224 posts categorized "Patterned Papers"


Tue 23

Happy Easter
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing an Easter Slimline Card. I used a few of the newest products from the 2021 Spring Release

  • Happy Easter Posh Script Die
  • Bunny Face Die
  • Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles Die
  • Spring Plaid Slim Paper Pack
  • Vibrant Violet 6x6 Paper Pack


A traditional slimline measure 3 1/2 by 8 1/2, so I used the slimline stitched rectangles die slightly smaller than the card base and die cut the largest panel. The smallest slimline stitched rectangle die can be any size you choose. I chose a much smaller one so I could see more of the pattern paper.

*TIP: When I die cut pattern paper I always use the same die and cut an extra piece from a sturdier cardstock ( mine is white) and adhere them together.

I adhered the pattern paper panels to the card base with foam tape. I die cut the Happy Easter sentiment three times and adhered them together. Than adhere the sentiment to the center panel.

I die cut the Bunny Face and colored him with Copic Markers. I added a small twine bow. I adhered the bunny to the center panel with foam tape.

For a finishing touch I added some sequins.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Hope you have a great week!

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Wed 17

Shaped Mailbox Giftcard Holders
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone!  I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the 2021 spring release!  There are so many amazing products that it was a little challenging figuring ou where to start. 😂  But I ended up creating a shaped mailbox birthday gift card holder two ways, using the Nested Globes dies.  


First up is the more involved masculine version.  The largest globe die in the set measures 5.1”x4”.  I wanted to make it A2 height size, so the second darkest blue sheet from the Ocean Blue paper pack was trimmed to 5.5”x 4”.  The dome was die cut on the one end, leaving the other end untouched.  Next, took an A2 size white top folding card base and trimmed it down to 4” wide and approximately 1/16” shorter in length.  Partial die cut the dome part on the card base, ensuring the cutting edge extends past the fold like so...


...resulting in this.


Next, align and adhere the blue piece onto the card base using temporary adhesive.  Use the third largest die in the set and die cut the “mailbox legs” using the straight end of the die.


With the Ocean Blue paper being 110 lb and my card base 220 lb. (110lb. folded), I was not sure if the die would cut through it all.  I ran it through a few times with shims and luckily it worked and didn’t break my machine. 😂


Using the same third largest die, partial die cut the blue piece like so.


Score between the two end points to create the hinged door that when opened will reveal the gift card.


To complete this gift card holder, the Birthday Mail Posh Script was die cut from the darkest colour paper in the Ocean Blue paper pack and from Bristol paper, then stacked and offset.  Used two dies from Rectangle Basics to die cut a frame twice from the first blue colour paper.  The handle were two 2.25”x0.25” strips each scored at 0.25” and 0.5” on one end and adhered to create a loop with each other.  Adhered the darkest blue colour paper to the card base behind the opening.  Added adhesive to the perimeter and assembled to finish.


The second feminine version is simpler and the colours inspired by this month’s Pretty Purples challenge.  I made this one the same size as the largest die (5.1”x4”) and followed the same steps above to create the base and front.  But instead of a hinged door, I just used the smallest globe die to cut a mail slot for the gift card.


The Spring Plaid and Twilight Purple paper packs along with the Glade Butterfly were used for this one. Everything is pretty straight forward, but if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. 


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






Sun 07

Plaid Hearts Slimline Valentine Card
by Angie Cimbalo

MB plain 1

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with 2 versions of a plaid heart slimline card, plus an extra gift tag.

The first version of the card, pictured above is more clean and simple with less detail and embellishment.  Here's how I made my card:

1)  First die cut a slimline panel 3.25" by 8.25" of white card stock with the "Pinpoint Heart Plate" die

2) Cut about 20 plaid hearts from the "Christmas Plaid" paper pack with smallest die in the "Double Stitched Heart Cut Out"  or the "Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out" die set, or both at the same time if you have both sets.

3)  Glue the hearts inside the pinpoint dots of each heart on the die cut "Pinpoint Heart Plate" white die cut panel.  Below you can see mine after I had glued all the hearts down and started trimming off the overhanging edges.

Prep 1

4)  After trimming off any hearts hanging off the edges, adhere that panel to a black panel that is 1/8" bigger for a mat.

5)  Add the paper-pieced panel with black mat to the card base.  (Card is 8.5" by 3.5")

6)  Heat emboss in white on black card stock, the sentiment words which are from "Berry Wreath" Christmas stamp set and attach to card front at an angle.  I love that you can use this set for much more than just Christmas by combing the separate words into exactly what you need!

7)  Using the "Sprinkle Heart Collage" die, I cut several of the smaller white hearts from the "Frosted Glitter" paper pack to use on the card front

 That completes version one, the clean and simple one.  Below you can see the second version with extras on it.

MB with extras

If you prefer this second version, here's what I added:

9)  Cut thin strips of black and white glitter paper from the same paper pack to outline the top and bottom of the sentiment.  Also place more white hearts inside the some of the background plaid hearts.

There you have it!  Two versions of the same card!  Which do you like best?  Being the clean and simple gal that I am, I actually prefer the first one.

Now, while I had my supplies out, I went ahead and created this tag for a gift basket:

MB with extras

1)  Used the same heart die from "Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out" on a white A2 size panel, then backed the opening of each cut out heart with ombre shades of Distress Oxide inked card stock.  (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry) I put the ink direct to paper so this was really a quick way to get the colors behind the heart openings.

2)  Add the stamped words in black ink, from the same stamp set, "Berry Wreath," then cut the whole panel with a "Stitched Rectangle Layer" die.  I punched a small hole in the top left corner and ran some twine through to tie it on the basket.

This is a basket full of cards from a Facebook group that sends cards to show kindness to people who are in need.  I wanted to add something to the basket "with love" and these stamps and dies were perfect for making this tag!

I hope you enjoyed my projects for today!  I had so much fun creating these!  Be sure to come back tomorrow - you won't want to miss the blog posts this week - they will be amazing!   Thanks so much for stopping by!






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!







Fri 25

by Michelle Bala

Hello there! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  Michelle here,  sharing a mix of patterns and texture. 


Here are the steps I followed to create this card:

  1. Fold and trim card base to measure 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
  2. Trim a piece of foil paper to fit the card base.
  3. Emboss the foil paper with Pinpoint Snowflake Plate.
  4. Adhere the embossed foil paper to the card base. 
  5. Trim a piece of pattern paper, same size as base.
  6. Secure the star die to the center of the pattern paper with washi tape. I used the largest star die from the Shining Star Set.
  7. Run the die through a die cutting machine.
  8. Adhere the die cut panel over the embossed foil base. 
  9. Splatter with white paint.
  10. Stamp the sentiment onto solid cardstock and trim to desired length. I used the stamp set Harvest Love and Kindness.
  11. Finish with a twine bow.


Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

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Fri 04

Be Merry
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone! Today I have a fun Christmas card featuring this cute snowman die which is part of the new 2020 Christmas Release.


To make this card, I started by inking the word stamp with Speckled Egg Distress ink and stamped it onto watercolor paper. Next I die cut the snowman in the center of the background paper. I saved the hat, nose and scarf from the die cut to color and glue back into place on the snowman. I inked the edges of the paper with Speckled Egg Distress ink and glued this to black cardstock, leaving a border around the watercolor paper. 

Next, I colored the nose, scarf and the hat band with copic markers and glued them in place on the die cut image.  The hat band was a thin strip cut from the hat.

I used white acrylic paint to lighten up the snowman's body and spattered the paper to have it look like snow. I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the snowman.

Once the paint was dry, I stamped the sentiment in black ink under the snowman.


Next I used the Pinpoint Snowflake craft die on a piece of watercolor paper and glued that to a black cardstock mat.  I glued a strip of red patterned paper to the left side of the snowflake background and adhered it to a white card base.

I stamped and white heat embossed the words "be merry'' on a strip of black cardstock and glued that to the card.

To finish the card, I added some white Nuvo Drops to the card front.

Well, that's it for today! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!






Wed 02

by Michelle Bala


Hello, Michelle here. I wanted to color up some poinsettias from the stamp set, Spirit of Christmas. I stamped the flowers onto copic friendly paper than used Copic Markers to color. Here are the shades I used: RV00, RV21, RV23, RV25; R35, R46, R59; R30, R32, R35. I used Y15, Y17 for the centers.

I used the coordinating die to cut out the flowers. Then I used the die Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs and die cut a few sprigs.  To die cut the background panel, I used Wrapped Stitched Rectangles Die and Christmas Plaid Pack. I used one die cut word to pull it all together, Joy Airy Script Die and Holiday Glitter Pad.

I adhered the plaid panel with foam tape to the card base. Then I layered the poinsettias and pine needle sprigs on top the panel. I added some white accents with a gel pen. Lastly, I adhered the die cut sentiment on top and scattered some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

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Wed 25

Christmas Cardinal
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a Christmas card using the Memory Box cardinal stamp.  Although the cardinal is my state bird, I realized I wasn't really sure of the coloring.  When I did an image search, I found this photo on dictionary.com:


I was surprised by a couple of things.  First, there was more of a blue/black to the wings that I would have thought.  I also noticed some areas that had a little orange to them.  The cardinal wasn't as bright red as I thought.  Second, I wouldn't have guessed that there was any pink to the beak.

I used the photo as a guide for my coloring and chose to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush makers.  As I have said before, the brush nib allows you to take a lighter pen and go over a darker color without ruining your light colored nib.  With that in mind, I added my blue grey pen to the outside edge of the bird and then blended the color out with some of my red pen.  I added a little mustard to the center of the bird and then blended everything with the flesh colored marker.  Sometimes I use a waterbrush to blend the colors, but I decided to just use the markers themselves so that the color would remain bright and vibrant.

Here is a close up:


To finish the card, I added some decorative Memory Box paper and a popped up sentiment from the same clear stamp set as the cardinal. 

These are the colors of Zig markers that I used:

Bird- Red, Mustard, Flesh Colour, Blue Grey

Beak- Orange, Yellow, Pale Rose, Flesh Colour

Thanks for visiting today!







Mon 16

Sledding Slimline Card
by Anne Thompson

I've been trying new card forms lately.  Since I hadn't made a slimline card before, I have two to show you that feature the Large Vintage Sled on a snowy field created with the Snowmen Snowglobe die and decorated with pine branches and sprigs.  This is the first one I made...


materials used

and this is the second one...


This time I used Cranberry Snow cardstock for the front and another piece on the inside placed on top of Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  I named the sled Rosebud because I used both the front and back of the rosebud paper in the Garland pack to make the sled.  I also used a dark green dot paper from Garland Stripes and Dots for the pine needle pieces.

I started a third card, this time horizontal, and moved the sled to the inside.  On the front I have the white mat layer and think I will add an interesting patterned paper and my sentiment there.  


Any of these cards could be used for the holidays or could be sent any time this coming winter.  I do LOVE the large vintage sled!


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Fri 06

Wishing you a Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik


Happy Friday everyone! Now that it's November, it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards. 

For today's card, I started by die cutting several trees from watercolor paper using the new Pine Tree Collage die and used watercolors to paint each tree.

Next, I stamped and white heat embossed my sentiment on white cardstock. I placed a circle mask for the moon under the sentiment and sponged my paper with Red Distress Oxide Inks, leaving about an inch of plain white on the bottom of my cardstock. To finish, I spattered the paper with plain water to give it the look of snow. 

I used black cardstock to die cut the Santa and sleigh and glued it in place over the moon.


Next, I glued the trees in place along the bottom of the inked portion of the background.  Once the trees were glued in place, I spattered the card front with white paint.

I adhered the card front to a piece of patterned paper and glued that to a white top folding card base.


To finish the card, I added texture paste under the tree line and sprinkled glitter on it while it was still wet.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!