359 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 21

Going Batty in the Woods
by Anne Thompson

I don't make many Halloween cards, so today's work was a good challenge for me.  I don't like to see bats up close and flying around my head here in the woods even though they eat mosquitoes, but these black glitter ones are pretty cute!  I also love the glitter paper woodland layers against that black/white/gold plaid!


To start I went through my dies to see what could be used to create a Halloween card, and I pulled these.


I actually made a practice card first before the final glittery one so I could try out an idea I had about putting the domed layers together.


I like this first gray/black/browns card but felt I needed more color on the front in addition to the glitter papers on the next one.

So I added a piece of plaid paper from the CHRISTMAS PLAID 6X6 PACK PP1009 to a Licorice (black) notecard.  Then I die cut everything using black and two different gold glitter papers from the FROSTED GLITTER PAD GP1004 and the HOLIDAY GLITTER PAD GP1005.  


Here's an explanation of the something different way I layered the dies together.  I put the Snowglobe Backer piece down first, then the darker gold Winter Wood Dome Layer, dropping the top of that piece to snug up against the the inside of the first arch.  I used glue on the pieces that attached to the plaid paper and Scor-Tape that adhered to the glitter paper layer behind it.


I added the black glitter Haunted House Entrance Dome Layer in the same way.


Next I added the tiny bats inside the domes against the plaid paper.  I placed a larger Cave Bat in the upper right.  I stamped "Boo" from the HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN CLEAR STAMP SET CL5264 on a scrap of the plaid paper using VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink, mounted it on a scrap of gold glitter paper, and mounted that onto a scrap of the black glitter paper.  To add it at the bottom center, I used a skinny piece of foam tape at the bottom edge of the sentiment piece so it would lay flat against the glitter paper layers nearer the top of the sentiment.


On the inside of the card I added a piece of black and white checked paper from the same paper pad and another large Cave Bat.  I stamped "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" from the same stamp set using the same ink.


I think these two cards will go in the Halloween box I send to my grandsons next month.  Happy Halloween!


Happy Crafting!

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Mon 14

Thankful Harvest
by Anne Thompson

I spent some time recently making cards with the new HARVEST LOVE AND KINDNESS Clear Stamp/Die Set CL5262-D.  (This set is also available with just the stamps--CL5262.)  I stamped it with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink several times on Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101.  I'm going to show you two of the cards I made using different coloring materials.

Card One


For this card I used watercolor pencils, sometimes dipping the pencil tip in water and applying the color to the berries and leaves.  Other times I scribble-colored with a dry pencil and used a waterbrush to move the color around and soften it.  I used some red watercolor from a set of pan paints and a fat brush with lots of water to spatter the image before I die cut it.  I tried to suggest Bittersweet in its fall colors.

I added the colored image to a dark green plaid from the CHRISTMAS PLAID 6X6 PACK PP1009, mounted that on a Licorice (black) notecard, and trimmed off the little bits that extended beyond the card.  I stamped "THANKFUL" from the same stamp set on a scrap of watercolor paper, adhered it to a scrap of the dark green plaid paper, and then secured that to a scrap of black cardstock before adding it to the front of the card.

Card Two


For this card I used colored pencils on the watercolor paper because I wanted to highlight the texture of the paper.  (The other side of the paper is smooth.)  Once I finished coloring I die cut the image before adding some BUTTERCUP GLOW FAIRY SUGAR 40101 (Memory Box glitter glue) to the berries for some extra sparkle.  I oriented the spray upside down from the first card and added the sentiment in the lower right corner.

I send more cards at Thanksgiving than I do at Halloween so I know that I will make many more cards using this stamp/die set.  There is a good variety of sentiments with this set for card fronts or interiors as well as some single leaves that can be used with them or on the envelopes.  Fall is in the air!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 07

Halloween Pumpkins on Patterned Papers
by Anne Thompson

I love the new HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN Clearstamp/Dies set CL5264-D!  (You can find this set and one with just the stamps--CL5264--in the Memory Box catalog under New Releases, 2020 Christmas.)  I chose to use stamps and their corresponding dies to create several Halloween cards by stamping the images on Memory Box patterned papers.


I'm showing this one first because it is my favorite of the three I made.  Love that plaid paper!

I started by choosing papers from the CHRISTMAS PLAID PP1009 pad and from GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS PP1011 to use for the pumpkins and acorn/oak leaf images.  I used VersaFine Clair Pinecone (brown) ink to stamp them on several of the patterned papers.


 I used colored pencils to add shading to the pumpkins and color to the leaves, stems, and acorns.


I knew I wanted to add dimensional foam tape to the plaid images and I wanted a stiffer paper so I adhered the plaid  paper to white cardstock before die cutting the images.  At this point I also stamped the small rectangular frame and added "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" inside.  Then I die cut everything on the three papers.


To assemble the plaid pumpkin card, I added an orange striped paper to a white notecard and adhered the pumpkin with dimensional foam tape.  I used more of that tape on the sentiment banner.  And I attached the single acorn/oak leaf with glue dots.  I put the extra strip of plaid paper on the inside of the card.


Here are the three finished cards.  I stamped "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" directly on the striped and dotted pumpkins.  I placed the orange dot paper pumpkin on a red/green/white plaid on a white notecard and tucked the acorn/oak leaf under the right bottom edge of the pumpkin.  I arranged the orange striped pumpkin on a green plaid paper adhered to a kraft notecard and attached the acorn/oak leaf in the bottom left corner using Glue Dots.  Then I stamped and colored the acorn/oak leaf above  the stamped "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" on three envelopes.

Ta-Da!  Three cards that Mom will enjoy sending to her friends this October!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 24

Pine-y Christmas
by Anne Thompson

Today's Merry Christmas card features three of the pine dies.


materials used

how I made this card

  • I started with a white notecard and a 4 X 5 1/4 panel cut from olive-y green cardstock.
  • I then did all of the die cutting--the Forest Pine Branch from brown cardstock; the Pointed Pine Needle Frame from a green plaid;  lots of Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs from more of the same green plaid and another plaid so I would have lots to choose from; and the Special Merry Christmas from a red and green plaid scrap.



  • I adhered the Pointed Pine Needle Frame to the notecard panel using a glue pen and then glued on two of the Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs on top of the frame one.


  • Then I worked with the Forest Pine Branch and more of the Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs to create a fuller needle-y branch which I tucked under the other corner sprigs.


  • The last step for this panel was to add the Merry Christmas sentiment strip using foam tape.


  • On the inside I added another olive-y green panel, a scrap of red plaid paper, a white box in which to write a message, and three more of the pine needle sprigs.


I love how the narrow gold stripes on the papers bring a little sparkle and shine to all of the card elements.

More dies and new stamp sets have been added to the 2020 Christmas Collection including a bunch for fall and Halloween!  See them here.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 17

Playful Penquins Christmas
by Anne Thompson

Last week I gave you three polar bears sledding in the snow.  This week it's penguins from the other pole!


materials used


how I made this card

  • First I cut the blue glitter paper to 4 X 5 1/4 and die cut the Stitched Burst into it before adhering this to the front of a side-folded white notecard.  This for me represented the South Pole.
  • I chose one of the white glitter papers for snow, trimmed it to 4" and fussy cut the top to look hilly and attached it to the bottom of the blue glitter panel under the burst.
  • I assembled the sled from the red striped paper, gluing the narrow strips onto the sled slats, and I tied on a piece of thin twine as a tow rope.
  • I cut three penguins from the Watercolor Paper and colored them with the orange and black Tombow pens.  I popped the body pieces back into the die and put Scor-Tape on their backs to hold them together and then used glue to attach their feet.  I placed two penguins on the sled with foam dots behind their heads.  The third one standing on the hill holds the tow rope attached with a glue dot and he has two layers of foam tape behind his body.
  • Lastly I added the Special Merry Christmas cut from black cardstock and adhered it with glue.


I love the Vintage Sled and have made several from the striped papers to use on future cards.  I keep them tucked in the envelope with the dies so I will know where to find them when I need them. 

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 10

A Beary Merry Christmas
by Anne Thompson

For today's card I created a scene with three bears playing in the snow.  Aren't they the cutest?!!!


materials used

how I assembled this card

  • I started with a white notecard, cut a piece of the plaid paper 4 X 5 1/4, and adhered it to the front for a top fold card.
  • To make the tree frame background with the blue behind it, I stacked up the white glitter paper on top of the piece of Powder notecard and ran that stack through my die cutting machine with the Single Pine Landscape Frame. 
  • While the papers were still in the die, I flipped it over and added strips of wide Scor-Tape to the back which kept everything lined up and made it easy to attach to the plaid paper.  
  • Then I popped out the piece of white glitter paper exposing the Powder blue sky.



  • Next I made the sled.  This is what you get when you die cut everything.


  • I cut the sled on the left again, the one with the slits in the die, and used more of the dot paper with Scor-Tape added on the back.  That made it really easy to attach the slats to create a three-dimensional sled.


  • I cut the three little bears from more of the bright white glitter paper.  I added small strips of black cardstock behind their eyes and noses.
  • I used Scor-Tape for the bear standing on the snowy hill.  
  • I added a foam pop dot behind the head of the bear on the sled which helped to hold the sled in place too.
  • I attached foam dimensional tape behind the bear holding the tow rope.  A piece of a tiny Glue Dot holds the rope securely on his paw, and other small pieces on the back of the tow bar hold the rope in place and help to secure the sled to the card.


  • I die cut the Special Merry Christmas from the scrap of plaid paper I had left from the front and used a glue pen to add it on the top right inside the frame.
  • And on the inside I used the last scrap of the plaid paper and another bear, this one cut from the black glitter paper.  (Our bears in Maine are black bears and the University of Maine teams are Black Bears.)


Beary Merry Christmas!!!


And...Congratulations to the winners of our Blog Blitz!  Thank you for all of your comments--I loved reading them!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 03

Blog Blitz Begins Today- With Prizes!
by Anne Thompson

This week we are celebrating the new 2020 Christmas release.  You can view all the new products here.  There will be samples and a chance to win a prize each day.  We hope you will stop by from Monday, August 3rd- Friday, August 7th to see the new products and enter to win some of the latest release.



Because I live in the Pine Tree State, when I saw the pine-themed dies in the 2020 Christmas Collection I had to have them all!  I love the pinecone and tassel (Maine's state flower) Merry Christmas card I made for this post.

Materials used

I started this card by die cutting everything multiple times, placing the pieces in each envelope with the die.

My biggest challenge was assembling the pinecones after cutting all of them from three shades of brown cardstock.  Throwing them all together in the envelope was not the best idea.


What I ended up doing was placing each of the pieces from one shade of brown back onto the die and attaching a narrow piece of Scor-Tape down the center to hold the pieces in size order.


I then put another piece of Scor-Tape sticky side up on my work surface and chose pieces from each color to create the different pine cones, working from the smallest at the bottom to the top.

Once I had my pinecones assembled, I took the branch that I had die cut from the brown striped paper and attached just the pine needle clusters snipped from the branch that I had cut using one of the green plaid papers, laying them right on top of the brown ones.

I had already chosen another plaid paper, cut it to 4 X 5 1/4, and adhered it to a top-folded Juniper notecard.  I added the branch and tucked in a small pinecone.


For the sentiment on the card front, I chose gold foil paper which I backed with a large rectangle of Scor-Tape (I purchased some in sheets) and used the Special Merry Christmas die.  That adhered easily in the lower right corner.


Inside the card I added the leftover piece of plaid paper from the front, a larger pine cone, and two Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs.


I think this card will have to go to a native Mainer living in another part of the country as a reminder of home.  This will be a busy month for me as I use the new Memory Box 2020 Holiday Collection to get most of my holiday cards made.  Friends have challenged me to make a card every day in August.  We'll see.  I'm already behind!

Be sure to share your holiday cards with us for this month's Challenge which is posted here.  We love to see what you create!

Would you like a chance to win the new Pinecone Stackers die?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 9th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 10th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!  One comment/entry per person per day. 

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Mon 27

Sprinkle Dots Peony Joy
by Anne Thompson

This is my last holiday card this month before I start using products from the new 2020 Christmas release which you will be able to see on the Memory Box site TODAY!  

I made today's Christmas-in-July card with Memory Box supplies from previous collections.  It all started because I had a peony left from a previous project that I wanted to incorporate, I had found a package of Holly Berry notecards with last year's Christmas stamps and dies as I was rummaging through things, and I knew I wanted to use a favorite stencil to create the background.



to make this card

  • Tape the stencil on top of the smooth-sided watercolor paper and apply ink using a fingertip dauber.  Trim this panel to 4 X 5 1/4 and adhere it to the front of a Holly Berry notecard.


  • Using the Matinee Rectangle Layers, cut one from a piece of the Cottage Stripes and Dots red paper and a smaller one from a scrap of smooth-sided watercolor paper.


  • Stamp "joy" using the same VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink on the watercolor paper rectangle.


  • Layer the two rectangles and place them in the lower right corner of the front panel.
  • Stamp, watercolor, and die cut a single peony (or do what I did and use a flower left from a prior project) and glue it over the upper left corners of the two rectangles.  


And there you have it...


Be sure to look at the newest 2020 Christmas release and start writing out your wish list.  There are new dies, glitter glues, and 6X6 paper pads as well as two new embossing folders.  And keep checking the blog in the days to come for samples from the Design Team!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 20

Peace and the Pretty Blossom Stem Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm still working on my July personal challenge to make holiday cards from Memory Box Spring 2020 and Garden Party products I have on hand with sentiments from previous holiday releases.  Today's card features the Peace Jotted Script, the Pretty Blossom Stem, and Wrapped Stitched Rectangles on a pretty piece of Garden Party paper.




In the photos above you can see how I cut everything from red glitter paper and white cardstock.  I trimmed a piece of pretty floral paper 4 X 5 1/4 and adhered that to the front of a white notecard.  I used foam tape to place the red glitter Wrapped Rectangle at an angle.  I used large Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the Pretty Blossom Stem to the white Wrapped Rectangle and then used Scor-Tape to secure that to the glitter rectangle.  The next step was to use a glue pen to layer the Peace Jotted Script, red glitter paper on top of white cardstock.  After trying a number of various placements, I used just one large Glue Dot under the "a" to attach "peace" to the panel.


To finish the card I added white pearls to the flower centers.  And on the inside I added a narrow strip of the same Garden Party paper I used on the card front.


Happy Crafting!

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Mon 13

Giulia Border Joy Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my challenge this month to create holiday cards from Memory Box materials I have on hand, not necessarily holiday-themed, and mostly pulling from the Garden Party and Spring 2020 collections.


This is actually the second card I made and my favorite of the two.  

materials used for both cards

I started my cards by die cutting everything first.  I actually cut the Joy Airy Script twice and the Giulia Border four times to have what I needed for the two cards.


Then I made a sandwich for my Big Kick and embossed the Leafy Jumble stencil twice on thin white cardstock.  I used the VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink direct to paper over the raised leaves to use as the base on the card fronts.


I used Scor-Tape to attach the leafy panel to the front of a white notecard.  I added a strip of white cardstock  1 1/2 X 5 1/4 which I first edged with the Tulip Red ink.  I used Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the red glitter Giulia Border on that white strip.  Then I adhered the Joy Airy Script with a glue pen.


On the inside I added a piece of paper from the Cottage Meadow pad and a white cardstock rectangle.


Then I went back to the front of the card and auditioned a bunch of different ribbons and bows before settling on the red satin bow.


The other card has the fold at the top edge, the embossed and inked leafy panel, and three narrow strips of white cardstock with the Giulia Border on each one.


From the outside it is not obvious that it is a holiday card because...


...the sentiment is on the inside.

Are you thinking Christmas in July?  Have you thought about ways that you might repurpose some of your stamps and dies to create holiday cards?  And have you made and posted anything to this month's Framed! challenge yet?  So many questions...

Happy Crafting!

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