317 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 22

Simple Striped Cards with Scribble Leafy Branch Background and Scribble Frond Background
by Anne Thompson

Need a really simple quick card?  Let the background paper do most of the work for you!  


I started with striped papers, cut them to 4 X 5.25, and adhered them to brightly colored notecards.


I then die cut the SCRIBBLE LEAFY BRANCH BACKGROUND 94275 and the SCRIBBLE FROND BACKGROUND 94573  from solid colored cardstocks in orange, yellow, and blue/green.  I used a glue pen to attach them to the three card fronts.


The leaves looked kind of plain so I added fabric flowers to the orange and yellow ones and a bow to the blue-green leaves, securing them with GlueDots.  There's still plenty of room on the front of each card to add an appropriate sentiment when I'm ready to send them off.


Look through your printed papers and match them up with pretty colored notecards.  Then add your favorite die cut images cut from coordinating cardstocks.  Maybe you'll add bows, flowers, pearls or sequins for a little extra bling.  Have fun!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 13

Yipes! Stripes! Watercolor Crayons Technique with Daisy Silhouette, Scribble Leafy Branch Outline and its Background
by Anne Thompson

Here's another fun summer card with a striped background and a watercolor crayons technique.


Let's look at how I created the striped background.  

  • I started with watercolor paper and the Texture Line Up Memory Box stencil 88551--an old one no longer available, but you might try the SIMPLE CHEVRON STENCIL 88572 for a zig-zag stripe if you don't have this one stashed away.  
  • I used washi tape to secure the stencil to scrap paper and got out my watercolor crayons.


  • Using the stencil as a guide, I scribbled blues and greens onto the paper. 


  • I chose a wide flat waterbrush and painted over the scribbles, leaving the stencil in place.  
  • I then carefully removed the stencil to see the stripes I'd made.


  • Once this was dry I trimmed it to 4.5X3.25.
  • I used a corner rounder to round the edges which I then inked direct-to-paper with Archival Leaf Green ink.
  • I chose a light green notecard for the card base.


  • I added a layer of Bluebird Distressed Dots paper to the front of the notecard after rounding the corners.
  • I rounded all of the corners of the notecard as well.
  • I used Scor-Tape to attach the watercolor panel to the top-folded card.  I like to use Scor-Tape with watercolor paper because it holds it really flat.




  • I used a glue pen to make the bouquet on the notecard, adding a foam dot behind the center of the larger flower and putting pearl gems in the flower centers.


So there's another idea and a technique you might try for this month's stripes challenge.  I'd forgotten how much fun it is to scribble with crayons, and I love the look of these watercolor crayons once the water is added.

And don't forget that Memory Box has some great stencils!  Check them out here.

Happy Crafting!  And Happy Summer!

Anne Signature



Mon 08

Daisy Silhouette Card with Starflower Flower Frame Envelope Address Box
by Anne Thompson

Here's a simple card that uses the DAISY SILHOUETTE 94249 and some coordinating pretty papers.  A perfect summer card!


Start by die cutting the Daisy Silhouette from watercolor paper.  Leave the flowers in the background and paint them.  I used a waterbrush and a variety of Distress inks.


Next choose some coordinating papers and a notecard to go with the colors of the flowers you painted.


Whichever paper you choose for the larger background, cut it 4 x 5.25 and adhere it to the card front.  Cut a narrower strip from a second paper 2 x 5.25 and adhere that on top of the first paper.  Once the flowers are dry, remove them from the background and glue them to the narrow paper piece.


That's it!  Easy peasy!  I had a group of five of us make this card last week.  They all chose different colors for their flowers, so matching papers and notecard colors was a lot of fun.  Similar but different!  I thought then that a set of four or more would make a lovely gift along with decorated envelopes, stamps, and a pen.  

So, thinking about envelopes led me to this:


The box made by the STARFLOWER FLOWER FRAME 94246 is perfect for a name and address!  I found that my glue pen secured this nicely to the envelope.

In my challenge to use more of the paper I have collected and stashed over many years, I also papered the inside of the card using a bold plaid on the left and a pale print on the right so I can add a stamped sentiment and a written message.  I also made a liner for the envelope.

I hope you are enjoying your summer and still finding some time to make summer cards with these great new products from Memory Box.  Happy crafting!

Anne Signature



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"!


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.)


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.)


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.


 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


top-fold orientation


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!


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

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



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.


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.  


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.


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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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:


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.  


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.


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!


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



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.


materials used:


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


  • 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


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.


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


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
  • "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




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


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.


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.  


Happy Crafting!