439 posts categorized "Anne"

06/27/2022

Mon 27

Stella Butterfly Among the Tropical Leaves
by Anne Thompson

In the 2022 JUNE ISLAND VACATION RELEASE there is a new embossing folder that has coordinating dies.  I used just the dies with green cardstocks first to create two tropical leafy cards.

Card One

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Card Two

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to make these cards

  • die cut a lot of TROPICAL LEAVES EF1030 from various shades of green cardstock in the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • use a fingertip dauber to add VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink on the leaf edges

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  • cut coordinating plaids 4 X 5 1/4 and add to the fronts of white notecards
  • begin adding leaves
  • stamp "Love" from the FRIENDS AND FAMILY CLEAR STAMP SET CL5276 on one of the larger flat leaves using the VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink

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  • die cut the STELLA BUTTERFLY AND BACKGROUND 94635 from coordinating shades of purple cardstock from the TWILIGHT PURPLE COLLECTION SP1008
  • glue the middles together and fold up the wings a bit 

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  • add the butterfly to the notecard that has the three long leaves, adhering it so the wings can pop up

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  • on the other card, pop up some of the leaves using dimensional foam dots for more texture and interest

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Here's a closer look at the embossing folder and the coordinating dies.

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Unfortunately, I broke my die cutting machine beyond repair when I tried making a third card using the embossing folder--I put the stack together incorrectly and tried to squeeze too thick a layer through the machine.  Lesson learned to review the directions before trying this when the new machine arrives!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

06/19/2022

Sun 19

Wishing You the Best with Charlotte Blooms and Leaves
by Anne Thompson

Oops--I'm awfully late posting this!  Sorry... 

Today's card features the CHARLOTTE BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94645 against a SLIM CONFETTI PLATE 94551 background.  The sentiment "WISHING YOU THE BEST" is from the SIGNATURE GREETINGS CL5272 clear stamp set.

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to make this card

  • Start with a white notecard and envelope and one of the yellowy greens from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003.
  • Use the  SLIM CONFETTI PLATE 94551 to cut that cardstock.  Add it to the right front of the notecard and trim as needed to fit.

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  • Cut multiples of the flowers, leaves, and flower centers using the CHARLOTTE BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94645 dies, choosing a yellow for the flowers from the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002, a different green from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 for the leaves, and cut the flower centers from one of the dark brown plaids from WOODSY PLAID PP1018.

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  • Assemble the flowers however you like and add them to the front of the notecard.

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  • Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of the paper used for the flowers using VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink.  Trim it either with a coordinating die or detail scissors.

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  • Use foam dots to add the sentiment to the card front.  Tie a coordinating ribbon around the card in the white space on the left edge for additional color and texture.

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That's it!  Another card done that is perfect for so many occasions!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

06/13/2022

Mon 13

Birthday Lavender Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

This month's blog challenge theme is Metallic Mania and I chose to interpret it with Mirror and Glitter papers along with my requisite bit of plaid, the Happy Birthday Posh Script, and the Lavender Bouquet.

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materials used

  • white notecard and envelope

  • violet mirror paper from RAINBOW REFLECTIONS MIRROR PAD FP1003

  • violet plaids from MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014

  • bright violet glitter paper from GLITZY GLITTER PAD GP1007

  • LAVENDER BOUQUET 94640

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY POSH SCRIPT 94588

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to make this card

  • trim a piece of violet mirror paper 5 1/4 X 4 and add to the front of the white notecard

  • trim a piece of violet plaid paper 4 1/4 X 3 and add it on top of the violet mirror paper

  • die cut the Lavender Bouquet from the bright violet glitter paper; glue the stems onto the plaid paper

  • die cut the background of the Happy Birthday Posh Script from a scrap of the violet mirror paper
  • die cut the detailed "Happy Birthday" from a violet plaid scrap and glue it to the violet mirror paper background

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Simple.  Easy to create in multiples.  A design appropriate for any occasion just by changing the sentiment.  Adaptable to many color schemes--there are so many beautiful mirror papers and glitter papers to choose from among the Memory Box products.

Have you come up with a card for this month's Metallic Mania Challenge?  Don't forget to post your work!  We love to see what you create with Memory Box products.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

05/30/2022

Mon 30

Ava Butterflies with Bouquet Blooms and Leaves
by Anne Thompson

Here's a butterfly card for today that features the AVA BUTTERFLIES 94643 layered to make one lovely butterfly flitting over a field of BOUQUET BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94652.

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materials used

  • AVA BUTTERFLIES 94643
  • BOUQUET BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94652
  • HELLO STREAMLINED SCRIPT 94540
  • FRESH AQUA COLLECTION SP1004
  • LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014
  • CLEAR FAIRY DROPS DRP101

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to make this card

  • trim one of the light blue plaid papers to 5 1/4 X 4 and add it to the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Ava Butterflies twice from one of the dark teal cardstock papers; adhere the small ones on top of the larger ones
  • die cut the Bouquet Blooms twice from a light blue cardstock and the leaves twice from an olive green cardstock
  • orient the notecard to have a top fold
  • glue a variety of the blooms scattered across the card front and tuck in some of the leaves near the blooms
  • add various sizes of the Clear Fairy Drops to the flower centers and use three of the smallest Clear Fairy Drops to make a body on the butterfly

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  • die cut the Hello Streamlined Script from a scrap of dark teal cardstock; glue it to the upper left area on the card front
  • use a large glue dot or foam dot to add the butterfly to the right, hovering above the flowers

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I tucked the second butterfly inside the card where I will write a message. 

I'm not usually a butterfly person but I love this Ava Butterflies 94643 die set as well as the Stella Butterfly and Background 94635 that I used on yesterday's cards.  I know these are dies I am going to reach for again and again because of the lovely embossed details on the wings of both Ava and Stella.  

It's Memorial Day today in the United States, a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered.  Dad and I put red, white, and blue flowers and a flag on his brother's grave this weekend and I will put my Uncle John's Purple Heart on display in a place of honor. And I will thank my 99-year-old dad for his service on the European front lines in World War II.

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05/29/2022

Sun 29

Stella Butterflies with Plaids and Solids
by Anne Thompson

I made two cards for today that feature the STELLA BUTTERFLY AND BACKGROUND 94635 using coordinating plaids and solids.  First up is one in shades of violet against a blue watercolor sky.

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materials used

  • white notecard and envelope
  • watercolor paper and blue watercolor to create a background trimmed to 5 1/4 X 4
  • STELLA BUTTERFLY AND BACKGROUND 94635
  • VIBRANT VIOLET COLLECTION SP1007
  • MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014
  • CLEAR FAIRY DROPS DRP101

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to make this card

  • paint a piece of watercolor paper with a light blue watercolor; trim to 5 1/4 X 4 when dry and adhere to the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Stella Butterfly and Background from a piece of  violet plaid paper and again from a piece of coordinating violet cardstock from the Vibrant Violet Collection
  • put the butterflies together--I used a glue pen--one with the plaid background and the detailed plain violet one on top with the plaid body and the other with the violet background and the detailed plaid one on top with the plain violet body; add them to the notecard
  • use the smallest Clear Fairy Drops for the butterfly heads and then add a few Clear Fairy Drops in the other sizes scattered on the blue background

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The second card uses plaids in brown and coral.

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materials used

  • white notecard and envelope
  • STELLA BUTTERFLY AND BACKGROUND 94635
  • brown plaid from WOODSY PLAID PP1018
  • two coral plaids from MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013
  • CLEAR FAIRY DROPS DRP101

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to make this card

  • cover the front of the notecard with a piece of coral plaid paper
  • die cut the Stella Butterfly and Background from a piece of  dark brown plaid paper and again from a piece of coral plaid
  • put the butterflies together--I used a glue pen--one with the brown plaid background and the detailed coral one on top with the brown plaid body and the other with the coral background and the detailed brown plaid one on top with the coral plaid body; add them to the notecard
  • use the smallest Clear Fairy Drops for the butterfly heads and then add a few Clear Fairy Drops in the other sizes scattered on the coral background

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I'll be back tomorrow with more cards.  Butterflies?  Maybe...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

05/23/2022

Mon 23

Charlotte Blooms and Leaves
by Anne Thompson

Here's a card perfect for any occasion and it features Charlotte Blooms and Leaves.

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to make this card

  • die cut five sets of the leaves from CHARLOTTE BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94645 using one of the green cardstock papers from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • die cut three sets of the 3-part flowers from CHARLOTTE BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94645 using one of the yellow cardstock papers from the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002

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  • use fingertip daubers to add inks to the diecuts--VersaFine Clair Rain Forest (green) to the leaves and VersaFine Clair Tulip Red to the flowers

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  • cut a piece of green plaid paper 4 X 5 1/4 from the WOODSY PLAID PP1018 paper pad and add it to the front of a white notecard

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  • assemble the 3-part flowers and add them to the front of the notecard
  • tuck the leaves under the flower edges
  • add the largest clear FAIRY DROPS DRP101 to the Charlotte Blooms centers and add a few of the medium-sized clear Fairy Drops on the plaid paper

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That's it!

I made a second all-occasion card with a top-fold using the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves.  I used the same yellow and green cardstock papers, a green plaid from MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014, and amber crystals from the AUTUMN FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY101.  I used the barrel of a stylus to curl some of the Charlotte Blooms petals under for added dimension.

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Here's a list in one place of all the materials used.

  • CHARLOTTE BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94645
  • LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002
  • VersaFine Clair Rain Forest (green) ink
  • VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink
  • WOODSY PLAID PP1018 paper pad
  • FAIRY DROPS DRP101
  • MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014 paper pad
  • AUTUMN FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY101

There's a center "rounded cone" die for the flowers that I didn't use...it looks similar to the center on a coneflower/Echinacea.  I hope the next flowers I make using the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves will look more like these:

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Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

05/08/2022

Sun 08

New for May 2022--Lavender Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

Happy Mother's Day to those of you who celebrate this holiday today.  Here's  a card that features another one of the new dies from the MAY 2022 COLLECTION, the Lavender Bouquet.

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materials used

  • white notecard and envelope
  • violet plaid paper cut 4 X 5 1/4 from MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014 6X6 paper pad
  • green cardstock from LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 
  • purple cardstock from VIBRANT VIOLET COLLECTION SP1007
  • LAVENDER BOUQUET 94640
  • HELLO DAILY SCRIPT 94658
  • purple  crystals from AUTUMN FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY101
  • PLUM SHIMMER FAIRY SUGAR 40103 glitter glue
  • bow and ribbons from my ribbon box

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to make this card

  • add the violet plaid paper to the front of the white notecard
  • die cut the LAVENDER BOUQUET from green cardstock and again from purple cardstock; attach just the purple blooms on top of the green ones
  • add PLUM SHIMMER FAIRY SUGAR to the purple blooms and spread around with your finger; when dry, add the stems to make a bouquet on the card front

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  • die cut HELLO DAILY SCRIPT background from a scrap of the purple cardstock and the detailed lettering from a scrap of the violet plaid; attach to the lower left corner of the card front
  • add a bow to the base of the bouquet to tie it together

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  • add Scor-Tape to the back of a narrow coordinating ribbon and attach it to the righthand side of the card front, overlapping to the inside
  • place three of the purple FAIRY CRYSTALS on the ribbon for a little more sparkle

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Check the website here to see all of the new products in the May 2022 Collection.  I'm sure you will love it!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

 

 

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05/07/2022

Sat 07

New for May 2022--Poppies!
by Anne Thompson

There are so many beautiful flowers in the MAY 2022 COLLECTION, new this week.  I was immediately taken with all of the poppy dies and memories of golden California poppies which inspired me to make this card and tag to use for Mother's Day.  

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to make the card

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  • SWEET POPPY STEM 94648
  • GRACEFUL POPPY STEMS 94651
  • RUFFLED POPPY STEM 94667
  • yellow cardstock from SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002 6X6 paper pad to die cut the poppies
  • orange colored pencil to highlight the slits in the blossoms
  • light green plaid paper from the MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013 6X6 paper pad to cover the poppy stems
  • coral plaid paper also from MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013 6X6 paper pad for the card background cut 4 X 5 1/4
  • small gold jewels for the poppy center stamens from BRIGHT FAIRY JEWELS JWL003

 

to make the tag

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  • manila tag 3 X 6 1/4
  • coral plaid papers from MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013 6X6 paper pad to cover both sides of the tag 
  • a scrap of olive floral paper from GARLAND PP1010 for the lower left corner of the tag, torn, and torn edge inked with VersaFine Clair Pine Cone ink
  • a scrap of olive from the same piece of paper, stamped with "For You" from SIGNATURE GREETINGS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5272 using VersaFine Clair Pine Cone ink, then torn and the edges inked with VersaFine Clair Pine Cone ink
  • SWEET POPPY STEM 94648
  • yellow cardstock from SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002 6X6 paper pad to die cut the poppy
  • orange colored pencil to highlight the slits in the blossom
  • light green plaid paper from the MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013 6X6 paper pad to cover the poppy stem
  • small gold jewels for the poppy center stamens from BRIGHT FAIRY JEWELS JWL003
  • 3 brown buttons from my button jar
  • ribbon, thread, twine from my ribbons box
  • an orange paper clip
  • ink all of the edges of the tag, both sides, with VersaFine Clair Pine Cone ink

Here's a look at the three poppy dies and their packaging.  You are able to create lovely layered blossoms with these dies.

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I know you are going to love everything about this new collection!  I'll be back tomorrow with another floral card.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

                                                                                                                   

 

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04/18/2022

Mon 18

Torn Paper Backgrounds with Layered Star Flowers
by Anne Thompson

I've been studying Chinese collage works recently which use elements of torn paper to create backgrounds and images.  For the three cards I made for this post, I used torn paper to create backgrounds for the Layered Star Flowers all-occasion cards.

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Card One

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materials used

  • white notecard
  • scraps of light blue cardstock
  • medium green cardstock from LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • green plaid paper from MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013
  • VersaFine Clair Shady Lane ink to edge the torn papers
  • white pearl paper from VINTAGE PASTEL MIRROR PAD FP1002
  • LAYERED STAR FLOWERS 94612
  • AUTUMN FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY101
  • "For You" from SIGNATURE GREETINGS CL5272

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to make this card

  • orient a white notecard so the fold is at the top
  • add a small strip of light blue cardstock at the top of the notecard...I let all of my paper strips go over the edges and trimmed the extra off once all of the strips were in place.
  • tear two strips of the medium green cardstock and three strips of a green plaid paper; use the Shady Lane VersaFine Clair ink to add color to the torn white edges
  • place the strips from top to bottom on the notecard, plaid-green-plaid-green-plaid
  • die cut three sets of the Layered Star Flowers blossoms from the white pearl paper and the leaves from the medium green cardstock; assemble them; add Fairy Crystals to the flower centers; add them to the card front
  • stamp "For You" on a scrap of light blue cardstock; tear around the lettering and ink the edges; add to the card

 

Card Two

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materials used

  • white notecard, top-fold
  • papers from GARDEN FOLLY PP1005
  • LAYERED STAR FLOWERS 94612
  • AUTUMN FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY101

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to make this card

  • top-fold white notecard
  • tear strips of papers from the GARDEN FOLLY PP1005 paper pad--I used the red one with the gold Xs, the gold honeycomb paper, the penmanship paper, the two shades of red leaves--add to the notecard from the top to the bottom--red-gold-red-gold-red-lined
  • cut two of the Layered Star Flowers from the Xed paper and the honeycomb paper; add Autumn Fairy Crystals CRY101 to the flower centers and to the centers of the Xs; add the flowers to the notecard 

Card Three

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materials used

  • white notecard, side-fold
  • light green cardstock from LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • plaid paper from SPRING PLAID SLIM PP101SS
  • flowered paper scrap from GARDEN FOLLY PP1005
  • LAYERED STAR FLOWERS 94612
  • WINTER FANTASY FAIRY GEMSTONES GEM102
  • PASTEL FAIRY JEWELS JWL002

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to make this card

  • tear paper strips and add to the card front, top to bottom--solid, plaid, solid, flowers, solid, plaid, solid
  • die cut five flowers and three sets of stems; assemble and add to the card front
  • add the pale green Fairy Gemstones to the flower centers and the gold Fairy Jewels to the centers of the larger printed paper flowers

Tearing your paper scraps into strips is another way to use the bits that you have left from previous projects to add extra texture to a card.  Those scraps are often just the thing, too, for stamping a sentiment or for even die cutting a small image.  Try a torn paper background on one of your cards.

Happy Crafting!  

Anne Signature

04/11/2022

Mon 11

Layered Star Flowers Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

I have two more birthday cards today that use the Layered Star Flowers 94612 with the Happy Birthday Posh Script 94588.  

Card One

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materials used

  • red notecard
  • printed papers from GARDEN FOLLY PP1005 and GARLAND PP1010
  • LAYERED STAR FLOWERS 94612
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY POSH SCRIPT 94588
  • tiny white pearls

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to make this card

  • trim one of the printed papers 4 X 51/4 and add to the front of a red notecard
  • die cut the Layered Star Flowers blossoms from a flowered Garland paper and the leaves from the red leafy paper in the Garden Folly paper pad
  • assemble the flower and leaves clusters using glue or glue dots; add tiny white pearls to the flower centers; and attach three sets to the front of the notecard
  • die cut the Happy Birthday Posh Script from the same printed papers; use a glue pen to layer the detailed script on top of the background; add to the notecard 
  • add another flower/leaves set to the inside of the notecard with a scrap of the flowered paper

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Card Two

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materials used

  • white notecard
  • blue papers from MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014 (I also used a blue/pale green stripe from GARDEN FOLLY PP1005 for the background on this card.)
  • two shades of blue papers from VINTAGE PASTEL MIRROR PAD FP1002
  • turquoise gems from CHRISTMAS FAIRY JEWELS JWL005
  • LAYERED STAR FLOWERS 94612
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY POSH SCRIPT 94588


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to make this card

  • trim a plaid or printed paper 4 X 5 1/4 and add to the front of a white notecard, fold on the top edge
  • die cut and assemble the Layered Star Flowers using one of the plaid papers and two complementary shades of the blues metallic/pearl papers from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad; attach three sets to the front of the notecard and one on the inside; add turquoise gems to the flower centers
  • die cut the Happy Birthday Posh Script from the same papers; use a glue pen to layer the detailed script on top of the background; add to the notecard 
  • add three more gems to the left of the sentiment and one more to dot the "i"

I love these little flowers.  You can see in the photo above that I made more from the Mirror pad papers that I will use on another project.  I've got lots of ideas percolating.  They will look sweet on Easter cards.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Happy Crafting!