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 Floral Stem, Tulisa and Ring Collage dies and Happy Easter Egg die…

Hi everyone…a big pop of color to brighten your day right off the bat! Two cards today.

I loved Shari’s video HERE. I just had to try her technique!

Coloring with Distress inks on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. The Rectangle Basics die set for the layer…

Emboss the Ring Collage die with your die cutting machine…

Add some super cute matte Doodlebug Sprinkles…link below.

Cindy from Starlitstudio gave me this tip and I love using it. You know how it is with adhesives…it takes a half a dozen to make a card! lol I have different mounting options for different reasons.  On a narrow frame like this, I love using Cindy’s mounting technique.

Take a piece of craft foam and put scor-tape on both sides. Then you can cut strips whatever size you need!  First I cut them ahead but now, I just cut strips with a scissors in the moment to what size I need right then.  Love it!

Cindy has White craft foam 3mm HERE, Black craft foam 3mm HERE and Scor-tape HERE. I use the 2 ½ inch size for this.  I love scor-tape, well right after Tombow Mono Multi and ATG. lol  Oh and 3L mounting squares.  See…takes a lot of adhesives! lol  You can also use the 2mm fun foam from the chain stores.

Linking my Floral Stem card to challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Layer It UP

CAS Watercolor Card Challenge – Spring

The Card Concept – Rich Texture (Clean and Layered)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge – Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge – Add Dimension

Next card…more Distress Ink coloring..

Here I die cut the Tulisa Collage die in a white card-stock panel that I die cut with the Rectangle Basics die.  I love that the largest rectangle in this set is A2 size! This panel is mounted to the card base with mounting foam strips.

I die cut the Happy Easter Egg die and the grass die from white card-stock. I like to leave or put the die cut back in the waste to do the coloring/inking.  Helps it stay in shape and prevents bending too. I inked the words and the grass with Distress inks and the mini ink blending tools.

I glued the sentiment, grass and a few clean sequins to the card front with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Linking to some challenges…

Scrapy Land Challenge – Favorite Holiday (poppystamps)

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers March Die Challenge – Anything Goes with Dies

AAA Cards Challenge – CAS Game #86 Diecuts

It’s Spring my cards proclaim! Nice one day, dreary the next! lol Glad for cheery cards!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Holler if you have any questions!

Here’s what I used to make these 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!

Memory Box Easter Eggstravaganza Frame, Springtime Floral Egg, Happy Easter Journal Script, Hippity Hoppity, Bunny Silhouette and Delphinium Circle Dies…

Hello card makers and friends! Maybe I should’ve saved this one for Easter Sunday! Maybe I’ll take a blogging break that day! hehe

Another ink blended background using Distress inks on Mixed Media card-stock.  I really like using this stock because it blends so easy and is very forgiving…any marks blend out and the colors move together so well. My arm gets tired, so easier and faster is good! A few water drops is all…kept this pretty simple.

I die cut the Easter Eggstravaganza Frame in white card-stock and ran it back through the Big Shot using the Multi-Purpose platform on Tab 2, the tan mat and  5 pieces of 65# card-stock for extra shimming. That gets the detail embossed nicely.  If it doesn’t emboss as deep as I want, I turn it to the back side and using an embossing stylus I rub in the spots that are meant to emboss. Bummer I didn’t get better pictures of the embossing but I think you know what I mean.

I love this long bladed grass die though… I don’t have the solid egg dies that fit behind but I think I would’ve liked them too.  I’ll put them in the link up below in case you’d want a solid layer behind your decorative eggs.

This picture shows I die cut 3 of the Happy Easter sentiment.  I added a few dots of white gel pen too.

I inked the top Happy Easter before I glued them together.  I left it in the negative cut while I was inking to keep it from bending out of shape.  You could ink your card-stock and then die cut too.

Any Easter-y Distress ink colors will work!

Linking to challenges…

Addicted to Stamps and more… Holiday

Scrapy Land Challenge….Favorite Holiday (Memory Box)

Next card…

This is my second make of this card.  The first one I glued the words on hoppity hippity!  Go Pam! lol  Funny thing is, I didn’t even notice it for a couple weeks! That’s scary! lol

I die cut the Delphinium Circle in Mixed Media paper and likely inked it with Wild Violet I think. Then I die cut it with the new Square Basics dies. I inked a piece to go behind the circle too…again with Distress ink and the ink blending tools.

Hippity Hoppity was die cut from MM card-stock and inked with Wild Violet Distress ink too.  I dropped water droplets on it to get that distressed look. Really nice size sentiments…easy to glue on with my favorite Tombow Mono Multi glue.

I die cut and embossed the Bunny Silhouette die, left it in the die, turned it over and inked it with Hickory Smoke Distress ink and an ink blending tool being careful to not get any on it’s tail.

I added dots to the flowers with Nuvo Drops.

I mounted it with foam tape…love that stuff, don’t you? I did add an eye to the bunny with a black pen.  Which reminds me I need to order some more! hehe

Linking up to challenges…

CASology Challenge – Foliage

Holler if you have any questions…I usually forget something! lol

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a beautiful Sunday!

Below are links to stores with the products I used for my cards today…

Memory Box Montpellier Butterfly and Magnificent Mum Left and Right Corner Dies…

Hi everyone! Taking a break from Easter cards today to show some of the other new dies from Memory Box that were released in January.

Everything was die cut in white and inked with Distress Inks and the ink blending tools. Shaded Lilac is such a pretty color. Combined with Peacock Feathers and the yellows in the Distress inks, lets just say I was amazed and happy at how this turned out!

I die cut 3 of the Montpellier Butterfly and glued them together with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue so they would stand out on the card.

I cut two of each of the corner dies so all four corners made a frame.

The Mixed Media card-base is inked with distress inks too and then spattered with distress ink mixed with water.

I embossed the sentiment on an inked piece of white card-stock.  Added some PPP clear sequins and it was done.

Linking my card to challenges…

Double D Challenges – Things that Fly



From white, soft and subtle to black, bold and beautiful…

Here I made a Distress ink blended background using Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves on Mixed Media card-stock. More spattering and some made it on the card! lol

I die cut the Montpellier Butterfly 2 times in Memory Box Licorice card-stock this time and glued them together same as the card above. I love the shadow the white backed black gives the cut. Pulls in the light.

I stamped the happiness message with the MISTI before adhering the die cut to the card. I added strips of Licorice and white card-stock to the left side and felt like it just added an elegant feel to the whole composition.

Linking to challenges…

Double D Challenges – Things That Fly


I enjoyed how these two cards came out…a study in contrasts for sure. Happy Saturday!

Thank you for stopping by and holler if you have any questions!  I always love hearing from you!

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

Here’s what I used on these two cards…

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

poppystamps Freida Curve, Happy Easter Curve and Serene Rabbit dies…

Hi everyone! Here comes Peter Cottontail! I’m not sure the best way to show all the Easter cards I have…getting close to the wire. Do you have an opinion?  Two cards in a post?  Two posts a day? There are a lot of pictures. I know I need to get them out there so you can shop if you want!

I made a watercolor background with Distress inks and cut the Happy Easter Curve die out of it…in the card I’ll post tomorrow, you’ll see what I did with the negative of the cut.

Linking to the CAS Watercolor Card Challenge – Spring

and The Crafty Addicts Challenge – Anything Goes/CAS

and CASology Challenge – Foliage

I die cut the Freida Curve die from White card-stock.

The Rabbit is die cut from white card-stock and inked with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and the ink blending tool.  I masked off his tail so it wouldn’t get too dirty! hehe

The Mixed Media card panel is cut from the Rectangle Basics die and ink blended with Distress Inks and the ink blending tools and spattered with some water droplets. The rectangle panel is taped with ATG to an A-2 size card base.

Two sizes of Pretty Pink Posh sequins glued here and there finish it off.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I’ll put links to everything below and let me know what you think?  If you mind 2 or 3 cards in a post or more posts a day? TY!

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Here’s what I used on my card today…