Fri 02

Botanical Christmas
by Melissa Rusk

I can't believe it's already December! During this busy time of year I am all about cards that take a small amount of time but still make a big statement. 

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This card celebrates this month's challenge of metallic cards. I stamped the Christmas Tree and saying from Botanical Christmas on vellum and then used a gold embossing powder to make it pop.

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I glued the vellum to a piece of gold mirror card paper to add even more metallic goodness to finish off my card. Quick and easy for those last minute cards that always seem to pop up this time of year.

Have a great weekend!

Melissasigimage

Thu 01

Memory Box Challenge #19- Marvelous Metallics

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Happy December everyone!  It is time to announce a new challenge.   We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month.  You will even have the chance to win prizes!  Thank you so much to everyone who created such wonderful projects for last month's giving thanks challenge. 

The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is from Helen Liu from the Happy Stamping and Happy Life blog.  We loved the background to really highlight the Memory Box thanks die.  We definitely wanted to share it on the Memory Box blog:

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The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is ElizStewart from the Paper Sweetness blog. Congratulations!

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.

Metallics

The obvious choice for a December challenge is holiday cards, but we thought it would be fun to do a special take on that theme.   Instead, we are going to focus on projects using metallic elements.  Feel free to make a holiday card if you wish, but you aren't limited to that.  This month's theme involves adding a bit of metallic glitz and glamour to your paper crafting projects.  Do you like metallic papers?  Metallic embossing powders?  Metallic inks?  Metallic ribbons?  We would love to see your interpretation of the theme!  The only stipulation is that your project has to use at least one Memory Box product (stamp, die, or stencil) as well as a metallic element.


Here are a few ideas by the design team to help get you started:

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by Jean Okimoto

Donna

by Donna Sledzik

 

Melissa

by Melissa Rusk

Ready to create your own "Marvelous Metallic" project?  There are two ways to enter.

1.)  Link your finished work below. 

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge19 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Friday, December 30th to enter.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win a prize.

**Please note.  Our Inlinkz account is currently down.  It will be back up soon for you to add your contest submissions**

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Wed 30

Snowman Joy
by Sherry Hester

Happy mid-week everyone! Oh my gosh, it's almost Christmas!! It's snowman building time, and my card today features the Snowman Collage die.

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I kept this one pretty simple. I die cut the snowman from a quarter sheet of white card stock and trimmed it down to 3.75" x 5". I sponged Hickory Smoke distress ink around the edges of the snowman. The hat, band and scarf were cut from black card stock. The camera didn't pick this up very well, but I added black Wink of Stella onto the band and the scarf ... much better in real life. The nose and heart were cut from orange and red card stock. I assembled these pieces as shown. I had some small black gem stones in my stash so I decided to use those for the eyes and buttons. The poinsettias were cut from the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament die set, and the greens were cut from the Jolly Holly Branches, which I snipped apart and arranged as shown.

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For the background, I cut a piece of gray card stock slightly smaller than the snowman piece. I took the smallest snowflake stamp from the Love and Laughter stamp set, inked it with Versamark ink and stamped it randomly on the gray, leaving an open area for the sentiment, also taken from the same stamp set. I embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder, and used an ink dauber to add a little Hickory Smoke over each snowflake to make them stand out. I centered and adhered this piece to the white card base.

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I then popped the assembled snowman layer with mounting tape and adhered it over the base and my card was finished! I hope this card brings you a little joy! Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!

Sherrysig

 

 
Tue 29

Playful Merry Christmas
by Shelby

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Good morning everyone.  I hope all who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday.  And now onto the mad slide into the Christmas season!

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I pulled out my distress inks today in various green (mowed law and shabby shutters for the background and Forest Moss for the stamp) and paired it up with the Playful Merry Christmas die.  I inked up the plain white cardstock with antique linen and walnut stain and then cut the die.  The great thing about these phrase dies is the ability to curve them or change the shape of them to fit your design.  For today's card, I curved the phrase up so it wouldn't be so boringly straight and also so it would fit better on the front of the A2 card.

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For the snow effect, I used UTEE and melted it from the backside so it didn't blow off the paper.  I glued on a few white sequins for a little more texture and voila, another Christmas card done!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fantastic.

Shelbysig

 

Mon 28

Clean and Simple Christmas
by Lindsay

Hello, friends!

I hope you are having a great start to your week! I can hardly believe Thanksgiving has come and gone already, and that Christmas is only weeks away!  I am slowly winding down my Holiday card making, and just beginning to send them all out, but there are still a few that I have left to share with you! 

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Using the Fancy Merry Christmas Channel die from the Holiday 2016 collection, that I hadn't had a chance to use yet, I die cut it from white card stock. I then cut it again, using red and light green card stocks, trimming out each letter, and adhering them over the original die cut words.   

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Using several snowflake stamps from the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set, I stamped a random pattern across the front of the panel using Versamark ink. This clear, sticky ink will make the glitter embossing powder stick, so that I can melt it with my heat tool. What I get is a sparkly cascade of snowflakes! 

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Once my snowflakes were embossed, and the letters adhered, I used a glitter brush marker, and added the shine to the colored letters. I then adhered the panel to a white card base using generous amounts of foam tape. Super clean and simple, with minimal supplies! That's how I like to make them! How about you? Where are you, in terms of Holiday cards? Do you have them done, and sent, or are you still working on them?

Have a great week, and thanks, for stopping by! 

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Sun 27

Watercolor Holly
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercoloring. Three Kuretake Brush Pens and a water brush makes this card so simple to pull together. I am really loving the Holly against the Black background.

 

Let's Make a Card:

 

Die cut Black card stock with the largest of the Stitched Oval Layers. Make two cuts so you can use one as the "fold" of the card.

On one of the Black ovals, score along the top edge about 1/2 inch down from the top. Glue this small area to the other Black oval.

 

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Die cut Holly Swirl Oval Frame from watercolor paper. Using Kuretake Zig Brush Pens, color/paint the Holly and Berries as desired. For the outside of the frame, I painted that with Delicata Golden Glitz reinker and a paint brush.

 

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Adhere Holly Swirl Oval to Black card base. Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Delightful Ornament set onto Black card stock, trim and adhere to card front.

 

There are a few days left to participate in our November Challenge. Click HERE for all the details.

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

Sat 26

Merry Christmas to You!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend! I have a fun Christmas card to share with you all today using a great technique, let's get started!

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For this technique you will need a rubber mat for your die cutting machine. I used the rubber mat and ran the Merry Christmas to You Ring die through to get the embossed image instead of die cutting. You will need to check on the plates that you need for your machine to do this, each one is a little different. 

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Then I die cut the Folding Tree in the center of the embossed ring. I glued some green glitter paper behind my die cut and embossed piece and then glued it all to a red card. 

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This technique is so fun and it's a great way to get even more out of your dies. Have you ever tried embossing with your dies?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Melissasigimage

Fri 25

Merry Christmas
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now the countdown to Christmas officially begins, and to help celebrate I have a cute Christmas card for you.

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To create this card, begin by stamping and embossing the trees on watercolor paper. Watercolor over the stamped images and see the trees appear in the background. The embossed images act as a resist for the watercolor.

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Stamp, color and cut out the bunny, and glue it to the card front.  Die cut the snowflake swirl and adhere that to the card front as shown, and spatter the background with red and green watercolor.  Emboss the words "Merry Christmas" on a strip of crimson cardstock and glue this to the card front.

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Glue the finished card front to a patterned cardstock layer, and adhere this to a white card base.  Finish off the card with a few well-placed sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week end!

Donnasignature

 

Thu 24

Warm Winter Wishes by Jenny Griffiths

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! 

If you're celebrating this day with friends and family--good for you!  If you're celebrating with a traditional turkey and all the "fixin's--even better.  

Today's card is designed for either for the holidays or the entire Winter season using only tree dies--and it's very sparkly.

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I began by creating the blue watercolored background layer.  Using watercolor paper, paint over the entire surface with clear water, then paint on your color (in this case, I used Color Burst powder pigments) allowing the color to travel randomly.  I used a turquoise color on the lower half and an ultramarine color at the top and tipped the card to let the colors flow and blend on the midline.  The fun part is that each card you make in never exactly like the last one--each one is unique, just like snowflakes.  

Allow the paper to dry throughly, then layer the white Snowflake Spectacle die cut onto the blue panel.  

Next, die cut the Loop Snowflake Trio from sparkly silver glitter paper.  You can use ready-made glitter paper or make your own using double sided adhesive and loose glitter.  Now, simply adhere the glittery snowflakes in place, using a detail tip on a wet adhesive bottle, over the corresponding white snowflakes from the Snowflake Spectacular die.   Add gemstones, of course.

Finally, die cut the "Warm Wishes" border, afix it to the lower edge using two layers of foam mounting tape for extra dimension and mount all layers onto a navy blue top-fold note card.

If you prepare the parts ahead, you could easily assemble several in just a short time.  We still have time to get those cards out in time for Christmas or send them out in January.

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 Now back to your regularly scheduled Turkey Day...thanks for stopping by today!

Jennysig

Wed 23

Mini Snowman Collage and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Like father, like son...here's the Mini Snowman Collage on another quick holiday card!  Junior's the little guy here - in a role-reversal of big snowflakes, small snowboy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a variation of the previous Snowman Collage card.

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Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the Mini Snowman Collage.  Cut textured white cardstock with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layers die.  Layer the pieces to create the snowman.  Trim the short ends of the white cardstock evenly with the Pool Distressed Dots.

Diecut a 1.6" x 2.6" Stitched Rectangle of red cardstock.  Cut Delicate Stitched Snowflakes from textured white cardstock.

Attach a scrap of adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) behind black felt and cut the hat.  Cut the hatband from black glittered craft foam.  Cut the scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the nose from orange cardstock.  Cut the heart from red glittered craft foam.

Punch tiny dots for the eyes and buttons and back them with black cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a Pool Notecard.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating tomorrow - we're thankful for your support, inspiration and friendship!  Enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.

See you at Impress for the MERRY & QUICK cards class on Saturday the 26th. We're making 7 (yes, I've added an extra card) deceptively quick cards designed to impress everyone on your list.

Thanks for visiting - join us again for  Jenny's great project tomorrow!

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Wed 23

Build a Snowman Collage
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Want to build a quick Snowman Collage for a quick holiday card?  Here’s an easy way to do just that!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with a Christmas design in some unexpectedly cool holiday colors.  I’ve been seeing – and loving – great combinations of black, white, bright and blingy holiday inspiration in stores, catalogs and magazines.

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Cut a reverse-snowman from Licorice Distressed Dots.  The die surprised me by cutting the background portion on the right - that makes it so easy to assemble the design.  Cut the 2-3/4” x 4” Stitched Rectangle Trimming from textured white cardstock.  It's the perfect size and shape for him!

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Attach a piece of adhesive label paper or sticker sheet to black felt and orange felt and cut the hat and carrot-nose. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps delicate pieces intact.   Cut the hatband from black glittered craft foam and trim it so it’s a bit narrower.

Cut the scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the heart from red glittered craft foam.  Punch holes for his eyes and buttons. Back the holes with scraps of black cardstock.  The Snowman Collage die set includes little dots for eyes and buttons - just looking for a shortcut here. 

 Cut Snow Burst from gold mirror cardstock.  Attach everything to a Licorice Notecard.  There's your card!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening...

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Radiant Poinsettia
by Shelby Thomas

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Good morning Memory Box fans!  For those celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving and may your day be filled with love, family and friends. 

For today's Christmas card, I used the gorgeous Poinsettia Pillar and the Radiant frame die.  I wanted to go with a different color scheme than my usual so opted for black cardstock as the background and lighter colors on the foreground.  And I finally used my fancy expensive paper, you know the ones we all hoard because it's so shiny and pretty we just want to stare at it and never use it?  Come on admit, you have a stash of these papers somewhere!!

The Radiant Frame fills the front of an A2 sized card.  I put 2 sided adhesive on the paper before running it through the die cutting machine to keep myself from fighting with the paper and glue while trying to put it on the cardstock straight.

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I cut the frame of the Poinsettia Pillar with silver metallic paper first to get the frame portion of the candle.  The cut the white and green papers to make the candle and the leaves.  For the frame cut (silver portion) I would recommend using 2 sided adhesive sheets on the paper first and then die cutting so your adhesive is already attached which will make adhering to the cardbase easier.  The berries were made with red stickles and gray liquid pearls.

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I used the extra frame from the white card stock and popped it into the inside of the card....see I didn't waste my pricey fancy paper afterall!  Thanks for swinging by today and have a great Thanksgiving.

Shelbysig