Mementoes In Time


Christmas 2017 Series - Distress Oxide Background Cards

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Following on from an earlier post where we created some gorgeous Distress Oxide Tissue Paper backgrounds, as promised here are a couple of cards made using them.

This beautiful red and orange background with copper sprays worked perfectly with this old faithful Stamp It Stamp, embossed with black embossing powder. Actually, I made the mistake of using Distress Embossing Powder which of course rubs off, so I had to seal it with some laquer.

The blue background with silver spray worked nicely with another Stamp It stamp and this time with white embossing powder and a greeting

The green background with gold spray inks was a challenge to use and I messed the stamping up twice, to I decided to work with the small piece that I had left and simply added a die cut ornament and some ribbon which I was much happier with. One of the messed up ones is shown below.

I just wasn't happy with this one at all. Not a great photo but I tried to stamp the tree and emboss in black but the result was too harsh, so I decided to add a bit of white embossing powder on the top to give a snow effect. Yuck! Straight in the bin with that one and a waste of a beautiful green and gold tissue background which was super annoying!


Verdict: The stamps did seem to work quite well on this background overall but you do need to be careful choosing which one and which ink to use, to avoid overpowering the background. Join me again soon for another post in our Christmas Series, where we will be making some lovely decorated baubles.

Make beautiful backgrounds with Baby Wipes

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you followed the series on Distress Oxide Ink, you will remember I was complaining about wasting the papers used to wipe up excess ink from the mat. An example of one of my heavily used rags is shown above!


Depending on what I am doing, I will use kitchen roll paper or baby wipes. The kitchen roll gets thrown away but I do tend to keep the baby wipes in a big pile near my craft table. The wipes pick up all the lovely colours of the inks or paints I am using and I was intending to find a use for them at some point.

Some of the colours you can create without trying are just beautiful and far to nice to throw away, so I was happy to create some lovely projects from something old. Another recycle, reuse project!  So if you are using wipes to clear up your messes then make sure you keep them to use on a future card project.

Tip: If you are having problems cutting the wipes because your scissors are a bit blunt like mine were, try lightly adhering the wipe to a piece of paper or card. This makes it easier to cut. If you don't need a straight edge then of course just cut away!

Tip: If you are still not getting the finish you want, try sticking the wipe to a piece of card and folding it around and stick it underneath, so that you create a panel that you can then glue to your card. This gives a nice neat effect and was what I used for Cards 1 and 2 below.

Card 1 - Waterlily Pond

This one was really pretty, almost like a Monet painting and reminded me right away of a lily pond.

I wanted a neat edge for this one, so gluing the sheet to some card and then folding it over to create a panel, gave me the finish I wanted.

The addition of a waterlily and a stamped sentiment was all that was needed. The sentiment stamped well, I would just suggest holding the stamp there a little longer than you would normally do for ordinary cardstock, just because the surface of the wipe is uneven and more like a fabric than a paper.

Card 2 - Birdcage

This lovely orange paper, suited a silhouette, so I decided on my trusty birdcage and bird for this mini card

Again, for this card, I made a panel, which you can see here on the reverse. One stuck, just cut the corners so you can fold the edges over

Mounting the panel on black makes a nice contrast with the orange paper

The black cage was brushed with a little Metallic Lustre Black Glimmer, to give it a more dimensional metallic effect.

Card 3 - Mini Waterlily Card

Here I was just using up a scrap and just decided to make a smaller version of the waterlily pond with a small sentiment attached. The tiny dragonfly is simply using a Sizzix Paddle Punch (remember those?) with some silver card.

The baby wipes produce a lovely fabric style of finish which can make your card look expensive. The fact that you are just recycling something you might have thrown away, is an added bonus!

All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 2)

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 2)

As promised for Part 2 of our series on Distress Oxide Inks, here are some projects made using the backgrounds created last time. None of these were planned in any way, I just made a background and then came up with ideas to use it. I love creating like this!


This is just the first three projects, so there will be more but I hope it will give you some ideas and maybe inspiration for things you can do with these lovely new inks from Ranger.


Where possible, I have included before and after photos so you can see how something quite nice can result from something that looks like a complete mess to start with!.

Project 1 - A Pastel Delight

Beautiful pastel, chalky background created using all the light colours in the Oxide collection gave the perfect backdrop for a paper rose and flourish arrangement. The fact that the paper shredded a little from too much water actually gave the finished piece a lovely roughed up texture, similar to handmade paper.


The chipboard flourish was dabbed with Distress Paint Dabbers to co-ordinate with the matt background from the Distress Oxides. Word stamps also look fantastic over the top of these subtle backgrounds

Project 2 - A Surprise to 'Note'

Ugh! Better throw this away!

A brown mess that when dried and stamped with butterflies formed the cover for a notebook. The chalky Oxide finish gives the paper a really unique and very pleasant quality to handle (it almost seems tougher than the paper had started out), which was perfect for my notebook. It is so nice to handle that I can't stop picking it up just to feel the finish.

Project 3 - Scrunched Silhouette Scene 

No I wasn't getting fed up and throwing my toys out of the pram, I just wanted to see what would happen if I scrunched up my paper first before adding the inks

OMG what a disaster!!!!

All the ink has collected around the creases where it has concentrated. I can't imagine this drying into anything nice.

But wait, turn it over and look at that! Wow!!! The ink has bled through to the reverse to create an effect that is very natural and stunning, the photo doesn't do it justice. I was just about to throw this away...

A really good 'mistake'

This lovely pattern made me think of a sunset scene, so I wanted all my embellishments to be in silhouette. The die cuts are all coloured with Distress Paint Black Soot and the cage is then dabbed with a little bronze to give a worn appearance. The birds are from a Quickutz die, the flourish is from a Tim Holz die and the bird cage is a chipboard embellishment from my stash. The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and brushed with Perfect Pearls.

I just love the atmosphere of this card and quite surprised to salvage it from the throw away pile!

The point of today's post was to demonstrate that these inks are incredibly forgiving. What starts out looking like a disaster is not necessarily going to be once it dries.You will get in a mess playing with them but that is half the fun. Just look at the piece of kitchen roll used to clear up one of the palettes I set up. Even that looks beautiful!

Join me again for some more examples if you are enjoying this short series on Distress Oxides. If you have any questions or comment then please leave them below in the Comment Section beneath this post or if you are shy you can use the Contact Form on the left hand sidebar.

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Teapot Card Template

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I've had so much fun with the new Teapot Template that I couldn't stop making demos. Goodness knows what I am going to do with them all - my card box is overflowing with teapots!

You can find this one on the Templates page (Ladies Templates).The template includes two designs, Round and Ornate each in two sizes, with stands if you want to make a display piece as well as traditional fold over cards. There is also a sheet of sentiments and tags but this template also works well with the sentiments included on the Tea and Coffee Time Digitals Collection and of course any stamps you have.

Not too many words, just photos, here are the demos with some brief project notes!

Small Ornate Teapot printed with Willow pattern design on glossy photo paper and finished with Glossy Accents Crackle Medium. Brushed with Tea Dye Distress Ink to show up the cracked effect and to 'age' the pot. Stamped sentiment

Large Round Teapot decorated with Floral paper, with layered flowers on foam pads to give dimension. Sentiment is from the template

Large Ornate Teapot decorated with Japanese print paper, with flower embellishment cut from the same paper with a brass brad and sentiment from the template. Brushed with Distress Ink for dimension

Large Ornate Teapot decorated with Floral papers, paper roses brushed with Distress Inks and a stamped sentiment

Trio of small pots using floral papers and Distress Inks to create a 3D effect

Small round teapot with adhesive pearls to embellish. Get the right colour pearl by brushing them with Distress Paints. Stamped sentiment.

On the left, Chinese papers used to decorate the Large Ornate Teapot, with dimensional embellishment using flowers cut from the paper layered up with foam pads. Stamped Friendship Tag.

Small ornate teapot decorated with floral paper, then stamped with a Crackle effect stamp and distress ink to give the aged/vintage effect.

Edged with distress inks for dimension and a sentiment from the Tea Time Digital Stamp Collection added. Stamped Tag and paper flower brushed with a Distress Marker also.

Large Ornate and Large Round Teapots simply decorated with floral papers. Round Teapot inlcudes sentiment from the Tea Time Digital Collection.

Large Round Teapot with simple spotty paper and stamped sentiment

Thanks for visiting!

Easter 2017 - Super Simple Easter Cards with free Backing Paper

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

If you need to make some super quick Easter notelets, the easiest way is to simply use a piece of Easter themed paper.

You can find a free Easter backing paper sheet on the Member pages. Mix and match with different mounts to create a lovely pastel set of cards, or use the paper on your boxes and baskets. Happy Easter from Mementoes!

PS There will be a second blog post today to catch up from the one missed yesterday.

Valentines Day 2017 - Words From the Heart Cards

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are a few card demos featuring the Digital Stamp Collection 'Words From the Heart'.

Not only for Valentine's Day, these images can lend themselves to many different occasions. Here are just a few ideas!

You Make My Heart Sing

Distressed Inks are the finishing touch for this vintage style card

You Are the Best Thing About Me

Chalks provide some dimension on this contemporary style card

So Glad I Picked You!

Three pretty flowers mounted on free heart backing paper, makes a card perfect for a friend or a loved one

Be My Valentine

A Vintage Card with a three dimensional heart, coated with Glossy Accents and distress inks to provide depth

The Most Beautiful Things in the World

A simple sentiment in pastel blue makes this a perfect card for a special friend

Love Blooms in My Heart

A doodle heart filled with flowers, says it all for a friend or loved one

Love Means the Same in Any Language

Simple in pink with chalks and inks

Two Hearts Entwined

Free backing paper, with a simple sentiment and two polymer clay glitter red hearts, embellished with wire

There are so many ways to use these digital images. Look out for a free sample from this set on the Member pages.

Valentines Day 2017 - Paper Scraps Notelets

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Not strictly a Valentines Day card for this post but I had some scraps left over from decorating my polystyrene hearts and I just love the effect you get from using beautiful handmade papers to create a mini fantasy type scene. Each time you do this the result is different and you often see little landscapes or scenes even though it is just glued paper.


Simply tear up your paper pieces and glue together with a slightly watered down white glue and finish with a final coat, so that the paper is wet enough to adhere together completely. You don’t have to worry getting anything straight at this stage, just glue and let dry.


When your piece is dry you can then cut smaller squares or rectangles and simply mount. I love these cards and we have featured them before way back on the blog, so if you want to see more examples have a look in the Photo Gallery under the ‘Other Cards’ Album.

Valentines Day 2017 - Pop Up Heart Card

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

So we are just trying to post all the projects we had lined up but have been unable to post due to problems with, our website provider.Here is another card project, which is so simple but just so effective. If you use glitter card for your hearts, it is stunning. The photo doesn't do it justice.

Anyway, I am sure you already know how to make these cards and have made them before, so there are no project notes but you get the idea from the photo. The outside of the card is just simply covered with plain paper, as I want the inside to be the surprise!

There are some heart templates on the Member pages but if you would like me to put together a template for the rest of this card showing where the cuts go to create the pop-ups then please leave me a comment and I will put one together.

Valentines Day 2017 - Ribbon Heart Card

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

So here goes with a test post. This was not the project that was intended to be first in the series but never mind, the rest will follow!


So we’ve made this style of card on the blog before for Easter and Christmas and they are so simple to do that I wanted to do a heart card version. Simply using strips of beautiful ribbon behind a die cut heart shape, or a hand cut heart like I have used here.

This is easy and very effective, especially if the light shines through transparent ribbons. This type of card is simple but looks expensive if you use your best quality ribbon scraps.Simply use some double-sided tape around the edges on the reverse side of the heart and stick the ribbons across the aperture, overlapping the slightly. Keep checking how it looks by flipping it over and readjust if necessary. This is the beauty of using the double-sided tape. When you have finished, cover the back with another piece of paper for neatness and simply mount onto the front of your card.


If you don’t have a heart template you can find one with different sized hearts on the Member pages which was posted for another project a few years back and I may get around to posting one for the exact size heart I used here, if we can get back on track with the Valentine's Day projects. They will be coming thick and fast to catch up!

Here an Easter project using this method with a photo instruction, to create beautiful and unique cards to keep!

Easter Cards

And here is a Christmas Card, featuring the same technique

Christmas Card

Christmas '16' Sweater Cards with Festive Knit Backing Papers

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Our last card for this year, before leaving for a well earned rest features the Scandinavian Knit themed papers, this time combining them with the Sweater/Jumper Template. Again, these are simple and quick to make with a fun result that you can personalise to the recipient. I have decided to use the smaller ones with the smaller sized print for gift tags to use on my gifts this year.

 You could add a festive greeting but I think they look quite cute on their own. As these are fun to do, they make a good project for the children to get involved with and can be made for any occasion really, not just Christmas!


There is a sample page of the backing papers added to the Member pages so check there to try it out.

Christmas '16' Notelets using the Scandinavian Knit Backing Papers

Posted on December 14, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, we are very close to Christmas now, so probably if you are a card maker, you have finished your projects or maybe even moved onto some Christmas decor items instead.

Alternatively, if you haven't got around to making anything yet and would like to still make something rather than buy your cards, then here is a simple idea to do so.

These notelets use our  Scandinavian Knit themed backing papers on a square card and a stamped greeting to finish. You can turn out heaps of these very easily.

I am so pleased with how these little notelets turned out that they will definitely be going in the box for use next year, as I have made most of my main cards for family and friends already.

You can find these backing papers on the sidebar menu under the Printables tab and look for a sample page from the set on the Member's pages soon.

Christmas '16' Layered Circle Concertina Trees Cards Template

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We are coming to a close soon with our Christmas Series projects. I did say that in my first post that there won't be many after a difficult year but having looked back at what has been posted in the last couple of weeks, it seems as if this has been the best year ever for the amount of projects we have managed to design, demo and publish!

Today we are featuring another series of cards made with the next Member Template that will be posted on the Free Stuff pages. I love making folded trees and we have posted quite a few different examples of them this year. This one is a good one as you can use this little tree on the front or inside your cards, although be aware that it will create a bulky card if it is used inside. This would be a good card for those people you can hand deliver it to.

There are two designs, a straight edge and a scallop edge. Both work well.

Look for this template on the Member pages and make some lovely layered, concertina circle tree cards.

Quick Video to show how to make the Layered Squares Christmas Trees

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

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The template is now available on the Member pages under Christmas '16'

Christmas '16' Layered Squares Christmas Tree Cards

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am a bit late with my Christmas cards this year, both demos and the ones I am making for friends and family Actually, I don't think many people are sending cards now, in part due to the extortionate cost of posting them these days. This has really hit the card makers hard, as we often have to post them in special boxes because they are thicker than normal printed ones. I have given up and just made cards for people I live near and can deliver by hand, as I really like Christmas cards that have some dimension and interest to them, rather than flat printed ones.

Anyway, enough of the chat as I promised a second post today. Here are today's featured cards, using a simple folded tree design that you can make in bulk.

There is both a straight edge and a scallop edge design on this template. The scallop one looks nice with traditional or muted colours and the straight edge with more contempary or modern colours and designs.

Try the scalloped design

Or the straight edge design

I'll be posting the template and some photo instructions in the next day or so, so check back again if you would like to get hold of that.

Christmas '16' Medallion Ornaments Member Template

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We are back to card projects today. Here are a couple of really quick cards you can make with the same concertina medallion techinique we have been featuring a lot this year as part of the Christmas '16' projects. You want to choose the smaller size concertinas or else your medallions will be too big for a normal sized card.

We have posted a free Member template for you which just includes concertina strips in lots of smaller sizes. You can get this if you sign up to the site.You don't need a template of course but it makes it easier as we have done all the thinking for you!

Thanks for joining us again as part of this Christmas '16' project series.We still have about a week to go before we wrap things up for this year, so do drop by again soon.

Quick Video to show how to make the Folded Circle Trees

Posted on December 7, 2016 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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Here is a quick video 'how to' to make the folded trees featured on the cards in our last post!

Folded Circle Trees with Member Template

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This year we have been featuring lots of Christmas Tree themed cards and decorations. I think the Christmas Tree is so iconic and is such a lovely choice for anyone making crafts of any kind but particularly for papercraft.

There are just so many different patterns and ways to make them for use on your cards or as decorative pieces.

So today, we are featuring some cards using a new member template in various sizes, so you can make gorgeous folded circle trees for cards and gift tags. All you need to do is make sure you have double sided paper for this project for obvious reasons!

This is a simple fold to do and a great way to use up those scraps you don't know what to do with.

You can get the template on the Member's pages

In the next post there will be a quick video showing the simple folds to make the trees

Christmas '16' Paper Case Trees

Posted on December 3, 2016 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, we have a very quick card idea, which is actually a good one for the children or grandchildren to make, or if you like your projects nice and simple.


All you need is some paper cake/muffin cases, which you fold into quarters and layer up to create a sweet dimensional tree. Find green ones if you can but any colour will do. Decorate with glitter glue, buttons, ribbon or stick on gems and cut a bucket shape for the base. Simple!

Christmas '16' Christmas Snow Globe Cards

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we are featuring some demo cards made with the new Snow Globe Christmas Card Template. You will find this template on the side bar under the Christmas and New Year Category.


The template allows you to make beautiful one of a kind snow globe cards in lots of different sizes. This is a template for those who like to be really creative! Make either a solid snow globe shaped card as shown below or use acetate to give the effect of glass as shown in the photo above.

Layer up with foam pads to create mini winter scenes. Add trees, deer, a Christmas cottage or church, a snowman, stars, snowflakes or a santa sleigh in various sizes, all of which are included on this template.

By using acetate for the globe, you can create a really magical effect for your card. Layer a second piece of acetate or clear film with clear foam and add glitter between if you want to make a shaker style card, as shown with the smaller snowman globe in the background.


You can have a lot of fun with this template!

Christmas '16' Surprise Pop Up Tree Card with free template

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This year, we are featuring lots of non-card projects so today, for a change we have a card idea for you. Everyone loves surprises, so here is a cute card idea that features a pop up Christmas Tree inside that everyone would love to receive.

Here is the design glued to the reverse of my paper. Fold along the centre line as show so that you can use the template as a guide for cutting.

Just cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines, pushing the tree shape outwards as shown in the photo below, so that it folds when the card is closed.

I have made a template for this card, which includes mini gifts, bows, baubles and stars.

If you would like to get that, then all you have to do is join up to the site as a member.

Tomorrow, we will be featuring another project from our Christmas '16' Series You can get any of the free templates we mention by visiting the link on the sidebar under the Members Section.

Please do consider uploading or adding a link to  your project in the comments below if you make a card with our template as I love to see the different ways that people use them and you are all so much more creative than me!

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