Sun 22

Summer Meadow
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. Sometimes you just need to create a card in a hurry and this one is for you. Less than 10 minutes and you have a creation that is simple and makes a statement

 

Here we go:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Cut a Light Gray cardstock the same size and adhere to base.

 

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Die cut Summer Meadow Collage from Medium Gray cardstock. Adhere to card front leaving some of the center cutouts free of glue. Lift them up a bit with your fingernail for more dimension.

 

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Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Sentimental Iris set using White embossing powder.

Die cut one of the smaller butterflies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set in Teal cardstock.

Adhere to card front as shown, then embellish card with White Crystal Drops.

 

I told you it was simple to make. :)

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 21

Holiday 2018 Collection…All Heart Snowman, Crystal Snowflakes and Typewriter Holiday Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Holiday 2018 Collection has arrived - meet the lovable All Heart Snowman and delicate Crystal Snowflakes!  I love their contrasting sizes and the cool set of Typewriter Holiday Sentiments with every greeting you'll need for Christmas.  Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many, many holiday designs for 2018.

View the new collection here.  You'll love the great mix of traditional and contemporary, bold and delicate - everything for everyone on your list.  Shipments began on the 20th - they'll be at your favorite retailers soon!

Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of diluted Powder Pink Kaleidacolor dye ink refill.  Dry the ink with a heat-tool by alternately heating both sides of the paper to prevent curling.

Cut a 3-¼" Stitched Square from white cardstock.  Stamp "make merry"  - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Here are two All Heart Snowman tips to accelerate your holiday cardmaking...

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Instead of taping the die to the square - where it might tear the cardstock - attach the die to the cardstock with pieces of rolled tape in two of the large hearts that will be removed.  They'll be tossed out anyway.  

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Mark the two tiny "push-out" circles at the top with a Sharpie.  Draw an line between them.  Position the line parallel with the top of the square and it'll be perfectly aligned for diecutting.  No wonky snowman - thanks for such a great feature Dave..I appreciate it!

Cut the snowman from the square.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind the carrot nose.  Attach a scrap of red glittered cardstock behind the heart.

Diecut Crystal Snowflakes from white glittered cardstock.  Save the center of the smaller snowflake.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.  It would be pretty on an A-6 of textured white cardstock too.

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Hope you liked our first Holiday 2018 inspiration design.  Our Design Team can't wait to share more ideas and techniques with you in the coming weeks.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 class at Impress on July 29th.  Be among the first to work with the great new release - and a few classic favorites - from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  Make 6 cards with great techniques, a bit of watercoloring, beautiful artpapers, glitter and special accents.  

Impress is celebrating their 31st Birthday today - enjoy a 25% shopping discount on all purchases.  It's time to stock up Memory Box and Poppystamps designs!  The discount code for online shopping is 31st birthday.

Thanks for visiting...join us  for Penny's great design tomorrow!

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Fri 20

Floating Swan
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a fun card using the Floating Swan die to share.

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or they background I had some fun with liquid watercolors. I used a sheet of photo paper and placed a few drops of two different blue liquid water colors. Then I sprayed the paper with water and watched the colors move on the paper. I added a gold shimmer spray on top to make it sparkle. Once everything was dry I die cut the Floating Swan in order to get the ripples on the water I created.

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Then I die cut the swan in a white paper and used some Copic markers to color it in. I glued it all to a dark blue card and then added some sequins to finish it all off. 

If you have some liquid watercolors give them a try on photo paper, super fun way to use them!
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Thu 19

Summer Meadow Collage, Cascadia Butterfly Trio and Leavenworth Butterfly Trio by Jean Okimoto

 

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Watercolors create a soft background for the Summer Meadow Collage and a trio of vellum butterflies.  Add a greeting from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set, gold-glittered accents and turquoise gem stickers.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a thrifty design using the remainder of yesterday's watercolored background.  

Kaleidacolor dye ink refills are great as liquid watercolors and come in a wide range of beautiful colors.  

Cut Summer Meadow Collage from white cardstock - leave a generous  border of cardstock.  

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Place the watercolored background behind it and tape everything securely so it doesn't shift.  Diecut through both layers at once.  The resulting background wasn't a complete rectangle because portions of it were used on another card - but it won't show.  Optional - trim a tiny amount from the edges of the background so the colors won't be visible from the side.  

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Cut Cascadia Butterfly Trio from lime, purple and turquoise vellum.  I cut all three sizes of each so I could try different color and size combinations.  If you don't have colored vellum,  diecut the butterflies from white vellum,  then sponge them with Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, Lime and Jade inks. Yes, Brilliance metallic inks dry on vellum!   Air-dry the butterflies - heat-setting them may cause curling.

Cut gold glitter cardstock or heavy paper with the antennae/centers from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut then cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the greeting - use a foam dot on the right edge.

Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Enjoy a 25% shopping discount at the Impress 31st Birthday Celebration this Saturday, July 21.  Yes, 31 years of creativity, inspiration and one-stop shopping for the latest papercrafting supplies.  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlists and add some great designs to your personal collection!  The birthday discount code for your online shopping on July 21 is 31st birthday.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday!

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Wed 18

Flitter Side Butterfly and Wonderful Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

 

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Wonderful Jotted Script and a trio of Flitter Side Butterflies create a colorful summer design today.  Paint a vivid background of diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills, diecut the butterflies, add a layered greeting and gem stickers - and you're ready for any occasion.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored design in some of my favorite colors.  It's a versatile design that would be beautiful in your favorite colors too!

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Paint the rough side of watercolor paper with loose, watery layers of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Outline and define some areas with a waterbrush.

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Add color variations, spots and splotches by lightly spritzing a large clean stamp block with water and pressing it firmly onto the watercolor paper.  Lift it - it'll have a few inky bubbles - press it onto a section with a contrasting color.  Let those little bubbles create some very cool spots and splotches.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool by alternately heating both sides of the paper to prevent curling.  

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Cut the detailed Flitter Side Butterfly from green, purple and turquoise cardstock.  Cut the background butterflies from the watercolored paper.

Cut the background Wonderful Jotted Script from natural cardstock.  Cut the detailed "wonderful" from a slightly bluer shade of cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock.

Print "you are" with a label maker.  Attach them to the card with double-stick tape - the label adhesives aren't always secure on cardstock.

Add pale lavender gem stickers - I've colored clear stickers with a Sharpie.  

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Create a stash of watercolored backgrounds and they'll be ready - and dry (!) - when you need a quick card.  Butterflies are always a great design element for watercoloring.  Colors can be bright and splashy or soft and dreamy.  View the collection of Memory Box Butterflies and pick your favorites!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's BUTTERFLIES + BLOSSOMS class at Impress.  Hope you liked the colorful summer designs and techniques.  Special thanks too - Ann, Cindi, Shari and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores on Saturday July 21st.  It's Impress' 31st Birthday and they're celebrating with a 25% shopping discount for everyone!  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlist - it's time to fill your collection with the stamps and dies you've been admiring!

Thanks for visiting...hope you like butterflies and watercolors as much as I do!

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Tue 17

Thanks Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new release products. They are fun to create with. I especially love all the Script words :) It's hot and sunny here and that calls for pool, beaches and water :)

I wanted to create a CAS card using the smooshing and simple watercolor technique. 

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I started with a white cardbase. I then die-cut some pieces from the Wave Ribbon Collage die using watercolor paper. I used the negative parts of the die to create waves. I then dabbed various blue distress ink onto my craft mat, spritz some water and added the die-cut stripes to it to get the watercolor effect.

I stamped the fish images onto a watercolor cardstock, colored using the Zig Clean color markers and die-cut using the co-ordinating dies.

I adhered the wave pieces to the cardbase. Now I attached the fishes to it using 3D foam tape.

I die-cut the word two times out of black cardstock and stacked them together. Adhered this to the card.

Here is a close up.

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 To finish, I adhered some sequins (Fairy Sparkle, Mermaid Tail) from Poppy Stamps.

Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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Mon 16

Watercolor and Partial Die Cutting Techniques for Cards with Interior Pockets and Tags
by Anne Thompson

The cards I made for this post use a watercolor technique on the front panel and a partial die cutting technique on the inside pocket tag.  Here's the front of the first card with lots of flat stacked layers topped with the TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99914 on a Key Lime notecard.

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Watercolor Technique

  • Cut a piece of watercolor paper to whatever size you want to use.  Mine is 3" X 5".  
  • Get out your watercolor paints--you can use any kind you have on hand--and you will need a brush and a small cup of water.
  • Choose an acrylic block, one of the ones you use for stamping with clear or cling stamps.  Make sure it's clean.
  • Dip your brush in water, get the paint good and wet, pick up some of the paint with the brush, and dab it onto the acrylic block.  You don't need to cover the whole block, just splot some on there.
  • Turn the acrylic block over and "stamp" the paint onto the watercolor paper.
  • Keep repeating this process--dip the brush in water, get the paint really wet, pick up some paint with the brush and dab it onto the acrylic block, and then "stamp" the paint onto the watercolor paper.
  • I used one yellow and one green in my panel, adding really wet paint and sometimes extra water to the block and "stamping" multiple times until I was satisfied with the look.  
  • I let my panel air dry but you could use a heat tool to speed up the process, drying from the back of the panel as well as the front to minimize curling.

To finish the front of the card, I rounded the corners on all of my papers and the notecard before assembling it.  I added white and key lime layers under the watercolor panel using Scor-tape.  I adhered this to a key lime notecard that I had layered with a piece of Key Lime Gingham paper.  I used 1/8" narrow Scor-tape to position a lime green ribbon wrapped around the card to the front which I tied in a bow.

Now for the inside.  I knew I wanted to try a partial die cut technique using the same TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME die 99914.  To refresh my memory on how to do this I watched Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on YouTube for Partial Die Cut Borders at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vvf67ug_vs.  Here's the finished tag, just the right size at 2 3/4" X 4" to add a gift card on the back.

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By positioning the die with the edges of the metal plate/clear plate lined up about halfway down the die on top of the section I wanted to cut out, only the part I wanted to cut out did indeed cut out, the half circle with the flowering branch.  After I removed the die from the Key Lime Gingham paper, I flipped the panel over and drew a straight line in pencil from one edge of the frame to the other and cut it with detail scissors to remove the extra paper below the branch.  Then I adhered this to a piece of white cardstock, punched a hole and threaded a ribbon through, and added a green gem in the flower center.  

I made a pocket for the inside of the card to hold the tag from more of the Key Lime Gingham paper, topped with a piece of ribbon and secured with Scor-tape on three sides to a piece of Key Lime cardstock.

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And because I was fascinated by this process and loved the results from this first card, I made more!  For this next one I used four shades of red paint, red and white cardstocks,  and handmade paper on the front. 
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And inside, more handmade paper, Cranberry Dot paper, red and white cardstocks, and red ribbon.

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For this next card I used metallic gold paints, gold twine, purple handmade paper, and white cardstock.

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And inside...

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I hope you'll try one or both of these techniques.  I can't wait for the Christmas-themed dies and stamp sets which will be coming out soon so I can do more partial die cutting on my holiday cards and tags.  

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 15

Beach Birds
by Penny Ward

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Hello friends. Penny here today with my creation of Beach Birds. OK...so the Swan doesn't really fit in....but that is the beauty of art. You can make whatever you want. :)

Are you playing along in this months challenge?  The theme is Beach/Surf. Create something wonderful and link to our challenge HERE. Someone has to win those beautiful prizes, it might just be you!

 

Let's do this card:

 

Start with a base of White cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Slide the edges along a Delicata Copper ink pad.

Cut another panel of White cardstock just a bit smaller. Treat the edges the same way and adhere to base.

 

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Die cut Radiant Frame and use as a stencil, spraying the card front using an eBrush and light yellow marker.

Die cut Wave Ribbon Collage and Garland Greenery from Olive cardstock. Die cut Seaweed Ribbons from Sage cardstock. Die cut Elegant Shorebirds and Floating Swan from White cardstock.

Now all you have to do is assemble as shown in my example.

 

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For the sentiment, die cut the Thanks Jotted Script sentiment and the shadow from White cardstock. Adhere together, then to card front.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and don't forget about our monthly challenge.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 14

Watercolor Wonderful
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a quick and easy watercolor background with you.  Watercolors are a great way to show off a focal word or words on your card.

To make the card, I started with 140lb watercolor paper and some Peerless Watercolors that I got from Birch Press Design.  I like those watercolors because they are really bright and they blend beautifully.  I also like that you can lay down an area of water on your watercolor paper, add the paint, and the paint will flow to the edges of the water you just placed onto the paper without going over those boundaries.

The first step is to tape down your paper onto a firm surface with some painters tape or some other low-tac tape.  I painted a rectangle onto the paper with water and then started applying paint to my rectangle:

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When I first put down the color, you could see distinct areas of color.  I rinsed my brush and then went over the areas where the colors touched each other with a damp, clean brush to soften the look.  I let the paper dry completely while it was still taped down so that my paper wouldn't warp:

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You can see in the second picture how different the paint looks when you soften the lines between the colors and the paint dries. 

Here is a close up when you add the sentiment on top:

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I encourage you to try drawing any shape you want onto watercolor paper with a wet paintbrush and then adding watercolor on top to create your own backgrounds.  My advice is to not overwork the paint....you never have complete control over watercolor and to never judge your watercolor until it completely dries.  Wet watercolor paint looks very different from dry watercolor paint.  Good luck!

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Fri 13

Celebrate
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

Today I created a quick summer card for you featuring the new Wave Ribbon Collage die. 

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I started by die cutting the wave collage from white cardstock.  

Next I cut a piece of watercolor paper the same size as my wave panel.  I sponged the watercolor paper with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink and misted it with plain water.  Once the paper was dry I adhered the wave die to the inked watercolor paper.

I stamped, colored and die cut the boat and glued it to the front of the wave panel.

I die cut the waves from white cardstock and glued those in front of the boat.

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Next I glued the prepared panel to a white cardstock mat layer and stamped the sentiment.

I glued the white card layer to red cardstock mat layer which was then adhered to a white card base.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thu 12

Big Butterfly Wing, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Kaleidacolors by Jean Okimoto

 

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Big Butterfly Wing and Kaleidacolor inkpads make it easy to design simple summer cards for any occasion.  Wrapped Stitch Rectangles create the perfect frame to balance the bold butterfly without competing for attention.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy card for you.

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with Big Butterfly Wing.

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Keep the inks separated and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor.  Lift and roll the brayer towards you 10 to 15 times to ink the entire roller. Brayer the inks onto the rougher side of  watercolor paper - roll the brayer back and forth several times to transfer all of the ink to the watercolor paper.

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Use a waterbrush to move the colors around and blend them a bit.  Extend the top and bottom colors to fit the height of the butterfly diecut.  Add a light spritz of water to create a few random light and dark areas.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool.  Alternately heating both sides of the watercolor paper reduces curling.  

Trim the watercolor paper using the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the body/antennae section from gold glittered cardstock or heavy paper.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of yellow cardstock.    Add green gem stickers.

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Butterflies are great with watercolors - the Big Butterfly Wing takes full advantage of them.    Kaleidacolor dye inks range from soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones.  They work like liquid watercolors and their great color combinations eliminate the guesswork of picking colors.   Brayer them directly onto the paper as we did here - or press them onto a large stamp block for a palette of five perfectly coordinated inks.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another BUTTERFLIES AND BLOSSOMS class at Impress on the 14th.  Mix, match and layer great artpapers, felt, sequins and industrial tape on bright summer cards for birthdays, thank-yous and just to say "hello."  We'll use Big Butterfly Wing and Flitter Side Butterfly -  and the best-selling Poppystamps Plumed Peacock, with matching flowers.

Thanks for visiting - we're just one day away from the weekend!

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