412 posts categorized "Anne"


Sun 12

Two Very Different "You Anchor Me" Cards for Guys
by Anne Thompson

I knew that I wanted to use the "You Anchor Me" clear stamps and dies set this week to create some cards for guys that could be used for a variety of occasions.  This is the first card I made:


  • I started with a white notecard and covered the front with brown dot paper from the Garland Stripes and Dots paper pad PP1011.
  • I used VersaMark ink to stamp the anchor from the You Anchor Me stamps and dies set CL5269D on white cardstock, embossed it with Detail Gold embossing powder, and cut it out with the corresponding die.
  • I used a scrap of the dot paper and stamped the sentiment "knowing you are always there anchors me" on the stripe side of that paper with VersaMark ink and embossed it in gold, trimmed it down and mounted it on a scrap of dark brown cardstock from the Earth Neutral Collection SP1009.
  • I cut the swirly rope from the End of My Rope dies set 94546 from more of the dark brown cardstock.
  • To complete the card, I adhered the sentiment block in the upper righthand corner and then threaded the rope through the hole in the anchor and secured both to the card front using glue dots.

For the second card, I wanted to play with the idea of stripes which is this month's blog challenge.  I used glitter paper to cut out lots of swirly ropes and those became my stripes.


  • I had one piece of turquoise plaid paper left from the Dashing Holiday paper pad PP1001 which I used to cover the front of a white notecard.
  • I used five of the swirly ropes as stripes across the front of the notecard.
  • I added three Marina Sailboats 94575 cut from white and turquoise cardstock scraps that I backed first with Scor-Tape.
  • Inside I added another rope, a silver-embossed anchor, and the sentiment "drop Anchor where your heart is".


These are very versatile stamps and dies that can be combined in any number of ways.  


Happy Crafting!!!

Anne Signature





Sun 05

The Secret is Outside the Box...our Memory Box STAMPtember Collaboration with Simon Says Stamp is Here!
by Anne Thompson

Happy STAMPtember from Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp!!! We are celebrating today with a beautiful exclusive stamp and die set by Memory Box in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp.  The TRUE FRIEND stamp and die sets went live at 12:01 AM today, September 5th, and are available from SimonSaysStamp.com for a limited time while supplies last.  

So what have I been creating in secret with my TRUE FRIEND stamp set in preparation for this event?  A notecard and coordinating envelope...


...with some additional stamping inside including several of the small flowers and three of the sentiments from the set around my handwritten message:  "hello, friend"; "friendship is made up of a million little things"; and "thanks for being a true friend".

materials used

  • white notecard and envelope
  • white cardstock for the stamped image
  • TRUE FRIEND clear stamp set
  • VersaFine Clair Shady Lane ink
  • orange plaid paper from Memory Box's Christmas Plaid 6X6 pad PP1009
  • orangey-red cardstock from Memory Box's Sunny Orange 6X6 cardstock pad SP1002
  • colored pencils


There's a lot going on with social media this week regarding this STAMPtember collaboration.  This is the 12th Anniversary of STAMPtember and it's bigger and better than ever!  There will be a Simon Says Stamp live chat Friday at noon ET on Facebook to chat about all things STAMPtember and Memory Box.  There will be more samples from Memory Box Design Team members on our Memory Box instagram stories.  Steph at Simon Says Stamp will also be posting to their newsletter and social media accounts.  Who knows where and when more ideas will pop up!  And...don't forget to get your True Friend set before they are all gone!


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature






Mon 23

White Focal Point Floral Chain Thinking of You Cards
by Anne Thompson

This month's challenge on the Outside the Box blog is to use a white focal point so I challenged myself to make three such cards using the FLORAL CHAIN die 94542 for that white focal point image.


materials used


Let's look at one card close up to see the steps I took to make it.


I started with a white notecard and added a piece of black/white checked paper from the Christmas Plaid pack trimmed 4 X 5.25.

I cut the Floral Chain twice, once from white cardstock and once from a dark gray from the Earth Neutrals pack.  I used Glue Dots on the gray flower centers and adhered the white flowers on top set off just a bit for a gray shadow.  I used more Glue Dots to attach the chain to the card front at an angle.

I cut two of the medium-sized banners, one from white cardstock and one from the dark gray.  I used the VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink to stamp the "Thinking of You" sentiment on the white banner before adding it on top of the dark gray one and attached the finished banner with Glue Dots to the notecard.

I added some large black gems to the flower centers and one to the sentiment banner to finish the card.

The other two cards are made in the same way but with red plaids, red cardstock, and red or green Fairy Jewels.


Do you have people that you send cards to regularly?  I have a list and mail cards usually every Wednesday to three friends who have moved into assisted living or rehabilitation facilities.  I hope these three cards this week will help to brighten their days.

And if you haven't entered our monthly challenge on the blog I encourage you to do so--with a white focal point.

Happy Crafting?

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Wed 18

Plaid Cactus
by Anne Thompson

How about another card featuring the FLOWERING CACTUS clear stamps and dies set CL5271D?!  And more plaid!  I love the scraps of green plaid that I used for the cacti and the sentiment on this card.

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Such happy little cacti!  

I started with a white notecard that I covered with a piece of yellowy green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection SP1003.  I added a smaller piece of a lime green dot paper from my scrap box to the center.

I used VersaClair Shady Lane ink to stamp the cacti (twice) and the sentiment "always choose happiness" on the green plaid paper and to stamp the two butterflies on a darker green cardstock from the Lush Green pack.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the cacti and the butterflies and trimmed the sentiment to fit in the lower right corner of the card.


As I added the cacti to the card front I let them go over the edges of the dot paper.  Once I had the sentiment secured in the lower righthand corner I added one of the butterflies to draw attention to that corner and placed the other one in the open space in the upper left.  I kept the images flat because I plan to write a note on the inside left panel.


So many lovely sentiments in this stamp set!


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Tue 10

Hello Willow Globes in Prints, Dots, Stripes, and Plaids
by Anne Thompson

Here's a quartet of cards featuring the WILLOW GLOBE 94559 with the HELLO STREAMLINED SCRIPT 94540:


Let's look at one close up and see how I put the pieces together.


  • I started with a white notecard and covered the front with one of the print papers where the floral corner would peek through the globe frame.
  • I die cut the Willow Globe twice, once from the striped paper and once from a solid green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection and layered them just a tiny bit askew before gluing the image in the lower left corner.  
  • I also cut the birds and flowers from that set twice from the same solid green cardstock.  I added the flowers to the vines and the birds outside the globe toward the upper right.
  • I cut the Hello from a scrap of the striped paper and added it to the card .

The other cards are made in a similar way with the mustard/stripe/reds card using only one layer of the Willow Globe.

For something a little different I made one more card that also included the EUCALYPTUS COLLAGE 94524:


I think these will get boxed up as a gift with envelopes, stamps, and a pretty pen as they can be used at any time of the year.  If I decide to keep them and send them out one by one I will probably add Fairy Jewels to the flower centers for some extra sparkle.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 26

Eucalyptus Collage with Delicate Wreath for a Trio of Hello Cards
by Anne Thompson

Eventually I am going to run out of plaid paper...but not today!  I love mixing up Memory Box plaids with Memory Box dots and Memory Box solid cardstock collections as well as thinking up ways to use dies in new combinations.  Today's three cards involve all of those as I pulled plaids and dot papers from my odds and ends box to make three cards.

Here's a look at the first card.


Card Two


  • Pale green dot paper to cover front of white notecard
  • Green cardstock from LUSH GREEN 6X6 PACK SP1003 for the Eucalyptus Collage; note the changed orientation of the cut out this time
  • Green plaid for the Delicate Wreath and the Hello Streamlined Script
  • Fairy Jewels

Card Three


  • Green plaid to cover the front of a white notecard and for the Hello Streamlined Script
  • A different green plaid for the Eucalyptus Collage 
  • Solid green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection for the Delicate Wreath
  • Fairy Jewels applied to the wreath this time

Three cards I can send any time!  Adding the Delicate Wreath to the Eucalyptus Collage brings more dimension and interest to that image. Using plaid papers that have the gold stripes and Fairy Jewels bring on the bling.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 19

Twilight Purple and Violet Madras Plaid Floral Chain Thank You Notes
by Anne Thompson

I needed some thank you notes and made a trio of them this week using Twilight Purple cardstocks, Violet Madras Plaid papers, the Floral Chain and Thank You Streamlined Script dies, and some clear Fairy Jewels.


materials used


to make these cards

  • Cover the fronts of white notecards with purple cardstocks from the Twilight Purple paper pad.
  • Die cut several of the FLORAL CHAIN from a variety of the purple cardstocks.
  • Die cut several of the FLORAL CHAIN  and THANK YOU STREAMLINED SCRIPT from a variety of the violet plaids from the Madras Plaid paper pad.
  • Stack one of the plaid floral chains on top of one of the purple cardstock floral chains offset a bit and add it to the front of the notecard with foam dimensional dots.
  • Add a separate flower cut from a cardstock chain to the center of one of the flowers with a Glue Dot.
  • Add three clear Fairy Jewels to the center of each flower.
  • Add the Thank You Streamlined Script on the lower right front of the card and three more clear Fairy Jewels. (I used a Glue Pen.)

Here's a closer look at each of the three cards.


These cards came together quickly assembly-line style once I had everything die cut.  And I still have more of everything die cut and filed in clear storage pouches (Medium Storage Pouch pack of 50 SB10020) with each die.  Did you know that Memory Box makes both clear and colored storage pouches (six colors!) and magnet sheets?  If you look at the Memory Box catalog under Storage, you will find three sizes of each!  These are what I am using now to organize all of my dies and stamp sets in little boxes by release name/date.  What kind of a storage system do you have for your dies and stamp sets?

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 12

Grand Galaxy Heat Embossed Embossing Folder Cards
by AnneThompson

Today's cards are all about a technique using heat embossing with the GRAND GALAXY EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1017 to create cards that are out of this world!


I will do my best to explain the technique but if you are a visual learner  you might want to watch Jennifer McGuire's heat embossed embossing folder tutorial from 05-04-21.

These are the supplies that I gathered.


the technique

Open the embossing folder and apply VersaMark Ink with a brayer to the side where the background is raised and the planets etc. are indented.  No brayer?  Apply the ink directly with the pad.  You will want to lightly cover the background of the image.

Select the cardstock you will use.  If you have a powder tool, use it on the cardstock before placing it face down onto the inked folder.  Close the folder and run it through your die cutting/embossing machine to apply the VersaMark to the cardstock.

Apply the embossing powder of your choice to the inked cardstock.  Heat it with a heat tool.  

to finish the card

Trim the image to cover the front of the notecard like I did on the silver one.  Or add a piece of cardstock the same color as on the image to cover the notecard before adding the embossed piece cut slightly smaller.

Add some Fairy Jewels for some extra sparkle on some of the stars.

For the sentiment I chose the new HELLO STREAMLINED SCRIPT 94540, cut each one twice and stacked them for more dimension before adding "hello" to each card.  For the silver and blue sparkle cards I used foil paper layers on the background cardstocks and for the orange and purple cards I used two layers of the colored cardstocks.


Here's a close-up to show off the shimmer and shine a bit more.IMG_3218-ink

This technique works great with the Memory Box floral embossing folders, too!  On the cards below I used BLOOMING SWEET PEA EF 1020 and BLOOMING EF1014 with gold, white, and clear sparkle embossing powders.

Have fun trying out this technique with your embossing folders.  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 28

Hearts and Flowers
by Anne Thompson

Hearts and Flowers...for any occasion any day of the year!


Materials Used


the dies


This is the first card I made:


my steps to make this card

  • die cut the Dreamy Freesia three times from green plaid paper
  • choose a coordinating green cardstock and cover the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Slim Pinpoint Heart Frame from the CreamWoodgrain Paper and trim it to fit the length of the card before adding it on top of the green cardstock
  • cut a bunch of hearts from Cream Woodgrain Paper using the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out dies
  • glue the freesia stems behind one of the hearts so that the flowers pop out of it and add a narrow strip of the same green cardstock behind the flowering heart then add to the card front
  • stack two of the smallest hearts and add to the narrow green strip


The other two cards are similar except that I added a coordinating large plaid heart behind the flower bouquet heart on each one.  The card on the left has three freesia stems and the red one on the right has only two with a small white heart "hidden" behind them.



Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 21

Male Birthday Mail
by Anne Thompson

Today I made more guy cards, this time specifically for birthdays...Male Birthday Mail!


Materials Used

to make this card

  • cut the plaid paper to cover the front of the notecard
  • cut a smaller piece of red cardstock to use as a mat and add it to the front of the card
  • emboss the Toolshed image onto the cream woodgrain paper
  • lightly drag the ink pad over the top of the embossed image to add a bit of color to highlight the tools
  • trim this embossed image down to fit on the mat, leaving a narrow edge of the red exposed
  • cut the Birthday Mail background from a scrap of the red cardstock and the detailed letters from a scrap of the plaid...I found it helpful to add Scor-Tape on the back of the plaid paper to make it easier to place those letters on the background piece.
  • adhere the sentiment to the card front and add a tiny gem to dot the i

Here are the three cards I made...one using the cream woodgrain paper (shown above), one using the KRAFT WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44003, and one using the WHITE WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44002.


For the kraft paper card I used a larger piece of the woodgrain paper to cover the card front as well as embossing another piece with the toolshed folder.  I also used a brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009 as a mat for the embossed image and for the Birthday Mail background.


I love the texture of the woodgrain papers and the way the woodgrain highlights embossed images especially when I use ink direct-to-paper on the embossing.  Cool! 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature