Sun 20

Tree Line
by Penny Ward

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Hello and hi there. Penny here today with a snowy tree line card. I love to ski at Breckenridge and Vail....this card makes me want to get out there now! However...I will have to wait until January. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

Here we go:

 

Start with a piece of White cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Ink the top portion with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves until happy with your "sky".

Adhere this panel to a base card of White cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, folded in half.

 

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Now for the die cutting. Start with a 4.25 x 5.50 panel of White cardstock. Die cut Stitched Tree Horizon (yes, some of your trees will get cut off). Now die cut Stitched Circle Trees from a large scrap of White cardstock. Trim the top portion of the circle away. I also die cut a small portion of the Stitched Curves to adhere over the "circle" so it looked more uniform.

 

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Adjust your tree line as desired and adhere trees with foam adhesive and bottom of card front with glue. (Back row of trees has one layer of foam adhesive, front trees have two layers of foam adhesive).  Stamp sentiment from Blessed to Know You with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Wrap card front with sheer Navy ribbon and tie a knot.

Pretty simple yet stunning with all the white space.

 

Happy crafting....

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Sat 19

A Starry Thank You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday Friends! Today I have a starry thank you card to share with you using some new dies. Let's get started!

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The Starry Lens die is so much fun! I die cut it in a white paper and then glued some silver glitter paper behind it. To add some extra fun to this card I die cut three sizes of the Stitched Stars die and glued them to the card.

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I stamped the thank you from the Sentimental Iris stamp set in purple ink and glued the whole thing to a fun and shiny purple paper. Some gems finished off this thank you card. Change up the colors and the sentiment and it would make a great gift set for someone.

Have a great day!

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Fri 18

Christmas Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

Today I have a Christmas card for you that features a few new stamps and dies, along with some older ones.  That's the great thing about Memory Box , the old and the new products work well together to create beautiful cards. 

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To make this card I cut two pieces of white cardstock 4"x 5 1/4" and placed the Country Road Oval die in the center and die cut it.  On the second piece of cardstock I sponged Candied Apple Distress ink on it and misted it with water.  I glued the oval die cut piece on top up the inked background.  Next I glued the cabin die cut back into the oval.  

Next I die cut the Oval Snowflake Frame from white cardstock and using foam tape I adhered this over the cabin oval.

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For the holly leaves I sponged watercolor paper using Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss distress inks, and the Holly Collage die to cut the leaves.  For the sentiment I stamped on a licorice cardstock strip and embossed with white embossing powder.  

To finish the card assemble as shown and adhere the card front to a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Donnasignature

Thu 17

Dazzling Dragonfly, Little Dragonflies, Square Basics and Wrapped Stitch Frames
by Jean Okimoto

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A Persimmon Notecard is the perfect background for a bright summer-into-fall card layered with the Dazzling Dragonfly and Little Dragonflies.  This great new color is an eye-opening orange ideal for a simple design created with artpapers cut using dies from the Square Basics and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles sets.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick dragonfly card in splashy summer colors.  If you obsessively buy/collect/save/hoard beautiful artpapers - but stash them away because they're too pretty to cut into - Memory Box dies are the answer.  They cut through handmade, silkscreened, metallic, marbled and embossed papers - like these from Shizen Design - quickly and easily, producing clean edges and sharp corners.  The fibers and beautiful textures of these papers won't yield to paper punches - but our dies cut through them as easily as they slice through papers and cardstock.  

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Dies save time - and minimize wasted paper.  Just use the open dies to "frame" portions of the papers to see and select what you'll be cutting.  If you're not sure which of two sizes you need to cut, cut the larger size - you can easily trim it with the smaller size if necessary.  Rectangle Basics and Wrapped Rectangle Frames are proportioned to cut perfect layers for A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 and A-7 sizes too.

Cut the floral print and embossed Shizen Design papers with Square Basics dies.  Impress at Tukwila recently started selling a select assortment of these fabulous artpapers.   I'll be using them for classes as often as I can - especially during the holidays.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  This new set of five dies is quickly becoming a favorite at Impress.  It adds so much - in a subtle way - as an accent that doesn't compete with the main elements of a design.  We love it!

Cut Dazzling Dragonflies and Little Dragonflies from gold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard.  Add green gem stickers.

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Just a reminder - if you're in the Seattle area, join us for the Impress Holiday Kickoff event this Saturday.  Goodie bags to the first 25 people at both stores, a 10% shopping discount, inspiring samples and displays - and Cindi, Whitney and I will be demo-ing or doing make+takes at Tukwila on Saturday morning.  View the Memory Box Collection at Impress - and bring your wishlist!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week...

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Thu 17

New Single Deer Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut the new Single Deer Oval from matte Kraft cardstock - then surround it with sparkly, glittery bling!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for everyone on your Christmas list.  

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Diecut a Stitched Oval Background to add dimension and interest - and to elevate the deer ever so slightly.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver glitter cardstock and cut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes.

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Place one side of the Curled Ribbons die on the backside of red glittered craft foam to diecut a scarf that curls upwards towards the left. (This section would normally curl downwards, or to the right.) You'll be able to cut two different scarves from this portion of the die - save one for another card.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured white card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from the PAPER PLEASE and NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a real family day - mother/son/girlfriend, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, aunt/sisters/cousins - and my very loyal 'regulars' who are almost like sisters.  I appreciate how so many of you flew in from California, drove or caught the ferry to get to Tukwila.   Thank you all - and to Shari and Erin too, for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with everything we needed.

 

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If you're in the Seattle area - or can get here on Saturday August 19th - join us for  the annual HOLIDAY KICKOFF at Impress.  Special displays, a 10% discount, demos, samples, goodie bags to the first 25 at each store - and special holiday inspiration throughout the stores.  Stop by and say hello - I'll be doing a Christmas card make+take at Tukwila that morning.   Bring your Memory Box/Open Studio/Poppystamps wishlist and save 10% on everything you purchase at Impress this Saturday.  See you!

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Wed 16

Peppermint Striped Snowman
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I have another snowman to share with you today.  Can you tell that I like them a lot?  The die I used today is called Snowman Panel.  When you cut the die, this is what you get:

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As you can see, the stripes and snowman are all connected.  I thought that if I put red behind the white stripes, it would resemble peppermint stripes.

Next, I added the hat, eyes, scarf, buttons, and nose I cut from the Snowman Heart die.  To finish the card, I cut a hill from the Stitched Curves set and added one of the sentiments from the Merry Merry die set.  As a last step, I added some Stickles to the curve hill.  Here is a closeup of the snowman with embellishments as well as the sparkly hill:

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Tue 15

Just a Note
by Isha Gupta

Hello everyone! Isha here sharing a CAS "Just a Note" card using the AWESOME holiday new release dies. I love how versatile these are. I could have easily made it into a Christmas/ Winter card too but decided to make a general card :)

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I started with die-cutting the Deer Family Circle and Stitched Circle Trees using white cardstock panel. I then colored the trees, snow and the deers using Copic markers. 

Stamp sentiment onto the Deer panel.

Apply some Nuvo glimmer paste for the snow.

Cut the deer panel slightly smaller than the cardbase. Adhere the pine tree panel behind the Deer panel using thin foam pad.

Sponge some yellow distress ink to the cardbase. Flick little water for some texture.

Adhere the mat layer to the cardbase.

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Simple isn't it? Hope you enjoyed the card and got inspired. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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Mon 14

Snowy Pine Oval with Poinsettia Blooms
by Anne thompson

I'm on a roll creating Christmas cards.  There are sooo many wonderful dies and stamps in the Holiday Release that make this an easy and fun task!  Today's cards feature the SNOWY PINE OVAL die 99831 and the POINSETTIA BLOOMS set of five dies 30093.  Each notecard base is a different green--using up what I have for single cards in my green basket.   

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Here's the first card I made:

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To start this card, I cut the Snowy Pine Oval as well as the stamens from the Poinsettia Blooms in white cardstock.  I then cut the poinsettia blooms from both red and dark green cardstocks--I set the largest green ones aside to use as leaves.  I secured the oval to a green notecard, just putting glue on the oval outline.  I then decided that I needed green trees behind the white ones for more dimension and definition, so I cut the Snowy Pine Oval from dark green cardstock, snipped off the trees, and slid them behind the white trees.  A few dots of glue secured the two layers together.  I assembled the Poinsettia Blooms with a glue dot between each layer, added two of the green leaves to the base of the flower, white stamens and a white pearl in the center and secured it to the card with a dimensional foam square.  I chose the "merry Christmas" from the Merry Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set CL5212 and curved it a bit on an acrylic block before stamping it in Archival Jet Black ink in the upper left.  I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some glittery goodness to the trees and the poinsettia.  Here's a closeup from one of the cards.

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I made a second card in the same manner, using a white poinsettia with a green gem center.

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For the third card, I offset a dark green Snowy Pine Oval underneath a white one which was definitely the easiest and quickest layering strategy and I curved the sentiment a bit more to fit closer around the oval's edge.  This is the design that I will reproduce multiple times.

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For the bonus card, I used the TALL PINE OVAL 99845 cut from white cardstock and the TALL PINE 99848 cut from dark green cardstock layered underneath the white with the sticking-out bits snipped off.  I added a Poinsettia Bloom cut from metallic gold cardstock and some brown pearls.  Love the gold!

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I really like the look of the dark green branches under the white trees.  And the Wink of Stella adds just enough sparkle!  

These layered trees would also make great "Let it snow!" cards for this winter.  (Planning ahead...)  Happy Crafting!

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Sun 13

Snowflake cut out
by Penny Ward

Chancery-Snowflake

Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with something so simple, you will be able to duplicate this card in less than 10 minutes. Do you need a lot of holiday cards? This is the design for you!

 

Let's get started:

 

Trim heavy White cardstock 5.50 x 8.50 inches, fold in half. Place the Chancery Snowflake Outline die on the front side of card near top, center. Die cut ONLY the front panel of your card.

 

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Trim top and bottom portion of card front away with scissors as shown. Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline again from Luxury Navy Blue cardstock. Adhere to inside of card using the opening as a guide.

 

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Trim a thin piece of Luxury Navy cardstock and adhere to left side of card front. Trim a 1 inch strip of same cardstock, stamp with Merry Christmas Sentiments and heat set. Notch one end and add to card front. Finish with White Crystal Drops, Glass Drops and iridescent snowflakes as desired.

 

See.....that was easy! It took longer to type this up then to actually make the card. :)

 

Happy Holiday crafting.....

Pennysignature

Sat 12

Merry Christmas
by Sherry Hester

Hello friends! My card today features the Cozy Mugs die set from the latest holiday release. This is a great set that can be used all year round and for just about any occasion.

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I die cut the largest mug from white card stock and stenciled Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto the body, masking off the handle. I then masked the body and sponged Peeled Paint onto the handle. I added a little glitter to each dot, and lightly sponged Peeled Paint around the edges of the mug.

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I die cut one of the frames from the Stitched Frame set and adhered it to the green A2 card base. The mug was slightly shaped and adhered with foam tape as shown. From the Poinsettia Blooms set, I die cut the middle poinsettia and two of the smallest. After shaping them, I adhered them together, offsetting them slightly. The centers were cut from white card stock and sponged with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. It's not seen well in the picture, but I added some glitter to the center as well. The assembled poinsettia was then adhered to the bottom right of the mug. I cut the tendrils from white card stock and sponged with Peeled Paint, then tucked them as shown to the left of the Poinsettia.

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I cut the snowflakes from white card stock, and also snipped the smaller snowflakes from the Snowflake Wire, adhering them as shown, leaving room for the sentiment. I added glitter to all of the snowflake centers. The sentiment was inked with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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Once I decided on the layout, this card was easy and quick to assemble. I hope you enjoyed this card, and I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherrysig

 

 

 

 

Fri 11

Holy Mackerel
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have one last summer card for you before we really get into my favorite times of the year, autumn and winter.  

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I have so many summer birthdays, and I found myself needing on more card, and those cute fish stamps were calling my name!

To make this card I stamped, colored and die cut the fish.  I used Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Oxide inks to create the background layer for my card.  While the inks were still wet, I wrinkled a piece of plastic and layed it over the inked paper and let it dry. Once it was dry I pulled the plastic wrap off and if left a nice texture on the background.

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I trimmed the paper and glued it to a white cardstock layer.  Next I stamped my sentiment with black ink, in the bottom right hand corner of the card.  Using orange cardstock I die cut the rings and glued them on top of the background.  I used foam tape to adhere the fish to the card.  

I adhered the card front to a orange cardstock layer which I then glued to a white card base.  I added some clear epoxy dots to finish off the card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Donnasignature
 

Thu 10

Elegant Shorebirds and the Radiant Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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An altered Radiant Frame becomes the summer sun shining on a trio of the Elegant Shorebirds today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a bright outdoor scene under a brilliant sun.  Wishful thinking, snowflakes and winter pastels just couldn't cool things off.  Let's accept the heat and smoky skies ...and create a summer card to cheer things up!

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Cut a portion of the Radiant Frame from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-1/2" Circle Basics die.  Cut off the remaining straight edge of the frame.

Attach adhesive label paper to flamingo-colored cardstock and diecut Elegant Shorebirds.  The layer label paper adds a bit of dimension to the birds.  

Cut Shizen Design Deckled Watercolor Paper with the 1-3/4"  x 3" Rectangle Basics die - position the die to retain a short deckled edge.  

Sponge worn lipstick, fossilized amber and a tiny amount of peeled paint Distress Oxides onto the watercolor paper.  Blend the colors with a waterbrush, then heat-set the inks.  The different colors settle randomly into the rough surface of the paper and create a shadowy, textured background.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN  class at Impress!  The Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps collections have so many dies that are perfect for the Asian theme.  If you love origami - the Square Basics set is a must for perfect folds.  Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics are great for cutting those beautiful silkscreened artpapers in your stash too.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for filling our baskets with the tools and supplies we needed.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two AC-d classes at Impress on August 12th.  It's PAPER PLEASE from 11:00-1:00 - using our favorite dies with the vibrant handmade cotton-fiber papers from Shizen Design.  We'll be using the just-received rough-textured deckle-edge watercolor paper from Shizen Design too!

An added class - NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS - follows that from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Make 6 cards featuring the latest and greatest from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  Lots of techniques, Distress Oxides, special folds, cutouts and glitter!

Thanks very much for stopping by - keep cool and carry on!

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