340 posts categorized "Open Studio"


Wed 13

Non-traditional Purple Poinsettias
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  It’s a quick 2-in-1 post for me today. 😉  I was the August challenge winner at Christmas Craft Creations (CCC) and was invited to guest design for their October challenge starting today.  As you can see, this is also my day to post here, and since the challenge here this month is Holidays, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to combine them in one post.  The challenge theme at CCC is Black and White plus One.   You know I love non-traditional color Christmas cards, so I chose purple for my color. 

The poinsettias were die cut from Bristol paper using the Layered Poinsettia die.  Colored each cutout with Shaded Lilac distress ink (DI) then applied Wilted Violet DI at the center and tips.  Attached two of them together and shaped the petals with my fingers before spritzing them with a shimmer spray for some sparkle.  Set aside to dry.


The pine needles and sentiment were also die cut from Bristol paper.  The sentiment was die cut 3x and stacked for dimension, then mounted onto its black shadow piece.  Adhered the pine needles directly to a black A2 sized panel and popped up the poinsettias with mounting tape (except for the petals underneath the sentiment).  Covered the upper portion of the panel next and splattered the bottom half with white gouache paint.  Attached the panel to a black/white split card base, then added the sentiment and clear Fairy drops to the poinsettia centers to finish.


Create your own black and white plus one Christmas card using at least one Memory Box product and you can enter in both challenges!  And that is it from me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a great day.





Tue 12

Gingerbread House Gift Tags
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I'm using the Gingerbread House Frame craft die set to create gift tags that can be turned into an ornament. This die set with the other matching sets can are versatile.  This is becoming my new favorite die.


Candy Pieces from the Gingerbread House Frame die set:

Die cut the gumdrops from red, green and blue from the Glitzy Glitter Pad.  Die cut the trees from the Snowman House frame die set from the same glitter green paper. 


Die cut the snow caps and icing from white from the Majestic Hues Glitter paper pack.  Die cut the candy canes, small peppermint candy, background for the door and window, door trim, and shutters from a dark red from the Berry Red paper pack.  Die cut the candy cane, window/door frame and peppermint candy from white card stock.  Glue the white die cuts on top of the red base.   Glue the trees together per the packaging.  Add snow to the trees and snow die cuts with Neon Amplify by Tsukineko or another solid white mat ink/paint.  I found this in my stash and unsure where I got it.  Let dry.


Tag Base and House:

Die cut the House Frame and 2 of the House Frame Background from Kraft Woodgrain card stock.  Ink the house background with Distress Antique Lined around the outside.  Then ink blend with Distress Vintage Photo along the edges of the house background and house frame/tag base.  


To/From Die Cut:

Die cut the 3 smallest rectangle rom the Open Studio rectangle basics set from white card stock. Write To: and From: on the left side the die cut.  Add removable double sided tape on the backside of the die cut.  Save this piece until you are ready to fill it out.  Then just remove the tape and add it to the back of the tag.


Fold the tag base on the first and last fold marks.  Fold the lip of 1 of the house base and glue to the back lip of the tag,  Take the other house base and glue on the window and door to the base. Glue the red trim around the door.  Add foam tape to the edges of the shutters and glue to the other edge and glue on either side of the window.  Glue the snow peak to the top of the window.  Glue the candle canes on either side of the door.   Then the peppermint candies under the candy canes.  Glue the icing along the roof line. Glue along the fold line and add to the center of the tag base.  

Glue the trees to either side of the tag frame.  Glue the large snow peek to the tape frame. Glue on the gum drops on the snow peak changing out the colors to look like lights.  

Take a 8'" piece of twine and fold in half.  Run the twine through the holes to create a loop and tie off the top. 





Thu 23

Balloon Bunch Background
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I needed to build up my birthday card stash, and the Balloon Bunch die from the Summer Daydreams collection fit the bill! 😉  I just stretched it to create a balloon background.

A bunch (pun intended 😁) of the balloons were die cut out from masking paper.  Modified them by cutting away different areas to get the look I wanted, then adhered them to a Bristol panel.


Using blender brushes next, ink blended Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks (DI) for an ombré look.   Spritz with water and pat with a paper towel.  I find this not only gives texture, but helps the inks to blend better as well.


Splattered the entire panel with water and white gouache paint before removing the balloon masks revealing this…


YAY was die cut with the Twiggy Thank You die three times from black cardstock and stacked for dimension.   I could have used the Twiggy Alphabet dies, but I felt the larger size of the Twiggy Thank You worked better for my card.


The sentiment from Birthday Rose Corner stamp set was white heat embossed on black cardstock and trimmed into a strip.  Some clear drops were added to finish.


And since the supplies were out, I made a second card in rainbow colors to add to my stash!  


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






Thu 16

Flowering Cactus Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing an easy and fun birthday card made with the Flowering Cactus stamp and die set from the Summer Daydreams collection.

Started by stamping the smaller cactus image from the set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Xpress It cardstock.  Colored it with Copic markers, then die cut out with the matching die.  Created the planter by partial die cutting Bristol paper with the Nested Globe die and coloring it in with Copic markers.  


Next, die cut the Lattice Plate from Poppy Stamps three times from Bristol paper and stacked them for dimension.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock, then die cut out with its coordinating die.  Before assembling the card, Salvaged Patina distress ink was applied to the upper left corner of a white A2 size card base.  Was ready to call it done, but then decided to turn it into a faux shaker and randomly add clear jewels within the sunken diamond areas.  Clear shimmer added to the pink flowers finished off the card.


And that’s it.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend  





Fri 10

Hello Friend
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today's card features the new Simon Says and Memory Box STAMPtember exclusive stamp set.  I know that these stamp sets sell out quickly, so I thought I would give some inspiration for those who did order the limited edition set.

Let's make the card:

  • Die cut a slim line layer from White Bristol Smooth cardstock.
  • Stamp and Black heat emboss the flowers twice on the cardstock. 
  • Zig Clean Color Brush markers were used to color the image.
  • Using a blender brush, lightly add Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the background.
  • Lightly mist the background with plain water.
  • Once the background is dry, spatter it with black ink.


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  • Mat the card front to a black mat and adhere that to a white card base.
  • Die cut the Hello Cursive Script Circle from black cardstock and glue it to a vellum die cut circle.
  • Apply glue to the back of the circle and adhere it to the card front.
  • White heat emboss the word friend on a strip of black cardstock and use foam tape to adhere it to the card.

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That's it for today! Have a great weekend!








Wed 08

Spooky Night Halloween Slimline Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I don't know about you but I am ready for fall, Halloween card making time!  One of my favorite cards to create, spooky night scenes.  I have a Halloween card fueaturing the Castle Collage Dies.


Sky Background:

Die cut the 3rd largest die from Slim Basic Rectangles set out of heavy white card stock.  Make a mask for the moon by die cutting the 2nd to the smallest die in the Circle Basics set from masking paper.  peel off the backing and adhere in the upper right hand corner of the panel.  Ink blend from the listed to darkest Distress Oxide inks, Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, Hickory Smoke, and Dusty Concord. Blend Black Shoot around the upper corners.  Peel off the mask.  Use the blending tool with the extra ink on it (do not add more) of the Hickory Smoke and Dusty Concord and lightly blend around the moon.  Then take a white gel pen and outline the moon.  Take our finger and blend out the ink to create a haze around the moon.  Add the white gel pen to just the center and blend with your finger outward.  Repeat until you get a lighter center to the moon to create dimension.



Die cut the Fantasy Castle from a medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Die cut the Stone Keep Castle from the darker shade from the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Ink blend the Fantasy Castle with Dusty Concord then lightly with Black Soot.  Repeat the same thing with the Stone Keep but add a little more Black Soot.  Take a charcoal pencil and drawing in the cuts of each Castle and blend with your finger.  To create the windows use Distress Alcohol Pearl inks Alchemy and Deception on transplant Yupo paper.  Glue to the back of the castle and trim off extra with scissors.  Glue the Fantasy Castle from the Stone Keep Castle


Die cut the Lantern Witch from the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Ink blend with Dusty Concord and Black Soot.  Adding more Black Soot to the lantern and hate.  You can use sticky note or washi tape to make it easier to ink blend.  Leave the amid and face untouched as the white center of the paper makes it look like the latter is lighting up her face.  Glue some the the Yubo background from the castle behind the lantern and trim off the excess.



To create the ghost use Distress Alcohol purple and blu ink on transplant Yupo paper.  Let dry.  Then take a paper towel damp with straight rubbing alcohol and white off.  This gives a slight tint to the Yupo to blend slightly into the background.  Die cut the Yupo with the Floating Ghosts dies.



Die cut  several times the smallest die from the Nested Globes die set from the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack and a dark greys from the Earth Neutral paper pack.  With a fine point black marker write names with year ranges and RIP on the tombstones.  Ink blend with Black Soot around the edges and randomly pull some ink across the center.  



For the furthest away hill use the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack and mark where the top of the hill should be to expose of the Cracking Campfire and Mustard Seed sky.  Cut the hill with scissor.  Repeat this process to make 3 more hills from xark greys from the Earth Neutral paper pack. Ink blend with Dusty Concord and Black Soot making the further away more darker.  Adhere the hills on the background.  Leave the top of the hill without adhesive to be able to add the die cuts behind the hills.  


Stamp and heat emboss Happy Halloween from Poppystamps Halloween Ingredients on black card stock.  I used a purple embossing powder that I had in my stash from several decades ago. Any purple embossing power will do.  Trim each work separately


Adhere the castle to the top of the hill in the center.  Add 3 of the smaller ghost around the castle.  Add a path from the castle entrance down to the next hill using a white pastel pencil and bland with your finger.  Add the witch to the first hill int he center.  Adhere the tombstones in the foreground tucking some behind the hills.  Trim some shorter and glue on the top of the hills.  Add the larger ghost behind one of the tombstones.  Adhere the sentiment on the last hill to the righthand side.  Create a card-base die cutting from heavy black and white card stock the largest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle. Score the white base at 1/4" inch and add adhesive to that section and adhere the black base on top.  Adhere the scene to the center of the card-base.




Mon 06

Spotlighting Sweet Peas
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Labor Day to those celebrating.  For my card today, I modified the spotlighting technique to use with the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D embossing folder to create a very simple floral card.

Started by die cutting a circle stencil from masking paper using Circle Basics die.  Adhered the stencil to a Bristol panel and applied Milled Lavender distress ink (DI) with a blender brush.


Insert the panel into the embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine.


Placed the circle stencil back and applied Shaded Lilac DI to the raised areas.


Used a sanding block next to buff the raised areas and remove the colors.

You could skip applying the darker ink color before sanding, but I wanted the contrast.  For some texture and a faux watercolor look, spritz it with water and blot with a paper towel.  


A circle frame was then die cut from Twilight Purple color paper with the circle die used to create the stencil and the next circle size up.  The Signature Greeting sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock, then die cut out with the matching die.  Assembled the card onto a white card base and added some clear jewels to finish.


Really simple… and that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.







Sun 22

Floral Chain Wreath Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I decided to deconstruct the Floral Chain from the Sumner Daydreams release to create a colourful rainbow wreath birthday card for a friend’s birthday next month.

The Floral Chain was die cut from Bristol paper then cut apart with scissors.   Kept a few of the fuller flowers then die cut out more individual flowers with one end of the die to complete the wreath.  Used finger brushes to apply distress inks (DI) to the centers and edges of the petals in rainbow colours.  Curled and shaped the petals with my fingers, then lightly spritz with water from behind since DI reacts with water.  Set aside to dry.


The background panel is cream woodgrain paper trimmed to A2 size (4.25”x5.5”) and scored horizontally in 1” increments using a scoring tool.  The sentiment from Signature Greetings was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock then die cut out with the coordinating die.  Next, a circle frame was die cut from more of the cream woodgrain paper using dies from Circle Basics.  This frame is what the flowers were attached to and ensured the circular wreath shape.


Assembled the card onto a white card base, popping the sentiment up with mounting tape.  Clear shimmer on the flowers and coordinating color jewels to the flower centers finished off the card.

And that’s it!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.






Sat 14

Anchors Me
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Saturday.  I have a quick nautical card to share today featuring the You Anchor Me stamp and die set.

The anchor was die cut 6 times from scraps of regular white cardstock to be stacked for dimension.  A small circle punch was used to make the hole bigger.  The rope from End of My Rope was die cut from silver metallic paper and wrapped around the anchor. 

Next, took a 5”x3.75” mixed media panel from my stash and ink smooshed Prize Ribbon distress ink using a piece of acetate.  I find this method gives me more control because I can wipe away some of the ink before pressing down onto the paper.  Black heat embossed the sentiment, then mounted the panel onto a white card base atop two layers of thick white cardstock for a bit of dimension.  Added some clear drops to finish.
Quick and simple and that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.



Fri 13

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy card for you using the new stamp set, Elegant Succulent Sentiments, and the Simon Hurley stamping foam. 

To make this card, I placed the foam stamping block on my work surface and heated it with my heat tool.  Once the block was hot I pressed it on my stamp.  


Next, I rubbed the stamping block with ink, misted it lightly with water and stamped it on watercolor paper.


Because there was still ink on the stamping block, I remisted it and stamped it again.  I was able to do this 4 times before I ran out on ink on my stamping block.  What a quick and easy way to make multiply backgrounds!


Simon Hurley has many videos on YouTube using the stamping block and I urge you to check them out. 

I used the first stamped image and die cut it with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Next I used foam tape, glued it to a blue cardstock mat and then adhered it to a white card base.

I die cut the word hello from white cardstock and glued it to a strip of green cardstock.  I inked the edges of the green cardstock with the Later Gator ink.


Finally, I added some white epoxy dots to finish the card.  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!