311 posts categorized "Anne"

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

03/18/2019

Mon 18

Seashell Circle Frame with Elegant Shorebirds
by Anne Thompson

Here are two cards that feature the Seashell Circle Frame, cards that would work well as masculine ones because of the colors I chose.

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Both cards use the SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225 and one or two of the ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730.  The card on the right also uses the waves from the WONDERFUL WHALE FRAME 94228.

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the first card

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materials used

  • black A2 side-fold notecard
  • Die cut Seashell Circle Frame and Elegant Shorebirds from both white and medium gray cardstocks.
  • Layer the images with the gray on the bottom and slightly offset to make a shadow of the images.
  • Cut a circle from the same black notecard stock the same size as the Seashell Circle Frame using a circle die or trace the outline of the Seashell Circle Frame and cut it out.
  • Attach the layered images to the black circle and then that circle to the notecard--or skip the circle and just put everything on the notecard.  Use single pop-dots for the center shells and double them for the shorebird so he sits a little higher than the shells.
  • I lined the inside notecard panels, distressed licorice dots on the left and a black and white stripe on the right.

the second card

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materials used

  • brown A2 side-fold notecard
  • Die cut Seashell Circle Frame, Wonderful Whale Frame, and Elegant Shorebirds from both white and lighter tan cardstocks.
  • Layer the images with the lighter tan on the bottom and offset for a shadow effect.  Use just the waves from the Wonderful Whale Frame.
  • Adhere the waves behind the Seashell Circle Frame using a glue pen and then attach
    to the front of the notecard.
  • Add two of the shells in the bottom right corner and pop-dot one of the standing shorebirds next to them.
  • Use a pop-dot to add the flying heron to the edge of the center circle.
  • I papered the inside of the card with a brown/black stripe on the left and a sandy-looking paper on the right.

Imagine these cards in other color combinations--black images on white notecards, blues on white, darker browns on kraft...I think there are many many ways to change the look by changing the tones of the shadows, too.  I LOVE this Seashell Circle Frame!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

03/11/2019

Mon 11

"sending oceans of love" Scene Card
by Anne Thompson

I was inspired by the Wonderful Whale Frame to create an ocean scene card to send to my son and his family.  They have just confirmed a trip to Maine this summer and we'll be staying in a coastal town, with views much like this one.

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materials used

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to assemble this scene

  • Cut the Wonderful Whale Frame twice, once from the blue cardstock and once from the white cardstock.
  • Layers the pieces together using a glue pen, offsetting them a bit for a blue shadow behind the white frame and the waves.
  • Adhere this to the front of the notecard, near the top.
  • Cut the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves from white cardstock.
  • Cut the lighthouse again from the scrap of yellow cardstock.  Place this piece behind the white one for lights in the windows.
  • Cut the waves again from the same blue cardstock used before.  Glue these behind the white waves, offsetting them a bit.
  • Add the lighthouse and the waves to the scene.
  • Cut the Soaring Swallow from white cardstock.  Secure it to the card using a foam pop-dot.
  • Stamp the sentiment "sending oceans of love" using the Hero Arts Cornflower ink.

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This scene was so much fun to create, combining new dies and stamps with the older lighthouse/waves die.  Hmmm...this gets me thinking about creating more scenes representative of places I've been.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

02/24/2019

Sun 24

Cottage Flower Circle Frame St. Patrick's Day Cards
by Anne Thompson

I decided this week to make some cards for St. Patrick's Day.  In going through the newest 2019 Spring Collection, I settled on the COTTAGE FLOWER CIRCLE FRAME die 94242 as the focal image for my cards.  Those little flowers made me think of four-leaf clovers, though I ended up treating them as blossoms.

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All three cards are the same design with just a change in notecard colors, papers, and bows.

These are the three dies I used:

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  • select a green notecard; cut the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and "cheers" from medium green cardstock
  • cut a circle from white cardstock that is the same size as the Cottage Flower Circle Frame
  • use a glue pen to attach the flower frame to the white circle; add the completed image to the card front
  • add tiny pearls on the littlest blossoms and ones slightly larger on the other 12 flowers in the frame
  • add more pearls to the tiny separate sprig and use a glue dot to attach it to the bow
  • use a larger glue dot to secure the bow inside the circle
  • use a large glue dot or foam pop dot to adhere the gold shamrock coin inside the circle 
  • use a glue pen to attach the green letters to the white outline "cheers" and attach it to the card

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  • select a lime green notecard, white cardstock, Key Lime Distressed Dot paper, lime green bow
  • assemble in the same manner as the first card

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  • select a blue-green notecard, blue-green striped paper, white cardstock for "cheers", and a blue-green bow
  • assemble as the others omitting the white circle behind the flower frame

I LOVE all of the frame dies in this new collection!!!  So much fun to think of ways to use them!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature