Saturday, August 13, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Thank You

Hi everyone! I thought I'd share an autumn card with you today. I'm sure ready for Fall, aren't you?
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This card features all Memory Box dies and stamps. For details, you can visit the Outside the Box blog on the Memory Box website HEREHave a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 16, 2016


Hi everyone! Here is a light and happy card featuring one of my Memory Box go-to flowers, Sketch Daisy. I love the versatility of this die, and have used it so many ways. I hope you like this die as much as I do!
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It's almost impossible for me do a one layer card, and this one is no exception! I first cut a white piece of card stock to 3-3/4" x 5", softly sponged Spun Sugar Distress Ink where shown, and splattered Peeled Paint Distress Ink over that. I die cut three of the Sketch Daisy from a medium green card stock, and snipped off the flowers. I cut three of only the flower in white card stock.  I sponged a fairly heavy layer of Spun Sugar through the Peony Blossoms stencil onto a piece of white card stock, and cut three of the solid petals out of that.

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I offset the patterned petals onto the white open petals and glued them together. I adhered the stems and leaves first, then mounted the solid leaves with glue at the bottom tips and a small piece of foam tape towards the top of each leaf before adding them to the open leaves, again offsetting them slightly. I did the same with the flowers, adding a small piece of foam tape towards the top of two petals, and adhered them to the top of the stems using glue at the bottoms. This was worth the effort as I wanted the flowers and leaves to be three-dimensional.
Sketch Daisy Journey - 3The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Onyx Black ink. I added dew drops to the flower centers and scattered a few more. That assembled piece was then added to the card base with foam tape.  Thanks for stopping by, as always!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's a Delight!

Good morning everyone!  Hope you week is going along smoothly!

Here is a card featuring the Adelaide Stem die from Memory Box, along with the Arin Bird Background die and the Honeycomb die which I used as a stencil for the background.

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I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock to 3.75” x 5”. I die cut the Honeycomb Background and using it as a stencil, I sponged Dried Marigold through the design onto this white piece, then splattered with Forest Moss Distress Ink. I cut two of the Adelaide Stems from green cardstock, covered the tops using a Versamark Marker, and embossed with white embossing powder. The bird was cut from tangerine cardstock and I sponged the edges and part of the body with Dried Marigold to give some dimension. The beak was colored with an orange watercolor pencil and I added a black dot for the eye.

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I arranged and attached the Adelaide Stems to the back of the bird, and mounted that with foam tape. I decided to add some sparkly Stickles to the tops of the flowers. A few sequins completed the arrangement, which I then mounted to a green card base with foam tape.

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Thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Pocket Full of Posies

Hi everyone! Here is a card featuring Memory Box die called Blooming Chrysanthemum.

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Who knew you could create a pocket using a hexagon die from the Open Studio Layered Hexagon set of dies? Just snip off the stop angle, add some stitching with a white gel pen, and there you have it!  This was a pretty simple card to assemble, and I hope it brightens your day!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Row of Poppies Thank You

Hello!  Here is a summery kind of card featuring the Row of Poppies die from Memory Box. I hadn't used this die yet, and I thought it was about time. It's so delicate when cut, and it can easily be snipped apart to use on a smaller note card if desired. I made this a thank you card, but this design could also be used for just about any occasion. 

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I first cut a circle from the Stitched Circle Layers, and sponged on Peeled Paint through the Distressed Grid Stencil. I die cut the poppies from green card stock and again from white card stock. I sponged Scattered Straw Distress Ink on all of the white flowers, and added Spiced Marmalade to shade them. I then snipped off each of the sponged flowers and attached them to the corresponding flower on the green die cut. I then adhered these to the circle, snipping off the stems that hung over the bottom of the circle.

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I thought it looked a bit boring when I laid it over a clean white card base, so I decided to splatter Forest Moss ink onto everything. Love that splattering! It still looked too plain to me, so I added two of the Grosgrain Ribbon die cuts to the background, then added the assembled circle to the card base using foam tape. I inked up the sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black ink and stamped the "Thank You" at the top. Uh-oh ... the rest of the sentiment was a little too long to stamp in a straight line at the bottom, so I decided to curve the saying to match the curve of the circle, and it fit just perfectly.

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I added three of the butterflies from the Mini Butterflies set, along with a few gemstones to complete the card. So glad you stopped by! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Good Morning! The weekend is finally here!

Here is a card that is posted today on the Memory Box Outside the Box blog as part of the new release blog blitz going on.  Be sure to check out the blog ... if you leave comments on the posts, you will be entered to win the featured die in each post.

This Poinsettia Flourish die is beautiful and so delicate, with lots of possibilities. This is a fairly clean and simple card, and you can see all the particulars on the Memory Box blog. Here's the link:

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Nothing "Beets" Love!

Today's card once again features the Garden Variety set of stamps and dies from Memory Box. I must be loving the beet die from this set because this is the second card I've done with this cute little veggie! I'm thinking this would make an unusual but cute anniversary card! You can also see this card on the Memory Box Outside the Box blog, dated Saturday, June 25th.

Can't Beet Love - 1I stamped and die cut two of the beets, then sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the leaves, Worn Lipstick on one beet, and Dried Marigold on the other.  The faces were stamped next, and as you can see, I added brows to the boy beet and lashes to the girl. I had to add a touch of Worn Lipstick to the girl because a girl beet in love surely must be blushing! I then set the beets aside to add later.

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I next sponged Peeled Paint through the Distress Grid stencil on the bottom half of a white card base. I took another quarter sheet of white card stock, positioned one of the Stitched Border dies about two thirds of the way down, and die cut that. Using the same die, I cut another border from a narrow strip of green card stock, and adhered that below the edge of the white piece, offsetting it just a bit for a more interesting border.  I lightly sponged Dried Marigold onto the center of the white piece, and used the negative of a circle die cut to sponge a little green at the bottom. I then splattered Forest Moss Distress Ink onto the entire piece before adhering it to the card base.

I die cut the Sketchbook Love from black card stock and added it to the bottom right of the card. I had to get a little creative with the rest of the sentiment. I snipped the word "happy" from the Springtime Bunnies set, and the word "in" from the Birthday Bunnies set, put them together on an acrylic block and stamped as shown with Versamark Onyx Black ink.

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I adhered the smitten little beets with foam tape to the card front. The hearts were cut from white card stock using one of the dies from the Banner Parade set and I sponged Worn Lipstick onto the ones that I used, adding them where shown. I topped off the hearts and the beet faces with clear Wink of Stella.  And they lived happily ever after! Thanks for stopping by, and stay cool this weekend!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Can't Be Beet!!

Well, it’s day three of Memory Box's blog blitz showcasing the new release of adorable stamps and matching dies. My card today features the Garden Variety stamps and dies … oh what fun for summer cards!  Check out the Memory Box blog here.  If you’d like a chance to win a new stamp set of your choice, be sure to leave comments on any or all of the designer posts on the blog this week. Five random winners will be drawn from the comments, and you could  be one of the lucky ones!!

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I cut a piece of white card stock 5” x 3.75”, and splattered it with Forest Moss Distress Ink. I die cut the Honeycomb Background and snipped out a pleasing pattern of hexagons. I sponged Dried Marigold Distress Ink over the top and adhered that to the white piece as shown. I saved a few of the little hexagons and placed them randomly back into the honeycomb.  I die cut three of the beets from the set, sponged two of them with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks, and one with Dried Marigold and Wild Honey Distress Inks. The leaves were sponged with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Inks, and I added a little highlight on each beet with a white gel pen.

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I stamped a face onto the Marigold beet, and added some Wink of Stella over the leaves, then arranged and adhered the beets as shown. The Marigold beet was popped with foam tape. I added the sentiment from the clear stamp set, then adhered the assembled piece with foam tape to the card base.

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Don't forget to check out the Memory Box blog and leave lots of comments there! You can see links to the products used there as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bunny and Blossom

Wow, March 1st!! Can you believe it? 

There is a new challenge over on the Outside the Box blog for Memory Box, and members of the DT contributed cards to provide inspiration for those who would like to participate this month. The theme is "Blossoms and Bunnies" and here is the card I created for the challenge.

It's pretty easy to see how the card was constructed, using one of the ribbons from the Open Studio Grosgrain Ribbons die, and two sizes from the Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers set. I die cut the Large Peter Bunny, and used the negative space to sponge Hickory Smoke Distress Ink through the opening onto the smaller layer. I added a cotton ball to the bunny's bottom. I used the same technique with the Sketch Daisy die. I sponged Spun Sugar Distress Ink through the flower opening, and shaded it with Worn Lipstick. Peeled Paint was sponged through the stem and leaves, and very lightly at the bottom of the layer. I die cut the Starry Night Background, and lightly sponged Hickory Smoke through the open stars here and there. The sentiment is from the A Smile Can Show cling stamp. I covered everything but the word "Wonder" with tape, inked with Versafine Onyx Black, removed the tape and stamped it where shown. I layered the two pinpoint rectangle layers, added them to the card front using foam tape, scattered some sequins and it was done!  

Check out today's posts on the Outside the Box blog and join the challenge!  Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Daisies and Butterflies

Hi everyone! Hope your week is going wonderfully! My card today features one of my favorite dies, Sketch Daisy, from the latest release. I have made so many cards using this die and all of its parts!

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I started with a white piece of card stock cut 5" x 3.75".  Using the "smooshing" technique, I used Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a very tiny bit of Scattered Straw here and there for the background. If you haven't "smooshed", there are a number of You Tube videos that show how this technique works! I love it because this kind of background can be created in less than a minute!

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I cut three of the Sketch Daisy from white card stock, and used the negative space as a stencil. I laid the daisies out first to see where I wanted to place them, then used this as a guide for the daisy backgrounds. I positioned the stencil under the flower, removed the die cut, and sponged first with Hickory Smoke. After offsetting the stencil, I sponged Stampin' Up Berry Bliss, offset once again, and lightly sponged another layer of Berry Bliss. I did this for each flower. I slightly curved the leaves and flower of the full die cut flowers, and glued down just the stems, placing them so that the flowers were directly over the sponged daisies, giving it a dimensional look.

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I stamped the "Time to Appreciate" cling stamp onto the piece in the upper left corner. I just learned this stamp has been discontinued, but you may be able to find it by Googling it. Just about any sentiment would work though. I cut one set of butterflies from the Mini Butterflies die, sponging some with Berry Bliss and others with Hickory Smoke, and placed them as shown.  I added a little bling before adhering this piece to the A2 card base with foam tape.  Using different sentiments, I think this card would be appropriate for just about any occasion.

As always, I had fun making this card, and hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 19, 2016


It's now officially Friday! I hope you're gearing up for a great weekend!

Oh my gosh, the holidays are flying by and Easter is coming soon!  My card today is a little different as Easter cards go.  It was a "delight" to make, but then I always have fun making cards!  So here we go ...

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I started with a black card base, and cut a piece of white card stock to 5.5" x 3.75".  I sponged my favorite green ink, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, through the Distressed Grid stencil onto the white piece, keeping it light and sporadic. I then adhered this to the base, leaving a slightly wider margin on the left.

I die cut the largest egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set from black card stock. I die cut two of the Tanglewood Frame dies from white card stock. On one of the die cuts, I again used the largest egg die to cut the egg shape from the background, making sure to include the flower.  I lightly sponged Shabby Shutters Distress Ink over all but the flower. On the flower, I sponged Squeezed Lemonade and shaded with Dried Marigold.  I then lined up and adhered the Tanglewood egg shape to the black egg. From the other Tanglewood background die cut, I snipped out the leaves and sprigs, sponging over these pieces with Peeled Paint ink. I also snipped out the flower and sponged on the same colors as the first one.
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I adhered the snipped flower over the corresponding one, turning it slightly, and added some yellow Prills to the center.  I next adhered the snipped leaves over the corresponding leaves on the egg.  I used foam tape to adhere the assembled egg onto the card front.  I applied glue to the bottom edges of the other three sprigs and tucked them behind the egg as shown.  For the sentiment, I used washi tape to cover everything on the stamp but the word Delight, inked it with Versafine Black ink, removed the tape and stamped where shown.

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I'm going to experiment with cutting other shapes from the Tanglewood Frame background! It's such a versatile die and so delicate. I hope you'll give it a try too!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sketch Rose Branch in more ways than one!

Happy almost weekend to all!  I know ... once again, it's been a long time.

I was honored to have been asked to create 25 cards for the February 2016 Look Book for Memory Box, and spent several weeks working on this project.  So much fun!  Last week the project was completed, and you can view the book online by using this link: February 2016 Look Book.

So moving right along ... my card, which was part of Memory Box's latest Spring release blog blitz in early January, features the Sketch Rose Branch, and oh, the possibilities! You will see another card using this stamp further in the post.

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I die cut two of this beautiful die, one in green and one in cream. I snipped out all the flowers from the cream die cut, including the buds, and glued them over the corresponding green flowers, adding pearls to the centers. I cut a piece of cream card stock slightly smaller than the green card base, cut a window using a die from the Rectangle Layers set and then embossed that piece. I sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Texture Tiny Dots stencil (unfortunately no longer available from Memory Box) onto a piece of cream card stock that was cut slightly larger than the window, and glued that to the card base.
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I added the assembled Rose Branch to the front of the embossed piece and then popped that with foam tape to the card base. The sentiment is from the Springtime Bunnies clear stamp set, which I cut apart to fit the window opening. 
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Here is another card using the same die:

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Here I die cut the flower in white and colored the flowers, stems and leaves by sponging on Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  The background is done with the smooshing technique using Scattered Straw Distress Ink. The sentiment is the Happiest cling stamp from Memory Box.

You can see another version of this card in the February 2016 Look Book!  So glad you stopped by!