentiment on the white banner before adding it on top of the dark gray one and attached the finished banner with Glue Dots to the notecard.

I added some large black gems to the flower centers and one to the sentiment banner to finish the card.

The other two cards are made in the same way but with red plaids, red cardstock, and red or green Fairy Jewels.


Do you have people that you send cards to regularly?  I have a list and mail cards usually every Wednesday to three friends who have moved into assisted living or rehabilitation facilities.  I hope these three cards this week will help to brighten their days.

And if you haven't entered our monthly challenge on the blog I encourage you to do so--with a white focal point.

Happy Crafting?

Anne Signature




Wed 18

Plaid Cactus
by Anne Thompson

How about another card featuring the FLOWERING CACTUS clear stamps and dies set CL5271D?!  And more plaid!  I love the scraps of green plaid that I used for the cacti and the sentiment on this card.

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Such happy little cacti!  

I started with a white notecard that I covered with a piece of yellowy green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection SP1003.  I added a smaller piece of a lime green dot paper from my scrap box to the center.

I used VersaClair Shady Lane ink to stamp the cacti (twice) and the sentiment "always choose happiness" on the green plaid paper and to stamp the two butterflies on a darker green cardstock from the Lush Green pack.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the cacti and the butterflies and trimmed the sentiment to fit in the lower right corner of the card.


As I added the cacti to the card front I let them go over the edges of the dot paper.  Once I had the sentiment secured in the lower righthand corner I added one of the butterflies to draw attention to that corner and placed the other one in the open space in the upper left.  I kept the images flat because I plan to write a note on the inside left panel.


So many lovely sentiments in this stamp set!


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Tue 10

Hello Willow Globes in Prints, Dots, Stripes, and Plaids
by Anne Thompson

Here's a quartet of cards featuring the WILLOW GLOBE 94559 with the HELLO STREAMLINED SCRIPT 94540:


Let's look at one close up and see how I put the pieces together.


  • I started with a white notecard and covered the front with one of the print papers where the floral corner would peek through the globe frame.
  • I die cut the Willow Globe twice, once from the striped paper and once from a solid green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection and layered them just a tiny bit askew before gluing the image in the lower left corner.  
  • I also cut the birds and flowers from that set twice from the same solid green cardstock.  I added the flowers to the vines and the birds outside the globe toward the upper right.
  • I cut the Hello from a scrap of the striped paper and added it to the card .

The other cards are made in a similar way with the mustard/stripe/reds card using only one layer of the Willow Globe.

For something a little different I made one more card that also included the EUCALYPTUS COLLAGE 94524:


I think these will get boxed up as a gift with envelopes, stamps, and a pretty pen as they can be used at any time of the year.  If I decide to keep them and send them out one by one I will probably add Fairy Jewels to the flower centers for some extra sparkle.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature