Thu 18

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone!  For today's card, I used a new 3D Embossing Folder from the April 2023  Magnolia Release.

On the flat side of the embossing folder (the flower are pressed in), I applied Distress Oxides Ink directly to the folder.  I misted the inked folder with plain water and placed my white cardstock into the folder and ran it through my die cut machine.


This is what the background looks like when it comes out of the folder.


Next, I used a small brayer and picked up the same ink colors and lightly applied ink to the top of the embossed images. This helps define the flowers.  


I spattered the background with white and blue inks.

Next, I applied Stormy Sky Distress Oxide Ink to a piece of white cardstock and die cut the words "Happy Birthday" from the inked paper.  The shadow for the words was die cut 3 times from white cardstock and stacked.

I glued this to the card and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.


To finish the card, I added some Clear Fairy Drops to add some shine.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!








Wed 17

Father's Day Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a Father's Day card featuring the Freshwater Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting dies.  Does anyone else have a collection of alcohol ink backgrounds that need using?  I did so I turned them into fish.  If not perfect project to practice some background. Check out the instructions below.



Look into your stash for 2 alcohol ink backgrounds that are at least A2 size.  The exact color doesn't matter.  Die cut a lighter one from the largest fish die from Freshwater Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting dies and then emboss using matching folder.   I added color using Distress Crayons Pocus Pocus, Bubbling Cauldron, and brushed Pewter.  Rub with your finger. Use a black gel pen on the eye.



Die cut the Jumbled Line Collage die from another, darker, alcohol background.  Save all the die cut pieces and adhere to a black panel 4"x5 1/4". 


Die cut DAD using the Wooden Alpha die set from White Woodgrain Paper.  Rub on Distress Brushed Pewter all over the letters.


Cut White Woodgrain Paper to A2 size.  Adhere the background and then the DAD to the bottom of the fish.  Adhere to a white A2 card base.







Mon 15

Say Hello with Magnolia Blooming Bud by Jean Okimoto

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Surprise someone you haven't seen in a while with the new Magnolia Blooming Bud, plaids and stitches on a simple slimline card.  Slimlines are my favorite style to send - and receive -  because the envelope looks boringly businesslike, but there's an unexpected handcrafted card inside.  Hi, Jean here with another great die from our best-selling Magnolia Collection. 

Spritz heavy white cardstock with a light mist of water.  Paint it with loose overlapping layers of green, yellow and light orange inks.  I used the inks from my very vintage Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad on a 6" square of the cardstock so I'd have an array of inky areas to diecut.  Cut Magnolia Blooming Bud - chose your favorite sections for the blossom.  Assemble the blossom.

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Use a dauber, blending brush or sponge to ink the stem with Toffee VersaFine.  Color the leaves with mowed lawn Distress Oxide.  The die set also includes a large leaf - save that for another project.

Cut lime green cardstock and the diagonal green Magnolia Plaid 6x6 with the smallest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Big & Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on light chartreuse cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder and let it cool.  Cut it with the coordinating die that's part of the stamp set.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card - 3-⅝" x 8-½" - use foamtape for the top of the blossom and big leaf, and the greeting. Add  clear Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect your card front for mailing.

I've never seen a yellow magnolia but the Magnolia Budding Bloom die set is great for blossoms in any shade of ink or cardstock.  The layers can be attached as shown on the packaging - or arrange them to fit the mood of the card.  Complete the design with all 3 leaves - or just a pair, for a lighter look.

Thanks for visiting - enjoy creating unique blossoms for your spring and summer cards!





Sun 14

Just A Note with Backyard Wren
by Theary Chea

Hello! I hope that you're having a wonderful day. My name is Theary, and today, I will share a card I created using products from the Magnolia Collection.

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I started by die-cutting Magnolia Blossom Trios and Backyard Wren out of white cardstock. Then, I went in with inks and blended the die-cuts with a blending brush.

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I used the Curved Pinpoint Layers and die-cut the second to largest die to create the frame. I then used the third smallest frame and die-cut that from the Magnolia Grove paper pad pattern paper to create the background scene. Then, I went in with a brown shade of ink and blended the edges to create dimension.

I adhered everything down to the beautiful foil paper from the Magnolia Grove paper pad that I trimmed down to fit an A2 size card base. 

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And lastly, the sentiment is cut from Majestic Hues Glitter Pad using Just A Note Daily Script.

I love how everything came together, and I hope this card inspires you to get crafty. Until next time!

Have a wonderfully blessed day,
Theary Chea







Sat 13

Magnolia Wreath
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I have a simple magnolia wreath card to share today made with the Curved Magnolia Branch die.  This started out as a Mother’s Day card for my mom, but remembered afterwards that I had already made one for her! 😆   So now she’ll get this next month for her birthday. 😂

The flowers and foliage were die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and coloured with Copic Sketch markers.  I stuck to pink and grey to keep in line with the card for my MIL, except a lighter palette was used.

Copic markers used:
magnolias - R81, R83, R85
leaves - C2, C3, C5, C6


The A2 size white woodgrain panel was scored horizontally at every inch.  The Love You Posh Script sentiment was die cut from silver Vintage Pastel Mirror paper and twice from thick white paper.  Adhered the mirror die cut on the front of its vellum shadow and the two white ones behind the vellum to give it a lift for a floating effect.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added clear shimmer to the magnolias for some sparkle to finish,


Before I go, I want to wish my mom, and all the moms who are celebrating tomorrow, a happy Mother’s Day.  Hope you all have a fabulous day.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.




Fri 12

Miss You by Jean Okimoto


A new favorite - the Backyard Wren - visits the garden on a slimline card of soft pastels.  Hi, Jean here with a mix of fresh spring colors - and versatile design elements from our Magnolia Collection.  

Diecut Backyard Wren from ink-blended or watercolored paper.  My stash included a piece of watercolored paper in soft overlapping shades of lavender, violet, teal and blue.  Color the beak - on the 'petal-shaped' diecut - with a yellow marker.  Add a dot of black nearby for the eye.  Attach the piece behind the wren's head.  Assemble the wren. P1024943

Cut Magnolia Leaf Branch from mint green cardstock.  Save the loose leaves - we'll use a few on this card.  Mask the leaves on the branches and sponge, daub or brush the stems with Toffee VersaFine.

Cut Magnolia Bud Trio from a 6x6 sheet in the Vibrant Violet Collection.  Cut the sepals from the mint green cardstock.  Assemble the buds.

Glue 2 layers of white cardstock together and diecut the Miss You Posh Script background.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed Miss You die using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Cut the detailed greeting from mint green cardtock.  Attach the tiny dot over the "i" on the white background first (before it wanders off or disappears).  Attach the rest of the greeting - just add adhesive and press it into the debossed areas.

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" x 7-¼ Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.


Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card ( 8-½" x 3-⅝") - use foam dots for the tops of the buds, the wren's head and tail, and the right edge of the greeting.

Add the pale lavender Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Flip the clear gemstone backing sheet over to the reverse side to find the perfect color for your designs.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Backyard Wren is a great bird for spring and summer projects.  And he can be quite spooky cut from black felt and glittered cardstock in October!  Magnolia Bud Trio is versatile too - they can be rosebuds on your summer cards.

Thanks for visiting...Happy Mother's Day to everyone celebrating this weekend!







Thu 11

Hello Magnolia Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Here's another card for you today featuring new products from the Magnolia Release.


I began by die cutting one of the Curved Pinpoint Layers from patterned paper.  I glued it in the center of a white cardstock panel.  Next, I adhered it to a black cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.

I die cut the Magnolia Blooming Bud from white cardstock, and used Distress Oxide Inks to add color to them.

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I glued the die cuts together and used foam tape to adhere the flower to the card.

I hot foiled the word Hello and used foam tape to adhere it to the card.  

Next, I spattered the card with gold ink and added some fairy crystals to add a little bling.


That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!





Wed 10

Birthday Card with Marvelous Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple birthday card featuring the new Marvelous Magnolia 3D embossing folder and coordinating die set.  For my card I only used the embossing folder and not the dies.

Here's a closer look at my card:

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To make my card I took dotted rectangle die and cut it from thick white card stock and then I put it in the embossing folder and ran it through my Platinum 6 machine.  Next on the debossed side, I added Distress Oxide Spun Sugar ink directly to the paper.  That left the flower petals and the leaves white so to add color to the leaves I used a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen with smooshed in from my mini Distress Oxide Evergreen Bough ink pad.  I smooshed it on my glass mat and picked up the ink with the sparkle brush to add it to the debossed leaves.  Here's another look:

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The sentiment is from the "Signature Greetings" stamp and die set (CL5272), heat embossed in white on black card stock.

Here's one last look:

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I love the way this turned out, very simple and elegant and the pink and green combination with the pop of black and white go together so nicely.  Hope you like my card for today!

Be sure to stop by each day to see what our design team is creating to inspire you.  You can find the entire Magnolia release HERE.  And if you'd like to see my list of supplies with links to all the items, click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Tue 09

Hugs, Hearts and A Marvelous Magnolia by Jean Okimoto


Add texture and floral details  to rub-on transfers with the Marvelous Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder.  It's an easy, foolproof way to add dimension to several of the  beautifully-colored Magnolia Rub-On transfers.  Hi, Jean here with a simple floral design for friendship cards - or a Mother's Day card.


Cut the magnolia blossom from the transfer sheet and the paper liner - leave a margin around the design.  Carefully remove the paper liner.  Press the transfer lightly onto pale pink cardstock. The Magnolia Rub-On set includes 2 sheets of transfers - and a wood burnishing stick to transfer the image. I like to run the transfer and cardstock through the diecut machine instead of burnishing it.  Place the cardstock between 2 layers of printer paper to protect it from any deep scratches or bumps on your diecutting plates.  Run the transfer and cardstock through the machine with the plates used for diecutting.  Carefully remove the frosted top liner.

Cut the flower with the die that's included in the embossing folder set.  Place the diecut in the embossing folder and run it through the machine using the plates required for 3D embossing folders.

Cut the largest Double Stitch Happy Heart from pale pink cardstock.  Cut the heart with the second-largest Double Stitch Happy Heart die to add the stitch outline and diecut the interior heart.

Spread glue between 2 layers of pale pink cardstock and run it through the diecut machine to distribute the glue.  Cut it with the Hugs Tender Script background die.  Pressure-emboss the diecut with the detailed top layer of the diecut set.  This creats a debossed background that makes it easy to attach the detailed greeting.

Cut the detailed greeting from the light chartreuse Graceful Garden Glitter Pad 6x6.  Attach it to the background, 


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Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A2 card - use foam dots for the top halves of the flower and the heart.  Add pale pink Pastel Fairy Jewels.

Pressure-embossed Magnolia Rub-On Transfers are great when you need a quick card that doesn't look like a quick card!  The colors, details and dimensions create beautiful blossoms for any occasion.

Thanks for visiting!





Mon 08

Magnolia Branch w/ Birdhouse Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a card that can be used as a Mother's Day card or any occasion.  It features the Magnolia Spring release with the House Frame Background die set to create a birdhouse.   The card changed as I went and kept adding things.  I will give instructions on how to get the look as close as I can but the way I did it was twice as long.



Die cut the Magnolia Bud and Blossom Die from a mid-tone reddish purple from the Vibrant Violet pad.  Transfer all the paper to a stencil stick mat. Ink blend from the middle of the flowers to the center using VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.  Then use a white pigment ink from the tips of the flower to the center. The small die cuts that are supposed to be dark ink blend just with the Clair Purple delight.  The stems of the flowers ink blend with Elements Truffle. Glue all the followers using the front of the envelope as a guide.  



Die cut the Magnolia leaf Branch from white card stock.  Us the same technique to setup for ink blending.  The branch was colored with Elements Truffle and the leaves with Clair Verdant and Green Oasis.  Adhere the leaves together using the envelope.


Die cut the Backyard Wren from white card stock.  Ink blend the body with Elements Truffle, heavy on the top and very light towards the bottom.  The feathers are ink blended with Clair Verdant to Elements Truffle.  The beak is colored with Elements Sundance.


Die cut the House Frame Background from Kraft Woodgrain Paper and black card stock.  Ink blend the house and a strip of the woodgrain paper with Distress Scattered Straw then Vintage Photo.  Next use Ground Espresso ink cub and lightly drag across the top of the paper, just hitting the top of the paper.  Die cut the circle die in the house and out of black card stock.  Adhere the bird house on top of the black die cut.  Then adhere the circle frame die cuts together then in the hole.  Cut the strip of paper to 1/3" x 3".  Adhere a black strip of the same said and add it to the bottom of the birdhouse.  


Cut a light blue card stock to 5" x 7".  Stamp Hugs from the All the Happiness stamp set around the back using the 3rd and 4th generation of Elements Truffle.  Ink blend the sides w/a blending brush and Elements Truffle.  To lighted up the background ink blend with a white pigment ink.



Adhere the background to a Kraft 5"x7" card base.  Stamp sending some very special hugs your way from the All the Happiness stamp set on the inside using black ink. Rub the curved Magnolia Rub On next to the sentiment.  Tie hem twine to the bird house and then tie to the branch.  Adhere the bird house to the bottom center of the card then adhere the branch.  Adhere the flowers to the branch and bird to the ledge of the birdhouse.  Stamp sending hugs from the All the Happiness stamp set on a cream card stock.  You can either cut your stamp apart or mask the other words when applying ink and then removing the mask before stamping.  Trim down and add to the left center of the card.