Tue 14

Be Jolly Shaker Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new Holiday release products? They are AWESOME isn't it? I just started playing with them and it's so difficult to stop.  Have you started creating your Christmas cards already? We have a wide range of dies and not to forget the adorable stamps too :)

So, for today's card I used the All Heart Snowman as my main focal image and created a shaker card with it. FUN!!!

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I started by making a square top fold card. I then sponged it using distress oxide inks for an Ombrè effect. Once I was happy with the background, I flicked some gold color shine onto it and let it dry. Meanwhile, I die-cut the dainty circle frame using the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame die and applied Tsukineko Delicata gold ink to it to match it with the gold splatters.

Now I die-cut the All Heart Snowman, I colored the nose and the heart using copic markers and kept them aside. I then die-cut this piece in a circle to fit in behind the circle frame.

Now I adhered the acetate piece onto the back side of this focal piece. I adhered 3D foam tape onto the acetate and made sure not to leave any gaps in between so the shaker materiel stays inside the 3d foam well. Now I filled the shaker area using chunky glitter and some iridescent stars. I closed this using another piece of acetate.

Now I adhered this piece to the cardbase and added the circle frame to it. Finally, I stamped the sentiment using the black ink and adhered the colored heart and the nose.

 

Here is a close up.

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

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Mon 13

Blitz Winners

Greetings friends.  We would like to post the winners from last week's blog blitz.  Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to see the new products and to leave a comment.  One winner was chosen at random from each blitz post to win a prize.  Also, Dave added a technique video during the week, so we decided to draw a bonus winner for that post as well.

Winner of the Elegant Snowflake Double Frame 94024 from Laura's post- Becky Green

Winner of the Snow Much Fun stamp set CL5224 from Melissa's post- Judy Rowland

Winner of the Nativity Circle 94035 from Penny's post- Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

Winner of the Snowy Circle 94044 from Jean's post- Gail Scott

Winner of the Joy Circle die 94019 from Donna's post- Debbie Paysen

Winner of the Countryside Fence Frame 94034 from Anne's post- Theresa Doyle 

Winner of the Elegant Holly Double Frame 94018 from Penny's post- Becca Yahrling

Winner of the Thanks Jotted Script 94011 die from Dave's bonus video during the week- Rosie Waldt

 

Thanks for playing along with us.  Winners have also been contacted by email and this post tagged under "winners" for future reference.

We will be doing another contest on Instagram later in the month....so be sure to follow us there as well.  Our Instragram account is memoryboxco.

 

Mon 13

Holiday 2018...Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs
by Anne Thompson

Here's another combination of dies that works well together to make great cards for guys:  RUNNING ELK 94051, HOLIDAY TWIGS 94016, and SNOWBERRY SPRIGS 94021.  I made four cards using these dies in different color combinations.

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And here's a closer look at the dies.

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These are fairly simple quick and easy cards to cut and assemble.  Let's look at the one in browns first.

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  • Die cut the Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs from medium brown cardstock.
  • Add a panel of Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper to a kraft notecard.
  • Use Scor-Tape to attach a doily to the top of that panel.
  • Use a glue pen or fine point glue applicator to secure the Running Elk to the doily circle.
  • Place one of the Holiday Twigs and one of the Snowberry Sprigs to the left of the center at the bottom of the elk circle and the other two to the right.  Secure them with glue dots or other adhesive.
  • Add a pretty satin ribbon bow to cover where the ends of the twigs and sprigs meet in the center.
  • On the inside of the card, add another panel of the Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper topped with a square or rectangle of kraft paper where you can write your message.

I made the blue one in the same way, using Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the panel and the twigs and sprigs and a solid light blue for the elk on top of white and blue doilies, finished with a blue satin ribbon.

For the red one I used a small red doily in the center of a white one and white and red cardstock layered for a red shadow on the elk.  I cut the Snowberry Sprigs from white cardstock and the Holiday Twigs from red/gold printed handmade paper and topped everything with a white satin bow.

The greens card was just a tiny bit more involved because I cut all of the dies from watercolor paper, left the sprigs and twigs in place with their background paper, and painted the berries in shades of red and the stems in shades of green before popping them out.  I used handmade paper from Birch Press Design in Ziggy Stripe for the panel, a light green doily and a bright red satin ribbon.

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Four more cards for my holiday stash!  And lots more color combination ideas!  This card design would also work well for almost any occasion when you need a guy card in a hurry--birthday, anniversary, get well, congratulations, thinking of you, etc.  And if you didn't want to use doilies, any patterned or plain paper circle a little larger than that of the elk would also work.  

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 12

Joy
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello. Penny here today with lots of sparkle. Nothing makes me happier than shiny cardstock. Pretty papers and a couple of new dies from the Holiday Collection and you have yourself a fancy shamcy card to send to a favorite friend.  This is the final day of our Blog Blitz, so make sure you have checked out all of the designers creations this past week and get your comments in by midnight tonight.

 

And here we go:

 

Start with a White card base measuring 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. Cut Green Mirrored cardstock the same size and adhere.

 

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Die cut Elegant Holly Double Frame and Joy Circle from Green Matte Metallic cardstock. Take the inner frame and snip around each edge as shown above.

 

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Trim Ice Blue Glitter cardstock just a bit smaller than card front and adhere.

Now starting adding your frames. Large one in the center and the snipped ones at the corners.

 

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Add the Joy Circle and the extra Holly as shown.

Add Red Crystal Drops for the berries. (Try to do a better job than I did)  :)

 

I am giving away the Elegant Holly Double Frame to one lucky person who comments on my post by midnight tonight. Look for a list of winners tomorrow.

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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Sat 11

The BLOG BLITZ continues! featuring the Holiday Collection 2018 and my "Peace in the Country" cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you been enjoying this Blog Blitz as much as I have?!!!  There are so many great new dies and stamp sets in this collection!  And so many great ideas from the Design Team!  Here's  the link to the Holiday 2018 Collection catalog.  Check it out!!! 

Remember that you have a chance each day to win a prize by commenting on each blog post.  I look forward to reading your comments for this post.  You might be the lucky winner of the COUNRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 12th.  One person at random will be chosen and all of the winners for all of the posts will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday evening, 6 PM, August 12th.  Winners will be notified directly by email to get their shipping info.  Good luck!!!

I'm loving this newest bunch of dies and stamp sets and getting a head start on making my holiday cards.  Today I'm featuring the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 on cards I'm calling "Peace in the Country".

Here are the dies:

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And here is the first card:  white on white on white...

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This is a top-folded notecard, 4 1/4" square.  After I die cut the Countryside Fence Frame from white cardstock, I used wide Scor-Tape on the back of the three frames to keep them together.  I used an embossing folder and a scrap of white cardstock to make the snowy panel that I trimmed to fit inside the window behind the fence.  I die cut the Peace Cheshire Script three times and layered them together with a glue pen before gluing it to the snowy hill.  I used wide foam tape on the back to pop this panel onto the notecard.  Simple, elegant, and my first ever all-white card!

Now for the same thing but different:

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This time I cut everything from white cardstock and from a warm medium brown cardstock.  

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I kept the middle brown frame (the one without dots) and snipped off the brown fence and the hill from the larger die cut.  I kept the white frame with the hill and fence and the outermost white frame.  I cut "peace" twice from white cardstock and once from brown and layered them with brown on the bottom and showing just a bit for a shadow.

I added the brown fence behind the white one, offset a bit to look like a snow on a wooden fence.  Then I added the brown frame and then the largest white frame.  I used Scor-Tape on the back of the frames to hold them in place.

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The next step was to add the embossed snowy panel behind the fence in the center frame. IMG_0600

I selected a white A2 notecard and added a panel of brown dot paper cut 4" X 5 1/4".   I adhered the framed piece to the bottom of the panel using dimensional foam tape.  I then added "peace" above that using a glue pen.

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And because I got carried away and couldn't stop playing with these dies, how about two more square cards with red accents.

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And here's one where the sky area is a blue watercolor panel that I'd sprinkled with salt while it was very wet.

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Five cards done for this coming holiday season!  These cards will work for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or the New Year, and the design will also make a great guy card to send anytime this winter.  And because I live out in the country, this may be the card design I send the most this December.

Remember to leave me a comment and you could be the lucky winner of the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Happy Crafting!

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Fri 10

Alcohol Scrunch Backgrounds Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello all you amazing paper crafters!

I am excited to share a simple and amazing background technique today that I had fun playing with. The nature of the technique gives unexpected results each time - so it always ends up feeling new and fresh. Lets get started!

To view this video in HD click here

You will need a couple of items for this technique - some alcohol based inks and some Yupo paper. Yupo paper is synthetic - so the alcohol ink travels and spreads in interesting ways on the surface.

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I wanted to share pictures of some of the backgrounds I create in the video - they really are beautiful and the texture that is created from the dried lines of ink is stunning. I think it looks crystalline in nature - almost as if you cut some agate or quartz, and saw all of the little fractures running across the rock.

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This second background had the same color scheme as the first - but there was a change because there were different amounts of the colors applied. You can still see the cool lines - but the edges of color are a lot more subdued.

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Once the backgrounds have dried (more on that in the video) then you can start using them on your cards. I chose a craft die that had a lot of open area so that I could really showcase the beautiful colors of the alcohol technique.

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The 99823 Gentle Valley Oval has a large open area that was just right for this application - so I used that along with the 94011 Jotted Thanks die. The background ends up looking like the northern lights! 

The Jotted Thanks comes with a background die that outlines the words - so I cut the "thanks" in white and then layered it onto a black cardstock outline. This really makes it stand out on top of the card.

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I had a little bit of that particular background left over, so I put it behind a cutout using the 94018 Elegant Holly Double Frame. There was a lot of open space in the middle - in fact, just enough room for the Poppystamps 2066 Hello Folksy Script!

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This is a good picture to show how deep the color can get - one of the things I learned doing this was that if you put a few drops of a dark color into the mix, it can create a lot of contrast. The lines along the seams of the plastic wrap really intensify. Without the dark color, the background becomes more pastel - which can be good too! You can decide what works for you!

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The die cuts almost float on top of the dreamy background! You will love it!

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Now here's a good example of a mistake! I couldn't wait to lift off the plastic wrap to see if things were dry...and they weren't!

The result?

A couple drops of alcohol ink spread out across the scrunched background - erasing the crackly lines a bit. However - these drops dried up and in the end I loved how the layers overlapped! There really are no mistakes!

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I used the 94018 Elegant Holly Double Frame again - this time I added the outer frame to the card, and then used the Birch Press Design Hugs die in the center.

I kept using some plain white on white color schemes - so that the background would really be noticed.

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During the process I realized that I had started the experiment with 4 or 5 colors that were quite different from each other.

What, I wondered, would happen if I used colors that were close to each other?

Even that color scheme is interesting! The scrunch technique separates the color a little - so that there is texture even with a single shade.

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I really love how it turned out! I glued the 94040 Wrapped Holly Circle Frame over the background - and it looks like a pattern of rubies underneath! 

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I realized at that point that the ink was going to make an interesting pattern whether I used 1 or 100 colors - so I experimented some more.

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In the end, I made about 2 dozen backgrounds! It is easy to start making them - and then try different things as you go. More color, more scrunching, longer drying times, shorter drying times, etc.

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I had plenty of backgrounds to work with after awhile! They are all so striking - and it was fun to use bits and pieces of them to create different little masterpieces.

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The Poppystamps 2002 Double Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame cuts out a frame and also the inner portion of the frame. Here I used the center portion for the background - adding the Birch Press Design Big You Sugar Script die to the center. It is so easy - and looks so good!

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As a bonus, I had the frame portion left over, so I could use that on a second card! The words are stamped from the Birch Press Design CL8125 Hooray for Everything Clear Stamp Set.

I hope you like the video - it is definitely one of those techniques where you will walk away with inky fingers, so consider yourselves warned!



 

 


 

Fri 10

Joy
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to day 5 of  the Memory Box Blog Blitz!

I hope you are enjoying all the design team's inspiring posts!

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There are so many wonderful products in this new release that it was hard to decide what to use!  I loved the simplicity of the Joy Circle die so I thought I would start with that as my focal point.

I began by adhering a piece of plaid washi tape to the left side of my card front. I placed my joy die in middle of the card and die cut it.  This left me with a circle that was cut through the washi tape as well as the cardstock and the die cut image.  I was able to peel off the washi tape from my die cut, but if you have difficulty peeling the tape off, just die cut another one from white cardstock.

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Next I spattered the background with black ink and stamped a few music notes on the card front.  Then I adhered this to a red mat layer and glued it to a white card base.

I glued the Joy die cut inside the circle.

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Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock.  The sentiment said "joy to the world" but I masked the word joy and used the rest of the sentiment for my card. I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and glued it to the sentiment strip of paper.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the card front. 

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I hope I inspired you today!

How would you like a chance to win the Joy Circle craft die?

Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6 pm EST.

Good Luck!

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Thu 09

Blog Blitz…New Snowy Circle and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day 4 of our 2018 Holiday Blog Blitz - keep cool with the new Crystal Snowflakes and Snowy Circle!  Hope you're enjoying our blitz - and commenting on each designer's post for a chance to win a great prize from our latest collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here mixing some old favorites with some soon-to-be new favorites.  Love how the old and new work together so well!

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Cut Snowy Circle from light aqua cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach the 3" circle behind the Snowy Circle.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive exposed in the Snowy Circle, and the little area below it.

Attach more Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut Crystal Snowflakes.  Remove the tape liner and brush the exposed adhesive with glitter.  Remove the inner portion of the smaller snowflake.

Cut Happy Penguin from white cardstock - and again from black cardstock.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind his beak.  Attach the black penguin behind the white penguin to create a narrow layer of black to outline the bottom of the white penguin.

Cut the top/side section from black cardstock.

Cut the ribbon end - from the Curled Ribbons die - from red velvet paper, or red velvet ribbon attached to a scrap of a sticker sheet of label paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it behind the greeting for dimension and to make it look a bit like a raised label.

Attach the diecuts to  a Bayou Notecard - use foam dots for the penguin.

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Want a chance to win the new Snowy Circle die?  Just add your comment to this post - it's that easy to enter our random-selection drawing for this great new die!

Comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday August 12th.  The winner will be announced on August 13th.  

Special thanks to everyone from the PARTY ANIMALS and MEMORY BOX 2018 HOLIDAYS class at Impress last weekend!  Lots of layering, laughter, diecuts and glitter!  Thanks to Jan for the sweet holiday chocolate treats - and to Jenny for those crispy lemon cookies.  Thanks too - Shari and Erin - for once again helping everyone fill their shopping baskets to the brim.

We're having our first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and trunk show at Impress on August 18th.  Make 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards with the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press, a Memory Box company owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Thanks for joining our Blog Blitz - good luck in the drawings!

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Wed 08

Silent Night
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello. Penny here today with my very favorite holiday color combination. White, Navy and Silver. This card is simple, yet elegant. This is the week we are showing all the new goodies from our Holiday release. Make sure to check out all the posts this week as prizes are involved.

 

Let's do this 10 minute card:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Add a panel of Mirrored Silver cardstock to base.. Cut White cardstock just a bit smaller and adhere that to base also.

 

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For the frame...adhere Navy cardstock to fun foam, THEN die cut with the largest frame in the Pine Forest Frame set. Die cut Nativity Circle from Navy cardstock and color just the star with Delicata Shimmering Silver reinker.

 

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Just look at the dimension I achieved with the frame using the fun foam. LOVE!!!!

 

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Adhere all die cuts as shown, then add Silver cording for the bow.

Sometimes simple is more elegant and that is why I will save my greeting for the inside of the card. :) 

 

Don't forget to comment by 11:59pm August 12th for your chance to win the beautiful Nativity Circle die. 

Winners will announced on August 13rh

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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Tue 07

Snow Much Fun!
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to day 2 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz! Today I am highlighting one of the brand new stamp sets, Snow Much Fun! 

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For my card today I started with a background of Distress Oxide in a teal color and sprayed it with water to give it the cool oxide look. Then I created some snow with glitter, to make it all sparkle.
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I stamped my images and colored them in with Copic markers and die cut the out. To give the scarves more detail after I colored them I took the colorless blender and added dots to one and lines to the other one to give them a fun texture. I added my die cut and colored bunnies to the card with foam tape to make them stand out.

Now for the fun part of this post! Want a chance to win the new Snow Much Fun stamp set?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the stamp.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST. Good luck and be sure to stop by the rest of the week for more blog blitz fun!
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Mon 06

Blog Blitz Begins
by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends.  We have already started highlighting the latest items from Memory Box on the Outside the Box blog, but this week is all about celebrating the new release with projects for inspiration as well as a chance to win prize each day.  We hope you will join us from Monday, August 6th- Sunday, August 12 for the blitz.  Each blog post during the week will have a chance to win a prize.  All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on the daily post.  That's it!  Enter each day for more chances each day.  One person will be chosen at random from each post to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 pm leave comments and to enter.  Good luck!

Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box Blog at 6pm EST on Monday, August 12th and winners will all be contacted directly by email to get their shipping information.  The blog post of winners will also be tagged under the category of "winners" for easy reference.

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The first card of the blitz features the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame as well as the Penguin Cheer stamps and dies.  When you die cut the Snowflake Frame, these are the pieces you get:

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You can use as many of the various layers as you wish.  I decided to use everything except the individual snowflake for the card.  The dies came nested within each other, but I was able to easily die cut all of the pieces without cutting the dies apart.  I always like to keep the dies attached if possible so I am less likely to lose them.  I did use a metal shim when diecutting to since the die is so intricate and detailed.

Next, I die cut the penguin using the coordinating die:

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Lets talk a bit about the coloring.  First, I put down a base layer of C7 and Y38 Copic markers.  Whenever a want to color something black, whether it is hair, a cauldron, or in this instance a penguin, I tend to color it with dark grey markers or paint. Black tends to be too dark.

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Next, I added a bit of shading.  The YR16 was added to the base of the penguin's foot, and the C10 marker was added to the base of the penguin arms and body.  I didn't want to leave the belly so stark white, so I added some C1 and C3 to the outside of the tummy and around the face.

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To finish the card, I added some R11 marker to the cheeks and added a little bow tie that was colored with R35 and R46 markers.  I glued a piece of blue glitter paper behind the snowflake frame and then layered everything on top of the glitter paper.  The blue cardstock behind the penguin is a piece of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" paper I cut to fit in the frame and the snowbank I hand cut to provide a little base for my penguin. 

I decided to leave the inside of the card blank for now.  I don't know if I am going to use the card as a Season's Greetings card or if I will use it for a winter birthday card.  I like having a card in my stash with options!

Want a chance to win the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame die to make your own Winter scene?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST.

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Sun 05

Happy Holly - Days
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with more new goodies from the recent Holiday release. I have stamped, stenciled, die cut and colored.

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Add a Red panel of cardstock the same size.

 

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Cut a piece of White cardstock just a bit smaller than card base. Take a scrap of paper and die cut with Holly Flourish. Using this as a stencil, eBrush the White panel as shown using a Spectrum Noir marker.  Adhere to card front.

 

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Die cut Holly Flourish four times and color as desired. I eBrushed mine with markers, but use whatever medium you have available.

Adhere to card front with glue and foam adhesive leaving the stenciled portion showing in several areas for a shadow effect.

 

Using a sentiment from the Snow Much Fun set, stamp along the bottom of card front and side.

Add White Crystal Drops as desired.

 

Happy Holly - Day Crafting,

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