Tue 21

Birthday Wishes with Feathered Friends, Wrapped Circles and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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Send birthday wishes to someone a year older - but wiser - with the happy owl from the new Deep Edge Feathered Friends and Deep Edge Swooping Branches and Leaves.  This big, bright owl is framed by the new Wrapped Circles dies.  So many dies, so many ways to use them!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another matchup of innovative Memory Box dies and beautiful printed and embossed papers from Shizen Design.  Deep Edge dies are specially-designed for heavier, thicker materials and multiple layers of diecutting.  They're great for quilters, fabric artists and teachers who need to cut duplicates for their students.  The heavy artpapers are made from cotton fabric scraps from the t-shirt industry - but the dies cut right through and produce clean, smooth edges without stringy little bits of threads and fibers.  

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Cut two Wrapped Circles from white cardstock.  

Cut two Swooping Branches from cardboard and layer them for dimension.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to black, peach, light orange and dark orange felt.  Diecut the owl's face, eyes, beak and rosy cheeks.   The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Assemble that sweet face - it'll make anyone smile, even on their birthday!

Cut the wing from dark orange felt and black cardstock - it's easy to cut both layers with the Deep Edge Dies.

Cut the rest of the owl from the floral print and black cardstock - again, both layers at once.

Attach the black diecuts  - slightly offset for a shadow effect - behind the wing and owl.

Cut the leaves from embossed paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then diecut the strip with the coordinating Garden Sketches die.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the center and top of the owl.  Add gold gem stickers.  The card's thickness will probably require extra postage - but it celebrates a special day!

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Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's Asian Holiday Greetings class!  It was great to meet so many new students - and Memory Box fans - and to see my friends again.  Special thanks to Ann and Becca - for keeping us well-stocked with artpapers, washi tape and Memory Box and Poppystamps dies!

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating on Thursday!  If you're in the Seattle area - save Saturday the 25th  for two holiday classes at Impress.  It's MERRY AND QUICK at 10:30 - 7 quick and easy Christmas cards that don't look quick and easy.

The GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class starts at 1:30.  We're making a simple fold-out portfolio and filling it with 8 colorful tags.  As a bonus, I've added a candy card to deliver a holiday treat to the special people on your list.  Of course we'll have to sample a bit of that chocolate too!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Friday!

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Mon 20

Cabin Circle and Snowy Tree Circle Combinations
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards combine elements from two of the NEW dies:  SNOWY TREE CIRCLE 99887 and CABIN CIRCLE 99884 .  I've also used Memory Box papers that are available from Birch Press Design:  Pool Gingham , Pool Snow, and Cranberry Snow.  I used a large circle die from CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 to cut out each of the other circles.  The sentiment is from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMPS SET CL 5212.

Card One:

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steps to create this card

  • Using white cardstock, place the Cabin Circle die inside a large circle die and run it through your die cutting machine.  Save the white roof for this card and the other pieces for later.
  • Cut a circle from the Cranberry Snow paper and adhere it behind the Cabin Circle.
  • Make a little stack of red gingham paper, red cardstock, and woodgrain paper under the cabin part of the die and cut it out.  Save the two cabins and the red door for this card and any other usable pieces for later.
  • Take a small piece of yellowy gold cardstock and glue it behind the log cabin house to fill the windows.  Trim extra paper off.
  • Line up the red gingham house under the lit-windowed log cabin and adhere them together.  Snip off the brown chimney to expose the "brick" one.
  • Add the white roof and the red door.
  • Glue the cabin into the notched place in the snow.
  • Run the Snowy Tree Circle die four times through your machine, twice with white cardstock and twice with dark green cardstock.  Snip off the trees.  (You can save the rest of the Snowy Tree Circles for other projects--perhaps for use with polar bears or elves!)
  • Glue the green trees on top of the white ones exposing some of the white along the tops of the boughs to look like snow.  Then secure them to the scene.
  • Cut another piece of Cranberry Snow paper slightly smaller than your white notecard and adhere it to the front.  Add the completed Cabin Circle on top.
  • Stamp the "merry Christmas" sentiment inside.

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Here's what's different:

  • Start with a white notecard and cover the front completely with Pool Gingham paper.
  • Die cut the Snowy Tree Circle from white cardstock nestled inside a slightly larger Circle Basics die.  Cut it again from dark green cardstock, snip off the tree and put it on top of the white one.
  • Cut a circle from the Pool Snow paper and adhere it behind the tree scene.
  • Make the cabin using the Cabin Circle die with brown paper and a scrap of yellow behind it for window lights.  Add a white roof and a door cut from the woodgrain paper.  Place the cabin in the scene nestled in the snow to the right of the tree.
  • Pop dot the Snowy Tree Circle onto the card front.
  • Stamp the "merry Christmas" sentiment using Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

I'm pretty sure that you can think of lots more ways to use these two dies alone and together.  I'll use mine as Christmas cards.  But I can imagine changing up the background paper and notecard colors for each season and for many occasions.

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 19

Ice Skates
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with yet another 10 minute card. At this time of year we all need a method of making quick holiday cards and by changing up the papers, you can whip out several like the one above in no time. As designers for this wonderful company we are blessed with many dies to work with, but this has to be one of my all time favorites! It's just too cute!

Let's put this together:

 

Start with a White card base. Cut a one inch strip of your favorite plaid pattern papers and adhere to left side of card.

 


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Die cut Classic Ice Skates from a matching plain cardstock. Color the "metal" portions of the skates with a Metallic Silver marker. For the laces, I used a white gel pen. Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

 


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Stamp sentiment and flourishes from the Blessed To Know You set using VersaFine Deep Lagoon ink.

Add a couple of dots of White Crystal Drops and let dry.

DONE!!!

 

Happy holiday card making,

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Sat 18

Merry Christmas
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Today is yet another Christmas card using the adorable Deer and Santa images. I can't seem to stop using them as they are simply ADORABLE :)

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To create this card, I started with die-cutting some hills using the "Stitched Curves" dies. I then sponged some blue ink to the top parts of it and adhered them from sides and lower edge onto a white mat layer.

I then die-cut some pine trees using the Stitched Circle Trees dies and colored them using copic markers.

Then I stamped all the images, colored them using copic markers and die-cut them using the coordinating dies.

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Finally stamp the sentiment and assemble everything together. 

To finish I added some stickles for the glittery effect.

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

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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.

Front side...
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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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