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Memory Box Floral Bud and Stems Thanks Card…

Hi everyone!  It feels like Spring here!  A beautiful sunshiny day in Iowa!

My card today is using NEW dies from Memory Box and NEW Stencil set and die from poppystamps.

I started by inking the stencil set with three colors of Distress Oxide ink.  Shabby Shutters for the largest square hole stencil,  Peeled Paint for the next size and Forest Moss for the smallest. (it’s greener in real life)

Then I die cut the NEW Pointy Lattice Plate from poppystamps in white cardstock to glue over the top of the stenciled panel.

I die cut the NEW Memory Box Floral Bud and Stems die three times and colored with Copics.  I remember the greens I used were YG61, 63, 67.

I die cut the NEW Memory Box Woodgrain Fence Pickets from watercolor paper and smooshed them a couple times in Gathered Twigs Distress ink refill and a couple spritzes of water. Then I decided to make them look more weathered and rubbed a white pigment ink pad over them.  I still wasn’t that thrilled so I added some brown color pencil!  How crazy!  Next time I think I’ll die cut them in brown cardstock! hahahahahaha They do look weathered though!

I was following the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge blog for my card but I’m too late getting it posted to link up.  There was another panel in the sketch so I die cut the NEW Curved Cap Pinpoint Layers die in vellum.  I think you can see it behind the flowers and pickets.

I used a piece of wide scor-tape to hold the front pickets together… that worked really slick.  Then I wrapped twine/jute cord around the front panel layers before I adhered it to the cardbase.

I die cut the NEW Memory Box Tilted Thanks die from Memory Box Black Glossy Cardstock and two other layers of regular black cardstock and glued them together and glued them to the front of the card.

I don’t have very many pictures because it’s so bright today I ended up taking pictures three times!  Picky camera or is it picky me! ha

I have a question for you though, if you don’t mind replying… When I write a blog post, it’s preset that the font is this gray color.  If I want it black I have to remember to go in and change it.   Do you have a preference?  gray or black?

Thank you for stopping by! I hope to be back with a couple more flower cards!

Here’s what I used to make this card…

Memory Box – 94647 Floral Bud and…
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Memory Box – 94470 Tilted Thanks…
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Memory Box – 94646 Curved Cap…
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Memory Box – 94703 Woodgrain Fence…
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Poppystamps – 2558 Pointy Lattice…
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Poppystamps – T104 Deco Diamond…
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Linen Thread – 40 yds – by the spool
[ STR | TE ]
Hammermill WHITE 100 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS ]
Memory Box – WP101 Watercolor Paper
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Scor-Tape; Scor Tape
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double-sided tape holder – holds…
[ STR ]

All Occasion · cards · Distress Ink coloring · Embossing Folders · Flowers · Foiling · Hot Foiling · Oxide Inks · Spellbinders dies · Techniques

Spellbinders February Release Four Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder Card…

Hi everyone!  Do you remember the poinsettia embossing folder card I made HERE?  I tried it again with the NEW Spellbinders Four Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder. 

I did this one a little different.  I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder setup after I inked it up with Antique Linen Distress Ink pad. (regular dye ink)  You ink it on the wrong side, the side that debosses, the design is recessed into the cardstock but you don’t want to go deep this time. Use a thinner sandwich.  I inked it up so it’d be easier to see where to brush on the ink.  The first time I did it I got too much green on the pink. 

I found that I could kinda ‘wash’ the ink off with a damp stiff-ish paint brush, after I deep embossed it and brushed back in the right color.  I missed a few spots though! hehe

Scroll down (last picture) and you’ll see how it looks after ink blending and before the last embossing like the folder is meant to be embossed. 

After inking with yellow, pink, green oxide inks and deep embossing, you ink blend again over the top of all of it with Vintage photo distress oxide ink. 

It’s a super fun, vintage-y, distressed look that the camera makes brighter and deeper color than it really is IRL.

I hot foiled the sentiment on a die cut panel using the Spellbinders Something Special Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and gold hot foil.

I spattered on some gold ink for sparkle and glued on some gold pearls to glam it up… oh and some thin gold cord before I glued it to an A7 size cardbase.

Here’s the not so pretty ink blended panel!  :O  I know… at this point you think, I should quit!  This is NOT working! lol

Never fear….keep going! lol

As to my Hallmark commentary last time… this one is Hallmark size anyway! lol

Linking to some challenges…

The Flower Challenge – Use your latest stamps and dies

Just Us Girls Challenge – Sparkle (I have gold sparkly spatters)

Can You Handle the Pressure – anything goes with an embossing folder

Sunshiny day here today, probably won’t be tomorrow when this posts and I haven’t even made it out!  I can’t believe it’s already Feb, 14th! Weather and time seem to be my go to conversation! ugh.  Sorry!

Hope this finds you creating valentines or something! I’ll talk to you again soon! 


Shopping links to the products I used… thank you so much for clicking through from here!  I appreciate it and no cost to you!  Valentines SALE!  Go HERE!  Feb. 14 – 20

Spellbinders – Four Petal Collection…
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Spellbinders – Inspired Basics…
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Spellbinders – Glimmer Hot Foil -…
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Spellbinders – Glimmer Hot Foil…
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cards · CAS · Die Piecing · Distress Ink coloring · Fall · Halloween · Memory Box · Ornament · Oxide Inks · Tags

Memory Box NEW Halloween/Fall Release!

BOO! aka Hello! Time to get inky for Fall!  Sharing three projects I made with the NEW Memory Box release!

I’ll start with this cute BOO to YOU!  The Fancy Gate Globe is NEW.  I paired it with the Snowglobe Backer die to make this hanging or it stands too, tag.

The ghosts are from the NEW Ghosts in the Forest die set and the sentiment is the NEW Boo Posh Script!  So cute!

I inked a background piece I cut with the Nested Globes die set and inked with purple inks and an ink blending brush. (it’s a brighter purple IRL)

This was a quick tag to make!

Linking my tag to the Everybody Art Challenge – Tag

Next up is an A2 size card I made with the NEW Ghosts in the Forest die set.

I die cut the scene out of Memory Box’s black glossy cardstock and the ghosts out of white glossy cardstock.  I love how it looks IRL.

I inked an A2 size panel for the back with oranges and purples and spattered water, white paint and black paint on to it.

I added the NEW Rickety House die cut in the same glossy black cardstock.  For the windows, I die cut the house in white and left the windows in the cut, colored them with a Copic yellow marker, then glued the white to the back of the black house.

I used the NEW Happy Halloween Posh Script die for the sentiment.  Die cut in black glossy and an orange from my scraps.

Not really spooky but sure is cute!

Next up is the NEW Creepy Cabin die!  This one is really CAS and probably took me the longest because I couldn’t decide whether to color it or not! lol  In the end, leaving it white won out.

It’s not so creepy anyway! haha

I inked a purple-ish background, cut everything in white.

I used the Wooded Glen Collage die from a previous release for the top layer.  Then a few pumpkins I got inky from the Pile of Pumpkins die.  The stems I colored with a Copic marker.

Layered them up with that thin thin foam mounting tape I like.

Oh, I stamped Hello from the Halloween Pumpkin clear stamp set from a previous release.

This card is 5 ½ inches square. A nice size… I like it!

I’ll link everything below.

And thank you so much for clicking over.  I’ll be back…so much I want to make!


Here’s what I used to make these three cards…

Memory Box – 94623 Fancy Gate Globe…
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Memory Box – 94532 Nested Globes…
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Memory Box – 94491 Snowglobe Backer…
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Memory Box – 94587 Boo Posh Script…
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Memory Box – 94622 Ghosts in the…
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Memory Box – 94632 Rickety House…
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Memory Box – 94585 Happy Halloween…
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Memory Box – 94634 Creepy Cabin craft…
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Memory Box – 94505 Wooded Glen…
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Poppystamps – 2403 Pile of Pumpkins…
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Memory Box – CL5264-D Halloween…
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Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape…
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
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Memory Box – SH44004 Black Glossy…
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Hammermill WHITE 100 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock WHITE…
[ SSS ]
Sizzix – White and Gray – Big Shot…
[ SBC ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Accessory – Tool…
[ SBC ]

cards · Christmas · Die Embossing · Die Piecing · Distress Ink coloring · Memory Box · Oxide Inks · Techniques · Wreath Building

Merry Christmas in July, Holly Wreath Card and Tutorial

Salutations of the season to all!  And just like that, it’s the end of July!  Let’s get a head start on Christmas cards! 

My card today is from the NEW Birch Press Design Festive Floral release!

I’m using the NEW Holly Wreath Plate die set. Keep reading for a tutorial how I made the wreath without layering!  First the finished card pictures…


Close up showing the NEW Handwritten Merry Christmas and Outline die set… so beautiful! I love how he included the dot of the ‘i’ onto the ‘t’!  No gluing tiny dots this time!  (well except on the wreath hohoho)

A shot from the side…

Sentiment from Birch Press Design Kind Hearts clear stamp set. (gorgeous sentiments in this one)

Here’s how I made this card in pictures…hope it works!  Let me know what you think!  Was it worth it?

I started by die cutting Layer C in Hammermill 100# Color Copy Cover cardstock.  Keep both pieces.

Now, using Layer A (the plate with all the detail), lay the plain wreath you die cut with Layer C into layer A die, right side into the die.

Next we are going to emboss the plain wreath die cut by running it through the die cut machine. From the bottom up you’ll need the standard platform, clear cutting plate, tan (squishy) mat, die cut in the die with cutting blades facing into the mat and on top a clear cutting plate.

(If you have the older multi purpose platform, use it like you would a regular embossing folder. Fold the top layer back.)

Look how cool this is… it’s embossed!

Now we’re going to ink the wreath with Distress ink.  In my picture I grabbed regular Distress ink but when I was making my card, I used Distress Oxide Rustic Wilderness.  ugh.  My regular are out in plain view and my oxide are in a drawer now. Change is hard! lol  I used my oxide brush with regular ink.  There go my eyes rolling at myself again!

Back to layer C – die cut scraps of red cardstock for the berries.

Here you see the back of the inked, embossed wreath…I placed pieces of thin mounting tape over the berry holes.  Link below… I love this mounting tape!

Then turn the wreath over and using a pickup tool of your choice add the berries to the holes and they will stick in place!  Easy!

Ink scraps of white cardstock with Rustic Wilderness Distress ink, cut into pieces to lay over the holly leaves on layer A and run it through the machine.

Turn wreath back over and line it up to layer A to match up your Holly. Then turn it right side up and glue on the Holly.

Remember it’s opposite…

No earthly idea why in this picture the green is a funky color! lol

I wanted to show that the wreath is super fun just inking the solid wreath without embossing too.  At the last minute I thought to splatter it with some white spray ink.  I didn’t go back and splatter my card though.

So I’m showing three variations using these dies differently than they were intended!  Let’s make Christmas cardmaking fun! lol

Holler if you have any questions.  I have some old videos showing how to do embossing with dies too.

Linking to some challenges…

ABC Christmas Challenge – N is for NEW,  O is for OLD (mine is new)

Addicted to Stamps and More – any occasion

Crafty Gals Corner – Christmas in July #233

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!

Here’s what I used to make this card…

Birch Press Design – 57478…
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Birch Press Design – 57450 Holly…
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Birch Press Design – CL8162 Kind…
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
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W 023 Spellbinders WIZARD TAN…
[ SSS ]
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Sizzix – White and Gray – Big Shot…
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Sizzix – Big Shot Accessory – Tool…
[ SBC ]
Sizzix Cutting Pads – standard
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress…
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink…
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TE Blender Brushes
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Ranger Ink Jet Black Archival Ink Pad
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Gingham Red 3/8″
[ RSN ]
Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape…
[ STR ]

All Occasion · cards · CAS · copics · Die Piecing · Distress Ink coloring · Oxide Inks · Shopping · Simon Says Stamp · Summer

Time for a NEW release from Simon Says Stamp…. Dream Big!

Hi everyone!  Bringing you everything ‘dreamy’ with this release in Summery July!  Check it all out HERE

I received the Tropical Leaf Bunch die to play with.  It’s from Simon Says Stamp but designed by Memory Box!  I love it when I get the designs by MB!

You deserve a break but I don’t mean at Mc Donalds! lol   I’m not a beach person but I’ve probably not been at the right beach to appreciate it! 

Here I kept it very CAS (clean and simple). 

I die cut a rectangle out of copy paper so I could ink blend an area centerish on the front of my A2 size cardbase.

I blended oxide inks with my blue and brown brushes without putting on more ink because I wanted it very light.

Then I did some splattering with Prize Ribbon and Ground Espresso Distress inks and then a little white acrylic after the ink splatters were dry.

I die cut three of the Tropical Leaf Bunch, glued them together and then directly to the cardbase.

The beach chair is from last months SSS release.  I stamped it and fussy cut it by hand, colored it with Copics and glued it directly to the cardbase. Details about this set in my post HERE

Then I stamped the sentiment from the beach stamp set and added Memory Box Fairy Jewels from the Pastel set. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Hope you enjoy the new release and here’s the 

code for $5 off through 8/15…  5BUCKS

Have a great weekend!  Do any of you have an ebike?  We’re going to go looking at them this afternoon.


p.s. links to the new products are in bold and the SSS picture in my post!  Thank you for looking/shopping through my links!  I appreciate it!

All Occasion · Birthday · cards · Die Piecing · Flowers · Oxide Inks · Spellbinders dies · Summer · Thinking of You

Winter Garden Release in a Summer Way Card…

Hi everyone!  How fun is this NEW die set called Letterbox from Spellbinders Winter Garden Release!  I made it up in a Winter Scene card too but I think I’ll post it separately because I have so many pictures of this one.

I die cut everything and put them together before I adhered them to a Distress Oxide ink blended A2 size cardbase. I used Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass with a torn piece of copy paper to separate the sky and grass.

I used a NEW die set called Winter Evergreen Foliage behind the Be Bold flowers.

I love these sweet blooms with the mailbox!

The die cut sentiment is from the NEW Mix and Match Holiday Greetings Die set.  I die cut it twice in white cardstock, glued them together and glued them directly to the card.

I used woodgrain cardstock for the post and a matte silver metallic cardstock for the box.

I hope you like this as much as I do!  I’m anxious to show you the Winter version too!  ❤

Linking to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Make your own backgound

Thank you for clicking over and holler if you have any questions!

Dies and Supplies I used to make this card…

Sale info below!

Spellbinders – Winter Garden…
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Spellbinders – Celebrate The Season…
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Spellbinders – Winter Garden…
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S5-502 Spellbinders BE BOLD BLOOMS…
[ SSS | SBC | SPL ]
Spellbinders – Parcel and Post…
[ SBC | SSS | SPL ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Hammermill WHITE 100 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe
[ STR ]
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock MATTE…
[ SSS ]
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
[ STR | SBC | SSS ]
Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing…
[ SPL | SSS ]
Memory Box – SH44003 Woodgrain Paper…
[ STR | SSS ]


Christmas in July Sale at!  Ends July 24th… check it out!