Beautiful Blooming Branches Project Ideas

Do you live somewhere near flowering trees? One of the things I love about early springtime is visiting my mom and seeing all the fruit trees in bloom. She lives in central Washington which is covered in apple, cherry, pear and peach orchards. This month's Blooming Branches stamps and dies are based on a picture of a flowering apple tree, but you can color this stamp set to look like nearly any flowering tree. Check out these gorgeous cards to get some ideas about how to make some beautiful cards of your own!



First up is this beautiful pink card from Ana. Ana used alcohol markers to color the flowers, leaves and branch. Then she used the matching dies to cut out her colored flowering branch image. To create the beautiful, smooth gradient background Ana used inks that matched her pink flowers. She flicked a little paint on the finished gradient to add some visual interest. Ana die cut out the word Hello (which is included in the set of Blooming Branches dies) from black cardstock to make the sentiment and added some black enamel dots to finish this card. Isn't it lovely?



Allison also used alcohol markers to color the spray of flowers and leaves along the branch. She then gave the design some pizzazz with a bit of gold glitter paper peeking through a die cut ring behind the flowers. I love that she used the 'Hello' die to make a sentiment out of another branch of flowers that she had colored. That's really creative!



Norine's card features a hand-painted background! She watercolored the flowers and leaves along with the branch. Then she used that same lovely pink color that she had used on the flowers to create a unique striped background. What a fun way to make sure your background perfectly matches your flowers!



When I first saw Latisha's card, I did a double take. Her no-line coloring technique takes the Blooming Branch stamped image to a new level of cool. I love the colors she chose, and the shading she did, and, well, everything ;).



And last, but not least, is this sweet card that Bev made. She also used alcohol markers to color the stamped image and then die cut out the flowering branch. She stamped the heartfelt sentiment (from the Blooming Branches stamp set) on her card front. Then she cut a window from a subtly patterned paper to frame the sentiment. She gave the whole card dimension by popping up both the patterned paper frame and the flowering branch stamped image. 


I hope you saw some cards here that inspire you. You can see more projects using the Blooming Branches stamps and dies on our website!


PS: If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society, the Blooming Branches should be arriving in your mailbox soon. We started shipping them to members on June 10th.

Not a member? You can order the Blooming Branches stamps and dies individually now. Or save 10% when you buy the stamp and die bundle. Or join the Greenhouse Society and save 25% each month on beautiful flower stamps and dies like these!

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Scrapbooking the People Who Make You Laugh and Smile

You know all the people in your life who make you laugh and smile? Today's blog post is all about making photo captions and journaling blocks to go with those happy and funny photos!

In this blog post I am going to show several project ideas and share tips for using the brand-new Laugh and Smile stamps. These stamps are designed to work by themselves to help you make photo captions, journaling blocks, and accents for your layouts. And they get even better when you use these stamps and the matching sets of dies together!


I've been using a Traveler's Notebook to keep a gratitude journal. I used the Laugh and Smile stamps to make a bunch of pre-made phrases that I plan to use in my gratitude journal. I hope you get some ideas about how you can use these stamps and dies for your own scrapbook pages and memory keeping projects!


Step 1:
Line the stamps up on your stamp positioner.

When you are using solid stamps like these, you often need to stamp everything more than once to make sure you have good ink coverage. That's where a stamp position really helps. Since I was stamping a bunch of these smile and laugh completer phrases, in several different colors, I wanted to make sure they were stamped perfectly so I knew I would probably have to stamp them more than once.


Most stamp positioners also have grid lines. I recommend you use the grid lines to get the stamps lined up as straight as possible. The straighter your stamping the easier it will be to cut out the completer phrase strips later.

Step 2:
Use extra magnets to hold your paper down.

Solid stamps, like these completer phrase stamps (and some kinds of ink) are rather sticky. To help make sure your paper doesn't move, cut out some smaller pieces of paper. I cut out several 2.25" x 4" pieces of smooth white card stock. I also recommend sliding your paper as tight as possible into a corner of your stamp positioner. Then, if your paper does move, you can just push it right back into the corner and usually get it back into the right place.


Step 3:
Apply a generous amount of ink.

When you are using solid stamps, like these laugh and smile completer phrases, you'll need to use more ink to get good coverage. I used Versamagic ink for my projects. I find they work well with solid stamps. And I love the opaque, velvety look the Versamagic inks create!


Here's another tip. If you are using die-based ink, the ink may appear blotchy right after you stamp. Usually if you give the ink a little time, the die ink will spread out a little and things will look better.

Step 4:
Stamp the completer phrases several times. And run your fingers or the palm of your hand across the stamp positioner to make sure all the ink is transferred to the paper.


Step 5:
Cut out your completer phrases. I used my paper trimmer and extra sharp scissors to cut mine out. I also used some foam adhesive to make some of the completer phrases be more dimensional.


Step 6:
Stamp all the different Laugh and Smile words so you have some of them in your stash too. And you may want to also die cut out some of the scripty Laugh and Smile words!

The Layered Smile dies include both the scripty word smile, a mat die that you can either stamp on or layer with the scripty die cut, and some little accents you can use to highlight your photos or journaling. (If you are a member of the Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program, the Layered Smile dies will be in in your June auto-shipment.)

In addition, there is a separate set of Layered Laugh dies that work the same way. (We made them a separate set so that both of these sets of dies would be more affordable.)



Now that you've seen the steps I used to make my laugh and smile accents, let me show you some project ideas.

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I hope you enjoyed hearing about these tips and seeing these project ideas featuring the new Laugh and Smile stamp set. And I hope you'll watch my Introducing the Laugh and Smile stamp set video too. In that video I share some additional tips and show a bunch more projects ideas for using these stamps and dies!


P.S. Are you a member of the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program? We will start shipping the Laugh and Smile stamp sets to members on June 10th.

Not a member? You can pre-order these stamps now. Or if you'd like to save 25%, sign up to become a Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship member!

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Make Your Own Embossed Vellum Butterflies

Hi everyone! This is Bev and today I get to introduce you all to Nathalie. In this blog post, Nathalie shares some ideas about how to make heat-embossed vellum butterflies. Her gorgeous layout will inspire you to make some vellum butterfly accents for your next card, scrapbook page, or decor project! (If you'd rather watch Nathalie's process video, hop on over to our website!)


Hi there! I am Nathalie, and I am so excited to have been invited to be a guest designer here at Technique Tuesday. I love stamps because they are one of the most versatile tools when memory keeping, and this month’s new releases - the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set and the matching Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes stamps - were the inspiration for the layout that I am sharing with you all today.


To start this layout, I created a series of labels using the Essential Stitched Labels Dies with different patterned papers. The idea was to create a column of labels that loosely resembled a tiled background. However, I did not glue the labels to the background immediately.


Using color inks to match those of the papers, a series of images from the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set were stamped onto vellum. I chose to emboss all the images using different colored embossing powders so that vellum butterfly accents have a two tone look on them. Since the color ink was used to stamp the images, the underside of each vellum butterfly has a different color from the embossed side. These were all fussy cut and set aside. (Instead of fussy cutting you could use the matching Beautiful Butterflies Crafting Dies to cut out your vellum butterfly accents.)


To construct the layout, the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouette stamp was used to create silhouette images of the butterflies around the labels in coordinating colors to the ones used on the vellum butterflies. Some of the stamped butterflies were added before gluing the label to the background while others were added to already adhered labels. To each silhouette, the coordinating embossed vellum butterfly images were added with glue dots, so that dimension was created on the wings.


To finish the page, a few embellishments were added to some of the labels, and around the picture in clusters. The title was then added by using one of the labels created with the Essential Stitched Labels Dies and a sentiment from the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set.


I hope this has inspired you to use the new Beautiful Butterflies and Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes on projects of your own. I am sure you will love the results.



What a beautiful layout! The lovely embossed vellum butterfly accents make the whole project seem so light and ethereal. I hope Nathalie has given you some ideas about how to make heat embossed vellum butterflies of your own!


P.S.     Memory Keepers Studio members... we shipped the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set to you in your May auto-shipment.

Not a member? You can order these stamps and die individual now. Or for a limited time you can save 10% when you buy the Beautiful Butterflies Bundle. The bundle includes the Beautiful Butterflies stamps, the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Set, and the Beautiful Butterflies Crafting Dies.

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How to Color Red Roses with Copic Markers

Hello, Julie here with another amazing tutorial from Ana! Today Ana is showing us how to color a red rose with Copic markers.


Hello crafty friends!

It’s Ana here today sharing a card I made with the beautiful Sending Roses Stamp Set and the matching Sending Roses Dies! They are part of the Greenhouse Society Collection of flower stamps and dies.

This newest Technique Tuesday floral addition took my breath away when I saw it! I love roses and all the beautiful colors they come in and I just couldn’t wait to color this gorgeous image!

For today’s card I decided to color the stamped roses in classic red.

To start, I stamped two rose images on Neenah Classic Crest 80 lb. cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


Next, I chose my 3 shades of red Copic markers (R59, R29, R35) to color these beauties.


I colored the leaves next, with Copic markers (G99, YG67, YG63).


I die cut both of my red Copic-colored stamped rose images with the Sending Roses Dies and then started working on my background.


I stamped the sentiment (from the Sending Roses set) on a piece of white cardstock and die cut it with the largest Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies and used an embossing folder to create the background.


To assemble the card, I cut white heavyweight cardstock to 10 x 5, then scored and folded it at 5 inches creating a card base. Using liquid glue, I adhered the embossed piece (4 ¾ x 5) directly to card base and adhered my sentiment piece with foam tape.

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To embellish the card, I added red gloss dots and my card was finished!

TT-AnaA-May-blog-post-Sending-Roses10 I really hope you like today’s card as much as I enjoyed creating it 😊

Thank you so much for stopping by today and spending some time with me.

Until next time, I wish you Happy Crafting!



Wow, what a beautiful card! I love the shades of red and green Ana used to color her stamped and die cut roses. I hope Ana's tutorial has given you some new ideas about how to color red roses with Copic markers!


P.S. If you'd like to see another card featuring these stamps and dies, check out my tutorial about how to add color and highlights to stamped roses using alcohol makers.

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See the New Release Video & Join the Blog Hop!


Hello, Julie here! It's the first of June and we are all smiles and laughter, beautiful blooming flowers and happy hippos around here. It's pretty giddy, let me tell you! We are excited to announce the June new release, and Bev is here with a 3-minute video to get things started!


Plus, Don't Miss The Blog Hop!

Our creative team, along with several guest designers, have a whole bunch of projects that they're sharing with you, too. We hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!

Technique Tuesday (hey lookit, you're here!)


Norine Borys

Jung AhSang

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey

Dana Kirby

Nathalie DeSousa

Amy Kolling

Ana Anderson

Latisha Yoast

Allison Arbour

Sheree Forcier

Yasmin Diaz


I hope you enjoyed seeing all the new products in Bev's video, and all the amazing projects on the Blog Hop. If you saw some new stamps or dies you like, head on over to the new products section of our website. We've also included a handy-dandy table below!


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June Sneak Peek Day 3


Today is the last day of the June new release sneak peeks. And here is a preview of the happy creatures who will be joining the Animal House Collection in June. I've been having so much fun playing with these stamps and dies!


So far I've made at least 8 projects featuring these critters and the punny sentiments that are included in the June stamp set. A little bit of one of my cards is featured in this sneak peek. Plus Bev included this project in her new release video.

Want to be the first to see the new release video and a whole "herd" of new projects? Sign up for our Inner Circle Newsletter. We'll send details about the video and this month's blog hop to you first thing tomorrow morning!


June Sneak Peek Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of the June new release sneak peeks! Today's sneak peek is of the June Greenhouse Society stamps and matching dies.


This picture also includes a little peek of one of the cards I made using these new stamps and dies. I've been making cards for nearly 20 years. And the truth is these stamps and dies helped me make not one but 2 of my most favorite cards EVER. I can't wait to share them with you. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know as soon as I have the tutorials ready!


June Sneak Peek Day 1 - A Reason to Smile!


As usual, I cannot believe June is almost here! We here in the Pacific Northwest have been flirting with warmer weather. School is nearly out. We've had several days that were mostly sunny. And this all means that people around here are actually smiling and laughing a little more too. 

Our first sneak peek is all about documenting memories of times that made you smile and laugh. Here's a quick look at this month's Memory Keepers' Studio stamp set.


The Fresh Cut Studio dies that are coming out in June will also give you a reason to smile. These dies are layered and will help you add a little dimension to your layouts and cards!


I hope you enjoyed these sneak peeks of a couple of the stamp and die sets that are coming in June. If you want to be the first to see all the new stamps and dies on the new release reveal day, sign up for our Inner Circle Newsletter. We'll send you all the details (plus links to lots of projects that are part of the blog hop) on Saturday, June 1st!

Happy crafting!


Watercolor Stamped Rose Tutorial with Dana Kirby

Hey there, it's Julie! Today I'm happy to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. In this blog post, Dana shares her stamped rose watercolor tutorial. Dana used her watercolors and the Sending Roses stamps and the matching Sending Roses dies to create such a sweet card! (These stamps and dies are the May additions to the Greenhouse Society Collection.)


Hi Friends! It is Dana here today sharing a card using the gorgeous Sending Roses Stamp Set from the May release.

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I started my card by stamping my rose image in black ink and water coloring it with a pale blue and green watercolor. I used a lot of water, and just kept adding color until I got my desired look. Next, I used the Sending Roses dies to die cut my rose image. I set this aside and began working on my card design.

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I started by die cutting the large Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Die from light gray cardstock for my center label. Next, I die cut Sending (included with the Sending Roses die set) from medium gray cardstock. I attached this to my label and stamped the rest of my sentiment (lots of love from the Sending Roses stamp set) underneath. I also added my rose image to my label at this time.

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To finish my card, I used an aqua piece of patterned paper to create my card panel. I attached this to a medium gray mat before attaching it to my A2 card base. Lastly, I attached my label to my card front with foam adhesive.

Don't you just love this Sending Roses stamp set and dies? The image is gorgeous and the sentiments are definitely some of my favorites!


Dana's card is so beautiful, right? And her rose stamp tutorial using watercolors makes it so easy to replicate this card. If you aren't into watercolors, you might like my tutorial about how to color and add highlights to these stamped roses using alcohol markers. Or use the Sending Roses stamps and dies with any or all of your favorite coloring mediums. I hope Dana's card and these tutorials inspire you to make some beautiful stamped roses of your own!


P.S. If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, you should already have received the Sending Roses products. Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Sending Roses, sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member before the end of May!

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Butterfly Embellishments for Your Scrapbook or Handmade Cards

Hi everyone! This is Bev and I am delighted to introduce Sheree Forcier to all of you. In today's blog post she shares some ideas about how to make gorgeous butterfly embellishments for your scrapbook pages (or handmade cards). I love the lovely, airy layout that Sheree created!


Hi everyone! Sheree Forcier here and I’m so excited to be here as a guest designer for May and June! Today I have a layout to share with you featuring the gorgeous Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set and the matching Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Set.


I layered some white cardstock onto two pieces of patterned paper then decided where I wanted my photo to go. I added some machine stitching around the edge of the white cardstock background and to the top right corner of the photo, then added some die cut flowers and leaves.

I cut a white label using the Essentials Stitched Labels Dies, then stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set in the center using black ink. The label was placed to the left of the photo and I added a line of machine stitching across the middle. I also stamped the ‘lovely’ stamp from the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp set multiple times at the top right of the photo.


Next was the fun part…stamping the butterflies! To create the multi-coloured butterfly embellishments for this scrapbook page, I simply stamped the different butterflies directly onto patterned paper and cut them out. (I didn't have the matching dies but you could use them to avoid having to fussy cut out the butterflies.) This is a great, easy way to add colour to an image if you don’t have many coloured inks in your stash or if you’re not very confident working with markers.


Before adhering the butterflies to the page, I decided where I wanted them to go, then created a shadow for them using the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamps and a lovely neutral coloured ink. I stamped directly onto the white cardstock, then added some machine stitched butterfly trails before adding the butterflies with foam dots to create extra dimension.


The journaling strips were added to the top left of the page and machine stitched, and the date was added to finish it off


If you’d like to watch my process you can see how I put it all together in the video below.

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas on how you can add dimension to your next project using the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set with the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Set. They have been so much fun to create with!


Thanks so much for joining me today! Happy crafting!



I love the wandering lines of stitching that indicate the butterflies' flight paths. And I adore the way Sheree used the butterfly silhouette stamps to make shadows for the detailed butterfly accents. These subtle details add a sense of movement, dimension, and bring the design together!


P.S. If you're a member of the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program, we shipped the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set to you earlier this month. Not a member? No problem! You can order these stamps now. If you'd like to save 25% off the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set, sign up to become a Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship member before the end of this month!

Or, if you'd like the Beautiful Butterflies and the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Sets, as well as the Beautiful Butterflies Crafting Dies all in one bundle (saving you %10), check out the Beautiful Butterflies Bundle.

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