20 posts categorized "Vicki Finger"


Fri 10

Get Well Soon Loving Heart with Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cutouts
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone.  Vicki here today with a card that I seem to be needing a lot of these days; A Get Well Soon card.  

I wanted to use some of my pretty spring papers from Memory Box to pull a get well card together.  I also want to layer them up so I pulled out my Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cutout Dies because the shape is an exact match (Memory Box did that on purpose)  to the Get Well Soon Loving Heart Die.  

To begin I selected one of the Spring Plaids from the Springtime Bouquet Paper Pack.  Then I selected 3 additional sheets of paper from the Cottage Stripes and Dots Paper Pack in coordinating colors to the plaid.  In this case, that was pastel blue stripe, pastel pink stripe, and pastel lavender stripe.

I stacked the 4 papers together and put a bit of low tack tape on each side to keep them lined up.  Next, I took a wide piece of low tack tape and aligned the 4 Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart dies inside the other until I had all four of them centered.  First I cut the paid piece which would be my top layer.  

Next, I removed the largest die and cut my Pastel Pink Paper with the three remaining dies, using the first cutout to make sure I had it aligned the same.   Next, I removed the Plaid Paper and another die then used the pink cutout to line up my dies in the same spot and run it through my die cut machine. I did this until all four layers of the patterned paper were cut with a heart in the center.  This gives you the stacked look that you see in the photo.  At the bottom layer, I put a scrap of cardstock behind the smallest heart, so it appears that you actually have 5 layers.  This is one reason that I chose the text weight of the patterned paper versus using thick cardstock.  All of my cardstock is at least #110, so it would have been a lot hard to cut that many layers.  

For the Get Well Soon Loving Heart, I chose Gold Foiled cardstock.  I was also able to cut some really small hearts from the scraps of that gold paper to add to the font of the card.  I have a little group of dies that sits in a magnetic bowl on my desk that are all really tiny and I don't know the brand, but I love to use these little hearts on lots of cards, especially right now.  

Because there are so many layers, be sure to use a heavyweight cardstock #110 or higher) for your card base.  If you don't, it will just keep falling flat. 

You could also add foam tape between each layer, but because my card is actually going into the mailbox, I kept my layers flat.  

You could make some beautiful Easter Cards in this style.  I just happened to need a Get Well Soon card today.  I hope my design gives you ideas for creating your own version of whatever card you need today.  






Fri 27

Using Old Favorites In New Ways by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today.  I have a new project using some of my "old" favorites from Memory Box and a stamp set from Poppy Stamps as well.  I love being able to use supplies in my "collection" to pull a completely different style of card together.  


You might remember this card from last fall that I created using the Grateful Autumn Stamp Set from Memory Box.  I used Metallic Watercolors on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper from Legion (who also makes Yupo Paper).  

Just because it has Autumn in the name doesn't mean it can't be used for any of the other seasons that have leaves on the trees.  Lots of folks north of Texas live in states where it is still snowing this week and they don't even have the first little buds of leaves out on their trees.  Here in North Texas, Our Redbuds are just budding out this week and in a week or so, we'll have lots of small green leaves popping out everywhere.  The Bradford Pears have also begun blooming.  In Texas, we have Live Oak Trees, and they stay green year-round.  There are many such trees in Texas and I remember being fascinated by them when we first moved to Texas in the late 1990's.  Being a midwestern girl, the only kind of evergreen trees I had ever seen were the Cedar and Evergreen varieties that remind you of Christmas Trees.  There is a huge, ancient, Live Oak Tree on the grounds of the Alamo.  Its limbs have grown so heavy that many are now supported by giant cables and many are literally laying on the ground, but still growing.  

Today I wanted to use this same stamp set to create a pretty Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Background with a lot of visual interest.   Using the large image from the set, I heat embossed it onto a 5 x 7 panel of Watercolor Paper.  Next, I wet the entire panel using a #10 Escoda Versatil Paint Brush. These brushes are hand made in Barcelona Spain and have a Triple Crimp Ferrule and they don't shed!

Next, I added Diopside Genuine in a pretty concentrated mix of paint and water.  I sort of dabbed at the area of the leaves but didn't stay within the lines.  I let that dry and then repeated the process with Ultramarine Turquoise, making sure to extend the paint and water to the entire panel, letting it move freely as I turned the paper.  When it was not quite dry, I went in with a watery layer of Iridescent Gold Watercolor on the top and turning the paper, again let it move around the entire panel of watercolor paper.  As this dries, the gold settles into the texture of the paper making it very visible.  

I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Basics Die and then used the leftover piece to heat emboss my sentiment onto. The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Butterfly Greetings Stamp Set and I love this font!  Using a smaller Rectangle Basics Die I die cut the sentiment out and then used the next size up to cut a mat from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I popped the sentiment up on some foam tape.  I also had an already cut piece of cardstock sitting there that I had previously cut for another project and then didn't use, so it was perfect for this.  

I die cut the Drifting Side Butterfly from the center of that panel, which is a very economical way to use your gold cardstock and although I don't often do it that way, I should!  I don't sit and plan out a card from beginning to end with what I'm going to do.  I'm definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" cardmaker.  I get an idea of what stamp set I want to use and what technique, but that's as far as the planning goes until I actually sit down to put the card together.  So usually, I'm too far into the process when I think about using the gold foiled cardstock that way. 

I love all the shimmer and shine on this card and that perfect final touch was the sequins and gems I added.  These particular sequins are iridescent teal and they matched so well.  I've had them for years and I don't know where they came from.  I will be really sad when I run out as they are so pretty.  Then as I often do, I added a little gem in the center of the sequin which really makes everything sparkle and shine.  

I did play around with adding colored cardstock or shimmer cardstock for the butterfly's body behind the gold frame, but I didn't care for any of the colors I tried over just using the gold outline, which allowed the watercolor to be seen through the wings. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today and that you might be inspired to see what you can do with a stamp set you may already have.  I have an extended post over on my blog today as I go into some detail about my watercolor palettes that I've made recently.  I'll hope you'll pop over there if your interested in that sort of thing. 







Fri 06

Wild Rose Stem Stamps & Dies
by Vicki Finger

Welcome to the blog!  Vicki here with you today!  I am featuring the newly released Wild Rose Stem Stamps and Dies.  I love wild roses although, in reality, they are a pale pink or rose color.  The great thing about what we do is we can make them any color we want.  The beauty of Art - every kind of art.  

This color wasn't my intent when I started but it kind of snowballed into this.  My primary objective was just some pale pink.  I recently signed up for a watercolor class.  I haven't started my homework or classwork yet, but I've been "collecting" tubes of Daniel Smith Watercolors a couple at a time over the last year or so, and I have about 26 colors right now.  They have over 300 colors, so I am just getting some basics and some neutrals and will mix colors.  I have two or three of each color family plus a neutral, a neutral buff, and a couple of greys.  I'm also learning how to mix colors as part of a Facebook Group I'm in.  So this kind of started as one project and turned into class practice only a couple of layers of color into it. I switched from Watercolor Pencils to Daniel Smith Watercolors after that. 

I used a little Sap Green on the leaves but my focus today was on the petals and getting a much better look than I have previously.  I'm very happy with this first attempt although I can see many things I will do differently next time.  This is a great image for practice as the petals are large and you can create your custom color and add depth to bring the image to life with depth.  Each time is a little bit of a learning experience and things to do differently next time, like adding deeper shadow layers on my next try.  There's also a lot to be said for walking away to let that layer fully dry because it does look so different after it dries.  I used Quinacridone Purple and Quinacridone Pink for the petals.  Today's focus for me was learning to scrub out a little color and add depth a little bit at a time with a complimentary or neutral color.  I could have increased the depth!

I love the look of watercolor and I really want to get better at it doing it so, I've been "collecting" information, thoughts, and experiences of friends who are successful in this endeavor.  This is my first try at this particular method and I am so excited to do more.  For the little stamen on the wild roses, I used Plum Shimmer Fairy Sugar (a new product) to make the deep purple dots.

After I watercolored the blooms, I die cut it with the coordinating die and grabbed the new Springtime Bouquet Patterned Paper Pad to decide which paper I wanted to use to put my card together.  I'm a sucker for stripes, especially this more narrow version, and the lovely pastel colors make me think of Spring which is hopefully right around the corner here in North Texas.  I used a piece of Winter Wisteria Cardstock to die cut one of the Matinee Rectangles to use as a label.  I also really love the font and style of this Poppy Stamps Sentiment Stamps Set called "Springtime Fun".  Poppy Stamps is also a Memory Box Company.  I love elegant and this font suits me to a "T"!

As usual, I heat embossed my image and my sentiment with Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder from Simon Says Stamp.  Using a blending brush, I went all around the outside edges with the matching ink to darken the edges.  I just love how this card turned out and how much my watercolor improved. 

I still enjoy learning and trying new techniques to share with you all as much as possible. If you are interested in the class, there's a link over at my blog.  








Thu 27

Spring Is In The Air
by Vicki Finger

Hello there! Vicki here today.  I have a fun spring card for you today.  Here in North Texas, we've had a few really nice spring days, but most of them seem to come with freezing cold winds which kind of shoots the whole Spring Day down the tubes.  I don't know about you, but I am so ready for spring to come and stay!  My Day Lily foliage is already pretty high, but we definitely haven't had warm enough weather to get them really going good and consistent.

For today's card, I wanted to use a few of the new products from the most recent release along with some favorites from last year.

Starting with a panel of Cougar Digital White #110 Cardstock and misting it with a fine mist of water on the front and back sides, I ran it through my die cutting machine with an embossing sandwich using the Memory Box Chrysthanemum 3D Embossing Folder.  The water helps the paper to stretch enough to get a really good impression.  I did this late in the evening so I let that dry overnight and then using my ink blending brushes, I added ink blending to the entire panel in Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise Inks.  Then I misted it with Tattered Angels Spray in Iridescent Gold.  I set that aside and let it dry as well.

I cut a 4.25 x 5.5-inch panel of the light peach color of the Delicate Pastels Glitter Paper Pad as a mat to go behind the ink blended panel.  Next, I cut several of the Side Butterfly Circles as I wasn't sure which way or if I wanted to color it.  In the end, I liked it in plain white while I wanted to really make the butterfly stand out.

I tried some ink blending with little sponge daubers, adding Fairy Sugar to individual petals on the flowers.  In the end, I chose to keep the circle part plain white and to add a gold outline for the butterfly with some scrap orange card stock for the back layer.  Then I added some of the Goldfinch Fairy Sugar on top of all that. 

I used foam tape behind the circle by cutting a piece about 4 inches long, and then cutting a skinny strip (1/16th inch or so) two times from the half-inch width of the foam tape.  This makes it skinny enough to place it in the circle shape by going slowly, all the way around.

I have a tendency to change my mind mid-card, so I've learned to roll with the punches and go with my flow.  That's probably one of the reasons that I haven't tried to do video yet, but it's on my list of things to do by the end of this year.  I hope you enjoy this quick and easy card today and that it will warm your heart to think about Spring things for a few minutes.  I'll be back here tomorrow with another Springtime Card!





Fri 21

Memory Box Spring 2020 Release
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Memory Box Blog Blitz!  I took a short vacation at the beginning of the month but now I'm back and have several new projects to share with you today.  Memory Box has just released its Spring 2020 Catalog and there are lots of fun new things in this collection of products, including Patterned Paper, Glitter Cardstock, Stencils, Washi Tapes, Glitter Glue (called Fairy Sugar), and some new 3D Embossing Folders.

I was having a hard time deciding what to feature first so I have a few projects for you today!  I also have a chance to win a giveaway for you as thanks for stopping by and seeing my projects over at my blog, Twinkling Paper Studio.  One commenter will receive a free Arched Happy Easter Die # 94446 from Memory Box!  

We also have Glitter Cardstock 6 x 6 Pads in Pastels and Brights!  The paler colors are called Delicate Pastels and the brights are called Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  I'm sure you know I had to have the one with the word "Twinkling" in the name.  

There are also some new Washi Tapes in wide and narrow widths.  The one I'm featuring here is the Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape.  It's similar in style to the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape from our 2019 Winter Collection.  I thought it would be fun to combine with some little bunnies, Spring florals, and Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue.  

I added the wide Washi Tape to a piece of white cardstock and then die cut it with the Matinee Rectangle Layers in the largest size.  Then using a little finger dauber, I added some color to the Magnolia Circle Frame and the Pretty Blossom Stem.  Next, I added some Fairy Sugar to the leaves and blooms.  

Once that was dry, I added some pearls to the center of the blooms and some inking to the outside edges of the Little Bunny Trio.  I added a black dot with a tiny white highlight for the eye on each little bunny.  Once I attached the Matinee Rectangle, I added some additional Fairy Sugar in Iris and Strawberry Ice to the berries in the washi tape for texture and bling.  

My next card also uses the Matinee Rectangle Layers.  I die cut the 2nd from largest one from white cardstock covered with the Washi Tape and the largest was cut from some pale pink cardstock.  This helps the soft colors in the washi tape to really pop and accent my die cuts.  I used Fairy Sugar in Strawberry Ice, Iris and Berry Mist.  I also used the "Hello" Banner Script die from last month's release to make a simple spring card.  

For my next card,  I used one of the Cottage Meadow Patterned Papers.  Each of these designs has a full floral pattern on one side of the paper and a corner design on the other side of the paper.  These designs remind me very much of something Annie Rifle might create for Rifle Paper Company. I really love having a choice of using the full sheet of print or the corner design.  

For my card, I chose to use a corner design that I thought would fit well with my die choices.  I chose the Cherry Blossom Frame along with the Arched Happy Easter, and the Flitter Side Butterfly.   

This card is sweet and simple, and to me, it instantly evokes the feeling of spring.  The top layer of all the die cuts are made from the new Watercolor Paper and I colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Sugared Almond Pink and Green Shadow.  

I added Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue in Iris to the flower centers on the patterned paper and added some gems to the center of the flowers on the die-cut.  

I used Rectangle Basics Die in the largest size to cut the green glittered background.  I added some of the Birchpress Design Shimmer Burst Washi Tape to colored cardstock.  I also cut 1 each of the Genoese, Emmaline and Lacework Eggs from Gold Foiled Cardstock that had Couture Creations Double Sided Adhesive on the backside. 

This card features several new Easter Egg dies with some of the new Glittered Cardstock.   Aren't Filagree Easter Eggs just so pretty and elegant?  They remind me of Fabergé Eggs. If you don't know what those are, here's a search on Pinterest to see some fabulous examples.  If you're interested in more of the history of the House of Fabergé, you can find information here on Wikipedia.  

Next, I ran the colored, washi-taped cardstock through with my die cutting machine with an embossing sandwich to get the impression of the egg which makes fussy cutting around it very easy.  You could also do Die Cut In-lay if you like that style.  That would have taken a lot more time than what I felt I had available today so that I can show you as many of the new products as I can.  

The Gilded Washi Tape, the Gold Foiled Cardstock and the glitter cardstock all work together to make a fun and sparkly card for Easter.  

By dry embossing the eggs onto the cardstock, it gives the look of inlay without the time it would take to do that and also provides the outline for the egg shape for quick and easy fussy cutting of a simple shape.  

I had to sneak one more card in here at the very end that features one of the new stencils, Leafy Jumble.  I was planning to foil it, but I couldn't find my jar of Deco Foil Transfer Gel (until the card was finished, of course), so I ended up using Ink Blending to add the pattern to the cardstock in Turquoise Sea and Tranquil Teal.   

I first added some Pixie Spray to the back of the stencil and let that dry for a few minutes.  This allows the repositionable adhesive to "set" so that you can use it over and over without having to add more. It also holds your stencil in place without moving so that your pattern stays clean and crisp.  

Once that was done, I used the Basic Rectangles to cut a mat layer, a glitter layer and then a top layer for my card from the ink blended piece.  I die cut the Side Butterfly Circle from white cardstock 3 times and glued the layers together. I cut the interior part of the butterfly from cardstock scraps and the outlines of the butterflies from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I also cut the Flitter Side Butterfly using the same papers so that I could have two butterflies facing each other.  Once I had those adhered, I added Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen to the insides of the wings for that touch of sparkle that I love.

There are many more new products available at Memory Box and it's other companies, Poppy Stamps and Birch Press Design.   Be sure to stop over at the Memory Box Blog, Outside the Box, and take a look at all of the new items that were just released.  I'll have a couple more projects for you next week.  Don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog for your chance to win the Arched Happy Easter Die.  





Fri 31

Memory Box Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder
by Vicki Finger

Hi everyone!  I have a quick post for you today that features the Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder.  I love, love, love this folder and I wanted to be able to show you a different way to use it.  I apologize in advance for the quality of the images.  The weather has not been cooperating at all for photographs.   

This project uses Card Stock, Nuvo Dream Drops, and the gorgeous Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder, the Love Airy Script, and one of the dies from the Champagne Heart Dies.  It is simply stunning by itself, but I wanted to create a jazzed-up version for you doing a technique that I developed not too long ago where I "paint" with Nuvo Drops onto the embossed parts of the card stock.

For whatever reason, I have found the consistency of the Nuvo Dream Drops to work the best for this technique.  The Regular drops seem a bit thicker and they don't level out as much as the Dream Drops which are all iridescent in color. I was hoping they would add some new colors to this year's offering, but so far that hasn't happened.  The six colors remain Cloud 9, Fairy Wings, Gold Luxe, Love Potion, Indigo Eclipse, and Dragon Scales.

This technique is very easy, but it does take some time and I would recommend practicing before you do a full-on project.  I love this folder, so I really wanted to use this technique.  Start by misting your cardstock with water only on the front and back to keep your paper from cracking and help get a very crisp design.  This folder works better with a heavier weight card stock.  I used 110# Cougar Super Smooth Digital White cardstock.

Once the cardstock is completely dry, I use a blending brush to go over it in a color from the same family.  This creates the darker shadows.   Once that is done and dry, I start painting with the very tip of the Dream Drops Bottle.  Since the drops are self-leveling, they kind of spread out a bit and show some of the leafy details as well as some of the flowers better, making it easier to paint.  The wreath is so pretty by itself, but this is a great way to focus on just it, and if you want more, you can add a die-cut or two, to the card as well.

Here are some more examples for you of the card done in aqua.  



And also a few views of the pink one where I am not putting a sentiment on it as of yet.  I'm not sure who I'll send this to, so I want to hold off on that until I decide.


This card has quite a bit more details that have been painted, so I will want to keep the sentiment simple.  This is a quick post, but as I said, I hope you try out the technique.  I have some other ones I want to try as well, but it will be several weeks before I have time.  I apologize again that I just haven't had a very good light to work with for my photos.  

I'll be gone until the end of the February,  but I'll be back at the end of the month with new projects for you.  See you then!







Fri 24

Memory Box Valentine's Day Card with Selective Coloring
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today sharing a Valentine's Day card that uses typical supplies in a less than typical way.

By now, I am sure you all know of my love for gold foiled cardstock and papers.  I wanted to create a card that shows you one of the reasons that I love white and gold foiled papers in particular.

Last week I was in the city for an appointment and I had time to run into Joann's as I was looking for Sateen Supima Cotton in a certain color and the particular store I was in has a much larger fabric selection than the one near my home.  I didn't find the fabric I was looking for, but I almost always do a quick walkthrough of the Scrapbooking section on my way out.  I was pretty excited when I saw this 6 x 6 Mat Stack from Die Cuts With a View that contained all white and gold foiled cardstock.  It doesn't have a GSM or weight on the paper but it's comparable to Text Weight Papers if you want a comparison.  Anyhow, there were two of these at 60% off and I grabbed them both.  My total came to $4.00 and some change.  

While I do love the gold, I also love the things you can create using White & Gold papers like these.  You can do ink blending on them to get the exact background color you want, or you can use any one of several coloring media to make it your own, which is what I did today.  

I grabbed my drawer containing all of my Red and Red Violet Copic Markers and sat down to start coloring the sheet seen above.  I have a stacking four drawer unit that has all of my markers in them and those two color groups are in the same drawer.  

I knew I wanted to use a favorite Memory Box Die to create this card but I wanted something other than a solid color behind it so I started coloring in the flowers.  I could also have colored in the leaves, but I didn't want that look, so I only colored the flowers.  Let me just say, I am not a person who has "Mad Coloring Skills" as they like to say in this industry.  But I was really only looking to enhance the white paper by adding bits of color.  My approach would have been different if I wanted to use it for the whole background, but for what I wanted, this was great.  

The single 6 by 6 sheet yielded two hearts for behind the La Rue Heart.  In order to get the correct sized heart to go behind, I used the negative piece from the Die Cut Gold La Rue Heart as my template. 

If I would have used the die for my template to trace around, it would have been too large, so I traced the negative opening and then fussy cut them.  Yes, I did actually fussy cut the two hearts!  Most of my followers know that I detest fussy cutting, but sometimes you just have to do it.  I slipped the extra heart into the stamp pocket that has the La Rue Heart in it for future use.  

After I did that, I also had this long diagonal piece left to use.  I used it to put a band across the bottom of the card for my die cut Love Airy Script Die.  I die cut a background panel from red cardstock for the base using the largest Basic Rectangle Dies.  I cut the second largest rectangle from some scrapbooking paper in a similar color to the flowers that I colored with Copics.  It's not quite red, but not quite coral either.  And with the gold foil accents, it was perfect! 

I love how this card turned out and there won't be another like it anywhere.  That is one of the many advantages of using White and Gold Coiled cardstock and making it your own. 

 This made such a striking card!  I love that I could add a single little gem to the center of the La Rue Heart for that additional touch of bling. 

In case you'd like to try this technique for yourself, I did a few other examples of adding color to White and Gold Foiled Papers for you here. The sky is the limit.  I also love that many times the patterns for this are geometric because most guys like geometric patterns.  You can make make stripes in straight or diagonal, quilt patterns or any kind of random coloring you want.  Use Ink Blending Brushes, Mini Round Ink Blending Tools, Markers, or even paint if you have the time and desire to do that.  The amount of time you spend is up to you.  I hope you enjoyed this post and if you try this out, be sure to tag us on social media!  

Don't forget this month's challenge is a friendship card and this would be a fun way to make something special.  





Sat 18

Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  I have several cards for you today featuring the Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection.  You know how much I love to use gold on my cards and so of course, I have a few of those.  I also have some cards that don't use gold and where I used the Drifting Hearts Stencil with some Glitz Glitter Gel on colored cardstock to make my own backgrounds.  I know - it's a shocker!  I definitely have a signature style for a lot of things but I also work really hard to bring you fresh ideas and content.

The first three cards I have for you today do feature gilded paper and gold foil die-cuts as well as some heat embossing.  I started with my foiled background paper and die cut it with the Rectangle Basics in the 2nd to the largest size. Once I had that cut, I used the largest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Dies in the largest size with an embossing sandwich to put the impression into the background panel.

Next, I die cut the Verdant Leaf Loving Heart Die from Gold Foiled Cardstock and Sweet Blush Cardstock.  I carefully glued the Gold Outline to the background panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Then using the leaves from the pink cardstock, I inlaid them into the frame and glued them down.

I got super close to the card in these next two images so that you can see that detail impressed into the paper.  This makes a natural impression so that it's easy to line up your die cut with the impression.

Can you see the little scallop detail that's impressed in the background panel?  Next, using the leftovers from the pink cardstock, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamp Set.  I added that to a foil mat cut just a bit larger.  I used a paper trimmer to do this, so nothing fancy.  You could also use a pair of scissors if you have some with a long blade.  I attached the finished card panel to a Rose Gold Shimmer Cardstock top-folding card base.

This card uses another sheet of those papers from the same kit.  It doesn't say which company the papers are from, so I'm no help there.  This time I wanted to use the Berry Branch Loving Heart.  Again, I impressed the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Die to emboss the detail into the background panel.

For this card, I die cut two of the Berry Branch Loving Hearts from plain gold cardstock and then added a layer of the gold foiled cardstock for the top layer.

It's very cloudy on the day I am taking pictures so I have several for you as I feel it was hard to get an accurate color representation.  The card base for this card is Ink to Paper's Rustic White.  There are very faint words in the background lin columns like you would see in a dictionary and then the more prominent gold foiled leaf and branch and images.

I used lots of gems and pearls to add that special touch to this card.  The Pearls are from Little Things from Lucy's cards in Glossy Eggshell.  The gems are some I've had around for ages and I have no idea if they are available anymore.  I'm pretty sure these were from Close To My Heart.

I heat embossed the"Valentine's Day" sentiment from the Big and Little Valentines and die cut the Love Airy Script word from Gold Foil Cardstock.

Next up, I have this beautiful Gilded Tree Paper.  These papers all came from a kit I got from Simon Says Stamp over a year ago.  For this one, I did not make the Scallop Pinpoint Heart impression as I thought you wouldn't really see it with all of the tree branches or the die-cut Leafy Heart. I know it is hard to see on the others as well.

I used one of the scraps to heat emboss my sentiment and matted that in gold foiled cardstock as well.  All of these cards were very simple to make because I used golded papers and added gold die cuts.  It's also fun to add heat embossed sentiments to the printed papers as long as the pattern is small enough to use.

I thought this would be a nice, not too girly card to send to my father-in-law for Valentine's day so he'll know we're thinking about him, but it's not too lovey-dovey for him.

Next up, I have a couple of cards featuring the Drifting Hearts Stencil.  For my first card, I used Scarlet Jewel Cardstock with the stencil and a palette knife to apply some Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel in White.  I carefully removed the stencil once I had the glitter gel applied and set that aside to dry. You want to clean your stencil off at this point before the paste dries.

Once I had it cleaned and dried it off, I repeated the process on a piece of Sweet Blush Cardstock using Bubblegum Pink Glitz Glitter Gel.  It seems like it only took about 15 minutes for these to dry and I did some die cutting while I was waiting, so I don't know for sure how long it took.


I actually had some Magenta Foiled Cardstock and Glitter Paper.  I even embossed the Sentiment using Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder and added a triple-stacked layer of the Magenta Foil Hugs Loving Heart as one did not seem sufficient.  I have to say, this is my least favorite of the group.  It looks like a sugary pink confection that I'll send to my grandaughters for Valentine's Day.  They will love it!  It's cute, but I prefer a more elegant and sophisticated color palette for sure. 





Sat 11

Memory Box Happy Heart Dies & Floral Bouquet Heart
by Vicki Finger

Hello Everyone!  Vicki here with you today! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my project.  The last few weeks have been wild and wacky around here so I needed some creative time pretty badly! We lost my Mother in law unexpectedly last week and had to return to Kansas after we'd just gotten home from Christmas there.  In less than two weeks, we drove 2200+ miles so I just wanted to sit down and make something pretty.  I needed a special card for one of our nieces who sang a solo for her grandmother's funeral and so I got to use pretty pinks and golds to pull this card together.  

In the most recent Valentine's Collection from last month, there are two styles of hearts that coordinate with the other hearts in this collection.  There are Happy Hearts, which is taller and more elongated while Loving Hearts are shorter and squattier and adds a pretty scalloped detail around the opening.  The choice of hearts for the exterior depends on which heart you choose for the interior.  

In this case, I die cut the Happy Heart largest die which leaves a cutout with stitching all the way around.  I cut the same heart from a scrap of Cream, White and Gold Striped paper to go behind the focal image heart, Floral Bouquet Heart which I die cut from Gold Foiled Cardstock. The gold in the focal image matches the background paper perfectly. 


I am pretty frugal with my scraps and keep them if they are big enough to cut anything out of such as a shape or letter or what have you.  This is one of those scraps.  

This card is really straightforward, clean in style and easy to replicate.  I don't always have time to do something elaborate.  I felt like the die-cut Love Airy Script needed a little sprucing up, so I attached some Gold Foiled Hearts around the image to tie it all together.  Before then, it just kind of faded into the background.  I made a card very similar to this for my niece, but I forgot to photograph it.  

I have some amazing planned projects for you in the weeks to come now that the pace of my life is getting back to normal.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Don't forget to tag us on Social Media (#memoryboxco) if you try something in a similar design. We enjoy seeing your projects!  









Fri 13

Valentine's Day Card ft.La Rue Heart w/Hutton Left & Right Gate Dies
by Vicki Finger


Hello there!  Vicki here with you today.  Have you noticed all of the Valentine products that are being released right now?  Memory Box has a new release hitting the market right now as well.  It is a super gorgeous release that I know you will all love as much as I do.  I haven't received my products as of yet, so I thought I'd show you an easy card using some previous Memory Box Products that I already had on hand.  It's always a good idea to see what you have that you can add in to the mix of old and new products.   


This patterned paper you see here is one that I have hoarded for many years! It's from my paper scrapbooking days which I haven't done in about 10 years, although I did quite a bit of digital around 2010 - 2014.  I am down to one full sheet plus a sheet that is about 4.5 x 6 inches.  That's it - that all there is.  Throughout the last 20 or so years, I have made a Valentine's card for my husband using this paper several times. We celebrated our 35th Anniversary this past June but I didn't use to be into paper-crafting so I just bought cards for the first several years.   This is my all-time favorite sheet of paper.  I think I bought about 20 sheets of it way back when and it's been 20 years at least since that happened.  I just love the combination of colors here; the saturated red with the warm coral and yellow tones, and then there are foil accents throughout the stripes. This paper is the epitome of my style.  It's rich and regal looking.  I like to challenge myself to make something completely different each year using this paper. I don't even think my husband realizes I've been using the same one for almost every Valentine's Card.  


I wanted the La Rue Heart to be the focal image of my card, so I tried to match it up with other Memory Box dies in such a way that it would still let the Heart be the star of the show.  You'll have to decide if I was successful or not.  I'm happy with what I have but I don't know if I achieved my objective or not. *Ü*

I started by cutting a card base from Red Lacquer Shimmer Cardstock from PaperPapers.com.  Next, using the largest Rectangle Basics Die, I cut the patterned paper for the front of my card.  Next I die cut a Left Hutton Gate and a Right Hutton Gate from gold foiled cardstock (you surely know of my love for gold by now).  

Using the Circle Basics Die Set I used two different sizes to get a gold circle and a red one that is slightly smaller.   I also cut the La Rue Heart from the gold and started assembly.  I added the patterned paper on top of the card base, then adhered the left and right Hutton Gates using my 5-inch Xyron sticker maker.  

It can be a bit tricky to get to the adhesive on such intricate dies as the Left and Right Hutton Gates so I'll share a little tip with you here.  I run them through my Xyron to get adhesive on them.  Then before taking the top layer of cellophane off, use an embossing sandwich and run it through your die-cutting machine, back and forth one time.  If you don't do this, then you'll need to take a stylus or something similar to go around all of the edges, inside and out, so you won't have adhesive strings popping up and gunking up your work.  I've used a Multipurpose tool, a stylus, and other similar tools, but using an embossing pad and running it through your die-cutting machine is so much faster --like 60 seconds compared to 20 minutes or so doing it by hand.  I had wondered if this would work, so I tried it one day and I doubt I'll ever go back to the old way.  Doing it this way also means you don't have to use an adhesive eraser or Un-du on it.  Un-du is a fantastic item to have on hand if you use a lot of foiled cardstock like I do as it removes the sticky without damaging the surface of the foil.   


I adhered the red circle to the gold circle directly, using Kokuyo Tape Runner, which has been my favorite for years and years. Way before my card-making days, it was my preferred adhesive for my scrapbooks. Then using a double thickness of Scotch Foam Tape, I adhered the circle to the card base. 

Using a little bit of adhesive across what would be the center horizontal "band" area, I adhered the La Rue Heart directly to the raised circle.  I also die cut four of the Poppy Stamps Swirled Love Die and glued them together to make a thicker embellishment so that it would really stand up and be dimensional.  For this, I like to use Range Multi Medium Matte as tape runner doesn't work very well for something this intricate.  It tends to catch on the paper and wrinkle or tear it.    

Since I used Red Lacquer Cardstock, I'll need to add a white panel inside of the card for my personal note to my hubby.  I also like to add a little Ghiradelli Square or two in there as well.  I try very hard not to use sequins or bling on cards for my husband, but it takes great restraint.  

Thanks for stopping by today to see my project.  Next time I hope to have a card sharing new Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection dies.  Have a great day!