329 posts categorized "Anne"

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

 

12/23/2019

Mon 23

Hanukkah Gift Tags
by Anne Thompson

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. It also celebrates a miracle that happened during this time, where just a day's supply of oil allowed the menorah in the rededicated Temple in Jerusalem to remain lit for eight days.  --Wikipedia

Hanukkah this year began at sunset on Sunday December 22nd and the first candle was lit on the menorah.  Families celebrate by lighting one candle the first night, two on the second and so forth during the eight days of Hanukkah.  They recite prayers, sing songs, children play a game with dreidels (a spinning four-sided top), and gifts are exchanged.  And there's chocolate (gelt) and latkes and other delicious foods.

12/16/2019

Mon 16

Silverdale Branch, Joy, and the last of my Dashing Stripes and Dots Papers
by Anne Thompson

What to do with the last few pieces of my DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS papers PP1002?  Those grays?  And the strips on the packet cover?  I just had to use every last smidgen!  I cut them into smaller pieces, backed them with black cardstock, and placed them on black or gray notecards.  On one card I added a white cardstock panel covered with the TWAS THE NIGHT WASHI TAPE WT501.  I die cut the SILVERDALE BRANCH 94306 and the JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 from red and green foiled cardstock and added those to create these three holiday cards.

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I made another card using the dark green striped paper with die cuts from silver glitter paper. I really like all of the layers on the front of this one.

My other notecards all had white interiors but this one was black, so I added a piece of dark gray striped paper and a white rectangle on top of that to the inside.

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I have really loved the Memory Box 6X6 Dashing Stripes and Dots and Dashing Holiday papers for my cards this year.  And I think I finally have enough cards made to start putting them in the mail this week!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002
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Twas the Night Washi Tape WT501
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Silverdale Branch 94306

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Joy Airy Script 94325

12/09/2019

Mon 09

Stencils + Die Cuts = Wintery Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

I recently got together with friends to make holiday cards and I took stencils to create interesting backgrounds for my cards.  I had so much fun revisiting stenciling that I decided to use two of my favorite Memory Box stencils for today's three cards.

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For the first card (the one lying down in the photo above), I started with bright white cardstock, the Winter Snowflakes stencil 88609, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and my ink blending tool.  I used washi tape to secure the paper and the stencil to my work surface to insure sharp inked images.

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I cut a bunch of snowflakes using the SPARKLING SNOWFLAKE TRIO 94287 from some turquoise-y blue cardstock that matched the ink pretty well.

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I used Glue Dots in the snowflake centers to adhere three of them over the stenciled snowflakes and pulled the radiating "arms" up a bit from the cardstock. 

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 I cut the JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 twice, white cardstock for the bottom layer and blue for the top.  I played around a bit with the orientation of the card and the placement of "joy" before glueing the letters on and adding the panel to a matching blue notecard.  For the finishing touch I added dimensional pearls to the snowflake centers.

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Next I took the Sprinkle Dots stencil 88597, bright white cardstock, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and the blending tool to create another background before adding more of the blue snowflakes.

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I layered up the Joy Airy Script again, added it to the panel, adhered it to a blue notecard, and popped pearls into the three snowflake centers.

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As I was working on that card I remembered the WINTER TREE OVAL FRAME 94309 and thought that its swirling dotted lines might match those of the stencil.  So I inked up another background using the Sprinkle Dots stencil on the front of a white notecard and added the oval tree cut from bright white cardstock and the swirly sky background pieced in using  blue cardstock.  You'll notice that the dots are lighter than on the other cards.  I just used less pressure with the blending tool while adding ink over the stencil.

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I added "joy and peace this season" from the MERRY AND BRIGHT MISTLETOE clear stamp set CL5246 stamped with VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink.  

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I think when I remake this card I will make it as a panel to adhere to a blue notecard like I did on the first two cards.  In fact I might just cut this one apart and do that.  I think a layer of the solid blue underneath it all will tie in better with the blue background of the winter tree.

I plan to make more cards using the stencils.  These designs can work all winter for many occasions by just changing up the sentiment. 

I wish I could say that I've made all of the holiday cards I will need to send out this month.  I'm going to be a busy girl this week!  Are yours done and in the mail?  Have you posted one for our Holiday Cards Challenge?  I'd love to see what you've been creating!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Winter Tree Oval Frame 94309
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Joy Airy Script 94325
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Sprinkle Dots stencil 88597
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Sparkling Snowflake Trio 94287
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Winter Snowflakes 88609
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Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set CL 5246

12/02/2019

Mon 02

Tidings Wreath Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I've been wanting to use the Tidings Wreath stamp set CL5244 and have been waiting for inspiration to strike.  To kickstart the inspiration I decided to use more of the Memory Box patterned papers, VersaMark ink, and silver embossing powder to create a bunch of images to choose from for a holiday card.  I settled on making two cards from one wreath stamped and embossed on green striped paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots papers PP1002.  Here's the one where I used the Joy Airy Script die 94325.

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Here is the process I went through.

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The Tidings Wreath is a very large stamp which I placed on a large acrylic block.  I inked it up with the clear VersaMark ink and stamped on a bunch of papers from the Dashing Holidays papers PP1001 and cards of various blue tones, added the silver embossing powder, and heat set the images.

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As much as I loved the silver shimmer on those, I really liked the way the wreath looked on both green striped paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots  6X6 pad and the blue distressed dots paper.  I decided to fussy cut them around the outside edges and also took out the centers.

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I found some green notecards that I thought went well with the green striped wreath and began to assemble the first card.  I used a tape runner to adhere half of the wreath to the left front of the notecard and snipped off the other overhanging part.  I took that smaller piece and placed it against the fold on the second card. 
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I added dimensional white pearls to both wreaths in the berries circles.  For the card on the left above I stamped the word "peace" from the TidingsWreath stamp set using VersaMark ink and embossed it with the silver powder.

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For the second card I cut the Joy Airy Script from sticky-backed glitter paper.  I oriented the card with the fold at the top and added "joy" to the bottom right.

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In the next photo you can see how the two parts of the wreath fit back together on the two separate cards.

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One stamped wreath=two holiday cards!  

I think I'll make two Hanukkah cards from the blue wreath next on coordinating blue notecards.  Fun!

How are you coming with your holiday cards? I still need to make so many more.  Here in the northeast I should have a snow day this week and that will be a motivating factor in creating a bunch.  Consider posting your cards on our Holiday Cards Challenge this month.  We really love seeing what you can do with Memory Box products.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

p.s.  After I finished this post I decided to add some paint splatters to both cards because I thought they looked too green and they could use some snow.

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Tidings Wreath CL5245
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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002
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Joy Airy Script 94325

11/18/2019

Mon 18

Twas the Night Shadowbox
by Anne Thompson

I found a lovely new plastic-wrapped shadowbox on the white elephant table at a holiday fair this past weekend and decided to use it for my post today incorporating lots of patterned papers and die cuts.  I wanted to use the Twas the Night washi tape to set the theme and came up with this Christmas Eve scene.

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Patterned Papers

Washi Tape

Dies

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My shadowbox measures 8 X 8 so I cut a piece of the Cranberry Gingham that size and used Scor-Tape to attach it to the cardboard backing that came with the shadowbox.  Then I took some heavy white cardstock and cut the Pine Tree Hill several times.  I used dimensional foam tape to attach the trees to the bottom edge of the backing, staggering them, cutting them apart, and stacking them for a forest effect.

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I cut the Snowy Cabin Circle from more of the white cardstock.  I also cut it from Licorice Distressed Dots paper and from gray striped paper.  I also cut a small piece of black paper to go behind the windows once I punched them out.  You can see in this next photo how I put the cabin pieces together on the gingham backing and added the three white cardstock snowflakes.

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I put some of the Twas the Night washi tape on a piece of white cardstock and cut it with the Scalloped Stocking die.  I added a cuff and toe cut from the red/black plaid paper.  I placed that on the left with two stacked layers of foam tape, tucking the toe just a bit behind the trees.

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Here's the piece before popping it in the shadowbox behind the glass.

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Now that I have placed this piece inside the frame under the glass I can see how much more room I have for adding other embellishments. 

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I'm hoping to find a small silhouette of Santa and the reindeer-driven sleigh to place in the sky above the cabin.  I'm pretty sure I have a tiny sleeping mouse to tuck into the lower righthand corner.  (One of my tabletop Christmas trees just has mice on it.)  Because I doubled the foam tape behind the stocking I can add a candy cane and maybe a small toy, and I think I will stack some little gift-wrapped presents on the bottom ledge.  Guess I'll have to put this by the fireplace with Santa's cookies and milk on Christmas Eve!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




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11/10/2019

Sun 10

Antique Pine Label, Joy Airy Script, and Patterned Papers
by Anne Thompson

I love the new patterned papers, both DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS PP1002 and DASHING HOLIDAY PP1001.  I've used up most of the brighter colors, so today's card features the gray plaid and a dark green stripe.  This might just be the perfect guy card to send for the holidays or any time this winter!

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I began by using a white notecard and adhered a piece of the gray plaid paper 4 X 5.25.

I cut the ANTIQUE PINE LABEL 94337 from the dark green stripe...

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...and used a glue pen to secure it to a piece of white cardstock cut 2 X 3.25.  I used foam dots to add this piece to the card front.

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I cut JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 from a scrap of the gray plaid and twice more from white cardstock and glued them together in a stack for more dimension.  I glued JOY to the label opening.

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And that's it!  Clean and simple, easy, and another way for me to use the label die.  I've been using many of the different label dies to create tags or to add to the fronts of envelopes.  I like all of the dimension on this card and the shadows created by the layers.

How have you been using the label dies?  And have you used up a whole package of the new papers yet???

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002
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Dashing Holiday PP1001

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Joy Airy Script 94325
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Antique Pine Label 94337

11/04/2019

Mon 04

"HAPPY" Holly Jolly Corner Frame Patterned Papers Card
by Anne Thompson

I decided to make a simple card using several of the new patterned papers, the HAPPY PUZZLE LETTERS 94348, and the HOLLY JOLLY CORNER FRAME 94310.  This will be a great card to reproduce in multiples that also is appropriate for multiple celebrations--Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year.

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  • I started with a piece of white on white dotted paper from the DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS collection PP1002.  I cut one piece 5.25 X 4 to use as the background for the card.
  • I cut the HOLLY JOLLY CORNER FRAME from the green/white snowflake paper in the DASHING HOLIDAY papers PP1001.
  • I used the green plaid, also from the DASHING HOLIDAYS papers, to cut out the HAPPY PUZZLE LETTERS.

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  • In this next photo you can see how the letters cut out and how easy it is to put them together.
  • I adhered them to a scrap of the white dotted white paper, trimmed that down, and added it to a scrap of the green plaid.

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  • I glued the Holly Jolly Corner Frame to the upper left corner of the white dotted paper.
  • I added the HAPPY piece next, tucking it under the holly sprigs.

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  • The final step was to place all of this on top of a Juniper notecard and add some white pearls to the berries.  Done!

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I think this simple design will also work well with other paper combinations from the two paper collections.  And maybe it will give you an idea that will get you to enter our November monthly Challenge--Patterned Paper.

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Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002
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Holly Jolly corner Frame 94310
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Dashing Holiday PP1001
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Happy Puzzle Letters 94348