285 posts categorized "Anne"

12/10/2018

Mon 10

Fifty Bookmarks
by Anne Thompson

Fifty bookmarks, all the same--thankfully I have a small Misti and it worked perfectly with Memory Box clear stamp sets!  Each year at my parents' church there are stockings hung for each family and everyone is encouraged to write a note or put a holiday card in each one.  I chose to make bookmarks this year--decorative on the front and room to write a note on the back.

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I chose "joy" and "peace" from the BOLD CHRISTMAS GREETINGS SET CL5233.

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To create the little scene at the bottom, I used elements from the SNOWGLOBE WISHES SET CL5180 from the 2016 Holiday Collection.  I just love that little sleeping deer!

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  • Each bookmark is 2" X 6", cut from off-white cardstock.  They tucked perfectly into the Misti up against the ruler on the right side.  
  • I started by stamping "joy" at the top of the bookmark and the little deer at the bottom, using VersaClair Pinecone ink.
  • I added the two little trees with VersaClair Rainforest ink.
  • I used Hero Arts Cornflower ink to stamp the small snowflake between the trees on each bookmark.  I stamped them all again, moving the snowflake to the left of the little tree.
  • I then stamped "peace" using theVersaClair Pinecone ink.
  • I felt I needed one more snowflake which I tucked up under the "p" on each bookmark.IMG_0982
  • What to do with the empty space between the two sentiment words?  I looked through all of my Memory Box clear stamp sets and found an ampersand in the discontinued Love and Laughter set that looked right and stamped it in the Pinecone ink.

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I colored a couple of the bookmarks using Prismacolor pencils but I'm not sure if I'll color the others or not.

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What do you think?  Color them or not?  Maybe with more shading?  Multiple greens and browns?  Markers rather than pencils?  I've got plenty of time to experiment with my knee elevated and iced.

I tend to resist making more than one of the exact same thing, but this was fun using the Misti stamping platform with the Memory Box clear stamp sets! 

Happy Crafting!

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12/03/2018

Mon 03

Tags, Tags, Tags, Tags
by Anne Thompson

I've been making tags for holiday gifts using some of my favorite smaller dies from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection.

First up--the tags that feature the Fancy Deer Circle Frame.

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  • I started with kraft cardstock cut 3" X 6" and scored it at 3" to make the folded base.
  • I cut some holiday paper (a Memory Box favorite from ages ago--only had a few scraps left) 2 7/8" square and adhered it to the front of the tiny card.
  • I cut three of the Fancy Deer Circle from dark brown cardstock and used a glue pen to put each one on top of the decorative paper squares.
  • I punched a hole with my crop-a-dile in the upper left corner of each tag and threaded through some sheer off-white ribbon tied in double knots.
  • This is a great format--lots of room to write a message inside each tag.
  • Simple, easy, and perfect for gift tags for my dad, my nephew, and a guy friend on packages wrapped in kraft paper.

Next up--Joy Journal Frame tags

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  • I started with a 3" X 6" base again, this time cut from a light blue cardstock, scored at 3" and folded.
  • I cut the Joy Journal Frame from sticky-backed glitter paper which I stuck onto dark blue cardstock.
  • I then cut that with a scallop-edged square punch, added a small clear gemstone to dot the j and a big glittery gem in the upper left corner of each frame.
  • I threaded tinsel through the punched holes.
  • Perfect tags for Hanukkah gifts wrapped in glittery star-spangled paper!

Next, Winter Journal Frame tags

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  • I made these the same way as before, using white cardstock for the base.
  • I added squares cut from Blueberry Distressed Dots paper.
  • I cut the Winter Journal Frame three times from the white cardstock and added each to one of the squares.
  • I used the third separate snowflake to dot the i on each tag and added tiny white pearls in each snowflake center.
  • Each tag is tied with blue grosgrain ribbon.
  • Perfect for Winter Solstice or a late December birthday!

And last of all--a collection using all three dies in red and white

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  • This time I cut multiples of each image and stacked them to make a thicker detail on each tag--four of the Winter Journal Frame and three of the other two.
  • I used Memory Box Cranberry Snow paper for the squares and tiny white pearls to dot the i and add more interest. 
  • I tied up each tag with red-white dotted ribbon.
  • These look great on the red plaid Christmas paper packages!

These tags were a great way to use up both cardstock and decorative paper scraps from other projects.  If you're anything like me, there are always plenty of small leftover bits too good to throw away!

It's not even December 1st and I have all of my shopping done, all of my presents wrapped and many delivered, and only one more package to mail away.  Phew!  That's what can happen when one schedules knee replacement surgeries for Nov. 20th and Dec. 4th.  New knees is my present to myself this year!

Happy Crafting!

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11/19/2018

Mon 19

Cool Cats Get Together by the Cottage Garden Gate
by Anne Thompson

I've been working on ideas for using the TOGETHER JOURNAL SCRIPT die on a Christmas card.  I decided that I wanted to create a scene featuring two of the COOL CAT 94087, the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082, and the TOGETHER JOURNAL SCRIPT 94096 as the sentiment.  I chose a Powder Notecard and used a dotted embossing folder to add some texture to the front.  And I framed the scene using the outermost part of the ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018.

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  • I die cut the elegant Holly Double Frame from heavy white cardstock and secured the outermost frame to the notecard using a glue pen.
  • I also cut the Cottage Garden Gate from the same white cardstock and popped it up with tiny foam adhesive squares inside the frame.
  • I cut two of the Cool Cats, one from Cranberry Gingham paper and one from Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  I added tiny pieces of green cardstock for their eyes.  I used pop dots to add the cats to the scene in front of the gate.
  •  I used the same green paper for the Together Journal Script which I placed above the frame.
  • The gate needed something more, so I die cut the POINSETTIA CIRCLE FRAME 94081 from more of the green cardstock.  I snipped off several of the poinsettias and layered them with the die's center pieces to create a wreath of sorts.  I added a sparkly red gem and used glue dots to hold it to the gate.

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These are the dies I used.

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This will be the perfect card for a couple who are able to spend this holiday together.

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I'll be back in early December with more ideas for the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving this week!!!

And Happy Crafting!

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11/12/2018

Mon 12

Elegant Holly Double Frame Peace Card
by Anne Thompson

About a year ago I packed up all of my alcohol inks because I felt I'd run out of interesting things to do with them.  Since discovering Ranger's Alcohol Ink Paper and Yupo paper, I've unpacked them again and I'm getting inky all the time.  They're like this brand-new thing again!  I've been dropping ink spots on the alcohol ink papers and have been fascinated with the results.  And I love the way the images shine after die cutting.  

today's card

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materials used

  • ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018
  • PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017
  • bright yellow notecard 
  • glue pen, glue dots, plaid ribbon bow with gold pipe cleaner accent
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks in a variety of colors--reds, greens, yellows, orange--dropped in puddles on alcohol ink paper

This time when cutting the inked paper I let it dry for a really long time and then ran it through my Big Kick using the metal plate.  Everything popped out of the die easily.  I love that the Elegant Holly Double Frame has so many pieces to play with.  And "peace" just fit in the scrap I had leftover.

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I arranged and rearranged the three squares until I found a composition that I really liked.  Just tilting the middle plain square frame (which separates the double frames)  added so much more interest to the card.  I tried it first as a side-fold card before adding the branches, bow, and "peace"; but I liked the top-fold orientation better.

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A Christmas card with an unconventional color scheme--that works for me!  I had thought this would be a fall card even though it's holly, but by adding "peace" and the red plaid bow it now works for Christmas.

Off to the craft store to buy more alcohol ink paper and more Red Pepper alcohol ink.  There are so many more  on-line tutorials to watch and techniques to try!

Happy Crafting!

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11/05/2018

Mon 05

Grand Maple Frame, Snowberry Sprigs, and Holiday Twigs in Fall Colors
by Anne Thompson

Yesterday I got out my box of alcohol inks, some Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock, and got busy.  The card I came up with is the result of some experimentation between inking the cardstock first and then die cutting it and die cutting the cardstock first and then inking it up.  This was the first time in ages that I'd used my alcohol inks.  And I LOVE the results!!!

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The first thing I did was to drop a bunch of fall colors of alcohol inks onto a sheet of the alcohol ink cardstock.  I then ran it through my die cutting machine with the GRAND MAPLE FRAME 94079.  I thought I'd better use the metal plate but the result was that the outside frame popped out of the die just fine but the maple leaf part stuck to the die and came out in pieces.  Lesson learned--I don't need to use the metal plate when die cutting this cardstock.  I used a glue pen to attach the frame to a bright yellow notecard.  I love the way that the alcohol inks on this paper make the die cut look like it's enameled.

I decided to use the SNOWBERRY SPRIGS 94021 and the HOLIDAY TWIGS 94016 as fall foliage for the center of the circle.  This time I die cut the paper first and left the die cuts in place, carefully removing the dies.

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I then went to work with the alcohol inks, dropping on lots of fall colors.

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These inks dried really quickly!  I popped the images out and adhered the stem ends with the glue pen to the top left corner of the Grand Maple Frame.

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I added a brown satin ribbon bow in that corner to cover the stem ends.  I then used my paper cutter to trim the card down into  a square.

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I do love the way this turned out.  And I can use this for any fall occasion, either adding a sentiment in the frame or tucking it inside the card.  

What are your fall cards looking like?  Have you tried alcohol inks on YUPO or alcohol ink cardstock?  Have you got a project to enter here in our "Falling for You" monthly challenge?

 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

10/23/2018

Tue 23

GRAND MAPLE FRAME HELLOs
by Anne Thompson

I had some fun this week playing around with the new GRAND MAPLE FRAME 94079 and the HELLO JOTTED SCRIPT 94069 dies using a variety of papers and notecards that evoke the colors of fall in Maine.  For this first card I used a mottled gold and brown paper on a copper metallic notecard.

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I used all three parts of the GRAND MAPLE FRAME die 94079--the outside decorative square frame, the plain circle that just fits inside it, and the maple leaf circle oriented with the stem at the top.  The HELLO JOTTED SCRIPT die 94069 comes in two parts.  I cut the larger outline from brown cardstock and the detailed "hello" from more of the decorative paper and adhered them together with a glue pen.  I used a5 1/2 X 4 1/4 copper metallic notecard. 

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For the second card I used a scrapbook paper that was printed with a cork pattern.  I used the frame and the maple leaf circle on the front of a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I slid the maple leaf circle toward the bottom of the frame and tilted it just a little bit so the stem leans toward the bottom right.   I used the plain circle inside the card to mark the area where I will write a message. And I used more of the brown cardstock and the cork paper for the "hello" on the card front.

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For the third card, I used a top-folded glossy black notecard and some tiger fur patterned scrapbook paper.

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And on the inside I added half of a large scallop-edged circle, the plain circle from the Grand Maple Frame, and the "hello" cut from more of the tiger paper.

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Before I mail the cards to out-of-state friends I have one more project to enclose in each envelope.  Remember when we were kids and we used to press leaves between sheets of waxed paper to preserve them?  I have a pile of leaves from the yard in colors similar to the papers I used, some waxed paper, an iron, and a pressing cloth at the ready.  I thought it would be a nice surprise to have a pile of colorful Maine maple leaves fall out of the card when opened!  Happy fall!!!

And Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

10/16/2018

Tue 16

Cool Cats at the Cottage Garden Gate Tri-Fold Card
by Anne Thompson

Hooray!!!  I got two new Memory Box dies last week from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection that I used for a tri-fold fall/Halloween card:  COOL CAT 94087 and COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082.  

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This is basically a matchbook card turned on its side with a narrow scallop-edged tab that folds over the card front.  

And this is what you see on the inside.

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  • Maybe you remember the Blackbird paper collection that Memory Box featured years and years ago.  I found some this last week in the bottom of my Halloween box and decided to finally use it for this project.  (So hard to part with paper I know can't be replaced.  My friend Connie would say that this card then will have to go to a very worthy person indeed!)
  • I started with a black matchbook pre-made card.  But this is easy to recreate.  The overall dimensions are  4 1/4 X 11 1/4.  Score it at 4 1/4 and at 9 1/4.  Use a die or a punch to create a decorative edge on the righthand narrow strip.
  • I added paper to the inside first, cutting each piece a bit smaller than each of the panel dimensions in order to have a black border around each of the decorative papers.

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  • For the front cover, I cut apart the piece of paper with the birch tree and orange/gold ground area against a black sky and trimmed it to fit the two panels.  
  • I added a moon to the sky with a 1 1/4" circle punched from more of the Blackbird paper.
  • I die cut the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE from both black and white cardstock and layered them together a bit offset.  I secured this to the card front on the orange/gold ground using a glue pen.
  • I die cut three cats using the COOL CAT die, two black and one white.  I put one black cat in front of the gate on the right side and the white one to the left of the gate.  I put the other black cat on the inside left panel.
  • I used the tiniest gold sequins I could find and teeny tiny glue dots to secure eyes on each of the cats.
  • There's plenty of room for a message in black ink on the inside panels.  

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This was a fun card shape to work with and I love the way it turned out.  No Blackbird paper in your stash?  Try the Memory Box patterned papers in Mango and Squash dots or gingham!

Happy Crafting!

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10/08/2018

Mon 08

HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB Stencil Background
by Anne Thompson

I often get so carried away with the newest products and techniques that I forget to go back and revisit some of the older ones.  When I was thinking about Halloween cards and trying to come up with background ideas, I remembered that I had a Memory Box stencil that might be the perfect thing:  HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610.  I also had a new-to-me ink I wanted to try out--VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, a soft grey that I hoped would be perfect on light gray linen-textured cardstock.  I found a package of Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools and got to work.

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I started with my ink blending tool off the stencil and worked in a circular motion onto it.  This helped to avoid distinct round marks on the web image.  As I worked I sponged a bit more ink along one edge.  You can see in the photo below that I was left with crisp light gray lines once I removed the stencil.

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I loved this!  I made a few more and then trimmed them to 5 1/4" x 4".  I mounted each one on black cardstock that I cut 5 3/8" X 4 1/8".  This gave me a 1/8" border of black all around the web.  I then attached each one to a standard A2 sized light gray notecard which left a 1/8" inch border of the notecard showing.

I used one of the web backgrounds and some favorite dies to make this a top-fold card.

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  • I cut the three little houses from black cardstock using HOUSE TRIO 99877 and added some light orange cardstock scraps behind the windows and doors.  Don't you love these wonky little houses! 
  • I tucked them behind a black cardstock double hill I made using the smallest of the CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871
  • And then I popped on a PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 cut from orange and lime green cardstocks edged with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink.

Don't forget about your stencils!  They make great backgrounds for your stamped and die cut images.

Happy Crafting!  And enter your Halloween projects in our current monthly challenge here.

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09/19/2018

Wed 19

A Watercolor Background Technique for the MEADOWTREE FRAME
by Anne Thompson

Here's another watercolor background technique that I've paired with the MEADOWTREE FRAME 94045.

I also used a leftover background scrap for the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017.

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The spattering and drops in the background are created by adding rubbing alcohol on top of the wet watercolor.  After painting the paper with blue watercolor, I just poured some rubbing alcohol into the bottle lid and used the pointy end of my paintbrush to dip in and touch the watercolor to make the larger splotches/circles.  The darker spots were made by dipping the pointy end again into the rubbing alcohol and tapping the brush handle over the watercolored paper.

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While I had the die out I cut more of the Meadowtree Frame from white cardstock, and I made two more cards.

This first one has an embossed dots background for the sky. 

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The second one uses Memory Box Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the card front with the die layered on top and "peace" cut from the same dot paper.  You'll notice that I left out the plain center frame piece.

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Three more cards for my holiday box!

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Happy Crafting!!!

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09/10/2018

Mon 10

A New Watercolor Background Technique for the Countryside Fence Frame
by Anne Thompson

I made two cards for today using a new-to-me watercolor background technique called Sgraffito.  Sgraffito is a a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing.  For the two cards below I used a common sewing pin to scratch the surface of watercolor paper before applying one color of paint to get a similar effect.

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For the card on the right I used a pin to scratch random lines into the watercolor paper before adding paint.

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In this close-up  you can see the detail of the scratches once watercolor has been added.  That one layer of paint pools in the scratches to make darker lines against the background color.

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For the card on the left, I used a ruler to help me scratch straight parallel lines at an angle to represent rain before adding the blue watercolor paint.

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Now let's look at how I finished each card.  Since the rain is right above this, let's look at that one first.  

  • I cut the piece of rain paper into a square that would fit behind the frame I wanted to use.
  • I chose the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and cut it from some lime green cardstock.
  • While the paper was still in the die I applied double-sided Scor-Tape to the frames to keep them together.
  • I removed the tape backing and applied the frame to the rain paper.
  • I cut the Countryside Fence Frame again, this time from white cardstock.  I snipped off the fence and used a glue pen to adhere it on top of the green fence.
  • I cut the VINTAGE WATERING CAN 99956 from silver cardstock and popped it onto the frame at an angle to look like the rain was coming from it.
  • I then added some tiny flowers with glue dots to fill the bottom of the frame and spill over onto the card front.

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For the second card, I used most of the same procedures.  The green scratched paper had me thinking about the deep woods, so I die cut the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031 from dark green cardstock and snipped off the tree.  I adhered the tree to the left of the Countryside Fence Frame.

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This is another fun and easy technique for backgrounds as it also adds texture as well as color.  These two cards will go into my all-occasion box with appropriate sentiments to be added as needed.  

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Happy Crafting!

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