Tue 18

Warm Holiday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another Christmas card featuring more new dies from the 2018 Holiday Release.

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To create this card I die cut the Family Cabin Frame, Meadowtree Frame and the Countryside Fence Frame from watercolor paper and painted each frame.  

On the back of the Family Cabin frame I placed a piece of tape behind the cabin to keep all the pieces in place.

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Once the die cuts were watercolored I used foam tape to stack the frames on top of each other.  

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I used a glue pen to add glitter to the die cuts and then spattered it with white paint.

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I adhered the stacked frames to the front of a white card base and stamped the sentiment underneath it.  To finish the card I added some bling to the end of the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Mon 17

Woodland Deer Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Fall is in the air for us and I simply love fall. The colors are amazing and the feel of the fresh crisp air. What do you like about fall?

So, for my card today, I decided to create a sponged background and used the Woodland Bridge Frame die from the new Holiday collection. This die set has adorable deer, frame and bridge dies.

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To start, I created a top folding Kraft cardbase. I then die-cut the outer frame 4 times using the same Kraft cardstock and stacked it together to create a dimensional frame.

Now I took a white mat layer to create the background. I sponged various distress inks for a fall sky effect. I then flicked some water for additional texture.

Now, I die-cut the inside frame and the deer using black cardstock and adhered it to the background piece. I adhered this piece to the cardbase and then added the frame we created earlier. The stitched details in the frame gives this CAS card some more texture.

I like to keep some seasonal cards without the sentiments, so I can use them whenever needed. This die I feel is great for such cards.

Here is a close up.

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

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Sun 16

be jolly
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello!  Penny here today with a card that is super easy to pull together and would make a great candidate for assembly line producing. I love to challenge myself with 10 minute cards....how about you?

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Now add a Shimmering Red cardstock background and a Matte Metallic Silver cardstock just a bit smaller.

 

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Die cut Three Candle Circle from Red cardstock. To add a bit of something, something to my candles I have shown here how to use True Snow for dimension and Glitter Ritz for some shine. I love this combination for snow caps and melting candles.

 

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Add pretty washi tape near the bottom and adhere the Candle Circle in the center. (I use spray adhesive for delicate die cuts).

 

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Die cut Snowberry Sprigs from Green Glitter cardstock, snip off a bit of the sprig and adhere to top of circle as shown.

Add a Metallic Silver cord for ornament hanging and a bow to make it festive.

 

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Typewrite Holiday Sentiments set using white embossing powder. Adhere to card front with tiny staple.

 

Make sure to link your washi tape cards to the challenge this month HERE.

 

Happy crafting,

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Sat 15

Spooky Fun!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday Friends! Today I have a fun and a little bit spooky Halloween card to share using one of the new dies from the Holiday release. Let's get started!

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For my spooky purple background I covered a white sheet of paper with a purple Distress Oxide ink with a foam blending tool. Once all of the paper was covered with ink I sprayed it with water to create the oxide magic. Then I added a spray of a shimmer mist to make it sparkle.

I die cut the Woodland Bridge Frame in black and then covered it with clear Wink of Stella to make it sparkle. I die cut a circle moon and added a little bit of ink before gluing it all to my card.
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My final touch was the eyes. I glued them to the scene in a few different places to look like a spooky creature peeking out at you. Thanks for visiting the blog today and have a fabulous and crafty weekend!
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Fri 14

Be Merry Snowman
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to make a Season's Greeting card instead of a Christmas card.  I changed up the colors a bit and chose a die and sentiment that could be used for various occasions.

When you cut out the All Heart Snowman die, it looks like this:

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I placed a piece of white cardstock behind the large heart openings and lightly traced around the edges with a pencil:

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I used the pencil marks as a guide to color the hearts with an RV02 Copic Marker and an RV55 Copic Marker.  Notice I didn't bother to stay in the lines:

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I put a piece of strong double stick tape from Elizabeth Crafts behind the die cut openings and then stuck the die on top of my pink splotches:

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You could still see the pencil marks since I didn't line up everything exactly, but I didn't worry about it because I knew I would be adding some glitter on top.  I also didn't worry about the small hearts because I knew I would be coloring the cut out hearts red and sticking them down onto the exposed double stick tape.  Once I colored the small hearts with an RV29 marker and the nose with a YR12 marker, I placed them onto the card.  The larger hearts still had exposed double stick tape, so I sprinkled glitter onto the sticky surfaces:

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To finish the card, I added a sentiment and some die cut snowflakes.

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Thu 13

Cheers to Sunburst Stripe Circle Tape Trees and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Five bright Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts create a contemporary holiday scene - and some inspiration for September's Tape Too Challenge.  Crisp white Crystal Snowflakes and a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle balance the brightness and add the finishing touch.  

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here - let's see what we can do with some very bright Scotch Expressions Tape offcuts.  I love triangles, unexpected color combos and making the most of my Memory Box stash.  

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Attach Scotch washi tape and colored Magic Tape to a scrap of waterolor paper.  (The green tape looks yellow-er attached to the paper.)   Cut the taped cardstock  crosswise into ⅞" strips.  Cut the strips with the Sunburst Stripe Circle.   The strips are much longer than the die's triangles so you can pick the perfect combination of colors for your "trees."

I made several sets of taped strips so I'd have extras for other projects.   

Cut the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Stamp the greeting - from the Penguin Cheer Clear Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut the smaller Crystal Snowflake from white cardstock, and again from light gray cardstock.  Cut another snowflake center from white and gray cardstock.  Layer the snowflakes - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.

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Looking for even more ways to use Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts?  Party hats, ice cream cones, pennants, the top of witch hats, unicorns, tiny rolled paper beads are just a few ideas to start with.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on September 15th.   We'll start with a simple origami butterfly card, then make more cards with many of our favorite dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.

Thanks for stopping by...

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Wed 12

Joy to the World
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I'm showing  you how to create the "Tape Challenge" card I did for this month.

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I randomly placed washi tape on a white cardstock  card layer, and die cut the Pine Tree Deer Collage in the middle of the paper.  I also die cut the deer from black cardstock and used only the deer head from that.

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I glued the washi tape background to a white card base and spattered the middle with black ink.  I adhered the black deer head to the card on top of the washi tape.  I spattered the deer with white ink.  

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I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and layered that to a kraft and white cardstock mat.

To finish the card,  I added a few snowflake embellishments.

I hope this inspired you to get out that washi tape and join the challenge!

Have a great weekend!

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Tue 11

Snow Much Fun with the Elegant Holly Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Emboss the Elegant Holly Double Frame and add caroling bunnies from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set to a holiday card.  Detailed Memory Box dies - like the Elegant Holly Double Frame set - create great embossed backgrounds too.  Capture the details and textures of the dies by pressure-embossing them on watercolor paper as a quick alternative to dieutting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a review of some basic cardmaking techniques.  Let's begin with embossing...

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Emboss it with the larger outer frame from the Elegant Holly Double Frame.    Here's how I layered everything on the platform of my Platinum machine - die with the cutting edge face-up, diecut watercolor paper, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  Please use the plates, mats and stacking sequence recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  

Attach the embossed frame to a 4-½" x 6-¼" card of textured green cardstock.

Cut watercolor paper (smoother side up) with the 3" Stitched Square Layers die.  Stamp the bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of cardstock and use it as a palette to color the stamped image.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Snow Much Fun Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair. Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled greeting with the 1-½" Stitched Square Layers die.

Cut a holly sprig from the frame set from yellow-green cardstock.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the left edge of the greeting square.  Add green gem stickers.

Embossing watercolor paper - or heavy cardstock - creates subtle backgrounds that won't compete with stamped images.  It's quick and easy too!

Thanks for visiting!

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Mon 10

A New Watercolor Background Technique for the Countryside Fence Frame
by Anne Thompson

I made two cards for today using a new-to-me watercolor background technique called Sgraffito.  Sgraffito is a a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing.  For the two cards below I used a common sewing pin to scratch the surface of watercolor paper before applying one color of paint to get a similar effect.

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For the card on the right I used a pin to scratch random lines into the watercolor paper before adding paint.

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In this close-up  you can see the detail of the scratches once watercolor has been added.  That one layer of paint pools in the scratches to make darker lines against the background color.

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For the card on the left, I used a ruler to help me scratch straight parallel lines at an angle to represent rain before adding the blue watercolor paint.

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Now let's look at how I finished each card.  Since the rain is right above this, let's look at that one first.  

  • I cut the piece of rain paper into a square that would fit behind the frame I wanted to use.
  • I chose the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and cut it from some lime green cardstock.
  • While the paper was still in the die I applied double-sided Scor-Tape to the frames to keep them together.
  • I removed the tape backing and applied the frame to the rain paper.
  • I cut the Countryside Fence Frame again, this time from white cardstock.  I snipped off the fence and used a glue pen to adhere it on top of the green fence.
  • I cut the VINTAGE WATERING CAN 99956 from silver cardstock and popped it onto the frame at an angle to look like the rain was coming from it.
  • I then added some tiny flowers with glue dots to fill the bottom of the frame and spill over onto the card front.

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For the second card, I used most of the same procedures.  The green scratched paper had me thinking about the deep woods, so I die cut the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031 from dark green cardstock and snipped off the tree.  I adhered the tree to the left of the Countryside Fence Frame.

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This is another fun and easy technique for backgrounds as it also adds texture as well as color.  These two cards will go into my all-occasion box with appropriate sentiments to be added as needed.  

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Happy Crafting!

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Sun 09

All is Calm
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with some inking, stamping and die cutting. Because that is what making cards is all about. A little of everything.

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with Cream cardstock for a base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

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Die cut the largest of the Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles and ink with Spectrum Noir Baby Blue and Midnight inks. Flick water across panel, then blot with paper towel.

Adhere this panel to Cream panel.

Die cut Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Holly Flourish from White cardstock. eBrush the inner circle and Holly with Spectrum Noir markers DG1 and YG3 or color with medium of your choice. Color the outer ring with Spectrum Noir BT8. Adhere circles to card front.

 

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To give your Holly Flourish some dimension, turn it over and gently rub with a Ball Stylus tool. I used a piece of foam as the base for doing this technique.

Now your leaves are no longer flat.

 

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Stamp sentiment from the Typewrite Holiday Sentiments in the center with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Pull it all together by wrapping Navy string around the card front, add a bow and weave the Holly Flourish in.

Add White Crystal Drops as desired.

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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Sat 08

Pine Wreath and Tiny Ornament Triplets by Jean Okimoto

 

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A deconstructed Pine Wreath quickly becomes a holiday garland with the Tiny Ornament Triplet cut from shiny duct tape.  The theme of our September Tape Too Challenge reminded me about my stash of colored duct tape.  Diecutting duct tape creates bright accent pieces with a glossy, textured finish.  Happy weekend everyone - Jean Okimoto here with another mix of old and new.  

Here's how the Tiny Ornament Triplet is meant to be used - to create multi-colored layered designs.

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Today's card uses the cute little ornament offcuts in bright shades of red, dark pink and chartreuse duct tape.  Contractors probably wouldn't pick these colors for duct work and repairs -  but they are so pretty for papercrafts!  

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Attach duct tape to medium- or light-weight cardstock and cut Tiny Ornament Triplets.  I cut each of them from the three colors so I could mix and match them while deciding which pieces to use on my card.  That's easier - and faster - than guessing!

Cut Pine Wreath from green cardstock - cut at least two sets so you can mix and match them to form a garland for your card.

Attach them to a 6-¼" x 3-⅜" white card.  These cards fit into those envelopes we mailed checks in many years ago.

Stamp the greeting - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with Glamorous VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut an extra rectangle to layer behind it for dimension.

Add dark pink gem stickers.

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We've used two classic die sets in unintended ways here...getting a little more from our stash of Memory Box dies.  Try adding a second layer of branches in a slightly different shade of green - or using mirror or glitter cardstock for the ornaments.  Or make a wreath!

Big thanks to everyone from Monday's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  Who knew that so many Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs products would be perfect for our favorite "lightly-layered" Japanese-inpsired cards?  If you love origami - be sure to use the Square Basics dies to cut your paper into perfect squares for crisp edges and sharp folds. Thanks Ann, Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone find everything we need for our projects.

Enjoy your weekend!

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