Sun 22

Festive Thank You
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with our newest stamp and matching die set called Garden Sketches. Using holiday colors for this thank you card puts me ahead of the game. YAYNESS!!!! Just so you know...I did drop the small inkpad on my card front, so I just made a few more "mistakes" to make my background. :)

 

And...here we go:

 

Start with a White card base. Cut a panel of White cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

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Die cut a partial circle from the right side of the card using Pinpoint Circle Frame. Stamp flowers and foliage around the open circle using Delicata inks. (The new Ruby Red and Emerald Green are a must have...and oh the shimmer!!!)

 

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Leave your background White or goof it up like mine. :)

Stamp and die cut one of the adorable flowers from the Garden Sketches set and adhere it, a leaf and the sentiment banner to the die cut circle. Add circle to card front with foam adhesive.

The card still needed something, so I went with a little more bling using a glittery washi tape down the side.

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 

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Sat 21

Fabulous Snowy Sky Video by Dave Brethauer

Well, hello all you Memory Box fans!

I am so happy to share a video with you today that will teach you a background technique you will use over and over. The results are wonderful each time - and very creative.

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I think this is one of my favorites because of this particular combination of color - the blues and purples, and then the small golden accent. This is truly beautiful in real life - you must try this so that you can see it in person!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

I used Distress Oxide inks for the background - Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans and Broken China - all sponged together and overlapped. And then there is a small dab of yellow ink - Fossilized Amber - to create a little burst of light in the upper right corner.

I have been sponging backgrounds for a long time and by now, I can whip up a background in no time. To give it this bright spattered look I gave it a little spritz of water mixed with a bit of bleach. My portions change from time to time - the stronger the bleach solution, the brighter the white spots get and there is a more noticeable "halo" around the spots. Generally, I stick to a recipe of 2 cups water to one tablespoon of bleach, but you should try what suits you.

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You can see the difference between the two cards here - the card on the left has the tiny drops and the card on the right has larger drops. This is just a matter of how you use your spray bottle.

I spritz it with a spray bottle - if I squeeze quickly, then the spray comes out in tiny drops. If I squeeze slowly, then the spray comes out in larger drops. As a bonus - you will be disinfecting your craft area!

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I used the 99834 Single Deer Oval to create the first layer - and then the 99816 Batavia Snowflake Oval for the second layer. Both of these are cut out of white cardstock, which provides a bright contrast to the colorful background. Both ovals are exactly the same size, so they line up perfectly. And if you want to add some snowflakes to the card, the 99825 Batavia Snowflakes match the snowflakes in the oval!

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In the video you will see that you have some leftover pieces - like the reindeer above. This is what is left over after you cut out the background - don't throw it out, this makes another beautiful card!

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Adding a white background, and gluing on a few sequins - you'll have another card in less than a minute!

I have designed a lot of layered dies over the years, including the tree and branch collage dies in the Faerie Cards video I made awhile ago. It is a concept that I really have had fun with as I developed Birch Press Design Dies over the last few years - layering cut paper to create intricate artwork, like I did in my Peony Blooms video. I really enjoy assembling these layers to create some dimension on cards.

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I ended up really liking the color scheme that I used for the background, so I made about a dozen background pieces, changing where I was putting the color until I came up with a composition that reminded me of the Northern Lights.

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This turned out to work perfectly with a die that I hadn't played with too much - the 99822 Sheer Treescape. This die features some cut lines to create some texture in the paper - these extra lines do not cut out a shape but rather just add some extra detail to the image.

The treescape creates a perfect border - and the "Northern Lights" jump up through the treeline. The only change here is that I added Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot to the border to darken the edges. A spritz of my bleach and water solution added the look of stars (or snow, depending on your perspective).

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That beautiful sky was begging for something to be flying in it - so I placed the 99606 Small Reindeer Team in the sky for fun!

I hope you will try out this background technique - the bright spatters really make the background come alive and the colors seem to intensify. These quick cards are the perfect project to try this out on. 

Sat 21

Curved Picket Fence, Playful Boo, Tall Fern Left Corner, Swirling Ghosts and Seaweed Stalks by Jean Okimoto

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Swirling Ghosts are working overtime this fall - here they are again with the new Curved Picket Fence and Playful Boo.  Tall Fern Left Corner and Seaweed Stalks add a bright touch to a spooky card - it's OK to be orange today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - I was inspired by Donna's great card and couldn't resist making just one more Halloween card for you.  

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Give the middle-sized ghost some eyes with a scrap of black cardstock.  

Cut Tall Fern Left Corner with dark orange cardstock.  

Cut two of the dotty Seaweed Stalks from orange cardstock.  Trim one of them so it's a bit shorter, and has just two branches.  This is such a versatile die set - it doesn't have to be seaweed!  

Cut Curved Picket Fence from dark kraft cardstock.

Cut Playful Boo from green cardstock.

Attach everything to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots for the tops of the two larger ghosts.

The tiny Not So Heavy Metal Sequins from Birch Press are attached upside-down here.  I thought they looked sparkly-er on the Licorice Notecard that way.  Have you seen this new collection of beautiful sequins and shimmery accents?  

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Looking for some holiday inspiration?  If you're in the Seattle area - be sure to stop by both Impress stores for some great ideas and the latest products  during their holiday event today.   You'll find everything you need for your fall and winter cards, special displays and morning demos.  See - and stock up on - items from the just-released Memory Box Winter 2017 Collection.  We'll be using many of those great new dies in classes this quarter.  Be among the first 25 to arrive at each store today and receive a goodie bag too!  

Thanks for stopping by...join us again tomorrow for Penny's great project!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

Fri 20

Trick or Treat
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a great Halloween card for you, which mixes new with old.  The Halloween Sideshow stamp set is one of my favorite Halloween sets.

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To create this card use the smallest rectangle from the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die set to cut three rectangles from white cardstock, save the cardstock for a card layer. Ink the cut rectangles using Twisted Citron distress ink. Mist them with water and let dry.  Using the Circle Web Collage die, cut two webs from Licorice cardstock, cut them apart and glue onto the sponged rectangle pieces.  

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Using foam tape I adhered the saved white die cut card layer to a Licorice cardstock layer, which is glued to a white card base.  I spattered the card with black ink.  

I inserted the rectangles back into place on the card front.  Because the white cardstock layer is popped up and the rectangles are glued flat to the Licorice cardstock layer, they create a window.  In the window I placed the stamped and colored Halloween images and the sentiments,  which were stamped on Licorice cardstock strips and embossed using white embossing powder. 

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To finish the card I added some orange Nuvo Dots, and that's it!

I hope you enjoyed todays card, and have a great day!

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Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.

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Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  

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Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  

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Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.

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If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items - including the latest Memory Box Winter Release!  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.

 

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Wed 18

Let It Snow
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha here today, once again, I am sharing a fun CAS Christmas card which is easy to mass produce. There are so many cards to make and so little time :) I am so happy Memory Box stamps and dies are perfect to create those quick cards too.

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To create this card I took a red top folding card. I then cut a white mat layer. I die-cut the "Leafy Ring" from this panel. Remember to keep the leaves as we will color them using copic markers. I then die-cut a circle in the center.

I created a blue wash onto a watercolor piece, sprayed it with frost shimmer spray and adhered the white mat layer  onto it. I then adhered the leaves back to it. It simply fits like a puzzle :)

I then added some Nuvo Drops to some of the circles to create berries. I left some of the circles empty as it looks like snow to me.

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Now I die-cut the words "let it snow" twice, once using silver and 2nd. using black cardstock. I adhered the black word under the silver to create shadow effect. Adhere the sentiment to the mat layer and adhere this layer to the cardbase using 3D foam.

 Hope you enjoyed my project and got inspired to create your Christmas cards. Thanks for stopping by

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Tue 17

Thank You Kindly
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Tuesday! It is finally starting to look and feel like Fall here this week so I have a fun stamped card inspired by the season. Let's get started!

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For this card I used the fabulous Garden Sketches clear stamp set. I started with the many leaves on a cream piece of paper. I put a bunch of the outline leaves stamps on my clear block and stamped them in brown ink a few times to start my pattern. Then I took the corresponding solid leaves and stamped them over the outlines in a few different Fall colors. I offset the solid colors a little bit to add some interest to the pattern I created. 

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I stamped the Thank You Kindly on a scrap of cream and cut it out. Then I layered it on a green piece of paper before putting it on the card. For the green and brown layers of paper I wanted them to match my inks so I created my own paper. I took a cream piece of paper and then I rubbed the brown ink on each side of the paper to get one that would work for my card. I did the same thing with the green ink and another piece of paper. Now you will always have paper that matches all of the stamping you did!

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To finish the card I layered all of the papers on to a kraft card and then I added a gem to finish it off. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Mon 16

You are a Blessing in my Life
by Anne Thompson

Today's card features a couple of folds, Memory Box dots papers, kraft and other cardstocks, STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, the Chinese Lanterns from GARDEN SKETCHES Clear Stamps Set CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204, EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL5214, and BLESSING PERKY SCRIPT die 99864.  I owe a big "THANKS" to my friend Connie for showing me this card format with two folds.

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I really love this flip flop card!  (...even though you can see my foam dots from this angle!) 

Here are the directions for the way I constructed this card.

Start by cutting, scoring, and folding all of the cardstock first.  I used kraft cardstock for this.

  • 7 3/4" X 4 3/4", scored at 3" from the right end of the longer edge and fold in from the right side
  • 7 1/2" X 3 3/4", scored at 3 3/4", thus folded in half

Then cut the papers.

  • One 4 1/2" square
  • Two 3 1/2" squares--I cut one of these squares from cream cardstock for the sentiment
  • Two 2 3/4" X 4 1/2" rectangles

Adhere the papers to the kraft cardstock.

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I added Latte Distressed Dots to the inside of the larger card base and

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Squash Dots paper on the front of the small square card and the outside right flap of the larger card.  I added the cream cardstock inside the small square card.

To assemble this card, I glued the small square card in the center of the larger brown dot square.  The flap on the right then folds over the cream sentiment square and the top square flap closes over that.

Then decorate the card surfaces.  On the front of the square, I added the Picket Fence cut from white cardstock and a collection of Stitched Farm Pumpkins cut from Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps.

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On the flap that tucks under the pumpkins I added two of the Chinese Lanterns, making sure that they wouldn't show when the pumpkin flap was closed.  (I stamped them in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils in three different oranges before die cutting them.)

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On the other side of that flap I added three more Chinese Lantern sprigs. And on the cream sentiment square I added a double-layered "blessing" cut from more of the Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps and stamped words from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set (in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink).  I then added a pumpkin and one more sprig of Chinese Lanterns.

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The final touch?  An amber gem to dot the "i".

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I'm already thinking of ways to use this format for Christmas cards.  Don't you just love cards that open in different ways and give you lots of surfaces to embellish?!!!Happy Crafting!

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Sun 15

Double Decker BOO
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box fans. Penny here today with  Double Decker die sporting a few friends along for the ride. I know you will find this particular die useful when you have different critters traveling. So fun to maybe add a snowman, Santa, a fox or hedgehog...so many possibilities!

For my rambling friends:

 

Start with a sturdy cardstock base.

 

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For purposes of time, I eBrushed all the elements of this card, but using watercolors or pencils would be adorable also.

Die cut the Double Decker, Whimsy Bat, Whimsy Ghost, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Playful Boo.

Color each die cut as desired and shade where you find appropriate.

For the bus, I trimmed a small piece of Black cardstock making the inside of the Double Decker look dark.

 

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Adhere to card front as shown. Obviously I die cut the Stitched Farm Pumpkins twice to give a super sized amount for the top of the bus.

Which die cut would use use for the top of the Double Decker?

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 

 

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Sat 14

A Spooky Box
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend Friends! Today I have a fun Halloween pop up box card to share with you, let's get started. 

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For the box I used a tutorial I found online, there are so many ways to make this type of card. I found some directions and then cut and scored the black card stock to make the box. Then I used some of the fun Memory Box papers to decorate the sides of the box.

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I cut the Whimsy Bat three times in black paper and then used a Wink of Stella glitter pen to give the bats some sparkle. Googly eyes make them extra fun. For the pumpkins I used an orange velvet paper and put them inside the box. To finish it off I added the Whimsy Ghost to the back with some more fun googly eyes. This type of card is so fun to make and it doubles as a cute decoration for your home. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Melissasigimage

 

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Fri 13

Snowy Spectrum, Blessed to Know You Clear Stamps and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Snowy Spectrum, Birch Press Retro Holiday Sequins  - and Impress Sparkle Glitter -  create a sparkly winter pastel scene for your Christmas cards.  Try it in frosty turquoises or minty greens - or even warm shades of rose gold and peach too.    There are so many great products and so many ways to create unique holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card for you today.  It seems like we went from summer right into winter here in Seattle - so let's celebrate with a  snowflake card.

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Cut white cardstock with the 2.75" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the rectangle with the beautiful Snowy Spectrum.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Blessed To Know You Clear Stamp Set - with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.

Cut a rectangle of self-adhesive laminating sheet using the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die. Attach it behind the diecut - save the liner from the laminating sheet.  Use the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the adhesive.  

Lightly sprinkle flakes of dark pink and gold chunky glitter onto the adhesive - like sprinkling a few  crystals of  sea salt over a chocolate-dipped caramel.  Use the liner to press the glitter flakes securely onto the adhesive.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over everything, tap off the excess, then use the liner to give it all a final "pressing."

Cut a piece of pink cardstock with the same 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the laminating sheet to create a soft pink background for the snowflakes and glitters.  

Rectangle Basics dies save so much time - eliminating the measuring, guessing and hoping it'll fill in all of the cutouts.  The rectangles are perfectly proportioned for layering on A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too.  You'll be spoiled by their accuracy and versatility - and wonder how you ever made cards without them!

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 notecard.  Add the pink sequins from the new Retro Holiday Birch Press Sequins - a pretty collection of green, pink and red accents.  See the entire collection here - you'll want all of them!

Add silver gem stickers.

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I love the new ultra-smooth bright white cardstock from Impress.  It's perfect for stamping, stenciling and diecutting - and folds crisply both with and against the grain.  It's everything you could ever want from white cardstock!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's BOO! class at Impress.  I've added an extra card - using the negative from another class card (bonus!) - so we're making 6 cards and a treat wrapper for the tricksters.  

Thanks for stopping by today...

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