211 posts categorized "Patterned Papers"


Sun 31

Garden Party Birthday
by Trina Pham



Hello there.  Today is not just the last day in May, it‘s also my birthday.  And with that, I have an easy monochromatic birthday card to share using products from the newest Garden Party release.

The Birthday Cursive Script Circle was die cut three times from scraps of Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  Used scissors to snip away the circle.  The solid candles from Tall Birthday Candles were then die cut from regular white cardstock and various aqua/teal pattern papers in the Garden Folly paper pack.  Trimmed off the flame on the pattern paper candles and pieced on top of the white candles.


Next, ombre blended Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans distress inks with blender brushes onto a Bristol rectangle panel.  Splattered with water and lifted with a paper towel to give it texture.  Dried the panel completely with my heat tool then heat embossed “wishes” from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout stamp set with white embossing powder.


Mounted the panel onto a white card base with fun foam and and assembled the card.  Spritz the entire card with a sparkle spray for some shimmer to finish.   Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and week.






Mon 11

Glittery Small Clutch of Eggs in a Glittery Twiggy Nest on Floral Papers
by Anne Thompson

The last few days we have seen warm weather, sunshine, a polar vortex snowstorm, and heavy winds.  In spite of these extremes, there has been a lot of activity at the bird feeders and in the house.  Dad (97) built and painted two more birdhouses and Mom (91) has been watching the orange marmalade feeder for the return of the Baltimore orioles who always show up on Mother's Day or a few days before.  I've been leaving nesting materials outside--bits of twine and the snippings from giving Mom a haircut.  So with all three of us focusing on birds I thought it appropriate to make a spring card featuring a nest with a clutch of eggs.


I used a nice pink cardstock to make the card base and papered the front and the two inside panels with prints from the COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 6X6 paper pad.


I chose pink and pale green glitter papers from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001 for die cutting the TWIGGY NEST 94424 and the SMALL CLUTCH OF EGGS 94456.

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I placed the nest on the card front using glue dots to secure it and the eggs in place.


I added a white cardstock panel over the darker printed paper on the inside and put three more eggs in the lower right corner.


The only thing left to do is to stamp an appropriate sentiment once I know where the card is going and for what occasion.

I love the way the die cut nest and its eggs work against the floral paper.  


It won't be long before our birdhouses all have residents sitting on nests filled with eggs.  Happy spring!

As businesses begin to reopen, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and stay safe.  I'm still planning to stay home as much as possible, avoid the big box stores, and wait for my online orders to arrive. 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 04

Cherry Blossom Branches Thank You Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my pursuit of finding interesting folded cards, and I have a fun and easy one for today's post.


I used medium blue double-sided striped and dotted papers from COTTAGE STRIPES AND DOTS PP1004, a bright blue glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003, and white cardstock to make the layers in this card.  The blue glitter paper embellishments are multiple CHERRY BLOSSOM BRANCHES 94434 with tiny white pearls in the centers of the blossoms.


  • Start with a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 X 11.  I used white, but you could use any color that coordinates with whatever printed papers you choose to use.
  • Cut it at 4 1/4.
  • Score the 4 1/4 X 11 piece of cardstock at 5 1/2.
  • Cut off 2 3/4 from the front.  Save the piece that you cut off because that will become the horizontal front panel on top of the now smaller card front.  


  • Cut all of your printed papers to go on the various panels.  One piece at 5 1/4 X 4 will be the inside of the card.  Cut two pieces each 2 1/2 X 4 for the outside and inside of the front of the card.


  • Layer the papers on the white card base.
  • Take that piece that you cut off in the fourth step.  Add a printed paper panel 2 1/2 X 4 and a white cardstock panel 2 1/4 X 3 3/4 on top of that.  You might want to do any stamping before gluing down the white panel.
  • Remember when you add this to the card to put adhesive only on the part of the panel that attaches to the card front.


  • Add one more white cardstock piece inside the card 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.  Snug it up near the fold so it will be hidden by the front flap.  Again you might want to do any stamping before gluing down the white panel.


At this point stamping and decorating can be anything you want it to be.  I used die cuts of Cherry Blossom Branches but any of the Memory Box floral dies would work.  I chose stamps from the WILD ROSE STEM CL5258 for the sentiments inside and out on this card, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I should mention here that the Wild Rose Stem clear stamp set also comes with coordinating dies if you order CL5258-D.



I had an extra Cherry Blossom Branch which I added on the back of the large tab.  (I should probably admit that I did that to cover an ink smudge which I was able to hide under one of the blossoms.  "Mistakes" are good excuses for using more embellishments!)


I know that this is a card my mom will take for her stash.  She celebrated her 91st birthday on Saturday and has used up most of the thank you cards I had made before this one.   

We are still staying home except for occasional trips to the small local grocery store and the self-serve farm stand though many more businesses in other towns near us are beginning to open.  Hope that wherever you are you're staying safe and finding time to make things.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Tue 28

by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a mixed media type of card for you.  I used washi tape to create the flowers and the leaves for the card and a piece of patterned paper for the vase. So let's begin.

The first thing I did was to adhere a piece of the Rose Bouquet wide washi tape to white cardstock. Next I picked the flowers and the leaves I wanted to use and cut them out.


Next I chose a piece of patterned paper that I wanted to use for the vase and die cut it from the rectangle die set.  

I used a piece of the new watercolor paper for my background and laid out my design. 


I made a light pencil line for my table and proceded to watercolor the background.  I wanted a very fluid look for the watercolor so I watered down my paint. 


Once I was happy with the background I used matt medium to glue down my vase, leaves and flowers.

I used copic markers to add some shading to the flowers and leaves.  Next I used a fine black marker to outline the leaves and flowers to define them. Then I used a white marker to add a higlight to the vase.  

Next I used a stencil and sponged Tumbled Glass Distress ink to add some interest to the table and the background. I used a light touch for this.  I only wanted a hint of color.


The next thing I did was spatter the background with several colors of paint and some gold ink. I might of got a little carried away with the spatters.


To finish the card I die cut the word Love from gold metallic cardstock and glued that to my card front.  I used foam tape to adhere this to a white cardbase.

I hope you enjoyed this card today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!









Mon 20

Spring Card with a Pocket
by Anne Thompson

I've been trying out different kinds of folds using both cardstock and printed papers to change up the forms of cards I've made this last week.   For today's post I created a card with a sentiment panel tucked into a pocket which with just two simple folds provided several surfaces for showcasing a bunch of coordinated papers from both SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 and SPRINGTIME BOUQUET STRIPES AND DOTS PP1007 6X6 paper pads.  

This is what this card looks like with the flap closed and held in place by the tab.


And this is what you see when you open the top flap.


materials used and procedures

  • cut white cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • score it at 2 1/2 and 6 1/2; use a bone folder to get a nice crease on each fold line; the wider flap is at the top
  • cut and adhere printed paper for the top flap 5 1/4 X 2 1/4, one for the outside and another for the inside of the flap
  • cut and adhere printed paper for the outside of the bottom flap 5 1/4 X 1 3/4 
  • for the inside of the card between the fold lines, cut and adhere patterned paper 5 1/4 X 3 3/4
  • with the card opened flat, attach Score-Tape or another sturdy adhesive to the side edges of the bottom flap and fold it up to create the pocket
  • to make the tab that holds the pocket card closed, cut white cardstock and printed papers using two sizes from the MATINEE RECTANGLE LAYERS 94438 and attach it on the back only at the very bottom edge of the larger rectangle with Scor-Tape or another sturdy adhesive
  • for the sentiment panel that tucks into the pocket, cut white cardstock 4 1/2 X 3 1/4
  • stamp "Spring is a time..." sentiment from Poppystamps SPRINGTIME FUN CL 491 using Versafine Tuxedo Black ink
  • cut PRETTY BLOSSOM STEM 94422 from bright yellow glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003 and adhere it using glue dots or glue next to the sentiment; trim it to fit


You might add paper to the sentiment panel before stamping and decorating it.  You might also add another sentiment or a die cut to the tab on the front of the card.  Or you could omit the tab and add other stamped or die cut images on the flaps.  You could use other color combinations and different floral die cuts or butterflies.  I could go on and on with suggestions because I think there are so many possible ways to decorate this card inside and out.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature






Mon 13

Splendid Poppy Stems Spring Card
by Anne Thompson

I have a spring card today that features the SPLENDID POPPY STEMS cut from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD green glitter paper and lots of layers of patterned papers from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET 6X6 paper pad.


materials used

I started by cutting the green plaid paper first and adhering that to the notecard.  I then chose three other coordinating green printed papers and cut them in a variety of sizes and backed each one with white cardstock, planning the sizes based on how they would stack up.  I stamped the sentiment on the green rectangle which would become the top layer on the card front.  I added the bottom two layers flat to the card front (the tiny floral print and the green leaves on white)  with a tape runner and the top sentiment layer with dimensional foam dots.  I cut the Splendid Poppy Stems from the green glitter paper.  I arranged the die cut so that the larger blossom adhered flat to the green leafy paper tucked under a corner of the popped up panel and the smaller blossom stuck to the sentiment panel. 


After securing the stem ends to the green leafy paper panel I added the green satin bow using glue dots.  Voila!


I'm sending out cards as fast as I can make them as another way to keep in touch with friends during this time of sheltering in place and self-quarantine.  I'm finding that having some creative time each day makes me less anxious and more grateful for what I do have.  And if I run low on craft supplies, I can order online and have them delivered to my door!

Happy Crafting!  Stay safe!

Anne Signature


Fri 03

Watercolor Flowers on Easter/Spring Cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you watched Dave's video yet on watercolor techniques?  You can view it here.  I've spent some time this past week playing with my watercolors (Kuratake Japanese watercolors, set of 36) and the new stamp sets to create some Easter and spring cards.  

This first card uses the WILD ROSE STEM clear stamp and die set CL5258-D reimagined in yellows, oranges, and reds.  It's the card I shared in the introduction to this month's Memory Box Challenge:  #60 Spring Fling (Spring Themed Cards).

I stamped the image with VersaMark on the new Open Studio Watercolor Paper WP101 and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Once it was painted and dried, I used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I adhered it with Scor-Tape to an orange striped paper from the COTTAGE STRIPES AND DOTS PP1004 pad on a white notecard.  (I find that Scor-Tape works the best to secure painted watercolor paper to another surface in order to get a nice flat adherence.)  The sentiment "thinking of you at Easter" is from the Poppystamps set CL491 SPRINGTIME FUN stamped on the striped paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

This next card is stamped and embossed, painted and die cut in the same way using the single blossom and two leaves from that same stamp set.  The paper is also from the Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pad.  The sentiment is another from the Poppystamps Springtime Fun set of clear stamps.


For this third card I chose the large SUNFLOWER WREATH CL5253.  It is a very large image and I positioned it on the edge of the watercolor paper cutting off some of the blossoms on the left.  I used three different yellows and an orange for the petals and three browns and a purple for the seedy centers.  Once it was painted and dried I fussy cut around the image and used Scor-Tape to adhere it to the papered notecard.  The background paper is from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 pad.  The sentiment "a happy HELLO" is from the Poppystamps Springtime Fun set.


Two more:  the single sunflower stamped multiple times, painted and spattered; the two leaves stamped multiple times, painted and spattered; "Happy Spring" from the Open Studio BIG AND LITTLE SPRING CL5254 clear stamp set


My next adventure is to try other sets of watercolors I have as well as watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils.  I seem to have more time to play in my craft room these days.  Hope you are all well and finding more crafting time, too.  Someone sent me a note the other day stating that instead of saying that she is sheltering in place she is now an artist in residence.  I think I will adopt that title as well!  And maybe you should too!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 23

Happy Easter Card with Little Bunny Trio in a Springtime Bouquet Papers Pocket
by Anne Thompson

My friend Donna showed me a neat paper folding technique to create a pocket of sorts and I made one to highlight the die cut bunnies for this card.  


I began by choosing double-sided papers from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 6X6 pad.  I used two pieces, a striped one and a floral that coordinated.  I cut the striped paper 4X5.25 and taped that to a white notecard and set it aside.  With the floral piece of paper I cut a 4" square and a 2" square.  I set the 2" square aside.

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I took the 4" square and folded it in half, keeping the floral side on the outside, opened it up and folded it in half again to make the four quarters.   

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I placed the square flat  with the inside yellow print facing up and folded each of the floral points in to the center.  Then I folded each point back to the outside edge.



I used Scor-Tape to attach this pocket to the front of the notecard.  (I put it down on an angle but you could line it up square for a different look.)


I added the 2" square of the floral paper in the center opening of the pocket.

I die cut the LITTLE BUNNY TRIO 94455 from a scrap of pink glitter paper from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001.  I used foam dots behind the two larger bunnies and a mini Glue Dot behind the smaller one as I added them inside the pocket.


I chose the "Happy Easter" sentiment from the Poppystamps SPRINGTIME FUN CL491 set and stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black ink in the lower righthand corner of the card directly on the striped paper.

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Another look at the finished card...


And because you know I usually make at least two, here's another.


For this card I used two pieces of the same paper from the COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 6X6 pad--leafy corner on one side and leaves on the other.  I assembled this card in the same manner as the first, but added "Happy Easter" from the Memory Box/Open Studio BIG AND LITTLE SPRING CL5254 clear stamp set.  I think I like this one best because of the papers I chose and my paper folding was a little more precise.

I love these little pockets.  I'm going to try them with squares in other sizes and with other die cuts in the centers.  You could also use dimensional stickers (like butterflies) in the pockets.  They fold pretty flat for mailing but pop up a bit once out of the envelope.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Sun 22

Rustic Tree Collage, Cottage Meadow 6x6 Pack and the Whittle Giraffe by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxRusticTreeCollage, MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles, MemoryBoxCottageMeadow6x6Pack, MemoryBoxSpringtimeBouquetStripesAndDots, PoppystampsWhittleGiraffe, PoppystampsWhittles, PoppystampsWhittleLoveClearStamps, MemoryBoxFairySugarSourAppleGlitterGlue, JeanOkimoto, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, AnimalDiecuts, BackgroundDiecuts, 6x6Prints

Diecut a Rustic Tree Collage background from a Cottage Meadow 6x6 print for the Poppystamps Whittle Giraffe. These great new floral prints make it easier than ever to create quick cards that look very detailed...but they're not!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a little Whittle card designed to make you smile.

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Cut the Cottage Meadow orange floral print with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut the rectangle with the Rustic Tree Collage - save the big center section.

Cut three Whittle Giraffes from yellow cardstock and attach a scrap of black cardstock behind one of them for his nostrils. Add the other two for dimension.  Color it with a Memento Peanut Brittle marker.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Poppystamps Whittle Love Clear Stamps Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair on the light pink dotted print from the Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots set.  Quickly emboss the greetings with detail clear powder.  


Attach the outside greeting with foam dots.  Attach the inside greeting with doublestick tape to keep the card from getting too bulky.

Add Sour Apple Sparkle Glitter Glue to the center of the flowers.


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Fri 20

Classic Rose Frame Card
by Vicki Finger

Hi there and thanks for stopping by!  It's Vicki here today.  I wanted to work with some products from the most recent Memory Box Spring 2020 Collection so I pulled some papers and dies together to see what I could come up with for today's post.

I've been taking a Watercolor for Paper Crafters Class so I've been spending a lot of time practicing.  I am so excited to be getting better and even finally put my paints into a palette!  For me, that is a commitment - so I'm all in now.  However, since I did a watercolor project for the previous two Fridays, I wanted to do something different for you today.   

In the most recent release, there were several paper collections released in addition to stamps and dies.  There's a beautiful patterned paper pad called "Springtime Bouquet" and as usual, while all the papers are beautiful, there's a certain one that tugs at my heart!  Of course, it is this pink bloomed print that I just love.  This particular paper pad has mostly softer, pastel colors and each sheet is double-sided with a different print on the reverse side.  I really hate it when there's an especially loved print on both sides because then I have to choose.  Haha! 

I also used a sheet of the Glitter Paper from the Delicate Pastels Glitter Paper Pad.  It is a very soft pink so to brighten it up, I used the chisel tip of a Copic Marker to add color to it.  This works great and is easy to do.  I really never use the chisel tip end for anything except this type of thing.  You can also use that end if you want to quickly color in a white Prima Flower or other types of paper flowers to get an exact match.  I did the same thing on a scrap of the same glitter paper to get the behind layer for the Flitter Side Butterfly.  Like the Classic Rose Frame, I cut the butterfly from Gold Foiled Cardstock. 

The classic Rose Frame has two thin frames and the smaller one has the rose as part of the die.  There is also a coordinating die to cut the full rose shape out from a different cardstock. You could also die cut a second one and do die cut inlay.  The paper I used for this was a scrap of leftover paper from one of my watercolor projects and it was just big enough to cut the shape from.  I had used some light pink watercolor paint with some iridescent gold paint to create a wash, so that's why you see that little bit of shimmer on the rose. 

For the Sentiment, I used one from Poppy Stamps (another Memory Box Company) called Greeting Basics along with a set of die, Colwell Label Set that works with the sentiments in this set.  I was able to layer the dies which is super cool.  I stamped on a piece of white cardstock, die-cut it and then cut the mat from a piece of glitter paper in the Twinkling Jewel Paper Pack.

I just love the font used for these sentiments so I asked Dave (our owner) if it was okay to use the sentiments from Poppy Stamps, one of our Sister Companies.   

You could add more dimension to this style of a card by using foam tape or fun foam between each layer.  Because I mail most of my cards, I try to keep the dimension to a postal "acceptable" level.  The ones I don't mail, go to my sisters-in-law for their Holiday Goodie Bags and they mail them.  For the butterfly, since it was on the label that I had popped up on fun foam, I did a double thickness of foam behind the wing to make it look right. 

I added the base panel with the glitter mat and the Classic Rose Frame die-cut to a white, top folding card base and then added the other elements.  I used my Rectangle Basics Dies to cut the background panels.  Hint:  When adding color to the glitter paper, there's no need to do the whole panel.  I just went around about a half-inch all the way around the edge which was enough to cover up the rest of what I didn't color in.