Fri 17

New Enchanting Snowglobe Deep Edge Die
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday!

Today I am featuring the Enchanting Snowglobe Deep Edge Die from the new Winter 2017 Collection from Memory Box.

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If you have been following the blog posts this week, you have seen so many creative projects using the new Deep Edge dies.  These dies are designed to cut through many layers of material. Felt, fabric and acetate are just some of many examples!

For my project I used a combination of felt, thin cork board and heavy weigh watercolor paper.  I was able to cut through three layers of each material using the new metal shim that was designed to use with the deep edge dies.  That way you can prep several projects at once.

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I die cut the trees, house and "Let it Snow" from heavy weight watercolor paper and inked them with distress inks. To incorporate different textures I die cut the snow hill and globe from felt and the base of the snow globe from metallic cork paper. I glued them together and moved onto the snow! I dotted on white acrylic paint to create a snowing effect, as well as adding some to the house and trees. While the paint was wet I added my favorite part, glitter! I felt like the ornament was missing something but was not sure what. I was looking around my craft room and came across some batting and thought "this could work as smoke!". I torn a small piece off and glued it beneath the chimney to add some more dimension to the house. Lastly, to give the ornament a finished look and add stability I cut an addition snow globe from felt and placed my string in between the two layers.  

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Want a chance to win your own deep edge die?  Leave a comment to this post as well as the other designer posts through Friday, November 17th.  Three people at random will be chosen from all the comments to win the deep edge die of their choice.  The more days you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day).  Good luck!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Thu 16

NEW Feathered Friends and Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the new Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies.  They're from our  Winter 2017 Release - and  great for Christmas ornaments, placecards, gift tags -  and cards throughout the year.  They pair nicely with the new Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies too! 

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with one of many cards I'll be making with these sweet birds.  Deep Edge dies are designed to cut through multiple layers at once to save time.  They're great for cutting some of the challenging materials we love - heavy felt, vinyl, fabric, wood veneer and handmade papers like these beautiful silkscreened and embossed prints from Shizen Design.

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Want a way to select the perfect section of printed paper for your projects? Diecut the shape from a contrasting piece of  cardstock - save the negative.  Slide it over the paper until you find the perfect mix of colors and patterns for your diecut.  Place the die into the negative to position it and diecut the paper.  I cut several birds from similar areas of this red and coral fan-shaped print for future cards.

Here are some suggestions from Laura.  Layer deep edge dies like your other metal dies using the same die cutting "sandwich" if you are cutting only one layer at a time. When cutting multiple layers at once - include a metal adapter plate in the sandwich  - and cut into the metal plate for precise cuts.  This will eventually warp your metal plate, but the upside is that you will save yourself tons of time cutting out all your projects.

Cut the wings and top layers of the birds from patterned and embossed papers.  Cut gold mirror cardstock with largest hooks from the Ornament Caps and Hooks set.  

Cut the beaks, eyes and cheeks from orange, black and peach felt attached to adhesive label paper or sticker sheets.  The backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  

Attach the patterned papers and felt to a  bird background - use foam dots near the center of the wing.

Attach the hook behind the decorated bird.  Attach the second bird background behind it to create a nice finished back view.

Attach Scor-tape behind lightweight wood veneer and diecut the branch.  Cut the leaves from textured paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on a  top-folded 5.5" square white card with Distress Oxides Candied Apple. Heat-set the ink.  I love the Ultra-Smooth White Cardstock from Impress - it's perfect for stamping and diecutting their collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies

Attach the bird to the card with foam dots - don't attach the ornament hook to the card.  Attach the branch - securing the end of the hook under it.  Add the leaves and red gem stickers.

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The Feathered Friends set contains 12 dies and Swooping Branches and Leaves has 4 dies.  Slip them onto curtain rings to keep them organized and ready for your next project.  Curtain rings are a strange thing to find in a papercrafting store - but Impress sells them to keep die sets organized...and together!

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Want a chance to win your own deep edge die set?  Leave a comment on all of the designer posts from November 13th thru Friday November 17th.  Three winners will be chosen at random from all of the comments to win the deep edge die set of their choice.  The more posts you comment on between these dates,  the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day). Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by.  Join us again tomorrow for Donna's great project, and another chance to win a deep edge set of your choice!

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Wed 15

Mountain Village Houses Fabric Mini-Quilt/Ornament
by Anne Thompson

More new dies from Memory Box!  I'm so excited!!!  Some of them are new DEEP EDGE dies which will cut up to six (yes, 6!) layers of fabric at once!  I knew when I saw the MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOUSES 30106 that I would create a mini-quilt that could also be used as a tree ornament.

The finished project:

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Materials used:

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Steps:

  • Choose a batik square for the background sky.  Die cut the Stitched Mountains from a green batik and the snow caps from white.  Glue the snow caps onto the mountains with fabric glue and glue the base of the mountains to the sky fabric.
  • Die cut the Evergreen Hillside Slope from a darker green batik.  Glue it to the mountains.
  • Die cut one of the Gentle Stitched Landscapes from a large piece of snowy batik fabric and glue it over the bottom of the Evergreen Hillside Slope.  This piece has to be large enough for all of the houses you will use.
  • Die cut a bunch of houses and their roofs from a variety of batiks.  Place them where you'd like them. (I even flipped some of my houses.)  Use a little fabric glue to hold them in place. (I decided not to add all of the little windows and doors for this project.)
  • Even up the edges of your panel and place it on a piece of felt a little bit larger all around.  Use your sewing machine to quilt it.  I used a blanket stitch all the way around the outside edges first and then went back and used a straight stitch to make all of the vertical lines.  Then I sewed all of the horizontal lines.  This stitching really secures all of the small pieces.
  • To finish, add a ribbon to serve as the hanger.
  • The final dimensions of my piece:  5 1/4" W X 7 1/4" L.

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This second one is actually the prototype I started first.

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The base is gray felt with mountains, snow (which is almost completely covered by the houses) and trees also from felt.  The green trees really shredded because I used an inexpensive craft felt instead of a good quality felt.  The houses and roofs are cut from a variety of cottons and homespun. I used fabric glue to put it together and then set it aside to work on the other one.  I think I like it better now that it is quilted even though the green trees are wonky.  

Because I cut so many houses and roofs at once, I have lots more to mix and match for another fabric project!  All of these new dies can also be used with paper and I can't wait to craft some cards using these same dies to make more mountain villages.

Want a chance to win your own deep edge die?  Leave a comment to this post as well as the other designer posts through Friday, November 17th.  Three people at random will be chosen from all the comments to win the deep edge die of their choice.  The more days you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day).  Good luck!

and ... Happy Crafting!

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Tue 14

Snow Kitty Couple
by Jenny Griffiths

Welcome Crafty Friends,

   Today you have a  chance to win a special prize and see another new Deep Edge die up close.  Deep Edge dies can be the workhorse you've been looking for.  Wouldn't you love to cut several layers of paper, fabric, felt, plastic or even thin metal and wood at one time?  These dies work best with a metal shim when cutting multiple layers but you can also cut a single layer without the shim.  

The fabrics I used on these ornaments include a thin muslin, a quilted cotton, an upholstery weave, a shimmery linen, a grossgrain ribbon and a thick faux suede/leather...I tried to select a wide variety of fabrics to show the possibilies.  I've shown a photo of the fabrics at the end of this post.  I bought only 1/8 of a yard of each so there is plenty left to make more ornaments and cutting multiple layers at a time will really speed things up.  

On the thinner fabrics I used an iron-on fusible interfacing to stiffen the fabric a bit.  

Now check out this cute couple of snow kitties...

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On this girl kitty I used the quilted cotton for her head and body while the ears and tail were die cut from dotted ribbon.  You'll see a special accent on her reverse side too.  Photos below.  By the way, the whiskers on both kitties are cuttings from my household broom (shhhh, don't tell). 

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And, here's the boy kitty with his handsome faux suede/leather outfit.  His ears and tail were backed with the fusible cotton interfacing to add stability to the fabric, otherwise they would droop.  The beautiful sparkly metallic hanger is from the new collection of woven Italian ribbons offered by Birch Press--just WOW!


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The fabrics I chose all had wonderful texture and worked so well with the new dies---for about $8 I bought all this fabric and have enough to make dozens of ornaments!

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 You may have noticed the hats and tails on these kitties are in mirror image positions.  I die cut them this way intentionally so they could hang on the tree close together as a couple.  Simply die cut both the tail and hat of one kitty on the reverse side of the patterned fabric.  This way one orients to the left and the other to the right.  You will need to remember this again when you make the solid backing for both kitties.

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 Reverse side... I simply cut the basic shape pieces a second time in a solid color and glued them to the reverse side.  And now you can see the little red heart on the girl's bum.  When these hang on a tree both sides look finished.  They would make a wonderful gift package topper too. 

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Since the finished size of each snow kitty measures 5.5" x 4" they would fit into an A2 size envelope--just add extra postage.  


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Want a chance to win your own deep edge die?  Leave a comment on this post as well as the other designer posts through Friday, November 17th.  Three people at random will be chosen from all the comments to win the deep edge die of their choice.  The more days you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day).  Good luck!

Thank you for stopping by today, hope you feel inspired to make your own ornaments with these new Snow Kitty Deep Edge dies!


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Mon 13

New Deep Edge Dies and a Chance to Win!
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends!  Memory Box has a brand new release as well a new type of die.  We would like to introduce you to "deep edge" dies.  Deep Edge dies are thicker than normal dies and can cut through multiple layers at once, which makes mass-production projects/gifts a snap.  The dies can cut through cardstock, thin wood, thin metal, fabric, felt, plastic, etc....  You can use them as you would your other metal dies with the same die cutting "sandwich" if you are cutting only one layer at a time. If you are doing multiple layers at a time, you need to have a metal shim included in the sandwich and you need to cut into the metal plate for precise cuts.  This will eventually warp your metal plate, but the upside is that you will save yourself tons of time cutting out all your projects.  I have one metal plate designated for my regular detail dies, which stays flat and pristine.  I have a second metal plate that I use when I am using my deep edge dies.

For my project today, I wanted to share a project that I am doing for Christmas.  I am making sweet bunny ornaments out of felt.  They are very affordable and I can't tell you how happy I am by how light they are to mail.

It was really hard to take a picture that allowed me to capture the size of the ornament, so I will just tell you that it ended up being about 6 1/2" x 4."  I love the size because not only does it work as an ornament, but I also have plans to make him out of patterned paper and use him as a stand-up figure I can put on the mantle with a little fake snow.  If I use some of the other Memory Box deep edge dies, I could make my own winter critter village.

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When I started making my ornaments, I cut three pieces of felt at a time to work on three different bunnies at the same time.  From the picture above, you can see I was making some bunnies in cream, some in brown, and some in grey.

Once I cut out pieces for each bunny, I used fabric glue to adhere everything together. I cut extra pieces for the back of the bunny so that it would look more finished if viewed from the back.  The second layer of felt also made my ornament a bit more stiff and stable.

Here is a view from the back:

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I was really pleased with the end result of the ornaments.  If you decide to make ornaments out of fabric, I would add Heat and Bond behind the fabric to make it more stable. 

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Curious about the new deep edge dies and all the seasonal/gift giving possibilities?  Check out the brand new winter release catalog.  Flip through all the pages and be inspired with what you can do.

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Want a chance to win your own deep edge die?  Leave a comment to this post as well as the other designer posts through Friday, November 17th.  Three people at random will be chosen from all the comments to win the deep edge die of their choice.  The more days to leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day).  Good luck!

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Sun 12

Magical Snowflakes
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercolor and die cutting. I am totally in love with this Snowflake Lens die. I mean really...all you need is the one die and a sentiment to create your card. Use festive colors or elegant colors to create holiday and winter themed cards.

Here's how I made this card:

 

Start with a white card base. My example is a 6 inch square card.

Cut Green cardstock 6 x 6 inches and adhere to base card.

 

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Cut watercolor paper 5.25 x 5.25 inches. Sprinkle with Lindy's Magicals, then spritz with water. Let dry and die cut with Snowflake Lens.

Edge the watercolor panel with Delicata Golden Glitz ink, then add a scrap of Navy cardstock behind the die opening and adhere to card front.

 

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Finish card by adding a heat embossed sentiment from the Merry Christmas Sentiments set. A little faux stitching along the sides with a White gel pen and a pretty brad.

 

We love seeing what you make with Memory Box dies and stamps. Please join us in our challenge this month HERE.

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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Sat 11

Snowy Cabin
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Memory  Box has brand new dies that are perfect for Christmas or Winter cards.  I chose to share with you the Stitched cabin along with the Snowy Tree Circle.

When you cut out the Snowy Tree Circle, this is what you end up with:

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I ran the die through the machine again with blue paper to end up with this:

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I colored the tree and the pieces of the cabin with an assortment of  Copic markers to end up with these pieces:

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Next, I place a piece of white cardstock behind the opening on the card:

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The reason why I placed the white cardstock scrap behind the opening was to allow me to paper piece the blue "sky" on top of it.  Once I did that, the white scrap in the background appeared in the openings of the blue cardstock to look like snowflakes:

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As a final step, I added the cabin and some glitter to the snow to make it sparkle:

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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Fri 10

Inked Background Holiday Cards Video
by Dave Brethauer

One of the things that I love most about using craft dies in cardmaking is how the shape can be transformed with clever use of color. 

Sometimes I use a little bit of color and sometimes I saturate the background. Both effects are fun and artistic and help take the card to another level.

This year I have been obsessed with all of the Tim Holtz oxide inks - I came late to the game on these, so I have been catching up on all the fun. The way that they can layer and blend - and change their look when splattered with water - is so mesmerizing.

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And the way that you can use them to make a background that highlights the shape of a die has me hooked. Here's a good example of how an inked background can really make a craft die shape come alive.

I sponged some background paper with Distress Oxide in Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio and slipped it behind the 99828 Snowflake Swell die - and that simple snowflake design is instantly transformed into something magical.

Now there is nothing wrong with a solid color behind those snowflakes, but just look how interesting it becomes when the green shades swirl into different hues along the card.

And the effort to do this is small! But it looks as if you did a lot of work!

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In today's video I created two different holiday cards that made the most of some inked backgrounds. First up is the Holiday Candle card - 

I combined the idea of using a little bit of color for a portion of the card above (the halo around the candle) with using lots of color (on the holly leaves) to create this handmade card. Check out the video to see the step by step...

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I knew that I wanted to have the center images "float" in the white background. SO I decided to use just a tiny bit of ink on the white - and use most of the ink on the leaves.

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To make these beautiful leaves I created an inked background using Oxide inks in Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio - overlapping these inks in various intensity to build many different shades of green. Then I spritzed it with water to add a little bit of splatter. Using the 99790 Holly Collage I cut the leaves out and saved them to add into the card.

The way that the green contrasts with the bright white is really striking in person - and the embossed lines of the leaves make it even more interesting.

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And here, I used just a little bit of color (Distress Oxide in Broken China) around the edges of the panel. This created a "halo" around the center - which was the perfect setting for the 99803 Candle Centerpiece. After cutting the Candle Centerpiece out of shiny gold cardstock - I inlaid red and green cardstocks (use some texture here to make it interesting!) to complete the composition.

One of my recent favorites are the Poppystamps Pointed Frames - available in Ovals, Squares and Rectangles. I tend to use a lot of borders with stitching on them, but for a fresh take on things I love these pinpoint frames. I used the 1938 Pointed Rectangle Frames here and they helped me create those perfect white borders.

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The second project in the video was probably the one that I had the most fun with this season (I made a lot of these for store samples!).

This design is the 1888 Peaceful Dove Collage from Poppystamps and I love how it looks like it is moving on the card.

I got to roll up my sleeves and explore some layering with the background on this one - spreading one color over another and slowly building up the intensity. One thing I noticed again and again was that the background looked better after I die cut it.

I mean, I would be putting all of these ink colors onto the paper - and some of the time I must admit it looked like a real mess! - but after I cut it out, it always looked like I planned things out!

Like how the blue happened to be just touching the bird. 

Or the spot under the wings that I didn't blend out very well - it now looked like a blur from the wing. As if I had done it on purpose! I embrace this all as happy accidents.

Once you cut it out there is a lot of paper removed from the card, so the background is broken up into different areas of color, swirling around the bird. So I think your eye is drawn more to the contours of the cut paper - and the background somehow becomes more interesting because the color stops and then starts again across the open spaces in the die cut.

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Here I used some Oxide ink in Broken China and Peeled Paint - with a dab of Squeezed Lemonade in regular Distress ink for a bright glow of "light".

This is similar to the look I used in my Snowy Sky Cards video - a little spot of light shining down - but I am using a different color scheme. The effect is still amazing - and creates some depth on the paper. Try to position the Broken China blue area above the dove's head if you can - and then get the portions of Peeled Paint to flank the bird on either side.

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At the bottom of the composition I used the 1852 Holly Twig as something that the dove was about to perch on. I cut it out of various colors of cardstock and then glued the pieces together in order to get green leaves and red berries - and I added a little bit of red glitter glue to sparkle the berries right up.

I wanted the background at the bottom of the card to be darker - so after sponging the bottom with Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber, I went over it with some Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo. Once you get it dark enough, then spritz with some water!

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Here's another example of how an inked background can transform a card - shown here with the 99797 Reindeer Window. The craft die creates a very simple opening around the reindeer, which can be filled in with a solid color, but look how exciting it becomes with lots of ink and splatter! For even more texture I stamped and embossed some leaves (from the CL5187 Christmas Botanicals stamp set) onto the background with clear ink and clear embossing powder. This allows the color of the ink to show through the embossed lines, but the color becomes a shade darker.

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I used Distress Oxide ink in Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo - and you can see up close how they blend so nicely.

I sprayed it with a little bleach and water solution (1 cup water to 1 tablespoon bleach) for some bright white splatter. The antlers are cut out of white glitter cardstock - and for good measure I used a Wink of Stella pen to fill in the leaves with some shimmer. Do you see how the area inside the leaves picks up little glints of light? So amazing.

So as you can see, there's tons of opportunities to make the most of inked backgrounds on your handmade cards. From small areas (the holly leaves) to large areas (the space around the dove collage) - you can transform a plain background into something spectacular with some ink in no time.

OK - time to get out your inkpads and start sponging!

Fri 10

Piccolo Snowflake Ornament, Ornament Caps and Hooks and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Piccolo Snowflake Ornament and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes create a soft, pastel winter scene in pale blush pinks.  A shimmery Ric Rac Ribbon and some help from Classic Ornament and Ornament Caps and Hooks make it easy to combine textures, shimmer and shine.  Sequins from Birch Press Designs add the finishing touch!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a pretty-in-almost-pink design for you today.  Mixing, matching and layering diecut design elements can be challenging - but a coordinated color scheme makes it easy.  Begin with a basic layout, select your favorite colors, add sequins or glitter...and there's your card!

Cut Classic Ornament from pale blush cardstock.  Cut Piccolo Snowflake Ornament from light pink mirror cardstock.  Cut the ornament hook and cap from light pink mirror cardstock.

Cut the narrowest Ric Rac Ribbon and two of the Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes from iridescent blush cardstock.  

Cut a 3/4" x 4-1/2" strip of rose gold glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card of natural cardstock.

Add beautiful Fairy Tale Sequins for a sparkly finishing touch.  View the Birch Press Design Sequins Collection - they're so pretty you'll want them all.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at today's MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress!  We'll use these pretty papers - and a lot more - for the quick and easy cards we're making.  

Thanks for stopping by - join us again for Laura's great card on Saturday!

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Thu 09

Pretty Poinsettias
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Thursday friends! Today I have a fun card that is full of texture. I decided to break out my embossing pad to create today's card. Let's get started!

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I used the Poinsettia Oval die for the focal point of my card. I ran it through my die cutting machine with the embossing rubber mat. Depending on your machine the layers you run through will change. It created this beautiful embossed oval that I cut out with the Studio Oval Layers.


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I glued it onto an embossed dot card stock onto a red card from Memory Box. I die cut the Merry Christmas Perky Script die in a red glitter paper. I was able to curve the word Christmas a bit to follow the line of the oval and then I glued the word merry in the space above it.

If you haven't tried embossing with your dies I would encourage you to give it a shot. It's so much fun and it gives you another look for all of your beautiful dies. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Wed 08

Dashing Through the Snow
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

Today I have a Christmas card featuring a cute elf from the Playtime Elves clear stamp set along with his reindeer friend from the Dashing with Reindeer clear stamp set.

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To create this card, I started by sponging Broken China Distress Oxide onto watercolor paper.  I misted the ink lightly with water and dried with the heat tool, and spattered the background with white and black ink.  

Next, I die cut the frame from white cardstock.  The frame was cut using one of dies from the Scalloped Stitch Fancy Frame die set.  The frame is rectangle shape, so I cut a piece off to form a square instead.  This was glued to the card front at an angle. 

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I stamped the elf, the reindeer, and Christmas lights from watercolor paper and colored and cut them out.  I glued a piece of twine from the elf to the reindeer and used foam adhesive to adhere them to the front of the card.  I applied some texture paste underneath the sleigh and sprinkled it with glitter.  

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on licorice cardstock and cut it out by following the curved line of the saying.  Using foam adhesive, I glued this to the card.

To finish the card, I glued a piece of washi tape to a strip of white cardstock and adhered this to the back of the card front.  Using foam tape, I adhered this to a Cranberry notecard.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!

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Wed 08

Merry Christmas
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Today, I mixed and matched lots of stamps and dies to create my winter scene. I really like how everything co-ordinates so well.

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To create this card, I die-cut the hill and added a little color using peerless watercolor. I then cut a mat layer and created a wash for the sky using peerless watercolor. I then die-cut 3 Piccolo snowflakes using white cardstock.

Now, I stamped a couple of images using Versafine onyx black ink and colored them using watercolors. Once dry I die-cut these images using the coordinating dies. I then assembled the card as per the photo and flicked some white paint on it. Finally, I added a bit of glitter to create snow.

The glitter is more visible in the close-up.

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Hope you enjoyed this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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Tue 07

Snowy Pine, Slider Grooves, Snowdrift Breeze and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Snowy Pine, Snowdrift Breeze snowflakes, Rectangle Basics and Slider Grooves team up to create a shimmery Christmas design that's also a giftcard holder.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another card designed to get the most use from your Memory Box dies.  

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Giftcards are always appreciated - but slipping them into a card just doesn't seem special enough.  Slider Grooves will diecut a cool, curvey custom tuck-in slot for the perfect presentation.  Now isn't that better?

Cut pearlescent graphite cardstock to 6-1/4" x 11".  Score it at 4-5/8"  and 9-1/4" to create an inside pocket.  Diecut a Slider Groove slot near the left edge of the narrow bottom panel.  Fold it up and attach the sides to the card.  Attach a gluedot on a blank area on the back of  the giftcard to secure it.  

Cut Snowy Pine from silver glitter cardstock.  

Cut pear cardstock with the 2-1/4 x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut a strip of red cardstock.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from watercolor paper and remove the snowflakes.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on pear cardstock with Candied Apple Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-1/4"Rectangle Basics die.

Assemble the card and add red gem stickers.

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Everyone loves a giftcard  from their favorite store - receiving it in your special card makes it even better.  Of course you can use Slider Grooves to make slider cards too!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS  class at Impress! Hope you liked the simplicity of the designs and the beautiful silkscreened papers cut with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for filling our shopping baskets with the latest/greatest supplies.  I've added a second class to the schedule - it's on Sunday November 19th if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  

If  Veterans Day is a holiday for you (or even if it isn't!) - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress.  We're making 7 deceptively-simple cards that don't look quick and easy - but they will be!  No origami, I promise.  

Thanks for stopping by...why not spend a few minutes making some giftcards for the holidays?  They'll  be ready when you need them in December.

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