116 posts categorized "2015 Holiday Collection"

02/08/2017

Wed 08

Wishing You Love
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy February!

I can't quite believe that this month is here already! I get excited when February comes around, because as a card maker, it means a lot of Love and Friendship cards to make! Sending people a handmade card is more appreciated that we know. I won't lie, though..I have a hard time actually getting them in the mail. You too? 

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The latest release, however, makes it super easy to get these sweet cards made! I used the Classic Stitched Heart Rings to create this dreamy card, today. Let me tell you how I did it. I took the hearts, and placed them onto an A2 white card base, and ran it through my die cut machine. I then took a piece of typing paper, and covered the back of the front piece using a lot of adhesive. I ran the hearts through again, with gold card stock, and reinserted the outer heart rings back in the front of the card. The hearts that I had die cut from the card front that were inked with Distress Inks in Teal, Fuchsia, and light Pink, and reinserted back into the heart openings as well. 

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I then began working on my sentiment. I used a combination of stamps, and a die to create a bit more interest to my sentiment. The Love die cut is from the 2015 Holiday collection, so my apologies if you are unable to find it, however, any similar font would work! I die cut it multiple times from black card stock, and layered them up. I stamped the Wishing You from the So Many Things to Love stamp set, and adhered the die cut down with liquid glue.

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To finish it, I adhered a scattering of clear sequins across the front of the card. I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create a few love themed, or friendship cards to send to people you care about! Have a great day!

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10/14/2016

Fri 14

Winter Peace
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

  Imagine yourself in a snowy forest and you come upon this view...I would stay a while, wouldn't you?  

With the latest Memory Box holiday dies this card comes together rather easily.  Here are the steps...

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  • Create the snowflake backgrounds on both blue background panels by spreading texture paste over the snowflake stencil, set aside to dry (only takes 5 minutes or so).  When dry, die cut the dark blue snowflake panel using the circle die which is closest in size to the forest die.
  • Die cut the tree branch circle die from silver glitter paper using the snowflake panel opening as a guide for placement.  
  • Die cut the deer family circle die from white paper, again using the snowflake panel opening as a guide.
  • Attach light blue snowflake panel behind the deer family layer.
  • Adhere all layers together aligning openings.  Trim any uneven edges with paper trimmer and attach all layers to a top fold note card.
  • Die cut the peace die three times (from fun foam, silver glitter paper and white paper).
  • Adhere the glitter Peace die cut to the fun foam material then adhere white layer onto glitter layer (offset slightly to show the glitter layer).
  • Adhere Peace stack onto snowflake panel.  

There are several steps but they're all easy-peasy and worth it.  

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This card could have easily been made into a shaker card by adding an acetate window and fun foam for the spacing along with a pretty glitter-sequin-bead mix for the shaking materials.  Next time!  Be sure to check out the other circle die cuts from the new collection...besides the Tree Branch and Deer Family designs there is a Pine Branch and Countryside circle too!  

Thanks for stopping by today, Hope you found some inspiration to create cards this weekend! 

Wintery J Griffiths

 

 Happy Friday!

Jennysig

08/24/2016

Wed 24

Valley Deer Trio and the Holly Swirl Oval Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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The Holly Swirl Oval Frame creates a soft monochromatic backdrop for the Valley Deer Trio and their warm felt scarves.  Dasher, Dancer and Prancer?  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with - can you believe it - a Christmas card in traditional holiday colors!  

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Cut Holly Swirl Oval Frame from textured natural cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Dry-emboss it for more dimension using the embossing mat and plates recommended for your machine.  Attach it to a top-folded 5-¼" square card of textured natural cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to dark kraft cardstock and cut Valley Deer Trio.  The paper backing adds a bit of dimension to the trio.  Attach label paper to red and moss green felt and diecut three of the small bow from the Truly Gifted set.  

 

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Attach Scor-Tape behind red mirror cardstock and cut the circle collage from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Instant self-adhesive shiny red dots!  Try the other collage patterns too - they're all great with metallic paper, glittered cardstock and velvet paper.  I love multi-tasking products - and the collage sets create artsy dry-embossed backgrounds and accents too!

Stamp "merry christmas" - from the Open Studio Scribble Christmas Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  Dry the ink.  Diecut the greeting using a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim off the excess cardstock using the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle Layer to create a greeting block to match the stitched holly frame.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.

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There are so many ways to use the Open Studio Rectangle Dies - for layering, dry-embossing, frames and greeting blocks.  They save time - and cardstock - because they're always straight and instantly add a crisp, professional look to any design.  

I used them to trim the  leafprints for the Garden Greetings samples for the August 28th class at Impress.  We'll use fresh leaves from my backyard to print and emboss a set of notecards and a matching portfolio.  You can bring your dies, plates and machine to trim your prints - or I'll provide an Open Studio  template to use with your paper trimmer.  It's a refreshing, relaxing class and I'll have extra leaves for you to take home to make more notecards later.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

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01/02/2016

Sat 02

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar - #4
by Jean Okimoto

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***1/11/16 UPDATE***We've added a Memory Box Calendar + Watercolor Workshop class to the Impress class schedule!  It's  on Sunday January 31st from 12:00 to 3:00 PM - $43 includes a metal calendar stand too.  Please bring a waterbrush.  Please call 206 901.9101 to reserve a seat.

We've reached the final quarter of our watercolored calendar.  Jean Okimoto here with a few of my favorite seasonal dies from Memory Box and Open Studio, Peerless Watercolors - and of course, more sequins.  I love how those tiny, sparkly little circles of prettiness can add so much to a design.  

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Cut three of the 4-¾"x 3-¾" Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers from watercolor paper.   Paint one of them with orange, rust and yellow Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper and daub Memento London Fog lightly along the edges of three of them.  Attach scraps of black cardstock behind them for eyes.  Attach black and copper sequins.

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Cut a 3-½" x 2-½" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from green cardstock.  Paint of strip of cream cardstock with orange, green, and yellow Peerless Watercolors.  Press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  Cut Autumn Border from the watercolored cardstock.  Attach chartreuse sequins.

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Paint a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer with turquoise, blue and teal Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Snow Burst from white glitter craft foam.  Attach clear and turquoise sequins

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Hope you've enjoyed creating this calendar with me!  Designs for previous months are shown here, here and here.  

Here's a link to InKollage, my Pinterest page and gallery of designs from Outside the Box.  I know most people pin someone else's designs on their pages...but I refer to it for a quick personal reminder of what I've done in the past - and a one-stop look at some of the great Memory Box and Open Studio products in my stash.  

Thanks for visiting Outside the Box, taking my classes, and for all of your special comments throughout 2015.  I'm looking forward to sharing more ideas, designs and techniques with you as we unveil our 2016 Collection.  You'll love it!

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12/29/2015

Tue 29

A Frosty Winter Card
by Lindsay

Hello!

 Now that Christmas is past, I thought I would bring you a bit of winter cheer! Have you gotten any snow yet? Now is a great opportunity to get out the greenery dies, and blue inks!

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For my card, I began by die cutting the Distressed Addington Collage from a panel of white card stock. I then added two different shades of blue ink to my card base, using a foam applicator. Using Foam, I popped up the panel, and then flicked gold shimmer spray onto the front.

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Using the Sketchbook Peace die, I ran it through my Big Shot with silver card stock, and adhered it to my panel, along with the lovely Pinecone and Greenery die. I used more ink blending on my greenery, leaving it in the negative while I inked it, as to not rip it. I also added a touch of Glossy Accents to the berries for a little shine and dimension.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Have a great day!

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12/23/2015

Wed 23

Message from Memory Box – Sketchbook Joy, Love and Peace
by Jean Okimoto

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Sketchbook Joy, Love and Peace and Snow Burst create a message from everyone at Memory Box this holiday season.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a special Christmas greeting from all of us to all of you.  

Attach strips of ScorTape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Sketchbook Joy, Sketchbook Love and Sketchbook Peace.  Cut Stitched Square Layers from white textured cardstock.  Cut Snowburst from red glitter craft foam and attach them like snowflake asterisks.   Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock.  Add light gold sequins.

Thanks for selecting Memory Box and Open Studio for your beautiful Holiday 2015 cards, tags, layouts and decor projects.  We appreciate it - and look forward to sharing another year of inspiration, creativity and designs with you in 2016.

Happy Holidays!

Memory Box Sketchbook Joy, Memory Box Sketchbook Love, Memory Box Sketchbook Peace, Open Studio Stitched Square Layers, Memory Box Snow Burst, Jean Okimoto

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12/21/2015

Mon 21

Joy to You and Yours in this Holiday Season!
by Anne Thompson

Greetings!  I've been making and sending out a lot of cards this  month.  The one I'll show today is one of my favorites.  I used five dies to pull together a simple wreath card.  

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   STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS; BLISSFUL BUNDLE; STITCHED BOWS; CURLED RIBBONS, and SKETCHBOOK JOY

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  • STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS 30016   I used the two circle dies shown in the first photograph to make a circle frame that I used for the base of the wreath.  I cut this from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and added it to the front of a Memory Box White Notecard.
  • BLISSFUL BUNDLE 99235   I cut three of these from the Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and attached them loosely to the circle frame with glue dots under the center berry circles and nearby leaves which I then covered with white pearls in three sizes.  
  • STITCHED BOWS 30056   I cut the medium sized bow from Blueberry Distressed Dots paper and assembled it with glue dots.  I placed it on the left side of the wreath using a glue dot.
  • CURLED RIBBONS 98936   I cut the curled ribbons from the same Blueberry paper and slid the one with a single loop over one side of the bow for a bit more ribbon on the wreath.

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  • SKETCHBOOK JOY 99242   I cut this from more of the Blueberry paper, gluing it to the front of the card in the lower left, near the bow.  I used a lime green gem for the dot.  

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I love the dimensionality of this card!  Enjoy the holidays and I'll be back in the New Year with more ideas to share.

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12/20/2015

Sun 20

Joy, Love and Gifts
by Jean Okimoto

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Cards are done, the tree is decorated, cookies are baked...let's make  quick gift tags today!  Hi - happy last-weekend-before-Christmas - Jean Okimoto here with a few more ideas featuring my favorite holiday and everyday dies from Memory Box and Open Studio.

The Celadon Skinny Chemist Cup  - from Birch Press Design -  holds some berried Nandina branches in the background.  Have you visited their site to check out their new items and specials lately?  Maybe you'll find the perfect gift for a special someone - you!  Birch Press Design is owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer, owners of Memory Box.  Their classic style and appreciation of fine design is reflected in the selection of beautiful products there too.

Here are the directions for the tags - from left to right, top to bottom (bullet points aren't working - they must be on Christmas vacation today!)       

Cut red cardstock with a Stitched Star Layer, cut Sketchbook Joy from gold mirror cardstock, add a gold cord and chartreuse sequins

Layer the Distressed Snowdrift Collage pattern over red and blue cardstock, add a gold cord and some sequins

Cut blue cardstock with a Stitched Hexagon Layer, cut Sketched Tree from white cardstock, cut Contempo Birds from red glitter craft foam, attach red grosgrain ribbon

Cut a Stitched Heart Layers from Red Dots, white cardstock and red cardstock, cut the tree from Santa Paws from green cardstock, attach green cord and red sequins 

Cut white cardstock with a Stitched Hexagon Layer, cut  Shimmering Snowflakes from silver glitter , craft foam, stamp "celebrate"  from Party Time with VersaFine Satin Red and emboss it with detail clear powder, add a gold cord                             

Cut a Stitched Star Layer from white cardstock, cut the Santa Paw Dies Set tree from green glitter cardstock, cut the Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes from red glitter craft foam,  attach a silver cord

Cut Stitched Heart Layers from red and white cardstock, cut the Ho Ho Holly leaves from green cardstock, attach a green cord and sequins

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Thanks for stopping by...keep warm and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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12/19/2015

Sat 19

A Simple Merry
by Sherry Hester

Merry almost Christmas!  Sherry Hester here with a simple holiday card that's fast and easy to put together.

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I cut a 5" x 3.75" piece of cream card stock, and lightly sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto this piece through one of my go-to stencils, Adornment ... love this stencil!  I went very lightly on the pouncing.  I cut the heart frame using the second and third largest hearts in the Glorious Hearts set from cream card stock and inked it with Peeled Paint.  From cream card stock, I cut the three separate snowflakes that come in the bundle, and then cut the Wintry Snowflake from dark green card stock.  I arranged this on top of and through the opening of the heart as shown.

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I absolutely love how this die perfectly hugs this heart.  It perfectly hugs other shapes as well, and it's one of my favorites.  I cut another one from a rich red card stock, snipped off one of the red snowflakes, and added it to the heart center just for a pop of color.  I'll save the rest of the die cut for another card.  From the Moose Crossing stamp set, I snipped the "Merry" from the "Merry Christmoose" stamp, inked it in Fired Brick Distress Ink and stamped it as shown.  I added mounting tape to the back of the stenciled piece and adhered it to the card front.  I added mounting tape to the back of the assembled heart as well and adhered that to the top of the stenciled piece.  I added some glitter to the cream snowflakes for a little shimmer.  Easy peasy!!! 

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So glad you topped by.  I wish everyone the merriest Christmas and and a very Happy New Year!

Sherrysig

 

12/17/2015

Thu 17

Snowflake Collage Drop Ornament
by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a multi-tasking Snowflake Collage Drop Ornament idea for you - it can be a last-minute card, a tag or a tree ornament!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick glittery, shimmery sparkly design to simplify your holiday prep.

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Diecut Snowflake Collage from textured white cardstock.  Cut it again with the largest Drop Ornament Layer. Fold a 10" x 4" strip of white cardstock in half at 5".  Cover the top layer of the folded strip with Scor-Tape.  Place the Drop Ornament Layer so the top edge is about ⅛" above the fold to create an uncut hinge.  Cut the ornament.

Attach the snowflake ornament to the folded cardstock.  Brush Martha Stewart Wintermint Glitter onto the adhesive in the snowflake cutouts.

Score and fold a strip of gold mirror cardstock.  Diecut the unfolded edges with the small scalloped Stitched Country Border.  Attach it to the ornament.  Punch a hole and attach a gold cord.

Stamp Merry and Bright inside the ornament with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  

Here are 3 choices for the next step: 

    -Attach it to a 4-⅝" x 6-¼" card of pearlescent aqua cardstock and add a diecut Sketchbook Joy

    -Use it as a gift tag for a special gift

    -Hang it as a tree ornament

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Whatever you chose...I hope you like it!

Visit our site for a last-minute look at some of the great multi-tasking designs we feature.

Be sure to view the gorgeous Look Book and videos created by Poppystamps Designer Olga Direktorenko - 25 beautiful designs AND videos too.  You will love it and be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening.

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