Thu 24

Elegant Shorebirds and Cat Tail Sunrise by Jean Okimoto

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The Elegant Shorebirds pose as flamingos and the Cat Tail Sunrise frames a watercolored sunset on a summer card today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a sunny-day idea that takes Memory Box dies a bit beyond their original, intended designs.

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask them with scraps of paper and sponge VersaFine Clair Nocturne on their beaks and legs to create a trio of flamingo-wannabes.  

Spritz a light mist of water onto watercolor paper.  Paint it in pale, overlapping shades of pink, yellow, and coral - and a light tinge of gray in a few areas.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills were used as liquid watercolors here.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with a fine mist of Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut it with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut gray cardstock with Cat Tail Sunrise.  Trim it with the same Rectangle Basics die - keep the cutting edge of the rectangle away from the delicate circle.  Trim the spikey tips of any cattails that were cut off.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of coral creme cardstock.  I've used the smoother side of textured cardstock here

Cut little coral glittered hexagons with the Honeycomb Square.  It's the perfect size for bright sparkly accents - try it with mirror cardstock too.  

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We appreciate your support of Memory Box designs and hope you'll experiment with different ways to use them - as intended, or in your unique creative ways!  Thanks for visiting...see you soon!

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Wed 23

You Are Special card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. The inspiration behind this card is a short drive we took and the scene, which I really enjoyed was quite similar to my card :)

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I started with a white cardbase. I then die-cut the oval using a white mat layer. I then die-cut the Everglade collage using white cardstock and sponged some distress inks over it.

I used this piece as a reference to where the water and sun would be on the card base. I then sponged some blue and yellow distress inks to create the background.

I die-cut the swan using Regal Swans dies, added a bit of color using distress inks and then added subtle shimmer using clear glitter pen.

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I then stamped the sentiment onto the oval die-cut mat layer. I used the Birch Press Designs Just Because stamp set for it.

To assemble the card, I adhered the collage piece behind the oval mat layer and then adhered it to the cardbase. Finally, I adhered the swan to the background.

 

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

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Tue 22

Grassland Collage with Little Dragonflies and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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Grassland Collage, Little Dragonflies and Forget Me Not Blooms create an Asian-themed bit of May Challenge inspiration here today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design for a quick card.  

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Cut black cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Grassland Collage.

Cut a silvery printed moon with the 1-¼" Circle Basics die.  It's one of our most popular designs at Impress!

Brayer Glamorous VersaFine Clair onto smooth white cardstock and quickly emboss it with clear embossing powder.  Sprinkle it with another layer of embossing powder while it's still warm and heat it again.  Let it cool - then cut it with the flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms die.  Cut two of the smallest flower.  It's a versatile 2-piece set.

Create other bright, glossy diecuts using the vibrant VersaFine Clair pigment inks and clear embossing powder.  The Clairs dry quickly - have your embossing powder and heat tool ready.

Here's a tip...if the embossed flowers look a little scruffy after they've been diecut it's easy to refresh the embossing so they'll look like glossy enamel flowers again.  Just attach Magic tape behind the flowers' offcut  (negative) section, press the flowers lightly into their spaces and reheat them for a few seconds.  The tape holds them in place temporarily and keeps your fingers safe. Remove the flowers while tape is still a bit warm...and they'll be a bright glossy red again!

Punch ¼" circles of black cardstock and attach them behind the bottom and right-side flowers.  Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 Kraft card.

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver mirror cardstock and cut two of the Little Dragonflies.

The Memory Box and Poppystamps Collections include many dies that are perfect for cards with a simple, understated Japanese theme.  Bamboo, dragonflies, circles, frames, squares, koi, peonies, mums, branches and leaves are just a few of the designs we've used in our popular Asian classes at Impress.

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Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday...

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Mon 21

Roaring Rocket with Starry Sky Border Card
by Anne Thompson

The ROARING ROCKET 99975 blasts off across a Licorice Notecard toward the STARRY SKY BORDER 99971.

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I found some great sticky-back glitter paper in silver and gold that I used for the Roaring Rocket.  After I cut the Starry Sky Border into the Licorice Notecard, I used some double-sided paper under the star openings and to line the inside of the card where I will write (with a white or silver pen) and/or stamp a message.  The paper is from the My Mind's Eye BLAST OFF! collection and is a perfect match with these Memory Box elements!

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This card is going to BLAST OFF! to my grandson.

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Now if I can just find my OUTA THIS WORLD clear stamp set CL5221... Cl5221_thumbnail

These are the perfect sentiments to stamp and emboss in white or silver on both the Licorice cardstock and the printed papers!  The stamps are here somewhere!!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 20

Can of Flowers
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. So what happened to Spring? Where did it go? It seems like we went straight from Winter to Summer. UGH!  It is too hot in Florida for flowers, so I have to create my own flower beds...or containers in this case. 

 

Let's pull this one together:

 

Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

I love plaid!!!! I mean really...it looks good with everything. I am getting a new craft studio while I write this and you can be sure there will be plaid in my new room. 

oops...back to the card... I used a scrap of plaid just at the corner.

 

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Die cut the Vintage Watering Can, color with Silver Metallic marker and a Red Sparkle pen.

Die cut Glorious Floral Stem, color with Magenta Sparkle pen, add white dots with a Gel pen around flower centers.

 

Trim a White cardstock panel same size as your base. Cut a curve at the bottom right corner. Using a ruler and Dark Pink gel pen, draw around the edges.

Adhere Vintage Watering Can with foam adhesive and glue giving it a "dome" shape on the card front. Add in you Floral Stems. Ground the can by coloring a small section of "dirt" just below the can with Spectrum Noir markers as shown.

 

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Die cut Calligraphy Pop Thanks from White cardstock. Color the shadow die cut section with Sparkle marker. Stack sentiment together, then to card front with foam adhesive.

 Add Crystal Drops to flower centers.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 19

Bright and Happy Birthday!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend! Today I have a bright and fun card that I created with some of my ink cubes and some washi tape. Let's get started!

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For my card I wanted to use my ink cubes in another way so I started out with a piece of white paper and some thin washi tape. I took pieces of the tape and put them down at different angles to create a masked off area of diagonal lines. Then starting with the pink ink cube I dragged it over the top left corner of my paper. 
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I continued dragging the next two colors until they were all as dark as I wanted them. You could also do this part with an ink blending foam for a different look. Once it was how I wanted it I took off the tape and revealed my white lines. 
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I layered the background on to a pink piece of card stock and then onto a black card base. Some washi tape was added to the front before I added my die cut Sentimental Happy Birthday to the card. It was cut out in black and then I added some clear Wink of Stella pen over it to make it sparkle. I finished it off with some black gems.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, I hope you have a bright and crafty weekend!
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Fri 18

Butterfly Spectacle and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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The Butterfly Spectacle joins a group of favorite dies on today's card - like butterflies prepping for a summer reunion.  I love how Memory Box dies can be mixed and mingled into endless combinations.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another quick card for you.

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Cut natural cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut it with Butterfly Spectacle.  Cut the Bouquet handmade paper - from Birch Press Design - with three butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  It's such a pretty print, with so many options!

Cut the the matching antennae/center sections - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set - from gold glitter paper.  I've used just a tiny portion of the large (21-½" x 30" sheet!) gold glitter paper from Impress.  It supplies many, many of these delicate little pieces...and a lot more!

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of natural cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of natural cardstock with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach it with foam dots.

Add pale turquoise gem stickers.

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Experiment with the dies in your Memory Box collection.  You'll be amazed at how many different ways you can use them - as intended - or in creative, outside-the-box ways that Dave probably didn't expect.  That's what we'll be doing in our BEYOND THE BOX Memory Box class at Impress on May 28th.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area and have the day off for Memorial Day, or if you're visiting that weekend.   

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

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Thu 17

Big Butterfly Wing and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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The multi-tasking Big Butterfly Wing makes it unbelievably easy to create a quick card!  Here it is, on my May Challenge inspiration card, framing a beautiful print available from Birch Press Design.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you.

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Cut bright white cardstock with the  3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Big Butterfly Wing.  Save the detailed butterfly diecut for another project.  We're recycling and using the "offcut" here.  That's what I call it  - I think "negative" sounds so gloomy, especially for such a pretty butterfly.

Find the perfect bright and flowery section of the screenprinted paper.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Using the slightly smaller die eliminates measuring, guessing and wasting that beautiful paper!

Cut the center/antennae section from gold glitter paper.  I love the new 21-1/2"x 30" gold glitter paper from Impress!  It's easy to diecut - with very little "flaking" and works perfectly with both detailed and solid dies.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of bright white cardstock.  Add turquoise gem stickers - or clear gem stickers colored with a marker.

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Have a stash of pretty artpapers?  The Big Butterfly Wing will help you use them!  Make a set of cards for special teachers or carpool moms - or for someone who's always scrambling to find a card at the last minute.  

Thanks for visiting...have a great, sunny day!

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Wed 16

You Are Awesome card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. I had the Hutton Gate dies on my desk from my last card and I love the delicate dies. So for my card today, I used the same dies as last post again but changed the technique. I used my dies to emboss the background panel instead of cutting it :)

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I started with a coral card base. I then cut a white mat layer and used the left and right Hutton Gate dies to emboss the layer instead of cutting it. I then die-cut a circle and sponged some distress oxide ink onto it. I then stamped the florals using the same color ink. I then stamped the sentiment. Now I added a bit of wink of stella clear glitter pen to some of the flowers. 

To finish I added a drop of Nuvo jewel drop. 

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

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Tue 15

Gatefold Card with Real Mirror
by Olga

Hi crafty friends, 

Today's card has a real mirror incorporated into it. My original intention was to make a card with "You are beautiful" sentiment, but then I thought it would be more fun to add a real mirror and then just write "beautiful" below it - so that you'll know who the beauty is :)

This is a gatefold card with a sentiment written inside. I have used a bunch of dies from Memory Box 2018 Spring Release to create it.

Scroll down for some close up, a video tutorial and a supply list!

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Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial! Have a lovely day!

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