Tue 27

Flowering Celestina Tree
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  

Having a good week?  Hope so!  Today I am featuring the wonderful Celestina Tree die.  This one caught my eye when I first saw the new release.  It's perfect for almost any occasion---birthday, wedding, new baby, thank you, sorry, sympanthy, congrats...you get the idea.   Today it comes to you as a Thank You card.
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 This is clearly an intricate die and I can tell you it cuts beautifully---I cut it several times for this card...once from ivory paper and again in pale yellow, green and lavender.  I simply cut apart the colored flowers and adhered them randomly to the main layer.  I didn't get crazy and paper piece all the flowers as many are pretty small, so just the 7 larger ones did the trick.  

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A strip of washi tape next to the folded edge helps fill out the space.  I also trimmed the card down to 41/4" x 5".  (letting you in on a little secret...I trimmed the card to this size because I accidently got my inky fingerprints at the top and had to cut that part off.  I call those "happy accidents" when you fix your mistake and save the card, liking it even more!)

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To finish the card I added my favorite Mini Butterflies and lavender gemstones to add some sparkle and whimsy.  So, this card is ready to send off and I have more to make up to replenish my card stash.  

Thanks for stopping by today!
Jennysig

Mon 26

Birthday Fishes
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Hope you all have a wonderful Monday! I have a summer theme card for you today as it's really hot these past two weeks and that just makes me think of water and of-coarse out GORGEOUS fishes from the "Fish Tales" stamp set.

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I started with sponging some inks onto a piece of white cardstock. I then cut the center using the Coral Collage die. I then sponged some more ink to it to make it a bit darker. I then stamped and embossed the sentiment.  Then I sprayed shimmer mist and flicked a little water to it. Let it dry.

I then adhered this center negative piece to the cardbase.

Then I stamped some fishes onto watercolor paper and colored one using Zig clean color real brush marker. I then stamped the corals using the same inks, which I used for sponging the background. This gives a subtle effect. Then I adhered this piece to the cardbase using 3D foam. Finally I adhered the fishes and to finish added some dew drops and sequins. 

Here is a close-up to see the shimmer.

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Hope you enjoyed today's simple creation. Thanks for stopping by!!

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Sun 25

Sketch Form Butterflies Along the Cubic Border
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Send a summer thank you with a trio of Sketch Form Butterfly diecuts. Re-purpose a favorite stamp and take advantage of the versatile Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterfly die sets...again!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with an easy watercolored design for a summer greeting.  

Press the dye inks from a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor multi-color inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz the smoother side of a 6"square of watercolor paper with water and paint it with watery, overlapping layers of  the orange, yellow and green inks.  Heat-set the inks.  Press the paper with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp Sketch Form Butterfly with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder. Here's a quick tip -  pre-heat the back of the stamped paper for a few seconds - then quickly finish embossing the design from the right side.  This minimizes over-heating and scorching the stamped image and keeps it nice and glossy.

Cut three butterflies with two of the Butterfly Ensemble dies.  Cut black cardstock butterflies and attach them (offset)  behind the watercolored designs to add dimension and a subtle drop-shadow look along some areas.

Cut three butterfly centers from gold mirror cardstock using the dies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  

Cut the front of a top-folded green A-2 card with Cubic Border.  Stamp the greeting from the new Thank You Sentiments clear stamp set with Onyx Black.  

Attach the butterflies and add gold gem stickers.  

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I love thinking of ways to get the most from my huge stash of Memory Box and Open Studio designs - and sharing these ideas with you.  The rustic, hand-drawn look of the Sketch Form Butterfly makes it one of my favorite stamps - hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by...

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Sat 24

Butterfly Spectacle for a Special Friend
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Special friends deserve special cards - and Butterfly Spectacle makes it easy to create a quick card to celebrate a great friendship.  Coordinating diecuts from Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies add the finishing touches.

Hi, Happy Summer...Jean Okimoto here with a quick weekend card.  I've gathered a few favorite go-to supplies for today's design.  Dies from Square Basics cut the watercolored background and trim around Butterfly Spectacle.  A die from Rectangle Basics cuts the greeting block.  The butterfly die sets create great options for layering, stenciling and inlaid designs in addition to basic diecutting.  

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Lightly spritz watercolor paper with water.  Paint it with diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills to create a soft, watery background in shades to match some vellum from your stash.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut Butterfly Spectacle from white cardstock.  Trim around it with the 3-3/4" Square Basics die.  Cut the watercolor paper with the same die.  

Here's a tip - trim a sliver (about 1/16") from the edges of the watercolor paper.  This provides a little wiggle room when adhering the layers and keeps any colored edges from peeking out along the side.  

Cut orange, turquoise and pink vellum butterflies with dies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Cut the butterfly centers from gold mirror cardstock with the dies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Attach the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Spectacle.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Spring Lilacs set - on white cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  Trim it with a Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.   Add tiny gold gem stickers.

 

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Butterfly cards are great for any celebration  - or everyday greeting.  Gather your favorite colors, Memory Box and Open Studio dies and some sparkly accents and create a stash of summer-y cards and be ready for any occasion!

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's Summer Bliss class at Impress!  Memory Box and Poppystamps designs, butterflies, flowers, pretty papers from Shizen  Design, Distress Oxides...what's not to like about those great supplies?  Thanks to Shari and Erin too, for filling our shopping baskets with everything to make more cards.

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool and have a great day!

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Fri 23

Happiest of Birthdays!
by Sherry Hester

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s card is a new version of an older post using Adelaide Stem and Airin Bird Background dies. The layout is close to the same, but I changed the color scheme and the background.

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I created a stencil using the Zimmer Oval Background, and on a piece of white card stock cut to 3.25” x 4.5”, I randomly sponged Dusty Concord Distress Ink through the openings, leaving some areas very light and others a little darker. I splattered the same color ink onto the background.

I cut the Airin Bird from a light blue card stock, and shaded the top and right sides with Faded Jeans, added a dot for the eye, and colored in the beak with an orange colored pencil. I cut two of the Adelaide Stem from white card stock, sponged Peeled Paint onto the stems and lightly sponged Dusty Concord on the flower portions. Purple glitter added some sparkle to the flowers.

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I arranged one of the stems behind the bird and adhered them to its back. Before adding the bird to the background, I strung a length of white twine with some lavender beads, then wrapped it around the piece three times. The bird was adhered with foam tape, and I inserted its tail in between two strands of the twine. Once that was in place, I snipped off one of the flowers from the second Adelaide Stem and glued it down to the left of the bird. I added foam tape to the assembled piece and adhered it to a white A2 card base. The sentiment is from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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Thanks as always for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Thu 22

You're my Anchor
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Ok...I will admit this card is beyond simple. But what an impact!!!! Talk about a 10 minute card. 

With Summer in the air and July just around the corner, how fun to create a lovey card for someone special with Red, White and Blue!

 

Here are the steps:

 

Start with a White card base. Trim White cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half.

 

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Add a small strip of Red & White striped paper along the left side, color the right edge of card base with a Copic/Spectrum Noir marker (I used DR5 to match my stripes)

 

On a piece of White cardstock measuring 3 1/2 x 5.50 inches, stamp the sentiment from the Seal of Approval set in the bottom right corner using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Adhere this panel to card front.

 

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Die cut the anchor from the Seal of Approval set, color with same medium and coat with Glossy Accents. After it is dry, adhere anchor to card front with foam adhesive.

Take Navy Blue twine, make a loop and tuck under anchor, make a few loops and adhere to card front as shown.

 

It took longer to write this up than to make the card.....hehehe

 

Happy Crafting,

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Tue 20

Life is better Near the Ocean
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hello crafty friends,

Cuteness alert!  The following fun nautical scene is from the new Whale Hello There stamp and die sets and is loads of cuteness.  There are so many clever components...fish, waves, sea weed, and the coolest octopus ever.  You can make a variety of scenes and soooo many cards from just this one set.  Here's one I created today...

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I also used the Pinpoint Circle Frame die to create a sort of "porthole" effect and stamped the waves with Peacock Feathers blue ink on the front of the note card.  The "porthole" layer was added and raised up slightly to give a little dimension.  I stamped and die cut all the pieces, then colored with Copic markers.  I created enough to make several cards at once.  I took my time arranging (and rearranging) the fish scene and quickly realized I was simply enjoying playing with them instead of finishing the card-- Ahemmm.  

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I used a bit of pink Nuvo drops on the cheeks for a spot of color and Wink of Stella pen to add shine and sparkle to these cute denizens of the deep.  Oh and the clear air bubbles are crystal clear Nuvo drops too.   Along with the sentiment from the stamp set (which I love) is a collection of shells and a starfish from the Sea Bottom Treasures die set---a must- have for these nautical scenes.  

With Summer upon us ocean theme cards are right on point and a welcome card to receive for any occasion.  We're having a heat wave here in San Diego and the ocean sure looks inviting.

Thanks for stopping by, please let me know if you like this new set--is it on your wish list or do you already have it?  

 Jennysig

Mon 19

Spring Lilacs Tag
by Anne Thompson

I know it is almost officially summer, but I couldn't resist one last Spring Lilacs tag!  I've been revisiting my Distress Inks and reviewing techniques I learned years ago.  This tag features four stamps from the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and a Distress Ink Spritz & Flick technique.

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To make a tag like this, ink up a large manila tag with ink blending foam tools inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  Start from off the edge of the tag on a non-stick craft sheet or piece of  scrap paper larger than the tag, working inward with a circular motion.  Repeat until the entire surface of the tag is inked, adding layers on layers.  For the water mark effect, spritz water into your hand (I just poured some from a bottle into my palm) and flick it over the tag.  Let it sit for just a few seconds, maybe ten.  Then blot the tag with a paper towel to create a color-lifted effect.  (You may want to use a heat tool at this point if your tag is pretty wet and you don't want to wait for it to dry on its own.)

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Next stamp the large lilac bunch from the Spring Lilacs set using VersaMark Embossing Ink.  Sprinkle liberally with Opaque White Embossing Powder, tapping the back of the tag to release extra powder.  (I sometimes use a small paintbrush to remove any excess embossing powder that is close to the image.)  For this tag I stamped the image three times, adding embossing powder after each impression.  Then use your heat tool to set the embossing powder, turning it shiny white.

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I then stamped the sentiments--FOR A SPECIAL friend; EVERYTHING YOU DO IS SIMPLY amazing; and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes--using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on white cardstock.  I punched them out using two different sized punches, and then punched some additional circles from a nice green cardstock that coordinated with the ribbon I chose.  I layered the sentiments and placed them strategically to hide any imperfections in my embossing.  I'd been saving this piece of wired ribbon and it was perfect for this tag tied in a pretty bow. 

 

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 18

Metallic Butterfly
by Penny Ward

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Hey there Memory Box fans. Nothing I like better on a card than a little bling. Using Matte Metallic cardstock and some Glitter cardstock makes putting a card like this together so very easy. I love how the tiny circles really let the Blue shine come through.

 

Let me walk you through this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half.

 

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Cut Teal cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches, Use a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen around the edges and across the top half of the panel. Adhere this panel to the card base.

Cut Matte Metallic Purple cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches. Die cut Bubble Burst along the length of the card as shown and adhere to card front.

 

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Die cut a Morning Garden Butterfly from Purple Glitter cardstock and another of the same butterfly from Teal cardstock.

I like to keep some of the tiny pieces intact on the butterflies by adding glue to the backside.

Inlay a few of the Teal pieces into the Glitter butterfly and adhere both butterflies to card front.

 

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Wishing You Sentiments set using VersaFine Imperial Purple and Clear powder on Vellum. Add the bottom sentiment with VersaMark ink and White powder.

 

Finish the card by adding a few sequins here and there.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 17

Whale Hello There
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have another card using the Whale Hello There stamp set from the spring release.  This set is so cute, and the sentiment I used today could be used for many occasions.

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To make this card, die cut the Sheer Circle Trimming die two times on a strip of Licorice cardstock and trim each side following the curve of the die cut.  Glue this to a white cardstock layer, which is then glued to another layer which has been inked with Abandoned Coral distress ink.  

Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from watercolor paper and ink the circle using Twisted Citron distress ink.  Mist lightly with water to blend the ink.  Once the ink is dry stamp the waves using Mowed Lawn distress ink.  Adhere this to the card front along with a gray cardstock frame which was die cut using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames.  Spatter the card front using Abandoned Coral and Twisted Citron distress inks.IMG_3201

Stamp, color and die cut the large and small whale from the stamp set.  Adhere a piece of washi tape across the bottom of the circle on the card front.  Ink a strip of watercolor paper using Abandoned Coral distress ink and stamp the sentiment in black.  Trim and glue this on top of the washi tape using foam tape.  

Using foam tape glue the whales onto the card front. To finish the card, adhere the card front to a white card base and add a few epoxy embellishments.

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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