Thu 20

New Piccolo Snowflakes from the Holiday 2017 Collection
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Piccolo Snowflakes set is featured here, with the new Snowflake Wire,  in our  Blog Blitz today!  They're just two of the many fabulous new designs from our Holiday 2017 Collection of dies and stamps.  The Design Team can't wait to share holiday inspiration with you - and provide a chance to win some great products!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a beautiful snowflake set that's about to become a new favorite...

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Press broken china, faded jeans, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto a large acrylic block.  Position the 1-3/4" x 3" Rectangle Basics die and cut three sides of Shizen Design Deckled Watercolored Paper.  Paint the watercolor paper with slightly diluted, overlapping layers of ink.  Heat-set the ink.  Love how the inks mix and mingle and fill the little lumps and bumps of this great paper!

Cut Piccolo Snowflakes and Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.  Here's a tip - rub a wad of scrunched wax paper briskly over the delicate dies to make it easier to remove the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-1/2" square white card.  Add violet gem stickers.

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There's also a coordinating set of Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes to mix and match on your holiday projects.  Snowflake Wire - like the Heart Wire - can be used in so many ways too.  Combine these great designs and make your cards stand out in any crowd!

Want a chance to win the Piccolo Snowflakes?  Just add your comment to this post and you'll be entered to win our random selection drawing.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 23rd.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for Impress' first holiday class of the year.  The New Memory Box Christmas Collection Cards (whew!) class starts at 11:00 on Saturday.  Make 6 holiday cards with the latest - and greatest - from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  It's followed by the Outside the Box class at 2:00 - we're making 6 cards inspired by my designs on our blog - with a few tweaks, and lots of techniques. Shop their great selection of Memory Box products - including the new notecard colors - and enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases... see you!

Thanks for stopping by - be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during our Blitz for a chance to win products from our Holiday 2017 Collection...

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Wed 19

Snowflake Fun
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to day 3 of the blog blitz! Today I have a card that is snow much fun!

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I used the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage for my card today. I die cut the collage in a white card stock and then glued silver glitter paper behind it to make my snowflakes sparkle.

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I glued it to a navy blue card and finished it off with a sweet little blue bow. Now for the fun part!

Would you like a chance to win the Tisdale Snowflake Collage? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the die.  Good luck!

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Tue 18

Merry Christmas From the Pine Tree State
by Anne Thompson

Greetings from Maine, the Pine Tree State!  And welcome to Day Two of our Design Team Blog Blitz!!!  We'll be focused this week on sharing our ideas for using the newest dies just released from Memory Box.  Remember that leaving comments on the blog posts enters you to win some of the new fabulous goodies!  Be sure to leave your comments by Sunday July 23 at 11:59 PM EST.  We love to hear from you!

Because Maine's state flower is the pine cone and tassel, our state bird is the chickadee, and I live in the Pine Tree State, I just had to use some of the new dies to make a Maine-themed Christmas card.  I used the PINECONE COLLAGE Die 99793, the SNOWY PINE Die 99835, the LARGE SENTIMENTAL MERRY CHRISTMAS Die 99804 and one of the birds from the BIRD SANCTUARY Clear Stamps Set CL5201 and the coordinating die from the BIRD SANCTUARY Die Set 32201.

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To make this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into a piece of kraft cardstock and then backed it with a darker brown cardstock.  I used one of the rectangles from the Rectangles Basic Set to cut out both layers before adhering this piece to a cream notecard.  I then cut a Snowy Pine from dark green cardstock, painted it with diluted white Reeves watercolor paint, and lined it up along the side of the pinecone piece and glued it both to the pinecone piece and the notecard front.  I then stamped the bird on the branch from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink on watercolor paper.  I colored the bird using very diluted Reeves watercolors and then cut it out using the coordinating die.  I used foam dimensional dots to place the bird just above the pinecone tassel.  I cut the Merry Christmas from the same dark green cardstock I used for the tree and glued it to the card front.  I added a green enamel dot on the "i".

Because you know that I never just make one card, I decided to make a set of cards that I can package up as a gift for a friend.  I used the TALL PINE die 99848 along with the Pinecone Collage, the same small bird from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps set and the coordinating die from the Bird Sanctuary die set.

Card 1:

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Here I used the same techniques as on the Christmas card, using the Tall Pine as the tree cut from dark green cardstock.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set.  

Card 2:

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For this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into the front of the notecard and then backed that with dark brown cardstock.  I saved the tassel piece that punched out and watercolored it placing it behind the pop-dotted watercolored bird.

Card 3:

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Here I die cut the Pinecone Collage from the same dark green paper as the Tall pine, cut it with one of the Stitched Ovals, leaving the green tassel in place and backed it with a textured brown paper cut with the same oval die.  I used foam dots to pop it onto the card.  One pop-dot behind the bird's wing and some glue behind his head kept him level.  

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For this last card, I stamped the bird onto the card front using Archival Jet Black Ink and colored it with Memento markers, Desert Sand and London Fog.  I cut the Pinecone Collage twice, once in dark brown cardstock and once in dark green.  I cut the Pinecone Collage and Kraft cardstock oval of the same size using one of the Stitched Ovals dies.  I glued the two layers together a bit off and inlaid just the green tassel.  

The more I look at these cards, the more ideas I get!  I'm thinking about Dave's glitter technique and some sparkly copper glitter behind the pinecone cut-outs for my next card. What would you do with these dies?

Please leave comments for me below and you could win the Pinecone Collage die!!!  Scroll down to see Laura's introductory post from Monday and check back each day for more from the Design Team.  Happy Crafting!

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Mon 17

New Holiday Release Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  It is that time again.....time for the Memory Box release of holiday dies!  It is never too soon to start getting holiday inspiration and to start working on your holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and holiday gifts.  All this week we will be highlighting some of the latest designs from Memory Box, so be sure to stop by daily to see what is new.  There will even be chances to win prizes!

For my card today, I used the new Snowman Heart Collage die.  When you cut him out, he looks like this:

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I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but there is a piece of double-stick adhesive behind the heart cutout.  I sprinkled some Rock Candy Distress glitter on top of the tape and then removed the backing on the other side of the tape to adhere the sparkly snowman onto some red cardstock.  The red cardstock showed through the glitter so that it looked like the heart on the card was red.

The snowman die also comes with all the accessories to decorate your snowman.  Here is a picture of the accessories as well as the green holly leaves I cut from the Holly Collage die.  I also cut red berries for the holly using a hole punch:

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Notice that I cut the accessories out of white cardstock.  I find it much easier to run the die through the machine once with white cardstock and color each element with various Copic markers than to cut the hat from black cardstock, the scarf with red cardstock, etc.  You might as well save yourself some time and effort!  I used the dots that come with the die for the eyes and buttons, but you could also use black enamel dots, rhinestones, etc.

Here is a close up of the accessories and the glittered heart:

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To finish the card, I added the word "Love" from the Love Sentiments clear set using Versafine Crimson Red ink and paired it with "From All of Us" from the Merry Christmas Sentiments clear set.

Would you like to win the new Snowman Heart Collage die?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the die.  Good luck!

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Sun 16

Hello Friend
by Penny Ward

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Hello.... Penny here today on the blog bringing you another new release for the summer called Bird Sanctuary. In this set you receive three different birds, four sentiments and a few accent stamps. By changing the coloring of the birds, you could turn these stamps into festive holiday cards.

For now, lets go with my Bluebird:

 

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My card base has been embossed with a woodgrain pattern.

I then popped up the die cut Pinpoint Circle Frame with foam adhesive and tucked Climbing Vine die cuts beneath the Circle after coloring with a Spectrum Noir marker and snipping them apart.

 

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The Bluebird from the Bird Sanctuary has a matching die. I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers Tb2 & Tb5.

Sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Change the sentiment and you have a Sympathy card...a Baby card...a Christmas card...OK, you get the idea!

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 15

Thinking of you
Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have a card featuring one of the new stamp sets in the summer release.  These birds are so much fun to watercolor! 

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To create the card I stamped and die cut the birds from watercolor paper and painted them using watercolors.  

For the card front I painted a background on watercolor paper for the birds to rest on. Once the paper was dry, I stamped the diamonds using gold ink and the sentiment was stamped in black ink.  I spattered the background with paint.

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To finish the card I glued the watercolored card front to a Licorice cardstock layer which is adhered to a white card base.  I used foam tape to glue the birds to the card front and a few epoxy dots to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

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Fri 14

Bird Crazy
by Jenny Griffiths

Yes it's true, I am bird crazy...crazy for these new feathered friends found in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set just released this month.  Not only are the birds delightful but there are several very useful sentiment and accessory stamps included in the set.

All three cards were created with this beautiful set and a few paper scraps!


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Just a touch of color was added to the branch and bird body using Zig Clean Color markers and Copic markers--so fun! 

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This bird looks as though he's in flight so I added some ink flecks to the background area.  After stamping the bird, I cut out and positioned a mask to shield his body before flicking the gold ink onto the card.

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...and to round out the set of three bird cards, this sweet little guy is sitting so calmly on a branch with a "Thinking of You" sentiment.  The diamond pattern below him is from the stamp set as well and was added (stamped 5 times) using a stamp positioner to keep the spacing even.  


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 Remember, there is a set of coordinating dies available which adds oodles of possiblities for other creative cards.  

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I'm so happy you stopped by today and hope you love the new July release stamps and dies too!

 

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Thu 13

Hello Friend
by Sherry Hester

Greetings from sunny and very hot (and humid) Southern California!

It’s always fun to surprise a friend with a “just because” card to let them know they’re special, and today’s card would do just that. Hello Friend - 1

I love using 100 lb. white card stock to cut almost all of my dies. It’s sturdy, especially for the delicate dies, and it’s fun to sponge favorite colors onto the solid die cuts. And I love the clean and simple look of white.

So to begin, I cut a piece of white card stock cut to 3.75” x 5”. I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink ever so lightly on the left side of the card, fading it out towards the edges. I splattered the same color ink onto the entire background.

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I die cut the Honeycomb Background from white card stock and snipped away in random fashion a lot of the die cut, leaving enough to adhere over the sponged area.

I next cut two of the Climbing Vines from white card stock and sponged Peeled Paint on the stems. On the leaves, I shaded the ink upwards from the bottom of each one, then used a stylus to shape each leaf.

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The brand new Bird Sanctuary stamp set and matching dies are fabulous!! I chose one of the birds, and thank you, Laura, for the wonderful tutorial the other day on how to match up the stamps to the dies. What a time-saver! Once the bird was stamped in Versamark Onyx Black, I used a paper towel to remove the black from the branch and sponged Gathered Twigs there instead. I sponged Faded Jeans on the bird’s wings, and Seedless Preserves onto its belly along with some clear glitter, because every bird needs a little bling, right?  

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I inked the sentiment in Onyx Black and stamped where shown. I adhered the vines and popped the bird with foam tape. The assembled piece was then adhered with foam tape onto an A2 white card base, and that finished the card!   

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and if it's hot where you are, drink lots of water and stay cool!!!

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Wed 12

More Watercolored Birds
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  If you remember in my last post, I went a little crazy coloring birds.  I was joking with my friends that every card I make for the rest of the year is going to have a bird on it.  As you can see from my assortment, I played with a large variety of colors.  Some of the birds might not be realistic in color, but I chose colors that I like.  Today I wanted to share two cards using some of my stash of birds.  I chose two different Memory Box dies that I thought would frame the colored birds well.

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For the first card, I cut the Graceful Branch Oval die out of kraft cardstock.  I colored the branches with a dark brown Copic marker so that they would be a different color from the frame.

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Next, I added my little bird that I had colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and added a saying from the Sentimental Iris stamp set.

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A couple of days ago, I shared a picture of all my colored birds on Instagram and asked what color bird I should use.  One of the @memoryboxco subscribers named Tracy responded "pink," so I decided to make a pink card.  I started with the Bubble Burst die, which cuts decorative lines as well as circles.  I really like this die because it makes it easy to highlight a central image on your card.  You could use it for birthdays, holidays, etc.

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Once again I colored the bird with the Zig markers and added a saying from the Bird Sanctuary clear set. 

I hope you were inspired to do a little coloring of your own.  Don't worry though....  I really don't plan to put birds on all my future projects!

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Tue 11

Thank You
by Isha Gupta

Hello everyone.... Isha here sharing a card using the summer new release stamp set "Sentimental Iris". It has got a pretty Iris flower along with some beautiful butterflies and sentiments. I love the fonts. 

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I started with a white top folding card. Then I sponged some distress inks to create an Ombre background. Then I used a stencil and sponged the same blue ink through it, just to add some dimension and interest to the card. I then stamped and embossed the iris flowers onto the watercolor paper and colored using zig clean color real brush markers. These images were fun to color and I am happy with the outcome. Then I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies. I then die-cut the thank you sentiment. Applied the same blue distress ink onto it. . I then adhered everything onto the cardbase and flicked some water. To finish, I applied some wink of stella clear glitter for a subtle shine

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 Have a wonderful crafty day :)

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