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Memory Box Small Cosmos and Jovial Wreath CAS Card…

Hi everyone!  A clean and simple card to share with you today with a wish for you to enjoy your day!

I almost got away with a completely die cut card. There is something about stamping a sentiment simply in black though! ❤

I die cut three of the Jovial Wreath in TE Granny Smith cardstock and glued them together with Tombow Mono Multi glue.  I die cut two of the Small Cosmos, popped the pieces out of the top one but left them in the bottom one and added just a touch of coloring!  I only glued them together around the very center and then glued the flower to the wreath and the wreath to the die cut in TE Confetti Cake and sentiment stamped panel using one of the sentiments from the Birthday Blowout stamp set.

I used mounting tape to adhere the panel to the A2 TE Toffee cardbase.  I make my cardbases top folding because it’s easier to take pictures of them. Book fold cards are so nice and traditional though.  I miss that sometimes!  😀

I imagine a lot of you already have flowers in your yards.  Our temps are still too low in Iowa but it won’t be long!  In the meantime, I’ll enjoy my day and my paper flowers!

I don’t have any of the new Memory Box/poppystamps release but Cindy has all the NEW stuff and is shipping like normal!  YAY!  Simon Says Stamp has the new also but shipping is slower right now. Links below…

Linking to some challenges…

The Paper Players – tic tac toe/die cut, Spring, Birthday

Thank you for clicking over! ttul!

Here’s what I used to make this card…

Memory Box – 94305 Jovial Wreath…
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Memory Box – 94265 Small Cosmos craft…
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Memory Box / Open Studio – 30094…
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Poppy Stamps Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY…
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TE Premium Cardstock
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Copic Marker
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TE Foam Tape, 1/16″
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
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Sizzix – Big Shot Plus Machine -…
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All Occasion · Birthday · cards · CAS · Die Piecing · Flowers · Memory Box · Poppystamps · Spring

Memory Box Single Daisy Stem Card…

Happy Friday everyone! A CAS die cut card to share today.  Our area stamp club meets this afternoon and I have the program.  This is one of the two cards I’ll have them make.

The Single Stem Daisy comes with a backer die for the flower.  I die cut it in TE Lollipop cardstock, put the cut into the full flower die and embossed it with a stylus.

Then I inked the flower head with TE Strawberry Milkshake ink and a little make up brush.

I die cut the complete flower in TE Granny Smith cardstock and inked it with TE Granny Smith ink and a little make up brush.

I glued the layers together. You might want to clip off some of the green flower bottom layer if it shows.

I popped up the flower head with mounting foam tape just in the center.

I stamped the panel with a sentiment from a poppystamps sentiment set, links below.

A little Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink on the background panel.  Some jute and it’s done…A2 size!

I changed the wrap up this time and wrapped an A2 size stitched panel die cut in TE Toffee cardstock. Then I just made the bow separate and glued it on the stem.  I used mounting tape to adhere the white panel to the Toffee panel because of the jute.  I didn’t want a hump!  😀

Thanks for stopping by today!  I love the message on this card…a good thing to remember everyday!  ❤

A FUN SALE going on at SSS!

Here’s what I used to make this card…

Poppystamps – CL482 Blooming…
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Memory Box – 94398 Single Daisy Stem…
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Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Large…
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Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Large…
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TE Premium Cardstock
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TE Premium Ink – Full Ink Pads
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Burlap Twine
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Steel-ball stylus – MultiCraft double…
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X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape – 1/4…
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Birthday · cards · copics · Memory Box · Polkadoodles · Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Guest…

I’m so excited to be posting with the gals at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for the month of March!  Each week a different company is featured and a theme to challenge us!  I hope you will join us!

Here’s my card for this first week…featuring Polkadoodles and the theme, Something Feminine!

I fell in love with the images from this company and had to buy three. ❤ (the snowmen are adorable!) Links below…

This one is soooo cute!  Winnie – A Pile of Gifts.

I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic friendly coloring paper, colored with Copic Sketch Markers and cut it out.

Skin – I started with a layer of YR000, then E000, 00, 01, 02 and 11.

Cheeks – R20, then R30 and 32 and back around the edges lightly with R20.

Hair – E31, 34, 35, 39.

Pink Dress – R00, R81, 83.

Party Hat and Bow – B60’s.

Puppy – E42, 43, 44, 47.

The background is on Mixed Media card, die cut with Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and ink blended Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink and Tim Holtz water bottle water drops.

A little scrap of MFT’s Black and White Stripes 6×6 paper pack.  An A2 size card!  ❤

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of the challenge blog post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone!


Thank you for clicking to my blog today! I hope she made you smile and inspired you to color and get some cards made!

Products I used on my card from Simon Says Stamp…


Polkadoodles A PILE OF GIFTS Winnie…
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Memory Box Clear Stamps BEST LIFE…
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My Favorite Things BLACK AND WHITE…
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Copic Marker
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4…
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Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
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Die Piecing · Memory Box · Poppystamps · Shopping · Starlitstudio

CAS card and Clearance SALE @ Startlitstudio!

Happy day after Valentines Day to you!  Hope you enjoyed some sunshine like we did here!

Here’s a quick card I made yesterday morning before our area stamp club in the afternoon. Just a phone picture but I decided to go ahead and post it because I really like it! lol  And I’m grateful for my friends here and wanted to share that too! 😀

Then I checked email and saw that Cindy @ has added a lot to her clearance section!  Hurry and check it out!

Here’s some cards with dies that are part of the clearance…


p.s. dies used for my CAS card are HERE

All Occasion · cards · CAS · Die Piecing · LOVE · Memory Box · Thinking of You · Valentine

Memory Box Floral Bouquet Heart Card…

Hearts are just the best don’t you think? hehe I think it’s been awhile since I told the story of my blog name.  In 1994 I started a new venture as a stamp store owner.  In trying to decide what to name the store, I finally settled on ‘Expressions With Heart’.  The phrase ‘expressions with heart’ was used in the Hero Arts catalog that year.  Something about creating expressions with heart and it just hit home with me!  I closed the store after 12 years and started blogging in 2009. I used the name again because I loved it and still love it after all these years!

Here’s the new Memory Box Floral Bouquet Heart die cut three times and layered over some of the new Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut out dies.

I just love the outside the lines stitch lines and then to have them double… hehe…swoon!

I used some more of the Memory Box 6×6 pattern paper pad from the Christmas release… so fun how it crosses over!

The love die cut is from the Memory Box Love Jotted Script die… stamped sentiments are from the new Big and Little Valentines clear stamp set.

An A2 size card…pretty straight forward.

The Floral Bouquet heart would be pretty colored or cut and pieced!  So fun!

Thank you for stopping by today! Stay tuned… more hearts to come!  ❤

Memory Box – 94368 Floral Bouquet…
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Memory Box – 94361 Double Stitch…
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Memory Box – CL5252 Big and Little…
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Memory Box – 94119 Love Jotted Script…
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Memory Box 6×6 paper pad – Dashing…
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Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and…
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cards · CAS · Die Piecing · LOVE · Memory Box · Valentine

Memory Box Champagne Heart and Leafy Heart Cards…

Valentines….bring back memories of sitting on the living room floor cutting out cute images from dime store Valentine booklets.  I remember being so thrilled when they made them punch out! lol  That dates me! lol

Now we’ve gone from blah punches to die cutting and all sorts of amazing crafting!

On my first card today I used the NEW Memory Box 3D Heart Bouquet Embossing Folder for the background panel. WOW!  It is so pretty!

I decided to just cut some dies to see what I could put together on top of the panel.  I love the Champagne Heart in gold glitter cardstock.

I die cut the Leafy Heart in Mint Julep cardstock… swiped on some Versamark ink and heat embossed it with glitter gold embossing powder.  I really liked the unusual, soft color of this green with the gold.

Then I just played around deciding what to use and this is how it ended up! I wish you could see it IRL!  I need to send it to one of you!  😀  Somebody claim it! ❤

Be My Valentine is a sentiment die from last year’s release.  So pretty!  I love how vintage but still elegant it looks for this card.

The next card is one I made a few weeks ago using the New Memory Box Happy Heart Collage Die again.  I got a little carried away with it but hey, it’s nice to use a die three times right off the bat! lol

Here I layered, with foam mounting tape, the Happy Heart cut panel over a Leafy Heart cut. I stamped Valentines Day on it first though.

I went over the ‘Happy’ with a metallic paint pen. Then I added little dots with Ranger Liquid Pearls, gold pearl.

A totally different look than the first card! I need to send it to someone too! Somebody claim it?  I think I need to use this Leafy Heart die some more!

Links below to what I used…

Thank you for stopping by today!

Memory Box – 94389 Champagne Heart…
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Memory Box – 94377 Leafy Heart craft die
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Memory Box – EF1006 Heart Bouquet 3D…
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Poppystamps – 2003 Be My Valentine…
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Memory Box – CL5252 Big and Little…
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TE Premium Cardstock
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American Crafts Glitter Cardstock – Gold
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WOW Embossing Glitter METALLIC GOLD…
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Ranger Ink – Liquid Pearls -…
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cards · CAS · LOVE · Memory Box · Oxide Inks · Poppystamps · Valentine

Memory Box and poppystamps Valentine Cards…

Hello everyone! I die cut the new poppystamps Confetti Heart Plate die in white twice and red cardstock once and made three cards.

The red panel I adhered to a white cardbase and stamped the XO  from the Memory Box Big and Little Valentines stamp set. So cute!

I die cut the new Memory Box Antique Heart Label die in white and red cardstock too.  For this card I used parts of both cuts as you can see in the pictures. I did a little more XO stamping and stamped i love you in the label cut from the same stamp set.

I die cut a vellum heart using the new Memory Box Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die set and using foam mounting tape, I adhered the Label cut to the vellum. Then I used Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere the vellum to the card front. Keep the glue hidden.  😀

The red hearts from this red panel die cut, I used on the next card…

When you die cut these heart dies, there are surrounding stitch lines.  So I used the largest size to get the largest heart cut and using the next size down heart, I die cut in the vellum again and cut the double stitch lines!  I cut again in the pattern paper.  I love this pinstripe looking paper pad! This gives you an idea what the die looks like. (not actual sizes)

Then I had the poppystamps Stitched Envelope laying on my desk too…there went my brain speeding away… haha  I’m not sure which version I like the best? So I took pictures of it both ways!

It does add some ‘heart’!  ❤  Special Delivery indeed… from the same stamp set.

Now I’m thinking the little tag would be super cute sticking out of the envelope too! :O

It’s from the new poppystamps Heart Tag Trio die… I’m thinking it’s a must have… I used it on a card last week too that I haven’t posted yet… I will!

I think I want to make a CAS card using the envelope and the tag now. lol

I better finish this post first, right?!  Here’s card #3…

Are you like me and love ink blending?  It’s so nice to use all these color ink pads that we buy! I have so many ink pads from my 24 years of stamping!  I always want to buy more though… it’s nuts! I know I’m not alone! haha Raise your hand!

Here I used Distress Oxide inks and the Taylored Expressions ink blending brushes.  I was so fortunate to receive them for Christmas! They are so nice!  The handles are nice and sturdy and they are just so colorful and fun!  Every card making session is an inky party!

I used Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Wilted Violet.  I stamped the sentiment on a heart from the same heart die set and using the same clear sentiment stamp set using Mowed Lawn.

Matte Doodlebug Sprinkles to embellish the heart and sentiment.

Holler if you have any questions! Thank you so much for clicking over and the Valentine Countdown is on!  More cards coming!

Shopping links for what I used to make these cards…

Memory Box – 94382 Antique Heart…
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Poppystamps – 2303 Confetti Heart…
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Memory Box – 94359 Double Stitch…
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Poppystamps – 2302 Heart Tag Trio…
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Poppystamps – 2294 Stitched Envelope…
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Memory Box – CL5252 Big and Little…
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TE Blender Brushes
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz- Distress…
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TE Premium Cardstock
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