Memory Box Spring and Easter cards…

Hi cardmakers and friends! Some Memory Box dies and Distress Ink Smooshing on my first card today. Have you done this technique yet? I’m sure I’ve described it on other posts and if you google, lots will come up.  It is so fun!  I used Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet on  watercolor paper.

I die cut the egg a couple times and glued it together with Tombow Mono Multi glue.  The sentiment is just one layer glued carefully to a piece of vellum. I used the Rectangle Basics die set for the layers.

I know the Nuvo drops are really fun but I still tend to reach for the Doodlebug Sprinkles/enamel dots.  I love the colors and sizes.  I’ll link to everything below.

Linking my card up to challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – use more than one die

CAS Watercolor Card Challenge – Spring

Uniko Challenge – Spring with optional Easter


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Layer it up

Next card…

I die cut the Gift Basket die from a kraft notecard and ran it back through the Big Shot with the tan mat and shims to get the embossed effect.  While it’s still in the die, turn it over and ink it through the holes in the die with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and the ink blending tool!  Adds so much to a simple card.

The Petite Flower Bunch die fits perfectly in the basket. I used white Nuvo drops for the flower centers.

The light is weird on this photo but I liked it for some reason. lol  A sweet card IRL.  One to use for any occasion.

Linking my card up to challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – use more than one die


It’s been so fun to have you following me with this rash of blog posts! hehe  I promise I won’t always post like this! (I’m not done yet. lol)   I appreciate your view and comments so much and love to visit your blogs too!  Be sure to show me what you’re up to!  I love looking!  I call it research and development… hehe…it inspires my card making too!

Take care and have a wonderful rest of the day!

Links to what I used to make these two cards…

poppystamps Dogwood Frames and more…

Happy first day of Spring to you! It’s been lovely here in Iowa… well if you ignore the stormy and cold days! lol

My first card today is really fun, simple, whimsical and graphic in a very CAS kind of way! I actually got my Tiny Attacher to cooperate and work right! yay! Usually it smashes out all kooky and flat. I guess the trick is only going through one layer! hehe

Linking to some challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Layer it up

Happy Little Stampers March Die challenge – Anything Goes with Dies

Time Out Challenges – CASE

AAA Cards Challenge – Diecuts

2nd card … bring in some color!

Thank you, don’t mind if I do!  I like pink and green with kraft too! lol  White lines drawn in with a signo gel pen…happy with it!

Linking to some challenges…

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Bit O’ Green


Links below to the products I used…

Thanks so much for stopping by and one of these days I won’t have so much to post! ‘preciate you looking and your comments so much!

poppystamps Happy Easter Curve, Elegant Easter Lily, Ring Collage, Easter Egg Party and Tomei Branch dies…

Hello! Here’s the card I used the leftover watercolor piece from yesterday’s card on.  I embossed the Ring Collage die in the watercolor background by running it through the Big Shot with the Multi Purpose Platform on Tab 1, a tan mat, the cutting plates and a couple card-stock shims.

I’ve been thinking about this background and I’m pretty sure I used Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint for the watercoloring. I didn’t use this piece for what I originally wanted because I didn’t like the Peeled Paint in there but I don’t mind it for this card.  Tip: don’t throw anything away. lol

I like the Lilly as a silhouette in white!  The other card-stock colors are Memory Box A-2 Notecards.

Another close up.  The spatters are the same distress inks I used for the background, use less water for darker spatters.

Linking up to…
The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

CAS Watercolor Challenge – Spring

Stampin’ Royalty – Spring

The next card is a little more whimsical…

Here I used the new Easter Egg Party and Tomei Branch dies. I die cut them in white and colored with Copics. The rectangles are cut with the Rectangle Basics die set.

An ink blended background with some spatters everywhere!  And I mean everywhere…how do they get on my glasses and the floor?! ugh

Some of those sweet little sequins and a few gel pen white dots to finish it off.

Oh and a sweet happy easter greeting from the Easter Excitement Clear stamp set, inked in black.

The white Floral Dotted Border die on the pink card is this one HERE

Linking to….
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge – Holiday
Scrapyland Challenge – Favorite Holiday (poppystamps)
Time Out Challenges – #79 CASE

Links below to the products I used….thanks for stopping by again!

P.S. has Distress Oxide inks and refills in stock HERE and HERE if you’re looking for them! hehe

Memory Box Happiness and poppystamps Tendril Demi Frame…

It’s looking like Spring all over blog land but we finally got snow here in SE  Iowa! I love how bright it is and the sun is shining! yay!

I have a lot of Spring cards to share though so I better get to it!

Some ink blending with Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac…heat embossed sentiment and then the panel hooked under the scroll parts of two cuts of the Tendril Demi Frame die. Whew. Easy!  The hard part was getting a picture of it for some reason.

It’s been challenging to find card-stocks that blend easy.  Have you noticed that?  What are your favorites for ink blending?  I really like the heavier weight Mixed Media pads, but what I used today is Strathmore Premium, Super Smooth 80# Ultimate White card-stock.  I purchased a ream of it from Marcos Paper a few years ago.  Just happened to try it and wow, I like it for this! Good deal. lol

I’ll link below to what I used…

Thanks so much for stopping by! You’re what keeps me coming back here and posting! lol  ‘preciate it and your comments so much.  Thank you!

Products I used for my card today…

Echo Park Mister Fox Snow-globe Birthday card…

Hi everyone!  I’m back with another birthday card…this snowglobe card is for one of our granddaughters that just turned 12!  Lilli loves to stamp and die cut.  She will sit and do tedious die creating even!  A gal after her Grandma’s heart for sure! lol

When I saw this Fox die I just had to have it.  I don’t know why, if you know me, you know I’m not an animal lover! A lot of my friends are, so I keep good company! lol  I love cute stamp and die critters though!

To come up with this snow-globe shape, I used the Memory Box Circle Basics die and the Memory Box Snow-globe Open Studio Bases die set.  It was easy to make the front but I took the challenge and did partial die cutting to make the card base because I wanted it to be the snow-globe shape too.  It worked great!

With a pencil I outlined the card front onto the card base. I cut the circle part of the base by keeping the fold below the cutting line on the circle so it wouldn’t be cut when I ran it through the machine. I stopped cutting the circle when it got to where the base started by lining the cutting plate up at the stopping point before I ran it through the machine.

Then I lined up the base to the pencil line and used a little piece of broken cutting plate at an angle on both sides (one side at a time) so the top of the base wouldn’t cut when I ran it through the machine!   I was tickled with how it came out and even more tickled that it worked the first time! hehe

So don’t throw broken cutting plates away…that’s my tip for the day!

You’ll find the Circle basics die set HERE, the Parker Alphabet dies HERE, the Snow-globe Base HERE (wouldn’t you know, the snow-globe bases are discontinued, I found them at this site though when I googled),  the Pattern Paper I used HERE, the flower sticker HERE  and the Fox HERE.

Linking to some challenges…

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

The Paper Players – Cut it Out

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – For a special lady/girl

Thanks for stopping by!  Thank you for the wonderful comments and emails!  I love hearing from you!

Memory Box Sending Love card and sale…


Hi everyone!  Sharing another valentine today… I love this stripe look and I think this card could easy be masculine too!

I used the new Memory Box Sending Love and Heart Wire dies and Memory Box notecards. HERE are the notecard colors Cindy/SLS has in stock right now…


I used Licorice, Cranberry (SLS has Cranberry) and Pool notecards for my card today and they are available at Arrow through the colors to find the ones you want.

A few Doodlebug Sprinkles on the Heart Stream die cut.

This could easy be a shaker again but I like it like this too!  hehe


I wanted to let you know there’s an awesome sale going on at too!  I just saw Concord and 9th!  I gotta go shop! That Hello Lovely stamp set is calling my name! lol


Linking up to challenges…

House of Cards challenge – Love theme and/or colors

AAA Clean and Simple challenge – Love theme and CAS

The Paper Players challenge – Will you be my Valentine?

Kara’s 300 Weeks of  Inspiration Challenge – my pick is Julia from week #224 (read all bout it at the link for the challenge)

Scrapyland Challenge – Anything Goes (I used Memory Box)

Thanks for stopping by!  We did get snow in case you were wondering! hehe  It’s so pretty and bright!  I was able to take pictures yesterday and they came out good!  yay for light!