304 posts categorized "Anne"

06/24/2019

Mon 24

Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

I have wanted to try the technique I used for today's card for the longest time, but I've been waiting for a really big floral stamp from Memory Box.  And Rose Bouquet is it!  It's about 5"x7"!

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I started by stamping the Rose Bouquet on two pieces of 5"x7" off-white cardstock using VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink.  Here's a photo of the stamp from the ROSE BOUQUET CLEAR STAMP SET CL5241.

(It's in the center of an old Fiskars Stamp Press, one that's missing it's orange spongey feet.  That's the biggest acrylic "block" I have.)

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I cut a 3.25" square from the center of one of the stamped images, then got out a bunch of Distress Inks and a waterbrush and started painting it.  I just picked up color from the inkpad directly onto the brush and then applied it to the paper being careful to not use too much water.  (I cleaned the brush between colors by painting the rest of the ink on the bristles onto scrap paper.)

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I then attached this square to a piece of black cardstock and trimmed that to a narrow border around the image.  IMG_1282

I placed this on top of the other uncolored image and lined it up as best I could.

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I trimmed this larger piece to 5"X3.75" and added it to black cardstock that was 5.25"X4".  I then adhered that to a turquoise notecard.  This card could be oriented as a top-fold card as in the first photo or as a side-fold card as in this photo below.

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 And because I couldn't do just one, I made another!  This time I left the first stamped image whole and painted most of it.

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I then trimmed it down to a smaller square, touched up any areas that needed more paint, mounted it on black cardstock, and added that to another uncolored image.  I then trimmed the larger assembled piece down, mounted it on black cardstock, and added that to a green notecard.

side-fold orientation

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top-fold orientation

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And just one more...

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I'm sure there are other techniques to achieve the same look.  It was really fun looking through blank notecards with the painted pieces in hand to find coordinating notecards.  I've also raided my scrap boxes and 6"x6" paper pads for pretty papers in coordinating colors for the inside panels.  

One could also stamp and paint other images from this stamp set on the inside of the notecard and the envelope and/or add one of the sweet sentiments!

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I'm going to get a lot of use from this stamp set!  And it has coordinating dies, too!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 


06/17/2019

Mon 17

A Simple Summer Card
by Anne Thompson

Do you ever go to make a card with one idea in mind and the card becomes something else?  That's what happened to me on this  simple summer card.  This isn't at all where I thought I was headed, but I like where I ended up.

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I started with the piece of decorative paper.  This has been in my 12x12 stack for years--a Memory Box paper from many years ago.  The next step was to search through blank notecards for ones in coordinating colors.  I found some Juniper ones in my December box that I thought went well with the trees.  I cut the printed paper into three pieces each 4 x 5.25, one for the front of the notecard and two for the inside panels, and attached the pieces using a tape runner. 

The next step was to audition die cut images for the front of the card.  I tried several different birds and butterflies.  I felt like whatever I chose needed to be anchored with something more.  The dies I finally chose were SOARING SWALLOW 99995, GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924, and one of the smaller circles from WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114.  

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I sacrificed another Juniper notecard and die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame and the Soaring Swallow from it.  I used a scrap off off-white for the Wrapped Circle which I glued under the grass.

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For more dimension I added a foam dot behind the bird.  When I set the finished image on the card I thought that ought to be raised as well so I added more foam dots behind the circle.

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When I am ready to send out this card to celebrate the summer solstice later this month I plan to stamp a sentiment directly on the printed paper or glue on some die cut words from more of the Juniper cardstock. 

A suggestion:  Choose a pretty paper and a coordinating card and see where you end up!

Happy summer!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

06/10/2019

Mon 10

A Set of Three Button Cards Using Various Circle Dies
by Anne Thompson

Button, button, who's got the button?  I've got lots of them and chose several for today's set of three cards!

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I used circle-shaped dies from my collection to make "flowers" for these cards with button centers.

I chose Jack O' Lantern notecards, a leaf-print paper from my 12x12 stash, and Mango Distressed Dots paper which I backed with Scor-Tape sheets before die-cutting.

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For this first card, I carefully peeled each of the sections from the die and placed them onto the leafy paper.  I threaded the stems from two leaves through the holes in the button and curled those stems.  I used Glue Dots to secure the silk leaves and the pottery button to the circle, covering the hole in the middle and a gap between two of the Bright Rays sections.

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I really wanted to used the leafy branch for a card, so I chose two of the Scalloped Circles to fit with it for this card.  Here I photographed it as a top-fold card but actually made it as a side-fold card (see the first photo above).  Guess it could be either! I used sticky-backed buttons that were already threaded for the circle centers.

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Three Wrapped Circles hold velvet leaves and vintage buttons on this card.  I used paper stamens through the button holes to add a pop of color to the centers.  

These were quick and easy cards.  Using the various circular die cut shapes helped to showcase the round buttons.  Another idea for this month's challenge!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

06/03/2019

Mon 03

Wrapped Circles, Soaring Swallow, Blooming Floral Circle Frame, and a Birdhouse Button Combine for This Month's Challenge
by Anne Thompson

The big challenge for me today was to choose which button to feature on my card!  I have boxes and tins and jars and bowls of buttons--vintage ones in browns and whites, pottery ones in bright colors, plain pastels, fancy florals, geometrics, birds, animals--so many buttons!  I finally settled on a birdhouse button for this card:

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The colors in the button--red, white, black--determined the color story for this card.  I chose the BLOOMING FLORAL CIRCLE FRAME 94218 because the curvy stem reminded me of tree branches that might support a birdhouse.  I cut that from heavy white cardstock.  Of course there had to be a bird--the SOARING SWALLOW 99995--cut from black cardstock.  I added two circles from the set of WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114, a red one to place behind the Blooming Floral Circle Frame and a small white one to anchor the birdhouse button in the center of the frame.  

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I assembled the circle elements, using a glue pen to adhere the Blooming Floral Circle Frame to the red cardstock large circle.  I threaded some heavy black twine through the buttonholes on the birdhouse, tied a double knot, trimmed the twine, and used Glue Dots to stick it to the small white cardstock circle.  I used a tape runner to secure that piece in the center of the frame.  I selected a large pop-dot for the back of the swallow so that it would be at the same height as the button.

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When I set this completed piece on the front of a Licorice black notecard I felt something was missing, so I tucked a crisp white doily under the red circle and used a tape runner to secure both to the card front.  I then added the tiny black bow at the bottom as a finishing touch.   Without consciously thinking about it, I worked in threes--three pieces of black (bird, twine, bow), three white (frame, circle, doily), and three red with the circle and the red-roofed birdhouse sporting its little red heart!

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Another all-occasion card for my stash!  And the first of many that will feature buttons I've been hoarding!!!

Sort through buttons you have and see what you can add to a card, scrapbook page, home decor piece, gift tag, or whatever you can think of and submit a photo for this month's Cute as a Button Challenge

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

05/20/2019

Mon 20

Seashell Circle Frame with an Elegant Shorebird
by Anne Thompson

Here's a card made with leftovers!  Often when I'm die cutting I won't use all of what I cut for that current project.  I usually tuck the leftovers into the paper envelopes with the dies.  This card uses an extra Seashell Circle Frame and an extra bird from the set of  four Elegant Shorebirds, both already cut from white cardstock.

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materials used:

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Coloring the images was easy using a waterbrush and these Distress inks.

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  • Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, and Gathered Twigs on the shells
  • Peeled Paint on the seaweed stalks
  • Salty Ocean on the inner and outer circles
  • Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean on the shorebird

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By using the waterbrush directly onto the ink pads I was able to lift color, test it on scrap white cardstock, and lighten it out as I wanted without oversaturating the cardstock.  I started with the darkest color in the center of the shells and worked lighter colors to the outer edges of each one before painting the seaweed and the inner and outer circles.  I used Peeled Paint to outline the bird, filling it in with a wash of the Salty Ocean blue.

As the paints were drying I looked for a notecard color and some patterned paper that would go well with the painted images.  I chose an orangey jack o'lantern notecard and some mango distressed dots paper from my stash.  I rounded the corners of the patterned paper before sticking it to the notecard.  (I'll use more of this paper on the inside of the notecard with a white box for writing a message.)  I tested the painted circle against the mango paper and decided to add some Gathered Twigs on the outermost edge of each shell so they would show up better sitting against the colored dot paper.

Once the watercolors were dry I assembled the card, peeling the Scor-Tape backing behind the shells and using that to stick the Seashell Circle Frame to the patterned paper already adhered to the notecard.  I used a glue pen on the bird's leg and tucked it behind the inner circle.  I used two small foam dots on its body to give it some dimension in the center of the circle.  The finishing touch was adding light blue pearls in opposite corners.

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Keeping extra die cuts on hand speeds up crafting time!  This can be especially helpful when you need a card in a hurry.  I keep thinking that I'll set aside a day and just cut images and file them away for future use, but I haven't gone that far yet.  :-)  So I am often surprised when I go to an envelope to pull out a die and find pre-cuts ready and waiting for me.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

05/15/2019

Wed 15

"sending oceans of love" with the Seashell Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

It's me again this week with another card that uses alcohol pearl inks to create a background, this time for the Seashell Circle Frame.

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materials used:

  • Key Lime  top-fold notecard
  • blue-dotted lime paper
  • white cardstock
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
  • Ranger Alcohol Pearl Inks--Tranquil (blue) and Sublime (green)
  • Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
  • SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225
  • "sending oceans of love" from the OCEANSIDE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamps Set CL5240
  • Hero Arts inks--Green Hills and Tide Pool
  • a plain circle die, straw, waterbrush, glue pen, Scor-Tape, pop dots, blue and green gemstones

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  • On a piece of the Alcohol Ink Cardstock, add drops of the Alcohol Pearl inks and then drops of the Blending Solution. 
  • Use the straw to blow the inks around.  Continue adding inks and blending solution, blowing the inks around, until you like what you've got.
  • Spatter the paper with a paintbrush soaked in Blending Solution. 
  • Use a circle die a bit larger than the center of the Seashell Circle Frame to cut this inky paper once it's dry.

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  • Die cut the SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225 from white cardstock.
  • Using a water brush, add some of the Green Hills ink to the seaweed fronds and the outer circle of the die cut.  Add more of the Green Hills ink to the outer circle using the ink pad directly onto the paper.
  • Edge the three shells with more of the Green Hills ink directly onto the paper.
  • Use a glue pen to anchor the inner circle of the frame to the circular inky piece.
  • Put Scor-Tape on the back of that inky circle and adhere the piece to the front of the notecard which has been covered with the dotted paper.
  • Pop the three shells up in the center of the circle and add a few blue and green gemstones.

That finishes the front of the notecard.  Let's look at what I did on the inside.

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  • Die cut a smaller circle from the dotted paper.  Here I used a die from the WRAPPED CIRCLES set 30114.
  • Die cut the center shells from the Seashell Circle Frame using a scrap of white cardstock.  
  • Edge the shells with the Green Hills ink, direct to the paper images.
  • Glue the two smallest shells onto the circle and add some blue gemstones. 
  • Stamp "sending oceans of love" from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments stamps set using the Tide Pool ink.
  • Add the third shell just above that.

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Another all-occasion card finished!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

 

05/03/2019

Fri 03

Lily of the Valley "Happy Birthday"
by Anne Thompson

As I write this we've been celebrating my mother's 90th birthday all day.  Since Lily of the Valley is one of her favorite flowers, I made this card for her.

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materials used

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to make this card

  • Die cut the Lily of the Valley images from watercolor paper.
  • Smoosh (that's a technical term!) Mowed Lawn ink onto a craft sheet and spritz with water.
  • Lay the die cut pieces onto the ink and move them around to pick up the color.  Add more ink and water as needed.
  • Use a waterbrush to pick up ink still left on the craft sheet and add it to the images.
  • For more intense color, use the waterbrush to pick up ink directly from the ink pad to add to the images.
  • Set these pieces aside to dry.
  • Adhere a green print paper to the front of the Key Lime notecard and two more pieces to the inside panels.
  • Stamp "happy birthday" in black ink (VersaFine Clair Nocturne) onto a scrap of one of the green print papers and mount it on a scrap of white cardstock.
  • Use a glue pen to adhere the frame to the front of the notecard at the top of the print paper.  Then add the inner circle of flowers inside the frame.  You'll notice that I decided to use only the outlines of the leaves.
  • Place the sentiment in the space below the flower frame.
  • On the inside of the card, place the smaller Lily of the Valley Sprigs Circle on the righthand panel.

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This is a design that could easily be reproduced in multiples and could be used for many occasions just by changing the sentiment.  I'm thinking this may be my go-to card for the spring.  

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Happy Crafting!  

 

04/22/2019

Mon 22

"Ahoy Matey!" Pirate-themed Cards using the Sailboat Frame
by Anne Thompson

I had this crazy idea to make pirate-themed cards when I first saw the Sailboat Frame die.  I found the perfect paper collection to pair with it from Echo Park called Pirate Tales--I chose 6X6 papers, stickers, and ephemera.  I made three cards which could also work as party invitations for a pirate-themed gathering.  

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the first card

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materials used

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to assemble the card

  • Start with a white side-folded standard A2 card.
  • Die cut the Sailboat Frame from red, navy, white, and light blue cardstocks.  You'll use some of the pieces for this card and save the others for later ones.
  • Use the navy water, light blue sailboat, red sails, and navy clouds peeking out from under the white ones.
  • Glue the frame to the top of the notecard.  Add the inner circle with the bottom edge touching the frame.
  • Add the sailboat, sails, and clouds to the scene.
  • Cut a pirate flag from the paper collection and put it at the top of the mast.
  • Use some decorative themed paper across the bottom of the card--here I used sharks.
  • Stamp "ahoy matey!" in VersaClair Nocturne ink on a piece of red/white striped paper and place this on top of the shark paper.
  • I added a "YO HO YO HO" sticker in the upper left corner of the frame.
  • On the inside and on the back I added more of the papers and stickers from the Echo Park collection.

the second card

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For this one I used: a light blue notecard; medium blue cardstock for the frame, water, and cloud linings; navy for the boat; and  white cardstock for the middle circle, sails, water, and the clouds.  I added a striped flag on the mast and "ahoy matey!" stamped on a red/white striped paper strip as well as two small stickers.  On the inside and on the back I added more of the papers and stickers from the Echo Park collection.

the third card

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  • light blue notecard
  • Sailboat Frame in white and navy
  • light blue water and cloud linings
  • medium blue boat
  • pirate flag and stickers
  • papers inside and on the back, more stickers and ephemera
  • stamp "ahoy matey!" on the inside red/white striped paper

Now I just need to convince my son and daughter-in-law to host a pirate party for one of my grandsons!  I'll provide the invitations!  And tattoos!  And stickers!

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What paper collections do you have that coordinate with Memory Box dies???  Time to go through that stash and use up some of those lovely papers!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

04/15/2019

Mon 15

More Bunny Cards for Easter
by Anne Thompson

I have two more bunny cards to show you today.

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Let's look at the turquoise one first.

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materials used

  • turquoise notecard    
  • one strip of the smaller-scale turquoise plaid for the background and another piece cut with the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924; a circle cut from the larger-scale turquoise plaid
  • JUMPING BUNNY CIRCLE 94236 cut from white cardstock
  • GENTLE BUNNY 94237 cut from white cardstock
  • SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 -- "Hoppy Easter" stamped with Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a large white cardstock circle

to assemble

  • Place a rectangle of plaid paper on the left front of the side-folded A2 notecard.
  • Adhere the large white circle on top of it.
  • Add the plaid circle next with one edge up against the top edge of the white circle.
  • Stamp "Hoppy Easter" in Tide Pool ink.
  • Line up the Jumping Bunny Circle with the Grass Stitched Circle Frame with the bunny poking out of the grass.
  • Glue the tail on the Gentle Bunny and pop dot him in the lower left corner on the plaid paper.
  • I lined the inside of the notecard with plaid paper and a turquoise doily on the left and a soft subtle turquoise flower print on the right, light enough to write over.

the purple one

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I used the same dies but different papers for this card and placed the die cut images on a white paper doily.   This is one of the cards we'll make on Wednesday at the Senior Center.  We'll also use many more of the bunnies on purple tags for Easter goodie bags (tied closed with the carrots).  So cute!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

04/08/2019

Mon 08

Clean and Simple Cards with Blooming Floral Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

Maybe you'll recognize this first card from the introduction to this month's challenge.

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I chose to feature one die on a series of clean and simple cards for each season: BLOOMING FLORAL CIRCLE FRAME 94218.  

For this spring card, I used an aqua notecard, white cardstock cut with the Blooming Floral Circle Frame, cloud paper cut with one of the Wrapped Circle dies just a tad bigger than the floral circle as an underlay, and a scrap of pool distressed dot paper cut with a small circle die the same diameter as the inner circle of the frame.  I stamped "springtime wishes" from
SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a scrap of white cardstock.  I layered everything up using a glue pen, tucking the sentiment under one of the branches and adding the small cut-outs on the end of that tag.

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Want an even cleaner and simpler version?

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Here I covered the front of a pink notecard with plaid paper, added the white cardstock Blooming Floral Circle Frame, and glued on a bow and a few small pearls.  Summer card!

Here I've added fall and winter cards with the summer one.

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For the oranges fall card (which I made as a birthday card with a sentiment from Bold Friendly Greetings CL5236), I used a gold cardstock and a darker orange one for the circle frames and layered them just a bit offset before adding the ribbon bow.  The winter dark chocolate card has a white cardstock circle frame over a kraft circle die cut to the same size and finished with a brown ribbon bow. 

I'm now thinking of other color combinations and celebrations appropriate for this design.  So many possibilities!

I also added coordinating papers to the inside panels of each card and also on the back--trying to use up some of the pretty papers from my 6X6 collections and scraps from previous projects.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature