43 posts categorized "Love"


Mon 01

Polka Dot HUGS
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a fun Valentine's Day card perfect for all those posh teens! 

I used the Bubble Border Die and Twiggy Hugs Die, Watercolor Paper and Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.


When I die cut the Bubble Border I taped the background so they would stay in place when I colored the circles. I used Copic Markers in shades 

RV52, RV55, and RV19 and used an ombre technique. I used the colorless blender, 0, to clean up any color outside the circles.

I die cut the word HUGS and used he same technique.


I realized the sentiment needed a bit more pizazz, so I die cut the words again using the twinkling jewel Glitter Pad. I adhered the colored letters to the glitter letters.


I adhered the Bubble Border panel tot he card base than adhered the sentiment. Last, I embellished with some sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Enjoy your week!

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Sun 31

Dots & Stripes Backgrounds
by Angie Cimbalo

Both stripes

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with some fun cards using strips of dotted and striped patterned paper.  I used the "Garland Stripes and Dots" paper which I just love because on each sheet, one side has the dots and the reverse side has the stripes in the same color.

Above are the two cards I made with the striped side of the paper and below are the two I made with the dotted side of the paper.

Both dots

I wanted to make some heart cards with thin strips of patterned papers for the background, so I took the  paper  and cut both the stripe and the dotted sides of every color, into 1/2"strips. I glued them to a piece of white card stock and then trimmed each panel to 4.25" by 5.5" . The photo below shows the panels I made.

Preparing panels

I took the "Double Stitch Loving Heart Cutout" set and with the largest die from the set, I cut a heart from each panel. I used each of those hearts to make two clean and simple heart birthday cards.
Here's the first one made with the striped heart background.

Striped bday

Here's a closer up of the birthday card with the striped background.

Striped bday close

The word die is "Birthday Jotted Script" die and the heat embossed strip was stamped with the "Big & Little Words" stamp set. Here's the 2nd birthday card with the dotted heart background.

Dots bay

And here is a close up of the dotted background birthday card:

Dots bday close

For the two other card, I used the left over piece with the missing heart and added a piece of white card stock behind the opening. Inside the heart I added a black heart cut out made with the two largest heart die from "Double Stitch Loving Heart Cutout", and the "Sending Love Posh Script" die, cut 4 times and layered for dimension. Here's a look at the one made with the striped background.

Stripes Sending

And here's a close up of the striped one.  I just love how that heart dies leaves a double stitched edge.

Stripes Sending close

The next card was made exactly the same with the dotted background.

Dots Sending

And here's a close up of the dotted "Sending Love" card.

Dots Sending close

I hope you like my cards for today - I love it when you can get two for one when making cards.
Using the heart for one card and the rest of the panel for a 2nd card, really helps build your card stash!

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Sat 30

Sending Love Along the Way by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a Valentine's scene card.  This can be for any loved one on Valentine's Day.

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Card Base:

The card base will be A2 size out of white card stock.  Cut light blue and light pick card stock to 4"x51/4".  Die cut the 2nd largest Double Stitch Loving Heart out of the light pink card stock, centering the die in the lower half of the paper.  


Die cut Woodland Heart Frame tree die out of cream card stock.  Color the edges of the trees with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  Drag some of the color across the trees randomly to create the bark of the birch tree.


Die cut Wild Grass Border out of green card stock.  From the Neighborhood Heart Frame, die cut the bicycle from red card stock and balloon hearts from red and pink paper.  Use a black ink pen to color the tires on the bicycle.  Add Ruby Crystal glitter glue to the red hearts and Berry Mist glitter glue to the pink hearts.


Glue the birch tree to the blue background paper, making sure it is centered to the heart cut out in the pink paper. Glue the grass on top of the tree die cut.  Glue the glitter heart balloons on the grass and then glue the bicycle.  Always making sure the die cuts can be seen through the heart window in the pink paper. 

Add double sided tape to the back of the pink card stock and place on top of the blue card stock, centering the heart over the scene.  Adhere to the white card base leaving the 1/8" boarder.


Die cut the Sending Love out of red card stock and add Rubber Crystal glue on top.  Once the glitter glue is dried adhere to the top portion of the card.

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Thu 28

Be Mine
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a simple design for Valentine's Day that can be given to a male or female. 

I used the Crystal Heart Die, Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out Die, Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamp, Holiday Glitter Pad and Polished Foil Pad.


I die cut the Crystal Heart two times. Once each using glitter and foil paper in the champagne shade. I glued the foil heart on top of the glitter heart.

I adhered the layered Crystal Heart onto a piece of foam tape. I used a foam sheet for this step.  I added the geometric shapes back into the Crystal Heart, alternating between glitter and foil. Than I trimmed the excess foam sheet.


The next steps are shown above. I trimmed a piece of gray cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I die cut the window using the Double Stitch Loving Heart Die. Stamp the sentiment. Turn the panel over and add foam adhesive. Adhere the gray panel onto a white card base. 


Last, peel off the back of the foam sheet from the Crystal Heart and adhere the heart in the center of the heart window. 

What do you think? I hope you liked it!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thu 28

Double-Emboss a Watercolored Crystal Heart by Jean Okimoto

Add a double layer of texture to a watercolored Crystal Heart with pressure- and heat-embossing.  It's an easy way to add dimension to a detailed design...without paper-piecing.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die from our 2021 Valentine Collection.

Cut the second-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of picked raspberry, worn lipstick and ripe persimmon Distress Oxides.  Heat-set the inks.

Pressure emboss it with the Crystal Heart die using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Leave the diecut in the die and sponge it with VersaMark.  Remove the die.  Heat-emboss the VersaMark-ed sections with detail gold powder - the watercolor paper adds texture to the embossing.  Clean both sides of the VersaMark-ed die with a damp washcloth, then dry it with a paper towel.

Cut Crystal Heart again from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Punch a tiny hole near the top center of the watercolored heart.  Tie the hearts together with gold cord.  Curl the cord ends with the side of a bone folder or the plastic flower burnishing tool. P1002843

Press worn lipstick ink onto a large acrylic stamp block then brush the ink onto the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut the paper with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A-2 card.

Shake Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to blend the contents.  Use the bottom of the tube to splatter the painted background with a specks of gold.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentine Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of the watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Heat-emboss it with clear powder. Trim it and add it to the card.


Hope you enjoy the versatility of Memory Box dies as much as I do.  They're great for pressure-embossing, cutting stencils and as the actual stencil as we've used Crystal Heart here.  

Thanks for visiting...





Mon 18

Sending Love Shaker Card
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing some of the fun new products for Valentine's Day! I used the largest die from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Die. This die is perfect for creating a shaker card. I die cut a piece of red cardstock than splattered it with white paint. Set aside to dry. 


Next, I used the Pinpoint Burst Plate and embossed a piece of aqua cardstock.  Adhere the embossed panel to the card base. When the top die cut panel is dry, turn it over and adhere a piece of clear acetate to the back. This is the shaker window. Frame out the shaker window panel with a double layer of foam tape and remove all tabs.


Sprinkle a mix of sequins onto the aqua cardstock where the shaker window will position.  Adhere the top panel over the sequins.  Last, die cut the sentiment Sending Love Posh Script two times. I used the Holiday Glitter Pad and aqua cardstock to die cut the sentiment. I adhered them together slightly off center. Than adhere the sentiment to the card.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Hope you'll give this shaker a try!

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Sat 16

Love Birds by Sara Cook

Welcome everyone!  Have a Valentines day card for those love birds out there. A scene inspired by the sunset that was half pink and blue. Perfect for Valentines card and the new Sweet Bay Collage die frame it.



Take a 3” square white paper and blend 2/3 Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and 1/3 Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  


Birch Trees:

Die cut using Woodland Heart Frame out of 110 lb white card stock. Color the edges of the tress with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Drag some color across the trees randomly to create the bark of the birch tree.


Humming Birds:

Die cut using Poppy Stamps Little Hummingbirds out of 110 lb white card stock. Color first, using Tumble Glass everywhere but the wings.  Then color the birds head and body with Peeled Paint.  Then color the wings with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  I used a light charcoal pencil to  outline the feathers in tail and wings, color in the beak and added an eye. 



Color 110 lb card stock 1/2 Tumbled Glass and 1/2 Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Die Cut using Sending Hugs dies centering the die between the 2 colors.  



Die cut Sweet Bay Collage die out of green card stock and fussy cut out leaves and steam.  Die cut the Sweet Bay Collage again out of brown A2 sized card stock   Glue the leaves and steam on the brown.


Glue the birch trees on the sky in the center of paper.  Glue the Sweet Bay Collage aligning it over the birch trees and sky background.  Glue the humming birds over the heart shaped branches.  Glue on the sentiment.  Mount on a A2 card.






Thu 14

Create a Verdant Leaf Collage Slimline Window Card by Jean Okimoto

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Soft colors, shimmery gold and a leafy collage create a simple window card for any occasion.  The new Verdant Leaf Collage - on a background of pastels and spritzed, splattered gold - would be great for Valentine, wedding or friendship cards.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here...congrats to the winners of last week's Valentine Blitz - and thank you everyone for all of your thoughtful comments!   

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Verdant Leaf Collage is a versatile design that's perfect throughout the year - in fresh greens for spring and summer, deep rich colors for fall, and in silver with bright berries for the holidays.

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Trim white cardstock to 8-½" x 10-¼" and score it at 3-½" and 7".  The 3-¼" panel will be folded to the inside to cover the back of the inked background.  Cut Verdant Leaf Collage from the center panel.

Blend light layers of Distress Oxides on smooth white cardstock.  Dry the inks.  Shake Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz vigorously, then spray the inked cardstock.  Heat-set it.  Splatter it with more Shimmer Spritz and heat-set it again.  I'm very spritz-and-splatter-challenged, but I attempted both here...living on the edge!

Trim the background slightly larger than the window.  Attach strips of doublestick tape along the backside of the perimeter of the window to attach the background.  Diecut hearts from the scraps with the Bright Hearts die.  

Prep Sending Love Posh Script by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help remove the delicate diecut when you're ready to attach it to the card.  Cut it from pale peach cardstock - leave the diecut in the die.  Attach strips of Diecut 'n Bond doublestick tape to the diecut and run it through the machine again - leave it in the die again.  Remove the little bits of tape liner then press the self-adhesive words firmly onto the card.  Attach the hearts.

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Big thanks to everyone who ordered December's SIMPLY ASIAN - WINTER 2020 card kits from Impress and Stamps and Memories!  Thanks for promoting the kit Ann, Shari and Roxanne!

Working on my next kit - HEARTS + HUGS - introducing many of the new Memory Box, Poppystamps (Whittles!) and Birch Press Design Valentine Collection products.  

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend!





Wed 13

Big Hugs & Sweet Bay Collage Dies
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple card using some of the newly released dies along with the Memory Box "Pinpoint Burst Plate" die. Here's another look at my card:

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Here's how I made my card:
1) I took a A2 white card stock panel and die cut it with the "Pinpoint Burst Plate", then adhered it to a A2 card base.
2) Using another piece of card stock I die cut the "Sweet Bay Collage" die, which cuts the negative out of the background and not around the edges of the circle.
3) I only wanted to use a portion of the cut "Sweet Bay Collage" die panel, so I die cut it with a stitched circle off center.
4) I put down 3 colors of Distress Oxide inks on my gel plate and used a brayer to spread the ink around, then added my circle die cut.
5) Once it dried, I added colored pencils and some white gel pen accents 
6) I glued it to the card base, then after cutting several of the word dies and stacking them, I added that to the center slightly under one of the leaves.
7) Lastly, I added a few drops of Memory Box "Dragonfly Fairy Sugar" to the card front.

Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope you enjoyed my card for today. I had lots of fun creating it with die cuts and playing with my gel plate, too!
Be sure to check out the lovely new dies in the 2021 Valentine's release.
Thanks so much for stopping by!






Tue 12

Detailed Hearts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to share a card that uses two forms of detailed hearts. The pink hearts on the left hand side are from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut out dies. When you die cut this set of nesting dies, the scallop heart detail is left on your strip of cardstock and the center cuts out solid hearts. I like that you can use the scallop heart as a frame on your card and you are left with plain hearts that can be used for just about anything. So practical!

The hearts on the right are from the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate. The die can be used for a slimline card or cut down for a standard sized card. The plate runs through your die cut machine like any other die, but instead of cutting out individual hearts, you are left with little pinpricks in the shape of hearts. I love that you get a detailed background without doing much work. It is also nice that you don't have to poke out anything from your die once you run it through the machine.

To finish the card, I added the Big Hugs Posh Script sentiment to the top.

Here is a close up of the two types of hearts:


Thanks for stopping by today!