194 posts categorized "Coloring"


Thu 30

Sending Heartfelt Prayers
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a sympathy card using some of the newly released floral dies.

Here's a closer look:

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To make my card I first swiped pink and green ink pads direct to watercolor card to create a textured background.  I die cut the flowers and stems using "Graceful Poppy Stems" and "Ruffled Poppy Stems" dies, from pink and green card stock and used some watercolor markers to add a little interest to them.  After putting the flowers together, I arranged them on the front of the card and added a heat embossed sentiment from "Big & Little Words" stamp set.  Lastly I added a few gems.  

Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my sympathy card for today.  I always find these difficult to make because it's such a sad occasion to create for.  Hopefully, I've given you some inspiration to create cards like this when you need them.

Be sure to check out the entire new release from Memory Box!  Thanks for stopping by!





Sat 18

Charlotte Daisies Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy weekend.  Today I’ve stretched the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves dies from the 2022 May release and turned them into daisies to create a birthday card inspired by this month’s blue and yellow colour challenge at The Flower Challenge in support of Ukraine.
The flowers were die cut from Bristol paper while the centers were die cut from the lightest yellow Sunny Orange paper.  Each flower is two of the same flower cutouts, and offset.  Coloring / shading was then done with Copic Sketch markers.
yellows - Y11, Y15, YR24
greys - C4, C2, C1, C00
The background is a Bristol panel ink blended with Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  The “trellis” was die cut from Bristol paper using the Double Diamond Lattice Plate from Poppy Stamps.  It’s actually a full A2 size, but was reduced by die cutting a frame with Rectangle Basics dies then adhering it over top and trimming away the excess. 


The Posh Happy Birthday sentiment was foiled next with Prism hot foil using the Spellbinders Glimmer hot foil system.  Applied Mermaid Lagoon DI to it, wiped off excess ink with a paper towel (foil resists the ink) and die cut out with the matching die.  Assembled the card onto a white card base then added clear shimmer to the yellow centers to finish. 

Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Sun 24

Blooms for Mom
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times of the year all over the world.  With my Mother’s Day in two weeks, I have a Mother’s Day card I created for my mother-in-law to share today.  It features the Riverbank Large Layered Blooms and Exquisite Leaf Set dies from the recent Spring release.  

Because I wanted these large blooms to all fit on the card without crowding or hanging off-the-edge, this card is A6 size.  The card base and a layering piece are 4.5”x6.25” cut from heavy-weight white paper.  Using the partial die cutting technique with a long and narrow extended cutting pad, ran the layering piece through the die cutting machine twice with the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate resulting in this.



Down the middle was a mess, but it didn’t matter as most of it will be covered up anyway.  For some texture, splattered it with diluted black gouache paint, then set aside to dry.



The flower layers and leaves were die cut next from white cardstock.  The leaves and flower centers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.

greens - YG61, YG63, YG67
white centers - C00, C1, C3

Ink blending with distress inks (DI) was used to color the flower layers.  Shaded Lilac DI was applied to the middle circumference area of each layer using a blender brush, while Villainous Potion DI was applied to the centers with a finger brush before putting them together. 


“Mom” was die cut from white glitter paper using the shadow dies of the Bennett Alphabet die set for a chunkier greeting.  Glued the letters onto a 1” Twilight Purple paper strip, then added the drop shadow with a C3 Copic Sketch marker.  Assembled the card, popping the bottom right flower up with foam adhesives for additional dimension.  Applied clear shimmer on the flowers for more sparkle to finish.

And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Thu 17

Good Luck
by Donna Sledzik


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Today's card features a few new products from the Spring release.  I used the Layered Impatiens Craft Die and turned the flowers into shamrocks.  



I used white cardstock to cut my flowers and colored them with copic markers.


Next, I die cut the Paisley Bloom Leaf Arch die from Gold Mirror cardstock and glued them to a white cardstock panel.  

I used a label maker to create the sentiment and used foam tape to adhere it to the card front.

Next, I glued my shamrocks in place around the wreath.


The card front was glued to a black cardstock mat and then adhered to a white card base.

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!







Sat 12

Miss You Challenge Reminder
by Trina Pham



Hello everyone.  I’m back to colouring die-cuts today, but this time I am focusing on the beautiful Verdant Arch foliage die from the 2022 Spring release. 

Started by die cutting the Verdant Arch from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock.  Cut them in half then colored with blue Copic Sketch markers (B39, B37, B34 and B32).  I was about to color them in their natural green color, but thought colouring them blue would be more fun… plus, it’s my favorite color after all. 😉




The leaves were then arranged and glued onto an A2 size panel cut from Bristol paper.  For some texture, splattered with diluted Prize Ribbon distress ink and white gouache paint.  Finished with the Miss You posh script sentiment that was die cut from yellow (which looks like gold) Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper and adhered onto its white shadow.  



This is a reminder that the Miss You/Thinking of You challenge is open until March 30 11:59 pm EST.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Sat 22

Cottage Flower Thank You
by Trina Pham



Hello everyone.  I am sharing a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card today that I made for a crafty friend who helped me update my blog recently.  I used the Cottage Flower Stem die from the 2022 Valentine’s release and skipped the middle layer so I could do some die cut coloring.

The flower stem and flower center were die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock.  To give it strength, the flower stem was die cut from thick white cardstock, then adhered beneath the first one before some easy coloring with Copic markers.  Okay, maybe not so easy because I messed up on the stem/leaves. 😂  Another flower stem was then die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and the stem/leaves were re-colored.  I liked how the flower turned out on the first one, so it was cut off and pieced on top of the second one.  The resulting dimension was a nice unexpected surprise.




Next, a piece of Bristol paper was die cut with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and splatters added using diluted black gouache paint.  The Thank You Posh Script was die cut three times from white cardstock and once from black cardstock, then stacked for a floating effect.  For some shine, covered it with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it twice with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card onto a white card base and added clear shimmer to the flower to finish.



Kept it pretty simple so the Cottage Flower Stem could shine!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Thu 13

Hello Friend
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today's card mixes some old and new products.  I felt like coloring, so I used an older stamp set and colored pencils.  

I watched a Gina K Designs video on Monday night, and she demonstrated a partial die cutting technique which inspired me to try.  

I stamped the floral image on the front of a white top folding card base and die cut only the bottom portion of the image.  There are many videos on the technique and I urge you to look them up.


Next, I picked my color palette and colored in the image.  I used Gamsol to blend my colored pencil.  This gives your colored pencil a nice soft look.  


I die cut the new Hello Friend die # 94586, from white cardstock (the shadow) and black cardstock (the words) and glued them together.  I used foam adhesive to adhere it to the front of the card.

I wanted the die cut edge to stand out more so I added a black cardstock layer to the inside of the card.


To finish the card, I spattered it with gold ink.  That's it for today!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!







Fri 17

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have another fun Christmas card for you.

I started by die cutting the background from white cardstock, using the Pinpoint Daisy Background Die.  Next, I glued the background to a black cardstock mat and adhered it to a white card base.

Next, I tore a strip of kraft color cardstock and stenciled white dots on it using white pigment ink.  I die cut the Slim Confetti plate from white cardstock to create my stencil.

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Then I cut a 1" strip of red glitter cardstock and glued it to the center of the kraft cardstock.  

I die cut the Pine Needle Trio several times from green cardstock and glued them behind the kraft cardstock strip, which I glued to the center of my card.

Next, I used the circle dies to cut one black cardstock circle and another smaller white cardstock circle.  I glued the white circle die cut on top of the black circle.  

I stamped, colored and die cut the penguin, and used foam tape to adhere it to the circle die cuts.  I stamped a few music notes on the circle background.


To finish the card, I stamped the words "Merry Christmas" across the bottom portion of the card.

That's it for today!  I hope you have a great weekend!






Tue 30

Warmest Wishes Snowmen
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a glittery "Warmest Wishes" card featuring dies and papers from the latest 2021 Holiday Release!

Here's a closer look at my card.


I cut the Memory Box Oval Snowman Collage Dies using papers from both the Memory Box Festive Glitter Pad and the Memory Box Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  The snowmen and trees are super easy to put together.  I like to use Glossy Accents for my glue when using glitter paper as it's a very heavy duty glue too!  I wanted trees and another snowman so I used the Memory Box Snowman House die set.  

Next I got out the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp for the sentiment strip which was heat embossed in white on black card.  After putting everything togethert, I added white gel pen snow dots to the trees and with markers and I colored the snowmen's noses orange and their mouths and eyes black.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my card for today!  Memory Box dies cut so well, even from Memory Box Glitter paper which is very thick.  One pass through the die cutting machines and it cuts perfectly.  Hope you will have a chance to look at all the beautiful products in the 2021 Holiday Release!

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Fri 19

Hollyday Greetings
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Fri-YAY everyone!   This will be a quick post because I have a very easy clean and simple Christmas card to share today.

The Holly Branch was die cut from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock and the berries colored in with Copic markers R24, R46, R89.  The punny sentiment was die cut out of red Polished Foil paper using the Twiggy Alphabet die set.   “Greetings” from Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set was stamped on white cardstock with Barn Door distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.


The Fresh Aqua paper was then trimmed to 4”x5.25”.  Salvaged Patina distress ink was then applied to the top with a blender brush before lightly splattering it with white gouache paint.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.


Easy-peasy… and that’s it for today!   Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.